Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spotlighting new release, Saving his Wolf, from her #shifter War Series #romance @kerryadrienne


Today I'm thrilled to have my spotlight on author Kerry Adrienne, a USA Today Best Selling author. 
Saving his Wolf is a riveting novella perfect for fans of the Shifter Wars series from Carina Press.
Heroine Olivia, born blind and without the ability to shift, yearns to seek her own fate away from her watchful and devoted wolf pack. Vulnerable and stuck in human form, she's alone and at risk in the forest's brutal winter when she's rescued by a park ranger and taken to his cabin in Deep Creek. By the warmth of a crackling fire, she's comforted by his presence. But it's his rugged scent that stirs something in her she's never felt before.
Bear shifter Powell sensed the instant he held her that Olivia was his mate. He also knew she had the untapped powers to discover her true shifting nature--if only he could convince her to trust in him, and to believe in herself. Now the one thing that stands to threaten their healing mating hunger is Olivia's distrusting and vigilant pack. A pack prepared to do anything to get her back.
But there is no danger as strong, no desire so liberating as what Powell is bringing out in her--because Olivia can finally see where her destiny lies. 

Saving the Wolf is available wherever ebooks are sold.
Carina Press | Amazon | Google Play | Kobo | iTunes | B&N


Kerry Adrienne’s book can also be found within a trio of stories, Mated from Carina Press. 


This is a Paranormal Romance Shifter Anthology: Saving His Wolf\Wolf Summer\Drawn to the Wolves Kindle Edition
All in one anthology. Three wolf shifter romances. Don't miss this collection of stories from USA TODAY bestselling author Kerry Adrienne, Sionna Fox and Shari Mikels  
A woman born blind and without the ability to shift yearns to seek her own fate away from her watchful, devoted wolf pack. Vulnerable and stuck in human form, she's alone and at risk when she's rescued by the bear shifter who is her destiny. 
An accident forces a man to change the best friend he's loved for years…or leave her for dead. There's no reason to hide his true self anymore—but can she ever forgive him? 
And a pack alpha finds that rescuing his fated mate from a violent confrontation with two wolf shifters is easy. Helping her move from fear to acceptance of the animals—and him—is a challenge. 
  1. This anthology includes: Saving His Wolf by Kerry Adrienne, Wolf Summer by Sionna Fox, and Drawn to the Wolves by Shari Mikels.



Let me share a little about Kerry Adrienne.  She loves history, science, music and art. She’s a mom to three daughters, many cats, and a panther chameleon named Yoda. She loves live music and traveling most anywhere. 

In addition to being an author, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, editor, and bad guitar player. Recently, she adopted the sweetest tiger named Rajah at a local tiger sanctuary and is training to educate people about conservation of the species, feed the animals at the sanctuary, and make enrichment items for wild cats big and small. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

I said YES to chairing the 2018 Orange Rose Contest #volunteer #giveback #Tirgearr author

Our Orange County Chapter of RWA hosts an amazing contest every year for unpublished writers. Writers who enter receive helpful critiques from judges.  Finalists often make it to publishing, and some of our finalists have become New York Times best sellers.  I will chair this amazing event in 2018.  I'm happy and excited to give back to our chapter, OCCRWA.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#amwriting #plotting with W-structure in my House of #Tirgearryen T-shirt!

Welcome fellow writers and readers. Today I'm sharing my take on the W-structure for plotting.  I'm thrilled to be wearing my House of Tirgearryen T-shirt.  This generous gift from publishers Peter and Kemberlee Shortland is a huge inspiration while plotting my next book, Bittersweet Alliance, in the Donahue Cousins series for Tirgearr Publishing.
My synopsis for Bittersweet Alliance follows the W-structure. Each tip of the W is an act. Each book is stand-alone, but main characters from Deadly Alliance appear in Unholy Alliance. The same will be true in Bittersweet Alliance, my work-in-progress.  For me, the W-structure fits romantic suspense.
1.       Act 1: Trigger Event creates tension—the series of homicides. Series of problems from W1 to W2.
2.       Act 2:  A few clues unravel from W2 to W3. New ideas, positive momentum.
3.       Act 3:  Second triggering event deepens the problem.  The heroine becomes a target. W3 to W4.
4.       Act 4:  W4-- Dark moment, all is lost. W4 to W5, resolving the problem. New light, character growth, understanding. Final resolution.
The W-plot is anchored by five distinct turning points which are the tips of the “W”.  The series of events or phase connects each turning point with the next.  The writer moves the plot forward.  The “W” is a 4 act structure with the dark moment at W4.  There’s a beginning, middle, dark moment, and end.
Drivers are events that cause other events (events and decisions) in an act to occur.  In a romantic suspense actions require decisions by the hero and heroine who are wound into the event.  What they do causes more decisions to be made.  A clue causes a new set of decisions.  Things go downhill and reach rock bottom at turning point W4.  The resolution of the story ends the mystery combined with a happily ever after.
Here is another way to describe the actions:
Initial actionà decisionsà action 2à decisionsà action 3à decisionsà crisis actionà decesionsàfinal action.
The driver (or turning point) begins an act by pushing the story in a new direction.  The main characters explore facts/hunches/feelings which create the sequence of events that follow.  Drivers can be either actions (external) or decisions. Five turning points solidify the plot.
Every romantic suspense needs and overall through-line: The main mystery concerns the story goal.
Main character through-line: Hero and heroine resolve his and her inner conflicts.
Impact character through-line: the story influences the character.
Relationship through-line: changing relationship between characters.
Bittersweet Alliance.  Paige Kaloha learns a friend is missing. Talks to friend’s family and notifies a retired FBI operative, Gary Guhleman, who lives in her neighborhood. Guhleman pulls strings so that the FBI in Hawaii employs Danker Donahue.  Paige and Danker dated in the past. She’s reluctant to work with him.  They have different approaches to the solving the mystery.  This and their mutual attraction mpacts their relationship.

Her journey conflicts with his journey with an emotional rollercoaster. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

#Somethingdifferent #Tirgearr #Saturdaymorning Your publisher sent you a T-shirt...what?!

This is exactly what's happening!  Around a hundred authors writing for Tirgearr Publishing are receiving T-shirts.  This true story will give you an insider peek of the win-win business style of Tirgearr Publishing.
In addition readers are buying them from the Tirgearr website. 


Publisher Kemberlee Shortland brought a huge plastic container of 30 packaged T-shirts into her small village post office in Ireland, and the employee’s face lit with anxiety.
Kemberlee explained there were two more bins just like this in the car. “Just like this.  All envelopes are the same weight.  I won’t be doing this on a regular basis.”
“Are you running a business?” the woman asked.
Kemberlee explained she and her husband, Peter Shortland,  run a publishing company and they’d just celebrated a benchmark birthday, and the envelopes all contained T-shirts as birthday gifts to the authors.
The post office employee, Mary, seemed both surprised and shocked that the Shortlands were publishers who were giving gifts to their authors. That’s when Kemberlee brought up the website and showed her some Tirgearr books and the T-shirts. Unfortunately,  Kemberlee was out of business cards by then because they all went into the packages to show the authors she personally handpacked the T-shirts!
“Fabulous T-shirts,” Mary said, “and after work I’m looking up your website.” After a pause, she asked, “No more packages in the near future?”
Kemberlee knew the woman would have to refer her to either the general post office (GPO) in the main town which doesn’t have parking, or the sorting office which doesn’t have a counter which sells stamps.  Kemberlee assured her by saying,   “This is a once off. I’ll still be sending occasional packages, but not 70 at a time again.”  J
As they spoke, Mary was putting the stamps on the packages and stuffing them into a Santa-like sack that would go into the van that would ultimately go to the sorting office for sorting and delivery around Ireland and out to the world.
The village post office is located at the back of a small grocery store. On the way out, Kemberlee grabbed a handmade scone and a cup of tea as a treat for her effort for when she got home.
Tirgearr is a small independently-owned  publishing company of  commercial adult genre fiction whose backlist is predominantly mystery, romance, and suspense.




I'm proud to have two books with Tirgearr Publishing, Deadly Alliance and Unholy Alliance

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Unholy Alliance #Goodreads reviewer #Tirgearrpublishing #romanticsuspense

Sometimes Love Will Be the Thing to Really Free You From Prison - Brilliant Story!
Posted May 7, 2017 on Goodreads
This review is for: UnholyAlliance: A Donahue Cousins Novel (Kindle Edition)

I was pulled into Unholy Alliance in the first sentence “Don’t let the anxiety of freedom consume you.” I enjoy stories that involve some sort of prison, both tangible and emotional, because I have always been fascinated by the power of the human spirit in overcoming time spent in prison. I also find that for many people, there is the element of an emotional prison we put ourselves in, much like the characters in this story.


Questions flowed through my mind from page one. Imagine spending all that time in prison? How would you feel if you were still afraid after being released? How will you find your missing cousin? How do you handle feelings for a man that helped you? How do you start over? Second chances abound within this story and I love how the plot unfolded, answering so many things running through my mind. I love getting to know how my character is thinking. It is done well in this book. I do find myself wanting to know more about some of the characters we are introduced to during the path of this story…maybe another book like this one will follow soon? My fingers are crossed in hope!

Kathleen Rowland just has an amazing gift with words and her storytelling. There is great attention to detail that is not forgotten while building up this intriguing plot. Again, this adds to the reader’s emotional journey along with the main character, making us feel her struggle while we read. I find the best books are like this, where you are completely invested in the characters and what happens to them.

Unholy Alliance shows us how relationships can both build you up and tear you down. How a truth you once believed can become false in an instant, and yet you can rebuild yourself from the ashes that remain. This story also shows you how love can build even when faced with unique challenges that are shown in Grady and Tori’s relationship. I loved the questions going through my mind as I read and watched their relationship unfold. And I really love the heat these two have….so steamy! I love how Tori was witty and had a good sense of humour, even after everything she had been through and is still going through. I love the vanilla cookie connection that has been created between these two! I do not want to spoil the story for anyone but I really liked that there was a hot HEA that felt satisfying and true to our main characters.

This story has all the elements you want in a read. Crime, suspense, action, intrigue, love scenes and yet it is still fun to read. You must read this book by Kathleen Rowland…you will be hooked like I was! And I love the hidden “Easter egg” at the end of the book to give us a further glimpse into the story!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

#amwriting #romanticsuspense #audio Would you like to write stronger?

After returning from an after-tax-season vacation since my husband is a CPA, a handful of reviews popped up on Amazon. I appreciate all reviews even if they aren't stellar fives, but the sentence I loved most was this one from a reviewer:

The technical writing was SUPER strong. If you read any sentence, paragraph, or page in isolation, you will find nicely-assembled sentences, good descriptions and a great command of language.

Here is something super fun-- my first book on writing, How to Write Point of View, will come out on audio. Talented Chelsea Carpenter is narrating, and this book comes alive with her amazing voice. How to Write Point of View is coming at the end of July on audio, but is currently available as an eBook and paperback.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

New #review for Unholy Alliance #Tirgearrpublishing #romanticsuspense

Thank you, reviewer Sky Rae, for your generosity of time to read and review Unholy Alliance, a new release from Tirgearr Publishing. It is still 99 cents over the weekend. 

April, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Friday, April 14, 2017

#eggcerpt fun for your basket #contemporary #romance @authortinagayle

Please welcome talented writer of romantic and complex relationships, Tina Gayle.  I'm honored to spotlight her free book, My Future Step Brother. If you love the Executive Wives' Club books, get this one now while it's free!

Here is the blurb for My Future Step Brother
Lyndsey Turner only wants to have fun.  She doesn’t care if her dad marries Travis Clark’s mother. Travis is super-hot and sets her body on fire every time he steps near her.
Travis has other ideas. He understands Lyndsey’s wild streak and wants her attention on him. All seems to be working according to his plan until his mother discovers she may have breast cancer.
Now, Travis wants to solidify his relationship with Lyndsey and start planning for their future.
Will Lyndsey commit to be his alone or does he have to play the dating game a while longer?

If you love romance, don’t miss this short story from the popular Executive Wives Club series

Excerpt:

Frustrated by his answers and his standoffish attitude, she rose onto one knee and swung her leg over his to straddle his lap. She rested her hands on his shoulders. “And if he still doesn’t like the fact we’re dating?”
She rubbed his chest, enjoying the soft texture of his cotton T-shirt. “Though in truth, I’m not sure we can claim we’re doing anything other than sharing the same space.”
Grinning, he circled her waist and his fingers toyed with the hem of her top. “You’re just cranky because you’re still recovering from the concert last night. I told you when we booked it we wouldn’t get home until late.”
Lyndsey smiled, remembering the wonderful music. The only drawback being the long drive back from the casino in Iowa and the early wake-up call this morning to get ready for work. Tuesday night was not the best night to party. She’d survived, but today, her patience with his aloof attitude had hit ground zero.
“That’s not the problem.” She dropped her hand to the zipper of his jeans and cupped his length through the stiff fabric. “I’m tired of playing around. I want this bad boy deep and making me scream.”


Other books in the series
Marketing Exec’s Widow
IT Exec’s Baby
CFO’s Affair
CEO’s Widow
Read 1st Chapter at www.tinagayle.com

Tina Gayle’s Bio

Her first romantic novel published in 2008, Tina Gayle has written over thirty romantic books under two different pseudonyms. Her novels span several different genres from contemporary to fantasy and sweet to erotic. She enjoys the challenge of drawing a reader into a story and having them travel down the same road as her hero and heroine. Married thirty years, she enjoys spending time with her husband on the golf course. Find out more about Tina on her website www.tinagayle.com
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/AuthorTinaGayle
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Tina-Gayle/214633841921560?ref=hl

Monday, April 10, 2017

Review #newrelease #Thriller #romanticsuspense

Thank you, Robecca Litman, for your review of Unholy Alliance at Lovestoryreaders Soiree.

Rebecca Litman, Storyteller’s Soiree Reviewer:
Fantastic!  Enthralling for readers who love romantic suspense.
Unholy Alliance begins on the day Tori Morningstar (the name she goes by now) is released from jail for a crime she didn’t commit.  One horrible night Tori and her cousin, Vivienne, were having dinner at an Irish American restaurant in Long Beach, California.  They witness a brutal murder.  Both were mobster’s daughters who’d lived privileged lives and wanted to leave “the life” behind them.  Tori paid for that decision by being framed for the murder, and Vivienne ran out the back of the restaurant.  Tori ‘s convinced Vivienne is being held by the sadistic thug who’d framed her.
When her attorney Grady Fletcher, who’d successfully appealed her case, defends a client accused of a similar murder, he consults Tori.  From this point on, hold tight —the author Kathleen Rowland puts you in the front seat and hits the gas.  You’ll experience a sometimes funny, past-paced, romantic story.  Rowland brings in her imagination and details as you wonder what will happen next.

The hero, Grady, is compelling as he pursues a twisted criminal with the help of FBI agent Gary Guhleman (from book 1 of the series, Deadly Alliance).  Grady has chemistry with Tori, who works her own case as a sleuth running a food truck. Heroine Tori is a wonderful character as well with plenty of courage and intelligence.  They have differences of opinion mostly about Vivienne.  Their love scenes are exciting without seeming misplaced or excessive, and their relationship is developed in a way that feels natural and true.

There is also plenty of humor to break up the tension, not only between Tori and Grady but with secondary characters, Finn and Amy Donahue, from Deadly Alliance.  Unholy Alliance has danger, suspense, lust, love, revenge, justice and even an adorable old bloodhound, Sherlock.



Buy Link: http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Rowland_Kathleen/unholy-alliance.htm 

Friday, April 7, 2017

#amwriting #Tirgearrpublishing Creating a #villain for romantic suspense!

Welcome to my discussion about villains in romantic suspense.


If you plan to write a romantic suspense, create a villain your readers love to hate.  In RS the staring characters are the hero and heroine, but a well-characterized and realistic villain gives readers a chill and propels the story. A villain needs at least one good quality. In UnholyAlliance (book2 of the Donahue Cousins series) Seamus McGinn exhibits opportunistic intelligence when he takes over the Irish gang in Long Beach, California. A vacancy had opened up after the murder of the mob boss in book1, Deadly Alliance. Seamus is middle-aged, handsome, and fascinating to a secondary character.  He is also a psychotic killer with a temper. 
There are three bad guys in Deadly Alliance, but one villain masterminds the greatest evil. Readers enjoy guessing his identity.
Where is your villain’s hideout? The basement in an old mansion is a great one, but I wanted to write a fresh hideout, a tiny island for Unholy Alliance which is set in Long Beach, California. Seamus McGinn bought a vacant island off the coast.  The THUMS (standing for Texico, Humble, Mobile, and Shell) islands still exist and are oil platforms built close to the water level made to look like little islands.  On McGinn’s (fictitious) island there’s one actual house but other buildings are fake but used to conceal drilling equipment.  Find a way to reveal the location.  Tori's mode of transportation is sailing.


In Deadly Alliance the villain holes up in an abandoned cabin in a remote area above Lake Arrowhead, California.  The cabin is isolated and eerie, a perfect spot for this withdrawn angry villain.


Here are a couple of things not to do when writing your villain’s point of view.  Don’t have him or her talk too much and take over the novel. If you use a tried-and-true (such as the serial killer, the drug dealer, the stalker, or the psychotic ex-husband) make him a family man.  A good villain is led by dark motivations. Revenge is a possible motive for villains, but only if the villain is going to all that trouble because he was wronged in a big way. Greed, anger, jealousy, and the lust for power make great motivations, but make it personal.  In Unholy Alliance Seamus McGinn framed heroine Tori Morningstar for murder.  Now she’s out, and he’s concerned she’ll find him.  
Wishing you success as you write your Romantic Suspense!



Monday, April 3, 2017

#eggcerpt exchange #contemporary #romance, Bedeviled spotlight on @madisonmichael

Please welcome author Madison Michael. I have the spotlight on Bedeviled, book #3 of the Beguiling Bachelor Series.





BLURB
Charlotte is on the run...
Charlotte Roche escaped dangers lurking in Boston by accepting a job in Chicago. A new name, a new beginning - all built on lies. Thinking she is safe, Charlotte drops her guard and sets her sights on her ruggedly handsome and wildly sexy running partner, Alexander Gaines. Can she advance their relationship from the track to the bedroom and still maintain her charade, or will Alex's probing questions pierce her carefully rehearsed story? 
Alex, with unrevealed secrets of his own, struggles to hold the irresistible Charlotte at arm’s length. But when Charlotte sustains a suspicious injury, Alex seizes the opportunity to cuddle up to the sassy beauty. Does he dare risk his reputation, his fortune, his friends, and his heart?
With exposure imminent, they appeal to their friends for help. Join Alex and Charlotte, along with characters you’ve met and loved in “Bedazzled” and “Beholden”, as they tackle the maze of half-truths and cover-ups threatening the lovers.
How can they build a bond with deceit on both sides? With malevolent forces advancing, is their love Bedeviled


EXCERPT

“You look so beautiful,” he told her in a husky voice. “I have been wanting to do this all night.”
His head lowered to hers, pulling her close against him as he leaned back until all her weight was leaning on his and she had no choice but to twine her arms behind his head or the tree trunk. His lips captured her slowly, softly pressing against hers. One hand rested low, on the curve between her back and her behind. The other came up to tangle in her short hair, holding her head still as he deepened the kiss. His lips demanded response, plundering her mouth with his tongue. He tasted of expensive wine and Alex as his tongue explored the recesses of her mouth, hot and insistent. Her breasts were flattened against his rock-hard chest, her hips tight against his as he held her to him.
When he lifted his head, shadowed by moonlight behind him, Charlotte was unable to read his expression. Unsure and unsteady, she waited, catching her breath. Blood was coursing through her veins, hot and urgent. Her heart was pounding from just one kiss.
“God, I want you,” he rasped, the words torn from him, raw and insistent before he dipped his head to kiss her again. She returned the kiss, opening her lips to his insistent ones, entwining her tongue with his, increasing the pressure against his mouth as she ran her hands up into his hair. She held fast to him, feeling his hand move from her hair to the nape of her neck, down along her bare arms, tracing a pattern there with his fingers. The feel of his hands on her skin was warm, strong and sure. She had longed for his touch and now desired it everywhere.
Alex lifted his head reluctantly. “If we don’t get back in that car now,” he told her, his voice hoarse with longing, “I will not be responsible for my actions.”
He lifted her away from his body, steadied her and then hefted himself away from the tree and wrapped his arm around her shoulders to lead her back to the car.
She felt bereft without the solid warmth of him hard against her. Neither of them said a word until he opened her car door and closed it again, without allowing her inside. Instead, he pushed her gently against it.
“Sorry, I can’t make it home without one more.” Alex took Charlotte’s mouth in a searing kiss that took her breath away, sucking her lower lip into his mouth then sliding his tongue over it and into the moistness of her mouth. He kissed her senseless until she would have happily made love there in the sand, and the world be damned. She wanted this man as she had never wanted anything before.
Charlotte kissed him passionately, running her hands up and down his muscular back as she tightened her hold on him, wanting to get closer, to feel his bare skin, until finally they mutually agreed to some restraint and dragged apart from one another. He kept his fingers touching her lightly until she got in the car and he closed the door behind her.
“Jeez,” he stated with a rough chuckle as he folded himself into the bucket seat, “I hope there are no cops out, cause I am planning to break speed records getting you home.”

Available on Amazon

Other books in the Beguiling Bachelor Series – a steamy, Comtemporary Romance Series
Bewildered – a prequel, short story  How can Sloane choose between two hunky millionaires?
Bedazzled – Can Wyatt overcome tradition and family to seize Kelli for his own?
Bedeviled – Randall is just not part of Sloane’s plan when she claws her way back into society, but she is definitely part of his.


Bio for Madison Michael
Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.
Madison welcomes your feedback at maddy@madisonmichael.net

Sunday, April 2, 2017

#review for Unholy Alliance #newrelease from #Tirgearrpublishing

Thank you, M.J. Neary for your awesome review on your CtcoMommy Blogspot yesterday! I'm thrilled you enjoyed and thought so highly of Unholy Alliance that you awarded five stars.  Click above or read it here:

Every once in a while I like to challenge myself by reading work outside of my comfort zone. Being sarcastic and pessimistic, I don't generally read books that have "romantic" in the genre, because you know there is going to be steamy sex between consensual adults, pillow talk and some semblance of a happy ending. Nevertheless, every once in a while a review copy lands in my lap. Anything that has to do with the Irish mob is fascinating. The Irish mob does not get as much coverage in fiction. Kathleen Rowland's Unholy Alliance is a second book in the Donahue Cousins series. The first book Deadly Alliance is the first one in the series, and I haven't read it yet, but there is enough of a back story in the second book to set the scene. Given that Unholy Alliance is a romantic suspense, a genre piece, there is only so much latitude the author can allow herself. It means that the rough edges have to be smoothed over. The crime cannot be too seedy, and the sex cannot be too smutty or kinky (although, there are some rather explicit descriptions of various body parts fitting into each other). The novel's protagonist, Tori/Victoria, has a criminal past, but it has to be for a crime she did not commit. So Tori is not a sympathetic redemption seeker. She is, essentially, a damsel in distress with a veil of martyrdom around her. And the man who pulls her out of jail, Attorney Grady Fletcher, whose only blemish is being a divorced guilt-ridden dad, is her knight in shining armor. So if you take comfort in this particular genre, then Unholy Alliance will prove a very satisfying read.

find Unholy Alliance here:

Friday, March 31, 2017

#amwriting #Tirgearrpublishing Are flawed #heroines in vogue these days or not?

          Are unlikable heroines are in vogue? We might wonder with the huge success of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, an alcoholic, but remember her good and pure intentions.  The lean female character in GONE GIRL was an evil antagonist, not a heroine.  These two books do not fall into the Happily Ever After genre.

          As a writer of romantic suspense, my heroine wants the dashing hero, usually some kind of alpha protector. She must stand up to the hero and must have backbone.  
          Amy Kintyre in Deadly Alliance works for Finn Donahue, but this job is a stepping stone while she gets her sportswear design business back on track.  Reviewer Diane Schwarz had this to say about Amy:
Along comes Amy Kintyre, the late partner's girlfriend who applies for an open book keeping job. All she wants is a fresh start, but Finn suspects she has information about the missing money. She witnesses a fight between terrorists and the Irish gang, and Finn protects her. Amy finds him difficult. He makes her mad, makes her cry, but has this soothing voice... Okay, you get it. They're attracted. Big time, but what kind of alliance can these people possible have? The plot is seamless and amazing. I loved the writing.
          Tori Rourke in Unholy Alliance searches for her missing cousin in spite of Grady warning her against it. This is a new release, and here is what reviewer Vikki Vaught wrote about Tori:

Tori’s character has an interesting story. I can’t imagine spending ten years in prison for a crime I did not commit. What amazed me, is that she is not a cynical character. She gained my empathy from the beginning. Her only concern upon her release is finding her cousin. Her loyalty to Vivienne is actually astonishing. There are several heart-warming scenes between her, the hero and his son that only made me like her even more.
          Readers want the heroine to be strong enough to handle him even if he does something crushing.  She’s feisty with inner strength and at times might be his worst nightmare. That’s because he is falling for her but can’t control her actions. While strong and self-respecting, she must be kind and must complement rather than overwhelm.
Let’s discuss her flaws because readers like real people.  Is she driven by work or afraid to commit in spite of the wonderful intimacy she and the hero share?  Or has she been abused in the past and afraid of sex?  Heroines react against turmoil, suffer inside, and experience self-doubt.  The strong hero will reject, act like a jerk, but ends up caring. A deeply flawed heroine needs to be paired with a patient hero.  A raw heroine is a greater challenge to write than a deeply flawed hero—she can’t be selfish.  Readers won’t identify with her.  Yes, this double standard exists!

