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Blog Tour of Where the river bends with Goddess Fish Promotions 10-14 September

 

 

Please join us next week while we take Where the river bends (Tule Publishing) on a virtual book tour!

Here are the dates and blogs where we’ll be chatting – please stop by and say hi!

September 10: Rogue’s Angels
September 10: The Tired Buyer
September 11: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
September 11: Romance Novel Giveaways
September 12: Long and Short Reviews
September 12: Hearts and Scribbles – promo
September 13: Fabulous and Brunette
September 13: Readeropolis
September 14: Bookaholic
September 14: Read Your Writes Book Reviews

Thanks to all the lovely bloggers who are willing to share their blogs and time to help us spread the word!

 

 

English Breakfast tea with Kadie Scott, author of Resisting the rancher (Tule Publishing)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I’m having a nice hot cup of English Breakfast tea with cream and sugar with fellow Tule Publishing author, the gorgeous Kadie Scott. And a little bit later, we’ll have a glass of Pinto Gris, her favourite white wine. But before we talk about her latest release, let’s find out more about her.

There is a lovely excerpt below, so don’t stop reading!

A. Quickies

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

Toss up. I LOVE hot tea—English breakfast style—with cream and sugar. But I’ve also become a big white wine fan. Pinto Gris is my fav!

  1. Read or jog?

Read. Definitely read. I’m a regular jogger, but I have to force myself to do that. Lol.

  1. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. I grew up with cats, but now dogs. Check out my two fur babies—Rex (the white one, whippet/chihuahua mix) & T-Bone (the black one, terrier/chihuahua mix).

  1. Heels or flats?

Flats in reality, because my feet can handle them. Heels in my head, because they’re so pretty.

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Boxers all the way. So sexy.

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

Darker the better, but any chocolate is fabulous.

  1. Sweet or savoury

Both. Even better if I get them together. Like sea salt caramel. Drooling just thinking of it.

  1. Sea or mountains

Mountains. Estes Park, CO is my favorite place on the planet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[I had to Google Estes Park, Kadie, it looks fabulous!]

B. Five likes and dislikes

Five Likes:

  • Chocolate
  • Laughing with my kids
  • Laughing with my husband
  • Finishing a manuscript
  • A sigh-worthy romance

Five Dislikes:

  • Intolerant people
  • Slow drivers
  • Whining – total nails on a chalkboard
  • Crowds
  • Heights

C. Three things on your bucket list

  • Visit every state in the US (33 down, 17 to go). Mostly middle states.
  • Get my kids through childhood so they can handle adulthood without falling apart. (Every parent’s dream right?) [You’re so right, but you’ve got this!]
  • Keep setting goals as an author, and keep reaching them.

D. What triggered this specific story?

I grew up in the Texas Hill Country where I set the Hills of Texasseries, and have also loved the romance of a ranching family (though I know the reality is much rougher).

While this story absolutely stands on its own, it’s the second book in the series. Will was such a steady, unflappable character in book 1 (Saving the Sheriff), I just had to find him a woman that might make him lose it. Just a little. Lol. Rusty definitely makes Will crazy—in more than one way, and all of them fun!

Blurb:

First comes marriage, then comes…

Rusty Walker has spent her entire life trying to earn her tough, ranching father’s respect and approval by learning the business inside and out. But now her uncompromising parent has decreed she must marry if she wants to inherit. Worse, her husband has to be someone who can help her run the business. As if she needs it!

Williams Hill kissed Rusty in a bar in an act of temporary insanity, and lost his heart to her on the spot. Despite the complications to his own rodeo stock business, he agrees to marry the feisty red-head, hoping to woo her once they’re hitched. But she only views him with suspicion and resentment.

Can this soft-spoken Texas cowboy convince his proud wife, who’s never known unconditional love, that she is everything he wants?

Buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D3GR4WM

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1128700582

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/resisting-the-rancher/id1385219912?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/resisting-the-rancher-2

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kadie_Scott_Resisting_the_Rancher?id=KMNaDwAAQBAJ

Praise for The Hills of Texas Series:

2016 RWA Emily Award Winner – Short Contemporary Romance  – Saving the Sheriff

✭✭✭✭✭A warm, sweet read but with a couple of interesting twists that come out of the author’s vivid imagination but could be realistic happenings in today’s world…. A well written, entertaining romance with some wickedly woven intrigue mixed in. ~Fresh Fiction

✭✭✭✭.5 “I said it before and I’ll say it again. Kadie is brilliant. You need to read her books. The Wrong Kind of Compatible, The Attraction Equation, and Saving the Sheriff should be your next 3 reads if you haven’t read them already. I’m serious.” ~Remarkably Lisa

 ✭✭✭✭✭“This is one of those feel good books that you can’t put down because you want to see what is going to happen next … so you keep reading because the book is just that good. This is a great start to a series and I can’t wait to see what happens to the rest of the Hill clan.” ~Sarah, Goodreads Reader

✭✭✭✭✭Cozy on up and grab your wine, because you are in for a treat with this book.  You will not regret your decision to read it.  I promise. A Hallmark worthy moment. Kadie keeps it up she will have a bright bright future in the book world. ~Moonshine’s Corner

Author Bio:

Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

Website & Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Excerpt from Resisting the rancher:

The announcer came on almost immediately. “And she does it, folks. Rusty’s time is 17.40, moving her into first place. That was the winning time last year. The other riders are going to have to stretch it to beat her.”

The crowd clapped and cheered. With a grin, Rusty waved to them, acknowledging their support for what had been a masterful ride. Holly had made a fantastic choice when she’d picked this woman to ride her horse. No question Rusty Walker knew exactly what she was doing.

She trotted Mischief back through the gate. Will hopped down from the fence and headed her way. Before he caught up to her, she dismounted and lead Mischief back the way she’d come earlier, right toward him.

“Nice ride, Rusty,” another dark-haired girl getting ready to make her own run called just as Rusty was drawing up to where Will waited.

She turned and waved. “Thanks, Maggie. Go get ’em.”

Rusty was smiling when she turned back around, a genuine smile, and Will could see a pair of deep-set dimples that were downright sexy. Again, that distinct stirring of interest ignited inside him.

“Ma’am?” he called.

Mischief turned his head at the sound of a familiar voice only to be turned back forward by a light tug on the reins.

“Excuse me, ma’am?” Will tried again as he got closer.

Deep brown eyes snapped to his and widened in surprised recognition, at least, he thought that might be recognition. Then the surprise was replaced by a blank wall of cold indifference. The smile vanished, replaced by lips closed tight. She kept walking.

Strangely amused by her attitude toward a total stranger, Will ignored the chill in the summer air, fell in step with her, and held out a hand. “I figured I should introduce myself. I’m—”

“Someone I have absolutely no interest in knowing.” She glanced at the hand he still held out, but didn’t take it, and didn’t stop walking.

Will dropped his arm to his side. “I don’t think you understand. I’m—”

“Not getting it. I’m not interested. Quit while you still have some pride, buddy.”

Wow. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d been shut down that harshly, and he wasn’t even asking her out. All he’d wanted to do was share his relationship to Holly since Rusty was riding her horse.

He held up his hands in surrender. “All right. Great run. Enjoy the rest of the rodeo.”

He tipped his hat and stopped walking, letting her move on alone, Mischief following along like the lamb he was, though the horse turned his head to peer at Will a few times in a confused horse kind of way.

Will ignored the animal, his gaze pulled to Rusty’s retreating figure and the sway of her hips. Despite her total rejection, desire tightened in his gut, which brought on a frown.

What was wrong with him? What kind of guy found a woman attractive who’d effectively slammed the door in his face before she was even asked? Besides, it wasn’t like him to respond so immediately to a pretty woman. Usually, the personality was what attracted him.

A low chuckle had him turning to find Chase not far away. Will raised his eyebrows in question.

“You’re not the only one to receive that treatment,” Chase commented.

“Yeah?”

They both gazed after Rusty’s retreating form.

 

Thanks for having tea with me, Kadie. I also enjoyed the glass of wine😊

Tea with the lovely Tule Publishing author, Audrey Wick

Today I’m having tea with fellow Tule author,
the lovely Audrey Wick. Although she prefers coffee, she’s agreed to have tea with me so that we can get to know her better before she tells us more about her new release, Coming home. Don’t you just love the title?

Questions:

A. Quickies

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

Tea! But coffee is my preferred morning beverage.

  1. Read or jog?

Read! But that doesn’t mean I don’t exercise. I love jogging in the hills around my neighborhood—especially after a day of reading.

  1. Cats or dogs?

Cats! My cat’s name is Moby, after the whale in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

  1. Heels or flats?

Heels! But only when I can stand them. More often, I’ll just grab flats.

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Depends on the man!

(Good answer :))

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

Dark! When it’s not available, I’ll happily eat any other form of chocolate.

  1. Sweet or savoury

Sweet! I have a major sweet tooth.

  1. Sea or mountains

Sea! I love the colors and sounds of the ocean.

B. Five likes and five dislikes

I like conversations, books, traveling, coffee, and Haribo gummy bears.

I dislike traffic, capers, ironing, dull pencil tips, and talking in libraries.

C. Three things on your bucket list

I love exploring new countries, and three I have not yet been but which I hope to visit one day include Finland, South Africa, and Jordan.

D. What triggered this specific story?

Since I teach college, I wanted to write a heroine with that same career. Placing my main character, Mallory, in a moment of crisis in Chapter One allows readers to experience a different side of that job, and I hope it helps them root for her to get the happy ending she deserves.

And here is the gorgeous cover!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

College professor Mallory Fredrickl oves her job in a city that feels like home, but after a student attacks her on social media, she loses her peace of mind and confidence. When her college offers a sabbatical, she jumps at the chance to escape to her hometown in Texas.

Entrepreneur Alec O’Donnell specializes in helping people in crisis. He’s built his company and career on packing up lives as people start over. It’s just business until he meets Mallory. Something about the beautiful and fragile woman who still manages to hold on to her sense of humor affects him. As feelings develop, he realizes he’s not ready for her to move out of his life.

Can Mallory find peace, or will a second setback keep her from coming home for good?

Social media links:

https://twitter.com/WickWrites

https://www.instagram.com/wickwrites/

https://audreywick.com/

http://tulepublishing.com/authors/audrey-wick/

Buy links:

Amazon.com

Barnes and Noble

iTunes

Kobo

Google Play

And there is a bonus:

Readers can enjoy Chapter One for FREE here: http://tulepublishing.com/books/coming-home/#excerpt

Thanks for having tea with me, Audrey – and do let me know when you visit South Africa, I would love to show you around!

 

 

Release day – Where the river bends (Tule Publishing)

Where the river bends (Tule Publishing)

It’s finally publication day! I cannot thank the Tule Publishing team enough for all their wonderful help with this whole process.

I hope you enjoy Kalinda and Zach’s story and of course also Suzie’s story!

Don’t stop reading – there is a short blurb below 😊

It would be lovely to hear from you!

 

 

Blurb

Kalinda Evans works for the Anglo-Boer war foundation in Canada. She’s sent to South Africa to make sure everyone who lost their lives in the war will be remembered. On her drive to the guest farm in Kimberley, South Africa, Kalinda picks up a female hitchhiker and is startled when just moments later, the woman vanishes. Kalinda would be convinced she was dreaming…except there’s still a white lace handkerchief on the passenger seat.

Extreme sports enthusiast and computer game designer Zack Carter is always after the next big challenge. He’s far too busy for romance and adheres to a three-date rule, until he meets his parents’ latest guest. When she relays the story of her mysterious experience, Zack’s family shares the local ghost story. Kalinda and Zack work together to solve the puzzle of the ghost and how it all ties in with the war and the work Kalinda is doing.

As their attraction grows, Zack realizes he no longer feels the need to prove anything to himself. He only needs to prove to Kalinda that he’s more than a good time.

A short blurb:

Relieved, Kalinda nodded. Her insides were still shivering from the shock. She wanted to get to the little museum as quickly as possible and start on her assignment. She didn’t want to stay one minute longer than necessary. At the moment Toronto sounded much more normal.

She glanced up. Zach was staring at her. Again there was the strange shift inside of her. How did the song put it? Easy on the eye, hard on the heart. Yep, that was Zach Carter. She didn’t have to guess whether he was a flirt – the damn dimple seemed to appear just too readily. Dimples? Seriously?

“A last comment about Suzie,” Luke said.

Kalinda swallowed a groan. Enough of the ghost stories, already.

“Apparently she only appears to people who are getting married soon.”

“Well, that cannot be true, because getting married is definitely not on my agenda,” Kalinda said firmly.

Madeline giggled. “Well, my dear. It was also the last thing on my mind. And then I met Zacharias.”

Kalinda smiled vaguely, but didn’t react to Madeline’s words. She focused on her plate, fervently hoping all talk of ghosts and weddings was finished.

“I still don’t understand how you ended up on your hands and knees on the road,” Zach interrupted her thoughts.

Kalinda frowned, trying to remember exactly what had happened. “I fell, I think.”

