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Law of Attraction – Welcome Darlene Fredette

It’s my pleasure to welcome Darlene Fredette to share a little of her writing journey and tell us about her new contemporary romance, Law of Attraction. Thanks for stopping by, Darlene!

What was it about this story that compelled you to write it?

Law of Attraction was the very first story I completed almost sixteen years ago. The story idea of two lawyers battling during a legal case and their troubled past just entered my head one day (as most of my stories do). Many rejections and layers of dust collected until I dusted it off and made it shine.

What do you love/hate the most about being a writer?

Dedicating the time to write is my biggest obstacle. Daily life keeps me quite busy. Then there’s social media, which I like to refer to as a ‘time sucker’. Getting a page written is a good day for me, and typing ‘the end’ is the best feeling.

Who are your writing heroes/favourite authors?

I have too many favourite authors to list them all, but some of my top reads are by Penny Jordan, Jane Porter, Sarah Addison Allen, and Beth Kendrick.

How do you define romance? Can you tell us about an especially romantic moment/event in your life?

Romance is that feel-good feeling that puts butterflies in the pit of your stomach. My husband is my hero and my best friend. The day we married is a day that holds special memories in my heart.

What is your favourite genre to read?

Heartwarming contemporary romances are my favourite read, but I’m also a fan of western romances (love a good cowboy story) and chick lit romance.

perf5.000x8.000.inddDetermined to win back Christina, Steven will take the law into his own hands…even if he has to play dirty.

Lawyer Christina Crawford has a successful career and stable financial future, but is it enough?  Her world is disrupted when a routine divorce case means working with a man she never expected—or wanted—to see again.  During their first meeting, she can’t deny a connection still exists.  Her head warns her to run, but her heart yearns to stay.

Steven Mitchell is ruthless in the court room, but outside those doors, his easy charm, good looks and unlimited stream of female companions gives him an unscrupulous reputation.  Six years ago Christina saw beyond his façade, but the emotions she evoked scared him and he pushed her away.  Now he wants a second chance and he is determined to get her back…even if he has to play dirty.

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Heart pounding in her chest, she closed the door behind him. Wearing her best business face, she returned to this disastrous meeting and sat. Christina drew in a deep breath, and a measure of control was restored. She picked up her pen and flipped open the case file. “So, according to these documents, your client is contesting the divorce?”

Steven reached across the table and snatched the pen from her hand. “What’s the rush, Christina? We haven’t seen each other in years. There’s a lot of catching up to do.”

She clenched her teeth together, barely parting her lips as she spoke. “We have nothing but this case to discuss.”

“Come on, don’t be like that.” He leaned back in his chair, frowning. “You’re not still holding a grudge, are you? What happened was so long ago. I hoped we could start fresh, as friends.”

“Are you freaking serious?” She glared an icy stare. Forget a slow death by high heel. She’d get more pleasure strangling him with her bare hands. “You accused me of misconduct, had me fired, and now you want to be friends?” Her heart thumped a rapid beat in her ears. “You’re out of your mind.”

Bio:

An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of her own. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When Darlene isn’t writing, editing, or reading, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab.

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Welcome Mae Archer, Author Hollywood Dreams

The lovely Mae Archer joins me today to talk about her new release “Hollywood Dreams” and her journey to publication.  Welcome Mae!

What was it about this story that compelled you to write it?

This has been a story that started out as a daydream and the eternal ‘What if?’ question. What if a woman fell in love with a lovely, ordinary man, but he turned out to be a movie actor. Over the years the part of the male love interest was based on my celebrity crushes. After watching Gladiator, Russell Crowe played the part. Then I went to see Blood Diamond and it was Leo, only Leo. But who wouldn’t sigh over Ryan Gossling in Crazy Stupid Love. Yum. And then I watched This Means War and it became all about Chris Pine. So ultimately Chris is the inspiration for my character Tom Calvert, a slashie model turned soap actor, who wants to move to the big time and so embarks on his method acting gambit as Beau Tennant, a war hero with a disabling injury. In the end I was compelled to write this story because the idea just wouldn’t go away. After all that thinking the story just poured out of me and it felt like it wrote itself.

Can you tell us about your writing journey from idea to published manuscript?

The first novel I ever wrote was my romance novel Return to Me, but I was too hesitant to submit it. It took me three years to finish it and I lost all perspective and started thinking that perhaps this novel was my ‘practice’ book to learn the skills I needed. I also started feeling self conscious about becoming a romance writer.

So I put the manuscript away in metaphorical bottom drawer and kept writing. Over the years I kept thinking about Return to Me and getting other ideas for romance novels. I revisited Return to Me and depending on how I was feeling sometimes I would read it and think it was good, other times I would think it was bad, so it remained in the bottom drawer a few more years. Eventually I had developed a thick enough skin that I didn’t care what people thought about romance writers, or whether it was rejected and so I finally submitted it to my agent. She submitted to two publishers and I got an offer from both, and the rest is history. So if I have any lessons to impart from this process it is to just spin the wheel and submit. To paraphrase Tennyson’s famous quote “Tis better to have submitted and lost, than to have never submitted at all.”

What do you love/hate the most about being a writer?

What I love most about being a writer is that I’m never lonely and bored. I always have an internal world going on in my imagination as I think about my current work in progress.

I hate the fact that I don’t make a living from my writing and have to work at other jobs, but hope springs internal that one day it might happen.

Tell us about the job(s) that have sustained you while pursuing your writing career.

I was a public servant, waitress, receptionist, administrator, and designed databases. Now I’m a high school teacher and it’s the first time I love my day job.

