Saturday, January 27, 2018

Author Round-up...Peggy Chambers (Wild Rose Press Author)  (Buy link!)

One a tiny island in a ramshackle beach house, Meg, an heiress, is hiding from her family's dubious past. Her true love, Evan, died thirty years ago in a storm at sea, she thought. Did her father really have her lover killed and if so does everyone on the island know about it but Meg? Alex must try to befriend Meg's son Jon if he is ever to win Meg over. And with his past problems with women, he wonders why he even tries. After all, he is just a starving artist and has little to offer her. Now that Alex has warmed her heart again, Meg realizes she has friends and a life outside her vegetable garden. But, who is blackmailing her?

All Evan wanted was to be with Meg. He would provide for her and the child, or children as the years went by. He was still unsure why she chose him - a fisherman - over anyone else in the world but she did. Her family didn't like him but, they were just going to have to get used to him.

He struggled pulling the nets in alone.  The pulley did most of the work but it still would have been nice to have some help. The hair on the back of his neck stood up and he sensed the presence behind him. He turned around.  The man stood almost close enough to touch.  The dark ski mask pulled over his face sent a shiver up Evan’s spine.  Where did he come from?  But most of all, why did he hide his face out here on the open ocean? And then he saw the giant meat hook in his hand.

“Who are you and how did you get on my boat?” Evan stepped toward the intruder despite the danger.  He never expected what came next.
“This is from Graham.” The man plunged the hook deep into Evan’s chest.  Blood spurted every direction as Evan’s eyes bulged and he gasped only once.  The man in the ski mask quickly pushed him over the side into the dark, churning water.
The body thrown overboard, the man with the meat hook went below to shut off the engine, then reached in and cut the fuel line.  Gasoline spewed across the floor.  He ran for the exit and quickly climbed back up the steps where the life raft was ready.  Just before he stepped in the raft, he threw one lone burning match into the hold.  When it met the fuel, it blew and burned brightly.  He knew the boat would burn and sink.  Any debris would be caught up in the current and head out to sea so nothing would ever be found; just another fisherman who got caught in a storm and never came home.  He hoped Graham would think it was worth a bonus that the boat wouldn’t be found either. He started the little engine and headed for home after rinsing the bloody hook in the dark briny water.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A contract for All But the Fall...My First Contemporary Series...

And another's the scoop


In 2013 after completing three western romance stories (ones that I still need to rewrite) I had also completed the story I had worked hardest on Sawyer's Rose. For those of you who didn't know, I began writing in 2011 and when I realized my first series would need a full rewrite I started over with a new series Sawyer being first in The McCades of Cheyenne. Anyway after reworking that story several times I thought I would attempt a contemporary series of three brothers to get the old west out of my head for a time so I could later continue in the wild, wild west with a clear mind. So I started and completed a rough draft of a contemporary sometime in 2013 and didn’t ever get back to it as things were beginning to happen. In 2013 and 14 I was pitching Sawyer's Rose and working on the rough draft of Wyatt's Bounty once again back in history which I love. BUT...


Last April of 2017 I was hanging out on a Wild Rose Chat one Tuesday evening, the one about the Yellow Rose contemporary cowboy line. That is the evening my friend and fellow author SherrieLea Morgan threw me under the bus and for that I am now very grateful! How it happened was Rhonda Penders, our editor in chief and CEO at The Wild Rose Press.....the boss....was leading the chat and asked if anyone with a contemporary western romance would post a line or two about their story. So SherrieLea posts, "Kim has a good one." I had forgotten she had read a portion of that story I had set aside.  WHAT? I freaked for a minute and then realized Oh yeah, I do but it is very dusty. So I held out as a few others posted about their story and so finally I got brave enough to post about it with:


“Cowboy horse stuntman falls for a nurse consultant on the set of a old west television series.”


Then the boss tells me "Kim Turner get that story submitted!"   My response. "Yes Ma'am!"


