Guest Post: Annette Mardis and “The Shore Thing”

The Shore ThingThank you so much, Elle, for hosting me on your blog and helping me celebrate the release day for my new contemporary romance novel, The Shore Thing, from Liquid Silver Books. It’s the first book in a series set in the fictional west-central Florida beach town of Gulf Shore, where you’ll feel sugary white sand between your toes, the warm sun on your shoulders, and a sea breeze ruffling your hair.

You’ll meet swoon-worthy alpha males who aren’t embarrassed to cuddle a rescued baby dolphin in their muscular arms, and accomplished women looking for an equal partner who thinks that smart is sexy. You’ll get up close and personal with sea life, join the “snipe and gripe” club for girls’ nights out, and fall in love with a talking parrot who acts like a little boy in a bird suit. You’ll go behind-the-scenes at the local aquarium and out to the beach to rescue marine animals in distress. And once you visit Gulf Shore, you just may find yourself wishing you could stay.

Here’s what The Shore Thing is about:

Danielle “Dani” Davidson vows to just say no to workplace romances after her first post-college job is soured by a messy breakup with a manipulative coworker at a fish hatchery. That’s just one reason she doesn’t trust any man with her heart, let alone one who swims with sharks for a living. So why can’t she get cameraman Evan Sanders out of her mind?

Evan is twice shy, too, after an alluring but self-absorbed colleague at Gulf Shore Aquarium takes a bite out of his heart. Thought he’s dead set against dating anyone else he works with, he’s intrigued by Dani’s shyness and tempted by her intelligence and low-key sexiness.

Dani leads tours and educates guests, and Evan is the chief photographer/videographer at the aquarium and marine animal hospital in Gulf Shore. Their attraction smolders until an unfortunate encounter with a stingray sends Dani to the emergency room, and Evan steps up to help her through her recovery.

The two also bond over the rescue of an orphaned baby dolphin. But will Evan’s vindictive ex-lover, his career ambitions, and Dani’s inhibitions tear the young lovers apart?

Here’s an excerpt:

Evan Sanders felt his swim fins touch bottom as he settled into position with his camera pointed at the two ten-foot nurse sharks circling above him. It was feeding time, and Fred and Barney were restless and hungry. Evan watched as black drum, striped mullet, mangrove snapper, and other smaller fish scurried out of the predators’ way.

He was in full scuba gear and had only his camera for protection, but he wasn’t worried. He’d shot still photos and video in Gulf Shore Aquarium’s Florida Fishes tank many times, and the nurse sharks hadn’t shown the slightest interest in him.

Still, the usually sluggish bottom-dwellers did have thousands of tiny, serrated teeth capable of crushing shellfish and delivering a nasty bite to errant hands or feet, so Evan couldn’t afford to be careless.

Leaning against the clear face of the tank for support, he noticed an attractive young woman watching him. She had her long chestnut hair pulled back in a neat ponytail and wore khaki slacks and the aquarium’s standard-issue teal polo shirt with the GSA logo. A small crowd gathered around her, and Evan knew she was regaling them with facts about how nurse sharks in the wild use vacuum-like suction to snatch fish, mollusks, and crustaceans from their hiding places, sometimes even yanking a sea snail right out of its shell.

He wished he had time to take a closer look at her because he liked what he could see. But duty called.

Evan zoomed in and fired off frame after frame as Fred sucked a freshly thawed herring from the stainless steel grilling tongs a trainer held just beneath the water’s surface. He tracked Fred with his camera as the shark circled around for another handout.

Suddenly, Evan’s peripheral vision picked up a hulking shape closing in fast on his right. He pivoted to find Barney’s snout within inches of the camera lens.

Pulse pounding, Evan barely had time to react. He bumped the shark’s nose just hard enough to discourage him from coming closer. The lumbering fish veered away at the last second and swam up to a second trainer, who enticed him with a hunk of squid.

On the dry side of the Plexiglas, the young woman stared wide-eyed. Evan gave an exaggerated shudder and patted his chest over his heart. She laughed, and he grinned around his regulator mouthpiece and wiggled his fingers. She waved back.

As Evan held her gaze for a moment longer, the young woman blushed.

* * * *

Fifteen minutes earlier, Danielle “Dani” Davidson had returned from an early dinner break to see the diver standing on the concrete deck of the tank, looking like he belonged on the cover of Hot Hunks Monthly. He checked his air tank and hoses, spit in his mask to keep it from fogging, and collected his camera gear. He’d zipped up his wet suit only as far as his flat waist, and it was only natural for Dani to pause and admire the wide set of his shoulders and the muscles rippling over his tanned arms and chest.

Just then, he raised his head as if he felt her gaze roaming his body and, face reddening, she hurried toward the stairs. She stopped on the top step, hidden by a sign identifying the animals in the tank, and watched as he worked his arms down the sleeves of his wet suit and then zipped it closed.

The show over, she headed down to the underwater viewing area to narrate the nurse shark feeding.

Now, as Dani’s heartbeat returned to normal, the guests gave her an expectant look, obviously waiting to hear what she had to say about the diver’s close call.

“Barney was just making sure our photographer got a nice close-up of his handsome face,” she ad-libbed, adding a reassuring smile for good measure.

“You wouldn’t catch me in the water with those monsters,” one woman proclaimed.

“Sharks are awesome!” the boy with her enthused. “During Shark Week on TV, they showed a great white leaping out of the water with a seal in its jaws, and the seal was all bloody and flopping around and stuff, and its guts were hanging out, too. It was so cool!”

“Eeeewww,” a girl behind him squealed. “That’s totally disgusting.”

“Well—” Dani began, but was interrupted by the man beside her.

“So, would that shark have bitten that diver just now?” he asked.

“Nurse sharks usually aren’t aggressive and are tolerant of people,” she told him. “Unless, of course, someone is careless enough to step on the shark or foolish enough to pull its tail. Our diver is anything but an inattentive imbecile.”

Several people laughed.

“Then why did that shark charge him?” the man pressed.

“‘Charge’ is an overstatement. Sharks are attracted by bright and shiny objects, like a camera flash.”

“Won’t they eat those other fish in there?” someone else asked, setting off a flurry of questions from the group.

“Not as long as we keep Fred and Barney well-fed,” Dani said. “Nurse sharks are lazy hunters who forage at night when their prey is resting.”

“How often do you feed them?”

“Four times a week.”

“Why don’t you just throw the food in there instead of using tongs?”

“The trainers need to keep track of how much fish and squid each shark eats,” she explained. “And they also get vitamin supplements in their food.”

“How big do nurse sharks get?”

“They average seven to nine feet, but it’s possible they can reach fourteen feet.”

“How long do they live?”

“About twenty-five years in human care.”

“Human care? Let’s call it what it is—captivity.”

“Well—”

“Are these, like, the only sharks you have? Because they’re, like, totally lame,” said a bored-looking teenage girl.

“We have a lot of other species at Shark Pier, which is near the back of the property,” Dani answered.

“So, um, why are these here, then?”

“Fred and Barney came to us before we built Shark Pier. A local man had them at his home and gave them to us after they outgrew every tank he bought. They’ve settled in here, so why move them again? Think of them as the aquarium’s greeters, like the ones at Walmart, but with much sharper teeth.”

Dani smiled, but the teenager stayed stone-faced.

“What’s the most bloodthirsty shark in this part of Florida?” asked a man wearing a floppy fishing hat and a sticky layer of coconut-scented suntan lotion.

“We prefer not to use words like bloodthirsty and vicious. Yes, they’re top predators, but sharks don’t hunt humans. Of the more than three hundred and fifty species, fewer than ten are considered dangerous to people.”

“You didn’t answer my question,” the man accused, his hands folded across his chest. Then he spoke with a deliberate pause between each word, as if she had rocks for brains. “Which sharks should we be most afraid of when we’re in local waters?”

