Spotlight on Kathleen Irene Paterka

KathleenIrenePaterka-LowResColor-214x300On Facebook lately, I’ve seen memes where we’re asked to describe ourselves with one word. If I could use one word to describe Kathleen Irene Paterka, it’s sparkling. But we all have sad times, and Kathleen, who was scheduled to be our guest blogger today, is going through one right now. She asked me to reschedule her later. I’d love to have her as a guest another time, but Dale Mayer suggested I do a spotlight on Kathleen, and I jumped on that idea.

I’ve been lucky to have met Kathleen in person, and she has a personality that draws people to her. She writes women’s fiction, and her newly released book, THE OTHER WIFE, is gathering great reviews.

FattyPatty_150pxThinking of Kathleen’s books, I realized there’s another word that would describe her: brave. The topics she’s picked! FATTY PATTY is about a woman who lost a lot of weight, and now the perfect man has fallen in love with her. But guess what? He’s a chubby, and she has trouble accepting that. (There’s much more to it, but that’s the brave part. How many authors write about topics like that?)

HomeFires_150pxHOME FIRES might be the closest to a traditional contemporary romance that Kathleen has written. The heroine, a corporate attorney, returns home to the James Bay resort community when her mother is going through a health crisis. On the way to the hospital, she meets a firefighter when her car crashes into his new truck. Again, there’s more to this book, including an arson investigation. As one Amazon reader said, “I laughed, I cried and I couldn’t put it down until the book was completed.

For_I_Have_Sinned_150pxMy favorite book of hers is FOR I HAVE SINNED. It’s about a Catholic priest and former alcoholic who’s having doubts about his faith in the church. I’m not Catholic, but she did this perfectly and hit all the right notes for me. Father Greg was so real. Flawed yet a man of depth and substance. I would love to read a sequel.

Kathleen has published other books that readers love, too, including her newest, THE OTHER WIFE, which is another brave choice. Here’s more about it:

TheOtherWife_150pxTill death do us part…

Eleanor Anderson has a beautiful home, a loving husband, a tranquil life. After thirty-eight years of marriage and her children now grown, she finally has time for herself. She’s not expecting any surprises; certainly not to wake up one morning and find her husband dead in bed beside her from a massive heart attack. It’s a devastating discovery… but not as much as the shock awaiting Eleanor when she learns the truth about her husband’s secret life. And then there’s the damaging document he signed before his death, which threatens to destroy her life.

Claire Anderson isn’t your average thirtysomething. A professor of psychology at a prestigious university, Claire has a successful career, a handsome husband, and two young children at home. But nothing in her background, including her academic accomplishments, prepares Claire for the horrendous reality of discovering that the life she’d led was all a lie… fostered by a husband who’d promised to love and cherish her forever.

Two women from two generations, bound together by denial, anger, and grief. How far will their misery and fear push them? Does compassion rule the day, or will a husband’s betrayal lead to a woman’s revenge?

What happens when each of these women comes face-to-face with the other wife?

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You can find out more about Kathleen and her books on her website, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you read any books lately that are brave?

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Review: The Marriage Match by Tracy March

The-Marriage-Match-Final-Cover-e1421012775396Title: The Marriage Match (Suddenly Smitten, #3)
Author: Tracy March
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Release Date: January 19, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

Summary:

Hot bachelor seeks bride…

Resort tycoon Trent Hawthorne is looking for a wife. His all-business, no-nonsense grandmother (and the matriarch of the small town of Maple Creek) has selected three potential brides–all beautiful and approved. Each “fantasy date” will take place in a lush Caribbean setting, filmed like a reality show to promote the Hawthorne family’s chain of resorts. All of Trent’s hopes for love combined with a clever marketing gimmick…what couldpossibly go wrong?

As it turns out, all it takes is a kiss. A sizzling, sweet-as-sin kiss. But Cynthia Sawyer isn’t one of the bachelorettes, and she’s definitely not supposed to be making out with her boss’s sexy grandson. Not to mention it’s strictly against company policy. But Cynthia has her own reasons for hooking Trent up with a bride who isn’t her as soon as possible. And losing her heart is a price that she’s willing to pay…

My Thoughts:

If you like sweet romance that takes you away on a whirlwind adventure, you have to read The Marriage Matchby Tracy March. It’s the third book in her Suddenly Smitten series, but can easily be read as a stand alone. Tracy writes fabulous characters and puts them in a well planned out story to keep the pages turning. She also does a fantastic job of describing the exotic locations in which her characters travel. You feel the warm sun, the sand beneath your toes and the water crashing against your legs just like the characters. I loved every minute of this story.

In The Marriage Match, Trent’s grandmother has this crazy idea to play matchmaker, film his dates and use it as an ad campaign for their resorts, which he runs. She picks three women for him to meet and spend a day with all in hopes that he will fall in love and they will get a great ad campaign out of it. Her assistant Cynthia is assigned to make sure everything goes smoothly. As you can imagine, things don’t go as planned.

Trent is a very swoon-worthy hero. He is not your typical alpha male and has so much substance to him – something Cynthia is learning each moment she spends with him. He is not the rich kid she thought she knew growing up. I fell for Trent when I learned how open he is about his feelings and desires. In my opinion, this is quite a change in romance novel alpha males. Cynthia is awesome heroine. I love her selflessness, her sense of adventure how she takes a lot of pride in everything she does from working for Trent’s grandmother to helping him find his true love to working with her friend at the bakery. She is all in when she commits to something.

Tracy writes another lovable contemporary romance in The Marriage Match. I started the book trying to figure out how things were going to happen but was quickly sucked in and along for the ride. The pages kept turning and the story moves along at a great pace. Tracy does a wonderful job with the romance aspect of the story, too. It was sweet, romantic and very fitting for the characters. When I finished the book I actually hugged my ereader and let out a big, happy sigh. If you are looking for a sweet romance with captivating characters and a fun story, I highly recommend you give The Marriage Match a try.

Reviewed by: Amy R

Five stars

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How do you read?

How do you read?

Do you start at the beginning and read straight through a book, with no skipping ahead at all? Do you flip through a book, stopping here and there to skim a few pages before you start reading in earnest? Or do you immediately go to the very last page to see how the book ends?

Me? Well, I admit that I tend to fall into that last category. I like a little sneak peak at the end of the book for a variety of reasons.

Snow Like AshesMost of the time, I just want to see how many pages a book is, so I can estimate what kind of time commitment I’m making. I especially tend to do this with epic fantasy books, simply because they tend to be longer than books in other genres.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch and The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch are some of the many fantasy books where I have looked to see how long they were. Don’t get me wrong. Epic fantasy is one of my favorite things to read, but sometimes I just don’t have time to read several hundred pages over a weekend. I tend to read fantasy books when I have a lighter schedule and can really immerse myself in the book, story, and world building.

Other times, I will flip to the back of the book to see if there is a cliffhanger, especially if I know that the book is the first in a trilogy. I don’t mind story threads continuing on into the next book, but I’m not a fan of huge, epic cliffhangers where every single character is in mortal danger, especially if I have to wait months or even years for the next book in the series. If I see that a book does have a massive cliffhanger, then I am likely to put it back on the shelf and wait until the next book is out before I read the first one in the series.

While I’m looking at the back of the book for page counts and cliffhangers, I usually find myself reading a paragraph or two … or three or four …

And sometimes, I end up spoiling the whole book for myself. Um … whoops … my bad …

It’s happened more than once, especially when it comes to mysteries and thrillers where the killer is revealed on the very last page. That’s happened enough times now that I have been cutting down on my sneak peaks. Just a quick glance at the page count, and I am back to the beginning to start reading straight through.

What about you guys? Do you look at the end of a book before you get there? Why or why not?

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Paranormal Love Affair

There’s never been a time in my life that I wasn’t writing. When I was a teenager, I kept a journal and wrote poetry; really awful, soul-sucking, poetry. At the time, I wanted to grow up and be just like Emily Dickinson. It wasn’t until after I finished undergrad that I took a stab at writing my first book. From there I was hooked.

