Monday, May 22, 2017

Interview with Sweet Romance Author Laurie Lewis

Book Giveaway May 22 - 29: Romance Novella, Sweet Water. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Ebook: International

Laurie (L.C.) Lewis began her career under contract with Covenant Communications in 2004, moving to Walnut Springs Press in 2010, during which time she published seven books. Her eighth novel, "The Dragons of Alsace Farm," which debuted in July 2016, was inspired by her family's experiences supporting a loved one with dementia, and is a finalist for a RONE Award, a Whitney Award, and was the winner of New Apple Literary's 2016 Medallion for Inspirational fiction. In March of 2017, she released her first romance novella, "Sweet Water" for Gelato Books' "Destination Billionaire's Series."

While Laurie Lewis is best known for her much celebrated historical fiction series, "Free Men and Dreamers," she writes different genres under several pen names--general fiction and woman's fiction as Laurie Lewis, historical fiction and suspense as L.C. Lewis.

Laurie and her McGyver-man husband, Tom, live in Maryland, and are the parents of four amazing cut-ups, and grandmother of 10 cutie-pie smidgeons.

Welcome to my blog, Laurie. I love your book cover. Please tell us about your romance novella: Sweet Water.

Thanks for having me back, Linda! “Sweet Water, has been a grand adventure for me. When Christine Dymock and I met at a writers’ conference two years ago, I had no idea she was the owner of Gelato Books, or that I’d be invited to leave my four-hundred-page comfort zone to take a stab at a romance novella for her Destination Billionaires series.

Redemption and forgiveness are big themes in all my books. We all need a little at one time or another. The romance storyline of SWEET WATER is about hijacked love—when two insecure people miss “their moment,” when their timing gets thrown off by someone or something, and how they respond when they realize what’s happened. I hope readers see Olivia and Hudson grow, and can relate to their emotional roller coaster ride, and their personal courage.

I like the plot of this romance. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

SWEET WATER was definitely inspired by location. Since it’s part of the Destination Billionaires Romance Series, I needed some intriguing settings and locales. I had plotted a women’s fiction novel out during a family visit to the Oregon coast, which I absolutely fell in love with. I decided to use that outline for this novella. I also was inspired by some amazing women whose stories added adventure and substance to the book.

Hudson refers to the AMAR foundation on page eight of the book. A dear friend introduced me to the chairwoman of AMAR, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, while assisting at a reception in her honor near Washington D.C.  AMAR provides health care and education to families living in war zones or in areas of civil disorder and disruption.

The nuns and orphans being attacked by rebels in SWEET WATER are based on an actual convent in The Ivory Coast of Africa. Another friend, Dr. Melei Lath, introduced me to her sister, Mother Eugenie, the Mother Superior of The Fraternit√© Monastique Des Soeurs de Jesus-Euchariste. These brave nuns support themselves and use their earnings to protect and educate orphans left alone as a result of disease and war. I hope readers will consider donating to these women’s work. Every dollar helps.

What kind of research did you do?

I was incredibly impacted by Baroness Nicholson and her work with AMAR, and I drew upon her presentation in D.C. as I wrote SWEET WATER. Additionally, I spent time with Dr. Melei Lath and Sister Eugenie to understand the people, the orphans, and the political and social climates in the Ivory Coast. Geography and more research was done online.

I had quite a good time conducting my banking research—learning about safety deposit boxes and how to set up a Swiss bank Account. (As if. . .)

The best research was aided by my son and his family in Oregon, who took me to every coastal location in the book, including the very romantic cave scene.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Readers LOVE Hudson, empathize with Olivia, and want to rip Jeff’s heart out. Hudson is the perfect man—handsome in a way that is not overt, gentle, self-effacing, unaffected by his wealth and power, very family-oriented, and willing to sacrifice for his principles. Olivia begins the book in dire straits, with a chip on her shoulder and a vendetta. Her growth curve is heart-warming. Readers cheer for her. I love all of them, and readers generally come to forgive even the seemingly dastardly Jeff by the book’s end.

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

Thanks for allowing me to meet your readers and to introduce them to SWEET WATER. I’d love to hear back if they read my books and want to share their experiences.

Thank you, Laurie, for this interview. I hope my readers check out your book.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Interview with Fantasy Children’s Author Rosemary Brossard

Book Giveaway May 15 - 22: Children’s Fantasy, The Fireflies of Pardalis. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Giveaway for a Soft Copy Book: U.S. and Canada

As a young mother Rosemary Brossard published “The ABC’s of Preschool” which was a large plethora of ideas to help mothers of preschoolers learn numerous educational skills. She happily gave many volunteer hours in the public schools promoting enrichment ideas for additional study, assisted the teachers, and offered endless hours in community service for children.

