Author Open MIC: Welcomes Pema Donyo- One Last Letter

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Welcome Pema!

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Pema Donyo is the eighteen-year-old author of The Innocent Assassins and One Last Letter. She is also a coffee-fueled college student by day and a creative writer by night. She currently lives in sunny Southern California, where any temperature less than 70 degrees is freezing and flip-flops never go out of season. As a rising sophomore at Claremont McKenna, she’s still working on mastering that delicate balance between finishing homework, meeting publisher deadlines, and… college. She’s a firm believer in the healing power of endless cups of coffee and espresso shots, staying up until 3AM, cheesy British period dramas, and the Beyonce Voters Tumblr page. Find her rambles/rants about writing, reading, and life in general on her website’s blog.

ONE LAST LETTER

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Genre: Historical romance, Western

Pages: 171

A romantic hardened by reality…  Evelyn Lancaster turned her back on her love for ranch hand Jesse Greenwood when she was sixteen to pursue a career and marry into wealth that could save her father’s struggling ranch. Now twenty-three, she works hard to keep the property afloat, but no suitor has stirred her heart the way Jesse did. After her father falls ill, she needs all the help she can get to keep the ranch running.

A cowboy returning to what he left behind…  After making his fortune, a newly wealthy Jesse has returned home to see his younger sister married. Still smarting from Evelyn’s rejection, he finds the tables have turned, and now only his investment could save the ranch that he vowed to never step foot on again.

When he agrees to help her salvage her family legacy, they must overcome their pride and painful past to work together. As long-held emotions rekindle, Jesse pretends indifference, only to admit his true feelings in an unsigned letter left on Evelyn’s porch.

Evelyn finds the missive and writes back, beginning a furtive correspondence. She dares to hope her mystery admirer is Jesse, but then another man comes forward to claim the letters as his own. Will one last letter give them the courage to say yes to love on the wild Texas plains?

INTERVIEW

Tell us about your latest book? Any secrets or snippets you can share?

Thanks for having me, Jean! One Last Letter is a historical western romance. It also happens to be a completely new ball game for me! I’m used to writing romantic suspense stories with lots of action and adventure – not to say there isn’t plenty of that in One Last Letter … just with a bit more horse riding than I’m used to.

The story opens with a sixteen-year-old Evelyn Lancaster, daughter of a prominent plantation owner, rejecting her childhood sweetheart, seventeen-year-old Jesse Greenwood, a ranch hand on her father’s plantation. He goes out west to California to make his fortune and comes back a wealthy man years later. Time has passed, but it hasn’t lessened his love for Evelyn nor her love for him. The plantation’s fallen on hard times, and he offers his investment to help pay the ranch’s debts. Yet his heart’s become too guarded to admit his true feelings to her in person. Evelyn starts to receive anonymous love letters from a secret admirer, and she dares to hope the letters come from Jesse. Yet another suitor steps on the scene, a man from a blue-blooded family nearly as established as Evelyn’s. Will Jesse possess the courage to admit how he feels before it’s too late, and will Evelyn swallow her pride to admit her own mistake?

Secrets and spoilers time!

Expect deadly fires, runaway brides, passionate confrontations, a headstrong heroine, and an eloquent cowboy. I love Evelyn because she’s intelligent and she’s analytical. At the same time, she prefers physical tasks and loves working on the ranch. And of course I have a soft spot in my heart for Jesse because he’s a born writer, even though you would never catch him admitting so.

What inspired you to write it?

Texting!

I know so many couples who communicate mainly through texting, especially for those who are long-distance. I thought, “How did people connect without texting?” Letters. Nothing’s changed, really. Many say texting’s replaced actual face-to-face communication, but we thought of plenty of ways to express ourselves without being face-to-face for centuries through letters. It’s easiest for me to express myself through writing, and I’m sure there are plenty of others who feel the same way. While I can’t say I’ve pulled a Jesse and written love letters to anyone before, I would probably do the same thing if I was in his situation. There’s something so romantic about letters as well. It’s your handwriting; it’s your unedited and unabashed emotions spilling themselves onto a page.

What is your biggest challenge as an Author?

It’s definitely time. Since I’m still in college, most of my writing happens during breaks. Otherwise it’s homework and hanging out with friends and trying to figure out my major. So when I do have time to write, I take full advantage of it. I type about 5,000 words a day when I’m deep in a story and usually finish up a first draft in three weeks. Then it’s merciless rounds of editing and rewriting and submitting. When I’m immersed in my manuscript, it pretty much occupies all of my time. I’m thankful that I can churn out a story so quickly, especially considering my ‘writing periods’ are confined to summer and winter breaks.

What are you cooking up next? Will we see more of Evelyn and Jesse? What can readers expect?

I just finished a New Adult contemporary called A Truth University Acknowledged. It’s a college spin on Pride and Prejudice and I’m so excited about it. Don’t get me wrong, I loved exploring the time period of the American West while writing One Last Letter, and my favorite kinds of books are still edge-of-your-seat thrillers like The Innocent Assassins. But New Adult’s a genre that’s close to my heart because those are the years I’m currently experiencing. I’ve read so many New Adult books featuring college heroines that made me wonder, “Wait – college students don’t do that. Where can I find an actual representation of today’s college life?” So I decided to write one.

Elizabeth and Darcy are perfect for the college scene. Elizabeth’s a new adult herself, and she’s still trying to find her place in the world. Part of being a new adult is having all these passions but still not knowing what exactly we’re going to do with them. Darcy’s so awkward most of the time; he’s the perfect aloof and withdrawn sophomore. I wanted to write a college story from a current college student’s perspective, and I’m happy with the result.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Find me at -

Website: http://pemadonyo.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pemadonyo

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8337726.Pema_Donyo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pema-Donyo/e/B00L9OTVIS

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Open MIC FAV five

  • Favorite hero or heroine:  
    • Favorite hero will always be Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. He’s intelligent, hard-working, and supportive of Anne. I love Crombie’s portrayal of him in the Sullivan Entertainment series.
  • Favorite author:  
    • When it comes to historical romance, Lorraine Heath. Her characters are complex and lifelike.
  • Favorite music to write by:  
    • Dan + Shay for westerns!
  • Favorite inspiration:  
    • Rejection. It’s the best fuel to improve and move forward.
  • Most memorable moment: 
    • First rejection from a publishing company. I was eleven and querying a middle-grade novel I wrote. I saw the rejection e-mail and thought, “Okay, fine. I’ll write another one.”
  • Relationship advice:  
    • Never change yourself for anyone.

Excerpt ~ One Last Letter by Pema Donyo

Evelyn Lancaster wanted to run away as fast as possible.

It was a mistake. It was one colossal, gargantuan mistake. Worse than Athens ordering the death of Socrates. Worse than Persephone being kidnapped by Hades. What did she think she was going to do? Seconds ticked by as she found herself unable to say anything more. Her mouth felt dry. What was she supposed to say?

He’d changed, more than she would have ever imagined possible. The boyish frame was filled out, and extra years working on the ranch had defined the muscles in his arms under his coarse brown shirt. He’d even grown taller—past six feet, she guessed. His shoulders were broader, and his cheekbones seemed more pronounced than before. His face carried even more of an aristocratic air, but his body seemed undeniably more masculine.

Yet the expression was the same. Jesse Greenwood’s same reticent, admiring expression hadn’t changed as he continued to stare at her like she was hand-blown glass. His brown hair still flopped lightly in front of his eyes, causing him to brush it away.

“Hey, Eve.”

She winced. She hadn’t heard that nickname since she’d left Hamilton, Texas, for the female seminary in Massachusetts. No one there ever called her Eve. During classes she’d been “Miss Evelyn” and “Miss Lancaster.”

She cleared her throat. She’d anticipated the awkwardness but not the simple difficulty in forming words. “I returned home a few hours ago. I thought I should stop by and say hello. Is Preston here? Are any of the other ranch hands here?”

