Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Behind The Scenes With A Dyslexic Angel



Gay with Mindy
I am very pleased to introduce Gay N. Lewis, author of the Sarah series, a must have series for anyone who loves books filled with romance, laughter, and that just leave you with a smile on your face when finished. So, without further ado, here’s Gay and Sarah, and make sure to keep reading to find out about the newest release, upcoming novellas, and comment for a chance at free Amazon download of Sarah’s first adventure.

Thank you Kim for inviting me to your site.  From time to time, people ask me how the Sarah series came about. I didn’t plan a sequence, but the idea of Sarah has been with me for decades and finally came to life in 2012.  After the first book, I decided Sarah should help others, so I wrote a sequence.  Four books now tell of Sarah’s adventures, and two more are on the way. 

How did you get the idea for Sarah? 

Several years ago, I read This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti and loved it.  The story features the constant combat between holy and unholy supernatural powers.  Later, I found Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Angels, Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy. These three quirky angels attend humans with romance, and on other occasions, the trio answer prayers about totally different needs. These three charming angels often make trouble, but somehow they accomplish their objectives.  I also enjoy the humor in Janet Evanovich’s books.

Sarah, my little dyslexic angel was born from ideas generated by two authors.  I don’t write about the ungodly side in the supernatural world, not yet anyway, but Sarah engages in blunders that I hope make people laugh as well as think.  G. Hankins, a reader, wrote this to me.  “I can’t remember many (any actually) where God’s word is taught in happy and entertaining circumstances.”

If you’ve read any of the Sarah books, you’ll know she isn’t technologically inclined.  Writing about blunders with devices comes easily for me.  You see, gadgets turn my stomach into knots and like Sarah, I’m always lost. Sarah experiences self-doubts—another one of my traits.

Sarah loves cheeseburgers and red stilettos.  These two temptations often cause her downfalls.  Literally. Sarah often lands on her bottom when she attempts to walk in those shoes. And food?  Most women crave a metabolism such as the one Sarah has, but creating a human disguise to get to the burgers?  Well, that’s another story.

I tell about Sarah’s first adventure In Sarah: A Mission of Love. As a fresh graduate of Angel school, Sarah is assigned the task of finding a mate for Tom Shoemaker. After accidentally introducing Tom to Marcy, Sarah then wonders if Marcy is the right choice. Hope, Marcy’s four year old daughter, longs for a dad and a puppy. Sarah causes one disaster after another as she goes about her mission to bring the couple together and assist the sweet child in the process. 

Sarah: Laney’s Angel is the second in the series. Architect Laney Taylor battles her attraction to the handsome homebuilder, Cannon Carlson. Laney has a stalker who plans to kill her.  Tomas, the Warrior Angel, assists Sarah with this mission.  This book features suspense, and was more difficult to write.  I had to plot a bit more than I usually do with this one.  It may be my favorite, but then again, maybe not.

Sarah and the Widow’s Mate follow as book three. Beth Marsh is not only beautiful, but wealthy enough to buy a third-world country. When she enters the dating arena to find companionship, two men profess an interest in her…but is it Beth they want, or are they out to get her money? When Beth invites human-disguised Sarah to attend a wedding, the delighted angel looks forward to an opportunity to wear a beautiful formal gown, and maybe—at long last—red stilettos! I had fun with this book—even bought a catalog with bridal gowns as I planned the wedding.

Book four is a novella and available now.  Sarah and the Internet Dating Service. The idea of introducing a couple through the Internet came as I realized one out of four couples meet that way these days.  Two of my daughters met spouses online, and so did a nephew.  All are happily married.  Can you imagine the mess Sarah made with the computer dates for Karen Newton?  Oh merciful heavens!

The fifth book, a second novella, due July 30, 2014 is Sarah and the Scary Ferris Wheel.  Sarah is assigned to ride this rotation gadget in this book as she brings romance to a fun loving couple.  This wheel terrifies her—it’s over the water, and oceans make Sarah seasick. She fears she’ll throw up on the humans.

Book six, Sarah and a Dad for Mandy, is the third novella in the Summer Fun grouping.  This one kept me laughing as I wrote it.  In an effort to make sure Matt Austin and Galena Maddox link romantically, Sarah brings about a few unorthodox events—at least for an angel.  This book finalizes Sarah’s summer trip to Houston, and the three novellas will be bundled together in a print book due in September of 2014.