She has written stories and poems all her life. According, to her teachers comments they all encouraged her to continue writing. However, in the last 10 years she has become focused on writing with a purpose. Such as Parables, & Fantasy with lessons to be learned. Children and children’s literature is enticing her on. She currently is a member of the Southern Utah Heritage Writers guild.

She is mother of five children, and spent endless hours with them in public libraries.  Her children are all married now. She lovingly embraces her twelve beautiful grandchildren.

Welcome to my blog, Rosemary. I love the book cover. Please tell us about this children’s fantasy.

Captivating flying insects and birds live in the Kingdoms of Pardalis. Unusual magnetic portals provide thrilling transportation for the stirring adventures of the six heirs of the King and Queen. You will discover all the dimensions of Pardalis as you turn the pages of this book.
The King and Queen live in the highest ruling order of all the Kingdoms of Pardalis. Their land is the largest and most important order of this complex seven-dimension Kingdom and their ruling land is called by the same name, Pardalis.
The heirs of the King and Queen must learn to work as a team and triumph over the trials of their awakening in order to go on to the next phase of their development. If they do not conquer, they must go again until they do. It is critically important that they become strong both as a team and individually in order to take upon themselves leadership positions in the Kingdom of Pardalis.
They must all go through their final Transformation in Sagitta where they will emerge with full flying power. Only the heirs will have the ability to glow in three colors: yellow, green and orange. The brightness of their glowing will increase as they continue to help rule the Kingdom of Pardalis with wisdom and hard work.
When the ruling days of the King of Pardalis come to an end, he will choose one of his three sons to become the next King of Pardalis. The gradual increase of their glowing will help the King choose his successor. This son will then choose a queen who will also develop special glowing qualities when she becomes a Ruling Mother. Their days of ruling the Kingdom will continue to increase their glowing power. The other heirs will continue to rule as they work together in their responsibilities. But the King and Queen are the only ones who will eventually have full glowing powers as well as other gifts of special humming frequencies.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

This book started on a small scale parable Christmas gift for my grandchildren.  Every Grandmother wants to encourage her posterity to make good choices.  I felt the best way to do this was in story form. This would allow them to draw their own conclusions and come to realize how important every decision they make becomes a guiding thread in their personal fabric of life. 

The purpose of the Parables told in the exciting adventures of The Fireflies of Pardalis is to enhance the time honored values of:
Family unity and love
Good Leadership
Conquering fear and embracing trust

What age group is this book written for?

It’s geared toward 5th to 8th Graders.

Tell me about one of the fireflies and what you love about him or her?

Rigel finally faced his own personal awakening that many questioned he would ever achieve. His rescue, a miracle in the making, took the combined effort of all the fireflies’ heirs to accomplish. He was aggressive, independent and short tempered. His awakening brought him to understand how to channel his power in ways that would help others rather than dominate in power over them. His life was spared and his growth astonishing.

Where can my readers buy your book?

On Amazon at

It will also be available at Barnes and Noble.

Thank you so much for this interview, Rosemary. I hope my readers will check this book out.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Interview with Fantasy Romance Author Anna Del C. Dye

Book Giveaway May 6 - 15: An Audio book, Elfs in a Conquered Realm. To listen to this audiobook, one has to be a member of Audible, which is owned by Amazon. To learn more, read the rest of this interview. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email.

Two Winners: International. You can choose: #1 The Elf and the Princess or # 2 Trouble in the Elf City.

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Anna del C. has published eleven book to this date. Her Elf series, from where these audiobooks come, was her first attempt to write in a language foreign to her own. Trouble in the Elf City is Book Two of her Silent Warrior Trilogy. She lives in Taylorsville, Utah with her husband of thirty-nine years and her cat Honey. She has received many Awards for her books and stories she has written.  

Welcome to my blog, Anna. I'm quite impressed with Audible and have listened to several audiobooks through this Amazon company. It's so easy because I have the app downloaded on my smartphone. I just put on my earphones and listen. Please tell us about your audiobook, Trouble in the Elf City. What is it about?

To Achieve Peace, War is Oftentimes Inevitable...
In the serene and beautiful city of the elfs, life has changed but little since Menarm was destroyed and the war ended. Three springs have passed and Adren, the last princess of Menarm, has settled into her new life. Her champion, the Silent Warrior, has not been seen since the battle at Wilapond. 
One day the peaceful life in her new kingdom is challenged by enemies the elfs are unable to fight. Disaster seems imminent for their whole race. Adren will have to witness the destruction of this kingdom and once again find herself alone in the world or the Silent Warrior could rescue them all. But, how can they asked him to protect them from an enemy he begged the elf to destroy? 

I love your book cover. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

When I finished The Elf and the Princess, the characters kept putting different scenes into my mind until one day I just sat down and pieced them all together. The Elfs wanted my readers to know that they were proud of the fact that no one has ever attacked their fair city. And they wanted to give us a warning... complacence tends to make one careless and set all one holds dear in danger.  

Tell me about the main character and what you love about her?

Adren, as half-elf/half-mankind, is the best of both worlds. She has the finesse of the elfs and the knowledge of mankind which makes her strong and powerful. She isn't intimidated by anyone yet she keeps her femininity to show us that both can exist at the same time. She is respected, honored and loved by the elfs and she is feared and respected by mankind. All in all, she maintains a good balance with the talents life has given her.

Tell us about the narrator. Does he use different voices?

George Tintura, is the narrator of my elf series.   
He has a minor in music and a perfect ear. George is the only one I know who bought a tuning fork just to turn around and tune it himself. His excuse... "it wasn't tuned perfectly." He is the author of the beautiful music and voice in some of my book trailers, like book one of The Silent Warrior Trilogy, “The Elf and the Princess.”

He does a great job with the many characters in the stories and Trouble in the Elf City has many characters entwined in its pages. He makes a table where he puts the name of the character and who he wants them to sound like. Usually he molds the voices of my characters to those of an actor or actress with whom he is familiar.

That is so interesting. In other words, a narrator has to remember what voices he or she uses throughout the book. Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written? Also, give us the link to your audiobook.

Audible link to the first book of the Silent Warrior Trilogy: $13.96 
Amazon link

Audible link to the second book of the Silent Warrior Trilogy:  $13.96 
Amazon link

As always, I am thankful for your help in spreading the news about my work. Thank you, Linda.

Thank you for this interview, Anna. To listen to this audio book, one has to be a member of Audible, which is owned by Amazon.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Interview with Romance Author Brooke Williams

Book Giveaway May 1 - 8: A Humorous Romance, What Happens at the Airport. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Ebook: International

Brooke Williams is a stay at home mom/freelance writer/author. She has a variety of clients for whom she writes blogs, web content, and articles. She also has a number of romantic comedy and children’s books on the market, including the upcoming novel “The Leftover,” due out this September. Brooke has been married to her husband, Sean since 2002 and they have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (7) and Sadie (4).

Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about your novella: What Happens at the Airport.

It’s about a woman who’s down on her luck with men. She’s gone through one thing after another with them and she’s downright fed up! Just when she thinks she’s through trying to find love, she finds herself seated next to quite the handsome stranger on an airplane. The only catch is he isn’t what he seems. And when I say that, I mean it more for the reader than for her! You’ll have to read it to find out what I mean…

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I’ve seen people meet and fall in love on planes in the movies and on TV, but I can’t say that I’ve ever even spoken to someone on a plane, other than family I was flying with. I’ve sat next to strangers myself and I liked the idea of two people, flying alone, starting up a conversation. Usually in TVs and movies, those conversations go well. In this story, things go all wrong!

Did you have to do any research for this book?

I’ve flown on planes and sat next to stranger. I spilled a Sprite in the purse of a woman who sat next to me. J Otherwise, I write as it comes and don’t think too deeply into it research-wise!

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

I like Wes, the under-cover air marshall. He knows what he wants and he goes for it. He’s a strong person because his job demands it and he’s noble in the meantime.

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?


That should be enough information for you!
I’d like to mention that I have a lot coming up this year! In June, I’ll re-release Wrong Place, Right Time so you can watch for that. I have a huge release coming in September as well called “The Leftover.” I’m over the moon excited for this book to come out!!! Check out my facebook, twitter, blog etc and I’ll have details coming soon!

Thank you for this interview, Brooke. I have read this short story and here is my review below. For those who would like to buy this ebook, here is the link:

“This story is about a young woman who mistakenly thinks that because a man is handsome and has the build of a bodybuilder, he must be the perfect guy. Not so! When she sits next to a dreamy looking hunk, she very soon realizes that he isn’t what he seems to be. He is very annoying and quite the pervert. All looks and no brains! Not far into the story, she realizes what a mistake it is to encourage him. Actually, her heart belongs to someone else. This short story reminds us to not make such quick judgments of others.”
–Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke