Please help me welcome today’s guest and one of my author friends, Brenda Whiteside…
How do you feel about series books? I don’t read series exclusively, but when I find one I like, it’s like hitting the lottery. I want each book to be a story in itself, but I love steeping myself in a setting or a family or a culture. I love getting involved with characters who will appear in subsequent books, even if in minor roles.
Born and raised in Arizona, the setting was a natural choice for my Love and Murder Series. My cast of characters for the first three books came to me like they’d been hanging around, waiting for me to notice them. I committed for five books to my publisher…and that’s the contract I got. Yikes! Set in stone. With only three storylines in my head, I dug in and tried not to worry about books four and five.
Luckily, someone emailed me after reading book one and commented that they hoped Penny (nick-named the Black Fairy for her Goth style) would have her own book. Book four took shape. I had no idea when she did her walk-on part in book one what a past she’d had—thirteen years hiding from a murderous FBI agent hired by a presidential candidate. And they come after her in book four, The Power of Love and Murder.
Unfortunately, no one came forward with a comment to get my muse inspired for book five. As is the usual way I work, the two main characters stepped forward, but their stories were hard to squeeze out of them. As it turns out, the blood, sweat, and tears of wringing out a story for book five proved worth it. The Deep Well of Love and Murder is one of my most complicated plots to date, and I managed to bring in all the main characters from the first four books.
I agree, Brenda. I love series. And yours is a great one. I have read most of the books in the series and plan to read the ones I haven’t. Thanks so much for joining me!
If you haven’t read the Love and Murder Series, now is the time. Books 1 and 5 are on sale for $.99 and books 2, 3, and 4 are on sale for $1.99:
The Art of Love and Murder
When the past and present collide, Lacy discovers her future mired in secrets, threats and murder.
Southwest of Love and Murder
Writing murder mysteries is all in a day’s work until an obsessed fan brings Phoebe’s stories to life.
A Legacy of Love and Murder
Inheriting an Austrian Castle is an Alpine fairytale for August, until someone begins killing the heirs.
The Power of Love and Murder
Penny’s secrets can ruin a presidential contender, got her family murdered…and mark her as the next hit.
The Deep Well of Love and Murder
A vengeful ex-husband isn’t the only obstacle to happiness for Laura Katz and Randy Silva…a high stake, bloody fight for his land puts them at risk.
Brenda Whiteside is the author of suspenseful, action-adventure stories with a touch of romance. Mostly. She and her husband are gypsies at heart having lived in six states and two countries. For now they’ve settled in Central Arizona, but won’t discount the possibility of another move in their future. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo. While FDW is fishing, Brenda writes.
What would summer be without a ton of must-read books loaded onto your reading device of choice to enjoy on a lazy June afternoon? Our fair is filled with 99 cents bargains on sale for a limited time in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, women’s fiction, romantic suspense, and more.
Plus, each day of the fair we’re giving away a $15 Amazon gift card and 12 books from the fair via Amazon instant giveaways!
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One Knight Under the Mistletoe by Catherine Kean (Medieval Historical Romance)
Kissing Lord Renfred de Vornay under the mistletoe was the last thing Lady Liliana Thornleigh expected days before Christmas. Seven years have passed since Ren played a prank on her, and Liliana is suspicious of his reasons for spending Christmas at her sire’s castle. As dangerous secrets come to light, will she finally put the past behind her and accept Ren’s love?
One Knight’s Kiss by Catherine Kean (Medieval Historical Romance)
Days before Christmas, Lady Honoria Whitford buys a book to add to her prized collection. Lord Tristan de Champagne is Intrigued by her love of romantic tales, but resents how enchanting he finds her, for he’s vowed never to risk his heart again. As Christmas mischief under the Kissing Bough unfolds, so does the secret of the book—one destined to bring peril but also ever-after love.
The Twelfth Day by Alicia Dean ~ Romantic Suspense Short Story
A decade earlier, she survived a brutal serial killer attack that left her family dead. Now, she’s being threatened and the details are eerily similar to that long ago assault. The murderer is behind bars…could the danger be coming from the handsome handyman she’s falling for?
A Knight Before Christmas by Alicia Dean – Contemporary Romance with Suspense Elements
For Heath King, going home for Christmas meant facing his demons, and the woman he’s always loved—his best friend’s widow.
A Little Christmas Magic by Melba Moon
Christmas break, a teacher needing a vacation, a friend in need, and raccoon bandits run amuck during the Christmas season in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Experience the traditions of a Southern Christmas in small town Georgia.
The Christmas Promise is a short story about a woman whose husband was abusive. She and her college age kids must face their first Christmas together since she charged their father with assault and had him arrested.
When Brock, a wealthy lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, loses a bet with his partners, he must take up the challenge to get a job in a Waffle House and work there after office hours in their law firm for a month.
Allison Jones knows what it’s like to want, and she’s determined to prove to Derek Holden, the dashingly handsome millionaire, that there is more to life than just money. Derek soon learns that a bank account full of money is no match for a heart full of love…and there was only one special woman who could teach him.
The Marquess and the Midwife, by Alina K. Field (Regency Romance)
Uncovering a lie drives a new marquess back from a self-imposed exile at Christmas to find the only woman he’s ever loved. Finding her turns out to be easy, uncovering her stunning secrets, a bit harder. But winning her back will be the greatest challenge of all.
Storybook Hero by Linda Carroll-Bradd (sweet historical romance)
Clari loves the freedom the Texas climate provides for her asthmatic condition, but Trevor still fights against the limitations of his past. Can a starry-eyed dreamer’s search for adventure overcome a taciturn man’s belief he has nothing to offer?
Keri’s Christmas Wish part of Mistletoe, Snow and Suspense Collection
4 acclaimed Christian authors come together in this irresistible collection of 5 Christmas novels and novellas filled with suspense, romance, and intrigue. Includes THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL THIEF by Lillian Duncan, Angels Among Us & Works of Darkness by VB Tenery, Keri’s Christmas Wish by Pamela S Thibodeaux, and Christmas with the Enemy by Mary Vee
Jayne Rockwell searches for a secure future for her and her two daughters. Staff Sergeant Christopher Hawkins regrets leaving young Jayne eight years ago to go off to war. A crash encounter a week before Christmas thrusts these two lonely people back into each other’s lives once more. Accusations, explanations, and remorse leads to a love that erupts among candlelight, Christmas carols, and a dark room. Who needs mistletoe?
After a disappointing season, Sophie Davenport returns home without a marriage proposal. Jeremy Wyatt helps a friend go to Gretna Green rather than head to his parents’ home, where he is the son who is always making the wrong choices.Sophie forms a bond with Jeremy, but despite the sparks they ignite in each other, they have to maintain their separate paths. But love and mistletoe have a way of upsetting even the best-laid plans.
Please help me welcome Jordyn Meryl, who is sharing her latest release…
I am one of those old aspiring authors who started late in life on a lifelong dream. The Son of a Gambling Man is my tenth published book. I decided to indie publish because I wanted to get in the game. Being a genre jumper, I just believe there is always a love story. I do write with a bit of spice. Check out my author page on Amazon- http://amzn.to/1KVNXrM Give me a try and leave an honest review. I really would like to know what you, the readers think.
1800 New Orleans was a time of change for the city on the Mississippi River. August Decoudreau and Isabella Greenwood grew up in the shadow of the very prestige and legal prostitute establishment of The House of the Crescent Moon.
Isabelle’s mother, Stella, was one of the girls of the house. The Madame of the House treated her girls well and protected them. But it only took one despicable customer and a bad judgement call to turn the lives of everyone in a different direction.
Isabelle is sent off to an all girl’s school and August joins his father, a gambler, to travel on the riverboats of the Mississippi River.
Will the two lovers find a way back to each other or be forever separated?
“Earth and Water, Fire and Air, Carry us, carry us, carry us there.”
In a small opening in the middle of the dense forest, a woman with shadowy black eyes, her arms lifted to the star-filled sky, danced under the full moon. Her body jerked in rhythm to the ceremonial music in her head. As she chanted words in a foreign tongue, a small fire in the rock pit fought for its life. Suddenly it busted into a blazing inferno, its flame licked at the sky.
Lucinda, as the people called her, smiled as the heat hit her face. She had come because a friend of hers had just given birth to a son.
August was his given name, August Reynaud Decoudreau, such a big name for such a small being.
The Voodoo queen was known the city over as the one to safeguard a child’s destiny. For August, the son of a gambler, was cursed already from the abandonment of his father and the battles for survival of his mother.
The mother had shown up at Lucinda’s door three months ago, sick and already heavy with child.
Suddenly the midnight sky turned dark from the rapidly rolling clouds, flashes of lightning lit up the night. Lucinda understood. This child would face many struggles and complications. Being a child born under the sign of Leo, the lion, who was ruled by the Sun and fed by the element of fire, he would overcome them, fight to right them and carry on.
To help him she bestowed upon his inner self a boldness to always walk strong and confident. A fearlessness to believe that good overcomes evil and sensitivity to love completely and honestly.
“Hear me night sky. This child is blessed among men to follow the path of righteousness. Do not forsake him as he was sent by the gods and will live in the realm of light and good.”
The thunder rolled over the valley. Lucinda went to her knees, letting the soft, gentle rain cleanse the core of her existent. She believed in this child.
August was sent here for a reason and she would see that he was protected.
Thanking the spirits of the night, she rose and went back to the city.
The city of sin and ruin.
And the House of the Crescent Moon.
I am extending the sale of $0.99 until Sunday October 9th for the ebook in all formats. http://amzn.to/2clZlZH
Once living under the guise of a passive, quiet, school librarian, books and kids were the passions which kept her mind fresh. One day she decided to spread her wings and live the dream of her heart. As she sits in front of her computer, her fingers bring to life the voices in her head. But it is when the night muses visit Jordyn, her spirit rises up to wrap around the stories that float in her dreams. Land locked in the mid-west she envisions days on a white sandy beach with a laptop to write all her tales. Crossing many genres she spins chronicles of love in Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Futuristic, Historical and Fantasy, for they are stories worth telling, even at the risk of revealing true feelings.
Rose flees to the New World to outrun a broken heart. When a deadly conspiracy threatens her and her friends, she must turn to their only Native ally for help. The only hitch is the price he demands for his protection is her.
Here begins an unusual feminist tale. In 1813, London, England, where even high society gentlemen do not hold “real” jobs, a grieving earl mistakenly hires a young female artist to craft a statue of his brother, a well-loved soldier who recently died in the Peninsular war. She now faces the challenge of learning all she can about her subject, without giving away her real identity. When the man she secretly loves unexpectedly begins to court her, you end up with a lively romantic, women’s liberation, novella that will be hard to put down until a fallen soldier’s sculpture is finally completed.
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David Ransom sacrificed his freedom to protect his soul mate, Grace Powell, but now he’s a stranger to her. Blinded by amnesia and hunted by a relentless enemy, Grac is terrified to trust anyone, even the sexy man who appears out of thin air–literally.
Can online dating entice a divorced woman and a rancher to reveal the secrets of their lonely hearts? Clover isn’t even thinking about dating until she meets a sexy rancher in the paint aisle of all places. And then she receives a mysterious gingerbread cookie…
When country music superstar Clay Masterson finds his supposedly dead father, he wants to do two things: buy dear ol’ dad a beer to thank him for being a great father for the ten minutes he spent at it, and kick his dad’s sorry butt to Montana to face an eighteen-year-old murder charge. Harlie Cates will try to stop him.
A Lemurian god’s love potion falls through a portal and lands in Portland, Oregon’s Forest Park. When the shy, beautiful Cassandra Forsyth, and her heartthrob crush Adam Harkness discover the unusual bottle with a tempting fluid inside, their true passion inflames the hidden desires tucked away in their hearts.
Doriana Callahan’s life is unraveling. Someone is stalking her and sabotaging her father’s company; her teenage son is rebelling; and Logan Tanner is back in town. For sixteen years she’s kept an explosive secret from Logan, a secret he soon discovers.
“The storm outside is nothing compared to the storm of desire and guilt raging between former lovers trapped together.”
Betrayed and disillusioned, powerful mage Fay Olwen leaves New York and service to The Collegium to build a new life, but there are two reasons to return: a powerful leopard shifter who loves her, and a demon who wants to destroy her world.
Exciting, erotic and full of heart-stopping action, Ogan’s debut novel turns human vampire lore on its head, creating a sybiotic relationship between the two species.
Threatened by a nefarious stalker, bootleggers, and twists of fate, Lacey Montgomery must find the key to a mysterious portal before time rips her from her soul-mate, Bobby Reynolds, or their star-crossed spirits will wander forever through a ghost town buried beneath the lake.
The relationship of star-crossed lovers Elizabeth Sutton and Edward Morgan founders off the coast of Bermuda with the shipwreck of the Sea Venture in the seventeenth century. Will the lovers be reunited, or will their eternally entwined souls search forever to fulfill their destiny?
Ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise partners with gorgeous ex-Scotland Yard detective Shana George to find a missing Santa. But will Dane get what he wants most for Christmas–to spend the holiday with Shana?
Trapped in 1863, where a lady endures life as a man’s possession, Cheyenne is determined to return to her time. Staying would mean losing her identity. But leaving means giving up the one man who truly makes her feel whole.
Fresh out of a bad relationship, Mel Thompson is determined to have a hot fling. When her best friend, Adam Caras–a renowned ladykiller–catches on to her plan, he offers to introduce her to the erotic pleasures of the one-night stand. Sex could ruin their friendship, but after a soul-searing kiss, Mel fears one night may never be enough.
Prince Tahj of Avistad senses unrest in the palace even before he finds a girl bound and gagged on his bedroom floor. Bashea was stolen from her home, a gift from Lord Boltar, the bitter Grand Vizier who is about to claim what he believes belongs to him, the rule of Avistad. Born from a fiery coup, Tahj and Bashea’s relationship burns with a passion neither quite understands, but will it be strong enough to defeat their twisted and powerful enemy?
Savannah Bradford’s brief sabbatical didn’t include getting stuck in a ditch in the middle of nowhere, or spending the night with an enigmatic old woman from the twilight zone. But the encounter led Savannah into a timeless struggle between dreams and passion. Will a simple gift from a bizarre twist of fate thrust Savannah toward her true destiny before it’s too late?
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Soul Seducer: Reapers of Boon Book 1, Paranormal Romance Novel by Alicia Dean
She spent her entire life fighting death. Now she’s falling in love with him.
NATHAN’S VOW (Search For Love series, Book 1), a Contemporary Romance by Karen Rose Smith
Nathan Bradley’s ex-wife disappeared with his daughters. Psychic Gillian Moore has a gift that could find them. Will Gillian and Nathan’s potent attraction be a roadblock that will prevent her gift from leading her to his children?