Monday, December 5, 2016

When A Heroine Swoons Over Someone She Shouldn’t by Elaine Stock

Author Elaine Stock

Have you ever been in a situation, for better or worse, unable to go back but unsure of whether you can move forward?

All Isabelle, the heroine in Always With You, wants is to be loved without conditions. She’s eighteen, has healed from a health setback, and after losing her mom years ago and being raised by an emotionally distant father and grandmother, she wants her Prince Charming. In her mind, she doesn’t care what faith or race or background he is. She’s certain that when her heart tells her whom this destined man is, she’ll recognize him.

Love, in the very real body of an attractive young man, pays a needed visit just in time to call him a true hero! Tyler intervenes when a gang of punky teens has less than stellar plans for Isabelle. But, many eyes around her small Adirondack town, let alone her own dad, are suspicious of the community, The Faithful, where Tyler lives. She’s forewarned of possible dangers, but chooses to see only the Wonderful in Tyler, and that’s with a Capital W.

What causes a fairly intelligent woman to fall for a man that society sees as less desirable?

In Isabelle’s case:

  • Longing for close family and faith she lacked growing up, Isabelle doesn’t want to repeat that heartache for the rest of her life. In Tyler, she has a strong man who isn’t afraid to take a stand, believes in God, and is devoted to his siblings and community.
  • Tyler is orphaned, and has more responsibilities—both to family and community—than someone his age should have. Nor has he had the traditional opportunities (like college or career) that usually come along when connected from a more supportive family. Isabelle empathizes with Tyler and feels his anguish. She believes she can be the one to make a difference in his life.
  • She and Tyler are young. Together, they can enjoy the rest of their lives. They both want love, a real family bond, and faith in a God who wants them—all missing tickets from their childhood. Determined, and with headstrong tenacity, their minds and more importantly, their hearts, tell them that their union is meant to be.

Enter the unknown, aka tension or obstacles to their Happily Ever After. It’s not until Isabelle marries Tyler and is pregnant with their first child that she slowly comes to learn that Tyler and the community she now lives in have deceived her by making her think that they are kind and morally right folks.

But, Isabelle loves Tyler. Isn’t that all that counts? Yet, with a baby on the way, she must make the most important decision of her life, even if it’s the most heart-ripping one she’s ever faced.


Author Bio:
Elaine Stock is the author of Always With You, which released in January 2016 and has made the Kindle bestseller list. Her novels fuse family drama and psychological suspense. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and contributes to the international “Happy Sis Magazine.” In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.

Links:


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Sunday, November 27, 2016

One In A Million (Book 1 of “The Millionth Trilogy”)

Author Tony Faggioli

The detective from LAPD’s Central Station was stunned. “Excuse me, Mr. Faggioli. You went where? Did you just say ‘Boyle Heights’? At what time of day? Ah. Lunch time? Okay. But, for the record? You still got lucky. Don’t do that again. Because I don’t want to be the guy that finds you.” It was funny. But, then again, it wasn’t.

I’d gone to Boyle Heights a few days earlier and actually come to this realization on my own. I was walking along the sidewalk next to Evergreen Park when it hit me that maybe this wasn’t the smartest thing in the world for a white boy to be doing. I only had two things going my way (besides daylight, evidently): my LAPD haircut and a very healthy respect for everyone there. You see, when I was little, I’d grown up in a neighborhood very much like this one. I knew the culture, knew a lot of the language and had a healthy respect for the fact that I was in gang territory.  I wasn’t there for kicks, though. I was there for that park, and for the key role that it plays in a scene from the final book of The Millionth Trilogy.

Three years. Three books. Three hundred thousand words. That’s what it took to tell the story of a man from a well-to-do neighborhood in Los Angeles, who throws his life to the wind in the name of lust, and an old detective from Boyle Heights, who’s given up on life in the name of love. Both men, in due time, will see the error of their ways. Both men will need women to help them do so.

Along the way, they are brought into an epic battle between good and evil, demons and angels, hell and hell on earth that will change them forever. I wanted to pull the veil between this world and the next aside for a moment and scare my readers with what was there. In the process? I scared myself too. When I was finally done I had a story that Kirkus Reviews now calls“Absorbing and frequently terrifying…” and a villain they call “a psychopathic torturer and serial killer in the tradition of Hannibal Lecter.” I hope you enjoy reading it. 

For the record? I recommend you do so with the lights on. Please also check out my webpage at tonyfaggioli.com to learn more about me and my books!

