Special Guest: Sally Cronin, The Odd Jobs Gal – Swashbuckle and Romance


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About Sally Cronin

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My name is Sally Cronin and after working in a number of industries for over 25 years, I decided that I wanted to pursue a completely different career, one that I had always been fascinated with. I began studying Nutrition and the human body twenty years ago and I opened my first diet advisory centre in Ireland in 1998. Over the last 18 years I have practiced in Ireland and the UK as well as written columns, articles and radio programmes on health and nutrition.

I published my first book with a Canadian self-publisher in the late 90s and since then have republished that book and released ten others as part of our own self-publishing company. Apart from health I also enjoy writing fiction in the form of novels and short stories.

My thanks to Lyn for kindly inviting me to share this post in the Odd Jobs and Characters series on her wonderful site.

Odd Jobs and Characters – Hotel Assistant Manager – Swashbuckle and Romance.

Last week I wrote about my cross country journey of many hours by train, to reach a hotel in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales. My time there was filled with adventures, and in this post I would like to introduce you to a couple of memorable guests. To spice things up a little, and since I am the guest of an award-winning romance author, I have included a little love interest.

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The hotel boasted an award winning restaurant which overlooked the Mawddach estuary. In the summer months in particular, guests could eat outside on sunny days and evenings, enjoying the spectacular mountains that dominated the landscape. This attracted international visitors as well as those closer to home, as well as the rich and famous. This included Denis Thatcher, husband to the newly appointed prime minister, Maggie Thatcher, and several actors and BBC television presenters who used our hotel as a base when filming in the area.

One lunch in particular stands out in my mind as it involved the head of one of the most prestigious Champagne houses.

One of my boss’s best friends was an importer and businessman in the area, and he would frequently drop in for lunch with his clients. Normally when my boss and his friends had lunch there was a fair amount of alcohol involved, and I would be kept busy bringing bottles of wine and spirits out to the table on the terrace. The guest that day was the head of one of the largest Champagne houses who was on a business trip to Wales. He had brought some bottles of the really good stuff with him. Pre-chilled and stored in a special case in the trunk of his car.

Wine flowed and the trio enjoyed lunch which included our specialty lobster dish. Our French guest left the table for about 5 minutes and arrived back with a sword in a very ornate scabbard. He asked me to line up the remaining two full Champagne bottles on the stone balustrade of the terrace. Bearing in mind the amount of alcohol consumed by this time, it was with some trepidation that I did as requested, and then stood back; well out of the way.

With a great deal of flourish, the sword was removed from the scabbard, and the hilt was clasped in two hands. It was announced that any further champagne would be drunk from bottles opened in the traditional way. With that the sword swept through the air missing the first bottle completely. Without missing a beat, a stance was taken again and silence fell upon the watchers as there was another wide sweep of the weapon. This time the neck of the bottle was removed and champagne cascaded all over the gravelled balcony. I do believe there was about half a bottle left to be consumed by the admiring lunch guests.

However, other guests made their mark in a more permanent manner. An Irishman booked a room by telephone, arriving a week later and was given the key to room 40. He caught the eye of more than one member of staff due to his good looks and his lovely accent, but apart from booking meeting rooms and business lunches or dinners, he kept mainly to himself. It was therefore quite a surprise on his last night when he asked me to join him for a drink when I finished for the evening. He apparently knew that I was off the next day and asked me out to lunch and then dinner. We did a lot of talking and perhaps a kiss or two! He was due to leave the next morning and came down to my flat to say goodbye; or so I thought. Instead he asked me to marry him.

I didn’t hesitate and said yes and we were married five weeks later in the small registry office in the nearby town. Just my parents and his parents attended and we had a small reception with lunch and champagne of course. However, swords were kept in their scabbards. As they have been for every anniversary since for the last thirty-seven years.

Huge thanks again to Lyn for hosting this post today and I hope you have enjoyed. The characters that I met working in the hotel have definitely found their way into my stories.

Wow! What a swashbuckling, romantic story, Sally! Thanks for sharing.

To enjoy more of Sally’s adventures in this series, click the following link where you will find links to each post. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-odd-jobs-and-characters/

Now here is Sally’s latest book: What’s In A Name? – Volume Two 

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Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these sixteen short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters. Kenneth watches the love of his life dance on New Year’s Eve while Lily plants very special flowers every spring for her father. Martha helps out a work colleague as Norman steps back out into the world to make a difference. Owen brings light into a house and Patrick risks his life in the skies over Britain and holds back from telling a beautiful redhead that he loves her.