In this one, Matt, Galena, and Mandy attend Karen and Jeremy’s wedding (the couple from book one). Sarah introduced Karen, the bride and Jeremy, the groom in the novella, Sarah and the Internet Dating Service. The wedding party includes Robert and Brittany—they’re the couple Sarah brought together in Sarah and the Scary Ferris Wheel. Sarah’s commanding officer gave Sarah the order not to fall down during the ceremony.  For Sarah, that’s a major task. 

How do you prepare for adventure in your books? 

I don’t.  I’m similar to Sarah, my dyslexic little angel character.  Amazing, unintended stuff just happens to me, and many of my episodes find their way to scenes in my Sarah Series.

In Sarah: Laney’s Angel, an invisible Sarah convinced Cannon to invite Laney to a nice restaurant.  When Cannon asked Laney a few embarrassing questions, Sarah decided to help the lady avoid answers to him, but how? Surely turning on the overhead fire sprinklers would create a diversion. Oops! She caused every diner in the place to receive a deluge of water.  Utter chaos developed.  So much for that romantic interlude.

In planning this scene, I asked my hubby to take me to a steak restaurant so I could make sure those sprinklers existed overhead the way I wanted to describe them in the book.  Am I a con artist or what? I escaped cooking and enjoyed a lovely night out. I arranged that evening, but how about the time I accidently drove down a railroad track in the dead of night?  That was an adventure to remember.  Sarah is destined to have that unforgettable experience soon.

If you’ve read any of Sarah’s books, which one is your favorite? If you haven't, which sounds most intriguing? If you’d like a chance to receive Sarah’s first adventure, Sarah: A Mission of Love, leave a contact email and one visitor will be randomly selected for an Amazon Kindle download. Comment through midnight August 1, 2014.

Thank you, Gay, for sharing a little insight into Sarah and her escapades. For more on Gay and her work, visit her website at www.GayNLewis.com, her blog at http:gaynlewis.blogspot.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/GayNLewis, or follow her on Twitter  @GayNLewis2
http://amzn.to/WNRJlV
 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Baby Steps to eBooks

Those who know me or have followed me for very long know that I drag my feet when it comes to taking a technological step.  I was one of those writers and readers who vowed I would never read anything other than a bound book that I could hold in my hands and manually turn those paper pages. But, some of the newer authors aren’t always stocked in bookstores and the price of a Kindle book is often cheap enough that I don’t mind inching away from my top handful of authors and giving a new writer a chance and I was missing out on all the free Kindle books I saw being promoted. So, rather than jumping in with both feet, I decided to take baby steps and downloaded Amazon’s free Kindle App for my computer.  I was amazed at how easy and enjoyable it was, and now free books were just a click away.  Soon my confidence grew and I must confess I got a Kindle and now read most of my books on this wonderful device. So, if you’re on the fence about digital books, the free Kindle App for your computer may be a way to test the waters (click on the icon to the right to get started).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Falling Like a Rock

Falling Like a Rock is the newest release from contemporary romance author, Bonnie McCune. Please continue reading for a tiny taste of her latest novel. Enjoy!

Unloved and unemployed. That’s Elaine Svoboda, after she’s sacked, then flees across country to her boyfriend who drops her flat. Teetering on the abyss of disaster, she calls an old friend who invites her to a tiny mountain town with fresh prospects. There she meets rugged, hunky Joe Richter-Leon, mayor of Falling Rock. Maybe he can help her find a job. Maybe they can become friends, even share romance.

Sparks fly immediately, but major obstacles make a new life on the ashes of the old appear impossible. Joe’s consumed with challenges like the dismal local economy and an impetuous sister. Elaine butts heads with him at every turn in the rocky road. Is the problem her bungling attempts to help? Or does she remind him of a greedy, selfish ex-wife? Before they can build a new life on the ashes of the old, she must overcome a few obstacles like a broken ankle, an eating disturbance, his stubbornness, and her own fears. She’s smothering her hopes when a battle with a forest inferno illuminates their true feelings and desire.

Funny and frank, poignant and perceptive, when two people are “Falling Like a Rock,” they learn surrender sometimes means victory.
Learn more about Bonnie at www.BonnieMcCune.com.  

Other highly-rated fiction by Bonnie McCune include:

A Saint Comes Stumbling In (4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon): $2.99

Heart-strong (4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon): $0.99

Irish Episode (4.8 our of 5 stars on Amazon): $0.99

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Desperate & Dreaming Of A New Life

MFRW Authors Blog
Welcome to this week’s Book Hooks blog hop. Here’s an six-sentence teaser from my romantic suspense/adventure novel, Deadly Exodus, a blurb, and the newest video trailer on YouTube. And, Deadly Exodus is still just $0.99 on Amazon for your Kindle. Enjoy this tiny peek into my novel, and then click on another great writer in the list below to check out more book hooks. Thank you for participating in this week’s Marketing For Romance Writers’ Hop!

Get up,” Claire screamed over the whir of the helicopter blades.
Nyla could barely hear Claire above the noise. She didn’t think she could move her legs. Her heart ached so deeply she could no longer summon up the strength to care about her own life or future, but Claire grasped her hand and pulled until Nyla rose to her feet.
“Come on Nyla, move.”
She complied, knowing her friend wouldn’t leave her behind. 

Blurb: 

Their love is forbidden…their lives in danger…

Trapped in a dystopian America where men are being exterminated and relationships are forbidden, Nyla is determined to change the course of her future and protect Ethan. Fleeing means abandoning her grandmother and imprisoned mother, but Nyla and her friends will do anything to escape an authoritarian government which has stolen their freedom and prohibits personal expression of any kind.

Desperate and dreaming of a new life, the group makes a run for the Mexican border through the inhospitable Big Bend region of Texas. Persistent patrols track and corner them, while a vast and desolate landscape inhabited by brazen predators tests their ability to survive.

Will they live to realize their dreams of a new life and a chance at love?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Writing Conferences and Events in the West

For anyone looking to hone their craft, and network with agents, editors, publishers and fellow writers, summer is the season. Here’s a list of upcoming writing events around the West.

Writing the Rockies Conference, July 24-27, 2014. Western State Colorado University in the Gunnison Valley. More information at http://www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/writing-rockies 

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, July 24–27, 2014. Corte Madera, CA. Editors, publishers, agents, and detectives. More at http://bookpassage.com/mystery-writers-conference 

Steamboat Springs (Colorado) Writers’ Group hosts a conference August 1-2, 2014.  Learn more at http://steamboatwriters.com/special-events/ 

Willamette Writers Conference, August 1–3, 2014. Portland, OR. Editors, agents, & film Consultants. Workshops include marketing & platform, writing for children & films, and writing memoir. More information at http://willamettewriters.com/wwcon/workshops/genre-workshops/ 

Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) summer conference August 1–4, 2014. Los Angeles, CA. More information at https://www.scbwi.org/events/43rd-annual-summer-conference-in-los-angeles/ 

The Oregon Christian Writers summer conference August 4 – 7, 2014. Portland, OR. Agents, editors, and others will lead workshops and meet with attendees. More info at http://oregonchristianwriters.org/sc2014/ 

A River of One’s Own adventure, a river journey for women. August 10 – 16, 2014. Moab, UT.  Join Page Lambert and others. Theme is A Heroine’s Journey into the World of Story. Learn more at http://www.pagelambert.com/river2014.html 

Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference August 14 – 17, 2014. California’s Bay Area. Features magazine editors and publishers, food writers, photographers, and others. More at http://www.bookpassage.com/travel-writers-photographers-conference 

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Mystery and Crime Writers presents WriteNow! 2014 August 15 & 16, 2014. Phoenix, AZ. Learn more at http://desertsleuths.com/conference 

The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference September 5 – 7, 2014. Westminster, CO. Learn more at http://rmfw.org/conference/ 

The Equality State Book Festival September 11 – 13, 2014. Casper, WY. Presented by Casper College and ArtCore. Learn more at http://www.equalitystatebookfest.com/ 

Southwest Christian Writers Association hosts its annual conference September 19 & 20, 2014. Durango, CO. Topics include Creating Compelling Characters and Fundamental Story Building Steps. Learn more at http://www.southwestchristianwriters.org/SCWA/Home.html 

A Weekend for Words, the Southern California Writers Conference September 19–21, 2014. Los Angeles, CA. Authors & editors of mysteries, thrillers, screen plays & nonfiction, among others, will conduct workshops & meet with participants. More at http://writersconference.com/la/ 

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCWBI hosts its Letters and Lines Conference September 20 & 21, 2014. Golden, CO. Many writers, illustrators, agents, and editors will be on hand. Learn more at https://rmc.scbwi.org 

The Montana Chapter of SCBWI hosts its fall conference September 20 & 21, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at https://montana.scbwi.org/events/fall-conference/ 

Authors of the Flathead presents its annual writers conference, September 27 & 28, 2014. Kalispell, MT. Workshop sessions on fiction, nonfiction, marketing & screenwriting will be conducted. Two literary agents scheduled. More at http://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/conference.asp 

The Montana Writers Conference, hosted by Montana Romance Writers, October 3 – 5, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at montanarwaconference.wordpress.com.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Best Bargain In Entertainment




If you’re in the mood for a quick fun read, Daisy Jerico is the author for you. Her latest novella, Sparks Fly, was just released, and if it’s anything like her last one, The Love Thief, I’m sure it’ll be amusing and entertaining, and leave me smiling. And, at just $0.99, how can you go wrong? So, make sure to check out these two feel-good reads.


Carlisle’s dream of attending culinary school goes up in flames when she accidentally burns down her landlord’s shed while cooking ribs for a contest. Winning the cook-off would have provided enough money for tuition. Now she needs to win to replace the damaged building. Carlisle resigns herself to putting her future on hold while dealing with the problems of the present.

The hot fire chief who puts out the fire makes it clear she’s used up precious resources with her carelessness. He’s furious that she’s wasted his time when he needs every second to track down an arsonist who is escalating dangerously.

The far more serious problem is that Carlisle’s small fire draws the attention of the arsonist who doesn't like anyone stealing the limelight. He comes after her with a frightening single-minded focus. Can Carlisle save herself and their budding romance from the flames of a maniac?
 

When the jewelry gallery she works at is robbed, Sandra is not just the prime suspect; she is the only suspect. Desperate to clear her name, she reluctantly agrees to work with sexy former jewel thief, Alex Daniels, to recover the jewelry and catch a thief.

He reminds her of the men who lounge half-naked across Ferraris in fragrance ads, aloof and confident in their looks. Alex can't believe anyone as naive and trusting as Sandra can be for real. Thrown together to solve the robbery, Alex feels his heart begin to thaw towards Sandra. As his feelings become stronger, Alex must ask her to rekindle a romance to her recently paroled ex-boyfriend, who holds the key to solving the robbery.

In the end, Sandra must decide if it is more important to clear her name or follow her heart.

About the Author

Daisy Jerico lives in a small Wisconsin town with her three dogs and husband of 27 years. When not writing, Daisy teaches science to inquiring minds. For more on Daisy, visit her online at http://DaisyJerico.wordpress.com.

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's A Party!


 
Join Prism Book Group authors for a Facebook Party on July 16, 2014, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. eastern time and you could win great prizes. To RSVP go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1498236967055102/

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Big Horn Storm’s Sunday Six

Below are six sentences from my contemporary western romantic adventure, Big Horn Storm. For the past week the novel has been reduced to just $0.99 for your Kindle or Nook. It is scheduled to return to its regular price of $3.99 on Monday. So, if this snippet whets your appetite, there’s no better time than the present to get your copy.  

Her eyes darted from man to man. She scanned the area and noted that she was still very close to the edge of the ravine. Niki could feel the big horse quiver beneath her and tense, ready to spring at the slightest provocation. She gripped Storm’s sides with her legs and grasped the saddle horn. One man pulled a pistol out of its holster. She doubted he intended to shoot her yet—instant death would be too quick, easy and preferable. 

I hope you enjoy the adventure. For your copy, visit Amazon at Amazon at http://amzn.to/1b8wEma or Barnes and Noble at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/big-horn-storm-kim-mcmahill/1112640883?ean=2940015204469&itm=1&usri=kim+mcmahill

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Bird Watching in the Everglades

 

For anyone who loves bird watching, there’s no better place than Florida’s Everglades. It doesn’t take too much effort or an exceptionally keen eye, so even the novice can enjoy bird watching.  The avian diversity and abundance is simply spectacular.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Kindle Adventure/Suspense Boxed Set

Discover love and experience epic adventures 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.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fouth of July

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday, celebrating with family and friends while remembering our country's history and all those who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom.