Saturday, June 19, 2021

Saturday's Blurbs feature Books by Mary Caelato #MFRWAuthor #Racehorses #Romance #Paranormal #Epona

 



Roping Paige (Racehorses & Romance Book 4)

It all started with a kiss...

Paige thought she was doing okay after the accident that claimed her champion barrel horse's life and left her with rods in her back. She rescued racehorses, giving them new careers, and if her broodmare band had been reduced and her barn sat empty, well she'd accepted that fate long ago. Then sexy rodeo cowboy, Chance Antolin walked into her life. He sparked more than passion inside her; he found a way to remind her who she had been...and could be.

Chance offered to deliver the horses to the Twisted Spur so Lora could spend more time working on the Western Star Ranch's profile. His friend had settled down and created a home with the barrel racer, something Chance wanted for himself. His plan was to drop the horses off at the Twisted Spur and come back in time to meet up with his traveling companions and get back on the rodeo circuit. Then he saw Paige, and had to do the one thing he'd always wanted--kiss her.

When the roping gods give you second chances every cowboy knows you take them.

An opportunity to get back on the circuit while his horse recovers from an injury has Chance questioning what he'd really wanted. He'd found heaven, and peace, in Paige's arms. But will the roar of the crowd give him second thoughts?

Is Paige ready to build a new life...with him?

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Racing Luck (Lady Luck Stables Book 1)

 

When Tyche sends exercise rider Brie, and her mare, Lady, to Lady Luck Stables, Ettie's pleased to have the talented young rider within her ranks. Something isn't right and even her consort, the goddess Fortuna, knows something, or someone, is stealing luck from racehorses. This is more than the usual meddling of lower level supernatural creatures. It's something more, and maybe that's way her consort has been called to the mysterious island of Rota to resume her seat on the Council of Good Fortune.

But the Celtic Goddess of Horses, Epona--Ettie to her friends--isn't without her own resources. When a member of the Seelie Court whose horses she trains alerts her to something more sinister, she believes it's connected to the theft of luck. What she uncovers is something far darker, far sinister than she ever imagined, and everything--including Lady Luck Stables--is on the line.

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Discovery of Songs (FREE)

In this prequel to Songs & Horns, Olivia struggles to come to terms with her agency leaving her for dead while protecting the unicorns and the magical node in her forest. A disturbing discovery leads her to the National Forest adjacent her property and an introduction to a very old and very powerful magical creature. But once awakened, some things prefer to be left alone and answers are hard to find.

Note: Although this story is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone story. The Wings & Horns series contains books featuring adult protagonists along with unicorns and pegasus which aren't connected with the Pegasus Academy.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Friday Mary Caelsto is visiting and Talking about Who She Was Before #MFRWAuthor #Horses #Multi-genre author #Romance

 

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

 

I’ve always been an author, having told my high school guidance counselor I was going to work on horse farms and write romance novels. Though I dropped out of college for equine science after 2 semesters (having discovered that at $5/hour, I was the highest paid stable hand around AND that wouldn’t get me out of my mom’s house), I kept writing even as I got a “real” job. I’ve worked extensively in customer service and tech support. Currently in addition to running Epona Author Services and all its offerings, I’m a technical support specialist and training manager for a small software firm. While my career directly hasn’t influenced my writing, it has pressed me to learn all I can and become fully self-employed. That’s a goal I’m still working towards, while also returning to college to finish that degree I’d abandoned back in 1994.

 

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

 

I am a proud multi-passionate, multi-genre author. While I tend to write books with equestrian themes (and barring that, animal companions), I write equestrian women’s lit, romance, and contemporary fantasy under this pen name. As Mary Winter, I’ve written erotic romance of all sub-genres, though I focus primarily on paranormal shifters now.

 

3.       What is your latest release?

 

I recently released, Roping Paige, book 4 in my Racehorses & Romance series. This time I visit the world of quarter horse racing after care (i.e. horse rescue) when Chance, a friend of Clint from my Western Star series, drives the trailer to Paige’s rescue. Chance and Paige are instantly combustible together, but will Chance be willing to get off the rodeo circuit and settle down? And is Paige ready to expand her rescue and finally step into her own after the traffic accident that had stopped her competitive career?

 

4.       What are you working on now?

 

In June I’ll be working on books 1 and 2 of Zahra’s story (equestrian women’s lit). When the Noble Dreams series ended, Zahra moved onto the property next door to pursue the next chapter of her life. She’s returning to three-day eventing, finding love, and navigating the challenges of being on her own in a newish-to-her world.

 

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

 

They do. I tend to read fantasy, science fiction, and romance. I also read “horse books”. I read what I love and write what I love. It’s that simple.

 

6. Where can we find you?

 

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Thursday's Opening Scene from Tangled Dreams #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Astrology #Child recovered

 

Janine Rhodes lifted her giggling charge into her arms and strode toward the cabin. She chuckled. Only a rich man would consider the sprawling structure a cabin. The rustic log cabin portion contained a large main room, kitchen, eating area and a powder room. A massive stone wing held eight bedrooms and five complete bathrooms.

Tammy wiggled free and ran toward the path leading to the swimming pool and cabana. Laughter trailed after her. “Catch me.”

Janine snatched her up. “Snack time. Then nap.”

“No.” The toddler yawned and rubbed her eyes.

Janine tapped Tammy’s nose. “You’re months away from being a terrible two.” Her feet crunched colorful fallen leaves blown from the woods. Only a few white clouds floated in the sky. A warm day for early October.

At the door, Janine turned to admire nature’s bright colors. Red, yellow and orange leaves adorned the trees. The dark green of pines formed a background.

Janine sighed. This job was the best she’d ever had. As well as leaving her weekends free for school, Andi and Rob had become friends.

She stepped into the large room and removed hers and Tammy’s jackets. After a hand wash, she popped the toddler into the high chair and poured a cup of juice and found cookies. While Tammy ate, Janine filled a mug with coffee. She sipped the rich aromatic brew and sighed with pleasure. The coffee here tasted like a treat.

Her glance flowed around the kitchen. She didn’t know what halt the appliances did but this was a chef’s dream. A long island separated the dining area from the kitchen. A large fireplace dominated one wall. Two dark brown leather couches fronted the hearth. A pair of recliners faced a large screen television.

By the time Tammy finished her snack, her eyelids drooped. Janine lifted the toddler and went to the powder room to wipe the child’s face and hands. A loud pounding at the door startled her. Tammy screamed.

“It’s all right.” Janine rubbed the little girl’s back.

Had to be a friend. Only friends knew the combination to the gate at the foot of the long driveway. Anyone else had to call the house to be let in. Before she had a chance to check the monitor, the loud rapping sounded again. She opened the door.

A tall man she recognized brushed past her. “Mr. Quinn, is something wrong?”

“Where’s Rob?”

“In his office. I’ll let him know you’re here.” Her employer’s attorney’s green eyes flashed. Anger or fear? His hair looked as if someone had run fingers through the thick dark hair.

“Don’t bother.” He strode toward the bedroom wing.

Janine watched him rush away. Was there trouble at the movie studio?

Tammy rubbed her face on Janine’s shoulder. She patted the child’s back. “To bed.” She entered the hall.

She heard Nate shouting. Janine sighed. Though from the first time she’d seen Nate Quinn, she’d felt an attraction but she knew there was no chance for any relationship. He still grieved for his wife who had died a year ago. An impossible dream. There were too many tangled threads to unravel.

Tammy popped her thumb into her mouth. “Bear.” Janine entered the bedroom wing.

Rob’s office door stood open. Nate Quinn’s near shouts flowed into the hall. “What am I going to do? I can’t lose him to that damned disease.”

Though she shouldn’t remain and eavesdrop, Janine froze in place. Curiosity gripped like an iron glove. Did he mean his eight year old son was ill?

Her arms tightened around Tammy. She should leave but she had to know what made him sound angry and defeated.

