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Love at First Flight

About the Book by Tess Woods


Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. The me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it.

What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?

Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.

What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into her worst nightmare.

Love at First Flight will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head.

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Visiting with Carolynn Carey

Author Carolynn Carey is in my local writing group. As part of our PR and Mentoring program we have a monthly featured author. About 30 questions are given for the author to choose from. They are mostly centered around the craft and business of writing. I asked Carolyn if she would let me share her post on my blog also. She was happy to oblige. Readers may find out more about this gracious woman also.

I’m delighted to have been randomly selected to be ETCWA’s first featured author. Felita Daniels provided some thought-provoking questions, and I hope my responses will prove interesting and possibly helpful in some cases.

Author Photo Carolynn CareyMy initial response will actually touch on at least three of the questions: (1) How long have you been writing? (2) Have you entered or won any contests? What was your experience participating in these contests? (3) What conventions and conferences have you attended?

Although my attempts at writing go back many years, I can trace my serious efforts to around 1990 when I completed a Regency of around 100,000 words. I envisioned The Mysterious Merriana as being the first in a trilogy, so I went on to write the second, The Untamable Antonia, which I entered in the Romance Writers of America (RWA) 1991 Golden Heart contest for unpublished writers. That manuscript was a finalist, which provided motivation for me to attend that year’s RWA conference, which was held in New Orleans. That conference was the first time I’d been around a group of writers, and the experience was amazing. I learned so much in the workshops and just simply listening to other writers talk about their work ethics, their interactions with publishers, and so on.

Two years later, I finaled with another Regency, A Simple Lady, and again I went to the national conference, which again proved valuable for learning the craft and meeting people.

My third and last Golden Heart finalist came in 1996. Compromising Situations was the only one of my Golden Heart finalists to be
published, and that didn’t happen until 2007. The published book won the 2007 National Readers’ Choice Award in the Regency category. That book also won the 2008 Laurie Contest for Published Writers, Historical category.

In addition to the RWA National conferences, I’ve attended other national, regional, and local conferences and can honestly say I’ve gained something from each and every one. I highly recommend attending conferences when possible, as well as entering contests. The Smoky Mountain Romance Writers’ Laurie Contest for Unpublished Writers was instrumental in helping me get published initially. I won that contest in 2004 and the editor who judged the contemporary category liked and bought my book, A Summer Sentence, which became the first in the Barbourville series, a series I’m self-publishing today. (I’m happy to say that my self-published books are also winning and finaling in contests such as the HOLT Medallion contest sponsored by the Virginia Romance Writers.) I believe in entering contests because even if you don’t final or win, some new readers are exposed to your writing and may want to read more of your books.


Another of the questions posed by Felita involved how many books/short stories I’ve had published. Including my self-published books, I’ve had nine contemporary romance novels and one contemporary novella; one women’s fiction; two Regency novels and four Regency novellas. I just submitted a completed manuscript (a romantic suspense) to a publisher and I’ve started on another Barbourville book. I do want to mention, however, that I have four completed manuscripts (two of them being Golden Heart finalists) that I never intend to publish. I was still learning the craft, and those books simply are not written well enough to warrant being published. I’ve tried rewriting them and discovered they are not salvageable. I wish I had not been such a slow learner, but I’m thrilled those books are not out there in my name!

Another question involved the best writing advice I’ve ever received. That
happened at one of the RWA National conferences. One of the speakers said: “It takes three things to be published—talent, luck, and persistence.
But if you have persistence, it only takes one of the other two.” I think there’s a lot of truth in that statement, but even if you don’t accept it fully, you should keep in mind that without persistence, you’re almost guaranteed to fail.

I’ve enjoyed responding to Felita’s questions, and I hope some of my previous experiences may prove helpful to other writers.

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Review: Drama Queens and Adult Themes

Author Kevin Klehr / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 220 Pages

Cover Art Drama QueensFor me, the strongest emotional banter was between Ipan the guardian angel and Fabian, the warlock. Adam, Wade and Mannix were likeable enough. But they Adam and Wade seemed to not consider their infatuation with Mannix to be much to worry about. I realize that Fabian had put a spell or hex on them. But when not in Mannix’s presence, and when they were together in their home, I would think they might give a moment to worry about the potential damage this flirtation could cause to their long standing relationship.

The viewpoint changes from character to character, but it is identified with a chapter headings. There are really three differing settings.   There is the Medieval Sector where the angel, white witch, Fabian and others hang out. In the present on earth is where we share time with the three men and their work mates. Then there are also bits of memories from Adam’s past that we experience as he remembers his encounters with an angel in childhood dreams. The pacing of the work is even and the characters are all well drawn. There is some humor to the work. You really DO want to know what, exactly is going to be the outcome of this predicament. I won’t spoil it for you, you will have to pick up the book to find out for yourself.

