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Spotlight On…Roni Hall’s Montana Wild!

Today I’m interviewing fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, Roni Hall about her new release, Montana Wild.

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Q: How long have you been writing?

A: I started writing about 8-9 years ago . . as a hobby. Once my kids were grown I found myself with some spare time. Instead of knitting I sat down with my laptop. Writing relaxes me and manipulating words to create a story is FUN.

Q: Tell us about your road to publication.

A: Once I realized my writing was getting to be more than a hobby, I joined RWA (Romance Writers of America) and learned so much about the writing craft. Two years later I joined the local chapter (Greater Detroit RWA) which brought editors, agents and publishers to us for great opportunities. It was there that I was able to pitch Debbie Gilbert of Soul Mate Publishing.

Q: What advise would you give an aspiring author?

A: #1 Don’t quit! Keep learning the craft and believe in yourself.

#2 Join a local writing group. I can’t say enough about our GDRWA group. Every single member, novice or experienced, is so supportive of each other and generous with sharing their experiences, what worked and didn’t work for them. Almost every month, GDRWA brings in an editor, agent or publisher to speak to us and provide pitch opportunities.

 

Q: Tell us about your latest release.

A: As a nurse, I encountered numerous memorable patients but there was one that always stood out in my mind.  Montana Wild was inspired by the spirit of a real patient that touched my life and my heart. However, the rest of the tale is fiction.
Jamie is a spirited young woman that makes some uncharacteristically spontaneous choices once she decides to follow a new friends’ advice and Kiss Life in the Face. Realizing that if you want to make changes in your life, you can’t be a passive onlooker…you have to go after what you want.

 

Montana Wild Blurb

Spiraling downward after losing two loved ones within one week, Jamie’s world was closing in…until she grabs an unexpected lifeline and escapes. Knowing only New York City, Montana is another world and she is unprepared by how the land, the people and even the animals touch her. After risking her life to save a child, Jamie shares an undeniable bond and the beginning ripples of deep emotions with her co-rescuer, Kevin.

However, her past follows her to Montana and threatens all that she loves there. Jamie has no choice but to hurt Kevin in order to save his life and returns to New York with her ex, Derrick. Broken, Kevin refuses to believe she doesn’t love him and searches for Jamie, only to find her in Derrick’s lair. Once again Jamie tries to protect Kevin but this time gets caught in the cross fire.

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Montana Wild Excerpt

Swept up into the sea of travelers at the airport, she focused her attention back to the present as she followed the human current through check-in and security gates. It wasn’t until she was buckled into her seat that she registered the panic present in the far corner of her mind. What am I doing? A sickening wave of nausea rose in her throat as clammy beads of sweat trickled down her face. What the hell am I doing? Get up. Get off the plane now. It’s not too late, go!

Dizzy with indecision, she reached for the buckle on her seatbelt as her alternate conscience spoke up. No, stay. Do I really want to go back to my cramped little studio and spend more time alone? Her fingers released the grip on her seatbelt and she closed her eyes, deliberately trying to relax the tense wires in every fiber of her body.

Uneasy thoughts lingered after her internal schizophrenic conversation and she tried to leave all doubts behind as the plane ascended. Finding it impossible to concentrate on reading, she tried to distract herself by striking up a conversation with the unlucky soul sitting next to her.

“Have you ever been to Montana?”

“Oh yes, my sister lives there and I try to visit her every few years. How about you?”

“No, I’ve never been. This’s my first time and I’m nervous,” Jamie admitted.

“It’s pretty enough, but it’s rough country. I couldn’t live there. What brings you?”

Well, I finally got enough backbone to break up with my abusive, criminal boyfriend Derrick three months ago, and then my best friend and only ally, Noah, left on tour. I have NO family since my father died an agonizing death from lung cancer ten years ago, resulting in my mother becoming depressed and committing suicide two years later. I was pathetic enough to attach myself to one of my patients and become a helpless spectator as death cruelly consumed him. Only days after his death, my only surviving relative and second mother died, leaving me a 31-year-old orphan. So you see, I’m a loser and terribly lonely. So when this man I’ve never met in person asked me to join him on an intriguing escape across the country, I accepted.

That was the whole enchilada she wanted to spew out to the sweet, unsuspecting gray-haired matron in seat 21A. Instead she answered succinctly, “Just visiting a friend.”

 

AUTHOR BIO

The summer after high school graduation, Roni worked two jobs to pay for nursing school. During the midnight shift as a waitress, a charismatic young man at the counter flirted with her for hours as he consumed seven cups of coffee.  Their first date was eventful enough to be a book itself! Thirty-seven years and two kids later, the love story continues. Just like her novels, life can’t be too simple and you must make it an adventurous ride!

Her favorite place to write is in her hammock at their small Michigan cottage where she literally dodges the feeding hummingbirds while being serenaded by the lake’s loons.  Besides writing, she loves Slow Rollin’ in Detroit and the combination of good food, better wine, and dear friends.

LINKS

Facebook:     http://www.facebook.com/ronihall02

Web site:       http://www.ronihall.com

Email:             roni@ronihall.com

Amazon buy link: http://amzn.to/1UZZb4V

Twitter         https://twitter.com/ronihall78

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Posted by on August 25, 2016 in Spotlight On

 

Spotlight On…D.R. Grady’s Nerds Unite!

This week I’m spotlighting author D.R. Grady about her new release, Nerds Unite!

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Q: How long have you been writing?

A: Ever since elementary school when I first learned the magic of putting words together to form sentences and then paragraphs, and finally, a story. I’ve been writing toward the goal of publication since 1998.

Q: Tell us about your road to publication.

A: I found an agent and after a time, she encouraged many of us on her list to self-publish. So I published two series, The Me Series which is contemporary romance with suspense elements and complete. The other, The Morrison Family series, is on-going and nerd-centric. J Nerds Unite is book 10 of The Morrison Family Series.

Since then, I’ve been published by a small press in paranormal romance, The Dragon Chronicles series, and I have several more series at various stages (from still brewing to ready to sell) of development, so stay tuned…

Q: What advice would you give an aspiring author?

A: Finish the book!

Q: Tell us about your latest release.

A: Nerds Unite is one of those stories that wrote itself. Love those! I adore Leo de Vosse and Katy Greene. They’re best friends but I wanted this to be different than the usual what-if-we-mess-up-our-relationship best friends story. So I wondered what would happen if they were dating but didn’t know? And Nerds Unite was born.

Leo and Katy are so comfortable together they don’t even realize they’re dating. It took a stalker to make them realize things aren’t quite what they seem. Once they figure out they are dating, they need to decide what comes next in their relationship.

Don’t miss this great best friends story!

Blurb:

Life is full of promise for Katy Greene. New town. New job. New BFF. Everything is great…except for the creepy feeling that someone is watching her. 

After they confirm Katy’s stalker is real, she has some explaining to do to BFF Leo de Vosse. Not to mention some explaining to herself. When did her feelings for Leo turn into something more than friendship? The stakes are high as she fights for her life with the stalker, and for her heart with Leo.

Excerpt:

Something snicked with ruthless precision, and the sound of a blade leaving the sheath caught her attacker’s attention. Anyone familiar with blades should recognize that sound. It wasn’t a scalpel, but the streetlights still glinted off the deadly blade. Katy had never seen a switchblade before but there was no mistaking this one.

“Don’t come any closer,” Chrissy warned in guttural tones.

Katy couldn’t see her face, but the other woman’s stiff, ready-to-pounce body language conveyed her intent. A vast amount of Katy’s fear leeched out. It was apparent Chrissy knew exactly how to use the weapon in her hand. A hand that remained steady and confident.

Skirting around her bodyguard so she could see Chrissy’s face, more of Katy’s fear fled. Never before had she seen such savage eyes.

They advertised Chrissy’s intent as effectively as a billboard. Even Freid faltered. He halted at first sight of the lethal blade. Or maybe it was the harshness in Chrissy’s demeanor.

“Just hand over Dr. Greene and nothing will happen to you.” Freid resorted to his reasonable voice.

Chrissy slashed his wrist, the one holding the scalpel. He yelped and dropped the sharp instrument, jumping away from her.

“Back off or I’ll use this again,” Chrissy warned in that same harsh tone, at odds with her usual melodious inflection.

Her hand didn’t so much as quiver.

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About the Author:

D.R. Grady lives with her husband near Hershey, PA. She adores chocolate, laughing, collecting bags, books, and shoes, and writing stories that resonate with others.

Website: http://www.drgradybooks.com

Twitter: @drgradybooks https://twitter.com/drgradybooks

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007HR0ULS

Facebook Page: D.R. Grady https://www.facebook.com/drgradybooks

Google+: D.R. Gradybooks   https://plus.google.com/u/0/114138197846185543554/posts

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Spotlight On

 

Spotlight On…C.T. Collier’s Planted!

This week I’m interviewing author C.T. Collier about her exciting new release, Planted.

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Q: How long have you been writing?

A: I started writing as soon as I knew words on paper had meaning. About four years ago, I promised myself, even though I was working several jobs, I’d find one hour every day to write for myself. Within a year, I had a contract for my first novel.

Q: Tell us about your road to publication.

A: I pitched to Debby Gilbert of Soul Mate Publishing at a writer’s conference in Rochester, NY. She liked the concept of my book and thought it carried a message of hope. That led to publication of my romance series (as Katie O’Boyle) and the branding for my romance website “Healing Hope and Love.” This year I published a spin-off mystery, Planted, first in a new mystery series, The Penningtons Investigate, under my own name, C. T. Collier, and a new imprint, Asdee Press.

Q: What advice would you give an aspiring author?

A: Write every day, believe in your unique message, and work at developing your voice as a writer. Membership in a writer’s group, local or professional, will broaden your vision and connect you to valuable resources.

Q: Tell us about your latest release.

A: Planted is the first in a traditional mystery series, The Penningtons Investigate, set in a fictional college town (Tompkins College in Tompkins Falls) in the Finger Lakes of upstate New York. Lyssa and Kyle Pennington are both PhD’s, and when their clever minds start asking questions, clever killers can’t hide.

Blurb:

It’s Monday of spring break when Professor Lyssa Pennington’s backyard garden project unearths a loaded revolver. With no record of violence at their address and no related cold case, the Tompkins Falls police have no interest. But the Penningtons and a friend with the State Police believe there a body somewhere. Whose? Where? And who pulled the trigger?

The Penningtons’ canvass of their quiet neighborhood turns up disturbing secrets about the family who lived in their house for decades and another ill-fated family a few doors away. No one seems to know how to contact the only sons of either family. Lyssa follows the young men’s money stories and finds twenty million dollars, a neighbor who’s not what he seems, and a long-buried rivalry. Kyle goes after homicide data in six states and finds a body. Their next surprise is a murderer who will go to any length to conceal the crime.

 

Excerpt:

Lyssa yanked a pillowcase off the clothesline, tore into it with her teeth, and ripped it into wide strips. “The ambulance is on its way, Mrs. Winkel. I’m going to stop the bleeding the best I can.” When she lifted Mrs. Winkel’s right hand away from her left arm, blood pulsed from the wound.

God, help us. With shaking fingers, she wrapped strip of cloth tight around the wound. Hands slippery with blood, she wiped them on her shirt, then twisted another strip of pillowcase to make a tourniquet and tightened it with a clothespin.

What am I forgetting? “Bree,” she yelled, “I’ve got a tourniquet on the wound, and I can’t let go of it. What else do I need to do?”

“Right beside you.” Bree squatted next to her. “She’ll need her insurance card and doctor’s name, and they want me out front to meet the ambulance.”

“In my purse,” Mrs. Winkel gasped. “Hallway table.”

“I’ll get it.”

“I want to go with her to the hospital,” Lyssa said.

“Then take my car and follow them, but don’t let the police see you, or they’ll make you stay here to answer questions.”

“Evade the police?” Keep it together. “Mrs. Winkel, once the ambulance arrives—”

“Stay with me.” Her neighbor’s voice quavered.

“I will. I promise.”

Mrs. Winkel’s bloodied right hand grabbed at Lyssa’s T-shirt. “Call Mary. My sister.” She groaned, her grip loosened, and her arm dropped heavily.

“I will.”

Mrs. Winkel’s eyelids fluttered and her head rolled to the side.

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Author bio:

T. Collier grew up in Seneca Falls, NY, left the area for college and jobs, and always wanted to return to the Finger Lakes. Today she lives in a beautiful small city on one of the prettiest of the Finger Lakes, not unlike fictional Tompkins Falls. Most days you’ll find her writing in her tiny office looking out on a woods populated with fox, deer, wild turkeys, and songbirds. In her career as a tech-savvy college professor she has been endlessly fascinated with campus intrigue. Entirely fictional, Tompkins College is no college and every college.

 

Links for C. T. Collier:

Website: http://drkatecollier.wordpress.com

Facebook: kate.collier.315

Twitter: @TompkinsFalls

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2016 in Spotlight On