 Sally’s other books

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All books are available on Sally’s Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2

You can connect to Sally here:

Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.cronin

 

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Reviews & Special Guest


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It’s my pleasure to tell you western romance author and book cover designer, Charlene Raddon will join me here in Lyn Horner’s Corner this coming Monday, July 17th. I hope you will mark it on your calendar and stop by to greet this lovely lady.

Now, I’m thrilled to share with you the first reviews for Beguiling Delilah. First, here is Charlene’s wonderful recommendation on Facebook:

“If you’re looking for a new book, here is one I highly recommend. Leon is Navajo and is sent to France to protect and bring back Delilah Moreau. Delilah guards an ancient and precious document. Leon must get her back to his own land where other guardians like Delilah wait for them. But their path is fraught with danger.

I loved this story. The characters are real, the story exciting. I especially liked that the hero and heroine were older than usual.”

And the first 3 reviews on Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently good storytelling

By Craig A. Hart on July 14, 2017

“Lyn Horner is one of those writers you can count on to deliver consistently good storytelling. Often I pick up a book and it’s a bit of a gamble–not so here, because this author always hits the mark. Great read!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Totally Engrossing

By Amazon Customer on July 14, 2017  Kay Hamilton 7-14-2017

“This book kept me completely engrossed from beginning to end with intrigue, romance, and history. Great Read as are all the books in this series ” THE GUARDIANS”. Keep up the good work, Lyn. Cant wait for the next book in this series.”

5.0 out of 5 stars They just keep getting better!

By Patti Buchanan on July 14, 2017

“One of my favorites of the series so far! Kept me totally engrossed first in Paris then back in the USA. I just couldn’t put it down, so I read it in one sitting. Highly enjoyable and I can’t wait for the next one to be released.”

Be My Guest: Susan Horsnell


I’m delighted to welcome Aussie author Susan Horsnell to my corner of the world today. She’s here to tell us about her new book WHEN EAGLES SOAR.

When Eagles Soar

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My name is Kyan Miller and I have the ability to change into an Eagle and soar above the Earth.

Yep, you heard right – an Eagle.

A curse placed on the family in 1626 resulted in all the male members of my family having this unusual ability from the age of sixteen.

I work for the Government in Covert Operations. I can obtain information other operatives cannot. This mission is one of my most dangerous to date. The US is being flooded by Cocaine from South America and the Governments of these two countries are working together to put a stop to it. They have been receiving valuable intel from two US operatives. Until …. one operative is found dead. The other is missing – Analia Rogers has neither been seen nor heard from for three days, we don’t know if she is dead or alive. I have been sent into the Alvarez family’s drug compound to find answers.

I’m on an inflexible deadline, in three days’ time, the compound will be blown to smithereens but there are details the Governments aren’t aware of which could place their forces in danger. Can I get the word out in time to prevent them from being slaughtered?

What I find inside the compound has my anger soaring to nuclear levels.

Am I in time?

Is there anything I can do?

And, who has betrayed us?

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EXCERPT

The small café is located on a side street away from the center of town and prying eyes. A bell tinkles as I step through the door from the bright exterior to the dimly lit interior. I give my eyes a moment to adjust and spot my friend and handler seated at a table tucked away in the back corner.

“Señor?” (Sir) A pretty girl with flowing black hair and piercing blue eyes greets me.

“Do you speak English?” My Spanish is perfect as is my Russian, French, Mandarin and German but I prefer to converse in my native language.

“Yes.”

“Excellent. I have a friend waiting here.” I indicate the back table. “Can you please bring me a black coffee and the menu for lunch?”

“Si, Señor.”

The girl hurried away, and I weaved through the tables toward my handler. He stood, and we shook hands before sitting.

“As prompt as ever, Kyan.”

“Would you accept me any other way, Carson?”

Carson remains quiet while a coffee is placed in front of me and the girl hands us each a menu. It takes only moments for us both to request the Paella and the girl again leaves us alone. I sip at my steaming hot brew.

“Did you look through the folder?” Carson inquires.

“Yes, and I headed up this morning to check the area. I had another look at the information before coming here. I’m guessing you want me inside the compound?”

