Guest Author: Kristal Harris

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Headshots005websizeWhat made you decide to become a writer? I don’t think anyone chooses to become a writer-it just happens. In college, several of my English professors said, “Hey, you write really well. Ever consider writing a book?” Young and focused on other things, I rolled my eyes; however, as time went on, I started messing around with poems, then songs, and now I’m an author. I guess those professors knew what they were talking about after all!

How long did it take to get published the first time and how did it happen? After I completed my first novel, “The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds,” I started researching publishers on the internet. There are many great publishers out there, but I wanted someone noted for working with their authors. This was my debut novel and I knew I needed guidance and help. The Wild Rose Press was the only publisher I submitted my first book to. After almost a year of edits, I landed my first contract!

What would you do differently the next time? The only thing I might do differently is complete an entire series before submitting the novels. I’ve noticed a trend where authors who write series are putting all books up at once. As a reader myself, I like the idea of not having to wait for the next book in a series I’m following.

What advice would you give an aspiring author? I’ve only been writing for a few years, but I have learned a few things along the way. Never give up, don’t take anything personal, constructive criticism will help you become a better writer, listen to your gut, and market like there’s no tomorrow!

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? I love Elise Faolan from “The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds.” She is an independent, educated, strong woman who’s not afraid to admit when she’s wrong.

Do you eat comfort food when writing? If so, what food inspires your imagination? There is always a can of Diet Mt. Dew, something chocolate and a little salty by my laptop when I’m writing! LOL  I graze the entire time I’m lost in a world I’m creating. I really don’t know why, but it’s a terrible habit!

What about music? Do you listen to anything while writing? What? I am a huge music fan! I always listen to my favorite artists in the background while writing. If I’m doing an intimate scene, I listen to something sultry with a great beat. I also like to listen to something sensual when writing the first chapter of a book because it sets the tone or mood for the entire story.

What hobby do you enjoy when not writing? I started coin collecting several years ago. The hobby escalated quickly from state quarter maps to Morgan silver dollars. There’s something calming about working with coins. The hobby helps center my mind and I like the texture of the coins beneath my fingertips. My husband basically took over the hobby while I’ve been writing, but I still like to touch the coins when I have time.

What is your favorite book that you’ve read? I am a huge Christine Feehan fan. I’ve read every book from her “Dark” series and anxiously await each new release. “Dark Prince,” the first book in that series, gets to me every single time and I’ve read it multiple times. There’s something about the main character’s loneliness that makes my heart ache, and I’m a vampire lover as well.

You’re on a remote island with no electricity. What do you do to write?This would be a fantasy come true for me! I can’t say I’d only write one piece. I could see myself writing a few songs as well as a romance novel-maybe a modern-day pirate.

What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?I would love to try writing a horror story. I’m attracted to the paranormal world, so in my mind it seems the logical next step.

BLURB for The Rings of Faolan-Rubies

From the first, Michael Faolan and Natalie Terrence knew they were destined to be Lycan mates, but constant danger in Michael’s life keeps them separated. They are stalked by the hunters, a group of men who plan to eradicate all Lycan as vermin. Natalie refuses to acknowledge the bond that she has with Michael until hunters burn down his barn and he is gravely injured. She cannot resist his call, even with the threat hanging over his head.

Michael Faolan has secrets of his own, but he is happy to accept Natalie’s ministrations. Their attraction ignites into flames of passion as they continue to fight the hunters. Could his secrets dampen the hunger Natalie feels for her mate, or can they use that desire to build a family and forge a love so strong no man, woman, or beast can tear them apart?

EXCERPT

Michael stepped closer to the wall when she slipped under her covers. He braced his hands against the stone. Sweat ran down his back and disappeared into the waistband of his loose jeans. The scent of her arousal drenched his body. He soaked it into his pores and his mind. His eyes glowed silver in the darkness. The predator rose to the surface quickly. His canines dropped over his lower lip. His body trembled all over, on the cusp of losing control. He rode the edge somewhere between man and wolf. His teeth snapped together before he collapsed on the floor to embrace the change.

Bones cracked and popped in the darkness. Black fur covered his skin as his body reshaped itself. His face elongated into a black snout. Huge paws formed where his hands and feet had been. Thunder clapped loudly above Heather Ridge. He was thankful for it as his body slammed into the wall. He held on too long before allowing his wolf to emerge. Now the beast was restless and edgy. Natalie’s scent still saturated the air even though she was asleep. His wolf growled low and deep with her so close.

