Fool Me Twice Blog Tour Interview + Giveaway 

02_fool-me-twiceFool Me Twiceby Philippa Jane Keyworth

Publication Date: December 1, 2016

Madison Street Publishing

eBook & Paperback

ASIN: B01M6TZ9UY

ISBN13: 9780996264846

Genre: Historical Romance

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In the gaming hells of eighteenth century London, orphan Caro Worth is leading a double life. By day she plays a proper gentlewoman on the lookout for a wealthy husband. By night she plays the infamous Angelica, her fictional half-sister with a talent for cards and an ability to finance the life her respectable self has built. An introduction to a rich Marquis brings marriage and security within Caro’s grasp…until the arrival of the unpredictable and totally ineligible Mr. Tobias Felton.

Dismayed by Felton’s persistent appearances, shocking frankness, and enigmatic green eyes, Caro watches helplessly as he comes closer than anyone to guessing her secret, but when complete and utter ruin threatens, she finds that Felton’s suspicions just might become her salvation. As the walls she has built to protect herself crumble down around her, Caro learns that no matter how careful your plans, life and love have a habit of falling quite spectacularly out of control!

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Interview: 

What inspired you to write Fool Me Twice?

Truth be told, it was the Cher song, “Welcome to Burlesque.” I was listening to it several years ago and suddenly, there she was, sitting in my imagination at a gaming table; Caro Worth. She was in a richly decorated, dimly lit Gaming Hell, but she wasn’t still for long. She rose and began to traverse the gaming tables, her dress giving away her origins as the 1770s, and the darkness of the place, creeping in at the edges as candles worked their hardest to push it away, hinting at the secrets that Caro Worth kept hidden.

And there she stayed, in my mind, winding around the tables, playing another game of cards, waiting for her story to be written. She was beckoning me, and only her face, her path, was clear to me from among the blurred faces of that hell. I couldn’t ignore her, not when she dwelt in my mind–she compelled me to write her story, from that first night in the hell where we met, until… well, that’s where it all started.

What comes first with the character: their name, looks, personality?

Their personality, definitely. It’s usually an emotion that I get, floating, blurry, but strong. Then the blurriness begins to sharpen and clarity comes and I can see what’s going on in the scene. It’s that first scene that everything stems from, like the beginning of a vine that grows and reaches over all my imagination. It’s only really as the story gets going that I begin to see the specifics of the character’s looks, but even still, there’s something elusive about them. They only become very distinct in certain scenes, like when they are glancing out of a window, smiling at a lover, or kissing… And the name comes last. In fact, quite often I change them halfway through. But strangely, when I’m choosing a name, I veto a lot of ideas because when the right one comes along, I just know it.

Who is your favorite character that you wrote?

Hmm, I would say it’s probably Lady Rebecca Fairing. I have a soft spot for Lady Etheridge too, and they are pretty similar. I like their frankness and the way it often leads to very sharp, witty repartee. A true friend is someone who speaks the truth with love, and I feel that’s what these ladies do. If I were to meet someone from Fool Me Twice, I think, apart from Caro, I’d definitely want to meet Lady Rebecca.

Are you working on a new book now?

Yes, I’m working on a few different projects at the moment. My main focus is on one set in the Georgian period. You’ll have to forgive me for my cryptic-ness here, I don’t like to tell everything before projects are finished, but I can tell you I am spending some time with a rather eccentric widow who cares not one jot for others’ opinions. Then there’s a tall aloof gentleman who is quite bewildered, yet intrigued, by her. And there are plenty of obstacles and problems that are causing untold chaos at present… That’ll have to do for now 🙂

Any tips for new authors starting out?

Write! I know that sounds crazy because you’re probably already doing it, but you really should just, write, write, write. There’s nothing like writing to help you process life, to give descent escapism, joy and satisfaction. And there’s nothing like writing to improve writing. You just have to keep going. Writing, if it were a sport, would be an endurance sport. It’s about continuing even when it’s hard, when you’re disheartened, and when you have writer’s block. It’s about writing to improve which in turn gives more enjoyment. And if you want to share your writing with others, it’s about remembering that you have a responsibility towards your audience and what you put out into the public sphere. Never be too proud to remember that, or to remember that you will always be learning.

About the Author03_philippa-jane-keyworth

Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.

Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.

Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. Her third novel a Georgian romance will come out at the end of 2016.

For more information, please visit Philippa Jane Keyworth’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 13

Review at The Sassy Book Lover

Review & Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

Tuesday, March 14

Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Thursday, March 16

Review at Rainy Day Reviews

Interview at Book Boyfriends & Booze

Saturday, March 18

Interview at Books, Dreams, Life

Monday, March 20

Review at Book Nerd

Tuesday, March 21

Interview at Aurora B’s Book Blog

Thursday, March 23

Interview at Ms. Stuart Requests the Pleasure of Your Company

Saturday, March 25

Review at Laura’s Interests

Monday, March 27

Review at Queen of All She Reads

Tuesday, March 28

Review at Mel’s Shelves

Wednesday, March 29

Review at Blushing Babes Are Up All Night

Sunday, April 2

Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, April 5

Review at Jorie Loves a Story

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Cherry Cake and a Cadaver Blog Tour Interview + Giveaway

Cherry Cake and a Cadaver
by Susan Boles

 

 

Synopsis

Lily Gayle and the gang set out to find a killer after local baker Luxen Natolovich is found dead hours before the grand opening weekend at the new Bed and Breakfast in town, Midnight Dragonfly. As Lily Gayle deciphers the clues around Luxen’s death she uncovers a conspiracy of lies and half truths that could very well be tied to a refugee camp in Mississippi during World War II. The deeper Lily Gayle digs, the deeper the conspiracy runs, and the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim.

Interview: 

What inspired you to write Cherry Cake and a Cadaver ?

That’s a great question! There is a dog rescue group, Streetdog Foundation,  that is close to my heart and for their big fundraiser last November, I donated the chance to name a character in my next book. The winner of the raffle chose Luxen Natolovich as the character name. Well, I was stumped as to how someone with the surname Natolovich had come to be living in a small town in North Mississippi. I remembered that a long time friend is descended from a group of Latvians who had come to North Mississippi after World War II, so I reached out to her. It turns out Natolovich is not a Latvian name, but I had the bit between my teeth and wanted to include some local history in my story. So the background for Cherry Cake and a Cadaver ws born. And the story grew around it.

What was your favorite part in writing this story? 

Reconnecting with an old friend I hadn’t talked to in a while, learning some truly interesting information about North Mississippi and, of course, reconnecting with Lily Gayle andthe gang as they solved this new mystery.

Which character do you feel more connected to? 

I love all the characters in the Lily Gayle series, but I feel most connected to Lily Gayle herself. She’s had some tough times to get through and came out of them. She’s a strong lady.

Which character would you want to come to life and if you could take to dinner? 

Okay, I said that I”m most connected to Lily Gayle, and that’s true, but the one I’d like most to come to life and go to dinner with me is Miss Edna. She’s a real Steel Magnolia. Crusty and hard on the outside with a heart of gold. I think maybe she could teach me some things about life since she’s lived more of it than I have.

Do you have any upcoming projects and if so can you tell us about it? 

Oh my yes! I’m already at work on the 3rd book in the Lily Gayle Lambert series. It’s a Christmas themed story with some great surprises for readers. And, another murder for Lily Gayle and the gang to solve!

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About the Author

Susan calls McNairy County, TN her home ground even though she has moved away. It was here, at Bethel Springs Junior High School that she began her writing career with two friends. They formed their own little writers group that was so secret they were the only ones who knew it existed. She still has some of the stories they wrote carefully preserved in a loose leaf binder and tucked away for safety.

She has worked in retail management, briefly for the Census Bureau and for many years in the investment/insurance industry in the regulatory compliance arena. All of which are left brain activities. So she exercises her right brain activity with reading and writing…just to keep both sides even.

Reading has been a passion since she was very young. As a toddler, her mother read to her from her ‘baby books’ and her Mother tells a story about her holding one of them upside down and ‘reading’ by repeating the story verbatim from memory.

Death of a Wolfman is the first in the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series. Her previously published romantic suspense novel, Fated Love, is a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense (with a twist of paranormal) set in Memphis, TN. Her first novel, Kate’s Pride, is a historical women’s fiction set in West Tennessee in the aftermath of the Civil War. The novel is loosely based on her own Great Grandmother and published under the pen name Renee Russell.

Life got in the way of writing for many years but now she’s come back to her early love.

Author Links:

Webpage – www.susanbolesauthor.com

Twitter – @SusanBAuthor

Blog – https://susanbolesauthor.wordpress.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Boles-Author/100010974857065

Linked In – https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-boles-author-a4075484

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14866595.Susan_Boles

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March 16 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST

March 17 – Books,Dreams,Life – INTERVIEW

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March 24 – My Journey Back – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

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March 26 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

March 27 – Maureen’s Musings – REVIEW

March 28 – Rainy Day Reviews – REVIEW

March 29 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW  

March 29 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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Of the Beadin’ Path Blog Tour Interview + Giveaway

Off the Beadin’ Path
by Janice Peacock

Off the Beadin’ Path (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Vetrai Press (March 11, 2017)
230 Pages
E-Book ASIN: B01N6FUCPN

Jax O’Connell and her friend Tessa have no idea what challenges await them when they head to the small town of Carthage to take a glass blowing class with Marco De Luca, a famous Italian glass artist. While Jax loves melting glass to make beads, she discovers that standing in front of the glass furnace’s inferno frightens her.

After the first night of class, Tessa sees a dead body through the water-streaked window of the studio. The next morning there’s no sign of Marco—dead or alive—and one of the studio owners is also missing. The local sheriff doesn’t take the disappearance seriously, so Jax and Tessa take matters into their own hands.

Jax must face her fears to find the body, track down the clues, and uncover the killer—and do it all before another life is shattered.

Off the Beadin’ Path is the third book in the Glass Bead Mystery series.

Interview:

What inspired you to write Off The Beadin’ Path ? 

I was inspired to write Off the Beadin’ Path while I was working in a glass studio in Corning, NY. I was taking a torch-working class, where we were learning to make realistic small-scale animal sculptures in glass. Well, mine weren’t that realistic because I wasn’t very good at making them. A glassblowing class was going on in the same studio. During the course of the week-long class I saw all sorts of bad behavior that reminded me of some of the cozy mystery books I’d read in the past—grudges, big egos, little flirtations, and power plays. I had an epiphany, really, as I walked through the glassblowing studio one day during class—the perfect murder weapon. I don’t want to give away too much, but I finally found a way to use what I found at the studio all those years ago and put it in Off the Beadin’ Path. I’m happy with how it turned out and glad I waited until the third book in the Glass Bead Mystery Series to use the idea.

What was your favorite part in writing this story? 

One of my favorite parts was writing about glassblowing. Blowing glass is fun, and kind of scary. I have only very basic glassblowing skills and am much more comfortable doing what’s called lampworking, where I melt glass using a table-mounted torch, as opposed to getting hot glass out of a crucible in a furnace. I enjoyed describing the processes of working with hot glass and making sure readers understood what was happening in the “hot shop”—which is what most people in the glass art world call a glassblowing studio. The passages in Off the Beadin’ Path that occur in the hot shop were the most fun, and the most challenging to write. I was able to pull from my own experiences, but also had a well-known glass artist review my manuscript. He gave me advice on some of the more subtle aspects of glassblowing that I hadn’t gotten quite right in the early drafts of the book. 

Which character do you feel more connected to? 

Jax’s next door neighbor, Val, is one of the characters I feel most connected to, and she is a reader favorite as well. Val is a tall red-haired former beauty queen with a penchant for science fiction. She’s a little nutty. I do think there is a bit of me in Val, because I have been known to don a tiara from time to time, and I do love Star Wars. While Val is definitely comic relief, she also adds warmth to the stories because she is one of Jax’s most loyal friends, and certainly the quirkiest. In Off the Beadin’ Path, Val is hiding something—actually someone—in her house. It takes most of the book before readers find out who it is. I can’t say much without giving it away, but suffice it to say that Val’s special guest will be back in To Bead or Not to Bead, Book Four in the Glass Bead Mystery Series.

If you could bring a character to life and take to dinner who would you take? 

I think I’d take one of the famous glassblowers from Off the Beadin’ Path out to dinner. While they are handsome, strong Italian men, and just about the right age for me, the main reason I’d want to take one of the de Luca brothers out for dinner is to learn about the world of art glass.  I’d love to learn how to become as rich and famous as they are. I swear it wouldn’t be because of how sexy they are, because, after all, I am a happily married woman. But this is just pretend, right? So, I’ll just let my imagination run wild…I’m pretty good at that!

Do you have any upcoming projects and if so can you tell us about it?

The project I’m focused on right now is the release of Book Three in the Glass Bead Mystery Series, Off the Beadin’ Path. It came about a week ago, and right now my only project is getting the word out about it. Of course, there is another book in the pipeline. To Bead or Not to Bead is the fourth book in the Glass Bead Mystery Series. I’ve got a rough draft version of that book and I’m ready to dive in as soon as things calm down a little bit from the launch of my current book. And, I’ve been itching to start a new series, but I am not sure when I’ll be able to squeeze that into my busy schedule.

Thanks for hosting me on your blog today. 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

About The Author

Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, launching a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.

When Janice isn’t writing about glass artists-turned-amateur-detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry, and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glass Museum of Tacoma, WA, and in private collections worldwide.

Janice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and twelve chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.

Author Links

Webpage – www.janicepeacock.com,

Facebook – www.facebook.com/JanPeac,

GoodReads – www.goodreads.com/JanicePeacock,

@JanPeac on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

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March 15 – My Journey Back – REVIEW

March 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

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March 17 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

March 17 – Books,Dreams,Life – INTERVIEW, SPOTLIGHT

March 18 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

March 18 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT

March 19 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

March 20 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 21 – Varietats – REVIEW

March 21 – Queen of All She Reads – GUEST POST

March 22 – Book Babble – REVIEW

March 22 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

March 23 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW

March 23 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW

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Walking With The Light Blog Tour + Interview

Book Description:


More than 15 million adults and their immediate families in America today must cope with a patient suffering from severe mental illness. In too many cases, these families cannot or do not know how to get help for their loved ones.


SANDY’S GIFT: WALKING WITH THE LIGHT (Cedar Forge, 2017, softcover) by William P. Dunn IV is an intimate and shocking true story that tells of the tragic plight of Sandra Dunn, a mother and loving wife whose life takes a tragic turn when she suddenly falls victim to severe mental illness; how the healthcare profession and the law prevented her from getting the treatment she needed; how it destroyed her family and nearly got them killed. By sharing his story, Dunn hopes that people will have a better understanding of the ravages of mental illness and know how to cope with them better.



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Interview: 




1. What made you write Sandy’s Gift?

2. What was your most fearful moment in your ordeal?

3. Who is most to blame for failing to get your wife the medical attention she so urgently needed?

4. How did the children handle this horrible tragedy?

5. Do you have another book in the works?


1) At first, I was extremely angry and my thought was to take revenge against the so-called public servants of New Jersey for the hell they had made for my family and me. But after a chance meeting in 2008 with a medium, my thoughts changed because of a certain events subsequent to that meeting.


Now I believe if by sharing my story perhaps other families may be spared the pain and grief the we had to endure, then perhaps the world will be a better place. 


2) That last month, November 2006, everything was completely out of control. Nothing was working. Sandy was non compliant and refused to do out-patient therapy, to take her medications, and was just never where she needed to be. Worse, the kitchen knives were missing yet again just like before she was removed from her home. 


4) I’d love to answer that question but I promised my daughters that I would not discuss their lives after this becomes public.

5) I do have another book in my head and have done some preliminary work. It’s needs to be on the back burner right now as I am rather busy for the next few months on a publicity tour for this book.   

                            My Review: 

Based on a true story about the Author’s wife who has a mental illilness. This was a sad story for me to read. At times I had to put the book down to stop for a few minutes  Bill did an excellent job on this story and raising awareness of mental illilness. He helpes his wife through just about everything and I admired him for doing that. A job well done​. 

Author’s Bio:


William P. Dunn IV worked on Wall Street in the U.S. Government bond market where he worked his way up from the back office to the trading desks. After twenty years on Wall Street, he became a financial advisor in northern New Jersey. He continues to work as an investment advisor. He is a graduate of Thiel College where he earned a dual degree in Economics and Business Administration. Today he lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is a proud grandfather.




Tea For Two Blog Tour Interview + Giveaway 



Tea for Two
Kailee Reese Samuels
(The SoS Series)
Publication date: March 28th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance

He’s hot.

He’s young.

He’s bad.

And Sal Raniero can’t keep his ass out of trouble.

He’s spent months learning to keep clients happy to line his wallet. When an unlikely friendship spins his world upside down, Sal ends up discovering the girl of his dreams. Chasing after Bertie the only way he knows how, Sal pushes out of his comfort zone and forces everyone to realize how far he’ll go to get what he wants.