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Adam’s about to discover how much drama a mid-life crisis can be. He’s obsessed with Mannix, the nude model in his art class. But Adam has been married to Wade for nearly two decades, and they don’t have an open relationship.

Little do they know that Fabien, a warlock from the Afterlife, has secretly cast a spell of lust on Adam and his potential toy-boy.

As things begin to heat up, Adam’s guardian angel, Guy, steps in. But what’s the best way to save the relationship? Should Guy subdue Adam’s wandering passions or instigate a steamy threesome?

About the Author

Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

Author Photo Kevin KlehrFrom an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again. The result was Drama Queens with Love Scenes, the first in a series of Afterlife tales.

Kevin is looking forward to thumping the keys on his laptop and churning out stories until it’s time for him to gain firsthand experience of the hereafter.

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Gideon by Cherry Adair

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T-FLAC is back in an exciting action-adventure romance filled with danger, subterfuge and steamy, red-hot attraction.

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Powerful cartel leader Sin Diaz lives a dangerous life filled with secrets and lies, and surrounded by people who claim to have known him all his life. Yet flashes of another life, totally unrelated to the jungles of Cosio, hang tantalizingly on the edges of his memory. He’ll trust no one until he recalls his true past.

NO DREAMS OF A FUTURE

T-FLAC operative Riva Rimaldi’s mission is simple. Go undercover, learn terrorist Escobar Maza’s agenda, then kill him. But when the helicopter she’s on crashes deep in the jungle of the small, volatile country of Cosio, she finds herself in the wrong hands. Is the sexy as hell leader of the ANSL, Sin Diaz, the enemy of her enemy, worse than Maza himself? Or is he someone entirely different than his reputation – and will he become her lover?

TOGETHER THEY HOLD THE KEY

Sin and Riva must work together to stop a madman who will go to any lengths to attain his terrifying goal. But can they unravel the truth in time? The timer is ticking.

What they don’t know could get them killed.

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T-FLAC operative Riva Rimaldi had a clear mental image of the chopper she was on: It was hurtling toward the ground, following a fiery explosion.

Five out of the six people on board would die. She was sorry she couldn’t forewarn the two operatives accompanying her of their impending death. The warning would be useless and come too late. That was the bitch of her ability. When she received a vision, she knew precisely what would happen, but not precisely when. Even more of a bitch was that she while she could see the future, her ability to modify it was typically nonexistent. Riva had to let the nightmares that ran through her brain play out in real life.

She saw it as the pilot did. A bright, swiftly moving light headed up at them from the trees below.

“SAM.” Surface-to-air missile? Out here? In the middle of nowhere?

Curling into a ball around her duffel, one hand wrapped in the backpack’s straps, Riva braced for impact. She might as well kiss her ass good-bye. Despite what she’d seen, no one would survive the hit, and if she did, she’d wish she hadn’t.

Between one heartbeat and the next, the missile slammed the tail with a loud, fiery explosion, spinning what was left of the chopper end over end. A blast furnace of heat engulfed her as she was thrown around the cabin like a rag doll. Everything gyrated like a kaleidoscope around her, as if she were separate from the event. In the split second when rational thought was possible, Riva knew she couldn’t jump out. Even if she had a chute, which she didn’t, she’d be sliced and diced like chopped salad by the swiftly spinning blades if she attempted it.

I’m screwed.

Primal fear set in and all she could do was scream as she, and what was left of the burning chopper, hurtled uncontrollably toward the trees.

About the Author

Cherry Adair PhotoNew York Times/USAToday Bestselling author Cherry Adair’s innovative action-adventure novels have appeared on numerous bestsellers lists, won dozens of awards and garnered praise from reviewers and fans alike. With the creation of her kick butt counterterrorist group, T-FLAC, years before action adventure romances were popular, Cherry has carved a niche for herself with her sexy, sassy, fast-paced, action adventure novels. She hates first drafts, has a passion for mentoring unpublished writers, and is hard at work on a new T-FLAC trilogy. Cherry loves to hear from readers.

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Review: If You Believe

 
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Sometimes love only comes once in a lifetime. For some lucky people, it is possible to love again.

Melody and Jack had shared an unforgettable love story that abruptly came to an end. Melody, left picking up the pieces, finds herself alone years later, with no hope or desire to date again. With the holiday season approaching, Melody finds it particularly difficult to get Jack out of her thoughts.

Jack isn’t sure if he’s an angel or a ghost, but his mind is set on one thing only, finding a new love for Melody by Christmas Eve at midnight.  Easier said than done, with many obstacles to tackle, Jack underestimates how difficult the task is. With conflicting emotions, Jack takes it upon himself to find a man for a woman he still loves.

With the clock ticking as the holidays approach, this charming story of finding love the second time around will have you laughing and crying, but ultimately, it will have you believing in true love.

