Friday, September 28, 2018

Meet the Author: M.T. Ellis, Author of Azrael @mtellisauthor





M.T. Ellis is a Brisbane/ Lockyer Valley-based author. Her debut crime thriller, Azrael, won Bronze in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Suspense/Thriller Catagory. Her short story, The Ballerina in the Box, was short-listed in the Australian Writers’ Centre Furious Fiction Competition. Two of M.T. Ellis’s stories made it onto a billboard during the Queensland Writers Centre’s 8 Word Story competition.
Her dogs, Opal, Zeus and Matilda, occupy a lot of her time. She would write books about their adventures if she thought people were even half as interested in them as she is.
M.T. Ellis is an Australian Writers’ Centre graduate, freelance writer and journalist. The second novel in her Detective Allira Rose Series will be out on October 1, 2018.
Her latest book is the crime thriller, Azrael.

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Title: AZRAEL
Author: M.T. Ellis
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 340
Genre: Crime Thriller

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Emily thought her ordeal was over after she escaped a brutal kidnapping. She’s wrong. He’s coming for her again.

The body Detective Rose is looking at bears a striking resemblance to Emily, a woman who survived a horrific, sexually motivated abduction five years ago. Her fear is confirmed when Emily goes missing again.

When another woman, Grace, is abducted, Detective Rose finds herself doubting the instincts that tell her the disappearance is the result of intimate partner violence. She connects the cases and recruits Grace’s partner, Ethan, to help in the search. Together they must find Grace and Emily before it’s too late.

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I tried to write a book when my boyfriend died when I was 23. It was going to be kind of a memoir about his life. I didn’t end up finishing it but I loved the process so I kept trying to think of ideas for a novel. I read a lot of James Patterson and Richard Layman so I thought that I’d try crime fiction. I had a nightmare one night about being held captive by a sexual predator and decided to use that as the basis of my first crime thriller, Azrael.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved reading but I didn’t think about writing a book until I was 19. I started to write my first published book when I was about 31.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

Not when I’m reading or watching a movie but sometimes I’ll be thinking about what I’ve just watched or read and will get an idea for a story I’m working on. I’ll jot that down.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I drive boats for a living. It’s a great place to watch people interact and gives me time to think about characters and storylines.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

Surround yourself with writers and ask them how they do things. I’ve met heaps of writers online and at conferences and they are always happy to pass on their advice. You can also listen to the So You Want To Be A Writer Podcast because they talk to various writers about the craft.

Tell people you’re a writer. So many opportunities come up when people know what you do for a living.

Enter writing competitions. It gives you a deadline to work towards and it is great for your confidence if you or are shortlisted.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Sometimes I find it hard to write if there is a lot going on at work or home. If things are busy I just accept that I won’t be able to write that day because I know anything I write will not be as good as usual.

What hours do you write best?

I write best in the morning. If I have a deadline I will write later in the day but I have to have a nap first.

How often do you write?

I write most days. Sometimes it’s only taking a couple of notes and other days I’ll write all day.

Are you an avid reader?

I don’t have much time to sit down and read books but I love listening to audiobooks on my way to work. I think my writing has gotten better by listening to stories read out loud.

What are you reading now?

I’ve just downloaded The Secret She Keeps by Michael Robotham. I loved his book, The Other Wife, and thought I’d give this one a try.

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently putting the finishing touches on the second book in the Detective Allira Rose series, Dollhouse. It’s out on October 1, 2018.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Meet the Author: Marty Roppelt, Author of Mortal Foe




Marty Roppelt was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His original profession was acting on stage, in local commercials and training films and in film. This means that he has experienced life through a wide variety of day and night jobs, from barista to waiter and bartender to security guard, amongst many others. He lives in Illinois with his wife, Becky, and their eccentric cat, Fritz. Mortal Foe is his debut novel.

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A picture is worth a thousand words… But what if that image can only be seen through the lens of one camera? What is the snapshot can only be seen by a select few? What if the photo has its origins in the pit of Hell? What is that face belongs to an enemy bent on destruction? This is Buddy Cullen's fate when he first dreams of his grandfather's death and then inherits his grandfather's antique camera and captures an image that haunts him and seeks his death. Can Buddy survive the curse that he sarcastically dubs "Popcorn"—a curse that no one wants to believe exists and stalks the city of Cleveland, beginning with its baseball team—a mortal foe?

