Interview with Cathie Dunn

I'm being interviewed today by fellow romance author, Babette James. She got me to reveal my favourite things... 

Come on over and join us! 



See you there! :-)


Welcoming Elizabeth Delisi, mystery romance author


Today, I welcome mystery romance author Elizabeth Delisi, whose latest release, Fatal Fortune, is published through Tirgearr Publishing, a fab new electronic publisher.


Elizabeth has kindly offered a free e-copy of Fatal Fortune to one lucky commenter. Simply leave your comment below to be in the draw.
Good luck!

Handing over...

Hi! I’m Elizabeth Delisi, and I write in several genres or a mix of more than one: mystery, paranormal, romance and suspense. You can find out more about my books at my website, www.elizabethdelisi.com. I live in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and bossy parakeet.

My Place: 
We’ve lived in many of the fifty US states in my life, which is a lucky thing for a writer. Lots of fodder for the imagination! I’ve lived in several of the plains states in the Midwest, and was fascinated by the flat landscape where you can see for miles in every direction. Really makes you feel small! And you get the most gorgeous, colorful sunsets and vibrant rainbows. Many of the towns are small and have a last-century feel, and the people are always ready to lend a hand when needed. So when I needed a setting for FATAL FORTUNE, I chose North Dakota as the perfect spot.


Normandy - vacation and research!

Today it's my turn to talk about location. I'm visiting the lovely Nancy Jardine, fellow Wild Rose Press and Crooked Cat author.

Discover why I found Normandy, France, such an inspiring place that I simply had to use as a location for Dark Deceit!



Castles, ruins, rolling countryside, sea, good food, friendly folks - and delicious cider!


Town Hall, Argentan

Juliet Chastain - Book Series Spotlight

Today, I'm spotlighting an intriguing steamy historical romance series from author, Juliet Chastain. Personally, the covers alone have already tickled my fancy, and the blurbs just make me even more curious.


See for yourself...



Book 1: A Proper Lady's Gypsy Lover
Breathless Press
Historical Erotic Romance

Forced to become a proper young lady, Lucy-Ann Spencer rebels against the rules of high society to claim her freedom and her Gypsy lover.

Dragged off to London kicking and screaming, Lucy-Ann Spencer refuses to become a proper young lady. Despite her aunts' insistence, she spurns the suitably titled and wealthy men who court her, longing instead for the Gypsy lad and the freedom she once loved.

Liberty Wood never forgot the girl he adored years ago, but now that she has become a proper, silk-clad member of high society while he lives by his wits, he knows that they can never breach the gulf between them. Can Lucy-Ann convince him otherwise?


Romance Author Alana Lorens at My Place

Yes, I know, it's Thursday, not the usual My Place Sunday. But life would be boring without surprises, eh? And I have a surprise in store for you.

Today's guest is romance author Alana Lorens who takes us on a tour of Pittsburgh in a wonderfully descriptive post. A real treat!

Over to Alana!



Pittsburgh—more than just football and beer


The Pittsburgh Lady Lawyer series debuted this month, with CONVICTION OF THE HEART and SECOND CHANCES, two very different lawyers who practice in the same wonderful city. Why Pittsburgh? First and foremost, because it’s handy to where I live here in northwestern Pennsylvania, and we’ve been there many times. But secondly, it’s because the city is a wonderful canvas on which to display a story.



Pittsburgh is a city of neighborhoods and great diversity (map of neighborhoods). From east-end staple Squirrel Hill, home of a large Jewish community (and once upon a time, Mister Rogers, too), to the downtown skyscrapers to Robinson Town Center’s spread of stores and restaurants to fill all manner of modern consumers’ wishes, there’s something for everyone in this town.

Giveaway - Dark Deceit

Today, I'm visiting the blog of bestselling chick lit and women's fiction author, the lovely Rose McClelland, giving away a copy of Dark Deceit. Rose has also quizzed me about a few things. Find out what I said... 




We'll see you over there. :-)



Welcome Elysa Hendricks, romance author

Today, I welcome fellow romance author, Elysa Hendricks to My Place. I love the photos she's sharing with us. The wild countryside is so inspiring. Enjoy!


Elysa Hendricks is 5'6" tall. She has curly hair and brown eyes. She's an author, a wife, a mother and a daughter. The rest is too boring to mention and is subject to change without notice.
In addition to writing gritty western historical romances, Elysa also likes to spend time in the present with her contemporary romances, visits the future in her sci-fi romances and dreams up other worlds in her fantasy romances.

My Place:
THIS HEART FOR HIRE is set in Southwest Texas during the early 1870's.


Dark Deceit now in Paperback

I'm so thrilled!

