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What to Read Wednesday

WOW…The month of April is flying by. We’re already at another What to Read Wednesday. Today I’m excited to have Linda Joyce joining us. She’s written an awesome guest post titled Place Isn’t a Lesser Angel in Bayou Born and is sharing her debut release BAYOU BORN.

And there’s more!

Linda is graciously giving away 1 kindle copy to a lucky commenter today. Please leave your email address along with your comment so that we can find you 🙂

And I just want to give Linda some COVER LOVE…I can get lost in her cover. I’d love to be able to see that view from a window right now. Gorgeous.

Okay, let’s get things started. Please help me in welcoming Linda to What to Read Wednesday!

Greetings! I’m so glad you joined me here at Christine’s Words. I appreciate Christine for giving us this time to chat. But, I have to ask, Where is “here”?

Where are you right this second? What’s your location?

Me? I’m hanging out in a little town called Acworth. Yet, despite the difference in our physical locations, we are together “here” at Christine’s place where we’re surrounded by the chocolaty brown background of her blog that makes her space cozy while we spend a few minutes together. (I’ll bet Chocolate, Caramel, and Smokey, her feline cheering squad is keeping her company.)

Don’t you agree that “Here” is an important aspect of every story written? How many times have you have picked up a book, a romance, a mystery, a historical, and decided to read it because the place where the conflict happens appeals to you? Like Paris, or London, or Las Vegas, or even the Grand Canyon.

Contained within Eudora Welty’s essay, “Place in Fiction,” in her collection of essays and reviews, The Eye of the Story, she says this about “Here”:

Place is one of the lesser angels that watch over the racing hand of fiction, perhaps the one that gazes benignly enough from off to one side, while others, like character, plot, symbolic meaning, and so on, are doing a good deal of wing-beating about her chair, and feeling, who is my eyes carries the crown, soars highest of them all and rightly relegates place into the shade.”

Christine WordsPlace is not a lesser angel for me, as you will see in my novel, Bayou Born. Branna Lind’s roots run deep in Bayou Petite, Mississippi, but she’s taken a job in the small north Florida town of Lakeview. From the mere names of the places, your imagination begins to conjure swaying Spanish moss in hundred-year old oak trees, bodies of water from a brackish bayou to a sparkling lake. I’ve also included a favorite place of mine in the book, the Ichetucknee River. I’ve been tubing down the warm, constant 72-degree water, which is the most pristine spring-fed river in Florida. Take a peak:

Now, let me introduce you to Branna Lind and James Newbern in Bayou Born.

Branna Lind’s self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her “wedding of the decade,” though she isn’t saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal.

College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught perf5.000x8.000.inddhim beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type.He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire–Branna.

Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? If she doesn’t, will she convince James that she truly is his “type”?

I hope you’ve enjoyed our chat. Many thanks to Christina for hosting me today.

I’m doing a giveaway today. If you leave a comment with this post today, your name will be included for a giveaway of a copy of my book. The book is on Kindle, so I’ll send it as a gift through Amazon pretty quick. If you don’t have a Kindle, the Nook version will be available about mid-May.  

Bayou Born is available through:

Amazon Kindle

And, I hope you’ll visit me at my website: or my blog: Linda Joyce Contemplates

Or through Facebook Author Page!/pages/Linda-Joyce-Author/211949585615265

Twitter: @LJWriter



Now, a little about me: 

Award-winning writer Linda Joyce has deep southern roots. Her Fleur de Lis series captures her love of southern culture and it is the backdrop for Bayou Born, the first of the series. Linda was born in Mississippi to an Irish/Cajun father from New Orleans and a Japanese mother. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Don, and their three four-legged boys, General Beauregard, Gentleman Jack and Masterpiece Renoir.


Thanks so much for your wonderful post and the amazing pictures. Good luck with your debut book Linda and HAPPY SALES and HAPPY WRITING!


Posted by on April 17, 2013 in What to Read Wednesday


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What to Read Wednesday

Thank you for joining me for another round of What to Read Wednesday :)   As you know, there are times I like to shake things up and today is one of those “shaker” days. Instead of interviewing my guest today, I’m turning the floor over to her.

So, please help me in welcoming Paulette Mahurin. She’s one interesting lady who has a lot to share. Paulette’s post is a great lead in for her book THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP.

Paulette is also donating all profits from the sale of her book to a no kill animal shelter in Santa Paula California. Here’s the link and I’ve also included it at the end of the post. 

