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A glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blank with author Annie Seaton

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I’m having a glass of white wine with Australian author Annie Seaton and we’re talking about her latest release Kakadu Sunset. Annie prefers a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, so I’ve chosen one from Cloudy Bay cellars in New Zealand. (More info about them here: http://www.cloudybay.co.nz)

But before we talk about the book, let’s find out more about Annie Seaton:

Questions:

A. Quickies

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

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

  1. Read or jog?

LOL… you really have to ask that? Read!

  1. Cats or dogs?

Both… hard to choose.

  1. Heels or flats?

Bare feet most of the day

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Briefs

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

All of the above

  1. Sweet or savoury

Sweet!

  1. Sea or mountains

Sea, sea, sea.

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Likes: Cuddling my grand babies, havinga day to swing in my hammock and read, walking the beach, my garden, spending time with my author buddies

Dislikes: Having to rush to get everything done, being disorganized (refer point one), ironing, being stuck in a story when a new one wants to be written, Facebook time suck- an evil necessity

C. Three things on your bucket list

  1. Switzerland
  2. New York
  3. Live on a tropical island

Kakadu sunsetD. What triggered this specific story?

Kakadu National Park is one of Australia’s special places—World Heritage listed for both its environment and its living Aboriginal culture. Two years ago on the way to the Northern Territory, we crossed the vast outback through three states, travelling through ancient landscapes and many of those landscapes had been scarred by various types of mining.

Visiting Kakadu and experiencing the spirituality of the land made me wonder what would happen if mining occurred in that pristine environment. The idea for Kakadu Sunset was born. I guess you could call it Crocodile Dundee meets Erin Brockovich! I love including places that I have travelled to in my writing to share the experiences, and the beautiful landscapes, with readers who cannot travel to them.

Blurb:

Helicopter pilot Ellie Porter loves her job. Soaring above the glorious Kakadu National Park, she feels freed from the heavy losses of her beloved family farm and the questions around her father’s suicide. But when a search-and-rescue mission on the boundary of the older property reveals unusual excavation works, Ellie vows to investigate.

The last thing she needs is her bad-tempered co-pilot, Kane McLaren, interfering. The son of the current owners of the farm, her attraction to him is a distraction she can’t afford, especially when someone threatens to put a stop to her inquiries – by any means necessary.

Ellie will have to trust Kane if she is to have any hope of uncovering the truth of what is really going on. Between Ellie’s damage and Kane’s secrets, can they find a way to open up to each other before the shadowy forces shut her up… for good?

Social media links:

https://www.facebook.com/AnnieSeatonAuthor/

https://twitter.com/annieseaton26

http://www.annieseatonromance.com/

http://annieseaton.blogspot.com.au/

Buy links:

http://www.annieseatonromance.com/kakadu-sunset.html

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Thanks for having a glass of wine with me Annie and all the best with your book! Love your bucket list, I nodded when reading about all three 🙂

Tea with Bernadette Marie about her latest release, Walker Bride

 

Drinking teaToday I’m having tea with author Bernadette Marie and we’re talking about book 3 in her Walker Bride series, Walker Bride. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of her writing and enjoyed getting to know more about her!

A. Quickies

1. Tea or wine? Tea

2. Read or jog? Read (but I listen to books while I Jog, does that count?)

3. Cats or dogs? Dogs

4. Heels or flats? Flats

5. Boxers or briefs? hmmmm, I’ve been married too long to have an opinion I think J

6. Milk, dark or white chocolate Milk!

7. Sweet or savoury Sweet

8. Sea or mountains Mountains

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Likes:

  1. The sound my family makes in the house (even if it’s loud.)
  2. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate
  3. The feeling of being happy
  4. Being held close by the person you love most
  5. my job

Dislikes

  1. Dishonest people
  2. closed minded people
  3. big crowds (you know…stadium or concert venues)
  4. Homework deadlines with crabby, hungry kiddos
  5. being sick

C. Three things on your bucket list

  1. To live somewhere else for 1-3 months (only)
  2. NYT Bestseller list
  3. Run a ½ marathon

D. What triggered this specific story?

This story is the 3rd in the Walker Family series. We met Pearl and Tyson in book one and they seemed to be uniquely fitting for one another. Each of them are a little lost in their own right and I think their story was a nice transition to the others to come.

Always the bridal consultant, never the bride. That was former bad girl gone business professional, Pearl Walker‘s life until she put her hands on Tyson Morgan while measuring him for a tux.
Tyson was happy being a miserable man, taking care of his family’s land, and not involved with a woman. However, even he can’t resist the pull of attraction to the beautiful, and off limits, Pearl?
The feud between the Walkers and the Morgans had torn apart friends and families for generations. What might happen when Pearl Walker and Tyson Morgan become business partners—and more?
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Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.

In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12
books. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince
Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and has begun the process of taking on other authors in other genres.

Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events. She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.
An avid reader she loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and
she always promises Happily Ever After.

