Monday, August 13, 2018

A Character Interview from Night Kiss in #LoveForever @MaddieJames

Jack Porter is one of those heroes you can love, or you can leave. He has flaws, quite a few flaws, to be honest. He wants his way most all of the time and he does not like to compromise. He is set in his ways. And when he mourns for his Hannah Claire, he’s prone to wallow in self-pity and rum.

But his love for Hannah Claire knows no boundaries. Jack Porter loves his woman through life, death, reincarnation, and time. He understands none of it, other than Hannah Claire Winslow is his love, his spirit mate. And that it shall be that way, for eternity.

I happened along Jack one morning, very early, while strolling an Outer Banks beach for shells. Our conversation was quick, as you can see, but it was enough to write an entire series around...

Maddie James: Good morning, Jack. I see you are up early. Or have you been out walking this beach all night long?

Jack Porter: Aye, good mornin’ to you. I fear I have been out all night. ‘Tis the moon, you know? Is a full one and truth be known, it is a blue moon. It could bring my Hannah Claire back to me.

MJ: Back? So, where is Hannah Claire?

Jack: *gives odd look* Why, she’s not here, that is for certain. She must be in her heavenly home.

MJ: Ah. Her heavenly home… So, she is d…”

Jack: *puts up hand* My Hannah Claire is just…somewhere else. You see, I have to be here in case she returns. That is why I walk the beach at night, yearning for her touch, to run my fingers through her silken tresses, to steal a sweet kiss in the night….

MJ: *sighs and is distracted* And what about this blue moon?

Jack: *steps closer. MJ feels a spark of current, drawn… * You see, a blue moon storm can open the portal.

MJ: *steps back, Jack gaze out over the ocean’s horizon* A portal. Hm. Is that a storm coming?

Jack: *nods* Aye. She may come home tonight. *turns back* You see, I am lost without her. I am less of a man. I need my Hannah Claire. With me.

MJ: *thinking* Jack, where are you now? Are you home? Is this your home?

Jack: *scans the beach, his stare lands upon the lighthouse and light keeper’s home* I am… I am here but I am not.

MJ: *watches as the wind whips up surf, clouds pass in front of the moon, darkness* Jack? Jack?

But he is gone. And I feel confused and suddenly lonely. Is this how Hannah Claire felt the first time she saw Jack walking the beach?

Night Kiss
Soul Mates, Book One
Can souls touch through time and hold on when all odds are against them?

Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future—until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss—a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night—and her life changes forever.

Nearly 300 years past, Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife. Not an easy feat considering the year is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. Determined to rescue his wife and take the pirate’s head in the process, Jack steals aboard the pirate’s ship to save her.

Night Kiss sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness—the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.
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Want to read the first chapter of Night Kiss before you buy? The first chapter is available in the free sampler, Love, Forever, penned by several of my fellow Gems in the Attic authors. 

This sampler collection of romance first chapters by established, award-winning, and bestselling romance authors is guaranteed to whet your happily-ever-after appetite and send you running to your favorite ebook retailer to download to your hearts’ content! This eclectic mix of sweet to steamy reads has you traveling from the past to the future, with historical, time travel, paranormal, contemporary, western, and futuristic romance beginnings. And we hope you will not stop at the beginning!

Our stories are available in a wide variety of ebook retailers world-wide—we hope you download and enjoy every one! Here is a sneak peek at the stories in Love, Forever:


HEAT LIGHTNING (Book 1, Outlaw Ridge, Texas) by Joan Reeves Contemporary Romance BREDE, (Rodeo Romance, Book 2) by Connie Vines Romantic Suspense
FINDING MERCY (Return to Welcome #1) by Bonnie Edwards Contemporary Romance
TIME AND AGAIN by Nancy Fraser Time Travel/Romantic Suspense
THE GINGERBREAD HEART by Liz Flaherty Sweet Romance ALL OF MY HEART by Sophie Jacobs Contemporary Romance
KENTUCKY BLUE BLOODS by Jan Scarbrough Contemporary Romance
ANORA'S PRIDE by Kathleen Lawless Western Historical romance
TWO DAYS UNTIL MIDNIGHT by Lynn Crandall Paranormal romance
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE SEXY KIND by Karen Kelley Romantic Comedy
NIGHT KISS by Maddie James Time Travel/Paranormal Romance


Friday, August 10, 2018

Looking for an end of summer read? Love, Forever is for you! And it's FREE! by Jan Scarbrough


If you're reading this blog, you know its writers are a collection of former Kensington Precious Gems authors. Writing our little Gems back in the day gave most of us our start. Today some of us enjoy the camaraderie of an email group and this blog. So, it was natural when a few of us banded together to create a writing project.


