Author Interview with Lisa DeVore ~ New Release: Sebastian’s Castle

I am very pleased to introduce today’s guest. Lisa DeVore is one of my Wild Rose Press authors. I had the pleasure of working with her on her debut novel, and on a handful of stories since. She’s a sweetheart of a person and a wonderful author. I love her and her stories. 🙂 Her latest is an excellent ghost story/romance. She’s here to tell us all about it, after her interview:

Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from? Where do you live now? Family? Pets?

My name is Lisa DeVore. I was born and raised in Alliance, Ohio (about 20 miles NE of Canton, Ohio…home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame). I have been married to my best friend for nearly twenty-three years. Our oldest son, Lewie, is twenty-one, and works with his dad doing custom restoration on old hot rods and motorcycles. Our son, Cole, is eighteen and will be graduating in June, and off to college to study computer technology. And our “baby” girl, Jessica, will turn sixteen on my 50th birthday March 27th. She’s all about driving right now. We have three four-legged kids, Smitty & Wess, who are toy fox terriers (and brothers from the same litter) and my mini-pin, Chester.

Where did you get the idea for “Sebastian’s Castle”?

My hometown, Alliance, has its very own castle…Glamorgan Castle. The mansion was built from 1904-1909 and is now home to the Alliance City Schools’ administration. As a student and resident of Alliance, I’ve grown up around the castle, and have shared its beauty and history with my kids. It inspired the castle in my book, from the layout to the breathtaking chandelier. However, I don’t believe Glamorgan Castle has any secret passages. Who knows though? The ghost came naturally…what castle doesn’t have a ghost? Sebastian’s last name was, also, borrowed from William Henry Morgan, owner of the Alliance castle.
For more information on Glamorgan Castle-

Why did you choose this genre (is it something you’ve written in before)?

This is my first “ghost” story, but the suspense genre is not new to me. I have to say, it was fun to write!

Was there anything unusual, any anecdote about this book, the characters, title, process, etc, you’d like to share?

I have toured and visited Glamorgan Castle many, many times since I was a child, and know its history as well as my own, but prior to writing “Sebastian’s Castle” I took two tours. I wanted to feel the rooms, and the history. I wanted to see it as my characters, Brynn and Jax might see it, and imagine them there. Having that template for Brynn’s Mystic, CT castle made it come alive for me, and, I hope, my readers.

What is the most difficult thing about writing a book? 

The most difficult thing about writing a book, for me, is time. I haven’t, as yet, experienced writer’s block. My writing takes me on dips and curves that I don’t even see coming. I have really given up on outlines, because my stories always take turns along the way, and I never keep to one. And, I may start off with a hero and he ends up the villain. I just never know!

Are there any tricks, habits or superstitions you have when creating a story?

Music. It inspires me. For each book, I have a theme song I listen to.

What book have you read that you wish you had written?

“Gone With the Wind.”

(Me too!!) Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it and do you like it?

My day job is accounting for an electrical distributor. I work part time, and I do like it. My degree is in accounting, so it’s good to be able to use that knowledge. And I work with some great people.

What’s the main thing that you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time?

Absolutely, without question, social media.

What’s your favorite book of all time and why? What’s your favorite childhood book?

My favorite book of all time is the Bible. It inspires, calms, and gives hope. It has stood the test of time, and there is always something new to learn from Its pages. My favorite childhood book is “Green Eggs and Ham”. I loved that book! I read it so many times as a child, and to my kids, that I knew it by heart!

If you could spend time with a character from your book, whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? (PG-13 please 🙂

It would be Sebastian Morgan from “Sebastian’s Castle”. How cool would it be to spend a day with a ghost? I am a geek when it comes to history, and I would spend the day annoying him with questions about his life, and what it was like to live in his time.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

Last May, I met my favorite singer, Scott Stapp (the front man of Creed, Art of Anarchy). His life experiences are in his music, and have inspired many. He has been criticized, and persecuted in the media, but he stays true to his style of writing, and gives God the glory. He is truly a kind man who loves God, his family, and fans. It was a pleasure meeting him…and he gives an amazing concert!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Nora Roberts. I don’t believe there’s one book she’s written whose characters didn’t come alive to me. Her stories have so much depth. She is a master at putting her reader in the moment.

What is your favorite…

Movie– The Patriot
Music– Rock
Place you’ve visited- Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater, Florida
Place you’d like to visit- Salem, Mass.
TV show from childhood- The Brady Bunch
TV show from adulthood- Once Upon A Time
Food– Pizza
Sports team– Cleveland Indians!!
Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? Television

Love the interview, Lisa. I enjoyed learning more about you. Now, please tell us about Sebastian’s Castle…


Being married to a cop is hard, being the widow of one is harder. After Brynn Austin’s husband, Nate, was murdered in an undercover operation, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict the gang leader who killed him. Brynn refuses to let him kill their dream to renovate an old Connecticut castle. But her plan is hampered by a ghost who’s not ready to give up his home.

Contractor Jaxson Maddox signs on to renovate the old castle that’s sat empty for years. He didn’t believe the rumors about the place being haunted. But that was before he met the resident ghost. What Jax didn’t sign on for was trouble in the form of falling for the beautiful widow, dealing with a pesky ghost, and risking his life when a threat from Brynn’s past surfaces. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect her, even if it means becoming a ghost himself.


