Christmas Awards 2011

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

In The Arms Of Danger



In the Arms of Danger by Jaydyn Chelcee/Eternal Press/ ebook


Lacey Weston is on her latest photographic assignment, outside the small town of Rimrock, Montana. Things are going downhill fast. First she sees a murder, by a man with a badge, and while trying to stay alive she literally runs into the Sheriff of the town, Danger Blackstone. Now if only she could figure out whom she can trust and who she can’t she just might come out of this mess alive. Lacey has the penchant of getting into scrapes but this time she has really stepped into it and dragged the sheriff into it as well.

Danger at first thinks he managed to catch one of the vandals in his small town. Instead he is beginning to think he managed to catch a wildcat. His first good look at Lacey has him thinking things he has no business thinking. When she tells him about the murder at first he isn’t sure if she is telling the truth or if she just imagined it. After she escapes him, Danger has to track her down just in case she is in as much trouble as she says she is.

Lacey gets caught by a flash flood trying to get away from Danger and is rescued by him instead. Realizing that maybe he can be trusted after he saves her from the murderer, who is now hunting her. Lacey starts to tell Danger the truth and Danger understands the threat is real. It is a race to see if they can get to safety before the murderer catches them.

This book is set in modern times but gives you flavors of the old west. It is full of twist and turns that keeps you guessing what the next mishap will be. It is full of action and comedy and the story moves along at a fast pace. It is interesting to see the characters overcome their misunderstandings of each other and learn to trust one each another.

I give this one 4 red roses LW

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

The House Party





Fenella-Jane Miller/ The House Party/Robert Hale/HB / ISBN 978-0-7090-8536-2

Having been let down by Lord Weston the previous summer, Miss Penelope Coombs is at first displeased when she is obliged to join his house party to watch a balloon ascension. However, she soon discovers that she still feels attracted to him and when he asks her to marry him she accepts.

Penny is plunged into a series of mishaps but neither she nor Lord Weston realise what is going on. They are searching for French traitors and spies, but perhaps the danger is nearer to home than they imagine.

This one a well-paced, amusing mystery/romance. A sparkling Regency from an established writer and very enjoyable. 4.5 red roses Morna

Lord Kane's Keepsake




Sandra Heath/Lord Kane’s Keepsake/Robert Hale/ISB 978-0-7090-8092-3
223 pages HB £18.99


When Lord Kane made Miss Rutherford an offer of marriage she could scarcely believe her good fortune. Her father took her to London so that she could be introduced to society and spend more time with her fiancé before her engagement ball. Emma cannot believe a man like Lord Kane could love such an insignificant girl as her and begins to suspect him of having an affair with a notorious beauty.


Her brother seems to be involved with Lord Kane’s enemy, Lord Avenly, and she is anxious for him. However, she does not realises that she could be a pawn in the dangerous games these men play. Will she lose everything or gain her heart’s desire?


This author has researched her period exceptionally well. At times the wealth of detail tends to get in the way of the story, slowing the pace, but, that aside, this is a well crafted and enjoyable Regency. I give this one 4 red roses. Morna.

One Night at the Office



Raven Starr
One Night At the Office/Red Rose Publishing/ebook 48 pages


Mika has taken a job working at night for just one night only. As she arrives at her destination, she is attacked on the doorstep by vagrants. Caleb comes out just in time to save her, and turns out to be the man she is working for that night. He is handsome and sexy and suddenly the evening looks like more fun. She discovers some wonderful art treasures as she unpacks crates heavy with dust, but she has no idea about who the sexy man she is working for actually is. She is in for a big surprise!


This book was lively and fun to read. If you enjoy sexy Vampire stories then this is a good one! 4.5 red roses Morna.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Dreams Of Destiny


Taylor Kincaid/Dreams of Destiny/Forbidden Publications/ebook 24 pages


Lyssa has a dream in which she sees things that puzzle her. Part Cherokee, in her dream she is called Dream Weaver. Her mother once told her that she must chase the truth - and the man from her dream tells her that she must find her soul mate if she is ever to be happy.


I loved this simple but beautiful tale of a woman's search for love. I can't tell you more because it would spoil the reading for you, but it is well worth buying and keeping. 4.5 red roses Morna

Strawberry Hill


Hether Beck/Strawberry Hill/Red Rose Publishing/ebook short 14 pages


Aurora dreams of a night that shamed her and of a time when she was happy as a child. This is a woman coming to terms with her life. Can she reform her life and recapture what she was?


A pleasant short story. 4 red roses, Morna

Doorway To The Stars


Marly Mathews

Doorway To the Stars

ebook/ New Concepts Publishing/71 pages


Freya does not believe that hijackers from the Outlanders have penetrated their security system despite what her colleague Macy says about men from the Outer System looking for wives. When she is taken prisoner by one of the Outlanders, Freya cannot believe anything he says though he has a startling effect on her.


He is taking her to his world and Freya can do nothing about it. She discovers that she is not the only woman who has been snatched - but they seem happy about it. Can Freya escape back to her own world or is she trapped forever? Can a bloodbath between two worlds be averted?


This is an imaginative Science Fiction story with a romance at its heart. An interesting concept and well crafted. 4 Red Roses. Morna

Firelight


Linda Mooney/Firelight/Amazon shorts/38 pages


Connie's happiest memory is of sitting by the fire in her own sitting room the night Nathaniel came to her. the trouble was that he had been killed centuries before in the Civil War. She embodied the spirit of the girl he loved, but she was a real woman and she was alive. Can they ever find happiness?


This is a beautiful love story. I wished it was longer. 4.5 red roses. Linda

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Featured Author Bruce Cooke




Meeting At Prince's Bridge is Bruce's latest book from Eternal Press. We are currently reviewing it so come back to read what we have to say. I think this one will be really good!

Read Bruce's fascinating interview below.

Interview with Bruce Cooke



Tell us a little about yourself
I’m an ex TAFE teacher who took up writing when I had to take an early retirement due to a loss of hearing. Unfortunately I now live alone since I lost my wife last year. I’m soon to become the proud parent of a Golden Labrador who is four years old. Looks like I’ll be giving the orders for a change but I miss her every minute of the day. I took up writing after I retired as I didn’t want to sit and vegetate. Once I started I couldn’t stop and have now written over fifteen books.

What do you write?
I write mainly adventure romance. I suppose most of them can be called historical romance but maybe some might call them hysterical romances. I have a passion for Colonial Australian stories and have written a few in that genre. My latest The Pursuit of Mary McBride a rollicking tale where a mother is in pursuit of her daughter who has been sold to a passing settler for fifty pounds. This will soon be out through Swimming Kangaroo Books. This is my favourite story. They also have another waiting to release titled The Irish Retribution, a story of two foreign correspondents, a father and daughter who are estranged. The daughter discovers her father killed her mother and is hell bent on revenge in a tale that takes us through Ireland, Vietnam and Bosnia before all of the father’s secret are revealed. I also have three books published with Eternal Press titled, Jungle Heat, a story of an Australian soldier who has to escort a nurse over the Owen Stanley ranges to escape the pursuing Japanese. Friendly Enemies a story of two soldiers of opposite sides who meet on the battlefield where one saves the other’s life. And Meeting at Princes Bridge. The story of three girls in war time Melbourne who meet regularly to throw a coin into the river to remember their dead fathers-until one makes a terrible mistake that threatens their friendship forever. All have an Australian flavour. Eternal Press has also published two short stories, Top Secret and Vietnam Holiday with another to come. Later in the year they will publish a novella titled Trace Elements, a tale of a man who can save the Great Barrier Reef, but someone wants him dead. I sometimes delve in mystery and crime and am yet to offer them to publishers.


Why do you write?
Ideas keep popping into my head and getting them down keeps me busy, especially now that I am alone. I love to play what if and see where it goes. I try to control the characters but in most cases they have a mind of their own and I see where they take me. Most are average people who get themselves into all sorts of trouble and getting them out of it is great fun. No story is complete without a romance so I guess I’m a softy at heart.


What are you writing now?
At the moment I’m trying to edit a few of my stories but I do have a story in progress which could be termed a crime and mystery. Only just started it but the editing is taking up most of my time.


What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
Mostly casual. The climate I live in is pretty good. The summer gets hot, around 100 degrees F. Or 37 C. And the winter drops down to about 32F or 0C.
I’m too old to worry about fashion so I wear whatever is comfortable


Are you in love? Have you ever been?
I’ve been in love twice. Once when I was only 21 but that didn’t work out. I call it fate because the second time was when I was 23 and I married the most beautiful girl in the world. We were soul mates until she succumbed to leukaemia. We had 48 wonderful years and three gorgeous children so I consider myself luckier than most. She left me with wonderful memories that I will hold forever. She was the inspiration that kept me writing.


Do you have a dream lover – and what does he or she look like?
Certainly not a male but I do like some of our Australian talented actresses. One of my favourites is Sigrid Thornton who has the most fascinating eyes to go with her talent. Dark hair, wonderful voice and figure-hell I think I’m in love again.


What kind of comfort food do you like best?
Chinese or a roast lamb dinner.


What makes you laugh? Cry?
I have a good sense of humour so anything I consider funny, mostly English humour. They do it so well. I sometimes cry when I'm writing about a lost love or a tragedy. At least I can do something about them to brighten me up again.


What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?
Try to play golf- the emphasis is try as I was stupid enough to fall off a ladder two years ago and broke my neck. Fortunately I can still get around but I am restricted in what I do. My handicap has shot out but the important thing is I can still walk around the golf course. I know all the trees.

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!

In a woman, a great sense of humour and compassion for other people. Someone with a sparkling personality who can laugh at themselves and not take things too seriously.
Of course if they think I’m terrific then that’s good for the ego but that’s not likely to happen now. At least not for a while yet.

What do you hate about life?
Not much, but maybe the unfairness where kids die or people are assaulted. Car accidents are tragic and most can be avoided. We should all be trying to understand each other and be aware of our own weaknesses. Wars and starvation are big turnoffs. I guess life is never fair.


What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?
I hope I already have succeeded with my 48 years of marriage and three wonderful children. It gladdens my heart to see them all reach adulthood and be honest law biding citizens. My grandchildren are heading in the same direction. Any writing success is a bonus

What are you going to write next?
After I have cleaned up my unpublished novels, I might start another Australian Colonial historical book. Can’t help myself.

Buy Links: Love in the Afternoon. http://www.whiskeycreek/ press.com
Jungle Heat, Friendly Enemies, Meeting at Princes Bridge, Vietnam Holiday, Top Secret. http://www.eternalpress.com.ca/

The Pursuit of Mary McBride, The Irish Retribution, (out soon) http://www.swimmingkangaroo.com/




Lady Gwendolyn Investigates


LADY GWENDOLEN INVESTIGATES
By ANNE ASHLEY
Published by
Mills and Boon.
ISBN 978-0-263-86251 5



This Regency romance has as the central figure, Lady Gwendolen Warender recently widowed. Her late husband, Sir Percival Warender being many years her senior had succumbed to a fever while travelling in India. Now back in England after five years travelling in her husband’s company Gwendolen had forgotten just how cold and windy England could be in March. She was travelling to her husband’s home in the West country with her companion/maid who had been with her all of her life. Miss Martha Gillingham. Gillie, was devoted to Gwendolen thankfully, for she now had no living relatives.


Bumping into a gentleman as she went through the front door of an inn, she apologised but he was quite curt with her and when she said it was entirely her fault he agreed with her. There were no private rooms available, as the inn was extremely busy, so she made her way to the settles as near to the fire as was possible. The settles were back to back and she overheard a conversation in which the gentleman she had bumped into described her as an idiot. Gwendolin was tempted to give him a piece of her mind but she remained on her seat with her back towards him. In the next breath he did remark on her pretty hair but then he wondered if it was natural, which further annoyed her.


Arriving at her husband’s home she is greeted with the news that there was a flue epidemic in the area and that her housekeeper had succumbed to it. The poor woman tried to get up to greet her new mistress but was ordered to stay in bed and Mrs Warender as she preferred to be called, not Lady Warender, sent for the doctor to attend the housekeeper. This kindness to her staff was appreciated and made the staff very easy with her. From them she learnt a lot about her neighbours, especially her nearest, a certain Mr Jocelyn Northbridge of Bridge House, who was at present the employer of Gwenolin’s dearest friend, Miss Jane Robbins. Gwendolin hoped to persuade Jane to give up her post at Bridge House and become her live in friend and companion, it was something that she had been looking forward to since the death of her husband because neither Jane nor herself now had any living relatives and they had been brought up as sisters.


Gwendolin set out with Gillie to visit Mr Northbridge, she had no idea what revelations lay in store for her at her first meeting with this Gentleman. The news that she learned at Bridge House, was to alter her life and was to turn her into an amateur detective and lead her into untold dangers, which Mr Northbridge did not sanction at all. But he was to learn that there was more to Gwendoline Warender than he had ever envisaged.


Would Gwendolin succeed in winning his heart where countless beauties had been unsuccessful and could it all lead to happiness or disaster. An Historic romance, with a difference and well worth reading. I award this book 5 Red Roses,AS

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Danger In Her Arms


Danger in Her Arms by Phyllis Campbell/Wildrose Press/ebook


Taylor is taking her 3 year old daughter to the park to have some fun. Unfortunately what starts out as a nice day is suddenly going down hill fast. A man tries to kidnap her daughter, Meggie. If it wasn’t for the quick actions of a man who stops the kidnapper Taylor would have lost her daughter. When Taylor’s father comes to the park to check on her and Meggie, Taylor finds out that her father has been getting threatening letters. To protect her and Meggie he has hired a bodyguard for them. Wishing to thank the man that intervened, she soon discovers the man is Cory Ross, an old friend she was involved with 3 years ago. She was shocked to see him for she thought she saw him killed. Cory thought he would never see Taylor again. Only to be hired by her father to protect her and her daughter. He wants some answers as to what happened three years before and this time he is determined to get them. Now all Cory has to do is find out who is after Taylor and Meggie, while searching for the truth. Cory thought he had buried what he felt for Taylor only to find out that the more time he spends with her the more his feelings refuse to be buried. Taylor isn’t sure if she can trust Cory. She was told some things about him that makes her very afraid, but her heart has other ideas. Could Cory have changed or was she given information that wasn’t the truth? Only time will tell and hopefully everyone will make it out alive to find out the truth.This is a great story. It keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen next. It has a lot of twist and turns that make you wonder what will happen next. This one has some great suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I give this one 4 red roses.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Featured Author


Robert Appleton's book The Eleven Hour Fall received five red roses from us!













Robert Appleton is a multi-published poet, recently turned fiction writer. Drawing inspiration from early science-fiction novelists Verne, Wells, Burroughs, and later Richard Matheson, his work tends toward horror and exciting adventure. Readers will often find themselves in atmospheric settings - past or future -where human survival plays an instrumental role. A native of Bolton, England, he is proud to present his first novella, the science-fiction romance The Eleven-Hour Fall, by Eternal Press and his latest books - one as Arthur Everest.

Interview with Robert Appleton


Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a quiet twenty-eight year old Englishman. Responsibility and career are snapping at my heels, but so far I’ve managed to outrun both. I kayak and play soccer whenever I can. Lately, I’ve been glued to my laptop for weeks at a time, subsumed in a desire to tell stories. It’s an addictive tonic, and I’ll be sticking with it for a while.

What do you write?
I’ve dabbled in war and history, written a lot of published poetry, but nothing sparks my inspiration like sci-fi and the paranormal. My stories are always grounded, though. I tend to value plausibility over outrageousness. My first novella, The Eleven-Hour Fall, is part survival adventure, part romance. Though its set on a strange alien planet, it has a palpable realism in terms of the characters and their decisions. Kate Borrowdale is the heroine, and she’s tough, if not very sociable. So being stuck alone with the man of her dreams on a deserted world isn’t exactly the worst thing that’s ever happened to her. Not until the real dangers start to show up, that is…

http://www.blogger.com/www.eternalpress.ca/theeleventhhournew.html
My new sci-fi short, Café at the Edge of Outer Space, has action and thriller elements, but it’s much more of a coming of age story. All sixteen year olds, each paired with a mate in order to kick-start adulthood, must undergo a ten year exile from Earth as a rite of passage, and also to alleviate overpopulation. Many will never return. All pass through the café at the edge of outer space, the legendary waystation orbiting Earth.
The protagonist, Frank Archer, isn’t ready to leave home, and though he’s smitten with his girl, Emma Whitaker, he’s very much in over his head. But it’s time for the boy to become a man when the station is hit by a deadly terrorist attack.
There are elements of Frank’s alienation everywhere today in teenage life, from leaving home for university, to falling in love, to facing a blank, uncertain future—the outer space of life, as it were. It’s an entertaining story first and foremost, but those underlying themes are what inspired me to write it.

Why do you write?
It’s what I’m best at, and I enjoy the heck out of it. So much in this world pushes you along roads you’re supposed to take, or that you’d rather not take. Here’s one I think I was born to take. Well, that’s my version!

What are you writing now?
I’m gearing up for a time travel/ alternate history tale featuring Field Marshal Montgomery and his role in WW2. My brother and I both think he’s been marginalised in recent years. We’re going to put things right, or at least die trying! I’ve also started two ambitious sci-fi novels, which will take up most of my time until I reach thirty. Scary thought!
What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
Casual, inconspicuous, as few fashion labels as possible. Usually jeans and a sports shirt. I can blend in with the best of them.
Are you in love? Have you ever been?
Not really. Love is a tricky one. You convince yourself of it at the time, but later you look back and roll your eyes. She put a spell on you, that’s all, and it wore off.

Do you have a dream lover – and what does she look like?
God yes! Three words. Jennifer. Love. Hewitt. If the only way to meet her in Ghost Whisperer is to die, pass me the cyanide. Another one would be a young Jacqueline Bisset. Perfection!
What kind of comfort food do you like best?
That’s such a chick question. I could eat Dairy Milk chocolate all day, though.
What makes you laugh? Cry?
I’ve got quite a dry sense of humour. The funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life is a BBC comedy series called ‘Blackadder’, particularly the last season, ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’, set in the trenches during WW1. Rowan Atkinson just kills me in that. Cry? Not that I’d admit that, but uplifting moments get to me more than sad ones. Unless you count the ending of King Kong.
What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?
I play soccer every week, read quite a bit, go to the cinema/theatre occasionally, and watch dvds rather a lot. I’m a huge fan of James Stewart, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone. Reading-wise, Edgar Rice Burroughs and H.G. Wells tend to dominate my bookshelf. I’m definitely not one for pubs and clubs, and when I go on holiday it’s always off the beaten track. In my past life I was an explorer a la Shackleton, or at least one of his sled dogs.
What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!
Wow, okay—here goes! Pale skin, big eyes, sweet and feminine laugh, out of fashion, deep eyes, eye shadow, intelligence, summer dresses, bonnets, ample breasts and long lashes. Take your pick.
What do you hate about life?
Competition, authority and organised religion. Without those things, life would be much more pleasant for everyone. Wait! I’m not finished yet. I also hate alarm clocks and Big Brother. And mobile phones are the bane of society.
What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?
I’ll know when I’ve achieved my goal on the day I buy a house near the sea. Preferably with the income from writing books. ::adjusts his telescope:: Hmm, long ways off yet, Cap’n. But the rest won’t be achievement as much as fortuity. I like to go with the flow, just not society’s flow. I’m a rebel with a time machine.
What are you going to write next?
I also write under another name, Arthur Everest, and Eternal Press has recently released my time travel anthology, Esther May Morrow’s Buy or Borrow.
www.eternalpress.ca/esthermaymorrowborb.html
Each story involves a mysterious gift shop, all the items in which pertain to time in some way. I’m addicted to that series at the moment, so my next project will be an origin story called The Temporal Man. Without even writing a word, I know it’s going to be my best book yet. And if it isn’t, I’ll hop in my time machine and start over from scratch, until it damn well is my best book yet!
You can catch up with me at my Mercurial Times blog:
http://www.robertbappleton.blogspot.com/
or at my in-the-works Author Website:
www.freewebs.com/sevenmercury7

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Too Hot To Handle




Too Hot To Handle/Linda Sole/Eternal Press/2008Available from www.eternalpress.ca

A past love affair had gone wrong. Leaving Sylvie broken hearted. Torn between differences of her wealthy grandmother who has a startling past of her own, Sylvie goes to work in Paris for Cornel Wilde as his personal assistant. Where she meets his young and handsome nephew Rafe Wilde. Who she finds mysterious and quite irresistible. But can she ever forget her shattered past?

Rafe Wilde has been trying to forget a marriage that didn't work, a ex-wife that left him wounded as Sylvie shows up between a meeting with his uncle Cornel Wilde. Who was this beauty? Did his uncle have her for more than his personal assistant? It bothered him to distraction. He just had to find out!

Agreeing to come back to her grandmothers estate for her uncles wedding. Sylvie is confronted with temptations and fantasies of Rafe's who happens to be invited too. But as life takes a turn in both their lives, thrown together, can they resist each others desires? Rafe's got some secrets of his own and if Sylvie finds out about her grandmothers offer of wanting Rafe to marry her for bussiness shares ever comes to light, will it end their newfound wild love affair?

Filled with hot sensuality, second chances, new beginnings and above all love. This story is exciting and kept me reading on to see what happens next. Too Hot To Handle is a strong, #1 debut from author Linda Sole. I can't wait to see what Linda Sole writes next. If you're looking for a well written, touching, beautiful and sexy modern romance then this is it!! I only hope my review does Too Hot To Handle justice! I give this HOT story Five Red Roses!!! MP.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

The Finisher


Dee Shore/The Finisher/ Red Rose Publishing/ebook/ 84 pages


Presley is Sage's personal assistant. In his professional life he is a brilliant wrestler called The Finisher but he is hopeless at looking after himself. He needs Presley but the problem is that she has fallen in love with him. How long can she stand to see him playing the field with other women?


