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Calisa Rhose welcomes Darlene Fredette to Tuesday Round Up #MFRWauthor #TWRP

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Welcome one and all! Grab a beverage of choice, something sweet and sinful. No-no, not the men. What’s the matter with you? You know the hands-on rules… The guest gets first pick! ;) Take a comfy seat for another, or a first, spin in the Round Pen.

I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Darlene Fredette, who is sharing her book, Law of Attraction with us!

Please show ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Darlene some real Ranch love!

Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, tell us a bit about you.

An avid reader since childhood, I loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of my own. I write heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When I’m not writing, editing, or reading, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab.

Okay, I’ll begin with five questions, then follow with three more, and end with four final ones.

My writing area at the moment is a corner of the couch in my living room. What does your writing space look like?

My writing space is very organized and tidy…however, I rarely write in my office. I write on my laptop, which allows me to be portable. So, like you, I’m usually in the living room, sitting in my comfy chair with my dog at my feet (that’s no lie…he’s asleep on my feet as I type). I only drag one file folder around with me, containing notes on my current story. The rest of my files and books are neatly stacked on a shelf in my office.

For a lot of writers it’s a life-altering event coming up with titles and character names. Others it comes as naturally as breathing. Which is it for you?

Characters names are easy. If I can’t think of a name for one of my characters, I’ll seek out my daughter’s advice. She’s a great help. Unfortunately, titles don’t come as easily. They either hit me right away, or I’m stumped. One of the new stories I’m making notes for is currently untitled and may be that way until I type the words, The End.

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Just write. If you’re not good at deadlines, then don’t set any. Write when you can. Everyone has daily interruptions (work, family, etc). The less pressure you place on yourself, the more the story will flow from the tips of your fingers.

The constant shift of the industry makes me often scratch my head and ask ‘what next?’ So, what do you think it takes to be a successful author at the moment?

I can’t keep up with all the changes and social media, so I just write the best story I can. Then I make sure it’s clean and ready for an editor/publisher’s eyes. Once I hit ‘Send’, I keep my fingers crossed they enjoy my story. In regards to social media, I’m no expert, but I try my best to get the word out there about my books.

Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?

One of the first romance novels I read was by Penny Jordan. She’s one of my favorite authors, so I’d love to meet her and chat for hours.

It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. :lol:

Favorite animal?

Dogs

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?

Summer

Favorite food?

Dessert

Well done! :) Okay, Flash four. Ready?

What are you working on now?

Hershey’s Choice, a heartwarming contemporary romance. This story is becoming one of my favorites. The characters are fun and Hershey is irresistible.

What are you sharing today?

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Lawyer Christina Crawford has a successful career and stable financial future, but is it enough?  Her world is disrupted when a routine divorce case means working with a man she never expected—or wanted—to see again.  During their first meeting, she can’t deny a connection still exists.  Her head warns her to run, but her heart yearns to stay.

Steven Mitchell is ruthless in the court room, but outside those doors, his easy charm, good looks and unlimited stream of female companions gives him an unscrupulous reputation.  Six years ago Christina saw beyond his façade, but the emotions she evoked scared him and he pushed her away.  Now he wants a second chance and he is determined to get her back…even if he has to play dirty.

Excerpt:

Heart pounding in her chest, she closed the door behind him. Wearing her best business face, she returned to this disastrous meeting and sat. Christina drew in a deep breath, and a measure of control was restored. She picked up her pen and flipped open the case file. “So, according to these documents, your client is contesting the divorce?”

Steven reached across the table and snatched the pen from her hand. “What’s the rush, Christina? We haven’t seen each other in years. There’s a lot of catching up to do.”

She clenched her teeth together, barely parting her lips as she spoke. “We have nothing but this case to discuss.”

“Come on, don’t be like that.” He leaned back in his chair, frowning. “You’re not still holding a grudge, are you? What happened was so long ago. I hoped we could start fresh, as friends.”

“Are you freaking serious?” She glared an icy stare. Forget a slow death by high heel. She’d get more pleasure strangling him with her bare hands. “You accused me of misconduct, had me fired, and now you want to be friends?” Her heart thumped a rapid beat in her ears. “You’re out of your mind.”

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Where can we find you and your books?

Contact links:

Web Blog: http://findingthewritewords.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarleneLF

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarleneLF

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/DarleneLF

The Wild Rose Press Purchase Link:

http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=1186

Where will you be next?

Stop by my web site where I have a list of my complete blog tour visits.