“But why?” Zach insisted. “You were driving …”

“I got out of the car to look for her. She was walking towards me when I heard the car behind me. When I turned around, the car was nearly on top of me. And then—” She inhaled sharply. “She pushed me out of harm’s way,” she finished softly.

“Otherwise our car could have hit you.” Madeline had also turned pale.

For a few minutes it was quiet around the table. Then Zacharias cleared his throat.

“Tell us how you ended up living and working in Canada,” he asked Kalinda, clearly trying to change the topic.

“Erica, a cousin of mine, moved there about five years ago. We grew up together. Her parents took me in when mine died in a motorcar accident. So, two years ago I followed her. We’re very close and I missed her.”

“So what happened two years ago?” Zach asked.

“Zach,” Madeline scolded, but he ignored his mother.

Kalinda shrugged. “I got divorced.”

Buy links

Amazon UK
Amazon USA
Amazon Australia
Kobo
iTunes

Thanks for stopping by!

Earl Grey tea with Australian author Fiona McArthur

 

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Today I’m having Earl Grey tea with a fellow Tule Publishing author, the fabulous Fiona McArthur. It’s a pity we’re having this early in the day, otherwise we could’ve had some bubbly – her other favorite drink!

We’re talking about her new release, Holly’s Heart, part of the Outback Brides series. But before we look at her book, let’s find out more about her!

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine?

I do love my Early Grey tea to start my writing day. I use my grandmother’s teapot and watch the mist on the paddocks as I write. Of course, the perfect end to a day, has very effervescent bubbles in a flute glass.

  1. Read or jog?

Jog? What is this jog? Explain this jog? I need to walk more. [I had such a giggle over this, Fi – I totally agree!]

  1. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. Cats don’t like the beach and dogs go berserk there. Nothing more joyful than a dog at the beach.

  1. Heels or flats?

I adore heels, the higher, the glossier, the more extravagant the better – but to look at only.

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Briefs, sorry, I should say granny undies JBut they are sooo comfortable.

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate –

Oh yes, white, please. With white on top and white on top of that. Thank you.

  1. Sweet or savoury

Savoury – as in cheesy stuff. Nothing with mold. Anything cooked, or fresh, and with those tiny crispy biscuits and wine.

  1. Sea or mountains

I would have to say, looking at the mountains from the sea. Have you seen my farm? Or my walks on my retreats. I love, love, love, photographing both. Be warned.

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Likes are easy I like a lot of things – Babies, people, sunrise, sunset, Uluru – though that last one’s a real wow and is the setting in my next book after Holly’s Heart.

Dislikes – that’s harder; when I forget not to judge people, when I’m running late, when I forget to put petrol in the car, when my deadline is zooming past for a book, and the rest is trivial – if it wasn’t it would be more than dislike.

C. Three things on your bucket list

I love to travel. So…

Visiting Egypt!!!  I’m going on my birthday in November, yayyyy, by myself, because none of my children or my husband will come with me. At least I won’t have to worry if I snore. Quick Story. I called off my wedding 37 years ago to go to Egypt and missed my husband too much. We married, the kids have grown, and darn it, I’m going to see Egypt before I get too much older.

Two and three? To see my children grow old – in the company of my husband.

D. What triggered this specific story?

The setting is the trigger for all of the books. Wirralong is a fabulous Aussie town from four Aussie authors who have very vivid imaginations. We had the best time creating the townspeople and the Wedding Venue. I’ve so loved being a part of the Outback Brides world but did feel it needed a doctor just in case. So I gave it two. This would be because midwifery has been my life and I love medical drama and heroic medical heroes.

Blurb:

Doctor Ben Briely is keen to settle into life as a small town general practitioner and help his grandmother run Briely Park. The city life was never for him. He’s finally found the peace he’s longed for, until the arrival of that one woman he’s never been able to forget, threatens to shatter it all. No way is he revisiting that road of unrequited love…except Holly Peterson seems fragile and in need of saving, and Ben’s never stopped being Holly’s white knight.

After losing her sister and her faith in the world of medicine, Holly Peterson moves home to Wirralong along with her two nephews. Determined to rebuild her life and create a loving home and sense of belonging, she opens the Outback Brides Coffee Shop as her new vocation. When she learns that Ben Briely, the man she said no to years ago is home to stay, Holly fears she’ll lose her heart and her focus on her nephews if she lets him in.

Will Ben be able to break through Holly’s fears and barriers or will history repeat itself and destroy him once again?

