Please help me welcome today’s guest, author friend, Kara O’Neal….
I’m so excited to introduce you to Andrew and Ben, mischief-making twins, who are private investigators and catch the case of their life. They must reunite sisters who were kidnapped and torn apart at ages 3 and 2.
I have to tell you that my fingers flew over the buttons of my laptop on this one. There was so much to write, so many characters to flesh out. And I absolutely adore that steadier, calmer, and quieter Andrew gets trail-blazing, pants-wearing, veterinarian, Jo Tatum as his lady love, while fun-loving, never serious, mischievous Ben ends up with Charlotte Ryan, a math wizard who has more courage in her pinky than you can shake a stick at.
These sisters don’t know each other, and Andrew and Ben must bring them together. It’s a story filled with joy, sorrow and bravery. I loved writing every word of it.
A long-ago murder, sisters separated as children, and two brothers, private investigators, who have caught the job of their lives…
Pike’s Run, Texas, 1882
Andrew and Ben Lonnigan, brothers and private investigators, have accepted an important case—to reunite the long-lost DuBois daughters with their rightful inheritance. Abducted from their childhood home in New Orleans when they were three and two-years-old, Jo and Charlotte were adopted by separate families.
Andrew heads north to find Josephine Tatum—a pants-wearing, spitfire veterinarian who challenges his mind and captures his heart. Ben travels south to find Charlotte Ryan—the financial mind behind her father’s ranch, with a sweet disposition and, unfortunately, a fiancé.
As the sisters journey toward destiny, Charlotte must guard her heart against Ben, a man too daring to ever return her love. And Andrew must hide his feelings from Jo, a woman determined to carve her own path. While the foursome battle feelings, they must also war with a villain from the sisters’ past, one with the will and the means to destroy everything the DuBois daughters hold dear.
“You aren’t gonna talk just because I won’t sleep in the tent with you?” Andrew asked.
Jo took a deep breath and glared at him, trying to rein in her temper.
“That’s more of a punishment for you than me,” he went on. “I’m not much for conversation. My brother is better at it. I prefer silence, but you sure seem ready to explode with things to say.”
He looked at her with such ease that her good sense left her. “I think it’s rude of you to tell me outright that you find me ugly.”
“When did I say that?” he replied.
“When you told me you weren’t going to sleep in the tent with me.”
He made a face. “No, I don’t think I said that.”
She rolled her eyes. “Fine. You implied it.”
“No, you inferred it. I implied something altogether different.”
She sat ramrod straight. “What do you mean? What else could you have meant?”
He shrugged. “Maybe I can’t share that cramped space with you because I find you too damned attractive.”
She reared back.
“Maybe I’m trying to protect you from my inability to leave you be and not touch you.” He watched her carefully, his gaze direct and intent.
Her breath came more quickly. “Do you mean to tell me…that you…you find me desirable?”
She almost declared the ridiculousness of the statement. But it wasn’t. Not at all. It shouldn’t be. What was absurd was his honesty. And even more unbelievable…she tried the control of someone as disciplined as he.
Pleasure burst through her. She couldn’t help but grin at him.
The heat in his gaze made her pulse race, and she stood.
He shot to his feet.
And now she picked up on his nervousness. It was subtle, but she could tell he considered running away. He’d given her a powerful piece of information, and he didn’t even know if she found him attractive.
She walked the ten paces necessary to get to him.
He didn’t back away, but she could sense he steeled himself against whatever she planned.
“You can sleep in the tent with me. I’d like that very much.” She heard the husky note in her voice.
His brown eyes went warm, and her body melted. She refrained from leaning into him.
“We probably ought not to,” he ground out.
“Why?” she murmured, stepping even closer. Her breasts almost pressed against his chest. “I won’t tell anyone.”
He narrowed his eyes at her. “Have you done this before?”
Born and raised in Texas, I had to make the state the setting for my first series. From the food to the fun, like floating the rivers, it is the fire in my blood that inspires me. My family and friends take center stage in my books. My sisters and best friends are my heroines, and my husband created my favorite hero. Love and family are the point of my stories, and I seek to entertain, relieve stress, and inspire people. Books can take one on a journey that one can relive over and over. I am extremely grateful to those authors who did that very thing for me. I learned and I fell in love with their words and characters. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Please help me welcome author Allie Boniface. She’s sharing a riveting list of moments that changed her life, PLUS, her new release sounds like a fantastic read!
First off, thanks to Alicia for hosting me here today! I’m excited to be celebrating the re-release of my 4-book Pine Point series with Entangled Publishing: Summer’s Song, Winter’s Wonder, Spring Secrets, and Autumn Allure. They’re all set in the small town of Pine Point, where secrets, suspense, and quirky characters abound. I hope you’ll check them out!
And now, a little about me. Thinking of 10 moments that changed my life was a rather challenging task for this blog post. I’m sure there are others that might have made the cut, but in sitting down to write, these are the ones that came to mind (in roughly chronological order):
Going to college – This wasn’t really a single moment, but freshman year of college was so profound for me because I went from living in a small, very homogenous town to a competitive, prestigious university with students from all over the country. I met so many people from all walks of life, so many vastly intelligent people who’d experienced life so differently than I had to that point. It really opened my eyes.
Adopting my first fur-baby – After I’d finished graduate school and was teaching in the community college system, living on my own in Cleveland, OH, I adopted my first cat, Smooch, from the local shelter. It might sound silly to some, but being wholly responsible for another living being for the first time really taught me a level of responsibility and compassion that I didn’t have before.
My first (and current) full-time teaching job – In 1997, I accepted the job I currently have, teaching English at a career & technical education center. In the course of 20 years, I’ve learned a lot about teaching teenagers, won a couple of teaching awards, developed curriculum for a brand new program, mentored I-don’t-know-how-many other teachers, and met my husband. It definitely changed my life!
My wedding day – My husband was actually on the interview committee that hired me. We started dating 6 months later (we were also team teaching in the same classroom!) and got married on July 6, 2001.
September 11, 2001 – I live about an hour north of NYC, so the terrorist attacks literally hit close to home. I lost a friend from college, as well as neighbors who were working as firefighters that day. Most profoundly, though, that day was what kick-started my pursuit of writing seriously for publication. I had always said “Someday I’d like to publish a book.” September 11 reminded me that “someday” isn’t guaranteed. If we want to do things, we should do them now, and not wait for some other, better time down the road.
Traveling abroad for the first time – I didn’t leave the USA until 2005, when my husband and I joined my sister and brother-in-law on a 10-day trip through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. It was amazing, to say the least. I now love traveling to other countries, not just for the beauty and the history, but because you can learn so much about yourself and others when you’re out of your comfort zone. I recommend international travel to everyone!
Publishing my first book – About 6 years after I decided to get serious about publishing a novel, The Promise of Paradise (originally titled Lost in Paradise) was published by The Wild Rose Press! I went on to publish with Samhain Publishing, Lyrical Press, and most currently, Entangled Publishing. I’ve also indie published several titles and hit the USA Today best-sellers’ list in 2015 with a boxed set, Passionate Kisses.
My father’s death – On January 10, 2009, my father passed away from cancer. We were very close, and he was a young 66. I miss him every day.
Losing my dream teaching assignment – In 2014, due mostly to political reasons in my school district, the program I had built from the ground up was dismantled. That was my dream job, teaching college English to honor students and mentoring students who wanted to pursue careers in the education field. Though I continue to teach at the same school, my assignment is now very different. I do miss my old position, though the change has forced me to find new ways to define myself outside of teaching.
Founding a non-profit organization – One of these “new ways” has taken place in my very own small town, where I’ve joined a group of 8 other people in establishing a non-profit organization that recently bought a 100-year old school building in town, saving it from demolition. Our plans are to renovate the building and turn it into a community center that offers classes, events, activities, resources, and more for our rural area. It’s something I’ve never been involved with before, and I’m learning a lot!
Well, that trip down Memory Lane was kind of fun. Thanks for sticking around to find out about my “10 Moments.” I hope you’ll take a peek at Pine Point and my small town romance series before you go. Each book is only $0.99 through August 27th!
