Wishes in a Bottle by Allie McCormack

Wishes coverWishes in a Bottle (Wishes & Dreams, #1) by Allie McCormack
Publication date: January 15th 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

Centuries ago in plague-struck Italy, Julian DiConti cast a powerful spell in desperation to have the magical power to be able to help his people who were dying in horrific conditions.

The spell goes spectacularly awry, leaving Julian enslaved to a Djinn bottle, bound to grant three wishes to each Master of the bottle until the spell can be broken. More than anything, Julian longs for a normal life – for a home, and a family. After six hundred years, however, he has begun to despair of ever being freed from the spell.

Enter Alessandra Taylor, a young woman who has followed her calling to help others, in the face of vociferous disapproval from her family, particularly her controlling father.

Working at a shelter for battered women, she’s thrilled to meet the reclusive Julian DiConti, whose collection of garments from third world countries has provided funding for shelters across the country.

When Julian turns out to be a Djinn from the old bottle she found in her attic, she hears his story and empathizes with his despair. Although she’s willing to free him, he can’t tell her how.

As time goes by, their initial attraction blossoms into a love that both realize is doomed. Once she has made her third wish, the magic of the bottle will whisk Julian away and out of her life forever… unless she can somehow figure out how to free him. But one by one, she’s forced to use the precious wishes to help others. Continue reading

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2 Sisters, 1 Novel, Merricat Mulwray on working together

Our Writing Process by Merricat Mulwray

Merricat MalwreyOur original idea was to try our hand at writing a mass-market paperback type romance novel. But just like anything else. There is an art to it. We found we couldn’t do it. It wasn’t us. Our attempt was ridiculous.

We learned the best lesson; if you think something is easy or you can do better, go for it. But during the process, we got into a different frame of mind. Once we decided not to be something we weren’t. Once our voice came through we discovered we had a lot to say.

Finding your voice

The biggest trap is not being authentic to your own voice. You don’t have to be James Joyce, E.L. James or Joyce Carol Oates. You can just be you. Your voice will resonate with someone.

Our experiences with the issues addressed in Sourpuss helped our story find shape. We also found additional support in a lot of stories in the news. We realized these things weren’t isolated. We also saw a great documentary, The Hunting Ground, that was eye-opening regarding the ubiquity of these experiences.

Creating characters

Our technical process evolves from the creation of our characters. We have a loose idea of the situations they may be in. We tend to act out scenes, performing each character for each other.

We work out behavior that way and discuss what seems right. Eventually, we know our characters so well how they behave becomes second nature. We were highly inspired so luckily there weren’t many challenges to speak of aside from just sitting down and doing the work. Which I think any writer knows is the hardest part. After we spend a good amount of time writing separately we come together to discuss, rewrite and edit.

The challenge of writing together

The biggest challenge of writing together is learning the difference between professional and family time. We struggled a lot with it in the beginning.

If we had an argument over something in the book, we didn’t know if things were still good like, “Are we still going to the container store tomorrow?” Needless to say, some planned outings got postponed. Continue reading

Phoenix (Flames and Ashes) by Carolyn Anthony

Phoenix Carolyn AnthonyPhoenix (Flames & Ashes #1) By Carolyn Anthony
Publication date: January 7th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis

Valentina.

When Jaxxon Reginhardt walks into my gym, my rigidly structured existence begins to crumble. He’s a beast of a man, the personification of power, and more beautiful than any man has a right to be. He’s everything I avoid. Everything I fear. Yet, the second I see him, something deep within me roars to life. He makes me want. He sets my body aflame with just a look, and makes me wish I wasn’t a damaged shell no one will ever love.

I don’t have time for men when my whole world is built around self-preservation. But Jaxxon breaks down all of my strategically constructed boundaries like no one ever has.

How can I give into these new cravings, when there is a half-remembered demon from my past waiting for me to fall asleep, preying on my vulnerability?

If he ever knew the truth, he would run, and it would destroy me …

Jaxxon.

The last thing I need in my complicated life is a snarky, frustrating, spitfire of a woman like Valentina Durare. As if that isn’t bad enough, there’s something haunted about her. My head says stay the hell away, but I can’t seem to get on board with that logic.