The worlds of urban fantasy and paranormal romance are where I truly found my writing niche. I’m a geek at heart. Most of the books I read and TV shows I watch, have paranormal elements or undertones, like The Walking Dead, Lord of the Rings, and Sleepy Hollow. If it has fangs, fur, AI robots, mystical creatures, hobbits, or elves, I am there. I love the double reflection you find within these types of stories. Whether the hero and heroine are battling aliens, in the midst of a shifter war, or contemplating immortality as one of the newly undead, the outer plot is always a mirror of their struggle against their own personal demons. Then there are those nifty superpowers. I have always wanted a superpower, like Piper in Charmed. Wouldn’t you just love to throw your hands up and stop time?

What type of paranormal worlds are your favorite? And if you could pick any superpower to have, what would it be and why?

 

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Best Selling Author Maggie Mae Gallagher doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. When she was a kid she acted out her favorite scenes, only better, with her brother and cousin. As a teenager, she wrote reams of poetry, but realized her true love lay with creating characters and stories. A former music and history major, Maggie is a total geek at her core. When she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her two furry felines.
Find her at her website, on Facebook, & Twitter.

 

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Review: Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye

18841450Title: Hard To Come By (Hard Ink, #3)
Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

Book Summary:

Caught between desire and loyalty… Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there. When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he’s become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust. As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…

My Thoughts:

I freaking love Marz! I freaking love the Hard Ink Series!

Okay, now that I got that out of my system, let me tell you all about the book I just read, Hard To Come By byLaura Kaye. It was awesome. It has everything I love in a good story – action, romance, friendship, first dates, first loves, flirting, danger, food, animals and some naughty talk in the bedroom. Hard To Come By is the third book in the Hard Ink Series and it’s Marz’s story. He is one of the men trying to help his special forces team figure out what went down in Afghanistan that caused them to lose several of their teammates and to be discharged from the military not so honorably.

Derek DiMarzio, aka Marz, is an amputee who never had a family and finds himself surrounded by one. He saved the life of his best friend Beckett Murda, which led to Marz losing part of his leg in the process. Beckett is having a tough time with he guilt that eats him alive over it. Marz just wants him to get over it. This relationship in the story is emotional and funny has heck. I applaud the author for the way she crated Marz and how he handles his life post-amputation. I read in the acknowledgements of her book that she watched a lot of videos from someone who explained what it was like to live as an amputee and I think Laura did a fantastic job portraying that in Marz. I don’t have any experience with this so it gave me great insight into the mind of someone who has gone through it. It added so much to the story.

Emilie Garza is a girl who is mourning the loss of her marriage, trying to figure out what to do about her brother, Manny, who suffers from PTSD and just trudging through her life the best she can. Enter Marz. Her life is not the same. Emilie is so dang sweet and I love how good and polite she is but also how much she is willing to let loose in the bedroom with Marz. The two of them have an amazing romance. Marz’s honesty alone with Emilie is refreshing for a romance novel. I love how Laura is able to tailor the intimate scenes for each of her characters throughout the Hard Ink series. Marz and Emilie were completely unexpected in my opinion but I quickly realized how perfect they were together. Emilie likes it a little naughtier than you would expect and Marz knows exactly how to bring out that side of her and in a way that makes her feel incredibly sexy and loved. Very well done!

The overall plot in Hard To Come By continues from the previous books, so you really need to read the series in order to get the full enjoyment out of it. Laura does a fantastic job of creating a story plot that starts and ends in each book while continuing on with the series plot. It has kept me engaged in each book and with the series in general. Each story also has many (if not all) the characters back in various scenes, some with bigger roles than others, but always entertaining. I so love watching them work as a team when things get nuts. And things get very crazy in Hard To Come By. You will be on the edge of your seat more often than you think.

Hard To Come By is a captivating story filled with so much emotion that you will find yourself laughing one minute and crying the next. The pain that some of the characters experience is so heart wrenching yet the joy they find later is very heart warming. If you like action-packed, sexy, romantic suspense, give Hard To Come Byand the Hard Ink Series a try. You won’t regret it.

