Monday, June 01, 2020

CAST IN STONE -- TREASURES OF THE HEART SERIES


Don't forget the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post!


Cast in Stone 
Treasures of the Heart Book 2 
by
Lawna Mackie 
Genre: Romantic Adventure, Suspense 


Emma Taggart is a headstrong determined woman who knows exactly what she wants. That would be Finn Avery—not because he’s a multimillionaire with a mountain of gold—literally, but because all her life she’s had a crush on him. He also happens to be her best friend’s brother. 

When Emma finds herself in the small town of Dawson City, Yukon, for a second time, she realizes the beauty of the wilderness has grown on her. Granted the place is a far cry from the glamorous city of Chicago. Her job was to film and produce a special story for a prominent Chicago fashion magazine. It seemed a perfect way for her to spend time with Finn. 

Trouble begins when Finn’s best friend and partner passes away. Finn blames himself for the death and turns away from those who care. Emma knows he cares for her, the heated moments spent together spoke the truth, but now she can’t seem to break through to him. 

When a pompous billionaire, Marco Bishop, comes parading into town offering to buy the Charlie Avery Gold Mine, Finn is furious. The man has little respect for the town and its heritage, even worse he has come to fancy Emma and is determined to have her as his next conquest. Not only does Marco want the gold mine, but he’s certain he knows where to find diamonds. Marco persuades Emma to take a day trip with him up into the mountains, but by the time she realizes there is more to his plans, she knows she’s in terrible trouble. 

Finn suspects Emma has been taken against her will. He is determined to find her and bring her home. It’s another adventure into the brutal wilderness, where the rivers are as wild as the animals they encounter. 

Along the way Emma, Finn and Groot…the baby wolverine…yes, a baby wolverine, discover some interesting clues cast in the stones. Finn refuses to let anything happen to Emma but wonders if it might be too late. His great-great uncle once wrote—true treasures come from the heart. 



“I’m not jumping,” Emma declared.

Finn couldn’t help but laugh. “I can’t believe you’re scared.”

Not one cloud danced in the bright blue sky, and the golden sun reflected the magnificent jade colored water below.

“I’m not scared.” She placed her hands on her hips. “I just don’t want to get my hair wet,” she stuttered through the lie.

Finn’s eyes danced over her five foot six toned, tanned body. Perfect from head to toe. Her shoulder-length blonde hair bobbed at her shoulders with every move she made.

“Face it, you’re terrified.” Finn continued mocking her.

From way below in the water came a voice. “Come on, Em. Jump.”

It was Finn’s sister Samantha, beckoning from the swirling pool.

“I’m going to kill her for this,” Emma seethed. “Just wait till I get my hands on her.” She stomped closer to the edge.

Finn followed. “You know you want to.” He smirked at her angry glare.

She turned and stared at him. “All right,” she responded. “I’ll go if you go.”

He lost his smile. “I don’t have my trunks on.”

“You don’t need trunks. Just wear your briefs,” she said with a conniving smile.

“I’ve done this a hundred times. I live here, remember?”

“Maybe you’re the one who’s scared,” she countered.

“Don’t be ridiculous. I’m not scared,” Finn ground out.

“Prove it. Drop ’em and jump.”

“You really are a vixen, you know that?” He unbuttoned his jeans, kicked off his shoes and approached the edge. “I’m too old for this.”

“You’re not too old. I’ll follow if you go first.”

“I can’t believe I’m doing this.” Finn stood looking over the edge down at the mighty Yukon River.
“You better keep your end of this bargain, Emma Taggart.”

“I will.” She nodded while Finn watched her eyes travel over his body.

Finn turned and jumped from the ledge. His body hit the water and plummeted into the cool depths of the river, never hitting bottom. Slowly, he began the ascent toward the surface, happy for air he gulped into his lungs.

His sister Sam squealed with excitement while she treaded water. “I can’t believe you jumped.” She smiled at him.

“She goaded me into it.” He pointed up at Emma.

He spied her up above chewing on her finger. “Come on scaredy cat,” he shouted, knowing she’d be angry.

