Friday, June 23, 2017

Meet Mary Anne Yarde and Read About The Du Lac Chronicles (Book #1)

It’s a small world, all right! While chatting with Mary Anne, I found out she was born a stone’s throw from Glastonbury, the fabled Isle of Avalon, and one of my favourite parts of England. My husband’s Aunt Maisie still lives there, and when we visit her, we take a hike up Glastonbury Tor, which is quite a workout. Mary Anne is also a huge Ricardian, as I am, and she’s descended from the Stanley brothers, who betrayed Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth, which directly resulted in his losing the battle, his crown, and his life.


Mary Anne is also the award-winning author of the International Best Selling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Set a generation after the fall of King Arthur, The Du Lac Chronicles takes you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany, where you will meet new friends and terrifying foes. Based on legends and historical fact, The Du Lac Chronicles is a series not to be missed.

Born in Bath, Mary Anne grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

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An Interview with Mary Anne

Hi, everyone. Waves! Thank you so much, Diana, for inviting me on to your fabulous blog. For those who don’t know me, my name is Mary Anne Yarde. I was born in Bath, and I grew up in the south-west of England. I lived a mere 15 minutes from Glastonbury — the fabled Isle of Avalon. Tales of King Arthur and his Knights were a part of my childhood.

I am an award-winning author of the International Best Selling series — The Du Lac Chronicles. This series is set a generation after the fall of King Arthur. The Du Lac Chronicles takes you on a journey through Dark Age Britain and Brittany, where you will meet new friends and terrifying foes.

If you have 2 hours free time tonight, what would you rather do? Why?

Climbing Glastonbury Tor and watching the sunset would be a great way to spend 2 hours!

What kind of books do you love to read? Why?

I am a real bookworm. I love reading, and I get through a lot of books in a year. My favourite genre is historical fiction, but I also like fantasy, thrillers, and romance books.

What type of music do you enjoy relaxing to?

According to my children, my music taste is appalling, so I must be doing something right! I am a life long fan of Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams, but I have just discovered For King and Country — much to my teen’s disgust! I personally can’t see the problem with For King and Country, and as I am subjected daily to Cryoshell, Nickelback and Avenged Sevenfold, I think it is fitting to have my revenge and play music that I like occasionally! Oh my gosh, I just realised how old I sound!

What is your stress buster?

If I am really stressed, then my Zumba video workout will be taken out of storage! If I am only a little stressed, then I would pick up a book — any excuse!

What is your favorite food? What food do you seek when you’re sad, sort of a comfort food?

I don’t have a comfort food. But I do drink a lot of Red Rooibos (Redbush) tea, so I think that would probably be my comfort food… comfort beverage!

Describe yourself in one word.

Hopeful.

When did you write your first book? How long did it take you to write it?

I started writing 15 years ago, but I never took it seriously until about two years ago. Book 1 of The Du Lac Chronicles was about 12 years in the making. Thankfully Book 2 only took six months!

Where and when do you write? Tell us about your favorite work place and time. Any special reason?

I dedicate three hours, Monday to Friday, every afternoon to writing. I turn off my phone — and depending on what I am going to write about — I choose some appropriate music to listen to. I tend to listen to music by the composer James Horner, as it is very atmospheric and helps me visualise the scenes I want to write.

I don’t have a desk. I find it really uncomfortable to sit up at a table to write. The posture police would be furious with me because I write sitting up on my bed. Grimace!

How do you write? Do your characters come to you first or the plot or the world of the story? How do you go on from there? Maybe you can give us an example with one of your books.

The characters come first, and they drive the story forward. I write Arthurian fiction set in the Dark Ages. So it is a case of research, research, research, before I even think about writing.

I don’t plan or write down the plot. I know where my characters are going to end up, I just need to get them there.

Where do you get your ideas? Do you jot them down in a notebook, in case you forgot?

As I said the characters come first.  I then research the era my books are set in. I am one of those terrible researchers who pens in the margins of factual books and underline sentences. I also make notes, on random bits of paper, but mostly I just jot down book and page references.

Have you ever wanted to write your book in one direction but your characters are moving it in another direction? What did you do in such a situation?

Oh my gosh, yes! One of my characters, Merton du Lac, loves to throw me curve balls all the time. I have absolutely no control over him at all, and if I try to fight him for creative control, it just goes terribly wrong, and in the end, he wins. Perhaps I should credit Merton as being the author!

You’re having a party.  What character from any of your books do you hope attends?  Why?  What character do you hope doesn’t attend?  Why?

I would definitely invite Merton —a party wouldn’t be the same without him. Alden, his brother, would get an invitation too, along with his wife, because they are both great company. I would be a little hesitant about inviting Budic du Lac, he is not particularly the party type person, and he is very moody. He would probably have us all arrested and thrown in the dungeons.

How would readers find out more about you?

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Something for Everybody--ENTICE ME & ROPINGTHE COWBOY, a Collection of Sweet up to Hot Romance

ENTICE ME & ROPING THE COWBOY
BOXSETS

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Hot Summer Read--RUNNING HOT by J.L. Sheppard

RUNNING HOT
Hell Ryders MC #2
by J.L. Sheppard

Meet Kathleen Rowland--Unholy Alliance will grab your attention-- a sizzling #romanticsuspense from #Tirgearrpublishing

Kathleen and I have guested on each other's blogs many times during our #EggcerptExchanges but this year we're trying something different, the #AuthorLove Exchange. Meet Kathleen and see what she's been up to!

About Kathleen

Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts.  Writing a romantic suspense Irish American series for Tirgearr Publishing, Deadly Alliance is followed by Unholy Alliance with a release date of March 29, 2017.  Keep an icy drink handy while reading these hot stories.

Other books are sweet new adult such as Lily’s Pad and the Intervenus Series: A Brand New Address and Betrayal at Crater’s Edge

Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels.   She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji.  Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.

Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, one bunny, and noisy neighbors.  While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write.  If you’d enjoy news,  sign up for Kathleen’s newsletter


About UNHOLY ALLIANCE


A decade ago, Tori Rourke, and her cousin, Vivienne, ran from the Irish mob after witnessing a brutal murder. Tori was framed by the mob, and while she served time in prison, she worried that the killer, Seamus McGinn, had kidnapped her missing cousin.

Attorney Grady D. Fletcher, defender of the wrongly condemned, appeals Tori’s case and wins her release. Now, going by Victoria Morningstar, she runs a food truck from a seedy waterfront neighborhood, hoping to find her cousin's kidnapper.

When Grady agrees to defend a new client, Samuel Peterson, who’s been accused of beating to death the wife of a noted professor, the evidence mounts. The professor is missing, as well as his laptop that contains data dangerous to national security.

And Seamus McGinn is back, and rumors of a massive annihilation is about to begin. As they race to assist the FBI, the bonds between Grady and Tori are about to be tested. It becomes clear Grady and Tori are falling fast for each other, but what to do about it is a different story. He’s a divorced dad who wants more time with his kid. She brings danger to his front door.

Grady has questions of his own; Is Vivienne at the center of the mob’s operation? How much will it cost Tori before she learns the truth? All Grady knows is the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

Excerpt 


“Don’t let the anxiety of freedom consume you.”  Attorney Grady Donahue Fletcher clenched his teeth and rehearsed what he’d say to his client, Victoria Morningstar. He’d won her appeal and drove to pick her up at Gladstone Penitentiary. “At least you won’t be placed in solitary.” That was worse.

Six months earlier Grady had phoned a reporter at the Los Angeles Globe. "Drew Barker. Grady Fletcher here.”

“Ah, the lawyer. Calling about a tip?”

“I am. Here's something you can investigate. Tori Morningstar, did she murder Irene Brennan?"

"I wrote that story many years back," the journalist had said. “I assume you have new discoveries.”

"Fraud, illegal testimony. Do you want the story first?" A second passed. 
"Otherwise, I'll call the Orange County Guardian."

"Okay, okay. We want it."

Three days later Grady had a hand in writing the first article in Drew Barker’s column. "The public labeled Tori Morningstar as an undesirable. Not black and poor, but disfavored, accused, incarcerated, and wrongly condemned. Her cellphone has been recovered. Her call to 911 identified her voice and substantiated screams of the victim in the background. Could she have beaten someone while speaking to dispatch at the same time?"

The reporter had written the second article. "People who get their ideas about criminal lawyers from TV probably would be disappointed in Grady Fletcher. He lacks flash but stands up straight, his posture neither ramrod nor slouched. He doesn't smoke, doesn't wear thousand dollar suits. His voice is soft and low, one of his assets. He speaks truth with a voice inviting confidences."

As nice as that was, Grady’s stomach cramped over pressure and strain from Drew Barker’s final article with the headline, Tori Morningstar, Released Today. Picked up by the online service, Newser, KTLA, and CBS Los Angeles, they planned to broadcast his arrival to escort his client from Gladstone.

Tori’s decade-long prison sentence ended today but with a sobering fear over tomorrow.

When was a July morning this hot? Grady balanced her release papers on his lap as he rolled up one sleeve then the other while gripping the damp steering wheel. Sweat blossomed on his throbbing forehead, wrapped like a python’s grip. He adjusted the dial for the AC and embraced the challenge of helping another client get back on track. Embrace and conquer. Or at least sound like it. 

You'll find all the book links here.


Contact Kathleen

Goodreads

Amazon Author Page

Twitter

Chatting with Kathleen Rowland Blog

Blogspot Blog


 




Monday, June 19, 2017

Meet Joya Ryan & Read About Book One of "Tempting The Rancher", THE RANCHER AND THE CITY GIRL

THE RANCHER AND THE CITY GIRL
Tempting the Rancher, book 1
by Joya Ryan

Friday, June 16, 2017

Check out STEEL KISSES: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure

STEEL KISSES
A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure
by Laura Strickland