 

         
 
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This is a delightful story and a light, easy read. When you truly love someone, you want them to be happy. This story is a beautiful example of this.

I have to say that Jack’s first attempts seemed pretty pathetic. He thinks he can just ‘go to the mall’ and pick someone out? Matchmaking is a true skill. There’s a little reality here of the pitfalls and obstacles of dating. He has a time constraint also.

This was a clean story. Some might get a tear in their eyes at places, but you don’t necessarily need a whole box of tissues. I was concerned with the page length, that this might be one of the new books that leaves you with a big cliff hanger. This was not the case, which I was happy about. There is a sense of resolution and closure.

Certainly there might be another story down the road about some of the characters, Trent and Cassie maybe? A different holiday for Melody and ______________? I don’t want to give anything away.

 

About The Author
Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters.  The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby.  Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy.   She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.
Mya currently has several releases: At First Sight, a contemporary romance about dating in the modern world, published by Astraea Press, and Where There is Love, a contemporary romance in which a woman struggles with past obstacles, ultimately faced with whether or not she will open her heart to love. Where There is Love is published with Solstice Publishing. Mya is excited to say that Astraea Press recently released her contemporary holiday paranormal romance titled If You Believe. Mya’s first Young Adult book is now available. Miranda’s Choice is a young adult fantasy novel published by Solstice Publishing.  Coming soon is The Calm After the Storm, published by TouchPoint Press. This novel is a contemporary romance taking place in the setting of Hurricane Sandy. The story revolves around the idea of a utility worker from Georgia falling in love with a woman in New York.
  Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child.   Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on.  She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters.   Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica.   Mya is currently working on her sixth novel.
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Big in Japan Contest

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Book Cover Big in JapanBuck Cooper can’t remember when he became socially invisible—probably when he hit 300 pounds. Now he’s working a dead end job, getting no notice from his boss and no love from the cute secretary he pines for.

But when he gets shanghaied to Tokyo, all of that changes for the mild-mannered Buck—because this blond Texan is about to go sumo!

Peek inside the secret world of sumo, and cheer for Buck as he fights his way through the ranks— against bullies of incredible size—to win the heart of the girl he loves.

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Cross Examination Contest

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 No longer able to tolerate her husband Scott’s abuse, Tamara Slay packs up her daughter, Gabby, and moves to Louisiana, hoping a new life and a new identity will give her a fresh start. An unexpected phone call from a Sheriff’s deputy in Florida shatters her sense of security. Scott hides a much darker secret than abusing his wife. Above all else, she must protect Gabby from Scott.  

Lt. Martin Beck of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating the death of Brandy Fuller for years. Sidetracked for a while by his wife’s murder, Beck finally reopens the cold Fuller case and discovers a thin lead. The new evidence takes him to Louisiana to meet the estranged wife of his primary suspect. Together, Beck and Tamara conclude that Scott not only murdered Brandy Fuller, but seven other women on the Florida Gulf coast.

As Beck dives deeper into the investigation, he draws closer to Tamara. Passions ignite as the one woman who wants Scott dead the most allies with the one man who wants Scott dead the most. Can Beck protect Tamara and Gabby from Scott and stop a serial killer from killing again?

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Passport to Happiness Contest

 A little romance and a little travel. Could anything be better then that?

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We are so excited to let you get to know Debbie a little bit today!

Debbie currently resides in beautiful Sonoma County, California, where the jagged Pacific coastline meets the rolling hills cascading with vineyards. She writes romance novellas that feature strong, independent women, who when faced with adversity, or tragedy, fine strength and overcome the perils that stand in their way. She’s an avid supporter of animal rescue, and happily donates a portion of sales from her books to rescue organizations. She has two adult children, and two granddaughters. In her spare time, she loves to garden, travel; enjoy family, and her beloved rescue dogs, Dash and Briar. Her real passion of course is writing, and she uses her 20+ years as a military wife as inspiration for her stories. The Salty Dog is her second endeavor, and takes places in Bodega, a small fishing community she has the pleasure of visiting often. Her current release – Passport to Happiness is about a small town girl who travels to foreign places, another area she has experience.  Continue reading

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Pulse Point Contest

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Authors: B.L. Mooney, Bev Elle, Elizabeth Miller, Lisa M. Harley, Lisa N. Paul, M. Stratton, Nicole Andrews Moore, Phalla S. Rios, Vanessa Marie
Publication date: February 1st 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance
 

Nine Authors, nine stories and over nineteen hundred pages of romance come together in this anthology to raise awareness and benefit the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Help us make a difference. Go Red and Speak Red. All proceeds of this anthology will go to the American Heart Association – Go Red for Women campaign. Continue reading

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A Change of Plans

DAY 1:
A Change of Plans 
by Donna K. Weaver

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