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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Three Epic Adventures For The Price Of One


Discover love and experience epic adventure in the great outdoors through Marked In Mexico, Big Horn Storm, and Deadly Exodus, all for one low price with a Kindle Boxed Set. Whether Mayan ruins and jungle adventures, daring horseback escapes in the stunning and rugged mountains of Wyoming, or a run for the border through the desert southwest to leave a dystopian America behind peek your interest, you’ll find what you’re looking for in these adventure novels. Oh, and did I mention hunky heroes? Meet ex-Army Ranger Jack, the future’s male perfection, Ethan , and one smoking- hot cowboy named Deuce. 

For more, please visit my website at http://www.kimmcmahill.com or follow me on twitter at https://www.twitter.com/kimmcmahill. The Kindle boxed set can be found on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1cX2bho

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Scarlet Cord

The Scarlet Cord by Inspirational Historical Romance writing duo, Carlene Havel and Sharon Faucheux, is now available from your favorite on-line booksellers.  They also co-authored, Daughter of the King. Please keep reading to learn more about these two highly-rated novels, and check out the awesome Youtube video trailer.

Rahab, a resourceful beauty, struggles to survive in the pagan culture of ancient Jericho. As years of harsh labor begin to lift her and her family from poverty, a foreign army threatens the well-fortified city. Rahab is forced to make an immediate decision. Will she put her faith in the fabled walls of Jericho or the powerful God of the Hebrews? Either choice may cost her life.


A heartwarming story about the resilience of true love, inspired by a biblical account of greatness, courage, and foretold prophecy...
Princess Michal was the youngest daughter of Saul, the first king of Israel.  In an age when fathers arranged marriages, Michal dared to fall in love with a handsome young musician named David, from the little town of Bethlehem.  As recounted in the Bible, Michal helped David escape from her insanely jealous father.  King Saul punished his daughter with forced marriage to a distant war lord.  Princess Michal unexpectedly returns from seven years of exile to find a changed world. Most of her relatives are dead.  David has become King of Judea.  He has acquired six additional wives, one of whom is a princess from Geshur. Michal longs to have a son to reign over Israel and reestablish the rule of King Saul's heirs.   But each royal wife has hopes of placing her own son on the throne.  Can Princess Michal's love for King David survive war, madness, infidelity, and betrayal?

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

 Carlene Havel has lived in six US States and two foreign countries, and has traveled extensively throughout the world.  She is very active in her church and has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Sharon Faucheux was born in New Orleans, LA. Raised in Austin, Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Psychology. After living in several others states and countries, she now resides in San Antonio, TX.

Carlene Havel’s other novels include: