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Monday, December 29, 2014

The Thornless Rose by Morgan O'Neill

Title: The Thornless Rose

An Elizabethan Time Travel Novel

Author: Morgan O’Neill
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: December 29, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 454

No one ever knew what really happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon back in 1945. He simply disappeared from a London pub, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and his fiancée—Anne Howard’s grandmother. Seventy years later, Anne herself is haunted by the strange tale, along with inexplicable hallucinations straight out of Elizabethan England. Including a scarred, handsome man whose deep blue eyes seem to touch her very soul...

Anne wonders if there isn’t something more to the story. Is it even possible that Jonathan disappeared into England’s dark past? And why does Anne keep hearing him whisper her name? Because now she too feels the inexorable pull of the past, not to mention an undeniable attraction for a man she doesn’t even know.

It’s just a matter of time before Anne will step back into history, and face a destiny―and a love―beyond imagining...

My review:
Dr. Jonathan Brandon disappeared one day in 1945... vanished, never to be see again, leaving his fiancee Catherine behind. Years later, her granddaughter, Anne Howard starts experiencing mysterious tugs from the past. Though unbelieving at first, she begins to understand what might have happened to Jonathan Brandon and how he was forced to abandon all he knew... because Anne is afraid that same thing is happening to her.

Morgan O'Neill has redefined the genre of time travel with this fantastical adventure into the Elizabethan past, with all the ceremony of the time period, costuming brought to life... as well as the unsavory of the time. I very much enjoyed this tale! I can't wait for more from the writing duo of Deborah O'Neill Cordes and Cary Morgan Frates who become Morgan O'Neill. Highly recommend this book to all lovers of Historical Romance or anyone who is looking for a grand adventure wrapped up in the pages of a book. Excellent.

A chance meeting at a writers conference brought Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah ONeill Cordes together, two award-winning authors who connected because of a mutual love of time travel fiction. Collaboration ensued, the search for a pen name the first step in their working relationship. Their maiden names provided the solution - and Morgan ONeill was born. 

Cary and Deborahs backgrounds are uniquely suited to writing stories steeped in atmosphere and history: Deborah has a Masters Degree in history and is a dedicated genealogist; Cary is a talented linguist in French and is currently a student of Latin. Theyve traveled to Europes ancient and medieval sites many times, with Cary living on the Continent for five years. 

The Morgan ONeill time travel novels have received a number of literary awards, including two finalist wins in the Booksellers Best Awards, two semifinalist wins in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, first, second, and third place wins for the Mainstream Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category of the Golden Rose Contest, a top ten finalist award in the Pacific Northwest Writers' Conference Zola Awards Literary Contest, and a top ten finalist win in the Orange Rose Contest.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Kissing the Devil by Shannon Eckrich

Publisher: Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly
Pages: 200


There are three rules in the small town of Leeds Point, New Jersey: 
Never stay out after dark. 
Never go into the Pineys. 
And, more than anything, never speak of the Jersey Devil. 

Serenity Cantwell knows all too well the Jersey Devil exists. The recurring nightmares of his glowing green eyes make their way into her dreams, causing her to relive her encounter with the beast every single night. But as people she knows start to disappear, and end up dead in the middle of the Pine Barrens, she pushes away her fear of the forest in search of answers. 
What she finds will change her life forever. Secrets will be revealed, a curse will be set in motion, and friendships will be tested. But most of all, love could prove to be deadly. 

Author Bio:
Shannon Eckrich is a YA paranormal author with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. Her novel, Haunting Lia became an Amazon International Bestseller shortly after its release in October 2013. The first installment of her Elemental Short Series, Goddess of Fire: Burn, quickly followed suite when it was released in June 2014.

Check out these other books by Author Shannon Eckrich:
Goddess of Fire: Burn:
Goddess of Fire: Smolder:
Goddess of Fire: Ignite:
Goddess of Fire: Inferno:

Goddess of Fire: Fire and Ice:

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lucky Numbers by G.G. Carver

Lucy Eaton had a job she loved as a Teaching Assistant at a 
Special Needs School and a boyfriend who struggled with 
commitment issues. Life was good, not great, but good, until one day 
Lady Luck paid Lucy a visit and a life that most people could only 
dream of opened up to her. With the creases of every day life ironed 
out, she could sit back and live the dream.