Something about me scares her. I can feel it. She’s a beautiful enigma I ache to understand.

The closer we get, the more she responds and draws me in. It can’t be me she fears. There must be something else … Something tied to the scars she refuses to show me.

But I’m stubborn son-of-a-bitch. I want all of her—not half. Because when we touch, nothing less will do but her complete surrender.

I need her to trust me, before her fear destroys us. Continue reading

Get to know Stephanie Salvatore

About Stephanie Salvatore

Photo of Stephanie SalvatoreStephanie Salvatore was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She lives, breathes, and drinks in fan-girling over her favorite celebs, her dog, and being a self-appointed social media snob. She’s got a wild imagination by nature, which drove her to write. Steph tries to stay true to the phrase, “Love Yourself First.” LYF is what inspired her to publish her first book. When she’s not slaving over creating words to form a story, you can find her feeding her caffeine addiction, traveling or spending time with her friends and family.

10 Qs

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for about twenty years.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

I’m a plotter. So I develop my characters and their story lines before I write.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

Location, sceneries of the location. I’ll watch Youtube videos of the area and try to get a solid grasp on what it’s like. Vocational research for certain careers.

Do you see writing as a career?

I wish it could be my only career, but I do consider it my second full-time job because I put a ton of time into everything between plotting, writing, and marketing on social media.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I write one book at a time, but I also have a timeline of story line development for several novels after this one.

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

Harry Potter, because the imagination of JK Rowling is out of this world!

A day in the life of the author? Continue reading

Sharon C Cooper Presents, Love Under Contract

Love Under contract coverLove Under Contract Jenkins and Sons Construction Series Book 1 by Sharon C. Cooper
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Timing is everything.

Sumeera Robinson refuses to settle for less than she desires, even if what she craves is the sexy, smart, and charming Nicolas Jenkins-Moore. At her age, she wants marriage and a family, not the empty promises Nick offers. Yet, there is just something about the man that makes moving on nearly impossible.

As the new senior manager of Jenkins & Sons Construction, Nick’s five-year plan is on track with marriage and starting a family at the bottom of the list. Sumeera is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside, but not even she can entice him to abandon his carefully plotted road to success. That is until she walks away without looking back, leaving him yearning for her presence in his life.

Nick is determined to convince Sumeera that he wants the same things she wants. But will an unexpected development keep them from the life they desire? Or will fate bring them closer than they’ve ever been before? Continue reading

Leslie Wolf on Las Vegas Crime Suspense Thriller

Leslie Wolfe iconLeslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology.

Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.

What is Las Vegas Crime about?

A detective’s worst nightmare comes true when his daughter is daringly kidnapped from her school, minutes after being dropped off, a frenzied search begins, involving the entire police force of a city that never sleeps. But for Detectives Baxter and Holt this isn’t a crime like any other; it is personal.

This team of Las Vegas detectives trust each other with their lives, only not with their deepest, darkest secrets. Together, they frantically search for the missing teenager, while all the leads take them to a serial killer’s gruesome killing fields.

What would readers remember after they finish reading the book?

There’s a hidden side to every one of us, a part that only we know about, that’s important to us, and that we wish to keep a secret. That hidden side of us is what makes us who we are, what makes us great at what we do. And that hidden side of us is what we, on rare occasions, allow into the open as a sacrifice needed to help those we care the most about.

Your writing style is fast, filled with dialogue, almost at the expense of descriptives and narratives. Why is that?

This is how human beings interact, especially when under pressure or stress. We stop paying attention to our surroundings, and focus on the task at hand. People interact with one another, talk to one another, and have feelings for one another and for everything we do. That’s what I’m focused on, rather than specifying each article of clothing someone wears, or the color of the flower vase in an office somewhere. This technique isn’t necessarily good or bad; just somewhat different from mainstream. Continue reading

Isobel Blackthorn Talks Twerk

About TwerkOver my 5+ years as a dancer I’ve always been open and honest with my mother, Isobel Blackthorn. I live quite far away from the club that I work at, and to help me stay awake on the drive home it became tradition for me to call her and recount all the funny little things that happened over my night. Isobel made mental notes of the banter between dancers and customers and these anecdotes inspired her to write the novel, Twerk.

Twerk is a work of fiction and is first and foremost a dark and steamy thriller, however much of the behind the scenes details are based on an amalgamation of what I’ve recounted of my experiences as a dancer.

Isobel Blackthorn has an incredibly creative mind and has written a gripping thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat as you read. I am proud to have inspired her to write this unique novel. Continue reading

5 Books NOT to by as Christmas Gifts

Holiday Hijinks One of the main characters in Holiday Hijinks is Delia, owner of Silver Birch Books, a used bookstore located next to the Halliday Theater. When shoppers come into the store looking for books to stuff into stockings at Christmas, these are the books she steers them away from and why:

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell

For some reason, Grandmothers always want to buy this one. The “Angel” in the title fools them. Originally written in the 30s as a radio script, Tazewell’s book was first published in 1946. It became an instant inspirational classic and remains in print more than seventy years later. But the book is about a dead kid trying to deal with being an angel. A dead kid!

Marley & Me by John Grogan

Most editions of this book feature a photograph of an adorable yellow lab puppy. (And let’s face it, few dogs are as adorable as yellow labs.) The reader will fall in love with the mischievous animal and then he dies. Marley dies!!!  You might as well buy a copy of Old Yeller or Where the Red Fern Grows.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

So you want to find something for your niece who’s begun publishing poetry in obscure literary journals and you want to show your support. (Because most people are telling her she might as well quit school, take any job she can find, and write her poetry without four years of student debt hanging over her head.) This is not the inspirational read she needs.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Continue reading

Head Over Feet In Love by Patti F Smith

Patti F Smith NovelHead Over Feet in Love by Patti F. Smith

Genre: Chick-Lit, Romance

Synopsis

Rebecca Slater is running away from a stay in a mental health facility, a writing career that never got off the ground, and a dying best friend. She has nowhere to go, but nothing can stop her—until she crashes her car into a tree, possibly on purpose, but probably not. Without a cell phone and in a strange town, Becca starts knocking on doors, looking for someone to help her. The only person who answers her call is Mike Riley.

Becca and Mike begin a friendship that neither realizes they need. A firebrand feminist devoted to all things Generation X, Becca shares her unique life view with Mike and finds an ally in the reclusive and shy man. Becca tells him her story and the pair falls in love slowly, and then passionately, realizing that two lost souls have finally found each other.

When Becca thinks Mike is dead, she impulsively runs away again, this time to a place where she thinks no one will ever find her. She prepares for a life without her true love, but committed to remaining mentally healthy and strong, continuing her story that she now believes will have an unhappy ending.

But will it? Continue reading

Get to know Carol E Keen

Get to know Carol E Keen, author of Starla’s Christmas Conundrums.

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I think I’m the only fiction author I know of who’s raised seahorses. Does that count as quirky?

Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you! 

Ak! Which thing? I have many! Lol! Since this interview is for Starla’s Christmas Conundrum, I’ll share a Christmas one. When I was two my mom hired a “Santa” to come to the house for me. Now, keep in mind that at two I told stories without stopping for hours on end, and I remember things from an extremely young age.

“Santa” showed up and let me tell you, he smelled weird. He was holding me standing up, and I wasn’t impressed. He kept asking me what I wanted for Christmas and I was answering. I finally decided he was going to go away until I answered him. Unlike other men’s beards, his was slipping and fake and I knew it. The exasperated man finally said, “You don’t seem happy to see old Santa.”

This I could answer. “No, I want to see Jesus and the angels.” He turned pale, he stuttered and next I found out what flying was like. He threw me at my parents and ran out the door yelling and screaming. Years later I’d learn the smell was alcohol and I scared him sober. He told the neighborhood he couldn’t be a Santa anymore.

I’ll probably put that in one of my books soon, but you read my true experience here first.

What are some of your pet peeves? 

Outside shoes on inside my house. Ewwee. Tell me I’m silly if you must, but I like to be barefoot and walking on germs isn’t my idea of fun. On the bed is a call for washing the linens!

Talking constantly in the movie theater. Please, just don’t and if you have the need to “make out” I don’t want to listen to that.

What do you do to unwind and relax?  Continue reading