Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My First Video Blog #Giveaway

Posted by Susan J Berger on 3:00:00 AM with 9 comments
Earlier today I read a post about the many things authors should be doing to promote their books.

One suggestion was a video blog. If the link above doesn't work, Please click here. This is my first attempt at it. Please let me know what you think. I would love suggestions for video blogs that would interest you.
In return for comments I am offering a 3.99 gift certificate.
(Coincidentally, that is the price for my new book, Maybe This Time ,which I hope you will buy with the gift certificate.)
I'm doing it this way because if you like the book, and graciously decide to leave a review, Amazon will publish the review because you would be a verified purchaser.
I wish you a week with lovely magical unexpected things. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Meet Australian Author Cindy Tomamichel and her debut romance, Druid's Portal

Posted by Susan J Berger on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment


Author Cindy Tomamichel's debut romance, Druid’s Portal came on in May and won a Reader’s Choice Cover Contest in June. Her second book, Druid’s Portal. Second Journey should be out next year.
A portal closed for 2,000 years.

An ancient religion twisted by modern greed.

A love that crosses the centuries.


An ancient druid pendant shows archaeologist Janet visions of Roman soldier Trajan. The visions are of danger, death, and love—but are they a promise or a curse? 

Her fiancé Daman abandons her before the wedding, her beloved museum is ransacked, and a robed man vanishes before her eyes. Haunted by visions of a time she knows long gone, Janet teeters on the edge of a breakdown.

In the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall and 2,000 years back in time, Janet’s past and present collide. Daman has vowed to drive the invaders from the shores of Britain and march his barbarian hordes to Rome. Trajan swears vengeance against the man who threatens both his loves—Janet and the Empire.

Time is running out—for everyone. 

Cindy, Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live in rural Australia, having recently left the suburbs. Much nicer to drive past cow paddocks than to sit in traffic. I have worked as an underground mine geologist in the remote desert areas of Australia, and later at the EPA involved in cleaning up sites contaminated with past industrial activities.
Travel is always on the agenda. I have explored some of the islands in the south pacific, traveled the deep south of the USA in a campervan, and gone to Peru.

I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.
Now that was a surreal moment. I had just hopped (or staggered) off a ten-hour flight to Hong Kong, on route to what was to be a fantastic holiday in the USA. So there I was, in an airport so large they needed internal train systems to reach the terminals, and hoping we were on the right train, I propped my weary self on a pole and checked my emails. I will admit to a lot of bouncing as I told my family, and probably a few hundred others who must have overheard my squeaks of excitement. It did make the next ten-hour flight much more bearable.

What is the most exciting moment, so far, in your writing career?
Apart from the initial contract email, the arrival of the cover art was the next high point. The book had gone from years of writing, and months of tedious editing to a marvelous cover with my name on it. Exciting, and also a bit scary! When you get your cover, the book feels real and wonderful. Melody A Pond's cover is great. 

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
I like to mix it up. So gardening is one – I plan a garden to attract birds and insects so I am remodeling the current one to include more native Australian plants. Baking – I like to collect old cookbooks and try out cakes and biscuits. My dog also loves to walk, so this is a part of each day as he updates his social media posts!

How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
Unless I am clearly procrastinating, then I don’t like to force writing too much. I do a lot of my writing during NaNoWriMo (Write a novel in a month) so I find this provides me with enough pressure to get a novel done. I would recommend every writer try it, the pure focus on creativity is wonderful, although the pressure is not perhaps for everyone.
Me too! I've written six novels during NaNo. I've almost finished revising Kate's Hero and then I will begin revising Lord Byron's Daughter or Night Witch.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
I think anyone who dreams of writing is probably already a voracious reader. But read across genres, and read all sorts of things to see which sits well with your own imagination. I have heard it said that a writer needs to write one million words before they can call themselves a writer – and I certainly think that practice is the key. Only in this way can you develop your own voice and see what works best for you. Joining a writers group is also a great way to make friends and find others with the same mindset.


Druid’s portal is a time travel romance set in Roman Britain in the shadows of Hadrian’s Wall. In this time, modern day archaeologist Janet lands in the middle of a clash between two barbarian cultures. She will have help in the muscular form of Trajan, a Roman soldier. But her present day demons have followed her into the past – Janet and Trajan must stop her violent ex-fiancé as he plans to destroy the Roman Empire and change the course of history.

Join archaeologist Janet and Roman soldier Trajan on an adventure with plenty of barbarian fighting, ancient goddesses, and druids. It's not your typical romance, but it will set your heart racing!

Excerpt:
In her dreams, she could sometimes drift across his face like mist, and she knew it well. A man she had conjured, one as familiar as if she had known him always. Strong featured and dark-haired, his bound body radiated muscular strength. She had seen his fight—he had not been easy to capture, and it made her heart ache to see him helpless, his grey eyes watching his captors prepare him for sacrifice. Even with no hope of rescue, he had emanated defiance, an indomitable will to survive.

He was a dream, a vision. But even if he was real, what could she do to save him?


What’s your current WIP?
My current work is getting the next Druid’s Portal finished. The Second Journey follows the time traveling guardian of the Arwen pendant on the dangerous path of forbidden love and alternate history.

And finally, where can we find you?

Contact Cindy on
 Thank you for being here, Cindy.  I look forward to reading Druid's Portal. I added it to my Goodreads "Want to Read' list. 
If you would like to do the same, Cherished Reader, here's the link. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35129553-druid-s-portal?from_search=true

If you would like to add my new book, Maybe This Time to your reading list, here is the link
Happy Reading.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Making of a Trilogy with Carole Anne Moleti #Giveaway

Posted by Susan J Berger on 3:00:00 AM with 3 comments
Carole Ann Moleti's latest release is Storm Watch: Book Three in the Unfinished Business Series
A Cape Cod Paranormal Romance


One last chance, their only choice.
  
Mike and Liz thought they'd gotten control of the specters haunting the Barrett Inn. But things get very complicated when they're the ghosts from your past life. The Category Five Hurricane bearing down on Cape Cod appears to be headed directly for them--or has it been spawned from inside them? Knowing it’s their last chance to end the hauntings, they face an impossible choice. Will they survive the storm?


 I have trouble enough coming up with a stand alone book. I asked Carole how 
The Unfinished Business Series began like most of my projects—when I was not even thinking of writing a story. While opening up a summer cottage, pulling dust covers off furniture and vacuuming up flies, I had the sudden inspiration to write a story about a woman who finds a trunk of old clothes and learns sad truths about the person who they once belonged to. It was a quick hop from that to a ghost story, and I missed all the barbecues and parades over that the Fourth of July weekend in upstate New York while immersed in writing a paranormal fantasy set on Cape Cod. The series combines my love of the beach and boats with a fascination about paranormal activities, and how past life experiences influence our fears, fantasies, and choices. 

I grew up on the waterfront and on boats of all sizes. My family has been vacationing on the Cape since I was very young, and I have been intrigued by the history of the Brewster sea captains and their wives. What better place than to situate this trunk in a dilapidated Victorian, that just happens to be haunted?

I started writing the first book in the series, Breakwater Beach, that long weekend. The short story version was done before it was time to pack up and go home. Over the next several months, it expanded into a novelette—and then into a novel. Breakwater Beach is Liz's story, and the novel delves more deeply into Elisabeth's and Edward's stories.  

I never intended to write a series, but the story line presented itself in another moment of inspiration—with a focus on a key feature of Victorian architecture. The Widow's Walk, is primarily Mike's story, though he shares the spotlight with his very troubled new wife. 
Both Books One and Two required research into Victoriana, maritime history, and the social and legal climates of the late 1800s in Britain and the United States. I am fortunate to have many British writing associates to help, but I made a trip to London and Surrey in 2014 that helped immeasurably to nail down the details of the setting.
 I want to make another trip to London to research anything! I haven't been back since 1966.
 About a year later, I was siting on Breakwater Beach in Brewster and there was a fisherman in his beached boat, waiting for the tide to come in. I remember doing the same when I was a kid, while my father was cleaning the bottom. I dashed the opening scene of Book Three, Storm Watch off the same day. There is a scene in the book reminiscent of a harrowing experience on Long Island Sound. Plus, I’ve prepared for and recovered for several major hurricanes, so there wasn’t too much research to do for Storm WatchI grew up on the east coast when hurricanes were regular events. I remember all the preparation fun. I actually researched hurricanes for a children's book. 
Tying up not only the Storm Watch, but also all the other plot-lines took some doing. I’m delighted with the way it turned out and think the cover is just perfect.

I love the cover. Wren Taylor did a beautiful job.Thanks you for being here, Carole Ann and for sharing the development of a series.

I’d love to offer a chance for anyone who leaves a question or a comment to win an ebook copy of BreakwaterBeach: Book One in the Unfinished Business series. 

