Friday, November 30, 2012

Wild Horses--My Debut Book!

Her family ranch outside of Payson, Arizona, is the last place Castaña Castillo thought she’d ever see again. But when her mustang activist brother goes missing, Castaña returns home to lead the search. Years of bad blood between local law enforcement and the Castillo men lead Castaña to believe the local cops won’t put out much effort to locate her brother. Especially since they think he murdered two federal wildlife agents.

Disgraced FBI agent Jake Breton needs to bring in Martin Castillo to redeem himself and resurrect his career. Falling in love with someone related to the suspect is the last thing he can afford to do. The last time he followed his heart, and not his head, it nearly cost him his life.

Danger, adventure, and death push Jake and Castaña together. Will they learn to trust each other and leave their pasts behind?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fridays With Friends...Paty Jager!


Fridays with Friends.

Pull up a chair; pour yourself a beverage of your choice.  Make yourself comfortable to chat with my guest. Today I have with me my friend, Paty Jager, author of Secrets of a Mayan Moon.

Welcome, Paty

1.     What part of your book took you most out of your comfort zone?

Just about all of it. It’s set in Guatemala, a country I’ve never been to. The heroine is a genus with a PhD in anthropology. The hero is Venezuelan and a DEA agent. I had to learn about archeological digs, the Maya, and drug trafficking. And the difference between Guatemala, Venezuelan, and Spanish languages.

 

2.      What was the easiest part to write?

The scenes where the hero and heroine are bantering or seeing each other in a new light were the easiest parts to write

 

3.     How many books have you written?

I’ve written twenty books but only fourteen have been published.

4.     How many books have you sold? Titles?

Sold as in to a publisher? Ten. I’ve self published four.

Historical Western Romance

Marshal in Petticoats

Outlaw in Petticoats

Miner in Petticoats

Doctor in Petticoats

Logger in Petticoats

Gambling on an Angel

Improper Pinkerton

For a Sister’s Love

Contemporary Western Romance

Perfectly Good Nanny

Bridled Heart

Historical Paranormal Romance

Spirit of the Mountain

Spirit of the Lake

Spirit of the Sky

Action Adventure Romance

Secrets of a Mayan Moon

 

I also have several Free Reads and a Novella, Christmas Redemption

5.     What drew you to your sub-genre?

I write western or Native American stories. I live a western lifestyle and grew up in a rural area with an outhouse, having to pull water from the river when the pipes froze in the winter, and cooking on a woodstove when the power went out.  I grew up in a county steeped with Native American history and have always had a desire to learn more about them. While researching, ideas came up for stories.

6.     Do you write more than one sub-genre?

I do write more than one sub-genre, but the books will always have a western or Native American influence to them.

7.     Have you ever started a book, and lost interest?

No. I’ve always finished a story I’ve started. If I’m not completely in love with the story, I won’t research and without the research I can’t start a book.

8.     Do you find writing the hero or heroine easier?

It depends on the book and the character. In  Secrets of a Mayan Moon, both were hard. Isabella because of her genius IQ, and Tino because of his Venezuelan background.

9.     Has a secondary character ever threatened to take over your book? Have you had to give them their own book?

I’ve had several secondary characters who have been vivid to me but I managed to keep them toned down until, in the case of the Halsey brothers, their book was ready. I loved writing Crazy Woman in Spirit of the Lake. She talks in questions and picks invisible things off people. But she has visions and is extremely important to the heroine. She would be fun to one day write her story as a young woman. And Willie T. an old Klamath Indian who is the neighbor to the hero in Perfectly Good Nanny, was a lot of fun to write. He again would be fun to write as a young man. Who knows maybe someday when I run out of new ideas, I can go back and visit these two and their romances.

10.  What is your next project?

I’m working on the second Isabella Mumphrey adventure. This one is set in Mexico City and titled: Secrets of an Aztec Temple. Isabella arrives at the drug lord’s house where Tino is infiltrating shocking him and giving him more to worry about than getting the information the DEA needs. 

Blurb for Secrets of a Mayan Moon:

Child prodigy and now Doctor of Anthropology, Isabella Mumphrey, is about to lose her job at the university. In the world of publish or perish, her mentor’s request for her assistance on a dig is just the opportunity she’s been seeking. If she can decipher an ancient stone table—and she can—she’ll keep her department. She heads to Guatemala, but drug trafficking bad guys, artifact thieves, and her infatuation for her handsome guide wreak havoc on her scholarly intentions.

 

DEA agent Tino Kosta, is out to avenge the deaths of his family. He’s deep undercover as a jaguar tracker and sometimes jungle guide, but the appearance of a beautiful, brainy anthropologist heats his Latin blood taking him on a dangerous detour that could leave them both casualties of the jungle.

Excerpt

She deposited her backpack on the floor at her feet. The horn handle of a twelve inch Guatemalan blade protruded from the side pocket. Tino’s curiosity spiked another notch.