Remember that the relationship between the heroine and hero is at the heart of your book.  He won’t want a too-stupid-to-live heroine who tosses out common sense and does dumb stuff to move the plot.  Flaws are fine, but she needs to work at overcoming them. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

#Tirgearrpublishing #fantasy #romance Spotlight on Touched @abbeymacmunn

 Today I have the honor of spotlighting a romantic fantasy, TOUCHED by talented writer, Abbey MacMunn who writes for Tirgearr Publishing, Ireland. 



Blurb:          

When inquisitive antique dealer Cami Wilson learns she’s the revered offspring of an immortal mother and a mortal father, it’s not just her hybrid status that has her all flustered. The title comes with her very own super-sexy guardian.
Jaded immortal Joseph Carlisle has only one thing on his mind; his sworn duty to protect the hybrid from those who wish her harm. Anything else would be complicated. That is until they meet. 
Chemistry sizzles between them but there’s a problem—the hybrid’s curse. Cami’s touch, skin to skin, proves near fatal to her and all immortals, Joseph included.
But the fated lovers discover her curse is the least of their concerns when a friend’s deadly betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.


Excerpt:

He might have just saved her life, but pinned to the freezing concrete by some wannabe hero was not her idea of fun. Cami Wilson shoved the unyielding wall of his chest, fighting not only him but the rising panic. ‘Get the hell off me!’
The guy remained on top of her, using his large frame to protect her from the chunks of smouldering metal hurtling to the ground around her. Icy air met with fiery heat and smoke infused the atmosphere like the fifth of November, but there were no sparkling fireworks to admire, only the flaming inferno, which seconds earlier had been her car.
Maybe if she hadn’t been so intrigued by the antique brooch she held in her hand or distracted by the weird, periodic buzzing emitting from it, she might have seen him coming at her in full, rugby tackle mode.
He lifted a little, easing the crushing pressure on her ribs, but remained inches from her face. Glacier-blue eyes met hers, captivating and intense. ‘Are you hurt?’
His gravelly voice did something tingly to her insides. She went to speak, but no words came. Nothing came to mind. Not the explosion. Not the contents of her shopping trolley strewn all over Morrisons’ car park. Not the fact she could have been killed. Somehow, none of it registered.
She gawped back at him like a doe-eyed teenager, taking in the angular sweep of a jawline peppered with dark stubble, and well-defined lips that parted invitingly as he drew in his breath.
His gaze lingered on her mouth in a breath-taking moment right out of one of those soppy rom-coms she liked to watch.
Forget burning cars and curious brooches… hel-lo, future husband.
Somewhere to her left, an engine revved loudly, and he turned his head towards the sound. Overlong, tousled hair tickled her cheek, and she got a faint whiff of citrus shampoo.
Hmm, lovely…
A second later, his attention returned to her. His grave expression burned with an urgency that brought her down from the clouds. ‘Dammit! I asked if you were hurt.’
‘No, I…’
In a move so swift it wasn’t humanly possible, he leapt to his feet and hauled her up beside him. The brooch slipped from her gloved hand and landed on the ground.
The man cursed under his breath and stooped to retrieve it. With an exasperated look, he waved it in front of her as though she were a baby dropping her dummy for the hundredth time. ‘You need to take more care of this. Don’t you know how important it is?’

Sudden indignation flared. Cami snatched the jewel from his grasp and slipped it back into her coat pocket. Okay, the guy rocked the sexy, just-rolled-out-of-bed look, but his patronizing attitude set her teeth on edge. What right did he have to tell her what to do? And what on Earth did he know about a weird, vibrating brooch she’d been given by her adoptive mother, the only clue she had to her past?
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Abbey MacMunn writes paranormal, fantasy and sci fi romance. She lives in Hampshire, UK with her husband and their four children. She is a proud member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
When she’s not writing, she likes to watch films and TV shows – anything from rom-coms to superheroes to science fiction movies.



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