Book Talk with Jude Ouvrard

Who is Jude Ouvrard?

Jude Ouvrard is a mom, a girlfriend, a sister, and a daughter… well, you get the idea.

She’s also an avid reader and writer. Ouvrard loves books–the words in them, and the worlds of fantasy they create. Basically, she’s a sucker for any type of romance book. That’s her thing.

Born and raised in a small village in the Canadian countryside, it’s been nearly two decades since she moved out of the family home to go explore and enjoy the city life. Living with her longtime boyfriend, their son, and their fur babies in Montreal, her days are labored away at a law firm while she lives her dream job by night. Writing. Creating. Giving shape and form to the characters who whisper their stories in her head.

Ouvrard writes new adult, military, and contemporary romance tales filled with drama, love, and everything in between.

What inspired you to write this book [Little White Lies]?

I wanted to write a story that was believable and had some layers to it. Many years ago, I traveled to Utah and this trip inspired me with the main character. She is from Salt Lake City, and his from a religious family. I don’t mention the religion, that’s intentional but it helped creating a backstory.

What can we expect from you in the future?

A sequel, Hidden Truths. After that, I don’t know yet.

How did you come up with name of this book?

I had a hard time with the title of this book. I changed it a couple of times.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?

The Halloween party at the pub. This is where it all begins. It’s fun, sexy and also full of drama.

If you could spend time with a character from your book who would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Xander. I love him. He is funny, a good dancer, cute and I don’t know. I had a lot of fun writing him.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

They all come from my imagination. I try not to base my characters off someone I know in real life. It could end up complicated. I don’t know. I try not to do it.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

I write as I go. I never have a plan when I start a book. The characters lead the way but at the same time, I still have the last word. Sometimes, I change my mind in the process or I don’t like the direction the story is going in and I start over the chapter. I read and reread my story as often as needed to keep in mind every little detail.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

Because it’s my best one. Trust me. My editor will agree too. I think this one reflects everything I wanted from the start. Get it now 🙂

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

Humm, it would be a nature type of scent or something super girly. I’m not sure. That’s a tough question.

What did you edit out of this book?

The epilogue is now the first chapter of book 2. That’s all I can think of right now. Continue reading

10Qs with Linda Griffin

Who is Linda Griffin?

I was born and raised in San Diego, California and earned a BA in English from San Diego State University and an MLS from UCLA. I began my career as a reference and collection development librarian in the Art and Music Section of the San Diego Public Library and then transferred to the Literature and Languages Section, where I had the pleasure of managing the Central Library’s Fiction collection and initiating fiction order lists for the entire library system. Although I also enjoy reading biography, memoir, and history, fiction remains my first love. In addition to the three R’s–reading, writing, and research–I enjoy Scrabble, movies, and travel.

My earliest ambition was to be a “book maker” and I wrote my first story, “Judy and the Fairies,” with a plot stolen from a comic book, at the age of six. I broke into print in college with a story in the San Diego State University literary journal, The Phoenix, but most of my magazine publications came after I left the library to spend more time on my writing

My stories have been published in numerous journals, including Eclectica, The Binnacle, The Nassau Review, Orbis, Thema Literary Journal, and forthcoming in Avalon Literary Review, and and in the anthologies Short Story America, Vol. 2 and The Captive and the Dead. Four stories, including two as yet unpublished, received honorable mention in the Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction contests.

Member of RWA and Authors Guild

What book do you think everyone should read?

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. We would all understand ourselves and each other better if everyone read it. Also A Call to Action by Jimmy Carter. Continue reading

Book Talk: To Weave A Highland Tapestry

As a writer, I can be inspired by anything—from a song, an old photograph, or watching a weaver work on her loom. My new release was a yearning to return home to the Dragon Knights of Scotland and include a very special tapestry.

Yet before I give you a glimpse into the background for To Weave a Highland Tapestry, I must take you back almost two decades…

The Order of the Dragon Knights was created in the Highlands of Scotland on a cool summer evening of June 2000. Sitting alone on a large boulder, I was surrounded by the magic and mists of the land, including a few bleating sheep.  The Dragon Knights were born that evening. The awakening and sense of a story overwhelmed me, and I can recall vividly these men and some of their tales. I wove my fascination with Celtic mythology, which began years before my first trip, into these epic stories of men who were part Scottish and Fae.

Now my love affair with Scotland began many decades ago. I blame it on my own bloodline—a yearning to return to the land of my ancestors. I have visited Scotland three times, so I’ve put into my stories what I’ve seen, felt, and experienced. I took a travel journal and wrote daily, which helps in my research, too. In addition, my husband took many wonderful pictures that captured the majestic scenery of Scotland.