“He’s been tired lately so two days ago, I took him to see Andi. She ran some tests and called me around noon, wanted Davey admitted to the hospital. She asked Dr. Chou to see him.”

“Did you?” Rob asked.

“Yah. I just left him there and fled in a panic. I can’t endure anything going wrong.”

Janine edged along the all and stared at the open door. Nate Quinn looked ready to collapse or cry.

“Dr. Chou is excellent,” Rob said.

“That’s what Andi said.”

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Wednesday Forgotten Dreams #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Romance #Hollywood #nurse practitioner #Cancer #Leo

 

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BLURB:

Chad Morgan is tired of his Hollywood life and his role as action hero Storm. He's ignoring the contracts for two more movies in the franchise. He wants to take a different direction and make a movie of his friend's book. He has bought the rights. But his agent and the studio want more Storm. His personal life is also bouncing from one woman to another. His thoughts have turned to Emma Grassi, the woman he left behind in his quest for fame. He decides to return to Fern Lake and speak to his friend and renew his friendship with Emma.

Emma is now a nurse practitioner sharing an office with her doctor friend. She has waited for Chad to return and has decided this isn't going to happen. She's decided to confront him and put an end to the dream she has remembered and he has forgotten. Life takes a twist when Chad 's auto accident on the outskirts of Fern Lake bring them together. She wants out. He wants in.



EXCERPT:

As she ate, a group of young nurses sat at the next table. Though she hadn’t meant to listen, their loud excited voices caught her attention.

“I nearly went crazy when the ambulance brought him in,” one nurse said.

“Why?” asked a second.

A third leaned forward. “We thought he was Chad Morgan.”

The fourth laughed. “Why would a Hollywood hunk come to Fern Lake? We’re not a tourist destination.”

“Alas he isn’t Storm.” The first nurse sighed. “His name is Ian Greve. Still he has a face and bod to drool over.”

“So what happened to him?”

“Car accident. He’s responding but in pain. Keeps passing out and they can’t give him anything for pain until the surgeon arrives.”

Emma gulped her tea. She knew that name. Chad’s middle name was Ian and his mother’s maiden name was Greve. The nurses at the other table were too young to know Chad had been a track star and a leading actor in school and in community theater productions. She couldn’t imagine any reason for him to come home. He never had before.

“I still wish I could be his nurse,” the first young nurse said. “If he’ll be here for weeks, there’s a chance.”

Emma finished her salad and carried her tray to the cleanup area. As she walked toward the exit, she paused. Curiosity stirred. If he was Chad, why was he in Fern Lake? She reversed direction and headed to the ER.

At the desk, she paused to speak to the nurse practitioner on duty. “I hear you have a new admit from a car accident.”

Her friend looked up. “Ambulance chasing?”

Emma laughed. “If his name is Ian Greve, I may know him.”

“Glad someone does.” She frowned. “He’s in pain and keeps talking about a pickup and a post. He also asks for someone called Rob. He’s a real puzzle.”

“Where is he?”

The second cubicle. Dr. Markham is on the way in. See if you can persuade him to sign a consent.”

“I’ll try.”

Emma strode across the hall. She paused with her hand on the curtain. After gulping a breath, she slid to cloth aside. “Chad. Chad Morgan.”

 

* * *

 

From a distance, someone called his name. He knew that voice. He’d heard her speak on the nights when he was without a female companion. He struggled to grasp the memories sweeping through his head like leaves captured by a tornado. Again the voice called his name. He fought to open eyelids sealed by glue. In the dim light he saw her. As his eyes focused her face took form. Emma was here. Was this a dream? With the force of a raging stream, pain rose from his toes to flood his body. A low groan morphed into a sharp cry. Someone’s hand stroked his shoulder.

“You were in an accident.” The voice, her voice, held a calm note of comfort.

He sucked in a breath. Panic engulfed him. “My legs. I can’t move my legs.” He pressed his hands against the mattress and attempted to sit. He had to see his legs. The fear of being unable to walk or to enjoy physical activities thundered in his head.

“Calm down. Your legs are in splints to keep the bones in place. Both are fractured. A doctor is on the way. You need surgery.”

“To amputate?” He grasped the sheet.

“No. They’ll align the bones and apply casts. For the left, they may need to put in a plate and screws.”

Relief rippled through him. “Emma, what are you doing here?”

“You’re in Fern Lake. I live here.”

Fern Lake. Why? Realization broke through the curtain of pain. He’d come to Fern Lake to see Rob about the movie. His memories jelled. A voice. An urge to turn. A pickup. The impact. His bumper. The concrete pillar. The disjointed scenes flashed like bits of dust and vanished.

 

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tuesday's Writer's Tips - Revision and Sub plots #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Subplots #Writing

 Novels often have subplots. and when to show them in the story is something that takes a little time. They can be important to the characters growth. In the story I'm currentlywriting, there are subplots that impinge on the greater plot. One is the three sisters search for each other. This sub plot will be ended long before the book. The same for a second book that involves anger and resentment for one of the male characters to another. This will also be solved before the story ends.

With good handling subplots add to the story. They can mirror or contrat with the main plot.They can be used to give suspense by stepping away from the main plot. These should be fed into your story soon after the opening scene. In my story, the first female character is told to find her sisters. She is also told she and her sisters will bring change to the land. The latter is the main plot and the search in the subplot.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

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

Meander 1 - Reading - Took a break from Katherine Kurts's books to read the new books from BWL - Started teh Tainted Journey but have to go back and read the first book in the series. Read and enjoyed Legacu of Love by Victoria Chatham. Reviewed this really great book. Also read When Destiny Calls by  Tricia McGill and found this a delightful story. Also reviewed the book. Didn't read my own release Haunted Dreams.

Meander 2 = Thoughts - Fantasy - Oneof my critique partners surprised me when she asked who I would recommend in fantasy for her to try. I recommended Andre Norton's Witch World series as they're classics. Of course there's Tolkein's fancasy stories. I began to think about the many worlds of fantasy and realized there are so many different ways for fantasy to go. Some are closer tofairy tales and some are close to science fiction but there are many fantasy elements. There are usually esp powers and things like healing through touch. There can be weapons that are enchanted, There are animals like dragons and horses that talk to those they know. The spectrum is wide and so are the themes. Many times there's a quest, there's good versus evil. There can be elemtnts of mystery and stories and those going from child to adult. The range is wide.

Meander 3 - Writing - Working through the 5th to 7th drafts of my story a chapter at a time. Am moving fairly well and soon I'll have this draft done. Probably not before the end of the minth but soon after. Then it's time out to do the CAF for the book and send it off to Jude with a hint as to when I'll have the book finished. Sure hope my next Moonchild will start to take shape. It's becoming hard and i may need to change who are to be the characters and move that one to the next one in the series. We'll see whathappens. 

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sunday's Book features Tangled Dreams #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Romance # Astrology #Virgo #Cancer

 


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.

Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2020
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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Saturday's Blurbs feature books by Lyndi Alexander #MFRWAuthor #Fantasy #science fiction #romance

 


TRIAD:

After five years of silence, the Arkosian space pirates are back to terrorize the sector where Trezanna Len fights to save her Solarii colony, a small group of Terran descendants settled on the planet Induna. To survive, the Solarii need assistance. And soon. 

Trezanna could ask for help from the neighboring group called Dragonfleet, but its cruel leader Estrella Drake has been on a rampage to annex Solarii space. Estrella would never agree to an alliance with the Solarii. Or would she? [Science Fiction (PG) available in print and ebook from Dragonfly Publishing, Inc.]

A SMALL DEGREE OF HOPE:

Even the smallest degree of hope can spark love.

Against her wealthy father's demands, and the usual blockades of a male dominated profession, Kylie Sanderson proves worthy of her position as lead investigator of planet Andan's Scientific and Investigative Research Taskforce. Someone is killing Andan's women in an attempt to mutate them into reptiles. Kylie makes it her mission to discover who's behind the murders and prevent more grotesque deaths.

Shapeshifting lizard Griff comes to Andan to stop his brethren from mutating other planet's women into mindless breeding stock. Overcoming Kylie's suspicious and defensive nature proves difficult, but he must in order to help the SIRT team thwart his planet's scientists.

When Kylie is abducted and becomes the first human to survive the transformation, it's up to Griff to rescue her so SIRT can restore her human form. On the run and desperate to unravel the mysteries of Kylie's past to solve the crimes of their present, can she and Griff forge a future for themselves?

SIXSHOOTER:

Valeni Pascual wants to be free to make a living hauling cargo with her spaceship and to understand the shapeshifting alien who presents sometimes as the steamy male Nik and other times as the blonde bombshell Nikki.

As a rebel insurgence builds against the oppressive government known as the Agency, Valeni and Nik/Nikki encounter a sexy Terran cowboy named Garrett Rawls. Since being pulled into this region of space by another mysterious wormhole, Garrett has looked for a way to return to Earth. After meeting Valeni and Nikki, he might have found something worth staying for.

 However, dark forces may have a much bigger picture in mind for all of them. Valeni, Nik/Nikki, and Garrett are pulled into a life and death fight that lays bare all of their secrets and their desires. Will they lose everything as the battle against the Agency rages around them or can love pull them through?


Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday Join Barbara Montjoy aka Lyndi Alexander as she visits and talks about Who She was Before #MFRWAuthor #Family experiences #Science fiction #fantasy #Suspense

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


I've been a pizza maker, waitress, floral designer, lawyer, and mother to seven (and plenty of others who passed through).  My family experiences definitely have impacted my writing more than everything. My heroines almost always are in the process of creating their own family from those around them who need love and support.
 
2. Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but subdivisions or romance, mystery or paranormal.

I actually do cross the major genres. I write sci-fi and fantasy as Lyndi Alexander and romance and suspense as Alana Lorens. I'm not a formulaic writer--I know some writers have the "romance trope" down to a T and can drop one of those every few months. I really prefer to begin with an idea and expand it into a story, then discover if it's going to be "out there" or a love story or something inbetween.
 
3. What is your latest release?

In June, SIXSHOOTER comes out from Dragonfly Publishing. It's the story of a spaceship captain, and a cowboy, and an alien who's genderfluid and loves them both...in all the ways.


Valeni Pascual wants to be free to make a living hauling cargo with her spaceship and to understand the shapeshifting alien who presents sometimes as the steamy male Nik and other times as the blonde bombshell Nikki.

As a rebel insurgence builds against the oppressive government known as the Agency, Valeni and Nik/Nikki encounter a sexy Terran cowboy named Garrett Rawls. Since being pulled into this region of space by another mysterious wormhole, Garrett has looked for a way to return to Earth. After meeting Valeni and Nikki, he might have found something worth staying for.

 However, dark forces may have a much bigger picture in mind for all of them. Valeni, Nik/Nikki, and Garrett are pulled into a life and death fight that lays bare all of their secrets and their desires. Will they lose everything as the battle against the Agency rages around them or can love pull them through?

SIXSHOOTER [©2021] A Horizon Crossover series novel by Lyndi Alexander | Cover Art by Kat Hardy | Science Fiction Romance (R) 280 pages / 100,000 words | Available in ebook and print from the DFP Books label of Dragonfly Publishing

 
4. What are you working on now?

I'm finishing a historical romance with pirates set in Key West in 1898, during the Spanish American War. While that's wrapping up with my excellent critique group, I've started a thriiller about a criminal defense attorney who crosses the wrong person in Miami.
 
5. Does your reading choices influence your choice of a writing career?

Probably. When I was younger, I devoured gothic romance. Never really enjoyed the Harlequin type books, because they were predictable. So most of my romance has a dark, suspenseful; side to it. But Science Fiction has always been a favorite. At this stage, if I take time off writing to read, it will probably be sci-fi. (and NOT Syfy. Ugh.)
 
6. Where can we find you?

Author Bio

 

Lyndi Alexander always dreamed of faraway worlds and interesting alien contacts. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.

 

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