Friday, October 30, 2020



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Sorry Can't Save You
Willow Rose
Genre: Mystery, Suspense

From Multi-Million-Copy Bestselling author Willow Rose comes an outstanding stand alone Mystery that will keep you guessing till the end!

What if you thought your husband was a murderer?
The man you loved, the man who gave you two beautiful children and a perfect life.

What if no one believed you?
Laurie Davis is the mother of two children, struggling to keep her family together since her husband, Ryan, went to war and came back changed. His PTSD is evident.

He wakes up at night, screaming in fear; he can’t stand loud noises or anyone sneaking up on him.

He even gets aggressive toward Laurie and the children. It has gotten so bad that he can no longer stay under the same roof as his family.

When a woman from his squadron is found murdered, Laurie discovers something that makes her suspect Ryan, her own husband.

But what do you do when no one believes a decorated war hero could also be a murderer?

What if you don’t want to believe it yourself?
As more people from the squadron turn up dead, by apparent suicides, Laurie digs deeper into the case.

She is risking her own life by putting it all on the line in a race against time to avoid becoming the killer’s next victim.

Buy SORRY CAN'T SAVE YOU today and you’ll miss sleep, skip chores and have no time for family or friends.

Willow Rose and friend

Willow Rose is a multi-million-copy best-selling Author and an Amazon ALL-star Author of more than 80 novels. 

Several of her books have reached the top 10 of ALL books on Amazon in the US, UK, and Canada. She has sold more than six million books all over the world. 

She writes Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Horror, Supernatural thrillers, and Fantasy. 

Willow's books are fast-paced, nail-biting pageturners with twists you won't see coming. That's why her fans call her The Queen of Plot-Twists.

Willow lives on Florida's Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing or reading, you will find her surfing and watching the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020


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Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish

A Holiday Romance Anthology
Presented by Authors' Billboard

The Authors’ Billboard’s 2020 fabulous Christmas Box Collection, DEAR SANTA, is filled with 18 brand new stories about characters who have special wishes to ask the big guy during this season.

Most of us have had experiences when something we’ve desperately wanted is so close that Santa seems the perfect person to ask for the miracle.

When one believes, it’s amazing the conflicts that are overcome and the surprises that can follow.
You’ll be amazed by each of these fantastic holiday books full of Christmas cheer and thrilling romance we’ve written for your entertainment.

Mimi Barbour – Alone at Christmas: Being alone is Tara’s worst nightmare, especially during the holidays. Her wish comes true when she finds Mr. Right injured and stranded, but will they survive the dangerous storm?

Rebecca York – Christmas Miracle 1935: Can he trust her enough to help free her father from jail?

Patricia Rosemoor – Marrying Molly: Dear Santa, Please let me meet a McKenna man who will help me end Sheelin O’Keefe’s horrible curse on both our families. Molly Kavanaugh

Susanne Matthews – What Dottie Wants: All Ronnie wants is to give Dottie a great Christmas, but not being able to find the doll she wants may make that impossible.

Traci Hall – Christmas Kiss: Can a teenage crush become forever love?

Angela Stevens – Dear Sinterklaas: Dan had his heart stolen by a girl on summer vacation, now it’s Christmas time, and with a little bit of magic from Sinterklaas, he hopes to make his Christmas wish come true.

Melinda Colt – Saving Maddie: The only reason demons exist is because angels do, too.

Stacy Eaton – Finding Love with Dear Santa: All Faith wants is to get her life back on track.

Stephanie Queen – He Has SantaA second chance hockey romance.

Josie Riviera – A Chocolate Box Christmas WishHe’s been all over the world. She’s a home-town girl. Can a holiday wish bridge the gap?

Mona Risk – Dalia's Christmas Wish: Will the doctor make the right decision between an angry fiancĂ©e and a medical emergency?

Rachelle Ayala – Toy Soldier Christmas: Can a toy soldier make her wish come true?

Dani Haviland – A Plate of Christmas CookiesIs it too much to ask for a second miracle?

Taylor Lee – Please Christmas: Be DoneWhen his 7 year old son ran away looking for Santa... and all his teenage daughter wants for Christmas is for it to be done....the district attorney concedes not only did he lose his wife to cancer, but he was in danger of losing his children.

Susan Jean Ricci – Cruising for Mr. Right: Can a widow discover second chance romance aboard a Christmas cruise and make the right choice between two adoring men?

Alyssa Bailey – Christmas Wishes and YouBeth’s Christmas Wish of a Second Chance at Love could happen if only she would be willing to risk her heart... again.

Nancy Radke – Zsuzsa’s Christmas WishShe asks Santa for a strong man to help corral a mule that won’t stay home, and is given a rancher who plans to corral her.

Carmen DeSousa – Chicago HopeAspiring journalist Maura Hall dreams of changing the world, but she'll settle for Chicago.

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Monday, October 26, 2020


By Caroline Clemmons


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Today is a Book Birthday! Nine friends and I have a lovely anthology, CHRISTMAS COMES TO DICKENS, released today for only 99 cents. We’re proud of this group of ten all new and entertaining novellas filled with the Christmas spirit!

Writing is always hard work, but creating my story, HOLIDAY HEARTS, was such fun work. I usually write historical romance but enjoy the occasional venture into contemporary. I’ve never enjoyed writing anything contemporary as much as this novella. I was actually sorry when the story ended and I had to leave my friends, the characters. I hope readers love them as much as I do—oh, except for mean girl Celia, of course. Feel free to hiss and book at her.

Here’s the Universal link 

Dickens is a quaint New England town bustling with excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Events include the annual tree lighting in the town square, a snowman building competition, ice skating on Grosvenor’s Pond, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. You’re welcome to cut down your own Christmas tree at Gridley Meadows Tree Farm, or join in the caroling on the Common.

Dickens offers an abundance of heartfelt wishes, a few much needed miracles, and—quite possibly—a touch of magic! Families reunite, new friends are made, and old flames take a second chance at happiness. All while celebrating this most joyful time of the year.
Join us as our best selling and award winning authors fill your holiday stocking with ten brand new novellas ranging from sweet to sassy, including:

Millie’s Awesome Holiday Miracle by Top 100 Author Nancy Fraser ~ She’s an overworked single mom struggling to make ends meet. He’s the handsome CEO who’s come to Dickens to save—or close—the toy factory. Can one precocious little girl bring a couple of much-needed miracles to the people she cares about most?

Miracle At Holly Hill Inn by Top 100 Author Maddie James ~ Ariana is looking for the perfect Christmas village. Instead, she finds the town Scrooge. Will two days snowbound together at Holly Hill Inn bring them closer together, or send them each on their merry way?

Holiday Hearts by Top 100 Author Caroline Clemmons ~ Laura Jordan’s beauty and sense of humor are more apparent than her sharp mind, soft heart, and strict code of right and wrong. Ward Callahan has avoided romantic complications to throw himself into building his ad agency. Once he meets Laura, he falls hard but must convince her that dating her boss is not inappropriate. Can he convince her he doesn’t want her heart only for the holidays, but forever? Maddie James created this cover for me.

The Tinsel Tango by Best Selling Author Bonnie Edwards ~ Brenna needs some R&R over Christmas in Dickens. Tango lessons from mysterious Jett…Smith? may bring her everything her heart desires, but his secrets may kill the love they find.

Wisdom of the Heart by USA Today Best Selling Author Liz Flaherty ~ They were best friends who fell in love, but that was high school. Life and families and other loves had happened since that dear and distant time. They're friends again, comfortable with each other and having so much fun at Christmas time in Dickens. They're not still in love, but...wait...could it be happening again?

Operation Snowball by Best Selling Author Kathryn Hills ~ Returning to small town life is hard for Army veteran John Gridley. The last thing he expects to find is love with the beautiful widow, Heather Murphy. Can the perfect Christmas tree and a missing cat named Snowball bring them together despite meddling townsfolk?

Angel Kisses and Holiday Wishes by Best Selling Author Peggy Jaeger ~ When Sage left town 18 years ago, she left Keith's heart in tatters. Now she's back, and he's wondering if they can put the past behind them and rekindle the love they lost.

Holly’s Wish by Top 100 Author Kathleen Lawless ~ What if the girl who got away is actually standing right in front of you? Years earlier, Nico and Holly shared one magical Christmas Eve. She never stopped wishing he’d find where she left her number. When he does, is it too late?

Holiday Heart Wishes by Award Winning Author Lucinda Race ~ On her way into Dickens to visit family, Vera picks up Tony, a stranded motorist. Rather than part ways when they arrive, they discover their loved ones are intent on getting married. Can they slow down the older couple's rush to the altar? Or, will holiday heart wishes come true for everyone?

Santa’s Wish by Best Selling Author Jan Scarbrough ~ Will Christmas magic help them overcome Roz’s career ambitions and Cooper’s grief, and bring them together for a second chance at love

 As a special treat, you can also download IT’S A DICKENS OF A COOKIE recipe book FREE! (my favorite price) The book includes 20 cookie recipes with a little about each author and her book. All of the recipes sound delicious! In fact, I know my two are. I may have, um, tested them before submitting the recipe. Ahem, that was only fair, right?

Here is the Universal link

Just seeing the lovely cover for the recipe book makes me long to make Christmas cookies. How about you?


Here’s another fun event! I’ve teamed up with 30+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Historical Romances to 2 lucky winners! Enter today through October 28.

Oh, and did I mention the Grand Prize winner gets a BRAND NEW eReader? That combines for a $400 value!

You can win my novel STUART, plus books from authors like Collette Cameron and Kathryn Le Veque and fellow anthology members Kathleen Lawless and Jan Scarbrough.

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  I'll give away a $5 Amazon gift card to two people who leave a comment today! 

Friday, October 23, 2020


 By Laura Walker


            Hi! I’m Laura L. Walker, and I am the author of over twenty romance stories, some written under my own name and others written under a pen name. Growing up in a small town in southern Arizona, I always dreamed of writing. I was forever drawing people on paper and pretending they talked to each other. I imagined them living lives like my own, but also in a glamorized way, hanging out with friends, etc. It was fun to imagine what life would be like if they did this or went here and did that. This is one of my earliest recollections of my childhood.

            I am the sixth of seven children, and the youngest girl in my family. My two sisters were much older than me, so I think this was my way of entertaining myself when my siblings were involved in other sporting or high school activities. Coming after three boys in the family lineup, and then having another one follow right after me, I had to learn to be tough. I learned to speak up and let my voice be heard. I remember one time when my parents were gone, and I was afraid to say something to my older brother because I knew it would make him mad. But I also felt that I really needed to say it. So I positioned myself strategically so that as soon as I said it, I could run to my bedroom. It worked! He came chasing after me and I barely made it to my room in time and quickly slammed the door shut. Whew! Now we both live in the same town and he is one of the kindest people I know. My older sister loved to practice her beauty parlor skills on me. I had a built-in hairdresser, makeup artist, and nail tech living in my own home! As my mom tells it, my sister didn’t like being the only left-handed person in the family, so she taught me to write with my left hand as well. While I don’t remember that particular bit of tutoring, I concede the fact that I am quite ambidextrous, yet my writing hand is my left.

My dad was a school teacher. Every summer, he was home and wanted to relax (can you blame him?) so he would send us kids down to the local public pool, and we would swim/play in the water for hours. My friend and I liked to dive for pennies. To this day, I love going to the pool, especially when it’s so hot, you feel like you’re going to melt. Another favorite hobby of mine is reading, of course, and sometimes sewing or doing a puzzle. These activities help me to relax and let my mind wander. (I haven’t sewn my own finger yet, so that’s good.) These past two years, I’ve been so busy writing that I haven’t had time to do much of these other activities. I’m actually planning fewer writing projects for 2021 and more time to do these other things again. I miss them.

When I do write, I like to have the room quiet—and that’s hard to do with five children still at home. (Our oldest lives out of state and has been on his own for a year now.) Many times, when I am on a tight deadline and the kids are either out of school for summer vacation, or in the case of the schools being shut down this past year because of the virus, I’ve had to take my laptop and write in the car, usually in a church parking lot. As you can imagine, this isn’t very comfortable, so another time that I try to utilize for writing is when the entire family is asleep. This gets a little tricky since I have a few children with overactive brains who take longer to fall asleep at night than the others and my hubby wakes up around 3 a.m. to get ready for work. However, I’m also an insomniac, so it works out one way or the other. My kids are old enough now to realize that if Mom is taking a nap in the middle of the day, it’s best to not disturb her. I write every day except Sundays. I feel that is my day to rest. But by Monday morning, I am ready to go at it again!

There have been many people in my writing career who have helped me along. When I signed my first writing contract, I didn’t know anything about publishing. And then I met Author Jennifer Griffith. She taught me the ins and outs of working with a small press and introduced me to writing groups on Facebook where I met countless other authors who helped me to shape my dream into tangible goals. Another influential person I met was Author Christine Sterling. At a time when I was at a crossroads in my writing career, she was heading up a multi-author project and accepted me into the Pinkerton Matchmaker series, for which I wrote six books under my pen name, Julia Ridgmont. This great group of authors I was privileged to work with is also where I met Author Caroline Clemmons. Since then, we’ve become great friends. Another writerly friend I adore is Author Lisa M. Prysock, who has invited me to contribute to two of her contemporary series. We worked together in a historical series called The Belles of Wyoming, and it was fun to collaborate with her on a few of the town’s characters. I’ve learned so much from these wonderful ladies and so many others that I can’t name. The writing community really is an awesome place!

As I write stories about faith and love, whether contemporary or historical, I always want to share the light of Christ with others. I want my readers to feel that no matter what their circumstances are, there is always hope. I have experienced this very thing in my own life. A family member lost her life at a premature age. It was a devastating time for our family, and it still affects us today. But we know through our faith that we will see her again. We feel a real sense of hope and look forward to that day. I have experienced other losses as well, including loss of good health (through genetics), and I know that miracles do happen! And I want to share that message with my readers and let them feel hope in whatever hard things they are experiencing.

 Most of the stories I’ve written this year have been historical western romance novels or novellas. My last two stories for 2020, however, are contemporary. I just published The Doctor’s Broken Promise, book 3 in my Love Confessions series, which mostly takes place in the small fictional town of Woodland Crossings, Arizona among the pine trees. And the last one that is due to come out on November 20, 2020, is called A Heart that Yearns, book 8 in the Georgia Peaches series. These stories take place in Georgia. Since I’m only a few pages into that story at the time of this blog post, I will share an excerpt from The Doctor’s Broken Promise, which is about a guy who just finished his residency and is back home in Woodland Crossings as the town’s newest and youngest doctor. He’s trying to help his sister and brother-in-law get through a rough patch in their marriage, and he figures that heading up a fun project for the fall season will help them to communicate better. But he needs his ex-girlfriend’s help to pull it off. Meanwhile, Tiffany Dover is trying to help an older woman in the community, affectionately known as The Cookie Jar Lady, to restore her property to a thing of beauty. So the plan Reid and Tiffany hatch up together turns out better than either of them imagined in the beginning.

Here is a short excerpt that begins with a flashback of when they both lived in New York. He was completing his residency and she was working as a nanny for a wealthy couple. They dated long enough that Reid was contemplating proposing to Tiffany, and then an unfortunate event happened that sent Tiffany home to Arizona, and left Reid reeling.



Staring at Tiffany and taking in her loveliness, Reid was reminded of the time they had visited the Statue of Liberty together. It was a four-hour drive into New York City from where Reid was going to school, and where Tiffany was working for the Henegers. She had just gotten back from a trip to Switzerland, and Reid had missed her. They had made it a special outing and had taken a boat out of Battery Park to where Lady Liberty stood and climbed as high as they could go. Looking out over the water and the magnificent skyline beyond, Reid had said to Tiffany, “I miss you every time you go away. I wish you didn’t have to go so far.”

            “It’s my job,” she’d said lightly before turning serious. “But I miss you, too. Every time I go away.”

            They had watched the water rippling in the distance and the light shifting as people moved about in the crowded chamber in silence, taking it all in, when Tiffany had spoken again. “Reid?”


            “What would happen if the next time I went out of the country with the Henegers, I somehow couldn’t get back? Like, with my visa being confiscated or . . . or something.”

            He had looked directly into her curious eyes and taken her chin in his hand. “Then I would come after you.”

            “You would be my knight in shining armor?” she teased.

            But it hadn’t felt like a joke to Reid. In all earnestness, he had said, “Of course.”

            She had smiled almost shyly and let him kiss her. The whole time they made their way back down to the pedestal, Reid had fingered the small jewelry box which contained the ring he’d purchased on a whim, thinking he might propose to her soon. Hopefully in the next days, if he could figure out how to do it in a romantic way. But that was not to be. Before he knew what was happening, Tiffany was on a plane to Arizona, and he was left reeling over what had happened. Not only that, but he realized much later that he hadn’t kept his promise to his girlfriend to come after her and bring her home. And by the time he passed his state boards and accepted a position in Woodland Crossings, it was too late. She wouldn’t give him the time of day. He would always regret how things went down. He vowed that if he was ever given a second—or third—chance, he would do the right thing.

            Bring Tiffany home.

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I would love to see you there!


Wednesday, October 21, 2020



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Keeping Control

Bigelow Bay Book 3
Jakki Frances
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

MICHAEL - He's the king and Bigelow Bay hospital is his domain.  A lifetime of single minded focus and self discipline has ensured his life is exactly the way he always wanted...  Until tragedy threatens
to disrupt his well ordered life.
SONNIE -  Her life is out of control, one moment changed everything. A new home, new school, new life with new challenges.  When your life is chaos you hang onto even a small shred of control all the harder.
MEL:  Offering guidance to those who need it most while battling the darkness that still lives inside her - it's a delicate balance between controlling her past of allowing her past to control her.
AS three lives collide, sometimes the only thing you can hope for is some order in the chaos, but sometimes the best outcome doesn't come from KEEPING CONTROL.

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Hey, can I ask you something without it coming across completely inappropriate and creepy?

Umm, I don’t know… If you have to ask, then it might actually be creepy. But consider me forewarned. 

Ahh, ok. So this is in no way a precursor to anything but I need to know… Is it normal for kids to know about sexting? 

Mel dropped her phone and gasped. Running through the dealings with the students at school she almost cried trying to hold back her giggle. Oh if only you knew. I bet they could teach you a thing or two Doc.

It's Complicated
Bigelow Bay Book 2 

Welcome to Bigelow Bay, where everyone has a story and gets their own, special, happy ending.
After years of being moved from place to place Greg has finally put down some roots and he likes his life just as it is. He works hard in his job and equally hard to avoid complications in life; especially the female kind.
Until he literally stumbles across Helene, a fun-loving free spirit without a home or a past who crashes into his life and complicates everything.

It's Safer
Bigelow Bay Book 1 

Frank leads a quiet life and is dedicated to his job, but there is a redhead who keeps distracting him. He's seen her around town and at work and the more he sees the more curious he gets.
Kasey keeps to herself, hiding from the world. She loves her job and does it well, but after work hours she's alone in her home with a cat and books for company. It's a lonely existence but at least it's safe.
Until a stormy night changes everything and life no longer seems safe. Now it might become something more. Can Frank break through the walls around Kasey without breaking her completely? And is Kasey strong enough to let him in?

Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author? 
Hiya all, I’m Jakki Frances, Australian author, book dork, breakfast enthusiast… oh and in my everyday life – ER nurse and single mum of a fully grown and almost functional adult daughter. I’m relatively new to this whole author thing. It still blows my mind that people out there in the world are reading my words. I’ve always been a book dork. I grew up in a family of readers but I took it to the extreme at a young age – I won the school prize for reading the most amount of books at 12 beating out everyone even the 18 year olds. I’ve also always written short stories and poems for my eyes only. A few years ago, I started blogging reviews on books I enjoyed and events I went to. This gave me the confidence (together with some wonderful author mentors) to put my words out there for everyone else to read and in April 2019 I published my first book… And thus, Jakki Frances was born. 

Describe your writing style. I’m a total pantster… I know where the story starts and where it ends, how it gets there is a surprise until it hits the pages. I’m never sure what my characters are going to get up to until it happens. 

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? 
This is such a well timed question since I’ve just finished tweaking my author profile and branding. I’m not a spirit animal, etc. kind of girl but my logo of a book dandelion really speaks to my heart. You blow on the dandelion and instead of seeds/‘fairies’ – a million book dreams are set flight into the universe. 

Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you! 
I’m a traveller (well pre-covid I was) and you never know what’s going to happen when you travel… I’ve been lost in the jungles of Borneo, mugged by a taxi driver in Beunas Airies, hiked in the Andes, celebrated NYE under the norther lights in Iceland, been bitten by an venimous catterpiller, watched the sun rise in the Antarctic… oh and when I was 16 I won a speech competition with a speech translating 90’s teenage language. 

When did you first consider yourself a writer? 
I guess I first started actually calling myself a writer when people started reading my books… I still struggle with calling myself an author – I feel like the toddler wearing mums high heels for dress up. The first few books I signed for readers – I forgot I don’t write under my ‘real’ name… So one day when I’m JK Rolling big those books signed by the everyday me and not the author Jakki Frances, will be collector items worth $$$$$ LOL 

What can we expect from you in the future? 
One thing I can guarantee is you’ll never know what you’re going to get from me next… I write whatever crazy is most insistent in my head. I’m working on a stand alone book now that’s something that I have no idea where the idea came from but it’s talking loud and clear. 

What inspired you to write this series? 
Bigelow Bay began life with Kasey and Frank (IT’S SAFER) and the crew at Bigelow Bay hospital. They’re a combination of my own workmates and the hospital in my mind is the one I spend my days in. Once K & F had their happy ending, other friends I’d met in the story started telling me their stories too. Thus Greg & Nadine (IT’S COMPLICATED) and now Sonnie, Michael & Melissa (KEEPING CONTROL). Each book inspires a new story – I have plans for at least 2 more at this stage. 

What is your writing Kryptonite? 
SEX! What can I say, my first book Destroying Laura was full of sex and that’s how I realised I don’t write good sex. My friends say it’s because you need to write what you know… So my stories are more love and relationship rather than sweating and pussy pounding. And apostrophies - I hate those suckers. I’m never sure where they go. Thank god for my editor. 

When/where do you write? 
I do my best writing at night and for some reason can’t get any words out in the morning at all. I need noise to write – when I’m at home I’m in my library with my earpods and my fave playlist, but a good 50% of my writing is done between patient care at work on nightshift, usually between 2 & 5am with the bustle of the ER around me. 

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time? 
I only ‘write’ one at a time, but I’m always jotting down ideas, conversations, entire paragraphs in my notebooks for future books. But the actual ‘writing ‘book process is one at a time. 

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination? They all come from my imagination of course, but everyone in my books is based on someone in my life – some in physical look and others in character. Some characters are mash-ups of a few people and I am in each and every story I’ve written. 

Anything specific you want to tell your readers? My new release KEEPING CONTROL is a very personal story for me. I cried writing it, I cried editing it, I cried as I read and formatted it. The feels are very real to me – here’s hoping they are for readers too. 

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in KEEPING CONTROL? 
Michael is my perfect man – the one I wish was walking the halls of my hospital. He’s alpha and confident and hot and over 40… but at the same time he’s flawed and unsure of himself and feeling in over his head. He’s just lovely. Sonnie breaks my heart. She’s a teenager who’s lost everything and is just trying to find her place in the world. Plus she’s attempting to teach her Uncle how to parent her. Melissa is me. What can I say, she’s me through and through. Most days she’s a fully functional adult but every now and then life overwhelms her. It really is hard to shut out the voices inside you and just eat in public. 

If KEEPING CONTROL was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead? 
Amy Schumer would be the perfect Melissa in my mind. Physically and character wise – I don’t see it being a ‘stretch’ for her. As for Michael and Sonnie? No idea really. Maybe Wentworth Miller for Michael – simply because I have a big crush on him. Sonnie – no idea, I don’t actually know any child actors. Are there any more Fanning sisters out there? I will say I already know the main soundtrack/theme song. I don’t have playlists to go with books but this book from the first moment it started growing in my mind had one song that matched it perfectly. So the theme song for KEEPING CONTROL is absolutely The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This. 

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? 
4 years ago I visited Anne Frank house in Amsterdam and one of my prized possessions is the copy of her diary I purchased there. Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind) is my all time favourite author and last year when I was in the USA I visited Atlanta specifically to go to Margaret Mitchell house – and I was able to replace my old battered GWTW while there, another prized possession. And covid travel willing in 2021 I’ll be visiting Concord, Massachusetts to visit Louisa May Alcott’s house (Little Women – the first book I fell in love with as a child), and the graveyard where Louisa is buried along with Nathanial Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe. What can I say, total book dork here. 

What do you do to unwind and relax? 
I read of course. I read on average 5+ hours at day. If it’s a day off I could read for 12+. It’s my relaxation and recharge activity. I also love my gym… I miss my gym! We’re banned from gyms here due to covid and I miss my daily workout. I get the best book ideas when I’m zoned out on the treadmill. 

What is something unique/quirky about you? I really hate to wear socks and shoes. Socks are for work only and shoes are only when necessary. I’d live barefoot if the hospital floor wasn’t so disgusting. I’d rather eat breakfast than anything else and when my daughter moves out (hopefully within the next month) I’ll be giving up cooking and surviving on breakfast day round. When I travel I only eat 1-2 meals a day and they always include dessert. Travelling I workout extra just so I can eat pancakes and cheesecake for brunch. 

Do you see writing as a career? 
WOW that would be living the ultimate dream!!! I started writing for just myself, I started publishing happy that if only one person ever read my first book then that was ok by me. Now 7 books later I have a small but dedicated reader following and people who have been know to bug me as to when the next book is coming. After my first book I worked out how many per year I’d have to sell to quit nursing… suffice to say I doubt I’ll ever be a full time author but that’s ok. I write because I love it and I have stories to share. Of course if someone wants to buy 35,000 copies of my books that’s ok by me too. LOL

A life long book dork, voracious reader, book blogger, regular dreamer and slightly crazy cat lady, living in small town southern Australia. Cheat days are the best days because they involve pancakes and tacos.

A lifesaving superhero by day and putting whatever crazy is running through her head into words by night. Dreaming of love and creating different versions of the perfect book boyfriend... all with a little Aussie spin.

Everyday life is weaved through each story, a roadtrip I took, a person I once knew, a friends quirks - every character you read you are meeting someone in my life... see if you can find yourself. I write whatever crazy happens to be in my head at any given moment. Whether a friends to lovers, a fairy tale, a fun escapade, a filthy good girl gone wrong or a sweet shifter love, you never know what you're going to get. Why limit yourself to a single genre right? The only guarantee is that love wins in the end; I don't promise happily ever after but I do promise the perfect love for the story.

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Dalia Dupris

Book 1 of California Hearts

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: October  19, 2020

Publisher: The Wild Rose

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Strong-willed Elaine Hart is determined to save Hartland Orchards, her family’s’ California orange groves from being taken over by the bank. After the recent ending of a turbulent relationship, she vows to keep her professional and personal life separate, even though she’s attracted to David Cole, the one man who holds her family’s fate in the palm of his hands.

Serious-minded banker, David Cole, recovering from recent love and work fiascos has one goal and that’s ensuring that the delinquent Hartland Ranch account is brought up to date and not becoming personally involved with the unpredictable and beautiful Elaine Cole.

When a series of circumstances brings Elaine and David together, they must decide if they will continue to suppress their emotions or succumb to passion and take a chance on a forever love.

About the Author,
Dalia Dupris


I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing and grew up surrounded by a wide variety of books, from westerns to romance novels. I love stories—watching them, listening to them, reading them, and writing them. My contemporary novels include complex and diverse characters that grapple with family legacy, love, loss, and laughter as they face the challenges of life. When I’m not working on my next manuscript, you can find me bike riding along the beach with my husband or exploring the mysteries of the universe with my daughter.

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