Love, Forever gives you a sample of the first chapters of books by Joan Reeves, Karen Kelley, Liz Flaherty, Bonnie Edwards, Kathleen Lawless, Jan Scarbrough, Lynn Crandall, Nancy Fraser, Connie Vines, and Maddie James.

Here’s the official description:

Love, Forever is a sampler collection of romance first chapters by established, award-winning, and bestselling romance authors is guaranteed to whet your happily-ever-after appetite and send you running back to Amazon to download the full novels to your hearts' content! This eclectic mix of sweet to steamy reads has you traveling from the past to the future, with historical, time travel, paranormal, contemporary, western, and futuristic romance beginnings. And we hope you will not stop at the beginning—and that you download and enjoy every one! 

Download your copy of Love, Forever from any of these locations.


My contribution is the first chapter of book 2 of my Bluegrass Reunion Series. I had fun researching Kentucky Blue Bloods. In a past blog on this site, I talked about how I toured Kentucky’s horse country, stopping at Keeneland and a petting the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos before his death in 2016. You can see pictures of the Kentucky Derby champ and me at this blog.

Refreshing an older book for a relaunch consists of a new cover outside, a thorough polishing inside, and several demanding edits. I’ve always liked this story about a Bluegrass heroine and her British aristocrat hero. I’m glad the book has a new look.

Find your ebook copy of Kentucky Blue Bloods here:

Thursday, August 9, 2018

TRANSITIONS @ kathleenlawless



 I'm deep in the midst of a new transition and could use some coping skills.  Do transitions get harder as we mature?  It felt like I transitioned effortlessly to marriage and motherhood, embracing my new life.  The same with writing full time once I was published.  My self-discipline was amazing.  I ignored the phone and declined all lunch invitations. With no internet, mail delivery was my one break and day's highlight.

Divorce was a tougher transition.  Followed by a Monday-to-Friday job with writing on the weekends, but I found my stride and continued to publish.  Dating, Round 2, was a painful transition, and one I never plan to repeat.  After 15 years I met my 'forever fella', which transited to once again living with someone full time.  That one was a bit of a culture shock but I managed.

My newest transition is back to full time writing after 22+ years in the work force.  It's only been a week and I'm not very thrilled with my lack of self-discipline; the ease at which I am distrated.  But I'm working on it.  I'm logging my daily word count and learning thre is so much more to this career in Round 2.  Researching what sells.  Researching ads.  Deciding on covers and blurbs. 

I know 2018 provides a lot more publishing opportunities than 1996, when my first romance novel hit the shelves.  I just need to re-discover the satisfaction of a good day's writing.  Any and all tips gratefully accepted. 


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Love Forever by Karen Kelley


     Being a part of something has a way of bringing people together. I have enjoyed so much being a part of Love Forever sample chapters--try before you buy. It's a great way to give you a chance to read some of our first chapters, and it's free.

     I had so much fun writing my Nerak series. It's about a young woman who lives on a planet of women. At one time there had been space travel, but it was banned. Mala's grandmother was one such traveler. Mala discovered her travel journals and has longed to find this planet her grandmother spoke about--Earth. A planet where there are real men and not just companion units.

     I had so much fun writing this sexy romantic comedy. Think Guardians of the Galaxy with a lot more heat. Right now, I have the first book in the series, Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind,  for 99 cents, but it'll only be on sale for a short time so download your copy today.

 


 
 

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Love, Forever-- A Romance Sampler is a FREE Summer Read by Connie Vines #Loveforever

Gems in the Attic Blog is written by a collection of former Kensington Precious Gems authors.  Writing our little Gems
gave most of us our start in romance.  Today, we still enjoy the camaraderie of a email group and our monthly blog posts.

As friendships grow, amazing ideas seem to flourish.

Hence, this writing project, Love, Forever.

The official description:


This sampler collection of romance first chapters by established, award-winning, and bestselling romance authors is guaranteed to whet your happily-ever-after appetite and send you running back to Amazon to download the full novels to your hearts' content! This eclectic mix of sweet to steamy reads has you traveling from the past to the future, with historical, time travel, paranormal, contemporary, western, and futuristic romance beginnings. And we hope you will not stop at the beginning--and that you download and enjoy every one!

Here is a sneak peek at the stories in Love, Forever: 

HEAT LIGHTNING (Book 1, Outlaw Ridge, Texas) by Joan Reeves
Contemporary Romance. Amnesia stole her memory--her life! What Tessa doesn't remember may be the death of her.

BREDE, (Rodeo Romance, Book 2) by Connie Vines
Romantic Suspense. Trouble is something hard-edged rancher, Brede Kristensen, knows all about. A widower with a rambunctious young daughter, a ranch to run and an ornery cook who has just runoff, Brede doesn't need another problem. Yet in the midst of a violent storm, he finds an injured woman with no memory of her past--or the man who tried to kill her!

FINDING MERCY (Return to Welcome #1) by Bonnie Edwards
Contemporary Romance. Mercy Talbot left Welcome on a high, but she's returned a broke failure. She's messed up her career, love, and family ties. Now, she's found love and a new family. When her career is reborn, will she leave the man and child who've opened their hearts to her?

TIME AND AGAIN by Nancy Fraser
Time Travel/Romantic Suspense. Will Kate and Matt's accidental trip to the future bring them back together? Or, tear them even farther apart?

THE GINGERBREAD HEART by Liz Flaherty
Sweet Romance. Widowed Cass Logan has done her time as a caregiver. But when her boss, mystery-writer Eli Welcome, needs surgery, Cass is faced with following her heart...or walking away.

ALL OF MY HEART by Sophie Jacobs, Book 1, A Harbor Falls Romance
Contemporary Romance. Happy-go-lucky Suzie Hart has a perfect life and a secret. All goes well in her small town world until that secret rides up to her doorstep on a badass Harley and tosses her not-so-perfect world into some kind of big, bad tumble.

KENTUCKY BLUE BLOODS by Jan Scarbrough
Contemporary Romance. It's up to Reggie to save what's left of her family homestead and her proud Kentucky heritage. But when Parker shows up to collect his horses, all bets are off. Reggie's never been a gambler and Parker despises losing. But when Kentucky blue blood tangles with British blue blood, are they willing to take a gamble on love?

ANORA'S PRIDE by Kathleen Lawless
Western Historical romance. Anora King didn't plan to pretend she was married, but her new neighbors in Boulder Springs jumped to that conclusion. Jesse Quantrill is shocked to find himself lusting after a married woman. And wouldn't a romance between them be the town's biggest scandal ever?

TWO DAYS UNTIL MIDNIGHT by Lynn Crandall
Paranormal romance. A bird-shifter. A reclusive billionaire. A project that brings them together. A deadly curse that threatens to separate them forever.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE SEXY KIND by Karen Kelley
Romantic Comedy. Mala didn't plan to crash land on Earth. She only wanted to sneak in for a few days and maybe find a man--a real one, but she encounters more than she bargained for with the town sheriff.

NIGHT KISS by Maddie James
Time Travel/Paranormal Romance. Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future--until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss--a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night--and her life changes forever.

Download your copy of Love, Forever from any of these locations:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G315JLG
B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-forever-melanie-james/1001059171
iBooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1420273251
KOBO:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/love-forever-6
D2D Universal:  https://books2read.com/love-forever

My contribution is the first chapter of book 2 of my Rodeo Romance Series, "Brede".

I hope you enjoy reading our Romance Sampler.  Like I always say, "What woman doesn't love a cowboy?"


Happy Reading,

Connie




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