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wins the fudge giveaway by Jodie Becker and Sidney Bristol



wins a digital copy of Callum by Melissa Schroeder


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Hello! I want to thank Fatin for having me on the blog and allowing me to share my character interview with Callum Lennon. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Melissa Schroeder and I write in genres from historical to futuristic and in heat levels from sensual to erotic. I am best known for my Harmless series but I am branching out this year and writing a couple of paranormal series, one being The Cursed Clan.


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Our hero is a brooding sort, who lives in Edinburgh complete with a kilt (and yes, he wears it in the story). I met with him via Skype because well, hubby wasn’t really happy with the idea that I hit Scotland by myself with four very sexy highlanders.


Callum looks to be a man in his mid to late thirties, short black hair and with the most gorgeous blue eyes. He is in charge of Lennon Enterprises, a vast company that he and his cousins control.


MEL: Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me via Skype. I understand that you had to get up extra early to talk.


CALLUM: No problem, lass. I believe in getting an early start to the day.


MEL: Your company is huge so I can understand that you would have to stay on top of things.


CALLUM: It helps if you can delegate, and it also helps having people you can trust.


MEL: Yes, you run the company with your cousins.


CALLUM: Yes. I am the CEO. Angus is in charge of everything technical. Logan is an artist at heart, so he handles out advertising while Anice handles out publicity. Fletcher handles our security.


FLETCHER from off the screen: Did I hear my name?

He pokes his head in front of Callum. Another gorgeous Lennon. His hair is light brown and his had green eyes. Add the Matthew McConaughey smile, and he is deadly to a girl’s composure.


MEL: Good Morning, Fletcher.


His smile widens.


FLETCHER: I would say it is good evening for you, love. When Callum told me he was going to talk to you, I was saddened that it was only going to be over the computer.


MEL: I have a trip to Hawaii next week, so I can’t make it to Scotland.


FLETCHER: Hawaii? Tell me what island, and I’ll be happy to join you.


CALLUM: Shoves his cousin out of the way. That’s enough of that.


FLETCHER: On my way. Give me a ring, love.


CALLUM: Rolls his eyes. Working with the family can be a blessing and a curse.


MEL: So, tell me about Phoebe.


CALLUM: He smiles and his entire demeanor changes. Phoebe came to work for us a few months ago.


MEL: Love at first sight.


CALLUM: Laughes. No.  First, she is English, so she already had a strike against her. We argued the first time we met, but I forgave her.


From off screen.


PHOEBE: Likely story.


CALLUM: You know I did, love. Of course, it didn’t happen overnight.


Phoebe comes onscreen and Callum pulled her onto his lap. Her long red hair is pulled up tightly behind her head and she is already dressed for work in a wool suit.


PHOEBE: Callum tends to forget that he didn’t really trust me for a good long while.


CALLUM: But I have seen the errors of my ways. He nuzzles her cheek and gives her a kiss. Now, if I could convince her to marry me, we would be happy all around.


PHOEBE: Rolls her light green eyes. Not until we solve the entire curse. Which, I might remind you, we need to work on today, so hurry up. Bye, Melissa. She gives him a kiss then pops up out of his lap. I am going to have a spot of tea and then we will get to work.


Her footsteps recede and Callum offers me a smile.


CALLUM: I must do what Phoebe wants, so I’ll have to  let you go.


MEL: Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. Good luck convincing Phoebe to marry you.


CALLUM: I need all the help I can get, so I thank you. Goodbye, Melissa.


MEL: Goodbye.



Callum’s story is on preorder now at ARe and will be available next week everywhere. Here is a little blurb:

As Laird, Callum Lennon feels he has always failed to protect his cousins. Callum’s impulsiveness caused the death of his father and the experience has scarred not only his body, but his soul. From that point on, he made sure to always go with the more logical choice in every matter. When his younger cousin Angus finds clues that might help break the curse, Callum begrudgingly hires Phoebe Chilton to investigate. Callum doesn’t like bringing outsiders into their family affairs. Their life would become fodder for the tabloids if anyone were to find out about the curse. It doesn’t help that the instant he meets Dr. Chilton he’s attracted. But, he doesn’t really have a choice because she might be their last hope.

An expert in archeology, Phoebe has always been dwarfed by her parents’ shadow. Their high standards had her in college by thirteen and earning a second PhD by twenty-two. But her career and her broken marriage have left her needing something more than just diplomas and degrees. She wants to prove that her interest in legends, especially Celtic legends, is as important as her parents’ work. When the Lennon family contacts her, she sees the opportunity to win a massive research grant. With a long-time rival breathing down her back, she jumps at the Lennons’ offer her, hoping it will ensure her the grant. But uncovering the Lennon family secrets, and her attraction to Callum, could prove more than she can handle.


Forces outside the family are determined to ensure that they fail. When an old enemy threatens both the well being of the clan and the fragile new love, Callum will have to choose between believing his mind or his heart.



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Jodie: I’ve always been an avid reader of romance. In fact when I think of it, all the books that I liked outside the romance genre had to have romance as an element. It kept me interested. Soon my shelves were overflowing with romance books. In the 90s it was all historicals for me. I read them through the night and couldn’t get enough of them. Soon it wasn’t enough, in order to get to sleep at night I was thinking up stories, and without fail I would fall asleep just before they’d consummate their love for each other :p. One day, I was talking to my sister about a story I was imagining up and we were having a good giggle about it. In the end, she told me that I should write it. And I did. That happened to be a historical, of course, about a Marquis who, in order to avoid matrimony makes up a fake fiancée to keep the marriage minded mamas at bay. But his plan is foiled when his mother searches out this infamous Miss Hinglebottom and finds her to be real (much to the dismay of the Marquis). What about you, Sid? What made you write romance and what was your first story about?

Sidney: I did it as a dare. Seriously. I hadn’t been reading romance long, and though I read some books that I really loved, there were others that frustrated me with heroines who were stupid and plots that went nowhere. I was writing, but wasn’t having any success with my books. So I took a challenge to write romance, and a few months later I sold it. Between the time I wrote the first one and it sold, I’d already jumped on the band wagon and written a few more, and now here I am. Not only do I proudly read romance, I write it too. It’s not the typical story of how one becomes a romance writer, but I think the precedent in my life is I do nothing the normal way! Looking back, I can see the impact that romance and relationships played in my early writing. I’ve always been a fan of the more emotional arcs, but I need some action or reason to keep my pages turning.

Jodie: Talking about emotional arcs, it is a complex balance of character development, emotional upheaval and action/plot to keep the reader interested. That’s the hard part of writing. We’re not sitting at our laptops, eating bon bons and thinking of glorious and different ways to describe a woman’s va-jayay… okay, well sometimes we are *grins*. Minus the bonbons. I’m more of a white chocolate lover. Anyway, writing my first romance it just poured out of me. It was done and then I realized, I didn’t know the first thing about sending it to publishers and promptly joined a writer’s group. It was there I discovered that I was the adverb Queen and I wrote in a hue that distinctly looked purple. Very purple. It wasn’t so easy as writing it out and ta-dah, a story is complete. That’s the fun bit. The work comes in editing and sending it all out there. What about you, Sid, what did you discover about writing?

Sidney: Things dangle in my writing. Unfortunately I’m not talking about sexy dangly bits. I’m talking about my horrible grammar habits. My critique partners chalked my tendency to use odd dangling modifiers as style. My editor has corrected me and I’ve been making a concentrated effort to not do that, but it still happens sometimes. The first time I wrote sexy bits, I didn’t want to use any of the typical romance words for actions, body parts or cluing in phrases. I wanted to make up my own terminology. It failed. Like, laughing stock, please nominate me for Worst Sex Scene of the Year. I believe I described a woman’s lady bits as being the automatic sliding doors. Yeah, so not flattering. Since then I’ve admitted that my word revolution probably isn’t going to catch on, and the stock words really aren’t that bad. I’m rather fond of many of them now. Jodie, do you have any favorite words you’d like to share with the class? ;D

Jodie: LOL Automatic sliding door vagina. And that’s why I dig you! Gosh, my fave purple prose? I can’t remember, I’d have to delve back a few years before I was caught in it. My editor did pick up a couple though, so I’m not out of the woods yet. But, I did notice I have an issue with bedroom choreography.  Yes, I did say that. My characters at time almost seem flexible with four hands and the ability to float in the air. (>.>)  For me, as a writer and reader, writing has become my way to reduce my book bill. I learned very quickly that writing isn’t for everyone and it requires perseverance. I’ve been picked up, chewed up and spat out and my ego (yes I do have one, it likes custard tarts), takes a beating every now and again. But I’m sill here, writing with a passion because I can’t see myself not doing it. If I don’t write or read I’m a grumpy gal and my husband knows to steer clear! LOL Oh yeah. The stories we might love and wrote without hearts might never find its way into the hands of an editor, but we write it because we love a good story. We put what we like in our stories. What appeals to us and hope that other people like it too. Sid, why are you a writer?

Sidney: I write because it makes me happy. The things I write are what I want to read. I’ve always thought up stories from every day things, from the larger than life adventures I wanted to have and through writing I can have it all, and my comfortable, everyday life. Everyone starts writing for their own reasons, a story that burns in their soul, wanting to live the author life, their love of books, a dare, there is no wrong answer, but there’s a story in all of us. Some of us just like to tell more than one of them. And we become writers!

Thanks to the ladies of Romance Reader at Heart for having us here today! We would like to give away a set of BizzyBett​y fudge bonbons to one commenter. Tell us your favorite romance novel or a book you wish someone would write.

Jodie Becker

I believe in love and redemption. I really do. And that’s probably why I write romance. Sure, I tried my hand at epic fantasy and literary pieces, but you know, my passion remained with romance. My *virtual* bookshelf is overflowing with them. With so many sub-genres I can go anywhere and I do! So it’s no surprise that I find myself comfortable here.

I’ll write anything that tickles my fancy, from the sassy contemporary all the way to the dark urban fantasy. As long as there is romance, I’m a happy camper.

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Dirty Beautiful, Book one in the Dirty Deeds series.

Disillusioned by love, Erica has tasted the bitter pill of betrayal and wonders if she’s enough for one man. When a hot guy moves in next door, Erica decides to settle for good old-fashioned lust. What starts out as a simple seduction quickly evolves, and Erica is fast finding out Dylan is dangerous not only to her libido, but her heart as well.

Recently retired from the adult-film industry, Dylan hopes for a fresh start in Templeton where his porn persona, Drake Van Wulf, is unknown. His new neighbor is unlike the women he’s accustomed to, but she stirs his blood nonetheless. His rule not to get involved is quickly tested by Erica and her lush curves. Unable to withstand her allure, Dylan finds himself wanting more from Erica than just her body. He wants her heart also.

With the secret of his past hanging in the shadows, Dylan’s about to find out if love truly conquers all.

Sidney Bristol

It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life.  She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and belly dancing.

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Flirting with Rescue

Sparks—and clothes—fly when hot veterinarian Cody-Lynn Parker shows up at Scott Carillo’s animal shelter. Scott’s had a bad run with women, but he can’t keep his hands off Cody’s luscious curves.

Cody’s trying to be professional, but she can barely concentrate on work thanks to her craving for the tall, dark and sexy Cuban. She kisses caution goodbye and Scott hello when his shirt comes off.

Between naked star-gazing and naughty massages, their steamy fling turns into an affair of the heart. But when thieves target Cody, she finds herself flirting with danger, and Scott wants to rescue her whether she thinks she needs it or not.



Website: http://www.jodiebecker.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/jodie_who

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jodie-Becker/258365230878224



Website: http://sidneybristol.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/sidney_bristol

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Sidney.Bristol.Romance.Author



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Chris Merritt

wins UNDER THE SAME SKY by Genevieve Graham



wins a book from Vivian Arend’s Six Pack Ranch series, winner’s choice (digital)


Pam B

wins A DRY CREEK BED by Avery Flynn (digital)



wins WAIT FOR ME by Elisabeth Naughton (digital)


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Thanks so much to Fatin and Novel Thoughts for inviting me to stop by today!


I’m probably what most romance fans would consider a “late bloomer” when it comes to the genre. As a kid I always loved to read, but I leaned more toward mystery/suspense and adventure stories rather than romance. It wasn’t until I was in college and my boyfriend (now hubby) gave me a copy of SCARLETT: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind for Christmas that things changed for me. Of course, who didn’t love the original GONE WITH THE WIND? I did, but I never considered it a romance. For me it was always just an epically tragic story about the fall of the old South. I loved that book. I’d always wished there was more. And I knew if there was a sequel—written by anyone—I wanted to read it. So when Alexandra Ripley wrote one, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.


Fast forward a week. My boyfriend (now hubby) vowed to never buy me another book so long as we were together because I neglected everything—including him—to finish that story. If you’ve ever seen the book, you know why he was upset. It’s huge. And I very definitely DID neglect him while I finished it. (The irony that his wife became a writer isn’t lost on him.) Those of you who have read SCARLETT have your own opinion of the story and whether it lived up to the classic original, so I won’t get into that. But I will say while it is not my favorite book—in fact, I never read it again—it was a pivotal read for me because it pushed me toward more happily ever after stories. Suddenly I was reading authors like Judith McNaught and LaVyrle Spencer and Elizabeth Lowell. And looking back I know I have SCARLETT to thank for steering me in the direction of romance, because before that book, I didn’t even know the genre existed.


While my reading habits did change from that moment forward, my love for adventure and suspense and mystery lived on. Today, most of the romances I read (and all of the ones that I write) incorporate some element of either adventure or mystery/suspense (sometimes both). Whether it’s my Eternal Guardians series (paranormal adventure and suspense) or my romantic suspense books, I’ve taken the elements I love and mixed them with the romances I fell in love with back in college.  The cool thing about the romance genre is that no matter what you like to read—fantasy, westerns, thrillers, sci-fi—you can find them within the romance genre. You can have your happily ever after AND all those elements you’ve grown to love.


Is there a book you remember reading that turned you on to the romance genre? If so, what was it? If not, what got you started reading romance? I’m giving away a copy of my latest release, WAIT FOR ME, is a contemporary romantic suspense, to one lucky commenter today!



A woman without a past…

After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn’t feel right. She’s had no reason to question what friends and family have told her, not until her husband is suddenly killed and she finds a photo of a young girl in his office. A girl who can’t be anyone but a daughter Kate didn’t know she had.

A man desperate for a reason to live…

Ryan Harrison lost his wife in a plane crash five years ago. To cope with the pain of her loss, he dedicated himself to his job and to raising their daughter. Now a successful pharmaceutical executive, Ryan has everything a man could want—money, fame and power—but he’d give it all up in a heartbeat for just one more day with the woman he still loves.

Two lives about to converge.

As Kate begins to dig into a past she doesn’t remember, evidence leads her to San Francisco and puts her on the path toward Ryan, a man who sees in her the woman he loved and lost. Kate feels a draw to Ryan, one she can’t explain, but is that feeling enough to convince her this is where she’s supposed to be? As Ryan and Kate search for answers, they uncover lies long buried, a passion hotter than either expected and a danger that threatens…even now…when the second chance they’ve both been searching for is finally within reach.


“Full of twists and turns, lies and deception, and the ultimate revenge, WAIT FOR ME is a great romantic suspense read.”

Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick




A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full time from her home in western Oregon where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards including the prestigious RITA® awards by Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, The Golden Leaf and the Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ballpark or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com to learn more about her and her books.





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Avery, your first novel, UP A DRY CREEK, was published just last summer.

What sort of reactions did you get from readers?

Well after they got done sending me little blue boxes from Tiffany’s…(hey,

even an author has dreams…) Readers have been great! They’ve had lots of

questions about the series and even wanted to know which brother Beth would marry

in A Dry Creek Bed. Everyone seems to have their favorite Layton brother, which, of

course, I think is terrific. Sam and Chris are still out there, ladies!

A DRY CREEK BED has just been published by Evernight, only six months after

UP A DRY CREEK. You have a husband, children, two dogs and another job.

How do you manage to write quickly?

And here I thought I was going slow! If I had my way, I’d be pulling a Nora

Roberts and writing eight hours a day. However, that’s not in the cards for me right

now so I sneak in a few hours in the afternoon and as many hours as I can at night—

unless Project Runway’s on and then I’m glued to the TV.

What are your most common distractions when you’re working?

Oh man, Twitter is always calling me, as are Facebook and e-mail and anything else that can pull me

away. The best cure is to take the laptop to a coffee shop that charges for Internet or kicks me off after 30


Where do you do your writing? Do you have an office?

Yes, I have a very messy office. Really, it’s a pit right now. I’d take a picture to show you but I’m too

ashamed. Just picture IKEA bookshelves filled to the brim with books and a desk with even more books piled

on top of it. Then there are the dirty coffee cups and way too many Post-it notes to myself.

At heart, A DRY CREEK BED is Beth and Hank’s love story, but can you tell us a bit about the mystery

that’s going on around them?

I have to go back to one of my favorite books, Gone With the Wind. In it

Scarlett’s father tells her it’s all about land. In Nebraska, where I grew up and where

I’ve set the Dry Creek stories, that’s true too. My stepfather recently sold his farm and it

was heartbreaking for him. He thought he’d be farming it until he dropped in the

hayfield. That got me thinking about the importance of land and how it can tie families

together. The question that popped into my head was what if the land is the only tie you

have left to your family? What would you do if someone tried to take it away?

From there I developed the villain of A Dry Creek Bed, a mysterious,

untraceable developer pushing people off their land. Beth Martinez is the only person

keeping the deal—worth millions in profit—from going forward. Verbal threats morph

into vandalism, which morphs into physical violence. It’s up to Hank and Beth to

uncover decades-old secrets, revealing that all is not what it seems in their rural

Nebraska home.

You take Beth and Hank to Las Vegas. Your descriptions of the casinos and

some of the hotels make it sound as if you’ve been there. Have you?

I’ve been to Vegas several times but only for work. Isn’t that sad? One of these

days I’ll sneak away for a Vegas vacation.

There are two more Layton brothers. Are you going to leave them high and dry

in Dry Creek or will they have their own stories?

Sam and Chris each have their own stories to share. I’m hard at work writing

Sam Layton’s story. And let me tell you, he’s really met his match in Josie Winarsky, a

tall, platinum blonde, tattooed painter who is hell bent on finding a long-buried treasure.

Dry Creek is based loosely upon the area where you grew up in western Nebraska. Do you get back

there often? How does your family react to your new career?

I get to go back home about once a year and will be heading back this summer for my high school

reunion—which reminds me I need to get on the treadmill. My family is very supportive of my writing. My mom

tells nearly everyone she meets about the Dry Creek series.

You belong to the Washington Romance Writers chapter and the Kiss of Death chapter of Romance

Writers of America. Has that been helpful to you in your writing? Have you been part of critique


WRW and KOD are phenomenal groups. These are the folks who I turn to for advice or a good laugh,

and to help me tone down the crazy. Really, when you spend a good part of your day focused on imaginary

people it helps to have real people around you who understand. I belong to the KOD Lethal Ladies critique

group and they are an amazing bunch of writers. Also, I have two critique partners, Kerri and Kim, who keep

me in line, productive and laughing every time we meet for dinner at Mike’s All American.

Once you begin a novel do your stories unfold according to plan? Do your characters always do what

you want them to?

Oh it goes according to plan, not always my plan, but I’m too much of a control freak to fly by the seat

of my pants.

Do you have earlier manuscripts “tucked away in a drawer” as so many writers say they do? If so,

will yours ever see the light of day?

Nope. Up a Dry Creek was my first finished manuscript and I was lucky enough to have it published. A

Dry Creek Bed is number two. Are there ideas that I have tucked away in a drawer? Oh yes. And someday I’ll

get them out of my head and on paper.

New Year’s Day is just behind us. Who are some of the authors and books you’re planning to read in


I joined The Book Vixen’s 2012 reading challenge and I set my goal at 100 books so I’ll be reading a

ton this year. Yay!!! Who’s up for me? Donnell Bell’s The Past Came Hunting is on the list as is Emma

Shortt’s Ripley’s Reaping, Tara Janzen’s Loose Ends, Dakota Cassidy’s Accidentally Catty, Lori Foster’s

Buckhorn Beginnings, and much more.

Thanks, Avery!



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The second book in the Six Pack Ranch series, Rocky Mountain Haven, is really the beginning. While there’s another book already out (Rocky Mtn Heat), each time I return to the Coleman’s world, it’s like starting over.

That’s certainly a theme in this story. Starting over is huge for the heroine who is recovering from an abusive relationship and a car accident. Beth is looking to move forward—and here’s where I have to explain something about how I write, just in case any readers are worried.

I’ve mentioned this before—I’m a wimp. I know pain exists, I know that the world isn’t always fair or kind, and there are times those realities are a part of the stories I write. But I don’t see the need to dwell on the raw and gory details. The emotional impact of situations is angst enough for me, so while Beth was abused, and effects of that abuse are a part of her, it’s not only who she is.

Who she is changes and develops through the story as she finds a new life. Starting over with the things she’s experienced a part of her but not only what defines her. I think that’s a truth for all the characters. Daniel has experienced pain, loss. One of the other Colemans introduced in more depth in this story, cousin Gabe, is also working for a new beginning. There are pieces of the past in all their stories that influence their behaviors, but all in all?

Moving forward. Making new decisions. Reaching for new happiness and a new life.

By the end of this story Beth and Daniel are on their way to finding a new life, but it takes more than just falling in love. It takes the time to fall in love and to find what new path will work for them—all of them, since Beth has little children.

I hope you enjoy traveling a new path with Beth and Daniel, and the other Colemans, in Rocky Mountain Haven.


If you’d like to try a taste of the Six Pack Ranch, I have an ebook copy of winner’s choice—either book one in the series, Rocky Mountain Heat, or an ARC of book 3 that will be releasing March 13, Rocky Mountain Desire. Leave a comment to be entered:


Rocky Mountain Haven

Six Pack Ranch, Book 2

It’s the quiet ones that take you by surprise.

Beth Danube’s emotionally abusive husband is dead and buried. So is her heart. It’s no big deal, she has all she wants: her three little boys and a fresh start in a small Alberta town. What she doesn’t want is another man in her life—not now, maybe not ever.

After ten years of unsatisfactory, missionary-position sex, she never expected her libido to reawaken. One look at sex-in-boots Daniel Coleman in a Calgary bar, though, blows the dust off her sexuality.

Sensing an edge of desperation, even fear, beneath Beth’s come-on, Daniel finds himself giving in to the powerful urge to let his normally subdued desires run wild. The lady wants non-judgemental, non-vanilla sex? She’s got it—in and out of the bedroom.

At first, friends with blazing-hot benefits is more then enough. Then she realizes Daniel is burning away the protective fortress around her heart…and the guilty secret she dare not reveal.

Warning: One woman determined to retake control of her life, a man with the single-minded purpose of offering her—and her body—everything she needs. Inappropriate behaviour in barns, change rooms, and oh-my-gawd phone sex with a cowboy.




First Chapter: Excerpt

Buy links:

Rocky Mountain Heat: Samhain | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Rocky Mountain Haven: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

Rocky Mountain Desire: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Vivian Arend: Website | Blog | Twitter

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The year is 1746. A young woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond their understanding.

They’ve known each other their entire lives.

They live a half-world apart.

And they have never met…

Maggie Johnson has been gifted with “the Sight” ever since she was a child. Her dreams bring her visions of the future and of a presence she knows is not a figment of her imagination. She calls him Wolf, having watched him grow from a careless young boy into a fearsome warrior, and she trusts him with her life and her heart.

Andrew MacDonnell is fascinated by the woman who has visited him in his dreams for as long as he can remember, entranced by her beauty, knowing deep in his soul that she is as real as he. Although he doesn’t know who she is, Andrew believes that destiny will bring them together.

When tragedy and war strike their homelands, both Maggie and Andrew suffer indescribable losses. Separated across an ocean, the bond they share nevertheless grows as they sense each other’s pain, lend each other strength, and embark on a journey of the spirit to find and love one another at long last…


NT: Hi Genevieve! Thank you for being my guest today.

Thanks for having me!

NT: When did you know you wanted to be a writer? How long did it take for you to make your first sale?

You’re probably going to laugh, but I had no idea I wanted to be a writer. Not until I sat down and started my first novel, UNDER THE SAME SKY. That was after I turned 40. Before that I only considered myself to be a reader. It took about eight months to write the novel, and it was twice as long then as it is now. Over the next five years, through following (some) online advice and reading books like Stephen King’s “On Writing”, I actually learned how to “write”. I have always loved editing, so doing that was like working on my own puzzle. I had sent out probably fifty queries initially. After I edited I got about sixty more query rejections. Ah, the tortured life of a querying author. Then I was referred to an agent through a wonderful author, Gemini Sasson, and the amazing Jacques de Spoelberch decided to take me on. He and I worked on the book for a couple of months before he set it on Wendy McCurdy’s desk at Berkley. They bought it—and a companion novel—within the first 48 hours.

NT: You have a debut release this month, UNDER THE SAME SKY. Can you tell us about it?

UNDER THE SAME SKY is what I call a historical “adventure” more than historical romance, though the theme is tremendously romantic. It’s not what you would expect—especially if you base your expectations on the cover art. There’s no holding back in this book. It’s gritty and rough. The 1700’s were not a kind time for anyone, especially women. The twist is that Andrew MacDonnell (in Scotland) and Maggie Johnson (in America) have dreamed of each other since childhood, communicating, and even sharing energy so they can rescue each other when their lives are in danger. Maggie also has “the Sight”. So it’s historic adventure with a taste of “fantasy”.

NT: Do you have a writing routine? What is your average writing day like?

I don’t have a routine, though I keep telling myself I should try to set one up. I’m at my computer full time because I also have my own busy editing business. When I’m writing, I sink entirely into my own story, so I can lose myself at the computer for eight to ten hours nonstop. At that point I remember I actually have a life and a family. In the middle of the night I’ll wake up and jot down whatever has woken me, using the “light up” pen my sleep-deprived husband gave me. In the morning I return to my keyboard, chomping at the bit to get it all going again.

NT: Is there anyone you use as a sounding board when you’re stuck on a scene?

My husband. He’s awesome at it. We have summit meetings whenever I hit a roadblock.

NT: What was the most interesting thing you had to research and what was the hardest thing to research?

I found tons of things interesting, because for the book I dug into Scottish history, which I loved. My ancestry is all Scottish, though I’m third generation Canadian, and my blood got all stirred up learning how they must have lived. I also got to learn about the Cherokee, and I found them fascinating. The Cherokee and the Highlanders had a lot in common, which was interesting.

I think the hardest thing for me wasn’t the research, but remembering it all. I have the memory of a sieve, so if I didn’t have a pen and paper or keyboard handy, well … *poof* It was gone.

NT: When not busy writing, what do you like to do in your spare time? (If there is such a thing *G*)

Sounds pretty sad, but when I’m not writing, I’m either editing or reading. I love to lose myself in words. Or I’m busy with my family, enjoying whatever the kids are up to, playing with the dog, watching movies with my hubby … Lucky me. I have a wonderful life.

NT: What are the latest additions to your TBR? What are you most eager to read?

I’m just finished “The Help” and am almost done “My Lord & Spymaster” by Joanna Bourne. My next is “The Scottish Prisoner” by Diana Gabaldon, and I have “The Black Hawk” (another by Joanna Bourne) under that on the stack. Somewhere in there I plan on reading “Hunger Games” because my daughter won’t stop talking about it, and my husband’s now enjoying it.

NT: Any advice to aspiring authors? What craft books helped you that you would recommend to aspiring writers?

I mentioned Stephen King’s “On Writing” earlier, and I’ll always recommend that one. He’s so down to earth. His methods can be simplistic, yet cover amazing detail. The first book I read on writing was “No Plot? No Problem,” which I enjoyed. I love books that talk about writing as more fun than work. I mean really, what are we doing? We’re creating something from nothing. If you take it too seriously, in my humble opinion, you can create something for people’s heads, but not their hearts.

My advice is always to write from the heart. Make your characters real. Let them live through you. Words on a paper are one-dimensional, but the story has to be three-dimensional, and vividly so.

NT: What can your fans look forward to from you in the near future? What are you working on now?

The companion novel, “Sound of the Heart” will be in stores May 1. The third novel, “Out of the Shadows” is waiting in line, and it’s my husband’s favourite so far. A fourth in the series just popped into my head this week, so that’ll be next. I’m also working on a book about a Nova Scotia fisherman who heads off to WWI. I really like that one. And I have the rough draft of a chick lit, and a YA, and a … Yeah. I kind of have a problem with having too many things going at once!

NT: How can readers contact you?

I invite everyone to visit my website, www.GenevieveGraham.com. There’s a contact form on there and also a newsletter signup. I have a Fan page on Facebook: Genevieve Graham, Author, and while I do have a twitter handle (GenGrahamAuthor), I admit I’m lousy at tweeting. I either don’t do any or I’m sucked into that vortex for hours.

And in case you’re interested in coming with me to visit a few of the best book blogs around, I invite you to take a look at my schedule and follow along.

NT: Thanks for being our guest today!


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