But what if that dream doesn't turn out to be what you thought you 
wanted? Want and need are two very different things. The head wants, 
but the heart needs, and as generous and fortuitous as life can be, 
it can also be incredibly cruel. No one gets to live a creaseless life. 
That is something Lucy will soon discover.

Release Date: February 14, 2015

Other Books By G.G. Carver

Born in the heart of England to two devoted parents he enjoyed a 
happy, loving childhood. Not long after completing his further education
he set off on a worldwide adventure visiting various places around the
globe, but it was New Zealand that stole his heart. It was here that he
discovered his creative side with amateur dramatics, 
and he made several brief appearances in national soap operas. 

After 5 years he returned to England and discovered his passion for 
writing. He wrote several unpublished children's books, but had a vision
for a book that would take him on an exciting journey.

He also lives with his close companion Carver Jnr his cuddly pup that 
features in many of his humorous Facebook updates. He enjoys keeping
fit, long walks in the fresh air and spending time with close family and


Copyright © 2014 G.G. Carver, All rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Even Heroes Cry by Hildie McQueen

Hildie McQueen's New Release....

Even Heroes Cry, Fords of Nashville, Book 1

“Even though I knew they were just fireworks on the 4
th of July, to me they still sounded like incoming mortars. It took me right back to my deployment…”
Writing Adam Ford – Even Heroes Cry

An emotion filled, heroic read!

Buy Link: Amazon

I lay in the darkness, tears trailed from the corner of my eyes and plopped onto the pillow.  The video I’d watched replayed in my mind and I could not shake the heaviness in my chest at seeing the helplessness in so many young men’s eyes.  The vacant looks of no longer expecting life to ever get better. The loss of their personal life, after months or years of fighting for our country.

The research for Even Heroes Cry took its toll on me and yet I knew it was important if I was to try to bring the horror of PTSD to life in Adam Ford.  I had to feel what he felt and know as much as possible how it would affect a person.

Adam Ford was a leader in the military, someone in control who commanded soldiers. He raced head on into the most dangerous war zones. He flew a helicopter directly into lines of fire to save injured soldiers and carry them back to safety.  He jumped out of the safety of the chopper to drag men under sniper attack away from danger, getting shot multiple times while saving their lives.  Yes I was writing a larger than life hero, but he did exist to me.  He is real.
In the current thirteen year long war in the Middle East, many Adam Fords have risen to the challenges and done as much as my fictional hero. They’ve rushed through what seemed insurmountable obstacles to save their fellow servicemen or have died trying. Today’s heroes are young brilliant people who return home broken and damaged.

When I finished this story, I let out a breath, my eyes misted and I hoped that somehow I made Adam Ford a man that represented the battle these brave servicemen and women face upon returning from active fire directly into a different war that rages within.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Cover Reveal!! The Light and The Flame, Gemini Rising, Book II by Louann Carroll

Welcome Louann!!

Cover Reveal for Louann's new release!! Pre-Orders start: December 22, 2014


Ripped from her deathbed, Noah transports Kate to the Olam Yetzirah, the dimension where universes form. They seek the advice of the archangel, Michael, in how best to get back to Earth and their children. Kate’s son and their newborn daughter, Lucia, the one spoken of in the prophecy Gemini Rising, await their return.  
Trouble arises and concern ripples through the Olam. Kate is unable to make the transition from human to bond mate and her dreams of returning to Earth with Noah are crushed. Uriel will become Kate’s mentor while Noah is dispatched to Naresh, his home planet and to his people to whom the Light no longer speaks. 
Will Kate become the bond mate she is meant to be? Will Noah find welcome with his people or will they despise him for taking the Light from their souls. Most important of all, will the prophecy of Lucia be fulfilled, or will Belial, demon of Hades, murder her in a fit of jealous rage. 

True love keeps no track of wrongdoing. 
Memory flooding back, Belial lay with Saddash on the banks of the river, wishing he could make his mind a blank for all eternity. After a time, listening to the water’s ebb and flow, his anxiety eased. 
While in the river, Saddash had taken him into her arms. Together they melded, but as usual, the joining was not complete. Since Saddash was not his bond mate the ritual left him empty, and instead of building flame the act brought him sorrow even as it provided physical relief. A part of him would always be with Sheren no matter where the Light had taken her. 
“You think of that woman.” Saddash’s eyes were spiteful as she brushed back a lock of blue-black hair. 
Her burnished body gleamed in the misty twilight, catching rays from the setting shoshrana sun above. Starlight glanced off the contours of her skin, adding to her lustrous beauty. 
He answered her, “I do.” 
“Why did you let her go?” 
“It was not of my choosing.” 
Saddash circled one nipple with a nail. “Am I not as good as her?” 
“You are better.” 
A pleased expression crossed her face and he wondered that she could not detect his lie. She should have. He had given her the power to do so, but it was always this way. Incomplete and alone he faced the world, his bond mate forever separated from his side, her clone unable or unwilling to share his life completely. 
The day of his bond mate’s betrayal had dawned with each of them entwined within the other’s arms. He had a surprise for her, something to celebrate their years together. A golden dragon sculpted by the finest artist in the universe. He couldn’t wait to see her face. He thought a moment, thinking of when he’d first laid eyes on her, the raven-haired beauty of Beriah. 
He had stolen Sheren from the world of creation. There, only souls of the highest luminosity could live and Sheren was the loveliest. Fair of face, dark of hair and eye, lithe of body, her arms had held him close, providing comfort to one of the Light’s rejected. 
“Quiet, Saddash.” He gazed across the river, his memory fading into the past. 
On the day of Sheren’s disloyalty, they had been abed for hours, each of them enjoying the other in a dance of lovemaking that would make the Light blush—until she said the unthinkable. 
“I want another child.” 
“You what?” Her request had shaken him to the core, thinking this subject had been put to rest. Taking a sip of memosky, he searched for the right words to answer her demand. The thought of a child was anathema. No one would come between him and his bond mate, least of all a newly created soul. 
“A child, Belial. I want—no I need a child.” 
“Whatever for? You can create one if you will. Just think of one by Hades!” 
Her eyes burned bright with tears. “Remember Haon? He came from my loins and did us both proud. Until you murdered him and our grandchild.” She sat up, her eyes bright with tears. “You and that prophecy. You fear it, don’t you. You really believe a child will take you from  your rightful place in the universe.” 
 “Why now?”  He rose from bed, dragging the sheet across the floor. “We have everything! Why must you have a child?” He would never forget her answer. 
“The Light told me to ask.” 
Fury exploding within, he morphed into demon-hood and staggered toward her, one hand ready to rip the soul from her body. “How dare you consult that insipient Being, that, that…!” 
Sheren did not cringe. She had never been afraid of him and that had won his respect. She said again, “I want a child.” 
Towering over her, his hand bent into a reptilian claw, he cried, “I’ll see you dead first.” 
Instead of meeting his anger with fear she smiled, the light from her inner being shining on her face. He stood down, instantly morphing into personhood, the pain encompassing his soul not easily forgiven. He hissed, “I cannot believe you would ask such a thing.”  
Ebony eyes looked back, the agony of her request filling him, letting him know that once again he would accede to her wishes. 
She finished, “Still, I want a child.” 

Louann Carroll is a Native Californian living in the Sierra Nevada foothills with her husband, Dennis.

Mother to three children, she is an avid rock, fossil, and gem hunter who enjoys sharing her finds with family and friends. She is a student of alternative religion, archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology.

After leaving her position as C.E.O. in the Bay Area, she has pursued her writing career with much success. Winner of the 2010 Crescent Moon Press award for best novel, she has added numerous titles to her resume. She is the author of the Gemini series, A Shadow of Time, a paranormal romance, Journeys, The Adventure of Leaf, and other children's stories.

You can reach her at:

Twitter @LouannCarroll
Amazon Author Page:

And if you really want to know Louann...
I have Crohn's disease but it does not define me.
2. Chocolate defines me, but because of Crohn's I can rarely eat it. Although I do blog about it often enough. Wishful thinking, I guess.
3. I have three kids, but they are grown, thank heavens.  I could NOT do it over again.
4. I have seven grandchildren but I'm still very young. Just ask them.
5. I married my childhood sweetheart and after forty-four years he is still my sweetheart, but don't tell him, he has a big enough head already.
6. My three dogs, Chelsea, Bella, and Aggie sleep in our bed. I just can't see kicking them out at their age.
7. Moving to the Sierra Nevada foothills was the best decision I ever made. Aside from marrying my husband.

5 Star Review for Gemini Rising I

Reviewer:  Merrylee from Two Lips Reviews (Reviewers Choice Award AND Recommended Read)

The last thing Kathryn, children’s book author turned magazine and short story writer, wanted was to move away from her beloved San Francisco. Nevertheless, she and her 13-year-old son Ryan have little choice in the matter when her husband, famous archeologist Jason Kelly, receives a grant to excavate a newly discovered Anasazi village in the Arizona desert. Missing the salt air and misty mornings of the Bay area, Kate hates the dusty heat of Arizona. Morose over the move, she’s resentful when Jason chooses to spend more time at the dig than at home in Sedona.

After the comet Eros appears overhead, clouding the skies with red dust, Kate begins having strange, frightening nightmares. Then a gigantic UFO appears in the night sky and the repeating message — PREPARE FOR THE CROSSING — mysteriously appears on her computer screen. When she waves to a Native American woman at the dig, a testy Jason tells her that she must be seeing things because there are no women associated with the dig. What most upsets her, however, is the pure sexual arousal she experiences when Jason introduces her to Noah, a young dig worker just out of university.

Similarly attracted to Kate, Noah is more than the sexy green-eyed hunk he appears to be. A thousand years old, he’s been assigned to help Kate and Ryan through the Crossing of Nibiru, the planet humanity has mistaken for a comet. He commands the Nektosha, one of the Galactic Counsel spaceships preparing to rescue the Chosen — the animals and humans picked to reseed Earth following the destruction wrought by Nibiru’s passing. Unbeknownst to Kate, she has been chosen to record the crumbling of Earth’s latest and most advanced civilization. Ryan as well has a calling. Gifted by the aliens with the ability to heal, he will be charged with saving the handful of people who survive the violent earthquakes, floods and shifting of poles on the Earth’s surface.

Once Noah announces his true purpose on Earth, Jason refuses to believe in either aliens or the catastrophic end of time. When Noah removes Kate and Ryan to the safety of his ship, Jason’s inability to believe leaves him stranded on earth, launching him on a separate journey that will change not only his narrow outlook of the universe, but the man he grew up to become. Meanwhile, Kate and Noah discover a love so deep that humanity is reborn through their bond, newer and better than it was before. But what will it mean to an Earth recovering from destruction in an intergalactic age?

Louann Carroll’s fundamental idea for
Gemini Rising came to her in a dream, but the plot is loosely based on actual archeological discoveries relating to Sumerian history and the famous Mayan Calendar. Nibiru actually exists!  According to a small group of current conspiracy theorists, the rogue tenth planet will pass through our solar system on its 3,600-year orbit around the sun, dooming Earth to cataclysmic destruction, sometime in December 2012.  They contend that NASA is currently tracking Nibiru, but that the information is being kept from the public as part of a worldwide conspiracy.  We'll see...

Packed with prophesy, pain and passion; with love, devastation and renewal,
Gemini Rising is the memorable introduction to what promises to be an epic intergalactic/interdimensional series that will rock sci-fi readers to the core.  This first book is set in the near future in the United Socialist States. America is plagued with many of the consequences that today’s conservatives believe we will face if our government continues down its current liberal path.  Yet, as frightening as this future world becomes, it didn’t once occur to me to put this book down. Simply put, it's one of the most amazing, yet unsettling books I’ve ever read.  For Ms. Carroll, it’s a crowning achievement, so masterfully written it can do nothing but win every award for which it’s certain to be nominated.

The mystical love story of Noah and Kate is both sweet and awe-inspiring. It drew so many tears from me in spots that I had to stop reading to mop up the flood. Otherwise, I was completely lost in this book. The ceiling could have fallen in on me and I wouldn’t have noticed. Kate, despite all her initial wailing, resentfulness and depression over each and every danger, adversity and harsh condition she had to face, always rises to the occasion. She is probably a more authentic heroine than we sometimes see in romance novels. Accustomed to Jason’s overbearing and demeaning attitude toward her, she’s a typical woman forced to face adversities so monumental that she’s ill equipped to handle them. Noah, on the other hand, is a complete rock, solid and enduring in his devotion to Kate and to his mission to save humanity.

Gemini Rising is a truly superb book, arguably the best futuristic novel to come down the pike in quite sometime.  Don't miss it.  Its anticlimactic ending will leave you with what Ms. Carroll  calls a “haunting echo” of what is to come sometime in 2013 with the release of The Light and the Flame, the first of several highly anticipated sequels.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Morgan O'Neill... AND New Release!! ~SPOTLIGHT~

Morgan O'Neill is the fabulously talented author duo of Deborah Cordes O'Neill (author of Dragon Dawn) and Cary Morgan Frates (author of The Red Soles Series)!! Both are outstanding authors on their own, and as a duo... there are no words...

