Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday - The Writer's Life - Do you have a system? #MFRWauthor #amwriting #system


You've finished all those books on writing and think you have a system. Don't be disheartened when the system doesn't seem to work the way you thought it should. Beginning to write a story will show you a lot of twists and turns. When all seems amiss you need to sit back and look at the parts of the story.

First you have the characters. Can you visualize them in your mind? You may need some pictures from magazines to help with this visualization. If you do, don't feel bad. That's a good way to start with seeing those tricky characters. Next, think about what they want. Is this something the reader can identify with. Do they want love, money, friends. Make your decision and make sure that's strong. Then you need to consider why they want what they have chosen. Make sure this is a strong reason. And look at all the characters who will people your story. Their wants and reasons must be strong as well. If you have a hero who's wants and reasons are weak and the heroine's are strong, the story will have problems. Next consider how they are going to go about achieving their desires. Make sure these ways fit the character you've developed. If they aren's the story will fall flat and the reader will decide the character is acting out of character.

So with characters, you need a physical description that makes the person come alive to the reader. How do they talk? What is their experience in life? What sort of job do they have? All these things and more influence the character.

You need to look at their emotional self and their manner of walk, dress and many other things. With the characters well in hand, you consider starting again. But there's one more thing you need to consider. That's Setting and next week, I'll give that a try.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Meandering On Monday with Janet Lane Walters

 Meander 1 - Poem - Friendship

They had a special kind of friendship.
A drawing close in harmony,
A meeting of two kindred spirits,
A reading of each other's minds,
A union of heir secret souls.
Together they are more than one..

They joined together becoming.
Their love repressed into a friendship,
Yet each retained their ownness souls
Drawing close in harmony.
How alike are their minds
And singing are their spirits.

Meander 2 - Busy days. These days I've been busy running from home to the nursing home, bringing clean clothes, taking dirty ones home. Many other things are sort of neglected but these visits are a must. Perhaps when the days of winter end, life will change.

Meander 3 - Am nearly finished with the last heavy writing draft of The Cancer-Capricorn Connection and perhaps by the time this month is ended I will be able to send it off. Or at least before the middle of next month.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday's Book - Bast's Warrior - An Alternate Egypt Story #MFRWauthor #Fantasy #Egypt

Bast's Warrior (An Alternate Egypt Book 1)

Tira flees a threat to her life and encounters two elderly women who offer her the chance to be sent to an alternate ancient Egypt with no thought of return. She has had a fascination with Egypt and can even read hieroglyphics. Once there she will be given a task. Failure could mean death. Dare she take the chance and can she find the lost symbols of the rule before an enemy finds them? 

Kashe, son of the nomarch of Mero is in rebellion. His father desires him to join the priesthood of Aken Re, a foreign god. He feels he belongs to Horu, god of warriors and justice. He decides to leave home, meets Tira and joins her in the search for the symbols of the rule. Will his aid bring good fortune and will their growing love keep them from making a fatal mistake?

Previously published as The Warrior of Bast

"This engaging voyage into an ancient Egypt that includes power-hungry priests and hazardous treasure hunts entertains from page one. Familial intrigue heightens the tension, as does a kidnapping or two. The cast of characters is dynamic and complements the well-conceived plot." ~ 4 Stars, Susan Mobley, Romantic Times Magazine

Review


on March 26, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition



Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday - New Interview and Blurb featuring Suzanne de Montigny #MFRWauthor #YA #Paranormal

Day One

1.     Do you write a single genre or do your fingers flow over the keys creating tales in many forms?

I started out writing middle grade, you know, for kids 9 – 12, but lately, I’ve taken to writing YA.

2 . Does your reading choices reflect your writing choices?

No, not really. I do read a lot of kid books and YA, but every so often, I have this great need to read an adult book. Sometimes, though, they’re too gory for me.

3.      Are there genres you wouldn’t attempt?

Oh, yes. Many. Don’t even ask.

4.      Heroes, Heroines, Villains. Which are your favorite to write?

All, really. Depends how deep I go.