I’m having awesome giveaway to celebrate the release of Law of Attraction. Stop by my site to enter, or you can leave a comment here (with your email address) and I’ll be sure to add you to the giveaway.

Thank you so much for playing along Darlene! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day. You heard Darlene, comment for a chance to win! WooHoo!!! :D

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ RNC Convention according to Andrea Downing

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I’m handing the Ranch reins over today to friend and sister Wild Rose Press author Andrea Downing to share a little about RNC convention, founded by the awesome cover model, Jimmy Thomas, in Las Vegas and two of her awesome books. Let’s settle in and hear what she has to tell us!

It’s all yours, Andi!

CONVENTIONAL VEGAS

AndreaDowning     I never wanted to go to Vegas.  Not only was it NOT on my ‘places I’d like to visit’ list but it was actually at the very top of my ‘places I never want to get caught dead in’ list.  Okay, so if someone offered me a free ticket to meet Tim McGraw backstage and sit in the front row of his show in Vegas I might’ve accepted.  Or possibly a front row seat to the Professional Rodeo or Bull Riders’ Finals.  But Vegas as in Las Vegas—no!  My last trip to Nevada was to go to a working cattle ranch 70 miles from the nearest town and 40 miles up a dirt road.  That’s me.  Not Vegas.  Sin City sits like a scar on the desert landscape, mountains draped in the background against an endless blue sky.  It is a concrete mass of high rise hotels, multi-story parking lots and neon, like a misplaced scapulae on the back of Nevada. So, what finally got me there?  My historical western romance, Loveland, was nominated for Best American Historical at the RONE Awards, to be given out by InD’Tale Magazine at the Romance Novel Convention.   And as my daughter pointed out, if I won, I’d be sorry not to be there.

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Babette James, Rolynn Anderson, Andrea Downing at Romance Novel Convention 2013 Las Vegas

     I made contact with two fellow authors, Babette James and Rolynn Anderson, and I was off.  Unfortunately for them, I knew ahead my neuroses about Sin City were going to drive them nuts, but then, it was only 4 nights and they’d survive.  But would I? Even before you leave the airport, one-armed bandits are aiming to take your money.  The long haul to baggage claim (purposefully designed to scoot you past this slot machine line-up?) meant I made the first of numerous phone calls to Babette to keep her informed of my progress.  Whether or not she cared, I never discovered, but eventually we met for dinner and a much-needed bottle of wine.

      The hotel was a world in itself.  Two thousand four hundred rooms means there are a lot of people around, a lot of shops, and a helluva lot of gambling.  Okay, so I’m from New York but I never choose hotels with more than about 100 rooms, and this place had endless noise, lights and…a shark tank?  Yup, right in the middle of the hotel was the pool area with a shark tank, along with a water slide so you could…Well, you get the picture.  And outside?  Outside was Fremont St. with a continuing light show, strippers and more noise and flashing lights.

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Andrea with T.J.

     So, was this convention in Vegas worth attending?  Well, let me say straight away that LOVELAND  did not win the RONE but then, I sort of knew that beforehand.  I had read the winning book and thought it was wonderful, so I certainly didn’t mind, and the honor of being a finalist kept me happy.  Of the sessions I attended, I took copious notes in one, a fair amount of notes in another, sat through a third and walked out of a fourth, while a fifth just left me speechless.  I enjoyed meeting T.J. MacKay, Editor of InD’Tale Magazine, and her staff.  I had some really great meals in restaurants I just managed to somehow find in the melee, along with Babette and Rolynn.  I sold a couple of books at the Book Fair on the Saturday, and had a fun time out on Fremont St. with the girls.  But best of all was just being with fellow authors, getting to know the faces behind the emails, meeting with people who know exactly what you go through each and every day.  Thanks, ladies, you’re the best!

    And, oh yes!!  I got home in one piece, fifteen dollars richer.

That’s sounds like an awesome experience, Andi! Where can readers find you now that you’re back home?

WEBSITE AND BLOG:  www.andreadowning.com

Facebook

Twitter:  @andidowning

Email:  andidowning@gmail.com

Goodreads:  

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And now about those books?

LOVELAND:

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When Lady Alexandra Calthorpe returns to the Loveland, Colorado, ranch owned by her father, the Duke, she has little idea of how the experience will alter her future. Headstrong and willful, Alex tries to overcome a disastrous marriage in England and be free of the strictures of Victorian society –and become independent of men. That is, until Jesse Makepeace saunters back into her life…

Hot-tempered and hot-blooded cowpuncher Jesse Makepeace can’t seem to accept that the child he once knew is now the ravishing yet determined woman before him. Fighting rustlers proves a whole lot easier than fighting Alex when he’s got to keep more than his temper under control.