“Yes, but not for the reasons you think.” Carson hands me a USB which I tuck into the pocket of my jeans. “This one will be tricky but I know you have the ability to pull it off. In fact, you’re the only one who can.”

“You have me intrigued.” I sip at my coffee and lean back as a plate of Paella is placed on the table in front of me. Taking the fork in my hand, I scoop up a generous amount and transfer it into my mouth. The food, as always in these South American countries, is superb. Carson is studying me closely.

“What?”

He places his fork down, wipes his mouth on the snowy white napkin and sits back in his chair. “I’m worried about this one, Kyan.”

Carson Vaughan, my friend and handler for the past six years is a tall, distinguished looking gentleman in his early sixties. He’s been at his job for over thirty years and if he says he’s worried about a job, operatives should be scared shitless, which is what I am now. I have never known the man to show the slightest concern, let alone worry. He was Dad’s handler before he became mine and my father insists Carson is the best and coolest-headed man in the business. I lay down my fork and sit back in the chair, my appetite is now non-existent.

“Fuck.”

“Fuck, indeed.”

“Tell me what is going on, Carson.”

He indicates my pocket. “It’s all on there. You know I can’t force you to accept a job, but if you don’t take this one, we’re up shit creek with no boat – feed for the Caiman’s and I lose two operatives.” Carson stands and I rise with him.

We shake hands and he strides from the café. I sit back down and proceed to play with my food, deep in thought, gut pinching and nauseous.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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My name is Susan Horsnell and I write Sweet Western Historical Romance under my own name and Hot Contemporary Romance, M/M and BDSM under my pen name – A.L. Simpson.

 

I grew up in Sydney and moved to Queensland as an adult. I am married with two sons. Apart from writing, Critters are my passion. We have one Jack Russell Terrier called Caellagh (Kelly) and a very opinionated 26-yr-old Cockatiel.

Travel, walks, and the beach are my three most favorite things to do. My hope is for readers to enjoy what I have written as much as I enjoy writing it.

SOCIAL LINKS

https://alsimpson79.wordpress.com/  Website

https://alandvixen.wordpress.com/  Blog

https://www.facebook.com/alsimpsonauthor/  Facebook Author Page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1709862079031253/  Facebook Street Team

https://www.amazon.com/A.L.-Simpson/e/B01AFF3D44/  Amazon Author Page

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7746982.A_L_Simpson  Goodreads

Cover Reveal: Delilah is coming!


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Beguiling DelilahRomancing the Guardians, Book Six will be released by late June or early July. This installment of the paranormal romantic suspense series required extensive research since most of it is set in France. I’ve enjoyed learning more about Paris, where the story opens, and the breathtaking Côte d’Azur in the south of France, where Delilah and her hero flee in their rush to escape their enemies. Can’t wait to set this puppy loose!

If you like sexy romance, adventure, suspense and flashes of the supernatural as much as I do, I think you will enjoy this series. To catch up with the other Guardians and their loves, just click the covers and sample their stories on Amazon.

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Set in Colombia, South America

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Set in NYC and Long Island

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Set in Tampa, Florida

If you enjoy sampling the Guardians’ tales of survival and romance, I hope you will go on to read their whole epic story. Should you be inspired to leave a customer review on Amazon, I’ll be your friend for life!

I’d love for you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and here on my website of course. You can find all of my books on my Amazon author page.

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New Release from Bestselling Author Caroline Clemmons


Yay! Caroline Clemmons, one of my favorite western romance authors, has a new release: McClintock’s Reluctant Bride (The McClintocks, Book 3).

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Nettie Clayton’s well-planned life is stolen in a few moments. All she wants is a better life for her family in McClintock Falls, Texas where her father can recover from years spent coal mining. Her teacher’s salary is slated toward saving for her younger brother to attend medical school. Her dreams are dashed when Josh McClintock mistakes her window for that of her neighbor. She wants to resist her parents’ decree, but there’s no way to win.

Josh McClintock’s free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt end after his birthday celebration. He works hard by day on the family ranch; he plays just as hard on weekends. He loves being single to play the field of willing females and has no plan to marry for five or six years. One drunken mistake alters his life and Nettie’s forever.

While Nettie and Josh struggle to deal with an unwanted marriage, a crazed villain planning his revenge against the McClintock family targets Josh and Nettie. What happens when the villain attacks?

EXCERPT:

Dawn’s light pouring through her open window indicated the time must be near six o’clock. Papa and Mama would be awake any minute. The kitchen where Mama would prepare breakfast was right under this room.

Pushing on Josh, Nettie pried her legs out from under his body. She tugged her nightgown free, thankfully without tearing it. Propping her knee against the mattress, she pulled his legs. When his feet hit the floor, she thought surely he’d awaken. But he didn’t. Ha, and people thought she slept soundly.

How could one man be so heavy?

Grabbing his shoulders, she tugged him toward the edge of the bed. “Come on, wake up and go back out the window before anyone sees you.”

He flung out his arms at her without opening his eyes. “Baby, where’s muh present?”

Evading his groping hands, she slapped at his arms. “Not here, I guarantee you.”

When that got no response, she pounded on his back. “Wake up, you crazy drunk.”

A rap sounded at her door. “Nettie? What’s Josh’s horse doing in front of our house?”

Good Heavens, who else had seen his familiar horse? Papa seeing the animal was enough. “You’d have to ask him.”

Giving up on getting Josh to awaken and climb out the window, she tugged him to the floor. He hit with a loud thump. Except for the noise, she thought it served him right.

“Nettie? Why haven’t you opened the door?”

“Just a minute.” Bracing her back against the wall for leverage, she pushed Josh under her bed. Hurriedly, she climbed back between the sheets. To hide Josh from anyone standing in the doorway, she draped her quilt to the floor on that side of the bed.

The knob turned and Papa came inside, followed by Mama.

“Good morning.” She brushed her hands across her face and shoved away hair that had escaped her braid.

Papa strode over to the window. Oh, no, she hadn’t noticed the shirt Josh had left hanging half in and half out on the sill.

Her father snatched the garment and narrowed his eyes. “Explain Josh’s shirt being here.”

She shrugged. “I guess he tossed it.”

“And did he also toss his legs that are sticking out from the foot of your bed, young woman?” He walked over and kicked something, Josh’s boots she supposed.

“Hey!” The mattress lifted as Josh tried to sit up. “Ow. Ow.”

McCLINTOCK’S RELUCTANT BRIDE is available on these site:

Amazon http://amzn.com/B011LGDP8U

Amazon Canada http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B011LGDP8U

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B011LGDP8U

Amazon in Deutschland http://www.amazon.de/dp/B011LGDP8U

Amazon Australia http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B011LGDP8U

Nook http://tinyurl.com/pep3kkm

Kobo http://tinyurl.com/nafv3b4

Google Play Books http://tinyurl.com/qehlxyz

Apple https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1019315302

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Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of historical and contemporary western romances. Her latest release is McCLINTOCK’S RELUCTANT BRIDE, McClintock series book three. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.

Caroline is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Romance Writers chapters of Yellow Rose, From The Heart, and Hearts Through History. Her latest publications include the acclaimed historical Men of Stone Mountain Texas series, which includes audio versions of BRAZOS BRIDE and HIGH STAKES BRIDE. Her Kincaid series continues to resonate with readers. The latest in that series is GABE KINCAID with new releases scheduled in 2016.

Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. Prior to writing full time, her jobs included stay-at-home mom (her favorite), secretary, newspaper reporter and featured columnist, assistant to the managing editor of a psychology journal, bookkeeper for the local tax assessor and—for a short and fun time—an antique dealer. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys family, reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, painting, and getting together with friends. Find her on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, WattPad, Shelfari, and Pinterest.

Special Guest: Hebby Roman & Her EXCITING New Release


Today, please help me welcome my special guest Hebby Roman.

Hebby’s new book TEMPT FORTUNE comes out tomorrow, July 17, but you can place a pre-release order NOW!

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Hebby Roman is the multi-published author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her first contemporary romance, SUMMER DREAMS, was the launch title for Encanto, a print line featuring Latino romances. And her re-published e-book, SUMMER DREAMS, was #1 in Amazon fiction and romance.

Hebby is a member of Romance Writers of America, and the past president of North Texas Romance Writers. She is also a member of Yellow Rose RWA. She was selected for the Romantic Times “Texas Author” award, and she won a national Harlequin contest. Her book, BORDER HEAT, was a Los Angeles Times Book Festival selection.

The author lives in north Texas with her husband, Luis, and maltipoo, Maximillian.

Welcome, Hebby! Let’s start with you telling us how you began writing.

Sure. I began writing by being a voracious reader from the time I was in the third grade. I was reading full-length novels then, mostly about horses, like the Black Stallion series, and Call of the Wild about wolves. I was the typical tomboy “horse-crazy girl.” At ten years old, I wrote a one-hundred page book about a girl who tames a wild mustang. I even did research about wild mustangs in Glacier National Park and set the book there—good old encyclopedia research. We didn’t have Google then. Heck, the Internet wasn’t even a far-out idea at the time. J By the time I entered high school, I had read all the classics, although Moby Dick was tough-sledding. Of course, I loved Austen and the Bronte sisters. Summary answer, I started writing because I loved to read so much. I still read a lot, it’s my go-to relaxation activity, and I don’t understand writers who say they can’t read anymore because they’re constantly editing in their head. I just let it go and enjoy the ride!

Are your books published by a large publishing house or small press? If so, how did you come to be with this publisher? Are you self-published? If so, what made you choose this route?

I was originally published with a large house, Kensington. The first National RWA conference I went to in St. Louis, I had an agent appointment and when I pitched my book, which was set in Puerto Rico with Latino characters, the agent told me Kensington was looking to do a multi-racial line. The agent took me on and submitted Betrayed, the second romance I’d written. Kensington bought it, but they took three years to bring it out! I stayed with Kensington for several years and sold them ten books. Unfortunately, they were very restrictive about what I could write. And I’ve always written somewhat unusual settings and characters, Latino mostly. I grew up on the Mexican border and my husband of twenty-eight years is Puerto Rican. Latino culture speaks to me and that’s what I enjoy writing.

Due to Kensington’s restrictions and their Latino romance line closing, along with family considerations, I quit writing professionally for twelve years. I got back into writing a couple of years ago because of the lure of writing what I wanted in our new digital world. I rewrote several of my Kensington books and had them professionally edited and self-published them, thinking publishers wouldn’t want re-writes. For my new book (at the time), a medieval romance, I shopped it around and signed with The Wild Rose Press. I was very happy when they decided to take my book, as I’ve heard nothing but good things about TWRP from other authors. So, now I publish some of my books through them, while I still publish independently as well. I’m a hybrid author, and it can be confusing at times, but it gives me a great deal of independence and flexibility.

I’ve heard good things about TWRP too. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Why?

I’m definitely a plotter, always have been. For my first few books, I wrote a scene-by-scene outline that easily ran between fifty to one hundred pages (this was for long historicals). I have gotten away from the outline as some of my fellow authors pointed out it might hinder my creativity. However, if I get stuck or feel that my “middle is sagging,” I go back to outlining to make the book work. I guess I’m a plotter because my previous day jobs were all in finance and accounting. I’m a very analytical and organized person. The thought of just starting out with a blank page and a vague idea of what I want to write is frightening to me! Even if I don’t do long outlines anymore, I do deep background character write-ups, along with conflicts and motivations, and have a sketchy outline of the basic plotline and action.

How do you develop your plots and your characters?

This is a tough question, as sometimes, I get a brilliant concept for the basic story or plot. My first published book, Betrayed, I specifically wanted it to be a Puerto Rican “Gone with the Wind” and set it during the time Puerto Rico revolted from Spain. The basic plotline had to be an arranged marriage with the heroine loving her childhood friend, and I had to show the two men in her life as being on opposite sides in the revolution, that was clear. For my medieval romance, The Princess and the Templar, I wanted to do a medieval “Thornbirds” concept, with the man being restricted by his vow of celibacy. I didn’t want to tread on religious ground and use a monk or friar, so I researched and learned about the Templars (I did this before Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” and I can tell you there wasn’t much about Templars out there then).

On the other hand, characters come to me in bits and pieces, some of them share traits with me, others are completely opposite of how I am. I use character traits from family members and friends (so watch out!), and I try to have my heroine/hero on the ends of opposite emotional spectrums to heighten the conflict. In The Best Bet I crafted a very closed-off heroine who had been raised by an ambitious immigrant father because she lost her mother when she was young—this background, along with her Latino culture, made for an interesting character. In the companion book, The Best Game, I wanted to write about a small-city girl from San Antonio who went to New York and was a successful fashion model, but she learns to hate her occupation because New York relationships revolve around her being “arm candy” for rich and powerful men. So, she gives up her success and money, returns to San Antonio to attend college, and falls in love with the boy next door. In short, I’m all over the place with plots and characters, and they usually come to me in pieces, and I just keep fleshing them out and going deeper into my characters.

