Archive for August 3rd, 2011

Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.
How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.




Hello everyone! Thank you Mad for having me here!
I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself, but then I decided I’m boring and the fun stuff is what I do. I really do have the best job in the world. I can’t believe how lucky I am to pick up a camera every day and make it happen. Then I thought that I’ve talked about my book a lot, and the thing I would really like to share is the reason I do what it is I do. I wouldn’t have this job if it weren’t for my daughters.
You see I have something in common with Mad; I have four daughters.
It’s a little disconcerting to think I have a legal adult for a daughter. Yeesh. We’ve been through a lot together. I have always hoped to help my daughters become strong beautiful women; able to stand up for themselves and those in need; able to laugh at themselves and others; able to use humor to bring out the best in people and to diffuse ugly situations.
Yes. My goal was to raise a group of superheroes. I can only hope I have succeeded in some small measure, and in many ways I know I have.
Crank —18— has a death-stare that could explode heads at 50 paces without warning, and a mean Snoopy dance.
Sugar —15— is sweet and bubbly and everybody loves her, but watch out when you turn your back because that’s when her eyes narrow and the daggers shoot out, measuring you for truthfulness and sincerity.
This is Sugar. We like to play in the studio.
Sass —14— This one doesn’t wait for you to turn before her steely-eyed glare is unleashed. You’ll know it’s coming with a slight widening of her eyes, and the cock of her lips to one side. All I can say is…duck, and if she laughs…run.
Danger —9— is just plain evil. No. Seriously. I’m just hoping to stay in her good graces so when she takes over the world I have an ‘in.’ A front row seat on the winning side. I think she does complex scientific notations in her sleep and human reactionary experimentation when awake.
The reason I talk about them is because I wouldn’t be who I am without them. They make me want to show a better world. Prove the existence of love on a daily basis, write strong powerful heroines and the heroes that let them fly.
Without my girls I never would have written The Rake and the Recluse, and I certainly wouldn’t have had the courage to see it through and then to illustrate it. Do I have something to prove? Every single day.
I want to prove to my daughters that if you choose to chase your dreams you CAN be successful.
I want to prove that nothing should hold you back, not ever. Even when people scoff and look at you funny and don’t understand what it is that you are trying to do. See my novel isn’t just a novel. My novel is illustrated, I mean I’m a photographer, so doesn’t that make sense?
It’s like a cover on steroids. It’s meant to be read as an eBook. It is not meant to be printed, I mean a fully illustrated novel isn’t cost effective. However, on an iPad, or Color Nook it’s just beautiful. On the new tablets the images are stunning, as well as on a computer. Even on the Nook, Kindle, Kobo or other eInk readers the images are beautiful. It is meant to be an experience, not just a great read.
I hope dearly that I am proving every day how important it is to think outside the cover, so to speak. The world we live in is incredible and there are so many opportunities and new things to see every single day. It requires dreamers to lead us. If you have daughters, make sure they know that.
In the mean time, enjoy some photos from my book!
I did mention the rake didn’t I?

And the horses? No?

There is a love story involved.

I mean, it is a romance novel, after all.

The Rake And The Recluse is on sale for only $2.99 and is available on
Thank you for having me!


A big thank you to Jenn for joining us today!
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