Light shone in through the windows, but the space wasn’t any less creepy. Old cobwebs hung from the rafters, and dust particles danced in the sunlight. She hoped there wasn’t a family of raccoons, or worse, living here. Brynn pushed those thoughts
from her mind and kneeled in front of the trunk with the screwdriver. She’d never tried to pick a lock before, but there was a first time for everything.

“If you’re set on nosing around, I would rather you used the key. It’s under that pile of books.”

Brynn jumped to her feet and swung around to face the voice. She gripped tightly to her only weapon, the screwdriver.

There he stood, the same man she saw the other day. “Who are you?” She backed toward the wall, holding the screwdriver in front of her. “You’re trespassing.”

“No, my dear, you’re trespassing. This is my castle. I should be asking you the questions.”

Brynn’s eyes bugged out as she really took a look at him. His image was fading in and out. “No,” she said aloud, “it can’t be.”

“My dear, you don’t look well.”

“You’re a…” She patted her face.

“A what? I’m a what?” His face faded and returned.

“You’re a ghost!”
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Lisa DeVore is a romantic suspense author for The Wild Rose Press. Her active imagination started at an early age in her NE Ohio hometown, complete with its own castle. She’s an avid reader, loves the beach, dolphins, and sunshine! Yes, she’s a misplaced Floridian. Lisa stays busy utilizing her accounting degree, spending time with her husband of 20-plus years, their two sons and daughter, 2 toy fox terriers, and one mini-pin. And she enjoys spending time in the worlds she creates. Lisa made the Amazon best-seller list for her debut novel “Beautiful Music”, and is excited to announce the release of her fourth book, “Sebastian’s Castle”.
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Friday Fragment Contest – #Giveaway #FunGame #BookLovers – March 24, 2017


Happy Friday and welcome to my weekly contest –

Below you will find three different books, by three different authors, and beneath each, you will find three different short excerpts. Only one excerpt is from the listed book. Using the form at the bottom of the post, enter your guesses as to which excerpt is correct for each book. Once a month, I will draw a name from all those who attempt a guess on this game, AND on my Facebook SpotaLie game (check it out here: The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Each week, the first person to guess all 3 correctly receives an additional entry. (TIP: Click on each link and read the blurbs for a better chance at guessing correctly) – Remember, you get an entry just for guessing!

In addition to filling out the contact form, we’d also love it if you would comment, whether it is about your guesses, the books, the authors, etc. (when we offer extra giveaways, commenting is usually the only way to enter.) 

Have fun!

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to win. There is no limit on how many times one entrant can win. You do not have to guess correctly to be entered in the monthly drawing.


*** The game runs from the day it’s posted through the following Friday morning when the next post goes up, so feel free to send your guesses in and comment any time during that week. In order to stay up to date on each post, follow my blog by signing up in the column to the right. 

Extra Giveaways!!! (Last week’s winners are: Mary Anne Landers won Stephanie Berget’s E-copy of Sweet Cowboy Kisses and Elf won a $5 Amazon gift card from  Colleen L Donnelly. Congrats, ladies!)

This week, lucky winners will be drawn from all commenters for the following prizes:

From Gemma Juliana – Free copy of The Amulet

From Cailin Briste – Free copy of Shane: Marshal of Tallav Book #1 in the Sons of Tallav series.

From Suzanne Stengl  – Free copy of ANGEL WINGS


Book 1:

Raven of Blackthorn Manor by Gemma Juliana

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Snippet A:

“No!” Olympia’s heart thudded. “I can’t, won’t go with you. I’m working on a project with a tight deadline.” “That’s too bad, because you are now mine. I won you in our high stakes private poker tournament until I’m paid.” The sheikh’s mouth disappeared into a cruel thin line as his eyes lingered on her breasts, then her hips. He snapped his fingers, and the four henchmen standing behind him came forward and encircled Olympia. “Rick—,” sheer terror blazed in Olympia’s eyes. “Don’t let this happen.” This couldn’t be happening. Rick watched in horror as the scene played out before his eyes.

Snippet B:

The promise of a bitter cold winter hung in the air as Oonagh carried wood inside and placed it at the grate of her fireplace. She stoked the fire, pleased as flames leapt with vibrant life. “Come my child, I’ve prepared a very special gift for you.” Oonagh wrapped her burgundy shawl tightly around her to repel the ice that would surely claim her veins. She pulled her emerald green cape closer and ignored the shiver that wracked her tired body. Emerald eyes blazed with pride as she watched Zoe, her most stunning magical creation ever, rise to her feet to follow. “A gift! You know I love gifts, Ma.”

Snippet C:

I fairly trotted back to the house, so angry I looked neither right nor left. As I cleared the entrance steps and threw open the front doors, I spotted Ronan walking toward the kitchen at the back of the house. Too outraged to talk with him now, I ran straight upstairs to my room. Was I losing it, or had I been in a small cottage with some unseen person who’d managed to remove two books from the desk while I was in the bathroom or the closet? I hadn’t heard a sound. This place had me questioning my sanity—something that had never happened before.


Book 2:

Maon: Marshal of Tallav by Cailin Briste

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Snippet A:

Frau Heinrich continued, her voice a steady acidic drip. “Since you are a true submissive with mild masochistic tendencies, you are fortunate a Tallavan marshal holds your contract. We are always pleased to place our students with a marshal from Tallav. They’re such an exclusive club of men.”

Snippet B:

She was on her way to the Whip Hand to meet the owner and notorious sadist Randolph Meryon. The drawings she carried in her portfolio were the first installment of a trade she’d made. He would become her mentor while she explored sexual domination, and she would design exclusive apparel for his staff.

