Be My Guest: Caroline Clemmons


Please welcome my guest, Caroline Clemmons, a wonderful writer I’m happy to have on my liCaroline Clemmons - Dreamin in Dallas - 4-1-11ttle corner of the net. Welcome, Caroline.

Hi, Lyn Thanks for having me as your guest today.

I’m excited to announce my latest historical western title, SNARE HIS HEART, is now available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B073ZN4CCG for only $1.99. This is number 5 in my Loving A Rancher Series for Debra Holland’s Montana Skies Series for Kindle World. Whew! That sounds a lot more complicated than it is.

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Caroline, before we talk more about your beautiful new book, please tell us a little about your family and growing up.

My parents lived in North Central Texas when I was born but moved to Oildale, California when I was a baby. (Imagine my surprise when I learned one of my recent signed-paperback winners also lived in Oildale near the same time and had attended the same elementary school.) Just before I was eight, we moved back to Texas, but to West Texas and I grew up in Lubbock. That’s where I met my Hero. Now we live in North Central Texas with our menagerie of rescued pets. Our two lovely daughters are grown but, fortunately for us, live nearby.

When did you start writing?

I’m not certain, but I remember writing and illustrating stories as a child. My father taught me to read and write early. I joke that he taught me to read because he tired of reading the comic page to me each evening (I was crazy about Bugs Bunny) but actually Daddy placed a high value on education. I took journalism in school and for many years, I wrote newspaper stories. My mother-in-law loved reading romances and told me I should write one judging from the long letters I wrote. I did and in 1998 Kensington published my first romance book.

Are you traditionally or self-published?

I am very happily self-published. Not only do I make more money than I ever did with a traditional publisher, I get to write what I wish, when I wish. This freedom is wonderful and being self-employed at home is—as the ad says—priceless. I have only a few steps’ commute to work each day and there’s no dress code. I do write each day, some days more than others.

What do you hope your writing brings to readers?

Even though the story lines are fiction, they show characters overcoming obstacles. I hope readers go away from my books having been uplifted and entertained and having forgotten for a while any problems or stressors they may have.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” By M. Ghandi

What are your plans for the future?

To keep writing, of course. Next month I will publish the conclusion to my Bride Brigade series, PRUDENCE. After that, I have a long schedule of books planned. If I live to be two hundred, I might get them all written. ☺

I admire your talent and prolific writing! Now tell us about your new release.

Glad too! SNARE HIS HEART is set in 1887 in and near Sweetwater Springs, Montana Territory. Those of you who read Debra Holland’s books will recognize many of her characters in this story. My book’s main characters are Forrest Clanahan and Addie Ryan, with Forrest’s stepbrother Ethan Campbell playing a large role.

Here’s the summary:

How can Adeline “Addie” Ryan deal with pity and sly remarks after her fiancé leaves her at the altar and elopes with her bridesmaid? Usually optimistic, Addie suspects this event will taint her socially as long as she remains in Atlanta. At her sister’s suggestion, she visits a matrimonial consultant. One man’s letter touches her heart, but can she travel to Montana Territory and marry a stranger?

Forrest Clanahan carries scars on half of his upper body that he received when he tried but failed to rescue his late wife from their burning home. Her death left a hole in his heart that won’t allow him to love again—but his children need a woman’s guidance and he needs a wife. He offers kindness and consideration—but not love. Never love.

Addie and Forrest unite against threats but can they develop a loving relationship?

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Yes, this is another mail-order bride story. I love reading and writing about women who believe becoming a mail-order bride is the best or only opportunity left for them. Would I want to have been one? No! But, who knows what we’d do if faced with difficult choices?

The Civil War decimated the male population. Later, when many eligible men moved west, a surplus of marriage-age women were left behind. At that time in history, there were few options left for a gently-bred woman who didn’t marry. She could become a companion for an elderly relative, become a governess if she was educated enough, or teach school (which required she remain single). Doing anything else lowered her social standing—if she had any.