In a fit of rebellion, Presley starts to flirt, which makes Sage angry. He doesn't understand why she has changed, although until now he has seen her as a sister rather than a sexy woman! What will it take to bring these two together?


This is a funny, warm, lovely book! Highly recommended. Five red roses. Linda


The Adventurous Bride


THE ADVENTUROUS BRIDE
By
Miranda Jarrett.
Published by Mills and Boon
ISBN978-0-263-86253-9.




This Regency romance begins at Aston Hall, Kent in June 1784. Lady Mary Farren is enjoying the dancing in her father’s ballroom, but her mind is on the wonderful journey on which she is about embark with her dear friend and governess Miss Wood. Unfortunately her peace of mind is about to be shattered by her younger sister Lady Diana, who is a very flirtatious young lady. Their Father the Duke of Aston, who is heartily tired of Diana’s adventures, is looking for his youngest daughter and Miss Wood is unable to find her. Lady Mary sends Miss Wood back to placate The Duke while she searches for Diana, but Mary knows that it will not be too long before he realises that Diana is missing from the ballroom and he himself starts to search for her.
Lady Mary searches for her sister in the gardens but she is no where to be found, in desperation Mary heads for the stables, she had noticed her sister making eyes at a new stable hand. She finds Diana in the straw with the stable lad, in a very compromising position and hearing her father’s voice as he approaches the stable she begs Diana to come away quickly, but the stable boy grabs Mary’s arm and tries to pull her also into the straw, just then her father walks into the stable. He is understandably furious and orders his daughters to attend him in his study.


Mary is terrified that her father will stop her going on the grand tour and she is very angry with Diana. But to her surprise her father does not stop her travelling, instead he informs her that he intends to send Diana with her and she is to take charge of her wayward sister on the tour. He could stand Diana’s adventures no longer and intended to send her away from his sight for as long as possible. Mary is so relieved that she is still allowed to go on the Grand Tour that she determines to take care of her sister and be very strict with her.


The first stop for the sister’s on their journey is in Calais in France, where Mary meets a fascinating man in a small grubby antiques shop. She finds a painting of an Angel and determines to buy it, offering far more than the dealer has asked in order to secure the sale, which the dealer is reluctant to do. The gentleman having not seen the picture before is also interested in it but too late Lady Mary is insistent and buys it.


This painting is the beginning of many dangerous adventures, which the sisters will face on their journey’s. The gentleman whom Mary met in the art shop in Calais is Lord John Fitzgerald, an adventurer who soon becomes entangled in all of their adventures. Which sister is he interested in and will he be a true friend or will he betray them, for a profit. Can Mary stop her wayward sister from falling in love with almost any man she meets, eligible or not? Or can it be that Mary is the wayward one this time. An interesting and unusual Regency romance. I award this book 4 red Roses.AS

Breaking The Clouds


Breaking The Clouds/ Margaret Blake/ Robert Hale

978-0-7090-8562-1 £18.99 Hardback


Bronwen enjoys her new life in New Zealand but her husband hates it. Their marriage is breaking apart so when Jack disappears, Bron thinks he has left her - probably for another woman. She is shocked to discover that he has taken all the money from their joint account and she fears he may try to take the house.


Perhaps the worst part of this miserable affair is that a man she thought of as her friend seems to have known what was going on and didn't tell her. Job Tepi wants to help her now, but Bron is too upset to know who she can trust. She thinks her cousin Marged may be having an affair with Job. However, when danger strikes who else can she turn to? There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader busy until the end.


This is an exciting mystery romance. Very enjoyable and easy to read. Four red roses, Morna

Monday, 7 July 2008

Featured Author


Our featured author this week is Jane Toombs - a prolific author!

Welcome Jane.
Interview

Tell us a little about yourself



I live in the USA on the south shore of Lake Superior in the wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with the Viking from my past and our grandcat Kinko. My first book, Tule Witch, a gothic, was published in 1973. To date I have eighty plus published books out there, along with twenty some novellas and short stories.



What do you write?
Though I write in all genres except men’s action and erotica, my favorite to read and write is paranormal romance, My latest two releases will be out in July: The Dark Lighthouse, a suspense romance from Champagne Books and Traitor’s Kiss, a historical romance from Amber Quill Press. I have several others under contract.



