Monday, May 31, 2010

How Tanya Hanson landed a Contact for Hearts Crossing Ranch

Let's give Tanya Hanson a warm welcome. She's here to talk about her amazing new release and how not winning a contest, she still won the heart of an editor and landed a contract for Heart's Crossing Ranch. **Feel free to leave her a comment or ask a question.

Last summer amid all the hectic hoopla surrounding our daughter’s wedding, I knew I didn’t have the brains to start a new WIP all on my own. Although my back list and future releases are Western sensual historicals, I had decided during my husband’s serious illness to maybe think about inspirational… so when White Rose Publishing announced a contest with a bunch of required elements to use, I realized I needed to keep my brain working. Using the template, I wrote a novella to enter “Hearts Crossing” .

It was also my first stab at a contemporary Western.

Contestants had to use “Hearts Crossing” as the title and match H and H to an already-designed cover. (A beautiful one by Nicola Martinez, both an artist and editor . ) From the template, Hero had to be an English teacher with seven siblings, Heroine a landscape architect, an only child.

Well, it didn’t take me but a second to realize Hearts Crossing was a great name for a ranch…that my English teacher during the school year also lived in the family ranch and led city slicker wagon-train tours during the summer months. Our heroine, recovering from her father’s tragic death, arrives as a guest for one of the tours. Sparks fly…and both help each other during a crisis of faith.

Well, I might have been sad when the winner of the contest was announced…except I received an e-mail from Nicola almost immediately about her interest in acquiring my story.

I’m thrilled that Hearts Crossing Ranch will be released this week. To enter contests for a complimentary copy, please visit www.petticoatsandpistols.com on Wednesday, and www.theromancestudio.com on Friday!

Thanks so much, Karen, for letting me visit your blog today.

Below is a little blurb. Visit http://heartscrossingranch.blogspot.com for excerpts and more news and contests.


A beautiful city slicker and a rugged cowboy…The perfect Wild West adventure.

Cowboy Kenn Martin bears the guilt for allowing a coach to ruin his younger brother’s bright athletic future. Feeling unworthy of any happiness, he’s lost his faith in relationships and in God. When he meets Christy Forrest, he begins to hope for redemption but soon learns his past mistakes aren't something she'll easily forgive.

On the Colorado wagon train adventure planned by her late father, landscape designer Christy Forrest seeks to find peace in the nature she loves. However, she can't let go of her anger at the drunk driver who killed her dad—or the woman who did nothing to stop the man from driving. Falling for Kenn Martin begins to lighten her heart…until she realizes the handsome cowboy carries heavy a burden all his own—a burden she’s not sure she can accept.


Memorial Day


In the United States, Memorial Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday of May. It was once known as Decoration Day. At first, it was a day to honor Union soldiers who died in the American Civil War. Later, it include soldiers who served in World War I.
In 1865, the North would decorate the soldiers’ graves. It was John Logan, the National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, who had all GAR posts celebrate “Decoration Day” on May 30, 1868. There ended up being events in 183 different cemeteries throughout the states.
At first the Memorial Day (1863) speeches were an occasion for veterans, politicians and ministers to commemorate the war and the atrocities of the enemy. Religion and patriotism were combined so that the people could make sense of the sacrifice their love ones made for a better nation. People of all religions joined together and most speeches from 1863-1870 made a point to say Germans and Irish (at the time, they were new immigrants to American soil) soldiers had become true Americans in the “baptism of blood” on the battlefield. By the end of 1870s, they began to praise the brave soldiers of the Blue and Gray. By 1950, the celebration was about world freedom.
Today many people observe the holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Volunteers will place American flags on each gravesite at the National Cemeteries. A national remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. Flying a flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time has also become a tradition.
Many people celebrate at parks, attend parades and get together with friends and family. At my house on Memorial Day, we relax at home. We have a flag out front all year round, but we fly it half-staff on Memorial Day. My husband served in the Air Force and my two nephews are now serving in the National Guard.
I’m interested in knowing what you do on Memorial Day. If anyone reads this who lives in another country, do you have a day of remembrance for the men and women who served in your countries’ military?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Whopper of a Story or Not?

