Monthly Archives: November 2011

What to Read Wednesday


Today we’re all in for a wonderful treat.  I’d like to welcome Carolyn Arnold.

Hi Carolyn.  Thank you so much for visiting today!  I’m so excited to learn about your newest release.  From the teasers I’ve read, it sounds like it’ll be a wonderful book and something that will prove to be a thought-provoking read.

Before we get started, can you please share a little bit about yourself so we can get to know you?

I have been faithfully committed to the writing craft for the past four plus years.  As a teenager I used to write, but things in life changed and my passion for writing was pushed to the background.

I was born in Picton, Ontario in 1976 and am married to my best friend.  I love dogs, and have two beagles who are my children.  As some people phrase it, I’m a furry baby momma.

I’m a furry baby momma too, as well as a mom to the furless variety :)  Since 2011 is winding down, did you set any goals for yourself that you accomplished?  Any that are still a WIP?

When I started this year, I had no idea I was going to go the self-publishing route.  In fact if you asked me in January I would have told you I’m still holding out for traditional.  But again, things in life changed.

I had an agent interested in my debut novel TIES THAT BIND, but they requested a change I didn’t agree with.  I’m blessed to have a terrific online network and thought I’d try the self-pub route.  I haven’t regretted that decision at all.

In fact, I plan on self-publishing all my novels.

As for a current WIP, I’ve been doing a lot of edits recently trying to get a couple books ready for launch.  ELEVEN which just released this month, and the second in the Madison Knight series JUSTIFIED is set to release in December.  I’ve written a few words in a new novel and will commit to the project in the New Year.

I have met several other self-pubbed authors and they’ve all be wonderful…a great network of people.  Now back to some serious issues.  lol 


Chocolate or Vanilla?


Favorite season of the year and why?

Winter, and for one reason, the snow is so beautiful to watch coming down from inside a warm house. LOL

You’ve got that right!  Lol  What genre(s) do you write?

Mystery, thriller and suspense.  I have also written one Romantic Suspense and have ideas for other romance novels but my heart’s into writing M/T/S right now.

Where do you write?

In my office.

Would you say you research before you write or while you’re writing?

A combination actually.  I like to have a bit of foreknowledge – saves time in the editing process later on.  I’ve read the advice to mark places where research is needed in a manuscript with an asterisk (*) and go back after you’ve finished the first draft to do your research.  I have found this advice to be wise.  It allows me to keep the flow of the story without getting sidetracked with research.

I love the fact that your title ELEVEN released on 11/11/11…I just had to comment!

Thank you :)  Honestly the book, the title and that date was the final push I needed to choose the self-publishing route.  Traditionally it never would have been turned around that quickly.

Tell us about your latest release.

Brandon Fisher always wanted to be FBI, and at the age of twenty-eight has made Special Agent.  Transferred from his hometown of Sarasota, Florida to Quantico, Virginia he is teamed up under the lead of Veteran Special Agent Jack Harper of the Behavioural Analysis Unit.  With a temper normally close to the surface, Brandon has to learn to keep it under control because Jack tests his limits at every possible moment.  And with the first case taking them to Salt Lick, Kentucky and the discovery of underground burial chambers, Brandon must confront one of his greatest fears – claustrophobia.

Here’s the book blurb:

Eleven Rooms. Ten Bodies. One Empty Grave.

Brandon Fisher never expected this when he signed up as a Special Agent for the FBI. Working in the shadow of Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper of the Behavioral Analysis Unit his career seemed set.  But when the team is called to a small rural town where the remains of ten victims are found in an underground bunker, buried in an unusual way, Brandon knows he’ll never return to his normal life.

With one empty grave, and the case touching close to home, he fears he’s become the target of a psychotic serial killer who wants to make him number eleven.  Only thing is, everything Brandon thinks he knows is far from the truth.

If you have a minute, you can watch the book trailer for ELEVEN and have 11 seconds leftover.  Here’s the link.

What character in your story do you identify with the most and why?

In ELEVEN, that’s a hard question to answer, or in any of my novels for that matter.  They all have characteristics that pull from human emotions, and they all have justifications for their actions and thought patterns.

What was the easiest part of writing this book?  The hardest?

I would have to say the easiest part was getting into Brandon’s mind. 

The hardest was allowing myself to push past the dark elements in the book – the multiple murders and torture.

Would you share an excerpt of your book with us?