Cool! What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

If we’re talking the “craft of writing” I have to say I was and still am “freaked out” at how hard it is. It never gets any easier—you just go up a level and then another and another and … If we’re talking about research, I became fascinated by the medieval period and learned a great deal about the Knights Templar and all the secrecy surrounding them and the conflicting stories about why they were disbanded, tortured and burned at the stake. Some of the historical facts about the Templars are so fascinating and crazy; it’s hard to believe people lived like that a few centuries ago and the challenges they faced. Examples: Did Philip the Fair grab them and imprison them because he owed them tons of money or were they really worshipping a devil-like creature in their initiations? And how did they go from being poor knights, helping pilgrims in the Holy Land, to being one of the richest organizations in Europe within a couple of centuries? What were they digging for in the Temple Mount in Jerusalem? What happened to the bulk of their treasure when they were arrested? I could go on and on about the Knights Templar, that’s why they’re so fascinating.

Fascinating indeed! Where in the world would you most likely to visit?

Short answer for this one: Venice! It’s on my bucket list. I find Venice so romantic and unique and wonderful. It looks like a movie set, but people actually live there and have for centuries. Absolutely love any and every thing about Venice and can’t wait to go there!

What aspect of writing makes you happiest? What frustrates you most about writing?

These are short answers, too. I’m happiest when the words are flowing so fast my fingers can’t keep up with them. In today’s digital world, the most frustrating aspect of writing is knowing what to do for promotion and/or social media. I always feel like I’m doing the wrong thing or not enough. But I know this interview is the right thing! And I want to thank you for an awesome list of author questions to choose from.

Thank YOU, Hebby! You are a terrific guest! Now please give us a look at your new release.

Happy to, Lyn. TEMPT FORTUNE comes out tomorrow, July 17th.

TEMPT FORTUNE

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Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Cuban beauty Angelina Herrera flees to Key West to start a new life and build her own business. But when her past catches up with her, she realizes the only way she can avoid the arranged marriage is to marry another … in name only.

Drawn to the fiercely independent Angelina, Cuban revolutionary, Alejandro Estava marries Angelina. Though outwardly he agrees to the platonic relationship because of his secret past, he cannot deny his powerful desire to possess her completely.

But tempestuous forces more powerful than the hurricane descending on their island home unleashes their mutual passion while threatening their yearning for a lifelong bond.

A desperate flight, arranged marriage, and secret past—can childhood sweethearts find love again?

EXCERPT:

The magistrate cleared his throat loudly and intoned the opening words of the ceremony. Angelina strained to listen, but his words didn’t register.

She felt strange, as if she were standing outside her body and looking on. She’d acquiesced to their marriage because it was better than returning to Cuba and facing what her father had planned. Alejandro had promised she could live her life as she saw fit, running her factory without his interference. He’d even promised to end the marriage when her father was convinced to leave her alone.

But somehow, all his reassurances rang hollow. She was more than aware of their attraction to each other. How could they possibly withstand temptation, living together as man and wife? And if they succumbed to temptation, there would be no easy annulment. Even if they weren’t married by the Church, if they shared a bed, they were married in the eyes of God. And what if a child came of their union?

The magistrate, attired in a worn frock coat and soiled linen, said something about taking this man and stared at her. Trying to focus, she was like a fish out of water, completely out of her element.

Alejandro squeezed her hand.

She lifted her head and gazed expectantly at the magistrate.

The man met her gaze and frowned. Impatience colored the tone of his voice when he repeated, “Will you, Angelina Ximenes, take this man for your lawfully wedded husband? For richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to honor and obey?”

The word “obey” stuck in her mind.

What had she gotten herself into?

You can purchase TEMPT FORTUNE on these sites:

Amazon:  http://amzn.com/B00ZYX4B30

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1OaD5tI

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1M8IP9a

All About Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html

Visit Hebby here:

Website: http://www.hebbyroman.com

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Monday Author Meetup: Kit Morgan


My guest today is best selling author of sweet historical romance Kit Morgan.

Kit Morgan

About the author: A consistent Top 100 lists bestseller, Kit Morgan, aka Geralyn Beauchamp, has been writing for fun all of her life. When writing as Geralyn Beauchamp, her books are epic, adventurous, romantic fantasy at its best. When writing as Kit Morgan they are whimsical, fun, inspirational sweet stories that depict a strong sense of family and community.

Welcome Kit! Let’s begin with you describing your favorite place to write.

I live in a log cabin on twenty acres with a creek. I like writing on a bench down by the creek. I also have chairs set up around the property where I can go sit and write. I use voice recognition software a lot, and many times just walk the property while I write.

Do you ever wear your PJs or nightgown all day while writing?

Haven’t done it … yet…

LOL There’s always a first time. I don’t suppose you ever write naked either, right?

Egads! People do that?!?!?!?!

Winking smile So I hear. Getting serious, have you ever written a book together with another author?

Yes, kinda sort of. Cassie Hayes, Kirsten Osbourne and I wrote a trilogy of sorts. We each took one of three identical triplet brothers, and wrote their story which was taking place at the same time the other brother’s stories are taking place. Was quite the chore coordinating scenes with each other and having that particular scene be told from our character’s viewpoint.

That does sound challenging. What project(s) are you working on now?

Book 11 of my Holiday Mail Order Bride Series (book one is The Christmas Mail Order Bride and is a freebie on amazon if one hasn’t discovered the series yet), and another trilogy book.

A freebie, oh goodie! Mind telling us how you unwind and relax when not writing?

Ironically by reading! I’ve also gotten into listening to audio books lately which are a lot of fun!

Do you play any sports? What about hobbies?

I’m a hiker, and love a good trail! Also a flute player (I was an opera major with a flute minor in college) and of course biking!

Opera, wow! You are very versatile! Back to writing, are you a plotter or a pantser? Why?

Definite panster! Though I might have a slim outline just so I know kinda sort what direction I’m going, it often still takes a turn and I’m writing wildly along! But the story always turns out great!

Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is book ten of The Holiday Mail Order Bride Series: His Mail-Order Valentine. I love creating towns and their quirky, odd residents. Independence is no exception. Readers are first introduced to this town in Love In Independence, where one is introduced to the antics of Mercy, Martha, and Maude, three matrons of trouble! And they create plenty when they order a mail-order bride for the new town pastor, and fail to tell him! You can start this particular series with The Christmas Mail-Order Bride, or start in with Love in Independence and go from there. The books can be found on amazon:

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The Christmas Mail Order Bride http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FVGRX9O

Love in Independence: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L83QEHG

His Mail Order Valentine: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SZNUM20

And if you’re interested in the trilogy you can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R0PZEEK

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Book Blurb for Love in Independence:

They say love covers a multitude of sins, and for matchmakers Mercy, Martha, and Maude, it’s a good thing! Fearing the town’s new pastor is lonely, they decide to take matters into their own hands, and order him a mail order bride! Imagine his surprise when he finds out? Only he doesn’t! Mercy, Martha, and Maude see to that!

Winnie Longfellow has spent years caring for her sick mother, and now that she’s passed, has nowhere to go but her Aunt Eugina’s. But her aunt has other things on her mind, other problems to deal with, and so Winnie accepts a proposal from a pastor out west looking for a mail order bride. Little did she know, he was looking for so much more, anything more! He had no idea he’d sent for one! Now Winnie finds herself at the mercy of three madcap matrons, determined that love will find a way. Despite multiple misunderstandings, a horrid bully/gossip, and a woman she’s sure her intended will marry instead of her, Winnie discovers some things about herself, and finds that love really does find its way …

Excerpt:

“More tea, Mrs. Vander?” Betsy the cook/maid asked.

“Why, thank you, Betsy. Don’t mind if I do.” Betsy poured her another cup before she moved on to the guests.

“I think we should write the young lady back and accept,” suggested Martha.

“Let’s not be too hasty. What about other applicants?” asked Maude. “Has anyone else written?”

“No, Mrs. Ridgley sent a note along with the letter,” Mercy told her. “It says Miss Longfellow is the only bride available. If we reject this one, who knows how long we’d have to wait for another to come along.”

Maude set down her teacup and sighed. “Very well, then. Martha, take a letter.”

“Why do I have to take a letter? I wrote the last one.”

“Betsy dear?” Mercy asked. “Would you mind?”

“No, ma’am.” Betsy set down the teapot and went to a small desk near the fireplace. She took out a piece of stationery, picked up a pen, dipped it in an inkpot, and turned to her employer.