From over on the shore just a bit downstream stood another man watching them. “How’d he get out of this?” Finn glared at Sam.

“If Hunter jumped off the ledge Savage would follow.” She shook her head.

“Really?”

“Yes, really. He’s a tough wolf, but he’s still recovering from his injuries.”

“Thank heavens for Savage.” Finn smiled at her.

On the ledge Finn watched Emma turn and walk away. “I’m going to kill her if she doesn’t get that body of hers in this water.”

“I don’t know if she will.” Sam shook her head.

To their surprise Emma returned to the ledge holding something in her hands.

“What? She wouldn’t.” Finn stared up at her in disbelief as she dropped what was in her hands over the edge, then plugged her nose and jumped.

“That little…” Finn watched his pants and shirt fall to the water. “Damn her!”

Emma screamed the whole way down until her body plunged under the surface.

Samantha laughed while Finn managed to rescue his pants and shirt before they sank.

Emma broke the surface sputtering and coughing. “Ouch!” she yelled. “You didn’t tell me to hold my arms in,” she ground out. “It feels like a belly flop but worse.”

Finn swam toward her with his wet clothes in hand. “If you think that hurts wait until I get my hands on you. Your butt will have my finger imprints all over it,” he shouted back.

“Oh shit!” Emma glanced at Sam. “See you by the fire.”

Finn watched her gracefully break into a front crawl and pull away from them. “Get back here you little brat.”

“Fun times.” Sam laughed, making her way toward the shore.




Interview with one of Lawna Mackie’s characters from Cast In Stone, book two in the Treasures of the Heart series.

Interviewer: I can honestly say that I’ve never interviewed someone like you before. Why don’t you go ahead and introduce yourself to the readers out there.

Groot: I’m Groot. I’m happy to be here. My mom, Emma told me I had to behave myself. *He lays down licking his paw.*

Interviewer: Well I think you’re behaving very well. Groot why don’t you tell the readers what kind of animal you are and how you met Emma who is one of the main characters in the book.

Groot: *Gets up pacing around the room* Oh…I’m a wolverine. I’m not very old yet. Emma saved me from drowning. One night I was with my real mom and my brother and sister, we are called kits, when we heard a big rumble. Trees started falling and the boulders came rolling down the mountain. My real mom tried to get us out of the den to safety but she couldn’t. *He pauses lowering his head* Next thing I remembered was flying through the air and landing in the river. I tried my best to keep my head out of the water, but my leg hurt bad. Then I ran into the logjam and struggled to hold on but the water was so powerful. It was sucking me under. That’s when mom, Emma helped me out and onto the shore.

Interviewer: That sounds terrifying Groot. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss.

Groot: I was so scared and cold. My leg was bleeding and I didn’t know what a human was, but I didn’t want to be left alone. I missed my real mom and other kits. We couldn’t find them.

Interviewer: Emma sounds like a nice person to have helped you like that.

Groot: She helped with my leg and fed me. Now she’s my Mom.

Interviewer: Is your leg still sore? It looks uncomfortable.

Groot: *Shakes his head* Sometimes it aches but it’s okay. It’s deformed the doctor told me. I would have drowned if Emma didn’t help me and I was too little to be alone.

Interviewer: Groot you are adorable. I’m glad Emma saved you.

Groot: I’m really glad. We had an adventure and I was really unhappy when the bad guys kidnapped my mom.

Interviewer: That’s sounds horrible! But I’m glad she was okay. Groot it has been a pleasure speaking with you. I can’t wait to read more about your adventures in the book Cast In Stone. Thank you Groot!




Gold Fever 
Treasures of the Heart Book 1 
by
Lawna Mackie 
Genre: Romantic Adventure, Suspense 


Could it be true? The gold existed. A treasure map alluded to such a find, but for over a century it was rumored a fable, one told by an old crazy man—Samantha (Sam) Avery’s great-great-uncle. 

One huge problem existed. Her brother Finn sent her the map and told her to run. Sam knew her big brother was in trouble and she had to help him. 

In Dawson City, Yukon, Hunter Gray, outfitter and guide had been hired to do a job. At the airport, pick up a Sam Avery and take him to the old Charlie Avery cabin up the mighty river. 

What Hunter Gray hadn’t expected was for Sam to be a Samantha, who wore fashion designer shoes, had a sharp tongue and a goddess-like appearance—the vast wilderness of the Yukon was no place for somebody like her. 

Sam had to learn quickly. How hard could it be to ride a horse and live without running water and restaurants for a week? It didn’t matter, her brother needed her and Sam had to convince the ruggedly handsome man and his wolf… yes…wolf, that she was up to the adventure. 

Spending night and day together, Samantha knows the attraction between them is growing quickly. Not only is Samantha determined to rescue her brother, but she must now save her heart from a man who doesn’t believe in love. 




Lawna Mackie, Author

I'm a small town girl with big world dreams. I was born in Jasper, Alberta, and my parents were outdoor enthusiasts. My dad was an avid fisherman and I'm certain my mother was Mother Nature.

The love of my life is my husband. He, along with my animals are my inspiration for everything I write.

I live for romance, and truly believe true love conquers all. From an early age you could always find me with my nose buried in a romance novel--that hasn't changed. I write various forms of romance from contemporary, paranormal and fantasy to erotica. 





$30 Amazon 

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway! 




MARGARET OF WESSEX


Don't overlook the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post!


Margaret of Wessex 
The Legendary Women of World History Book 10 
by
Laurel A. Rockefeller 
Genre: Historical Fiction 


The 11th century was a dangerous time to be of the line unbroken of King Æthelred II Unread and his first queen, Æfgifu of York. Born in Hungary after King Canute III's failed attempt to murder her father, Edward the Exile, Margaret found her life turned upside down by King Edward the Confessor's discovery of her father's survival -- and the resulting recall of her family to England.

Now a political hostage only kept alive for as long as it served powerful men's interests, Margaret and her family found King Máel Coluim mac Donnchadh Ceann Mhor (Malcolm III Canmore)'s invitation to his court in Dunfermline in Alba the long-awaited answer to her prayers.

Scotland would never be the same again.

Excerpt

Margaret and Edgar slipped through the city streets quietly, walking discretely towards the Ouse River which twisted and wound through the central part of the city like a serpent. Shops selling anything and everything the Viking world could procure from every corner of Europe bustled noisily. Disguising their intentions by casually shopping and sampling different wares, they steadily worked their way towards King’s Staith Street where several Danish merchant ships moored. A young man carried a tightly woven wicker chest up a ramp onto a medium-sized merchant ship. An ornately dressed young woman in Danish-style dress walked with him, the richness of her gown, veil, and wimple contrasting greatly with the simplicity of the man’s tunic, trousers, and woollen brat cloak.
Margaret adjusted her veil and wimple, suddenly self-conscious of her very Saxon-looking clothes, “God morgen!”
Reaching the ship and putting down his load, the man turned back towards them, “God morgen!”
“Nice day!” added Margaret.
“It rains all the time here, even here in Jorvik,” observed the man. “So I suppose since it is not raining at the moment, it is a nice day.”
“Might I ask—where is this ship sailing to once you depart?” inquired Margaret.
“Alba.”
“Where in Alba?”
“Normally Leith, but we have a special cargo designated for Dunfermline to deliver first.”
“Any chance there is room for passengers headed in the same direction?”
“How many?”
“Four.”
The lady studied Margaret and Edgar carefully, “I know you! Or at least of you. You, Sir, are the Ætheling!"
“I am,” confirmed Edgar confidently. “We want no trouble, only passage out of the city and to King Malcolm’s court for the two of us plus our mother and sister. We prefer to not attract any Norman attention in this matter—if you understand my meaning.”
“Perfectly,” affirmed the Danish lady. “Defying King William has its price—but you know that otherwise you would not be seeking escape now. If it were you alone, Ætheling, I would deny you. If there is trouble about, it is precisely because you and your earls have started it.”
“You cannot possibly consent to this Norman conqueror’s rule over England!” debated Edgar. “William is a blood thirsty thug who rules by terror and by the sword instead of following Jesus’ example and pursuing a policy of justice and mercy!”
“I don’t consent to the conqueror, Ætheling. But to stir up the people’s feelings about the king and then slip away from danger on the eve of real opposition from your enemy—this to me is cowardice!” countered the Danish lady boldly. “If your request did not include the women of your family, I would deny it. But for their sake I will consent to bringing you aboard—at a rate of one pound per person.”
“Highway robbery in most instances,” balked Edgar, knowing anyone else would pay no more than a schilling for the same journey north.
“But a fair price compared to what the Normans would pay us to deliver you to their hands,” countered the lady.
“Four pounds it is,” agreed Margaret, overriding her brother and handing them a mix of coins equalling four pounds. “When do you depart?”
“Three hours.”
“We will return within two hours,” promised Margaret.
“Done!” agreed the Danish lady.
“Done,” confirmed Edgar.

Includes two family tree charts, an expansive timeline covering over three thousand years of Pictish and medieval history, plus Roman Catholic prayers, and a bibliography so you can keep learning. 



**Special Promo!** 

There are now TEXTBOOK versions of most of the Legendary Women of History series On sale for 99 cents versus $2.99 for the regular editions. The textbook versions add study questions to each chapter of the biographies. 

You can find all the textbook editions at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087CVGB1T

or on my website at https://bit.ly/LARtextbooks

Sale ends June 30th!




Laurel A. Rockefeller, Author

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty-five books published and self-published since August, 2012 with editions spanning across ten languages and counting. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide.

With her lyrical writing style, Laurel's books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.

In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, travelling to historic places, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series. Favorites: Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Babylon 5.

Laurel proudly supports Health in Harmony, The Arbor Day Foundation, and other charities working to protect and re-plant forests globally. 



1 $15 Amazon Gift Card 
1 signed paperback copy of Margaret of Wessex 
1 audiobook: choice of Hypatia of Alexandria (English) or Catalina de Valois (Spanish) 

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!




Friday, May 29, 2020

THE HEALING SUMMER - LIZ FLAHERTY!

By Liz Flaherty


One of the very best things about life is how interesting it all is. Even if you get bored you can always go somewhere else, do something else, or if you're a writer, you can look at the same old things in brand new ways and, voila!, a story is born.

Now that I've made that landmark statement, I'm trying to think of a way to illustrate it. While I sat here staring at the screen (it stares back; have you noticed?), my phone clanged a message received and Facebook dinged in a notification on the computer.

I know very well the phone message is from the pastor and the Facebook notification is a new comment on a post I'm following. But if I were sitting here unable to think of anything to write—and the screen was staring back blankly—that clanging message could be from "the guy who got away" years ago or a doctor's office with a scary "call me Monday" message or even an "I was born on this date. Were you there?" warning. The notification could be from someone from school. Who died junior year. Didn't she?

I'm not one of those who have so many ideas teeming in their writers' minds that they won't have time to get all their stories written, so it's important that I find things interesting. In 2012, Carina Press published One More Summer. It's the only book I ever wrote that "wrote itself." Its first draft was 83 days of getting up at 3:00 to write before work. It took more than 10 years and I have no idea how many submissions to sell it. Its publication is still one of my favorite parts of my writing career.

I never intended to write a sequel.

But a few years after One More Summer, I saw a tall guy walk across a hospital parking lot. He was moving quickly, impatiently. He got in his car and just sat there. In retrospect, I'm not sure if I actually saw this scene or dreamed it, because I can't tell you what hospital it was, but it gave birth to the sequel I never intended to write. Both my Carina editor and I were shocked when it didn't sell there, and for a long time, I let it lie under my virtual bed while I sulked. And then I started it on the rounds, and like the book that came before it, it's been through more submissions than I can remember.

Like the book before it, it still holds more of my heart than any one book should hold. It's all well and good to say I don't have a favorite, and I don't, but there are some that still make my heart ache for the people within them. Still have protagonists who, even in their happily-ever-afters, come back to visit and remind me that the happily-ever-after road has potholes in it.



I am so very happy that the sequel, The Healing Summer, was released by The Wild Rose Press.

I can't begin to say how much this means to me. My husband laughs because of my goals over the years. You know how they went: If I could just sell a story. If I could just sell a book. If I could just sell another book. A series. Make one of the lists. With The Healing SummerI feel as if the last goal has been reached.

So I guess I better make another one. Goal, that is. Because writing, like life, is much too interesting to stop now.


It’s a summer romance--what happens come September?

When Steven Elliott accidentally rides his bike into Carol Whitney’s car at the cemetery, the summer takes on new and exciting possibilities. Long friendship wends its way into something deeper when their hearts get involved. Feelings neither of them had expected to experience again enrich their days and nights.  But what happens when the long summer ends? When Carol wants a family and commitment and a future, Steven isn't so sure. He’s had his heart broken before—can he risk it again?





Liz Flaherty, Author



Retired from the post office and married to Duane for…a really long time, USA Today bestselling author Liz Flaherty has had a heart-shaped adult life, populated with kids and grands and wonderful friends. She admits she can be boring, but hopes her curiosity about everyone and everything around her keeps her from it. She likes traveling and quilting and reading. And she loves writing.



Buy links:



  

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

KATHLEEN LAWLESS


Please welcome Kathleen Lawless today. Kathleen has a special deal for us. The four book box set is only 99 cents through May 27




FOUR COMPLETE AWARD-WINNING WESTERN HISTORICAL ROMANCES!

CALLIE'S HONOR

Recently widowed Callie wants nothing to do with any man, particularly a handsome drifter with his own agenda.

MADDY'S FUGITIVE

Isolated farm girl Maddy finds herself swept up in a dangerous adventure with an escaped convict trying to clear his name.

ANORA'S PRIDE

There's a new marshal in town who thinks Anora is married, a ruse she wishes she'd never entertained.

They try to keep their distance, but fate decrees otherwise amidst a town riot.

GRACE'S FOLLY

Imagine how Grace feels when the man she hires to masquerade as her husband turns out to be the Pinkerton detective sent by her father to find her.

LINK:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086GGVGP2

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathleen Lawless, Author


Kathleen Lawless blames a misspent youth watching Rawhide, Maverick, and Bonanza for her fascination with cowboys. Historical or contemporary, cowboys continue to resonate with her today.
 
Sign up for Kathleen’s VIP Reader Newsletter to receive a free novella, updates, special giveaways and fan-priced offers.    http://eepurl.com/bV0sb1




Monday, May 25, 2020

THE UNEXPECTED WEDDING


Don't forget the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post!


The Unexpected Wedding 
Loving a Billionaire Book 2 
by
Debra Elizabeth 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 


Lady Elizabeth Tyndale has endured a string of bad dates. She’s not sure if sharing her opinions and business sense scared potential boyfriends away, but what’s the point of having an opinion if she never expresses it? When her brother and sister-in-law invite her to join them on a trip to San Diego, she reluctantly agrees. Besides, what does she have to lose? She’s certainly not burning up the dating scene in England.

Computer Programmer Jackson ‘Jack’ Stanfield doesn’t date much. He’d rather bury himself in code because computers are simple, but people are complicated. When his college buddy invites him to a BBQ, Jack reluctantly agrees to attend. He’s not prepared for his intense reaction when he meets Elizabeth Tyndale. Can the British beauty draw Jack out of his shell and open his heart to love?



Jack walked toward the back door. When he was almost there, he saw a vision—a stunning young woman with blonde curls cascading down her back. When she turned at his approach, the last rays of the sun enveloped her silhouette, giving her an ethereal dreamy quality. She was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen, and he felt the breath leave his body as he stood staring open-mouthed. He’d never had such a reaction to a woman before. It was new and an unnerving experience.

“Did you want something?” she asked.

Jack continued to stare, totally captivated by this woman and her beautiful cornflower blue eyes. He knew she was talking, but he didn’t hear a word, just a lyrical melody.

The young woman waved her hand in front of his face. “Hello, can I get you something?”

That broke his trance and Jack felt heat climb up his neck. “Huh? Oh god. I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to stare,” he stammered.