Why do you write?
The late Phyllis Whitney once told me a real author is one who is compelled to write. So I guess I’m real. Those around me insist I turn quite testy when not writing, and the Viking has been known to order me to start another book. Writing is a lot like reading—you enter another world. Though this world happens to be one you’re creating, the sense of being elsewhere still prevails.

What are you writing now?
The two bonus novellas to finish up my North of Nonesuch Anthology which will be out in November from Whiskey Creek Press. North of Nonesuch will contain my Dame Turquoise stories from all the Jewels Of The Quill anthologies, plus these two new ones, "Let My Bones Rest" and "Capricorn Capers." JOTQ is a private promo group of twelve authors who promote each other as well as themselves. We do two anthologies a year, several of which have won awards. I’ve also planned out what I call my "caboose" story for the Orphan Train series by six different authors that Champagne Books is featuring Two are out, a third is ready, and mine will be the sixth and the last. The USA actually did send orphan trains west from New York City and Boston in the mid-1800s and folks along the stops took children off the train to adopt. Sometimes this worked well, often the children were mistreated. This series is fictional accounts of six such girls who overcame danger and hardship to not only find a place in the world for themselves, but true love as well. My "caboose" book has them all meeting in a Boston hotel for a grand reunion, ten years after they were together on the train.

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
Casual, with a few fancy duds for conferences and special occasions. I rarely wear dresses because I feel more comfortable in pants—jeans and so on. Even my few "dress" clothes are pants suits.



Are you in love? Have you ever been?
Sure have. Though I divorced my first husband after he told me it was either writing or him, I did love him. My second husband and I met in a writing class—love at first sight. We merged my five kids with his two, but still wrote. I was published first, then he was. Though we edited each other’s mss. and brainstormed together, we never actually collaborated on a book. We did so well I retired from nursing and he retired from personnel management so we could write full time. After he died, I had no desire to go through the uncertainties of love a third tiem. But then the Viking from my past called me from Nevada (I was living in New York at the time) . He’d read one of my books with a Swedish hero and was calling to ask if I’d modelled the guy on him. During our talk I learned he was divorced and he learned I was a widow. Vikings work fast. The next I knew I was on a plane to Nevada and, whoa, we discovered age has nothing to do with love. We’ve been together ever since and—here’s romance for you—we’re even going to be buried together.



Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like?
I always fancied bad boys. Humphrey Bogart was my first hero, and I never did really replace him, although Sean Connory came close..


What kind of comfort food do you like best?
Caramel-covered popcorn and good chocolate. Though I will accept Hershey’s kisses if necessary.

What makes you laugh? Cry?
Well done comedies. Jokes where the punch line is a twist on words. Cry? Almost anything sad in a book or movie chokes me up.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?
I do love to read. After I’m through writing a book, it feels like I’ve
emptied myself out and reading fills me up again. I do like to garden, but do less of it the older and creakier I get. The Viking and I take daily walkd down to the Township Park and back most every day, and pick up all the trash people manage to throw out of cars along the way. I’d call them pigs, but actually pigs are very clean animals. We have bird feeders all over the place, but taking care of them is his job. We do enjoy the birds.



What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!
I tend to like kind and thoughtful people, and truly appreciate those who don’t assume I love all dogs and small children. Unruly dogs and unruly little ones tend to turn me off. Not that I don’t like kids, but I did teach mine manners. I notice cat people are far more likely not to inflict their pets on visitors that dog people, but I haven’t a clue why. I really have never gotten turned on by any women. Men certainly have turned me on, but the Viking most of all.



What do you hate about life?
I’m none too fond of the ailments that creep up as one ages, though we do our best to deal with them and still enjoy life.



What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?
Life has been good to me. I enjoyed working as a nurse, but really didn’t miss it after I began writing full time. I’ve been lucky to have three interesting men as partners. I’ve also raised seven children in all and love them all. And I’ve succeeded as a writer, which always was my dream.



What are you going to write next?
Finish the two novellas needed to complete my North of Nonesuch Anthology. Write The Outcast, my "caboose" book. Finish Weregriffin, the second book in my Far Darkness Trilogy. Write Unwanted, the second book in my Underground series. Write my next Dame Turquoise story for the fifth JOTQ anthology. Finish Dragon’s Pearl, the first book in my Darkness of Dragons Anthology. All this will certainly take me into some time next year. Probably late next year.




What a busy lady Jane is - and a lady after my own heart I think. Congratulations on writing all those books JANE. That is tremendous!

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Featured Author Tabitha Shay

Multi talented author Tabitha Shay joins us this week!





Tabitha's new book as Jayden Chelcee out now and at number one ar Eternal Press alist at fictionwise!