“Isn’t she a dear?” Mercy asked her friends. “I don’t know what I’d do without her.”

Betsy fought the urge to roll her eyes.

Maude turned to her. “Dear Miss Longfellow,” she dictated. “I think you’d make me a very happy man …”

“Should he sound so eager?” interrupted Martha. “The word ‘happy’ makes him sound too eager.”

“A man out here ought to be eager for a wife,” countered Mercy. “Any wife!”

“She’s going to make him happy, and what woman wants to marry a grump?” added Maude.

Betsy sat and stared at the three, her mind racing to decipher who the women were talking about. If she were a man, she’d think twice before letting a group of old biddies attend to something as private as his personal love life. What idiot let himself get talked into allowing them the task of obtaining a mail-order bride?

“Betsy,” her employer called across the room. “Leave in the word ‘happy’.”

“Yes, ma’am.” Betsy scribbled it down.

“My dear Miss Longfellow,” Maude began again. “Ah, let’s see, a happy man, yes … ah ha! And I think we shall be very happy together. You’ll be a fine addition to the church and community.”

Mercy stared at her. “That’s not very romantic.”

Betsy shook with suppressed laughter. The poor sap they’d suckered was even letting them answer his bride’s letter for him? Was he off his rocker? Who was this man?

“Romance is irrelevant at this point,” Maude snapped. “The important thing is to have her delivered … I mean, shipped out … brought here …”

“We all know what you meant,” Martha stated as she reached for her cup. “Which of us is she going to stay with when she arrives? We can’t just spring her on the poor man.”

“Why not?” asked Mercy.

Betsy’s mouth dropped open as her eyebrows rose in amusement. Was she saying what she thought she was saying?

“Pastor Luke has a lot on his plate – we have to be considerate of that,” added Maude.

Betsy snorted with laughter and almost fell out of her chair. All three heads turned to her as she quickly righted herself and resumed her position.

“She can stay with us,” added Maude. “If need be, we can rotate until Pastor Luke and this Miss Longfellow marry.”

Betsy could stand it no longer. “What are you talking about? Can’t Pastor Luke send for this woman himself? He’s not that busy!”

“Oh no, that would never do!” Mercy exclaimed. “You see, he doesn’t …” She quickly glanced at her counterparts. They sat as stoically as ever. “That is to say … he can’t be bothered.”

Betsy stood. “Mrs. Vander?” she began, then looked at all three faces in turn. “Has Pastor Luke given his consent for you to do this for him?”

The matrons glanced at one another with fleeting looks. “Well …,” Mercy replied haltingly. “Like I said, he can’t be bothered with such trivial things right now.”

“Trivial? A bride is trivial?!” Betsy gasped.

“I must say, Mercy, your hired help’s respect is sadly lacking,” huffed Maude.

“Now, Betsy,” Mercy began in a panicked voice. “Promise us you won’t breathe a word about this to anyone? Especially Pastor Luke!”

Betsy was about to comment when Maude cut her off. “If you do, we’ll see you fired!”

“You’ll do no such thing!” Mercy squeaked indignantly. “Why, Betsy’s been with us since we came west from St. Louis!”

“Dock her pay, then!” countered Maude. “We’ve got to get this settled and done with. Who’s in charge of the train and stage tickets?”

“I am,” answered Martha. “I’ll go down to the station first thing tomorrow morning and purchase them.”

“It’s settled, then,” said Maude. “Betsy, sign that letter, Pastor Luke Adams.”

Betsy could only stare. “You three are some kind of trouble, and you’re gonna be in a heap of it if your husbands find out.”

“They aren’t going to find out, are they?” Maude said with her eyes narrowed to slits.

“Don’t look at me,” said Betsy. “I ain’t gonna be the one to tell them. Besides, they’ll find out just as soon as that mail-order bride steps off the stage and goes looking for poor Pastor Luke!”

“Then we’ll just have to make sure one of us is there to meet her so that doesn’t happen,” said Martha.

Betsy shook her head. “You do that, and good luck. Because once Pastor Luke finds out what you three have been up to …” She sighed. “… he’s gonna be preaching nothing but fire and brimstone every Sunday for a month!”

Find a complete list of Kit’s books on her website, as well as links to her Facebook page and twitter. You can also sign up for her newsletter and link to her alter ego, Geralyn Beauchamp’s website.

Kit Morgan | Bestselling Author of Sweet Historical Romance