Monday, November 25, 2019

Thanksgivings #giveaway

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I am grateful for so much in my life not the least of which is you people that read this blog. Right now I am in Texas with family celebrating doing jigsaw puzzles playing games and doing lots of laughing.Today I finished listening to the narration for Irish Magic, the audiobook, and I am very happy with what Stephanie Rose has done.  We’ve decided what to make for Thanksgiving. We’re going to a feast at my stepdaughter SHANNON‘s. I want to give something back to you. So if you go to my website https//susanbjames.com and leave a comment with your email( look on the sidebar where it says name and email) youwill be entered to one of three five dollar Amazon gift cards I’m giving away. The rest of you will get an ebook or audiobook code. Wishing you all a wonderful week.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Nancy Lee Badger and her Time Travel Romance, Heaven Sent Highlander.

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment


Please welcome Nancy Lee Badger and her book, Heaven Sent Highlander. I am so thankful she has this week’s post.
Thanks for having me back on your blog to talk about my 27th book. Heaven Sent Highlander
Tag Line
I am a multi-published and award-winning author working in Raleigh, North Carolina. This new release, which was also just released in paperback, is a paranormal romance set in North Carolina. The book is filled with sights, sounds, a fabulous art museum, horses, sword fights, and a demon bent on capturing the Fae who murdered him.

A love of art, especially the bronze sculptures by the French master, Auguste Rodin, helped spark the idea that brought this story to life. Well, only after my two sisters told me about the new addition the NC Museum of Art had opened and, since it was only about 5 miles from my home, I found myself spending countless hours making notes, taking photos, and working on the series. All three are full-length books, with the first called Heaven-sent Warrior. This book, Heaven-sent Highlander, is the second book in my Warriors in Bronze series released by Soul Mate Publishing. It will be followed early next year by Heaven-sent Flame.



Book Blurb
At an American museum, surrounded by Auguste Rodin’s bronze statues, a Scottish Fae beauty is at a crossroads. Now that Gwendolyn’s friends are engaged, and the demon they fought vanquished, should she return home? After committing a terrible act, she could not explain to her cousin why she had appeared on his doorstep. 

Alexander awoke in darkness inside a bronze statue, remembering how the green of Scotland’s Culloden field had turned red with blood that day in 1746. Had he died before awakening nude and sightless in front of strangers in present-day Raleigh, North Carolina? The mystery of how was overshadowed by why. Told that another warrior awoke when a demon threatened to take over the world, had a second demon escaped Hell? When the demon appears and demands Gwen join him, Alex must use all his new skills, weapons, and Heaven-sent powers to keep her and the world safe

Excerpt
Eager to find the demon, vanquish it, then spend some quality time with Gwen, Alex jumped up and over the counter and headed for the glass doors. He assumed Gwen would follow him, and prayed Sam stayed elsewhere.
Beyond the museum’s glass doors, what waited was a huge white beast with a mouthful of teeth and a throaty growl.
“We should go outside, but wait for me,” Alex heard Gwen call to him, as she made her way out the office door. She joined him by the entrance, but he swept an arm out to keep her back, making her stop in her tracks. He stood perfectly still with his back to her, his feet apart, and his staff at the ready.
“Did you just growl?” she whispered.
He did not move, nor did he answer her. A thin plate of clear fragile-looking glass stood between them and a huge snarling beast of a dog. “I believe yer beastie has decided to join us,” he whispered.
She suddenly shoved past him. “Where is the demon-fighting Hellhound?”
“He acts like he wants to eat me.”
“Don’t be silly, Alex. I was worried about him. If anything happens to that dog, Kenzie will have my head!”
The image of a headless Gwendolyn turned his stomach. As he watched, the beast spun and leaped high in the air, turned, and ran off. “We should wait inside where it is safe.”
“Go ahead and wait, but Ivor is on to something.” Gwen pushed open the huge doors and chased the beast as it headed toward the wooded area. When they disappeared among the trees, Alex willed his feet to move, and he ran.

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Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island, where school field trips to lofty museums were the norm. After attending Plymouth State, in New Hampshire, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in Rumney, New Hampshire, where Nancy volunteered as an EMT and firefighter while working full-time. When the children had left the nest, and shoveling snow became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as a 9-1-1 Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved with her husband to North Carolina, where she writes full-time.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She loves to travel and attend Scottish Highland Games and is never far from her laptop. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places. Connect with her here:
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 Thank you, beloveds, for reading. You rock. I will be back next week with a gratitude post and a #giveaway,

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Meet Jen Gilroy and The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls #giveaway Kindle Copy

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment


I met Jen Gilroy electronically when she won a copy of Irish Magic on my blog. We exchanged emails and I asked her if she would be willing to guest here. Jen, please tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you for inviting me to guest on your blog, Susan. I’m happy to be here to visit with you and your readers.  
I write contemporary romance and women’s fiction with heart, home, and hopeful endings. Alongside my writing life, I’m a wife to a tech guy husband (twenty-three years now and counting), and mum to a teen daughter and floppy-eared hound dog.
After many years of living and working in England, I came home to Canada in 2015 and now live in a small town in Eastern Ontario where my family roots date to the 1830s.
My small-town life has more than a passing resemblance to the small towns I write about. In particular, I love living in an interconnected community and the kind of place where it’s not unusual to see a tractor parked in front of the local bistro on a summer Saturday night.

I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.

I’d been on submission with a particular manuscript (a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest in 2015) for months, racking up multiple rejections along the way. When my literary agent called with an offer, I was already on the phone trying to sort out an issue with a home utility billing and didn’t receive her voicemail message until about half an hour later.
At first, I thought she was joking that a publisher wanted to publish my story but, thankfully, she wasn’t! That manuscript became my first book, The Cottage at Firefly Lake. The moment I knew I was going to realize a long-held dream of becoming a published author was one of the most joyous of my life. Great story, Thank you,

Other than your own, who are your favorite (heroes/heroines/writers) in your genre?
I have so many favorite writers that it’s hard to pick only a few! Amongst romance writers, I’m a big fan of Lori Foster, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Jill Shalvis. And in women’s fiction, new books by Kristin Hannah, Karen White, and Susan Wiggs always go to the top of my to-be-read list.
My go-to comfort author, though, is L.M. Montgomery, best known for the Anne of Green Gables series. One of her lesser-known series of books, the Emily trilogy, about a young girl who wants to be a published author, influenced me in my own writing dreams. We share favorites. I have almost everything L.M. Montgomery wrote. It is hard for me to pick a favorite, but I think I reread, The Blue Castle, Jane of Lantern Hill and Anne of Windy Poplars most often. I am also a devotes SEP reader.                          

What is the most exciting moment, so far, in your writing career?
Both an exciting and “pinch me I must be dreaming” moment was when Penguin Verlag acquired German rights to my first three books (The Cottage at Firefly Lake, Summer on Firefly Lake, and Back Home at Firefly Lake) and published translated editions for German-speaking readers.
It’s special, humbling, and almost surreal to see my books in a language I don’t speak, read, or write, and to hear from German readers that they’ve enjoyed my stories.

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing? 
Although I’m a writer, I’ll always be a reader first and one of my favorite things to do is curl up in a comfy chair with a book.
I also enjoy reading, travel, singing, and ballet and am known for my love of ice cream, shoes, and vintage finds.

How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
Even when “inspiration takes a vacation,” I try to get words on the page because for me the “act of writing” usually sparks new story ideas.
When I’m really stuck, though, I take a walk, read a book outside my genre, or watch a movie and let my mind drift.
Cleaning my house is also surprisingly conducive to solving plot problems!

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Take time to learn and hone your craft as a writer and recognize that the first book you write may not be the first you publish. Also, be persistent and flexible. This business is tough and if you want to build a long-term writing career, there will be many ups and downs along the way. Keep going, believe in your stories and your author voice, and don’t give up.
Find a writing community as well. I belong to Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) in the UK, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and all have helped me in my journey to publication and beyond.

Something I enjoy about your books, Susan, including your latest release, Irish Magic, is their mystical element. Thank you! I am so happy you like them.
 My new book, The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, has a similar feel.
I first learned about wishing trees on a trip to Asia and was fascinated by the idea of tying a piece of paper (or other item) with a wish to a mystical tree in the belief that a cherished hope or dream would then be granted.
I then discovered that wishing trees are popular in many cultures and different parts of the world, including Ireland. From there, The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, set in an Irish-American community in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York state, was born.
The story was also sparked by a ‘what if’ question…namely, what if two people who’d given up on wishes lived in a town with a magical wishing tree?

Sometimes happily ever after is only a wish away . . .  

There’s a wishing tree in Irish Falls. The bits of paper tied to its gnarled branches hold the hopes and dreams of everyone in town . . . except Annie Quinn. 

Single mom Annie has spent years rebuilding her life and trying not to have regrets. After giving up her dream of music stardom, she returned to her Adirondack hometown—and convinced herself she’s content with a simpler life.

The last thing she needs is a man to remind her of the heartbreak she left behind. 

A divorced dad, Seth Taggart used to be a successful LA songwriter. But now his reputation is in tatters, he’s burnt-out, and estranged from his adult son. Inheriting a small-town radio station just might be the do-over he needs.

Although he always planned to go back to LA, when working with Annie turns into sharing music and more, Seth realizes second chances—and home—are where he least expects. 

