Release Date for No Chance in Hell

Posted at Apr 15, 2014 9:30 am

Release date… April 22! Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks, and Google Connect!  I’ve included the blurb and an excerpt for you!

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BLURB

After a drunk driver killed Marcus Ricci’s wife while he was deployed in Afghanistan, he closed up emotionally. Working at Lost and Found, Inc., he lands a puzzling case with too many missing pieces. A killer is closing in on the woman Marcus is supposed to protect. Guarding the beautiful Chris is his job—and he’s one of the best—but keeping her close without letting her inside, makes it hard to protect his heart.  

A murderer took the only family Chris Holland had left. When her sister’s killer comes after Chris, she turns to the Lost and Found agency for help. As she and Marcus Ricci dig into her background, they’ll discover surprises that shake everything she believes to be true about her past.

Forced together day and night, passion ignites, and Chris falls for Marcus. He’s a loner and not interested in a permanent relationship. When her case is over, he’ll go back to his solitary life. Just a man and his dog.  

EXCERPT

Chris parked in front of the office of Lost and Found, Inc. and debated whether this was a good idea or a waste of time. Why had Dalton thought she should talk to these people? Could they really help her? The police department hadn’t been able to. She got out of the car, still unsure. She turned, paced a few steps, and then reversed direction.

“If you need help, you’re at the right place.”

She jammed her hand inside her purse, locked her fingers around the butt of her Glock, and whirled toward the male voice.

A mountain of a man smiled down at her. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to surprise you.”

He stood too close, so Chris stepped backward. Something moved at her feet, and her gaze honed in on the dog looking up at her.

“Are you okay?” The tall stranger moved closer, reaching out as if to touch her arm.

“I’m fine.”

He dropped his hand, and she breathed a little easier. The beautiful dog lay down at her feet.

The man motioned with his hand. The dog immediately moved and stood at his master’s side. “Good dog.”

“Does he bite?” She kept a close eye on the animal.

“Not unless told to. Offer him the back of your hand and let him get your scent.” The man leaned down and scratched the dog’s ears. “Go ahead.”

Chris cautiously did as he suggested. The dog sniffed briefly and then rewarded her gesture with a lick. Her heart melted a little. “Aren’t you handsome with your bright red bandanna?” She sank her fingers into the brown and white scruff around his neck. “What’s his name?”

“Diablo. And you are?”

“Not sure I should go in.” Chris still had second thoughts about bringing strangers into her problem. She hoped Dalton was right about this organization.

“Well, Not Sure, you won’t know unless you go inside.”

Tall, tan, and broad-shouldered, he reached around her and pushed the door open. His muscles flexed, stretching his white shirt sleeve to the max. Cool air caressed her face. His scent, clean and masculine, filled her senses.

“Coming?” he asked. A smile lifted the corners of his mouth. Head and shoulders taller than Chris, he looked down at her with warm brown eyes. A lock of chestnut-colored hair fell onto his forehead, and he raked it back with a large hand.

“You work here?” She hoped his answer would be yes. His eyes projected a quiet confidence, and the way he carried himself left no doubt that he feared no man.

“Yes, ma’am.”

There was only one way to find out if Dalton had been right about Lost and Found, Inc. “Then let’s do this,” she said.

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New Release – THE LAMB by E.B. Purtill

Posted at Apr 10, 2014 3:00 am

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The Lamb, by E.B. Purtill
 
Beth Urtz and her husband, Hamar, work for Worldwide Strategic Outcomes, Inc., a private military service provider, in an undisclosed location known as S.P. 4. When their orderly lives are upturned after an encounter between Beth and the CEO of their company, Beth struggles through a crisis of conscience while Hamar may have to pay the ultimate price for her sins.
A modern-day retelling of the King David and Bathsheba story from the Bible, The Lamb explores the themes of power, control, isolation, and the East-West divide. It’s a penetrating story of truth and lies, of psychological surprises and unexpected developments, of unlikely and difficult love.
 
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Cold Day in Hell Tour

Posted at Mar 21, 2014 6:58 am in , , ,

Are you following the Lost and Found, Inc. series? NO CHANCE in HELL is soon to be released. These books are stand-alones but Cold Day in Hell is a great place to start! Come jun the fun, leave a comment, and Rafflecopter might select you as the winner of a $50.00 gift certificate! Stop by any or all of these blogs on this one day tour!!

 

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1. Bea’s Book Nook
2. Bitches Be Writn’
3. Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales
4. Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
5. Beckstar Reviews
6. Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
7. Deal Sharing Aunt
8. The Book Review
9. Reviews By Molly
10. Read Your Writes Book Reviews
11. Snarky Mom Reads…
12. Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
13. Queen of the Night Reviews
14. The Snarkology
15. The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat
16. Two Ends of the Pen
17. A to Z Reviews
18. Author Nancy Adams
19. The Divas of Desire
20. Margay Leah Justice
21. Bookgirl Knitting
22. Long and Short Reviews
23. Welcome to My World of Dreams
24. Queentutt’s World of Escapism
25. Room With Books
26. Books to Light Your Fire

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Behind the Curtain with Pictures from Christmas Past

Posted at Dec 23, 2013 3:00 am in ,

As we head into the holidays and I put the blog on hiatus, I wanted to share a few pictures of my family from past Christmas’s. You’ll see the love of my life, our granddaughter, our daughter, and son-in law. Oh, and Buddy. At our house, even the dog gets a gift.

No doubt, I’m going to be in the dog house for sharing the last one. I call it The Clean Up Crew. My dear husband and our beautiful daughter were cleaning up wrapping paper and bows when I snapped the picture. :) There’s not many of us and I often tell people…We’re a small crew but we love big!

My other big news, besides having my family here on Christmas? Electronic versions of The Green-Eyed Doll, The Last Execution, and Someone to Watch Over Me will go on sale for .99 starting December 26!

For each of you, I wish health, love, and joy in 2014. 

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Buddy and his buddy for blog

The Clean Up Crew for blog

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Home for the Holiday Hop

Posted at Nov 13, 2013 1:00 am in , , , ,

Thanks to everyone who participated. I appreciate you commenting and a special thanks to those who signed up for my newsletter.

Using Random.org, Julie Whitman and Marie Mattlingly were selected to choose an ebook from my back list!

Remember, I only send newsletters when I have big news about a new release, and there’s always one lucky subscriber who wins an Amazon gift card!

 

Welcome to the Home for the Holiday Hop.

November 13th – November 18th
 
Grand Prize Shopping Spree: $450+ Gift Card or  Paypal Cash

Second Place Grand Prize: (1) E-Book from every  participating Author

76 Authors and 11 blog hosts have joined forces to make this Holiday Hop fun for our readers!

Home-for-the-holidays-hop-buttonBe sure you use the link or click on the graphic! Be sure to visit the other sites participating, comment and you’ve added one more chance to win!  http://www.theromancetroupe.com/p/home-for-holidays-blog-hop.html Good luck. I hope you win a prize!

Aside from the Holiday Hop, sign up for my newsletter today and tomorrow, I’ll award two winners their choice of one my books. You pick which one you want!

Here’s how the DRAWING will work! Please read and adhere to the rules.
Each stop will be assigned a number and random.org will be used to choose the blog for where the grand prize will be drawn from. Then each commenter on this blog will be assigned a number and random.org will be used to draw the winning commenter. Only comments with email addresses included with the comment will be considered valid. The process will be repeated to choose the Book Grab Bag winner.

But first I want to share an old family recipe with you. My husband’s grandmother made this cake for the family right up to age ninety-four.  I make it for every holiday and usually get requests for one on birthdays. I have to warn you, this is not a pretty cake. But fix it once, and it will move to the top of your favorite list!

Nannie Alexander’s Cream Cake

Ingredients:

1 boxed yellow cake mix (you can do homemade if you wish)

2 cups of sugar

1 cup (small carton) whipping or heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla

Easy enough, right?

Directions:

Cook and set cake aside to cool.

Add sugar and cream to saucepan, set burner to medium and stir constantly. The sugar must fully dissolve or icing will be grainy. The good news is, nobody will care if there’s a grain or two of sugar in the icing. I remove the spoon often and run my finger across the back. It’s easy to tell when the mixture has fully combined. Remove from burner and stir in the vanilla.