Summer Thompson doesn’t remember the night her brother died, and she certainly doesn’t want to go back to Pine Point and face any memories that might be awoken there. But ten years after leaving her small hometown, she’s back to settle her estranged father’s estate and be rid of the half-renovated mansion she’s inherited. What she doesn’t expect is to find the house occupied by a hunky handyman reluctant to talk about his past.Damian Knight has been helping his mother and sister hide from a brutal stalker, but now the peace and carefully guarded safety they’ve found in Pine Point is in danger. The refuge they live in is about to be sold out from under them by the lovely but haunted Summer, a woman who quickly finds her way through Damian’s defenses and steals his heart.But in a small town full of powerful secrets, the past won’t remain buried. Summer has to face her memories and could lose the man she loves, and maybe even her life.Each book in the Pine Point series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order:
Book #1: Summer’s Song
Book #2: Winter Wonder
Book #3: Spring Secrets
Book #4: Autumn Allure
“Hey, you can’t go up there.” A strong hand grabbed her elbow.Summer turned with a start. “Why not?”“Not safe yet.” He motioned to the steps, and when she looked closer, she saw a missing riser that gaped like a placid crocodile, ready to snatch up her unsuspecting foot.“Oh.” She smiled an apology at Mac’s assistant.
He was tall, with light brown hair and deep blue eyes, and his broad, shirtless chest shone with sweat. Muscular biceps, no doubt made strong from summer labor, twitched as he reached for an itch between his shoulder blades. Summer swallowed and tried to chase away a crazy urge to scratch the spot for him.
“I’m Summer Thompson, by the way.” She reached out a hand in greeting. “The—ah—the new owner of this place.
He studied her with a serious expression. “So I guessed. Damian Knight.”
The one who’s renting the farmhouse. “Listen, I…” She meant to talk to him about that, but she couldn’t quite process the words as his blue eyes locked with hers. He hadn’t yet dropped her hand, which she didn’t mind in the least. Strong. Warm. Sending electricity straight through her
Mac’s hand on her shoulder broke her reverie. Summer turned and plastered on a smile she hoped looked normal. “Hi, Mac.”
“Can’t believe you’re here.” He shook his head and grinned, and she glimpsed the chipped front teeth she remembered from high school.
“Well, I wanted to see the house. I just…” She faltered. “I just found out about it.”
“I know. Your father wanted it to be a surprise for you. Sorry about your loss, by the way.” He looked over his shoulder. “He did a great thing, buying this place. Wish he could have seen it finished.” Mac gestured around the yard. “We’re working on the roof today, obviously. Got another day or so before it’s done. There’s some interior work to do after that. And don’t use these front steps, okay? We still gotta replace a few.”
“Can I see the inside?” she asked. She wanted an idea of the mess she was dealing with. But her doubt grew as she looked around. The needed repairs seemed overwhelming, and those were just the ones she could see.
Damian ran one hand through his hair and sent a cloud of sawdust flying. A grin touched his eyes and, for a brief second, Summer saw her own reflection in his gaze. She looked small and dark, a little girl floating on the blue of his iris. He smiled, and in the sunlight, the blue deepened until she felt like she was falling inside it, floating, forgetting who and where she was. Something jumped in her stomach, and her palms tingled. Knights in Pine Point? There hadn’t been any for as long as she could remember
Don’t fall for the guy whose heart you have to break tomorrow…
Allie Boniface is the USA Today best-selling author of over a dozen novels, including the Cocktail Cruise, Hometown Heroes, and Pine Point series. Her books are most often set in small towns and feature emotional romance with relatable characters you’ll know and love.A graduate of the University of Rochester and Case Western Reserve University, Allie is a full-time high school English teacher in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she and her husband love to travel.Take some time to browse around Allie’s website, check out new and upcoming releases, and sign up for her newsletter. You can join Allie’s All-Stars too, an exclusive readers’ group on Facebook where fans and friends chat about life, characters and story ideas, and have exclusive access to prizes, giveaways, and early sales!
