Friday, January 15, 2016

~ Veronica Lynch is Playing FOR KEEPS With Her New Candy Hearts Romance! ~

Please help me welcome back author Veronica Lynch with her newest release, FOR KEEPS. But first, let's find out a little bit more about Veronica...

Let's start off with an easy one. What TV series or movies have had an impact on your career as a writer and why?

I really enjoyed The Closer [now in re-runs] and Longmire [on Netflix]. The variety and depth of characters in both shows is fascinating. And I could look at Lou Diamond Phillips all day long.

Steel Magnolias grabbed me and never let go. The Official Story, about the consequences of Argentina's Dirty War, broke my heart and reinforced that there are always two sides to every issue.

The Accused with Jodie Foster marked my conscience.

What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? 

The hotline call which is featured in the excerpt really happened, though not the personal relationship. I was manning the hotline one day and found a cop at the other end of the line who needed to discuss a case. The usual amenities led to the “if I was any better, I'd scare myself...” comment. It was one of those days when a woman needs to laugh till her sides ache and that man kept me going for a good three minutes. I'm sure the cop figured he'd was talking so some looney but to this day I still smile when I remember that call.

What project[s] are you working on now? 

I'm finishing up the edits on a new venture for me: self-publishing a trilogy of novellas united by the theme of a high school reunion. I am scared to death.

No need to be, you'll be awesome! Beyond that, what's up next for you? 

I'm working on a secret baby/marriage of convenience story, geared for the Vintage Rose line at Wild Rose Press. It is set in the late 1980's in the Lake Placid area of the Adirondack Mountains. You know: Miracle on Ice and all that stuff.

Ahh...Miracle on Ice + secret baby, I get it. Well thank you for joining us today. Now let's find out some more about FOR KEEPS!

Blurb ~

Meghan Muldoon is at a crossroads: struggling to balance the demands of a high stress vocation as an advocate for victims of violence with her feelings for Keenan Rossi, a man who wants to make their relationship permanent.

On Valentine's Day, a series of routine crises force Meg to question staying in a profession which fulfills her both professionally and spiritually—or devoting the rest of her life to the one person who completes her.

Which one is For Keeps?

Excerpt ~

"Crime Victim Services. How may I help you?”

The caller's voice was low, husky, and exquisitely male. “Do you know the difference between a barracuda and a victim advocate?”

Her heart skipped a beat. “Lip gloss.”

“Well damn,” Kee muttered. “You already heard it.”

“An oldie but a goodie, pal.”

“Aren't we all. How you doin' on this gorgeous February day, gorgeous?”

Bringing his handsome face to mind took no great effort. They had worked together for more years than either cared to count. When the relationship progressed beyond professional Meg felt they should keep things under the radar. At first Keenan agreed, claiming he wasn't in the mood tor any crap from his peers about exploring his feminine side. But after a while he began to push for something more permanent. And she wasn't so sure she was ready for that, especially marriage. Meg liked being able to come and go as she pleased, responsible only to herself, and for herself.

Even though she heard the tease in his voice now, she was still smarting from last night so proceeded with caution. “Not too bad. How's by you?”

“Lemme tell you, cara. If I was any better, I'd scare myself.”

Author Bio ~

Writing under the pseudonyms Kat Henry Doran and Veronica Lynch, author Kathy Cottrell uses her experiences as a forensic nurse examiner, victim advocate, malpractice insurance investigator and nurse-paralegal for background in her award winnings novels and novellas. For setting, she has chosen her favorite places on earth: the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, as well as the historic Thousand Islands regions of Upstate and Northern New York State. 

When not writing or chasing grandchildren, Kathy spends her time designing and creating tote bags and aprons to custom order.

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And Veronica has been sweet enough to offer one lucky commentor a Valentine's theme [hand-made] jewelry caddy! So be sure and leave your email address so we can contact you when you win!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

~ The Maureen Bonatch Book That You Won't Forget ~ FORGET ME NOT! ~

Isn't this a lovely teaser Maureen created? She's gonna put me out of business! ;) Please help me welcome back the wonderful Maureen Bonatch with her newest release--a book I'm very excited about--FORGET ME NOT! Wait 'til you hear the setup for this one! But first--I'm such a tease (but again, that's what I do)--Maureen answered a couple of questions for me...

Maureen, what is the best thing you’ve learned about writing and/or the publishing business?

I’ve been amazed by the support and encouragement of other authors. I hadn’t expected to make so many new friends, and learn so much, just from helping each other to succeed. It’s been a beautiful, heartwarming experience. 

I agree whole-heartedly! What is something you struggle with when you write?