Arguments abound as Alex pursues her career as an artist and Jesse faces the prejudice of the English social order. The question is, will Loveland live up to its name?

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LAWLESS LOVE: (Available NOW on KDP-full release Sept. 4)

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Lacey Everhart has carved out a tough existence in the wilds of 1880s Wyoming, working hard to build a secure life for herself and her younger brother, Luke. She will stop at nothing to protect what’s hers and keep them safe. Even if it means keeping a secret that could destroy their lives.

Marshal Dylan J. Kane is a man who considers everything as black and white, right or wrong. He’s never seen life any other way until he sets eyes on Lacey. Suddenly the straight and narrow that he’s followed has a few twists and turns. Loving Lacey offers the home life for which he hankers…but can he really love a woman who seems to be plain lawless? 

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Thanks for sharing, Andi! How fun to get to meet other WRP authors! And it looks like you all had a great time.

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose has Silver Blade!

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Welcome one and all! Grab a beverage of choice, something sweet and sinful. No-no, not the men. What’s the matter with you? You know the hands-on rules… The guest gets first pick! ;) Take a comfy seat for another, or a first, spin in the Round Pen.

I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Charlotte Copper who is here to share her new book, Silver Blade with us!

Please show ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Charlotte some real Ranch love!

CharlotteCopperThank you for having me!

Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, tell us a bit about you.

This was probably the hardest question because I was trying to think of something other than my standard “from Canada, second marriage, one daughter, two step-daughters” and then I realized there is something very important about me that I haven’t really mentioned…I’m a breast cancer survivor.  I was diagnosed in 2001 at the same time I was going through a divorce. I’ve got a clean bill of health now, but having cancer changes you.  I find myself thinking more often “life is too short not to (fill in blank)” Since then I’ve gotten remarried, have three tattoos (celebrating one, five & ten years cancer free), and have the wonderful honor of having Silver Blade published.

That is definitely something mention-worthy, Charlotte! Huge celebratory congratulations on beating the demon all women fear will come breathing down on us! Thank you for sharing that and I love the idea of your tats. Very cool idea.

Okay, I’ll begin with five questions, then follow with three more, and end with four final ones.

My writing area at the moment is a corner of the couch in my living room though I do have a room I can go to. What does your writing space look like?

I have an office in my house since I work from home, but because I spend all day in there at my “real” job, I tend to find myself sitting on my bed with my laptop when I’m writing.  In the winter, I let the cats in to snuggle and keep me warm. In the summer, they’re locked out of my bedroom.

LOL I have one cat I started locking out of the bedroom when I had my hysterectomy in 2000, the year after I got her.

For a lot of writers it’s a life-altering event coming up with titles and character names. Others it comes as naturally as breathing. Which is it for you?

I hate to rub it in, but both come naturally. For names, I keep a list of names in my notebook, and I often pair my H&H as soon as the names come to me.  For titles, I like to have a color + word, like my name, Charlotte + Copper.

They both come naturally to me also. :)

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Although creativity should be allowed to flow, there really is a lot of structure around writing a book, and if you don’t know the basics then take some courses before you start. I don’t mean you need a 4 year degree in English, but some basic courses in writing can help a lot.

The constant shift of the industry makes me often scratch my head and ask ‘what next?’ So, what do you think it takes to be a successful author at the moment?

I think acceptance of non-print books is needed by both writers and readers. I think the e-movement is great for a lot of authors because if you get the right momentum (blog tours, reviews, etc), you can hook new readers versus trying to get prominent shelf space in a book store. For me as a novella-length writer, e-readers are a blessing but I’m still amazed at the number of friends and family that only read paper.

Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?

I wish my fellow Roses (Wild Rose Press authors) lived closer.  I’d love to do regular lunches with them to learn and share.

So would I! I’m making a bucket list for when I win the lottery. This just became #6 LOL

It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. :lol:

Favorite animal? Giraffe (but don’t tell my cats!)

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Summer

Favorite food? Tie: Coke & chocolate

Well done! :)

Okay, Flash four. Ready?

What are you working on now?

I’m struggling with whether I re-work a recent story I received back from my editor, or put it aside and focus on another project.  (I’ve wasted a lot of time “struggling”, and haven’t moved forward on either side for awhile.)

I think a lot of us have been where you are. I know I have! :D

What are you sharing today?

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I’m keeping it simple, and this is the cover blurb from my recent release Silver Blade. It is a paranormal-romance, e-novella.

