Sharing the Awesome Author Archive

My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet some of the authors I know, so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about. I have to warn you though – creativity is contagious!

 

Today’s guest is Karla Brandenburg, author of the award-winning paranormal MIST series. She is a card-carrying cookie-holic (we have a lot in common!), and enjoys baking and travel.

Karla, what genre do you write and why that one? K: I write romance, mostly because that’s what I grew up with and I am a romantic at heart. I tried to write a quest novel my first try out of the gate, but I kept stumbling on the hero and the heroine and how much they liked each other! Needless to say, the quest turned into a romance and they found more than they were looking for!

Romance found you. If you could do one thing over differently what would you do? K: You know, I believe everything in our lives makes us stronger and we benefit from the experience. For that reason, I don’t know that I would do anything differently. I am who I am because of the experiences I’ve had.

Any advice for aspiring writers? K: As with anything, practice makes perfect. Grow a thick skin, understand when criticism will make you stronger.

Great advice! What song would be your theme song? K: Set the World on Fire by Britt Nicole

What would you pick as a superpower? K: You know the ghost of Christmas present and his horn of goodwill? I want one of those.

What’s your favourite dessert? K: Chocolate soufflé with cream sauce on top. MMMMM

Sounds delicious – and of course, light! 😀 Karla, thank you very much for stopping by and congratulations on your new release. Happy sales! 

 

Here’s a bit about Karla’s new release is  EPITAPH 2: The Twins

Although she vowed never to go back, nurse Siobhan McCormick returns home after two family members have died and her brother’s life is threatened. Her new job introduces her to accident victim Jared Pierce, a man whose casual charm tempts her with the same bad decisions she made in high school.

Haunted houses don’t sell, and Jared Pierce’s family sends him from Louisiana to Illinois to make sure there aren’t any ghosts lingering in his great-aunt’s house. An accident on an icy road extends his visit from a few days to a few months.

Though the house is ghost-free when Jared arrives, a violent ice storm breaks apart a tree and releases the spirits of twin boys who were buried in the backyard. Temporarily disabled by his injuries, Jared needs his nurse’s help to give the ghosts peace. There’s only one problem. Siobhan doesn’t believe in ghosts. Will Jared earn her trust and affection or will Siobhan retreat into the safety of her job?

 

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVYBZF5

Karla Brandenburg loves to connect with readers ~ Website

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My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet some of the authors I know, so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about. I have to warn you though – creativity is contagious!

 

Today’s guest author is Harlequin Superromance author Tara Taylor Quinn. She’s written over 80 novels – wow!!  She’s a USA TODAY bestselling author with more than seven million copies sold (the mind boggles!). She is known for delivering intense, emotional fiction. Tara is a past president of Romance Writers of America. She has also appeared on TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

 

Tara, what genre do you write? T: I write romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction.

Besides writing, what are you passionate about? T: I support the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233. For a list of resources in Canada click HERE

It sounds like your latest release, Her Secret Life, addresses domestic violence – a conversation that never needs to stop. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? T: Write. Don’t judge. Don’t validate. Don’t defend. Just write. Everything else will come in its time, but the first step is the most vital. And that’s to just write.

Great advice! I found it really helpful to have 2 or 3 stories ready to go when a publisher accepted a manuscript. What song would be your theme song? T: Silence and I by Alan Parsons Project

Sounds like me and writing too :D. What would you pick as a superpower? T: Telepathy – I would love to be able to send messages to my loved ones and to receive them as well. I actually fully believe this is possible if we are able to quiet our minds and go into deep enough focus.

Love it. What’s your favourite dessert? T: Striped Delight – an old family recipe with a graham cracker based crust, chocolate pudding based center, and a whipped cream based top layer.

Sounds delicious! Thank you very much for stopping by, Tara Taylor Quinn! It’s been an honour and a pleasure 😀

 

Tara Taylor Quinn loves to connect with readers ~  Instagram    |    Facebook    |    Pinterest    |    Goodreads    |    Twitter    |    Website

 

 

 

Enjoy an excerpt from Tara Taylor Quinn’s latest release, Her Secret Life  

“Uh-huh. Yes.”

Mike Valentine listened unabashedly to the half he could hear of his lunch companion’s phone conversation the first Monday in March.

“I know. Mmm-hmm.” Her tone was more flirty than not. Glancing at Mike, Kacey rolled her eyes. And then mouthed, Bo.

A guy she’d been talking to in LA for the several months. She said she wasn’t in love with him, but she liked him a lot. He fit her life in the city. She’d never, ever bring Bo to Santa Raquel, which was where Mike lived, and where he and Kacey volunteered at a local domestic violence shelter, The Lemonade Stand. Bo was part of her Beverly Hills life. And, Mike assumed, her sexual partner.

A subject that had nothing to do with Mike.

“Okay, tomorrow night. But only if it’s just a few of us. I meant it when I told you I don’t want to go clubbing.”

While she listened, she ate a French fry. Or as much of one as she’d allow herself. Just the tip. Off Mike’s plate.

She fell for the wrong guys. It didn’t take a genius to figure that one out. Besides, she’d told him so herself.

“No, I’m not going to change my mind…” Her tone of voice changed from playful to deadly serious.

While she couldn’t seem to control her propensity to date the wrong types, she was determined to make serious changes to her life and had already.

Like the drinking. She still did it. Socially. She might have been teetering on being a drunk, but she wasn’t an alcoholic. Her body didn’t have a chemical dependency on the stuff. And she hadn’t been drunk in ten months, not since she’d made up her mind to change her life. He knew…because she’d told him.

“I do want to be with you! It’s the clubbing I don’t want.” She was smiling now—not at Mike. She’d never smiled at Mike that way.

For which he was utterly thankful. That smile…it was the one reserved for the disposable men in Kacey’s life. The ones who were part of the soap opera star’s Hollywood life.

He’d take friendship with her any day. Getting her inside scoop was a whole different kind of intimacy. A more lasting one.

If you’d like more, the buy link for Her Secret Life is HERE.

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Awesome Author Erin Bevan!

Posted April 19, 2016 By Linda

My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet some of the authors I know, so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about. I have to warn you though – creativity is contagious! 

Today’s guest is Erin Bevan, author of The Ranch Hand, Text Me, Cupid’s Angels, and her brand new release, Wedding Day. Congratulations Erin!

Erin8 copyMeet Erin ~

Erin Bevan was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas. She spent her teenage years working for her aunt at the local gas station flipping burgers and making milkshakes dreaming of the day when something better would come her way.

Fast forward ten years later, she found herself stuck inside an apartment in South Korea while her daughter went to preschool and her husband went to work. Alone and unable to speak the local language she turned to books for a friend. After reading a few hundred in such a short time, she decided to try her hand at writing one.

That first one sucked, but by the fifth and sixth book, Erin started to get the hang of this writing thing. Getting the first contract in the mail was a dream come true. Now, with three babies at home, she squeezes in stories one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one day at a time. She’s a full time mom, a full time wife, with a little writer sprinkled in whenever she can get the chance.

 

perf5.000x8.000.inddWhen did you start writing? E: I started writing in 2011. My husband, my daughter and I moved to South Korea for my husband’s job. I found myself without most modern conveniences. No car, no friends, no family, not even a cellphone, and absolutely no one near me that even spoke English. I took up reading as a hobby then thought I would try my hand at writing.

 

Making the best of a difficult situation! What has been your favourite scene to write? E: Honestly? The love scene in Love Comes In The Mourning. (Blush!!) Love Comes In The Mourning will be my very first book to publish with an open door love scene. That book will be released late part of this year or early next year. Love Comes In The Mourning has also been my absolute favorite book to write as well.

 

It’s fun to stretch yourself as a writer – and try something new. ;D What has been the most exciting moment so far in your writing career? E: Probably the day I received my first contract!

 

And probably just as exciting with each new contract! What has surprised you the most about the process? E: Two things: First is how supportive other authors are of each other. I love, love, love the support and camaraderie among authors. Second thing is how nasty critiquer’s can be hiding behind the comfort of their computer screens.

 

Yes – the good and the bad! Any advice for someone who would like to write a novel? E: Grow a thick skin. A very thick one!

 

Cupids AngelsKnow that for every reader who doesn’t connect with your story, there are dozens who do! What’s your favourite quote? E: Not so much a quote, but I do have a favorite scripture.

Hebrews 13:2

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

Isn’t that chilling? I believe in angels, but to think that I’ve actually talked to one without knowing it…super cool!

 

 

 

I believe in guardian angels, too! 😀 If you had to pick a song to be your theme song what would it be? E: Christina Aguilera’s Fighter.

Love it! What would you pick as a superpower? E: I’m inventing my own super power, the mommy super power. I wish I could snap my fingers and be showered, dressed in full make up and hair as soon as I leave the gym. Oh, with a Starbucks in hand, too!

Oh, the time a mom would save – yes! What’s your favourite dessert? E: Umm… cookies, cake, candy bars, sugar, sugar, and more sugar. Sugar in almost in form… except cotton candy. That’s just nasty!

 

Wedding DayHaha – you had me at cookies! I’m so excited for you with the release of Wedding Day! E: Wedding Day is my newest latest and greatest release. Isn’t the cover beautiful?! It’s my favorite cover so far. Great job, Leah Kaye Suttle. You are fab! Wedding Day was one of my first full length novels to write. I started this project back in 2012! Eek! And it is now seeing the light of day. Even still, it’s one of my favorite stories that I have ever written, and I hope to soon write a sequel for Brody.

Being raised a southern girl, there is just something about sexy, tough cowboys that make a girl want to swoon occasionally. Dallas Day is no exception. He’s a tough, rough rider who decides to hang his hat on his Casanova ways for the woman of his dreams, but his road to her isn’t an easy one, of course! And you wouldn’t want to read the book if it were! I hope you love it!

 

Here’s what Wedding Day is all about:

Famous Bull Rider, Dallas Day, met Cassie Bailey briefly in high school, but her plain looks and quiet personality left no lasting impression on him. Cassie, however, couldn’t say the same about Dallas.

Their paths cross again ten years later when Dallas is home recovering from an injury, and Cassie is the only veterinarian who volunteers her services at the home town rodeo. She’s jump-starting her new practice, and every eligible man within a ten-mile radius is trying to land a date with the attractive vet.

Dallas’ older brother bets him that, even with all his charm and fame, Dallas can’t land a date with the reserved lady vet. Not one to turn down a challenge, Dallas makes it his mission to win a date with Cassie. After meeting her, he realizes they’ve met before, but he didn’t remember her being so pretty. His persistence pays off, but when Cassie finds out about the bet, their new love is put to the test.

Determined to win her back, he meets his biggest challenge yet: saving her life when a casual admirer turns into a deadly stalker.

Wedding Day Buy link

Sounds so exciting!! Erin loves to connect with readers:

Website   |   Facebook     |    Twitter  

Erin, thanks so much for stopping by today! Good luck with your new book – I hope for lots of sales and happy reviews. I saw the cover and wow – it is beautiful  as are all your covers!! Happy reading everyone 😀

Susan B. James

Posted October 6, 2015 By Linda

My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet some of the authors I know, so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about. I have to warn you though – creativity is contagious!

My guest today is Susan B. James, author of Time and Forever, and adult time travel novel and several children’s books. Susan is a fellow Soul Mate author whom I met in NYC! We went to Sardi’s restaurant and ate from the actor’s menu!

photo annette and susan streetMeet Susan (she’s the one on the left)~

Susan is an actor, writer, and a dreamer. Lots of those dreams came true.

Almost forty years, two children and a few grandchildren later, Susan’s pursuing old and new dreams. And new dreams are coming true. Time and Forever, her debut romance was a finalist in the 2015 Golden Quill for Best First Book and in the RONE Awards for best Time Travel Book (Congratulations!!)

Susan still acts whenever possible as Susan Berger,  writes children’s books as Susan J. Berger and Second Chance romances with a touch of magic as Susan B. James. She’s busy revising Kate’s Hero (One four leaf clover. Two stubborn people. An elderly matchmaker with second sight. And a leprechaun with a mission. What could possible go wrong?) and Maybe This Time. (Another time travel romance.) A confirmed bookaholic, she is grateful to all the writers who enrich her lives with their stories.