I like to call it, ‘the shiny syndrome.’ This disorder has resulted in four WIPs festering in my computer as I work on them until a new, shiny idea pops into my head! I shove the WIP aside to start something new that’s surely better, more fun. The new story entices me to devote all my time to it—which I do, until something else ‘shiny’ comes along to distract me. 

Ahh...sounds like a pretty serious condition. Perhaps there's some elixir out there that could help. But in the meantime, share with us a little bit more about you, personally. Where do you live? Where would you love to live?

I live in Western Pennsylvania (PA to us locals).  I love my beautiful state. I spend as much time as I can walking, bicycle riding or cruising with my hubby on his motorcycle to take in the sights of the forests I love, and the rolling hills.

Sounds heavenly! Now, just for fun...what was one of the best Christmas presents you ever received?

When my twin girls were younger, probably around six or seven, they had an old Polaroid camera they lovingly dubbed ‘old noggin’ (who knows why? Lol) One Christmas, before selfies were a thing, they took a selfie of the two of them and wrapped it up as a gift for me.
Maureen's cuties!
The thoughtfulness behind this gift warms my heart. I still cherish the photo and have it hanging in the room where I spend the most time. Unfortunately, that room is the laundry room.

Ha! I hear you! Now...if you owned a CB radio what would your "handle" be?

Mz Hyde. I’d choose that handle for several reasons. It’s a song I love by Halestorm, and I have it as my license plate. Plus it suits my personality. In my day job I work in nursing administration and have to follow the rules, be serious and whip out structured policies with ease. In my author role, I can’t abide by an outline, write by the seat of my pants and live in a fantasy world.

Old Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. It's kind of funny you brought that up because I was just discussing how a local band played Halestorm and I was surprised, as you don't hear them covered very often. What is your concept of a fruitful day?

Ahh…there’s never enough hours in the day. The days I feel like a superstar are ones when I am at home and can start at 4:30 and plow through a bunch of emails, do online marketing, put in a little writing time and then get the girls off to school, tidy up the house, get dinner started and return to write for the afternoon. By the time the family is home I’m not fretting about my endless to-do list and can relax and watch a movie in the evening with my family. 

That email can get crazy, can't it? Well, thanks so much for sharing some of yourself with us. Let's find out more about FORGET ME NOT!

Blurb ~

The car accident totaled Sabrina Post’s convertible and reinvented her memories. She can't recall dumping Cole Dawson ten years ago. What her new clairvoyant visions tell Sabrina is he’s her husband. Any practical girl would question her sanity. But if Sabrina wants to make this imaginary future a reality, she'll have to regain Cole’s trust and eliminate her rival, the coffee shop waitress who’s pegged Cole as husband #4. To prove she’s foreseen their destiny, Sabrina stirs Cole’s interest by revealing specifics about him she couldn’t have otherwise known. Unfortunately, the one detail he vividly remembers is the pain when she left him and their "rinky-dink" town in her rearview mirror.

If Cole can't believe she's a changed woman, can Sabrina accept the only second chance she has at love exists in her memories?

Excerpt ~

The boxes of candy hearts Julie forgot spilled across the floor. 

Cole hunkered down and gathered the papers. His mouth formed a hard line as he glanced at Sabrina’s leave paperwork with the end date prominently circled. He replaced it on the table under the keys.

“No really, I can do it. You stay, Cole. I’ll be right back.” Sabrina caught her reflection in the mirror on the wall. The quest for a coat resulted in her hair looking as if she’d stuck her finger into an electrical outlet. Her appearance matched her desperation. She ran her hands over her head, but the static filled strands resisted smoothing.

“I need to check on Dad anyway, and it’s on my way. I’ll take Josie.” Cole extended his elbow, and Josie latched on like a lifeline, her fingers digging into the leather of his jacket. She skittered across a few of the remaining candies, crushing Be Mine and Love Me on the floor. “Thanks again for dinner, Marge.”

“Cole wait.” Despair leaked into Sabrina’s plea.
He glanced toward the papers on the table and sighed. “I waited for years, Rena. It’s you who waited too long.”

As the door closed behind him, so did the future with Cole that she’d imagined. Her shoulders fell. She knelt to collect the candy hearts scattered on the floor. Forget Me Not and Hug Me taunted her with their cheerful words. Lacking a garbage bag, she shoved a handful of the candies into her jacket pocket. Several hearts were trodden into tiny pieces, like her own.

Author Bio ~

Maureen writes stories in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania that boast laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world. She writes Paranormal Romance and Fantasy.

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Giveaway ~

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Check out her Pinterest Board with all of the Candy Heaarts Books & Extras for Valentine's Day!