Saturday, July 11, 2020

Saturday's Blurbs featuring Books by Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Contemporary

Tangled Dreams (Moon Child Book 7)

Two reasons bring Cancer heroine Janine Rhodes to Fern Lake. The first is the Masters and Doctors program at the nearby university. The second is a letter from a dying woman. Since the courses she takes are weekend ones, she finds a job for the Grantlans a writer and a nurse practitioner caring for their toddler niece they recently adopted. While here, she is able to observe the son she gave up for adoption eight years ago and his attorney father. She is content just to watch until tragedy strikes.

When Virgo Nate Quinn learns about his son’s medical condition, he can barely hold on. Just a year ago, he lost his wife to cancer. His adopted son has become his entire family. When the doctor asks him about the child’s birth parents, he has no idea. He agreed to the adoption but only signed papers and took no other part in the process. Now he needs to locate two people.

Then he learns the identity of his son’s birth mother and knows she has been in the periphery of life. He acts rashly and then must find a way to make amends, especially when he learns more about her.

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First Line: Janine Rhodes lifted her giggling charge into her arms and strode toward the cabin.

Tangled Dreams is the perfect title for this book. Ms. Walters’ characters, Janine Rhodes, Nate Quinn, and Davey, …and even Pam, came to life and kept me glued to the pages. There’s a tangle of emotional turmoil, heated moments of fear, passion, and anger, which comes around full circle, leading to a satisfying end. I’m still smiling over the impossible becoming possible. Bravo, Ms. Walters! Highly recommended if you enjoy life-changing romances with HEA endings;)

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Friday - Janet Lane Walters is visiting and talking about her latest release #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Tangled Dreams #Romance

1. Tell me about your latest release? Genre?
     My latest release is Tangled Dreams the sixth book in the Moon Child series. This time the heroine is a Cancer and the hero a Virgo. Their relationship is tangled by secrets and a sick child.

2. Where did the idea arise?
     I really enjoy exploring Astrology and years ago, I began the series, writing the books as the ideas gelled. Since Virgo was the next hero on the block, I spend a great deal of time planning and recalling all the Virgos I've met in my life. The Cancer part was easy since I'm one in spades.

3. How much research was involved? Did you stay on point or be distracted by wanting to look at just one more thing?
     The research was rather extensive, especially regarding childhood leukemia and also memories of the days when I was a nurse with cases of this type. I managed to hone in on what I needed to know and hopefully fed it into the story without lecturing.

4. How long did you take to write the book?
     This book, a short one took almost six months to write. The death of myhusbandof fifty plus eyars and this Covid 19 stuff kept me back. But I persisted

5. Now a bit about you. How long have you been writing? What is your Sun Sign?
     I've been writing for ages but published for 50 one or two I'm a Cancer with six planets in that sign.

6. Do you write in a number of genres of stick to one?
     I kind of hop around genres sticking mainly to some form of romance but I've written non-fiction and poetry as well. I have some mysteries as well as fantasies, paranormal, contemporary and a bit of historical thrown in. I don't write action thrillers or horror. I'll read and enjoy the former and won't touch the latter.

7. Where on the internet can you be found?
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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Thursday Scene 5 from The Gemini Sagittarius Connection #Gemini #Sagittarius #Romance #Medical #Twins

"Mom, help," Brandon yelled.
     Liz grabbed one of the paper bags he held and reached for the other. "Where's your brother?"
     He shrugged. "Around."
     "Justin. Come help unload the trunk." She carried the bags toward the house. Brandon followed with his backpack and her overnight case. "Take them upstairs."
     As she passed the living room to enter the hall beside the stairs, her father-in-law sat up. "I can help you with those."
     "You could track Justin down."
     "Impossible. He's so like Derek was. Never could find that boy when there was work to be done."
     She wished he would stop comparing Justin to his father. That seemed to give Justin license to behave erratically. The constant comparison also hurt Brandon. Still, she was fortunate to have Pop's help with the boys. Working would have been nearly impossible if he hadn't moved in and taken over the child care.
     Liz put the bags on the counter and unpacked the tea kettle and a canister of sugar. After putting water to heat, she checked the refrigerator. Milk, butter, and eggs stood on the shelves. In the freezer, the ice bin was full, and two bags of ice lay on the lower shelf. Thanks, Laurel, she thought.
     She looked around the room and admired the efficient use of space and the features she hadn't found in an apartment kitchen. The counters were marble with streaks of green that were echoed in the painted walls and the curtains. The stove had double ovens and a rotisserie. A microwave hung beneath one of the green cabinets. The large window above the sink overlooked the backyard.
     Justin emerged from the basement. "Mom, there's a big freezer down there with food and ice cream. Can I have some?"
     She handed him an orange. "Here . . . . It's good for you."
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Wednesday Divided Dreams #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Cancer #Gemini #Dreams

