Thursday, August 14, 2014

Caroline Clemmons meet and greet wtih a review of Gabe Kincaid (The Kincaid’s Book 4)

Gabe Kincaid (The Kincaids, #4)Gabe Kincaid by Caroline Clemmons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After seeing her grandpa brutally murdered by his business partner, Katie flees to avoid capture. She finds herself in a small circus where she is able to keep a small amount of anonymity until some local boys in Kincade Springs assault her. Afterwards, all of her past comes back to haunt her, but this time she is not alone. Gabe Kincade, a local lawyer, is there to defend her. But can he do so without falling in love with her? You will just have to read this book to find out.

I enjoyed this book. It had all the classic romance necessities: damsel in distress, a handsome hunk to sweep her off her feet, a dynamic middle where there is a chance they could lose it all, and a super happy ending where all parties find exactly what they are looking for or deserve. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romances.

I would like to welcome Caroline Clemmons to my blog to discuss herself and her wonderful book series about The Kincaids.

1) What genre do you like to write?


I love writing romance, especially historical western romance. Except for one, the main portion of each of my titles takes place in Texas. Since I live in Texas, writing about my home state makes research much easier.

2) If you were to branch out from your current genre which one(s) would you like to explore?


Perhaps women’s fiction. Writing women’s fiction would take more time, but I have two premises I would like someday to write.


3) How long have you been writing? What prompted you to start writing?


As long as I can remember, I’ve made up stories but I didn’t write them down. Oddly enough, it was my mother in law who suggested I write romance. She read a lot of romance novels and, judging from the long, anecdotal letters I wrote about my husband and our children, she believed I could write romance.

 I’d had a story in my head and my husband’s encouragement gave me the courage to dive in and write. Of course, the first story was awful because I didn’t know anything about character arc, pacing, plot development, or any of the other craft components necessary for a good story. I joined an RWA chapter and heard great workshops and seminars, and that helped me hone my craft.

I love writing. Some of my family members complained that once I started writing novels, their long letters from me stopped—and that’s true. My first title was published by Kensington in 1998, BE MY GUEST. Now my total is 19 titles and several boxed sets.

4) What inspires you to write?


Everything! It might be something I hear in conversation, on television, or read in a magazine or historical journal. I think “but what if?” about whatever it is and go from there. Several of my writer friends and I plot our stories together, and then we’re off—writing as fast as we can.

5) When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?

An average of four months once the book is plotted. Some stories move quickly—I wrote HAPPY IS THE BRIDE in three weeks. Others kick and scream until completed. The one I’m writing now is kicking and screaming and clawing, but I’m determined these characters will do as I tell them. So far, I’ve a headache. :D


6) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest? 


The easiest is the premise and characterization. The most difficult is the first three chapters. I plot the story and know where I’m starting and where I’m ending. Getting the intro perfect is so important to create likeable characters and credible situation and keep readers invested in the story.  

7) Of all your characters whom do you most relate to?


Hard question. Probably Pearl Parker in THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE or Mary Alice Price in HIGH STAKES BRIDE. Each is an unlikely heroine, but each demonstrates those qualities I admire.


8) Is there one of your characters that you did not like when you started writing about them, but found yourself liking by the end of the story?


Yes, Eduardo Montoya in BRAZOS BRIDE. He is cousin to Hope, the heroine. At first I thought I might link him to the attempts on her life, but I grew to like him too much. Sometime in the future, I plan a novella with him as the hero.

9) What is your least favorite part about writing? The Most?


If I may I’ll do that in reverse order. My favorite part of writing is losing myself in the story. My characters come alive for me and become friends. Also hearing from fans that they loved a particular title or character does wonders for my day/week/month.


The least favorite part of writing is marketing my books. I just want to write. On the other hand, I do want people to read my stories, so promotion is necessary to accomplish that end.

10) When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?


Read, spend time with my family, watch Netflix with my husband, lunch with friends, work on family history/genealogy, browse antique malls with my youngest daughter, and travel. An occasional nap doesn’t hurt, either.

11) What genre of books do you like to read?

I’m an eclectic reader of anything except true crime or horror.  I prefer light-hearted books with a happily-ever-after ending. If I want to be depressed, I can listen to the evening news.

12) What author(s) do you enjoy reading?  Why?