Snippet C:

Kolya was an artist. A sculptor focused on what he termed brutal beauty. He’d tried but failed to convince Tyen to model for him, claiming he’d make it worth her while with a naughty wiggle of his eyebrows. She’d refused, not willing to experience the pain that went along with being the focus of his creative genius.


Book 3:

The Thurston Heirloom by Suzanne Stengl

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Snippet A:

Not wanting to join the hikers yet, he found a seat at the bar. Jason delivered a Rickard’s Red as soon as Teague sat down. “How’s it going?” Jason opened the beer. “Good,” Teague answered. “Have you seen the new maid?” A slight pause from Jason. “Mariah?” “Yes.” “About five foot seven? Long reddish brown hair? Blue eyes? Pleasant expression?” “Yes.” “No, I haven’t seen her,” Jason said. “I haven’t even met her.” Something was up. “Then how come you know what she looks like?” “Because everybody’s looking for Mariah.”

Snippet B:

“She’s an ex-girlfriend. They went out last summer when Gaven was home.” Christie felt her chest tighten, and then she let go of her breath, and looked up from the neat rows of hash browns. Ethel Hamilton sat across the table from her, sitting in the place where Gaven had been. Ethel, in her brown dress and her brown hat with all the feathers. “You’re still here,” Christie said, setting down her fork and vaguely wondering if Lucy had added something to the coffee. “Yes, I am.” “You’re a figment of my imagination.”

Snippet C:

The large living room window gaped open with a ragged hole letting in the sea breeze. Shards of glass scattered over her couch and chair and coffee table. Even more astonishing, a man dressed in black jeans and a black T-shirt knelt in the middle of a heap of broken glass in front of the couch. A window washer? His arms, bare and muscled, braced in front of him, gripping the bottom of the couch. Glass flakes sparkled in his hair. Like his clothes, his hair was dark. Dark brown, almost black.



Correct answers & winner of the extra entry from last week:

No one answered correctly last week…better luck this time!

Last week’s answers:

Book 1: Sweet Cowboy Kisses – B

Book 2: The Cowboy’s Triple Surprise – A

Book 3: Mine to Tell – A


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With a Little List of Books by My Friends…

Did you get the song title reference? No? Oh well, I tried. Check out some great reads by a few of my author friends:

Switched by Diane Burton

(This is the first in a sci-fi romance series, and it’s only 99¢!)

Kidnapped by aliens? By mistake?

When wise-cracking Jessie Wyndom is beamed from her farmhouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan aboard an Alliance starship, she meets a regular Mr. Spock. Captain Marcus Viator’s well-organized life is turned upside down by a free-spirited Terran. Fate brings them together. Treachery tears them apart.

Find Diane Burton here:


Sweet Inspiration by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Rambling musician Rafe Frasco is the adventure weaver Cadence Willis has always wanted. Within only hours, Rafe knows Cadence is the home he’s never had.

Find Linda here


Christmas Dance by Leah St. James

Alexandra Anderson has a loving husband who provides for her every need. Sam Herrmann is married to his college sweetheart, and together they have three healthy, boisterous boys. What happens when two married people take a look at the perfect lives they’ve created and decide it’s not enough? Christmas Dance – a story of love, marriage and hope.

Find Leah here:


Decades of Love – Various Authors

Love hits the jackpot in these six seductive tales, each set in a different decade in the hottest, wildest, most sinful of cities – Las Vegas. In Elizabeth Spaur’s Miss Atomic Bomb, a beauty pageant brings a cowboy and city girl together. A desperate singer finds new hope with a not-so-jaded casino owner in B.A. McIntosh Home at Last. In Lynn Crain’s, Hooked on a Feeling, two Vietnam vets get a second chance at love while facing enemies at home. A rodeo star falls hard for a showgirl in Diane Deeds’s Total Eclipse of the Heart. In Kay Phoenix’s An Unexpected Knight, a hero on a mighty steed captures the heroine’s heart. A good girl learns that being bad can be very, very good in Tami Cowden’s It Happen One Vegas Night. Mobsters and G-men, cowboys and showgirls, singers and dancers, and even a knight in shining armor all find that Sin City is not just a place to have fun – but also a great place to fall in love.

Find Lynn at


Grendel’s Mother by Diana Stout

A story revealing a journey of societal injustice, a girl’s love for Nature that enables her to survive life in the wild alone, of her giving birth and raising a baby—deemed a monster—entirely on her own.  In the end, not only does she battle Grendel to keep him safe, but she must battle a warrior, Beowulf, who is out to harm her son.

Find Diana Stout at


Don’t they all look fabulous? Enjoy!!


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Author Interview with Kay Blake and New Release: Catch Me If I Fall (The Kim Brothers Book 1)

Please help me welcome Kay Blake with a fun author interview and an intriguing new release! 


Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from? Where do you live now? Family? Pets?

My name is Kay. I’m a mom of three cubs and hail from the greatest city in the world. New York. (Don’t argue with me on this lol) I’m currently in my last semester of college to get my bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology. I live and breathe sarcasm, but I have a heart of gold. I still love the color pink. I’m a horror fanatic and I never get tired of strawberry cheesecake. I have no pets as I’m allergic to most, but I would love a dog if I could have one.

I won’t argue, but I will beg to differ…,;) Just kidding…I love New York although I’ve only been there once, briefly. Would love to go again! Where did you get the idea for your book?

Catch Me If I Fall came from a scene in the book where Jae tells Kasi he wants her to know that if she ever fell again he’ll be there to catch her. That she wasn’t alone in her struggles.

Why did you choose this genre (is it something you’ve written in before)?

While I love the horror genre in both books and movies, I’m a sucker for a good romance. I think there is something pure about good old fashioned love so I write it.

I would love to write horror as well! Was there anything unusual, any anecdote about this book, the characters, title, process, etc, you’d like to share?

Yes for me it required me to research not only another culture different from mine, but also research someone who would be considered a person with a disability. It was hard. It was eye opening. And I am appreciative of all who were apart of getting information to me and that had conversations with me.

What is the most difficult thing about writing a book?

I think us writers question everything we do. Is it good enough? Did you give this story your all? Would they get what you were trying to convey? I think the self-doubting would be the hardest thing about writing a book. That and making sure the story is fresh even if the idea is similar.

What was the most difficult thing about this one in particular?

I had to use some of a personal experience to dig deep when I was dealing with Kasi expressing her pain and her grief. It was hard to convey that emotion.

What genre have you never written that you’d like to write?

Horror. I plan to try to dabble in that this year actually.

I would also like to write horror. Maybe one day! What is your favorite quote?

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection.”

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

It is a mix of real life and imagination. I have certain characters that are from people that are or were in my life. Then other times I could see something and be like this works for this character.

What do your friends and family think of your writing?

So far I’ve heard good things. I was told they loved my writing. And my mom is pretty blunt and she loved my books so that’s good. I have one friend who have read all my books and she’s super supportive.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

Meredith Wild at Book Con in 2015. And she was so awesome and sweet.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Basically sometimes life can be pretty crappy. Even when it seems things will only get worse or that things will never get better, it always will. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. And sometimes life provides us with the people to help us get there.

How much of the book is realistic? 

I think for the most part most of this book is pretty realistic. I tried to tell a heartfelt story that wasn’t too over the top.

How did your interest in writing originate?

I have written most of my life honestly. I used to write poetry and song lyrics. I actually won an award when I was a teen for a poem I’ve written. I used to write fan fiction all the time. I think for me what sealed it though was in high school we had to do this creative project in my 11th grade English class. The idea was to create a writing piece from a person from history. I chose to do a diary of Billie Holiday. So while I had to research I wrote this project as if I was Billie. That project got an A and was used for other classes as an example. That was pretty awesome.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Stephen King hands down. I love horror and he is the king of it no if ands or buts. He can always tell a story where you’re just like omg, this is awesome. I’m also a big fan of J.K. Rowling.
I adore King as well!

What is your favorite…

Movie: X-Men Days of Future Past, The Shining, The Conjuring and Harry Potter & The Order of The Phoenix.

Music: Most music from the 90s and early 2000s.

Place you’ve visited: Bash Bish Falls State Park

Place you’d like to visit: Paris, France

TV show from childhood: X-Men Animated Series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Batman Animated Series and Hey Arnold

TV show from adulthood: The Walking Dead

Food: Strawberry Cheesecake, Mash Potatoes and Chicken

Sports team: I don’t have one honestly. I do like to watch UFC though.

Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? That depends. I love board games like monopoly, but watching a good show with my family is also pretty awesome.


Kay is giving away a FREE e-book copy of Catch Me If I Fall to one luck commenter! Check out her gorgeous cover and enticing glimpse into her novel…


An Interracial Contemporary Romance Novella

I have reached rock bottom. The kind of bottom that is so dark, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. There is nothing, but pain, loneliness and helpless despair. I didn’t picture my life going this way. I wasn’t supposed to be unhappy and broken.
How can someone find the good in me when all the good I had was taken from me?

Helping people makes me feel good. I don’t do it for any accolades. I do it because when I needed someone to talk to, when I needed someone to keep me from spiraling out of control, I found it.
From the first time I saw her, I knew that there was something about her. I didn’t know what, but like a gravitational pull I wanted to know more about her even if she was here only to find some support for her grief.
Maybe I couldn’t solve her problems, but I won’t let her face them alone.


I stopped and balled the napkins in my hand changing it from hand to hand trying to keep my nerves under control.

I glanced at his attire. He sported a dark blue button up shirt with a white tee underneath and dark blue jeans.

“Thank you uh…what’s your name?”

His smile widened showing a perfect set of white teeth.

“I’m Jae Kim.” He held out his hand for me to shake.

“Kasi Stevens,” I said nervously shaking it stunned by the electric jolt that went through my hands and traveled up my arm.

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Kay writes sassy, sexy and sweet contemporary and interracial romance. She is from arguably the greatest city in the world. (New York). She is a sarcastic sweetheart who prefers snuggling at home with a good book. She is a wife and a mom to three cubs.

Kay indulges in strawberry cheesecake, horror movies, Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, wrestling and of course a happily ever after. Kay also writes erotica under Nina Gabrielle!

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Facebook Page: http://www.facebook/com/authorkayblake




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A Plethora of #99Cent Ebooks!!! March 2017 #BargainBooks

99 Cent Ebooks galore

Check out our monthly list of 99 cent reads. All different genres, all great bargains!

***Buy link can be found below each cover

PLEASE CONFIRM BEFORE ORDERING!!! – We are not responsible if prices are no longer 99 cents

Hope you discover some excellent reads!



Made Maleen: An Erotic Twist on a Fairy Tale by [St. James, Jeanne]

When Maleen King’s father dies, she leaves fast-paced NYC to return home to the dairy farm in Idaho, but when she runs into her high-school sweetheart, she realizes their feelings for each other have never changed.

Nothing will ever be the same after Jeff is accused of threatening to murder his wife. Or Evie is bruised one time too many by her abusive boyfriend. Or Santa Claws starts howling under the house.

Romantic erotica – a strangers-to-lovers costume party adventure. This naughty novella is around 50 pages – just right for a bedtime read.

Hi, I’m Frank H Jordan, information technology professional, ex-Army reservist (‘weekend warrior’) with the Australian Defence Force, and author of the Jo Modeen action/adventure series. My character, ex-Special Forces soldier Jo Modeen, has been described by one reviewer as ‘Wonder Woman’s down-under cousin’, which is no wonder, considering she was the first woman to be accepted into Australia’s elite SASR, and her mantra in life is ‘go hard or go home’!
Two sisters find love at a haunted inn.

Necessary Lies (Men of Phantom Book 1) by [Renée, Jacki]
Bryan is trained to get answers by any means necessary, even seduction.

The Most Unsuitable Wife (The Kincaids Book 1) by [Clemmons, Caroline]
Pearl Parker has to get her rag tag family away from Piper’s Hollow, TN before more mischief finds them. Drake Kincaid’s surprise proposal offers the solution she needs but neither Drake nor Pearl realize trouble will follow them to Texas or why. Pearl is not the wife Drake’s grandfather envisioned when he ordered Drake to marry by his 30th birthday; Pearl is not the meek wife Drake envisioned and he soon learns she has a mind of her own. Humor, adventure, murder, kidnapping and arson invade the passion this couple shares.

Josephine (Bride Brigade) by [Clemmons, Caroline]
Josephine Nailor is desperate to escape a terrible situation. When the opportunity arises via a newspaper ad, she and her best friend slip away from their oppressive fathers and head for Richmond. Neither can relax until they’re far away from their tiny hometown. With wealthy young widow Lydia Harrison’s help, Josephine and six other young women have a new life waiting in Tarnation, Texas.
Between Breaths (The Seattle Sound Series Book 2) by [Padgett, Alexa]

Australia’s hottest musical innovator, Hayden Crewe, can’t go anywhere without attracting a mob. But watching his estranged mother die in a Seattle hospice center, he’s never felt more alone. Until he meets long-legged, clear-minded Briar Moore, and suddenly knows exactly what will fill the hole inside.

Queen Of My Heart (Life Won't Wait Book 1) by [Barrett, Nikki Lynn]
A fake marriage. A real attraction. A past he doesn’t want the world- including his wife- to know.

The Lady of the Forest (Knights of Destiny) by [Bettis, Barbara]
He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?

Heartsong (Singing to the Heart) by [Ellwood, Sara Walter]
His baby brother, her sister’s child… Despite the bad blood between them, this bad boy country singer and former barrel racer will do anything to protect him, even get married. It’s a country song in the making, but she’s just not sure her heart can carry a happy tune when he’s playing lead…


Convergent (Destiny Book 4) by [McLean, Casi]
When lightning strikes Sierra Norton flight the aircraft plunges and catapults her into the attack on Pearl Harbor. In a whirlwind blur, Sierra’s courage, skill, and passion challenges her sanity. Can the convergence of three strong women reset history to fulfill her destiny?


The Gift (Destiny Book 2) by [McLean, Casi]
Savanna Bradford’s impulsive reaction to her boyfriend Ryan’s proposal spirals her into a rendezvous with fate. Will the timeless struggle between dreams and passion bait her into repeating history, or will a simple gift from her bizarre encounter steer Savannah toward her true destiny before it’s too late?

Seth (A Dark Assassins World Novella Book 2.5) by [Ullmer, Valerie]
Seth thought that he’d seen it all and that nothing would surprise him. But the one night he met Aubrey changed his world, and he’d never been so happy to be wrong.

Her Perfect Match: A Liaison Novella by [Ullmer, Valerie]
Gabriel Kane lived by one hard and fast rule. Never mix business with pleasure. But the moment Rebecca Cole walked back into his life with only business on her mind, he finds himself forgetting about the rules.

Permanently Part Time by [Lesley, Bridgitte]
Starting out as a Homeware representative to make money to stash, Patsy was soon on her way to taking her life back into her own hands. What started out as a money spinner soon became her focus.


Well Tuned by [Winter, Mary]
When her truck quit on an Ozark highway, she wasn’t ready for the lover she’d left in college to show up, or how quickly their passion rekindled.
Harmony Duprie enjoyed her quiet life as an internet researcher until her arrest for drug trafficking. Cleared of all charges, she needs to find out what is behind the series of events that throws her life into chaos and why. And she better take it seriously, like her life depends upon finding the right answers.

The Love of a Rake (The Brothers of the Aristocracy Book 1) by [Sande, Linda Rae]
A sensual tale of two rakes, two horses, and two not-so-marriage-minded women.

Crimson Dreams (The Crimson Series Book 1) by [Fields, Georgiana]
Georgiana Fields writes paranormal romantic suspense, featuring strong men and resilient women who never give up. Her stories are filled with laughs, love, struggles, and new beginnings. And always happy endings.

Playing Doctor (Entangled Brazen) by [Meredith, Jan]
One night with a sexy stranger is just what the doctor ordered… When a fellow RN predicts Beth Roberts will meet a tall, ripped, and totally lick-o-licious stranger who will fulfill her deepest desires, she laughs it off. Given her tragic love life, Beth has no desire to become involved again. But who could have predicted the doctor with the mischievous smile she meets at a wedding, or the chemistry sparking between them that threatens to break through her defenses? Dr. Gabriel North spent two years blaming himself for his wife’s death. Having finally battled through the guilt and overcome his demons, he’s ready to move on. When he meets a sexy nurse at his friend’s wedding, the attraction is swift and strong, and he wastes no time in pressing his advantage. One night with the woman who makes him feel alive again isn’t enough, but gaining Beth’s trust is going to take more than seduction…

A Dragon's Destiny (Dragons Book 1) by [Glasneck, Tina]
Norse mythology, time travel, a dragon and love meet in his fiery fantasy romance.

Charming You (Thirsty Hearts Book 1) by [Jayne, Kris]
Micky Llewellyn trusted men before—with disastrous results. Nick Halden’s life has unfolded according to plan—a top law career and an engagement to the perfect socialite. Fate unites them, and they must balance love and ambition to hold onto the one thing that matters.

Prince of the Mist by [Marzec, Penelope]
Escaping a carjacker, Tia tumbles into the Sifra–home of the fairies. She wakes to find herself married to a Sidhe prince. While insisting their marriage is not valid, she cannot deny the passion she finds in his arms.

Vampire Highland Fling (Dancing Vampires Book 2) by [Amiri, Cornelia]
When Searching for Love…if you are caught by the one you catch …you’ve found the right one. Murdina a vampiric fey is hunting for a man, but this time she wants love not blood. She spots Cameron just as a strong wind lifts his kilt, she takes a good look and decides he’s the one.

Reindeer Wars by [Sherwood-Fabre, Liese]

Can a budding office romance survive when the couple finds themselves in a knock-down-drag-out competition to win their company’s “most outrageous holiday sweater” contest?

Corazones by [Sherwood-Fabre, Liese]
Love can be dangerous…and even deadly. A collection of three award-winning literary short stories explore how far some will go in the name of love.

Forever Love by [Marvella, Mary]
Nurse Sabrina Boyd has seen the Demon Cat, so someone will die. Doctor Joe, her childhood crush, is now a widower who as set his sites on Sabrina! Can she save the person the Demon Cat means to die or resist the charms of the man who was married to her cousin?

Deadly Debt by [Wright, Cheryl]
Showgirl Felicity Brown craves singing the blues. After being discovered by a talent agent, she suddenly finds herself in danger. Derek St James needs to find her stalker if he has any chance of spending the rest of his life with the woman he loves.

Her Gilded Prison (Daughters of Sin Book 1) by [Oakley, Beverley]
She was determined to secure the succession, he was in it for the pleasure. Falling in love was not part of the arrangement.

Rake's Honour (Beautiful Brazen Brightwells Book 1) by [Oakley, Beverley]
Beautiful, impoverished Fanny Brightwell has a few scores to settle—and a heart to win—before she can secure the wealthy, aristocratic husband her ambitious mama demands.

Black Dragon's Blood by [Philmar, Anita]
Hi, Amanda Spencer, here. My only interest is finding my 1st husband’s killer, not marrying William VanHorn. Now to convince him of that fact.


Western Historical: More Than Ready (Naked Bluff, Texas Book 4) by [Philmar, Anita]
Should I join the war between the states or find a wife? Do I know any girl I’d be willing to marry?


Mating Rituals: Off-World Romantic Suspense by [Gayle, Tina]
With problems at the mine, I don’t have time for the mating challenges. Nor do I want a husband. Now, how do I escape Stihl?

Romance: New Adult & College Romance: My Best Friend's Ex: (Coming of Age short story) by [Gayle, Tina]
I’ve been in love with Garrett Sawyer since high school. He married my best friend. Now, they are divorce. Should I give us a chance at the risk of losing my best friend?

Seducing the Sheriff (Loving the Lawman Book 1) by [Ryan, Marie-Nicole]
Half-dressed and going for naked… Starlight Tyler needs to lose her virginity pronto.

Getting Lucky (The Marilyns Book 2) by [Graykowski, Katie]
My name is Lucky Strickland. After my cheating husband introduced me to his secret family live on our reality TV show, he had the good grace to wrap his car around the nearest oak tree. Now, I’m stuck with the aftermath.


Rum and Raindrops: A Blueberry Springs Sweet Romance by [Oram, Jean]
One nature guide. One accidental forest fire. And one steamy investigator hot on her tail.

Kiss Me at Last (A Wescott Springs Novella) by [Cortelyou, Holly]
Wine, truffles and a remodel…welcome to Wescott Springs where finding love is a sweet & sexy small town romp!


Luck of the Draw (Weston Family Series Book 1) by [Lence, Julie]
Betrayed by three women he trusted, Royce Weston has banned women not only from his ranch but from his life. Then he meets Paige at the poker tables. Sassy, spirited; she deals him a hand he can’t refuse.

Meet Miss Anastasia Galipp: debutante, know-it-all, and spy. Her life is about to get VERY complicated.


A Harley-riding Hollywood director and single mom’s life collides with her leading man’s when he is poisoned on the set.

High school sweethearts meet 12 years later & sparks still fly. For the first time, they learn the truth of their breakup & who was responsible. Is it too late to rekindle the love once shared or will their dreams be shattered forever?

Fairytales with a twist. Seven magical stories based on the original tales you only thought you knew.

Rachel Hamilton comes to Stonehenge to celebrate her birthday on Summer Solstice, only to find herself trapped beneath the massive rhyolite bluestones with sexy wizard, Dewin Kingston, who convinces her that she is the key to their escape.

Night of the Blue Moon (Blue Moon Magic Book 4) by [Crain, Lynn]
Finding his true family is one thing. Wanting something he couldn’t have another.


Alora's Love Potion: Warriors of Lemuria Short Story Collection by [Redd, Rosalie]
Alora, a goddess from the planet Lemuria, accidentally drops a love potion through a portal. The small vial lands in Portland, Oregon’s Forest Park. Once discovered, the alluring liquid can ignite adventure and passion leading to a meant-to-be love for those that open it, if they’re brave enough to take the risk.


Happy Reading!!!!

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Falling in Love: Writing Romance that Goes Beyond Attraction by Ginger Monette

Please help me welcome author Ginger Monette with an interesting, informative article, and her Darcy’s Hope Saga…

Falling in Love: Writing Romance that Goes Beyond Attraction

by Ginger Monette

Have you ever wondered how couples fall in love?

As a romance novelist, it’s my job to weave a story that gives readers a front row seat to watch the unfolding of a beautiful love story.

But how does a couple get from Hello my name is” (or even I despise you”) to You’re my soulmate and I want to spend the rest of my life with you?”

Having been disappointed by numerous novels where the couple claimed to suddenly “be in love” without actually “falling in love,” I went on a quest to investigate this mysterious process of falling head over heels. What I discovered changed my writing.

I dissected some fifty romance novels and made notes. All the couples had hefty doses of attraction, but the most satisfying stories went beyond attraction to something deeper. They showed the characters passing through four phases that moved them step by step from “meh” (or downright hatred) to wowie-zowie he’s the most wonderful person in the world.” And each phase seemed to be characterized by distinct thought patterns. See if you think these phases and thought patterns ring true to real life—particularly if at first Prince Charming seemed to be more of a frog than a prince.

Acknowledgement of him:

-Acknowledges some good quality about him (talented, kind, generous, etc)

-Finds him attractive

-Hyper aware of him, or hyper critical of his shortcomings (which often signals preoccupation or a subconscious denial of admiration)

-Acknowledges an attraction, but blows it off

Appreciation of his good qualities:

-Defends his character while not necessarily liking him

-Is genuinely thankful for a good quality

-Beginning to warm towards him

-Not so judgmental towards him

-More willing to consider his opinion on a matter


-Takes his advice

-Imitates quality or action of his

-Admits her initial criticism or objections were exaggerated or biased

-Curiosity grows—willing to spend more time in his company

-Acknowledges similar values or mutual interests

-Finds she is thinking (fondly) of him more and more


-Openly acknowledges her love/warm feelings for him

-Desires to be in his company

-Thinks he is wonderful

-Thinks he is perfect match

-Misses him painfully when he is gone

-Thinks about him constantly

So how did this awareness of stages change my writing? In my novel Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes, I kept these four stages and behaviours in mind as I crafted scenes. They became an outline of sorts that I wove with compelling action, mystery, suspense, and historical detail. I made sure the couple had ample opportunity to interact on a deep level, then continually gave voice to the heroine’s evolving inner thoughts to show their romance was based on more than physical attraction and chemistry.

Using this approach produced not only a thrilling story, but gives readers a deep sense of satisfaction as they watch the heroine’s tiny bud of acknowledgement open into appreciation, then expand with admiration, and finally blossom into full adoration.

Don’t we all ultimately desire a romance built on a foundation of compatibility and emotional intimacy rather than just a pitter-pattering heart?

What do you think? Add your comments to the conversation below.

The Darcy’s Hope Saga 


Author’s Facebook: is here or

Video trailer Beauty from Ashes link is here or

Purchase Links: Feel free to use just the universal links if you’d like.

-Darcy’s Hope Beauty from Ashes:

Universal link for all retailers.

Amazon USA

-Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey:

            Universal link for all retailers.




Downton Abbey Meets Pride & Prejudice!

Escape to the era of Downton Abbey and experience all the drama of World War 1 alongside Jane Austen’s iconic Elizabeth Bennet & Fitzwilliam Darcy. You’ll watch their tender love unfold as they learn to work together and reconcile their differences at a field hospital only miles from the Front. When injury and espionage separate the couple, Darcy is crushed. But Donwell Abbey holds a secret that just might change everything.

“…a stellar example of fine Austenesque literature. …an exceptionally moving story complete with a compelling plot, danger, mystery, action, introspection, vivid detail, and an emotionally wrought romance.” ~Austenesque Reviews

***** 90% of reviews are five star!

The Darcy’s Hope Saga:

Vol 1: Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes

Vol 2: Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey 

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Winner of Char/Meck Library’s 2015 “Picture This” grand prize, Ginger Monette lives with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina. When she’s not writing historical romance, she enjoys dancing on the treadmill, watching period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.




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Friday Fragment Contest – #Giveaway #FunGame #BookLovers – March 17, 2017


Happy Friday and welcome to my weekly contest –

Below you will find three different books, by three different authors, and beneath each, you will find three different short excerpts. Only one excerpt is from the listed book. Using the form at the bottom of the post, enter your guesses as to which excerpt is correct for each book. Once a month, I will draw a name from all those who attempt a guess on this game, AND on my Facebook SpotaLie game (check it out here: The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Each week, the first person to guess all 3 correctly receives an additional entry. (TIP: Click on each link and read the blurbs for a better chance at guessing correctly) – Remember, you get an entry just for guessing!

In addition to filling out the contact form, we’d also love it if you would comment, whether it is about your guesses, the books, the authors, etc. (when we offer extra giveaways, commenting is usually the only way to enter.) Last week’s Giveaway winners: Mary Anne Landers won a $5 Amazon Gift Card and Elf won an Ebook or audiobook set of all three Jane Barnaby Adventures books by J.J. DiBenedetto. Congrats, ladies!

Have fun!

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to win. There is no limit on how many times one entrant can win. You do not have to guess correctly to be entered in the monthly drawing.


*** The game runs from the day it’s posted through the following Friday morning when the next post goes up, so feel free to send your guesses in and comment any time during that week. In order to stay up to date on each post, follow my blog by signing up in the column to the right. 


Extra Giveaways!!! (Last week’s winner is Elf…I think she’s owed a few gifts from the week before. I’ll be in touch soon, Elf, my apologies!)

Stephanie Berget is offering an E-copy of Sweet Cowboy Kisses

Colleen L Donnelly is offering a $5 Amazon gift card


(Must be ‘Cowboy’ week :))

Book 1:

Sweet Cowboy Kisses by Stephanie Berget

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Snippet A:

When she cleared her throat, he jerked his eyes up to her face. “It won’t do you any good to talk to my breasts. Like most women, it’s my brain that answers questions.” A smart ass and she’d caught him red-handed. His cheeks warmed. Damn it, he was blushing. This woman was not at all what he needed. Time to end this. “I have a ranch, the Circle W. We need a camp cook. A man.” Her eyes narrowed, and her body tensed. “It looks like you need any kind of cook you can get.” She held her hand out, indicating the empty café. “Not a lot of takers.”

Snippet B:

Mother of all things holy! The doorway to the café was filled with Wranglers and muscles and cool gray eyes. He’d had aged well, if she could call twenty-eight aging. The lines of his face had thinned and his muscles were more defined. She found it hard to look away. What was wrong with her brain? She was hardworking, smart and knew enough to take care of herself. Why did the mere sight of this man turn her into a five year old coveting a candy bar?

Snippet C:

Holy neutrons! The heat coming from his gaze nearly set her heart on fire and she leaned toward him. He jerked away like she had Spotted Fever. To cover her embarrassment, she went on the offensive. “I’m a pretty good horseback rider already, right? Maybe even a prodigy.” When he only grunted, she continued. “I might even win the Grand Prix like National Velvet. And I’ll give you all the credit as my trainer.” “National Velvet rode in the Grand National. The Grand Prix is a dressage competition. I don’t do either of those.”


Book 2:

The Cowboy’s Triple Surprise by Barbara White Daille

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Snippet A:

He came to a stop beside her, not too near, but close enough to see the long sweep of her lashes as she kept her eyes down, her gaze focused on her work. Close enough to smell the same flowery perfume she had worn last summer when he’d danced with her at the wedding and, a few nights later, when he had slept with her in her bed. He gulped another mouthful of sweet tea and nearly choked on it. She never looked his way. That only made him more determined to get her attention.

Snippet B:

“I appreciate all you’ve done,” she told him, “but I’m fine now. Really. And I won’t be alone. I told you, I have a friend dropping by.” She had called that friend deliberately to give herself an out. Maybe it was the coward’s way out. She couldn’t help that now. Ordinarily, she would stand up for herself and her kids and send this man packing. But somehow, she couldn’t seem to gather the strength to do that. Or to face another argument with him and all the memories that would surface along with it.

Snippet C:

Things could have been different, too, if he hadn’t left. But he had left—without giving her time to find a way to tell him about her pregnancy. Yet in all honesty, how could she put one hundred percent of the blame on him? *Suppose you’d given me the news a long time ago?* he had asked. *How do you know I wouldn’t have stayed in town then?* He’d said nothing about staying with her. She was the one with the long-held dreams of settling down with him someday. Dreams it seemed she couldn’t forget even now.


Book 3:

Mine to Tell by Colleen L Donnelly

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Snippet A:

He’d come to feel optimistic about us again, hopeful I’d give in so things could return to his kind of normal. I smiled on the outside while he visited. I smiled for him, smiled for my parents, and even smiled to placate my brother. But I cried when he left, sad that he was so happy over what was nothing more than a weak pretense on my part, and sadder yet because I missed him so. Missed him on the inside, in the places where he’d never, ever, been and where I feared he never would be.

Snippet B:

“I can tell you one thing, she’s your mama’s daughter, and your mama sure doesn’t need any makeup. I know.” James looked for his mama again in Mr. Morgan’s dark eyes. Did Mr. Morgan see her the same way Pop did, and that’s why makeup was forbidden? Mama would probably laugh at all this talk about beauty, she with her faded dresses and unpinned hair. James wanted to laugh like she would, but something in Mr. Morgan’s eyes stopped him. “Your mama’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever known,” Mr. Morgan said.

Snippet C:

Hearing his voice and seeing his expression ignited tiny flames inside me. Flames that had flickered quietly far too long, done little more than lick the surface of my imagination. Until that day. Each time he spoke after that, something in me flared to life and heated me up from within, bringing what Mama called an unladylike glimmer to my eye. A glimmer that was identical to the one I saw in his eyes, but she never knew that. I never talked about Raymond to her. I didn’t dare.




Correct answers & winner of the extra entry from last week:

The first person to guess correctly was… Juli, who will receive an extra entry. Congrats!

Last week’s answers:

Book 1: The Beachcombers – A

Book 2: Last Chance – B

Book 3: Fate Captured – C


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