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

How a Berkeley Plantation Inspired Historical Romance Author Cheryl R. Lane


Author Cheryl R. Lance signing at the festival

I recently participated in the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival, held annually at Berkeley Plantation on the James River in Charles City, Virginia.  Berkeley Plantation was the inspiration for my fictional plantation, Wellington Cross, in my historical romance Wellington Cross series, so I was thrilled to be able to participate in this.  In the first book of the series, Wellington Cross, I wrote about the family attending this festival, which was called First Thanksgiving, so if anyone reads this book, they can attend this festival and feel like they’re living inside my book for a little while.  
Wellington Cross by Cheryl R. Lane
The festival commemorates and re-enacts the first English-speaking thanksgiving in the New World.  I sold and signed my books while enjoying the sights and sounds of the festival, including choral music, Chickahominy Indian dancers, watching children play in the corn maze, and eating Thanksgiving dinner in a cup. 

There are tours of the 1726 manor house during the festival, as well.  This wasn’t my first time attending the festival, but it was my first time as a vendor.  

My station was between two other women entrepreneurs, one who sold jewelry and dream-catchers, and another one who sold scarves and painted henna tattoos on people’s hands.  It was a beautiful day and I hope to participate in the festival again in the future.

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Wellington Grove by Cheryl R. Lane

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Unaccountably Hopeful by Hannah Holborn

Author Hannah Holborn
Some years ago I wrote a book’s worth of short stories during downtime on the night shift in a psychiatric group home. One of my clients—let’s call him Fred—was a non-verbal insomniac with a violent history. He spent those months pacing behind my chair. It was just the two of us awake in a dark building while the other inmates slept off their tough days of mental anguish. Fred found the light from my laptop as soothing as I found his pacing.
The Solitary Bee by Hannah Holborn
To my great joy and amazement, those stories were published as a book. One reviewer called my characters “unaccountably hopeful”. It’s a phrase I like and one that applies to the characters in the novels I’ve written since. If I learnt anything from my years serving the disadvantaged it is this—no matter how horrific our life circumstances, each of us carries the inextinguishable glow of hope. I believe empathy is simply the recognition of that light in each other.
If the suspense in my books keep you up at night eagerly turning pages, I am thrilled. If the gallows humor makes you laugh out loud, great. If my characters inspire empathy, I am humbled. It is either praise or criticism when my books are described as dark, but then, the darker the surroundings, the brighter the light appears.
All That Remains by Hannah Holborn
Strange Lineup by Hannah Holborn

Thursday, October 13, 2016

ARE YOU IN DANGER?

Author Shelby Londyn-Heath

 No one ever talks about the hazards of working. Yeah, I know, we live in a “work hard and get ahead culture.” There’s truth in the cliché of following one’s goals with determination and sweat to be successful. But what about the clerks at night working in convenience stores, the ones who are robbed at gunpoint while they struggle to earn their seven or eight dollars an hours? What about security guards who walk around dark, vacant parking lots at night, looking for intruders and wannabe thieves lurking outside shopping centers? What about the eight-hundred people working in America who are wounded or killed on their jobs every year?

You think this doesn’t happen? Let me inform you it does. Why?  There are many reasons why. . . jealous co-workers, anxious associates going through divorces, stress of financial melt-downs, addictions, and people working next to you who are psychologically unstable. There is rarely a warning, no sign of danger, and no manager cautioning and protecting you, because, you got it─most managers are untrained to do so.

The Twiligh Tsunami
My book THE TWILIGHT TSUNAMI pits a Child Protective Social Services worker against a system that disables him every day. Grey, the main character, investigates child abuse reports: children who have been beaten, sold, molested, and are at risk for suicide. His job is an important one and he helps many children escape abuse. But what does such a system do to the workers? How do they survive the constant assault of battered children and violent families? How do they deal with parents who lose their newborns because of drugs, how do they deal with the sight of children burned, children with broken bones and their baby teeth knocked out?

Photo by Graur Lonut
Grey holds it together for many years until a new worker comes in. She is meticulous and hard-working. But she is also think-skinned and paranoid. She envisions herself to be the savior of a system that is shredding the psyches of its workers. Many of the social workers are coping by imbibing prescription drugs and alcohol. They are exhausted, burned out, and yet they arrive at work every day armed for battle, another day to put themselves at risk of being harmed by irate and dangerous parents.

When she, the dagger queen, the savior, enters meetings in the Child Protective Services, tension fills the air and ugly dramas ensue. She finds ways to drag down everyone around her. After all, they are already weak from their work traumas and drugs. She, a great strategy designer, customizes plans to destroy other workers, to undermine and manipulate her way to the top, by creating their downfalls.

