Monday, October 19, 2020

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Bigelow Bay Series by Jakkie Frances-GUEST POST

 


Keeping Control
Bigelow Bay Book 3
by Jakki Frances
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

MICHAEL - He's the king and Bigelow Bay hospital is his domain.  A lifetime of single minded focus and self discipline has ensured his life is exactly the way he always wanted...  Until tragedy threatens
to disrupt his well ordered life.
SONNIE -  Her life is out of control, one moment changed everything. A new home, new school, new life with new challenges.  When your life is chaos you hang onto even a small shred of control all the harder.
MEL:  Offering guidance to those who need it most while battling the darkness that still lives inside her - it's a delicate balance between controlling her past of allowing her past to control her.
AS three lives collide, sometimes the only thing you can hope for is some order in the chaos, but sometimes the best outcome doesn't come from KEEPING CONTROL.


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It's Complicated
Bigelow Bay Book 2 

Welcome to Bigelow Bay, where everyone has a story and gets their own, special, happy ending.
After years of being moved from place to place Greg has finally put down some roots and he likes his life just as it is. He works hard in his job and equally hard to avoid complications in life; especially the female kind.
Until he literally stumbles across Helene, a fun-loving free spirit without a home or a past who crashes into his life and complicates everything.


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It's Safer
Bigelow Bay Book 1 

Frank leads a quiet life and is dedicated to his job, but there is a redhead who keeps distracting him. He's seen her around town and at work and the more he sees the more curious he gets.
Kasey keeps to herself, hiding from the world. She loves her job and does it well, but after work hours she's alone in her home with a cat and books for company. It's a lonely existence but at least it's safe.
Until a stormy night changes everything and life no longer seems safe. Now it might become something more. Can Frank break through the walls around Kasey without breaking her completely? And is Kasey strong enough to let him in?


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A life long book dork, voracious reader, book blogger, regular dreamer and slightly crazy cat lady, living in small town southern Australia. Cheat days are the best days because they involve pancakes and tacos.
A lifesaving superhero by day and putting whatever crazy is running through her head into words by night. Dreaming of love and creating different versions of the perfect book boyfriend... all with a little Aussie spin.
Everyday life is weaved through each story, a roadtrip I took, a person I once knew, a friends quirks - every character you read you are meeting someone in my life... see if you can find yourself. I write whatever crazy happens to be in my head at any given moment. Whether a friends to lovers, a fairy tale, a fun escapade, a filthy good girl gone wrong or a sweet shifter love, you never know what you're going to get. Why limit yourself to a single genre right? The only guarantee is that love wins in the end; I don't promise happily ever after but I do promise the perfect love for the story.



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Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

Hiya all, I’m Jakki Frances, Australian author, book dork, breakfast enthusiast… oh and in my everyday life – ER nurse and single mum of a fully grown and almost functional adult daughter.

I’m relatively new to this whole author thing. It still blows my mind that people out there in the world are reading my words. I’ve always been a book dork. I grew up in a family of readers but I took it to the extreme at a young age – I won the school prize for reading the most amount of books at 12 beating out everyone even the 18 year olds. I’ve also always written short stories and poems for my eyes only. A few years ago, I started blogging reviews on books I enjoyed and events I went to. This gave me the confidence (together with some wonderful author mentors) to put my words out there for everyone else to read and in April 2019 I published my first book…

And thus, Jakki Frances was born.

Describe your writing style.

I’m a total pantster… I know where the story starts and where it ends, how it gets there is a surprise until it hits the pages. I’m never sure what my characters are going to get up to until it happens.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

This is such a well timed question since I’ve just finished tweaking my author profile and branding. I’m not a spirit animal, etc. kind of girl but my logo of a book dandelion really speaks to my heart. You blow on the dandelion and instead of seeds/‘fairies’ – a million book dreams are set flight into the universe.

Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!

I’m a traveller (well pre-covid I was) and you never know what’s going to happen when you travel… I’ve been lost in the jungles of Borneo, mugged by a taxi driver in Beunas Airies, hiked in the Andes, celebrated NYE under the norther lights in Iceland, been bitten by an venimous catterpiller, watched the sun rise in the Antarctic… oh and when I was 16 I won a speech competition with a speech translating 90’s teenage language.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I guess I first started actually calling myself a writer when people started reading my books… I still struggle with calling myself an author – I feel like the toddler wearing mums high heels for dress up.

The first few books I signed for readers – I forgot I don’t write under my ‘real’ name… So one day when I’m JK Rolling big those books signed by the everyday me and not the author Jakki Frances, will be collector items worth $$$$$ LOL



What can we expect from you in the future?

One thing I can guarantee is you’ll never know what you’re going to get from me next… I write whatever crazy is most insistent in my head. I’m working on a stand alone book now that’s something that I have no idea where the idea came from but it’s talking loud and clear.





What inspired you to write this series?

Bigelow Bay began life with Kasey and Frank (IT’S SAFER) and the crew at Bigelow Bay hospital. They’re a combination of my own workmates and the hospital in my mind is the one I spend my days in. Once K & F had their happy ending, other friends I’d met in the story started telling me their stories too. Thus Greg & Nadine (IT’S COMPLICATED) and now Sonnie, Michael & Melissa (KEEPING CONTROL). Each book inspires a new story – I have plans for at least 2 more at this stage.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

SEX! What can I say, my first book Destroying Laura was full of sex and that’s how I realised I don’t write good sex. My friends say it’s because you need to write what you know… So my stories are more love and relationship rather than sweating and pussy pounding.

And apostrophies - I hate those suckers. I’m never sure where they go. Thank god for my editor.

When/where do I write?

I do my best writing at night and for some reason can’t get any words out in the morning at all. I need noise to write – when I’m at home I’m in my library with my earpods and my fave playlist, but a good 50% of my writing is done between patient care at work on nightshift, usually between 2 & 5am with the bustle of the ER around me.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I only ‘write’ one at a time, but I’m always jotting down ideas, conversations, entire paragraphs in my notebooks for future books. But the actual ‘writing ‘book process is one at a time.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

They all come from my imagination of course, but everyone in my books is based on someone in my life – some in physical look and others in character. Some characters are mash-ups of a few people and I am in each and every story I’ve written.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

My new release KEEPING CONTROL is a very personal story for me. I cried writing it, I cried editing it, I cried as I read and formatted it. The feels are very real to me – here’s hoping they are for readers too.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in KEEPING CONTROL?

Michael is my perfect man – the one I wish was walking the halls of my hospital. He’s alpha and confident and hot and over 40… but at the same time he’s flawed and unsure of himself and feeling in over his head. He’s just lovely.

Sonnie breaks my heart. She’s a teenager who’s lost everything and is just trying to find her place in the world. Plus she’s attempting to teach her Uncle how to parent her.

Melissa is me. What can I say, she’s me through and through. Most days she’s a fully functional adult but every now and then life overwhelms her. It really is hard to shut out the voices inside you and just eat in public.





If KEEPING CONTROL was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Amy Schumer would be the perfect Melissa in my mind. Physically and character wise – I don’t see it being a ‘stretch’ for her. As for Michael and Sonnie? No idea really. Maybe Wentworth Miller for Michael – simply because I have a big crush on him. Sonnie – no idea, I don’t actually know any child actors. Are there any more Fanning sisters out there?

I will say I already know the main soundtrack/theme song. I don’t have playlists to go with books but this book from the first moment it started growing in my mind had one song that matched it perfectly. So the theme song for KEEPING CONTROL is absolutely The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

4 years ago I visited Anne Frank house in Amsterdam and one of my prized possessions is the copy of her diary I purchased there.

Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind) is my all time favourite author and last year when I as in the USA I visited Atlanta specifically to go to Margaret Mitchell house – and I was able to replace my old battered GWTW while there, another prized possession.

And covid travel willing in 2021 I’ll be visiting Concord Massachusetts to visit Louisa May Alcott’s house (Little Women – the first book I fell in love with as a child), and the graveyard where Louisa is buried along with Nathanial Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe. What can I say, total book dork here.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I read of course. I read on average 5+ hours at day. It it’s a day off I could read for 12+. It’s my relaxation and recharge activity.

I also love my gym… I miss my gym! We’re banned from gyms here due to covid and I miss my daily workout. I get the best book ideas when I’m zoned out on the treadmill.

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I really hate to wear socks and shoes. Socks are for work only and shoes are only when necessary. I’d live barefoot if the hospital floor wasn’t so disgusting.

I’d rather eat breakfast than anything else and when my daughter moves out (hopefully withing the next month) I’ll be giving up cooking and surviving on breakfast day round.

When I travel I only eat 1-2 meals a day and they always include dessert. Travelling I workout extra just so I can eat pancakes and cheesecake for brunch.

Do you see writing as a career?

WOW that would be living the ultimate dream!!! I started writing for just myself, I started publishing happy that if only one person ever read my first book then that was ok by me. Now 7 books later I have a small but dedicated reader following and people who have been know to bug me as to when the next book is coming.

After my first book I worked out how many per year I’d have to sell to quit nursing… suffice to say I doubt I’ll ever be a full time author but that’s ok. I write because I love it and I have stories to share. Of course if someone wants to buy 35,000 copies of my books that’s ok by me too. LOL

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*Book Tour & Giveaway* First Second Coming by Jeff Pollak-GUEST POST

 



First Second Coming
The New God Series Book 1
by Jeff Pollack
Genre: Supernatural Romantic Suspense


In 2027 the deity known as NTG – short for New Testament God – retires after more than two thousand years of minding the store for his employer, Milky Way Galaxy, Inc. The new god, a planetary turnaround specialist, must decide whether Earth’s dominant species should or should not be included in his plan to bring the planet back into full compliance with Milky Way Galaxy, Inc.’s planetary operation standards.
Earth’s new God introduces himself to humanity by unexpectedly appearing on the Ram Forrester Hour talk show. Ram, an atheist, and co-host Brendali Santamaria, a devout Catholic, are stunned. God's interview, beamed worldwide, shocks and infuriates viewers. They learn that a sixty-day conference will take place in Los Angeles to determine whether humans are capable of helping him implement his planetary turnaround plan. To earn a coveted spot in this God’s good graces all mankind must do is eliminate religious violence forever, without his heavenly help, within sixty days. Failure means extinction.
God designates Ram and Bren as the conference’s only authorized media reporters. This assignment, fraught with peril, ignites their romance. Not only must the harried couple attend the conference meetings by day and do their show at night, they must also outwit a fanatical religious group bent on killing them. When rising conflicts within the conference intensify, it’s up to Ram and Bren to do whatever it takes to protect their budding romance and mankind’s very survival.


Reviews:
Jeff Pollak’s debut novel, First Second Coming, combines suspense, romance, and theology in an imaginative, unique adventure!”
            —Mark Moses, Actor (best known as Paul Young on Desperate Housewives and Herman “Duck” Phillips on Mad Men.)

Wow! What an outstanding debut novel! Jeff mixes a wide genre to create this intriguing novel. Plenty of romance, action and some theology to keep things lively! Not a mix I’ve seen before but in the ratio he writes=perfect! A fab read. Looking forward to the next book!”
         -- Becca Thompson, The Book Club
 
An absolutely fascinating concept mixed with the perfect blend of action, romance and theology. Will humans choose to set aside their petty arguments and live peacefully, working to solve the world's problems side by side, or will the planetary turnaround specialist assigned to Earth as the New God have to take the ultimate action to ensure the planet's survival, even if that means human extinction? This book will grab you and keep you reading to the very last page. Can't wait to see what comes next!”       
 - Kristine Pfeffer Fox, Author



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Jeff Pollak, the author of First Second Coming and sequels to come, was raised in the Riverdale section of the Bronx by a single mom and two grandparents who lived eight floors up. After graduating from college in Buffalo, Jeff headed west to Los Angeles for law school and spent his entire legal career in and around civil litigation. Now retired, writing fiction is Jeff's new passion.