“I have a reservation. Dr. Isabella Mumphrey.”

Tino snapped the paper down and stared even harder at the woman. This was the frumpy, old anthropologist he was to guide? His gaze scanned the length of her one more time while tuning in the conversation.

“Ahh, Dr. Mumphrey, Dr. Martin said you were to get the finest room, no?” The clerk acted like a simpering fool giving the doctor her key and expounding on all the wonders of the hotel.

Gracias. May I borrow a paper and pencil? I need to make a list for the taxi driver.”

The clerk handed her the items. She stepped to the side of the counter and began writing.

Why would she make a list for a taxi driver? Curious, Tino folded the paper and strolled to a spot beside her. So intent on her list, she didn’t even acknowledge his presence as he leaned, reading the items. Army knife, candle, braided fishing line, hooks, swivels, 24 gauge snare wire…

“You are planning a trip into the jungle, no?”

She started at his voice. Deep green eyes rimmed in gold stared at him from behind wire-rimmed lenses. She blinked, focused on him, and narrowed her eyes.

“Didn’t your mother teach you manners? You don’t look over people’s shoulders to see what they’re doing.” She picked up her list and held it to her damp shirt.

Mi mamá did teach me manners, no? I am Tino Kosta, your guide to the dig at Ch’ujuña.” He held out his hand waiting for her to shake.

Her gaze traveled from his extended hand up his arm to his face. She squinted her eyes and glared at him.

“You’re not of Mesoamerican descent, so you can’t possibly be my guide. Are you in cahoots with the disgusting little man who stole my property?” She bent toward her backpack, giving him a good view down the front of her blouse.

Si, she didn’t wear a bra. The nipples peaking through her clingy shirt sat atop a palm-sized mound. Now, being a man who liked his hands filled to overflowing when it came to handling a woman—

¡Carajo!” The pointed end of the large knife that had been tucked in the doctor’s backpack waved inches from his nose. “What is this about?” A woman who ran around without undergarments shouldn’t be offended by a man viewing her body.

Secrets of a Mayan Moon is available at Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.

Bio:

Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently ranch 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

Her contemporary Western, Perfectly Good Nanny won the 2008 Eppie for Best Contemporary Romance, Spirit of the Mountain, a historical paranormal set among the Nez Perce, garnered 1st place in the paranormal category of the Lories Best Published Book Contest, and Spirit of the Lake, the second book of the spirit trilogy, was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

You can learn more about Paty at her blog; www.patyjager.blogspot.com  her website; http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager and twitter;  @patyjag.

Giveaway

I love to give and you could be the winner! I will be giving away a $5 egift card to a commenter at each blog stop and will give a bag full of goodies to the person who follows me to the most blogs and a gift to the host who gets the most commenters. You can find the blog tour hosts at my blog: http://www.patyjager.blogspot.com or my website: http://www.patyjager.net

D’Ann, Thank you for having me here today as part of my blog tour!

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Autumn Harvest Blog Hop


Welcome to the Autumn Harvest blog hop! There are over 200 participants! We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!


Now what are those prizes?



1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains 10+ paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

 I will be giving away 2 prizes-- a $5.00 Amazon giftcard and an e-copy of Shot Through the Heart.

 

Some things I really love occur in Autumn.

Afavorite activity, shared with my daughter, is taking pictures of the fall leaves. Here, in SW Colorado, the mountains are colored red and gold by the leaves of oak brush and aspen leaves. We take the horses and our dogs and ride into the mountains to look for interesting leaves or trees to photograph. I’ve never had a character us photography as a hobby. But since I write suspense, it would open up a whole lot of possibilities if I did. Hmmmm….





Gathering cows. Next to taking them up to summer range, the fall gather is my all-time favorite activity. The cooler days, the smell of sagebrush. Hardworking horses. Cowdogs dashing through the brush. Bawling cows and calves. The shouts of cowboys and cowgirls carrying in the crisp air. Ah, yeah. A lot of my characters are cowboys and cowgirls. It’s odd that I don’t use the fall gather more often in my books.   
In Shot Through the Heart, it isn’t fall, but Derrick is gathering cattle…

By mid-afternoon Derrick Garrison had located half of his cattle and pushed them toward the north pasture, picking up the rest as he went.  His red heeler Turbo dashed through the brush, moving out the strays Derrick missed.  He paused and lifted his hat to swipe at his forehead with his sleeve.  His entire body was sticky with sweat, his shirt glued to his back.  Although sporadic bouts of thunder continued to crash all around him, no rain fell.  With a weary sigh, he spoke to his dog and horses.  “Let’s break for lunch.”

            The herd spread out to graze.  Leaning back against a log, Derrick unwrapped a roast beef sandwich and a bag of chips.  As he lifted a steaming cup of coffee to his lips, he took a rough count on his herd. 

            He had most of them.  

            Turbo barked low and hackles rose along his neck and back.  He seemed transfixed by something at the edge of the meadow.  Food forgotten, Derrick looked up in time to catch a glimpse of movement.  Was there a bear out there stalking the cows?  He glanced at the herd and they didn’t seem concerned, but both horses’ heads were high, eyes wide.  Running a reassuring hand down Turbo’s stiff back, Derrick murmured, “What do you see out there, boy?”

            The dog growled again.

Derrick trusted his dog’s instincts enough to investigate.  He pushed to his feet and started toward the edge of the meadow when something big crashed through the trees.  Derrick couldn’t get a good look at it, but he figured it for an elk because Turbo froze and fixed on the movement.  He wouldn’t react that way to a cow.  Maybe a moose.  A neighbor claimed to have seen one of the Alaskan transplants last summer. 

A little more unnerved than he cared to admit, Derrick watched for a few more minutes to see if anything appeared.  He released a pent-up breath.  He had more important things to worry about than a stray moose.  “Come on, buddy.  Let’s go.”

For other hoppers, go here: http://carrieannbloghops.blogspot.com/

 
 








 

 


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fridays with Friends...Sharon Cullen





Pull up a chair; pour yourself a beverage of your choice.  Make yourself comfortable to chat with my guest. Today I have with me my friend, Sharon Cullen, author of Her Dark Knight.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome, Sharon.
1.     What part of your book took you most out of your comfort zone? Writing all the stuff about the Book of Revelation. I’m Catholic and went through twelve years of parochial school but I haven’t brushed up on the bible for a few years. It took a lot of research to get it right.
2.      What was the easiest part to write? The historical scenes were the easiest. For some reason, writing historical just comes easier for me. Easier even than writing contemporary.
 
3.     How many books have you written? Oh gosh. I have no idea. Probably around 20-30 if I had to guess. That’s counting books I started but never finished for one reason or another. I did a lot of that in my early days of writing.
 
4.     How many books have you sold? Titles? I have sold thirteen books so far. Most are available for purchase, #12 will be available in February, 2013 and #13 sometime later in 2013 (the exact publication date hasn’t been determined yet). The titles include:
 
A Forever Kind of Thing (paranormal)
 
Accidental Love (contemporary)
 
Hands Off (contemporary)
The Power of Love (contemporary)
Deception (romantic suspense)
Redemption (romantic suspense)
Obsession (romantic suspense)
Night Song (paranormal)
Wherever You Are (paranormal/time travel)
Her Dark Knight (paranormal)
Christmas in Style (out of print)
The Notorious Lady Anne (on sale 2/13)
The Infamous Lord Blythe (release date TBD)
 
 
5.     What drew you to your sub-genre? This particular book is a weird sub-genre and the plot was what drew me to it. The plot demands that the story be paranormal, historical and contemporary all at the same time. LOL. Quite a mix, right?
6.     Do you write more than one sub-genre? I do. I can’t seem to help myself. I write romantic suspense, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and historical romance. My historicals are the ones that will be published in 2013.
7.     Have you ever started a book, and lost interest? Yes! Plenty of times. But that was earlier, when I first started writing. Now I can’t afford to do that because my books are contracted before they’re written so I have no choice but to write them. But when I was first learning the craft and trying to discover my voice, I started and discarded so many books. Some of them I’d still like to write.
8.     Do you find writing the hero or heroine easier? The hero, for some odd reason. I love writing heroes, love digging into their brains. I like picking men’s brains too to see how they think so I can make my heroes more realistic.
9.     Has a secondary character ever threatened to take over your book? Have you had to give them their own book? I give almost all of my secondary characters books. I write them that way on purpose so they can have their own book. I think the character that threatened to take over a story the most was Phin in The Notorious Lady Anne. I really fell in love with Phin. He’s a tough pirate in an untenable situation. He will get his book but unfortunately it won’t be for a bit yet. There are others who get their books first.
10.  What is your next project? I just sent off The Infamous Lord Blythe to my editor. That book is the one that will be released sometime in 2013. My next project is a proposal for two more historicals that are in the same series as The Notorious Lady Anne and the Infamous Lord Blythe. I’m also working on the second Templar book.
About Sharon:
  After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and historical romance.
Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.
Book Blurb:
Madelaine Alexander is on a mission. When her boss sends her to the hottest nightclub in town to meet with the owner, she won't be deterred, even if that means standing in line for fifty-eight minutes in torturous heels while she'd rather be home in her pj's with a bowl of popcorn.
A Knight of the Templar, Christien Chevalier was given immortality along with the responsibility of protecting the treasure of the Templars. He's been unwavering in his task for centuries until his one true love—who died seven hundred years ago—shows up in his club, demanding his attention.
Christien couldn't protect Madelaine when they first fell in love. She was married to a lord and he was simply a knight. Now, through some unknown miracle, she stands before him again and they have a second chance. But Christien fears that Madelaine is being used as a pawn in a dangerous game, a game of good versus evil that could affect all of mankind...