Divided Dreams (Moon Child)

Join the writers at #MFRWHooks here  for some great excerpts.Mine features a doctor who changes to become a writer and a nurse practitioner

Rob Grantlan has given up medicine to become an author. As a Gemini, having two careers seems just right. His quiet days are overturned by the death of his wayward sister and his taking guardianship of his two month old niece. When he learns the father of the infant is his old flame Andi Sherman’s brother a plan unfolds. Years ago, he hurt her. He still loves her and he wants to regenerate that love. Andi Sherman is now a nurse practitioner in Pediatrics. She has vowed never to return to Fern Lake. The offer of a partnership in a friend’s practice is tempting. She refuses until she learns Rob has given up the practice of medicine. She believes he will leave town. On the day after her July birthday, she returns and comes upon the accident, finds the dying woman and the baby. When she learns the little girl is her niece and Rob hasn’t left town she is conflicted. She still loves him but she can’t trust him. News from her brother brings a threat. Will Tammy’s presence in their lives find a way to allow them to love and trust again?

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You can’t go home again. Andi Sherman repeated the words she’d said hundreds of times. Yet, here she was on the road to Fern Lake.
Her stomach roiled. As the car sped along the highway leading to the town she’d left eleven years ago, she gripped the steering wheel. She gulped a breath. Yesterday she’d celebrated her twenty-ninth birthday and she still yearned for a faded dream.
She spotted the sign for County Road 178. On an impulse she turned. Fifteen or twenty minutes, instead of ten, would see her in her old home town.
The July sun shone bright in a near cloudless sky. A few wispy clouds called ‘mares’ tails’ streaked the brilliant blue. She rolled down the window and inhaled the scents of summer, dust, wild roses, mown hay and other aromas different from those of the city. The winding road would take her past the house where she’d spent her childhood, a house that no longer existed. The property, lost to greed, slovenliness and criminal activities, had been taken for back taxes. She had escaped long before that day.
Dead. All her family members, except a younger brother, had died when the meth lab burned like an inferno. Dan Sherman, two years her junior, hadn’t been home the day of the disaster. Neither had she, but she’d seen pictures of the fire on television.
Andi sighed. The day she’d graduated from high school she’d left Fern Lake to begin a slow climb to success. She knew nothing about her brother’s whereabouts and she had no desire to learn.
Pressing her foot to the gas she sped past haunted memories and focused on the future. Now a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she was on her way to join two doctors who had offered her a partnership in their practice.
Her thoughts drifted to her new partners. Josh had settled in Fern Lake five years ago. Grace joined him two years later. Andi had always wondered why they hadn’t become a couple. They liked the same food, movies and books. Maybe she would find a way to open Josh’s eyes to the possibilities.
What about you?
She shook her head. She had a new career to explore. Eleven years ago she hadn’t dreamed of returning to Fern Lake as a nurse practitioner or for any other reason. Her journey had taken hard work and intense study. From nursing assistant to practical nurse to an RN, bachelor’s degree and finally to her Master’s. All this had left her with little time for herself.

The busy days had kept at bay memories of the boy who had hurt and rejected her. Only after hearing Rob Grantlan planned to sell the nursing home/rehabilitation center his father had built for him had she considered returning. The news he’d given up his medical practice had allowed her to accept her friends’ offer.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Tuesday's Writer's Tip Revision - Characters #MFREWAthor #BWLAuthor #Characters #Revision

When revising, one thing to look for is characters. I devote an entire draft to this because I usually have so many notes and suggestions as I read the pages that the entire mss must be rewritten or really just chunks of it. My critique group always yells Emotions and I must look to see if they're there and the right ones and done in more than internal dialogue but in body language and actions.

Here are some points to consider.
Are the characters complete?
     Look at the names you've chosen. I've written rough drafts with a character having one name and then in the re-writes changing the name to make it stronger or even more descriptive of the person. Think about a character named Rafe. sounds strong but what if he's really a Larry or a Tom in the flesh or by his ability. Sometimes a name comes before the character and I know this is right. In one book my hero was called Ari and the heroine Ria. Those names came at the tip of my pen and I couldn't change them.