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What is the hardest part of writing your books?


Because I came to writing fiction from a long career as a trial attorney, my writing style sometimes lapses into a stiff, formal style that’s normal for writing such boring things as legal briefs, client reports and trial documents. When editing I stay alert to this tendency, and fix the verbiage where I find it unless the character – such as God in First Second Coming – has a formal manner of speech. 


What songs are most played on your Ipod?


I don’t actually own an Ipod, but some of the most played songs in my iTunes library are Copperhead Road by Steve Earle; Unintended by Muse; Come Unto Me by the Mavericks; Dreamer by the Lil’ Band O’ Gold; Lend a Hand by Jakob Dylan; King of El Paso by Boz Scaggs; Furr by Blitzen Trapper; Chocolate Jesus, a cover of Tom Waite’s song done by Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart; Quizas, Quizas, Quizas by Gabi Moreno and Killybegs by The Chieftains. I listen to a fairly broad range of musical genres.


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?


During the time I was writing First Second Coming, I was part of two critique groups. One was a three-person group, including me. None of us were published. The other group consisted of eight, several of whom were already published. As part of First Second Coming’s pre-publication process I sent my manuscript to four beta readers and one sensitivity reader, the latter to make sure Brendali, my Latina main character, was realistic and not in any way stereotyped or inaccurate.


What book are you reading now?


I’m reading the newly released novel by David Mitchell, one of my favorite authors. It’s called Utopia Avenue. I’m about 25% through it at this point and it’s very enjoyable, though so far only occasionally up to his usual “relentlessly brilliant” writing style. The quoted phrase belongs to Ursula K. Le Guin, herself a brilliant writer.


How did you start your writing career?


There comes a time in life when you look ahead to mull over what you’ll do in your free time during retirement. That time came for me in 2014. Because litigation is a very writing intensive profession, and I enjoyed the writing aspect of it, I concluded that doing something related to the written word would fit me well. And since I’m an avid reader, the idea of trying my hand at writing fiction made sense, too. I embarked on a self-imposed crash course to learn the craft by attending writers’ conferences, scouring the internet for online websites, and becoming friendly with writers and a few instructors I met at the conferences. I also bought books such as Stephen King’s On Writing and pored through them.


Tell us about your next release.


 I’m working on two novels concurrently. One is the sequel to First Second Coming, which has a working title of Earth’s Peril. A spin-off called The Recycling Center is the second book. Earth’s Peril is probably the next release, but I’m in the early stages of both books so that could change.

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*Book Tour & Giveaway* Horses Heal Hearts by Kimberly Beckett-GUEST POST

 


Her Forever Love
Horses Heal Hearts Book 4
by Kimberly Beckett
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Liz Randall is coming home a champion.

Fifteen years after leaving Columbus to follow her dream of riding dressage for the United States Equestrian Team, Liz has returned with a gold medal, a determination to raise her teenage daughter, and a dream to expand her therapeutic riding practice.

Falling in love again isn't in her plan, especially not with Jason Merrick, her first love, the boy whose heart she broke all those years ago. The man with whom she shares more than just a history.

Jason Merrick came home a hero.

An Army Ranger seriously wounded in the same attack that killed his best friend, Jason sought the familiar comfort of his hometown to recover. Now he's ready to build something rather than destroy. What he wasn't ready for was seeing Liz Randall--the girl who broke his heart fifteen years ago. His growing construction company needs the money remodeling Liz's stables will bring. That's the only reason to take the job...or so he tells himself.

The moment they see each other again, feelings that never died come rushing back. Jason knows he'll do anything to have her. But as much as Liz wants to be his, she has a secret. A secret that, once revealed, could make him walk away from her forever.