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Guest Author: Jana Richards

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By Jana Richards

Genre: Paranormal/contemporary romance

Published by The Wild Rose Press

Keywords: fantasy, paranormal, angels, firefighters, humor

Length: novella

Heat Level: sweet

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 Blurb:

After causing three cooking fires in her apartment, Iris Jensen finds herself evicted and homeless. She lands on Riley Benson’s doorstep, looking to rent a room in the beautiful old home he’s restoring. It’s only for six weeks until Iris leaves Portland, Oregon for her new job on a cruise ship. Firefighter Riley knows firsthand what a bad tenant she can be. But he needs money to finish the work on the house he loves. And something about Iris pulls at his heart…

Meanwhile, in Heaven, two angels watch over the young lovers. Angelica and Hildegard work in Heaven’s Relationship Division, where angels match mortals with their soul mates. The angels believe so strongly in Iris and Riley’s love that they break Heaven’s rules to help them. Can the angels convince them their love will last a lifetime?

Excerpt:

Riley looked into her beautiful blue eyes and her smiling face and did the only thing he was capable of doing at the moment.

He kissed her.

Maybe later, he told himself, when sanity returned, he’d think of a hundred reasons why pulling Iris into his arms, holding her snug against his body, and plundering her soft, sweet mouth was not a good idea. But for now, right now, as she wound her arms around his neck and made tiny sounds of excitement deep in her throat, it felt exactly right.

Heaven. Having Iris in his corner made him believe everything was possible.

He stepped backward toward the stairs, pulling Iris with him, intent on taking her upstairs to his room. He suddenly tripped, nearly losing his balance. He glanced behind him and saw the object he’d stumbled over. A set of luggage sat next to the stairs, still bearing tags from the retailer.

“What the hell is this?”

Iris kissed his neck. “I’m sorry. I should have taken them up to my room.”

Iris had bought new luggage for her trip. Her plans hadn’t changed.

She’s leaving me.

The thought acted as effectively as a bucket of cold water tossed over his head. What was he doing? She was leaving in three weeks and didn’t plan to return. The calendar in the kitchen reminded him of that every day. Why start something that would only lead to heartache?

He’d already lost too many people in his life.

And Riley instinctively knew that if he let himself get close to Iris, let himself love her, a part of him would not survive when she left.

 

Author Bio:

_MG_7506email-Jana RichardsWhen 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 an elderly Pug/Terrier named cross Lou. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com

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Guest Author: Sadira Stone

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perf5.000x8.000.inddRunaway Love Story by Sadira Stone, Book Two in the Book Nirvana Series.

ISBN(s):
978-1-5092-2704-4 Paperback
978-1-5092-2705-1 Digital

ASIN B07QBHS1ZQ

Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance (Explicit love scenes, M/F, no kink)

Setting: Eugene, Oregon

Tagline: Fierce passion or long-cherished dreams…she can’t hang onto both.

Back-Cover Blurb:

She hates average…he’s as average as they come.

High school history teacher Doug Garvey is trying to enjoy his last few weeks of summer vacation, but receiving his final divorce decree hits him harder than expected. After a brief fling fizzles, he fears love just isn’t in the cards for him. If only he could find someone who’s real, someone interested in something beyond herself…maybe a new running partner who can keep up with his more carnal appetite. When sexy, straight-talking Laurel runs across his path, he dares to hope again.

He’s done with social-climbing posers…she’s ambitious and has big dreams.

Fired from an art gallery, Laurel Jepsen shelves her pursuit of an art career in San Francisco to help her beloved great aunt Maxie move into assisted living. While out on a morning run, she’s harassed by a group of teens until a tall, broad-shouldered hottie steps in, pretending to be her boyfriend with a kiss that makes her wish it were true. But she’s only passing through, not looking for a relationship.

Their fierce chemistry burns up the sheets—and the couch, the shower, the forest—but falling in love would ruin everything. Laurel can’t stay in Eugene, and he can’t leave. Doug’s only hope is to convince her the glittery life she’s after could blind her to the opportunities already in her path.

Excerpt:

“I’m sorry she called you the S word.”

“Huh?”

“Sensible.”

She laughed. “Yeah. That’s a curse word, as far as I’m concerned.” She leaned her head on his shoulder.

“I’ll strike it from my vocabulary. Your S word is sparkle.” He traced her jawline with a feather-light touch. “Look at you, Laurel. You’re blinding.” His twilight-blue gaze made her heart dance—a steamy tango with swirls and dangerous dips. He kissed her, and, for a moment, she forgot all about caution, about cutting things off before they became too serious, about San Francisco. Her focus narrowed to his lips on hers, his nearness heating her whole body, opening her like a blossom, soft and willing. Ripe for the plucking.

“God, I’ve missed you.” He scooped her legs across his lap. One hand cradling her nape, the other gripping her thigh, he kissed her senseless. His velvet tongue teased her lips apart. He tasted of sugary coffee. The world around them faded—just two bodies, calling and answering, breathing in sync, their pulses beating the same rhythm.

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Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance and cozy mysteries from her home in Washington State. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, belly dances, plays guitar badly, and gobbles all the books. Visit Sadira at www.sadirastone.com.

Inspiration for the Book Nirvana Series:

Until recently, I was one of those readers–literary snobs who look down their noses at romance for the usual stupid reasons: too corny, too predictable, too fluffy. Then I read a few online articles about how fun and lucrative writing erotica can be. I thought, what the heck? Let’s try.

I have never had so much fun with a writing project! My first steamy romance, Through the Red Door, nearly wrote itself, though it damned sure didn’t edit itself. I’ve totally immersed myself in the world of romance, gobbling books like popcorn, filling my ears with romance podcasts, and joining the Romance Writers of America. From skeptic to romance mega-fan in two short years, I’m totally addicted to passionate, heartfelt stories with happy endings.

Why set the series in a bookshop? Ever since I was a wee lass, I dreamed of owning one. Add to that my fascination with historical erotic art and literature, and you’ve got the Book Nirvana series, set in an indie bookshop with an extensive erotica collection behind a locked red door.

I love stories in which a couple’s powerful physical attraction leads them to consider a partner outside their usual M.O.—one who just might turn out to be their perfect match. That’s how it happened for my husband and me, and my romance fiction contains that element.

I sort of pulled the setting out of a hat. I wanted to set my series in a college town. I’d heard that Eugene, home of the University of Oregon, has a lively arts scene and a rich counterculture legacy from the hippie era. After much online research, correspondence, and hours on Google Earth, I finally made the trip. Eugene is even lovelier than I’d imagined. Kate Rock, a resident author, kindly shared her knowledge of the city’s history and the flavor of the different neighborhoods. I look forward to many return trips.

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Radio Interview with Readers Entertainment Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/circle-of-seven/2019/04/04/readers-entertainment-radio-presents-author-rhonda-gilmour

Praise for Through the Red Door (Book One in the Book Nirvana Series):

“…a beautiful love story filled with wonderful characters and if you like your romance hot, hot, hot look no further. It is a story about being able to begin anew and still love the one you lost.”

— Linda Tonis, RWA Paranormal Romance Review Team

“The erotic scenes in this book were off the charts – even the ones that were only Clara’s “dreams.” Ms. Stone’s debut novel is a rich mix of love, sex, and thoughtful introspection as she tries to move on with her life.” Peggy Jaeger, author of Christmas and Cannolis

“This book is in a class by itself…from the graphic descriptions of the erotica collection that’s locked in a room of widow Claire’s bookstore to the hot-hot-hot interactions she has with a certain hot-hot-hot widowed professor with an intellectual interest in that collection…

What elevates this book is the excellent writing, the memorable characters, and the captivating story. PLUS…parts of it are verrrry funny. I mean laugh-out-loud funny. There are also some very touching parts, too. Parts that’ll bring tears to your eyes.”

Susan Flett Swiderski, author of Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade

 

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 Big-city bound, Laurel detours to help her elderly aunt. When a perfectly ordinary guy feels—well, perfect, she’s tempted to stay, until they’re swept into a Twitter storm. Her gut tells her to stick to her plan. Her heart has other ideas. @SadiraStone #WRPbks #SteamyRomance

Fierce passion or long-cherished dreams…she can’t hang onto both. Runaway Love Story: 2 Runners face family secrets, clashing dreams, and a social media storm, armed only with sizzling chemistry and a strange feeling each might be The One. @SadiraStone #WRPbks #SteamyRomance

 

Guest Author: Julie Howard

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Crime Times Two is now on sale for 99 cents!

When divorce is out of the question, can murder be forgiven?

Blurb from “Crime Times Two”

Meredith knows three things: First, the man in the library begged her to help him. Second, he was afraid of his wife. Third, now he’s dead.

While the evidence first points to a natural death, Meredith is certain there’s more to discover. People are tight-lipped in this small mountain village, and the man’s wife isn’t talking either. Then a second death occurs, with remarkable similarities. It’s time to talk about murder.

As a slow-burning relationship heats up in her own life, Meredith struggles with concepts of love and hate, belief and suspicion, and absolution and guilt. Nothing is clear cut…

She must decide: Is guilt, like evil, something you can choose to believe in?

 Armchair travel to Idaho

I met a New Yorker several years ago, who upon discovering I lived in Idaho, paused and then asked, “That’s a state, right?”

This isn’t a rant against people from New York. I get it. Idaho has been one of those small states that stays out of the news, that people fly over enroute to somewhere else, and just quietly lives and lets live. At least, that’s the way it used to be. Word’s gotten out and now my state is the fastest growing state in the country (by percentage, of course).

If you haven’t been here before, I’d like to play tour guide today. It’s vacation time, so sit back and enjoy a virtual flash trip to my beautiful northwestern state!

I’ll start with Coeur d’Alene and surrounding areas. This is a much more forested and “wet” area, with a myriad of lakes, streams and rivers. While most of Idaho is crisscrossed with rivers and dotted with hidden lakes, the northern part of the state is known for its lush nature.  Coeur d’Alene, named by French traders, translates into heart of an awl, or sharp-hearted, or more basically “shrewd.” They found the native Indians there, the Schitsu’umsh, (now known as the Coeur d’Alene tribe) savvy traders for goods and so the name stuck. The large lake is pristine and quiet, with the town walkable and filled with fun shops to explore.

One of my favorite times there was when we took our kids on a fifteen-mile ride on theOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Hiawatha trail, an old rail line through the high Bitterroot Mountains that has been converted to a bike/walking trail. Years later, we still talk about this adventure through ten tunnels and seven tall trestle spanning deep chasms.

Farther south, about midway through the state is a vastly wild expanse once crossed by Lewis and Clark. These famous explorers nearly gave up as they struggled to find a route through this area. Still sparsely populated, the region is inviting to hikers and campers with adventurous spirits. One of my most memorable trips ever was a stay in an old fire service lookout station. Imagine staying in a glass house (really just one small room) five stories up at the peak of the tallest mountain. We looked down on eagles flying and even fire lookoutairplanes. Incredible!

In Ketchum, which is right next door to the famed Sun Valley ski area, we enjoy the annual running of the sheep festival in the fall. This is an event celebrating the Basque ranchers who have a long history in Idaho and still raise sheep here. In this event, hundreds of sheep are herded right down the middle of the main street, as the ranchers move their animals to lower ground for the winter. It’s quite an event where people line Ketchumthe streets several deep to watch this wall of sheep move through town.

I live in Boise, so I saved the best for last. I love living in this city, the largest in the state, where there are all the pleasures of an urban area, but with wilderness lurking at the edges. The foothills border the town, offering numerous hiking trails, along with close camping options. The Boise River runs through the middle of town and the city wisely created trails along its path. Of course, the metro area is packed with restaurants, events, microbreweries, theaters, universities, and there is a lovely winery region too. Having lived in larger cities, the bustling urban part of Boise isn’t its unique appeal as much as its proximity to some spectacular scenery.boise

There is one more area, of course, and that’s the fictional Idaho town of Hay City, which is the setting for my three Wild Crime books. If you’d like to get more glimpses of another side of Idaho, Crime Times Two is now on sale for 99 cents!

Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour.

Bio:

Julie Howard is the author of the Wild Crime series. She is a former journalist and editor who has covered topics ranging from crime to cowboy poetry. She is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild, editor of the Potato Soup Journal, and founder of the Boise chapter of Shut Up & Write. Learn more at juliemhoward.com.

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Buy links for Crime Times Two

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Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Julie_Howard_Crime_Times_Two?id=9QhxDwAAQBAJ

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?Query=crime+times+two

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crime-times-two-julie-howard/1129472600?ean=2940161941164

Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Crime-Times-Two-eBook/340226618

 

 

Guest: Stephen B. King

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What if…….

Recently I was blown away when one of my books, Thirty-Three Days, was announced as a finalist in the RONE Literary Awards for 2019. For reasons I won’t bore you with, me getting a literary award is about as surprising as discovering I’ve just won a lottery, only more pleasurable. While I’ve been celebrating, I’ve also been retrospective about how the book came about, and in particular, because it’s a long way from the genre I usually write in, where did the inspiration come from.

TTD2Thirty-Three Days is my sixth book and I’m now on number ten, so you can see a bit of time has passed since the idea first came to me. The story was given the first breaths of light by two aspects. Number one was a dream I had about a woman coming back in time to stop a terrible plant disease which in the future would destroy all plant life, and ultimately us as a race too. Once in the past, for the first time in her life she falls in love, but can only stay for thirty-three days. Now I don’t know about you, but generally if I remember a dream at all it is a jumbled lot on nonsense, but this dream was different. It was vivid, chronological and concise, so much so, I woke up my wife, around 4 am to tell her about it.

Now, if you knew her at all, you’d know she is soooooo not a morning person, and for me to risk waking her at that time could result in death, maiming, or at the very least a damn good yelling at. Yet I did, and she listened, and agreed with me, it would make a great story. So I got up to think about it, and make some notes fearing that if I didn’t I might forget.

So as I sat there, in the grey predawn light, sipping coffee, the second aspect came into play and I began to ask myself my favorite question: what if? (as an author, I get to do that a lot)

Thirty-three Days is, as most agree, different to any other book you might have read, yet it’s heart and soul is a love story. So, here goes, what if:

  • What if you were in your sixties (or thereabouts) and a complete stranger said to you that they were from the future, and they were convincing, would you believe them?
  • What if they said you had been chosen to take a drug they had manufactured, which would send you back in time to your younger body by thirty three years for a short time, would you take it?
  • What if they then said that they were one of seven people chosen to take a time leap of thirty-three years to their younger body, so that cumulatively, over two hundred and thirty years had passed since it began? Would you believe that?
  • What if they said you had been chosen to be the last of these seven people and only you could save the future of everyone living 230 years into the future by talking a young micro-biologist out of genetically modifying a strain of wheat? If you fail, the modification inadvertently also houses a blight, which over time will mutate and become an unstoppable super disease destroying all plant life. Will you take the drug and go back to your younger body for a month until the dose wears off, and take on the mission to save mankind?
  • What if you decided to do it, and through your history you knew the man responsible is destined to die in a car accident, along with his father, after the wheat is released, would you want to try and save them?

These are only a small sample of the problems Jenny, a lonely a sixty-eight year old lecturer in environmental studies has to face. If she agrees, how can she convince her target she is genuinely from the future, and than instead of feeding the world, Bradley Destain will kill it with his wheat?

She has also been told, if she fails, another will be sent with a different mission, his job will to murder Brad. But that’s only the beginning of her problems; Jenny can only stay for thirty-three days in the past, and for the first time in her life, falls in love with Iain, Brad’s father. A side effect of the drug means she will lose all memory, in both time streams upon waking, so if she succeeds, she won’t remember.

I know what you’re thinking…….that was some dream, wasn’t it?

I’m thrilled that so far it has reviews 14 x 5star reviews on Amazon, with some very high praise indeed.

Here’s the official blurb:

Jenny is a lonely university lecturer who’s consciousness has traveled back in time to her younger body to try to save the future of the world. A young microbiologist is going to release a genetically modified wheat that will mutate and ultimately destroy all plant life, leaving nothing but barren windswept dust bowls.

In the past, Jenny finds a love that has been missing from her life; the kind that comes just once in a lifetime. But Jenny can only stay in that time period for thirty-three days.

Meanwhile, in the future, fearful Jenny will fail, plans are made to send another back in time–an assassin. How can she choose between saving the man she loves or saving the future?

Thirty-Three Days is also available in Audio, narrated by the amazing Geoffrey Boyes

Buy link via Amazon: amzn.to/2XVmN2m

Stephen B King

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Guest Author: Sadira Stone

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Red DoorLetting him inside could be her salvation…or her undoing.

Clara Martelli clings to Book Nirvana, the Oregon bookshop she and her late husband Jared built together. When rising rents and corporate competition threaten its survival, her best hope is their extensive erotica collection, locked behind a red door. In dreams and signs, her dead husband tells her it’s time to open that door and move on. When a dark and handsome stranger’s powerful magnetism jolts her back to life and he wants a look at the treasures of that secret room, she can’t help but want to show him more.

Professor Nick Papadopoulos is looking for historical erotica. Book Nirvana’s collection surpasses his wildest dreams, and so does its lovely owner. A widower, he understands Clara’s battle with guilt, but their searing chemistry is too strong to resist. Besides, he will only be in town for two weeks, not long enough for her to see beyond the scandal that haunts his past.

Excerpt:

The amber flecks in his eyes danced in the candlelight. Their glow drew the truth out of her like a magnet tugging metal. Deep breath. Just ask. He won’t bite.

“Nick, how did you know when it was time?”

“Time?”

“To move on. To let someone in.”

He shifted away, but the saggy sofa cushion slid him back against her thigh. “Can’t fight gravity.” He chuckled and draped his arm across her shoulders. “Honestly, my body was ready before my heart was. Even if the heart is withered, nearly dead, the body goes on—eating, breathing, feeling, wanting.” He fingered a strand of her hair, his gaze far away. “A friend saw how closed off I’d become, and she…helped me.”

“How?”

“By seducing me. There was wine involved, and music. She wouldn’t take no for an answer.” He cupped her shoulder. “And I’m so glad she didn’t.”

Avoiding his penetrating gaze, Clara focused on the flickering candles. “Did you love her?”

“Not really. And yet—yes, very much.”

“Huh?”

“You see, I’ll never love anyone the way I loved Diana. She was unique in all the world. But she wouldn’t want me to spend the rest of my life pining for her, miserable, alone. My friend helped me see it’s okay to enjoy my life. She helped me realize that one day I might even love again. She told me it’s not something you can rush, but it will come in time if you relax and open your heart.”

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About the Author:

Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance and cozy mysteries from her home in Washington State. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, plays guitar badly, and gobbles all the books.

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Welcome Jean M. Grant!

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wrfa promo 2Where do I get my ideas?

That’s always a good question. Some ideas percolate. Some are lightbulbs. One (not yet published yet) I got from my aunt telling me an interesting story about her mother. Some trickle in. Some morph. Some ideas are also fleeting and lead to other, grander ideas. I’m a storyteller, dreamer, and nature-lover. I lace my stories with a bit of me, and a bit of this and that.

And these ideas usually come when I am not actively seeking them. Chance meetings, a hike, in the shower, on a long car drive, while working on another project…(oh, that last one is quite a nuisance!).

For my contemporary stories, I fell upon my own life experiences again: heartbreak (of various forms), loss of a sister too young, travels abroad, parenting struggles, my love of the outdoors, to name a few. I always wanted to write a New Zealand-influenced story, so when my publisher sent out the call for stories set in a quaint town in Vermont, Soul of the Storm came to my mind. It was the perfect blend of writing a Maori character who loves the outdoors with another character who has a haunting past, all set in a locale not far from my own home. Admittedly that story idea came on hard and fast and I was so happy with the places my characters took me!

I also felt compelled to write a mother’s journey with her autistic son, so Will Rise from Ashes (print, or ebook) was born. Toss in my love of science and my son’s love of volcanoes, and well, we have the backdrop: a widow on a journey across the country with her son trying to find her other missing son, in the wake of the Yellowstone volcano eruption. Along the way she meets a man walking his own path of healing and redemption. This book was my toughest, but most rewarding, to write.

I can’t wait to see what other ideas my brain and the world I’m always observing toss at me…and I hope you enjoy reading them, too.

A few more things about me:

Do you come up with the plot or characters first? It used to be plot, but now it’s character. I am a plot-driven writer though as well. I love lots of twist and turns, external conflict, and rich settings, as well as well-developed characters. I like when a plot keeps that book moving and the character is full of agency.

Do you have a favorite book of yours? It is a tie between this one and Soul of the Storm. As far as books by other authors, Outlander remains my favorite. Kid books from those days gone by: Mo Willems’ books.

Tell me something quirky about yourself.  I talk to my flower gardens (I’m an avid gardener) and I’m addicted to lip balm. Have one in my purse, on my desk, in my by bedroom…

Any life regrets? Not writing down all the shenanigans my two sons have done through the years (and they are only 10 and 12 now)…oh-so-many. It’s why I now color these gray hairs!

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Blurb:

Young widow AJ Sinclair has persevered through much heartache. Has she met her match when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, leaving her separated from her youngest son and her brother? Tens of thousands are dead or missing in a swath of massive destruction. She and her nine-year-old autistic son, Will, embark on a risky road trip from Maine to the epicenter to find her family. She can’t lose another loved one.

Along the way, they meet Reid Gregory, who travels his own road to perdition looking for his sister. Drawn together by AJ’s fear of driving and Reid’s military and local expertise, their journey to Colorado is fraught with the chaotic aftermath of the eruption. AJ’s anxiety and faith in humanity are put to the test as she heals her past, accepts her family’s present, and embraces uncertainty as Will and Reid show her a world she had almost forgotten.

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Bio:

Jean’s background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, and her family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women’s fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines. When she’s not writing or chasing children, she enjoys tending to her flower gardens, hiking, and doing just about anything in the outdoors.