Today, I'd like to introduce you to their re-release of the Time Traveling Romance Series!!

The Other Side of Heaven (Book One of the Italian Time Travel Series 1)

From the Cover:

Californian Gwendolyn Godwyn seeks to learn her family's history and hopes to restore the bond that once existed between her Italian forebearers and those who live in America. While visiting her ancestral Italian town, Gwen is caught in a violent earthquake and inexplicably thrust through time. At first refusing to believe what has happened, she nevertheless uses her wits to survive, donning a monk's cowl to hide her identity as a woman. Ripped apart from all she has ever known, Gwen finds herself in the midst of brutal territorial battles in an era she once blithely called "The Dark Ages." When the golden Italian summer of 951 emerges from the strife and gloom, Gwen joins forces with a cadre of gallant men, allies in the struggle against the evil nobles, Willa of Tuscany and Count Berengar, kidnappers of Italy's rightful queen, Adelaide. Along with Father Warinus and Lord Alberto Uzzo, Gwen seeks to rescue Adelaide and restore her kingdom. In the midst of this great adventure, Gwen falls in love with the complex and passionate Alberto, to whom she reveals her identity as a woman. But can Alberto learn to love her strong and independent nature and help Gwen in her quest to discover her rightful place in time?

Time Enough For Love (Book Two of the Italian Time Travel Series 2)

From the Cover:

Through dark magic, Californian Gwendolyn Godwyn has been swept back in time to medieval Italy. There, she finds herself in the midst of a war between Italy’s rightful queen, Adelaide, and those who have kidnapped her and seek to usurp her crown. Risking her life, Gwen elects to play a pivotal role in the planned rescue. In the midst of the chaos, she is drawn to the queen’s champion, Lord Alberto Uzzo, who battles not only their military foes, but also his personal demons. Tested to the limit when he discovers Gwen’s true identity as a time traveler, Alberto nevertheless fights through his doubt and the whirl of superstition that surrounds this intriguing and strong-willed woman. Time is of the essence as the lovers seek to overcome the evil forces rallying against the queen they’ve vowed to save. Will Gwen and Alberto be able to overcome the groundswell of danger to find time enough for love?

One Fabulous Series, Two Great Authors!!

Pick up your copy today!! Available on Amazon (click the title to buy)!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cover Reveal: Hot-Blooded by Kendall Grey

Book Info:

If Robert Rodriquez (Sin City), Tony Soprano, and David Lynch (Twin Peaks) made sweet love to a Hawaiian version of The Bride (Uma Thurman's character from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill), the resulting spawn might look like Kendall Grey’s upcoming mystery/suspense/supernatural thriller, HOT-BLOODED.
The first installment in the Ohana series, HOT-BLOODED is set on the island of Maui and is wrapped in the light and dark watercolors of Hawaiian culture, history, and mythology. It's about guns, drugs, surfing, and tiki monsters. HOT-BLOODED tells the tale of a ballsy, half-Hawaiian angel-turned-demon, the duplicitous assassin who falls for her, and the blessings and curses of family—all wrapped up in freaky, supernatural gift paper.
Here's the description:
WARNING: HOT-BLOODED does NOT end with a happily ever after. It contains drug use and graphic sex, language, and violence. The story is intended to entertain, not to condone or glorify illegal or immoral activities. This book is unsuitable for sensitive readers and those under the age of 18.
*Written in 3rd person. Contains a massive cliffhanger and multiple POVs.
Ohana is everything…
When an accident claims her mother’s life, Keahilani Alana must take charge of her ohana (family) or risk losing what little they have. With an underage brother to care for and no education, she has few options. The door to a heavenly hellish opportunity opens when she stumbles upon a valuable secret her mother left behind on the slopes of an extinct volcano—a legacy that tempts the family with riches beyond their wildest dreams. But the secret is much bigger and more sinister than they realize. As reality unravels and exposes eerie truths about the ohana that should have remained deep under the mountain, Keahilani must either resist the call of her blood or risk being consumed by its darkness.
Blake Murphy is an assassin working to infiltrate a new Hawaiian cartel. His investigation reveals that Keahilani, the sexy surfing instructor he pegged as an informant, is much closer to the drug ring than he thought. Passion ignites between them in the bedroom, but their ironclad ties to opposing interests pit them against each other everywhere else.
When tensions reach the breaking point and her ohana is threatened, the only cure for Keahilani’s hot-blooded fury is a loaded clip with a body bag chaser.
They don’t call her Pele for nothing.