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Lionel's Leap of Faith
Horses Heal Hearts Book 3


He doesn't know the mob has him in its cross hairs

Lionel Hayes is shocked to discover a world-class jumper among the abused horses he rehabilitates. Unfortunately, the only man with the talent to ride that horse is not only the man of Lionel's dreams, he has also been recruited by the mob to frame him.

One fateful decision in a moment of weakness destroyed Lionel Hayes' life as he knew it and led to the death of his longtime partner and lover. At first, he blamed his friend Michael Stafford for his misfortune and sought revenge, but through his work rehabilitating abused horse, and the trust of one special horse, he realized that he had to take responsibility for his actions, and that he and he alone should take the blame. From that day forward, Lionel vowed to restore his image and resume the career that he loved. In the process, he found the horse of a lifetime, Gideon's Rainbow.

Monty Campbell was a rising star on the international show jumping circuit until he lost his horse to injury. Desperate for a replacement mount, and with the support of the British Equestrian Team, he leaned of Gideon's Rainbow and knew this horse was for him. To his surprise, the horse's owner was also a perfect match for him, although the man stubbornly refused to acknowledge it. How could Monty convince Lionel they were meant for each other and would the sinister force that sought to destroy Lionel destroy Monty as well?


Racing Toward Love
Horses Heal Hearts Book 2 

Once a hero, always a hero.

After his best friend died in his arms in Afghanistan, Ian Stafford felt broken. Then he's compelled to save a beautiful, compassionate woman from rape at the hands of ruthless thugs, and he realizes his unique skills are needed to ensure her family's phenomenal horse gets the chance to race like the champion he is.
Ian Stafford is a former British Special Forces soldier and Afghanistan war veteran who still has nightmares after watching his best friend cut down by a sniper in a remote village in Afghanistan. When he sees a woman in a local pub being harassed and threatened, he intervenes. During the ensuing brawl, the woman escapes, but Ian accidentally stabs one of his attackers who later dies. Ian is charged with manslaughter, and the woman who can exonerate him has disappeared.
Megan Brady and her father Daniel never imagined that the thoroughbred colt they raised from birth would grow up to be a contender for the British Triple Crown. Seabiscuit II is the last horse you might imagine as a champion if judged by looks alone. Like his namesake, Seabiscuit II is not much to look at, but has a heart as big as all outdoors, and refuses to be beaten. Unfortunately, the Irish mob has also taken notice, and has approached Megan's brother Stephen with an offer of a bribe to purposely lose the most important race of his career. Stephen refused, and Megan has taken it upon herself to thwart the mob, but their brutal tactics nearly see her raped until Ian steps in to save her. Megan knows she must come out of hiding to exonerate Ian, but knows if she does, the mob will be there too. Meanwhile the date of the big race approaches.

Can Megan's example of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, and the will to prevail even when the going looks tough, help Ian come to grips with his grief, and give him the courage to forgive himself and allow himself to live and love again? Will Ian be able to trust Megan with his heart?


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Dressage Dreaming
Horses Heal Hearts Book 1 

A once in a lifetime horse,but only one of them can have him.
 
For very different reasons, Michael Stafford and Jessica Warren need the right horse to fulfill their dreams to compete in international dressage, and the black stallion Tempest is that horse. When Tempest's owner requires them to compete head to head for Tempest, theydiscover the tension between them is not just about the horse, but about the strong attraction neither of them can deny.


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Ever since she can remember, Kimberly Beckett has loved horses. She wore out 4 rocking horses before she was 5 years old, and as she got older, she read every horse story in print, from Black Beauty to My Friend Flicka. It wasn't until she got her first job as an attorney for the federal government, however, that could afford to buy her first horse, and she hasn't been without at least one ever since. She has been riding dressage for several years and has earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze Medal. When she wasn't reading about horses, she was reading romance novels, and her favorites always involve an alpha male Hero riding a magnificent horse. Kimberly has now found a way to combine her love of horses with her love of romance by writing her own version of equine-facilitated happily ever afters. She truly believes that Horses Heal Hearts. She lives in southwest Ohio, and loves practicing dressage with her own beloved equine. 


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Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

I have always loved reading romance novels, especially when my life was stressful, and I needed an escape for just a little while. I work full time as an attorney for the U.S. government, and my hobby is horseback riding – dressage specifically, but I have always felt like I had some stories in my mind that were just waiting to come out. After my parents passed away eleven days apart in 2012, I escaped into romance, and the kernel of desire to write my own stories started to grow. I knew nothing about writing a novel, or about the world of publishing, however, so I was a bit stuck. In 2016, I took Grace Burrowes’ writers’ retreat to Scotland and the experience was just the shot in the arm I needed to finish my first book, Dressage Dreaming, which is now published by Soul Mate Publishing. The rest is history.


What is something unique/quirky about you?

I’m the only person I know who is a full time attorney, published author, and has a US Dressage Federation Bronze Medal.


Where were you born/grew up at?

I was born and raised in southwest Ohio


If you knew you would die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

I would ride my horse on the beach and spend the rest of the day with my son.


Who is your hero and why?

Ruth Bader Ginsberg is my hero. Despite the tremendous odds against her, she fought tirelessly for women’s equality and held her own as a jurist and a wife and mother, culminating in her nomination and position on the U.S. Supreme Court.


What are you passionate about these days?

I am definitely passionate about politics right now. I urge everyone to exercise their right to vote.


What do you do to unwind and relax?

I ride my horse, and spend as much time outside in nature. I especially like walking in the woods.


Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Intelligent, empathic, introvert, leader, passionate.


When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I got my first book contract with Soul Mate.


Do you have a favorite movie?

It sounds sappy, but I love The Sound of Music.


Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

Any of my novels would make a great movie, IMHO.


As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I’m an Aries, so I would choose the Ram, although a horse would be close second.



What can we expect from you in the future?

I have one more book left to write in the Horses Heal Hearts series. I have started working on Hailey’s story and am hoping for June 2021 release.


Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Her Forever Love?

Yes. My heroine, Liz Randall, has just won the Olympic gold medal for dressage and is returning home to Columbus, Ohio to take over the running of her therapeutic riding facility and help the United States Equestrian Team find its next Olympic dressage hopeful. She is divorced and has a 14 year old daughter, Amy, who has Cerebral Palsy, and Liz’s older sister Cindy has been taking care of Amy and running the business in Liz’s absence.


My hero, Jason Merrick, is a former Army Ranger returning to Columbus after being wounded in Afghanistan in an attack that killed his best friend. Jason is currently living with his sister, who married the friend, and is helping her raise his 7 year old nephew. He and Liz were boyfriend and girlfriend during high school, but broke up when she refused his proposal of marriage the day after graduation. Although he was angry when Liz turned him down, he now realizes fifteen years later that he was selfish and pig-headed and has never forgotten her.


Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?

Liz has spent most of her life trying to please others. It’s only when she’s riding that she is truly herself. She cares deeply about her daughter and wants to make sure she knows she is loved unconditionally. She still loves Jason but dreads telling him that her daughter is his.


Jason was hurt deeply when Liz turned down his marriage proposal the day after high school graduation, but he has never forgotten her. As a man, he realizes what a mistake he made in letting Liz go fifteen years ago and is hoping that he can convince her she can trust him with her heart.


Who designed your book covers?

Fiona Jayde


Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learned a great deal about therapeutic riding – especially about the many different conditions and disabilities that equine therapy can help.


Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

I think anyone who wants to believe that true love can survive conflict and a lengthy separation will enjoy this book. Also, if you like experiencing the suspense as Liz tries to figure out how best to tell Jason that Amy is his daughter and then watching as her worst nightmare comes true when Jason finds out in the worst possible way, you’ll love reading Her Forever Love.



What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?

I love reading both historical and contemporary romance, so my favorite authors have a mix of both: Lisa Kleypas, Grace Burrowes, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Julia Quinn, Marsha Canham, Marie Force, Courtney Milan, Loretta Chase, Sherry Thomas, and Mary Balogh.


How long have you been writing?

I have been writing romance since 2016.


Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

My main characters are always created before I begin to really write, but the supporting cast of characters frequently changes as I write.


Do you see writing as a career?

As I approach retirement, I’m hoping that writing will provide enough additional income to allow me to live comfortably and afford my perpetual horse addiction – lol.


Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

I have to have relative quiet when I write. I like to hear the conversations between characters in my head as I write, and outside noise makes that very difficult.


Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I’m a linear person, so I have to write one book at a time.


Advice you would give new authors?

I would advise new authors not to give up, and to learn as much about the craft of writing as possible. There are several good writing craft books and workshops available. Take advantage.


Describe your writing style.

I’m a plotter when it comes to my overall story arc. My characters can be more like pantsing.  

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

*Book Tour & Giveaway* The Corpse Who Knew Too Much by Debra Sennefelder-GUEST POST

 



The Corpse Who Knew Too Much
A Food Blogger Mystery Book 4
by Debra Sennefelder
Genre: Cozy Mystery


Food blogger Hope Early takes on a cold case that's heating up fast . . .
 
Building on her recipe for success with her food blog, Hope at Home, Hope is teaching her first blogging class at the local library in Jefferson, Connecticut. She’s also learning about podcasts, including a true-crime one called Search for the Missing, hosted by Hope's childhood friend, Devon Markham. Twenty years ago on Valentine's Day, right here in Jefferson, Devon's mom disappeared and was never found. Finally Devon has returned to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother—and she asks Hope to help.
The next day Hope discovers Devon's apartment has been ransacked. Her laptop with the research on her mother's cold case is missing, and Devon is nowhere to be found. When her friend's body is later discovered in a car wreck, Hope is convinced it's no accident. Clearly, Devon was too close to the truth, and the cold-blooded killer is still at large in Jefferson. Now it's up to Hope to find the guilty party—before the food blogger herself becomes the next subject of another true-crime podcast . . .
Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!





Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.
Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companion is her slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Connie.



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Q&A


Where were you born/grew up at?

I was born and raised in New York City. I moved to Connecticut after I got married.


What do you do to unwind and relax?

There are a few things I love to do to relax. Baking is one of those things. I love reading and it’s a great way to unwind in the evening. I also enjoy exercising. Not only is it a great stress reliever, it helps clear my mind and makes it easier to come up with ideas whether I’m starting a new project or stuck in the middle of a current book.


Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Determined. Loyal. Curious. Creative.


What inspired you to write this book?

My interest in cold cases and podcasts.


How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

I had an idea of Hope getting caught up in an unsolved mystery. It seemed natural to include a podcast into the story.


Who designed your book covers?

My publisher, Kensington Publishing.


Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

No. There might be some traits that I borrowed from some real life people that I assign to characters but pretty much all the characters are made up. They're not based on any one person.


What book do you think everyone should read?

Great question. One of the most intriguing books I’ve read is Rebecca. I highly recommend that book.


What do you think about the current publishing market?

I think it’s a great time to be an author. We have so many opportunities available to us that weren’t there twenty years ago.


Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

It depends on what part of the process of working in. While I’m writing the first draft, noise in the background isn’t a distraction. But when I'm editing a silence is much preferred.


Pen or type writer or computer?

Pen and computer. A lot of brainstorming story ideas before I outline is done by hand, usually on a legal pad. Then I move to my computer for the rest of the writing process.



Advice they would give new authors?

Keep learning the craft, keep writing and enjoy the process.


What are they currently reading?

You Are Invited by Sarah A. Denzil


Do you believe in writer’s block?

No. When I worked in customer service, I never got customer service block. I was expected to show up for work and be productive. I do believe we do get stuck in the middle of writing a story for various reasons.


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