Welcome to the story of Sal & Bertie… where some dreams only end in a nightmare.

TEA FOR TWO – The SOS Series – Book 2 is set within the Juliet world and provides further glimpses into Salvatore Raniero’s backstory.

KAILEE REESE SAMUELS writes contemporary, romantic, and suspense, with an erotic flair. Let her words whisk you away, escaping with delicious guys, toe-curling kisses, and addictive stories.

WARNING: This book contains graphic BDSM, strong sexual situations, and explicit language. Contents intended for MATURE readers 18+ ONLY.

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Interview: 


1.) What inspired you to write Tea for Two? 

Honestly, real life inspired a lot of the events in T42. I started with Juliet which is set in the present day and introduces us to the whole cast. I decided during the time I was crafting Juliet that I really wanted to take a look back five years ago at my main male character and figure out what made him the way he is.

The Story of Salvatore opens up with book one, The Initiation, where he is taken under the wing of several influential people of Juliet. There he also meets the eccentric pixie, Kaci, who opens his eyes to a new way of exploring his kinks.

In Tea for Two, Kaci and Sal both return, but they also meet Kaci’s best friend, Bertie, who happens to be transgendered. I wanted to explore that dynamic within the abilities of this good looking and charming man, Sal. How he handles it and what comes of it?

My books are very layered so while we have the relationship going on, I am also continuing to push Sal to uncovering more about who he is as an individual which all leads up to the next book, Grunt.

2.) What was the hardest part to write about in Tea for Two? 

I cannot talk about it or I will ruin the book. Laughs.

3.) What was the easiest part to write about in Tea for Two? 

I love writing Kaci. I am very connected to her voice and feelings. She is super easy for me to tap into. I adore her as a character.

4.) Which Character do you feel more like? 

I hate to admit this but I have a lot of Sal’s behavior and mannerisms in me, but as far as which one do I feel most like – probably Kaci. She is very eccentric, yet quiet and simple. She marches to the beat of her own drum and really doesn’t care if everyone gets it as long as someone does.

5.) Do you have any upcoming projects and if so can you tell us about it? 

Do I! I have the last two books in The Story of Salvatore (The SOS series): Grunt on May 30 and Hopechest on July 4. It will end with happiness! I promise! You’ll just need some tissues to get to that point.

Then I have the next big book in The Juliet Collection releasing on Halloween. I am super excited about returning to my stomping grounds, visiting with Iris and her friends and catching up from where Juliet left off. Although the books are connected, you will be able to read Salt Kissed Love without having read Juliet.

I am working on a surprise – to me as it was unplanned – project now with two of the characters from the Juliet world, Dale Archer and Mae East. I am tickled about it because it is really a love story and will have a happily ever after.

Thank you for the interview! I really enjoyed it!

XO – Kailee


Author Bio:

Embracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.

Storyteller.

KAILEE REESE SAMUELS has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.

Creativity is the way to change.

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Luke’s Redemption Blog Tour Interview+ Giveaway

​Luke’s Redemption
by Anni Fife
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GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense
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BLURB:
Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart and the only leverage she has against her father. She is left with no choice except to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.
Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he’s in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It’s a promise he can’t keep.
When Katya’s past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.

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EXCERPT

The smell of beignets wafted up and distracted, I lifted the bag and took a deep breath. Whoosh! Fine sugar blew up out of the bag and coated me. 
“Shit, honey, you look sweet all over.”
Oh, just great. 
Blinking sugar out of my eyes I looked up. And up. He was tall, well over six foot. Midnight-blue eyes rimmed by a deeper blue-black smoldered lazily down at me. “You’re holding the best beignets in the world. You gonna stand there or you going to take a bite?”
“Umm.” Jeez, Katya. Say something.
“Here, let me hold that for you.” He took the coffee from my hand. “Go on, babe. Take a bite. It’ll be the best thing you’ll ever taste.”
Still struck dumb, I did what he asked and lifted a beignet out of the bag and took a big bite. Oh! It was like sinking my teeth into a sweet pillow of ambrosia.
“Good huh?”
I nodded and stared back at him. Then, without uttering a word, I stuffed the rest of the beignet into my mouth. He grinned at me, shaking his head. “Want to wash it down with this?” He held out my coffee.
My fingers brushed against his. Yikes! I couldn’t stop the slight tremor caused by his touch. I took a gulp of coffee – half rich chicory, half hot milk – and finally found my voice. “Would you like one?” I offered the bag of beignets to him.
“Would be like taking candy from a baby,” he grinned. “But don’t worry, I’ve got my own.” He dangled a packet like mine in front of me.
Then we both stood there and smiled at each other while we gorged on sugary donuts. He would reach for my coffee to free my hand. Then after I ate some fluffy yumminess, he’d hand it back to me so I could take a sip. We swallowed the last of our beignets and licked our fingers. 
I didn’t even know his name, yet I was more turned on than I had ever been in my life.
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What inspired you to write this story?

I began writing Luke’s Redemption a month after I left the city for the beach, and changed my life forever. It was the first book I had ever written, or even attempted to write. I was able to stave it off the panic because my basic plot came easy. The idea came flowing into my head a few nights before my departure. It was around midnight. I don’t know what triggered it, but suddenly I could hear Katya’s footsteps beating a desperate rhythm down a dark cobble-stoned road. It was New Orleans French Quarter in the early hours of the morning. As I watched, I realized I was looking through the scope of a sniper lens. Was I her hunter or her hero? Or both? My story unfurled at such a rapid pace I was terrified I’d fall asleep, and when I woke my idea, would be gone. I spent the next hour typing manically on my iPhone. When I turned off the light, I had the beginnings of my novel. The next time I looked at it was when I sat down to write.
I wrote Luke’s Redemption for my own tastes. So if you like contemporary erotic romances with a lot of angst and some suspense; hot alpha heroes with damage; smart sassy heroines, also with some damage; and burning chemistry that drives lots of conflict, and even more heat—then why don’t you give this story a go? 