Now for the fun part. Poke holes in the bottom layer and spoon half the liquid on the cake, allowing the liquid to soak into the cake. Add the second layer and repeat the process.

This cake is so rich no one will care that it’s not pretty!

Now  we pause for a commercial break…remember, today only, TWO people who comment and leaves their email address will receive a copy from my back list. Your choice which one.

The overall contest runs through November 18th. Visit the other participating authors sites and follow the rules. You can find the list here: http://www.theromancetroupe.com/p/home-for-holidays-blog-hop.html

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Blurb

Ex-Army Ranger Tyrell Castillo’s first mission for Lost and Found, Inc. goes awry when his contact is kidnapped, and he’s left scrambling for weapons and explosives. He’ll have to blow up a drug cartel’s compound, rescue the woman, and keep her safe while they cross the sweltering hot Colombian jungle.

Driven by the need for revenge, Ana Maria Vega Cisneros doesn’t want to be rescued. She wants revenge. She’ll risk her life to ensure the drug lord who killed her family suffers the same fate.

The cartel leaves a trail of blood on their hunt for Ty and Ana. When Ty receives the order to kill the drug lord with extreme prejudice, he and Ana will face the enemy head on. Can Ty protect the woman who’s hell bent on vengeance? The woman he’s grown to love?

http://www.goo.gl/nXU8QV

 

Excerpt

Ana Cisneros stood close to the window. Craning her neck to see outside, she was unaware he’d entered the room. With no time for introduction, he reached around and clamped his hand over her mouth.

As expected, he’d startled her. She fought, slinging her body back and forth like a wet dog. She kicked at him, so he whirled her around and jerked her body snug against his.

“Quit struggling. I’m here to help you,” he whispered, trying to sound reassuring. No doubt, with the flames outside casting an eerie glow, he looked like an alien. A man wearing night-vision goggles, geared up with a pistol on his hip and another in a holster strapped to his thigh, and a rifle over his shoulder would scare most anybody. Not to mention the machete sheathed on his back and the SOG knife in his hand. “Do you understand?”

He took the slight movement of her head as a yes and relaxed the pressure off her lips. His reward? She bit his finger and pummeled his ribs with her free fist.

What the hell? The lamb had attacked the lion. He reapplied the pressure while keeping one eye on the door.

“Stop that,” he commanded, impressed at her bravado.

Even through the lens on the night-vision goggles, he spotted a bruise on her cheek. Heat sizzled up his spine at the bastard who’d hit her.

He’d expected fear or panic to be oozing from her every pore, but didn’t sense either emotion from her. Waves of anger rolled off her. 

“Do you understand?” he repeated. She nodded slightly, relaxed her tense muscles, and then tried to kick him in the nuts.

He didn’t have time to reason with her. And from what he’d seen so far, sweet-talking her was out. “I’m going to remove my hand. If you fight me, I’ll tie and gag you. Got it?”

This time he got a full nod. The expression behind her eyes made him doubt her honesty.

“I don’t have time to argue, so you’ll have to trust that I’m the contact you were supposed to meet in Bogota.” Cautiously, he lifted two fingers from her lips and waited to see if she complied.

“I know who you are,” she hissed. “And you’ve ruined everything.”

“Me? I think you’ve cornered the market on screw-ups.” He quickly assessed her condition. Other than the bruise, she appeared to be unharmed. Long dark hair fell around her shoulders. She wore jeans and a T-shirt. All she needed was shoes, preferably a good pair of boots.

Damn, she was a little thing. Beautiful, bruised, and pissed. Protecting her as they crossed the sweltering jungle wasn’t going to be easy. This woman was going to make the next few days a living hell.

Social media links:

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerrie-Alexander /121521571355959?ref=hl

http://www.goodreads.com/jerriealexander

http://pinterest.com/jerriealexander/

 

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Release Day for Cold Day In Hell

Posted at Sep 30, 2013 3:00 am in , ,

Breaking news!!

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Amazon has released COLD DAY IN HELL!  This is Ty’s story, and believe me, I  put him through hell! $2.99 at http://goo.gl/U8OTVL

Writing this book took me way out of my comfort zone. I normally set my books in areas that I’m familiar with or lived there. Ty’s story took place in the Colombian jungle. And no…I’ve never been. Although after I’d finished my research,which added up to about eighty pages,  I’d fallen in love with the country. I’d love to have a guided tour. But with much less drama. :)

The use of explosives, the SOG (a badass military knife) and many of the weapons and situation were either fact checked or provided by a retired Navy SEAL. I’m so lucky to have him as a resource. Even though he refuses to allow me to identify him, he’s willing to keep me from making a fool of myself. Our emails are interesting!

I stretched my capability when I wrote  this book. As I studied the Colombian culture and jungle, hopefully, I grew as a writer along the way. I hope you see that in Cold Day In Hell.

Cold-Day-In-HellEbook200x300Blurb:

Ex-Army Ranger Tyrell Castillo’s first mission for Lost and Found, Inc. goes awry when his contact is kidnapped, and he’s left scrambling for weapons and explosives. He’ll have to blow up a drug cartel’s compound, rescue the woman, and keep her safe while they cross the sweltering hot Colombian jungle.

Driven by the need for revenge, Ana Maria Vega Cisneros doesn’t want to be rescued. She wants revenge. She’ll risk her life to ensure the drug lord who killed her family suffers the same fate.

The cartel leaves a trail of blood on their hunt for Ty and Ana. When Ty receives the order to kill the drug lord with extreme prejudice, he and Ana will face the enemy head on. Can Ty protect the woman who’s hell bent on vengeance? The woman he’s grown to love?

Excerpt:

               Ana Cisneros stood close to the window. Craning her neck to see outside, she was unaware he’d entered the room. With no time for introduction, he reached around and clamped his hand over her mouth.

As expected, he’d startled her. She fought, slinging her body back and forth like a wet dog. She kicked at him, so he whirled her around and jerked her body snug against his.

“Quit struggling. I’m here to help you,” he whispered, trying to sound reassuring. No doubt, with the flames outside casting an eerie glow, he looked like an alien. A man wearing night-vision goggles, geared up with a pistol on his hip and another in a holster strapped to his thigh, and a rifle over his shoulder would scare most anybody. Not to mention the machete sheathed on his back and the SOG knife in his hand. “Do you understand?”

He took the slight movement of her head as a yes and relaxed the pressure off her lips. His reward? She bit his finger and pummeled his ribs with her free fist.

What the hell? The lamb had attacked the lion. He reapplied the pressure while keeping one eye on the door.

“Stop that,” he commanded, impressed at her bravado.

Even through the lens on the night-vision goggles, he spotted a bruise on her cheek. Heat sizzled up his spine at the bastard who’d hit her.

He’d expected fear or panic to be oozing from her every pore, but didn’t sense either emotion from her. Waves of anger rolled off her. 

“Do you understand?” he repeated. She nodded slightly, relaxed her tense muscles, and then tried to kick him in the nuts.

He didn’t have time to reason with her. And from what he’d seen so far, sweet-talking her was out. “I’m going to remove my hand. If you fight me, I’ll tie and gag you. Got it?”

This time he got a full nod. The expression behind her eyes made him doubt her honesty.

“I don’t have time to argue, so you’ll have to trust that I’m the contact you were supposed to meet in Bogota.” Cautiously, he lifted two fingers from her lips and waited to see if she complied.

“I know who you are,” she hissed. “And you’ve ruined everything.”

“Me? I think you’ve cornered the market on screw-ups.” He quickly assessed her condition. Other than the bruise, she appeared to be unharmed. Long dark hair fell around her shoulders. She wore jeans and a T-shirt. All she needed was shoes, preferably a good pair of boots.

Damn, she was a little thing. Beautiful, bruised, and pissed. Protecting her as they crossed the sweltering jungle wasn’t going to be easy. This woman was going to make the next few days a living hell.

In my mind, Ty is the spitting image of Shemar Moore, one of the stars of Criminal Minds. Do you form images in your mind of the characters in a book while you read? I have a few copies available in PDF or .MOBI files. Leave a comment and your email address. You could be one of the two readers to receive a copy.

 

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Behind the Curtain with Ms Romantic Reads

Posted at Sep 23, 2013 3:00 am in , , ,

Ever wanted to look inside the mind of a romance book reviewer? I’m thrilled Michelle Wilson, aka Ms Romantic Reads has joined me for the day and willingly answered all my questions. Take it from someone who has been reviewed by Michelle, she provides honest feedback. And we authors are the better for it.

This familiar avatar can be found on most social network sites. I’ll post them below. For now, let’s find out what’s behind the curtain. :)

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Q. How did you get started reviewing romance books?

A really close friend of mine, got me started. We often read similar books and would email our thoughts back and forth, then she started her own book review blog, MyFictionNook. At first I thought that was ridiculous because who cared about someone else’s opinion about a book? Then I discovered some review blogs and saw quite a few people out there turn to such blogs, not only to figure out what to read next, but to connect with like-minded readers. I followed my friend’s example six months later. I’ve been consistent since October 2012.

Q. Do you run your blog, review books all by yourself, or do you have help?

It’s all me, baby :) Yes, I do everything by myself. I’m a little OCD and a bit of a perfectionist (that’s probably the artist in me), so I would find it too difficult to rely on someone else to keep things running. Does that make sense?

Q. Do you get paid for anything having to do with your blog?

No. My blog is a free one hosted by WordPress. I don’t have any expenses that need to be covered so why charge for anything? All advertisements or promotions on my blog are FREE. And paying/charging for reviews just seems icky to me. One might argue that time is money, and heavens knows I spend a lot of time on my blog or reading, but that was sort of the point from the very beginning. Reading is fun, talking to people is fun. I won’t charge money for something that I just have fun doing, you know?

Q. What do you do when you’re not blogging or reviewing?

Keeping my hubby out of trouble, and painting. I have always been interested in art, so in 2005 I decided to teach myself how to draw and paint while hubby was on deployment. I specialize in fine art and digital art. You can check out my Gallery on my art blog at MWilsonArt

OMG!! You are so talented, Michelle! It broke my heart to choose just two and resize them. Folks, you owe it to yourself to drop by her art blog!

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Q. What piques your interest in a story?

Cover, blurb, reviews. In that order. If the cover doesn’t catch my eye first, I probably will just pass it by.

Q. What turns you off faster than being wet down by a fire hose?

Haha! Well, if there’s a hot firefighter at the end of that hose, I may not mind getting wet ;) TMI? Oh well, too bad. It’s how I am, lol. 

Bad or non-existent editing, heroes/heroines who are TSTL (too stupid to live), cliffhangers and really short stories masquerading as “books”. I understand authors want and need to make a living, but they should also consider their customers who are expected to part with their money. There is stiff competition out there, so if I have a choice between 100+ pages and up to 50, at the same price, guess which one I’ll purchase? I’m also not a fan of trilogies or serials that are made up of extremely short stories that could easily be compiled into one book. It leads me, and many others, to think that greed plays a large role in the decision to split it up.

Q. Ever have trouble with an author who didn’t like your review? (Lord, I hope the answer to this is no. Surely, we writers know better.)

Trouble per se, no. However, I did have an author not like the review I had left, and she went on Facebook and made some remarks which prompted her friends and followers to agree with her and call “the reviewer” (me) names, I had no idea what I was talking about, blah blah blah.  She didn’t realize that we were following each other. I made a note not to buy any more of her books (not out of spite, but simply because I didn’t enjoy her writing style) and unfollowed her. End of story.

Michell can be found here:

Blog – MsRomanticReads: http://msromanticreads.wordpress.com

Okay…enough with the serious questions! We are here to peek behind the curtain and see the real Ms. Romantic Reads! Your answers will be just between the two of us. (cough, cough)

Bring it on! :)

Q. You and one male survivor are shipwrecked on a deserted island. He’s not your husband. So who is he? Why did you choose him?

Not my husband? Oh dear, Navy boy won’t like that at all! Okay, this is my fantasy so here goes:david-gandy-fd00132 David Gandy because 1) he’s gorgeous 2) I love his eyes 3) he’s gorgeous. He may not be built like a line-backer, but he has this aura of sophisticated elegance and casualness that I find insanely attractive in a man. He also has this small scar above his right eye which makes him a little mysterious. He looks like he’d be good at many things to pass the time.

 

Q. Describe the perfect kiss in three words.

Wet, deep, bruising.

Q.  If you could be one of the heroine’s from any of the books you’ve reviewed, who would you be? Why?

Oh.My.Gosh! Could you ask a harder question?!

Is there a book about Lara Croft? She is who I’d want to be. No? Okay … wow, this is so tough. I can’t think of just one, but I can tell you what type of heroine my choice would fall on. She is independent and confident. She doesn’t beat around the bush, and she can kick some serious butt. She may not need anyone in her life, but she wants someone to come home to, someone who is her equal in all ways, someone she can laugh with.

 Q. What is the first thing you notice in a man?

His eyes. Always.

Q. If you were in the “Miss America” talent competition, what would your talent be?

Playing the flute. I had a gorgeous silver one, but my mother commandeered it :)

Q. Tell me two truths and one lie about yourself.

Ooooh fun! Okay here goes:

I have lived on three different continents.

I have met a celebrity.

I fainted once while riding Space Mountain.

Thank you, Michelle. You’re a great sport. I for one, appreciate everything you do!

This was so much fun! Thank you so much for having me on your blog :)

Okay, everybody, let’s try to guess the lie.

 

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Writer’s Wednesday with Brenda Whiteside

Posted at Sep 18, 2013 3:03 am in , ,

I’m thrilled to welcome Brenda Whiteside to the blog.  We’ll get to know her a little better, ask her a few questions, and then more about her awesome new book!

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I was born and raised in Arizona. Outside of Arizona, my travels had only gone as far as California, Nevada, and New Mexico until I married a man doing a stint in the Army. If the Army offered nothing else, we at least had the opportunity to see a good part of the world. And we found we liked moving around.

Our frequent moves continued into our civilian life. Our gypsy lifestyle has finally landed us in the northern prairies of Arizona. We’re transitioning from city people to country folk. We share our rambling farmhouse with our son the farmer, his wife, my granddaughter and three dogs. Together, we’ve embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States – multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.

Although I didn’t start out to write romance, I’ve found all good stories have to involve complicated human relationships. I’ve also learned, no matter a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or serious, straight contemporary or mystery, all my books revolve around those two facts.

Brenda, trust me. You’ll love the country life. There’s never a dull moment. I’ve lined up a few questions for you!

Q. Do you do any special research for your novels?

I do as much as I can. I like to set a novel in a city where I’ve lived or traveled to extensively. When it comes to detail, be it the wildlife in the area or the hit song for that year, I research that too. I might not use half of what I learn, but I think it gives me a more trusted, authentic voice.

Q. What made you pick your particular genre?

Ha! It picked me. I write romance, mostly contemporary and suspense, but I also write what would be considered women’s fiction like my latest release from The Wild Rose Press, Amanda in the Summer. What I love to read about are human relationships and love is the most complicated. So no matter what I write, there’s a love story front and center.

Q. What are you working on right now? Can you tell us about it?

Sure! I’m on book two of a three book series I call my Love and Murder Series. I’m waiting right now to hear from a publisher on book one. Lacy is searching for her past. Book two is about her friend, Phoebe and book three is about Lacy’s daughter, August. There’s murder and dirty deeds in all three books but romance is hot and heavy!

Q. Do you ever hit the wall or find you’ve written yourself into a corner? How do you turn that around?

So funny you ask that. I did just that a couple of weeks ago. I found I had taken the power out of my heroine’s hands by bringing in a strong male character from book one. I didn’t know that was my problem to begin with but once I mulled it over for a few days, I figured it out. Solution – slash his entrance. I’m now stuck doing some rewriting but it’s necessary. You can keep going and try to fix it. Won’t work. You have to go back to square one sometimes.

Okay…enough with the business questions! How about some fun stuff. You know, just between the two of us.

