Monday, May 17, 2021

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

 Meander 1 - Reading - Busy reading Andre Norton's Witch World series. Am enjoying rereading old favorites and ocasionally finding a new one. This series ahs been among my favorites for years.

A bit of news for readers. Murder and Mint Tea is free on Amazon for a short time. Also at Smashwords

Meander 2 - Thoughts - News - Seems like every day there is a report of another mass shooting. This is aggrevating and frightening. And it all stems to the love of guns in this country. People who should not have guns are able to purchase them. I have nothing against guns used in hunting but why does anyone need ones that can kill many people. This bit about the Amendment to the Constitution about guns was perhaps good at at time when there were no armies and no police but why do people think they must own guns. They say to protect themselves. Is this really the case? I think it gives them a sense of power and we all know power corrupts. I think there should be more controls on the use of guns and on those who can putchase them. I think they should be taught about how it feels to kill another person. Hopefully someone with some sense will find a way to make this a civilized country and not the wild, wild west.

Meander 3 - Writing - Am not nine chapters into the rough draft and there are three to go. Then I will be able to start making this a real book. While I enjoy this part of the writing, I also enjoy turning those rough chapters into real stories.

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Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Emotion and Exposition #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Emotion #Exposition

There is one trick to getting the research material you feel the reader needs to know to make the story clear. Use some kindof emotion to pin onto the bits of information. Make the hero or heroine have a driving need to know the information and you can do this inseveral ways. He can question other characters. He can head to the computer for the information or research at the library. Making the information nedessary to the character's life or livelihood and you can use this vehicle to get the words across.

I often use this devise in many ways. This is the good way to explain a culture, especially if the arriving person is new to the situation. Just make sure the character reacts emotionally tothis new information.

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sunday's Book Shattered Dreams #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #romance #medical # Cancer #Astrology


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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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Saturday's Blurbs features Books by Maggie Blackbird #MFRWAuthor #Young adult #Romance #Canada




I thought I saved you, but maybe you saved me too.


Blurb:  At their Ojibway community, Billy Redsky, a drug-dealing punk, and René Oshawee, the chief’s haughty son, must walk the “red road” to finally confront their biggest fears:  conquering the self-imposed obstacles in their path, if they are to have what they long for above anything else—to finally be together.


Book One:  Two Princes


To win over the chief’s haughty son, a drug-dealing punk from a dysfunctional family must risk the only two things he has:  his reputation and freedom.


Blurb:  Billy Redsky, a rebellious punk who loves art and nature, is saddled with a welfare-leeching, alcoholic mother and criminal older brother who are the joke of their Ojibway community.  Sick and tired of being perceived as a loser, Billy deals drugs for his older brother to earn quick money.  He hopes if he buys a dirt bike, he’ll finally impress the chief’s popular and aloof son, René Oshawee.


When the two are forced to serve detention together, a friendship begins to bloom, but much to Billy’s frustration, René keeps putting him on ice.  To make his biggest dream come true if he finally wants to call René his own, Billy must make a huge decision that could cost him everything.


Genre(s):  Multicultural, m/m contemporary romance, LGBT, young adult.

Heat Rating: Level 1

Publication Date:  June 12, 2020

Publisher:  Devine Destinies


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Book Two:  Toy Soldiers


Once a thief, always a thief, and if he can’t win the heart of the boy he loves, he’ll steal it.


Blurb:  Billy Redsky’s made one of his biggest dreams come true, but there’s a problem.  Even though the boy he loves is mere footsteps across the hall from his bedroom, they might as well live a country apart because claiming René Oshawee’s heart is more difficult than Billy anticipates.


Much to Billy’s disgust, René can’t accept his true self, so he’s incapable of loving someone else.  And all he cares about is living a life the chief and his wife foresee for their youngest son.


If Billy is to finally have what he truly desires, he must stop René from running away from who he really is and face the man in the mirror, or what they share will never blossom into true love.


Genre(s): Multicultural, m/m contemporary romance, LGBT, young adult.

Heat Rating: Level 1

Publication Date: October 2, 2020

Publisher: Devine Destinies


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Book Three:  Knight Moves


Although they’re torn apart, they still hold a piece of each other’s heart.


Blurb: After receiving his grade twelve diploma and marking his eighteenth birthday, René Oshawee cannot fight the temptation seventeen-year-old high school junior Billy Redsky blatantly offers now that what they share has become taboo.


