Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Spotlight on author Tina Gayle

If you're already a fan of Tina Gayle's many books about family, you know she sets a cozy mood.  If you know Tina personally, she makes everyone around feel at home.  She's as jaunty and fun as the hats she wears. Tina's latest book is Fallen Leaves 
Fallen Leaves Blurb -

As autumn comes to the Winston estate in Ohio, Amber Harrison learns further lessons in her new position as keeper for the spirits and ghosts who haunt the estate--and further lessons in love, too. She and her love, Carter Miller, grapple with the fears and passions of new love, while caught up in the storm of ancient family drama.

This is the second book in the unfolding saga of the psychics and talents associated with the Winston estate, a sheltered place where past, present, and future are woven into a single dramatic tapestry of love and desire. The tale spans multiple generations, multiple eras, and offers something special for all ages of reader. A sexy, erotic winner, with an assortment of couples to appeal to most tastes.


“How long before you install the new cabinets?”

He turned on the ladder. His dark brown eyes captured her, engulfing her in an encompassing warmth. She melted under his heated gaze, which ran from the top of her head to the white socks on her feet. He lifted a brow at her attire, but he didn’t comment on her pink sweat suit.

“With the old cabinets out of the way, I need to knock down this wall and tear up the flooring. The electrical work is next on the agenda.” He climbed off the ladder, yanked off his gloves, and slid a hand through his thick, wavy hair.

“It might be awhile before we install the new cabinets. Right now, we’re simply working to remove the old stuff so we can start fresh.” He smiled, which didn’t hide the dark circles under his eyes or the fatigue in the slump of his shoulders.

“There’s no hurry. If you’re busy with something else, this can wait until your Dad and Mattie come home next week.”

“No, Dad doesn’t want her dealing with this mess.” Carter unbuckled his tool belt and placed it on a workbench. “I promised him I’d have it done.”

“Is Grant helping?” Amber stepped around several pieces of sheetrock and stray bits of wood, to the bottom of the stairs.

He walked to the backdoor. “Friday, his classes are over at noon.”

With his hand resting on the doorknob, he appeared anxious to leave. “I’m headed to lunch, and then I need to drop by the office for a while. Are you sure you’re okay here by yourself?”

Amber toyed with the idea of saying no. She missed the taste of his lips and the strength of his arms, but she nodded instead. “Yes, I’m fine.”

After opening the door, he paused. “I guess I’ll see you later.”

She waved and turned to head to her room, satisfied she’d at least gotten him to talk. Her leaden feet trudged up the steps. Unexcited, she contemplated her latest assignment from the family council. How could she achieve such an impossible task of convincing her great grandmother’s ghost to cross over?

Purchase links:

 Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JOTY270

 Smashwords  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/428955
 allromanceebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fallenleaves-1479048-140.html

About Tina Gayle

Tina Gayle grew up a dreamer and loved to escape into the world of books.

After years of working in the business world doing a variety of jobs, she decided to try her hand at writing and hope to incorporate the joy of being a mother into her books.

Currently working on a series about four executive wives, she is excited about combining elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. The first three books have been released and the last one is coming out in 2014.
She’s  also started a paranormal romantic mystery series called the Family Tree series. With a family of spirits guiding the lives of their keeper, Amber has a number of tasks to accomplished like solving a two hundred year old mystery.

Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and play golf.  She can’t wait for Mike to retire so they can do more of both.
Read the first chapter of any of her books by visiting her website.

Find Tina  everywhere

Home - www.tinagayle.net
Blog - www.tinagayle.blogspot.com
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/AuthorTinaGayle
Goodread - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1641826.Tina_Gayle
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Linkin - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tina-gayle/11/689/759

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Kathleen Rowland Writes Romantic Suspense: Are you interested in writing IR?  Interracial rom...

Kathleen Rowland Writes Romantic Suspense: Are you interested in writing IR?  Interracial rom...: Are you interested in writing IR?  Interracial romance is a popular (that means selling) subgenre of romance in which the hero and heroine a...
Are you interested in writing IR?  Interracial romance is a popular (that means selling) subgenre of romance in which the hero and heroine are of different ethnicity. The hero might be African-American, the heroine white...the heroine might be Vietnamese, the hero Native American...there are as many possible combinations as there are perceived races. My New Adult release, A BRAND NEW ADDRESS, is a futuristic IR sweet romantic suspense.

When you write an interracial romance, you're writing first and foremost a romance.  
Recognize that race or ethnicity is both important to an interracial romance novel...and not important at all. The really important part is the story.
Create a dynamic conflict around which to center your story. Give your characters good reason to be torn apart...a reason that will keep your readers turning the pages. The conflict needn't center around ethnicity at all.
Avoid stereotypes in creating your characters. I can't stress this enough, and it applies to all writing, not just writing about different ethnic groups. How to avoid stereotyping your characters? Well...
Realize that you are writing about an interracial character - i.e., a character who happens to be of a certain ethnicity - and not about an ethnicity cartoon. Just as you are no cartoon image of your own ethnicity, or of your own gender or hair color for that matter, your character is no exaggerated cartoon image, either. Your character's ethnicity is an element of her, but not equivalent to her.
Assume your character is not made up at all, but a real human being. Your character doesn't spend all day thinking about his race and trying to "act" like he belongs to that race. Your character spends all day wondering if his cute next-door-neighbor knows he's alive.
Give your character a full, well-rounded background your readers can identify with that goes way beyond the character's ethnicity. For example, if you are writing about a Native American character, don't stop with deciding that the character is a Creek Indian who likes to chat on the Internet, to the consternation of her grandmother.

Instead, have your character live in Mason, Georgia, and have her leave a lucrative career in the textile factory owned by her family in order to go on a stint in the Peace Corps, until she comes down with malaria and she's forced to come back home to recuperate, where, being a high-energy person, she spends all day being pampered by her busybody grandmother and restlessly gets on the Internet, where, in a chat room, she starts chatting with a low-energy man who's Cherokee, of all things...

In other words, put your character into the world your readers know and give her real, well-rounded characteristics. Not a stereotype.
Do thorough research for your multiracial / interracial romance. Learn about the ethnic background or backgrounds you're writing about. Even if you share your character's background, you may find it useful to learn more by reading and interviewing people. Sometimes the areas we think we know the most about, we learn we don't know well enough to write about well.
An authentic romance appeals across races, ethnicity, and backgrounds. Assume you have three kinds of readers: readers who are intimately acquainted with the races you're writing about (because they are of that ethnicity, or someone close to them is), readers who have no experience with the races you're writing about, and readers who know a little bit about the races you're writing about.

Your writing must do magical things. Your interracial romance must reach everyone, informing them of what they don't know, without talking down to any of the ones who already know. 

#MysteryExchange #spotlight -- have you ever had a daydream that ends up in a book? Let's ask #mystery writer Cathy Perkins @cperkinswrites

Please welcome Cathy Perkins, talented author and her book, In It For the Money! Where do authors get their ideas? Someone told me the...