She almost gets there but something happens to her. Something unexpected. She makes a mistake and miscalculates a worker she thinks she has destroyed. He retreats, and then rises to meet her in a new way. She accidentally exposes her “Achilles heel.” One of them must be destroyed or transformed. What happens to the other as they wrestle the truth of who they are and what must endure?








Sunday, October 9, 2016

How a Picture Inspired a Historical Romance Novel

Author Cheryl R Lane

My latest book, Wellington Belle, is now available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.  On the cover of this historical romance novel, I used an inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, that my husband and I stayed in this past spring.  It's called 200 South Street Inn.  It's a beautiful four-story house built in the 1800s with a nice wraparound porch with places to relax, inviting rooms, and in close proximity to the downtown historic “mall" in Charlottesville.  Every afternoon, they serve wine and cheese, and for breakfast each morning, they serve a wide variety of breads, cereals, fruit, and drinks.  We truly enjoyed our stay.  A big white dogwood was in bloom out front in one corner, and I took a picture of it with my phone's camera at an angle where I could see how the porch wraps around with the dogwood in the center.  This turned out really nice, and after some special effects, to enhance the colors, I realized I had a good book cover in progress.  

I contacted the inn to ask for permission to use my photo, and the manager enthusiastically said yes and that she would show the book off for me if I gave them a copy.  I was thrilled!  Having a big beautiful house like this on my book cover fit my story perfectly, as it is about a woman who moves into a boarding house.  

Therefore I was very pleased to be able to use it.  I took them a copy of this book this past weekend, and they were so excited to receive it.  They immediately put it on display.  So if you're looking for a great place to stay in the Charlottesville area, this inn is a charming place to stay, and look for my book when you check in.  Tell them I sent you.


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Friday, October 7, 2016

Writing about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in a Romance Novel

Author Sarah Robinson

My most recent release, NOT A HERO, is a story that’s been a long time coming. I originally started it years ago, even though it was only a few chapters, but then put it aside as other projects took priority. The characters have still been itching away in the back of my mind, begging for their story to be told, and when I finally saw a tiny, tiny break in my calendar, I decided to go for it! In three weeks, I finished writing the majority of the entire novel and spent the next month editing, then the next marketing and preparing it for release. To say I was swamped, would be an understatement! Now that NOT A HERO is live, it’s been such a relief seeing all that hard work pay off, and I’m already working excitedly on my next project! 

Not A Hero by Sarah Robinson
NOT A HERO is a story of a returning Marine from Afghanistan adjusting to civilian life with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With a Master’s Degree in psychology and some personal experiences with the disorder, this was definitely an area close to my heart that I have always wanted to write about. I’m hopeful that I was able to tell Miles’s story accurately and kindly, as well as giving him a sweet romance with his father’s nurse. This story is steamy and sweet at the same time, and I think I added more sexy scenes than any of my previous novels!

My next release is only a short two months away, BECOMING A LEGEND is a bad boy mixed martial arts fighter romance that is part of the bestselling KAVANAGH LEGENDS series. I’m unbelievably excited about this series because these alpha male Irish brothers are hilarious, sexy, loyal, and definitely one of a kind. In fact, the next book in that series coming out in the spring is what I’m working on now!


ABOUT NOT A HERO BY SARAH ROBINSON:

From the bestselling author of the Kavanagh Legends MMA series, Sarah Robinson's Not A Hero is an emotional standalone military romance where love battles trauma, and there can only be one victor. 
   
Former Marine, Miles Kydd, is trying to readjust to civilian life after ending his career and returning to his small home town when he learned his father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Once the town hero and star quarterback, Miles no longer feels like the man he was, or who he's expected to be--possibly because his demons have followed him home from Afghanistan.

Meeting Zoe Brooke, his father's live-in nurse, gives Miles the slightest glimmer of hope that he can still find happiness despite the dark secrets he holds inside. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and together they are explosive--in more ways than one.

A helper at her core, Zoe is more than willing to care for Miles's heart, but not at the expense of her own, and she's not afraid to tell him that. She knows what having a painful past is like, and she wants to help him with his, if he'll let her.

Things get complicated fast when Miles realizes burying his secrets isn't actually the same as healing from them and if he wants the girl, he's going to have to tell her the truth--the one thing he can't do.

This book is suggested for 18+ years of age, contains graphic content, sensitive subject matters, and sexually explicit material. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Aside from being a Top 10 Barnes & Noble and Amazon Bestseller, Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in criminal psychology. She is newly married to a local police officer, Justin, who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiast as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescues including everything from mammals to reptiles to marsupials, as well as volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.