I’ve read true stories of women who ventured across the country to marry a stranger they knew only by mail. Brides in some of these situations had tragic tales while others were happy—or at least contented. If you’re interested, Chris Enss published HEARTS WEST about several of these real-life mail-order brides.

I hope you’ll read and enjoy SNARE HIS HEART and that you’ll love Addie and Forrest as much as I do. If you do, please leave a review!

Excerpt:

“Shall we go?” Then, maneuvering so he kept his good side to her, he guided her down the aisle.

The children and men followed.

Before they left the sanctuary, Mrs. Norton indicated a large basket on the back pew. “I always prepare our brides a basket of food. A woman shouldn’t have to cook on her wedding day.”

Her groom accepted the container, which appeared heavy. “Appreciate your kindness.”

Addie gave the minister’s wife a brief hug. “Thank you for everything, Mrs. Norton.”

The kindly woman smiled.

Reverend Norton stood beside his wife. “We hope to see you folks again soon.”

Addie hurried to keep pace with her new husband. She still hadn’t seen the scarred side of his face. Surely she would now and she braced herself so she wouldn’t cringe or display shock. Better to get that over with than prolong her tension.

He set the basket in the wagon bed. When he turned back to help her, she touched his unblemished jaw and turned his head so she could see his full face. He flinched and his hands fisted at his side.

He resembled a harlequin with half of his face perfect and handsome and the other half scarred, red, and horribly puckered. The combination created a ghoulish sight that would frighten anyone not prepared. Forcing herself not to outwardly react to his frightening appearance, she looked into his dark blue eyes.

“You said you wanted a wife who could look you in the face but you haven’t given me an opportunity.”

In the sanctuary, his voice had been soft and hushed. Now he spoke with a pleasant baritone, “Thank you for not screaming. I want neither pity nor rejection but only to be treated as I deserve.”

Not flinching had taken every ounce of her self-control. She ached for the pain he must have endured. Was there even a doctor in this area? How had he survived?

Montana Sky Series

In addition to SNARE HIS HEART, eight other Montana Skies Series books are now released.

TANGLED BLOOM is by Dallis Adams

SAVING THE OUTLAW is by Linnea Alexis

HEARTS RHYTHM is by Linda Carroll-Bradd

THE SCOUNDREL’S INCONVENIENT BRIDE is by Crystal Green

GIFTS OF LOVE is by Kit Morgan

REDEMPTION ROSE is by Louella Nelson

WHEN THE HEART HEALS is by Judy Pennell

LEGACY is by Lynn Winchester

You can see the covers and purchase each book on Debra Holland’s website at http://www.debraholland.com/kindle-worlds.html

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Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of historical and contemporary western romances. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.

Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. 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.

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Now, please go to Caroline’s blog at http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com to read about Lyn Horner as her guest.

Be My Guest: Charlene Raddon


The Birth of a Story

You learn the darnedest facts while researching a book. Sometimes, what you find can throw your story completely off-kilter and send you searching for a new storyline. Other times, it can change a story from good to fantastic.

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This is what happened to me with my newest book, Ride for a Bride in Wyoming, from the series Rocky Mountain Romances.

I already had the story—New York society spinster whose passion is protecting animals from cruelty meets a Wyoming rancher who raises bulls for the budding rodeo business and rides a buffalo in horse races.

And I had the characters—Annora Lee Bostwick, a member of the new American  Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who moves to Sheridan, Wyoming to open a new branch; and Birch Struthers, also known as Buffalo Birch Struthers, a rancher involved in the beginnings of the rodeo. Burke has recently taken over the family ranch after his father’s death, but if he wants to hang onto the property, he must marry and soon, or lose it to a man he hates.

My problem was how to get them together. Neither wants to marry, and they seem like total opposites. That’s when I read about the Ride for a Bride race that took place in Sheridan, Wyoming as part of their first official rodeo in 1909. Harry Lewis, the groom, won the hand of Hazel Foster, and they were married that very day.

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What a grand solution to my dilemma!