My 5* historical novel, Dark Deceit, is now available in paperback on Amazon. ~happy dance~

My publisher is finally going Print on Demand, so my baby is now available for a whole new range of readers - those who prefer to hold an actual book in their hands, turning the pages one by one. I hope those readers will enjoy Dark Deceit.

Blurb:

On his return from battle at Lincoln, Geoffrey de Mortagne, under-sheriff of Gloucester and spy for the Empress Matilda, assists a dying knight caught in an ambush. Promising to look after the welfare of the knight’s only daughter, Geoffrey stays at her manor, investigating the murder. Keen to join the Empress on her progress through England, he is torn between his oath and his duty.

Left to defend her manor following her father’s death, Alleyne de Bellac reluctantly accepts Geoffrey’s support. As she doesn’t trust the taciturn stranger, she asks Will d’Arques, an old friend, for help. But loyalties change. Her life in danger and her inheritance at stake, Alleyne must decide which man to trust.

Discover England and Normandy divided by a brutal civil war, where vows are broken as allegiances waver.

The first in The Anarchy Trilogy, Dark Deceit weaves a tale of murder, betrayal, loss and hope. Set in 1140s England and Normandy, amidst the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda, a young lady learns the hard way whom she can trust, whilst an under-sheriff and spy resolves a riddle of a more personal kind.

Currently, Dark Deceit is unavailable in paperback. 

Please come back soon!


Praise for Dark Deceit:


"captivating characters and vivid descriptions ... very well researched storyline and its crafty mix of fiction and history ... an engrossing read that I highly recommend."
5*, Booked Up Reviews
"Readers of historical fiction will love every page of this exciting story."
5*, Readers Favorite
"If you like Historical Novels with believable characters, settings, conflicts and a touch of romance, I readily recommend this book."
The Accidental Poet




Welcome romance author D'Ann Lindun


Today, I'm hosting fellow romance author, D'Ann Lindun. If you - like me - love cowboys, you're in for a treat! ;-)


Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there's just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, eight ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories! 


So, to discover more about D'Ann, I've asked her a few questions.

1.  What made you write romance? 
When I was growing up, we lived on a guest ranch for a couple of years, and there was no TV there.  The summer before 6th grade, I spent hours and hours in the library, and discovered romance.  I fell in love with the old Harlequins and Victoria Holt. Flash forward about 15 years, and I got the chance to take a class from Margot Early.  I jumped in and never looked back!

2.  You write about cowboys. What triggered your passion for horses?  
Growing up on their backs, literally.  I started riding when I was three years old.  I love all animals, especially cats and dogs, too.  But there's something about a horse that no other animal can rival.

3.  What are your current projects & future releases?  
I have two books out right now-- Wild Horses, from Crimson Romance, and A Cowboy to Keep from Ruby Lioness Press. In August, I'll have another from Crimson titled Shot Through the Heart.  Another later in the fall, too.


Thank you, D'Ann. What a wonderful way of life. My home office overlooks a stableyard, so I get to watch horses nearly every day, and I wouldn't want to live without my cats. Animals are inspiring.

Welcome chick lit author Sárka-Jonae Miller

Today, I'm hosting contemporary women's fiction author Sárka-Jonae Miller. She talks about her latest release, Between Boyfriends.



Sárka-Jonae Miller is a novelist and a health and fitness writer. She has more than 4,000 articles published online and in print. She is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Before writing full-time, Sárka-Jonae was a personal fitness trainer and massage therapist. In her free time, Sarka-Jonae likes to do flash mobs and find her way into music video shoots. She has appeared in the Michael Jackson videos "Hold My Hand" and "Hollywood Tonight." She also practices kung fu and yoga.


Blurb:

Jan Weston is boy crazy, emphasis on crazy. But when "The One" breaks her heart, Jan vows to change. She quits dating, starts exercising and tries to be a better friend. 

Her progress is derailed when her mother finds out that she dropped out of San Diego State University to attend massage therapy school. Furious at being lied to, Mrs. Weston cuts Jan off. Now Jan is without a guy, her American Express card and a way to pay for school. She has to do something so despicable, so vile, so cruel, she almost cannot imagine it: Jan has to find a job. With the support of her real friends and the hottie from her massage class Jan is able to survive, barely. But can she really change, or is she temporarily between boyfriends?


Welcome Rose McClelland, chick-lit & women's fiction author

Today, we have something to smile about. Nope, not sunshine, just a wonderful excerpt from Belfast basedchick-lit and women's fiction author, Rose McClelland.


Last week, Rose celebrated the release of her second ebook, How to Look like You. Like her first novel, the best-selling The Break-Up Test, it has garnered an array of outstanding reviews.


So, I thought I'd give Rose a shout-out here. I hope you enjoy the taster below.


Blurb:
Have you ever had a frenemy? Someone you smile at sweetly but secretly you are filled with jealousy? Meet Chloe and Ella.
While Chloe sees herself as dowdy, quiet and going nowhere, Ella is brimming with talents: acting, singing, and outward-sitting, bronzed boobs.
Yet, Ella envies Chloe’s steady relationship with Aidan, her stick-thin figure and her perfectly poised style. As a result, Ella feels overweight, over-single and over-the-hill.
As Ella begins to work alongside Aidan, she develops feelings she shouldn’t have. When he invites her to join his band, it’s no surprise Chloe reacts by slamming the door off the handle.
Then Chloe begins a strategy of her own: Operation Simon. If she starts to go out more often with the bloke from work, surely Aidan would take notice?
Will Aidan smell Simon’s advances? Will Chloe and Aidan’s shared plans go ahead?
Will Ella become a friend or an enemy?

Find out How To Look Like YOU.

Silent Deception - An Excerpt

After climbing the 'Gothic Romance' charts at Amazon earlier this week, Silent Deception, my romantic historical novella, needs some TLC. So here's another snippet...

Blurb:

Having inherited a family estate she’d never heard of, Minerva Goodridge travels to Cornwall to take charge of her new home. But fatal memories lurk in the shadows of Trekellis Manor. As the locals keep away from the house, Minnie accepts the help of a stranger. Can she trust him?

Gideon Drake, 8th Earl of Rothdale, is on a mission to uncover a family secret linked to Trekellis Manor. But the arrival of Minerva, the new owner, disrupts his investigation. Attracted to the headstrong heiress, he decides to take action - and ends up uncovering more than he expected.
Gideon must weigh up his family’s reputation against Minnie’s, but will the revelations tear them apart?



Excerpt:

I think you should leave now.
  Minnie remembered her words to Gideon Drake as she pummeled the pillow into submission before lying back. Crossing her arms, she stared at the ceiling in the light of a solitary candle. How dared he!
A wave of indignation washed through her. She brushed aside a pang of conscience. No, she had most definitely not enjoyed the kiss. Gently, she touched her lips with her fingertips. Four days had passed, yet she could still taste him. At first, her lips had felt sore, then she’d begun to crave more, the fire between her legs burning stronger with every day she didn’t see him.
  “No!”
  This had to stop. She crossed one leg over the other, ignoring the warmth spreading from her center. Lord Drake was just an adventurer, a rake, here on a whim to play lord amongst the locals.
  After she had–politely–kicked him out of the house, Minnie had thrown herself into a tidying frenzy. Two further reception rooms, four bedrooms including Walker’s, and all the servants’ quarters had fallen prey to her cloths and dusters. She giggled, remembering Beth’s astounded face when she’d rolled up the sleeves of an old gown of hers and, gritting her teeth, set to wiping surfaces, removing curtains and drapes, beating the dust from padded chairs and settees. Not that the maid had stopped either. Her skills at cleaning floors, doors and windows had worked wonders. Together, they’d finally managed to make Trekellis Manor sparkle again.
  Apart from the study.
  Claiming a headache, she’d refused to see Lord Drake when he visited the day after the kiss. But watching him ride away from behind the curtains of a reception room hadn’t been as satisfying as she’d have preferred. Somehow, the man made her blood boil, and the longer she left it to simmer the more miserable she became.
  True to his word, he’d sent Eaton’s gardener to attack the overgrown shrubs, the high grass, and the moss stuck to the weathered stone of the building. Even the towers were  slowly cleared of their encroaching ivy. The piles of cut branches burnt for hours on the pyres he built close to the cliff’s edge–at safe distance from the house.
  Then, the day before, Gideon Drake hadn’t come. Nor today had he stopped by. His absence irked her but her pitiful attempts at questioning the gardener to discover whether Lord Drake had left Cornwall altogether led to shrugs. The Cornishman minded his own business, apparently.
  Pah!
  Minnie blew out the candle and turned on her side, drawing her knees up, her arms draped loosely around them. She had to establish her life here, and her name as the owner of Trekellis Manor.
  That was important, not some lord on a fancy quest into his family history.
  She firmly closed her eyes, determined to banish all thoughts of Lord Drake.


Buy now:




At 99c / 77p, it's a steal! :-)

A Novel in a Week?

Wow! Cosy crime (and fellow Crooked Cat Publishing) author, David W Robinson, is attempting a gruelling challenge: 

Write a novel in a week!



When I asked him about it, this is what he had to say:



Here’s a stupid idea. I’m going to write a novel in week.

So when you’ve all stopped laughing and questioning my sanity, you’ll ask why. The answer is… because I’m bored. It’s not a bet and it’s not for charity, it’s just to see whether or not I can do it.

I begin next Monday morning, July 9th 2012, and work through to Sunday 15th, and at the end of that seven days, I expect to have 60,000-70,000 words written. Not a publishable novel, just a good first draft.

And if I get there, what happens to the finished project? At some stage I’ll bring it up to spec and Crooked Cat will get first refusal. If they don’t want it, I’ll probably self-publish.

Would you like to follow my progress? Aside from writing over 10,000 words a day, I’ll also be blogging my exploits at http://novelinaweek.blogspot.co.uk/ and you’re welcome to join me. 


Good luck, David! I'm sure to follow your updates.


Find David's books here:



Welcome Lillie Spencer, Romance Author

Today, I refuse to comment about the poor weather. Long given up the hope for sunshine.

So, on a brighter side, I welcome fellow romance author, Lillie Spencer. I've set her a few questions to find out more about her writing life, and her romantic suspense, Manhunt.


Welcome, Lillie!


1. How did you get into writing? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
My mom recently gave me a velvet covered journal of mine from elementary school that I had filled with poems and short stories, so I suppose it's always been in my blood.  It's my passion, my sanctuary.  I'd written countless stories before I worked up the courage to submit Manhunt.

2. Your release, Manhunt, sounds intriguing. What was your inspiration for the plot?
I know it sounds completely cliché, but it just came to me.  I was actually sketching out a paranormal romance at the time, and Manhunt popped into my head and wouldn't let go until I wrote it.  It was the first time I'd written romantic suspense, and I loved it.  It was so much fun weaving together the romance and murder mystery elements within a story that at its heart is about love and redemption.

3. What are you working on at the moment? Any new releases coming soon?
I'm working on a paranormal romance at the moment - the one I put on the back burner to finish Manhunt.  After that, I'm going to write a companion story to Manhunt about Michael and Nikki's best friend, Christian. 

Thank you for having me!

Silent Deception - a 99 cent romance novella


My new release, Silent Deception, a Victorian romantic historical mystery, is now available at Amazon. 

At 99c / 77p, it's a bargain for spooky Gothic mystery fans.


Blurb:
Having inherited a family estate she’d never heard of, Minerva Goodridge travels to Cornwall to take charge of her new home. But fatal memories lurk in the shadows of Trekellis Manor. As the locals keep away from the house, Minnie accepts the help of a stranger. Can she trust him?

Gideon Drake, 8th Earl of Rothdale, is on a mission to uncover a family secret linked to Trekellis Manor. But the arrival of Minerva, the new owner, disrupts his investigation. Attracted to the headstrong heiress, he decides to take action - and ends up uncovering more than he expected.
Gideon must weigh up his family’s reputation against Minnie’s, but will the revelations tear them apart?


Buy now:



Victoria Lamb's Witchstruck Blog Tour

Today, I'm sharing news of a fabulous blog tour where participants are in for a chance to win a copy of historical fiction author Victoria Lamb's new release, Witchstruck, a fast paced YA story.

Find the dates & venues here: http://www.victorialambbooks.com/2012/06/witchstruck-blog-tour-starts-monday.html

I'm currently enjoying her first release, The Queen's Secret, set at the court of Elizabeth I. Political intrigues, adventures and love. A fabulous mix, full of lively detail and interesting characters.


Blurb for Witchstruck:

Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practise the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake.

Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg's existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn - despite their very different attitudes to her secret.

Thrilling and fast-paced, this is the first unputdownable story in a bewitching new series.



Discover more about Victoria Lamb and her novels, Witchstruck and The Queen's Secret, on her Amazon profile.


Welcome AK James


Today, I've the pleasure of hosting author, AK James, again. I've previously interviewed AK, also known as Mandy, here on the release of her first novel, Righteous Exposure, a fast paced tale of revenge and redemption.

This time, congratulations are in place again as Mandy celebrates signing up with Choc Lit Publishing for her next release. Exciting times ahead! :-)

Over to you, Mandy...


Thanks for inviting me back, Cathie!

Phew what a year! It's only the end of June and I now have two fantastic publishing contracts! I talked last time about Righteous Exposure released as an ebook with Crooked Cat Publishing, and now I have signed a contract with Choc Lit Publishing!  My novel, A Stitch in Time, will be in published in paperback next April and is a romantic comedy about a time travelling history teacher. 

I'm over the moon to be with Choc Lit as they have a brilliant reputation and their authors have won many awards recently. This year they had three novels, The UnTied Kingdom, Please Don’t Stop the Music and Highland Storms short-listed for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Highland Storms and Please Don’t Stop the Music won Best Romantic Historical and Best Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Awards (RoNAs) respectively.

Not much to live up to then...gulp!

I can't quite believe it all really, and I'm so thrilled. Righteous Exposure has been very popular. I'm happy to say that I now have 16 excellent reviews on Amazon. I pinch myself when I think that all my hard work is actually being read and enjoyed by others. I guess that's what it's all about for me. 

Thanks again, Cathie and I'll keep you posted :)