Reviewed by: Amy R

Five stars

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Thanks!

New Releases

Christmas+Wish+(Countermeasure-+Bytes+of+Life+#7)Book title:  Christmas Wish

Book author:  Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey

In the seventh Byte of Life, newlyweds Stephan and Jessica Connellan are solidifying their relationship while expecting their first child. Nothing will stop Stephan from protecting the dream he’s always yearned for—a family—but his concerns for Jessica and their baby’s health could be more harmful than the eye can see.

Jessica’s joy in the new life they are creating together is crumbling. As her pregnancy progresses, Stephan appears distant, detached. Worried that their whirlwind romance is about to explode in her face, she’s anxious to bridge the distance between them. Will she be able to remind him of what they have together before his promise of forever slips through her fingers?

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Need+MeBook title:  Need Me

Book author:  Shelley K. Wall

Aspiring journalist Caroline Sanders doesn’t have time for frat parties and college keggers—not even when the gorgeous Roger Freeman climbs into her car unexpectedly one night on campus. The two are inexplicably drawn together but when Caroline’s offered a prestigious internship that could lead to a job at The New York Times, she leaves Roger behind for more serious prospects. Six years later, back home and starting a new career as a florist, she’s shocked to run into Roger again. He’s never forgotten the girl who left him to find herself, though he’s certainly tried. As the two begin seeing each other and grow closer, he finds it impossible to resist falling for her once more. What he doesn’t know is that Caroline’s life over the last few years has been filled with tragedy, and the adventurous and exciting woman he remembers is all but gone. Is Roger ready to risk his heart again, and is Caroline ready to trust him with her story?

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Special offer

**On sale for $1.99. Deal runs through March 31.**

The+FalconerBook title:  The Falconer

Book author:  Elizabeth May

Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she’s spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she’s a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated. The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

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99 cents books

Heart+to+Heart (1)Book title:  Heart to Heart: 10 Touching Contemporary Romances

Book author:  Mary Hughes, Meline Nadeau, Cait O’Sullivan, et al

When it comes to falling in love, nothing beats a tough man with a tender touch. He’s sexy, he’s intriguing, he’s confident, he’s loyal, and you’ll enjoy every pulse-pounding moment you spend with these heroes after your own heart:

Hot Off the Press: Leigh inherits her family’s newspaper, but she must work with her enemy, David, to save it.
Minding Jackson: When her world is rocked by tragedy, Jane discovers that the man she least expected is the one who will help her weather the storm.
Love Restored: Rachel’s passionate night in Monaco with Alain may be her company’s downfall – or the best move she ever made.
Once Upon a Wish: A California surfer and a small-town pharmacist put an old fairy tale to the test.
The Unquiet Heart: Air Force Captain Libby Comerford must prove her mettle when she arrives at Misawa Air Base in Northern Japan, but she clashes – in more ways than one – with handsome Major Kojiro Yoshida.
Summer Promises: Actress Carly Foster says she’s done with the “drama trauma” of theatre romances – famous last words when she meets Asher Day.
No Secrets in Spandex: Allegations of drug use surround bike racer Jacob Hunter, and reporter Ariel Hays is ready to do anything to get that story – except reveal her own secrets.
Edie and the CEO: Championing the little guy gets Edie Rowan in delightful trouble with sexy CEO Everett Kirk.
The Marrying Kind: Professor Jane O’Hara takes a sabbatical to follow her bliss to a horse farm, but she doesn’t expect to find it with the owner’s son, Mark Hannon.
Romancing the Seas: Pippa Renshaw swaps her job in a prestigious London restaurant to head-chef on a cruise ship, where a mix-up means she rooms with her boss.
Sensuality Level: Sensual

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Get+LuckyBook title:  Get Lucky: Six Sexy Romances with an Irish Twist

Book author:  Nicola Marsh, Kelsey Browning, Robin Covington, Avery Flynn, Sara Humphreys, Kimberly Kinkaid

**Preorder – Pub Date March 16, 2015 – 99 cents for a limited time**

Six brand new Irish-themed contemporary, new adult and paranormal romance novellas that will give Get Lucky a whole new meaning.

From USA Today bestselling author Nicola Marsh – Walking the Line
Ellie is a decade older than Finn but that doesn’t stop the charming Irishman from wooing her.
Ellie doesn’t believe in the happily-ever-after dream any longer, not since hers imploded a long time ago. But can a smooth-talking Irishman sway a hard-hearted cynic to believe in love again?

From reader favorite Kelsey Browning – Amazed by You
Author’s assistant Olivia McLaughlin must pull off an extravagant St. Patrick’s Day garden party to win a coveted promotion, but her success hinges on landscape designer Cody Kavanaugh, her old high school boyfriend. Now, Olivia must decide which she can’t live without—the job that will make her a success or the man offering her a second chance at love.

From sizzling hot and bestselling Robin Covington – One Little Kiss
Trapped by a snowstorm in the same place at the same time, Leighton and Jonas must decide if their hot night together was the end of their story or if they started forever with just one little kiss…

From RT Book Review Award nominee Avery Flynn – Big, Bad Red
There’s nothing little or naive about this Red Riding Hood. Red runs the biggest fencing operation for fairytale treasures out of the back of Granny’s Pub. But when she comes into possession of the Caladbolg sword things get hairy–as in hot, sexy Liam MacTíre the werewolf hairy.

From paranormal darling Sara Humphreys – Luck of the Irish
Banished to the mirrored realm for hundreds of years, Declan Aherne had nothing but time to plot his revenge and mourn the loss of his beloved wife. But when a beautiful human woman, with a familiar amulet, stares into the mirror….Declan’s luck was about to change.

From the sexy sweet Kimberly Kincaid – Something Borrowed
When her successful brother announces his plans for an impromptu wedding in Ireland, unlucky-in-love chef Sasha Arrington is stuck between the Blarney Stone and a hard place. Sasha needs a wingman for her brother’s wedding, and the romantic destination could be just what James Sullivan needs to tempt Sasha out of the friend zone.

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Free book

Down+on+LoveBook title:  Down on Love

Book author:  Jayne Denker

When it comes to love, she’s a professional skeptic. Is it too late for a career change?

If there’s one thing Georgiana Down is an expert in, it’s bad relationships. That’s what inspired her blog, Down on Love, where she gives snarky advice–usually along the lines of “dump him.” In fact, George is abstaining from men all together. At least that’s the plan–until she makes a trip back to her tiny hometown in the Catskills, where meddling is an art form. . .

George loves helping out with her new baby niece, but she’s counting the days until she returns to Boston. Then she runs into Casey Bowen, her high school crush. The boy she once loved is now a handsome grown man–and suddenly George needs a little advice of her own. She’s in the right place, because when she drunk posts on her blog, everyone in Marsden has something to say about George and Casey. It’s like high school all over again–but maybe this time she’ll get things right. . .

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Book recommendation

RadiantBook title:  Radiant

Book author:  Karina Sumner-Smith

Xhea has no magic. Born without the power that everyone else takes for granted, Xhea is an outcast—no way to earn a living, buy food, or change the life that fate has dealt her. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City’s floating Towers.

When a rich City man comes to her with a young woman’s ghost tethered to his chest, Xhea has no idea that this ghost will change everything. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic, heedless of the pain such use causes. Shai’s home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body—any body—so that it can regain its position, while the Tower’s rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends. Caught between a multitude of enemies and desperate to save Shai, Xhea thinks herself powerless—until a strange magic wakes within her. Magic dark and slow, like rising smoke, like seeping oil. A magic whose very touch brings death.

With two extremely strong female protagonists, Radiant is a story of fighting for what you believe in and finding strength that you never thought you had.

Amazon | Kobo | karinasumnersmith.com

Her+Forbidden+CowboyBook Title: Her Forbidden Cowboy

Book author:  Charlene Sands

Jilted by her ex-fiancé, Jessica Holcomb finds refuge at her former brother-in-law’s beachfront Southern California mansion. There she discovers country superstar Zane Williams still hunkering down after the devastating loss of his wife.

These two wounded souls find their easy friendship healing. So Jess’s sudden attraction to Zane comes as a complete shock. Even more shocking, Zane’s acting like a jealous boyfriend, running interference with men who show interest. Is he just being overprotective? The answer becomes clear when Jess ends up in his bed…

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Writing in public

Laptop on Kitchen Table with Cup of CoffeeI am reluctant to write in public.

I do do it occasionally, especially when I feel like I’m too distracted at home. When the internet calls my name too loudly or I get too caught up in household chores.

I used to go to the library, but I’ve stopped doing that. It’s too loud there.

There isn’t a silence rule in Australian libraries, although they are generally quiet enough, but when a place is generally quiet, and then two people start having a normal-volume conversation, it sounds louder than it is, and is hard to ignore. I’ve found the librarians the biggest offenders here. Either talking to each other, or catching up with friends who are library patrons. And the last few times I went to the library, it was full of students and I couldn’t find a single free desk. Argh!

So if I do go out to work now, it’s to a coffee shop. The low-volume buzz of noise is actually less intrusive than silence broken by a conversation. But I know when I get caught up in my work, my face and body language reflect what I’m writing. When I’m being humorous, I smile, when it’s tense, my face shows tension. When there are strangers around, I feel like maybe I’m less willing to get deep into the emotion of the story.

Sometimes I end up simply working out what I’m going to write next, and there is plenty of value in that, but I’ve had to really get strict with myself about sticking to writing at home without letting the convenience of being AT home get to me.

So far, it’s been working out pretty well, and I think I’ll only go out to work now as a last resort, although I know a lot of writers who thrive at writing outside of their home office. For the writers amongst the readers of this blog, do you like writing somewhere other than at home, and for the readers out there who do other work, do you find it easy to work on what ever job you do outside the office?

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Welcome to Zoe Dawson, Maggie Mae Gallagher, Amy Knupp & Kim Hudson!

In addition to our Friday Finds posts, we’re shaking things up at Magical Musings. I’d thrilled to welcome four new bloggers to Magical Musings!

mmgFirst up, Maggie Mae Gallagher has already blogged a couple of times, so my welcome is a bit late. In Sheila English’s words, “Not only does she write wonderful urban fantasy books, she travels and will blog about conferences/conventions and she does a lot of marketing for other authors so she’d be a great resource…” You can find out more about Maggie at her website.

zoe-dawson-photoZoe Dawson is an amazing writer who recently quit her day job (yay!). She’s a crazy woman, and while she was working, she published more books than most of do while we write full time. I’m in two box sets with her, and will probably be in more this year. She writes contemporary romances (with dogs!), new adult romances, and urban fantasy. You can find our more about Zoe here.

image_amyI’m so happy that Amy Knupp is joining us. Michelle Diener and I have known Amy for quite a few years. She’s a Harlequin SuperRomance author and an indie romance author of contemporary romances. She’s also a copyeditor and proofreader at Blue Otter Editing. (She’s my copyeditor, and she’s wonderful.) She also proofs for a national corporation that you’d recognize if I told you. She’s working on her own writing project now, and she’ll tell you more when it’s done. You can find out more about her at her website.

kim_hudson_smallKim Hudson is Michelle Diener’s good friend and critique partner. Kim is the author of the ground-breaking book on the hero’s journey from a woman’s perspective, The Virgin’s Promise. Michelle said, “Kim has fascinating insights into the arcs and archetypes of stories, and is always interesting to talk to.” Over the past four years Kim has been giving workshops and classes in the Vancouver area on the Virgin’s Promise. I’m so looking forward to her posts.

I love the new changes and authors. It’s so fun to shake things up. (That should be Taylor Swift’s new song. Someone tell her! :) )

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Thanks!

New Releases

Sworn+to+LoveBook title:  Sworn to Love

Book author:  Karin Tabke

From national bestselling author Karin Tabke comes the fifth installment in her sizzling Hot Cops series, featuring a mind-blowingly sexy cop who meets his match.

Sometimes going after the bad guy you find the good girl…

When DEA agent Mateo Juarez is given the mission to infiltrate the Dumas drug cartel’s compound and erase the entire organization, he doesn’t count on falling for Sophia, the head honcho’s daughter…

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SmittenedBook title: Smittened

Book author: Jamie Farrell

**$0.99 Novella!!**
A bad boy, a good girl, and ice cream make for more than just a rocky road to love!

Dahlia Mallard is determined save her ice cream shop by getting country music superstar Billy Brenton to attend her risqué flavor-tasting event. But the closest she can get to Billy is his drummer, the womanizing Mikey Diamond. The more she gets to know Mikey, the more she wants to save him from his bad boy ways. When he discovers she’s using him to get to Billy, will she still be able to have her ice cream and eat it too?

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Love+RealityBook Title: Love Reality

Book Author: Nana Malone

A romantic who believes in love…

Walking love disaster, Mia Donovan, is a reality television production assistant by day, secret dating blogger, Lonely Girl, by night. All she has to do to get the job of a lifetime is face her fears and step in front of the camera. Unfortunately that also means dating her nemesis, Single Guy, for the entire world to see.

A cynic giving love advice…

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Megan’s sister rocks her with the news that she and her husband are moving overseas, leaving Megan truly alone. With her sister—and her job at the diner—going away, Megan finds herself leaning on the sexy, button-down accountant who isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line for her. But Megan has watched too many people she loves leave her. Can she risk her heart on Hunter?

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When famous–and infamous–country singer rock star Rye Crenshaw saunters into the diner where she cooks, Tory Simmons is certain she’s got him pegged. He’s a bad boy Alpha male who indulges himself in all things, women included. But while she couldn’t care less about country music or arrogant men, Rye makes her an offer she can’t refuse when he asks her to be his private chef on his multi-city concert tour. The job is the answer to all her prayers: it will clear out her debt and finance the fresh start she desperately needs.

Rye is certain his sassy new cook is the last woman who’d ever tempt him, but spending time with the wholesome girl next door will do wonders for his damaged public image, whether she likes being forced into the spotlight or not. Her food also happens to be the best he’s ever eaten, both comforting and seductive. But spending time with Tory on the road shows him a new side to her–one that’s as impossible to resist as her food. And when an emergency in his family whisks him home, he does the one thing he’s never risked: he lets a woman into his heart…

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Interview with Coreene Callahan & New Release Fury of Obsession

Coreene CallahanRecently, I had the opportunity to speak with Coreene Callahan. She’s the author of the Dragonfury Novels and the Circle of Seven series, is a rabid hockey fan with a love of the great outdoors. More comfortable on a ski slope than in a shopping mall, she spends her days dreaming up and writing high-octane, action-packed paranormal romances.

(MMG) Welcome to Magical Musings. Where did you get the inspiration for your series/book?

(CC) As often happens with me, inspiration for the Dragonfury Series came from a book in another series I was writing. At the time, I was writing Knight Awakened, the first book in my Circle of Seven series. In the middle of it, three dragon-shifters showed up. I hadn’t prepared for them. I had no idea they were coming. They simply showed up out of the blue, which naturally got me thinking. I started asking all kinds of questions about them. Within hours a group of dragon-warriors walked into my head and was all she wrote—the Dragonfury Series was born.

(MMG) If the apocalypse happened, which of your heroes &/or heroines would you want to have on hand to help you survive and why?

(CC) Oh boy, that’s a hard question to answer, because all off the warriors in the both Dragonfury novels and the Circle of Seven series are all hardcore, never-say-quit guys. I think, though, I’d head straight for Bastian (commander of the Nightfury dragon-warriors). He’s a serious bad-ass with the intellect and skill set to back it up. He’s never without a plan. He sees all the angles and is a brilliant strategist, so he’d definitely be the one you want on your side in a crazy post apocalyptic world.

(MMG) Who is the celebrity who inspired the characters in your latest book? 