What was your favorite part to write? 

I loved Chapter Twelve when Luke and Katya secret away to The Red Cherry Inn in Yonkers. They make wild love—Hot! Hot! Hot!—and in the aftermath, they open up to each other with their deepest secrets. I loved giving the reader a peek into the tragedies that shaped them into adulthood. And most of all, I loved when Katya discovers a tattoo of velvet flowers on Luke’s inner arm: 

“It means I never forgot you, Katya. Never. The violets are for your eyes, the black stems for your long, fucking lashes. And baby, it’s inked on my left arm, so that it rests right up against my heart.”

Oh my God! Luke had the memory of me tattooed against his heart!
What was the hardest part to write? 

The sex scenes. I think writing sex scenes that work, and that don’t make the reader cringe with embarrassment, are very challenging. Probably a lot like filming sex scenes. To make them look seductive, you have to film a million takes…and they definitely are not sexy for the actors participating in them. But the end result is worth it. Likewise with written sex scenes. To make them authentic, you have to expose your inner woman, that part of you that is most private and vulnerable. Not easy!
How did you come up with your characters?

The same way I create all my characters. I start by seeing them physically. I select images that best represent the picture I have of them in my head. When it comes to deciding who they actually are, I tend to start in the middle of the conflict that triggers my main plot. Then I work backwards, and keep going until I get to the beginning of their individual stories. I learn their flaws and strengths so I can better motivate their actions and emotional developments. I understand their families, where and how they grew up, their fears, and their dreams. A lot of this character development does not make it onto the page, but it’s always in my head when I’m writing so I instinctively know whether the character’s dialogue and actions are authentic.
Do you have anything coming up and can you tell us about it? 

I’m delighted to report that I’m finished Gray’s Promise, book two in my King Security Series. (Luke’s Redemption is Book One.) It’s set in New York and Denton, Texas. Grayson Walker is Luke’s best friend, and he’s a wicked charmer. Zoey Morgan is his one-and-only. Torn apart by horrific tragedy, Gray and Zoey still carry the emotional scars fourteen years later. We follow their fraught reconciliation, and the unknown evil stalking them. Their journey is filled with pain, and a heart-wrenching beauty. And, of course, sexual chemistry so scorching it still gets me in a hot sweat when I think about it. I hope to release Gray’s Promise during summer this year.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Last year, Anni Fife closed the door on a twenty-year successful career in television production, to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of one month, she closed her business, packed up her city life and moved to a small seaside village. ‘My writing has always been constrained by client briefs,’ Anni says. ‘Now, I finally have the opportunity to write to the beat of my own heart.’ LUKE’s Redemption is Anni’s debut novel and she hopes you enjoy it as much as she loved writing it. Anni loves to spend hours walking on the beach searching for pansy shells, more hours drinking red wine with her gal posse, and the most hours writing romance novels filled with women you can relate to and men you love to dream about. She is currently working on her second novel, GRAY’s Promise.
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Swinging At Love (Suttonville Sentinels #2)

by Kendra C. Highley

Publication Date:  March 13, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled TEEN Crush

Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem. As the number two slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels, his team is counting on him to make their very first run at the state championship. But he has a secret—his swing has totally deserted him. As in, he can’t hit anything. He needs to fix the issue, and fast, but how?Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The shiny new sports complex in town has left her family’s batting cage business on the verge of going under. Nailing her audition for a prestigious dance company is everything, but there’s no way she’s letting her some shiny big-box company destroy her family’s livelihood.

Tristan needs a miracle. So does Alyssa. And maybe, just maybe, Tristan’s secret weapon might be the girl of his dreams…

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Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.

Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.

Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.

But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.

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1.) What inspired you to write Swinging At Love? Actually, the story idea came from my editor, Heather Howland. We’d just wrapped up The Bad Boy Bargain, and looking for plot ideas for book two in the series. She asked, “What about a heroine whose family business—a batting cage—is going under, and a hero whose in a batting slump?”  I was sold.


2.) What was the hardest part in writing Swinging At Love?  This is probably the most real couple I’ve ever written, but the hardest part was portraying Alyssa’s friendship with Lauren. Usually, my characters are best friends in all senses of the word. Writing a more complicated friendship was tough, but rewarding in the end.


3.) What was the easiest part in writing Swinging At Love? The kissing scenes, of course! And the baseball…I’m a baseball nut. 


4.) Which Character do you feel more connected to?  Probably Alyssa. I can understand the struggle of wanting something so much, but having a very real chance of failure looming over it.


5.) Do you have anything new coming up and if so can you tell us about it?  Book three in the Suttonville Sentinels series is in editing right now, and stars Tristan’s best friend Dylan, alongside newcomer Lucy. It’s releasing this summer, and centers around a summer baseball camp, with a fire/ice relationship, a precocious younger brother, and a flock of chickens. You’ll have to trust me on that last one.

 

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

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Xenogenetic Blog Tour Interview + Giveaway


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Xenogeneic is a science fiction thriller about first contact with an alien race that lost their civil war and wants to take over Earth.


Dr. Elena Pyetrov’s father vanished in space 18 years ago while searching for extraterrestrial life. As an aerospace engineer, Elena travels into space to search for answers and continue his work. Her ship is pulled off course and crashes. She suspects extraterrestrial interference.


The alien Knoonk lost their civil war in a distant star system and fled to Earth’s neighborhood to hide and regroup. They seek a new home—Earth. Unable to live in Earth’s toxic environment, the aliens kidnap and use humans to genetically modify their species to adapt.