Social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fiona.McArthur.Author/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fiona_mcarthur_author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FiCatchesBabies

Buy links:

Tule Book Club 

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Amazon.aus

iTunes

Kobo

Thanks for having tea with me Fiona – all the best with this one! And I hope this time you get to enjoy Egypt – it sounds wonderful.

 

A glass of red wine with Debbie White

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Today I’m having a glass of  red wine with Debbie White about her latest release Sweet Indulgence. Before we talk about her book, let’s see what she likes!
      Questions: A. Quickies

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

Wine, red. A good pinot or zin preferably from the Dry Creek region of northern California.Read or jog?

  1. Cats or dogs?

Dogs

  1. Heels or flats?

I wear both!

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Depends on the model

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

Milk

  1. Sweet or savoury

My mouth waters for both!

  1. Sea or mountains

Oh man! Love them both. I’m very fortunate to have both nearby here in northern California B. Three things on your bucket lis Travel, trtavel, travel (most of my bucket list involves visiting different places). C. What triggered this specific story? I wanted to write about a family, think the Waltons, but in modern times. I’m also a huge Debbie Macomber and Sherryl Woods fan and follow their television series.

Thanks for having tea with me, Debbie – love your answer to the briefs or boxers 🙂

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Debbie currently lives in northern California where the beautiful landscapes are often the settings in her books. The jagged coastline, the rolling hills with vineyards and the redwood forest make wonderful sceneries for her romance novellas.
 
When Debbie isn’t writing or traveling to a book signing, she’s visiting her family on the east coast, traveling to other places on her bucket list, enjoying her backyard, hiking with her husband and riding on the back of their motorcycle.
As an avid animal lover and parent to two rescue dogs, Debbie donates a portion of her proceeds to animal rescue organizations. When you purchase one of her books, you’re also helping a furry pet with shelter, food and ultimately a new home!
Connect with the Author here: 
Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest ~

Real Men Eat Cupcakes
Annie McPherson has had it with all the blind dates her grandmother and auntie set her up with. She just wants to be left alone to run the Sweet Indulgence cupcake bakery – even if it means she’ll remain single forever.
 
Jack’s just been through a gut-wrenching break-up, and women are the last thing on his mind. Now he’s on a mission to pick up cupcakes for his niece’s birthday party—not a mission to fall in love. Pulled in by Annie’s good looks and witty charm, though, temptation proves too sweet.
 
But will Annie’s pesky grandmother and auntie welcome Jack as Annie’s choice or will they have him jumping through hoops to prove he’s the one?
 
Fans of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs are sure to love Sweet Indulgence, the first sweet romance novel in the Charleston Harbor series.
 
This book is too sweet to pass up! Scroll down to the buy links below and begin your indulgence today!

 

 

 

Snippet:
Annie retrieved two bottles of ice cold water. She handed Jack one. “Why is the boat in between names?” She took a sip of the water. It felt great on her parched lips, and the cool water quenched her dry throat.
 
“That’s a long story.” He peered out into the water before them.
 
She took another gulp of water. It really tasted good. He was right. The heat could really sneak up on you when you’re riding in a boat.
 
“Well, we have time for long stories, don’t we?” She batted her lashes. She wasn’t letting him off the hook that easy.
 
“I had a girlfriend.”
 
“You named your boat after a girlfriend?” Annie frowned.
 
“She was more than a girlfriend. We were engaged to be married.” His eyes never left the water.
 
“A fiancée, we call people we are engaged to be married to fiancés.” She giggled.
He turned quickly with furrowed brows then he resumed with eyes steady on the water.
 
“I’m kidding.” She touched his arm and withdrew it quickly. “Anyway, you named the boat after your fiancée and now you two are no longer a couple, so the boat is nameless,” Annie spoke freely.
 
“That’s about the size of it.”
 
“How about you give the boat a name that means something to you that would never change?”
 
Jack looked back over his shoulder and then turned back around toward the front of the boat. All of a sudden, he cut the engine and they began to drift. He turned and sat down, bringing his bottle of water to his lips and drew in a drink. “I thought about that. But I’m terrible at naming things.”
 
“Let’s see. I named my dog Buffy because of her color.” Annie searched the boat with her eyes for clues. “How about Lady Luck?”
 
“I’ve seen a few named that. I want something more original.”
 
Annie lowered her gaze and stared at her bright pink toe polish. She raised her head quickly. “I know. How about Lady Powell?”
 
 
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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.

 

Connect with the Author here: 
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!

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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