(CC) Celebrities don’t really come into play when I write a book. I have a definite idea of what each characters looks like before I put a single word on paper. Having said that, however, I think Charlie Hunnan would the guy who inspired me while writing about Venom (the hero of Fury of Obsession, the fifth installment of the Dragonfury Series). I love Jax Teller, the character he play in Sons of Anarchy! He can be violent and brutal when he needs to be, yet oh, so gentle when the situation calls for it. Venom’s very much like.

(CC) Here’s the picture I had of Venom up on my vision board when I was writing Fury of Obsession…

Venom

(MMG) What genre(s) do you write in & why?

(CC) I write in a few different genres: paranormal romance (Dragonfury Series), historical fantasy romance (Circle of Seven Series) and straight historical romance (Warrior’s Revenge).

I love hard hitting, action-packed stories that allow me to write a lot of battle scenes—high-octane action with lots of grit and a sexy romance woven in—so I naturally gravitated toward genres that allow me to play with weapons and magical ability. But I always tell people, that my genres picked me, not the other way around. I can’t seem to write anything that isn’t fast-paced and full of magic.

(MMG) Are there any particular locations you have traveled to that have made it into your novels?

(CC) The Dragonfury Series is set in Washington State. I had very good fortune to spend some time in Seattle and absolutely loved it. Visiting the locations in my books is incredibly helpful. It helps me visualize, set the scene, and understand the vibe a city evokes. I spend a year living in Europe and traveled all over, so when it came time to write Europe into both the Dragonfury and Circle of Seven series, I absolutely set them in cities and countries I’d visited while there.

(MMG) If you were not writing, what would your profession be?

(CC) Honestly, I can’t imagine not writing. But before I started writing full time, I was interior designer. Such a fun job. I had a blast working with the very talented people in that office. I would go back to it in an instant if I wasn’t meant to be a writer.

(MMG) What is your go-to snack or meal when you are on deadline?

(CC) Coffee and Hershey’s Kisses…hands down! I also love Reese’s peanut butter cups. I simply can not get enough of all the peanut butter/chocolaty goodness!

(MMG) How many more books do you have planned your the series?

(CC) The Dragonfury Series is opened ended. The world is so big and there are so many character across many different continents to play with that I’ll write the books for as long as readers want to read them.

(MMG) What would the theme song for this novel be & why?

(CC) I don’t know that I have theme song, but I actually put a playlist together for Fury of Obsession. Quite unusual for me, because I tend to sink into the zone and never hear anything while writing. This book, however, was a bit different. I listened to that playlist religiously while writing Fury of Obsession. Over and over. Again and again. So if I had to pick one song off that playlist, it would be…

 Warriors by Imagine Dragons

(MMG) Do you have any other upcoming releases that readers should know about?

(CC) Fury of Obsession (Dragonfury Series, book 5) just released last week! I’m so excited to share Venom and Evelyn’s story with everyone. Fury of Surrender, the sixth book in the series, will be released at the beginning of 2016. In the meantime, I’ve got a trilogy of Dragonfury novellas on the horizon, the first of which will come out in Fall 2015. So stay tuned for that!

You can find Coreene on: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Goodreads, her Newsletter, or Amazon Author Page.

FuryOfObsession-FINAL coverFury of Obsession

Dragon-warrior Venom lives in self-imposed isolation. Cursed by his toxic touch, he is deadly to anyone who has contact with him for too long. Set apart from others and hounded by intense loneliness, he craves the lasting connection he believes he cannot possess. Until a chance encounter with a sultry mortal offers a ray of hope…

Evelyn Foxe is the woman of Venom’s every desire, but she’s too busy running from the Russian mob to think about love. As she accepts Venom’s offer to help her escape her precarious situation, she’s skeptical, afraid that he’s in league with those sent to harm her. But when a biological weapon is unleashed in her hometown, Evelyn is forced to trust Venom—or risk the dangers of going it alone.

Will they survive the firestorm that rages around them? And can they pull from the ashes a love that will defy all the odds and last through the ages?

Dragonfury Series reading order:

Fury of Fire
Fury of Ice
Fury of Seduction
Fury of Desire
Fury of Fate (a Dragonfury Short Story)
Fury of Obsession

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