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I'd moved from Cleveland, Ohio, my hometown, to Atlanta with my first wife in the early '90's. I think I was always a little homesick, and wrote creative letters and short stories for my friends John and Laura Thomas back home in Cleveland. They urged me to write more.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

The desire to write has always been on the periphery. I didn't really get serious about writing until '05 or so. I'd been writing off and on for a while before that. In the late '80's, I began writing a play while working as a midnight shift security guard. I wrote scenes for film class in Atlanta in the '90's, and wrote my own screenplay at the same time. And there were the pieces I wrote for the Thomas'. But I didn't get serious until my mid 40's.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

No, though I suppose I probably should. We're influenced by what we experience, including what we read and watch. I do my best to draw from my life experience, but I should probably take notes to make sure no one has a case for plagiarism. Then again, "there is nothing new under the sun," and everything that is written is just a variation of something that's already been written many times by other people.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I work as a Starbucks barista. I've held a lot of different jobs over the years. Actor on stage, film and television, security guard, sales associate at Macy's, pool cleaner, waiter, bar tender… the wide variety of experiences has, I think, helped me in my writing.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Unfortunately, I sometimes do. There's a difference between what's important and what's urgent. And then there are the things that are maybe not urgent, but seem to be. When the falsely-urgent things crop up they can sometimes be hard to identify, and I fall into the trap of giving my time to them rather than the truly important stuff. And writing, to me, is important.


How often do you write?

I write as often as I can, and that can be tricky. I'll usually show up at work an hour or so early, and spend that time writing. I'll then write on my ten minute breaks and my half-hour meal break. I may write after work, if I'm not too fried. My days off, when not dealing with other mundane stuff like dealing with bills, getting an oil change for our cars, washing dishes, etc.—those are the days I get as much writing in as possible.

Are you an avid reader?

I used to be an insatiable reader. Now, I read whenever I have the time, but it's tough to carve out even a little slice of the day. Given a choice between reading or writing now, I most often choose writing.

What are you reading now?

I would say I'm reading the Bible, but I don't read it as much as study it. I'm a Christian. This might seem dichotomous to most folks. A Christian who studies the Bible but writess paranormal thrillers? Though not its the main function, the Bible is a treasure trove of the paranormal and horror. What could be scarier than piles of dried bones reconnecting and coming to life? Or a living mist killing tens of thousands of sleeping soldiers in one night?

What are you currently working on?

Though it wasn't a thought when I was writing Mortal Foe, I'm working on a sequel. I've got a prequel in the planning stages, so the sequence is completely wacky.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Book Blast: Juncture by M. Kelly - Win a $25 Gift Card





Title: Juncture
Author: M. Kelly
Publisher: XLibris
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook
A juncture is a place where two things join and where worlds collide. It is the end of one road and the beginning of another. Juncture can refer to a riveting point in time, especially one made critically important by the concurrence of circumstances. At this stage, one must decide to stay and fight or to walk out. This story tells about the lives of a group people and how they intertwine with each other in a way that changes all of them. Its layers of mystery that are circumvented by a simple key reverberate through the interaction of the characters. It is the third book in the series Pathways in the Mind, which tells of Riccardo’s struggle to deal with the pressures of his personal life that leave him wondering what is real and what is not. Can a combination of circumstances break him?


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M. Kelly was born and livesin Western Australia. Although she has written many academic papers, this is her first novel. She developed the story based on her interest in paranormal psychology and the story, although fiction, is based on facts. She has a strong belief in social justice for all peoples of the world.
She is a proud grandmother of seven. She shares her life with one of her grandchildren and a crazy cat named Whiskers.
Her main interests are keeping up with the latest technology, painting abstract art and travelling.




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Blog Tour l Book Feature l Scene of the Crime by Jennifer Chase @jchasenovelist #blogtour #mystery #series


SCENE OF THE CRIME by Jennifer Chase, Mystery, 300 pp., $.99 (Kindle)



Title: SCENE OF THE CRIME
Author: Jennifer Chase
Publisher: JEC Press
Pages: 300
Genre: Mystery Suspense

A calculating cold-blooded predator closes in…

When a community has barely recovered from a ruthless serial killer six months earlier; now two more horrifying murders hit the radar again. It leaves police burdened with two of the most shockingly contaminated crime scenes ever documented in California’s law enforcement history. The Slayer works behind the scenes as a sinister puppet master, precisely pulling the strings, taunting the police without leaving any viable evidence, and orchestrating his killer hit squads.

The sheriff and district attorney bring in the best investigators. Reunited again, Dr. Chip Palmer, a reclusive forensic expert, joins DA Inspector Kate Rawlins to sort through the crime scene aftermath in search of the truth—all without a probable suspect or a solid motive. Complicating the investigation—sparks reignite between the two.

Ratcheting up the suspense, Chip suffers a nasty fall hitting his head, impairing his perception and giving him a mind-blowing ability for specific detailed recall. Palmer and Rawlins assemble an unusual team including a rookie detective, a forensic supervisor, and an ex-military operative turned bodyguard. After one of their own is kidnapped and the investigation is taken over by the FBI, the now rogue team must pull together their own resources—alone—with a killer waiting to take each one of them out. Scene of the Crime takes no prisoners and leaves everyone fighting to stay alive.

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Chapter 1

NOTHING CAPTURED HIS ATTENTION. IT wasn’t as if he wasn’t looking for anything specific or that he didn’t care about anything, but everything became like white noise. Looking down, he spotted a couple squashed beer cans, which had resulted from the constant compression of car tires repeatedly running over them. Now they lay in the gutter unnoticed—as discarded litter. Out of boredom, he kicked the aluminum pancakes with his worn out running shoes. The compressed disks clattered a ways before landing back in a different part of the same gutter, just as his life.
Roger Case was in one of those moods where everything seemed futile. It was a time when his temperament plummeted; he entertained the spirit of defeat, which was becoming more common these days. His concentration slipped farther into the dwindling mindset of drugs and crime to the point of mania. Rationalizing his motives, he preferred to enact self-medication.
He needed something strong to take away his thoughts of negativity. The repetitive movements of his hands and arms worsened. He wanted anything that would take away his fears, his depression, and his unrelenting obsession for the next quick fix. Roger knew that even when he felt the most empowering high that there was a high price to pay—and it was predictable and inevitable—the hard, downward crash.
Roger hadn’t always been teetering on that slippery slope, dangling over the life of crime; in fact, he still remembered when things were normal and even mundane. He grew up in a typical middle class family with his mom and dad, along with his older brother and sister. Reflecting on those memories now, he would trade just about anything to have those times back.
Now he waited with anticipation for his contact. It was going to make everything better—at least for a while. He convinced himself that just a little bit of crystal meth would help him get back on track—to see things clearly again. It wasn’t as if he was a full-blown addict, he just needed something to help motivate and push him in the right direction.
He heard a hollow scraping noise and stopped to listen. Standing quietly, still straining to hear, but that sound never repeated. He looked around. Curious. The sound seemed to resonate in his head instead of around the street. Upon further inspection, he realized it came from inside the cement structure.
The old water treatment plant had been decommissioned by the county some time ago, now outdated, and was nothing more than an eyesore gathering the grime and deteriorating aspects of time gone by. Something loomed in Roger’s vision and waited in darkness—he strained his eyes looking into the long structure that seemed to lead to nowhere.
Maybe his connection made a change of plans and the meeting place was at the cement sinew, and out of sight from any onlookers, or cops happening by on their route. It was possible. At this point in Roger’s life, anything was possible.
Roger contemplated his options for a moment and then decided to check it out. He turned toward the water treatment plant and headed inside. The first thing he noticed was the temperature difference—cold and damp compared to the warmer street areas.
He slowed his pace, unsure if he should call out or announce his presence. Fidgeting nonstop with his hands, pressing his fingers tighter and then releasing them, Roger moved farther into the tunnel.
A shuffling sound came from the other end.
“Hello?” he finally said, his voice weak and tinny which made him unconsciously twitch.
A muffled dragging sound was the responded answer. It resonated from the back-left area.
“Hey, I don’t have time for this… you either want the money or not.” He tried to sound tough but his nerves were frayed. It wasn’t something he was used to feeling. In fact, Roger couldn’t remember the last time he felt scared, frustrated, angry or anxious.
The damp cement tunnel seemed to pull him closer to the heart of it—into the bowels of no return. Instead of turning around and leaving, Roger slowly moved deeper into the cavern. It was as if someone or something else had control over his body. His insatiable curiosity had put him in troubling situations throughout his life. It contributed to him getting into deep trouble with a growing rap sheet to prove it.
Most memories had a calming effect on Roger, which had initiated his fidgeting to cease and his hesitation to subside. He didn’t understand many people’s fears and phobias, most things were just benign and didn’t amount to anything remotely scary or debilitating.
There it was again—a dragging sound followed by what he thought were hushed whispers.
Kids.
He would smack a kid if they jumped out at him or gave him any crap. Most likely, they were tagging gang symbols and looking to get into trouble.
There was the distinct sound of two people whispering to each other.
Roger tried to sharpen his vision but the darkness played tricks on him with weird shadow figure apparitions. He blinked his eyes quickly trying to concentrate on the area and where the kids were hiding; his eyes began to water from the extreme effort. Wiping away the aggravated tears, Roger felt his surroundings close in tightly around him as his perception changed. The darkness seemed to give a strange rippled effect.
The voices became louder. There was nothing sinister about the voices, but they were speaking faster with more of an urgent tone.
“Hey, you little maggots, I know you’re here,” stated Roger.
He stopped and stood still.                                                         
The darkness still loomed around him, but there was a quietness that overcame him.
A brief hundredth of a second, a peculiar whizzing noise filled Roger’s ears and then a brutal blow struck his head and knocked him off his feet. With a ringing in his head and a groggy consciousness, he tried to sit up but more savage blows pummeled his body. It sounded as if a tree splintered just before it fell in the forest. His breath caught in his lungs. Everything went dark.
The anonymous whispers stopped.
All buzzing in his ears stopped.
Roger Case’s heart stopped too.


Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.

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Other Books in the Series

Body of the Crime


 





Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Meet the Author: Brenda B. Taylor, Author of A Highland Emerald





The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.

Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.

Her latest book is the Scottish Historical Romance A Highland Emerald.

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Title: A HIGHLAND EMERALD
Author: Brenda Taylor
Publisher: Bethabara Press
Pages: 268
Genre: Scottish Historical Romance

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Aine MacLean is forced into an arranged marriage with Sir William, Chief of Clan Munro, yet her heart belongs to a handsome young warrior in her father’s guard. She must leave Durant Castle, the home of her birth on the Isle of Mull, and travel across Scotland in a perilous journey to her husband’s home on Cromarty Firth. William agrees to a year and day of handfasting, giving Aine an opportunity to accept him and his clan. He promises her the protection of Clan Munro, however, Aine experiences kidnapping, pirates, and almost loses her life in the River Moriston. She doubts the sincerity of William’s promises and decides to return to Durant Castle when the handfasting ends. William determines to win Aine’s heart. Will the brave knight triumph in his fight for the bonnie lass?

A Highland Emerald is the third book in the award-winning Highland Treasures series. The novel tells the story of Aine MacLean and William Munro and is the prequel to A Highland Pearl.

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At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

As a young girl, I made up all kinds of stories. Some I wrote on paper and some I crafted only in my imagination. During my college years, I earned certification to teach history and loved to delve into the past, thinking about the characters who actually lived during a historical period and the extraordinary experiences in their lives. Stories and characters began forming in my mind, so I took a creative writing course. However, obligations of work and family kept me from sitting down and writing a story. Not until I retired from the Texas Public Schools did I have time to actually study the art of historical fiction writing and create a complete novel.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

Three writing tips I can pass on to aspiring authors from my experience are: (1) Study the art of creative writing then get that first word on paper. I found that I could spend many hours studying, outlining, and plotting, and never put a word of the story on paper. (2) Have a certain writing time each day so you will be in the same frame of mind throughout the story. I like to write the first thing every morning while my mind is fresh and not clogged with the cares of the day. (3) Save yourself for the story. Don’t spend your energies on trivial pursuits. If you blog, set aside some time during the afternoon while you aren’t working on the story to write a post. Don’t get lost in social media. You can waste countless hours in Facebook, etc. Have a set time to post to your sites and stick by the time frame.

What hours do you write best?

I write the first thing each morning before the cares of the day fill my mind. I want to be in the same frame of mind throughout the writing process so the story is consistent. My blogging, social media posting, etc. must wait for the afternoon or early evening hours.

How often do you write?

I write or work on a writing project, such as plotting, outlining, etc., every day.

Are you an avid reader?

I love to read and keep a story going with the reading apps on my tablet at all times. I take time to read and rest in the afternoon, then I read at night before falling asleep. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night to find my tablet resting on my nose. I like to listen to the stories also, either with voiceover or audio books.

What are you reading now?

I am reading Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy. Maeve writes stories about Ireland, and I so enjoyed visiting the beautiful country last year. Hopefully, I will experience the Emerald Isle again through her book.


What are you currently working on?

I recently finished the novella, A Highland Bride, the fourth book in the Highland Treasures series. Now I plan to write a novel or novella in the Wades of Crawford County series. The Wades series is set in post-Civil War Missouri. Hopefully, I can begin the basic outlining and plotting in the fall.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Guest Post: Bravery at the Heart of a Romance Story by Charlene Whitman


Bravery at the Heart of a Romance Story
What would a Western romance be without bravery? We expect our heroes to be brave, but, really, so many characters can show bravery and in many ways.
Bravery lies at the heart of my Western romance stories. I've mentioned in earlier email blasts how those who ventured west to carve out new lives on the frontier had to muster a lot of courage. Settling in newly founded towns, amid many dangers, was not for the fainthearted.
But there are other types of bravery, and sometimes the hardest is summoning courage to face your inner demons and fears.
Gennie Champlain, in Wild Secret, Wild Longing, harbors a lot of fear. She's suffered greatly, and  living alone tucked deep in the Rockies in isolation is no walk in the park.
It takes tremendous skill and inner strength to survive day to day alone in the wilderness. But that isn't the hardest challenge for Gennie. The far greater challenge for her is in not losing her mind, or her will to live. She is utterly lonely and miserable, and facing the approaching winter and being stuck inside her cabin for months, with hardly any food reserves, has brought her to the brink of despair.
Yet, she needs courage to do more than face another lonely winter. And this kind of bravery is even harder for Gennie to muster.
And that's summoning the courage to step out of her tiny "safe" world and into the bigger world of society. Nothing seems more impossible to her than that.
Facing down a grizzly? No problem? But leaving the mountain to join other humans, become a part of society, even in a small way? Not gonna happen.
This is LeRoy's challenge, then. How can he convince a woman who's lived years of her life sequestered in the mountains away from other people to break out of her shell of fear and take one scary step after another down the mountain of her fear?
How do you get someone who has been wholly beaten down and abused to trust again, when there are no grounds for trusting?
It's not easy. But Gennie has such a need for love, for human touch, for companionship. And that need trumps her fears. Still, it takes tremendous bravery for her to even consider leaving the familiarity of her little cabin and the routines that have kept her alive thus far.
But what kind of life does she have? A terribly lonely one. A life without fellowship with other humans is agony. We are social creatures, and we need companionship.
Gennie's story is unique, but not unbelievable. I was inspired to write this story because of a movie I saw years ago (based on a true story) called The Ballad of Little Jo. If you find the story of Wild Secret, Wild Longing a compelling one, you might enjoy watching that film to get a better idea of the difficulties single women faced in the Wild West.
Charlene Whitman is the author of The Front Range Series of heart-thumping romance. Colorado Hope is the second book in the series, although the books can be read in any order. Get the thrilling prequel novella Wild Horses, Wild Hearts for free when you sign up HERE for Charlene’s mailing list. Learn all about the Front Range in the 1870s and get deep into Charlene’s characters and plot. You’ll be the first to hear of new books, as well as receive sneak peeks and insights into her riveting stores. Don’t miss her new release! Get Wyoming Tryst here!

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Charlene Whitman is the author of The Front Range Series of heart-thumping romance. Colorado Hope is the second book in the series, although the books can be read in any order. Get the thrilling prequel novella Wild Horses, Wild Hearts for free when you sign up HERE for Charlene’s mailing list. Learn all about the Front Range in the 1870s and get deep into Charlene’s characters and plot. You’ll be the first to hear of new books, as well as receive sneak peeks and insights into her riveting stores. Don’t miss her new release! Get Wyoming Tryst here!

The author of "heart-thumping" Western romance, Charlene Whitman spent many years living on Colorado's Front Range. She grew up riding and raising horses, and loves to read, write, and hike the mountains. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins as an English major. She has two daughters and is married to George "Dix" Whitman, her love of thirty years. 

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Front Range series of sweet historical Western romance novels (set in the 1870s) includes Wild Horses, Wild Hearts, set in Laporte and Greeley. Colorado Promise, set in Greeley, Colorado; Colorado Hope, set in Fort Collins; Wild Secret, Wild Longing, which takes readers up into the Rockies, Colorado Dream (Greeley), and Wyoming Tryst, set in Laramie, WY.

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Title: WYOMING TRYST
Author: Charlene Whitman
Publisher: Ubiquitous Press
Pages: 360
Genre: Sweet Historical Western Romance

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Two ranching tycoons. A decades-old feud. A sheriff bent on ridding the town of lawlessness . . .
In the midst of the trouble brewing in Laramie City in 1878, Julia Carson yearns to be free of her parents’ smothering and wonders whether she’ll ever find a man worthy to love in such a violent town rife with outlaws.
But when Robert Morrison sneaks onto her ranch the night of her sixteenth birthday party, Cupid shoots his arrows straight and true. Aware that their courtship would be anathema to their fathers, who are sworn enemies, Robert and Julia arrange a tryst.
Yet, their clandestine dalliance does not go unnoticed, and forces seek to destroy what little hope their romance has to bloom. The star-crossed lovers face heartache and danger as violence erupts. When all hope is lost, Joseph Tuttle, the new doctor at the penitentiary, is given a letter and a glass vial from Cheyenne medicine woman Sarah Banks.
The way of escape poses deadly dangers, but it is the only way for Robert and Julia to be together. It will take the greatest measure of faith and courage to come through unscathed, but love always conquers fear.

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Meet the Author: Shawn M. Beasley, Author of Killing the Rougarou






Author Shawn Beasley was born and raised in small town Louisiana. She has a BSRN and has traveled the world only to return to the same small town where she was raised. Shawn has three grown children, one girl and two sons. She lives with her oldest son and grandson and has three other grandchildren that she adores. She has two fur babies, Pete and Taz. Killing the Rougarou is her debut novel and is the first book in a series of five. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.

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Title: KILLING THE ROUGAROU
Author: Shawn M. Beasley
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 492
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author Shawn Beasley captivates readers with the enthralling saga of two southern families-the Gauthiers from the South Louisiana bayou country and the Thomases from rural Texas-and the nightmare that will ultimately touch them both. In her sweeping and richly evocative novel, Beasley unfolds two remarkable family histories, populated by unforgettable, deeply human characters, and then rocks their worlds with tragedy and true horror. A novel that succeeds brilliantly on many levels, Killing the Rougarou is, at once, moving and terrifying, tense and thrilling, while capturing the sights, sounds, and vibrant life of Louisiana's Cajun country and Brazos County, Texas.

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At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer? 48

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie? Never

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later? I decided to become a writer later in life.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do? I am a nurse by trade but I do not practice right now. I have my BS from Northwestern State University. I use my medical knowledge in my story.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors? don’t take things personally, write every day, and breathe.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing? Constantly!

What hours do you write best? I am most productive in the mornings.

How often do you write? daily

Are you an avid reader? Yes...I love to read.

What are you reading now? Every Breathe you Take by Judith McNaught (My favorite author!)

What are you currently working on? The Rougarou Series books 2-5, I have 2 more WIPs that are currently barely formed ideas...