Who is your favourite romantic lead in a book or movie and why?

My favourite romantic lead in a movie is Ryan Gossling as Jacob Palmer in Crazy Stupid Love. He is a playboy who has all the smooth moves, and then he falls for the Hannah who isn’t impressed by him. My all time favourite scene is when Hannah, Emma Stone, asks Jacob for his big move. He tells her that he works the conversation onto Dirty Dancing and then does the lift, which he then demonstrates, sans shirt of course. I’ve watched that movie numerous times and I always love that scene.

Can you share a motto or inspirational quote that has helped you achieve success?

‘It’s not what you do, it’s what you get done.’ This quote has provided me with much comfort over the years while I’ve been working in various jobs and writing on the side. It meant that even though I was fighting to become published, the fact that I was writing regularly and dedicating myself to the craft then I could call myself a writer.

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Former soap star Tom Calvert dreams of making movies that matter. To get the part of a lifetime he becomes a method actor, living as Beau Tennant, a war hero with a disabling injury. While in character he meets Maree Reynard, a costume designer, and takes her on a date. But when this practice date becomes all too real he realizes that he’s made the mistake of a lifetime. Will he be able to get Maree to fall in love with Tom Calvert?

Maree Reynard’s father is an actor and she has grown up on a studio lot. She has no illusions about the artifice of the movie-making business and has vowed she would never date an actor. When she meets and falls in love with Beau Tennant she knows that she’s found her dream man who is genuine and real. But when Beau disappears from her life she is heartbroken. She meets Tom Calvert on the rebound and sees their flirtation as a way of recovering her shattered confidence. Will Tom Calvert be able to convince her he is the real deal?

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Brief Bio

Mae Archer knew she wanted to be a writer since she was a child. She loved listening to her grandmother’s war stories about English maidens falling in love with handsome Yankees while England burnt under the Luftwaffe’s blitz. When she discovered romance novels as a teenager she soon realised that her dream job was to be a romance writer. After many career twists and turns she’s making her dreams come true. Her real life is like one of her grandmother’s stories. She met a foreigner who travelled through Australia and it was love at first sight. She married him six months after they met and every day since has been an adventure. She lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of Return to Me and Hollywood Dreams.Mae Archer headshot 2

Mae loves to hear from readers. You can contact her through her website, www.maearcher.com.

Email: mae.archer@ymail.com

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Mending The Shroud – Welcome Author JM Bray

Today I have great pleasure in welcoming Mending The Shroud Author JM Bray to tell us about his new release and exciting blog tour!

Can you tell us about your writing journey from idea to published manuscript?

It was both a very long, and surprisingly short journey. Around 1989 I had an idea inspired by a passage from the Bible. An army surrounds a prophet and his people and the he prays that his servant’s eyes be opened. When they were, he say the armies of heaven as well. The story suggests that the angels were already there, but couldn’t be seen. This started a big ‘what if’ for me. What if there were another existence, between ours and that eternal realm, that we didn’t know about?

I typed about thirty pages, yes, typed personal computers were pretty rare then. I’d been married just a few years, we had two daughters and life became busy with trying to provide. So, I put the pages in a red binder, slipped it in my box of artsy stuff and got on with life. In 2012 I found the notebook in my desk and, after reading the pages, thought there was still a story there. The rough draft came in about 3 months, the editing took another six, and in Feb 2013 I started sending it out. Escape Publishing picked it up in April and released Tearing the Shroud, December 2013.

Now, Mending the Shroud, book two in the Shroud trilogy is out and available for purchase.

What do you love/hate the most about being a writer?

The personal level of what we do. It’s a true love/hate thing for me. Writers grow these stories, pouring ourselves into them. It’s an amazing, glorious, wonderful process. Then we set them out for the world to see. You know that not everyone will enjoy your work, but it still hurts a bit when they don’t.

What is your favourite genre to read?

I love Fantasy, it’s my go to genre. In my “real life work” I deal with tons of life issues. When I read, I want something as far away from it as possible. Sure, there are still similar plot point conflicts, but with magic, strange beasts, and other realms, it makes them more palatable.

Who is your favourite romantic lead in a book or movie and why?

Westley, from The Princess Bride, perfectly portrayed by Cary Elwis (whom I’ve met.) He knows that he loves Buttercup, long before she realizes it, but never pressures her or forces the moment. Instead, he lets her come to the realization in her own time. He also doesn’t give up on their love, no matter what obstacles stand in the way.

Can you share a motto or inspirational quote that has helped you achieve success?

The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know. — Socrates

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The second in the fresh, exciting romantic fantasy Shroud trilogy takes up where Tearing the Shroud leaves off – with the lives, the loves, and the mythical world beyond our own. 

 
After accepting bodily possession and saving the world, Vincent thought his life would get easier. He thought wrong. The Shroud may not have torn wide open, but it did tear a little, and the retribution for the failure is coming hard, fast, and directly at Vincent and the people he loves. His only hope is to once again accept possession from Coleman and do battle with the deformed, terrifying Kafla. But this time, he’s not alone. Jule, the woman he loves and hopes to marry, is possessed as well, and together the four of them become a formidable team. Together they hope to stave off the invasion and take the fight to the Realm, but only a supreme sacrifice can mend the Shroud and save both their lives and their worlds.

 

Mending the Shroud Links

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About the Author
J.M. Bray lives in Southern California with his college sweetheart and their two dogs. After a lifetime together, they are happier than the moment they met. When not writing or working his “day job”, he loves to cook, play the guitar, and travel with his wife. Every chance he gets, he races an old Porsche named “Tuffy” at tracks in the southwest.

 

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