Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wednesday The Aries Libra Connection #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Romance contemporary #Astrology #Hospital

The Aries Libra Connection (Opposites In Love Book 1)

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Jenessa is Aries, a nurse, union advocate and likes a good fight.

Eric is Libra, Director of Nursing, and believes in compromise.

Can these two find a way to uncover the underhanded events at the hospital? They’re on opposite sides but the attraction between them is strong. She’s a widow who fought to save her husband’s life during a code. She feels guilty because the love she and her husband shared had died before his death. He assisted at the code but he feels guilty since he was the one who was responsible for the short staffing the night her husband died.

Now they face falling in love and trying to solve the problems between the nurse’s union and the president of the hospital’s Board who wants a take over of the hospital by his hospital group. Is their love strong enough to survive?

Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
While a first meeting might be memorable, that doesn’t mean the memory is easily triggered. She’s a widow, he’s the nurse who was responsible for the short staffing at the hospital the night her husband died. And when the truth comes out it can destroy any chances for a relationship. In Aries-Libra Connection, the author 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.

Recommend this book and the rest of the Opposites in Love series.

Rosemary Morris

5.0 out of 5 stars Hospital Romance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2018
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The heat of the August sun caused a trickle of sweat to run down Jenessa’s back. As she threw her practice pitches, she watched Sam Gray and a tall, blond man approach. He put a can on the grass. She felt his appraising stare and tamped an urge to ask what his problem was.
     “Play ball.” The home plate umpire’s call interrupted her thoughts. She stepped on the mound and prepared her first pitch.
     The first two innings were scoreless. She stepped to the plate in the bottom of the third. The first three pitches were high and wide. “Put one across.”
     The pitcher hurled. Jenessa tapped a liner off the end of the bat. The opposing pitcher bobbled the ball. Jenessa streaked past first and dove for second.
     She bounced to her feet. “You’re blind. I was safe.”
     “Out,” he repeated.
     Megan, he’s not for me, she thought. As she walked away, she dusted her shirt. Her braid slapped against her back. A few feet from first base, she turned. “Safe.”
     For a moment, she thought he intended to continue the discussion. She felt his gaze on her back and grinned. Sparring with him at the bargaining table could be fun.
     In the seventh and final inning, the other team scored two runs. Jenessa rallied her team. “We can’t let them win. Nan, Simone, just get on and I’ll bring you in.”

     They walked. She strode to the plate and connected with the first pitch. The ball soared over the heads of the outfielders. She trotted past first. “I was safe.”
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tuesday's Writer's Tip After the End #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Writing #Promotion

Even before you finish your book, there are things you should be doing.

1. Make a list of the publishers you want to send your book to. Make a list of all the publishers who publish the kind of books you write. I once had an agent who sent a Regency romance to a science fiction/fantasy publisher. If you plan to self-publish, I have no idea how to go about this but there are other authors who do. Make sure the publishers you list do publish your kind of book. You can do this by looking at the books you have and the publishers.

2. Do the same thing with agents if this is the way you want to go. You can look to see which authors they represent.

3. Make sure you follow completely the instructions of publishers or agents when you submit.

4. Find authors you know who write in the same genre as you do and if you’re a fan, you could ask them for a recommendation or even a little bit about your book.

5. Do write what is your back of the book material. Having the Blurb in hand is a good idea. There are people on line who can help you with this copy.

6. Start appearing on Blogs of authors who welcome visitors to their blog. There are some places like Marketing For Romance Authors. This is a place where all your questions can be answered.

7. Set a budget for how much you want to spend promoting your book and stick to it. There are places where you can promote for free and ones that charge.

8. Be sure after you send out the book you don’t sit and wait for responses. Immediately start on the next book. Responses from publishers and agents can take weeks to months. Sitting and daydreaming about that big sale isn’t wise. If you’re well into a new book and you hear a negative response from an agent or editor, you have anew dream waiting. Writing and publishing aren’t for the weak. Unfortunately it’s a business.

9. Good luck and hopefully you’ll find a publisher like the one I found who wants everything you write.
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Monday, February 24, 2020

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Poem #Cake #Writing

Meander 1 Poem -- Untitled

Butterfly kite high,
Spies fir tree spears,tugs winding
Ties, dips to touch spring

I you guide with knotted chains
My rough grasped rope struggles in your hold. Bend
As you husband me with elastic cords
And thinning strings cut tight into your hands.
Whisper threads snap and I am free to fly.
You dangle vanished ties and wonder why,

Swoop in eagle dance,
Find new currents. Ride the wind.
Butterfly kite high.

Meander 2 - Cake - I found a recipe for a cake not using flour and set out to find the ingredients. Since I don't like orange flavored things, I found I could substitue another citrus fruit. I chose limes. Then the recipe called for almond flour. There was none at the grocery store. I found coconut and apple flout. I chose the coconut and decided to go from there. Then an orange liquor but I decided to substitute either rum or vodka and add some limeade to the liquor. Soon I will bake this substitute cake and wonder how it will taste.

Meander 3 - Writing - Am almost back on trace for the new book. I'll be starting the plot draft soon and finish typing in the Rough draft. Am liking the way the story is going but I need to work on the time line when doing the Plot draft. Need to invent a time line and stick to it.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday's Book Wizards of Fyre #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #Romance #Sword and Sorcery

Wizards of Fyre (Island of Fyre Book 3)

Lorana, sold by her father to the slavers, resides in the harem in the citadel of the wizards. Her desire is to escape before she is given as a reward to one of the two wizard trainees who are competing for a spot on the council. She knows how to brew a cordial from firethorn berries and a poison from the thorns. When Arton, one of the young men is poisoned by the thorns she must care for him. She feels an attraction to him but she must escape. One night she hears the voice of a dragon. She thought the wizards had destroyed all the dragons on this side of the mountains. When the wizards leave to collect men to sell to the slavers, she takes the opportunity to escape with few supplies and a determination to reach the dragon.

Arton is a fledgling wizard and is about to be tested for the council. His mentor has died. His mentor wasn’t his father. The wizard purchased Arton from the slavers years ago. The present chief wizard would like to thwart Arton’s quest because he wants his son and trainee to join the council. Arton and his rival are evenly matched. The escape of Lorana becomes a quest. Which of the young wizards returns her to the citadel will win the competition and gain her as a reward. Cregan the rival decides to search on the desert. Arton chooses the hills. Because of Lorana’s care of him when he was poisoned he is attracted to her and he still craves a seat on the council.

Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2017
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This is the story of Lorana and Arton who join forces with a dragon to defeat an evil wizard and his son. The book is well written and the story interesting enough to keep me turning the pages even though this isn't my preferred genre.

An enjoyable read and I would recommend it for fans of YA/fantasy.

Can Arton find Lorana first and will he make her a prisoner or allow her to remain free?

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Saturday's Blurbs Feature Books by Lorelei Confer #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Suspense

Deadly Deception

 Deadly Deception:  Human Trafficking: One of the most prolific and profitable businesses in the world and growing every day. But that’s only in third world countries, right?
Isabella Donnelly felt safe in her middle-class Colorado neighborhood until human traffickers drugged and abducted her. After being betrayed by a “friend,” she’s transported across state lines to Virginia to be sold into slavery or worse. With the clock ticking she manages to escape and is rescued by skeptical, but staggeringly handsome detective, Wyatt Bowman. After what’s happened she’s slow to trust anyone. Can she trust him?
Wyatt Bowman, with nothing-gets-past-him blue eyes, isn’t convinced her horrific story is true but the lawman in him demands an investigation. Aware of their immediate attraction and the heat burning between them, he doesn’t want to risk her safety but needs her help to carry out the sting operation. Can he keep her from harm?

Deadly Revenge: Tory Richards returns to North Carolina to help her mother set up a B&B, never expecting to discover murder victims, fall in love, or get abducted by human traffickers.
Fortunately, when she’s run off the road on her way into town, Dave Miller comes to her aid. She blows off the near fatal accident as just that--an accident—or is someone trying to kill her?
Dave Miller, who is working undercover on the task force for human trafficking, is drawn to Tory with passion he’s never felt toward any other woman. He wants to tell her the truth but can’t risk his mission by revealing his true identity.
Truth becomes a moot point when Tory is abducted and everything points to the group of human traffickers Dave’s had under surveillance. He calls in the task force, but will they reach Tory before she’s sold or used as a sex slave?

Deadly Deliverance: Things get personal for Sam Brower, undercover task force FBI agent for human trafficking, when his niece, Autumn, goes missing. To make matters worse, he’s forced to work with his ex-girlfriend and former DC cop, Lisa Conover, when she’s assigned to a cold case involving his abducted brother, Luke.
Despite working together like a fine-tuned instrument, Lisa and Sam have a past.
Undercover work doesn’t lend itself to trust. Can they reignite the passion of that past, if they make it out alive?

Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday Lorelei Confer is Visiting and Talking About Who She Was Before #MFRWAuthor #Romantic Suspense

1. What were you before you became an author? Did this influence your choices as a writer? For thirty years I worked in the financial arena as a staff accountant in public account and also in private accounting as a Controller and CFO. I wrote reports of account analysis, budget(s), growth and deficits, etc. etc. During this time, I wrote in a journal every night and relieved my mind of harrowing problems as well as reading romance and mysteries books for that “take me away” moment.

2. Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but subdivisions or romance, mystery or paranormal. Yes, romantic suspense or thriller.

3. What is your latest release? Deadly Homecoming releases Feb 18, 2020, the 5th book in the Deadly series. 

4. What are you working on now? I have five release in 2020 so I’m working a lot of promo as well as edits of three of them.

5. Does your reading choices influence your choice of a writing career? Yes, i think so. I like to write and read romantic suspense.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thursday's Fifth Scene Dragons of Fyre #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #Romance #Dragons

Several days had passed since he and Radlan returned from the village. Drakon climbed the stairs past his room on the second level of the tower and continued until he reached the square area at the top. He walked around the wall surrounding the edge and halted at one of the corners. He rested his elbows on the cap stone and peered in the direction of Sea Cliff Tower.
     Though the distance was too far to see the tower, he remembered every moment of the five day journey by horse. He’d been forced to ride with Lagon. A gag  effectively prevented speech. All during the trip, Lagon gloated over his victory. At the journey’s end Drakon remembered how berry tea had been forced down his throat. When the agony of the headache had ceased he’d been aboard a slaver’s ship. Drakon sucked in a breath of cold air. Would Lagon ever pay for the death and destruction he had wrought?
     *Drakon, come.*
     *Old One, what’s wrong?*
     *She escapes.*
     *The last red of High Peak’s lineage. Soon she will lay her eggs. Eggs we need.*
     Drakon started to the door. *When will she arrive?*
     *She will not manage the distance. We must go to her.*
     *What can I do? How far must I ride?* Drakon did not like the thought of leaving High Peaks.
*You will fly with me.*
     “Men don’t fly.*
     *In the past, men and women rode on the backs of reds and blues. This is what you will need. A fur pad and long leather straps. Fur-lined sacks, stones to heat in a fire, and pieces of fur to cover them and cushion the eggs. Find the sleeping sacks. I will need an extra feeding of meat and thorns. You must also carry a feeding in a leather sack.*
     Drakon clattered down the steps. In the storeroom he gathered the supplies the yellow requested. He pulled on a heavy jacket and took a pair of gloves.
     When he entered the kitchen, Sofona appeared in the doorway of the hall leading to the quarters she shared with Radlan. “Is the Old One ill?”
     “No. We go to rescue a High Peaks red and her eggs.” He told her what the Old One wanted.
     “I’ll wake Radlan. He’ll bring the feedings.”
     “Make sure he packs a second one and adds thorns to both. I must figure how to fasten these things to the Old One’s back.”
     Sofona laughed. “You will fly like the men and women on the tapestry that once hung in the great hall.”
     Drakon nodded. He had vague memories of the massive wall hanging. Hadn’t he seen and used that weaving after his return? Maybe the tapestry had been a different one. “I believe I will.” He carried his gatherings to the cavern and placed them on the sand.
     The Old One sent pictures that Drakon followed, carefully placing the fur pad over the ridges on the dragon’s back. Because the yellow’s spinal ridges were narrower than the reds and blues there was no room for a saddle. He fastened the straps to the pad, ran one on either side of the Old One’s neck and united them with the pair drawn over the dragon’s rear legs.
     Radlan arrived with the feedings. While the yellow ate, Drakon added the rocks and furs to the two enormous sacks and tied them to the riding pad. As soon as the Old One had devoured the meal, Drakon climbed to the dragon’s back. He fastened himself to the pad. The yellow moved from the cavern, across the forecourt and stepped over the edge. The great wings unfurled.
     Drakon’s stomach felt as though it had dropped to the ground. Just before they crashed into a stand of towering firs, the Old One caught an updraft and they soared into the moonlit sky. With caution      Drakon relaxed his hold on the fur.
     *Drakon, open your speaker’s path and call the red.*
     Drakon sent a silent call to the High Peaks dragon. The yellow’s voice joined his. *I do not know your name. I am the son of the dead lord of High Peaks Tower. I want to help you.* Over and over he sent the message.
     *I am the Old One, a yellow of High Peaks’ lineage. I want to help you. Call us. Lead us to you.*
     *Who?* The voice carried undertones of pain, sadness, and fear. The emotions vibrated through Drakon.
     *Once I was called Jade. I am your controller. Where are you?*
     *Gone from Sea Cliff. Past the captive towers. I thought to reach the cavern, but I stayed too long. My mate is dead. The evil one set the other blues on him. My eggs arrive soon.*
     Drakon heard despair in the dragon’s voice and sought to give her hope. *You must live. We need your eggs, or the lineage is ended.*
     *We will take the eggs to safety,* the Old One said.
     *Will my dragonets be free from the evil one?*
     *You have my pledge,* Drakon said. *They will fly and I will be their speaker. I was a slave. Now I am free. Your offspring will be cherished. I will rebuild High Peaks Tower and see those of Sea Cliff punished for what they have done.*
     *Not the dragons,* she said. *Just the evil one. The dragons have no controller and their speakers must obey the evil one.* Her voice sounded louder. *I must land and wait for you. The eggs come soon.*
     Before long, Drakon saw a large dark shape on the ground. The moonlight revealed the red’s resting place. The Old One spiraled down and landed near the laboring dragon.
     *The eggs,* the red cried. *You have come in time. Care for them. High Peaks Tower will grow strong with honorable speakers and dragons.*
     Drakon quickly untied the straps and slid to the ground. He started a small fire to heat rocks to bury beneath the furs in the sacks. As he worked, he wondered what he could do to fulfill the red’s predictions. How could he rebuild the line of speakers? They were usually the sons of the tower’s lord. Thoughts of being with a woman filled him with panic. Memories of the conditioning by the priestesses of the Temple of Fyre bound him with iron bands.
     *Not always the sons,* the Old One said. *Speakers can be found among the kin both near and far.*
     *And in ones not tied by blood,* the red said.
     Were they right? Drakon sat beside the grieving red and encouraged her. The first egg arrived. He nearly protested when the Old One caught the blue egg in his talons and licked the shell.
      *Pick it up. Breathe on it,* the yellow dragon said. *Then place the egg in one of the sacks. There is no blue to perform the rite. Your breath must do.*
     When the red laid the second egg, the Old One licked the shell and rolled the egg to the female dragon. Her tongue moved over the surface.
     *Do not touch this one with your skin,* the Old One cautioned.
     The red began to shake. *Speaker, my time has come. Name the dragonets and care for them.*
     *I will.*
     *Old One, you must teach them.*
     *I will.*
     *There is a green of our lineage at Sea Cliff. He was hidden and cared for by Arana, who can speak to all the dragons the way you can.*
     Arana. Drakon’s thoughts drifted to his childhood in the tower. There had been a girl four years younger. His parents rescued her from the slavers. She earned her freedom because of her ability to care for the dragons. Could Arana the red spoke of be the same girl?
     *The evil one has made her a slave again,* the red said. *She helped me escape.*
     A picture of a young woman entered Drakon’s thoughts. Her hair, the color of flames, told him the truth. She was his friend and playmate. *Why did he enslave her? She was free.*
     *There are no free women at Sea Cliff. There are no free dragons, except the green. Verde is his name.* The red rose and unfurled her wings. She lumbered forward.
     Though she rose from the ground, Drakon knew she would never clear the trees. *Old One, stop her.*
     *She chooses death. Honor her choice and honor her. Open the feed sack. While I eat, call the green.*

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wednesday Murder and Sweet Tea #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Cozy mystery #Hudson Valley

Murder and Sweet Tea (Mrs Miller Mysteries Book 6)
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Lars is her new husband. He loves Katherine but doesn’t understand why she’s always trying to protect her near and dear. Even though she saved his life while visiting him in Santa Fe, he often questions her involvement in other people’ lives.

Into their lives arrives a new neighbor, Sabrina Gates. Sabrina bought the house next door. She has had a phenomenal success as a new author but moes from her past and present threaten her peace and ability to write. There is the blogger who posts snide and not so nice posts about other authors. Sabrina’s former agent wants a share of the huge amount of money Sabrina has received for a trilogy. And there is her ex-husband, a needy greedy coward who wants money.

Above all there is Robespierre who makes his presence known.

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Three days later, the For Sale sign vanished from the yard of the house next-door. My curiosity spiked like the humidity before a storm. What kind of neighbors would we have? A family, newly-weds or people escaping the city? I wanted to know. The realtor where a friend worked had been the name on the sign.         Tracey Stanton would know. I tapped her phone number.

     When she answered, I waited until we finished the usual chit-chat about our families and the church.         We finally exhausted those subjects. “Who bought the house next-door to mine?”
     “Kate, neither… I forgot you sold the Victorian. Why do you want to know?”
     “Mainly curiosity. Tell me it’s not a family with a herd of children.” I settled back in my recliner and stared through the picture window at the river.
     “No children. No husband. Why she wants a four bedroom with a finished attic is beyond me. Was the quickest sale I ever made.” She lowered her voice. “She’s an author who had a spectacular success. Her first two books hit the New York Times list and have stayed there. She’ll soon release a third novel.”
     “What’s her name? Maybe I’ve read her books.”
     “She writes suspense with a bit of romance. Don’t you prefer non-fiction biographies?”
     “Usually, but a neighbor should be supported. Her name?”
     “Sabrina Gates.”
     “I’ll visit the library tomorrow.”
     “Guess you don’t have an electronic reader.”
     “Not yet. Thanks for the information. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.” I hung up and went to tell Lars what I had learned about our new neighbor.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tuesday's Writer's Tip Moment of Decision #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Decision

The black moment ends with the hero or heroine believing all is lost. Then something occurs. Does he or she accept that all is lost. In this moment, a decision must be made.

The character can decide to accept that what they desire will never happen. This brings the ending of the story to a bitter-sweet one. This must be satisfactory to the reader. That can be difficult but is possible to achieve.

The character may decide to continue fighting for what they first decided was their goal.  This ending may or may not be satisfactory.

The character may decide to change their goal and seek one that's not perfect but is one they can live with. This ending is usually satisfactory.

An ending of the story is one that is satisfactory for the reader. It does now have to be happy though in most romances it is a happy one. In mysteries the satisfactory ending shows the  main character finding justice. So the decision to reach those last few pages is one that's a decision flowing from the black moment.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Poem #Series #Writing #CJ Cherryh

Meander 1 -- Poem --  Carpe Noctum

My love, your frost-kissed head of hair
Holds more appeal than untinged locks.
Though mine seems young, if you look close
You'll find the trace of artist's brush.
My body's taut and so is yours
From dieting and exercise.
Oh come before arthritis
Settlesin our aging joints and
And we become as the winter's sun
Headed for its longest night.
Let us flare in one small fire
Making a warm night off-season
Mildly reminiscent of the
Bonfire days seized in our youth.

Meander 2 - Series -- There is one series I've followed from the beginning CJ Cherryh's Foreigner series. A new book arrived and I have this odd thing with this particular series. I begin reading from book 1. Just read there's another one coming in September and I've spent way too much money to pre-order the book. Means in September, I can read 21 books in a row. I'm not sure why this series has enthralled me but I really hope it never ends.

Meander 3 Writing -- Am slowly working on my next book. Hopefully all this stuff I have to do having nothing to do with writing will be ended and I can get back to my schedule.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday's Book Dragons of Fyre #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #Dragons #Romance

Dragons of Fyre (Island of Fyre Book 2)

After escaping from the temple of Fyre, Drakon returns to his home to find only two people and a yellow dragon. He and the Old One learn as much as they can about the land at present. The lord of Sea Cliff Tower has gathered the remaining dragons at his keep. On learning the High Peaks Tower’s red dragon is with egg they arrange her escape and rescue her eggs. Now they must find a way to defeat their enemy and return the dragons to the other towers.

Arana, sold by the temple priestesses to the slavers is bought by the lord of High Tower and made a part of the family. Before they are able to adopt her the lord of Sea Cliff Tower invades and destroys the family, taking her and her friend prisoner. Drakon is sold. Arana because she can speak to the dragons is made a slave care-giver. She saves a green egg and raises the green dragon. After helping the High Peaks Tower’s red dragon escape she is in danger and must find a way to escape. Her attempt to ride the green dragon succeeds and she arrives injured and ill. Once she recovers she and Drakon attempt to find a way to rescue the other dragons of Fyre.

Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2016
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Another from the prolific and multi-talented Janet Lane Walters. This tale is the next part of an on-going series set in a colorful, sexy, dangerous fantasy world which put me in mind of fantasy in the tradition of Conan the Barbarian. Here we have telepathic dragons, who have many magical properties in their enchanted hides and who were my favorite characters. There are also high priestesses, wizards, and warlords all warring with one another, seeking control over the world and seeking to turn the sentient beautiful dragons into mere commodities--their hides have proved to be magically valuable. The heroine is strong, inventive and brave. The hero is a wounded warrior, recovering all his faculties after enslavement as a teen-ager. The villain--well, I'm waiting for him to get his in the next installment. This is very readable and would make a great graphic novel

Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Relatable characters, comprehensive world building, and of course, dragons make this a fast-paced, fun read.