November 15, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Kelley Heckart author The Bear Goddess @CelticChick #RLFblog #Fantasy

5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Kelley Heckart.

What were you like when you were in school?
I was quiet and shy. My teachers wrote on my report cards that I needed to speak up more in class.
What is your favorite quote?
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." Leo Tolstoy
What was your favorite book as a child?
I started reading at age 4 so I don't remember what I liked then, but I do remember when I was a little older I liked the Nancy Drew series. I do remember a favorite book as a pre-teen: Where the Red Fern Grows. I also liked The Outsiders.
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
Divergent. I liked it because there was a strong female heroine who wasn't afraid to fight back.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
My latest hero is a centaur shifter so I guess it would be a song about horses. Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones would be his ringtone. I love that song.

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Title: The Bear Goddess, Book 1: The Arcadia Series
Genre: Greek myths/fantasy
Author: Kelley Heckart
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Romance, fantasy and magic in Bronze Age Arcadia (Greece)
Forbidden love…Broken vows…Betrayal…
Callisto, the daughter of the great Arcadian King Lycaon and the nymph Maia, studied all her life to attain the high position of Bear Goddess among the nymphs of Artemis, taking a sacred vow of purity. But when she meets a mysterious man, her life changes forever.
Kasin is a prince among the fierce centaurs and one of few who can take human shape. A follower of Zeus, he is mystified to save a nymph's life and even worse, to fall in love with an enemy of the centaurs. He is torn between his duty to his people and his love for Callisto.
When the nymphs capture Kasin for their next sacrifice, his capture threatens to expose his secret connection with Callisto and her betrayal to Artemis. Soul bound to him, she cannot allow him to be sacrificed and helps him escape. Obsessed with having Callisto for himself, the god Pan is determined to kill the centaur. On the run from the nymphs, danger and betrayal follow Kasin and Callisto. To survive, they must evade Pan's vengeance as well as others who also want to keep them apart. Will their love for each other be enough to save them?

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November 14, 2014

JoAnne Myers, Crime and Mystery Writer @scooterismine #RLFblog #mystery

Title Flagitious
Genre crime/mystery anthology
Author JoAnne Myers
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Hello, and thank you for having me back. I will be awarding two people who comment a PDF or paperback of their choice. The choices are: Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery, Loves, Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology, Wicked Intentions-a paranormal anthology, Flagitious- a crime/mystery anthology, The Crime of the Century-a biography true crime, Twisted Love:12 cases of love gone bad-a biography true crime anthology, and Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between.
Blurbs for Flagitious, a four crime/mystery anthology
"To Solve His Mother's Murder"
After his Air Force career was interrupted by his mother's untimely murder, Steven Moore returned home. Met with a cold reception of lies, secrets, and threats, he is determined too find Wanda's killer, even at the cost of his own life. Was Wanda a victim of the legendary Hatchet Man? Was this loving and devoted mother killed because of her shady past, or for her inheritance? Between finding the truth and falling in love, Steven stops at nothing, to solve his mother's murder.
"The Other Couple's Child"
Charlotte had it all. A loving and devoted husband. Supportive family and friends, and a house full of beautiful children. Everything was perfect for this Super Mom, until a medical procedure turns her life upside down, and spirals into a child abduction case. Time is running out. Will police arrive in time to save Charlotte and the other couple's child?
"3381 Market Street"
Katherine Sims, a young widow working for a brokerage firm in a small southeastern town, is tired of the excuses concerning Charlie's absence. She knows something terrible must have happened to her favorite nephew with the sad blue-eyes. After exposing the killer, Katherine's life is turned upside down and she finds herself fighting for her life. Filled with maniacal suspects, a Satanic Cult, and danger around each corner, this story depicts one woman's courage too avenge a child's murder, while finding unexpected love.
"The Tarot Card Murders"
New Detective, and ex-navel man, twenty-six-year-old Nick Difozzio, returns to his small county determined too abolish crime. Not until death knocked on his door, did he know the face of evil. Will the decorated veteran destroy the Lycanthropes, or will he succumb to their murderess desires and become one of them? He took an oath too protect, honor, and uphold the law, but can he defy the lust, riches, and power offered, or are the 'dark forces' stronger than his will?