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Please help me welcome Lynda Bailey with an author interview and her new release: ON A KNIFE’S EDGE
Where did you get the idea for ON A KNIFE’S EDGE? Why did you choose this genre? What was the most difficult thing about writing this book?
The original idea for On a Knife’s Edge started percolating in my head 6 or 7 years ago when a local news reporter came and spoke to our writers’ group. She had an interesting perceptive about some of the dealings of a neighboring county’s sheriff department, and my imagination was off to the races. 🙂 Over the years, the plot obviously morphed and changed until it became the final product. OAKE is the first romantic suspense I’ve written – and it very well may be my last…though I’ve learned the hard way never to say never.
I found having to sustain a proper level of suspense/mystery that complimented the romance to be quite the challenge. And because I’d never written anything like this before, there were countless times when I had to chuck what I was working on and go back to square one. As a result, this book took me over eighteen months to write and publish. Something I’m in no hurry to repeat.
Are there any tricks or habits you use when creating a story?
I’m a total plotter so the first thing I do when starting a new project is get a bead on the main characters’ GMC – goal, motivation and conflict. Once I get that dialed in, I usually (though not always) write the blurb. This helps me to finalize my H/h’s GMC. Then it’s just a matter of going through the story, point by agonizing point, and fleshing out the whats and the whys of the plot.
What do you want readers to come away with after they read ON A KNIFE’S EDGE?
What I hope readers take away from not just OAKE, but all my books is a sense of emotional satisfaction. They bought, they read, and now they’re happy.
Would you rather have a bad review or no review?
A bad review absolutely. It can help you make your next book better.
What is your favorite quote?
“You fail only if you stop writing” Ray Bradbury
What celebrity would you most like to be stranded on an island with?
Ooh…tough question… I think I’d hafta say it’s a tossup between Robert Downey Junior and Chris Hemsworth. Both are beyond swoon worthy…
Great interview, Lynda. I agree, writing suspense is a challenge, but it’s my favorite, so I keep putting myself through the torture. 🙂 LOVE the quote. And, your book sounds awesome. Thanks so much for joining me!
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EROTIC ESCAPADES OF A MARRIED COUPLE
ON THE CORNER OF HEARTACHE AND HOPEFUL – MIC
ON THE CORNER OF HEARTACHE AND HOPEFUL – KIRA
ON THE CORNER OF HEARTACHE AND HOPEFUL – GRACE
She was once his sweet salvation…
Lynch Callan has been a dead man walking most of his life—nothing out of the ordinary for a member of the 5th Street biker gang. There was a brief period, though, when she made him believe he could be more. That he could be worthy of her, and her love. To protect her, and keep their relationship from being discovered, he went to prison. Except now the Streeters are in danger. But in order to save his crew, he must first betray them. If caught, he’ll end up dead for sure. It’ll be the mother of all balancing acts—especially with her in the picture. But Lynch will do whatever is necessary to protect the people he loves.
He was once her deepest desire…
Shasta Albright doesn’t break the rules. Not anymore. As an unruly teenager, she defied her family at every turn…even secretly befriending, then dating, then falling in love with a bad boy Streeter. Finally her recklessness caught up with her—with lasting and even dire consequences. Now she leads a pristine existence, always staying within the lines and keeping her secrets hidden. That is until he gets released from prison. Can Shasta hold her perfect world together, or will everything get hurled into chaos?
With young girls going missing, the sleepy town of Stardust, Nevada becomes an unlikely epicenter for an illicit slave trade—with Shasta and Lynch caught in the middle. Amidst the rising body count, they fight to keep their loved ones—and each other—safe. A single slipup could have deadly repercussions. It’s an untenable and treacherous position. Much like walking On a Knife’s Edge…
A loud thump from the bedrooms jolted Shasta’s heart. She hastened to her feet. Adjusting her sweaty hold on Newman’s gun, she tiptoed toward the unlit hallway. Slow, steady footsteps approached.
No answer. But the footfalls grew nearer.
She retreated as an indistinguishable figure gradually walked forward. She knew it was a man, but she also realized it wasn’t Agent Newman. This man was taller and not as broad in the shoulders.
The first thing she saw were his shoes. Even in the weak illumination, she could tell they were expensive, with a polished shine. Next came slacks with crisp, tight creases. Newman wore a disheveled suit.
I remember telling my first “story” in kindergarten. I informed my teacher, Mrs. Downing, that my mom had just had a baby boy. She hadn’t, of course, and while I got thoroughly admonished for my “storytelling,” I wasn’t deterred from what would become a lifelong passion.
From making up tales as a kid which centered around my favorite TV shows to today, I love telling stories! Stories with handsome guys and spunky gals, that always…always end with a happily-ever-after.
My romances are full of passion, with heat levels that range from hot to sizzling! I’ve been a finalist in numerous writing contests, including RWA’s® prestigious Golden Heart® in 2010. Please join me for laughter, love and that all important HEA.
I’m so pleased to introduce another Wild Rose Press story, One More Second Chance by Jana Richards. I just love TWRP, their authors, their covers, and their fabulous stories!
Where did you get the idea for your new novel?
Actually, it wasn’t my idea. The Wild Rose Press came up with the concept of a multi-author, multi-romance-genre series that takes place in a small coastal town in Maine called Lobster Cove. I had a work-in-progress that felt perfect for this series, and ONE MORE SECOND CHANCE was born.
Why did you choose this genre?
Because Lobster, Cove, Maine is a small town and I love writing, and reading, small town romances, I felt this was a good fit for me. Also, the idea of being part of a “team” was also appealing. Being a writer is a solitary occupation, so it’s always fun to participate in a group project.
Was there anything unusual, any anecdote about this book you’d like to share?
I had a bit of an issue coming up with a title for this book. My publisher already had a book in their catalogue with the same title I originally used. So I came up with something else. And again, my editor emailed to say that title had already been used. Back to the drawing board once more! I came up with a couple of titles, and my editor and I agreed that ONE MORE SECOND CHANCE was the winner. It seems to fit because this is a second chance at love story, for Julia at least, and Alex gives her more than one chance to fall in love again.
What was the most difficult thing about writing this book?
The most difficult and unusual thing about writing this book was the co-ordination required between all the writers and the senior editor of the series. We couldn’t just create characters or landmarks in the town willy-nilly. If there was a statue in the park in one book, it couldn’t just suddenly disappear or change in the next book. I couldn’t just create my own restaurant for my hero and heroine to hang out in; it had to be one already in existence, with the same staff and the same décor. Without this kind of continuity, we wouldn’t have a series. But it necessitated a lot emailing back and forth, a really terrific map of the town, and a spreadsheet with a list of manuscripts and their characters.
Are there any tricks or habits you use when creating a story?
I always do some advance planning before I begin writing. I fill out character sketches, and write a long, rambling synopsis-type story, outlining what I think the plot of the story is going to be. It gives me a place to start, and characters to start with. I wish I could say that all this pre-work is everything I need to write my novel and it never changes, but I always find that once I get into the actual writing of a story, things evolve. Sometimes I learn something new about a character that alters the direction of the plot. Sometimes the entire trajectory of the story transforms. In one of my recent WIPs, I discovered I had the wrong hero and heroine together! Back to the drawing board!
Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it and how do you like it?
I work as a part-time admin assistant for a provincial veterinary medical association and I like it very much. My main function is the accounting for the association. But because we’re a small staff, just five of us, and my executive director trusts me, I get to do a lot of other things. I’ve researched and written articles for our newsletter. Every year when we give out awards at our annual general meeting, I get to interview the award winners and tell their stories. I even get to shop for gifts for speakers for our annual conference, which is always fun! I like the variety, the ability to choose my own hours, and the fact that I get to hang out with people I like. As I said before, writing is solitary. Sometimes I need to get out of the writing cave!
What’s the main thing that you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time?
Sleep! I’m kidding, sort of. The thing that would be give me the most writing time would probably be if I got rid of my television. But I have to admit I’m a little addicted to TV, so the best I can do is to try to limit the time I spend in front of the tube, and use that time for writing instead.