Jesse blinked. He didn’t respond for a few seconds. The adoring expression morphed to one of disbelief. “Eve, did you get my letters?”

She bit her lip. “I did.” Evelyn resisted the urge to embrace him. Doing so would only make it harder to answer his questions with a lie. Instead, she stood rooted to the spot. She wouldn’t move a muscle; there was too much she could regret. “They were nice letters. Thank you. But I burned them.”

His eyes became cool steel, all traces of admiration in his eyes melting away. “Burned them? But you . . .” His jaw was set. “Eve, why didn’t you write me back?”

“I was busy.” She tore her eyes away from Jesse’s searing gaze and tried to look behind his shoulder. The sinking feeling in her chest was surely no more than an echo of the past. She needed to leave before all rationality left her. “Just let all the other ranch hands know I stopped by.”

“Stop. Eve, I said stop.” Strong hands grabbed both of her shoulders, and she looked up in alarm toward his furrowed brow and confused expression. His voice was so much deeper than she’d remembered. “That’s all? You couldn’t once respond to me?”

She struggled to push against him, but he held her in place. His tone was rough. It increased in volume, rising with each word that tumbled out of his mouth.

“What about the promise I made to you? When you told me that you wanted to marry—”

“Enough!” Evelyn yanked herself out of his hold and glared. She breathed deeply, as if the extra air would give her the courage she couldn’t truly conjure up. “I remember what you are referring to. I did receive your letters. I thank you for them. But I did not respond to you because whatever we had before I left for school . . .” She gulped. The polite tone of indifference faded. “This has to end.”

Thanks so much for hosting me, Jean!

And happy reading everyone.

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ROAD TRIP… Authors After Dark 2014: Charlotte, NC

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I’m packing my car as we speak and heading out tomorrow morning on a road trip to NC.

AUTHORS AFTER DARK 2014

It’s hard to believe, but I attended the first ever AAD, hosted by the wonderful Jacquelyn Frank. Loved, loved, loved her Nightwalker Series and was fan girl over meeting her. It was a small group of 80 at the time.  My how things have grown. I started writing my Key to the Cursed series that year.  It was only two years later I became a featured author at AAD Philly with my debut novel, Soul Reborn.

I wanted to make a great first impression, as a featured author at the Mythos Ball.  I bought 300 cute little pink purses, each with its own key inside. There was only one special silver key. The lucky recipient would win a Kindle, plus my debut release and some other goodies.

It went off without a hitch. Until no one claimed the prize.

The silver key was never found. Someone is probably still wondering what the key is for, but never stayed at the ball long enough to find out.

I never laughed so hard in my life.  Maybe I was trying too hard.  Who knows!

Lesson learned — always have a plan B.

Needless to say, I had a second chance to give my prize away when I arrived home.

Can’t wait to see what this year brings!

Hope to see you there.  I’ll be the one wearing the gold snake bracelets. 

Authors and readers ~ Do you have a funny conference story to share?  A plan that backfired, a costume malfunction, mistaken identity or a not so graceful trip to the podium? 

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Nancy Weeks – In the Shadow of Pride GIVEAWAY

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Welcome Nancy!

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Nancy C. Weeks lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty years. With her two grown children out of the nest, she loves spending her days on her deck writing as the local bird population keeps her company.

Shadow of Pride

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Lexie Trevena buried her murdered husband, discovered he had cheated on her, and signed to adopt his newborn son—all before noon. Now she just wants to raise her child in the loving, supportive home she never had. The last thing she needs is another man to complicate her life, but her best friends feel differently. Their matchmaking meddling accidentally places Lexie smack in the path of a terrorist who intends to use her as his pawn.

The only person who can help her is the FBI agent she holds responsible for her husband’s death.

Special-Agent-In-Charge Luke “Mac” McNeil watched his best friend and partner marry a woman he knew was too good for him, but he did nothing to stop the wedding. He stood by as Lexie adopted the cheating jerk’s son. But when someone goes to great lengths to make it appear that Lexie is responsible for launching a drone into the home of a prominent Texas senator, Mac’s conscience finally speaks up, and he fights for Lexie’s freedom … even though all the evidence leads to her door, and she has never given him a reason to trust her.

Can Lexie and Mac find the courage to forgive and trust, or will their pride stand in the way of love, allowing terrorists to bring another devastating attack onto United States soil?

INTERVIEW

Tell us about your latest book? Any secrets or snippets you can share?

I’m so pleased to be visiting with you today to share the news about my latest novel, In the Shadow of Pride. Pride is the fourth book in my In the Shadows series. In this story, you will meet the third McNeil brother, Luke ‘Mac’ McNeil.

Mac has a tough job as a FBI Special-Agent-In-Charge. He sees the worst that mankind has to offer on a daily basis. One of the most heart wrenching experiences he had to live through was losing his friend and fellow agent, Rico Trevena. Here’s a little snippet that won’t give too much away about the story: Rico was on an undercover operation and Mac was his handler. The unthinkable happened and Rico lost his life while saving Mac’s younger brother, Jason [you meet Jason in In the Shadow of Greed]. Rico’s last words to Mac: “Promise me you’ll take care of Lexie. Don’t allow to be alone!”

For the last three years, Mac has tried to keep that promise to Lexie, but she has made it almost impossible. She has come to hate everything about the FBI and despises Mac because she blames him for Rico’s death. Lexie is thrown into a huge mess that she didn’t create and the only person who can save her is the one man she hates beyond reason.

I have to say that throwing my gorgeous Mac McNeil and spunky, Lexie Trevena into life altering situations, making them work through their animosity toward each other, and then watching them fall in love on the page is what makes being a romantic suspense author such a joy.

What inspired you to write it?

I guess In the Shadow of Pride was inspired by the first book I finished in the series, In the Shadow of Evil. Both In the Shadow of Evil and In the Shadow of Greed [my debut novel] begin on the same day with the same incident. One brother [Jared] goes to the crime scene and the second brother [Jason] goes to the hospital to interview the victim. Each brother’s life changes forever.

So where does Pride fit in? Well, all five books are connected in one way or another. Jared nor Jason could not have found their happy-ever-after without Mac’s help. In Pride, Mac finds himself in a mess and he knows that his brothers have his back like no one else. My inspiration for Pride, and the entire series, revolves around the love and support of family. The McNeil families aren’t perfect, they argue, even fight, but underneath it all, they love each other.

What is your biggest challenge as an Author?

The part I struggle with even after four books is the promotion writers need to do today to get their books noticed. With hundreds of free and 99 cents books available all the time, it is so hard to be heard through all that noise. Promoting a book is like raising children. Just because it worked for the first book, doesn’t mean it will work for the second, fifth, tenth. There are no clear answers because the game is constantly changing.

What are you cooking up next? Will we see more of the McNeil brothers? What can readers expect?

I’m so excited about the last book in the series, In the Shadow of Vengeance. I’m going to bring my entire McNeil family together in one place. This will be the Noah’s story, the die-hard bachelor. He’s going to need all of his brothers to deal with what I have in store for him and the woman who he will find is his happy-ever-after, Elizabeth Merlot. What can readers expect? There are some villains that—no matter how hard you have tried to put away—just don’t stay away. The title of the book says it all.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Find Nancy at:

Website: http://nancycweeks.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/NancyCWeeksAuthor,

Twitter: @NancyCWeeks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7009278.Nancy_C_Weeks

Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/nancycweeks/

Look for In the Shadow of Pride at: Crimson Romance ebooks | Amazon B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play | BAM

Open MIC FAV five

  • Favorite hero or heroine:  My favorite hero and heroine changes all the time. Right now, since I recently finished this series, is Emma Paulsen, a brilliant geneticist and the King of the Realm and hunky vampire, Dage Kayrs, in Claimed (Dark Protectors Book 2) by Rebecca Zanetti.
  • Favorite author:  This is just too hard because I have a long list of favorite authors. I can’t pick just one.
  • Favorite music to write by:  For In the Shadow of Pride, I loved listening to Dreamcatcher by Secret Garden, especially Songs from a Secret Garden [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sWnEWpS_fA]. This CD really stirs my emotions and brings out the best in my characters.
  • Favorite inspiration:  I keep this quote on the front page of my website for me!  Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison
  • Most memorable moment:  All time most memorable moments in my life were the days I gave birth to my son and daughter. I gained the greatest explanation of what true/unconditional love is the instant my children were placed in my arms.
  • Relationship advice:  Love exists and everyone deserves to be loved. Never settle! Find that one person that makes you want to be a better person and hold on tight. Love is messy, complicated and hard work, but it’s worth it. I know because I found that one person that makes me want to be the best person I can be.

Excerpt ~ In the Shadow of Pride

Lexie leaned her back against the cool stone and made herself release Mac’s hand. She then took a breath of fresh, clean air and tried to hide the shakiness in her voice. “Now what?”

“I’m going to drop down to the roof. You will kneel on the ledge and, using the window to balance, turn so your legs hang over the edge. Let go of the ledge, and I’ll catch you.”

“Are you crazy? I can’t—”

“Lexie, look behind you.”

She turned her head slowly toward the open window. Flames appeared under the door and the small office was completely filled with smoke. One word escaped her lips. “Trapped.”

“Once we get down onto the roof, there’s a fire escape ladder to the street.” He reached for her hand. “Gabriel needs you. We can do this together.”

Finding her voice, she whispered, “Not fair using Gabriel.” She bit down on her lower lip and dredged up an ounce of courage. “Mac, do what you have to do.”

With the grace of a trained athlete, he lowered himself over the side until only the tips of his fingers were on the ledge. An instant later, he dropped, landing on his feet.

“Tag, you’re it, Lexie. Just drop and I’ll catch you. Trust me.”

Lexie’s heart pounded like she had just run the 100-yard dash. After a quick glance into the office, she knelt, and holding onto the window, rolled onto her stomach.

“That’s it. Now just ease your legs over the ledge.”

The instant her feet hit empty space, panic ripped through her and she swung a leg back onto the ledge as her fingers dug into the window frame. God, she couldn’t do this. It was freaking crazy.

“You have to let go of the window frame. I’m right under you.”

“This isn’t the time to be nice to me, Mac.”

“Okay, then how’s this? I’m loving the view of the sexiest red panties I have ever seen that barely cover an ass that will live in my dreams for years to―”

Lexie dropped. Before she could get out the ear-piercing, girly scream that roared in her head, she landed in Mac’s arms. The impact crushed the air from her lungs.

“You’re okay,” he whispered. “I’ve got you.”

Wrapping her arms around his neck, she allowed his strength and his herbal all-male scent to soothe her. He eased her legs back on solid ground, but she didn’t let go. She couldn’t remember a time in her life when she felt so safe, protected.

She raised her chin and met his amused stare. Of all stupid days to wear a skirt to work. As soon as she got out of this mess, it was going to Goodwill.

Heat spread up her neck and her chest tightened. “This one time, I’m going to let that go.”

“Let what go, Lexie?” Mac’s hand moved slowly down her back to her waist and pressed her tightly against him.

His touch sent a flash of need that had been dormant for too long into her gut. Lexie swallowed but couldn’t look him in the face. “That wasn’t my best moment on that ledge. You shouldn’t have looked.”

“You told me not to be nice. I was saving your life.”

I WOULD LOVE TO HOLD A GIVEAWAY!

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Have questions? I would love to answer them. Feel free to ask me anything and you will become eligible for a drawing for a free digital copy of any book In the Shadow series. Reader’s choice. By the way, my In the Shadow series can be read out of order. I hope you will enjoy both the blurb and excerpt. It was great fun visiting with you.

 ((Hugs to all))

Nancy C. Weeks

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Cover Reveal: Moth by Sean Poindexter

 

Ellysian Press is pleased to announce the cover reveal and upcoming release for Moth by Sean T. Poindexter. The artwork is by Drastiq Designs. Moth is due out in late summer 2014.

Cover Reveal – July 7, 2014 by Ellysian Press.