Of course, Annora and Birch don’t fall in love at first sight. Far from it. Annora accuses Birch of mistreating his buffalo and the bulls he uses in the ranch competition. Birch sees her as a spoiled, stuck-up New York Society spinster unfit for life on a Wyoming ranch.

Birch agrees to be the groom for the Ride for a Bride race to follow the competition because of his father’s will demanding that he marry within a year. Annora, however, is blackmailed into participating.

And, so the fun began.

I loved writing this novella, and hope readers like it as well as I do.

EXCERPT

Her hair was a light red. Not strawberry blond, nor the usual carrot red. Birch never would’ve thought of a color like red being mellow or calm, but that’s how he saw it.

She had freckles to go with the hair, and intense, green eyes with a hint of stubbornness as if she wouldn’t give an inch even if you set her skirts on fire. That glimpse of obstinacy matched the tilt of her chin and the stiff way she held herself. An uppity New York spinster no doubt hoping to snag what she’d failed to catch back home—a husband.

“She’s my cousin,” Lissette told the mayor, an arm around Miss Bostwick’s waist.

“And my bride-to-be,” Jenks asserted.

“That is impossible,” Miss Bostwick stated with emphasis.

Great thunder! Even her voice sounded pretty, like a meadowlark at dusk.

“I’m afraid this is my fault,” Lissette said. “You see, Annora’s mother wrote, asking me to help Annora find a husband. She gave me to understand that is why Annora decided to relocate here. When I saw the notice about the race, it seemed the perfect answer.”

“Why didn’t you ask me if I considered it perfect?” Miss Bostwick pulled the cat from her shoulder. “I’ve no need for a husband. I like being a spinster.”

Birch swallowed a laugh at that.

“Oh, but, Annora, I… I only want to see you happy.” Looking stricken, Lissette glanced around at their audience. “Please, can we discuss this later?”

“Good idea,” Mayor Sythes said. “I think we’ve strayed from the topic, folks.”

“Yes. Remove my name as the Ride for a Bride bride,” Miss Bostwick told him.

Lissette’s face paled. “Annora, you can’t.”

“I’d like to know why not.”

“Ladies. Ladies.” Sythes tried to get the situation under control.

Birch felt he ought to be rooting for one of the women, but didn’t know which. Miss Bostwick had a right to be angry at her cousin for putting her in such an awkward situation.

“But, Mayor,” Jenks whined, “I have a right to take my bride over to the church and get hitched. I won the race.”

Lissette’s skirts rustled as she whirled to face him. “No one expected that to happen. Birch and Hezzie always win.”

“That doesn’t change the fact that I won this time,” he retorted.

“Which means nothing to me,” Miss Bostwick said.

Birch raised his hands. “Hold on. Can I get a word in here?”

“Go ahead,” Mayor Sythes gestured him forward. “Speak up, Birch.”

“First, I had no knowledge about Miss Westbrook coming here—”

“Bostwick,” the redhead corrected, preventing the calico kitten from climbing to her shoulder again.

“—or being the designated bride for the race. In fact, I didn’t think any bride had volunteered yet.”

“I can verify when the race is to take place.” Mayor Sythes pulled a paper out of his vest pocket. “I have the competition rules and schedule with me.” Putting on his spectacles, he read, “The Ride for a Bride Race shall commence on the day following the conclusion of the ranch competition. That means the race is to be held July 30.”

“Let me see that.” Jenks snatched the paper away.

Lissette clapped her hands in delight. “This means you still have a chance to win Annora’s hand, Birch. Isn’t that marvelous?”

He wanted to puke.

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Ride for a Bride in Wyoming is currently available for pre-order, and will be released July 22. Find it at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071XDTV9G

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The Rocky Mountain Romances series is made up of seven books by seven great authors to be released one each week, beginning with Utah Sunrise by Amelia C Adams, released this week and available NOW.

Check out all the books at https://www.facebook.com/RockyMountainRomances/.

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Charlene is multi-published, award-winning author of American historical romance noels. Originally published by Kensington Books, she is now self-published. She loves traveling, writing, reading, spoiling her grandchildren, and hearing from readers. She is also a graphics artist and has her own business creating book covers for authors at http://silversagebookcovers.com

 

 

Links:

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https://twitter.com/craddon

http://www.facebook.com/CharleneRaddon

http://charleneraddon.com

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1232154.Charlene_Raddon

Bastille Day Release & Remembrance


Finally, Beguiling Delilah is live! Nice gift for my birthday. I chose to release on July 14 in honor of  Bastille Day and the people who died a year ago in Nice, France, where part of Delilah is set. May they rest in peace, and may we see no more such tragedies.

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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

New Release from A.L. Simpson


Release Date: Feb 26, 2017 

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Romance Genre: Contemporary, M/M (non-erotic) 

Pages/Words: 176/48,624 

Goodreads Link: https://alsimpson79.wordpress.com/broken-bastard/

Blurb: 

Present Day 

My name is Tyler Maxwell Alexander. I’m twenty-eight years old. A few months ago, I had it all. An executive job in a prestigious investment firm owned by my father. Ha! Yeah, right – father. I’ll explain about that later. I lived in a waterfront apartment overlooking the harbor and drove a Mercedes convertible. 

Then, in the blink of an eye, it was gone. All of it. Everything, except the clothes on my back. I was broken. A bastard. Did I mention, I’m gay? No? Oh well, I have now. 

This is the story of how my fairytale life turned to shit in the blink of an eye….. 

Buy Links:  

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VV92CV8

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06VV92CV8 

Amazon AU – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B06VV92CV8  

Amazon CA – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06VV92CV8  

Barnes and Noble – http://bit.ly/2lfvbKv  

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1205555410  

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/broken-bastard  

Social Media Links: 

Website: https://alsimpson79.wordpress.com/  

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/A.L.-Simpson/e/B01AFF3D44/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1462860962&sr=1-2-ent 

Blog: https://alandvixen.wordpress.com/ 

FB:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010789387976  

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

It’s Live! Happy Halloween!


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Want murderous Halloween reading? Check this out!

PROFILING NATHAN is out! Book five in my Romancing the Guardians series, this story is packed with murder and mayhem, sexy romance and supernatural flashes.

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A serial killer is murdering young women in Tampa’s entertainment district. Latino gangbangers are raising a ruckus. In the middle of all this, lives Nate Maguire, a reluctant Guardian of Danu. He just wants to make a living inking tattoos – until FBI profiler Talia Werner walks into his shop. She rapidly turns his life upside down.

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First, the beautiful, stiff-necked fed delivers a message from the Guardians, who outsiders like her aren’t even supposed to know exist. Although instantly suspicious, Nate can’t resist the attraction between them.

Then Talia gets involved in solving the recent murders and drags Nate into it. To save her pretty neck, he may need to employ a deadly psychic gift.

If you can spare a few minutes, sample the book for FREE on Amazon. If you like it, please tell your friends.

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Glowing Reviews for Capturing Gabriel


Release Day +2 for Capturing Gabriel brings wonderful 5-Star reviews!

“This is a great book. I love the depth of research that the author put into this book and the story content is awesome and kept me engrossed until the end.” -By Amazon Customer K Hamilton

“Capturing Gabriel by Lyn Horner is part romance, part action, part paranormal and 100% entertainment as she creates a hard scrabble world and brings two souls together at a most inconvenient time! You will chuckle at poor Josie as she is forced to adapt to a totally foreign environment with all the grace of a bull in a china shop and no back up to help her out! Gabriel has his moments, too, when his reputation is revealed as a front for the man he truly is. With his quirky and unique band of “outlaws,” once more, Lyn Horner gives us a chance to smile, knowing that, the only ones fighting their attraction are the mouthy and headstrong Josie and the quietly alpha Gabriel! Definitely not heavy or dark reading, this has heat, tension and an great author behind a wonderful plot!” -By Dii TOP 500 REVIEWER

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