Can you tell us about your life as an actor? What projects were you involved in? How did you start? S: I did my first professional season of summer stock when I was fifteen. I was in love with every part of the production: the acting, the sets, the costumes, the props. I majored in Theatre in College and Graduate School. It wasn’t till I left college that I decided I wanted to pursue the acting side of it exclusively. I did a lot of repertory theatre, the National Tours of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and You’re a Good man, Charlie Brown and finally my dream job – a Broadway musical – The Robber Bridegroom in 1976.

The next year my husband and I moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and TV jobs. We did some theatre out here and then I got pregnant and Barry got the film Urban Cowboy. I decided that I didn’t want to pay someone else to raise our kids, so I stopped looking for acting jobs. I was on M*A*S*H and a couple of films during those years.

After we divorced I went back to looking, but it was difficult. I did a lot of improv and some very fun plays. I did end up on Hannah Montana in one episode, and this year I will be on Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. I think it is supposed to air in October. I’ve done several small independent projects. I’ve been studying improv again at Upright Citizen’s Brigade and also musical improvisation, which is wonderful fun.

That is very cool! I’ll have to look for the upcoming episode. Any advice for someone interested in pursuing acting? S: If you want to act, go to school. Work in Community theatre. Since both Barry and I were character actors, we got to play better parts in college. We had to age several years to be cast into those roles in the professional world. If you are serious about film and television, go to a good improv school.

I’ve always loved the quick wit of improve. You’ve started writing. How did that evolve? S: When I started writing, I concentrated on children’s picture books and one middle grade novel. My first picture book, which I wrote with my then ten-year-old son, Christopher Corbin, was published on his twenty-fifth birthday. I’ve always loved romance, but I never considered writing it until I wrote Time and Forever during NaNoWriMo. (I cannot recommend the NaNoWriMo adventure highly enough.)

I am the kind of writer known as a pantser. I didn’t know what was going to happen in the book, until my fingers and my brain connected. Then came three years of rewriting it. I’ve always loved time travel books, but I never thought I would write one. I did a LOT of time travel research during revision. As a writer, you get to make your own world, and your own time travel theory. The only hard and fast rule is that it must be believable to the reader.

A great way to be creative! You created an audiobook for Time and Forever. What was that process like? S: A member of my son Christopher’s musical improv team, Meaningful Touch read Time and Forever and loved it so much that she offered to narrate it. Stephanie Bentley is a professional narrator for ACX – audio book creation. She guided me through the process of setting up and account and hiring her. I was thrilled with the result.

It’s very exciting to have it on audio too. If you had to pick a song to be your theme song what would it be? S: Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper.

Of course! What would you pick as a superpower? S: I always wanted to be rich, thin, and telepathic.

Haha – sometimes it does take a superpower to be thin. What’s your favourite dessert? S: If I were to die tomorrow, I would want a slice of the Nickle Diner’s Smore’s Cake before the event.

 

I read Time and Forever and really enjoyed it! It was fun being transported back to 1969 and reminiscing about the music and the culture. Here’s what it’s about:

Time and Forever2 fiona web large copy1969. Love was free, man walked on the moon, and Sherry and Lorena found the loves of their lives. Sherry shared a kiss that dreams were made of, with a stranger on the tube in London. And ran away. Lorena found the love of her life in Los Angeles and married him.

The present. Sherry’s a successful businesswoman with two grown sons. Lorena’s an actress on a popular sitcom. Sherry’s husband dumped her for a younger woman eighteen years ago. Lorena’s husband died of cancer.

Sherry wants a second chance at Love. Lorena doesn’t believe that’s possible. But when a glitch in a Virtual Reality Adventure game sends them back to the real 1969, anything can happen.

 

Here are the buy links:

eBook       |     Audio Book (It’s 1.99 on Audible if you own the 2.99 eBook)     |     Paperback

Susan loves to connect with readers:

Facebook page

Twitter https://twitter.com/susanjberger

Her Romance author blog is SusanBJames

Her children’s book world blog is Pen and Ink

 

Susan, thanks so much for stopping by today! I’m so happy I met you in NYC 😀 I’m looking forward to your next time travel novel, Maybe this Time! Happy reading everyone 😀

 

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Stephanie Berget

Posted September 29, 2015 By Linda

My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet some of the authors I know, so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about. I have to warn you though – creativity is contagious! 