“Bull sharks. They’re aggressive and unpredictable.” Dani’s smile wavered, but she kept it pasted on her face.

“Anybody been attacked?”

“Off Gulf Shore? No. None reported, anyway. South of here, in the Tampa Bay area? Yes, but not many. You don’t have to worry. I swim in the Gulf all the time.”

“Hey, it only takes one bite! What happened with those attacks? This is stuff we have a right to know!”

“Yes, sir, absolutely,” she agreed. “Nobody’s trying to keep secrets. In 2000, a nine-foot bull shark feeding on mullet killed a retiree who jumped off his dock near St. Pete Beach and Gulfport.”

Several guests gasped, and someone muttered, “Good Lord!”

“That happened in Boca Ciega Bay, where nine years later a teenage girl was swimming—”

“Wait a minute. Boca Ciega Bay? Oh! My! God! We’re staying right near there!” shrieked an older woman who looked like she’d just come off the beach and now regretted sticking even a toe in the surf.

“Did that girl get eaten?” the young Shark Week fan asked before Dani could say anything else.

“No, she was bitten just below the knee. It was serious but not life-threatening.”

“We need to stay someplace else if there are killer sharks in that bay,” the woman insisted, on the verge of a full-blown frenzy.

“Ma’am, sharks are found in every major body of saltwater in the world,” Dani said.

“Is that supposed to make me feel better, young lady?”

Dani’s shirt was sticky with sweat. “Your chances of being attacked are about one in eleven million,” she assured the woman. That didn’t seem to satisfy her, so Dani launched into tips for lessening that already minuscule risk.

“Don’t swim alone, at twilight, after dark, or if you’re bleeding. Don’t wear shiny jewelry. Be extra cautious in murky water. Don’t splash a lot or let pets in the water with you. Avoid going in the water where people are fishing.”

The woman’s face looked like she’d just sucked on a lemon, and the man who’d raised the specter of shark attack gave an impatient huff.

Geez, what’s with these people? Dani thought, sneaking another look at the diver with the camera. I’d be safer in there with him, not to mention with Barney and Fred.

Buy Links:

Liquid Silver Books     Barnes & Noble/Nook      Kobo    Amazon

Links to iTunes coming!

Bio:

photoNow, a little about me. I’m a veteran of some 30 years of newspaper work in the Tampa area, most of it with The Tampa Tribune, and work as a freelance editor in addition to writing books.

In July 2013, I published the e-novella Getting Her Money’s Worth, inspired by and dedicated to a close friend who died in June 2012 after a failed bone marrow transplant.

In my spare time, I greet and educate the public as a volunteer at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to movie star dolphins Winter and Hope from the Dolphin Tale films.

I also enjoy reading; riding on the back of my husband’s Harley-Davidson; playing with my pets; and cheering for my favorite NASCAR drivers and Tampa Bay area sports teams.

Visit me at my website, www.AnnetteMardis.com, my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AuthorAnnetteMardis and my Pinterest boards at www.pinterest.com/annettemardis/the-shore-thing/ and  www.pinterest.com/annettemardis/getting-her-moneys-worth/. Follow me on twitter: @AnnetteMardis48.

I also post book reviews, publishing news and other reader-friendly content through a public forum at www.facebook.com/PostHereReaders.

CUBAN MOON is out

Cuban MoonI’m very excited to announce that the second book in my Resort Romances series is out!

CUBAN MOON is out exclusively on Amazon. Everybody can check out a free sample of the story there. As part of the Amazon exclusive, Prime members can read it for free.

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle Reading App – the link is at the top of the Amazon page. It makes Kindle e-books readable on your computer (Mac or PC), iPad or iPhone, and other devices.

Here’s a short excerpt from CUBAN MOON:

Hank wasn’t asleep. He’d heard Lisa the first time she’d said his name, but he wanted to hear her say it again in that sweet voice of hers. He’d fallen asleep briefly during the drive, but the first stop where passengers disembarked woke him. He figured if she knew he was awake, she would realize her leg had been pressed against his while she twisted to see everything passing outside her window.

He wasn’t surprised he’d dozed off. The direct flight had been hellacious. He’d been stuck next to the maid-of-honor the entire time. His brother was definitely going to pay for pre-booking that seat for him. With her mouth closed, Tiffany was pretty enough, but as soon as it opened… She could have been the most gorgeous woman on the planet and it wouldn’t have mattered. During the wedding preparations back home, she’d made it more than clear she was interesting in seeing if they were compatible in more than a wedding party relationship, preferably heading toward something long-term. He appeared to be someone who could support her high-maintenance lifestyle. Before they left the ground this morning, she’d hinted she’d be more than happy to hook up with him for the week if that’s all he were interested in. Hank might have been tempted for a quick fling if she’d held off her advances long enough for him to make a move, but she was on him like the last life preserver on the Titanic.

Lisa Kleyson had just been a name on the guest list until he saw her for the first time. The bride and her posse spoke of her like a buck-toothed, acne-scarred, geeky misfit who had to be invited to play with the popular kids because she was related. At the airport, he’d spotted a quiet, pretty brunette smiling at the departure screen and he’d been instantly smitten. She could have been going to any resort in Cuba, but when his brother’s future in-laws stopped to talk to her, he noticed the resemblance between the females. Since the sole Taylor-side relative who was coming was the cousin, he realized the woman must be Lisa. All of a sudden, the pity date he’d been assigned as a groomsman turned into a potentially agreeable assignation.

Finding out Lisa was as sweet as she looked was icing on the cake. It would be a relaxing option to hang out with someone who was not one of Amber’s cronies. Hank loved his brother, but Bobby’s choice in wives left much to be desired—especially considering this was his third attempt. The wedding party and guests were arriving on a Saturday and would be leaving in a week’s time. The wedding itself was scheduled for Tuesday. She could be a pleasant distraction the rest of the time.

Hank hauled Lisa’s suitcase into the lobby. He’d told her he’d help her take it upstairs, but his plan of attack got sidetracked when Amber and Tiffany pulled him over to the concierge desk dealing specifically with the wedding party. Amber informed Lisa that “regular guests” needed to wait in line with the other passengers from their flight to check in.

“What’s the plan for tonight?” he asked Bobby. He heard Amber and Tiffany trying to determine which suitcases held the wedding and bridesmaids’ dresses so Bobby wouldn’t see them. Considering the fact Amber and Bobby were booked into the same room for the whole time, Hank thought it was ridiculous to follow that particular tradition, but it wasn’t his wedding.

“Tonight? Nothing that I know of. We might try to find a bar, since it’s practically supper time. Sunday, the girls have something planned for everyone in the afternoon. Monday’s the rehearsal dinner. Then Tuesday—”

“Christ, I have to hang out with you on Tuesday too?” Hank interrupted.

“Shut up, you dumb shit.”

“Speaking of… Thanks so much for my seat assignment on the flight down.”

Bobby blushed. “Yeah, sorry. Amber arranged it.”

“How about you handle arrangements from now on, little brother?” Hank requested.

Bobby wasn’t a complete idiot. “Will do. Should I make arrangements with anyone in particular?”

Hank nodded at Lisa, who was handing her passport to the man on the other side of the reception desk.

“Are you sure? Amber says she’s a little boring, with no sense of humor.”

“No offense to your bride, but Amber thought Tiffany and me was a great idea.”

Hank winced. “Sorry. But Tiffany and I spoke on the plane and Lisa and I chatted on the bus and I would much rather do the latter than the former again.”

Bobby punched him in the arm, slightly harder than necessary. “I’ll see what I can do.”

*****

Happy reading! And happy Labour Day weekend!

Screen Idol Book Trailer

Greetings from Hollywood! I have a book trailer for Screen Idol, to tempt you into reading Chris and Sydney’s story if you haven’t already. Give it a watch and let me know what you think.

Link to YouTube since it’s too large a file to upload here

If you haven’t read SCREEN IDOL yet, find it at Liquid Silver Books, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, or ARe/All Romance e-Books.

Fast Five: Lynn Rae and “First Choice, Second Chance”

FirstChoiceSecondChanceLynn Rae is over today to answer some questions and talk about her romance First Choice, Second Chance. I’m a sucker for second chance romances so I am all over this one.

1. Red or white?

I prefer red wine to white. Lately I’ve been sampling lots of blends and find them much more interesting to my palate than straight up single varieties. If I had to pick one particular grape, it would be a Cabernet Sauvignon.

2. What did you do on your summer vacation?

This summer my family and I went on a cruise to Bermuda. It had been over two years since we’d taken a vacation, so we were due. The ship was great and Bermuda is a beautiful country, but right in the middle of our cruise my husband came down with norovirus, so by the time he recovered, we needed another vacation.

The cruise (aside from the virus) sounds great. You should try again next year. I hope he’s feeling better.

3. What part of writing a book do you enjoy the most?

My favorite part of the writing process is having time to sit down and pound out a scene after I’ve had an ‘ah-ha’ moment. I love the exhilaration of the words pouring out, the plot pulling together, and my characters coming to life on the page.

4. How do you pick your characters’ names? Do they have any special significance?

I don’t know if I have a method of picking my character’s names. I usually have at least one character come right out and tell me his or her name. I write a lot of backstory before I start a book, and I jot down any name that sounds good in the margins, so by the time I open up that Word file with a blank page one, I have a lot of choices. I tend to like old-fashioned names and have collected a few yearbooks from the 1950s and 1960s to mine for good ones.

I love the yearbook idea!

5. What is your favourite non-writing related website?

I have a lot of favorite sites I check every day, like Gawker, iO9, and Tom and Lorenzo. I like getting the news online, and have a lot of fun reading the comments on some stories when I know they won’t be inflammatory. For other topics, I completely avoid reading the comments because people say crazy stuff on the Internet!

Never read the comments!

Tell us about your book.

Conscientious Emily Fontaine is on a mission to prove her marketing and public relations skills. When she volunteers to restore a historic statue, she isn’t prepared for her attraction to one of her fellow committee members.

Paul Ellison has stayed out of circulation since his wife’s death, but once he meets Emily, he can’t resist her quiet allure, despite the difference in their age.

When the statue which brought them together is vandalized, and both Paul’s daughter and sister strenuously object to their burgeoning relationship, Paul and Emily realize the sacrifices they’ll have to make for each other. Will Paul have a second chance at love?

 

You can find it at Amazon, ARe, and Liquid Silver Books.

Bio:

Lynn Rae makes her home in land-locked central Ohio after time spent in the former Great Black Swamp, beside the Ohio River, and along the Miami and Erie Canal.  With professional experience in fields ranging from contract archaeology to librarianship along with making donuts and teaching museum studies, Lynn enjoys incorporating her quirky sense of humor and real-life adventures into her writing (except the naughty bits).  She writes sci-fi, contemporary, and historical romances.

Five-year plan

I am at the end of year 4 of my current 5-year plan when it comes to my writing career. (I can’t believe I started writing romance four years ago already.) My original plan went something like this:

Year 1/2011 – Write 2 romances, sell 1
Year 2/2012 – Write 4 romances, sell 2
Year 3/2013 – Write 6 romances, sell 4
Year 4/2014 – Write 6 romances, sell 6
Year 5/2015 – Write 6 romances, sell 6, be making enough to quit my job and write full-time

I published one romance in 2012, one in 2013,and 4 so far in 2014. And I quit my job to write full-time. That’s a pretty decent success rate.

But now my goals have changed. Now that I’m doing this as a career, not as an extra part-time job, I need to approach it in a different way.

The plan has two parts: what do you want, and how are going to make it happen. I can’t make people buy my books. I can’t choose to be on a best-seller list. I can’t even make a publisher offer me a contract. My part of the deal is to write and market my books as best I can.

In the event that I do become a best-selling writer, people told me to dream big. So I wrote a number on a piece of paper that had a lot of zeros after the dollar sign, and then I looked at it. What the hell am I going to do with $500,000 a year in royalties? More importantly, did I realize how hard I’d have to work to earn that kind of money?

I am incredibly lucky in my life. I have a nice home, reliable car, good health, and low expenses. I don’t need a lot. More importantly, I’m happy and I don’t want a lot. So what are my dreams for the future?

I’d like to travel more. See Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and all the little tropical islands I can find in the Pacific and Caribbean. (Winnipeg winters are long, people.) I’d like to update my electronics. Get a new kitchen. Splurge on some clothes. But if I’m being honest, I don’t want to upgrade from my Mazda to a Mercedes. I don’t want to buy a five-bedroom, three-car mansion in a gated community. I just want to continue to write and be happy.

I’m taking another pass at my five-year plan to see if I can dream a little bigger. But there’s not much bigger than happiness. And I’ve already got that.

Don’t call me Mike Holmes

Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor, maybe. He screwed things up, right?

So, I tried a home renovation project this week. Here’s a picture of my results:

I’m not a complete idiot. I know I’m a rookie at this type of thing. That’s why I’ve got two different handymen and a plumber on speed dial. But I was painting a shelf! How hard could it be?

Two years ago (yes, two, I was busy) I had a small bay window in my kitchen replaced and the bottom board which formed the “shelf” and the top piece that made the “ceiling” were both untreated plywood. I knew they had to be painted and I thought that white would look nice. Each area was about five square feet. I figured I could paint that myself. Since I intend to paint my bedroom later this fall, this would be good practice. Besides, it’s painting. How hard could it be?

I went out and bought a small tin of white trim paint for kitchens and bathrooms. Because, really, all the shelf and the ceiling are is trim. Then I got to work.

It didn’t work. In fact, the entire coat of paint was sucked into the plywood until nothing was left but a faint shine. Since I was pretty sure paint is supposed to go ON wood and not IN it, I picked up the paint can and read the instructions again. This time, I read the entire label, and found a line I missed.

“Apply to primer.”

Primer? Undercoat? Hmm. That sounds like it was an important step. Unfortunately, I’ve been told that I can’t simply apply another layer of paint to the wood. I have to sand off my first layer, put on a coat of primer, and then paint it again.

Tune in next week where I’ll learn how to sand!

“Cuban Nights” has a cover

Cuban MoonI’d like you to meet Lisa Kleyson and Dr. Hank Anderson, the heroine and hero from my upcoming Resort Romance. “Cuban Moon” is set in Varadero, which was one of my favourite tropical trips ever.

Lisa Kleyson, representing the bride, didn’t intend to hook up with anybody while on her first Caribbean vacation ever, but when she lays eyes on the groom’s brother, her best laid plans go out the window. She knows she’s not doctor’s wife material … but he’s not on duty.

Dr. Hank Anderson, representing the groom, will do his duty to his brother but he’d much rather be spending time with the music teacher who’s caught his eye. It’s nice to be the one doing the chasing instead of fending off women who want to take advantage of his position.

Hank’s pursuit is booby-trapped with a stalking maid-of-honor, a Gilligan-worthy boat tour and bad crab cakes but he is determined to catch Lisa and convince her to start a romance under the Cuban moon.

It’s coming this month from Books To Go Now.

Fast Five with Daisy Banks and “A Perfect Match”

A_Perfect_Match-Daisy_Banks-500x800I’m very pleased to have Daisy Banks back for another visit. This time she is talking about her new futuristic fantasy, “A Perfect Match”.

1. Wine: red or white?

Red, I enjoy a good Cabernet Sauvignon. I prefer it served at the right temperature and accompanied by cheese and crackers.

I’m a white wine girl, myself, but I agree about the cheese and crackers. Also, grapes.

2. Do you have a song or playlist that you associate with this book? What is it and why?

I don’t have a song specific to this book. I often listen to classical music when I write, but I think the one song I associate with my writing is ‘Don’t stop me now’ from the band Queen. I love writing and usually I have a very good time when I am writing.

3. What are you doing for your summer vacation?

I went down to Pembrokeshire in the early summer. I had a fabulous lazy week there just chilling and relaxing, strolling on the beach, and sleeping undisturbed by traffic noise. I love the Pembrokeshire coastline and the quality of the light. The place I stayed at, a small cottage, is one of the few places I’ve visited more than once. I’m going to go back again next year.

Sounds lovely – I didn’t get out of the city this year.

4. How did you pick your characters’ names?

I try to find names with meanings that reflect a character’s personality or something to do with them. Usually I look the name meaning up. Varon, has the meaning, man, the linked name Varen means excellent, another linked name Varun, means god of the sea. All those name meanings seemed right Varon. Anwell, is a made up name I liked and it seemed to fit well.

5. What is your least favourite chore to do around the house?

Any of them! LOL. I am not enamoured of housework in any way. I do what I have to but I would much prefer not to have to spend time on such things. I’m lucky that DH helps so much.

I do enjoy cooking and I cook every day. We don’t eat much in the way of prepared things like pizza etc., as I’d rather make things freshly. Living in a rural part of the country means there is no shortage of ingredients to make interesting meals. I am looking forward to the new game season when fresh pheasant and partridge will be available again. I tend to shop locally as much as possible and don’t visit big stores unless I absolutely must. I think the quality of produce is better from the local environment and I prefer to eat things in the right season. The locally grown asparagus is the best I have tasted anywhere, it is only available for a short time in spring and early summer and it is delicious. I can buy asparagus at any time of the year if I wish from a bigger chain of stores, but that has to be imported and it doesn’t taste as good. I look forward to when the local variety is in season.

Blurb:

Passion and politics ripple through A Perfect Match where the enmity between the government leader, Lord Chardel and Commander Varon, head of the Astan water acquirement fleet, is at flashpoint. The enforced marriage of Anwell Nastor, a young Temple adept, to Commander Varon, not only breaks Astan religious rules, but could break untried hearts. This cruel ploy meant to silence Varon’s opposition to current circumstances in the city-state brings unexpected results. Through careful manipulation of the news links, Varon and his bride become the city’s most adored couple, but danger shadows their steps.

amazon.com/author/daisybanks  Barnes and Noble Taliesin Publishing 

Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy romance in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. An obsessive writer Daisy is passionate about her stories. Her focus is to offer the best tale she can to readers. Daisy is married, with two grown up sons. She lives with her husband in a converted chapel in Shropshire, England. Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn’t writing.

Links

Blog    http://daisybanks.wordpress.com/

Website http://daisybanksnovels.yolasite.com/

Twitter @DaisyBanks12

Facebook http://on.fb.me/18iRC35

Pinterest http://bit.ly/16sF1XG

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Fast Five with Tami Lund

intothelight_CoverI invited my fellow romance writer Tami Lund over for a quick meet-and-greet and to talk about her new book Into the Light. Here’s what happened.

1. Wine: red or white?
Both?

Cheat answer, but since I agree with you I’ll let this one go :)

2. What are you doing for your summer vacation?
Going back to the area where we vacationed in 2009, which inspired me to write The Resort series. A bunch of gorgeous, sandy bottom lakes, all connected by rivers large enough to cruise on in pontoon boats. I wish I could live there, but since I can’t, my characters do.

Sounds like a heavenly summer retreat. Wish I were there now.

3. What is your favourite part of the writing process?
Having the time to actually do it, for more than half an hour at a time. By this I mean, free of distractions such as children, a dirty house, and the husband. The dog and wine can stay.

4. What is your favourite non-writing/author blog or website? http://www.downwithdetroit.com – it’s my Pinterest. Besides my urge to purchase something every time I visit, they have hilarious Facebook posts. Even if you don’t live in Detroit. Although, if you live in Ohio, probably not so much.

5. If you could co-write a story with any author (living or dead) who would you pick?

Katie MacAlister. She probably already thinks I stalk her, so it’s okay to say this. Although she did follow me back on Twitter recently, so it’s her own fault.

Tell us about your book, Into the Light:

Shifters dominate the human world, while Lightbearers stay hidden away in their magically protected coterie. That is, until Olivia Bennett, princess of the Lightbearers, is captured by the most powerful shifter of them all—Quentin Lyons, who believes that to kill a Lightbearer is to inherit her magic.

His son, Tanner, doesn’t believe his father’s theory. In the ultimate betrayal, Tanner rescues Olivia and vows to return her to her home. Along the way, he discovers two other Lightbearers who have left the safety of the coterie, not to mention an attraction to the Lightbearer princess that becomes increasingly more difficult to ignore with each hour he spends in her company.

The attraction makes no sense. Lightbearers and shifters have been mortal enemies since the dawn of time. He’s supposed to feel the urge to kill her, not … well, you know.

Despite shifters who are out to kill them and Lightbearers who don’t trust them, Tanner and Olivia decide to take the chance and give in to their mutual attraction, only to discover that Olivia’s destiny has been predetermined, and it doesn’t include her shifter lover. They must decide if they are willing to risk it all, or if they can walk away from true love for the sake of the Lightbearer species.

Where can we find it?

Buy Links:

Liquid Silver Books , Amazon , Barnes & Noble , Goodreads 

Tami Lund Headshot 2014Bio:

Tami Lund is a romance author with an obsession. Books are her obsession. Writing them, reading them, sharing them. She can’t get enough. She reads just about anything, even books without happy endings. She writes contemporary and paranormal romance because, in whichever world she is writing about, she believes the good guys deserve a happily ever after.
Tami has published multiple books, which can be found on her website, www.tamilund.com. A couple of those books have won awards, including The Resort, which won third place in the Great Expectations Contest hosted by the North Texas Romance Writers of America. The paranormal romance just released through Liquid Silver Books, Into the Light, won first place in the On The Far Side Contest, which is hosted by the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA.
Tami loves it when fans stalk her through social media. She’s there, just about everywhere. Simply search Tami Lund Author and follow/tweet/fan/friend her to keep up with the latest news.

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Love is… an amazing collection of romance stories

Love Is coverIt’s out!  I am thrilled to be part of the Love Is…” collection. forty stories of first loves, friends to lovers, and the heat of the moment. Join forty authors, including multiple New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, as they take you on a romantic ride through time and space.

From the dazzling ballrooms of Regency historical romance to contemporary love from sweet n’ dreamy to kinky n’ steamy, to the wide open frontier of science fiction romance and magical worlds of far away fantasy realms, sample the best that romance has to offer! Every short story is the perfect candy-sized nugget to read over a cup of coffee or before falling asleep at night.

What I really love about this collection is that all proceeds are going to “Reach Out And Read“, a literacy charity which helps bring books to children and encourages kids and parents to read together. My first memories are of books and I believe every child should have the opportunity to read.

My contribution to Love Is… is “The Hollywood Gambit”, a short story in my Hollywood to Olympus world. Rookie studio photographer Benny Duarte is used to women falling at his feet but Rita Morales isn’t playing that game. If Benny wants a date, he’s going to have to work for it. And when he does, he finds she is more than worth the effort.  (Benny appears in both Screen Idol and Drama Queen.)

Love Is… is available at Amazon, iTunesBarnes & Noble/Nook, and Kobo. For $0.99, you can’t say no. I’ve had a sneak peak and between the contemporary, paranormal and historical writers, you will definitely find something to love.