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Tea with author Ines Bautista-Yao

Today I’m having ginger tea with author Ines Batista-Yao from the Philipines. We’re talking about her latest book, Swept off my Feet as part of her Loving the Book Book-Blitz. Before we find talk about that though, I think we should get to know her better!

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? Tea! Ginger tea because it soothes my throat but recently, when it was in Taiwan, I took tea with milk and brown sugar and I loved it!
  2. Read or jog? Read!
  3. Cats or dogs? Dogs!
  4. Heels or flats?I  used to love heels but when I had kids… well… I’ve tossed that dream out the window.
  5. Boxers or briefs? Bikini briefs
  6. Milk, dark or white chocolate – Milk
  7. Sweet or savoury- Sweet!
  8. Sea or mountains- It’s so hard to choose. I love them both.

B. Five likes and five dislikes 

Likes:

  1. Unicorns
  2. The color pink
  3. Theme parks
  4. Romantic comedies
  5. Star Trek

Dislikes:

  1. Traffic
  2. Love stories with unhappy endings
  3. Mosquitoes
  4. Bad grammar
  5. Poorly seasoned food

C. Three things on your bucket list

  1. Visit Paris
  2. Ride a Disney Cruise
  3. Actively support a foundation

D. What triggered this specific story? 

I was watching the ballet recital of my niece (one of many I’ve seen because I have cousins who grew up dancing ballet and they have shows every year), and I was trying really hard not to zone out. The problem was, I didn’t want to appear rude so I told myself to pay attention and not just scroll through my phone. While watching the young girls dance, bits and pieces of a story started coming to me. I quickly wrote it down. A few days (or was it weeks?) later, I was in my daughter’s school, waiting for her, and I noticed there was a martial arts class nearby and the instructors were quite good looking.

The idea of a ballerina and a martial artist seemed to fit so well together! A few days later, Bas and Geri were born!

Thank you so much for having tea with me, Ines!

We have a lot in common, Ines – I also love unicorns amd romantic comedies!

Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s
in your Heart, Only A Kiss, When Sparks Fly, All That Glitters, and Someday
With You.
She has also written several short stories. Among them are “Plain
Vanilla,” “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica:
Love Notes from a Festival, “Things I’ll Never Say,” part of the Summit Books
anthology Coming of Age, and “Before the Sun Rises,” part of the Ateneo
University Press anthology Friend Zones.
She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone
magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher.
She is also a wife and mom who lives in the Philippines with her husband and two little girls. Her books are available digitally on Amazon and Buqo.ph.

 

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Why my life sucks
by Geri Lazaro
1. My dad left when I was a kid.
2. My mom is in love (insert eye roll).
3. With a guy who is like 10 years younger than her!
4. My friends think he’s hot. (Gross)
5. I love ballet but our dance studio has a leak and we
have to dance in this smelly studio that doubles as an aikido dojo.
6. There’s this Dojo guy who thinks the studio belongs to
him.
7. Friends think Dojo guy is cute. (Ew.) (Okay, objectively
maybe but still, ew.)
8. I’m failing algebra.
9. Need to quit either basketball or ballet. Or both.
10. Dojo guy keeps showing up! (Fine, he does aikido in the
same building but whatever.)
11. Dojo guy is asking me to dance with him. And maybe he
is as cute as my friends say.
12. I don’t know what to do anymore! 

 

 




Snippet:

“Did you see him?” My ballet classmate Helena, whose hair was always in a perfect bun without a single strand out of place, floated over to me, pink skirts flapping up and down in her rush. 

“Who?” 

 “This guy! I can’t believe you didn’t see him when you entered.” Then her bright, excited expression fell. “Oh, Geri, I hope you weren’t wearing your basketball outfit when you arrived.” 

I pulled her phone closer so I could study the image on it. I blinked when I saw who it was. It was Dojo guy. He was talking to someone else in a martial arts kimono too. A girl with long hair cascading down her back. So there was no question of who Helena had just stalked in that photo. I put Helena’s phone back in her hand and wrinkled my nose. “Ew. Yeah. We kinda got into an argument.” I saw her eyes widen. “And yeah, I was wearing my basketball clothes.” 

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Tea with Gayle C. Krause

 

Today I’m having tea with author Gayle C. Krause as part of her Loving The Book Book Tour. We’re talking about her latest historical novel Twice Betrayed. But first, let’s find out more about her 🙂

A. Quickies

1. Tea or wine?

Tea

2. Read or jog?

Read

3. Cats or dogs?

Dogs

4. Heels or flats?

Flats

5. Boxers or briefs?

Briefs

6. Milk, dark or white chocolate

Dark Chocolate

7. Sweet or savoury

Sweet

8. Sea or mountains

Mountains

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Likes:

Honesty
A good rhyming picture book
Gourmet food
A sunny morning
A beautiful singing voice

Dislikes:

Greedy people
Adult fiction
Fast food
Freezing cold winters
Progressive jazz

C. Three things on your bucket list

Visit Hawaii
Sign with a dream agent
See one of my books made into a movie

D. What triggered this specific story?

A combination of my interest in the Revolutionary War period in American history and my sewing and cooking skills, partly passed down from my grandmother (a seamstress who designed and made bridal gowns) and my education as a certified Home Economics teacher.

Blurb:

With the spark of independence crackling in Colonial Philadelphia, three girls dress as boys and head to the river to put a perilous plan into action, but only two return. The third, a milliner’s assistant, is found drowned, with gold in her hems, coded spy letters in her bodice, and a journal implicating another sewing apprentice in the treacherous plot.
All eyes turn toward Perdy Rogers, Betsy Ross’ thirteen-year-old apprentice, but she’s no spy! With her life on the line, she struggles to untangle herself from the web of deceit and learns the hard way that freedom, whether an individual’s or a country’s, comes at a cost.

 

As a Master
Educationalist Gayle C. Krause taught Children’s Literature, creative writing,
storytelling techniques, and acting in upstate New York, where she trained
young men and women to become successful Early Childhood and Elementary
teachers. She also directed the Pre-K Laboratory School affiliated with her
teacher-training program and taught at a local SUNY college as an adjunct
professor.



Her years as a creative role model for teens and pre-school children
have led to her career as a children’s author. She is a member of SCBWI,
KIDLIT, INK, The JAGRS Writing Group, and a past member of the Historical Novel
Society and The Poets’ Garage.

Her publishing credits include:
 
•          Rock Star Santa, (2008) Scholastic.
•          RATGIRL: Song of the Viper – Noble 
Young Adult /Trowbridge Books (2013)
•          Scheherazade’s Secret – Trowbridge
Books 2014
•          Twice Betrayed – Trowbridge Books 2017
•          And coming November 7, 2017 – Daddy, Can You See the Moon? – Clear Fork Publishing.
She lives in a small town not far from where she was born. She listens to her muse sing through the trees of the Pocono Mountains and is inspired to write for children everyday.
Connect with the Author here: 

Thanks for having tea with me, Gayle!

Your are most certainly welcome. ☺ Thanks for inviting me.

Gayle C. Krause

The Call

I’ve been writing romances since 2008, mostly in Afrikaans. I received a lot of help when writing the first few, but lately the procees usually goes like this: I send the manuscript to the publisher, I get an email thanking me for my story, a possible publishing date is set and we’re ready to go. But I’ve been reading love stories for as long as I can remember and usually in English, so I had this dream to publish a romance in English.

So I sat down and wrote a story about a romance writer and a science fiction writer who meet in a lift. And then I found a list of publishers and very confidently sent my manuscript off, hoping to hear from them soon.

It was right about that time I heard about the custom where a publisher phones a writer when they want to publish your story. A phone call? An acual person talking to one? Wow, I couldn’t wait for this to happen.

It took months before the first rejection email arrive. And then the next, and the next – you get the drift. I was crushed. My lovely story, why didn’t anyone want to publish it? I was determined to get it published, though and began a second round of sending off emails.

I won’t bore you with the whole story about My Year of Waiting Patiently but eventually I received an email – there was an actualy publisher out there who was willing to publish the story. No phone call, though, all done by email.

But within a few months the company closed its virtual doors and I had to start from scratch. Which I did. And I found a wonderful publisher in Australia who published that first story and a second one. Each time I received and email. I was happy and so pleased and I thought maybe publishers don’t call anymore, so I stopped thinking about it.

I wrote three more stories I found another publisher for each and each time the whole process was finalised by email, all very civilised.

And then I pitched to HarperImpulse during our ROSA 2015 conference. I was asked to send the rest of the story. And I waited. And waited. Forgot about it. And waited. And then I received an email with the wonderful news – I was going the get The Call!

I don’t think I heard a word of what the lovely Charlotte Ledger said when she phoned, I was way too excited, but an actual person was talking to me on the phone, saying she loved the story! It was such a surreal experience, for the first time I understood why authors talk about The Call in capital letters.

And today The Whisperer will be released and will be available on Amazon.

Thanks to all the readers out there who love the stories I write, to my husband who reads my words regularly although he is not a romance reader, to our kids who don’t read my stories but who support me and a huge thanks to Charlotte Ledger for The Call! Working with the team at HarperImpulse is such a wonderful experience, I’m so happy they liked the story.

I hope you enjoy the story!

2016

Die kinders.

Van alles wat die jaar gebeur het, was dit die lot van kinders wat my die meeste ontstel het. Einde verlede jaar spoel die driejarige Aylan Kurdi se lyfie uit op ’n strand naby die Bodrum in Turkeye. Hy het ’n rooi hempie aan. ’n Sarsie rubberkoeël tref my teen my vel.

Die foto van die verdwaasde vyfjarige Omran Daqneesh agter in ’n ambulans nadat hy uit puinhope van Aleppo gehaal is, laat my desperaat soek na ’n manier om die wanhoop in my te laat bedaar.

’n Joernalis skryf die kinders in Aleppo huil nie meer nie. My hart breek.

Koerante is vol van ouers wat kinders seermaak, kinders wat ouers doodmaak. Wreed.

’n Wailing wall soos die een wat May Boatwright in Sue Monk Kid se The secret life of bees gehad het, begin sin maak. Op een of ander manier moet die seer op ’n plek kom weg van my waar ek dit nie meer kan voel nie.

Ons boeta is siek. Dis ’n lang, uitmergelende pad. Van die groot, sterk man is teen die einde min oor, net die vonkel in sy oog glim nog so af en toe totdat die blou oë heeltemal dof word. Hy’s op ’n goeie plek, ons weet, maar ek mis sy lag. Hy het die lewe met soveel oorgawe bestorm.

Ons meisiekind woon ver oor die water. Sy is gelukkig, ons gaan kuier, sy kom kuier, maar ek mis haar lyf, haar lag, haar reuk.

En ons middelste kom sê hy gaan weer Sjina toe. Dis ver, dis vreemd, dis aan die anderkant van die aardbol. Die verlange kom sit in ’n rou knop in my keel wat ek maar net nie weggesluk kry nie.

Oudste het ’n rowwe jaar. Ons bid, ons praat moed in, verwonder ons aan hulle vaste geloof dat alles sal uitwerk. Oudste kleinseun breek sy arm, ouma se lyf is te klein.

Die klaagmuur begin al hoe meer sin maak.

’n Vriendin verloor haar werk, ’n vriend raak siek, ’n vriendin verloor haar man, ’n ander die pa van haar kind. Vriende se kinders dwaal iewers langs die pad af. Verlore lewens. Dié sarsie koeëls is meededoënloos.

Ons ma word 91, die groen oë wat so vurig kon blits, is vaal, kyk ver na dinge waarvan ons niks weet nie. Die ma wat ek geken het, wat my so op my tone gehou het, is lankal nie meer hier nie. In haar plek is ’n verdwaasde wese en net soms breek ’n glimlag deur en herken haar oë iemand.

Ek wonder oor die sin van so ’n lewe.

’n Maand of wat terug kyk ek met verwondering na die supermaan. Dit word wetenskaplik verduidelik, ek weet, maar iets van die grootheid van die heelal, van die liefde van ons Hemelse Vader vir ons woelige aardse wensens, kry lêplek in my hart.

Ek het ’n Wailing Wall. So tussen al die hartseer het ek net vir ’n rukkie van Hom vergeet.

’n Mooi 2017 vir jou.

Herbal tea with Lisa Swinton

Tea with Elsa green tea

Today I’m having herbal tea with author Lisa Swinton and we’re talking about her latest release, On The Corner of Heartache and Love – don’t you just love the title?

Before we find out more about her new sweet romance, let’s find out more about her.

A. Quickies
1. Tea or wine? herbal tea. I don’t drink alcohol
2. Read or jog? read
3. Cats or dogs? cats
4. Heels or flats? heels
5. Boxers or briefs? boxers
6. Milk, dark or white chocolate? all, but I do love dark the best
7. Sweet or savoury? sweet
8. Sea or mountains? sea

B. Five likes and five dislikes
Like
cookies
brownies
beaches
travel
Jane Austen

Dislikes
Wasted time
Repeating what I said
Uncertainty
Seafood
Mushrooms

C. Three things on your bucket list
Travel the globe seeing the wonders of the world
Attend my kids weddings
Play with my grandkids

D. What triggered this specific story?
The Script’s The Man Who Can’t Be Moved

We have another wonderful book by author Lisa Swinton today!
It’s a fabulous, clean, sweet romance!

 

Lisa Swinton caught
the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it
since. Consequently, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In
between being a doctor’s wife and mother of two, she puts her B.A. in Musical Theater
to good use via community theater and church choir.
In her elusive spare time she enjoys researching her family
tree, painting her house, and baking, especially with chocolate. She loves
traveling, reading Jane Austen, and all things Italian. In her next life, she
plans to be a professional organizer.

 

 
Connect with the Author here: 
 
Facebook ~ Website ~ Amazon ~ Goodreads ~

 

 

Maren’s stuck at the intersection
of heartache and love, but happily ever after might be just around the corner.
After three years, Maren Summers is elated to
finally have her dream wedding to her dream man, Kevin Bryant. In her sights is
the promotion to Weddings she’s worked so hard for at the newspaper. Happily
ever after is within her grasp… 
Until Kevin jilts her at the altar, elopes with
another woman, and becomes her boss. Devastated by the twisted turn of events
Maren moves in with her best friend and notices the not-so-homeless guy on the
corner, Zane Whitfield. As his heart-wrenching tale unfolds—his vow to wait a
year on the corner for his lost love—Maren sees his compassionate
human-interest story as her ticket away from Kevin, weddings, and her
heartache. 

But as the New Year approaches, is Maren headed
for heartache again if Zane’s lost love returns or has time changed more than
one heart?

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Lipton tea with Gail Ward Olmsted

 

Drinking teaGail photoToday I’m having tea with the gorgeous Gail Olmsted and we’re talking about her brand new release, Driving on the left. But before we talk about her book, let’s find out more about her!

 

 

 

 

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? (what brand/cultivar?)

Tea- plain old Lipton, but would much prefer coffee!!

  1. Read or jog?

Read, read, read!! What is this jogging of which you speak??

  1. Cats or dogs?

I have three cats (Hope, Chloe & Ricky), but I love dogs too.

  1. Heels or flats?

Flats, preferably flip flops

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Boxers, on my hub that is!!

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

I have always loved milk chocolate, but am slowly learning to appreciate dark chocolate. Very satisfying and you don’t need to eat so much of it!!

  1. Sweet or savoury

Sweet, although ‘salted caramel’ anything is a current favorite. Can I have both??

  1. Sea or mountains

These are very difficult questions Elsa!! Can I be in the mountain with a view of the sea? My favorite place is the world is Dingle Bay in Ireland. The Conor Pass is definitely in the mountains and that bay is stunning!!

(Sounds perfect, Gail)

 B. Five likes and five dislikes

5 likes- people who are kind for no reason, boating, reading, my family (love) and hot coffee

5 dislikes: people who are mean for no reason, clowns, mimes, liver and cold coffee

 C. Three things on your bucket list

  • Spend a summer in Ireland with my husband
  •  Learn to sail or operate one of our boats- we just moved to a house on a lake and it would be very convenient for me to know how to get around on water
  •  See any one of my books: JEEP TOUR, Guessing at Normal, Driving on the Left- turned into a movie. I already have the cast all picked out!!

 D. What triggered this specific story?

My daughter and I took a trip to Ireland two years ago. It was her first time! We had a terrific vacation and met a super-cute tour guide named Sean. I had just released JEEP TOUR (about a woman who meets a hunky tour guide in Sedona, AZ) and Sean joked that I should write a sequel based in Ireland. So I did!!

 DrivingEbookBlurb from Driving on the left:

Like Mother, Like Daughter?

A summer fling changed the entire course of Jackie Sullivan’s life. Back then, she trusted her instincts and took a chance on love. Now she’s at a crossroads and has a big decision to make. How much is she willing to sacrifice for the man she loves? Her daughter Becca’s got her own problem- a secret that could threaten her carefully planned-out future. Romance is the last thing on her mind this summer.

Jackie and Becca planned to explore the beautiful Irish countryside during a relaxing vacation, but when Becca falls for tour guide Sean, she wants to explore much more. Will Becca resist temptation or follow in her mother’s footsteps? Sean may be just too good to pass up.

This book is for anyone who believes in the power of love and its ability to make you all sorts of crazy. Written as a sequel to JEEP TOUR, it can be enjoyed as a standalone read as well.

Social media links:

Twitter: @gwolmsted

E-mail: gail@gailolmsted.com

Website: www.gailolmsted.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gailolmstedauthor

Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/gailolmsted

Buy links:

Long and short

http://tinyurl.com/gv6vd8a

http://tinyurl.com/zpnvddo

Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/Driving-Left-Gail-Ward-Olmsted-ebook/dp/B01IUGGWPC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469232648&sr=8-1&keywords=driving+on+the+left

Print

https://www.amazon.com/Driving-Left-Gail-Ward-Olmsted/dp/0692714871/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1469232648&sr=8-3&keywords=driving+on+the+left

Author Bio:

My first visit to Sedona, AZ prompted me to start writing JEEP TOUR, my first novel. I fell in love with the red rocks and blue skies. My second novel is Guessing at Normal, a rock and roll love story. I recently released Driving on the Left, a romantic sequel of sorts to JEEP TOUR, based in Ireland. A hopeless romantic, I am married to the love of my life. I am mom to two young adults and three cats, and I enjoy reading, music and travel.

I am a professor in the School of Business & Information Technology at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA. I was the recipient of the Deliso Endowed Chair Award and was recently recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Department of Higher Education as one of “29 Who Shine”.

Review of Driving on the left 5*

I’ve enjoyed Gail Olmsted’s Jeep Tour and I always worry that a follow-up story will not be as good but this one didn’t disappoint! Mother and daughter are touring Ireland, there’s a sexy tour guide with an Irish accent – I was hooked. Writing from a first person perspective, the author gives us glimpses into the thoughts of both mother and daughter, their fears and pain, their joys and love for each other. Jackie is worried her daughter is making the same mistake she made all those years ago and Becca has a secret – the way they resolve both worry and secret makes for a great read.

And have I mentioned the sexy, Irish tour guide?

I was given a copy by the author for a honest review.

All the best with this one, Gail!

 

A cup of herbal tea with author Miki Bennett

 

Tea with Elsa green teaAs part of Loving Book’s Book Blitz today, I’m having a cup of herbal tea with author Miki Bennett and we’re talking about her latest release, Run Away to the Keys. But first, let’s find out more about her!

 

A. Quickies
1. Tea or wine?

Herbal Tea

2. Read or jog?

Read, of course!

3. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. I have my own little dog, Emma.

4. Heels or flats?

Flats, especially flip flops.

5. Boxers or briefs?

Briefs! Definitely!

6. Milk, dark or white chocolate

Dark Chocolate – yummy!

7. Sweet or savoury

Sweet! But I can’t eat much sugar.

8. Sea or mountains

This is an easy one – the sea. I love, love, love the beach!

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Five Likes:

  1. The beach
  2. Crocheting
  3. All kinds of music
  4. Like trying all arts & crafts
  5. Bright tropical colors

Five Dislikes:

    1. Smoking
    2. Really cold weather
    3. Mean people
    4. Jelly Beans (Ugh!)
    5. Horror movies

Three things on your bucket list

1. Go zip lining

2. Go parasailing

3. Spend a year traveling all around the United States and Canada

D. What triggered this specific story?

“Run Away to the Keys” comes from a character that was in my previous book “Forever in the Keys” – Garrett Homes, a marine biologist. When I wrote my first book “The Keys to Love”, it seemed as I finished the story, a “character” wanted their own story to be told. As I finished my second book, it was as if Garrett wanted his story to be written next. I love the storyline of the older man, younger girl; wealthy versus middle class. But it is the romance that triggers the story every time!

 

Miki Bennett is a stay at home wife who has an intense love for the beach. Her passions include art and various crafts where she has won numerous awards over the years. She also calls herself the resident family tech geek, always checking out the latest gadget that comes out on the market. Most of all, she loves visiting the beach as much as possible, trying to fit all family vacations close to an island or beach if possible.
Miki began working for her parent’s family business when she was just eight years old and continued until they sold the company in 2007. At this time, she wasn’t sure of her next step in life and started learning as much as she could about the things that interested her the most: website building, painting with acrylic paints, new crochet techniques, photography, and many other venues trying to find out her next stage in life. This lead to her newest pursuit: writing.
She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and their little dog Emma. They are a blended family with three grown children thus consider themselves empty nesters. Miki graduated from high school and went on to the College of Charleston but her interests were so varied that she couldn’t decide on a particular degree so she decided to learn on her own. Her life long pursuit of knowledge has lead her in many directions.
Miki is also a cancer survivor after having treatment in 2002 for Uterine Cancer. In 2013, she was diagnosed with Mastocytosis, a rare, incurable disorder in which patients can have life threatening allergic type reactions to the simplest things even though they are not truly allergic to the item: food, water, sun, heat, cold, sound, etc. Miki had lived with symptoms since she was a teenager but was given one diagnosis after another ending up with twelve different ones before she found the true cause. And since she looked fine on the outside, many didn’t believe she truly was ill. Once receiving the correct diagnosis, she is now on a mission to help others who deal with “invisible diseases” since these can be so hard on the patients. To the outside world patients look perfectly healthy though inside they deal with symptoms both physically and mentally.

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A handsome marine biologist comes to Key Largo and meets a beautiful and vivacious boat captain. Sounds perfect, right?
Unfortunately for Garrett Holmes and Skylar Cartwright, meeting and falling in love isn’t all smooth sailing into the Florida sunset.
Despite their mutual attraction and growing feelings for one another, Skylar’s rocky relationship with her wealthy parents and Garrett’s jealous research assistant, Casey, make life plenty hectic for the new couple.
When Skylar’s ex-boyfriend, Andrew, appears on the scene, things get really complicated, forcing Garrett and Skylar to question if love is enough to sustain them through the social storms.
An engaging and spirited romance story set against the luscious backdrop of the Florida Keys, Miki Bennett’s third novel will sweep you away to a world of warm sun and emerald waters.

 

 

Snippet:
“You could have your pick of any guy of means, if you would stick to your own kind of people. I mean, you chose a marine biologist. And then you are doing boat charters. You are a Cartwright. If you played your cards right, you wouldn’t want for anything for the rest of your life. That is, if your parents could get their act together too.” Skylar stood there, dumb- founded by Andrew’s remark.
“Why, Dad? Why would you talk to him of all people?” she said, pointing to Andrew.
“I was only doing what I thought was best. Garrett, I’m sorry, but you aren’t right for our daughter. She has such a bright future; plus, you are much older than she is,” Mr. Cartwright said forcibly, looking Garrett in the eye.
“So you want to destroy my life like you are destroying yours and Mom’s.” Skylar said it before she thought. She was so hurt, but she never intended to air private information about her family. She suddenly looked around, and the whole ball- room was eerily quiet. People were speaking in hushed tones. She knew all eyes were on her.
“Personally, Mr. Cartwright, I think that if it weren’t for Garrett, Skylar would have already been back here, where she belongs,” Andrew said smugly. The next sound that traveled across the room was of the slap of Skylar’s hand across his cheek.
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Motherhood

Motherhood.  No book, no seminar, no lecture, no friend can prepare you for what is about to happen. The minute you push a yelling baby into the world, everything changes. Your body, your mind, your heart, your soul are focused on stopping the yelling. You fall in love with this tiny creature – deeply, fiercely, irrevocably. You feed, you clean, you cajole, you fret, you cry, you laugh and discover it’s not quite six o’clock in the morning yet. The first smile, the first hug, the first word – every single accomplishment leaves you diliriously happy. Outside of the walls of your house, life goes on, people go to work, drive cars, climb mountains, do things while you are stuck inside, desperately trying to figure out what the hell you’re supposed to do.

Moterhood 2And by the time you’ve more or less figured out how to get baby to sleep/eat/crawl/walk/talk/behave he or she is two with a will and a determination that boggle the mind. You start looking forward to that glass of wine tonight, the one that will take the edge off so that you don’t become completely insane. For the next two years you start from scratch, you cry, you pray, you worry while desperately trying to get your sleep-deprived brain to figure out what the hell you’re supposed to do.

He/she goes to school, reads, does maths, contradicts you every few minutes because that’s not what the teacher says. You’re not the number one go-to person anymore. You discover you’re a lioness when anyone dares to mess with your child. You will attack, use any weapon on hand while figuring out what the hell you’re supposed to do.

High school is a completely different planet. The sweet child of yesterday turns into an alien, one with secrets, hushed conversations over the phone and a life behind his/her bedroom door that doesn’t include you anymore. You lose your cool, you pray, you cry, you yell while trying to figure out what the hell you’re supposed to do.

And then he/she is a student. If you’re lucky, they live with you while enjoying this short respite before life happens. You have actual conversations with your child, he/she is interested in your opinion again. When you go to bed, they go out and you worry, you pray, you smile, you support, you cry while trying to figure out what the hell you’re supposed to do.

And then one day, he/she leaves the house. You call. Three times a day. There’s a hole inside of you that no amount of chocolate can fill. They struggle, they grow, they become stronger, they fall in love. Another person is now part of his/her life and you pray, you worry, you cry while trying to figure out what the hell you’re supposed to do.