Thanks to Rebecca Vickery of https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rebeccajvickery for passing this award along to me.
Here are the rules: I tell either six truths and one lie, or six lies and one truth about myself, and you get to figure out which is which. Please leave a fun or silly comment. Everyone so far has offered a prize, so here is my gift to the winner.

Every correct comment will be dropped into my hat and the winner will be drawn by my daughter, Katrina on Sat, May 29th. The winner gets their choice of a free ebook download from any of my novels.














Here's the questions. Good Luck!


1. Characters in two of my stories go aboard the Haunted Queen Mary.

2. Visiting the Ghost Town Bodie, California, my cousin and I took an
unauthorized tour of the houses. Luckily, no one knew or you'd see wanted posters there.

3. My husband and I had our Honeymoon aboard the Haunted Queen Mary. Sorry to say there were no ghostly visits.


4. I love to travel and have visited Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Switzerland, Belgium and France.


5. Shakespeare is part of my family.


6.On my adventures in Ireland, I held hands with a seven ft. tall Crusader.

7. I have four dogs, three cats and a guinea pig.


I'm supposed to pass this award on to seven other "creative writers" with their talent to weave a tale of truth or not.

Joanna Aislinn
Mariposa Cruz
Terry Spear
Susan Hanniford Crowley
Skhye Moncrief
Diana Castilleja
Amy Ramsey

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jenna Black at Bitten by Books!

Subject: Jenna Black is LIVE NOW at BBB!

LIVE EVENT LINK HERE: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=24857

Join author Jenna Black for a release party, chat and contest. The event starts at 12:00 pm Central and runs all day and into the evening. The contest portion of the event runs until 11:59 pm Central on 5/28.

Jenna will be talking about her new book release Glimmerglass, book one in her new Young Adult Faeriewalker Series.

CONTEST: Open to readers worldwide
Prize: a $100 gift certificate to a bookstore of the winner’s choice. Limitations: Jenna must be able to buy the gift certificate online and with US dollars.

http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=24857

Monday, May 24, 2010

Interview with Joanna Aislinn



Joanna Aislinn is the author of enchanting romances that will touch your heart. She's here to talk about her new release with The Wild Rose Press. Let's give her a warm welcome.


She'll be stopping by to answer questions. She'd love to hear from you.


Tell us a little about yourself:

I am a wife, mother and (almost) full-time school-based related services provider who loves to read. I’ve always loved crafts—part of which drew me to my day job’s curriculum—and came to realize writing is simply an extension of that. I consider it art, using words to create color, and images, evoke sensations, reactions, etc.


No Matter Why is your current release with The Wild Rose Press. Tell us a little about the story.

Vicky Reed, my wonderful editor described the story this way: “No Matter Why is about two people who grow to love each other, and over the course of their story realize that faith and trust aren't just words, but the building blocks of an enduring relationship.”

No Matter Why tells the story of Carrie Norwell, a twenty-one year-old nearly orphaned five-years prior to the tale’s opening. She’s withdrawn and cut-off by choice yet craving the love and camaraderie only a family can bring. Then she meets outgoing, confident and amazingly optimistic Billy Jay Eldridge. Almost immediately drawn to Carrie he sets out to know her better, unaware that his noble—yet dangerous—career aspirations are his greatest drawback to giving Ms. Norwell what she wants and needs most.

What inspired you to write the tale?

My first encounter with a newly-published author who encouraged her audience to write “a hero I could love” and “a heroine I’d root for.” I’d already started experimenting by then (i.e., had written a whole chapter, lol) and realized I had the skills to start putting down the story circling the inner parts of my head for too many years!


Carrie Norwell’s brothers were murdered and she loses her father, how does she deal with the tragic loss?

She shuts down and avoids close contact with anyone other than the aunt (her mother’s twin) who stepped in ten years’ earlier to help raise Carrie and her brothers after their mother died of an aneurism.