5.      Heroes. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or plain imagination create the man you want every reader to love? Do they come before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?

Well … I guess there’s a lot of me living in those heroes. I know that sounds kind of uppity because I’m not that brave or great, but my heroes have a personal quality about them.

6.      Villains or villainesses or an antagonist, since they don’t always have to be the bad guy or girl. They can be a person opposed to the hero’s or heroine’s obtaining their goal. How do you choose one? How do you make them human?

I love developing villains because I get to go inside their creepy little minds, whether they be human, unicorn, and show how they got to be so terrible. Then, they either change or meet their fate. (The fate’s not usually nice.)

7.      What is your latest release? Who is the hero, heroine and or the villain?

I have a really cool book coming out in September. It’s about a young war bride who meets a soldier in Belgium during WWI. She travels to Canada after the war to marry her true love and to acquire a homestead. Then the dirty thirties hit. So my villain is actually mother nature herself.

8.      How can people find you?

Here are my links:




Day Two - Give the Blurbs for 3 of your books. 

The Legacy (Shadow of the Unicorn, book 1)

Azaria, a unicorn colt, is intrigued when the young, clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a terrifying change to their world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth, the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. But nothing compares to the danger when the creatures-that-walk-on-two-legs settle in the valley, and their leader discovers the healing power in the unicorns’ horns. Greedy and ruthless, Ishmael will stop at nothing in his pursuit of wealth – even the complete extinction of the herd. Azaria must find a way to outsmart Ishmael before it’s too late.


The Deception (Shadow of the Unicorn, book 2)

Sixty years after the unicorns’ narrow escape from extinction, Azaria's Legacy has gone wrong. The new generation barely exists, hidden in the depths of the forest. Their cruel and ruthless leader, Icarus, threatens them daily with Jaresh, an invisible being capable of taking away their powers. Angry, the young colt Ulysees, and his friend Téo rebel, following an old, abandoned trail where they’re discovered by humans. Now the entire herd must flee. But Ulysees learns there’s a far greater danger than humans when he meets a giant creature who warns him of impending doom...
A Town Bewitched
It’s tough for Kira, growing up in the small town of Hope as a child prodigy in classical violin, especially when her dad just died. And to make matters worse, Kate McDonough, the red-haired fiddler appears out of nowhere and bewitches the town with her mysterious Celtic music. Even Uncle Jack succumbs to her charms, forgetting his promise to look after Kira’s family. But when someone begins vandalizing the town leaving dead and gutted birds as a calling card, Kira knows without a doubt who’s behind it.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday's Guest - Suzanne deMontigny - Repeat #MFRWauthor #Who She Was

    Today is a repeat of an earlier post.

What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?

I was an elementary music teacher before I became a writer. Did it influence my writing? Absolutely! Because I write for the very age group I taught. Plus, I began storytelling at the end of music classes as a way of encouraging students to behave. It worked. But what surprised me was how much they loved my stories.



2.      Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above.

I write middle grade or YA, although I’m thinking of writing a chapter book.



3.      Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres?

Well, I can’t really say that’s true because I liked to read a lot of historical novels back then and still do, and though my unicorn trilogy takes place 12,000 years ago, it’s fantasy. And my teen novel, A Town Bewitched, is present day.


4.      What's your latest release?

It’s called The Deception. It’s the second book of my Shadow of the Unicorn series.


5.      What are you working on now?

I’m working on Book 3 of my unicorn series. It’s called The Revenge.



6.      Where can we find you?
Here are my links:



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday's Second Scene - The Gemini-Sagittarius Connection #MFRWauthor #contemporary #medicalromance

Jeff Carter MD stood at the desk in the nurses' station of the ortho/neuro unit and stared at the order sheet. He couldn't make out the medication order, yet the pharmacy had sent penicillin. The patient had received part of a dose of a medicine he was allergic to. The reaction had been quickly countered by the nurse. For that he was thankful, but the whole situation bothered him. He hadn't ordered penicillin, but the order had been scrawled in the same shade of ink as the other orders.

He glared at the young nurse seated at the desk beneath the counter. "What happened?"

"I hung what the pharmacy sent."

He looked at her name pin. "Penny, didn't you see this?" He tapped the red allergy sticker on the front of the chart. Granted his handwriting wasn't the best and he'd been in a hurry, but someone should have called his office for clarification. "When I spoke to the pharmacist, he said he'd cleared the order with a nurse on this unit."

"Wasn't me." Tears welled in the young woman's eyes. "I didn't even see the orders."

"Where's the nurse manager?" Though Delores Forbes was the last person he wanted to see, this matter had to be resolved.

"She left early to take some comp time."

"Then who's in charge?"

The young nurse pushed strands of fair hair from her face. "I think . . . maybe Edna."

"Did Mrs. Forbes tell you she'd spoken to someone in the pharmacy?"

She stared at the desk. "She said not to bother her. She was in a rush to leave."

Jeff frowned. Had Delores known what had happened? If so, had she changed the order? "Could I see the incident report? Surely you filled one out."

"I slipped it under her office door, and it's locked."

Take ten deep breaths. He put the chart on the desk.

Though the allergic reaction had been halted immediately, there could have been a tragedy. He drummed his fingers against the Formica top of the counter. For the past two months, there'd been too many incidents involving his patients. He hoped the new nurse manager would find a way to turn this place around. Otherwise, he was going to recommend the Board close the unit.

After doing a complete examination of the patient, he returned to the nurses' station. The young woman looked up. "Is he all right?"

"Yes, and thanks for your quick action." He opened the chart. "Can I borrow your pen?"

Another nurse laughed. "Dr. Carter, surely you can afford to buy your own."

"I do, but they walk." He scrawled a note. "One more thing. If you ever have a problem reading my orders, call my office or my home."

"Mrs. Forbes doesn't allow anyone except her to make outside calls."

He handed her the chart. "Making calls to doctors when there's a question about an order or a patient's condition is standard procedure."

The girl nodded. "Yes, sir."

"By Monday you won't have to worry about Mrs. Forbes' rules. The new nurse manager will be here."

"If she stays. Mrs. Forbes says no one else wants the job."

Jeff frowned. Was Delores planning to blindside her replacement? Even if she succeeded, he would see she wasn't given the position. He wheeled and left the unit. In the hall, he collided with his daughter.

"More gray hairs, Dad. You look ready to go on a rampage."

"Don't ask. Megan, why didn't you take the position as nurse manager on my unit?"

When she laughed her golden curls bounced. "Bad enough my big brother can order me around, but my father . . . . Please. So what happened?"

"Another incident, and this time it could have been serious."

"Your handwriting, I bet."

He shook his head. "No matter what it looks like, I didn't write the order."

"Why don't you print or learn to use the computer?"

"Don't be a smart mouth. Never learned how."

She put her hand on his arm. "Computers will solve the problem. You know most of the units are already using them? This one should be next."

"I don't have time to learn how to work one."

"That's right, you're ancient. Fifty-one in December." Her blue eyes sparkled with laughter. "They're simple. Just think, you could type your orders, and no one would complain. You wouldn't have to dictate reports or scrawl progress notes only you can read."

He shook his head. "Not sure handwriting's totally at fault. Why would a nurse manager forbid her staff to make outside calls?"

"To keep them from making personal calls on hospital time."

"Even to a doctor? One would have prevented the latest incident."

She frowned. "What are you saying?"

He shrugged. "Not sure yet. See you at dinner."

"Won't be there. The gang's helping Liz move in."

"Who's Liz?"

"The woman who's going to solve all your problems."

The gleam in her eyes alarmed him. "Megan."

"Dad, she's the new nurse manager. We're helping her move into Lauren's house."

"Why Lauren bought that house still puzzles me."

"To prove a point to my thick-headed brother." She turned. "Don't you remember Liz? She's one of the Grantley gang. You talked to her at Lauren's housewarming."

Jeff frowned. He'd brought ice cream. There'd been a tall woman with long dark hair. They'd spoken for a few minutes. She'd seemed shy. "Was she at the wedding?"

Megan shook her head. "She had to work. Trust Lauren not to give her friends much lead time."

Suspicions leaped into his thoughts. "Is this woman married?"

"She's a single mother with nine-year-old twin sons. She was the oldest member of our group."

"I'll pass on the festivities." He met her gaze. Spare me from a matchmaking daughter. He refused to be her next victim. He'd spent eleven years running from women with marriage on their minds. He didn't need another wife. The one he'd had had been perfect.

"Your choice." Megan backed away.

"I'll give her time to settle in."

Megan laughed. "So you won't confront her 'til Monday afternoon." She turned to leave. "You're not the most patient of men. Just make sure you don't put your foot in your mouth."

He stared after her. What did she mean by that?


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday's Writer's Tip - Writing ABC - T is for Time #MFRWauthor #Writing


T is for time. Most stories take place over days or weeks or months and sometimes for years and generations. Keeping a timeline is important. It isn't fun having an editor or a reader pointing that the hero or heroine is performing two actions miles apart at the same time. Better for the editor to catch the time glitch than a reader.

Keeping a time line schedule can be very useful. Start with the opening scene. When does it begin. Perhaps a Saturday. So you note that on your piece of paper. You also make note of the month. You can even give this a specific date of the month.

As you move the character from scene to scene, make sure you note when the day has changed. Or you could have skipped several days but make sure you note the time lapse in case you want to go back and add a scene. By keeping a record, you can also see if enough time ahs passed between incidents.

So think about your time line as you write the story so your characters aren't performing impossible feats.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday's The Writer's Life -- Plotter or Panster #MFRWauthor #Panster #Plotter

You've finished all those books about writing and you;re still trying to decide what to do. You're at a writer's group and you hear someone ask Are you a plotter or a panster?" You scratch your head wondering what they mean.

A plotter is someone who outlines their entire story before beginning to write.
A panster is someone who sits down and just writes.

I believe most writers begin as pansters. I know I did. My first book took years to write and it wasn't over 50,000 words. That's not a long novel but as I wrote and let my fingers fly I was telling a story and there were holes in the plot, deficiencies in the characters, almost no setting, dialogue with every character sounding like the other one. All these things were pointed out to me by editors who took the time to read the book. That was in the days of editors reading entire mss and making comments.

Suddenly it dawned on me that if I knew these things before I began the story the writing might go easier.  That's when I began to look at matters before I began to write. I do envy people who can sit down and write the perfect story other than for a little revision but that will never be me. Though after all my years of writing most of the planning and plotting is done in my head.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Meandering On Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #Poetry #49years #amwriting

Meander 1 - Poem - The Dance

Dance my love, dance into the day.
Our night is coming to a close.
The time is short when we can play.

I soon will have to go away
Into the place of sleeping woes.
Dance my love, dance into the day.

I wish that I could stay
And have this moment in time froze.
The time is short when we can play.

So let our laughter be most gay.
How can we know where this life goes?
Dance my love, dance into the day.

And when we close out bodies sway,
Our love becomes a fading rose.
The time is short when we can play.

I kiss your lips and softly pray
Wait I near the horning blows.
Dance my love into the day.
The time is short when we can play.

Meander 2 - 49 years. That's how long I've been a published author. I remember the day, about this time of year when the letter from a magazine editor arrived stating they would publish my story "A Small Smile." The best thing is they were paying for the story and a check was enclosed along with a contract for me to sigh. What a thrill. One hundred dollars was mine to do as I would. Actually, I bought a new typewriter. Not sure what but it had this wheel with the letters on and was a wonderful compared to the small portable one I was using. So I'm celebrating today.

Meander 3 - Writing- I'm trying to finish two novels so I can get them off to my publisher. Then there will be dozens to get into the new format. This will take a few weeks before I can start the fifth of the Astrology series. The Leo- Aquarian Connection.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday's Book - The Gemini-Sagittarius Connection #MFRWauthor #medical #romance

The Gemini - Sagittarius Connection (Opposites in Love)

Gemini Liz seems to be following her sign. She's the mother of twin boys, she'd returned to Eastlake for the second time and she's taking her second position as a nurse manager. She feels moving from the city will be good for her sons who sometimes choose the wrong friends. What Liz doesn't want is a second husband. The death of her fireman husband made him a hero but devastated her life. She had to return to work and become a single mother. Fortunately her father-in-law has stepped in to care for the boys but he wants to retire to Florida. Though she's attracted to Jeff she wants to deny the attraction.

Jeff is a Sagittarian who often suffers from the foot in mouth disease. His wife died years ago but she was the perfect wife and he has no desire to fall in love or marry again. As a neurosurgeon he sees Liz a lot since she is the nurse manager of the ortho/neuro unit at the hospital. He also wants to deny the attraction and finds it harder and harder.

Can a pair of mischievous boys find a way to help their mother and the doctor find love again? 

Review 



Format: Kindle Edition
i found the book well written and the characters well developed. Finding love again are wonderfully romantic stories.I really enjoyed the Gemini- Sagittarius aspects of the story, too.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday's Blurb _ featuring a Book by Tess Grant #MFRWauthor #YA #Thriller

Hunter’s Moon  by Tess Grant
(Previously published as Trajectories) Kitty Irish has heard all the rumors swirling around Daniel Phinney. Most of them involve a gun, a flask, and a temper. One chance encounter with the WWII veteran over a grisly find in the woods pulls the cover off the dark secrets of their small town, and Kitty is drawn into an unlikely partnership. Armed with an antique rifle and a handful of homemade silver bullets, the two form an efficient team. Unfortunately, their game is werewolf hunting, and disaster is only a bite away.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday's Guest - Tess Grant #MFRWauthor #YA #WhoSheWas

1. What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?

I spent nearly 10 years as a forensic anthropologist before I became a writer. I identified skeletal remains for local police departments and the military. This influenced my writing heavily. My stories tend to lean toward darker subject matter and are sprinkled through with science or history.


2 Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above.


I tend to write thrillers. I’m not sneaky enough to write mystery—my villains are obvious from the start—but I love to write a dark fast-paced story. I used to lean toward YA exclusively, but lately I feel my books might be better aimed at an older audience.  

3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres?

Absolutely! I adored reading Stephen King when I was younger (and getting good and scared!) and a well-done mystery always helped pass the time between digs when I worked for the military.

4. What's your latest release?

My latest release is a repub of my YA thriller, Trajectories, which is the first book in a trilogy. Books We Love has given it a beautiful new cover and I’ve renamed it Hunter’s Moon. I’m excited to say the next two books in the trilogy will be coming out soon too.

5. What are you working on now?
 
 I’m putting the final touches on books two and three in the trilogy so that they can be released fairly soon. I can’t wait to see their new covers!
I’m also putting the finishing touches on another YA thriller as well as just starting an adult thriller.

6. Where can we find you?

I blog about writing, sewing, and life on our farmette at tessgrant.wordpress.com. I also twitter at @tessgrantwrites.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thursday's Second Scene - The Taurus-Scorpio Connection #MFRWauthor #Medical #Taurus #Scorpio

The long night of tossing and turning, of sleep interrupted by strange and frightening dreams ended at dawn. She sat on the edge of the bed. Her head and throat ached. She turned to her roommate. “Tell Neil…I can’t…I have to…” She lay back and closed her eyes.

As soon as the house emptied, she showered, packed and wrote a note to Neil declining his proposal. She hitched a ride to Calcutta with the man who brought supplies to the clinic. Though she knew running away was wrong, she couldn’t think of any other action to keep Neil from stirring her guilt over her leaving IHRM. At the airport she booked the first flight heading west.

The first leg took her from Calcutta to Athens to Rome. When she boarded the plane for London her memories of the airports had blurred. Aspirin washed down with tea or coffee kept her body bathed with perspiration. In Athens she’d begun to sniffle. A cough had developed in Rome. By the time she reached London and the flat she had rented four years before, she wanted to sleep for a week. Five minutes after entering the bedroom, she collapsed.

Sixteen sleep-drugged hours later she showered to wash away the stench of travel and of fever. Her decision had been made. Tired of constant relocation and living out of a duffel bag, she yearned for a place where she could build a stable life.

A frantic day of packing began. The dolls she’d collected, her clothes, two boxes of books. She stopped long enough to have dinner with her landlady at the pub down the street. After leaving shipping instructions she wrote a check to cover the rent for the remainder of the lease. Then she booked a flight to the States and called Megan Carter.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wednesday's Writer's Tip - Writing ABC - S is for Setting #MFRWauthor #writing


S is for setting. After I submitted my first novel to an editor, I received this comment, "Your characters are operating in a vacuum." The kind editor went on to explain about setting. She also took a small passage of my mss and showed me an example of using setting. I was really happy and went on to put elements of the setting in every scene in the story. I sent the story out again. There were other comments from other editors and finally I had a mss. But that was in the days when not everyone thought they could write a story and become published. Editors wanted full mss and they often read parts and made comments. This was better than any class I ever attended. But back to my original thought. S is for Setting.

Setting is made up of many things but is designed to show where and when the characters exist. The setting can be sued to show time of day. The morning sun... Season of the year. Snow fell in swirls... Or the season. Children searched the lawn for those illusive eggs. This is one part of setting.

Showing where the characters live  or work is another part of using the setting. How many people have been in a bakery. Most of us have at least been present in a home bakers. Using the sense of smell and even taste can evoke that bakery. The senses play an important part in the setting of a story.

So when you're placing your characters in somewhere, remember to use all the senses and especially more than just sight to bring the setting to life, making the scenery almost another character in the story.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday - The Writer's Life - What's Next #MFRWauthor #writing


You've made that decision to become a writer. You've been a reader for years and have read many books. The blank screen faces you and you begin and realize this is mainly gibberish. There is no story flowing from your fingers. What's next, you wonder. Maybe you go back to re-read some favorite books, trying to figure how the writer of that story reached the end from the beginning. Still nothing except maybe a title makes sense on that blank screen. What do you do?

I can speak from my experience. You find some books that may show you the way. At the library, you find books that speak of writing and you take a few from the shelves and take them home. Does this help? Perhaps a bit but there is so much advice given and some of them are in opposition with each other. Now you are more confused than ever.

My system was to read each book and make comments in a notebook from each one and then try to make sense of what I learned. Then a sudden thought emerges. No two writers approach their stories in the same way. Confusion addles your head.

Maybe you head to a college and enroll in a course on creative writing. This may give you some more hints as to the process. Still you can't fill that blank page with words that make sense and a story that gives you hope.

My path to writing my first novel began with writing short stories. Next time I'll talk about those first stumbling moments when I learned a bit about organizing all those notes I'd made on writing and found my own way to making a story.

What about you? Did you read dozens of books on writing or find a class on creative writing? I'd really like to know a bit about how you approached the writer's life.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #Poem #writing

Meander 1 - Poem - Mailman

Will the mailman come today
Bringing letters from afar.?
Will there be some bills to pay?
Will the mailman come today
With love letters sad and gay?
Or rejections to mar?
Will the mailman come today
Bringing letters from afar?

Meander 2 - Valentine's Day is approaching. That was the day of my first date with my husband. We went to the movies and for a burger. That was more than fifty years ago. Much has happened in that time but we have remained together through problems and great times. It's called endurance and love.

Writing - So very busy these days trying to do a hundred things. I have decided what I must do is to
take one typing chore at a time and then move on to the next. Will soon have 10 books plus a few short stories to be published elsewhere. That will add a bit for they will need to be re-formatted and also to be checked for errata. I will manage this as fast as I can.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday's Book - The Taurus - Scorpio Connection #MFRWauthor #Astrology #Medicalromance

The Taurus-Scorpio Connection (Opposites In Love)


Her mother was a hired nanny and her father the Mellwood Bank. This is the way Taurus Laurel Richmond describes her family. After burning out as a nurse with an international health agency, she returns to Eastlake, the one place she where she felt connected. She studied nursing here and made a number of friends. Her one problem is her wealth. Soon she will receive a fortune. But money hasn’t given her the things she wants, a home, a family and love. Since a chance visit after summer camp with a friend made there, her idea of a man to love has been Alex Carter.

Alex Carter is a Scorpio, a single dad with a five year old son. He’s a general practitioner at Eastlake Community Hospital. While attracted to Laurel, he has one problem. His ex and now dead wife had a lot of money and little sense. Drugs and her fast friends were her life. She abandoned their son who cried for hours until his father returned. Alex has no love for women with money. Attraction or not he refuses to admit he’s falling for Laurel.

With the help of Alex’s son, Laurel sets out to prove to Alex she’s in town for the long haul and she will make the perfect wife and mother.

Review:
Janet Lane Walters has written a charming tale.
As a child, Laurel Richmond was trapped in a car with her dead parents for hours. After losing them, Laurel's next of kin was a bank. Laurel hides her immense wealth, traveling internationally as a nurse, helping the sick. She decides to settle in Eastlake, a small community.

She once summered with her friend Megan, developing a huge crush on Megan's brother, Alex, who is now a divorced doctor raising his young son Johnny. Alex is leary of wealth because his rich ex-wife had no time for him or Johnny, but Johnny takes to Laurel right away.

The glimpses of a family life that Laurel experiences with Johnny and Alex leave her longing for her dreams to become reality. Can she get Alex to realize that money may bring power, but love offers peace?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday's Blurbs features Books by Barbara Bradley #MFRWauthor

Dominated By Desire: 
Heather can't believe she is the only person on Earth who can protect Storm, the ambassador from Vespia. It has something to do with some pheromone the Vespian male exudes. Although everyone tells her she is immune, she doesn't agree. There is something about the man that makes her desire skyrocket whenever she is around him.
Storm finds Heather fascinating, like her bright violet eyes that hold a world of emotions in them. He's drawn to her, wanting her with a depth he never experienced before.
When she becomes the focal point of several kidnapping attempts, he realizes she's going to need his protection: the perfect excuse to get to know her better.

Animal Desire: 
Heather is now six months pregnant and finds her mate a bit overprotective. She can't help if she glows when she is frustrated. Things get a little more complicated when she is called home because of Ialog. He released information, making it look like she is being mistreated by the Vespians. How is she going to hide her pregnancy? She left Earth sterile.
Storm isn't happy about her leaving the safety of Vespia, but wants to show that Heather is happy and safe under his care. He knows Ialog and is worried the man is going to try to take his mate from him again. His fears become very real when Ialog kidnaps her. Now he has to find a way to bring her home.

Forgotten Desire:
Heather and Storm’s story continues...
When Storm leans against one of Bert’s machines and is sent back in time, without his memories, Heather has to go after him.
A simple retrieval won’t work. She has to make him remember before they can return to their own timeline.
Finding him is easy, getting him to regain his memories isn't. Then she finds out Ialog is there, giving Storm something to keep his memories at bay.
Now she has to find a way to stop her old nemesis and bring her mate home.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday's Guest - Barbara Bradley What She Was Before #MFRWauthor

1. What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing? I am still a merchandiser. I represent manufacturers in the military exchange system in Hampton Roads, VA. I love this job because I get to talk to so many people and eaves drop on so many conversations. The best part is I tend to work through scenes when I'm stocking. I write futuristic romance so I can't say it's a big influence but I do know a lot about the military  and their ranks because of my job and that does help in the series I'm working on.



2 Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above.  I tend to write what moves me. So far I have written a time travel. I actually have two but the second one isn't good enough to try to publish. I've written a historical, a contemporary urban fantasy (this one is still in the editing phase) as well as my futuristic fantasy. That is what is so fun about the series I'e been working on. My sixth book Forgotten Desire is a time travel within the futuristic SF world. and the latest book published Timeless Desire is an alternate reality story. 


3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres? It sure did. I've read SF as well and romances and when I found the books that merged the two genres I fell in love. When I started writing in high school is was the SF type of book with romance in it so it was quite natural to continue in that vein.


4. What's your latest release? Timeless Desire. The book I mentioned earlier. Although part of the series this book is more like little vignettes of how my main characters would still meet if the timeline had changed. It was fun to figure out how they would meet each time and how they would figure out what was happening to them.
Here's the blurb:
Someone keeps altering the timeline and only Sam and Skye are aware of the change.
The culprit doesn't want Heather and Storm together, yet they keep finding each other, no matter how many times it is changed. Everything needs to be righted and the person messing with it needs to be stopped.
It's up to Sam and Skye to get things back the way it should be.


5. What are you working on now?  This is a little tough to answer. I have finished the rough draft of the tenth book in the Vespian Way series, but it has been sitting in my laptop for about 5 months, I lost my mother-in-law in February (2016), I was her caregiver, I think when I lost her I lost my urge to write for a while. I forced myself to finish book ten (no title yet) but I know it needs a major rewrite and haven't been in the mood to go back to it. When Christmas came around my husband even asked if I was writing and I told him no, but there are still scenes running around in my head. I believe I'm not writing because of grief.  Not too long ago I pulled a book out of my need to edit list and decided to work on that. I have a strong need to write but the Vespian Way series was all I worked on when I took care of June. That's why I pulled out a werewolf story I had finished. Do something different to get  back to writing. I'm thinking it's still a little too soon to go back to the series. I do promise to get back to it, but I need to get back to it at my own pace.

6. Where can we find you?

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday's Second Scene - The Aries-Libra Connection #MFRWauthor #Medicalromance

On Saturday morning at a few minutes after ten, Eric left his apartment. Moments later, his sneakers slapped against the asphalt surface of the path leading to Community Park. The shade beneath the oak and maple trees brought relief from the relentless August sun.

Today promised to be as hot as Eastlake Community would be if the problems that beaded like the sweat on his forehead weren’t solved. For an instant, he allowed himself to regret the injury that had ended his career as a cop and his decision to become a nurse, the way his father and a number of ex-cops he knew had done. During the week since his arrival, he’d asked himself a dozen times why he’d listened to Sam and applied for the position as Director of Nursing.

“Something fishy’s going on. I’m not sure who, what or why. You’ve got the training to dig out the info.”

In the past week, he’d learned a number of facts, but none were illegal. The nurse managers and supervisors couldn’t see or didn’t care about the signs of unrest among the nurses. Sometimes, he thought administration was the problem. But since their contracts protected them, he couldn’t fire the lot.

He emerged from the tree-sheltered path and stopped to let a herd of children charge past. Where was Sam and where was the ball field? His buddy had volunteered him as first base umpire for the game between the nurses and a team from the other departments.

“Eric, over here.”

He jogged toward the picnic table where Sam sat. The children returned. With the adroitness he’d once displayed on the football field, he twisted and evaded until he cleared the crowd.
“Just like old times, my man.” Sam’s brown hand slapped Eric’s.

“Hardly. Where’s your gaudy uniform?” When Eric had played football, Sam had been a member of the marching band. He’d also been pianist for the jazz ensemble. Eric rested his hands on his thighs until he caught his breath. “I’m too old for this.”

Sam laughed. “At thirty-two? In five minutes, I guarantee you’ll be rejuvenated.”

“About the game. Fun or serious?”

“A bit of both.” Sam slid from the table. “The captain and pitcher for the nurses is intense. She likes to win.”

“Is this a warning?”

Sam’s laughter rolled the way his fingers moved along the piano keys. “You’ll see. Wait ‘til you see her legs. Long and lean and stretching forever. Simone threatened to blacken my eyes if I leer. Grab a beer and let’s go.”

When Eric reached the field, he forgot the beer. The hospital’s problems vanished. He put the beer on the ground several yards from first base and stared at the pitcher. Sam had been on target.
He studied her exceptional legs until they vanished beneath brief red shorts. His stare lingered on the white tee shirt that clung to her small, yet perfect, breasts. Sunlight caught the red glints in her brown hair and turned them into flames. As she moved from the mound, his body reacted. How was he going to remember he was her boss?