What do you want readers to come away with after they read ONE MORE SECOND CHANCE?
First and foremost, I would like readers to come away from reading ONE MORE SECOND CHANCE feeling they’ve been entertained. I hope the novel evokes the emotions the characters feel; love, hope, fear, belonging. And I also hope readers who’ve never lived in a small town come to an appreciation for small-town life.
If you could change something about one of your books that’s already released, what would it be?
When I’ve looked back at some of my already published books, I always find some phrases that I wish I’d changed. Occasionally some dialogue makes me cringe. But I don’t think there’s anything really major I’d change about any of my books. I’m proud of all of them.
What genre have you never written that you’d like to write?
I’ve written historical novels set during World War Two, but I’ve never written a historical set in an earlier period. I love books set in Victorian or Regency England or Scotland, so someday I’d like to try my hand at one of those.
Now I’d like to ask readers a question…
Have you ever lived in a small town? Do you like small town romances? Why?
Dr. Alex Campbell has an agenda—finish his contract to provide medical services in Maine, pay off his medical school debt, and head back to his real life in San Diego. But when he meets Julia, all his carefully laid plans are put in jeopardy.
Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove’s high school principal, swears she’ll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother’s illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her men don’t stay.
Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he’s offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she’ll send him away forever?
“What did the x-ray find?” she asked.
“A spiral fracture of the right arm.” He paused for a moment and took a deep breath as if trying to control his emotions. “I’ve seen this kind of injury before. A fracture like this can be the result of a fall, but it can also be an indication of child abuse. An arm as small as Ava’s will break like a twig if it’s twisted hard enough. I’m obligated to contact the authorities if I suspect abuse.”
Julia stared at him in mute shock, her brain struggling to process his words, as if trying to translate some unintelligible language. The words child abuse rang in her ears. Finally she found her voice.
“You think someone deliberately hurt her?”
“Her injuriesare consistent with abuse.”
“I don’t give a damn what they’re consistent with. Ava has not been mistreated. My mother said she fell down the stairs, and if that’s what she said, then that’s what happened.”
“I believe there’s more to the story than a simple fall.”
“If it comes down to believing you or believing my mother, I’m going with my mother.”
“Perhaps you don’t know your mother as well as you think you do.”
Julia sucked in a breath and stared into Dr. Campbell’s dark, accusing eyes. The idea that her mother would hurt Ava was ridiculous. She adored Ava, would do anything for her…
She blinked and looked away, remembering an incident the other day. She’d heard her yelling at Ava about the milk she’d spilled on the kitchen floor, making such a huge deal of it that Ava had cried. It had struck her as strange, since she couldn’t remember her mother yelling at anyone, ever. She wasn’t as patient as she used to be. And how did she explain her strange phone call telling her Ava had been hurt? Of course she’d been upset, but her mother had been nearly incoherent with distress. Was something going on she wasn’t aware of? She was seventy-one now. Maybe looking after a rambunctious five-year-old was too much for her.
No. She shook her head to reject the disloyal thought. Dr. Campbell was the one who was wrong.
“I know my mother. She didn’t do this. It was an accident.”
“We’ll soon find out. Sharon is questioning Ava now.”
Julia stared at the door. “She’ll be scared, all by herself.”
“Sharon’s very good at what she does. She has a way of making kids feel comfortable.”
Julia turned on him, the anger and despair she’d been holding inside spilling out. “And you? Do you enjoy upsetting five-year-olds and turning families’ lives upside down? Does it make you feel powerful to sic the authorities on us?”
“Look, Mrs. Stewart, I take no pleasure in bringing in the authorities. But I’ve seen child abuse, up close and personal, and I can tell you it’s damn ugly. The things parents and caregivers are capable of doing to defenseless children…”
He stopped abruptly, his chest heaving. Closing his eyes, he averted his face and took a deep breath. When he turned back to her, his steely control was back in place. “So yeah, if I have even the smallest suspicion that a child has been abused, I’m going to ask questions.And I’m not going to apologize for it.”
When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com