What is the hero and heroine’s first impression of each other? Where do they meet?

Carrie and Billy Jay meet on her first day at PharmSmart, the Target-type store where he is an assistant manager and assigned to ‘showing her the ropes.’ Unconsciously, he probably took note of her but is so preoccupied with his pressing job duties and job dissatisfaction that it doesn’t register until she’s on site for a few weeks. She definitely notices his All-American good looks—she is human after all ;)—but ignores, avoids and/or stuffs whatever feelings she might have experienced.


What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Love when a scene comes together, whether in first draft or during the revision tweaks that hopefully make it that much better. I also love when a reader tells me she was ‘there’.


What are your current projects and works in progress?

A third book in this series will be determined, to a degree, by how I wind up marketing the sequel, No Matter What. I believe I’ll completely rewrite what was originally intended to be third in the saga as a stand-alone. (Loved No Matter What’s ending to much to mess with it, lol.)


Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t wait until you have a contract to build your web presence. Promote yourself and get out there as soon as possible!


Also—and I struggle with this, especially lately—consider the feedback you receive on your work no matter who the source. If it’s an editor who’s kind enough to give you something to work with, consider that she probably knows the market better. NO ONE, however, has my story vision. Decide what you’re willing to change and what you feel strongly about. Then figure out how all that fits into who you are as a writer and a person.


Tell the readers where they can find you:

My website, my blog, and other writers’ blogs, such as yours, Karen! (My stops are listed at http://joannaaislinn.wordpress.com/miss-an-interview-links-here/ for anyone interested enough to track me J.)

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

It’s always nice to know someone stopped by, preferably by leaving a comment (makes me feel like I’m reaching SOMEONE out in cyberspace) or an e-mail, Facebook message, etc. I’d love to know what someone would like to see (i.e., scenes you wish I’d written or would like me to write). And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE feedback from readers—period.


Blurb and Excerpt:

Trust and stability became empty words the day motherless, sixteen-year-old Carrie Norwell came home to find her brothers murdered. Within moments, her father arrived and his heart gave out at the scene. Five years later, is it any wonder the walls with which she’s barricaded her heart are virtually impenetrable to anyone looking to get close and offer what she wants more than anything? The security only a loving family can give? Or someone with whom to build her own?


Billy Jay Eldridge wants to offer exactly that to the right girl. He’s two years out of college, managing a store at the assistant level and on his way up PharmSmart’s chain of command but toys daily with the idea of a major career move that promises to make nobler use of his God-given talents. Then shy, quiet Carrie joins his crew. Intrigued and charmed by the girl’s haunted eyes and withdrawn ways he sets out to know her better, clueless that his life’s calling will be the biggest setback to getting her to accept from him what she wants and needs most.

Carrie couldn’t drive home fast enough. She shifted into park and was barely through the door when the phone rang. She hadn’t noticed her aunt’s car in the driveway. Carrie quickly spread her saturated coat across the hooks and ran for the nearest handset. “Hello?”

”You’re out of breath. I should have waited another five minutes.”

“Who…?” Carrie recognized Billy Jay’s voice. The guy was resourceful. “Why are you calling me?”

“Just wanted to say hi. Talk a little. You know, get to know each other.”

“Didn’t you say I had time to think?”

“Thirty minutes wasn’t enough?” He gave her no time to answer. “Don’t shake your head like that. It might fall off.”

She stopped short. Billy Jay had already shown up at work. Why wouldn’t he stop by her home?

He kept talking. “Could you imagine all that wavy hair and those big green eyes of yours sticking out of the ground without the rest of you attached?”

She found her bearings. “You’re crazy.”

“Only about you, Angel-girl.”

The sweet words warmed Carrie. “Will you not call me that, please?” She closed her eyes and inhaled deeply. “Better yet, don’t call me.”

“Obviously, I’m past that point.”

Obviously, Carrie was getting nowhere. She remembered Jessica’s comment about Monica. “Since you insist on talking, explain how you excuse this behavior to your girlfriend.” Carrie’s hands shook, but she kept her voice steady.

“What girlfriend?”

Behind gritted teeth Carrie stifled a not so nice response. Had Billy Jay been there in person, she might have mustered just enough nerve to reach up, grab his oversized shoulders and give him a good hard shake. “Would Monica approve of you following another girl around and calling her at home?”

“Monica?” Billy Jay’s surprise sounded genuine. “What makes you think I’d even look at someone other than the girl I’m dating?”

Carrie struck a nerve. His persistence had already dug through her last one. “What else am I supposed to think? You were with her at the diner.”

A short silence prefaced Billy Jay’s whistle. “Amazing. Jess kept something to herself.”

His unexpected change in attitude threw Carrie off guard. “What are you talking about?”

“I broke things off with Monica the next day. I’m free to pursue any girl I choose.”

Carrie chewed her inner lip. “Lucky you. Choose somebody else.”

Monday, May 17, 2010

Interview with Cherie Le Clare

Let's welcome Cherie Le Clare. She's here to tell us about her new release with The Wild Rose Press, French Kiss. Her hero is a pilot and her heroine is a Resistance fighter. Find out the details in creating this fascinating tale. For those who like a more spicier romance, her tantalizing tales are a must read. Psst...Her undercover name is Harriet Hamblin.

***Leave a comment or ask a question. There will be a drawing and one lucky winner will receive a pdf copy of French Kiss.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I was born and raised in New Zealand, in the provincial city of New Plymouth. After qualifying as a teacher I moved to Nelson, which is where I met my husband. We raised two sons, and I taught part-time, and then decided on a change of career, which was selling real estate. I learned a lot of new skills from being self-employed.

I’d always loved reading, but didn’t read my first category romance until I was about thirty-two – and then I was hooked! I studied writing by correspondence, and posted off my first attempt at romance to Mills & Boon, in 1995, hoping for instant success, but was sadly disillusioned.

I didn’t try again until I resigned from full-time work in 2003. French Kiss was accepted by The Wild Rose Press, after revision, in 2008. During the long publication process, I was motivated to keep writing by submitting erotic short stories for Xcite Books, with three published in two anthologies.

Your novel, French Kiss takes place during World War II. Your hero is a pilot and your heroine is a Resistance fighter. How much research went into creating this fascinating tale?

Quite a lot! I read biographies, and autobiographies, about the many women involved in the French Resistance, and personal accounts of New Zealand spitfire pilots shot down over France. I researched Normandy in library books and on the internet, and when my husband and I joined a coach tour of Northern France, after I had completed the book, I discovered that my research was correct. That was very satisfying!

Tell us a little about the story without giving too much away.

Here is the blurb: When Louisa, undercover agent for the British Secret Service, parachutes into war-torn France in 1944, she doesn’t expect to fall, literally, into the arms of fugitive royal Air Force pilot, Joseph Fisher. Seeking a safe sanctuary, Louisa and Joe battle constant danger from enemy forces and soon form a strong friendship.

Joe, quickly realizing that he can’t bear to leave France without her, rejects an opportunity to be smuggled onto the escape line, thus forcing Louisa to find the courage to face her biggest fear.

What will it take for her to risk falling in love?

What is your hero, Joe like? How about Louisa? Is it love at first sight?

Joe is tall, dark and sexy, with sage-green eyes, and an outdoor-lifestyle tan. Confident, but not arrogant, he knows what he wants and is prepared to face hardship to get it. Easygoing and tolerant most of the time, Louisa discovers that he puts his foot down when necessary. He is also vulnerable.

Louisa, tormented by her past, is a mixture of extraordinary physical courage, fear and guilt. Ebony-haired and attractive, she has resisted all approaches from men for over four years. But Joe is the first man she is unable to shake off.

Joe is attracted to her from their first meeting. Louisa, though, tries to offload him to safety as soon as possible, as she perceives him to be a hindrance to her mission.

For those who like their stories a little spicier, tell us a little about your tantalizing stories written under the pen name Harriet Hamblin.

Writing erotic short stories is fun, and I especially enjoy thinking up unusual settings and eye-catching titles. My first story started out as a sensual romance set in a candle shop, which received a Highly Commended in a competition. I spiced it up and sold it as Love at First Light. Encouraged by this success, I wrote Fantasia Island. Inspired by Club Med, it is set on a Pacific Island at Club Chris(Christmas), where Santa not only gives you what you ask for but also what you deserve. What erotic gift will Santa put into your stocking? My third story is also set at Christmas-time. It involves an older woman and a younger man and has the very cheeky title of Stuff the Turkey.

As you can see, I love to write about sex with a touch of humor.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I enjoy the challenge involved in crafting an entertaining story; money; nice reader feedback which compensates for all the hours of lonesome dedication; and, did I mention, money?

What are your current projects and works in progress?

I am working on another novel set in World War Two, in New Zealand this time. It involves a kiwi girl and an American sailor. A sad story, with a happy ending:)

At present, I am also volunteering my time to judge writing contests.

Tell the readers where they can find you:

www.cherieleclare.com

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

If you do happen to read my novel, or stories, I would so appreciate a quick email from you re your opinion. You can find my email address at my website.Please go to www.cherieleclare.com to read an excerpt of French Kiss, plus a free story and article.

French Kiss can be purchased through: www.thewildrosepress.com

Ultimate Curves and Seriously Sexy Stocking Filler can be purchased through: www.xcitebooks.com

Monday, May 10, 2010

Interview with Alison Chambers


Let's welcome Alison Chambers. Where danger is foreplay in her seductive action packed thrillers.


*Contest: Win your own pdf copy of Alison's new release. Details below.


Tell us a little about yourself:

I've been in marketing and PR all my life and was part owner of a large association management firm handling national medical associations. I majored in political science and history in college (which always find their way into my stories) and have always loved mystery and thriller stories and of course, romantic suspense.


What inspired you to write your first

book?



I wrote my first book when I was eighteen. At that time, I was inspired by Nancy Drew stories where the girl is the hero and solves the crime. That was a first for me. I'd never read a story like that before where the girl was a hero and I loved that.

I loved Nancy Drew, too. Wonderful books.



The Secret Sentinel has me intrigued. Secret society, treasure maps and cryptic rhymes send the hero and heroine on an adventure of a lifetime. What’s your secret to writing an action packed thriller?


Tell an important story that people can care about. Give your characters problems so readers can identify with them and keep the action coming. As the story progresses, make the situations worse for the characters instead of better. I've read a lot of books on how to write and they've really helped me. Keep thinking 'what if' and have fun writing. Make it into the kind of story you'd enjoy reading yourself.


Tell us about your heroine, Savannah Rutledge. Is your heroine anything like you?

Yes, I always put a little of myself into the stories. That's half the fun! Savannah is shy i

n the beginning, but learns how to be strong in the end. Remember the movie 'Romancing the Stone'? The same kind of thing happens to Savannah.

Tell us a little about the sexy stranger, Antonio Desada. What does he look like? It’s okay to make us drool. lol


Think Zorro, tall, dark and mysterious and just a bit dangerous, with a shadowy stubble of a beard, a dashing smile and a body hard as granite.

Love Zorro. I have Antonio Banderas in mind. :)


How do Savannah and Antonio end up together on this quest?


Savannah steals her father's treasure map she has been warned not to touch (kind of like Pandora) and as a result, her father is killed. Then two people are poisoned at a museum costume party she has planned and she is framed for their murder. Antonio shows up dressed as Zorro and together they flee the police and search for the treasure.


Can you share a little of your current work in progress with us?


I just finished "Preying for Survival", a story about two reality TV stars who are complete opposites (he's wild, she's not). They battle out their differences in the jungles of Belize hunting for Montezuma's gold with a murderer in their midst.

Define success for yourself?


Love and happiness with just enough money to be comfortable doing something creative you love--like writing.