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Amazon Canada: https://amzn.to/2PvtcQN
Jen, I read the description, clicked on the Amazon link and bought the book. I am feeling rich because I just finished recording a voiceover. For 3.99 I didn't feel like delaying my happiness, This sounds like my kind of read. 
What’s your current WIP? I’m currently working on the sequel to The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls. For anyone who has read the first book in the series, the sequel is the heroine’s sister Tara’s story.
I also have two women’s fiction novels in progress and both have romantic elements.

And finally, where can we find you?
I’m happy for readers to contact me via my website (where I blog every two weeks, mostly about life and sometimes writing), or via any or all of my social media profiles. I’m active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and usually post and chat with readers there daily.

Thanks, Jen for being here. Dear ones, here is the Rafflecopter, and thank you all for stopping by. Happy Reading. I am off to finish The Circle Unbroken by Nancy Massand (Loving it!) and start The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls


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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Character Who Wouldn't Stay Put. #Giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 4 comments


Please welcome one of my favorite authors, Patrice Locke.


My third book, The Happiest Marriage in the History of the World, comes out in paperback this week. And I couldn’t be prouder of it or of the main character, Tracy Price.

This was the book that wasn’t meant to be. Until it was.

Sometimes when you’re finished writing about a character, she isn’t finished with you. That’s what happened to me after my first book,
Exit Signs. The main character in that story is Tracy Price, a quirky, slightly confused woman who has had success in her work life, but struggles with personal relationships. Then she meets Jesse Elliot, an almost-famous musician. She falls madly in love, but their romance travels a rocky road.

The end of Exit Signs, I thought, was the literary end of Tracy Price. She lives on in many of us with our insecurities and social awkwardness. But she was done dancing across the pages of my laptop.

Then in my second book, Fresh Start, Tracy elbowed her way in. I’m 90 percent a panster, meaning my stories evolve as I’m writing them. I didn’t expect to see Tracy again, but there she was, helping the heroine of Fresh Start get a…well, a Fresh Start. Tracy was a minor character in Fresh Start but readers said they were happy to see her again.

So was I.


Then I moved on and started to work on a story that wove New Mexico history into the 21st century. But the story just wouldn’t gel. And Tracy didn’t show up to help, so I had to put that manuscript aside. I wondered when, and if, that story would come together. But you can’t force a story to do what it doesn’t want to do. And my NM history ‘epic’ didn’t want to be written just then.

I was surprised to find that Tracy Price was my main roadblock. She insisted that her story wasn’t over. I assured her that it was. She got her HEA, and it was time to step aside for new characters waiting to be ‘birthed’ on the page.

Tracy was adamant. She had more story to tell. We argued about her HEA. She agreed that she’d had one, but now, seven years later in Exit Signs Land, she was questioning everything about her ‘ending.’ Mostly she was afraid she’d blow it. I would have been content to let her stay in HEA land.

But then Tracy’s best friend Randi suffered a tragedy. Her husband of 20 years died. Randi was devastated, of course, and Tracy was determined to help. This would be Randi’s story, Tracy argued.

“I promise,’ she said.

And I believed her. The story did start out in Randi’s ‘court.’ Yes. Yes. This was Randi’s story of overcoming grief and moving on. What a relief.

But shortly after I started writing ‘Randi’s Story,’ Tracy butted in. She was devoted to Randi, but she couldn’t help worrying that if Randi could lose everything that made her happy, maybe that could happen to Tracy as well. She started tugging at the threads of her ‘perfect’ life, trying to make sure that everything was ship-shape—that she was safe, and she could breathe.

I had to rewrite the beginning of the story because Tracy took center stage. This was her story, her children, her marriage were at stake. Pretty soon, I gave in completely. Tracy was determined to be in center stage. Randi was a secondary character, but she was evolving, developing some quirks of her own, trying to find her way in a world that had changed forever for her.

Well, the title of the book The Happiest Marriage in the History of the World kind of gives away the ending, but there are lots of twists and turns along the way.

I’m not Tracy, though because she tells her story in the first person, people sometimes think I am her. My personal happy ending is less clear-cut. But it’s turning into an amazing journey. After living in New Mexico for nearly forty years, I have moved to Idaho to be closer to some very special family. I’m buying a house. I’m settling in.

And, finally, my history ‘epic’ is revealing itself on the page. Life is good. Thanks, Tracy.
         
Thanks, Patrice, Patrice is giving away three of her books - winners choice. 
I loved all three, but if you have never read Patrice, start with Exit Signs. I fell in love with Tracy at first read and I loved her continuing adventure. I already have all three of Patrice's book so I won't be entering, I am eagerly awaiting the fourth.


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