How do they speak?
     Speaking is part of us. I love to just listen to other people speak and catch the rhythm of their words. Each character should have an unique voice that's partof who and what they are. The language they choose often points to their education or their profession. If you've ever listened on a bunch of nurses gathered around a table. The things they often talk about wouldn't be your choice of topics. So when you'rewriting dialogue, be sure to listen to what the people say and how they say. Facial expressions and body language often point to what they're saying isn't what they're thinking or feeling.

What do they want and what do they fear?
      This is more to add to your story. What they want can become a goal but it also can be something small like a smile or a thank you. What do they fear. Not necessarily the big things. Maybe then are afraid of spiders, mice, snakes or some other thing. We're talking about the samll every day fears, not the fear that drives them to success. I have a heroine who is afraid to speak to someone in particular when saying something would solve a lot of problems.

How does the character react when they're in a challenging situation>
     This will form a lot of the story. Without conflict there could be no story. even of the characteris afraid, this could be a great vehicle to developing the character.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Reading #Writing #Thoughts

Meander i - Reading - Am busily re-reading Jennifer Probst and amazingly I found in the books I've in my Kindle two I somehow didn't read when I purchased them. Great to have new reads by this woman whose career I sort of pushed many, many years ago. She continues to delight me, even when I've read the story before.

Meander 2 - Thoughts - "Learn to Live With It." I can't believe those words are coming from someone who should be busting his butt to find ways to end this pandemic or this disease that's killing our country. Just go our. Don't wear masks. Don't socially distance yourselves. Just learn to live with it. Maybe it should be just learn to die with it. Looks like the death toll will be in the millions here in this country if our leader doesn't get on the ball. Shame he is so protected in his bubble. Sure wish the rest of us could be.

Meander 3- Writing. The story is going well and the title is now Moon Rising Nilos or it could be New Moon Nilos. I'll see. Have roughed in five chapters of fourteen and did a little cleaning on the first four. 5 months to go. Must keep cracking.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sunday's Book - The Gemini Sagittarius Connection #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Medical

The Gemini Sagittarius Connection (Opposites in Love Book 3)

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?

Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2018
A small town hospital, a widow and a widower, add a pair of 9-year old twins, mix well and you have the basis for a fast-paced story. In The Gemini-Sagittarius Connection, Walters demonstrates her knowledge of hospitals to make 
the story real, but does so skillfully without slowing down the read. From the first page to the last, Walters pulls you into the lives of her characters and has you rooting for a happily-ever after ending.

Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2016
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.

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Saturday's Blurbs featuring Books by Seelie Kay #MFRWAuthor #romance #suspense

Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5)



When the vice-president shares a tale of false arrest, a broken promise of deportation, an illegal diversion into a private prison, and an alleged trip to an unwater habitat called Martimus, Cate and her colleagues must find a way to follow the same path. In other words, they must enter the right prison, meet the right fixer, wind up on Martimus, and hopefully return in one piece. And it looks like Cate is the perfect bait.

That doesn’t sit well with Cate’s lover, former U.S. Navy Seal Warren Hazelton. He intends to protect her until death ‘til do they part.

Fortunately, another possibility appears, in the form of an MISix agent who has interfered in one too many Agency operations. Tillie Henderson owes them and they are all too willing to serve her up on a plate. It’s race against time as the Agency attempts to lure their adversary out of hiding and into their somewhat ambiguous trap. Maybe then Cate can finally focus on love.

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At only age twenty-two, she’s the best Probie the Agency has ever had—until her past catches up with her, leaving her devastated and broken. Without hope.

No one knows what they’re made of until they’re broken. At the tender age of twenty-two, Hope Ali has finally joined the organization of her dreams, the Agency, an elite group of attorneys who go undercover to right wrongs the law can’t. The requirements are stringent, the training exhausting.

After seeking asylum in the United States when she was sixteen, Hope and her father, Sheikh Harun Ali, settled in a quiet Wisconsin town, hiding from those who had placed a price on their heads. Still, she excelled, finishing her university and law school education by the time she was twenty-one.

Now, after breezing through the Agency training program, Hope appears to be indestructible—until she is assigned a simple task during the rescue of an author among the disappeared in the UAE. The task? To distract the woman’s captors until she can be spirited out of the country.

Unfortunately, a member of MISix has other plans. In an attempt to disrupt the Agency’s mission, she tips off one of Hope’s enemies, alerting them to her location. Hope manages to lead the author’s captors on a merry dance, freeing others to rescue her, until she is unexpectedly confronted with a violent angry mob intent on harm.

She is left bloody and broken. No one knows whether Hope’s body or her mind will heal. Suddenly Hope is no longer just her name. It is also the one thing she must embrace to find her new normal.

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The White House Wedding
When politics interferes with love, can love survive?

Getting married isn’t easy when your father’s the President of the United States! After reluctantly agreeing to a White House wedding, Sarah Lee Pearson, the president’s daughter, finds herself swept into a political maelstrom of unimagined proportions.

The White House staff and the first lady see the wedding as a political event, a way to sweep the president into his next term. Congress is complaining about the collateral costs. The media is delightfully rehashing every aspect of Sarah’s life, even those events that have nothing to do with the impending marriage. And the American public? Visions of an American royal wedding have swept them into a frenzy and vendors take advantage, making a quick buck off of everything from limited edition t-shirts to commemorative teacups.

Sarah and her fiancé, Sam, fight hard to ignore the craziness, but after learning a bounty has been put on their heads by an anti-government militia group, they have to decide whether a White House wedding is indeed worth it. And given all the hurtful controversy, perhaps a better solution is to not get married at all.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Seelie Kay is visiting and talking about Panster or Plotter #MFRWAuthor #Panster #Plotter #amwriting

1. Are you a panster or a plotter or perhaps a bit of both?

I have always been a pantser. I never know what I’m going to write when inspiration strikes. I just sit down at the computer and let the words flow. I never know where I’m headed or where I’ll wind up. To me, that’s the joy of writing fiction.

2. Which comes first - characters or plot for you?

The characters. They guide the story.

3. What are you working on now? Is this a book in a current series or something totally new?

I just released Martimus, which is Book 5 of my Feisty Lawyers series. My holiday short, The Last Christmas, is in final edits at the publisher. Now I am moving on to new characters and a different sub-genre in romance, paranormal. My next book is about a lawyer/vampire who is targeted by a serial killer. Believe it or not, it’s a comedy! I am also toying with a biography, as told by the subject.

4. Do you have some kind of object or place that figures in most of your books? I use gems a lot, hospitals and caves.

Well, all of my books are built around lawyers and the law. Most are set in Milwaukee, Chicago,or St. Louis, all places where I have worked in law.

5. Do you write everyday or just when the spirit hits?

I not only write books, I also write for corporations and law firms, and host a blog, so there us rarely a day I don’t write something.

6. Where can we find you?

7. Who are your favorite authors? What about a book you’ve enjoyed?

I am fond of detective stories and especially enjoy J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts) “In Death” series. I have every book in the series. I also enjoy books by Stuart Woods, David Baldacci, and Lisa Scottoline.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Thursday's Fifth Scene from The Taurus Scorpio Connection #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Romance #medical

The annoying ring of the phone interrupted a strange yet beautiful dream. Alex Carter groped for his cell and mumbled a greeting. Instead of the husky voice of the answering service, hearing his sister’s voice confused him. She spewed a stream of words with the force of a flash flood. “Megan, slow down. Do you know what time it is?”
     “Six a.m. and I have to work and Lauren arrives this morning and I was supposed to meet her but I have to work and can’t go so do me a favor and go to the airport and be there by ten when her flight arrives.”
     Alex pushed to a sitting position. “It’s Wednesday.”
     “Very good.”
     The sarcasm in her voice made him clench his teeth. “Brat.”
     “I know you’re off and since I can’t go and neither can Jenessa, you have to and just think you can do this favor for me without rearranging your office hours. Were you planning something special with Johnny?”
     “Noooo.” He dragged out his response. Who was Lauren?
     “Please say you’ll go. When she called the other day I was so excited about her coming here I never thought about who would meet her.”
     Convinced her non-stop to take a breath delivery wasn’t healthy, he interrupted her stream of words. “I’ll do it.”
     “Great. See you.”
     “Wait a minute," he shouted to gain her attention. “How will I know her?”
     “Brown hair, brown eyes, tall, slender. She was here the summer Mom got sick. She roomed with Jenessa and me at Grantley.”
     “My memories are vague.”
     “Alzheimer’s so soon.”
    ”I’ll remember that.” Alex stretched. “Once I have her what will I do with her?” Megan’s giggle pressed a warning button. “No way, sister mine.”
     “We’ll see.”
     He imagined her cat in the cream smile. “Megan.”
     “I’ll leave my key under the mat. Have her call the minute you arrive in town. See you.”
     Alex held the receiver until he heard a dial tone. Why did he have the feeling Megan had just orchestrated a crescendo in his life? His sister had a habit of trying to match every unmarried acquaintance, friend or relative with someone. He shook his head. Being involved in one of her schemes was the last thing he wanted.
     Should he take Johnny or arrange for his housekeeper to pick him up from kindergarten? He wasn’t sure.
     After he finished dressing in jeans and a cream-colored knit shirt he decided that while a five year old might find the airport fascinating if the plane arrived late his son would complain and fidget.
     Alex remembered the hours wasted at the airport waiting for his wife to return from one of her vacations in Europe with her “beautiful” friends. Though nearly three years had passed since the divorce and a year since her death, his anger remained strong.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wednesday Shattered Dreams #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Dreams #Astrological romance #Cancer

Shattered Dreams (Moonchild)

Join the writers at #MFRWHooks here for some great excerpt. Mine is from the moonchild Series Hero and Heroine are Cancers

Torn apart years ago by lies and threats, Rafe Marshall returns to town and confronts Manon Lockley. She has been told he died on the night he stood her up for their senior prom. When she faints, Rafe catches her and realizes he hasn’t stopped loving her. Manon carries anger and now grief that wasn’t real. Rafe wants her in his life, but she doesn’t want to talk about what happened in the past. She can’t be sure if her father or someone else told lies about Rafe and she doesn’t want to know. Can Rafe persuade her to listen? Not without a battle.

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She dropped the charts in her office and walked to the reception area. “Has the last patient arrived?”

“He’s changing. I’ll do the prelim.” Emma grinned. “He’s hot. Big guy with well defined muscles. Blue eyes surrounded by dark lashes. Lord, I’d love to have them. Oh, a killer smile.”
Manon laughed. “Have plans for him?”
Emma turned away. “I can only look and dream. He says he’s taken.”
“Maybe the next one will be yours.”
Emma hurried down the hall. Manon studied the next day’s schedule and discovered she’d be involved in a marathon of patient visits.
She rested her elbow on the desk. She had to do something about Tom. His weekly visits for vague complaints had to stop. Several times she’d referred him to specialists. The lack of calls from these doctors meant he hadn’t made any of the calls. Why didn’t he hear her message? She had no intention of dating him again. His awkward attempt at seduction when they’d been in high school had made her vow never again. She hadn’t changed her mind.
A painful memory surfaced. Her hands fisted.
Not going there either. Not today. Not ever.
Emma paused at the desk. “New patient is set.” She dropped a thick packet on the desk. “Copy of his medical record.”
Manon stared at the manila folder. With a health history with that many pages, she wondered why the hospital had hired him. She rose.
“Anything I should know?” Emma asked.
“There is. Once I document Mr. Sands’ last visit, make a copy of his records for him. If he calls for an appointment remind him he’s no longer my patient. I’m not willing to commit insurance fraud or have him continue to take time when I could see someone who needs me.”
“About time,” Emma said. “What if he persists?”
“I’ll ask for a restraining order and mention the office visits and my fears of being involved in fraud.”
Emma laughed. “Good for you. Bet that stops him.” She leaned against the wall. “Do you mind if I head out? If I rush, I can have dinner before class.”
“Go ahead. “Which class?”
“Statistics. Love that class.”
“You’re crazy.”
Emma slung her bag over her shoulder. “See you.”
Manon watched her friend hurry away. At the door, Emma waved and grinned.
Why the sly smile? Manon walked to the examining room and pulled a folder from the holder. She glanced inside. No name. Emma had been in a hurry.
As she opened the door, the scent of an aftershave sent her hurtling toward the past. For the second time that afternoon, memories of the boy she’d loved surfaced. She drew a deep breath.
Get a grip.
Without a glance at the waiting patient, she strode to the counter. The aroma strengthened. Hadn’t been her imagination. She turned her head and stared at the man wearing the green cotton examining gown. She gripped the edge of the counter. Blood rushed from her head.
“You’re dead.” The words slashed the silence. This couldn’t be happening.
The voice sounded like the one from her dreams. She opened her mouth to ask where he’d been and what he’d been doing for the past twelve years. She sucked in a shallow breath. Asking that question would only stir the emotions she had frozen.
“Don’t bail on me. Sit down.”
Her fingers had no feeling. Waves of darkness dimmed her vision. The edge of the counter disappeared. Her knees buckled. Blackness engulfed her.

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