Oscar McAvoy hunts demons. Chosen to rid the world of evil, he nevertheless condemns himself as a murderer. When saved by the beautiful Angela Knight, he judges himself undeserving of love.

Angela Knight is on the way back from her brother’s funeral when she stops to help a fallen motorcycle rider. Her body responds to the handsome stranger, a man whose scars and tough exterior suggest a rough and dangerous life. When she can’t stop thinking about him, Angela must decide if she is willing to give the sexy, mysterious stranger a chance.

Love chooses us; we do not choose who we will love or who will love us.

Where can we find you and your books?

website & blog: http://charlottecopperauthor.com or  http://is.gd/cNnXmx
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.copper.52 or  http://is.gd/C05P6o

Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/10EnetM

Amazon (UK):  http://amzn.to/13aL6oH  

Wild Rose Press:  http://bit.ly/14E2JUg

Where will you be next?

Angela & Oz are going to be answering some of their own questions in August. Angela will be visiting Babette James (www.babettejames.com/posts) on August 2nd.  And Oz is being interviewed by Wild Women Authors (http://wildwomenauthorsx2.blogspot.ca) on August 12th.  Come check him out…I  mean, check out what he has to say.

I’m biased because Silver Blade is a novella, but I’ve been reading a lot of these shorter (less than 100 page) books lately. I think the novella offers a perfect escape that you can download onto your e-reader and read over lunch or on the bus to work. I’d like to end by asking what other readers think about the increased availability of the shorter book/novella? Are they worth it? 

I’ll be giving away a pdf copy of Silver Blade to two readers randomly selected from all of those who leave a comment for me on the blogs I visit during my tour. (Visitors can have multiple entries if they comment at more than one blog. Dates & sites for my tour can be found on my website.)

Thank you again, Calisa, for allowing me to visit.

Thank you so much for playing along Charlotte! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ For love of a tale by Juli D. Revezzo

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It’s not Tuesday, but my Tuesday guest asked for today while on tour promoting her first Wild Rose Press book. Who am I to turn down a favorite guest? So with nothing more from me, here’s Juli D. Revezzo sharing Passion’s Sacred Dance!

By Juli D. Revezzo

JuliDRevezzobLike many writers I have been a storyteller from a young age. Everything had a dash of fantasy here, a little bit of rhyme and music there, but in all forms, there was always a story in my mind—and in my house, the Hobbit, the Classics, modern day romance it was all there, even storytelling songwriters.

In the intervening years a burning love for the Arthurian tales always existed. When I think of a hero, those are the men (and women) I think of. So it seemed second nature when I sat down to write Passion’s Sacred Dance, my debut paranormal romance novel for The Wild Rose Press, that I might take my cue from the stories I’ve loved forever. These are stories that have stayed with us from the moment they were spoken by traveling minstrels in the fire-lit halls of the Middle Ages. Yes, love works into it too. If we didn’t love what we do, as writers, do you think we’d stay up ‘til all hours, agonizing about finding just the right word?

The lifelong love of these heroic tales and honorable warriors and maidens fair soon turned to an interest in the Celtic myths and Legends. I blame that for the beginnings of what became Passion’s Sacred Dance. The story of a battle between the Tuatha dé Danann and their old enemy Balor of the Evil Eye tied up in knots in my mind with the current Urban Fantasies and paranormal romances I was reading at the time, and out walked a woman in a business suit, with a sword-wielding knight in jeans behind her. “Do we have a story for you!”

What could I do but what I’ve always done, and write it down? Would you like to know how the story turned out? Here’s a little taste.

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Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise–but can she trust him?

Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help–even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time.

If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron’s budding love might only complicate things.

Passion’s Sacred Dance can also be purchased for Kindle from Amazon and coming soon to other venues. I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy the story I had to tell!

About Juli D. Revezzo:

Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of Independent Authors Network and Magic Appreciation Tour. Passion’s Sacred Dance is her first romance novel.

You can find out more about her at her homepage: http://julidrevezzo.com/

Blog: http://julidrevezzo.com/blog

Like her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JD-Revezzo/233193150037011

Follow her on Author’s Den http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?AuthorID=167318

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111476709039805267272/posts

On Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5782712.Juli_D_Revezzo

Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/authors/a1002694572/Juli-D-Revezzo/

On twitter: @julidrevezzo

Thanks, Calisa for letting me come talk about my new book and the tales I love!

Thanks for sharing this awesome book with us today, Juli! That truly is a cover to be proud of and the story sounds exciting.

Dodadagohvi~