They get married. You discover an invisible line in the sand. Who drew it and why it’s there, you have no idea but if you cross it, there’s a quick frown, an irritated word and you cry, you pray, you worry while trying to figure what the hell you’re supposed to do.

And slowly you discover the girl inside you again, the one you lost with that first yell all those years ago. You get back to your life, discover things you want to do. You have time for friends, for your husband, for travel, for life. You realize though, you can never be that girl again, the hole inside you will never close up completely, you will never stop worrying, praying, supporting your kids because however hard you try, you are never really going to figure out what the hell you’re supposed to do.

And it’s okay. Somehow with prayer, help from your friends and many, many glasses of wine, you’ve muddled through the whole child-rearing thing. Your kids are flying solo. Now and again they will turn to you when life throws a curve-ball. And you’ll pray and worry and fret and laugh and cry while you hug them when they’re trying to figure out what the hell they’re supposed to do.

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A cup of English Breakfast tea with Louise Rose-Innes

depositphotos_3300129-Cup-of-english-breakfast-tea-with-cookiesauthor profile pic for print books createspaceToday I’m having tea with Louise Rose-
Innes and we’re talking about her latest release, A Passion so Wild. She prefers English Breakfast tea in the morning and Earl Grey in the afternoon. And we are also (and this makes me very happy)  having carrot cake, one of my favourites cakes too!

Before we talk about the story, let’s find out more about Louise:

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? (what brand/cultivar?)

Tea! I’ll have English Breakfast in the morning and Earl Grey in the afternoon, please. A slice of carrot cake or a muffin wouldn’t go amiss either…

  1. Read or jog?

Read! I love nothing more than to curl up in a sunny spot with a good book. Does anyone prefer jogging?

  1. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. I’m allergic to cats, unfortunately, but we’ve always had rescue dogs.

  1. Heels or flats?

Heels! I’m already quite tall, but I love to step into my heels for a good night out.

  1. Boxers or briefs?

I actually prefer briefs, especially if the man is well constructed. J

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

White chocolate is my absolute favourite treat! I can’t wait until Easter.

  1. Sweet or savoury

Savoury usually, although I have developed an annoying sweet tooth of late.

  1. Sea or mountains

Sea. I grew up near the sea and nothing beats falling asleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Or waking up to it… or walking along the beach next to it… or surfing in it… or staring out at it.

B. Five likes and five dislikes

I like spending quality time with my son, reading, listening to live jazz, walking in the park and laughing with friends.

I dislike being late, getting behind schedule, cooking, red meat, and big egos.

C. Three things on your bucket list

An American road trip with my best friend, sailing around the Greek islands, and redecorating my entire home!

D. What triggered this specific story?

I wanted a setting that would take my characters way out of their comfort zone. My heroine is a wealthy socialite from New York and my hero is a hunky ex-military engineering tycoon from London, so I thought what better place to stick them than in the African jungle.

Growing up on the east coast of South Africa, I’ve always loved the wilderness and the subtropical rainforests of the region, so I applied this knowledge to the story, and set the book in the Congolese jungle.
Not only do my characters have to get to grips with the heat, humidity and lack of infrastructure, but they also have to cope with gorillas, rebels and the instability of the country.
During my research I fell in love with the magnificent mountain gorillas, which are sadly critically endangered. I am also in awe of the brave park rangers who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect these endangered animals.
So for me, the book is so much more than just a love story. I’m hoping my readers will see it that way too.

A Passion So Wild releases 1/4/16 from all major online retailers. It is available now for pre-order.

A Passion So Wild - Louise Rose-Innes logo flatBlurb:

A Passion So Wild (Release date: 1/4/16)

Former socialite, Lexi, adores her new, fulfilling life as a gorilla vet in the Congolese jungle. Even the surrounding political volatility can’t dim her contentment – until she meets the sanctuary’s enigmatic benefactor, Sir Anthony. He’s wealthy and arrogant, appearing more concerned with his company’s image than the welfare of the sanctuary he’s endowed. He symbolizes the empty, pampered life she left behind – so why is she falling for him? When rebels attack the sanctuary, Sir Anthony is the only man who can keep her safe – yet he’s also the biggest threat her heart has ever faced.

A fast-paced, romantic suspense novel from Amazon Bestselling Author, Louise Rose-Innes.

Social media links:

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Thanks for having tea with me, Louise – I hope this one flies!

Kathy Bosman’s latest release – Love finds a way and a giveaway!

Love Finds A Way Cover 11KathyBosmanI’m so pleased to share fellow South African author, Kathy Bosman’s latest contemporary fantasy romance with you. Love finds a way is the second story in her The album #series. There a lovely give-away – do scroll down!

 

Blurb:

When Ella hands over The Album to Pauline, the young food blogger is about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime—she’s been chosen as a contestant in The Culinary Dream, a TV cooking competition. Pauline takes The Album with her to Italy where the filming is to take place and meets food photographer, Xaden, the brother of the man who ripped out her heart and put her off relationships for a long time.

To her dismay, she gets eliminated from the competition on the first round. Humiliated and determined not to be pitied by her friends and family, she decides to stay behind in Italy for a holiday as well as blog about her restaurant experiences in the exotic European country.

Xaden won’t leave her alone and proves to be a friend in a time of need but when he kisses her, she pushes him away, afraid he’ll hurt her like his brother did. The TV series offers her a job as the editor of the food magazine and she is to work alongside the very man she wishes to avoid. Forced to be with the man she can’t resist but whom her instincts tell her she can’t trust, Pauline is in for an emotional roller-coaster ride with The Album as her companion and guide.

Short Excerpt

Pauline nodded and zipped her bag closed, then lifted her chin. Why had she become a quivering mess? No more time for fear. Time to go get that prize. If she wanted it. Did she really want to live in Italy for a year? Oh, crumbs, what was she thinking when she pressed send on the online application?

Her mother tapped Pauline’s watch.

“Time to go.” She gave her daughter a light kiss on the forehead. “I’m going to miss you, but this is going to be the best year of your life. You’ll see, girl.”

Her mother gave her such an assured nod, some of Pauline’s doubt faded. Not all, though. On jelly legs, she made her way through customs and to hand in her luggage. As she picked up her suitcase, a tingle ran up her arm. The Album lay in the centre, padded with all her clothing. She’d signed her name on it the night before. A sense of strength trickled into her bones. Could The Album actually speak to her? She almost felt it tell her it would be with her and help her. It assured her she’d walk the right way and have success.

Okay, I think I can handle this flight now.

I’m ready. Italy, here I come.

Excerpt 1

Five taxis awaited them outside. She bit her lip, certain the crew would take their own taxi, but Caren ferried them to disperse and “get to know one another.”

Much to her distress, Xaden followed her and plonked himself right next to her in the taxi. Once the vehicle chugged out the airport, he placed his camera down at his side, took her hand, shook it roughly, and grinned. “Xaden Zander. And you?”

Zander.

Her mind frantically tried to place the very familiar surname while he stared at her, his face only a foot from hers, so smooth, so confident, and so easy-going. Tingles ran up her arm and she didn’t hold her suitcase with The Album. No magic this time. Pure, breath-robbing attraction.

“Zander. Um…Zander. Are you? You can’t be…?” Icy showers cascaded over her in one heart-rending second. Roan’s brother did have an unusual name. He’d mentioned him at times.

Xaden is Roan’s brother?

“I’m…?” Once again, he seemed amused at her expense.

“You’re Roan’s brother, aren’t you?”

He narrowed his eyes at her, the first sign of any emotion except for upbeat and exuberant. “I prefer not to be judged through the eyes of any woman who’s come into contact with Roan.”

Oh, so he was aware of his brother’s sins?

“It’s hard not to…” His dark eyes became black holes. “…well, you do resemble him, come to think of it.”

Could explain the immediate attraction. Why couldn’t she get away from Roan and the memories he’d branded on her brain? Other women had many partners and got over them all. She’d slept with one guy who messed her around and she still drowned in the raging waters of his indiscretions.

Xaden gave off such a big presence. It filled the taxi, making the driver and the other contestant seated in front seem like an insipid spice that didn’t change anything about the taste of the meal. Xaden, instead, was the garlic, the onions, the bacon, or the rosemary.

But no, he measured up to ghost pepper in danger and heat level. Anyone only vaguely related to Roan should never touch her, even her knee or her back, but never, ever, her heart. She remained way too vulnerable for the likes of them.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Finds-Way-Paulines-Story-ebook/dp/B01BNMW1B4

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/614697

Kobo Books: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/love-finds-a-way-2

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-finds-a-way-kathy-bosman/1123406511?ean=2940152623901

Online Links for Kathy:

Website and blog: http://www.kathybosman.com/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathleenLBosman

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