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Senior Reviewer Debbie Wiley  I don’t remember the first fantasy novel I ever read but I do remember the first one I fell in love with. JRR Tolkien’s THE HOBBIT captivated me like no other book had, taking me on a long and winding quest where creatures of legend lived and breathed. Since that long-ago time in 8th grade, I’ve soared on the backs of dragons with Anne McCaffrey, attended wizarding school with Harry Potter and JK Rowling, and...

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When I started developing the Chocoverse, I wanted to tell a story without easy answers, where nobody was exactly in the right, and they are all trying their best despite difficult circumstances.  I mean, come on, my heroine commits treason to her home planet within the first few chapters of the first book – because she believes stealing a cacao pod from one of Earth’s heavily guarded plantations will actually prevent war.  (The basic premi...

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One of the most unusual upper-class traditions during the American Gilded Age and the English Victorian and Edwardian Eras was that of American heiresses marrying into British nobility for money.  This fascinated me and led to years of research to write American Duchess. Some famous examples of dollar brides include Winston Churchill’s mother Jennie Jerome; Cora, Lady Grantham in Downton Abbey (yes, I know that one is fiction) and my very r...

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One of the first harbingers of spring in my area is the appearance of several tiny flowers that thrive in the grass, a miniature violet with a bloom smaller than a fingernail and one plant with a bitty yellow snapdragon-shaped flower.  Easy to overlook, they are nonetheless beautiful. For this month of emerging spring, we will likewise look at the stories of some fascinating but relatively unknown Tudor ladies.  Most readers are familiar with t...

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Meet Colter Hayes. He’s 6’2” tall, 180 pounds of mostly muscle, with close-cropped dark blond hair and intense blue eyes. He’s loyal to a fault, loves dogs (he lives with the Combat Tracker Dog who was his partner in the Marines), and can make a woman feel dangerous things. But all he sees is a man who’s damaged. Someone who came home from war with an injury that left him less than whole. Partly it’s his leg, now held together by a ro...

The not-so-tough go to the beach, which is exactly where my main character Celeste Jones in The Summer Retreat goes after her latest true love turns out not to be so true. This is another story set in my new fictional town of Moonlight Harbor, which I based loosely on the charming beach town of Ocean Shores, Washington. Ocean Shores offers visitors an impressive system of canals for kayaking and a funky downtown that is a mix of both new and vint...

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We use the word beauty in many different scenarios and situation, but could we ever use it to describe death? In Glimpse, the Beautiful Deaths, criminal psychologist Patricia Holmes, attached to the Major Crime Squad of the Western Australian Police Department does. That’s a beautiful dress, we might say, or what a beautiful day, those flowers are beautiful, that child has a beautiful personality, she has a beauty spot on her cheek……….You...

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There are buddy cop films where the plot involves two people of different personalities who are forced to work together to defeat the bad guys, sometimes learning from each other in the process. And then there are buddy writers. Two people of comparative personalities who choose to work together to create a story that readers will hopefully love, most definitely learning from each other in the process. Crockett & Tubbs, Murtaugh & Riggs, ...

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Enjoy this chat between bestselling author Sarah Morgan and Fresh Fiction Editorial Manager Danielle Dresser! The unlikely friendship between Grace and Audrey is my favorite part of this novel. How did these two characters come to life for you? I’m pleased you enjoyed that part of the book because it was my favorite part to write! I knew from the start of this book that I wanted to write an inter-generational friendship. I felt it would add a r...

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First, a word about the romance genre. As those of us who write—and read—romance know, romance is often the underdog of fiction. Literary types in particular often look down on it. How sad for them. For romance has the power to sweep us away on a magical journey where heroes and heroines triumph against daunting odds. It uplifts, encourages and fills us with hope. It’s the stuff of inspiration. I’m proud to write it—for these reasons: 1...

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Dead End Jobs makes for a mystery…
Guests / June 9, 2005

After my batch of exceedingly bad books over the weekend, I decided to cleanse the reading palate so to speak and take a wander into the death side of reading. Chortle. In other words, I picked up a mystery to read today. I didn’t want too much blood and mayhem, wanted something lighter but not totally fluff, hoped for a bit of romance, would settle for a relationship. Not too stringent requirements I thought, so I pulled out the ...

Bitten, Stolen & Lost Sleep
Guests / June 7, 2005

I apologize in advance for any mistakes ths post will have. I haven’t slept the past 2 nites. Two good friends, who shall remain blamed not blameless, got me hooked by giving me the first two books in the Kelly Armstrong “Women of the Otherworld” series. You might say on Sunday night I was BITTEN, and Monday night was STOLEN from me if you were as slap happy as I am at the moment. I am truly surprised and thrilled to f...

Monday Blahs!
Guests / June 6, 2005

It’s Monday, and after a fabulous Sunday with the tea group at brunch, the signing, and the chilling out afterwards I’m suffering let down. As was stated it’s really enjoyable getting together with this group and debating the good, the bad, and the indifferent as to different authors, genres, and lives in general. Who would have thought that such a diverse group could get along so well, and not have someone running off...

Enchanted in Dallas
Guests / June 6, 2005

Our tea group did the chick-lit thing yesterday — aren’t we just on the cusp? And what is that you may inquire or not, well, let me tell you. We met in one of the best people watching (and be seen) spots on McKinney Avenue for brunch (just like the best of the best in NYC, Dallas has a lively albeit smallish, action avenue), then we trooped (or trudged) in the heat down a couple of blocks to the Uptown Borders for a booksign...

My weekly update on reading
Guests / June 5, 2005

Well not hardly anything has changed from last week for me. I finished Loki’s Sin by Saje Williams and it was a wonderful book, with lots of twists and turns and surprises. It ended somewhat abruptly, but I expect that is because it was set up for there to be a sequel to it. So I’ll be awaiting that to come out eventually. I’m still working on Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati in audio and I’m actually getti...

Why I like longish road trips…
Guests / June 5, 2005

Because if I’m not driving and the road isn’t too rough, I can READ!!!! Yup, we did a family road trip to Canton, to the huge flea markets there and in 90plus heat with tremendous humidity — oh, please let it rain — and not a breeze to be felt! Nothing particular to buy, but trying to hit it one time before the HEAT of summer. At least it wasn’t crowded, everyone else stayed home in the coolness. Had two bo...

Hectic Week?!?!?
Guests / June 3, 2005

I have sent my family off this morning so this afternoon (now that I am done with work) I am settling down to a much deserved bubble bath and I am going to finish Every Which Way But Dead. So far, it has been highly entertaining, but there is so much crammed into this book, I am having a hard time keeping it straight. My sister has organized my bookshelfs, now in alphabetical order. I even have a spot in the hardbacks with a note indica...

Cool down in Texas heat with…
Guests / June 2, 2005

Ever thought about reading a “winter” mystery during the hot, hot blaze of a Texas summer? Well, I didn’t until M. brought a new book to my attention. It’s a novel idea, don’t you think? What better way to cool down then to think SNOW. Like the old movie, Holiday Inn, I’m singing off-key in my head “snow, snow, snow…” but I’m not getting any cooler. In the fifth installment of ...

Trying yet again!
Guests / June 1, 2005

Today I’ve decided I’m going to master posting images and links. Let’s see if I succeed or not. If I succeed I’ll graciously accept all accolades, and if I fail I’ll beg forgiveness for taking up time and space! I’m currently reading Sexy Lexy by Kate Moore. This is going to be my official first read of summer. I started it on Tuesday evening, and have already managed about 130 pages of the 324 in the...