Oh sure, Jerrie. I trust you! :)

Q. The opportunity to go on a surprise vacation arises. You have 90 minutes to pack and get to the airport. Where will you go and what will you pack?

I’m off to Austria. I have a friend there I haven’t seen in years who has built a small cabin in the Alps and a guesthouse at his main house. I’ll have somewhere to stay. He’s a favorite person of mine and I’ve never met his wife. I’ll pack jeans, sandals, blouses and a couple of sweatshirts.

Q. Are you more likely to be spotlighted on the TV show Hoarders or Fashion Police?

Oh dear. Not much of a choice. I recently started trimming myself of all physical baggage so am not much of a hoarder. But I’ve also been living on a farm or nearly two years and fashion comes way after comfort and purpose. Hmmm…I guess I’ll go for Fashion Police. I need them.

Q. If they make a movie about your life, who do you want to play your part?

Meryl Streep. She makes anyone look great.

Q. Tell us one thing about you that might surprise us…it can be a secret…we won’t tell. :)

If you’ve known me long enough, you might know this and might not. I used to belly dance. In fact, I performed at a Phoenix Suns Basketball game. Shhhh….

Here’s a few quickies. What’s your favorite:

Sound?

A storm with thunder and rain.

Romantic song?

Steamer by Jimmy Buffett

Day?

Of the week? Thursday  Or of the year? Christmas Day

Smell?

Nagchampa oil

Brenda, I love your cover! Tell us more about the book.

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Three generations of women…and the secret that strengthens their love.

A line of women, all named Amanda, stretches back for generations. Each with her hopes, her joys, her pain—each pouring out her heart in correspondence with a dear family friend who shares their lives, understands their loves, and joins in their sorrows. 

But within the correspondence lies a secret. And as the youngest of the Amandas retraces the journey through the years—beginning in post-war America and following through to modern day—the letters reveal, layer by layer, the Amandas who came before her. Soon, the truths and lies hidden in the letters lead her down a path of self-discovery that forges a bond between her past and future.

Excerpt:

August 24, 1968

Dear Tilly,

A few days of bliss with no one to talk to but the

seagulls. I have you to thank for this. I’m so glad you

popped back after Amanda, Robert, and Mother left. The

strain I put on all of us while you were here would’ve

dragged on for who knows how long if you hadn’t

returned. Once again, Tilly, you read the tea leaves and

righted things.

My moods have been so ragged of late. Jealousy of

all things. Jealous that you could talk to my daughter,

get along so lovely with her, which I’ve had difficulty

doing these last few months. Jealous of your longer

running friendship with Robert than with me. I’m not

sure if I was jealous of him or you. You’re both mine.

And angry that the two of you are uncomfortable around

each other after so many years and not making sense of

that. When Robert left, I tried to give him the blue

swimsuit you had left behind and asked him to drop in

on you to return it. He said no, I could do it when I got

back. This was so unlike him and did more to unsettle

me…

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Tuesday’s Surprise with Barb Han

Posted at Sep 17, 2013 3:00 am in ,

Occasionally, I’ll have a special guest and post on days other than Monday or Wednesday. Today is one of those days, and Barb Han is one of those special guests. Not only is Barb a fellow RWA and NTRWA member, she’s my friend and critique partner. I think you’ll be interested in her surprise! She’s brought you a gift…so keep reading

BarbFirst of all, thank you so much for hosting me today, Jerrie. I love your blog!

Don’t we all have that crazy relative at Thanksgiving or Christmas no one wants to sit by because they’re likely to shove their extreme political views down your throat in between bites of turkey? How about the one who can’t stop talking about how great their vacation, children, or job is? Or the one who makes certain you know they breastfed all six of their kids while getting their shape back in hot yoga class twice a day and only munched on organic carrots? *gags*

Family dynamics fascinate me.

In Caught In The Crosshair, Lauren hasn’t spoken to her brother in a decade. She loves him, but he’s a criminal and none of her efforts to save him paid off in the past. Essentially, she’s had to make the difficult (and lonely) choice to walk away. Then, she gets a call she can’t ignore. He’s been kidnapped. If she doesn’t bring money, they’ll cut him up and mail the pieces.

