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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.

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.

Connect with the Author here: 
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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Thanks for having tea with me, Miki – all the best with this one!

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.

Motherhood photo

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/

Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/KathleenBosman

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathleenLBosman

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5257900.Kathy_Bosman

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/gracewalk17

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kathy-Bosman/e/B007GCQBNK Y

ouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxifimh0X62uZLvKkon8tDQ

Newsletter Subscription: http://eepurl.com/NokET

Authorgraph: https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/KathleenLBosman

And the giveaway:

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Whole Touched series now available!

The stories for all four Cavallo brothers are now finished and out there. Thank you for all the positive feedback I’ve received – I hope you enjoy reading the stories of how these four passionate men find their soul-mates as  as much as I’ve enjoyed witing them.

Touched to the heart (Escape publishing) (Don and Caitlin’s story):

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Buy links

Amazon Kindle

Amazon UK

iBookstore

eBooks.com

Google Play

All Romance

 

Touched to the soul (Etopia Press) – (Dale and Zoe’s story)

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Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com.au

All Romance

Kobo

 

Touched to the core (Etopia Press) – (David and Dana’s story)

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Amazon.com

Amazo.co.uk

 

Kobo

All Romance

 

 

Touched to the depths (Etopia Press)  (Darryn and Hannah’s story):

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Buy links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.uk

Kobo

Barnes and Noble

All Romance

Touched to the depths – 4th and final story of the Cavallo brothers

TouchedToTheDepths-ByElsaWinckler-453x680And finally the last story about the Cavallo brothers has been released! Touched to the depths, Darryn and Hannah’s story is now available.

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

He was the photographer, she the model and on a sunny beach on Mahé, she stole his heart. But Darryn isn’t ready for the powerful feelings Hannah elicits, so when another photographer implies he’s also slept with Hannah, Darryn uses it as the perfect excuse to walk away.

But when they meet again, he can’t ignore his instincts—Hannah is in danger. Lies and threats make targets of them both, and faced with a situation of pure terror, Darryn is forced to realize he’ll do anything to protect her. And to keep her with him, always…

Excerpt:

She couldn’t help it, she had to do it. The photographer was late, she had her makeup on, her hair was ready, so she could indulge before she had to work.

Lifting her face up to the sun, drinking in the fragrance that was the Seychelles, Hannah lifted the layers of pink tulle of the skirt she was wearing and twirled. The make-up artist and the hair stylist laughed.

“I was wondering when you’d do that,” Sandy, the make-up artist said.

Looking over her shoulder, Sandy grinned. “Looks like our photographer caught you in the act.”

Hannah looked up into a pair of dark brown eyes that were watching her over the lens of a camera. This had to be Darryn Cavallo. The rumors were true—he was drop-dead gorgeous. Tall, muscled, with tousled, ink-black hair. Wow.

She didn’t wait to be introduced to him, didn’t wait to listen to his instructions. With her eyes locked on him, she slid into a pose. He stared at her for another minute before he lifted the camera.

And then her body started moving to a beat only audible to her and the photographer. Without any conscious thought, she posed and turned, instinctively knowing exactly what he wanted her to do.

The air around her stopped moving, breathing became difficult, any minute now she was going to go up in flames. Every cell in her body was reacting to him.

Buy links:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Touched-Depths-Elsa-Winckler-ebook/dp/B018WRITHI/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1449202677&sr=8-10&keywords=elsa+winckler

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touched-Depths-Elsa-Winckler-ebook/dp/B018WRITHI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1449202765&sr=1-1&keywords=elsa+winckler

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/touched-to-the-depths

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/touched-to-the-depths-elsa-winckler/1123091337?ean=2940157817787

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-touchedtothedepths-1939988-149.html

Etopia Press: http://www.etopiapress.com/touched-to-the-depths/

Book Blitz for Suzanne Jefferies’s The Joy of Comfort Eating

Today I have the pleasure of being part of fellow South African author Suzanne Jefferies’s Book Blitz tour for her latest release The Joy of Comfort Eating.

 

Title: The Joy of Comfort Eating
Author: Suzanne Jefferies
Series: Standalone
Genre: Chick Lit/Romance/Erotica
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: Nov 17
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print
Blurb/Rating:

It’s the worst day of Charlie Everson’s life. Not only can she no longer fit into her clothes—disaster for any public relations director—but also her first love, the sexy super-successful Brian Tendai, is her new CEO, the last person she ever expected to run into. Seeing him again tumbles Charlie back into her past. There are still so many unanswered questions: he’s convinced she left him, she’s convinced he left her. Charlie minimizes the ‘ex’ factor. Tell that to her emotions that are running wild.
But Brian’s not there to rekindle their romance. He’s overseeing Queenswood Communications’ recent merger after a hostile takeover. Guess whose name is at the top of the list?
They agree to one night together, just the one, then it’s back to business as normal. Or is it?

The Joy of Comfort Eating is a contemporary romance novel set in cosmopolitan Johannesburg.

Continue reading Book Blitz for Suzanne Jefferies’s The Joy of Comfort Eating

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

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

 

Snippet from Touched to the soul – answer for TRR Year-end party

TRR Year end splash partyI’m so thrilled to be a apart of The Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party in November again.

Touched to the soul is the 2nd story in the Touched series about the four sexy hotel tycoon brothers. This is Dale and Zoe’s story.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the snippet below – you’ll also find the answer to the question in the TRR’s Year Splash Eng Party in here 🙂

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‘Zoe closed her eyes and wished the floor would swallow her up. She loved her romance-writing mother dearly, but at times like this she could cheerfully throttle her. She was forever trying to find husbands for her daughters. Zoe hoped now that Caitlin was married, her mother would back off, but obviously she had no such plans.

Smiling, her mother waved at them and moved away. The music changed again, and the next minute Dale stood in front of her, holding out his hand for a dance. Zoe glanced toward Hannah and Dana, but the other two Cavallo’s held out their hands toward her sister and their friend as well.

There was no way she could refuse this dance—her mother would never forgive her. OK, she’d do this and then nobody could accuse her of not behaving properly.

This was such a bad idea, but short of causing a scene, she couldn’t say no. She took a deep breath and, without looking at Dale, put her hand in his—her last rational act.

The next minute Dale had her on her feet and spun her around. Then he pulled her in and kept her close to his body as he danced around the floor with her. Her feet followed his as if she’d done this a million times before, as if they’d always been dancing together. His movements were flawless, graceful, intoxicating.

This close to him, his scent filled her nostrils, seeped through her skin into her bloodstream from where it filled every cell in her body. His powerful muscles flexed under her hands, his breath caressed her check, and his big, warm hand stroked her sensuously up and down her bare back, leaving every centimeter of her flesh craving for more. Their bodies were fused together. She closed her eyes and let the music and the man take over.

This would end in a few minutes; she would probably not see Dale again very soon, if ever, but for the moment she was tired of denying herself this sensation.’

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