I have a few but they contain spoilers.  However, here is one passage I’m rather proud of.  It follows the discovery of the room where the victims were killed:

An ominous silence enveloped the room as if we were all absorbed in contemplating our mortality.  The human reaction to death and uncertainty, of wanting to know but not wanting the answers, of sympathy for those lost yet relief that it wasn’t us.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I love the show “Criminal Minds”, and was also inspired by my favorite authors David Baldacci and Sandra Brown, wanted to write something “darker” than I normally would.

As far as where the inspiration actually came from, there’s this small rundown house on the outskirts of the city where I live.  It’s been abandoned for years and it just got my imagination going.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on the final edit round of JUSTIFIED, the second in Madison Knight series.  It’s set to release the beginning of December.

Where do you hope to see your writing career in three years?

Ideally, I would love to see it supporting me as a living.  I derive such pleasure from writing and it is only increased by knowing people are reading and enjoying my work.

And finally, Carolyn, where can we find you?

Amazon Author Page



Twitter  @Carolyn_Arnold

Facebook page 


Thank you for stopping by Carolyn.  It’s been great learning a bit more about you and your books.  Can’t wait to read them all, but especially Eleven.  Just your book trailer alone had me hooked. 

And thank you everyone for joining us.  Happy Reading!!!


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Six Sentence Sunday 11/27/2011

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Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday!  Thanks for taking the time to visit.  I love reading comments, so please let me know what you think of my snippet.  Each week I will post another six from a work in progress or a finished manuscript.  All you have to do is read and enjoy.  That’s it!

Since starting Six Sentence Sunday I’ve been posting from Some Like it in Handcuffs which is being released on March 23, 2012 by The Wild Rose Press…but as of last week I’ve put that story away until it’s closer to release date and will now post from my current wip, Some Like it on the Run, which features Derek Kennedy, brother to Sunny, the heroine from Some Like it in Handcuffs.

Quick setup:  Last week you met Derek and saw his reaction to seeing Kelly, a woman from his past.  This scene is in Kelly’s pov.

Double damn.

Kelly choked mid bubble-blow when Derek limped down from the driver’s seat of his big black truck and made his way toward her.  She hadn’t seen him in months, since she’d played maid of honor to his best man at Sunny and Judson’s wedding.  But her heart still flipped and his presence affected her to the point where her mind stumbled to recall her own name.  So much for getting over him.

When she’d called Sunny in a panic, and had been reassured someone would be sent to help her, she hadn’t expected her friend to send numero uno hunky brother.

I hope you enjoyed these six.  For more great previews from other authors please click on SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY. Or join next week with six of your own.

Happy Reading!

One more plug…I have a forum on my blog every Wednesday titled What to Read Wednesday where I feature an author and one of their books.  If you have a book that you’d like to promote, please send me an email to set up a date to appear for an interview @  I’m accepting bookings for February and beyond :)  Thanks!


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Friday Fun Facts

Hi and welcome to Friday Fun Facts!  Come play along and learn something new about me, and I’ll learn something new about you.

Each Friday I will post a question (something fun, maybe a bit quirky, it’s Friday after all) and include my answer.  You can join the fun and post your own answer by clicking the comment button below!

Well, Thanksgiving 2011 is officially over…another year past!  Fun with family and friends…great eats, good times and hopefully some laughs has ended…at least for the month of November.

Now the serious stuff is about to start.  That’s right….


I’m not sure if this is a world-wide phenomenon, of if this is something that only happens in the States.

But I do know several people that started planning and plotting their routes, counting their cash, searching for coupons, pre-shopping online and in flyers before the Turkey day dishes were cleared from the table!

I have a confession to make here.  I used to love shopping.  LOVED IT!  But as my life became busier, I married, had children, and juggled this all with working…I just found it to be another chore.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love to find things for my loved ones that I know they’ll enjoy, but I’m more the type to know what I’m looking for, get in and get out.  I don’t want to browse and shop and spend hours combing the malls looking for something that I have no clue as to what it is.  :)  Most of the time I start shopping months ahead and put things away, so that when this time of year rolls around, I’m basically finished.  I might need one or two things, or a few stocking stuffers, but that’s about it.  And I like it.

But every year I’d hear the hype about BLACK FRIDAY and wonder if maybe I was missing something.  Friends would tell me about some awesome deals they’d find, share some funny stories of people they encountered while waiting in line for the next best thing that only two stores in the whole city had 3 of, or share how they witnessed some shopper become overwhelmed with the good sales that they’d faint, an ambulance would be called—oh you get what I’m saying.  The drama of it all.  Lol

So, a few years back my sister and I decided to blaze a trail down the crowded highways in bumper to bumper traffic and make our way into the busy shopping district to see what awesome deals we could find.  Or maybe just witness something really amazing like two ladies duking it out for the last iPod-bedazzled-touchscreen-sony playstation-3D-handheld gadget that holds up to 15 gazillion ebooks in 23 foreign languages and does it all with unlimited hours.  UGH!

So what did we do…we got up before it should be legal to do so, showered and prepped for a day of running the stores then made our way into town.  LOL…okay, I have to admit I was already finished shopping so wasn’t in a huge rush to plow someone over to get the last of anything, but I did find a dvd player for $10…bought 3…and got this incredible electric griddle for $15.  Score!!!

But I wasn’t so overwhelmed that I felt it necessary to do again.  Oh sure, last year we talked about it, in a nostalgic way, even toyed with the idea of doing a repeat.  But we never did.

Which brings me to….Drum roll please!   Today’s Friday Fun Facts question…

This is a two-parter, so get ready!  Do you hit the pavement on Black Friday decked out in running shoes and your debit or credit card squeezed in your grasp so tight it has the potential to snap?  If so, what’s the best deal you’ve gotten?

Can’t wait to hear your comments!


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What to Read Wednesday


Each Wednesday I will feature a different author and they will share a bit with us about themselves and one of their books.  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to welcome Callie Hutton.

Hi Callie, I’m excited to have you here and congrats on your new release!  You’re actually a busy lady and have a Historical releasing today titled A RUN FOR LOVE and then on December 1st you have another historical coming out titled A WIFE BY CHRISTMAS.

And just a little plug here, at the end of this interview, find out how you have 3 chances to win a digital copy of either A RUN FOR LOVE or A WIFE BY CHRISTMAS.

Before you tell us about your new book, can you tell today’s readers a bit about yourself?

I live in Oklahoma with my husband and two children – well hardly children, since they’re 19 and 21. We have two dogs and a new kitten. I’ve been writing for years, but only last summer decided to write a romance novel, something I’d been telling myself for years I would do.

Coffee or tea?

Depends. Mostly coffee, but I’ve been known to enjoy a spot of tea from time to time.

A good book or a good movie?  Why?

A good book, although I do enjoy movies. I don’t like sitting still for long periods of time, and when I’m reading, I usually hop up and down every couple of chapters. Other people in the movies don’t generally appreciate that.  Strange.

I can certainly understand the need to stay seated.  Lol  Tell us your favorite type of book to read and why?

Romance. I love happy endings. My favorite type of romance is humorous. I mostly read historical, but I read contemporary every once in a while when something appeals to me.

Nothing like a romance that gives you a chuckle.  What genres do you write in?

Historical romance—usually western. I have one contemporary novella due to be released next year with The Wild Rose Press.

If you could’ve written any book, which book would you choose and why?

Gone With the Wind. I loved Scarlett. Although that didn’t have a happy ending. But I’ve read it seventeen times.

I’ve never read the book, but loved the movie.  Does that count…lol.  Is there something you do as a ritual when writing?  For instance do you need to wear a pair of lucky socks, drink a certain beverage, have certain music playing?

Nope. I write anywhere I can carry my laptop.

Finish this sentence for me….If I had to sum up what A Run For Love is about…

I would say it’s about never giving up on someone you love.

Why a A Run For Love?  Where did your inspiration for this story come from?

I was a History major in college, hence my love of historical romance. A Run For Love begins with the Oklahoma Territory Land Run in 1889.  I had not heard the story of the land run until I moved to Oklahoma. It totally fascinated me, and I just had to write a love story surrounding it.

Can you tell us two things you love about your hero?

I love his strength of character and his tenacity.

Your heroine?

I love how independent she is, but learns by the end of the story to rely on others when she needs to.

If your book was made into a movie, which actor would you choose to play your hero?

Jake Gyllenhaal

Your heroine?

Emma Watson

Will you share an excerpt of A Run For Love with us?

Annoyance stalled her steps when she saw the man from the woods yesterday washing dishes in the creek. With the hundreds of people getting ready for the race at noon, the only empty space remained next to him. Tori knelt and wet her washcloth, averting her gaze. Her heart thudded, hoping he wouldn’t notice her.

 “Still here, are you?”

She clenched her jaw at the sound of that voice. He stood over her, a grin on his face. Now that she saw him without shadows, it irritated her when her heart sped up.

Lord save me from another handsome face and charming smile.

“Yes, I’m still here.” Her voice rose. “And I plan to spend tonight camped on my own lot.”

 “Easy honey, I’m not the enemy.” He put his hands up in surrender.

 “Don’t call me honey!”

 “Sorry.”  His smile contradicted his apology.  “A woman alone dragging a wagon and a passel of kids will most likely spend the night right outside Arkansas City pushing on her horse’s rump.”

This man had all the nerve in the world. “I will get my lot in town, sir. And I will make a life for myself and my family. Believe it or not, I’ll even do it without anyone’s help.” She raised one eyebrow and flicked her fingers at him. “Now I’ll thank you to leave me in peace and mind your own business.” She turned back and mumbled, “And your manners.” She splashed her face with such vigor that water went up her nose, causing her to cough and choke.

I love his humor and she sounds like a strong heroine.  What was the easiest part of your book to write?

The Ladies League for Decency march.

The hardest?

The Land Run. It was important to get all the historical facts correct.

What’s the best advice you received on your journey to publication?

Write, write, write. Read, read, read.

Great advice.  What can we expect next from Callie Hutton?

A sequel to A Run For Love, featuring Ellie Henderson (the youngest niece, all grown up). A Wife By Christmas will be released from Soul Mate Publishing on December 1st.

Can you share an excerpt with us for A Wife By Christmas?

            High School Principal Max Colbert needs to get rid of that pesky History teacher, Ellie Henderson. Getting her married off is the perfect solution, except everyone he introduces her to doesn’t seem right.

            In 1906 Guthrie, Oklahoma, History teacher, Ellie Henderson, has been a thorn in High School Principal Max Colbert’s side ever since he took over three months ago. When she’s not flying by his office, late for her class, with books and papers jumbled in her arms, she’s attending Suffragettes meetings against his orders.

            Because of her family connections, he can’t fire her, but he can certainly find someone to marry her, and keep her busy in the kitchen. And far away from his school. Max soon finds that what seemed like a good idea can turn into disaster when Miss Ellie Henderson is involved. The woman is a master at getting into trouble.

            With the Christmas season in full swing, he has many opportunities to introduce her to prospective husbands. However, the uncomfortable feeling is growing that no one is worthy of the minx…

I have to tell you that both of your covers are G O R G E O U S !!!

And finally Callie, where can we find you and your books? My website And Soul Mate Publishing.  Hope to see you there!

Click here to view the beautiful book trailer for A Run For Love!  You’ll love it :)

As promised above, Callie is giving away one download of either A RUN FOR LOVE  on Friday November 25th, or A WIFE BY CHRISTMAS on it’s release date of December 1st to one lucky winner.

All you need to do is leave a comment with your email address either here, on Callie’s blog or Calisa Rhose’s blog where Callie kicked off her tour yesterday.  Leave one comment on any blog and you’re entered one time, but if you visit all three blogs and comment on each one, you’ll be entered for three chances to WIN!!!

Callie will announce the winner on Friday, November 25th on each blog!  GOOD LUCK!


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Six Sentence Sunday 11/20/2011

Hi!  Please feel free to browse my blog and if you like what you see, sign up for email updates on the left or scroll down to follow through the networked blogs icon!  (Thanks to my lovely daughter for adding that) :)

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday!  Thanks for taking the time to visit.  I love reading comments, so please let me know what you think of my snippet.  Each week I will post another six from a work in progress or a finished manuscript.  All you have to do is read and enjoy.  That’s it!

Since starting Six Sentence Sunday I’ve been posting from Some Like it in Handcuffs which is being released on March 23, 2012 by The Wild Rose Press…but I’ve decided to put that story away until it’s closer to release date and will now post from my current wip, Some Like it on the Run, which features Derek Kennedy, brother to Sunny, the heroine from Some Like it in Handcuffs.  (whew, that was a confusing to say…lol)

Quick set up…Sunny has called her brother Derek to help one of her friends who’s in trouble and also just happens to be his one time girlfriend.  The girl that got away…

He pounded the steering with his fist as he rounded the last curve inside the parking ramp.  His heart thudded against his ribs as he spotted Sunny’s late night emergency.

Kelly Hartford stood leaning against her notice-me red car.  Her trademark blood red lipsticked mouth puckered and she blew a pink bubble which covered the lower half of her face.  Their gazes met and held over the curved edge of the billowy bubble.  Some things never changed, like Kelly’s love of bubble gum along with the tower high stilettos strapped to her feet, which caused her legs to stretch to the moon and then some.

I hope you enjoyed these six.  For more great previews from other authors please click on SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY. Or join next week with six of your own. :)

Happy Reading!


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