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Social worker Max Hollingsworth is no stranger to monsters. Supernatural or human, he’s faced all kinds. But when he’s called upon to investigate a missing child, he may have met his match.

Children are vanishing, not just from the streets, but from their parents’ memories. Max’s investigation leads him to a gang of neo-Nazi vampires running a child slavery ring. There, he comes face to face with the deadliest enemy he’s ever met, their charismatic and powerful leader Boone.

Running low on hope and options to find the missing children, Max turns to his friends for help. But even they aren’t enough. Forced to face the darkness of his own past, Max forges an alliance with the least likely ally of all. An enemy whose cruelty was almost his end, and haunts him still.

Moth will be available at retailers by the end of July.

About Sean T. Poindexter

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 Though born in Mesa, Arizona, Sean has spent most of his life in Missouri. After college, Sean went into social and investigative work, primarily with disabled adults and seniors. Sean’s background in sociology, criminology, and philosophy and his experience as an investigator for the State of Missouri, are heavy influences in his writing.

While Sean has been writing most of his life, he did not consider doing so professionally until he was inspired by a terrible vampire movie. During the film, Sean amused himself by imagining the vampires being attacked by a dragon. His imagination resulted in his series, The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles, featuring dragons and vampires.

Sean enjoys watching and reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thrillers. His hobbies include playing Xbox, fantasy role playing games and collecting firearms.

Moth is Book 1 of The Max Hollingsworth Paranormal Mysteries. Sean’s other books include The Shadow of Tiamet and The Will of the Darkest One, both from The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles.

Sean’s Links:

Website: http://www.seanpoindexter.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sean.poindexter.author?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeanPoindexter

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5369073.Sean_Poindexter?from_search=true

 

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Featured Debut Release: The Fire Walkers by Shelley Greene

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Today, I want to introduce a fellow Maryland Romance Writer, Shelley Greene. She is celebrating her debut release — THE FIRE WALKERS.  So let’s please give a warm welcome to Shelley.

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INTERVIEW

Welcome Shelley!

Hi Jean!
Thank you so much for having me to visit. My debut novel THE FIRE WALKERS releases July 1st and I’m mega excited to get the word out about it.

On May 4th I had the great pleasure of having Jean as my guest for THE SUMMER LOVE BLOG TOUR. Today I’m going to answer the same hard-hitting author questions and share a little about how THE FIRE WALKERS came to be.

What do you love most about romantic suspense?

I love how intrigue makes your heart race. When add a touch of suspense to a love story it’s exciting and it plays into the plot. For example in THE FIRE WALKERS, my couple, Aidan and Kelly are real people with real problems. When they meet there’s an attraction, but it takes them being around one another for them to fall in love. The external conflict brings them together and illustrates how they react under pressure. It makes for a fun and action-packed story.

What’s is the weirdest research you’ve ever had to do?

With TFW I have an animal protagonist named Keegan, a rescued racehorse, who required a back story and a big black moment. I learned a lot about the horseracing industry and equine diseases. The latter resulted in an embarrassing discussion in a hallway with an author I greatly admire. Needless to say, picking what illness to give a fictional horse is tough. Lol.

Tell us one unique fact about you (something that few people know).

I’m ambidextrous with chopsticks. :-)

What is your favorite scene in THE FIRE WALKERS and why?

There are about four scenes in the book that get me for different reasons, but since we touched on Keegan, I’ll say Chapter 9. It takes place after Aidan and Kelly’s first fight, so the atmosphere starts off on a serious note. Kelly is sitting at a table with Keegan’s background laid out in papers from the horse’s rescue file. It was an interesting scene to write because Kelly is revealing Keegan’s back story while Aidan is trying to reconnect to her. All three of my walkers are in one room together and bonding over Keegan’s history. Almost all the characters have names with fire meanings, and Keegan’s mother, who’s mentioned in Keegan’s birth records, stays in that theme. Her name is beautiful, if you Google it you’ll see the fire flower she’s named after. I’m proud of how real the scene reads, and how moved I get over Keegan from learning his past. The interaction also shows how Aidan and Keegan are both alpha males’ just different species.