Today’s guest is Stephanie Berget, author of Radio Rose and her upcoming release Gimme Some Sugar. She writes about cowboys because she knows them well!

Headshots009Meet Stephanie ~

Stephanie Berget was born loving horses, developing a lifelong love of rodeo when she married her Bronc Rider. She and her husband traveled throughout the Northwest while she ran barrels and her cowboy rode bucking horses. She started writing to put a realistic view of rodeo and ranching into western romance. Stephanie and her husband live on a farm located along the Oregon/Idaho border, where they raise hay, horses and cattle, with the help of Dizzy Dottie, the Border Collie, and two Munchkin cats, Magic and Martin.

 

01-19-2012 11_45_40AMBig AlWhat’s involved in barrel racing? How did you get started with it? S: Barrel racing is a rodeo event for women. The horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time possible. My folks are city people, but I have loved horses as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to have some very knowledgeable barrel horse trainers help me early on. I married a Bronc rider and we’ve rodeoed and trained barrel and rope horses ever since.

You have the best collection of quotes on your twitter feed and some fun memes on your Facebook page. How do you balance writing with managing a farm and still make time for the social media posts? S: Ah, social media-the bane of a writer’s existence. Setting a certain time to write helps. I’m not much good at word counts, but I try to write every day.

How did you learn about farming? S: My husband has a farming background. In 1990 we bought a hay and cattle farm in a small Idaho town and the rest of my training was on the job. At one time, I raised over sixty day old calves a year, bottle feeding them until they were old enough to eat hay and grain.

Do you have a favourite quote or piece of advice? S: I have two. Do you want to be right or do you want to have peace? and What would you do if you knew you would not fail? I keep coming back to these two and they’re always dead-on.

I love that. Especially the second one – imagine the possibilities if failing wasn’t an option! What’s your favourite thing about writing? S: I love watching characters come to life, see their personalities come alive. In my latest book, Radio Rose, people kept jumping from my brain to the page. I never knew who was going to show up next. So much fun.

And Rose is a fun character! If you had to pick a song to be your theme song what would it be? S: Cowboy Take Me Away by the Dixie Chicks

What would you pick as a superpower? S: I’m scared of heights, but I’d love to be able to fly.

What’s your favourite dessert? S: Cheesecake with cherries on top. There’s nothing better.

 

RadioRose_final_300SizeI’ve read Radio Rose and I loved it. The opening scene is really funny! Here’s what it’s all about:

Radio Rose knows Martians aren’t real.

As a DJ for a late night talk show about aliens, she’d never admit to being a non-believer. Talking to crazies all night isn’t the perfect job for most people, but she’s happy with her solitary life. Until a middle of the night car crash and a blow to the head has her temporarily mistaking a stranger for a real life extra-terrestrial.

Adam Cameron, raised by his narcissistic grandfather for most of his childhood, made his escape from Tullyville, Colorado the day he turned eighteen. Forced to return ten years later for the reading of his grandfather’s will, he’s about to be pulled into a contest for a vast fortune and the future of a town he’d just as soon forget.

The small town of Tullyville is right next to Trinidad, Colorado, known as the sex change capital of the world, something neither Rose or Adam realized, but use to help their cause.

Relationships aren’t one of Rose’s strong points. Hell, she mistook the hot stranger for an alien the first time they met, but Adam needs help and she’s the woman to help him–maybe.

In a town filled with new found friends, Rose has to decide how far she’s willing to go to trust the loner.

 

It’s a fun read. HERE is the buy link for Radio Rose.

 

Stephanie loves to connect with readers.
Facebook                  Twitter @stephanieberget           Pinterest

 

Stephanie, thanks so much for stopping by today! It was a pleasure meeting you. I can’t wait for your next book – Gimme Some Sugar. I saw the cover and wow – it’s looks great!! Happy reading everyone 😀