March 8, 2012

Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham

Moving in Rhythm. 
Imagine you're so shy that you break into a cold sweat at the very idea of talking with someone interesting. That's the dilemma faced by Mark Apolostolos, the hero of Moving in Rhythm. It takes a patient man, good friends and two loving dogs to get him out of his shell.
Mark Apolostolos should be able to have any man he wants. Handsome and smart, he’s also cripplingly shy, especially around attractive men. Tired of waking up alone, he’s desperate to conquer his insecurities and have a real, meaningful relationship.
He gets his first opportunity when he tags along to his sister-in-law’s dance class and lays eyes on the sexy instructor. Seth Miller has a way of moving that takes his breath away. It isn’t long before sparks fly and they share a steamy kiss, but Seth wants much more than just a casual encounter.
If Mark wants a real relationship with Seth he’ll have to come to terms with his sexuality—but will it be enough to break through the walls he’s built up around his heart?
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March 7, 2012

Real Names and Series by Jane Toombs

Going back to New Year's Eve of 2009, I made a resolution that I had to finish the first book in every series I'd done synopses for before I could dream up any more series. Hey, I was awash in them, and hadn't proposed any to publishers because the first book wasn't finished. I've renewed that resolution for the past two years and will in 2012 as well.
So far I've sold five series, but only one, a trilogy is finished. Why? Because I didn't think ahead. I didn't see that when you propose a series and send the first book, the publisher is going to want the rest of the series ASAP. So it's slow going.
As for using real names, a couple of my writer friends have had people write and tell them that they used somebody's real name in their books. Usually the person was thrilled. But some were angry. Or threatening to sue. I have never heard, though, that any suit did happen.
So when I became fascinated with a new friend's last name and decided I wanted to use it for a series, I asked her if she or her husband would mind. He told her he'd get a kick out of it and, she, a writer herself, thought it'd be fun. I didn't use either of their first names, though.
The name is Raffin, and that name in my imagination translated into a family where anything could happen. Since I like to write paranormal suspense romance, that name was perfect.
So The Nonesuch Raffins Series of five books was born some time ago, but is now contracted for with Devine Destinies. Being a plotter instead of a pantser, I first created an overall synopsis for the family before going on to write the synopses for the five offspring: two females, two males, and Gray, a half-brother from the father's first marriage (his wife died). Since the different paranormal abilities all come from Gray's step-mother's side, he doesn't believe he's afflicted with any. His is the last book, and man, is he wrong. I expect to have a lot of fun writing the books.
Maybe as much fun as I've had writing my Dangerous Darkness Series for Red Rose Publishing. I'm down to the fourth and last book in that one and can hardly wait to write Stranger On The Shore. The first three are available now.and I'm giving away an electronic copy of the first book in that series, Shadow On The Floor to someone who comments.
This series begins with four Special Op Agents in a Central American jungle. They run into unfriendly fire and three of them believe they see their leader killed. The first three books begin with that prologue, using the POV of the hero of that book.
The first chapter starts with them back in civilian life in the States, facing a problem. The last book, though, has no prologue for a very good reason,
I like to read series as mich as I enjoy writing them. Another is my DAGON HOUSE SERIES of paranormal suspense romances for Champagne Publishing, The first book, Taken In, is out now, and is my give-away.

Taken In

Gail flees New York City after witnessing a murder. Afraid the hit man has seen her, she heads for the Adirondacks. Jason, a secret agent reaches her before the hit man, but with the hit man on their tail, Jason swerves onto a narrow mountain road, losing the hit man, but crashing. Both are forced to take shelter in an old Victorian called Dagon House where a terrible danger awaits…
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March 6, 2012

A Polish Heart by Stephanie Burkhart

A Polish Heart. 
Kayelle, thanks so much for having me here today. I wanted to talk about inspiration, specifically, inspiration for my latest release, 'A Polish Heart.' The story is a 99 cent, 16K 'sweet' international contemporary romance set in Warsaw, Poland and has a family/Easter theme, perfect for this time of year.

Believe it or not, I'm not one to find inspiration in dreams. I very rarely dream. When I hit the pillow, I'm out until the alarm clock buzzes the next morning. I find a lot of my inspiration in research. When Rebecca Vickery put out a call for short stories for her Spring/Easter anthology last year I knew I wanted to be a part of it. With that in mind, I decided to draw on my Polish roots, as the strong traditions I held as a child growing up have stayed with my heart.

I grew up in New Hampshire and generally spent my Easters with my mother's family, which were Polish. My grandmother, Bopie, (short for Bopshie, Polish for grandmother) loved to make ethnic foods. There were pierogi, homemade breads, hams, stuffed cabbage, and even beet soup. The family ate the Easter meal after mass and then we'd go "up the hill" visiting. We'd eat some more, and the twins, Stanley and Johnny, would play their guitar and accordion. We'd dance to old-fashioned polkas and have a great time.

I enjoyed our Easter traditions, going to mass with my family, cooking, and visiting. As I look back, I don't think I appreciated those times as much as I do now. This upbringing really instilled in me a love of traditions and I want to pass onto my sons. Just recently, I started making pierogi with my boys. It's an all day affair since they're made from scratch, but both Andrew and Joe really get into the different aspects of cooking from making the dough, rolling it out, and stuffing it.

In 'A Polish Heart' the hero, Darrin, is a hard worker and loves being architect, but he's out of touch with his faith. He accepts a project to go overseas to Warsaw, Poland. Darrin meets Sofia, his interpreter, and what he finds is a sense of family, customs, and traditions he's been lacking, but does he want these changes to resonate in his life?

BLURB: Will Sofia's faith give Darrin his heart back?

5 Stars, Joy Cagil, Amazon Reviewer:
"A heartwarming tale."

'A Polish Heart' is published through Amazon Select program and is available through Amazon.