Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors Nov 23: To Save a Lady #3

It's time for Weekend Writing Warrior (http://www.wewriwa.com/). This week's snippet is from my new release, To Save a Lady, a historical romance set in New Orleans.

For this weekend, I'm posting some description of the courtyard where Elise and Jesse meet. (I just love courtyards!)

The abandoned townhouse was built flush against the raised wood of the banquette. There were no front lawn vistas in the French Quarter. The Creoles preferred the privacy of their rear courtyards, and a deserted courtyard was a perfect place for secret meetings and impossible dreams.
      The wrought-iron gate creaked as she entered the carriageway.
     At the end of the dark tunnel was a moonlit archway. A wispy fog floated through the spiky foliage of palmettos, elephant ears, and fig trees growing in the west corner of the courtyard.
     Crepe myrtles and azaleas were in hibernation, and moss covered the dormant fountain, its basin filled with murky rainwater. A couple of late roses still clung to life in the cold.

To Save a Lady is a romantic novel about courage, loyalty, and what you're willing to sacrifice for those you love. It takes place when the city is threatened by war and the stakes are high. Captain Jesse Cross has some doubts about his survival as the outnumbered American army will face great odds in battle. But his greatest battle is one of the heart when he falls for a French girl who is cloaked in mystery. In a desperate attempt to save her mistress, lady's maid Elise Plaisance becomes involved in a dangerous masquerade, and she stands to lose everything if she doesn't succeed. Yet how can she prevail when the man who has stolen her heart is determined to stop her? (She does have a tendency to pig out on pralines when she's nervous. Just so you know there are lighter moments.)

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1tz2HIq  
You can read Chapter 1 here: www.frenchquarterbrides.blogspot.com

Giveaway: In To Save a Lady, Jesse gives Elise a fleur de lis necklace on December 23rd, so I am going to do a drawing from my newsletter subscribers on the 23rd of December for a fleur de lis necklace. I'm still trying to get a good photo of it. Subscribe to my newsletter to be entered in the drawing. 

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are appreciated!! Please visit other participating authors at http://www.wewriwa.com/

Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MFRW Book Hooks Hop: The Yard Sale

Welcome to this week's MFRW hop where you can read snippets from some great stories! 

Recently, I've done a lot of posts on my historical romance, so this week I wanted a change and decided to do a little snippet from one of my short stories, "The Yard Sale." (It does end with a budding romance among other things.)

           As Early Birds continued to make purchases, I took in bills, gave back change, and I did each transaction with a big smile. But, to be honest, this yard sale was the culmination of my shattered life.
Amid the possessions I had for sale were wedding gifts, vacation souvenirs, and birthday presents from Clint. The past seven years of my failed marriage surrounded me. Orange price stickers proclaimed its worth. My belongings had become a corpse and the yard sale, a funeral.

Looking for humor with a happy ending?

Then, come on down to Clayburn, Mississippi, where Jennifer Riley is having a yard sale. She needs cash fast. She's lost her job, her house, and her husband has run off with another woman. From Early Birds to Prince Charming, Jennifer meets a host of quirky customers, and by the close of her sale, her life has been changed forever.

Jennifer's tips for having an extraordinary yard sale:

* Early Birds do arrive at dawn, so be ready.
* Stand up to Tightwads. How can someone ask you if you'll take less than a quarter? Seriously.
* Show some love for Packrats because they'll buy anything.
* Try not to make a fool of yourself when Prince Charming arrives.
* Most importantly, realize some things have a value greater than money.

Amazon buy link: http://amzn.to/Jmog8Z   

You can go to http://mfrwbookhooks.blogspot.com/ to find other authors. Or use the list below.You may find just the book you've been wanting!

Thanks for stopping by this week! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Meet the Author: Debbie Herbert

Hi everyone! Today my guest is Debbie Herbert! She's a fellow Southerner, Alabama fan, and writer of mermaid romance. 

Thanks for having me here today, Pat! It’s been a busy week – book revisions due on one book and then – boom! – release day for another. But isn’t that the way it is for all writers? You could very well say that about any job. As soon as one deadline is met, another looms over your head. 
But I love writing and wouldn’t have it any other way. 
I thought I would round up some of the most common answers I get when people read my books or hear I write paranormal romance.

What am I working on?

I just finished the last book of my Dark Seas trilogy, published by Harlequin Nocturne.  Book two, Siren’s Treasure, was released Saturday and my last one, Siren’s Call, is scheduled for 2015. The books follow the lives of a secret mermaid clan that live deep in an Alabama bayou.

Currently, I’m writing chapter one of a fourth Harlequin book that will be a spin off from a character introduced in Siren’s Call.  Annie is the granddaughter of the mysterious witch Tia Henrietta.  She’s retreated to Bayou La Siryna to ask her grandmother for help in stopping the music she hears from other people’s auras. I’ve incorporated a Choctaw story of evil spirits that roam the south Alabama bayou and the hero in the book is a shadow/spirit hunter. 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My mermaid romances aren’t the usual sweet fantasy mermaids that are caricatures of the Disney ilk.  If I had to describe them in three words: Mermaids, Murder, Mayhem.

Most paranormal seems to be centered around vampires and werewolves, so choosing mermaids as a subject was a bit of a risk.  But, as every writer will tell you, the subject chose me, not the other way around!

Why do I write what I do?

I love paranormal romance – the idea that hidden worlds are just beyond our vision and comprehension.  And I love when characters, after trials and tribulations of course, earn their happily-ever-afters.

How does my writing process work?

I like to start with what I call the Big Premise idea.  From there, I develop characters to fit the plot and then storyboard the book’s chapters.  I’m somewhere between a pantser and a plotter – I make chapter notes, but usually end up not following them! 
I’d love to hear from other writers and readers.  Why do you like to read paranormal romance?  Why do you write the type of books that you do?
Again, many thanks to the fabulous Patricia Preston and much success on her just-rleased book.  Can’t wait to start reading it!

Want to connect?
Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/alabamagirl3536/boards/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DebbieHerbert/posts
My web page: http://www.debbieherbert.com/ 

The Hunt for Red October meets paranormal as an FBI agent tries to prevent mermaid Jet Bosarge from becoming used by modern-day pirates attempting to locate the missing hydrogen bomb lost near Tybee Island, Georgia.  Can they work together and trust one another with their secrets?
Mermaid Jet Bosarge should know better than to trust Perry.  He's charming and sexy and accepts her shapeshifting lifestyle, but he's used and betrayed her once before.  When modern-day pirates approach Perry and offer him a fortune to help recover a jettisoned H-bomb off the coast of Tybee, Island, Georgia--will he betray her again for a chance at the Ultimate Haul?
FBI Agent Landry Fields is interested in Jet's tax records as part of an investigation in an illegal maritime excavation ring.  Getting involved with her could ruin his career.  Besides, after the drama when his old girlfriend mysteriously disappeared years ago, Landry is more cautious than ever about falling for someone. 
In navigating between her two worlds, Jet must decide which man is her enemy and who might be her true love.  If she makes the wrong choice, the entire mermaid civilization is in danger of exposure and extinction.

I am so glad to have Debbie over today! And, I LOVE that cover! Let me know what you think of it. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors Nov 16: To Save a Lady

It's time for Weekend Writing Warrior (http://www.wewriwa.com/). This week's snippet is from my new release, To Save a Lady, a historical romance set in New Orleans.

Set up:  Elise, a lady's maid, is considering her ill-fated attraction to Jesse.

       He was a tall man with a rough, battle-weary face and a sinewy body.
A man that made her swoon. That was a very bad thing, according to Colette, who claimed such men were always trouble.
Was that true? She would love to find out, but she knew her limitations.
“Capitaine.” She greeted him and dropped into a polite curtsy.
She had no illusions when it came to him. During their brief encounters, Jesse had been forthcoming about himself, and he had spoken of living the kind of life she had never known. 

A move from Paris to New Orleans brings disaster to Elise Plaisance’s predictable life as a lady’s maid. The son of her grief-stricken mistress disappears, and Elise is drawn into a dangerous web of espionage and deceit when she turns to a devious gentleman for help. 
Captain Jesse Cross doesn’t fancy himself as a lovelorn soldier desperate for a woman until a mysterious French spy captivates his imagination. Their romance is a frail illusion, born in the darkness of a moonlit courtyard and never meant to last forever.
The enemy strikes. Both on the battlefield and in the Quarter. Torn between loyalty and love, Elise must risk everything to rescue her mistress’s son before all is lost. Jesse knows he has to stop her even if it means sacrificing his honor as well as his life to save a lady.

You can click on the French Quarter Brides tab on this blog to read an excerpt from Chapter 1.  
Amazon link  http://amzn.to/1tz2HIq

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Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by and your comments make my day!