Tell the readers where they can find you:

www.alisonchambersromance.com


Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?


If you're an aspiring writer, keep going no matter what, get a good education, and never stop reading and learning. And to all the readers out there and I am one, keep searching for the books you love, sit back and enjoy. It's one pleasure you can indulge in without feeling guilty!


If you can't wait to see if you're the lucky winner of the contest, you can own your own copy of Alison Chambers' new release right now.

www.thewildrosepress.com www.amazon.com


***Contest: I bet you’re wondering how to enter the drawing. It’s simple. All you have to do is leave a comment or ask a question. Alison Chambers will be giving one lucky winner a pdf copy of her new release. Good Luck!


The Secret Sentinel Blurb


Three lost keys to untold riches. Three cryptic rhymes. A secret society's deadly plot.When museum curator Savannah Rutledge steals her father's treasure map to impress her boss, Winston Gale, and his handsome son Eric, she unleashes a Pandora's box of horror. Her father is killed and she is framed for murder. To atone for her father's death, she sets off on a cross-country chase for the treasure that ends with a dangerous showdown in the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix. To get there she and a sexy stranger, Antonio Desada, follow a perplexing trail of clues that lead them to the keys that will unlock the mystery. Constantly moving, they must elude the police and the vicious Gales, hot on their trail once they realize they're missing a critical part of the map. Seductive and mysterious, Desada also provides the keys to a treasure of another kind. Will Savannah find the treasure—and love--before it's too late?


The Secret Sentinel Excerpt


"Do not keep anything from me. Something tells me you are. Still protecting your father?"


"Right, and when did you get your psychology degree?" She got to her feet and stalked off, combing every room of the second floor, bravely opening closed doors, for the moment unafraid of what she would find.

Desada had touched a nerve, accusing her of holding back, and she didn't like it. Not because he said it, but because she believed it herself.

Had she buried something her father had told her in her subconscious? Was she intentionally sabotaging the effort out of cowardice or fear?

The rooms she searched were empty except for cobwebs, lizards, and a few pieces of crumbling furniture--rocking chairs, a threadbare sofa, a urine-stained mattress, discarded beer bottles.

She felt Desada's brooding presence looming behind her. "Don't go off like that again. Wait for me."

"A lot of help you'd be. Probably let me take the first bullet."

"You know that's not true."

"How do I know that? You’re only using me to get what you want!"

He grabbed her arm. "Listen, if we're going to continue in this together, we need to set a few rules. Rule one, no emotions. Absolutely none. That's one thing we don't need. We need cold detachment. We need to survive, Savannah. Don't you understand what we're up against here? We've got death facing us around every corner. We can't afford to--"

"I don't need you dictating to me. That's one thing I don't need. Do you understand? That's not going to guarantee my allegiance to you. What we need is a little equality, a little fifty-fifty deal. Besides, you're the one who keeps trying to kiss me."

Friday, May 7, 2010

First Review for Heart of a Warrior!




Heart Of A Warrior

Karen Michelle Nutt
Time-travel romance
Available from Tease Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60767-096-4
February 2010

Trey Brennan is in a fight for his life… and losing. His nephew sends up a hopeful prayer to the Warrior Goddess, Scáthach. When she responds, she is taken aback to see Trey in a hospital bed fighting against an illness that is ravaging his body. Trey awakens to find himself in another world with a beautiful goddess urging him to learn to fight. Can Scáthach teach Trey to fight well enough to win?

Praise to Ms. Nutt. This is one of the few short stories that feels complete. There is a clear and complete story line that leaves the reader satisfied. Scáthach is a take charge warrior that has no problem addressing a fight and Trey makes a worthy student. The love scene is sweet, well placed and adds to the romance of the whole story. The writing is fluid and fast paced. As a female reader, I loved that Trey was portrayed not as a barbarian but as a simple guy who must take up a weapon to save himself. For a short story I am still surprised and thrilled at how neatly the author presents a whole package. I will definitely be looking for more from Ms. Nutt.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Mildly sensual

Reviewer: Helen Ruby
May 4, 2010

Thanks so much Helen Ruby! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tale!




Monday, May 3, 2010

Interview with Jannine Corti Petska


Jannine Corti Petska, the author who brings medieval romances alive, is here today to tell us about her new release in her Sisters of Destiny Trilogy. She'll share her favorite secrets of success and reveal one of her favorite reference books. A must have for historical romance writers.

There's a Contest today! Jannine's giving away one pdf copy from the exciting Destiny Trilogy. Winner's choice. All you have to do is leave a comment or ask a question and you're entered. Good Luck!

Tell us a little about yourself. (Do you use a pen name? If so, why?) I’ve added my maiden name to my married name. I decided to do this with the hope that friends and acquaintances from the past might recognize who I am if they happen across my name. Also, I’m proud of my Italian heritage. Using Corti is a tribute to my family.

Do you have a support system? Do you have a writing community? What valuable lessons have you learned from them? My support system is my husband and three daughters. They encourage me when I hit a road block in my writing. I also have my “family” in my Sons of Italy lodge. Many of them have bought and read my books, and they keep coming back for more!

As for a writing community, I have my RWA chapter in San Diego along with the online chapters I belong to. I can’t stress enough to new writers how important it is to be a member of writing organizations. Even for seasoned writers, there’s always a lesson to learn somewhere. For a historical romance author, one of the best online chapters is Hearts Through History. Each member has an expertise in an area of history, culture or customs. If they don’t have an answer to your question, they provide links to help you out.

You write historical romance. What kind of research goes into each of your books? Do you enjoy the research process? Have you visited any of the countries your stories take place? I spend about 4 weeks researching one book. Sometimes I’m researching while I’m writing. I not only use books, but I also get info online. And I have files stuffed with my research. These files fill two tall file cabinets. Plus I have over 2000 research books in my home office. Depending on what sub-genre I’m writing and the locations, my research will take me on a wild ride. I usually end up with more story ideas. ;-)

I have always loved researching a subject. This goes back to my high school days when I was the only student in class who turned in a mini-book for my assignments, lol. I still enjoy doing the research. There is so much in history that is fascinating.

The only country I visited is Italy. I love writing medievals set in Italy, mostly in the 15th century. There is something about that time that draws me deeply into the research process. I’m sure it has to do with growing up Italian.

Do you have a favorite book on writing? If so, which one and why? Not so much on writing, but the book I cannot do without is English Through the Ages. This is a must have for anyone who writes historicals. It’s broken down by dates and lists words that came into use during a particular time period. And of course, this is the written word. I’m sure many words had been spoken long before anyone wrote them down. I can’t say enough about this book.

Tell us little about CHARLOTTE AND THE GYPSY without giving too much away. By the way, I love the book cover. Thank you. The cover does set the tone of the book. This book is the second in a trilogy about three psychic sisters separated at birth and taken to different countries. Charlotte, or Char, as she prefers to be called, is having an identity crisis. She’s a fair-skinned blonde raised among Gypsies. She never felt like she belonged. When the opportunity comes for her to locate one of her sisters, her plans go awry when Rafael Cazares returns to camp after a three year absence. What comes next is a battle of wills that revolves around the Gypsy culture.

Tell us about your heroine, Charlotte. What or who threatens Charlotte and will her psychic powers help in finding out the answers?

In book one, Carina and the Nobleman, Carina’s psychic powers helped the hero find the answers he had been looking for. But Charlotte, unlike her clairvoyant sister, is clairaudient. She hears what people are thinking. What makes matters worse—or amusing—she hasn’t yet learned how to control her gift.

Char sees Rafael as a threat. She’s willful and intends to go in search of her sister Callie, no matter that she’s forced into marriage with Rafael first. There are many other dangers for her in the story, but I’ll leave them for the reader to discover.

Tell us a little about your hero, Rafael Cazares. Tall, dark and handsome? Alpha male? Rafael is as alpha as they come. And being a Gypsy male, he ruled the roost over his woman. Unfortunately, tall-dark-gorgeous-and-sexy has met his match in Char. He doesn’t handle her with kid gloves, but there is a transformation by the end of the story. He still remains the alpha male, but with Char he’s a bit more giving.

What are your current projects and works in progress? I have several projects going on at the moment. I’ve just finished editing a historical western romance and submitted it. I am now reading through books one and two of my four-book Italian Medieval series. Once I get them submitted, I’ll be working on book three of my Sisters of Destiny trilogy, Callie and the Knight.

I am also doing some research into a few short stories. Once the third book in the trilogy is finished, I’ll be editing book three of my Italian Medieval series after which I’ll write book four. Are you still with me? In other words, I have so many projects that will keep me busy for the rest of the year and into 2011. When all of these are off my plate, I won’t be sitting around searching my brain for another story to write. I have five that have their own file boxes filled with some research, characters, plots and ideas. I think I have enough to get me through to 2014!

Tell the readers where they can find you: First, you can learn more about me at my website: www.jcortipetska.com. I don’t have a blog—don’t have time for one—but I am a guest on about 2 to 4 blogs a month. I hope to have a schedule up on my website soon.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers? I have three books and a short story available, all medievals except for one, which is set in the American West. You can find these at Amazon or Barnes and Noble as well as my publishers’ websites. You can read the first chapter of each book on my website.

I love reader feedback. You can reach me through my website or at italy9@cox.net.

Blurb: Charlotte Nikolos keenly feels the difference between the dark coloring of the Gypsies who raised her and her own pale hair and skin. When she learns she has two sisters somewhere who share her looks and psychic powers, she's determined to search for her lost family and find answers about her past. But how?

For three years, Rafael Cazares has been away from the Gypsy camp and the woman who makes his blood boil. He's determined to win back Char's trust and recapture her heart. He insists on helping her to find her true family, but someone or something is determined to keep them apart. When a deep dark secret is revealed, Rafael would do everything in his power to keep the only women he has ever loved out of harm’s way. Even if he must die.

Excerpt:

Scene set-up: A long caravan of Gypsies are travelling into town. Rafael wants to talk to Char about their kiss at the river and smooth out her ire. First, he has to get rid of her brothers Rye and Ker who are flanking Char on horseback.

Rafael urged his horse ahead and caught up with the Nikolos siblings riding alongside Char. "Rye, a word with Char, if I may?"

Rye nodded and both he and Ker hung back. Char glanced nervously at her brothers. In her beautiful gold-flecked hazel eyes Rafael read her misgiving over his presence. Was she afraid he’d steal a kiss in front of the Gypsies? Although his lips begged to taste hers once more, he’d not shame her with her brothers looking on.

"Unless you have an apology, I’ve naught to say to you," she said.

Her stiff posture and taught features made clear her lingering unhappiness over his impulsive kiss. "I’ll not apologize for our mutual transgression."

"Mutual? I think not." Venom coated her tongue.

"Why did you run off?"

"Because you—" she broke off and retuned to the deserted road ahead.

"Could it be that you feared your desire for me?"

She glared at him. "I desired not the kiss but to be left alone to finish my bath."

He longed to kiss away that temperamental pucker on her lips.

"And do not speak of your rights," she added scathingly. "My lips belong to me, and I’ll share them with the man I truly desire."

"Then I shall make you desire me once we are wed."

"How dare you continue to taunt me with a wedding I refuse. You would deal better with a woman who will shower her affection upon you."

Rafael smiled slyly. What she had conveyed in that exquisite kiss was a desire most women wouldn’t deny.

Buying info and trailer links:

Charlotte and the Gypsy, Book two in the Sisters of Destiny trilogy

Available in print and ebook at Amazon and http://www.moongypsypress.com

Book trailer: Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5dd2kNYLyM

Carina and the Nobleman, Book one in the Sisters of Destiny trilogy

Available in print and ebook at Amazon and www.eternalpress.ca

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rERylu_39XA