Taking an idea to the extreme, to the worst-case scenario, I got to explore Lauren’s resolve. Would she walk away? Or would she dig in and try to save her brother one more time even if it might cost her life?

What would you do?

 

Blurb:

Lauren James had ignored the recent spate of calls from her brother. After all, he was a big player linked to a major cartel, and he’d been dead to her for nearly a decade. Then she receives the one call she can’t ignore—her brother’s been kidnapped and will be killed if she doesn’t bring money. No matter how far gone her brother is, Lauren can’t turn her back on him completely. Deep down she’s always wanted to save him. Now, she’s forced into action because he’ll die otherwise.

Ex-Special Forces sniper Jaden Dean owns a private security firm and after losing his older brother to gang violence, needs to take down as many scum bags as he can—single-handedly if need be. And he was the best. Until he trusted the wrong woman on his last assignment and ended up nearly dead in the street.

On a tropical island with a hurricane brewing and dangerous men closing in, Lauren and Jaden will need to work together to survive and find her brother. The cartel seems to be one step ahead, and Jaden’s operatives are being killed one-by-one. He will have to use all his specialized training and risk everything, including his heart, to outwit the deadly group and keep Lauren safe. Their magnetic attraction isn’t helping matters…because even a slight distraction might just get them both killed.

 

Excerpt:

The ominous storm clouds that had been threatening thickened as a light sprinkle began. The heavy clouds blocked the sun, making it dark as night. The rain shooed tourists back into the hotel, their fists full of rainbow-colored drinks with chunks of pineapple stabbed by toothpicks and set on the rims of the glasses.

Bryce took a step toward Jaden. His eyes bulged, and he made a sharp gasp to force air into his lungs.

Another rush of adrenaline hit Jaden, popping him to his feet long before his brain had time to register what had happened.

Bryce’s large frame stumbled forward, wobbled, and then abruptly sat down. He slumped forward, the look of shock still on his face, as the African gray parrot on his chest turned blood red, and the dark liquid infected every other bird like a strain of H1N1.

Shit.

Bryce was dead.

A flash of anger had Jaden ready to unleash his rage on the asshole who did this. Did they shoot Lauren too?

He caught sight of his asset struggling against a man slightly larger, but very much stronger than she, while clutching her suitcase.

Where the hell was his backup?

Cursing beneath his breath, knowing he was running out of time, Jaden had to act fast. The beach was too exposed. He couldn’t go barreling across it no matter how much his instinct told him he could take the kidnapper with ease. There were too many others covering this stretch of real estate. 

At least Jaden had his mark in sight, his own weapon, and the benefit of knowing what he was up against. Knowing your enemy and how many there were created a distinct advantage.

He no longer had the element of surprise on his side. Not since Bryce.

With Lauren thrashing around, Jaden couldn’t get a clean shot. One wrong thrash and there’d be a bullet between her eyes.

He needed her alive. 

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Monday Musing about Sports Superstitions

Posted at Sep 16, 2013 3:00 am in ,

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Last Monday while I was checking in with Facebook friends, I noticed a picture that piqued my interest. A devout Dallas Cowboy fan was proudly displaying her DeMarcus Ware jersey. The Cowboys had won the night before, and she declared her new jersey to be good luck. Now she has to wear it at every game.

I got to wondering about sports superstitions, and my research had me shaking my head. Some were interesting, but we will not go into the sports star who urinated on his hands!

MH900422674One basketball player bounces the ball an exact number of times before attempting a free throw. Another sleeps in shorts with the other teams logo on them. One licks his fingertips before his turn at the free throw line.

One football player eats chocolate chip cookies before a game, no more and no less than two. A lot of them put their gear or pads on exactly the same way every time.

And how about the baseball players who decided not to shave. Those were some scruffy guys, but they stuck by the commitment.

As fans we tend to look for ways to help our team. Some of us wear the same shirt to every game. Some turn their ball cap around backward, believing it brings luck to their team.

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I have to confess, I tried last year. It failed dismally!

 

 

 

 

 

So are you a fan? Have any special thing you do to bring good juju to your team?

 

 

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