My favorite authors include Jacquie Rogers, Geri Foster, Carra Copelin, Sylvia McDaniel, Kathy Shaw, Joan Reeves, Julie Garwood, Loretta Chase, Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz, Nora Roberts, Louis L’Amour, Jodi Thomas, Dorothy L Sayers, Marjorie Allingham, and many, many more.

Perhaps I should have listed those in alphabetical order to avoid showing favoritism among those who are my friends. I love reading, can you tell? And when an author is someone I admire as a person, I enjoy their books even more. Conversely, there are a couple of authors whose books I stopped reading once I met the author.

13) Tell us about your books and where can people find them?


Happy to! My Amazon author page is and my 19 titles and several boxed sets are listed there.


My latest release, GABE KINCAID, is book four in the Kincaid series available in print and ebook at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and as an ebook at Kobo, Google Play, and from Apple.


Here’s the blurb for GABE KINCAID:

Gabe Kincaid has reasons to hate lies and those who tell them. He moved from Austin to Kincaid Springs and joined his great uncle’s law firm. Gabe believes he’s happy and pushes aside those moments of loneliness, of wishing for more. He strongly believes in the law, in justice, and obeying rules. Doing what’s right is fulfilling, isn’t it? Then why is he so fascinated with a circus fortuneteller who spins tales faster than a cowboy whirls his lariat?

Katie Worthington poses as Dorothy Duncan in a small-time circus. If she isn’t behind the scenes mending costumes or in the circus kitchen, she’s disguised as the fortuneteller, Maharani Shimza, Mystic of the East. Even so, she worries about being killed by the men pursuing her. She fears a brawl at her fortune telling tent that sends her into the Kincaid’s protective custody will end with her exposure and death. Then, a murder at the circus implicates her. How can she escape when that attorney pops up every time she turns around?   

Will Gabe and Katie let the sparks between them ignite into a passionate romance or will her secrets destroy their chance at a happily ever after?

About Caroline Clemmons:

Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling author of historical and contemporary western romances whose books have garnered numerous awards. Her latest release is GABE KINCAID, book four of her popular Kincaid series. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.

Caroline is a member of Romance Writers of America, Yellow Rose Romance Writers, From The Heart Romance Writers, and Hearts Through History Romance Writers. Her latest publications include the acclaimed historical Men of Stone Mountain series: BRAZOS BRIDE, HIGH STAKES BRIDE, and BLUEBONNET BRIDE and the audio books of BRAZOS BRIDE and HIGH STAKES BRIDE.

Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. Prior to writing full time, her jobs included stay-at-home mom (her favorite), secretary, newspaper reporter and featured columnist, assistant to the managing editor of a psychology journal, bookkeeper for the local tax assessor and—for a short and fun time—an  antique dealer. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, painting, and getting together with family and friends. Find her on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, WattPad, Shelfari, and Pinterest.

Thanks for hosting me.

Thanks for accepting and allowing me to read this exceptional romance.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BAIT by Courtney Farrell - Book Blast MythBehaving Book Tours



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A crew of orphans is all that stands between Jackie and life as a prisoner in some squalid basement harem. When pox killed their parents, she took the boys in. Taught them to scavenge. Taught them to kill. But she's not much older than they are, and the boys are growing up fast. Her authority is eroding. The guys begin to compete, and the winner will lead the crew, alongside her. Infighting threatens to tear the crew apart. When rival gangs discover that their little band has one of the last surviving girls, Jackie must make a decision. Will she give herself up to save her crew, or take off alone through the streets? Rape gangs might be the least of her worries. Pox is spreading among animals, who gain an eerie intelligence before they sicken and die. One-legged Joe thinks she’s nuts, but Jackie is convinced. The pox is sentient, and it’s after her.
*****You can buy Bait at Amazon.*****
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Courtney Farrell is a biologist who turned her love of books into a career as an author. So far, she has written fourteen nonfiction books and three exciting novels for young people. Courtney lives with her husband and sons on a Colorado ranch where they enjoy a menagerie of horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.      

You can find Courtney at these links:





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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Angels In Red by Adelle Laudan Meet and greet with author my review and chance to WIN a Signed Print Copy!

The Winner is.......
Please contact me or Adelle to get your copy. Thank you to all who participated!