You can stalk Kendall on FacebookTwitterInstagramAmazon, or her web site.

Kendall Grey

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Western Nights: Volume 1

Publisher: TBR eBooks
Pages: 556

Five great authors, five great books!!

Hildie McQueen, Kirsten Osbourne, Beth Williamson, Nickie Asher, Sandy Sullivan

Available on Amazon!!

From the Cover:

Five top-selling authors share their favorite western romance heroes - all boxed up for you in one sexy, irresistible package! Open the pages and fall into the arms of a cowboy. Be prepared to hang on for the ride. Whether in the Wild West or in contemporary times, these men know how to handle their women.


Author webpages:
Beth Williamson:
Nickie Asher:
Hildie McQueen: 
TBR Author website:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Interview with Author, Elizabeth Meyette

Today on the blog, I'd like to welcome Elizabeth Meyette!! Welcome Elizabeth!!

Thanks for visiting with us today!! 

Elizabeth: It’s great to be here with you today, Dottie. Thanks for inviting me.

Me: Why don't you start by telling my readers a little bit about yourself?

Elizabeth: I hear voices and I make things up. No, I’m not insane, I’m a writer…okay maybe a little insane. I left my career in education early so I could pursue my writing with the blessing of my wonderful husband, Rich, aka my Sweet Baboo. I know my muse’s name (Boris) and when I am writing, time slips by like…well, like sands through the hourglass. These are the days of my life. I wrote my first book, Love’s Destiny, on a dare and when I retired from teaching I polished it off and submitted it. Crimson Romance picked it up and I became a published author! I wrote it as a stand-alone, but my readers wanted to know what happened next, so I wrote Love’s Spirit. I’ve just released my third book, The Cavanaugh House, which is a mystery not a historical romance.

Me: What drew you to the craft of writing? 

Elizabeth: I don’t think I was drawn; I think writing is a part of me like my blue eyes or my weird sense of humor. But I know the affirmation of some of my teachers helped me to believe in my writing ability.

Me: Do you write for the story burning to be told or do you write for a character that won't leave you alone?

Elizabeth: I love this question! Characters talk to me. Often a scene is born when I hear dialogue in my head—maybe just a sentence or two—I write it down and the scene unfolds.  My first book, Love’s Destiny, started with a question, “What if an English woman fell in love with a colonial patriot?” Voila—instant conflict.

Me: Are you a pantser or plotter?

Elizabeth: Panster. Even when I try to plot, it doesn’t work.

Me: What advice would you give to others in the journey to becoming published?

Elizabeth: I hear Steve Perry from Journey in the background: “Hold on to Your Dreams”. Believe in yourself, read all you can read from successful authors and never give up. Subscribe to writers’ magazine, sites and journals especially in the genre you write. You’ll see why in the next question.

Me: Did you have a long line of submissions before you “got the call”? For those readers would wonder, how long did the submission process take for you?

Elizabeth: I have to admit that mine is a Cinderella story. I was in the process of self-publishing Love’s Destiny when I saw a call for submissions from Crimson Romance. I submitted a chapter and synopsis and they asked for my full manuscript.  A contract soon followed, and I was published a few months later. Writers seeking publication should always be on the lookout for calls for submissions.

Me: If your book was going to be made into a movie, who would play your heroine? Hero? Bad guy?

Elizabeth: In my recent book, The Cavanaugh House, Jennifer Lawrence would play Jesse and Prince Harry would play Joe. Yeah, I know Prince Harry isn’t an actor, but he seems open to many different kinds of experiences. 

Me: Where can we find you and your books?

Elizabeth: You can find all three of my books at my author pages at:

Me: Share with us something about your current book. (If you'd like to include an excerpt?)

Elizabeth: I love Jesse and Joe from The Cavanaugh House. The story is set in 1968 before cell phones. Here is an excerpt from when they first meet:

Whatever existed on the other side of the door was now a part of her existence, too. This abandoned and rejected house was all she had. And she was all this house had. We’re in this together. Straightening her shoulders, she took a deep breath and selected the key.  She was surprised that the Yale key worked so easily in the old lock. Her heart pounded as she turned the doorknob and entered the house.