In To Weave a Highland Tapestry, I felt it was time to give the hero, Patrick MacFhearguis his own “happy ever after.” He’s been a huge secondary character since my first book and series, Dragon Knight’s Sword, Order of the Dragon Knights. I sensed he was brooding at his home in Scotland. What he needed was a wife and a purpose. In truth, he has been a favorite of mine since he stepped into the first story. I made his castle, Leòmhann, as the center of this love story, along with an ancient yew tree.

Five stories later, a second spin-off series (Legends of the Fenian Warriors, four books), and three Highland holiday romances (A Tale of the Order of the Dragon Knights), I’m sure the Dragon Knights will have more stories to be told. The spark of inspiration took off with this first series and gave birth to other ones, too. Continue reading

New Romantic Suspense Novel by Lorrain Allen

The Games We Play by Lorrain Allen
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 134 pages
Publication Date: January 3, 2020

Synopsis

Jada’s fairytale marriage went to hell in a hand basket when her husband started being unfaithful. The last few years have been a nightmare for her.

Ben doesn’t hide his extra martial activities, after concluding Jada wouldn’t do a damn thing about it. The wheels in Jada’s head begin to turn with her best friend’s words–Cheat back, beat Ben at his own game. Jada wasn’t sure she had the nerve to follow through, but she wanted Ben to get a taste of his own medicine.

She meets two completely different men–Wayne, a successful businessman and Elijah, a starving artist following his dreams in the Big Apple. It’s all a game was Jada’s thoughts when she crossed that invisible line, but little did she know her choice would cause a chain reaction causing her heartbreak.

The game has begun, rules will been broken, and secrets will be revealed. There are multiple players, but only one can win. The games start in five, four, three, two, one.

Warning: This book contains graphic sexual scenes. Continue reading

Unconditional Always Book 1 by Lexxie Couper

Unconditional Always Book 1 by Lexxie Couper
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Life’s great — it’s the terminal degenerative disease that sucks.

Maci is young, smart and about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It looks like she has the world at her feet, but appearances can be deceiving. Because Maci is not like other college girls. She already knows her future is written and there’s no happy ending in sight.

For Raphael, life is all upside. He’s on the fast track to success and nothing can stop him—except his unexpected love for a girl who’s convinced she’ll hold him back.

When Maci and Raphael are drawn irresistibly together, they’ll both have to redefine everything they thought they knew about life, love and happy ever after. Continue reading

Sweet Talkin’ Lover by Tracey Livesay

Sweet Talkin’ Lover A Girls Trip Novel by Tracey Livesay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: December 30, 2019

Synopsis

Tracey Livesay delivers the first novel in her sexy new series about lifelong friends and unforgettable love stories.

When everything is on the line,

surrendering completely to love is your only choice…

Marketing manager Caila Harris knows that the road to success in the beauty industry doesn’t allow for detours. She’s forsaken any trace of a social life, working 24/7 to ensure her next promotion. When grief over her grandfather’s death leads to several catastrophic decisions, Caila gets one final chance to prove herself: shut down an unprofitable factory in a small Southern town. But as soon as she arrives in Bradleton, she meets one outsized problem: the town’s gorgeous mayor.

Wyatt Bradley isn’t thrilled about his nickname, Mayor McHottie. He’s even less happy to learn that his town might be losing its biggest employer. If he has to, he’ll use some sneaky tactics to get Caila on his side. Yet even as he’s hoping she’ll fall for Bradleton, he’s falling too—right into a combustible affair that shakes them both with its intensity.

Two stubborn people, torn between loyalty, ambition, and attraction. But when you’re willing to give it your all, there’s no limit to how far love can take you… Continue reading

Breanna Hayse Presents, The General’s Little Angel

The General’s Little Angel Breaking Chains© Book 2 by Breanna Hayse
Genre: Autobiography / Memoir / Non-Fiction
Print Length: 234 pages
Publisher: Twisted Hearts Productions
Publication Date: January 6, 2017

Synopsis

What does age-play really look like and can an independent and intelligent woman really find healing as a submissive in a BDSM relationship?

I was privileged to travel and explore many parts of the world. I admit that I was somewhat of a brat, and also out of control. My general took it upon himself to be a Daddy to me and my first Dominant as well. He made me face my fears, try exotic foreign foods, and even challenged me to go outside my comfort zone and learn to play–while he played along with me. Despite the trouble I got into (and there was plenty) and the consequences that came of it, I never felt abandoned, unloved or afraid.

This is about my first Dom and my introduction into the age-play dynamic. Many things happened after being taken under my general’s protective (and incredibly patient) wing. He gave me a sense of significance and worth through love, firm guidance and boundaries. He made me laugh, helped me to cry, and showed me the power and healing contained within the age-play lifestyle. He made it safe for my inner child to express herself and taught me that it was good to enjoy life.

But no one really knows what happens behind closed doors or the things that happen to shatter your dreams and violate your joy. This was one of the most difficult books that I have written. It not only brought up many memories, both good and bad, but it also forced me to reveal parts of my past that some might find disturbing. Because of those issues, I felt this story would be a valuable asset to the Breaking Chains© series.