For a month or more Tabith's books Witch's Brew and Witch's Heart were at number one and two in the Eternal Press list at fictionwise! I wouldn't mind betting that Montanna Men will be up there too!





Red Roses reviewed Witch's Heart and gave it a bouquet of roses.

Tabitha's interview

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Tabitha Shay, wife, mother, grandmother and paranormal romance author. Keeping everything balanced takes patience and effort.
I live in the USA in Oklahoma. I guess you could say I’m a cross between a Southern Rebel, an Ozark Hillbilly and an Okie Cowgirl.

What do you write?
I write paranormal romances and contemporary western romances. Witch’s Brew, book one of the Winslow Witches of Salem Series is my first book and a paranormal romance. The story ranges from 1692 Salem, to a more modern day setting that still come across as early village days. I created in entire new world, Ru-Noc, where witches, warlocks, wizards and wakens (male witches) dwell, along with an assortment of familiars. Witch’s Heart is book two in the series and picks up where Witch’s Brew leaves off. I would highly recommend you read Witch’s Brew first. Witch’s Moon, book three, is scheduled for release Oct. 7th. However, In the Arms of Danger, my first contemporary western romance is scheduled for release June 7th, under the pen name, Jaydyn Chelcee. Danger’s story is book one in the five books Montana Men Series. Book two, No Holds Barred is scheduled for release in Dec. Then I have four more contracts I’m obligated to meet with my publisher, two more of the Winslow witch series and two more of the Montana Men. I guess after those, I’ll find out if EP wants to keep me and offer more contracts. (Laughs)


Why do you write?
I got tired of reading romances that just didn’t satisfy me and decided to write something I’d enjoy. I really never planned to go for publishing, but one of my sisters decided she’d heard enough of my stories and wanted me to get serious about my work. I have her to thank for giving me the nudge in the publishing direction. I’m about as hooked as one can be. I couldn’t give up writing now for anything.


What are you writing now?
I have several projects in the works. I’m researching for a historical I have planned set in 1800s Colorado, about a young woman from New Orleans who inherits a silver mine and gets much more than she bargained for. Plus, I’m working on a spin off series from the Montana Men, but these will both have to wait until I finish both the series in progress right now. No matter what I write, you can bet there will be smokin love scenes and plenty of action and adventure.


What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
Well, I hate shopping for clothes, so usually I stock up for two or three years at a time, then I’m down to rags before I’ll go buy more clothes. You’ll usually find me in oversized T-shirts, shorts or jeans. I’m a very casual dresser, unless of course, there’s business involved, then I try to dress professional.

Are you in love? Have you ever been?
I’ve been married for over 30 years this July. I have a good hubby who takes wonderful care of me. On the other hand, there is an actor who has lately caught my eye…I’ve fallen in love with Skeet Ulrich. And yes, I’m old enough to be his mother, darn it…but I can dream!...lol….I would love for him to be a hero from one of my novels, if one is ever made into a movie, that is.


Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like?
Amazing the males who appeals to one…as I said, Skeet Ulrich.


What kind of comfort food do you like best?
Oh, God, give me chocolate in any form.


What makes you laugh? Cry?
I like good comedy, but I have very little tolerance for stupid comedy and I feel strongly that there is a big difference in the two. It doesn’t take much to make me cry. God gave me a tender heart.


What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

Well, I love to go four-wheel riding with hubby. I like to read, though find it difficult to make time. I love action movies and spending time with my children and grandchildren. I’m an avid collector of just about anything, but my main interests are coins. I love coins, especially the Morgan silver dollars. I collect Betty Boop pieces where ever I can find them and I collect teacups and saucers, lighthouses and swords. Guess you could say I have a mish-mash of collections.

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!
Honesty and faithfulness.

What do you hate about life?
Right now, I have zero tolerance for oil companies and their inflated gasoline prices and profits.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?
I used to pray I’d live long enough to see my children raised and see what kind of adults they became. I’ve been blessed with having those prayers answered and then some. I feel rewarded because two of my daughters-in-law have said to me, “I want to thank you for the way you raised your son. He’s a good man and a good husband.” Now that brings tears to my eyes.

What are you going to write next?
Finish the edits on, No Holds Barred, then start on Witch’s Magic the fourth witch book and Too Close to the Fire, the third Montana Men book. After that, I will work on the next books in those two series. As you see, I’m going to remain busy for a long time.
You can scope out my books a www.tabithashay.com
Or http://www.eternalpress.ca