Simply leave a comment or ask a question on this blog. I will announce the winner over the weekend so everyone has a chance to post.

And everyone that subscribes to my newsletter (link) gets a gift: a PDF download of Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts.
That sounds like fun. I will do that now.

Link to subscribe to newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bfNver

 I did it. That was easy. Looking forward to a shot of ghostliness.

 Carole Ann Moleti Links:

Pinterest Boards for each Book: 



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tropical Tryst with Linda O'Connor

Posted by Susan J Berger on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment

I just pre-ordered my copy of Tropical Tryst which releases August 1st on all platforms. 
I ordered this 25 story-boxed set because it contains a novella by one of my favorite authors, Linda O’Connor, who is guesting on my blog.
Perfectly Skeptical (Perfectly Series novella)
If the thought of twenty five stories for .99 cents appeals to you, you can visit www.tropicaltryst.com for special pre-order giveaways and join the Tropical Tryst Facebook page for updates and a chance to win Tropical Tryst swag!

I met Linda O'Connor at the 2015 RWA Convention. Both of us were published by Soul Mate Publishing. I read her debut novel, Perfectly Honest  and loved it. It was a delightful romance with a background of what it's like to be a Canadian doctor. Her second book in the series, Perfectly Reasonable was even more of a delight. (In checking these links, I realize Linda's written four more "perfectly' books. Yay. More for me to read.

Linda O’Connor started writing a few years ago when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at the local home décor store. It turns out she loves writing romantic comedies and has a few more stories to tell. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic (well, even when she is writing she’s a physician, and it shows up in her stories :D ). She hangs out at www.lindaoconnor.net.
Laugh every day. Love every minute.

What inspires you as an author? Everything! News stories, headlines, snippets of conversations I hear, lyrics of songs, watching people and putting a story behind their body language or expression – they all inspire my imagination. I’m a physician, and I started writing because I wanted to find a fun way to disseminate medical information. My characters are often doctors, and the problems their patients present with are usually inspired by something I want to teach.

What type of romance do you love most, and why? I love romantic comedies because I love being in a fun headspace when I’m writing. I usually read for relaxation and feel better when the book is upbeat. I think laughter is essential to great health!

Name one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book? My latest story is Perfectly Skeptical, a Perfectly Series novella. It’s part of the Tropical Tryst boxed set and all the stories needed to have a tropical setting. I’ve been to Grand Cayman Island twice, and it’s one of my favourite places. I went once with my son and once with my mom and sisters and both vacations were wonderfully relaxing. For this story, I used a lot of what I experienced on Grand Cayman – the snorkeling, the flowers, the trees, the people, and the gorgeous beaches – but I wanted a small town vibe so I thought the smaller Little Cayman Island would be perfect. I just had to do a bit of research about what’s on the island!

Name two things people don’t know about you? I don’t drink coffee. I make earrings as a hobby (it’s handy for gifts!).

What one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when starting out? Once you become published, your time is split between writing and promotion. So I wished I had a series of at least 3 books completed before I start querying publishers. It would have given me a cushion of finished work when things became busy. And I wished I’d taken courses on promotion and marketing! Oh,Oh, so do I !!!!!

About Perfectly Skeptical (Perfectly Series novella)
Dr. Brianna Scott looked forward to sleeping away her staycation, until a lucky windfall meant an upgrade to palm trees, an ocean view . . . and the sexy Dr. Matt Gaelen. She’ll play and have fun, but can a holiday fling really turn into a soul mate for life? Doubtful.

Matt has no radar for sniffing out gold-diggers and protecting his heart. Until now. Brianna is more turned off than turned on by his wealth. What are his chances of getting her to overlook it? Dubious at best.

Improbable and uncertain, iffy and unlikely – the typical path to love.

Perfectly Skeptical is one of 25 brand new sexy romances in the Tropical Tryst Boxed Set. Escape with us to a hot and tropical setting for only 99 cents. It’s available for pre-order now and will be released Aug. 1. Can’t wait to share Perfectly Skeptical with you!
 I'm looking forward to getting my copy. Yours is the first story I will read. Thank you for being here. 99 cents, dearest readers. How can you resist?
Happy Reading!

Buy Links:   Amazon   |   Barnes and Noble   |   Kobo   |   Google Play


Linda loves to connect with readers:  Website   |   Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Amazon Author Page   |   Newsletter
 In case you need the long version:
Website:  http://www.lindaoconnor.net
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Blog: http://www.lindaoconnor.net/news-muse-and-interviews/