I pray that all of you are blessed with at least one person who has positively impacted your life and that you grab every opportunity and positively touch others. Always remember–your words and actions have the power to either heal or kill. Which direction do you choose? Continue reading

The dark reality about prostate cancer treatment in America

With prostate cancer, you need to know whether you’re facing sheep or wolves and to identify where they all are. Misguidedly, it seems decisions hinge as much upon the fears of over treatment and side effects than on the disease itself. Scandalously, patients and their supporters face a systemic tide of misinformation surrounding disparities in diagnosis, treatment options and outcomes.

The disparities begin with screening, for despite the number of prostate cancer deaths being very similar to breast cancer, there is no established screening program. It seems the main reasons are a perception that men cannot handle the anxieties of working through the initial findings, whether positive or negative, and that prostate cancer is viewed as an old man’s disease. Had Murray not a taken it upon himself to screen in his early fifties, he would likely be facing death now.

Because of the misinformation surrounding screening, it was nearly too late when Murray’s diagnosis was made. He was otherwise very healthy and active, working and living in England, where a more thorough screening process identified a previously missed tumor on his prostate. His immersion in patient research began immediately in preparation for his return home to Austin, Texas.

His long-established urologist recommended surgery, a radical prostatectomy, the very next week. Confused, uncertain and afraid, Murray felt his life and lifestyle were on the line. He said no to immediate surgery and returned to England for more advanced imaging methods and to investigate non-surgical treatment options not yet available it the U.S. Unexpectedly those findings still pointed to surgery as his best chance for a curative outcome.

Although the surgery itself went very well it failed to remove all the cancer. A year later he underwent salvage radiation, but it did not clear all the remaining cancer. The best that American health care could offer was an attempt to slow his advancing cancer with chemotherapy and hormone-blocking medications. But Murray was not ready to give up─he still wanted a shot at a ‘cure’. He returned to Europe for the world’s most advanced MRI and robotic lymph node removal surgery. Continue reading

Bottle Toss Author Howard Odentz, Talks Writing

Author and playwright Howard Odentz is a lifelong resident of the gray area between Western Massachusetts and North Central Connecticut. His love of the region is evident in his writing as he often incorporates the foothills of the Berkshires and the small towns of the Bay and Nutmeg states into his work.

In addition to The Dead (A Lot) Series, he has written the horror novel Bloody Bloody Apple, the short story collection Little Killers A to Z, and a couple of horror-themed, musical comedies produced for the stage.

Book Talk with Howard Odentz

Writing is part of me. It’s in my blood. I’ve been writing ever since I could hold a crayon. Sometimes I write to sort out my emotions. Other times I write because I can’t find anything good on TV.

I knew from an early age that I wanted to write for a living. I took a long, windy road to get there, but I ended up as a director of communications in a large company where I was afforded the opportunity to stretch my creative skills while honing my craft.

Now, I’m deep into writing psychological and supernatural thrillers for older teens and adults

My ideas come from everyday life.  I have a slightly wry sense of humor, so I sometimes find inappropriate things amusing. I’m definitely not one who will laugh at a funeral, but you can bet I’ll be writing about the person who does.

In addition, I’m a total wuss—which means I’m basically scared of everything.

I’m scared of the woods. I’m scared of the ocean. Basements freak me out and barns are the absolute creepiest thing I can imagine, especially when they have sharp tools hanging from the rafters.

I find scary ideas everywhere. Oranges are just fruit until you peel back the skin and see something staring back at you. Pencils are just writing implements until one of your characters murders another with one.

AND don’t get me started on kids. Sometimes the younger set can be so cringe-worthy, I even wrote a book about them. Check out ‘Little Killers A to Z’ when you get a chance. It’s filled with twenty-six short stories about kids who kill.

Yeah – nothing scary about them at all. Continue reading

Chelsea Falin Presents, Grown Enough for Love

Grown Enough For Love by Chelsea Falin
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Print Length: 211 pages
Publication Date: December 13, 2019

Synopsis

Savannah is a rich girl who comes from a troubled, loveless family. To make her childhood bearable, she was always tagging along with her older brother, Jay, and his best friend, Gabriel. After getting out of town for four long years while attending an out-of-state college, Savannah is back and the old schoolgirl crush on Gabriel she thought had dampened flames right back to life.

Gabriel grew up on the wrong side of town, in a poor Mexican family who may not have had money, but always had plenty of love to go around. Although he’s always thought of his best friend’s little sister as a little sister of his own, things have changed. Gabriel can’t help noticing Savannah is all grown up now. Single for the first time in years, with a two-year-old son in tow, Gabriel decides that maybe, after all these years, Savannah is grown enough for love. Continue reading