“It’s quite all right. Now do you want something, a beer perhaps?” she asked.

“You’re British?”

The young woman’s eyes traveled down to her feet and back up again before she looked at him. “Last time I looked, yes,” she chuckled.

What an asinine thing to say!

“Shall we start again?” she asked. “I’m Elizabeth and you are?”

Jack gave himself a mental shake. “Oh, please forgive me. I’m not used to making a complete fool of myself before I’ve even uttered a single word. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Elizabeth. I’m Jackson, um Jack, that is.”

“Well, Jackson um Jack, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Now, would you like a beer?”

He chuckled. “Yes, please. That would be good.”

**Only .99 cents!! **



**Get the first book for only .99 cents!!**

The Accidental Wedding
Loving a Billionaire Book 1




Debra Elizabeth, Author

Debra writes sweet romance in contemporary romance and historical romance. She enjoys telling stories and has been pouring out her passion for romance since her teenage years.

Debra lives in New England with her husband and one very exhausted kitty. 




$20 Amazon 

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!




Friday, May 22, 2020

LOUISA: IRON DOVE OF THE FRONTIER


Don't forget the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post!


LouIsa: Iron Dove of the Frontier 
by
Will Edwinson 
Genre: Western Historical Fiction 


THE IRON DOVE OF THE FRONTIER...

At twenty-one, LouIsa was already a sagacious woman. She had been privileged to attend finishing schools in the East where she learned the ways of "Ladyship" and studied piano under the tutorship of masters, becoming proficient with the classical works of Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, and many others.

LouIsa: Iron Dove of the Frontier is a story about a tough, but well-educated genteel woman of quiet strength who, when it became necessary, could get down and dirty and fight as adeptly as the best gutter rats. But also, when necessary, she could don a party dress and be perfectly comfortable with Vassar graduates. 




LouIsa, entertainer extraordinaire was halfway through the1st movement of a piano concerto that she was playing at the Cattlemen’s Saloon in Wichita when she saw him approach the bar. He was big and ugly.

“A bottle of whiskey,” he yelled at the bartender.

All eyes focused on Bart Ricklin. He looked mean and sullen, and there was no mistaking he was liquored up.

LouIsa stopped playing.

Bart focused his gaze on her. “So you’re the little squaw lady I been hearin’ about that plays them fancy high brow tunes. People’re a talkin’ about you all across the state of Kansas, Lady. I must say you’re purtyer’n even I imagined. I always wanted to taste me some squaw meat, and by damn tonight I aim to have me some – high class stuff to boot.”

This statement brought some of the local cowboys to their feet, hands on their gun butts. Drunk as he was, the rowdy was still fast. His sidepiece cleared leather, and he fired a shot at their feet before they could blink.

“Any of you fellers thinkin’ of tryin’ to interfere with me and this little lady havin’ us some fun?”

His cold, mean eyes bore right through them. They all backed down and took their seats. He uttered a mean laugh. “That’s more like it,” he barked. “Bunch o’ lily livered cowards.”

He holstered his pistol and turned his attention back to LouIsa only to find himself staring down the barrel of her pistol. She had seized the opportunity of his temporary distraction with the cowboys to retrieve her small .38 “LouIsa Special” she kept hidden beside her on the piano bench under her full skirt.

Her father Samuel Houston had it custom made for her by the Colt Company. It was on a smaller frame than most .38’s, and many a foe were lulled into thinking it was less menacing than it really was. Bart Ricklin made that same mistake.

Bart laughed at the sight of it. “You aimin’ to stop me with that little pea shooter?” he asked.

He reached out and snatched a bottle of whiskey from the bar and pulled a long horn from it. He felt the whiskey spray, and the glass sting his face, before he heard the shot. He looked at her with incredulousness.

“You daughter of a bitch,” he roared. “You shot me.” He growled like a mad dog and lunged toward her; . . .



What inspired you to write this book?
Actually it was a neighbor. We were talking about one of my other books and she said, “You ought to write a book about my great grand-aunt. And I said, who might that be? She said, “LouIsa Houston-Earp. She was Sam Houston’s granddaughter, and she was also a Harvey girl”. And not knowing what a Harvey girl was, I asked her, “What was a Harvey girl.”

She explained to me that Fred Harvey owned and operated high end restaurants in several railroad depots during the 19th century, and these girls were waitresses in those restaurants. Then she went on to tell me that LouIsa had also been married to Morgan Earp, Wyatt Earp’s younger brother. This piqued my interest. We talked a bit more and my creative juices began to flow. Since not much had been written about the real-life LouIsa, I had to create my own character. She was a real person, but not exactly the same person as the one in my story.

How did you come up with the concept of the characters for the book?

Actually, I didn’t. They just came into the story as I was writing it. I don’t write from outlines. I agree with Stephen King. He says outlines kill the creative spirit. He says, “Just write the damn story” so that’s what I did. The characters came into the story as needed.

What did you enjoy most about writing the book?
Anticipating where the characters were going to take me. They actually wrote the book. I just went along for the ride, but I have to say it was a fun and exciting ride. Full of exciting experiences and surprises.

Who designed your book cover?
The publisher.

Do you feel the characters high jacked your story?
I wouldn’t go so far as to say they high-jacked the story, but they did play a great role. I’d have an idea for a scene in my mind and would start to write the scene. The characters said to me: “Sorry, Will, but we don’t agree with what you have in mind. Just sit back and write what we tell you. It will be much better.”

Convince us why your book is a must read.
Because I believe it’s full of interesting situations.

When did you first consider yourself as a writer.
For most of my life I felt I didn’t have the talent to be a writer. Then at age 55, I said to myself, “Will, if you’re ever going to do it, you’d better get started, or it will be too late. So at age 55 I wrote my first book (which, as of this time, I have not submitted for publication).”

Have you written any other books that are not published?
As of this date, the one mentioned in the previous question is the only one.

Who is your favorite author?
I really don’t have a favorite. I have read multiple books by many authors ranging from Robert B. Parker, Jack Higgins, Agatha Christie, Richard Paul Evans, Rosemund Pilcher, Adel Abbot, David Baldacci, Jonathan Cahn, Raymond Chandler, Don Coldsmith, Sydney Sheldon, George Orwell, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, Winston Groom, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sue Grafton, and many others too numerous to include here.

How would you describe your writing style?
Light—and I hope—interesting.

Do your characters come to you all at the same time?
No, they just appear as the story progresses. They all seem to know when it’s the right time to enter the story.


Buddy... His Trials and Treasures 
by
Will Edwinson 
Genre: Contemporary Historical Fiction 


Do you need a little stress relief in your life?
Travel back to the world of Buddy Crawford, a simpler, slower- paced world where Cokes were a nickel, movie tickets were a dime, and ten cents bought you a double dip ice cream cone. These engaging, award-winning stories about a young boy growing up in rural America during the 1940s provide a relaxing respite from today's fast-paced world. They may even revive old memories of your own childhood.

Follow Buddy and Cousin Mont as they gather beer and pop bottles from the roadway barrowpits. Join him and his friends at the river swimming hole for a swim, or go fishing for carp in the irrigation canal. Experience the fun as he tours the countryside in an old Model T Ford with his friends. What better way to spend a relaxing two hours than immersing yourself in these stories.

Buddy is somewhat reminiscent of Tom Sawyer in that he quite often finds himself in hot water. Unlike Tom, Buddy's misdeeds are without forethought. They happen because Buddy is...well...he's just Buddy. 





Will Edwinson, Author

Will Edwinson is an award-winning storyteller for his fiction, and an award winning columnist. His second book, Buddy ... His Trials and Treasures, won a first place in state competition, and a second place at national. His "A Bit Of Nostalgia" column that he wrote under another name, won second and first place, awards in two separate competitions from the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press Association.

Edwinson grew up in rural Southeast Idaho during the 1940s. After his college stint, he made his living on the family farm in Southeast Idaho as a dry land farmer raising barley and wheat, always holding onto the dream he had harbored for most of his life-that of being a writer-but still not confident that he had the necessary abilities and skills for such a career. After reaching mid-life, he determined that if he were ever going to be a writer, it was time to begin. His first book was launched when he was in his mid-fifties.

Edwinson is basically a self-taught author. His passion lay toward storytelling, so he began reading fiction of every genre to get a grasp of different writing styles and writing techniques. He also took advantage of the many books and manuals on writing that were available. These are mentioned on his Links & Lists page at his website, www.willedwinson.com. He is also a graduate of Writer's Digest Short Story Writing course.

In his younger years, Edwinson was also a semi-professional singer, performing on stages from Sun Valley, Idaho, to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He also demonstrates a flair as an inventor. Out of necessity, to teach his two youngest daughters some rudimentary money management skills, he invented and Trademarked a children's allowance management system, "The Child's Checkmaster." which enabled parents and children to keep better track of the children's allowance draws and which also taught the children some rudimentary money management skills.

Will Edwinson currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. 




Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!




Wednesday, May 20, 2020

VANILLA WITH A TWIST




1.    Tell us something about your early life—where did you grow up, family, etc.

I was born and bred in Brooklyn, NY for the first 8 years of my life then moved to Staten Island. This was way back when, when the Staten Island Ferry costs a nickel both ways to ride. Now, I understand, it’s free.

2.    What other jobs have your held?

I have a Master’s Degree in geriatric psychology with a minor in Nursing Administration. I’ve been a floor Registered Nurse, the head nurse of a nursing home Alzheimer unit and for 20 + years I worked as a contact lens technician for my husband’s clinic.

3.    What initiated your publishing career?

 I entered a contest in 2014, won my division, and Rhonda Penders, the publisher of Wild Rose press was the final judge. She emailed me after my win and asked to see the entire manuscript.

4.    What genre/genres do you write?
RomComs, and everything from sweet to sensual to steamy contemporary romance. I’ve recently branched out into romantic suspense.

5.    What are you working on now?
My next Christmas novel which will be out in October 2020

6.    What will we see from you in the future?
On July 1 of this year I have a standalone romance titled WOKE releasing. It is a reconstructed version of a sleeping beauty fairtytale. In my version, though, loves first kiss isn’t what wakes the heroine up!

7.    What do you have for us today?



VANILLA WITH A TWIST


Tandy Blakemore spends her days running her New England ice cream parlor, single-parenting her teenage son, and trying to keep her head above financial water. No easy feat when the shop's machinery is aging and her son is thinking about college. Tandy hasn't had a day off in a decade and wonders if she'll ever be able to live a worry-free life.
Engineer Deacon Withers is on an enforced vacation in the tiny seaside town of Beacher's Cove. Overworked, stressed, and lonely, he walks into Tandy's shop for a midday ice cream cone and gets embroiled in helping her fix a broken piece of equipment.
Can the budding friendship that follows lead to something everlasting?


For a few moments, she regarded him with a look his mother would have called insightful. The corners of her eyes narrowed, she dipped her chin a hair, and she pulled her mouth into another appealing pout he was tempted to kiss.
“I bet,” she said after a long, drawn-out sigh, “you were the kind of kid who took apart clocks and fans and vacuum cleaners to see how they worked.”
“It was more washing machines and lawn mowers and anything with a motor, but yeah. I was.”
She shook her head, her own lips forming a lopsided grin. “Your poor mother.”
“She survived.”
Tandy rolled her eyes and shot her hands to her hips. “So it’s working again?” She thrust her chin at the ice cream machine.
“For now.”
“Okay, well, I can live with for now. And you think you know the real reason it’s been acting up?”
“I definitely do. But like I said, the water to the machine needs to be shut off to fix it.”
“Okay. Well, we close at nine.”
“I’ll come back a little before then. Get things ready. Is that okay with you?”
“I guess it’ll have to be.” She bit down on the inside of her cheek as her brows pulled together. “And you’re sure you want to do this?”
“If I weren’t, I wouldn’t offer, Tandy.”
Why her reluctance to have him help was such a turn-on was something he considered while he waited for his ice cream.



Peggy Jaeger, Author


Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at https://peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0