Monthly Archives: April 2019

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!

Feel free to follow me on my BLOG TOURS (Will Rise from Ashes, April 18-June 6; and Soul of the Storm, March 20-May 8). Be sure to enter the giveaways!

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.

J Grant JPEG squareSocial Media links:

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Buy links:

Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ iTunes

Available at other venues starting April 17th:

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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.

 

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Welcome Karilyn Bentley!

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Big huge welcome to Karilyn for joining us today!

perf5.000x8.000.inddWhat genre do your books fall into or is it a genre blended?

I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance. My first books were paranormal romance, but my last five have been part of an urban fantasy series.

What inspires you to write?

I enjoy giving readers a good story and making them smile.

Do you listen to music or set the mood somehow to get writing?

Nope! I can’t write with music because I start to sing along. And no one wants to hear that! But I do have an hour long woo-woo instrumental music that’s supposed to calm your brain waves. It does help me write faster. As far as setting the mood, I have to drink herbal tea in order to write. No clue why that helps!

Do you come up with the plot or characters first?

Usually the plot, but the characters are an integral part of plot so it’s an intertwined process for me.

Do you have a favorite book of yours?

Not a particular book, but I love the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin.

Tell me something quirky about yourself.

I can’t think straight if the house is dirty.

Do you sing in the shower?

Sometimes! No one can hear me, which is a good thing! Ha!KarilynBentley

 

BLURB:

What appears to be a simple crime, unmasks a chilling deception…

Gin Crawford, the world’s newest demon huntress, kills two minions who are breaking into a financial adviser’s office. But what she thinks of as another night in the life of a demon huntress leads to a cover-up of epic proportions. A demon haunts her employer, the Agency, and only she can stop it.

Aidan Smythe, her guardian mage and lover, along with her brother T, and the healer Eloise, join her search in discovering the demon’s identity. A search thwarted by a powerful spell.

Breaking the spell requires her to join forces with Zagan, the demon of deceit, the demon who marked her as his. But working together comes with a price. One Gin is not sure she can pay.

EXCERPT:

She chuckles as I sip my beer. “Not nothing. I am trying to discover the identity of the demon at theAgency.” She frowns. “It’s not going well. I know I know who the demon is, but every time I think of its identity”—her hands move in a poof motion—“it

vanishes.”

“Yeah, I have the same problem.”

A memory pops into my mind. Two memories, actually. The first was of last night’s fight with Rahab. How the demon said he only had one demon left to kill in order to rule Hell. Mammon, the demon of greed. The second memory was from last week when Smythe and I went to the Agency. We ran into Chuck Tweedy, the Big Boss of the Agency, and my justitia couldn’t stop chanting “greedy.” I assumed the bracelet got its

words mixed up, exchanging Tweedy for greedy. But what if there was a connection?

A dull pain hammers my head. I rub my brow. What was I thinking? We were talking about the Agency demon. Who could it be?

“You do have the same problem.” Eloise touches my leg, and the headache disappears. “That’s what happened to me.”

“How did you know?” Eloise was blind, although I swear at times she sees fine. “I could feel your pain.” Her brow furrows. “Like a spell had been thrown at you that caused the headache. I wonder if the same thing happens when I get a headache from thinking on the demon’s identity.”

“Wait. You mean whenever I think about who the demon is, my thoughts trigger a spell? What does the spell do?”

BIO:

Karilyn Bentley’s love of reading stories and preference of sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny.

Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.

Karilyn lives in Colorado with her own hunky hero, two crazy dogs, aka The Kraken and Sir Barks-A-Lot, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: https://www.amzn.com/B07P2NG13X/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130823757

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/devil-forget-me/id1456448283

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/devil-forget-me

Where to find Karilyn:

Website:         http://www.karilynbentley.com

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

Twitter:           https://www.twitter.com/karilynbentley1

Goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4051943.Karilyn_Bentley

Pinterest:       https://www.pinterest.com/karilynbentley

BookBub:      https://www.bookbub.com/authors/karilyn-bentley

 

Guest: K.G. Fletcher

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I love K.G. Fletcher’s books. This is her latest and I know you’ll enjoy Run to the Sea!
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You can find out more about her at: http://www.kgfletcherauthor.com/

He’s a broken man searching through the past for answers.
She’s his childhood best friend he had no idea he was in love with.

Thomas Capshaw never thought he’d put his dreams of being a sketch artist on the back burner and end up working in New York City far from home. The very last thing he expects is the inheritance of his famous grandfather’s beach cottage on the sandy shores of Florida where he spent his childhood summers.

Emeline Fischer is an aspiring artist trying to make ends meet, working an assortment of odd jobs while painting her dreams on canvas in hopes of landing her own gallery show someday. When she is Thomas’s waitress during her shift at the local beach diner, she immediately recognizes her sensitive childhood friend who promised long ago to protect her from her unstable home life when they were teens.

The two friends take a journey into their past through a box of photos left behind at Cap Cottage and rediscover their mutual passion for art – and each other. Thomas doesn’t plan to fall in love with Emmy – but maybe he’s always been in love with her. Can he forgive himself for his past mistakes and start over in the only place that ever felt like home? Or will his guilt and the demands of his cutthroat, big-city career prevent him from following his heart and reuniting with the only woman he ever truly loved?​

Run to the Sea ~ Reigning Hearts ~ Book One

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