What’s in a Label: Lesbian Persecution

By, Paulette Mahurin

Author of, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

I’m delighted to have an opportunity to write an article for your Blog site, Christine. Thank you so much for the invite.

Being that I am a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in women’s health, and lately have been involved in issues dealing with the persecution of lesbians, the oppression that comes with labeling, bullying of them, and my book focuses on this, I thought it appropriate to write about that.

While involved in a recent project, I became very interested in the impact this label, lesbian, has on the women involved. The questions I had brought me to Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment, for indecency, which was a watershed moment in history for the changing of attitudes toward same sex relationships.

The exacerbation of hostility toward lesbians (as well as gays) increased after Wilde’s imprisonment, in 1895, and as a result attitudes toward homosexuality changed from a cautious false social acceptance, a degree tolerance, to outward hatred and abuse. When the news of Wilde’s imprisonment went out, it was big news around the world, and where there were whispers in living rooms prior, open discussions of disgust followed. In the United States, the New York Times, April 5, 1895 fueled the controversy by doing an article on the immorality of homosexuality, heightening suspicion toward women friendship.

Up till Wilde’s imprisonment, women were involved in friendships that brought no attention, hugging and hand-holding were common place, socially acceptable.Two women who could afford to live together and forgo marriage were also accepted as spinsters. But, were a couple of women to be labeled lesbian, they were considered, diagnosed, insane. The treatment was rape, by their doctors or someone their doctor hired, to cure them of their inability to enjoy a man.

This, at a time when the Constitution spoke of  equal rights and male citizens in The Second Amendment, and women were subjugated—when the suffrage movement was yet a glimmer, was a dangerous time for lesbians. It is therefore no wonder that the label, which became its own prison sentence is so charged, a charge that moves with it in time.

Book Synopsis/blurb/short bio:


 By Paulette Mahurin


ISBN # 978-0-9771866-1-7   Price: $14.95 Kindle book: $2.99

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for gross indecency under Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When news of Wilde’s conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment. It is a chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.

 “Paulette Mahurin’s first novel is surefooted and unflinching in its portrayal of a singular and unique character and her compelling struggles. Compassionate and confident, Mahurin allows Mildred’s story to burn through onto the page with all its inherent outrage and tenacious, abiding love. Here is a character we can champion—flawed, striving, surviving— and fully embrace in her awkward, beautiful navigation of a world that resists her in every way.”      Deb Norton, Playwrite/screenwriter of The Whole Banana

“If you need to question your values, read this book! The author captures the intolerance and hypocrisy of a 1895 Nevada town, and its transcendence in time through tolerance and understanding.  The angst and pain that two women feel daily, living the ‘lie’ of their lesbian relationship, and the prejudice they must endure, is unconscionable.  I was moved to tears by their struggle in the face of the conflicted values that continue to dominate our ‘modern’ society.”                William K. Fox, PhD, Professor of Zoology 

Paulette Mahurin, an award-winning author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs–Max and Bella. She practices women’s health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. Her book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, has the distinction of being Amazon Best Seller Rank #5.


He lapsed into a monologue of exaggerated details, altered beyond original description: The Negro must have lied, probably has some rich white women sponsoring him because he’s good in bed, and the Jew deserved to be imprisoned for having the gall to try to become something he was not born into. “People should know their place. When they are made by God to be inferior, they should just do their best to stay out of the way of the good hard-working folk who are the backbone of society.”

Mildred was disgusted. Anger welled up into her throat that wanted to be let out in a scream and she felt an urge to pick up one of the horseshoes and whack him to shut him up. As the blood began draining from her head, she felt sick to her stomach. “Oh my,” she mumbled, trying to ease out of the tirade.

He kept on and on, discharging a hatred that gave her chills. She knew then and there, beyond any doubt, that the fear she had felt when she first heard of Oscar Wilde’s conviction was not just about prejudice existing across a continent and ocean, but rather the ignorance that lives in closed minds everywhere. The seeds that grow and inflate the smallest minds into giants, those who believe they can take down anyone with their petty realities, was what she saw full-blown in Pursey. It mattered not whether his reality was based on prejudice, fear, or just plain ignorance, the end result would be the same, ruined lives. The tone in his voice reminded her of Josie that day outside the telegraph office. She now understood why up till that time this sort of talk didn’t bother her.

The hatred was now something personal and she knew, no matter the excuses, that she and Edra no longer were immune from suspicion.










VC STAR Sept. 9, 2012 Sunday Life Section:


PLEASE REMEMBER READERS, Paulette is donating all profits from this book to the animal shelter located by following this link:


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What to Read Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!!! Today, I’m excited because I’m shaking up the format again on What to Read Wednesday. I have been offering the authors visiting the option of being interviewed or writing a guest blog.

And today we have the wonderful Diane Burton, another Michigander like me, in the house.  Diane’s written an interesting piece about HUMOR!  So sit back and enjoy her post and then at the end you can read the blurb and excerpt from her latest release SWITCHED, TOO!

So, without further ado, take it away Diane!!!!


Christine gave me a free rein on topics. I think this one is particularly apropos considering my host’s work. What is it about humor that appeals to so many yet eludes others? I was a serious child. Oldest of seven, the one left in charge, the responsible one. That carried over into my adult life. Until I met a certain guy with a wicked sense of humor. He could tease me out of my seriousness and helped me find my own sense of humor. I was smart enough to grab onto that guy and we’ve been married for nearly forty years. I’m still too serious at times in real life, but I can let go in my writing.

While I love science fiction movies, like Star Trek, Star Wars and Serenity (Firefly), romantic comedy is my favorite type of movie. Romancing the Stone, It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, Six Days, Seven Nights. Falling in love is serious business, but without that spark of humor it came be maudlin. Humor comes in many forms. Give me wicked banter any day over slapstick. I never understood the appeal of the Three Stooges. Maybe that’s a guy thing. I loved the Saturday morning cartoon Rocky & Bullwinkle because of the dialogue. Same with the Muppet Movie. When they were young, I took my children to see that movie at an afternoon matinee. The best part was the dad behind me who, along with the few other adults in the theater, couldn’t stop laughing at all the “good” parts—like “gone with the Schwin.” I love that the writers of children’s movies slip in the comedic touches for the adults.

I said I’m not fond of slapstick, so how do you explain my love of the Stephanie Plum series? The physical comedy is laugh out loud funny. Author Janet Evanovich knows how to take a situation, twist it, turn it on its ear and make it hilarious. I should never read those books in bed because the bed shakes from holding in my laughter—don’t want to wake the guy with laughing out loud.

Life is serious. The news every night keeps getting grimmer and more disturbing. Comedy is an antidote to life. The value of humor is vastly underrated. In fact, rarely has a comedy won an Oscar. Same with actors whose forte is their comedic timing. What do they receive awards for? Their dramatic work.

Medical studies tell us that laughter releases endorphins, nature’s natural pain killers. Laughter relaxes the skeletal system, reduces stress, lowers the blood pressure and regulates the heart rate. According to inspirational speaker Marilyn Meburg, your liver needs laughter because it gets no exercise. The liver is the organ in your body that gets rid of toxins. So, if you’re not laughing you’re neglecting your liver.

Give your liver and the rest of your body that antidote to “real life” and enjoy a good comedy.

What are your favorite comedy books or movies?


Blurb for Switched, Too

Be careful what you wish for…you might get it.

Scott Cherella’s lifelong dream to go into space quickly becomes a nightmare. Veronese Qilana must protect him, a Terran masquerading as a starship captain. When sabotage erupts, they must work together to get the crew safely home. In doing so, they discover opposites really do attract.


In this excerpt from Switched, Too, it’s Scott Cherella’s first day pretending to be his twin as commander of a starship. In this scene, he depends on an alien, who is enamored with American entertainment, to help him through the complexities of his first meal.


“I will eat here.” Scott selected a corner table, away from those that were occupied. Once they were seated, he nodded to his companion. “You may order for us.”

Drakus looked flabbergasted. “But, sir, I do not know what you wish to eat.”

“Surprise me.”

Drakus shook his head then pressed a small square pad flush with the tabletop. “Two hot selerias and Mid-Day Repast for the captain.”

Scott settled back in his chair. “Playing it safe, Drakus?”

Moments later, a robot server rolled between the tables, a tray clutched in its metal appendages. The robot set cups of steaming liquid in front of them then departed.

Scott picked up the mug and sniffed the dark green depths. Fragrant, gingery maybe. He took a sip.

“Captain,” Drakus began hesitantly. “I have noticed your speech is peppered with American slang. I mean no disrespect, but you didn’t act or look this different before you went to Earth. May I ask why you decided to come out of the closet?”