Surviving the crash, Elena and her shipmates are transported to a closed cave system where the Knoonk monitor and control everything. Elena tries to make a connection with her hosts and find ways to work together, but Knoonk leaders rebuff her and force the humans to submit as slaves. The aliens use illusions, distractions, and social experiments to learn from their hostages and keep them off balance. Resistance by captive humans brings swift punishment to break the human spirit.

While Elena continues to look for ways to cooperate with the Knoonk, it becomes apparent that there can be no compromise. The Knoonk want to capture Earth for their species. It is winner take all. With time running out, Elena must dig deep to uncover the alien plan and find a way to stop them before the human race faces enslavement and extinction.


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What inspired you to write this book?

The inspiration for Xenogeneic: First Contact emerged from our fascination with space and the SETI project (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) that aims to make contact with any potential intelligence on other planets. The idea is to learn and to potentially exchange ideas and technology. Caught up in our yearning to know is the anticipation of what we might find out there. This is Dr. Elena Pyetrov’s initial motivation.
However, there is always the question of what might motivate an alien species to seek personal interaction with us here on Earth. By seeking to make contact, we are also advertising that we’re here for anyone who might not wish us well. These ideas led to the central concept of first contact with an alien species whose motivations were not friendly toward humans. Xenogeneic: First Contact looks at an alien species that has lost their own civil war and now are pilgrims in need of a new home. Because they can’t live in Earth’s environment and thus feel vulnerable, they seek to dominate with their superior technology. The story centers on Dr. Elena Pyetrov’s encounter with these aliens and how she seeks to interact with them, understand their plans, and prevent the annihilation of the human race.
How did you come up with the characters?

For the lead character, Dr. Elena Pyetrov, I came upon a scientist/explorer who had lost her father to space exploration and resented his absences while she was growing up. Despite mixed feelings about his role, she continued in his footsteps. The obstacles she had to overcome to get her space mission off the ground gave her the determination and resilience to deal with the aliens she meets. Because of feeling abandoned as a child, Elena takes responsibility for a young half-sister she discovers in the caves. This commitment leads her to have a chance to overcome the obstacles the aliens throw at her.
For the aliens, I looked at what would bring them to our solar system. Space travel is quite expensive. People and aliens would not travel the great distances for simple trade and interaction unless they discovered an extremely fast and economical means of transport or were moved by other motivations. The alien Knoonk lost their civil war and were fleeing for survival. The idea of having to leave home and not return became high motivation for them to find a new place to live. It was rather like the Puritans who left England for Massachusetts. They, too, felt the need and motivation to travel a great distance to a new land in order to hold true to their values.
Did you base any of the characters off of real people?

None of my characters are based on any real people. I’ve been very careful about that. Yet I can only write what I’ve seen, heard or read, and thus I can’t deny that there are bits and pieces of my experiences and observations that filter into the development of characters. Fundamentally, I try to put myself into the minds and hearts of my lead characters and write as if I’d become that person. In doing so, I’m drawing on experiences.
Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

I rarely get writer’s block anymore. I’ve found that one cause for getting stymied was letting the editor in me stifle the creative writer. I’ve learned to turn off the editor entirely and let the creative process flow. I can always come back later and edit, but if I don’t create, there’s nothing to revise. The other thing I’ve found is that when I feel blocked, it’s best to step back and work on something else. I often think about a writing problem before I go to bed and wake up with solutions.
What writing projects are you currently working on?  What can you tell us about these projects?

I’m working with stories involving time travel into the past, the singularity where artificial intelligence challenges humans, and genetically modified humans. At the forefront is a story about an android that experiences consciousness and emergent behavior in part because of how she was created. Her creator built her with capabilities beyond his own and struggles to control her. She doesn’t “want” to be controlled.

Author’s Bio:

Lance Erlick writes science fiction thrillers for young adult and adult readers. He is the author of The Rebel Within, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, three books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he explores the consequences of Annabelle Scott following her conscience. He authored the Regina Shen series–Resilience, Vigilance, Defiance, and Endurance. This series takes place after abrupt climate change leads to the Great Collapse and a new society under the World Federation. His latest novel is Xenogeneic: First Contactabout encounters with an alien race aiming to take over Earth.


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Operation Prom Date Blog Tour + Interview

Operation Prom Date (Tactics in Dating #1)
by Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: March 13, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

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Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

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 “That’s Klaus,” Kate said. “Don’t worry, he’s got a much better temperament than his namesake.”

“Oh? And who is he named after?”

“An original vampire. From the show The Originals? Technically he was on The Vampire Diaries first, but they did a spin off, and anyway…” She scooped up the creature as she sat on her bed. “Klaus kills for fun—the vampire. This Klaus is too lazy to do much of anything.”

I sat next to her on the bed, still taking in her collection of figurines.

“That’s my Funko Pop collection. I paired them up the way they should be on the shows.” She gestured at one in a green hood and the blonde figure next to him with the glasses. I realized it was from Arrow. 

“I ship Olicity the hardest.”

“‘Ship’ them?”

“I want them in a relationship. Like I’d put them in a ship together so they’d be forced to see they’re perfect for each other, bribe the writers to get them together, ship them. Partnership, friendship, please-God-put-them-in-a-relationship-already ship them.”

“Oh-kay.” 

“It’s a common phrase. Oliver and Felicity are totally my OTP, which means one true pairing, if you haven’t somehow heard of that, either. I also ship Alexa and Clarke on The 100 a crazy amount, and I was pretty mad at the writers for a while, but something happened and…well, I won’t spoil it, but I might’ve teared up. Then of course there’s Stydia and Captain Swan”—she pointed at a blond figure wearing a red jacket and a goateed dude with a hook for a hand—“I used to be all about Damon and Elena, but there toward the end, I shipped her and a coffin. Which sounds mean, I know, but vampires don’t technically die, so a bit nicer?”

“I’m still judging you too much for saying ‘ship them the hardest’ to judge you for the vampire stuff.” 

She smacked my arm and I laughed. Honestly, I was also trying to keep up with all the words she’d spouted, trying to make sense of them. We’d spent the past few afternoons on the boat, and the more time I spent with her, the more amused I was by her, even though I only understood about half of what she said. 

Klaus crawled higher on her lap and she rubbed his chin. I never knew a lizard could smile, but damned if the thing didn’t grin. Kate caught my eye. “Just call me Khaleesi, mother of dragons. Or dragon, as it were. Please tell me you at least get that reference.”

“Game of Thrones. I’ve only read the first book, though. Okay, half of the first book, but I meant to pick it back up. But then I sort of just watched the show instead.”

She glanced around like someone might be listening and then leaned in. “Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve never read the books.”

I leaned a few inches closer, until I could see the different shades of green in her eyes. “Your secret is safe with me.”

“You’re starting to have a lot of my secrets, so I certainly hope so.” 

Unexpected warmth swirled through my chest. I’d never thought I would want to be a secret keeper, but there was something about having Kate’s trust that made me proud to be one. 

Interview: 

1. What inspired you to write Operation Prom Date?

I think that a lot of teens get fixated on a certain guy in high school, even though he might not be the greatest guy. It’s that dream crush. I know I had a few of those crushes, so I wanted this girl to ask for help landing her crush, the popular football player, in time for prom. But of course that means spending lots of time with the guy helping her, which leads to lots of fun. 

2. What was the hardest part in writing Operation Prom Date?

Honestly, this was one of the books I call my magic books because I’m having so much fun it flows. So I guess just keeping up with the story that was going through my head. That doesn’t happen often, though, so when it does, I’m extra happy about it. 

3.) What was the easiest part in writing Operation Prom Date?

I loved writing the scenes on the lake and all the fandom stuff that Kate loves. 

4.) What character do you consider to be more like? 

I love fandom stuff, too, so I guess I’d be most like Kate in that aspect, but I can’t say I’m really like her much more than that. She does crack me up, though.  

5.) Do you have anything new coming up and if so can you tell us about it?

Next up is the 4th book in my Taking Shots Series (which is my new adult hockey series) Then I’ll be writing the next book in this series. 

About The Author: 

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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The Mountain Goddess Blog Tour Interview + Giveaway

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We invite you to Shelley Schanfield’s THE MOUNTAIN GODDESS Blog Tour! Please leave a comment to let Shelley know you stopped by and while you’re at it, enter to win a free e-copy of THE MOUNTAIN GODDESS! 

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Title:
THE MOUNTAIN GODDESS

Author: Shelley Schanfield

Publisher: Lake House
Books

Pages: 471

Genre: Historical Fantasy

A beautiful warrior princess. A
tormented prince. A terrible choice between love, duty, and spiritual freedom.

In ancient India, rebellious Dhara runs
away to a sacred mountain to study with the powerful yogi Mala, a mysterious
woman with a violent past. Flung by war onto an adventure-filled journey, Dhara
meets and captures the heart of Siddhartha, whose skill in the martial arts and
extraordinary mental powers equal her own.

Worldly power and pleasure seduce Dhara,
creating a chasm between her and her husband, who longs to follow a sage’s
solitary path. She takes on the warrior’s role Siddhartha does not want, and
when she returns wounded from battle court intrigue drives them further apart.
As Siddhartha’s discontent with royal life intensifies, Dhara’s guru Mala, who
has returned to her life as a ruthless outlaw, seeks her former pupil for her
own evil purposes.

Dhara’s and Siddhartha’s love keeps evil
at bay, but their son’s birth brings on a spiritual crisis for the prince.  If he leaves his kingdom to seek
enlightenment, he turns his back on love and duty and risks destroying his
people. Only Dhara can convince him to stay. 

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The scouting party found the wild-looking woman at the waterfall, asleep by the pool.

“Stay, daughter,” Dhara’s father hissed. She pulled her pony’s reins and
halted next to his sturdy horse.

“Who is she, Father?” Dhara whispered back, unable to look away from this
apparition, whose skin was as dark as the fearsome goddess Kali’s. She wore a
deerskin around her loins, and long, tangled black hair covered her breasts.
Well-muscled arms and legs lay akimbo, as if the woman had fallen in
exhaustion. A short sword in a jeweled scabbard was thrust into the faded red
sash around her waist and a knife was tied to one leg.

“I see no one else, Chief Dandapani!” A young warrior crashed out of the
dry underbrush. Monsoon clouds had yet to thunder against Himalaya’s peaks and
drench the Koli clan’s high forest home, and dead twigs and branches crackled
as he emerged.

The woman sat up straight, instantly awake. The scouting party drew swords
or notched arrows, but she did not reach for her weapons. Instead, she stood up
in one smooth motion, magnificent and tall. She swiveled her head with
deliberate calm, as if measuring her chances against five armed men.

Who was this creature? Dhara sat proud and tall on her pony, trying to look
older than her twelve years. Look at me, she wanted to shout, but the
woman gave her only the briefest glance.

The woman and the chief locked eyes.

“Namaste,” she said, putting her palms together with that same deliberate
slowness. “I am Mala.”

“Mala.” Dandapani gave a quick nod and shifted on his horse. “I am
Dandapani, chief of the Kolis. These are our lands. Few travel them and none
without our permission.”

“Chief Dandapani, my guru Asita sent me here to make a solitary retreat. I
seek only to practice the Lord of Yoga’s disciplines at the mountain goddess’s
sacred cave.”

 “Asita!” Dhara was astonished. She
glanced up at Dhavalagiri’s snow-capped peak towering above them. It was hard
to imagine that the skinny old yogi who had lived up there when Dhara was a
little girl was guru to this woman, who looked more like a warrior than a
wandering truth-seeker.

Dandapani cocked his head. “Asita was a great favorite among us Kolis.”

“He spoke highly of your clan,” Mala said.

Dandapani and Mala had not taken their eyes off each other. “You are hardly
the first sage to seek shelter at the cave, but you may be the first woman.” He
smiled faintly. “And the first to come with such a fine sword.”

Mala’s narrowed her eyes. “A woman faces many dangers when she travels
alone. But now I have no further need of it. I offer the sword to you, Chief
Dandapani.” 

“A fine gift. I accept.”

“Father,” Dhara said in a tremulous whisper. “We must offer hospitality to
a truth-seeker…it’s dharma.”

Before Dandapani could reply, Jagai, the weapons master, spoke. “I don’t
like this. How do we know who she is? They say Angulimala is hiding in the
mountains with picked men, making bloody sacrifices to Black Kali and plotting
against the lowland kingdoms. ”

Dhara took sharp breath. Even the isolated Koli clan had heard the rumors.
The infamous outlaw queen Angulimala, who some said was Kali incarnate, had
disappeared, leaving her renegade army leaderless.

Dandapani suddenly grinned. “How do we know she’s not a demoness? A mortal
woman wouldn’t have dared such a journey alone.”

Mala laughed out loud. Jagai frowned and the other warriors looked
startled. A powerful current was passing between her father and this woman that
Dhara didn’t understand.

“Either way, we have no quarrel with you,” the chief said to Mala. “What
happens in the kingdoms along Ganga’s river is no concern of ours. And even a
demoness may seek wisdom.” 

“I assure you, my lord Dandapani. I am a simple yogi, seeking peace and
solitude.”

A woman yogi! Seeking the highest knowledge, which once gained would make
others strive to learn wisdom at her feet! Not just some clever Brahmin wife
like those in the village priest’s instructive stories, who received all her
learning from a wise husband but had no real mind of her own.

“Well, daughter.” Dandapani looked at Dhara. “What do you say?”

Dhara’s throat was dry. “N-namaste, Mala-ji.” She bowed her head. “Food and
a bed await you in our village.”

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Interview: 

1.) What inspired you to write The Mountain Goddess ?
I’ve long been fascinated by the Buddha, his life, and his teachings, which have given me strength at several very stressful times in my life.  When my son and I were studying for our black belts in the Korean martial art Tae Kwon Do, I became interested in the way Buddhism had influenced Asian martial arts in general. 
I’m also an avid reader of historical fiction.  The story of Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha, has all the elements needed for a great novel:  a historical period filled with conflict, a man who has everything and yet remains unsatisfied, and impossible choices between love, duty, and spiritual freedom.  Yes, there are novels about him but none that really brought him to life for me. So I decided to write my own!
This required a lot of research. Fortunately, I live virtually (in all senses of the word) next door to great university libraries. With all the skill and passion of my profession (I have a Masters in Library Science), I dove into the history and legends of his time and place, 2500 years ago in northeastern India. I found wonderful tales about the women who followed him. Their spiritual journeys inspired me to write their stories, and to see the Buddha through their eyes.

I’m also an avid reader of historical fiction.  For years I searched for a good novel
2.) What was the hardest part in writing The Mountain Goddess?
It’s all been hard, but so rewarding. I had to reinvent characters from the legends, telling their stories in my own way to the point where I sometimes switched their gender! But in the process, I discovered that writing is like yoga or meditation; a discipline that calms and focuses the mind. 
Then the process of rewriting, throwing out what didn’t work, rewriting and rewriting again, then sending it off to a professional editor who suggested even more rewriting, all that was very difficult but necessary. I whittled millions of words down to thousands, and the story has adventure, romance, passion, heartbreak, and redemption.
3.) What was the easiest part of writing The Mountain Goddess? 
No part was easy. But writing the sex scenes was the most fun.
4.) Which Character do you consider more to be like? 
Any resemblance of any character to any real person, alive or dead, is strictly coincidental.  That said, every character has some of me in them.  Writers are lucky that way: we get to live many lives. (Is this what is really meant by past an future lives? No…yet…could be…) In The Mountain Goddess, the character who most represents my point of view would be Sakhi. She is the best friend of that rebel Dhara, who is a gifted warrior and yogi, and who captures Siddhartha’s heart. But where Dhara doesn’t want marriage and children, this is Sakhi’s dream. And though she doesn’t have Dhara’s warrior spirit, she has quiet courage of her own, and compassion, too.  I strive to be like her.

5.) Do you have any upcoming projects coming up and if so can you tell us about it? 
The Mountain Goddess is Book Two in The Sadhana Trilogy. Book One, The Tigress and the Yogi, came out in January 2016.  Now I’m working on Book Three. Sign up on my website (shelleyschanfield.com) to get updates on its progress!

About the Author

Shelley Schanfield’s passion for
Buddhism and yoga arose sixteen years ago, when she and her son earned black
belts in Tae Kwon Do. The links between the martial arts and Buddhist
techniques to calm and focus the mind fascinated her. By profession a
librarian, Shelley plunged into research about the time, place, and spiritual
traditions that 2500 years ago produced Prince Siddhartha, who became the
Buddha. Yoga, in some form, has a role in all of these traditions. Its
transformational teachings soon prompted Shelley to hang up her black belt and
begin a yoga practice that she follows to this day.

Because she loves historical
fiction, Shelley looked for a good novel about the Buddha. When she didn’t find
one that satisfied her, she decided to write her own novels based on the
spiritual struggles of women in the Buddha’s time. She published the first book
in the Sadhana Trilogy, The Tigress and the Yogi, in 2016 and will
publish the second, The Mountain Goddess in early 2017. 

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