Excerpt (from "3381 Market Street")

Leaning back against the side of the pool, Katherine stretched her long legs before closing her eyes. Suddenly, someone shoved her beneath the surface and held her there by her hair. Unable to breath, she scratched frantically at her foe's arm until her attacker released her. Popping up from her watery grave, she gasped for air, her eyes stinging from the chlorine. Temporarily blind, an alert staff member pulled her from the pool. Choking, and spitting water, she said, "Someone tried to drown me."
Looking about, the employee said, "Miss, there's no one else here."
"What about the mother and daughter I talked to?"
"What mother and daughter? The only other women here are with a group of senior citizens. They meet here every week for water exercises. It helps their arthritis."
"Where's Officer Schumacher? I'm leaving now," she said, stomping to her room.
Once inside her suite, she telephone Greg, but got his answering machine instead. Believing Jessie was behind the attack, she grabbed her suitcase and frantically packed. That was not to be. Elaine Moser tackled her from behind out of the closet, and began to strangle her. Unable to release Elaine's grip, Katherine ripped a button from her swimsuit. Using it as a weapon, she sliced Elaine's face with one hand, and followed with a hard-fisted, round-house punch with the other.
Frantic and breathing heavily, Katherine ran to the door, but found it double bolted. Suddenly, a knife flew at her and stuck in the door, narrowly missing her head. She turned on her heel and ran onto the balcony, screaming for help. Yanking the knife out of the door, Elaine charged at her a second time. Katherine leaped aside and Elaine plummeted over the railing, falling three stories.

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Author Bio

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women's Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My books along with my original canvas paintings, can be found at:

Other Available Books

Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Wicked Intentions- a paranormal anthology
Loves, Myths, and Monsters- a fantasy anthology
The Crime of the Century- a biography true crime
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between

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November 13, 2014

5 Easy Questions: JM Stewart author of Risking It All @JMStewartWriter #RLFblog #Contemporary

Risking It All 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is JM Stewart.

What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item.
Well, I had my gallbladder out a year ago and have since had to start eating healthier (aka boring. Lol). Low fat, low carb, gluten free. So right now, my favorite "dine out" meal would be a good grilled chicken salad. My favorite is the naked grilled chicken salad at Q-Doba. Before though? I didn't really have one. I like variety. But usually anything with chicken and pasta. Though I am fond a good teriyaki. Depends on my mood.
What were you like when you were in school?
Oh geez. I was that quiet girl in the back of the class trying not to be noticed. lol Not a geek, but definitely not popular either. I was a "band fag" (pardon the term; it's what we called ourselves) in high school. lol
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
Get out in it and build a snowman for sure. I don't like being cold, but when it snows, I'm still a kid at heart. I want to get out my gloves and boots and go throw snowballs. lol
What is your favorite quote?
From Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. It's a favorite because I can relate to him in this moment.
"Ye know the fortress I told ye of, the one inside me?"
"I remember."
He smiled without opening his eyes, and reached out a hand for me.
"Well, I've a lean-to built, at least. And a roof to keep out the rain."
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Something that would make people laugh when they heard it. Kyle's kind of a goofball. He's a great big kid at heart. Like that "Kung Foo Fighting" song, just because you couldn't help but laugh (at least, I couldn't) when it went off in a public place.

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Title Risking It All
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author JM Stewart
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
She's everything he wants…
For years, Kyle Morgan has hidden his true feelings from the gorgeous girl next door that he grew up loving and protecting. But when she shows up at his apartment in the middle of the night, desperately needing comfort and support, his iron will begins to waver…
…and the only thing he can't bear to lose.
Kyle was always the big brother Cecelia Anton never had, but suddenly her goofy best friend has become a sexy man she can't keep her thoughts—or hands—off of. As their deep connection melts into uncontrollable desire, Ceci is willing to put it all on the line for a shot at true love. Only Kyle is keeping a terrible secret about Ceci's past that could destroy not only their lifelong friendship but their happily-ever-after…
JM Stewart 

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