Switched, Too is available at  Amazon Barnes & Noble and Smashwords


Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and romance into writing romantic fiction. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America as well as the Mid-Michigan RWA and Young Adult RWA chapters. She is the author of the Switched series, about twins exchanging places—from Earth to a starship and the reverse. The first two books, Switched and Switched, Too, are available as e-books. The concluding book is a work in progress. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Diane can be found around the Internet at:

Goodreads: Diane Burton Author


Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Book Excerpts, What to Read Wednesday


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Welcome Author Nancy Jardine

Happy August 7th!  Today we have a very special guest visiting Christine’s Words. Please welcome sister Wild Rose Press author Nancy Jardine who is sharing some interesting information about her latest book TAKE ME NOW which involves an awesome sounding hero who owns a marketing business geared at extreme sports.  I think I’m already infatuated just from her blurb!

Also, she has a fun game to play along for a chance to win some great prizes. More details can be found after her interesting post…so I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about Nancy and her books and also join in and play along for a chance to win some great prizes!

Take it away Nancy!!!

Extreme sports? Don’t you just love them?

Hello Christine, I’m so pleased to be with you today. My launch tour for TAKE ME NOW has been going for a few days and it’s both exhilarating and exhausting, but funnily enough I’m going to talk about something that would demand even more energy!

This is how extreme sports play their part in my latest release from The Wild Rose Press called, TAKE ME NOW.

I wonder how many authors include sporting experiences they’ve personally tried in their novels. I’ve shamefully done a good bit of that in my recent release, TAKE ME NOW!

Nairn Malcolm is the owner of Adrenalinn Adventures-a company which markets land sporting adventures like tank driving, dirt buggies, quad biking, sphereing, bogshoeing. Bogshoeing?  **Big smiles here** Yes, you might well ask about that one, but I’m going to be really nice to you… and say read the book to find out! But those are only a few of the more ‘ordinary’ ones he markets.

Some of his water based sports are far more dangerous. Nairn also has a half share in a boat yard which manufactures spectacular water craft, and knows the most exciting water experiences to include for his customers. Ever heard of wakeboarding? No?

Let’s get back to land then. What about ‘Bun J Riding’? Nairn’s aiming to add his own version of Bun J riding, and a form of hot air ballooning, to his company portfolio of possibilities. That’s why his new general factotum-aka his assistant, Aela Cameron- has to fly him around Europe.

Nairn loves to try out the all the sports he has on offer to the public-to be able to say he knows intimately what the thrills are! What will you find if you read TAKE ME NOW? You’ve got it! His new assistant, Aela Cameron, is gung ho to try them out, too.  She especially wants to try some of them out with Nairn alongside, but she might have to wait a bit for that. Why? That would be giving away too much…

I fancy trying most of the adventures myself. Though not a teenager any more I’m still to be found participating in new adventures with my family. Not long ago I had my first taste of being on a snowmobile, riding along at extremely low temperatures behind my son-in-law. I was utter rubbish at driving…but that’s another very scary story, because the pathways on the trail near Whistler, Vancouver, were terrifyingly NARROW! But I loved being a passenger, riding pillion.

You know, there are just so many exciting dare-devil possibilities, nowadays, that weren’t available to me as a teenager, but I was lucky that my High school offered a lot of possibilities. Trips, to Scottish Outdoor Residential Recreation Centres, were a lot more adventurous than most girls of my age were doing. I was introduced to ski-ing, abseiling, canoeing, mountaineering (Munro bagging), dinghy sailing, Irish hurly and Scottish shinty. All very adventurous at the time…and damned hard work!

I wonder what you’ve tried that you consider to be either quite daring, or a whole lot of fun!

A few years ago I tried sphering- an experience I couldn’t resist writing into TAKE ME NOW, though some of you might know it as zorbing. Rolling down a hill in a large plastic hamster ball was fabulous fun! 

So what’s that guy saying as I squeezed into the darned ball that’s too tight for my fat ass? I dare you to tell me!

I’m thinking I know why I’ve used the ‘dare-devil sporting experiences and boat building’ as Nairn Malcolm’s business concerns. Can you see why, too?

Maybe you’d like to share with us some of the most exciting sports/ experiences you’ve tried too? I’d love to hear from you. *big smiley face here*

Thank you, Christine, for having me visit, today. Nairn and Aela thank you, too, for airing just a few of the exciting activities they’ll be trying out together- although some of their other activities are definitely not for blog reading! (Here’s a secret…they have a lot of fun doing…. Oh, sorry…too classified…gotta read maybe page 270 …or before that…)

Nancy, it was wonderful to have you here today on my blog! I loved your post. Makes me want to run out and do something daring. I’m not very ‘sporty’ but I was given a gift by my husband a few years back on a glider ride…and that was quite a feat for me since I’m afraid of heights. As in ridiculously afraid!  lol.  But I’m proud to say I managed it with no tears or screams 🙂  Good luck with your book!!


Nairn Malcolm’s looking for the impossible. He needs a highly skilled, enterprising aide who’ll be at his beck and call 24/7. No ordinary Jane Doe will do. He doesn’t expect the only candidate who drops in at his Scottish castle for an interview to be so competent…or so stunning.
Aela Cameron’s got exactly the right mix of talents to satisfy all Nairn Malcolm’s needs, and more. She loves the jobs he needs done, adores his castle, and finds his frenetic lifestyle energising. But she’s only looking for temporary: not to fall in love with the man.
Can Nairn convince Aela she’s tailor-made for him in every way…and not a passing fancy?


Unadulterated vigor oozed from every last bit of him—overall a dangerous concoction. Something stirred way-down-low inside Aela again. He was a real honey, and the bee in her wanted to be very sticky.

Her mind whirred. The man bore a vague resemblance to the ruggedly handsome thirty-two year old Nairn Malcolm of the internet photograph, but would the blonde limpet in the recent celebrity snapshot want to curl herself around this forbidding wreck of a man? Aela thought not. She wondered, though, if his blank expression was caused by current circumstances, or if this was his normal demeanor, since he hadn’t been smiling in the photograph either.

With the high granite wall as his backdrop she could easily imagine this man lording over the castle, ruthlessly challenging any invaders to his domain. Taking any woman he wanted? Now there was a thought she was happy to entertain. A tiny smile broke free. Tamping down her crazed imagination she re-assessed him.

What had the guy been doing to get himself in such a state?

Who was he?

Take Me Now YouTube Trailer link  –

Take Me Now –key words: romance, contemporary, light-hearted, Scottish castle, island, floatplane, travel, mystery, threat, intrigue, Glasgow, London, Oman, Tallinn, Barcelona, Paris, Caribbean, New York

Bio-Nancy Jardine

During the last few years Nancy’s written a historical novel, three contemporary novels- two of which are what she calls her history/mysteries. All four of those will be published before the end of 2012. She’s also written the first of a time-travel series of novels for children aged 9-12years, and a family saga is her current work in progress.

Nancy lives in the picturesque castle country of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, with her husband who now does all the cooking…the menu far more exciting and tasty than it used to be!



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MONOGAMY TWIST is available from:

The Wild Rose Press :   Barnes and Noble:

Link to YouTube Book Trailer for Monogamy Twist is:


TAKE ME NOW is available from:

Print:   E book formats:

Amazon: Print:

Take Me Now YouTube Trailer link  –


THE BELTANE CHOICE will be available in ebook formats from Crooked{Cat}Publishing 31st August 2012. A print version will follow a little later.


**Blog Tour Prizes**

My TAKE ME NOW launch competition will run between Tuesday the 31st of July and the 10th of August.

Check my blog for those all important questions, and to view my competition prizes!


**My-TAKE ME NOW-Tour Contest** To celebrate the launch of Take Me Now I’ll be giving away 2 e copies of Take Me Now, 2 e copies of Monogamy Twist, and 4 goodie bags of Scottish Castle Gift Cards and Tags to some lucky winners. At each tour stop I’ll be asking a different question. To be entered into the draw find the answer to the question set and send the answer to me at before Saturday the 11th August 2012. The more questions you answer, the better your chance will be! (ie send in four answers your name’s in the draw four times) The draw will take place at noon (GMT/ UK time) on Sunday 12th August.

Please check my blog to find out the dates for the other blog tour stops-

Quiz Question for 7th August: Name the activity that entails rolling downhill in a large plastic ball.

Buy details:

The Wild Rose Press:

Print:   E book formats:

Amazon: Print:


Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Book Excerpts


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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.

This week—actually the last several weeks—I’ve been lucky enough to make a small dent in my TBR pile.  It’s a good feeling.  Although I managed to read several—even writing up a few reviews—my pile is no way near manageable.  But I’m glad I had the time and chance to read the ones I have.  I have a ton more that I can’t wait to dive into, but for now I’m saying “YAY” 🙂

All of these books come in different forms.  I have several books on my nook, and still more in print lining the shelves in the office, tucked into a cedar chest, stored in boxes in my closet and basement and a towering stack on the floor beside my bed.  And I won’t mention the tilting pile on my dresser that makes my husband cringe.

There are times I’ll have a few books going at once—and I know from talking to others I’m not alone there.  Now obviously when I have a book I’m reading up on my Nook, keeping track of the page I’m on is easy when I get interrupted, but when I have a print book, it’s a bit more of a challenge.

Sure, over the years I’ve had my fair share of cool bookmarks.  Some I’ve received as gifts, some I’ve picked up on my own, some have even been handmade either by myself or the kids.

But there have been times that I don’t have a bookmark handy, and I need to stop reading and want to mark my place without folding over the page (hate, or leaving the book open, print side down.

I’ve used some odd things as bookmarks—a paperclip, tissue, another book (yep, I tucked one inside the other to mark my page…lol).  I’ve even been known to tuck a utensil—as in a fork or butter knife…(don’t ask, but I will tell you they are clean: :)) to mark my spot.  At times when I’m in the car waiting while picking up a child, or enjoying a quick read on my lunch hour at work, I’ve been known to use a candy wrapper from my purse, a string—actually dental floss…which I also keep handy in my purse, a pen…pretty much anything I can dig out.


Which brings me to today’s Friday Fun Fact question….Drum roll please…

What is the oddest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

Looking forward to reading your answers!


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What to Read Wednesday & review

Happy Wednesday and thank you for taking the time to join me for another What To Read Wednesday.  I have a huge HUGE treat for you today.  I have a wonderful friend of mine joining us with her debut release…and she’s also doing a giveaway!  All you have to do to win a copy of Teresa Blue’s debut novella from THE WILD ROSE PRESS is comment and leave your email address.  Yep, that easy.

Before we get started I wanted to share my short review of Teresa’s novella NIGHT BIRD…then we’ll get on with the interview:

My review

I highly recommend this novella.  I don’t like to give away too much in any review I write, and I won’t make an exception here, but I can tell you that you will not be disappointed with this read!

From the very first paragraph I was invested in this story.  I was drawn into the mood and the characters.  Emma is the perfect heroine for this story and Travis is not only sexy and manly as the hero, but tender and vulnerable at the same time.

Teresa Blue has a wonderful way of weaving her words together to bring her characters to life and put the reader right into the scene.  Each word she used to describe what was happening was so well chosen, it made everything so crisp and easy to visualize.  Top it off with Emma’s emotion and caring attitude to her past, her present and her future and I was a goner.  I didn’t put this story down until I reached the end.

Beautifully written with twists and turns I didn’t expect, I loved following along with Emma and Travis as they revealed themselves to each other…and the story was revealed to the reader.  There were several times I was caught by surprise and that’s a real treat when reading a story.

I’m not a professional reviewer, but if I were, I’d give this 2 thumbs up, 5 stars and lots of satisfied sighs!

Now, on with our interview 🙂

Hi Teresa, thank you for joining us!  Please share a little bit about yourself and your writing journey.

I’m thrilled to be here, Christine and will start right off with telling you how I started writing early in the 90’s with mostly poems and children’s stories. Then in 1999 I joined RWA and by early 2000 had completed my first novel. I returned home from a writer’s conference to a yard full of people and several fire trucks. My house was a pile of ash and everything I had ever written along with it. That set me back a year or two while I put a home together.

Oh Teresa, that’s scary.  I’m glad nobody was hurt.  I’m one of those people that deals with stress (and that would be a stressful situation) by indulging in good eats.  Naughty me.  So, tell us what’s in your fridge right now. lol

Right now, homemade cocoanut cream pie, leftover rotisserie chicken and marinating venison steaks.

YUM…now that all sounds good.  But I know you are one awesome cook!  Tell us one thing you hate, one thing you fear and one thing you love.

One thing I hate is how quick the morning hours fly by. I’m barely settled into a scene then glance and the clock and realize I need to get dressed. What’s my biggest fear? To loose my sight or the use of my fingers. My totally passion is reading those wonderful old bodice rippers. I absolutely love anything by Kathleen Woodiwiss or Johanna Lindsey.

I have a secret addiction to those old bodice rippers too…can’t explain it, but I just love to read them.  What genre or genres do you write?

My first novel was a historical but the second one I started more a light hearted contemporary that I wrote in long hand while living in the camper. I was naïve in thinking contemp. wouldn’t require any research. At the moment I’m writing contemporary, but I like to write paranormal and romantic suspense, too.

Tantalize us with a blurb from NIGHT BIRD.

Travis Howland washes up on the shores of Lost Isle and into the arms of an angel. Known as the Night Bird, Emma Samson dedicates her afterlife to a solitary existence on Lost Isle, easing the passage of the dying. When she finds Travis weak and desperate, she gives him the only gift she has—a few more days to settle his affairs before his death. Sorely lacking in faith, Travis lives life with no thought for the future. When his lovely rescuer claims he has died, he can’t believe it. He must warn his father that their ship was plundered by a greedy business partner, but only a leap of faith can save him. Together, Emma and Travis use his last few hours to avenge the traitorous deeds that torment him, and along the way discover that love can be found in any stage of life…even after death.

I truly loved this story!  Share with us your favorite sentence from your book.

Hard to chose just one. 🙂  “Tell me, exactly what has transpired these past few days to change me from a man to a…monster?”

Very intriguing sentence!  Love it.  What’s the most exciting part of writing?

The most exciting thing to me about writing is the opportunity to be anywhere in the world with people I adore. After all, I give them the physical as well as characteristic traits that please me, even my villains. And when they begin talking to me, it’s a writer’s rush.

How did you come up with the title NIGHT BIRD?

The title actually came from the song, Night Bird, by Eva Cassidy. A haunting melody, filled with beautiful lyrics about a woman who found a man down on his luck in New Orleans and she took him in and taught him how to fly.

Love that Teresa!  Share an excerpt with us please 🙂

A crashing wave knocked Emma off her feet and plunged her beneath the water, grains of sand biting her skin as the gushing tide tossed her upon the shore. She struggled to break the ocean’s grip, her sodden skirt throttling her ankles as she tried to stand. Another rushing wave pushed her to her knees. A heavy object slammed against her side and drove them both aground.

     A man.

     Foamy bubbles gathered in a small pool of water where his body lay indented in the sand. Her heart roared in her ears, drowning out the pounding surf. In the past, she’d witnessed countless felons jump ship rather than face the adversity of chains, starvation, and brutal prison beatings. Many saw the island’s wide cove as a passage to freedom and often died trying to swim across.

The dark shape lay unmoving beside her. After only a brief glance she knew he was different. He had strong, classic feature and a think robust body. She couldn’t squelch her curiosity. Who was this man? A ship’s captain, perhaps? Or a meager fisherman with a run of bad luck? Maybe he’d ignored the dangerous winds and threatening clouds, driven by the greed she’d seen in eyes of other men. Fishing boats of all sizes had been destroyed upon the deceptive coral reefs, led on by the tempestuous sea witch that lured them beyond the next horizon.

      Emma pushed aside the drenched charcoal locks covering the man’s eyes and revealed thick brows and a strong forehead. His cheeks bore stubbles of whiskers.

The white tailored shirt, although frayed and worn, was that of a whaleman sailor, its hem floating up to expose heavy, coarse trousers. Suddenly, his fingers caught the fabric of her bodice and gave the slightest tug to draw her near.

      “Help me,” he pleaded, his voice barely more than a whisper as his arm dropped to his side.

       Moisture blurred her vision at the helplessness she’d heard, the desperation that filled his eyes. She blinked back tears. How much longer must she witness death? Emma was unable to actually save life, but could offer a brief reprieve for the tormented lost one. Usually the men she encountered were the blackest of the lot: convicts, murderers, and thieves were among those needing her most.

         But this man’s appearance didn’t seem to be that of a weak or starved convict. Instead, his body looked firm, reasonably fit. Perhaps the made his living on the water. Lately, she’d witnessed many Yankee whalers drawn to the Pacific, all eager to fill their casks with valuable sperm oil.

     His breath came out weak and unsure as his chest labored and fell. A strong will to survive etched deep across his face and the vulnerable expression played on her heart. He was someone’s son, perhaps a father, but clearly a man unable to let go. With each painful gasp, his eyes pleaded, asking the impossible.

    But she knew…death was inescapable. It was the after life she hoped to change.  Already the icy water had stiffened his body, his breathing faltered. Emma measure each one his last. Even if she did manage to warm him, he would die of fever, the life-taking chill never leaving his body.

      He’d asked for her help…but was his need to survive strong enough to carry the burden to eternity?

    Precious seconds passed. The uneven rise and fall of his chest warned her it was nearly too late. Is she didn’t decide soon, he’d be left to face the judgment he’d earned in life without having the chance to reconcile whatever desperate burdens were holding him back.

     Emma lowered her head. No breath came from his lips, his eyes faded as death stole over him. Swiftly, she pressed her lips against his neck; a metallic taste filled her mouth when she pierced his skin. It took only seconds to exchange his blood with the substance flowing in her veins. The wind howled in protest and sprayed them with a mist of salt-drenched water while the waves crashed around them.

     It seemed forever and then…he moved.

     “My crewman. Where is my crew?” he whispered.

    Although his eyes shone with gratitude, would he still be grateful after learning the conditions of his survival?

Your excerpt was awesome…puts the reader right there!  Using only 5 words, describe Travis, your hero.

Travis is handsome, strong, loyal, courageous and persistent.

Now your heroine Emma.

Emma is a nurturer, tender-hearted, faithful, sincere and obstinate.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part is getting into a new story. It takes me awhile to convince myself I’m not wasting my time and ignore that pesky gremlin whispering in my ear. My first drafts tend to be kind of skimpy.

The easiest?

I find the easiest part of writing to be dialogue, once my characters come together they never stop talking. Which is pure joy.

I like dialogue too!  I think it flows smooth when you really know your characters.  When is your favorite time to write, morning, afternoon, or nights?

In the morning, sitting down at the computer with my coffee and still in my pajamas. Once I get dressed it’s official I’ve got ‘other’ things to do and usually can’t switch back to the creative mode as easily.

I feel the same way.  What’s your current WIP?

I’m working on a contemporary romance, the second in a series that’s kind of been put on the back burner while I promote Night Bird. It’s proving to be a fun story and I’m anxious to get back to it.

Please share some writerly wisdom with any new authors out there or anyone just beginning their writing journey.

Take all the so-called rules you hear with a grain of salt. For everyone who says not to do it this way, they’ll be another who proves them wrong. Don’t be afraid to blaze your own trail; originality sells. And don’t sweat the small stuff. Cliché’ for a reason.

Great advice and so true.  When you first start out it’s so hard to know what to believe and what to go against the grain with.  Teresa, where can we find you and your debut release?  

Teresa Blue: author The Wild Rose Press  here’s the link to NIGHT BIRD on The Wild Rose Press Site & AMAZON

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I’m so glad you took the time to visit!  And everyone, please remember, one lucky commenter is going to receive a copy of Teresa’s novella NIGHT BIRD!

Thank you so much for having me Christine! I love What To Read Wednesdays and it’s so exciting to be a guest.


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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.

This week I started a new WIP, which is always exciting.  Once I started writing, I discovered something wasn’t right.  Something I couldn’t put my finger on.  Now, I’m not a panster, but I’m also not an in depth plotter.  I do a quick outline to cover the major plot points and character traits/quirks and go from there.  Well, apparently that wasn’t enough this round.  I didn’t like the direction the heroes personality was headed, the backstory didn’t work with what I had planned for later and the reaction of the heroine to the hero was all wrong.

So, what do I do when I’m stumped and need to rework a scene, plotline, or anything writerly related?  Either I clean, play ball with the dog, brainstorm with a friend or cook.  Thursday was a day of cooking while I multi-tasked and discussed my issues on speaker phone with a friend.  For some reason cooking helps me think, as does driving.  (but with the price of gas I try and reserve my road trips for occasions when I NEED to go out)  Plus, I know better than to talk on my cell while I’m driving and I didn’t want to miss my friends suggestions. 🙂

In the kitchen, happily slicing, dicing, mixing, blending, braising, sautéing and all the other fun kitchen functions that are required to make a meal, I soon noticed I had plenty of clean up ahead of me.  Not my favorite part of spending time in the kitchen.

One of the reasons for that is when I’m cooking or baking I tend to use a lot of dishes and utensils.  Did I mention I use A LOT?  And I also don’t have a dishwasher, which means I have to wash A LOT of dishes and utensils by hand.  Now usually this doesn’t bother me, but there are days I’d rather toss out all those dishes that need washing and buy new…lol…if that were an option.  To not have a dishwasher was all my choice because when we built our house I was the one who opted out in favor of having the cupboard space.  Most of the time I don’t regret my decision.  But…isn’t there always a but? :)—there are times I do.  Like when I’m in major cooking mode.

I have to admit, if I could go back in time—after today especially—I’d take that dishwasher offered when the kitchen was in the planning stages and store any extra dishes in the pantry…or a box in the basement…lol

Which brings me to today’s Friday Fun Fact question….Drum roll please…

What one appliance do you LOVE that you could absolutely not live without?

Looking forward to reading your answers!


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