It took a moment for Jesse’s eyes to adjust to the dim interior, for the windows were thick with grime, and the trees filtered out most of the sunlight. The centrally located door opened into a small foyer, a room on either side. Straight ahead was a staircase, and beside it, a hall led to the kitchen. Musty air invaded her nostrils, dust turned everything a dull pale gray, and she felt ancient, powdery motes settle upon her like a second skin. Lacy cobwebs stretched from the high corners to the brass light fixtures hanging in the middle of the ceilings. She heard scurrying at the far end of the hall and resisted the urge to run outside.

To her right was the dining room with a door on the far wall that led back to the kitchen. Turning left, she entered the living room, sparsely furnished with drop cloths draped over the pieces. A chair sat perpendicular to a sofa with a round coffee table in front. A floor lamp hung its head in the space between the sofa and chair, and nestled in a far corner was an oak secretary with a drop-down desk. Drooping at the windows were barkcloth drapes that once had boasted white gardenias on a rose background, but now hung in faded tatters, eaten away by dry rot.

Jesse turned slowly, surveying the room.

“Wow,” she said. “Wow, wow, wow.”

Her thoughts traveled to Robert’s apartment with its white leather furniture, glass and chrome accent tables, and carpeting so thick it was like walking on moss. It was as though she was on a “Rat Pack” set when she was there; everything was sleek and modern, tasteful and expensive. She had lived in that world for the past two years. And like its furnishings, that world had turned out to be less ideal than it appeared. A world more than just miles away from this dilapidated house.

Mustering her courage, she pulled the fabric off the sofa. She shrieked as a flurry of grey shapes scattered in all directions—one straight toward her. She panicked as paws scurried across her sandaled foot. Mice! Goosebumps prickled her skin and adrenalin shot though her body. Heart pounding, she ran out the front door, off the porch and bolted to her car. Her knees gave out and she collapsed, trembling.

“Are you okay?” 

Grabbing the door handle, she pulled herself up and looked around for the voice’s owner.
“I’m over here,” he said.

She looked toward the road and saw a blue pickup truck at the end of the driveway. Leaning out the driver’s-side window was a man about her age, with tousled red hair. Humor lit up his mouth and softened his strong jawline and rugged face.

“Are you okay?” he repeated as he climbed out of his truck and started toward her.

Jesse brushed herself off and ran her fingers through her hair.

“Oh, yes, I’m fine,” she said.

She saw his hazel eyes twinkle with amusement. 

“I can see that. In a hurry to get somewhere? I noticed your quick exit.”

She looked at her watch and gasped.  It was after 2 p.m. If she were going to get any utilities started, she needed to get to town. 

“I need to get my utilities started.” 

Oh, that sounded intelligent. She was a little off balance, and not just because of the mice encounter; this man’s gaze was warm and unsettling. He chuckled.

“Well, I would never want to keep a woman from that.”

Me: What are your future plans for your series? Are you cooking up a new one?

Elizabeth: I have a third book in my Love’s Destiny series that will probably be my next major project. And I have at least one sequel to The Cavanaugh House.

Some fun stuff:

Me: Coffee, Tea, or Something Harder?

Elizabeth: It’s a toss-up between green tea and Reisling. Now that I’ve said that, is it really?

Me: If you were a rock star, what instrument would you play? 

Elizabeth: Drums

Me: If you were stranded on a desert island... would you hope that Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, or Gerard Butler was stranded with you (if hubby/boyfriend decided to stay home while you cruised, for me, not likely, lol, but I'd have a hard time choosing...)?

Elizabeth: Hugh Jackman *swoon*

Me: Cake or Ice Cream (or both, what flavor)?

Elizabeth: Either as long as they are chocolate.

Me: Favorite all-time read? Movie? Favorite banned book? (Mine's To Kill A Mockingbird)

Elizabeth: To Kill a Mockingbird. It was also my favorite book to teach. I played Mrs. Dubois in our community theatre production of it a few years ago.

Me: Favorite paranormal creature? (vamp's, always vamps, lol)

Elizabeth: Hobbit

Me: If you were going to pick a book/movie character to become...who would it be?

Elizabeth: Nancy Drew LOL

Me: Secret desires?

Elizabeth: To write the play that’s stuck in my head.

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Dottie. I love your questions!

You are so very welcome!!!

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