Friday, August 16, 2019

The Edge Of Truth by Kimberly Rose Johnson #NewRelease

Over a decade ago I started writing. I had and still do have a passion for reading romantic suspense, and I wanted to write one. I had an idea for a story so I went for it. 
I had three very patient critique partners who were all quite a bit ahead of me in the craft. One had been published multiple times and the other two were on the cusp of publication. They mentored me with such kindness and patience. I learned so much from each of them.
Thanks to that manuscript I found an agent, who though was unable to sell that story, it did make it to committee once. My agent suggested I write a contemporary romance without suspense so I did, and she was able to sell it to Love Inspired Heartsong Presents. My career took off after that. I've been writing like crazy since 2012 to meet one deadline after another. I took a break from traditional publishing for one year to catch my breath, then landed another contract with my current publisher, who happened to be one of those ladies from my original critique group all those years ago.
Isn't if funny how life works sometimes. I feel like my career has come full circle because that book I wrote all those years ago is finally published. I decided rather than go through the submission process again, I would publish it myself, and I'm so glad I did.
Edge of Truth has been a long time coming. Once I decided to publish it, I edited it, updated the technology, improved the writing and hired an editor. It was so much fun working on the book that in essence started my career since it is the story that landed my agent.
Here is the back cover blurb.

Two DEA agents.
One undercover mission.
Lives changed forever.

The DEA sends two of its best agents, Kara Nelson and Jeff Clark, to Central Oregon, to shut down a major drug ring. Kara and Jeff usually work alone, but Operation Trail Ride throws them undercover together in a way neither of them expected.
A notorious Miami drug lord wants Kara dead. Can these agents pull off the greatest acting job of their lives—and manage the sparks flying between them?
Or will they die trying?
Edge of Truth is the first book in the Law Enforcement Heroes series. A romantic suspense series with nail biting suspense and a splash of romance. If you like engaging characters, small-town antics, and page turning suspense, then you’ll love Kimberly Rose Johnson’s Law Enforcement Heroes series.

Buy Edge Of Truth to join the adventure of this page-turning romantic suspense today.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Have Stories Will Travel by Merrillee Whren

The photo above was taken in Marienplatz, a square in Munich, Germany. In the past ten years, I've been fortunate enough to visit most of the countries in western Europe. Travel opens up a person's  imagination as well as revealing history and current events.

After seeing all these new places, I wanted to incorporate some of my experiences into one of my books. I wondered how I could possibly do that when all of my books are set in the United States. The book I'm working on now is the sixth book in my Front Porch Promises series, and it is set in Tennessee. How could I possibly get my characters to some place in Europe? I came up with a plan.

 My hero and heroine, Jeremy and Whitney, work for a company that is mostly internet based. Think Amazon on a small scale, run from a little town in Tennessee. The head of the company wants to expand to Europe, and he is sending the two of them to Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands to negotiate some deals. Most of the book takes place in the US, but it is fun letting my characters experience something new.

Jeremy and Whitney do well on their adventure to those three European countries and come back home with some great deals for their company, but a surprise twist takes them back to one of those countries. I can hardly wait to write that part. I'm what we writers call a pantser, because, for the most part, I have no idea what is going to happen next as I write. But in this unusual case, I'm writing toward this big twist that popped into my mind as I was writing an earlier part of the book.

Here are some of the sites my characters will see.
A Maypole in Viktualienmarkt, a market area in Munich.
A golden carriage in the museum at the Nymphenburg Palace near Munich.
The Grand Place, a central square in Brussels, Belgium
Working windmills in a small town near Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Do you like to learn about faraway places when you read fiction? Do you have a place you've read about that you would like to visit?

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lyn Cote Requests--Help me choose an image?

I'm trying to decide on an image. Which of these two would you most likely click to find out more about this book? A or B?



Any other comments would be helpful. THANK YOU!--Lyn

Monday, August 12, 2019

Does Hair Color Matter? by Cindy Flores Martinez

Whenever I need to create a book cover for a new story, I struggle to find the ideal photo with a model whose hair color is like my heroine’s hair color. I’m facing the same situation with my latest book cover. So, the experience made me start thinking about the topic of hair color and book covers.

The heroine in my soon-to-be-published story has a Spanish last name. So did the heroine in my last story. But the photo that I chose for my last book cover created strong opinions. I was told that the model wasn’t right because her hair was brown. People sent me alternative photos with models who had black hair. I ended up choosing a photo that showed only legs!

For those who don’t know, I’m Latina. I’m mostly Native American and Spanish. Here’s a picture that I took today of my own hair for this blog post.

As you can see, it's brown. Because of it, I've decided to choose a photo for my book cover with a brunette model to represent my Latina heroine. Will it matter?

What do you think? Does the model’s hair color on a book cover affect your opinion of the heroine in the story?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

A People Map of the United States

This month, I’m sharing a fun map of the United States.

But there’s a difference, because this visual map has replaced the city names with their most notable resident. (Thanks to Wikipedia.) And, check out the UK version too.

I was born in upstate New York, and discovered that Tom Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York. Who knew? I must have missed him growing up. Ha-ha.

Now that I live in the Charlotte, NC, area, I see that Michael Jordan was born in Charlotte, NC, and Woodrow Wilson in nearby Columbia, SC.

Are there any notable residents in your city? Please share your findings in the comments.

And be sure to check out my sweet romance, Maeve, which will go on sale for 99¢ beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12th. After I wrote this book, I wanted to take a trip to Corsica, France! (I still do.)

 He’s all business. She loves to laugh. When business conflicts with pleasure, what could possibly go wrong?
Maeve Doherty needed a hard-earned break from Ireland’s rainy weather, as well as caring for her younger brother. When the offer from Perfect Match to enjoy a week on an island of her choice arrived, she hesitated.
But not for long.
She’d always wanted to visit Corsica. Besides, who passed up free?
All right, so she'd spend the week with a match. On her dating profile, she’d added that she was a workaholic. Hopefully, so was he.
Edward Newell had one thing on his mind when he reached Corsica, and it didn't involve meeting a perfect match. Dating? Love? Romance? Not for him.

Maeve is also available in Paperback.

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Why? by Christine Bush

This past weekend, I had the joy of attending a very interesting writing conference.  It’s a yearly conference called “Deadly Ink”, focusing on the mystery genre.  I, like several other attendees, write in several different genres. Many of my stories are “romantic mysteries”.

The conference was thought provoking on many levels.  Hearing the voices and ideas of writers from so many different niches led to a lot of fascinating discussions. One was addressing “reader motive”.

This seems to vary among genres.  Why do readers select a certain kind of book? Beyond the details of a favorite author, location, or theme, what is the reader looking for?

I’m an avid reader as well as a writer. I DO choose to read stories in many different genres. And this weekend I came to see that my motives vary in choice according to my emotional needs at times.

I like cozy mysteries because unraveling the clues and facts to “solve the crime” is a mental challenge, and the format (no graphic crime details or sex scenes) is comfortable to me.

I read “thrillers” and “suspense” when I am ready to be more “charged up” by the high concepts of the books.
Noir mysteries and true crime fiction explore the darker side of life.

I’m generally not a reader of paranormal books, but in our discussions, escape to a different “world” came in high on the list.

Why do I read romance? Especially sweet romance?  These stories bring me hope, remind me that love is alive and well, and that problems can be conquered. 
 To me, these are not just inspiring stories, they are “comforting” stories.  There’s no violence to gross me out, and no gratuitous sex scenes to divert from the emotional side of romance.  Sometimes I need that.  It’s not a spoiler to know there’s going to be a happy and satisfying ending.


Whether I’m tired, overwhelmed, struggling with grief, or facing tough life issues, the time in the pages of a good romance gives my mind a needed rest.  From short novellas, to long multifaceted novels, romance brings me escape, hope, comfort, and peace.

How about you? What do you read and why? I’d love to hear!

Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 13 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!

Christine's  “Sunny Smile” is a sweet romantic mystery set on the Navajo reservation!





Thursday, August 8, 2019

My New York Kristin Wallace

The summer’s big trip this year was spent in New York City. First, I attended the Romance Writers of America (RWA) national conference. I got to spend quality time with my closest writer friends, celebrated my birthday, learned tons of information, and celebrated the best in romance fiction. 

 Then my parents flew up and we got to spend a few extra days in the city. We did the tourist thing on one of those big double-decker buses and saw more of the city than I have before. I marveled at the architecture. (The buildings are one of my favorite things about New York. We have NOTHING like them in Miami.) We toured The Met Museum where I went ga-ga over the room of Impressionist paintings by Monet and Rembrandt, most of which I’d only ever seen in books. Plus, a super cool exhibit celebrating the history of rock & roll, with guitars that were owned by some of the best rock musicians of all times like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.

However, the highlight was a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I’ve been to New York four times, but this was the first time I actually made it. We did a guided tour so we had someone explaining more of the history of both places for our small group. I’ve always been fascinated by the history of Ellis Island especially. This processing center welcomed 12 million immigrants from 1892 – 1954. Our guide told us that about 40% of Americans today had ancestors who came through Ellis Island. The photos below show Ellis Island as it was when the processing center was being used vs. today.

The bravery of those men and women can’t be understated. And once they got to the mainland, things certainly did not get any easier. On our tours, we saw neighborhoods where many of the families settled, the former tenement buildings that housed multiple families, sometimes in a single apartment. 


What an inspiring trip and a chance to check off two items on my bucket list. 

(I’m curious. Can any of you trace relatives through Ellis Island???)

Kristin Wallace is the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational and sweet contemporary romance filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith”. Her latest book, SECOND CHANCE HERO, is available now.