And so...I sat aside Dawson's Haven and picked back up All But the Fall. The story was complete but I had learned so much from 2013 to 2017 that it needed a once over to fix all the things I had been taught in publishing two books. So from May until December I re-edited through this story, my first attempts at something modern. I knew I wanted to have a hero...the kind I like. The protector but at the same time a man with a very tender heart, an outdoorsman but not a typically expected cowboy. This one jumps horses and rides a motorcycle and adores is young daughter along with the heroine...the nurse consultant on the set of the old west television series where he and his horses are employed.  But I won’t give the story away here except to say....she is running from her past and he is running to her....that should peak some interest out there. But this series comes with a few things behind the scenes with topics important to me. While I have only written the first story, there are two brothers that will get their story and I am working on outlining those stories now.


My youngest daughter is Chinese and bright when thinking about things. When she was no more than six, she asked me why there were no Asian guys on the cover of romance novels. You know what? She was right. So in this series I have three brothers who are not biological brothers and they are all adopted, not biological brothers and the social along with cultural issues will arise. And my daughter is excited that one of the heroine's is a Chinese woman who was adopted into a Caucasian American Family. I think it will be fun.


And back to the story All But the Fall...I submitted it in full only a few weeks ago after back in the fall allowing my editor Nicole D'Arienzo to read a bit of it and to my amazement she liked it and evidently others at The Wild Rose Press. I am excited to be offered a contract for this story and will now be published in two genres! As I patiently wait to begin edits on this story I have to thank SherrieLea for the giant push when I wasn't expecting it.

Stay tuned for more on this story but in the meantime go check out books by SherrieLea Morgan!!!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Author Round-Up...Welcome to Amey Zeigler (Wild Rose Press Author)

Baker’s Dozen

Twenty-three year-old investigative journalist, Andy Miller is armed with her many disguises and creativity to take down the riff-raff of Saint Louis. When her stepbrother is murdered by the mob, Andy soon discovers she’s out of her depth.
Enter Hugh Donaldson who has reasons of his own for discovering the murderer. He’ll use everything in his power to achieve that, including lying to Andy about his past. Dangerous as he is attractive, his martial arts skills and his quirky ways raise Andy’s suspicions.
Although Andy balks at his lies, Hugh’s charms, twenty-inch biceps, and electrifying blue eyes are difficult to resist. Striking out on their own, Hugh and Andy try to outwit each other as they traverse North America tracking down people connected to the case.
As clues disappear and the body count climbs, Andy and Hugh must trust each other and use their combined skills to bring the murderer to justice.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year....

So excited to start 2018 off with a bit of a plan to get better organized. I have never been one to boast about resolutions because rarely can I follow through. So over the years I just like to take a deep breath and use my first few weekends to sit down at the table and get my tax junk together as the number one priority for each year. This usually ends up being a month long project over the weekends and while some people last minute this in April, I have rarely done that. What doing my taxes really means is listing it all out so my cool tax guy Art knows what to do with it. 

And my second plan is to follow my calendar planner notes by taking a look each day and focusing on what really has to be done ASAP or what can wait. Do you guys out there use a planner or calendar? I carry mine to work and use it at home too. Having multiple calendars has never worked for me and neither have things like Outlook or my phone calendar. I like and stick to handwriting in pencil so items can be chsnged. If not written down then it gets missed.

And I think it is time for a bit of redo in the house one room at a time. I hope to focus on one room a month, cleaning it from top to bottom? Culling the junk and then maybe repainting some time in the spring or summer. This will be an ongoing project as the girls would like to repaint and decorate their rooms "more like teenagers." 

Another plan for this year is to get organized with groceries. I want to create a master list based on what my family really eats ans only purchase those things based on meal planning. I also need to get back to clipping coupons and shopping sales along with shopping ahead for birthdays and next Christmas. 

And then if I get all these things organized I will have more time to write, which is the real reason for planning to get other things done. As I have mentioned I want to cut back on activities and events related to writing so that I can get back to the writing. I do hope to slip away for a writing weekend or two but I am also going to schedule more writing time this year and if that means shutting and locking the door or hiding...well then...

So anyway for New Years resolutions, not really my thing but I am heading up to make sure I start out with a plan. And you?

Hey and leave a comment here and the first five will win a Wild Rose Calendar from me along with some other book goodies!