Those boys are double trouble when they get together…

THE BOOK

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Blurb from THE FIRE WALKERS, Shelley N. Greene:

Kelly Monroe is an idealistic good girl thrown into a bad situation. A graduate student chasing her dreams of a PhD, one party invitation lands in her a jail cell with only vague memories of the night before, images of a tragic bonfire haunting her. Sentenced to perform community service at a horse rescue, Kelly’s life goes from bad to worse, all under the watch of an attractive, blue-eyed detective. Driven to stick out the hard times, Kelly develops a bond with Keegan, an abandoned racehorse horse with a past.

Ex-NARC turned arson detective, Aidan Wright is tracking the drug dealers who killed his partner. Kelly’s memories of the bonfire prove to be the missing piece to Aidan’s investigation of several drug-related teen deaths, perpetrated by the band of drug dealers who scarred him years ago. When Kelly becomes the unsuspecting victim of the drug group’s trafficking, Aidan is forced to stay close to her to catch them.

As Aidan uncovers the truth, Kelly develops feelings for the fearless, blue-eyed cop, and the battered arson detective falls hard for the sanguine girl with the contagious laugh.

 

AUTHOR BIO

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Born to a military family, Shelley spent her early years living abroad. Having been exposed to different cultures early in life she developed a respect and admiration for tradition, philosophy as well as a big imagination. When her family returned to the states they settled in southern Maryland, where she was raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C.  From early on she loved to create plots in her mind, following characters on their adventures and seeking out the meaning of life in the stories that unfolded in her head.

She acquired a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Baltimore with a specialization in technology and discourse, gaining a deep appreciation of the writing process through her studies.  From classic literature to contemporary romance novels, she identifies with the joy of getting lost in a good story.

Shelley is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her RWA state chapter of the Maryland Romance Writers.

 Author Links:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads (Coming July 1st!)

 Jean, thank you again for hosting me today!

 Please check out THE FIRE WALKERS, available at the following retailers:

Amazon Nook – iBook – Kobo

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Frederick Book Festival, MD ~ June 27 (Craft of Writing/Costume Ball) & 28 (Author Panels & Book Signing)

Attention Writers and Readers:  Come Join Me for Wine and Chocolate

Frederick Book Festival

This Friday & Saturday, June 27 & 28

Check out the writing workshops and author panels:  Workshops and Panels

COSTUME BALL = FRIDAY NIGHT

 

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Celebrating a New Look Giveaway: Winners Announced!

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THANK YOU for celebrating my new look!

119 Entries!!!

It had been a long time coming, but I took the plunge and got a facelift — for my website.

I wanted to thank all who helped me celebrate and apologize for taking so long to announce the winners.

I want to give credit to Taria Reed for doing such an awesome job on the graphics. She is the wonderful artist/photographer that designed Soul Awakened’s cover.  I just pray she gets Soul Unbound’s and Soul Unleashed’s covers too :-)

Also, kisses go out to my husband and webmaster who worked to get the site fully functional and designed all the cool character bio cards. I could have never done this without him!

What better way to celebrate my new look than to give stuff away and have fun in the process!

WINNERS – selected randomly by rafflecopter

(We have some double and triple winners)

Grand Prize – Ebook Gift Set – Soul Reborn & Soul Awakened

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Denise King – Ebook Gift Set

Key to the Cursed Heart Pendant Necklace

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Candice D. – Necklace

Key to the Cursed Canvas Tote Bag

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Rebecca S. – Tote

Party Supplies

Key to the Cursed Water Bottle / Beverage Insulators & Bottle Openers

Key to the Curse Swag

Book Lady – Water Bottle Cover & Bottle Opener

Candice D. – Water Bottle Cover & Bottle Opener

Karen B. – Water Bottle Cover

Kathy S. – Water Bottle Cover

Laura – Bottle Opener

Linda W. – Bottle Opener

If you haven’t had a chance to check out my new site, click my new graphic below.

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