Thursday, October 30, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – More Adventure to Come

The word adventure means something different to nearly everyone.  To some, adventure may be trying a new restaurant, genre, or hairstyle, and to others, true adventure can only be defined by climbing the highest peaks or rafting the most dangerous rivers.  To me, adventure is somewhere in between.

Through my writing I strive to explore the gamut of adventure with a spattering of actual experiences embellished and tossed in with stories of survival conjured from my imagination. In real life I have an intense craving to see as much of this fascinating world as possible, explore different cultures, taste unfamiliar foods, and meet new people.

For those who have been following my blog, I hope you’ve enjoyed my Adventure Scrapbook, and to those just joining in, welcome.  Whether through story or through real life, best wishes for many exciting adventures to come.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Autumn Dreams

As I’ve been enjoying the beautiful fall colors, what better time to introduce Sharon McGregor, and her newest romance novella, Autumn Dreams, which takes place on the prairies in the late 1940s. 

Sharon is a west coast transplant from the Canadian prairies. Her imagination and story weaving got its start when she was an only child living on a farm. She’s moved on from cowgirl dreams to romance and mystery, but hasn’t lost her love for horses. When not writing or reading, she’s busy with the two shops she shares with her daughter- an ice cream and candy store and a bath boutique.  In spite of her eternal quest to escape the cold, she does spend time at ice rinks watching her grandchildren figure skate and play hockey. When she can summon up the nerve to get on a plane (she’s terrified of flying like Maddie in Northern Lights) she likes to visit with her son and grandchildren who are still knee deep in the prairies. Sharon loves endings with happy resolutions which is why she enjoys writing romance and cozy mysteries. Autumn Dreams (blurb below) is her second romance novella with Prism Books. 

BLURB

Maggie arrives at her new teaching job, to board with a family she's prepared to like. What she isn't prepared for is her landlady's brother Marshall who seems to hate her on sight. She is captivated by Ellen's six year old daughter Emma who is having identity problems when faced with the arrival of a new baby. Then Ellen goes into labour in the middle of a storm and Maggie must face her fears to help. Along the way she helps a family grow closer together but what about her hopes for the future? Can she get past the wall Marshall has set up and does she really have a future here amongst the people she has grown to care for? 


Find Sharon’s  stories on Amazon by clicking on either title. Northern Lights is currently just $0.99 on Amazon for your Kindle.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

'A' Isn't Just For Adventure

I would like to welcome and thank Rachel A. James for being a guest on my blog.  Please read on and enjoy!

A’ stands for…

People often ask me why I include the ‘A’ in my pen name. I never used to use it, I’d simply be ‘Rachel James’. But, when starting to think about my author branding, and what made me unique as a writer, I realized that the presence of my middle initial, served a purpose. I also like to distinguish between my personal life, Rachel James, and my writer’s life, Rachel A. James. First and foremost, ‘A’ stands for Alice, (which as a child I detested). I recently discovered it means ‘noble woman’, and, I confess, I rather like it!

However the ‘A’ represents far more for me as a writer…

A stands for Author

As I finished writing my first novel, I also began to market myself as an author. I started my website, and other forms of social media. Seeing the ‘A’ in my name reminded me that I was an author, not just a writer. I might not have been published, but I had written a book. I found this immensely encouraging when the critiques and rejections started coming in from the publishing industry. Even now as I have just finished my second novel and commence on the third, reminding myself that I am an ‘author’ helps keep me motivated when the doubt starts to creep in.

A stands for Authenticity

My debut novel, ‘The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia’, is an inspirational medieval romance. Although the medieval genre has elements of both history and fantasy, I like to think that my writing is authentic. By which, I mean, everything that happens in it is plausible. For example, ‘Forgotten Princess’ is set in 7th century Britain, which is very early medieval, and at this time, there were no such things as castles. Most palaces were made mostly out of wood. This was a problem to me. I wanted to create a fairytale type kingdom while still remaining authentic and true to historical records.  So, I chose to use a restored Roman Fortress, which was very similar to castles of the later medieval period. What I love about the early medieval times, is that very little is known historically, so there is a little more room for the author’s imagination!

A stands for Adventure

Most importantly, I describe my novels as adventure-driven. I strive for an equal balance of plot versus character, but I write them relatively fast paced, making them fun and exciting. This is an element I always look for when choosing a book… after all, what woman doesn’t want to go on a romantic adventure?

About Rachel

Rachel A. James grew fascinated with the medieval time period as a child. Dubbed a bookworm from a young age, Rachel found herself surrounded by places steeped in history and adventure. She enjoyed trips with her family to visit nearby derelict castles and Roman ruins, and that coupled with a zealous imagination and love for stories, sparked her interest in knights, fortresses and ancient kingdoms. 

Born and bred in England, Rachel writes adventure driven historical romance, she is also a pastor’s wife, and has three beautiful little princesses. She minored in creative writing at university and strives to entertain, inspire and encourage others in their own spiritual journey. She’s also captivated by romantic tales… combine it with a little history and a hot cup of tea, and she’s smitten! Find her at www.rachelajames.com for more information.  

About The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia (Inspirational Medieval Romance)

It is 616AD, and one fatal night the ancient Kingdom of Elmetia falls. Saxons kill the Elmetian King, and capture Princess Teagen. Teagen poses as a slave girl and works for the Saxons in the Kingdom of Deira, until she discovers her brother is alive. She finds a way to escape, and her path crosses with Ryce the Warrior.

Struggling with his past, and angry against the tyrant Saxon king, Ryce helps the princess in pursuit of her brother. But just as the connection between them intensifies, obstacles get in their way. The Saxon king now wants vengeance, and will stop at nothing to get it.
 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook - Yellowstone

No matter how you decide to explore Yellowstone National Park, or during what time a year, it’s an adventure. Whether just enjoying the scenery and abundant wildlife on a leisurely drive with short hikes, horseback riding, or tackling the backcountry I hope everyone has a chance to visit this wonderland at some point in their life. The Park is truly a natural treasure and has so much more to offer than just Old Faithful, grand as it may be, so wander far and wide.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ruth Roberts’ latest Contemporary Romance, Diamond Heiress, was recently released by Prism Book Group. Continue reading for more on Ruth, her latest novel, and her other books.

When two bitter rivals….

One person stands between Brielle and her inheritance—Nicholas Trenton. If she fails to serve as CEO of her grandfather’s company, Santorini Jewels, for one full year, then everything goes to Nick—the company, her trust fund, and her home…the only home she’s ever known. Nick doesn’t care about the money, but he wants the company his father helped build. Now is his turn to run Santorini. Brielle isn’t qualified, nor does she deserve the position of CEO. One way or another, he will ensure she doesn’t run Santorini into the ground.

Are forced to run a multi-billion dollar company together…

Despite a clash of wills, they learn to work together for the benefit of the company. But when they can no longer ignore the attraction building between them, will they give in to it or will it ultimately be the downfall of Santorini?
About the Author:
Ruth Roberts has worked in public relations for fifteen years.  She lives in Texas with her husband, teenage daughter and their dog, Kimi.  Her hobbies are reading romance novels and writing them.  Her family says she is addicted to books, in her opinion that’s not a bad addiction to have.  You can find her on Facebook or on the web at http://RuthRobertsRomance.com. You can also email her at info@ruthrobertsromance.comShe loves hearing from fans
More books by Ruth Roberts:
Tender Triumph is only $.99 for Kindle on Amazon and has a rating of 4.8 Stars
Homerun is only $1.99 for Kindle on Amazon and has a rating of 4.8 Stars