Thursday, June 2, 2011

Meet Mindy MacKay and Euphemia Cartwright

Veronica's Tales is delighted to welcome Mindy MacKay, author of Fallen From Disgrace, who in her own words said, “Hokeydokes. For this interview, I've chosen to interrogate Euphemia Cartwright. Let's see how she does on the other side of the interrogation table for once, hehe.”
1. What is Fallen from Disgrace about? The story is about my sister, Rosella, her descent into madness, and her eventual redemption through her love for her employer. Think Crime and Punishment meets East of Eden meets The 120 Days of Sodom. Though we have quite the (one-sided) rivalry going on, I'm more of an auxiliary player…though it's quite alright. With my author, it's safer not to be in the spotlight.
2. What did you think the first time you saw Kyle? Hmm, the first time I saw Kyle…gee, my mind was just all over the place. I'd just finished solving the toughest case of my life, and my own sister was the perp. My world? Pretty shattered. But then Kyle and I had a chance encounter and he asked me out for coffee…usually, I'd have said no, but he seemed really sweet…and cute…so I figured, why not?
3. What was your second thought? Probably the sweet and cute thing.
4. Did you think it was love at first sight? Definitely not. I try to avoid love at first sight--it's always ended disastrously for me in the past. But it turned into this perfect, complementary, organic love as we got to know each other. He's really mellow and chill, and I'm just, always on top of things, planning fourteen steps ahead, a total workaholic…we keep each other in check.
5. What do you like most about Kyle? His aesthetic sensibilities. And that's really not code for anything, as some of my acquaintances might think. He's a brilliant artist and has a unique way of thinking about things, too.
6. How would you describe him? Reasonable, level-headed, complacent. Maybe a little too complacent. Unique. Understanding. Empathetic. Good things.
7. How would he describe you? Analytical, I'm guessing. Quirky, cryptic, introspective…I'm hoping pretty…and the word "workaholic" will definitely come up.
8. What made you choose detective work as a profession? Besides a natural aptitude for criminal psychology, I really just wanted to bring some balance to my hometown. I've got quite the diabolical imagination, but I keep myself in check…some people, like my sister, aren't so good at doing that, and somebody's got to keep the streets clean and murderer-free.
9. What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear is that one day I'll go as crazy as my sister. Don't get me wrong, I love her to pieces, and there's definitely good in her, but she has proven herself a danger to society, and when I think about how we had the same upbringing, it freaks me out to know that could have been me in the papers.
10. How do you relax? Relax? I don't know the meaning of the word! Nah, just kidding. I like to surround myself with people and just get to open up. So much of my work deals with confidentiality, and it's a huge breath of fresh air to get to socialize with people, whether it's at a friend's place, church, or this support group that meets at my sister's workplace on Sunday nights.
11. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? The best piece of advice probably came from Kyle when he told me to stop blaming myself for all the little problems around me, most notably my sister's criminal tendencies. I know it's not my fault, but I get to thinking in this mode that maybe if I'd been a more caring sister, she'd have turned out different. Even though I did everything I could for her, and she did manipulate me from the cradle, it's hard sometimes not to feel like I don't owe her the childhood our parents never gave us.

This one is for Mindy, the author: What books or movies have had an impact on your writing?
I'm a huge nerd for old literature, so I've been inspired by everyone from Shakespeare to Steinbeck to Dickens, but I don't completely live in an archaic box. I also really admire a lot of authors and directors of modern media--Palahniuk, Christopher Nolan, and Lemony Snicket to name a few. I'm equally impacted by books and movies I don't like. I won't name any names, but when I watch or read something that's just horrible, I need to satirize it.


A bit about Fallen From Disgrace:
Rosella Cartwright wakes up in the hospital after a yearlong coma with no recollection of who she used to be. Her only clue is that everyone around her despises and avoids her. Then, she discovers the truth: before she was hospitalized, she was the most wanted maniac of New York's criminal underbelly.
Disgusted by reports of her own heinous crimes, she attempts to reform herself, but her efforts are in vain as society continues to cast her out in hatred and fear. All the world seems against her until she is offered a job by Daniel Ryan, a rising executive and self-made success who hides a lifetime of inner turmoil behind a façade of cool indifference. Drawn to his mystery as he is by her irrepressible darkness, Rosella starts falling for Daniel, but love can't save her from her past.
A former victim of hers wants revenge, and will stop at nothing to get it. Her partners in crime want her back by their side, though she wants nothing more to do with them. And a sinister plot of her own design, buried beneath her amnesia, is, unbeknownst to her, still very much in progress. These are the monsters she will have to fight off alone, and if she doesn't watch her step, she might not make it out alive.


thanks for the fun visit, Mindy!  

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Meet Scott Holt and Marie-Nicole Ryan

This morning I am pleased to have Marie-Nicole Ryan and Scott Holt visit.
Let's learn a bit about Scott and Tess from "Love Me If You Can".
While you're at it, check out the cover art . . . positively yummy!!
  1. Where are you from, Scott? Born and bred in Music City, USA.
  2. What is LOVE ME IF YOU CAN about? It’s the story of how I met and won the heart of a Metro Homicide Detective by the name of Tess O’Malley. There’s a serial killer running amok in town, too. Likes to kidnap and kill teenage boys.
  3. What did you think the first time you saw Tess? I thought she had a great set of wheels, but she couldn’t make up her mind between whole milk or skim for her coffee.
  4. And your second thought? As soon as she turned around and threatened to arrest me as a public nuisance, my response was, “Wow.”
  5. Did you think it was love at first sight? More like a combination of irritation and lust.
  6. What do you like most about her? Tess is bright and beautiful. Doesn’t get any better than that.
  7. How would you describe her? Medium height, fiery red hair that waves down to her shoulders. Cute little freckles across her cheeks and nose. Wide grey eyes that tell you she won’t tolerate any bullshit from perps or anyone else.
  8. How would she describe you? Probably that I’m a major pain in the ass.
  9. What made you choose being a private investigator as a career?
It chose me. I was in my last year of law school when my father and stepmother were killed in a car wreck. In order to support our blended family of six, I had to quit law school and take over the family business.
  1. What is your biggest fear? Losing Tess.
  2. How do you relax? I work out at the Y, and I coach kids—soccer and baseball. Watch sports with my stepbrother Justin.
  3. Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Perry Mason because he never lost a case.
  4. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Shortly after my dad married my stepmother and we went from a family of three to a family of eight, I was complaining a bit about lack of privacy and all the girls getting in my business. He told me, “Son, family is everything. Without family you’re disconnected and alone. Suck it up, and some day you’ll be as happy as I am.”

To Marie-Nicole: Which movies or books have had a significant impact on your life or your writing? I was the original bookworm, reading everything I could get my hands on from the sides of the cereal box to my mother’s high school literature books. But the book that captured my imagination most is GREEN DARKNESS by Anya Seton. It combined past and present lives in a wondrous way.

From Veronica: Thanks, Marie-Nicole, it's been a pleasure meeting Scott Holt and learning a bit about him and the woman who has captured his heart. “Green Darkness”. I remember reading that book during my early teen years. I recall little about it but the author's name is [and was] so unique to me, I've never forgotten it. Thanks for joining us today.
And now a blurb and excerpt from "Love Me If You Can" . . .

Nashville sizzles in the summer. No wonder Tess and Scott combust.
Nashville Homicide Detective Tess O'Malley has a lot to prove. She comes from a long line of police officers, including her father and older brothers. First she and her partner are taken off a high profile case and sidelined with a cold case instead. After reviewing the files, she is certain her cold case is connected to the current one, and she sets out to prove it. Too bad it means locking horns with a handsome PI who could win her heart and derail her career.
Scott Holt is all business when it comes to running his famiy's PI firm. When the lovely Detective O'Malley comes to question him about his possible involvement in her cold case, he has everything but business on his mind. Like locking lips with the fiery redhead.

Tess took another bite of pizza, her silver gaze never leaving his. ou going to help me out or not? Forbes is your client, after all.Her voice rose and, again, heads turned in their direction.
Calm down. I'd like to live long enough to walk you home and maybe get a good-night kiss.”
Taking a deep breath, she leaned back and signaled everything was cool. ou want to walk me home and kiss me good-night? How sweet.”
Her soft tone mocked him, but he didn't care.
Like we're high school sweethearts?She wrinkled her nose, but her eyes shone with moderate good humor.
Would you rather I said what I was really thinking?”
Her lashes fluttered briefly, then she eyeballed him directly. aybe. Depends on what you were really thinking.”
He lowered his tone a notch. bout pressing you up against the wall and having my way with you.”
For a second, her gray eyes flashed silver.
Damn. He was a goner, he'd gone too far. Said too much. Too soon.
She leaned forward. 'll have you know I don't engage in up-against-the-wall, wild animal sex on the first date, not that this is even a date.Her tone was matter-of-fact, but her cheeks flushed a pretty pink. Maybe he could still pull his nuts out of the fire before they went up in smoke.
A guy can always hope,he said, without a chance in the world she wouldn't kick him to the curb. Or have one of her fellow officers do the honors.
A guy can hold his breath until he turns purple.”
I can see I've put my foot in it. I'm sorry. But damn, the sight of your mouth. Your skin. Your eyes. Dammit. You're driving me up a wall.”
Another reference to the wall? Would that be the same wall?”
Bad choice of words.”

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Long and Short Review--4.5 books!!

Here it is. I still can't believe it myself!

The List by Veronica Lynch

The List by Veronica Lynch
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary,
Length: Short Story (70 Pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Fennel

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Twenty-five years ago, Fiona Thorpe's classmates voted her most likely to explode. Through hard work and rigorous self-control she is now every woman's fantasy, every man's wet dream. Head held high, and less than half her former size, Fee returns to her high school reunion weekend. Her goal: exact revenge on those who made her life a living hell back in the day. Her first attempts are remarkably easy and give her profound satisfaction. But no one is more shocked than Fee when she discovers the handsome, respected man seated beside her at the opening banquet is a modern day Paladin, who avenges those unable to defend themselves. To make matters worse, he is her former chief tormentor, Mick Dineen.

Are some wounds too deep to heal? Or can two former enemies find common ground?

How much do past events in your life effect your future actions? How often do you fantasize about getting revenge on those who caused you grief in the past? And how far would you go to avoid such confrontations?

All these questions and more confront Fiona Thorpe when she receives an invitation from The Reunion Committee of Summerville High.

Ms. Lynch’s feisty heroine relives her traumatic school days as the victim of some horrendous bullying. You may assume the story would be deep and dismal, but you’d be wrong. The author’s skilful weaving of backstory with present events is masterfully done and creates several laugh out loud moments.

Druzilla Horvath may be a secondary character but she is the motivator that has Ms. Lynch’s heroine breaking her vow never to return to the scene of her miserable childhood. Druzilla’s strength of character is never in doubt and made apparent in a few cleverly constructed sentences that enhance rather than detract from Fiona.

Ms Lynch uses her heroine’s memories to introduce several other characters to her story, so by the time the reader meets the hero, Mick Dineen, his background and past misdemeanors are well documented, as are his later achievements.

The manner of Fiona and Mick’s reacquaintance guarantees more laughter and reader satisfaction. If I have a small nit with The List, it is the manner in which Fiona reacts when her identity is revealed. It seemed out of character with all her previous actions and attitude.

That said, the author's fluent writing style, in your face characters, story plot and goals were captivating, and had this reader eagerly turning the pages to discover how the author brought the hero and heroine together

Friday, April 22, 2011

An update on The List

This has been the week that was!
I was notified just this afternoon that The List has received a 4.5 star review from Long and Short Reviews [aka LASR] AND it is up for the book of the week.
As soon as the review is available, tomorrow I hope, I'll post it.
In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed and . . . VOTE!!!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Welcome Fiona and Mick

We've been waiting a long time for this one:

The List, part of the Class of '85 reunion series out of The Wild Rose Press is available today.

We are pleased to offer a blurb:

Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Twenty-five years ago, Fiona Thorpe's classmates voted her most likely to explode. Through hard work and rigorous self-control she is now every woman's fantasy, every man's wet dream. Head held high, and less than half her former size, Fee returns to her high school reunion weekend. Her goal: exact revenge on those who made her life a living hell back in the day. Her first attempts are remarkably easy and give her profound satisfaction. But no one is more shocked than Fee when she discovers the handsome, respected man seated beside her at the opening banquet is a modern day Paladin, who avenges those unable to defend themselves. To make matters worse, he is her former chief tormentor, Mick Dineen.
Are some wounds too deep to heal? Or can two former enemies find common ground?

and an excerpt:

Frustrated with the holdup, Fee glanced around the room, hoping to see Dru the minute she entered the ballroom. A hand on her arm claimed her attention. “Here comes someone you should meet.”
Last year's Eastman Award winner,” Rafe said. “And a helluva nice guy.”
There, coming toward us.”
One nano-second later, all thoughts of revenge evaporated like steam out of a boiling kettle.
Thick gold hair flecked with gray grazed the collar of his jacket. His features were weathered, as if he'd already lived ten times over. Broad through the shoulders and chest, and narrow at the waist and hips, he possessed the long legs of a broken-field runner. Moving across the parquet floor as if born to a runway, he looked confident and at ease with himself. Without disrupting that graceful, fluid motion, he undid his tie, then shrugged out of his suit jacket.
She'd almost given up on finding a man like this.
This one had The Look.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Welcome Rachel Brimble

Mother Nature is finally cooperating with us poor mortals so to celebrate we have a real treat today. As part of the All Romantic Suspense Blog Tour, Rachel Brimble is with us. . .

I have decided to interview my heroine from my latest novel, her name is Kate Marshall.

What is “Getting It Right This Time” about?
This is the story of how I found love again upon my return to my hometown of Foxton in the UK after the death of my husband. We were…going through a hard time just before he died so I stayed in Zante where we lived together for a further two years after he died mainly out of worry for our daughter and my own guilt at planning on ending the marriage before his untimely death.

What did you think the first time you saw the hero, Mark?
I hadn’t seen Mark for five years and when I saw him for the first time again, I felt sick, angry…and totally in love. He has always been and always will be the love of my life. As pathetic as that sounds, no-one has ever fit me like Mark.

What was your second thought?
How the hell was I going to get out of the theatre (he’s a theatrical agent) without him seeing me!

Did you think it was love at first sight?
I know it was – I’ve loved Mark since I was sixteen. I knew I was settling for second best when I married my husband but even though he wasn’t Mark, I loved him and tried my hardest to make the marriage work. I guess I learned true love can never be forgotten or replaced.

What do you like most about Mark?
His determination – he has the amazing fortitude I have ever known in a person. He was quiet, happy to let his friends take the limelight when we were growing up but he said when he lost me, he changed. Now he strives for everything he wants and what his clients want – and now he has me and my daughter, Jessica. He takes my breath away with his determination he will give us the world.

How would you describe him?
Ambitious, hardworking, committed, doesn’t suffer fools gladly – in other words, sexy, masculine and all mine!

How would he describe you?
Stubborn, loving mum to Jessica, independent…sexy!

What made you choose beauty therapist as a career?
I have always been a nurturer – starting with friends, Mark…my husband and then of course, my beautiful, precious girl. I love making people feel better about themselves, finding their confidence and realizing they can do whatever they put their mind to. That often starts with a bit of ‘me’ time and what better ‘me’ time than with a massage, a manicure or a good general pampering!

What is your biggest fear?
Losing my daughter or Mark – my husband’s death forced me to realize how life is a precious gift and it can be taken away.

How do you relax?
By doing the simple things in life – I love the country so Mark and I try to take Jessica out for long country walks, kite flying, wildflower picking, that sort of thing and if Mark and I are alone…well, that’s another thing all together.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
From Mark – never give up on what you want…or deserve.

Rachel kindly provided us with an excerpt of Getting It Right This Time . . . 
Kate pushed open the door on the salon and cursed the jingling bell announcing her arrival. No doubt Jo was ready to kill her. She took three steps inside when Jo shot out the back room, lunged forward with the panache of an Olympic gymnast and grabbed Kate’s upper arms.
“He came back!” she cried.
“What? Who?” Kate stared at her, completely bewildered by the look of pure ecstasy on her assistant’s face.
“Sexy Mark Johnston.”
A rush of heat surged over Kate’s body--only to be replaced with ice-cold perspiration bursting onto her upper lip. “What? Why?”
Jo squealed and clapped her hands together. “He brought you something.”
Kate’s echo died on her lips when Jo dragged her over to the payment counter. “Look!”
Pale pink ribbons were tied around the handles of the biscuit-colored picnic basket and a wide pink and white gingham ribbon circled its center. Both of the dual lids were ajar, one revealing a dozen pink carnations, the other a bottle of white wine so chilled the perspiration slid in occasional rivulets down its neck.
“Why would he do this?” Kate whispered, taking another step closer as a smile tugged at her lips.
She smoothed her hand over the surface of one of the handles and inhaled the aroma of freshly baked bread seeping from inside. Her stolen Weightwatcher lunch groaned inside her stomach.
“Open it. Open it,” Jo said, bouncing from one foot to the other.
“Oh, for goodness sake,” Kate huffed, yet dismally failing to curb her stupidly insistent grin.
Sighing theatrically, she lifted one of the lids and her breath caught. He’d bought her favorite granary bread, along with delicate slices of Parma ham and a thick wedge of creamy brie. Tears stung at her eyes, and she swallowed the ball of emotion in her throat.
“Oh, Mark.” She said the words on an exhalation as she carefully lifted a crisp white napkin to reveal two of the most delectable mini strawberry and fresh cream tarts she’d ever seen. Her absolute weakness.
She slowly closed the lid and re-arranged her expression into what she hoped was careless nonchalance before turning around. “When did he leave?”
“About ten minutes ago,” Jo said breathlessly. “Can you believe this? Isn’t it lovely?”
“What did he say?”
Her assistant frowned. “Aren’t you happy? Don’t you think it’s romantic?”
“Jo, focus. What did he say?”
Her blue eyes clouded, clearly displaying her disproval of Kate’s seemingly unappreciative response to such a thoughtful gesture. Kate smiled inwardly, knowing full well she’d be the topic of conversation between Jo and her friends at the wine bar later. Finally averting her gaze, Jo feigned interest in the bottles of lotion lining the shelves behind the counter.
“He said he was sorry he’d missed you and put that basket on the counter and then asked if he could borrow a pen and some paper.”
Kate stared at her turned back. “What for?”
She swiveled round. “To write you a note. The guy is obviously love-struck and you’re standing there as though he looks like Shrek after a mud-bath.”

Now, a little bit about Rachel herself . . .
What books or movies have had an impact on your writing?
So, so many! I am a romantic through and through. I love the idea that a couple will do anything, fight anything to be together, and then do everything and fight everything to stay together.

My favorite authors are:
Nora Roberts – her characters never ever leave me! She makes me want to be a better writer.

Marian Keyes – she is so talented to draw such a myriad of emotions from her readers. Laughter, tears, sadness and triumph. Fabulous!

Favorite Movies:
When A Man Loves A Woman – Andy Garcia kills me in this movie! What a man, what a character.

Message in a Bottle – Love the romance of this story. The tracking down of the anonymous is such a great premise for a story. Envious I didn’t think of it myself!

Thank you so much, Rachel, for visiting Veronica’s Tales today. 

To learn more about Rachel and her writing go to:

Until next week, 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Welcome Sarah Ballance and Run To You!

The experience with the All Romantic Suspense Blog Tour has taught me so many things. More important, it has brought me in contact with writers whom I would never have met—and the stories they create. This morning we are pleased to welcome Sarah Ballance, creator of Run To You to Veronica's Tales.

First, a bit about Run To You:
Mattie James can't pinpoint exactly when she lost control of her life, but the moment she decided to take it back made the front page of the local paper. Desperate to dodge the fallout— and the tabloids—she jumps at the chance to spend an off-season week in a tiny resort community by the sea. Making the trip with her ex-lover is a complication she can live with; coming face to face with a dead woman is not.

The last thing Sheriff Wyatt Reed expected to find on the storm-ravaged beach was a beautiful blonde with a jealous sidekick, but one look at Mattie left him wanting more. Their first date takes an ominous turn when he gets the call that a woman was found murdered. With a killer on the loose and a troubling lack of suspects or motive, Wyatt has to put his feelings aside to focus on the case. But his vow not to become personally involved is shattered when he discovers Mattie's life is on the line, and this time the truth leaves her with a deadly choice . . . and nowhere to run.

If that doesn't spark your interest, I don't know what will!!
Let's talk with Mattie James, herself . . .

What is Run To You about?
A vacation gone awry. After a public breakup with my "prominent" ex-fiancé made the news, my best friend – who happens to be my ex-lover – whisked me away to the beach to get away from it all. He had high hopes we'd get together again, or at least have sex. That was so not happening, but I don't think he believed me until I met Wyatt Reed. Our first date was interrupted by the first of two murders, and things got intense from there.

What did you think the first time you saw Wyatt?
In a word, YUM.

What was your second thought?
He just looked … real. There was something rugged and raw about Wyatt, and all I could think about was how those rough hands would feel on my skin. That, and that trace of a five o'clock shadow. I won't tell you where I imagined that!

Did you think it was love at first sight?
The connection was there, yes. Until Wyatt, my love life has consisted of one dating disaster after another so I didn't want to trust that instinct, but it was there.

What do you like most about him?
He is who he is. You always know exactly where you stand with him, and he doesn't try to make anything what it's not. After growing up in an affluent world where appearances mean everything, it's incredible to know a man who doesn't try to be more than he is … although I've gotta say, I couldn't ask for more than the man he is.

How would you describe him?
Easy going and exceptionally good with his hands. He's also got the sexiest gray eyes you've ever seen.

How would he describe you?
I shudder to think! LOL. I'm carefree and impulsive. I'm as wild as Wyatt is laid back – we balance each other well.

What made you choose writing as a profession?
There's not a whole lot to do on the island where I live with Wyatt, but there's inspiration to be had everywhere I look. The locals are colorful to say the least, and between their stories and the butterflies I still feel when I think of Wyatt, writing is a natural choice.

What is your biggest fear?
The ocean. I was terrified of it before I saw it through Wyatt's eyes, and, while we've since made strides towards cohabitating, the deep water still scares me.

How do you relax?
The sun, the sand, and the sound of the waves. Need I say more?

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

When I decided to move to be with Wyatt, my mother had a fit. But my father looked at me said anything I believed in was good enough for him, and that I should always follow my heart. Coming from him, the sentiment was especially poignant because it was the first time I had permission to be me instead of who they wanted me to be.

Now, let's get to know a little something about Sarah, the author.
What books or movies have had an impact on your writing?

Any time I read a great book, it inspires me. I can lose myself in the story and at the same time appreciate the craft behind it. Everything from the nuts and bolts to the story arc to every twist, turn, and cliff hanger makes me want to write a book. I love that!

To read more about Sarah balance go to:

Sarah, thank you so much for this interesting visit. Your book sounds fascinating. I know I'm going to put it at the top of my wish list.
Much success with sales and promotion.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Welcome Leanne Dyck

As part of the All Romantic Suspense Blog Tour, Veronica’s Tales is pleased to welcome author Leanne Dyck and Jaron Cardew, hero of The Sweater Curse.

What is The Sweater Curse about?
Aspiring knitwear designer Gwen Bjarnson is stuck in Purgatory. To escape, she must re-examine her life, journey through her past and right a wrong.
But which wrong?
Young and in love, she works to establish her career, except fate has different plans. One rash act and she loses everything. Never resting, always seeking, and yearning for what she can no longer have, Gwen faces the truth: if she remains, others are destined to die.
How will she solve the mystery before it is too late?

Leanne kindly provided with an excerpt for this intriguing book:
This isn’t Heaven. It isn’t Hell. And I’m not alive.
Picture this: a bus stop, tons of people packed into the same small space all waiting to continue their journey. Many buses stop here. Some passengers get off, others get on. Young children with sickly white complexions huddle together in the shelter. Teenagers with rope burns around their necks get off the bus. Old men with bullet holes climb on.
Throughout this confusion, the only constant is me. I remain alone.
I don’t know, but I must find the reason. I must examine my life to discover the momentary lapse. The wrong I’ve committed. The task I’ve neglected. It’s my only means of escape.

And now . . .

Hello. My name is Jaron Cardew and I’m pleased to be here today.

What did you think the first time you saw Gwen? I was impressed by her intellect and by her obvious talent as a designer.

What was your second thought? She was an attractive woman and I’m a man—need I say more (grins)

Did you think it was love at first sight? Love at first sight? Yes, I think so.

What do you miss most about Gwen? Everything. How she looked that night we meet. Her devotion to her craft. Her voice, her touch, her scent—her.

How would you describe her? She was a captivating personality, an astonishing intellect housed in a beautiful body. But, that body—how ever beautiful—was just a shell. It wasn’t her. She’s still here, with me. She’s in the chill of the first spring day, in a single raindrop, and in the scent of a rose.

How would she describe you? I like to think she would describe me as her friend, her confidant, her lover.

What made you choose writing as a profession? Writing is part of me—something I have to do like breathing.

What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear… It’s already happened… Losing Gwen.

How do you relax? I begin each day with an hour of meditation. It not only relaxes me, but also restores my energy and centers me. Or, at least, it did, before…

What is the best piece of advice you’d like to share? Treasure your loved ones and keep them safe. Let them know how much you love them every single day.

For Leanne: What books or movies have had an impact on your writing?
Steven Kings On Writing and Nancy Lamb’s The Art and Craft of Storytelling have helped me develop my writing skills.

To learn more about The Sweater Curse, please visit:

Thank you for spending time with us today, Leanne. Your story sounds fascinating and much different than the usual romance.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Welcome Rhonda Lee Carver

We are so pleased that author Rhonda Lee Carver could be with us today--Valentine’s Day—and share a bit of romance with us. Take it away, Rhonda . . .

Valentine's Day is all about romance. But now the day has come and you're left tapping your chin and wondering, “I forgot all about it. What do I do now?”

Here are last minute date tips. No matter how long you’ve been dating, or how intimate your relationship is, they should love one of these ideas.
  1. Cook dinner for her. If you know her fave meal, make it. Don’t forget the candlelight and soft music. Maybe even decorate the place like a country she has wanted to visit.
  2. Make up gift cards with special treats and ideas. For instance, a back massage, foot massage, and a day where she gets to choose what you’ll do together…Be creative. The sky is your limit.
  3. Rent her fave romantic movie, pick up a bottle of champagne or wine, grab a nice bouquet of pretty flowers and surprise her.
  4. If you don’t mind the cold, for those who live in a cold climate, spend the day at the zoo. The great thing about winter time is, you won’t have to endure the crowds and you’ll have privacy to tuck away in the corner and steal a kiss.
  5. A tour at a chocolate factory. What woman doesn’t love chocolate? And if she is one of the few that never touches the stuff, then take her to a winery for a tour and sampling. After, stop off at a nice bakery shop and share a variety of desserts and a specialty coffee.

Valentine’s Day isn’t about how much money you spend, but instead how special you make it for that certain someone. Even last minute dates can be made to feel like they’d been planned for weeks.

It's clear Rhonda knows what she's talking about. No further proof is needed than in an excerpt from her latest book—Second Chance Cowboy. Take a look:

Carly squeezed her hands into fists. “My poor husband. How difficult it is for him to manage his inflated ego and keep his zipper closed.”
         “We’re divorced, remember?” His voice reeked of sarcasm.
         She groaned in irritation. Her pulse pounded in her ears like the beating of a drum. Her claws were showing.
         Chance didn’t blink an eye as he gazed at her across the room. “Honey, I can keep my pants zipped just fine. Problem is, you can’t keep your fingers off my zipper.”
        Carly’s palm itched to slap him. “We live in a small town, Chance. How do you think it’s possible we haven’t run into each other more than three times in the last two years?” She cocked her chin. “Let me fill you in. I’ve done everything in my power to keep from bumping into you. Do you realize how difficult it is to plan my schedule weeks in advance so I don’t have to see you? Is that a description of a woman who can’t keep her fingers off your zipper?”
       “No, more like a woman who’s afraid she’ll forget what screwed up our marriage in the first place, realize she’s made a huge mistake and get her ass back home.”
       “Humph, fat chance that’ll ever happen.” She fumbled with the sheet in irritation and gave her hair a toss over one shoulder. Damn, he did have a point, although she’d never admit it to him.           
       “Yeah, right, Carly, because you can’t ever forgive and forget, can you? You think you’re the only one who has lost, don’t you?” His eyes became steely pools of green. His voice turned low and controlled. “I lost Devon, too. He was my son--our son. How long are you going to keep blaming me for his death?”
       Carly swallowed the painful lump in her constricted throat. “I don’t blame you.”
       “Could have fooled me.”
       “We both know why I left.”
       “We do?” His bitter laugh split the air with its razor-sharp intensity. “I know you want to hold on to the belief that I am the bad guy who drove you away, but isn’t it time you took half the responsibility for the failure of our marriage?” A trace of compassion softened his expression. He tugged on his shirt and finger-combed his hair.
       “It wasn’t my fault you cheated.” Once she said it, she wanted to yank the words back. Too late, just like their relationship.
        “You’re a broken record, sweetheart. It’s not worth denying the accusation any longer. Maybe eventually you’ll believe your words and feel justified in leaving.  Devon died, Carly. He’s gone and we can’t change the truth. One of us needed to make the decision to let him go and I made it. I held out hope you’d eventually find a sliver of forgiveness in your cold heart. I guess I was wrong.”
       The old wound broke open and her lungs emptied of oxygen. She wanted to lash out at him, tell him to go to hell, but the words didn’t come. Instead, she whispered, “I’m going to the bathroom. When I get back I want you gone.”
       “Carly, you’ve become an expert at sucking all the joy out of your life and pushing away anyone who reaches out to you. You’re living in a self-made prison, founded on guilt and pain, and there is no key to unlock the cell door.”


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Friday, February 11, 2011

Welcome Bri Clark

This morning we are delighted to welcome author Bri Clark to Veronica's Tales.

First, let's learn a little about Bri herself . . .
      Bri Clark is a real example of redemption and renewal.  Growing penniless in the South, she learned street smarts while caring for her brother in a broken home.  Bri watched her mother work several jobs to care for their small family.  Once her brother could fend for himself, she moved on to a series of bad choices including leaving school and living on her own.   Rebelliousness was a strong understatement to describe those formative years.  
     As a teenager, her wake up call came from a fight with brass knuckles and a judge who gave her a choice of shaping up or spending time in jail.  Bri took that opportunity and found a way to moved up from the streets―and ended up co-owning an extremely successful construction business.  She lived the high life until the real estate crash when she lost everything.  She moved west and found herself living with her husband and 4 kids in a 900 square foot apartment. 
      Bri now fills her time, writing, blogging, leading a group of frugal shoppers and sharing her southern culture.  Her unique background gives her writing a raw sensibility.  She understands what it takes to overcome life’s obstacles.   She often tells friends, “I can do poor.  I’m good at poor. It’s prosperity that I’m not used to.”  Bri and her husband Chris live in Boise.  Bri is known as the Belle of Boise for her true southern accent, bold demeanor and hospitable nature.  
The best way to follow that up is with a bit about Bri's latest story The Familial Witch 

      Lucien Lemione the clan leader of the feared and revered Eternals is faced with the ultimate betrayal. His second in command for two centuries has not only created the most grievous of offenses but also commissioned the creation of liquid silver. When poisoned by this toxin, an immortal suffers a fate much worse than death, frozen in an internal prison. After being wounded when found spying, he hides deep within the eerie woods that encircle the Triad Mountains. Desperate and in pain, he prays to an offended mother goddess for help. Her answer: a woman, but not just any woman. A witch.

      After losing her entire coven at the hands of the Eternals, Aisleen is the last of her kind. She retreats from the world to Trinity Forest where she is giving the opportunity of a lifetime, or perhaps a test of principles. It’s there she discovers the man she heals is the Eternal that wiped out her people. Although she is bound as a healer, she could be creative in her revenge. Aisleen knows who and what Lucien is…but does not speak of it. There can be no future with Lucien for she can only be with a mortal man. Even if she wanted to be with him, can she forgive the man that caused the genocide of her people?

      Lucien must act quickly for the survival of his clan is at stake. However, Aisleen’s ethereal beauty and emerald eyes keep pushing those thoughts far from his mind. Determined to find out what secret she hides, he prolongs his time with her. When his people need him most what will he choose…duty, desire, or will he make his own fate?

     You can choose love but you can’t choose destiny.

I know after reading the blurb I wanted to meet Lucien up close and personal, so take it away Lucien . . .

Where are you from? I am from a realm known as the Dream Realm.

What is Familial Witch about? It’s about my journey of trying to protect my people from the traitor Alistair and in the process I met Aisleen. She saved me.

What did you think the first time you saw Aisleen? That she looked like and angel on earth.

What was your second thought? If she was I did not want to go back to the Dream Realm.

Did you think it was love at first sight? Perhaps…

What do you like most about her? That she is so much more than what she seems.

How would you describe her? She is beautiful in a way that I have never known. The genuine kindness and love she has for all is something I can’t comprehend…but I’m trying.

How would she describe you? As a rake…moody. I don’t know. I don’t speak for her.

What is your biggest fear? That I won’t be able to be everything she needs and my people need at the same time.

How do you relax? I listen to Aisleen hum.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? It was from Aisleen…She told me to quit looking for something that’s not meant to be found once. It’s has applied to several situations in my life since then.

Wow! A man who relaxes by listening to his woman hum.
Sounds like a keeper to me!

Bri and Lucien, thank you so much for visiting Veronica's Tales today.

FMI on Bri and where to purchase her books, please go to:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

We are in the top 11

Yahoo and zippity doo dah
Those Who Wait is tied for 11th spot on the P&E polls for short romance.
We are supremely happy.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Please Welcome Kiki Howell and Aubrey Griffen!

Today, Veronica's Tales is delighted to welcome Aubrey Griffen, star of Kiki Howell's historic-paranormal romance to the roster of interesting and intriguing romantic suspense characters who will continue to visit us during the All Romantic Suspense Blog Tour. 

Take it away, Aubrey.
What is Torn Asunder about? I dare say, much. Fraught with explicit intimacy, romantic spells and mystical shapeshifting, Torn Asunder is a unique blending of the age of manners with sexual magic.

What did you think the first time you saw Edmund Bryant? The idea of love at first sight came to mind, and with that, I fear, my ability for rational thinking gave way.

What was your second thought? I wanted to flee the room when I looked into his dark eyes. It was more like a premonition, I think. His eyes were so haunted and hungry that I feared I would become his prey.

What do you like most about Edmund? I don’t know if I could say, there was just a connection made. My heart beat at a frantic, uneven pace like a horse racing over shoddy roads.

How would you describe him? He had fine manners and a tempestuous form. He was an odd mix of refined and rugged.

How would he describe you? I remember it like it was yesterday. He said he was caught by my beauty from across the room and could not wait his turn in meeting me.

What made you choose to come to London? I came to live with my cousins under the guise of being immersed into proper society. Yet, the real reason was to study magic with Lord and Lady Sanderly. We are descendants of the notorious Pendle witches.

What is your biggest fear? Being caught as a witch. The witch hunts in England didn’t end all that long ago. I would not want to give rise to them again.

How do you relax? I am truly a bluestocking lady. Though I use it as a guise for my studies of magic, I do love to read a good book. I read anything from Hester Chapone’s “Letters on the Improvement of the Mind” to Mary Shelley’s “Love of Poets.”

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? To believe in myself and my skills. I would never use my gifts for harm as some who practice black magic do.

A question for Kiki while she's here with us: What books or movies have had an impact on your writing?
I write paranormal romances, so I guess I would have to say that some of my favorites had an impact, or were inspiration to write my own. The novel in particular, with the mix of a Regency-set historical and a para-normal romance, although it was vampires rather than witches, Teresa Medeiros Cabot sisters series, “After Midnight” and “The Vampire Who Loved Me” had me engrossed. I just had to try my hand at combining the genres.

Torn Asunder

Kiki Howell spins a wonderful tale of passion, magic, betrayal, and a love that conquers all. Enjoy."  ~NY Times Bestselling Author, Hannah Howell

Blurb: Aubrey Griffen is a witch whose true reasons for coming to London soon fall to the wayside when she catches the eye of Edmund Bryant, the Marquess of Dalysbury.  He seduces her into a whirlwind romance until the lies and threats of his mother force her to flee to Triaill Brimuir, a secret island of her ancestors off the coast of Ireland. Edmund goes after her only to be hit by Aubrey’s confusion and anger when she magically transforms him into an elemental beast of her own creation.   

However, it is when Edmund’s lust mysteriously turns him back into a man that the couple are forced to deal with a family secret and untold of powers.  Now, Edmund must learn to shift himself into the beast in order to save her in a battle of black verses white magic. 

Fraught with scenes of explicit intimacy, romantic spells and mystical shapeshifting, Torn Asunder is a unique blending of the age of manners with sexual magic.

Genres: Historical (Regency), Paranormal (Witches & Shifters), Erotic, Romantic Suspense
Adult Content Warnings: Explicit Graphic Language, Violence

Novel Coming January 14th, 2011 in eBook and Trade Paperback online at all major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, etc. or purchase at Excessica Publishing.

More Advanced Praise for Torn Asunder:
Kiki Howell I feel has a major hit on her hands with Torn Asunder. I was so glued to this book that I was up til 4AM reading it, and mind you, I had to be up at 7AM to see my kiddies off to I was just so captivated by the story of Aubrey and her love Edmund. They are drawn together by an unseen force that unites this couple body and soul. You would think that would be a good book to read but lets add witches, shapeshifting, white and black magic, a despicable mother, and a malevolent father to the mix. That is the story I had the very great pleasure of reading. It seemed at every turn our fated couple had more than there fair share of obstacles to over come…In between all the chaos our couple must endure is the most breath taking love story. Think Romeo and Juliet without them both dying at the Their hearts and minds are linked for all time by an unforeseen connection that real couples only dream of. After reading this story you truly believe in soul mates and that love conquers all. On a scale of 1-10 I give this book a 10 and encourage everyone 18 and over to get a copy of this book and fall under Aubrey and Emund's spell. It is so worth the ride. 
~5 out of 5 Stars,  Review by Raquel Vega-Grieder for Sinfully Tasty Reads

 “Torn Asunder is what a Regency novel should be.  Prior to this book, I have never had a historical romance keep my interest for more than a chapter or two.  Kiki Howell has written a historical novel that sings.  
   In Torn Asunder, Ms. Howell carefully spices her text with appropriate language, but does not go overboard.  She lets the language flavor the story, instead of overpowering it.  Her love for the time period is reflected in every part of the story, from the vivid characters to the clear imagery of her settings.  
  I give Torn Asunder five of five hearts.”  ~D. Alexx Miller, Book Reviewer for Romance in the Backseat