When their secret romance is blown into the open, Billy’s foster parents send René to Toronto to complete the last of his schooling under the supervision of a family friend, leaving Billy behind at their Ojibway community.


Now Billy and René must make the biggest decision of their lives—fight for the true love they know they’ll never find with anyone else or go their separate ways.


Genre(s): Multicultural, m/m contemporary romance, LGBT, young adult, new adult.

Heat Rating: Level 2

Publication Date: April 16, 2021

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Friday Maggie Blackbird is Visiting and Talking About Who She Was Before #Canada's Indigenous People #Young Adult #Romance


1. What were you before you became an author? Did this influence your choices as a writer?


I was a program officer for an Aboriginal Employment and Training Organization for fifteen years.  This position took me all over the Treaty area (55,000 SQ miles) and then some (into Manitoba and Southern Ontario).  Did the position influence my choice as a writer?  No.  I was writing well before I landed that job.  But working for my own people did influence what I would focus on, and that is writing romance starring Canada’s Indigenous People.


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


I wouldn’t say I’m genre specific.  I write Young Adult, LGBT, contemporary, etc.  But the book/story is always romance.


3. What is your latest release?


Knight Moves, the third book in the When We Were Young series.


4. What are you working on now?


I’m in the final stage of edits with my publisher for the final book in the When We Were Young series called Real Warriors.  I’m in the midst of self-edits for a time travel/historical romanced called Born for This.  And I’m fast-drafting a contemporary romance.


5. Does your reading choices influence your choice of a writing career?


No.  I read a lot of historical romance and my fave authors are Johanna Lindsey and Rosanne Bittner.  But they sure inspired me to write.


6. Where can we find you?


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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Thursday's Opening Sceen from Divided Dreams #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Author #nurse practitioner


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.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Murder and Sweet Tea #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #cozy mystery #Robespierre #author


Join the authors at #MFRWHooks here  for some intriguing excerpts. Mine is from Murder and Sweet Tea Katherine's last murder

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.


I had taken a basket from the pantry and placed it on the counter. “Making a welcome basket for our new neighbor.”

“Can I come, too?”

“Yes.” I pulled a frozen loaf of banana bread from the freezer and filled a tin with an assortment of cookies. A half dozen small jars featuring a variety of mint teas finished filling the area. Each of the jars had a ribbon with an attached card telling about the tea.

I joined Megan for lunch. Mine was slices of tomato and the rest of the crab salad. After delivering the basket, Megan and I would drive to a local farm to replenish my stock of fresh vegetables.

The moment we finished lunch, Megan wiped away her chocolate moustache. She ran to the door. “We go now.”

“Not so fast.” I checked to see if she had spilled anything on her clothes. I looked for the cats and found the pair shared Robespierre’s bed.

“Rose Prairie com?”

“Not today. We don’t know our new neighbor. Cats might make her cough and sneeze.”


I lifted the basket. Megan opened the door and walked beside me to the gate in the privet hedge between the yards. We reached the porch of the Dutch Colonial and I rang the bell.

My new neighbor opened the door. She was beautiful. Instead of blue eyes, hers were green. “Hello. I’m Katherine Claybourne from next door. This is Megan. We would like to welcome you to the neighborhood.”

“Thank you. I’m Sabrina Gates. What a wonderful thing to do. Reminds me of home. Would you like to come in? I’m ready for a break.”

Megan followed us inside. “Grandma Kate make some really good cookies and tea with mint.’

Sabrina clasped the child’s hand. “Would you like some of those really good cookies?”

Megan looked at me and I nodded. “Yes, thank you. I’m four going on five. How old are you? Do you have any children?”

“I don’t but I do like children.”

“My daddy like them, tool”

I hid a grin. Was the child match-making?

Sabrina led us to the kitchen and placed the basket on the table. “Would you like some milk to go with your cookie?’

Megan shook her head. “Tea.”

Sabrina’s Southern accent enchanted me. I’m a sucker for accents.

We entered the kitchen where Sabrina set the basket on a table and unpacked the contents. She read each label on the jars of dried tea. “Let me brew a pot of this one.” She selected the pekoe and wintergreen. “I just made sugar syrup for sweet tea.”

“Sweet tea?” I asked.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Plot and Exposition #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Plot #Exposition

 Plot is the glue that holds a story together. While most popular fiction has a plot that drives the story from beginning to end, literary stories may or may not ahve a plot.

When writing popular fiction, exposition should be kept to a minimum. Honing these details and showing them through the characters' eyes is the best way to do this. Long blocks of what is essentially a non-fiction thesis in the middleof a popular storywill turn the reader off. This is to be avoided.

In literary fiction there is often no plot where an explosion of exposition is allowed. Many of the stories we think about are listed as classics, written years ago when people must have enjoyed a leisurely pace in their stories. That doesn't happen today. Most readers want the story to flow from scene to scene without all the exposition. 

So decide when you're writing if you're looking to write a popular story or one that appeals tothe litery reader and use exposition in the way that fits.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

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

Meander 1 - Reading - Mostly rereading Andre Norton's Witch World stories. Did readone of hers I hadn't read before. Must ahve com out in paper after I stopped reading paper books. The Duek's Ballad was a great read and I enjoyed seeing the sequel to oneof the earlier stories. Also read Missing - Luke's Story by Beverley Bateman A nice Vontemporary romance.

Meander 2 - Thoughts - Have been following the mess of the Republican party and I do not understand how these seeming intelligent men can continue to proliferate lies and to chip away at the right to vote of all citizens. Are we seeing an end to the two party with a few off shoots in our country. Less and less am i able to honor men who believelies and ty to force them on the rest of the voters in this country. I can understand their fears or not. They are so hung up on being in power they will do and say anything to keep themeselves in power. Cutting voting rights is wrong. Making voting less open and easy for people is also wrong. Punishing someone for making a stand of conscious is also wrong. What will happen to us scares me. Will the minority become an oligarchy and further drive people into poverty and will the killing continue because of the lies being told? I pray not. 

Meander 3 Writing _ Am still rough drafting Incal. Have seven chapters outof twelve done and then the fun will be done. The next drafts are 2 reading and 1 writing. Looking at Plot and Setting plus those little bits of description needed. Then I'll be ready to let my publisher knwo about when it will be done and send the CAF. But that's several months away.

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sunday's Book #Divided Dreams - Book 3 Moon Child #Gemini #Cancer #doctor #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?

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Saturday's Blurbs feature Books by Seelie Kay #MFRWAuthor #Lawyers #Romantic suspense #queen #vampire #paranormal romance



Bovine Tricks




Lady Annabelle Trask is missing. Unfortunately, MISix doesn’t know if they’re looking for a woman, a cow, or something in between!


Is it real or is it fantasy? That’s the question MISix Agent Mathilda Honoria Spencer struggles with on her latest assignment. Tasked with discovering the whereabouts of Lady Annabelle Trask, Tillie is thrust into the world of Hucows and other human animals. It’s a world that raises serious questions about sexual fetishes, intentional physical enhancements, and even pornography, but in the end, Tillie has only one mission—to rescue and return Lady Annabelle to the Queen. However, as she and her partner, Agent Abdul Ali, attempt to find Lady Annabelle and keep her out of the clutches of terrorists bent on destroying the monarchy, they must also wrestle with their feelings for each other. Can they draw the line between their duty to the Crown and their relationship with one another? Or must they embark on separate paths to continue to serve the Queen?


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First, We Kill All the Lawyers



Someone is killing lawyers, but a particular vampire lawyer won’t stay dead.



Donovan Trait is a marked man. Flamboyant, stunningly handsome, and notoriously insatiable, his attitude and style belie his skills in the courtroom. No one survives a cross-examination at Donovan’s hands. His knowledge of the law and trial practice has accumulated over the years… and years, of experience. More than three hundred years. You see, when Donovan isn’t seducing judges and juries, he’s a creature of the night. And now that someone has decided that it’s time to kill all lawyers, his lust for attention has set him in the murderer’s sights. The problem is, vampires don’t die. Not easily, anyway. That’s good news for Donovan, not so much for his very human lady love, also a target of the serial killer. Will several unsuccessful attempts on his life expose Donovan’s true nature? Will the killer learn the secret that will guarantee a permanent death? Or will Donovan finally manage to put an end to the killer’s murderous spree and live happily ever after, with his lady love?


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The Last Christmas



When the doctors say there’s no hope, Santa begs to differ. After all, he claims, miracles are love combined with action to get the desired result. And at Christmas time, everyone deserves a miracle!



David Wright is dying from cancer. He is not expected to see another Christmas. At least that’s what the medical professionals say. Fortunately, Santa begs to differ. After all, modern medicine is nothing more than a best guess. Santa believes anything is possible until you give up. When Santa tells David’s wife, Joan, that heaven is full and she has to keep her husband alive, she is beside herself. She has no medical skills. How can she save anyone’s life? Set your skepticism aside as Santa embraces a family already mourning their father’s terminal diagnosis and teaches them that a Christmas miracle doesn’t always require heavenly intervention. Sometimes, all it takes is a family with enough love to create their own. As Santa says, a true miracle is when love combines with action to get the desired results. And only humans are capable of that. Will Santa’s words fall on deaf ears? Or will Team Wright find a way to save their father’s life?


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Friday, May 7, 2021

Friday Seelie Kay is Visiting and Talking about Genres #MFRWAuthor #Genres #Heroes #Heroines #Villains #Romance


Day 1 Genres


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


While all of my books are romance, I am not married to a particular sub-genre. I decide that after the book has been drafted. I never know what direction my writing will take, so I just let the words flow until I get to the end of the story.


Does your reading choices reflect your writing choices?


I have always been a fan of romance, in particular, the happy ending. I am also big fan of crime fiction and mysteries. So I guess writing romantic suspense just flows naturally.


Are there genres you wouldn’t attempt?


Although I would love to write a good horror story, I just don’t have the stomach for it. I am one of those people who had nightmares for months after seeing movies like “The Omen” and “Carrie.” So while I would love to write a good slash and burn, killer terrorizing a bedroom community, I now I would never make it to the end.


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


Heroes and heroines. I enjoy writing about the good in this world. About good people who fight for what is right, who are willing to put their lives on the line to save others. Yes, mostly I write about lawyers, because I was one. But I went to law school because I believe in truth justice and the American way. My lead characters have the same attitude.


3. 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?


I create heroes I admire. I don’t have to love them, but I do want to respect them. And I think readers do, too. Someone once told me that I should create heroes I would like to break bread with, because those are the characters people will love. So even they may have flaws, I mostly try to follow that advice. I write about lawyers, and I have met hundreds in all walks of life, from ambulance chasers to flashy mass tort lawyers, as well a Supreme Court justices and prominent law professors. Each had a characteristic, flaw, or habit that I retained in my subconscious and when the situation calls for it, I pull from that memory pool to build my heroes.


4. Heroines. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or imagination create the woman you want the reader to root for? Do they appear before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?


I create heroines in the same way, but all of my heroines are who are strong women and effective communicators. Women who know when to fight and when to achieve their goals in other ways. They are smart, sassy, and sexy. They understand that relationships take work and do not allow themselves to be distracted by small stuff. If the doubt their partner or their partner does something that hurts, they speak up. They fight for what’s important to them. They do not merely slink away.


5. 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?


Sometimes, the line between hero/heroine and villain/villainess is blurred. It is also situational. For example, in my newest series, “Royals Gone Rogue,” the lead character is a flawed MI6 agent who has unintentionally messed up several of the missions of American intelligence agents. In one instance, her antics resulted in great physical and psychological harm to another female agent. She avoided termination by agreeing to serve as the Yank’s “grunt” in certain cases. In the Feisty Lawyers series, she was the antagonist because of her competitiveness and interference. In the new series, she has moved from villainess to heroine. She was redeemable. However, some of my villains are just plain bad. Slave traffickers, cult leaders, terrorists. They can’t be redeemed, no matter the circumstances, because they have proven they cannot be trusted.


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


As I mentioned, my latest release, “Bovine Tricks,” is Book One in my Royals Gone Rogue series. MI6 agent Tillie Spencer is the heroine. At the direction of the Queen, she must rescue or retrieve British royals in unseemly predicaments. However, because she retains the impulsiveness that got her in trouble in the past, her partner and lover must try to keep her on the straight and narrow. In this book, she is in search of a royal believed to have become a Hucow. She is repelled by that fetish and must overcome her distaste to complete her mission.


7. What are you working on now?


I am completing Book 2 in my Donovan Trait series. It’s called, “Ye Gods! The Law is an Ass.” Donovan Trait is lawyer and a vampire who functions in the human world, but remains under the thumb of the Vampire Coalition. In Book 1, he and his lady love, a human, were targeted by a serial killer. In Book 2, they are faced with an unplanned pregnancy that has the Vampire Coalition up in arms. They are on the run and wind up on a mysterious island run by an order of vampire nuns. I am still writing, so I have no idea how this one will turn out!


8. How can people find you?




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9. Who are your favorite authors?


J.D. Robb, Stuart Woods, Lisa Scottoline