September 14, 2015

Shamus McTavis from Red Tulip by @_VictoriaAdams #RLFblog #contemporaryromance

Interview with Shamus McTavis

Tell us about yourself, please.
Let’s see. I’m the only son of Brian and Leslie McTavis. Sadly, when I was young both my parents died when their yacht floundered off the coast of Indonesia. That left me in charge of the McTavis Foundation and made me a rather wealthy man. My beautiful grandmother had a passion for flowers and the McTavis Conservancy is still attached to the mansion and is thriving. I can sense my grandparent’s and parent’s spirits there when I wander about the conservancy.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
I would say, what I thought “the conflict” was was love. Everyone I loved died and there was a time, in those over dramatic teenage years, when I thought I was cursed. I didn’t want to get near anyone because I couldn’t stand the pain of having them die. As I matured, I resolved that issue, but then found the problem of being wealthy was people pretended to be your friend or love you. They wanted to be close to the money not me.
I didn’t date much and led the life of almost a recluse until that day when I was walking Reginald in the park and spotted Darcy.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
Am I worth it? I didn’t earn my millions; I inherited them. Every day I wonder if I am worthy of the position as Chairman and do I deserve this entitled lifestyle.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Darcy O’Calahan. A beauty as rare as some of the flowers in the conservancy. She grew up in a small mid-western town, where she worked her way through high school and college doing the flower beds for her neighbours and the local municipal office. She once told me this hilarious story – which didn’t make it into the book – about the summer she was covered with a poison ivy rash. Makes me itchy just thinking about it.
Let’s be honest, I’m rich and that makes me a target for single women. But Darcy didn’t chase me down. I spotted her. Actually, I let Reginald off his leash and he smashed into her knocking her down.
What is your family like?
I have no family. I am an only child and my parents died in a yachting accident and my grandparents have long passed on. It’s just me. I’ve been alone since my parent’s death. Darcy is the first person I have let into my world and my life.
Why are you happy with the way your story ended?
Happy is not even close to how I feel. I found love. True love. Darcy may be awed by my wealth, which is completely understandable. She’s working at a low paying job and came from a middle class background. I grew up in wealth and privilege and live in a mansion that could house a small city’s population, but that has nothing to do with her love for me. If I was struggling as hard as Darcy was, she would still love me.

About the Writer

Hi, I'm Victoria Adams. I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband and pets. Daughter's grown up and is now teaching. I like to garden, cook and study Raqs Sharqi (Egyptian belly dance). In the summer, cars slow down when they pass my front yard and the passengers gaze at my flower beds. Friends love to be invited over for supper as the meal is going to be good, good for you and nowhere near low-calorie! No dieting allowed at dinner parties. As to belly dancing, find a class and try it. It's a blast! Age and weight don't matter. There are many plus size ladies and one 74 yr old grandmother in one of my classes.
I've been writing since I was little. Being an only child, long car rides were filled with making up stories in my head about the people I saw out the car window. When my daughter was younger, I made up stories that she suggested. I'd say – Once upon a time there was a…. She'd shout an answer – chicken! And the story went from there. Great creativity exercise as it turns out. Now, my writing style has taken a split to contemporary romance for adults and contemporary romance for new adults.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
The chapter ending hooks.  This was not a conventionally written book. It’s a compilation of flash fiction episodes that were woven together to make a book. Each episode needed a chapter ending hook to catch the reader and make them “turn the page”.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
The entire story, Red Tulip, is written from Darcy’s point of view. I thought it only fair that Shamus be allowed a moment to express himself.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Red Tulip is the first book in a planned series called Romantic Flashes. I belong to a flash fiction group and Red Tulip is the result of weekly episodes written based on prompts and the whole thing tied into a story. I have another story written, waiting to be edited, plus I’m working on a seasonal collection of stories.
What genre would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
Mystery! Didn’t even have to think about that answer. I adore old English mysteries – Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers.  I have no idea how to write one without all the clues being obvious.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Red Tulip is short and very unique. It was written in the style that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle presented his first book – The Hound of the Baskervilles.  Doyle wrote weekly episodes of the story that were published in a magazine. Being the 21st century, Red Tulip appeared weekly on my blog. It was a challenge to write having to incorporate the weekly prompts into the story. For instance, when December rolled around, of course all the prompts were Christmas oriented. Red Tulip takes place in late spring. A challenge which I accepted and wrote it into the story.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I love hearing from people who read my books. I don’t mean reviews. I love getting FB messages or tweets. I will respond.

About the Book

Title Red Tulip
Genre contemporary romance
Author  Victoria Adams
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):  G
Darcy O'Calahann, a junior gardener from a small mid-western town, is trying to make her way in the big city.
Shamus McTavis is a wealthy bachelor with a mysterious family past.

Are Darcy's eyes playing tricks on her? Is she losing her mind? Or is there really a Red Tulip tying her and Shamus together?

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September 13, 2015

Dorothy A. Bell author of Dance Hall Road #RLFBlog #Romance

Dorothy A. Bell author of Dance Hall Road answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Dorothy A. Bell, author of western and contemporary romances with Freya’s Bower Publishing, grew up in southern Iowa, moved to Oregon’s Willamette Valley at the age of eleven. She married a boy that she first met in the sixth grade, and they’ve been married for fifty years.
While her two children were in school, she started to write Regency Romances to entertain herself. As a facilitator of a writer’s critique group for several years, she learned a lot from fellow writers. She took writing courses at a community college. But Dorothy says, she’s learned the most by submitting her work to publishers, editors and agents, and getting feedback.
Laid low for nearly twenty-five years with arthritis, forced to use a battery-powered cart, Dorothy took up aquatic exercise and became an instructor. She retired after eighteen years of instructing, and now goes to the pool to do her own thing. After two surgeries to replace her knees, she went to work on herself and lost eighty-five pounds. With renewed energy, she put more into her writing, submitted her work, rewrote and kept submitting, which she continues to do.
Dorothy and her husband live in Central Oregon with their two West Highland White terriers Corky and Buddy, a long-haired dachshund named Hector (Heck for short) and Rocky, a big, angora tuxedo cat. She enjoys gardening and landscaping.

What's your favorite down-home family style meal?
We’ve switched to turkey burger. I make a stuffed turkey burger that is to die for. Finely chop some of the dried and fried onions you get in a can, you know the ones that you crumble and put on top of green bean casseroles. Spread the finely chopped dried onions out on a plate, enough to make a coating for the patty. Flatten out a patty of turkey burger on top of the crumbled onions pressing the crumbles into the burger. In a fry pan sauté half a white onion and asparaguses tips, season to taste. Place the cooked vegetables on the turkey patty. If you have leftover vegies save them and serve over the top of the cooked roll. Roll up the patty, pinch it together. Make a seam on top and place seam side down in the fry pan, season and cook well done. When done, place the roll on a serving plate and pour your favorite sweet and sour or thai sauce over the roll. Serve with rice. Yummmm.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Halibut Fish and chips
Who is your "book boyfriend" (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
Buck Hoyt from my book Dance Hall Road. He’s a big softie, all gruff and crusty, but he cleans up good. He’s funny and he talks to himself. I love Buck.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I love to read romance authors who complicate their stories of passion with obstacles, plus a smattering of danger and intrigue.
What kinds of things do you read when you're researching a new book?
I read about the geography, the history and the commerce. Historical societies provide a wealth of information. And of course, if I can, I drive around, explore the area, talk to people.

About the Book

Title Dance Hall Road
Genre Oregon Western Romance
Author Dorothy A. Bell
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Buck Hoyt runs a whore house in the back end of nowhere. Scruffy and cantankerous, he hauls in the whores in the spring and sends them packing in the fall. In winter, Buck, a dedicated recluse, reads, writes and grows his hair.
But this winter, Petra Yurvasi, and her new born son impose on his solitude. Now shaved and shorn, Buck’s only purpose is to please and protect his woman and her child. Can he keep them safe from the evil brothers that want her silenced forever? If they face the evil together, they have a chance.

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September 12, 2015

Happily Ever After with Willa Edwards @willaedwards #RLFBlog #Romance

Owned Forever 
What Happens After Happily Ever After?

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved happily ever afters. Maybe it’s being raised on Disney fairytales but I love to watch the prince (or Billionaire, or Vampire lover, whatever your fantasy) whisk away the dashing damsel and take her to his castle, or hearing the music swell as our hero and heroine finally kiss beneath the backdrop of a sunset. I love stepping out of a movie theater or finishing a good book knowing the characters I’ve come to love are safe, and happy. It’s why I love writing romance. Almost all my characters get that happily ever after—though not always in the first book (besides of course the villains, they’re always defeated, but that’s a different blog).

But as I’ve gotten older, and moved away from those Disney movies of my childhood, I’ve started to wonder what does happily ever after look like. Is it 2.3 kids, driving carpool. A gorgeous house filled with beautiful things or a small cottage by the sea. And even more importantly—is there something after happily ever after? Is happily ever after the final stop? Or the beginning of an even more exciting chapter?

In my newest release, Owned Forever, I explore several of those questions. Startling up six months after their Christmas romance, Kate and Daniel are about to get married with her Dom and his brother, Grant, as the officiant. But there’s still a lot of drama. How could there not be when you’re marrying one man while sleeping with him and his brother, throwing a country wedding to be attended by all your city family, all while trying to keep your unconventional relationship under wraps.

For Grant, Kate and Daniel, Happily Ever After was only the start of their story, and with a relationship as complicated at theirs, how could their ride into the sunset not have a few bumps and bruises. And while you’ll never see me turn away from another happily ever after, I have to admit, it was really fun finding out what happened after their first story. And to discover there is still happiness and love, albeit not uncomplicated, after happily ever after.

About the Book

Two sets of in-laws, a Dom with the need to assert his power, a fiancée with an inferiority complex and a country chic wedding to throw. What could go wrong?
For the last six months, Kate, Daniel and Grant have been living blissfully in Colorado. But that’s all about to come to an end. They’re opening up the ranch and their relationship to outsiders—Kate’s parents. While her future mother-in-law has adapted well to their unconventional relationship, Kate knows her parents won’t feel the same. At her insistence, the whole Farrell crew agrees to keep the true nature of their relationship a secret—at least from her parents—for the whole wedding weekend.
Stretched thin, Kate tries to be everything for everyone. The enthusiastic bride, the good daughter, the diligent sub that’s always under the control of her Master and the affectionate fiancé that wants nothing more than to be married. But with everyone’s needs weighing her down, eventually Kate snaps under the pressure.
In one quick moment of need, their secret is out of bag, and it’s not just her parents that feel betrayed. Can Kate convince all the people she loves to accept and participate in this untraditional wedding party, or will her needs doom her relationships for good?

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