Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Conversation with Jayne Ann Krentz Handling a Book Launch in Quarantine

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment
Jane Ann Krentz, of my favorite authors has a book authored in her Amanda Quick identity coming out on May 5th.  Close Up is set in Burning Cove. 
A few years ago Amanda Quick books left Victorian England and settled in Burning Cove, 1930's Hollywood's favorite Beach town getaway spot. I am an enthusisatic follower of the move. 
As a major fan I pre-order her books. When I realized the actual release was going to be during the quarantine I contacted Jayne for a brief Q&A and she graciously responded.

Q: Writers tend to spend a lot of time at home. But I imagine the quarantine makes that time at home feel different. What do you do to keep yourself relatively sane?

JAK:  Trying to take it one day at a time here in Seattle. I'm sticking with my routine as much as possible -- Pilates three times a week (on the floor of my living room), writing every day, staying in touch with readers on social media.  Luckily my husband and I have worked at home for years and spent a lot of time in each other's company.  We get along well.  That said, I will admit I have discovered the pleasures of Zoom Happy Hours with friends!  

Q: Close Up - the 4th Burning Cove book comes out May 5th. How are you and your publisher dealing with the book launch?

JAK:  We're running some experiments with Facebook Live signing events.  I'm fortunate to be working with two great Indie bookstores --https://poisonedpen.com/ in Scottsdale, AZ and https://page2books.indielite.org/ in Burien, WA.  I'll be signing books for readers who ordered CLOSE UP  through those bookstores on April 27 and April 28 here in my living room via Facebook Live.  Fingers crossed that readers will enjoy the experience.  
This will be live at 11:00AM today, Tuesday April 28 on Jayne's Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/JayneAnnKrentz/

Q: What's next in the worlds of Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick?

JAK:  The second book in my Fogg Lake Trilogy, ALL THE COLORS OF NIGHT, will be out in January (under my JAK name).  I'm working on the next Burning Cove book now and I'm planning on working in another Jayne Castle Harmony novel after that.  It seems a lot of readers are missing the dust bunnies.  The little critters have really taken over my Jayne Castle world!

I couldn't be happier. The first thing I did during Quarantine was reread all of the St Helens books, followed by the Ghost Hunter Books and then on to Harmony.


I can't wait to read Close up. I manage to change the shipping address so I will get the book here in Michigan. Here's the blurb for Closeup.

Thank you for being here, Jayne.
Welcome to Burning Cove, California where 1930s Hollywood glamour conceals a ruthless killer…
 
Vivian Brazier never thought life as an art photographer would include nightly wake-up calls to snap photos of grisly crime scenes or headshots for aspiring male actors. Although she is set on a career of transforming photography into a new art form, she knows her current work is what’s paying the bills.
 
After shooting crime scene photos of a famous actress, the latest victim of the murderer the press has dubbed the “Dagger Killer,” Vivian notices eerie similarities to the crime scenes of previous victims—details that only another photographer would have noticed—details that put Vivian at the top of the killer’s target list.
 
Nick Sundridge has always been able to “see” things that others don’t, coping with disturbing dreams and visions. His talent, or as he puts it—his curse—along with his dark past makes him a recluse, but a brilliant investigator. As the only one with the ability to help, Nick is sent to protect Vivian. Together, they discover the Dagger Killer has ties to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood royalty and high society. It is a cutthroat world of allure and deception that Vivian and Nick must traverse—all in order to uncover the killer who will stop at nothing to add them to their gallery of murders.
Yes! I can't wait till May 5th. Dear ones, if you haven't tried the burning cove books, or any Jayne Ann Krentz check your library. I know you will find her there.And she has two 99 cent Kindle deals this month.

Kindle Monthly Deals - yep, two of them!

Amazon has selected both THE PIRATE and THE ADVENTURER as Kindle Monthly Deals for April. You can get them through the end of the month for only 99 cents each! Three classic heroes (a pirate, and adventurer, and a cowboy) make up my Ladies and Legends series and are the love interests for three very good friends.
The Pirate
After a day-long flight, Kate has lost her luggage and missed her only connection to an island resort. Faced with the unexpected, things only get worse when a local thief tries to relieve her of her money as well. Too tired to sit idly by and lose everything, Kate takes matters into her own hands and not only frightens away her attacker, but causes enough of a scene that she earns a ride to her hotel on a private boat with a very intriguing man.

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The Adventurer
Map in hand, Sarah hires a treasure hunter to help her on her quest to discover a lost family heirloom buried on the grounds of the old family property. Too bad the guide she thinks she's hired really doesn't want the job. Sarah's relentless pursuit of her inheritance finally causes Gideon to give in and take Sarah on the adventure of a lifetime.
Happy reading

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Targeted Pawn's Hero’ (Blackfeet Nation) Heritage Took Sally Brandle on A Journey

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Sally Brandle is my guest poster today. I finished reading The Targeted Pawn last night. If you are looking for  sweet second chance romantic suspense with a pure heroine, woman-hating hero, non-stop peril, evil doers galore. Scuzzbags to hate, animals to love, great cooking, a cattle drive and guest appearances from charatacters you know if you read the other Emma Springs books. This is your book, Have fun!


How I wrote a second chance story and met a real-life second chance survivor.

Prior to sending my editor my latest manuscript, The Targeted Pawn, I asked a writing friend well-versed in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to beta read and comment. My hero is descended from The Blackfeet Nation and I strive for accuracy. Her suggestions provided a path to meet a wonderful sensitivity reader, Thomas Smittle. He’s an adopted member of the Oglala Lakota tribe who lives in South Dakota.

Years ago, Tom participated in the Mustang Inmate Training Program and learned he possessed a gift of working with horses. After his release, he offered horsemanship knowledge and acted in the movie, The Mustang, (2019 R Rated). The scene depicting an inmate striking a horse wouldn’t be allowed in the program, but learning the real-life, low rate of recidivism made me a supporter to The Mustangs of America Foundation, which provides equipment and training.
I hope to learn more about the program and continue the conversation with Tom as I write the story of Rane’s brother, Chayton. His heroine is a female game warden, and together they thwart the efforts of an eagle poacher in my next novella, currently titled, The Romantic Mule Thriller. I toured the Bellevue Forensic Lab and saw the machine capable of lifting fingerprints from a feather. Finding success stories in unlikely places brings a lighter stroke to my keyboard.
Blurb:
Threats forced her to flee Seattle. Honor binds him to Montana. A second chance at love tethers them together.
Elon Hardy’s romance skills are rusty after a loveless marriage ends, but upon meeting hunky rancher, Rane Calderon, sparks blaze hotter than her welding torch. To support her collegiate sons, she’s determined to acquiesce to the bullheaded, female-phobic boss until her divorce finalizes from her deceitful husband.
A woman Rane trusted ruined his life, and at forty, he won’t be fooled again. Blisteringly mad he’s hired a female bearing a man’s name, he fights attraction for the curvy, determined brunette while thwarting efforts to build a private prison atop his Blackfeet ancestors’ burial ground.
Can Elon and Rane realize love doesn’t have a “best used before date”? If you enjoy smoldering romance, mercenary villains, and rescued animals, you’ll love escaping again to Emma Springs, Montana.

Exerpt:

Elon smiled. Angel needed an advocate. “Just tell me where to park my car and oh…I, ah, have a dog.”
“Your car’s ok where it’s parked. Didn’t realize you brought a guest,” he said, in a voice turned soft as suede.
The calm before the storm? “Hadn’t planned to adopt a pet. A jerk tossed her from a truck on the highway an hour ago.” She clenched her fist. “I won’t abandon Angel. That’s what I named her.”
His boots scraped the floor as he pulled them in. He rose to his full height. “Angel can bunk inside, or I’ll find her a temporary doghouse.”
“I won’t let her bother you.”
“Dogs never do. If she needs kibbles, ask for Fred. He’ll find someone headed to town.”
The man did have a heart. For the first time today, she smiled. “Thank you. I’ll find something to feed her tonight,” Elon said.
Rane leaned over her, close enough to show dark stubble on his perfectly sculpted jaw. The guy’s black lashes appeared thick as paint brushes. His eyes glowed a deep shade of russet.
Flutters swirled in her belly. She blinked several times and leaned back.
With one fist braced on the papers, his chest stiffened into a shield. “Animals I trust, Ms. Hardy. Women are another story. A month’s trial, then we’ll talk.” He straightened and walked out, leaving a trail of spice-scented annoyance.
The front door slammed shut. Elon flinched. So much for the misconception of a kindly old rancher. Nope. Her fortyish boss possessed the ability to morph into a hardened commander with one scowl from his squint-eyed, condemning looks. How gracious of him to give her a month’s trial run. The ugly divorce might take a year.
Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense stories. Sally left a career as an industrial baking instructor to bring to life stories motivating readers to trust their instincts. Her rescue Aussie is her companion during long spells of writing or afternoons spent riding on the wind with her nearly thirty-year-old Quarter Horse. 
Sign up for her newsletter at www.sallybrandle.com for freebies. The Hitman’s Mistake opens her Love Thrives in Emma Springs series of stories (without intimate scenes). Torn By Vengeance, Book 2, continues showcasing friendship, courageous women, and the men who deserve their love. The Targeted Pawn, Book 3, features a second chance for a life filled with love for humans and their furry friends.

Website: http://www.sallybrandle.com
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Robyn Carr's new stand-alone Sunrise on Half Moon Bay #giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment
Hello, Beloveds, The holidays are over and we all had a new way of celebrating them. I hope you found something in the experience to be grateful for.
I finished reading the ARC copy of Robyn Carr's new stand-alone women's fiction, Sunrise on Half Moon Bay last night at 2 AM. Then I got an hour's sleep before getting ready to go to LAX to fly to Kalamazoo MI to help out my older son. So I'm feeling somewhat loopy.
As usual Robyn drew me in. I normally hate any book that has to do with divorce because - been there. done that. Dont want to revisit the emotions - but Robyn kept me reading and enjoying the interplay between the two sisters and their wildly different lives. It's a quick read and an absorbing one. And I love the town of Half Moon Bay. I visted once on a trip down the coast and was enchanted.

Robyn's Virgin River series is now on Netflix. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9077530/

While you are waiting for season two, you might try Sunrise on Half Moon Bay.
I am giving away the ARC, Rafflecopter at the bottom of post. Since this is a paperback ARC it's a US only giveaway.

Blurb:
Sunrise on Half Moon Bay
Adele and Justine have never been close. Born twenty years apart, Justine was already an adult when Addie was born. The sisters love each other but they don’t really know each other.

When Addie dropped out of university to care for their ailing parents, Justine, a successful lawyer, covered the expenses. It was the best arrangement at the time but now that their parents are gone, the future has changed dramatically for both women.

Addie had great plans for her life but has been worn down by the pressures of being a caregiver and doesn’t know how to live for herself. And Justine’s success has come at a price. Her marriage is falling apart despite her best efforts.

Neither woman knows how to start life over but both realize they can and must support each other the way only sisters can. Together they find the strength to accept their failures and overcome their challenges. Happiness is within reach, if only they have the courage to fight for it.

Set in the stunning coastal town of Half Moon Bay, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr’s new novel examines the joys of sisterhood and the importance of embracing change.
Stay Panic-free, AVOID NEWS Laugh at least one a day.Spread Kindness.You are loved.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

For Austen Lovers Miss Austen by Gill Hornby #Giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment
Greetings from my Shelter in Place to yours.
If you still have a job outside the home, I thank you for everything you are doing for your fellow denizens of this planet.
For all of you, I hope you are staying safe, panic-free, avoiding the news, laughing at least three times a day and reading. (If you prefer listening, Irish Magic, the audiobook is now free at your local library through Overdrive and Hoopla.)

 I have a giveaway of a paperback ARC of Miss Austen which came out today.
(if you go to this link you can read a bit of the story and decide if this book is for you.)

MISS AUSTEN by Gill Hornby is a novel that finally pulls back the curtain on the life of Jane Austen's beloved sister, Cassandra.

In a story that Karen Joy Fowler calls “[a] gift to the world of Austen lovers,” Gill Hornby shines a light on the oft-forgotten Cassandra and introduces readers to a real-life heroine who is as sensible as Elinor Dashwood, as independent as Anne Elliot, and as unforgettable as Elizabeth Bennet.

MISS AUSTEN opens in Kintbury in 1840, where Cassandra Austen is in desperate search of the lost letters of her late sister, Jane. By now an elderly spinster, Cassandra has spent her later years working to safeguard her famous sister’s legacy—and when she finally discovers the trove of Jane’s letters, she must decide whether to release their secrets to the world or commit their memories to the flames.

Each newly discovered missive sets off a flood of memories that force Cassandra to confront not only Jane's past but her own, in all its youthful romance and sobering tragedies. Brilliantly imagined by Hornby, the letters in this novel capture Cassandra's strength, the extraordinary bond between the Austen sisters, and Jane’s voice in all its sparkling wit and intelligence.

MISS AUSTEN is a story that will not only delight Jane Austen fans and offer them a new look at their favorite writer, but it will also speak to readers on more contemporary terms with its vibrant portrait of the independent Cassandra and its tribute to heroines who chart their own paths and write their own happy endings.
Personally, I found the book, charming and very well written.  If you like Jane Austen this books has a lot in it for you to love in both style and content. I knew nothing about Jane Austen's personal life before reading this book. 
I strongly advice checking out the Look Inside link on Amazon. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44280984-miss-austen? 
If you like what you see, you can add it to your Goodreads TBR https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44280984-miss-austen? and check out her other books. I mean to read 

Who Was...Jane Austen The Girl with the Magic Pen
If, having checked out the Amazon preview, you can enter to win the paperback ARC below.
Stay safe and panic-free. Avoid the news. Laugh at least three times a day. Remember you are loved and important.

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