Monday, 24 October 2016

Author Q&A: Natasha Moore

If your book were made into a movie, who would you want to play your main characters? There are some amazing actresses in their 50s! I’d say Michelle Pfeiffer looks similar to how I picture Eve Corcoran in Choose Me. And all those silver foxes to choose from…I’d have to say George Clooney would be a great Rick Best.
How do you come up with the titles of your books? It depends. Some titles come to me before I even start writing, those are the easy ones. Some take forever. I try to think of titles that give a feel for the story, or pick a line from the text. And sometimes I have to hit up my brainstorming gang to chime in with suggestions. For my Silver Fox Romance series, there’s a common convention, eg. Choose Me, Rescue Me, Trust Me – which in some ways makes it easier to come up with a title for the next book and in other ways…not so much.
What does your writing space look like? Um…pretty much a disaster. I wish I could say I was neat and organized, but that wouldn’t be the truth. I know what’s in all those piles of paper, though, and the only times I have trouble finding something is after I’ve “straightened up”.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? Reading, of course. Walking. Playing with my grandchildren. And I’ve just started yoga classes and I’m really enjoying it.
What is your favourite colour? Teal
What is your favourite pleasure food? Ice cream – I can’t keep it in the freezer or I would eat it every day.
What is your favourite season? Summer – I love to be able to be outside.
What is your favourite television show? Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – Thank goodness for Netflix! I can watch that show over and over and wish there could be more episodes!
What is your favourite movie? That’s a really tough one, but one that comes to mind right now is Silver Linings Playbook. If you want to go with a classic – you can’t beat The African Queen.
Who is your favourite actor? Another tough one… female actor – probably Meryl Streep. Male actor – maybe Kevin Kline – so tough to pick…
What is your favourite song? You’re killing me with these lol! I love all kinds of music. It’s an oldie now, but every time I hear The Dance by Garth Brooks I have to stop everything I’m doing and soak it in. Some of the best lyrics ever.
What is your favourite comfort clothing attire? Finally an easy one – Yoga pants and a soft cotton T – I live in those around the house, writing or relaxing.
What books might we find on your bedside table? Romances, of course, although they could be any sub-genre. I enjoy mysteries too, again any sub-genre.
Describe yourself in three words. Casual. Short. Romantic. 
When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, Eve Corcoran is alone for the first time in her life…and it feels amazing! She grabs onto her independence with both hands, done with men running her life and making all the decisions. Eve quickly unloads the McMansion and hires the contractor next door to renovate her new apartment. But she doesn’t expect – or want - those incredible sparks zapping between them.

Rick Best’s had plenty of freedom and independence since his wife died and his daughter got married. Working for the family construction company and volunteering with the local fire department keeps him busy, but his big house is still empty at the end of the day.

Freedom, independence…they mean nothing without someone to share it with. When Eve’s independence starts to feel more like loneliness, will she choose the second chance at love that’s right before her eyes? Or is she too afraid to risk her heart again?

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Christmas at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard #Inspirational #Romance #Amish

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Promise Lodge's first wedding is cause for celebration—but the bishop's narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn't sit well with the Bender sisters, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren't the only important gifts God gives--even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship. Amos hasn't given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He'll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.

By the time he’d reached the door, Mary Kate was ready to grab one of the seasoned chicken legs and stuff it unceremoniously into her mouth. Roman had mounded mashed potatoes at one end of the glass pan, along with a generous portion of dressing, and he’d poured creamy chicken gravy all over it. Alongside four pieces of baked chicken, he’d spooned some creamed celery and several slices of apples simmered in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. She inhaled deeply, closing her eyes.

“Did I pick stuff you liked?” Roman asked as he returned with their forks. “I was trying to get out of the kitchen and across the road before your sister realized what I was doing. She’s been, well . . . gawking at me a lot today.”

Mary Kate’s heart skipped a beat. Who would ever have imagined Roman Schwartz—the guy who milked huge black and white dairy cows every day—trying to escape her sister’s schemes? “Gloria wants to go out with you. But you didn’t hear that from me, understand.”

Roman handed her a fork and sat down in the swing again, close enough that they could eat from the glass pan he held between them. He seemed to be considering his response.

Mary Kate, however, wasted no time dipping up a big blob of potatoes and gravy. It was a mouthful of heaven. She closed her eyes over the combination of creaminess and warmth and smooth, well-seasoned chicken gravy. “Ohhh,” she murmured. “You have no idea how I was craving potatoes and gravy.”

Roman’s smile made his brown eyes sparkle. His dark blond waves shifted in the breeze as he took a forkful of the dressing. “I could eat this kind of food every single day and not get tired of it,” he remarked. “But I don’t know how to make potatoes and gravy and dressing—much less how to cook chicken the way my aunt does.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.
Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40 years and their Border collie, Ramona.

Promise Lodge, Book 1
Zebra (February 26, 2016)
ISBN-13: 9781420139419 •• ISBN-10: 142013941X
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Within a Captain's Fate by Lisa Olech and Veiled In Blue by Lynne Connolly #Historical #Romance

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Wherever the tides take you . . .
Guided by the winds of fate, Henry ‘Ric’ Robbins arrives on a hot June day in Port Royal. But the moment he sets foot on what should be a pirate’s paradise, he’s driven to steal a woman destined for slavery, survives the worst natural disaster to ever hit the isle of Jamaica, and answers the call to be captain of the Scarlet Night.

Jocelyn Beauchamp’s life is one of privilege—until she is rudely thrown into the hands of pirates. Freed from the chains of her cloistered society, Jocelyn is drawn to her newfound life at sea—reckless, thrilling, and utterly unpredictable. And the man who saved her life not once, but twice—why not do it all over again?

VEILED IN BLUE by Lynne Connolly

It is up to the Emperors of London to protect the throne—without risking their hearts…
Governess Eve Merton would have fallen into serious trouble on her walk home if a handsome stranger had not stopped to help her. But when Mr. Vernon gives her a lift on his horse, he makes no secret of his attraction. As a well brought-up young lady, Eve does her best not to notice, but when he sets about courting her, she knows she’s in trouble. For she has a secret: she is the daughter of a deposed king, which means not only is she without a dowry, but also that her life is in danger…

Little does Eve know that Mr. Vernon has secrets of his own. In truth, his name is Julius, Lord Winterton, and he’s well aware that Eve is the offspring of the Old Pretender. In order to save his sister, he must convince Eve to wed—though he wants nothing to do with love. But as the two grow closer and an attempt is made on Eve’s life, Julius may realize that fighting his heart’s true desire is a battle most pleasurably surrendered…

Excerpt: (WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S FATE by Lisa Olech)

In broken French he told her to relax. “I’m trying to save both our necks.” He continued to cover her body with his own. The strength and power of him surrounded her. She could smell the alcohol on his breath. The spice upon his skin. “I won’t hurt you. Play along.”

With another quick glance toward the main street, he lowered his head as if to kiss her. In the dim light of the narrow alley, he held her gaze. The rush of his breathing tickled across the bare skin of her shoulder. “If we’re lucky, they’ll run right by,” he whispered.

He reached down and lifted the side of her skirts to expose her leg clear to her thigh. She gasped and pushed against him. When she once again demanded he release her, he covered her lips with his fingertips. His pale gaze never leaving hers as he captured her knee, boldly raising it to rest upon his hip.

She would have screamed and fought him save for two things. At that moment, a loud, angry mob rushed past the end of the alley. And the sensation of his fingers at the back of her knee and the press of his heat against her body had robbed her of any sane thought.

Jocelyn followed his glance when he next looked back toward the street. A boy with thick ropes of dark hair stood near the entrance. She’d seen him standing with her rescuer at the auction. It was as if he guarded them. At the shake of his head, the man holding her shifted his head and raised her knee another inch. Anyone looking into the alley would assume they were random lovers tucked away from prying eyes.

She met his gaze once more, her breath racing. Surely he could feel her heart beating its way out of her chest.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lisa A. Olech is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.

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Lynne Connolly
I was born in Leicester, England, and lived in our cobbler’s shop with my parents and sister. It was an old house and most definitely haunted, but I didn’t find out until I left that my great uncle had hung himself in the living room! But I think our ghost might have been older than that. It was built on the site of the old Roman cemetery, and the land had been constantly inhabited, being in the centre of town. Then, when the council bought the house from us to build a road, my grandfather retired and my father went and worked for the Post Office. My mother was a sample machinist; that is, she worked with designers on the prototypes (models or samples) of garments. So I was very well dressed! We bought a relatively modern house in the country, and my mother was blissfully happy. It’s all very well living in a large old house, but it’s a dreadful task to keep it clean and warm!

My mother's side of the family are Romany gypsies, although sadly we haven't any of the old trailers that are so astonishingly beautiful. I was taught to read the Tarot cards, and I usually use two packs; the Rider pack for simple readings and the Crowley Thoth pack for the complex stuff. I've always had an interest in the paranormal and it's been a delight to be able to put some of this into my novels.

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