Monday, October 16, 2017

Author Roundup: Introducing Sheila Hollinghead

Allow me to introduce Sheila Hollinghead.



Sheila was born in Nuremberg, Germany, the daughter of a career soldier. When she was ten, her father was stationed in Toul, France where she discovered a treasure trove of books hiding in the furnace room. The house was rumored to be the former headquarters of the Nazi Party with bullet holes decorating the foyer as evidence. The books she found, sci-fi, mysteries, fantasy, and the classics, opened her mind to the power of story.

Raised on army bases, she has lived many places, none home until she returned to south Alabama. She lives with her husband, three dogs, and two cats near the farms where her ancestors lived and loved.

Sheila is active in her community, heading up her local food bank with the help of her husband and also participates in meals-on-wheels, the Trail Masters, a local group who promote the local state park, and other organizations.

Connect with her!
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Blog
Amazon Author Page

Be sure to check out Sheila's novella, Robbie and Taron.



The path down to the river may sweep her away ... to love or disaster, perhaps both.

When Robeta Rutherford leads the horses to a nearby river, a mysterious cowboy appears. Is he there to help her family or to derail her plans forever?

Robbie studies all of her life to become a doctor. To establish a medical practice, she travels west with her parents until illness and inclement weather force them to a stop.

Robbie must survive the challenges or her plans for the future will be dashed forever. When she walks down to the river, the mysterious cowboy changes her life ... in ways she never could have guessed.

Excerpt:

Robbie emptied out the pot, donned her clean dress, and headed for the river with her brush, to enjoy the sunshine on the splashing water. She sat down on a large boulder that jutted out over the river and began untangling the knots in her hair with dexterous fingers.

“Good day, miss.” The deep voice echoed from across the river.

It startled her so badly she cried out and the brush slipped from her fingers. Immediately, a cowboy on horseback was splashing into the river and had scooped up the brush almost before she realized its loss.

“Here you go.” He held out the brush, and she retrieved it from him.
She glanced down and mumbled, “Thank you.” She tried desperately to regain her composure.

“My pleasure. I didn’t mean to scare you.”

She dared a glance at him, and he flashed a set of even white teeth while bringing up a hand to tip his hat.

Raking back her wet hair from her face, she tilted her chin up, to get a better look at the good-looking stranger. “You didn’t scare me,” she lied. “I was only startled.”

“Are you alone?” he asked.

Her heartbeat tapped at the base of her throat. “Of course not. We have been traveling west and stopped to camp for the night.” She tried to make it sound as if she traveled with a wagon train instead of only her parents. But surely this friendly faced man on a pinto meant no harm.

“Oh?” His eyes twinkled.

Had he been watching her? Did he know she was lying? She scooted off the rock, smoothing down her dress. “I’d best be getting back to camp.”

“Maybe we’ll meet again?” He wore a lopsided grin on his face.

She hesitated a moment. Did he want to be invited to the campsite? She didn’t want him to think her rude. “We have some sickness and can’t entertain visitors.”

He nodded. “I understand. ’Bye, miss.” He pulled the horse’s reins and rode away, beyond the trees that lined the shore.

Roberta realized she’d not brushed her hair. It was still a tangled mess! Heat rose to her cheeks, and then she shrugged. It didn’t matter. She’d probably never see him again. She finished her hair and hurried back to the camp.

Her parents were no better. They slept but were feverish and restless.

She sat down on a log by the fire to think. What if the man came across the river again? That might be agood thing. Her heartbeat quickened at the thought.

But what if he was a gunslinger? She’d noticed the holster strapped around his waist with the pearl handle of a pistol visible.

He had probably been watching her this whole time! Planning to rob them — or worse. Heat rose to her cheeks. But she remembered his face, so friendly and open. Surely he meant no harm.

Still, it was better to be safe than sorry. She ran to the wagon and rummaged until she found her father’s pistol and bullets. Her hands shook as she loaded the chamber. She’d be ready next time.

The problem was that she couldn’t decide if she feared or desired a next time.



From the Blog...

Hi everyone,

It has been a couple of weeks since we have had a new post so wanted to provide some quick updates on things going on with Kim's writing.  Be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions or just want to say Hi.

eBook Sale
Kim's eBooks of Sawyer's Rose and Wyatt's Bounty will be on sale for $0.99 now through October 20th.  If you haven't had a chance to check out one or both of these books, this sale would be the perfect opportunity to get your next great read.

Blog Follower Give Away
Kim had a great time at the recent Moonlight and Magnolias RWA conference in Atlanta (blogs and photos coming over the next few weeks).  She was able to come home with quite a bit of swag so she will be doing a give-away each weekend from now through the end of the year to lucky blog followers.  If you have not done so already, be sure to sign-up as a blog follower before Sunday and you will be eligible to win.  The prizes that will be given away each week will be announced after the first winner is randomly selected on Sunday from all blog followers.  Until then, you have to sign up for the blog for your chance to win.

Upcoming Blogs
Kim will be sharing with us some about what she has been working on recently and she will tell us all about the Moonlight and Magnolias event.

Kim and her husband love to try new dishes in the kitchen when they find recipes that sound interesting.  We will get a Chuck Wagon entry on a recent family favorite of Olive Cheese Dip.  Stay tuned.

If there is something you would like to hear about, please leave a comment below.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week.

Christie
KTW Staff







Sunday, October 1, 2017

Author Roundup: CiCi Coughlin

About CiCi:
CiCi Coughlin is a storyteller, strategist, and chronic student. Also a dog schmuck, Sinatra fan, and nacho connoisseur. She writes about the funny, sexy, quirky lives we all lead and loves experimenting with offbeat ideas. She pens everything from flash fiction and short stories to novellas and novels. Sometimes the heat level scorches. Sometimes it simply simmers. Sometimes, things get a little scary. She lives outside Atlanta with the Staffy mix who rescued her and has way more story ideas than she can possibly write.

Which CiCi fits your style?

Sweet
If you love romance with a little less heat, try CiCi's short story, Just Looking, in the Romance Writers of America Second Chances Anthology. Just Looking features two thirty-something cancer survivors trying to figure out romance and attraction after life-changing experiences. You'll also get tales (at a variety of heat levels) from 16 other authors, including some New York Times and USA Today bestsellers you'll be sure to recognize. Find the anthology on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or iBooks.



Spicy
Like things a little hotter? Try one of the high-heat romances in CiCi's loosely-connected Boudoir de Deux series. Check out Kim's personal favorite, Book of Lust, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or iBooks, or try CiCi's award-winning novella, Tex-Mex Sex Hex, now FREE on the Radish Fiction app (available from Apple of Google Play) and 99 cents everywhere else.  Tex-Mex Sex Hex is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.



Suspenseful
CiCi's latest adventure starts with her all-new romantic thriller, Blood-Red Shadows, unfolding no exclusively on Radish.

Ten years ago, a teen-aged Becca McNary survived a brutal assault while visiting L.A. Now 26, she’s back in town for the first time since, attracted by a work assignment and the need to put old ghosts to rest. But when she finally works up the nerve to go order a police report of the attack, things take a sudden, dangerous turn. The past, it seems, is not content to remain in the shadows, and this time it might really kill her. To stay alive a second time, she’ll have to delve deep into terror-filled memories — and enlist the help of the rookie officer who rescued her that night. The question is whether she can trust him.

Find CiCi on the web at CiCiCoughin.com. For news, reviews, freebies, and pictures of her dog, sign up for her newsletter  (no junk, pinkie swear). You can also find her on Facebook, or on Instagram  (gleefully) and  Twitter  (grudgingly) as @maggieshewrote.


To learn more about Radish, download the free app today or visit Radishfiction.com

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Lot of Good Things On The Horizon

Catching up on what is going on with my writing, it looks like there is a lot coming along and a lot to look forward to in 2018.

First, Sawyer’s Rose continues to sell little by little and Wyatt’s Bounty has been out since April and it seems people are already excited about more from the McCade brothers. No fear there as I am currently working on Dawson McCade’s story. The Indian Agent, quiet brother, seems to be a story everyone is anticipating and I promise that this McCade brother takes the cake one being a lover and not a fighter! (Well until he must fight for what is right.)

At the same time, I have pulled out an older contemporary manuscript and tweaked it for a few months now to get it in shape. My hopes are that everyone will love Aaron and Jenna’s story once I have it fine tuned and ready to submit. The gist of this story is: Horse Stuntman meets Nurse Consultant on the set of a western television series. She’s running from her past and he is running to her…but that’s all I can tell you for right now.

And little known news that I am mentioning here for the first time is that The Wild Rose Press has allowed us authors to expend our books into narrated books for Audible. I have been working with the narrator on Sawyer’s Rose and next will be Wyatt’s Bounty. I have to tell you that there is nothing like hearing a narrator read your own story. I sit and listen just shaking my head in amazement that dreams really do come true and I wrote this stuff! Who would have ever thought? So if you are an Audible fan, I am hoping we get these out soon! (If you are unsure of Audible it is an app you download and pay the monthly fee to listen to narrated books. I have been an Audible fan for some years now!)

And I believe I will also have an ad in the WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA magazine coming up in October. Seems I have some folks out west in this day and time reading the stories. Excited about that!

Presently I am gearing up and getting ready to attend Georgia Romance Writers Moonlights and Magnolia’s conference to also attend the Maggie awards. It’s an exciting year given Sherrilyn Kenyon is the Keynote speaker and I have been asked to do her introduction. Excited and a basket of nerves at the same time to say the least! A couple of friends and I will also be presenting a workshop on STORYBOARDING FOR WORLDBUILDING which will help aspiring and established authors plan out there books on a movable board to gain faster planning on book order and mapping. And another exciting moment will be that my husband, Chuck Turner, will be sitting on a panel of Husbands who are going to chat about what it is like to live with an author. There is a book signing at the event that is open to the public so check it out on the Georgia Romance Writer’s website or message me if you need more information.

I am sure a lot of you have noticed that my blog is getting a lot done these days and I owe that all to a friend named Christie who is helping out there, so I have more time to write. Christie has been huge in coming up with ideas ant new things for my blog to stay active and attract readers! If you are reading take a minute to enter your email over to the right so you will get a message any time we post anything new. And click on follow for the blog and when we have a few more contests you just might be a winner! The current winner of a $25 gift card was: Tanja Dancy. Congratulations Tanja! So look for more contests soon and you will win a small package of cowboy goodies from the McCade brothers which will make you the envy of any cowboy reading fan!!

Stay tuned….

KIM

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hey Good Lookin'!








From the Blog...

A quick blog update for Sunday afternoon...

Blog Follower Give Away Winner
Please join me in congratulating Tanja as our August blog follower giveaway winner.  We are so appreciative of all of the blog followers, both the long-time followers and those newest to our group.  Be sure to stay tuned for future giveaways.

Upcoming Events
Moonlight and Magnolias
As a reminder, Kim will be attending the Georgia Romance Writers Moonlight & Magnolias 2017 from September 28 – October 1.  The event will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast (5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092).

Kim will be introducing the keynote speaker, Sherrilyn Kenyon on Saturday, September 30th.  In addition, there is a book fair and autographing session from 3:30 - 5 PM ET. Come say hello to Kim and the other members of the Georgia Romance Writers (GRW).

eBook Sale
Kim's eBooks of Sawyer's Rose and Wyatt's Bounty will be on sale for $2.99 for two weeks starting October 6th.  If you haven't had a chance to check out one or both of these books, this sale would be the perfect opportunity to get your next great read.

Upcoming Blogs
There will be some fun blog posts coming up in the next several weeks, but here is a sneak peak.

We have some exciting Author Roundups coming soon for CiCi Coughlin and Sheila Hollinghead.  Sheila has also shared a post about Kim's writing recently, so please make a stop on Sheila's blog to check out her post on Kim (link).  

Kim will also be sharing with us some about what she has been working on recently and she'll tell us all about the Moonlight and Magnolias event.  Stay tuned.

If there is something you would like to hear about, please leave a comment down below.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week.

Christie
KTW Staff






Sunday, September 10, 2017

Critique Corral: For 100 Reasons

For 100 Reasons by Lara Adrian

Book: For 100 Reasons: A 100 Series Novel
Author: Lara Adrian
Critique By: Clare Roden

Critique:
This was an amazing ending to a series that I will read again and again in the years to come!

Of all the series, this book has touched me the most as it goes even deeper into Avery and Nick's pasts and tests their relationship further. They both have to put all of their cards out on the table and fight for their love to be strong enough to survive all that has been thrown at them. 

This book is full of heart stopping moments that had me gasping out loud and it has made me fall in love with Nick Baine even more. He is a little controlling of Avery to start with but he just wants to protect her as she is his anchor and all that keeps him sane, and after all Avery is a woman who is strong enough to keep him in check when he steps outta line. 

I'm am so sad that the 100 Series has now come to an end as I have absolutely loved reading about Nick and Avery and their journey of dealing with the darkness from their pasts and of finding an unbreakable bond of love and trust. Lara Adrian has written a story that has kept me gripped at every turn and has left me shocked at the revelations that are uncovered in this book. 


This is now one of my all time favorite romance trilogies to have had the pleasure of reading and it deserves every one of my 5 Stars!

Book Blurb:
For 100 Days she deceived him. For 100 Nights, he demanded her complete surrender. Now, after all of the secrets and lies and heartbreak, they'll have to decide if their love is strong enough to try again...For 100 Reasons.

Billionaire Dominic Baine stepped into Avery Ross's life when it was at its lowest. Obsessed with the beautiful, struggling artist, Nick was determined to have her. What began as a scorching seduction soon burned out of control, exploding into a white-hot passion neither of them could deny.

Yet Nick and Avery are two damaged people, both haunted by dark secrets with the power to destroy them. And for Nick, the ugly past that shaped him cannot compare to the unforgivable deception that drives Avery from his arms, from his life. Now the man accustomed to having everything he desires must find a way to redeem himself to the only woman he has ever loved.

Avery Ross has known heartbreak. She has known betrayal and loss, but nothing like the pain that loving Dominic Baine has brought into her life. Reeling from the aftermath of his devastating revelation, instead of allowing despair to break her, she builds herself into something stronger--the fearless woman and gifted artist that Nick's passion has taught her to be. Yet her heart is in pieces, and despite everything she has, the one thing she needs is the man whose possessive desires and consuming love holds the power to either save them both or shatter her forever. . . .