I would like to welcome a wonderful romance writer Adelle Laudan Thanks for joining us today.

Hi! Adelle Laudan here. Thanks for having me, Sally J


I’ve dabbled in many genres, from middle-grade, all the way to the other end of the spectrum with a thriller/serial killer duo. I’ve always been drawn to my genre of choice, Biker Fiction.  For example, in Killer Scents/Scent of a Killer, the two detectives ride Harleys. In, In Your Eyes, the hero rides, etc etc

Angels in Red has no motorcycles, but it incorporates my second favorite genre, Inspirational, in a character with Down syndrome.

I grew up in a very strict home, where television was closely monitored, as were books, music , etc My escape came in writing short stories. Oh how I wish I’d saved them, but at ten/twelve years old, I never dared to dream of the possibility of being a published author.

I left home at the tender age of fifteen and it would be several more years before I picked up a pen again. In the interim, I fell into the loving, nurturing arms of the motorcycle community.  Much of my research comes from my own personal experiences.

At twenty-four years of age, I went back to school to garner my high school diploma. It is there the ‘writing  seed’ was watered by an English teacher named, Jim, who recognized something in my writing as a gift to explore.

I played around with short stories a bit, here and there after that. Ten years went by before I ended up having some pretty major back surgery that left me unable to work outside the home for the first time in my adult life.

By then I was Mom to all four of my children. After one too many days watching the walls close in around me, I picked up a pen and like I did so many years prior, escaped through the written word. Several years later, I let my best friend read one of my stories, titled, Juliana. She convinced me to submit it for publication. Imagine my surprise, less than two weeks later, being offered a contract. Juliana can still be purchased on Amazon. It is the first story in my ongoing series, Women of Strength.

You can find all of my books on Amazon. All ten full-length books are available in ebook and print—ten shorter stories in ebook only.

Once again, thank you Sally. If you would be so kind as to draw a name this Friday, August 8th, at midnight from all who comment, I’d love to offer a signed, print copy of Angels in Red to the winner.

My Thoughts:
Angels in Red by Adelle Laudan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When her father announces she is to be wed to an older, overweight, perverted drunk to seal a business deal, Jenna grabs her purse and her mother’s dairy and then hightails it out of her house. She gets into her Jaguar and spins out of the drive on the snow, which had been falling steadily all day. On her way to the ski lodge, she swerves to avoid a deer in the middle of the road. No match for the icy roads, her Jag fishtails, sending her into the guardrail and over the side of the mountain. Jack, who was stargazing with his telescope, sees the accident. He hurriedly hitches his dogs to their sled and races to the rescue. What he finds is a broken angel covered in blood. He hurriedly gathers her up and returns home to nurse her back to health. What happens next is so hot it could melt snow.

This is a classic romance filled with believable characters, fantastic dogs, and a bit of a twist which will keep you turning pages. I like how the love scenes are subtle and romantic instead of hot and graphic. I believe this style flows better with the overall feel of the story. I would recommend it to anyone who likes romance novels.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

The Messiah Matrix by Kenneth John Atchity Meet and Greet with review.

I would like to welcome author Kenneth John Atchity to my blog today along with his unique book The Messiah Matrix.

 1) What genre do you like to write?
à I love writing thrillers.

2) How long have you been writing? What prompted you to start writing?
à I wrote down my mother’s stories when I was six and just learning to write. I’ve been writing every day ever since.

3) What inspires you to write?
à Stories that beg to be told. Ideas that beg to be analyzed and communicated.

4) When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?
à It varies from story to story, depending on the depth of the research required. Anywhere for one to five years.

5) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest? 
à Running into an inspiring story is the most difficult part. The easiest is the first draft.

6) Of all your characters whom do you most relate to?
à Father Ryan McKeown, S.J., because he is filled with uncertainty about the religion he was raised in.

7) Is there one of your characters that you did not like when you started writing about them, but found yourself liking by the end of the story?
àYes, the character of Adashek.
8) If you were to branch out from your current genre which one(s) would you like to explore?
à Erotica

9) What is your least favorite part about writing?
àFinishing is my least favorite!
The Most?
-->Knowing exactly where the story is going is my favorite part.

10) When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?
àTennis. Watching movies. Cooking, eating. Traveling to interesting places.

11) What genre of books do you like to read?
àAll genres—from history to thrillers, and everything in between.

12) What author(s) do you enjoy reading?  Why?
à My favorite contemporary writer is RED SPARROW’S author Jason Matthews.

13) Tell us about your books where can people find them?
àThey can all be found and ordered from
Kenneth Atchity Titles

Messiah Matrix ( is Ken Atchity’s second novel, his first Seven Ways to Die was a book he finished for New York Times bestseller William Diehl, his literary management client. Previous books for writers include A Writer’s Time, Writing Treatments that Sell, and How to Publish Your Novel. Ken is a literary manager with dozens of New York Times bestselling clients and producer, of thirty films including Hysteria, Erased, The Kennedy Detail, and The Lost Valentine. He can be reached at

My Thoughts:
The Messiah MatrixThe Messiah Matrix by Kenneth John Atchity
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

History is a funny thing; it is basically a tale passed down from one generation to the next. This means it is anyone’s guess as to how much of the story is fact, and how much of the story is just an embellishment to make it sound more interesting. This book is about this very thing. Could Augustus Caesar really be in fact the one and only Jesus? In this, both Father Ryan and Emily Scelba, Ph.D., an expert in ancient iconography, set out to prove this unique theory. The question is, can they control their undeniable passion and stay alive until they fulfill their destines? You will just have to read this book to find out.

My thoughts on this book are mixed. As a general rule, I tend to be apprehensive about the facts behind history. Historical fiction makes it even harder to discern the true facts of the story. Who really was Jesus? God only knows. The real question is, does it matter who the man was? Or is it more important to focus on the message he represents? Once again, the underlying story in this book is good. It is a well-thought-out combination of romance and suspense, which makes the unusual concept of Jesus and Augustus being the same person a little easier to swallow. Would I recommend this book? If you are a hardcore Bible-thumping Jesus freak then I would stay away from this book at all cost. If on the other hand you like history, romance, suspense, and are open-minded enough to take this book at its face value—that this is a work of fiction based on some historical information where Jesus and Augustus have a lot in common—then I would recommend you take a look.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Meet and Greet with Sarah S.R Mallery! Plus reviews of Unexpected Gifts and Sewing Can Be Dangerous.

I would like to welcome a wonderful author and friend to my blog today, Sarah S.R Mallery. Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about yourself and your books.



I have worn various hats in my life.  Starting out as a classical/pop singer/composer, I moved on to the professional world of production art and calligraphy. Next came a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor. Currently, I am still teaching ESL part time, tutoring English, writing, editing, and cherishing my family and friends to no end.  My sewing machine, however, lies dormant off to one side of my studio.


My short stories have been published in “descant 2008,” “Snowy Egret,” “Transcendent Visions,” “The Storyteller,” and “Down In the Dirt”. Unexpected Gifts, my debut novel, is currently available on Amazon, as is Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads, a collection of short stories.  Both books are published by Mockingbird Lane Press.


1)        What genre do you like to write?


I tend to write mostly historical fiction, although I also enjoy writing action, murder, and mystery in a more current time frame.


2)        How long have you been writing?  What prompted you to start writing?


I am a late bloomer.  I didn’t start writing until I was well into mature motherhood and wifedom.  Any earlier than that was seemingly out of the question for me.  Coming from a family of authors, journalists, and a television writer, I had unconsciously thought (if not verbally expressed) that I wouldn’t touch that profession with a ten-foot pole.  But when I finally decided to try my hand at writing a short story (“Sewing Can Be Dangerous”), I instantly discovered a newfound drug of choice.  I couldn’t be stopped.


3)        What inspires you to write?


A whole slew of things.  Just watching a person’s/people’s behavior(s) on the street, at a restaurant, or maybe a party makes me want to delve deeper.  Looking at photos can conjure up plots/motivations/characters. Music is a powerful source of inspiration for me––in fact, while I was writing “Unexpected Gifts” I was constantly listening to music of the various time periods, which spurred me on to so many ideas about how I was going to write scenes, develop characters and their viewpoints.  But above all, what gives me the greatest inspiration is reading about history. I love exploring interesting events that happened in the past and then including them in my stories.


4)        When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?


This is a hard one.  An idea percolates, often helped by research and Living With It.  If it’s a short story, the process is obviously much shorter, a novel, far less so.  I’ve written flash fiction in a day or so, but my novel, “Unexpected Gifts,” because it included various time periods, took about three years to complete.


5)        What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest?


The most difficult part is running into the brick wall of ‘My brain has shut down’.  I used to get upset by this, but have since learned to accept it as part of the creative process.  I’ve also learned to walk away and do something hopelessly mundane, like washing dishes, dusting or vacuuming to the strains of Pandora; grocery shopping, gardening, or watching something on TV or my Kindle Fire. 


6)        Of all your characters whom do you most relate to?


Well, I did feel a gravitational pull towards one of my “Unexpected Gifts” characters, Daria, the Irish lass who married my 1930’s character Tony.  I have always been drawn to the Irish for some reason (although I don’t have a drop of Irish blood in me).  The lilting, rhythmic language, their music, and the poetic take on life all entice me.  Anyway, she touched me more than the other characters and each time I worked on her chapter, whether it be in the writing stage, editing, or just a quick run through, I would read it out loud with an Irish accent, making it that much more authentic and personal.


7)        Is there one of your characters that you did not like when you started writing about them, but found yourself liking by the end of the story?


This is a great question!  I suppose my 1900’s father, Andrei from Bulgaria.  I wanted to present him as a disgruntled, frustrated immigrant who took out all of his anger on his daughter, but as I established what happened to him before coming to the U.S. and then had him try learning English, it made me feel more sympathetic towards him.


8)        What is your least favorite part about writing?  The Most?


The least: Working on my style.  Plots and characters are second nature to me, but how I present it all is something I’m constantly trying to improve. 


The most: Taking the germ of an idea and building it into an entire story or complete novel.  I love living with the characters and always thinking about plots, characters, and motivations, whether it be in the shower, gardening, or driving somewhere (probably not the safest thing to do, btw!).


9)        When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?


I read books, watch TV (mostly movies or series), hang out with family and friends, both physically or on the phone, garden, or just sit in my backyard and soak up some negative ions...


10)     What genre of books do you like to read?


I am fairly eclectic.  Although I write historical fiction, I also enjoy crime drama, psychological thrillers, a well-written romance, nonfiction history, and recently have discovered that if the writing is good and the characters appealing, paranormal or fantasy books. 



11)     What author(s) do you enjoy reading?  Why?


Again, I’ve been reading various authors, but what basically draws me in, besides good prose, are the characters.  If they are well defined and engaging, I’m in.


12)     Tell us about your books and where can people find them?





Book Trailer:



Can we learn from our ancestral past? Do our relatives’ behaviors help mold our own? In "Unexpected Gifts," that is precisely what happens to Sonia, a confused college student, heading for addictions and forever choosing the wrong man. Searching for answers, she begins to read her family’s diaries and journals from America’s past: the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Timothy Leary era; Tupperware parties, McCarthyism, and Black Power; the Great Depression, dance marathons, and Eleanor Roosevelt; the immigrant experience and the Suffragists. Back and forth the book journeys, linking yesteryear with modern life until finally, by understanding her ancestors' hardships and faults, she gains enough clarity to make some right choices.



Book Trailer:



The eleven long short stories in “Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads combine history, mystery, action and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U.S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft Trials, to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980’s Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial ‘star’ and an eclectic fiber artist, to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macramé artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few.




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My Thoughts:
Unexpected GiftsUnexpected Gifts by S.R. Mallery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can an old trunk in the attic help the wayward Sonia find her true path? Will learning about her ancestors’ joy and suffering lead her to understand who she really is? You will just have to read this fantastic book to find out.
I would classify this as a comfort book. This is a book you can keep on your shelf to read over and over just because it makes you feel better. Sonia and her family seem so real you almost forget they are not your own kin. Filled with laughter, history, suffering, love and joy, this book will make you laugh, cry, and want for more. I would recommend it to everyone who likes to read a good romance or historical fiction.

View all my reviews Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small ThreadsSewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads by S.R. Mallery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a collection of short stories with an underlying theme of the sewing art. That said, these stories are rich in history, thoughtfulness, and intrigue.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history, sewing, weaving, and tales about people’s survival. This is all-around a good book. Some of the stories are better than others, but that is why they are a collection. Alone they are just another story, but together they weave a thread of understanding which will cover your thoughts and keep you wanting more.

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