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Thanks for having tea with me, Bernadette – all the best with the Walker series! I love your ‘likes’ 🙂

A cup of tea with author P.J. Roscoe

Drinking teaPaula Moel Fammau 37 small fileToday I’m having tea with author Paula Roscoe and we’re talking about the long journey she’s had with her paranormal release, Echoes.

But before we talk about her story, let’s get to know her a little better!

 

 

 

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? Depends what day of the week it is! Tea during the week, wine at weekend!
  2. Read or jog? Read, NEVER, ever jog!
  3. Cats or dogs? Oh dear, I have both. Cannot favour one more than the other!
  4. Heels or flats? Flats, heels are my nightmare.
  5. Boxers or briefs? I guess briefs.
  6. Milk, dark or white chocolate? Milk and as much as you want to give me is fine!
  7. Sweet or savoury? Sweet. My downfall is home-made cake and meringue!
  8. Sea or mountains? Mountains. I live in North Wales and surrounded by Mynydd (Welsh for mountain.) Also, my maiden name was ‘Mountain’ so …!

 B. Five likes and five dislikes:

Likes: Writing (Too obvious!) Dancing, walking in nature, watching films, drinking a fine ale!

Dislikes: Rude, arrogant people, bullying, litter (clogs up nature), barking dogs, meat.

 C. Three things on your bucket list:

See one or all of my books on film or drama television.

Go to Italy with my husband for an adventurous holiday.

Visit my relatives in Japan when I go to do a book signing tour!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00010]D. What triggered this specific story?

‘Echoes’ was first brought to life over eighteen years ago following the death of our son. I was doodling in the kitchen trying to get through the day when I began writing a story, that over the following weeks turned into a book. I left it for many years, but it would be found and worked on and rejected and replaced back in the drawer until 2012. I self-published it and it was awarded an Honourable Mention in the New England book festival 2012. The following year it won the e-book category in Paris and awarded another Honourable Mention in the London book awards 2014. Christine Anderson publishing took it on last year.

Blurb:

Bronwen Mortimer, a young, mysterious woman, moves to the quiet village of Derwen, near Shrewsbury, England, in the hope of starting a new life following years of abuse; but the echoes of the land refuse to lie quietly and when she witnesses a terrifying murder, Bronwen must face her past and win, to have any chance of living in the present.

Moving between present day and fifteenth century England, when Henry Tudor claimed the throne at Bosworth. There were many casualties of war, but some will not be forgotten.

 Social media links:

Website: www.pjroscoe.co.uk

Twitter – @derwenna1

Goodreads blog – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6575717.P_J_Roscoe/blog

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/103527633975026566283/posts

Buy links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

I’ll hold my thumbs for the book signing in Japan! An *sigh* I also have a sweet tooth!

Thanks for having tea with me, Paula – all the best with this story. I love the cover!

 

 

Tea with Melanie Mason

harbalteaToday I’m having tea with Melanie Mason as part of Loving the book’s Book tour for her new release, The Ring of Remaliha.
Before we join the tour, let’s see her answers to my questions:

 

Questions:

A. Quickies
1. Tea or wine?

Herbal Tea, but usually only when I’m sick, like Echinacea or Peppermint

2. Read or jog?

Read, though it might help my clothes fit better if I started jogging. I do however read while I walk on the treadmill. Does that count?

3. Cats or dogs?

I love cats, but unfortunately I’m allergic. I, however, own two adorable dogs.

4. Heels or flats? Heels

5. Boxers or briefs? Boxers

6. Milk, dark or white chocolate? Milk Chocolate is the way to go.

7. Sweet or savoury? Sweet

8. Sea or mountains? Sea. Though in Oregon I can get a little of both in the same place.

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Likes: 1. Homemade raspberry cheesecake. 2. Italian food. 3. Cuddling up with a good book and my dogs. 4. Playing the piano. 5. Music, like Christmas or Broadway or musicals.

Dislikes: 1. People who don’t signal when they turn. 2. Snow that never goes away. 3. Any type of cooked oatmeal. 4. A dirty house. 5. Traffic.

C. Three things on your bucket list

  • To visit Europe and Asia and South America and Austrailia
  • To be married and have a family
  • To make it on the New York Times Best Seller list. (a girl can always dream)

D. What triggered this specific story?

This story was born back when I was in 8th or 9th grade. I used to ride the school bus for 45 minutes to my stop and I had lots of younger kids who would listen to me tell stories to pass the time. This story came about from a crazy dangly earring (think 80s fashion) I used as the premise of the story. Of course the story has dramatically changed since then, but my main character remained true to the original.

 

When Egyptologist April Tanner is asked to translate the hieroglyphs on an ancient ring, she is unwittingly drawn into a world of danger and intrigue. Her colleague, Dr. Peter Scherril, believes the glyphs will lead to a treasure hidden nearly two thousand years ago by an Egyptian named Remaliha. The problem is the glyphs don’t make sense.

A week after Peter is killed in a suspicious car crash, the ring shows up in April’s mail. She vows to decipher the artifact’s code and figure out why someone wanted Peter dead. Her inquisitions put her in the path of dashing archaeologist Nathan Hayes and his mysterious friend James Reddingham. Nathan invites April to join his expedition near Luxor.

Once she arrives in Egypt, April aggressively pursues her investigation of the ring. But soon she suspects the motives of both Nathan and James and finds herself dodging thieves and assassins at every turn. In the end, uncovering the secrets of the ring could lead to Remaliha’s treasure . . . or April’s own tomb.

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Melanie Mason ANWA imageMelanie is an author, designer, and flight attendent all rolled into one. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in communications

Melanie has told stories all her life and finds her passion in sharing the plots that spin through her head. She hopes to be on an airplane one day and see someone reading one of her books.

Melanie now lives in Portland, Oregon—with her two dachshund Chihuahua dogs—where the beauty of the Pacific Northwest feeds her imagination and the rainy winter evenings encourage her to curl up with hot chocolate and a good book.

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Thanks for having tea with me, Melanie – all the best with this one!

Tea with author Nicholas Fisher – Loving the book launch party

 

 

 

Today as part of his Loving the book launch party, I’m having tea with Nicholas Fisher, author of the YA Paranormal romance, Becky’s kiss. Don’t you love the title? It instantly took me back many years ago 🙂

But before we talk about his book, le’ts find out more about him 🙂

Questions:
A. Quickies
1. Tea or wine?
Tea
2. Read or jog?
Jog
3. Cats or dogs?
Dogs
4. Heels or flats?
Ha
5. Boxers or briefs?
Boxers
6. Milk, dark or white chocolate
Dark
7. Sweet or savoury
Savoury
8. Sea or mountains
Sea

B. Five likes and five dislikes
Likes: Baseball, Pizza, Scary Movies, Heavy Metal, Halloween
Dislikes: Bullies, Cheaters, Feta Cheese, Too much exposition, The Dallas Cowboys

C. Three things on your bucket list
Go to France, Tour the USA and see a game at every baseball stadium, Meet the members of Kiss

D. What triggered this specific story?
I was co-coaching a baseball game and the other coach told me a story about a boy who was hit in the chest when he was at bat. He was ok, but my imagination ran away with it. What if he died there at the plate? What if he was supposed to be the greatest hitter of all time and break every record? I formed a story around a spirit getting a second chance, and falling in love with a girl his age who gets wrapped up in the current circumstance. Of course, both will have to make a choice, love or baseball…or maybe both??

Mmmm, Nicholas, ‘ha’ is not an answer 🙂

 

“It could not be worse for ninth grader Becky Michigan on her first day at a new school, sitting in beet juice and staining her white jeans in a classroom about to fill up with students. In the nick of time, a gorgeous blonde boy named Danny comes in and offers his over-sized baseball jersey so she can cover up, get to the office, and change. By the time she pulls the shirt over her head, however, he has mysteriously disappeared.

 

Becky scours the school in search of her dream-athlete and wonders why after contact with him she has magically gained the ability to throw a fastball ninety miles per hour! Instead of finding the answer, however, Becky’s new skill pits her against the school bully and the entire varsity baseball team.
That night, after her exciting showdown in front of the entire school, Danny shows up at her bedroom window. If she will agree to meet him behind Rutledge High at midnight on the ball field at the edge of the woods, he promises to reveal a secret meant to alter the past and change her life forever.”
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Nicholas Fisher is a college professor and
a sports enthusiast. He writes adult horror under another name, but thought of
the idea for Becky’s Kiss while
coaching his son’s baseball team. Since the story involved high school drama he
decided to write his first young adult piece. When not writing or teaching,
Nicholas Fisher enjoys pizza, reality television, and playing the banjo. He
lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and his son goes to Arizona State
University.

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A glass of Pino Noir with Author Ally Shields

La-Vierge-Noir-2012-510x790Today I’m having a glas of wine with Ally Shields and we’re talking about her latest release, Cross Keys: Revelation, an Elvenrude novel, Book 2, a dark elf urban fantasy.

She prefers a Pino Noir and I’ve picked a bottle from La Vierge, a wine farm in the Hemel and Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth) in South Africa. This vintage expresses the typical earthy and savoury aroma of this fine Burgundy variety and is backed by a red fruit character.

Before we talk about her book, let’s find out more about Ally 🙂

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? wine (pinot noir)
  1. Read or jog? read
  1. Cats or dogs? I love them both.
  1. Heels or flats? sneakers and sandals
  1. Boxers or briefs? boxers
  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate: Yes!
  1. Sweet or savoury: Yum, savoury.
  1. Sea or mountains: mountains

B. Five likes and five dislikes

love spring, summer, fall; hate winter

love broccoli; hate brussel sprouts

love pierced earrings; don’t like other body piercings

love horses; not so crazy about pigs (they’re too smelly)

love to visit the zoo; avoid the reptile building, especially the snakes

C. Three things on your bucket list

Return to Egypt one more time (not likely under the current unrest).

Find a winter home some place warm.

See the cherry blossoms in DC in the spring

D. What triggered this specific story?

Cross Keys: Revelation is a continuation of the trilogy begun with Cross Keys (An Elvenrude Novel). For a long time I wasn’t sure the original book would have a sequel, but over time I realized Kam and Seth’s story wasn’t finished, nor was her sister’s. Revelation and the final book, Unity (I just submitted it to the publisher), tie up those loose ends and resolve the major conflicts. That’s the fun with fiction…you get to make it come out right in the end. 🙂

Revelation-ByAllyShields-453x680Blurb (Cross Keys: Revelation):

If everyone keeps secrets, no one will survive…

Six months after the nightmare in Cross Keys, Kam Ryndel is enjoying her freedom in New Orleans and doesn’t miss the constraints of Elven society. She’s immersed herself in working missions for the CIA, even if it means less time to spend with her boyfriend, Seth. Seth’s not so happy about that. Having shouldered the responsibility of his family’s obligations, he’s losing patience with Kam’s lack of commitment to her own—and to him.

Then a guild worker is attacked by an invisible assailant, and everyone suspects another portal breach by rogues from Elvenrude. As Kam and Seth look for answers, a gang-related CIA mission interrupts the investigation, and Kam is taken to a place she never knew existed—beyond the Louisiana bayou.

Angered by Kam’s new mission, Seth enlists the help of his cousin Rhyden to solve the mysterious guild-worker attack. Instead of an assailant, they discover reports of ghost sightings all over town. Not that unusual for New Orleans, but these seem…different. In a mission complicated by gangsters, feuds, failing magic, and old enemies—and the uncertain loyalty of the Elven king—Seth learns something even worse. Kam is missing. And he isn’t sure if she’s alive or dead…

Book Trailers:

Cross Keys: http://youtu.be/cGyK6n-f8F4

Cross Keys: Revelation: http://youtu.be/F00BOGU125g

 Social media links:

Website: http://allyshields.com

Blog:     http://allyshields.com/blog.html

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShieldsAlly

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6527209.Ally_Shields

Amazon Author Page:   http://www.amazon.com/Ally-Shields/e/B009AKNDZU

Google+:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/100652807699295011703/posts

Newsletter: http://paper.li/ShieldsAlly/1353941420

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Etopia Press Bookstore

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

All Romance Ebooks

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iBookStore

Thanks for having a glass of wine with me, Ally – your bucket list is inspiring 🙂

 

Green tea with author James Pinard

 

I’m so thrilled to be a part of Loving the Book’s Blitz tour for author James Pinard. We’re having tea and we’re talking about his lates release Land of the living.

James PinardTea with Elsa green teaHe prefers green tea, so that’s what we’re having (although I do have my eye on a bottle of Baraville Chardonnay Piemonte 🙂 for when we’re done :))

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? I love green tea, Both are healthy but definitely tea.
  2. Read or jog? Read for sure when it’s a good story that draws you in and won’t let you go.
  3. Cats or dogs? dogs
  4. Heels or flats? High heels on a woman are so sexy
  5. Boxers or briefs? Boxers. They’re more comfortable and much cooler.
  6. Milk, dark or white chocolate? You know I love all chocolate but I gotta go with dark chocolate.
  7. Sweet or savoury? Sweet.
  8. Sea or mountains? Oh wow. Sea but to look at the sun setting on the horizon.

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Likes

A good story told by a good story teller

People who are genuine

A long walk on a beautiful sunny day

Ice cream

A good conversation about something philosophical

Dislikes

Fake People

Cold weather

Broccoli

Bad news

Being sick

C. Three things on your bucket list

Going to Italy and finding the town where my grandparents came from

Traveling through Europe on a train

Making a movie

D. What triggered this specific story?

Well it started off as a story about going back to the 1980’s which is my favorite decade. I thought no one has really done much with that subject in a time travel movie, almost like a Back to the Future for our generation now that we’ve gotten older. I lost both my parents and my sister over the years and I thought how cool would it be to go back. We were all together and so happy back then and maybe I could correct the mistakes I’ve made in the past, and who knows maybe even change their fates. So it really just grew and evolved from that into a story that is so much more than just a going back to the eighties story.

The main character, who is very loosely based on myself, gets to not only gets to go back to the 1980’s and see his family again. He also gets to experience being 20 years old again, and I don’t want to give too much away, but he’s getting chased by bad guy time travelers who can move from one body to another. There’s so much at stake for not only his future but everyone’s future so it’s a fun ride.

James Pinard is a writer of books, screenplays, graphic novels and poetry. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he currently resides in Orlando, FL where he works as a Computer Programmer for an insurance company. He has two beautiful, awesome children Michael and Ariel who inspired characters in his latest creation, “LAND OF THE LIVING.”

His past works include the short story “CREED” which was published in the PULP EMPIRE Collection Vol 1 and “DEARBORNE” in PULP EMPIRE Vol 2 by METAHUMAN PRESS available on Amazon. He is also a Writer and Creator of the Comic series “LUCID WORLD” Issues 1 and 2 published by TRAGIC ENTERTAINMENT.

“LAND OF THE LIVING” began as a labor of love on a subject matter that is close to his heart. One of his favorite subjects is time travel and his favorite decade is the eighties. After having lost both his parents and his sister to cancer, he decided to come up with a story about traveling to the 1980’s to see them again. The story just grew from there and the rest as we say is history.

Follow James on his pages:

https://www.facebook.com/JamesPinardWriter

http://www.amazon.com/James-Pinard/e/B0161XKWC0

https://twitter.com/moviepoet

http://www.amazon.com/Land-The-Living-James-Pinard-ebook/dp/B0161Y8DMA

Land of the living James PinardWHEN JAMES CREED WAKES UP IN HIS PARENTS’ HOUSE IN THE YEAR 1985, HE’S GREETED BY FAMILIAR PEOPLE AND SETTINGS.

THE PROBLEM IS HE REMEMBERS BEING A 50 YEAR OLD MAN IN THE YEAR 2015.

Memory told him both of his parents and the woman he loved were gone, but he slowly realizes that he’s traveled back in time to an alternate version of the eighties. President Kennedy is still alive, and the head of a secret time travel program, and perhaps the strangest thing of all – his loved ones are still alive.

He faces a challenge for which he’s not prepared, but he doesn’t have to fight his battle alone. To his amazement, his son, Michael, travels back from the year 2035 to help him discover the true reason he was sent back.

But another mysterious time traveler hunts him from the shadows, and James’ journey becomes a race to save his future existence in the Land Of The Living…

 Grab your copy of the book: http://www.amazon.com/Land-Living-James-Pinard-ebook/dp/B0161Y8DMA/ 

Let’s get a fun look at this book!

Unique aspects and overall coolness of “Land of the Living”

The 1980’s– Set in 1985 it portrays how different things were back then – technology – style – the music and just the overall coolness of the decade. Also a few famous people from that time period make appearances.

JFK – Anytime the assassination of President Kennedy is explored in a story it’s interesting but believe it or not LOTL adds some new twists – the biggest of which is that he is still alive in 1985 and the main character gets to meet him.

Time Travel – Time travel is always cool but in LOTL time travel is not of the body but of the mind. Time travelers can travel back using their mind and take over their own body or the body of someone else who has recently died in the past. Also, the main character is able to bounce back between the past and future. This is unique and really cool.

Cheating death – The main character gets to go back and see his parents, his sister and the girl he loved all of whom are dead in his version of the future. Not only is that a mind bender but it also is an emotional rollercoaster.

The Villains – The bad guys are able to travel through time at will and take over the body of another person even while they are still alive and make them bend to their will. Also, there is a wild card called the Red Headed Woman who is a mysterious ghost-like figure who appears throughout the story. Is she a villain or an ally? You be the judge.      

  

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Thanks for having tea with me, James – all the best with this one!

Fruit tea and a glass of Merlot with Hannah Fielding

Drinking teaI’m chatting today to author Hannah Fielding Merlot Vrede and Rustabouther latest release, Masquerade – a story about love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun. The two of us share a love for tea and wine so we’re starting with a cup of  orange and lemon tea. For the glass of wine we’ll have later, I’ve picked out a South African Merlot from a wine farm just outside Stellenbosch called Rust en Vrede (translation: rest and peace)

 

 

Portrait of Hannah Fielding and photos of where she writes.
Portrait of Hannah Fielding and photos of where she writes

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine?

Tea most of the time; especially fruit tea. But wine, preferably red, Merlot or Bourgogne, on an evening spent with friends and family.

  1. Read or jog?

Read, preferably romance or travel books. For exercise, I prefer swimming – both my homes have pools, and in the summer in France it’s an essential activity for cooling off

  1. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. They are so loyal. I have had some amazing dogs that I miss terribly still. They loved to run about in the woods near my home in Kent, and on the beaches there.

  1. Heels or flats?

Heels, even if sometimes I have to suffer – they are so much more elegant and they make me taller. I love the look of the starlets in the Golden Era of Hollywood; you’d never catch them in flats!

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Briefs are sexier, I think!

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate?

Dark chocolate – good for me, and I like the bitterness. I prefer the really fine chocolate; then a little goes a long way.

  1. Sweet or savoury?

Definitely savoury – cheese, any cheese is my péché migon – a real indulgence, especially when I’m in France.

  1. Sea or mountains?

Definitely sea – with mountains I feel hemmed in, but the sea is endless, stretching to infinity, and it has made me dream my whole life. I have always lived near the ocean; the water is as essential to me as air.

B. Five likes and five dislikes:

Like: Writing romance; cooking for guests; travelling to new places; listening to my library of three thousand songs collected from all over the world; rummaging in antique shops.

Dislike: Queuing at airports; bad restaurants; extreme weather (either hot or cold); being rushed; unconstructive criticism.

C. Three things on your bucket list

  1. Write more romance novels.
  2. Write more romance novels.
  3. Write more romance novels!

D. What triggered this specific story?

The hero Leandro was a face in a crowd of gypsies on a beach in France that triggered my imagination and was the muse for this story. He was in my mind throughout the writing; if only he knew how he had haunted and inspired me!

Hannah Fielding coverBlurb:

Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun… A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire.

Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy’s double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.

Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?

Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive?

Social media links:

Website: www.hannahfielding.net
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/fieldinghannah
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fieldinghannah
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5333898.Hannah_Fielding

Buy links:

Amazon. com: http://www.amazon.com/Masquerade-mystery-scorching-Spanish-Andalucian-ebook/dp/B00VGCV99C/

Amazon uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Masquerade-mystery-scorching-Spanish-Andalucian/dp/0992994365/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/masquerade-hannah-fielding/1121690908

Thanks for having tea and a glass of wine with me, Hannah – all the best with this one!

 

 

 

 

 

Tea with Claire Fullerton

 

 

Drinking teaI am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this blog tour and today it is my turn to talk to the lovely Claire Fullerton over a cup of tea about her latest release Dancing to an Irish Reel from Vinspire Publishing, LLC.

Don’t you just love the title! My feet started itching the minute I saw it for the first time.

But before we talk about her book and look at a snippet from it, let’s get to know her better!

 

 

A. Quickies

1. Tea or wine?

Tea

2. Read or jog?

Read, but I do take a long walk every day.

3. Cats or dogs?

Dogs, though I have two dogs and one cat.

4. Heels or flats?

Kitten heels- am I being too ambiguous so far? Call it artistic temperament!

5. Boxers or briefs?

Briefs

6. Milk, dark or white chocolate

Milk chocolate

7. Sweet or savoury

Savory, yet I’ve been known to indulge in question #6

8. Sea or mountains

Always the sea, especially if it’s dramatic.

B. Five likes and five dislikes:

Likes: forests, music, German shepherds, ballet, reading a writer with an impressive vocabulary and use of language,

Dislikes: Anyone that would harm a dog, anyone that would harm any animal, an inflexible mind, a bad listener, misuse of the English language

C. Three things on your bucket list:

1. Roaming the Scottish Highlands without a schedule

2. Staying for 10 days in a castle in either Scotland or Ireland

3. Inclusion on the New York Times best seller list.

D. What triggered this specific story?

I once lived on the western coast of Ireland. It was the most pivotal, life-enhancing, eye-opening experience of my life to be a single American living in rural Ireland.

Twenty five year old Hailey Crossan takes a trip to Ireland during a sabbatical from her job in the LA record business. While there, she’s offered a job too good to turn down, so she stays.

Although Hailey works in Galway, she lives in the countryside of Connemara, a rural area famous for its Irish traditional music.  When Hailey meets local musician, Liam Hennessey, a confusing relationship begins, which Hailey thinks is the result of differing cultures, for Liam is married to the music, and so unbalanced at the prospect of love, he won’t come closer nor completely go away.

And so begins the dance of attraction that Hailey struggles to decipher. Thankfully, a handful of vibrant local friends come to her aid, and Hailey learns to love a land and its people, both with more charm than she ever imagined.

 

 

Claire Fullerton is an award winning essayist, a magazine contributor, a former newspaper columnist, and a four time contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. She hails from Memphis, Tn. and now lives in Malibu California. “Dancing to an Irish Reel” is her second novel.



Make sure to check out her pages.

www.clairefullerton.com

https://www.facebook.com/clairefullertonauthor

http://about.me/claire.fullerton

And here is a  snippet from Dancing to an Irish Reel

There’s an energy that hangs between strangers even in a crowd. Call it interest, or attraction, or the knowledge of things to come. It is awareness, and I was aware to the exclusion of all activity around me that Liam Hennessey was watching me. He was sitting at the corner of the bar by himself, and because I could feel his gaze upon me like an electrical current, I froze. I did not move an inch because I sensed I didn’t have to, that something would come about with little prompting from me. I don’t know how I knew this, but I was right, it came about within the hour. It began as a series of introductions to people near Liam, and drew itself closer until Liam was introduced to me.

Right before Leigh left, claiming she had to get up early the next day to drive to Cork, Kieran pointed out that the Irish traditional musicians playing in the corner were the father and older brother of the lad sitting at the end of the bar.

“That’s Liam Hennessey at the bar there,” Kieran gestured to my right. “He’s the best box player in Connemara – even in the whole of Ireland, many say. His family is long in Connemara; they’re all players, so. That’s Sean Liam, his da, and his brother Anthony there on the guitar.” Kieran seemed proud to know the facts. He next took my arm and led me straight to Liam.

“I’ve the pleasure of knowing this American here, her name is Hailey,” Kieran announced to Liam.

I had an uneasy feeling. It’s one thing to suspect you’ll cross paths with someone again, and quite another to be fully prepared when it actually happens. For some unknown reason, I kept thinking it was strange to see Liam this far out in the country from Galway, but then again, what did I know? I didn’t know anything about him.

Liam looked at me with large dark eyes and smiled brightly. He was different than I had imagined: he was friendlier, more candid. I assumed because he looked so dark and mysterious, there would be a personality to match. I assumed he would be reserved, aloof, perhaps arrogant in an artistic sort of way. I was paying close attention, and there was none of that about Liam. In seconds, I realized he was a nice guy. I moved a step to my right as an older man approached the bar.

“Would ye give us a hand there,” the man said to Liam, and for the next few minutes, Liam handed pints over his head to a group of men too far from the bar’s edge to grab the glasses themselves. Just then, Kieran said something that set off a chain of events and put the rest of the night in motion.

“Liam, will you watch Hailey for me, I’m off to join the sessiun.” With that, Kieran produced a harmonica from his shirt pocket and walked off to join the musicians in the corner.

I stood at the bar and waited for the next thing to happen. The world seemed to operate in slow motion. All the noise in the room subsided, and the only thing I knew was I was looking directly at Liam Hennessey. I searched his face for imperfections. I had never before seen such beauty in the face of a man. I hoped my thoughts didn’t show on my face. He was so good looking, I wondered why other people in the room weren’t staring at him, then I realized most of Hughes’ patrons knew him and were probably used to the way he looked. I was reticent, unsure of how to speak to Liam, unfamiliar with how provincial he may or may not have been. Words tend to get in the way in moments like this, but they lay in wait just the same.

Make sure you don’t miss the rest of this blog tour – below the scedule!

Thanks for having tea with me, Claire, and all the best with this one!

 

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Tea and wine with Elizabeth Ellen Carter



EECarterSX200_Drinking tea

Shiraz

Today historical romance author, Elizabeth Ellen Carter is visiting us to tell us more about her latest Etopia Press release, Moonstone Conspiracy.

As you will see below, she likes all kinds of tea and and all kinds of wine, so I had to choose. So I thought we’ll start with a cup of Earl Grey tea while we talk about the weather and all things nice 🙂 But when we talk about her new book, I think we’ll need a glas of  Shiraz and I’ve chosen a Shouth African Shiraz from Hermanuspietersfontein cellar.

But before we talk about Elizabeth’s latest historical romance, let’s get to know her a little better!

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine?

I’m dreadful. I’m going to have to answer this question with ‘yes’. Green tea, Earl Grey Tea, English Breakfast Tea… Love it all. Wine: Shiraz, Cab Sav, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Champagne. All of the above for me!

  1. Read or jog?

Read, oh my, most definitely read. I might be persuaded to walk briskly but jogging is not in my lexicon.

  1. Cats or dogs?

Cats. I have two beautiful strays. Claude, a black tabby and his sister Coco, a tortie came to our place one summer’s day. They were six week old kittens when their mother decided to seek shelter near our drive ahead of an upcoming cyclone. When the rains came, mother cat had disappeared with one of the kittens. We brought Claude and Coco inside and they’ve been with us ever since – two and a half years now and they are wonderful cats.

  1. Heels or flats?

I love my heels. Which is just as well. Hubby is a couple of inches shorter than me, so when we got together I was worried that he’d resent me being taller. I was so pleased when hubby said he didn’t mind (and he likes me in heels).

  1. Boxers or briefs?

On me or my men? Ummm. Both?

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

Dark, dark chocolate, darker the better… Mmmmmmm

  1. Sweet or savoury

lemonintrayAgain I’m going to have to say both. Here’s an example – tonight I went out and bought a treat for me. They’re a biscuit called Lemon Crisps, they are salted cracker with a filling of lemon cream – they’re the best of both worlds!

 

  1. Sea or mountains

I’m ashamed to say as someone who lives in a beautiful beachside city, a prefer the mountains. We’re very fortunate where we live on the Gold Coast in Queensland. In 20 minutes we’re at the beach in one direction and 20 minutes and we’re in the mountains in another direction. My husband and I enjoy camping so we get out of the city and into the country as often as possible

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Five likes:

My husband

Great friends

Cats

Reading

Antiques

Five dislikes:

Housework

Arguments

Cruelty

Meanness

(did I mention housework?)

C. Three things on your bucket list

Visiting Europe (I hope to go into a couple of years)

Skydiving (perhaps for my 50th)

Visiting the United States

D. What triggered this specific story?

MoonstoneConspiracy_ByElizabethEllenCarter-200x300I had such wonderful feedback about one of the secondary characters in Moonstone Obsession – Lady Abigail Houghall. She was one nasty, nasty lady, but right at the very end there was a glimmer of hope that she could be redeemed. My darling husband, who is also my critique partner, said he wanted to see Abigail’s story – so that’s how Moonstone Conspiracy was born.

 

 

 

Blurb:

Revolution in France, rebels in England, and one woman caught in the crossfire…

For her unwitting participation in a plot to embezzle the Exchequer, Lady Abigail Houghall has spent the last two years exiled to the city of Bath. A card sharp, sometime mistress, and target of scandalous gossip by the London Beau Monde, Lady Abigail plots to escape her gilded cage as well as the prudish society that condemns her. But the times are not easy. France is in chaos. The king has been executed, and whispers of a similar revolution are stirring in England. And because of her participation in the robbery plot, the Spymaster of England is blackmailing her into passing him information about the members of London’s upper crust.

When the dashing English spy Daniel Ridgeway takes a seat at her card table and threatens to expose her for cheating, she has no choice but to do as he demands: seduce the leader of the revolutionaries and learn what she can about their plot. As she’s drawn deeper into Daniel’s dangerous world, from the seedy backstreets of London to the claustrophobic catacombs of a war-torn Paris, she realizes an even more dangerous fact. She’s falling in love with her seductive partner. And the stakes of this game might just be too high, even for her.

Author Bio:

Elizabeth Ellen Carter’s debut novel, Moonstone Obsession, was published in 2013 by Etopia Press. Earlier that year, the Regency adventure romance had been shortlisted in the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Awards for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Set in England and France during the French Revolution, it was heralded as ‘edge-of-seat adventure and intrigue’ and ‘a rollercoaster of love, blackmail, ill-gotten gains, treason and trickery’ with Carter described as ‘a writer worth keeping an eye on’ with ‘a hint of classic suspense novelist Daphne du Maurier’.

Her second novel, Warrior’s Surrender, was published by Etopia the following year. Set in Northumbria in 1077, it sets the relationship between a displaced Saxon noblewoman and a Norman baron against the turbulent backdrop of England in the years following the Norman invasion of 1066. Reviewers found the novel ‘a fast moving and passionate read’ with ‘strong characters, an intriguing plot, and plenty of action… a sexy romance to be savoured’. Readers agreed, voting Warrior’s Surrender Favourite Historical Fiction in the 2015 Readers & Writers Down Under Readers Choice Awards.

Also in 2014, the short story Moonstone Promise, spinning off from Moonstone Obsession as part of Etopia’s Valentines Heat anthology, followed the fortunes of one of the supporting characters back home to 18th century Pittsburgh in a tale of ‘second chance romance’.

Warrior’s Surrender (now in print as well as eBook) was named Favourite Historical Fiction at the 2015 Readers & Writers Down Under Readers Choice Awards in March this year.

Carter moved up to 1802 for the light-hearted romantic short story Three Ships, part of the Christmas 2014 anthology A Season To Remember, and ventures briefly into contemporary romance for the first time with her Romance Writers of Australia annual Little Gems competition placegetter, The Tin Bear, publishing in August 2015.

And another Moonstone Obsession character, the sinful Lady Abigail Houghall, features in the full length novel Moonstone Conspiracy, coming from Etopia Press in 2015.

Carter is currently working on her fourth novel, set in ancient Rome and tentatively titled Dark Heart, which will bring together the elements for which she has become known in just a few years – in-depth historical detail woven through gripping adventure and captivating romance.

The author lives in Australia with her husband and two cats. A former newspaper journalist, she ran an award-winning PR agency for 12 years.

And a lovely excerpt form Moonstone Conspiracy:

“I’m glad you remembered our appointment.”

Abigail recognised the droll voice and so did not even bother opening her eyes.

“It’s not yet midnight,” she replied and felt the couch shift as Daniel’s weight settled down into it.

“In our business, we take opportunities whenever they occur.”

Abigail opened her eyes and opened her fan to hide a yawn. He did not look fatigued. If one was to assign his expression right now, she would have described him as being studiously nonchalant.

“And what business are we in, Mr Ridgeway?”

“A very dangerous one.”

“I don’t recall signing up for a dangerous business,” she retorted, keeping her voice low to prevent anyone overhearing. “If my experience of your business over the past two years is any guide, stultifying boredom would be a better description.

“You can tell Aunt Druscilla that my obligation to her is complete. I’m going abroad at the end of this season.”

A slow feline grin spread across his face.

“Are you now?”

Fatigue fled and Abigail straightened in her seat, ready to rise to the challenge.

“Are you going to stop me?”

“I don’t particularly care what you do after this season,” he told her. “If you can’t give me what I want by the end of June, then you’re not half the woman Blakeney thinks you are.”

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Thanks for having tea with me, Elizabeth and all the best with your book! May she flies 🙂