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Friday, March 30, 2012

Sweet Saturday Sample of "April's Kiss in the Moonlight"

First time this excerpt from April's Kiss in the Moonlight has ever been shared. Gavin and April are at a farm fair. April visited the rabbits in cages. She saw her future as living in a cage, too, an invisible cage built by her father. She broke down. Here is a snippet of what happens next.

Gavin took her hand and guided her out of the exhibit and into the midway area. She found a ladies room and splashed cold water on her face. Standing by herself at the sink, she felt alone, totally alone. But she knew no matter what else happened, there was no way she could go back to San Francisco. Although she didn’t know where she was headed, her resolve not to return to San Francisco tightened in her gut and the decision made her sadness disappear. She decided she'd have a different life and not be a rabbit in a cage. Not ever. Not for anyone. And it made her feel more secure. Relieved, she returned to Gavin.
“I hate to see any animals in cages. I can’t stand it,” she said.
Gavin laced his fingers with hers and led her over to a quiet spot on the edge of the midway, behind the rifle shoot. 
 “Once my father brought home a parakeet. He used to visit it and coo to it for five minutes when he got home from work. But when he was at work, the poor bird jumped around the cage, trying to figure out how to escape and chattered as if he was looking for a mate. One day, I couldn’t take it anymore and took the cage outside and opened the door. The bird flew away. My father was furious and I was punished severely. But I was happy the bird was free.”
Gavin squeezed her hand. “You should be free, like a beautiful bird, free to fly wherever you want.”
She smiled at him. “I will be. Forever . . . free. You understand, don’t you?”
He nodded. “I think I do. Ready?”

A little bit about the book

How could anything bad happen to a young woman, fresh from graduate school, who strikes out on a new path rather than return to take a job with her father’s firm? April McKenna sets off for an escapade that ends in tragedy. Injured and alone she is taken in by a friend of her mother’s who lives in a small town in the Catskill Mountains in New York. 
 During her recovery, April resolves to carve out an exotic life of travel and adventure. But she didn’t count on a sexy fireman upsetting her plans. Gavin Dailey has dated practically every woman in the county, but when he meets April, he knows he’s finally found the one he wants.  Only a stubborn man like Gavin wouldn’t let April’s resistance to his charm and his small town change his plans. Determined to win her, he pulls out all the stops until he encounters one stumbling block he didn’t count on. Only a near-tragedy resurrected from the past gives April the tenacity she needs to make the right decision for her life in April’s Kiss in the Moonlight

Thursday, March 29, 2012



1.     How old were you when you knew you wanted to become a writer?
I was in my forties when I started to write. I’ve only been writing a little over two years.
2.     What did you do for a living in your “previous” life? I’ve worked at banks mostly.
Do you have a family? Yes, I have wonderful family. I’ve been married almost 23 years to my wonderful husband, Bruce. I have one son, Steven, who is at marine boot camp. We recently added my daughter--in--law, Brittany and her three year old son Colt to our family. I’m one of five children and I have been blessed to have been supported from the beginning by my siblings, my Father and my numerous cousins
3.     What genre do you write?  I write Contemporary Western Romance
4.     Are you a plotter or a pantser? I’m more of a pantser. I have some idea where I’m going. It’s the getting there that is fun.
5.     Do your characters ever take over when you’re writing? My characters always take over. Especially the ones that were to be really really minor-- they fight for their fair share of the story.
6.     Do you get inspiration from real people or places? I’ve always read Western Romances. We were transferred to Texas six years ago. I have been soaking up s much Texas culture as I can. I actually go horseback riding.
7.     Would you like to be any of your heroines? I would like to be Callie from Callie’s Heart-- after the happily ever after.

8.     Would you marry any of your heroes?  They are all tall and handsome with chiseled body and brawny arms. I could live with that.
            9.Do you do a lot of editing before you submit a manuscript?  Yes I do. I learn more and more about writing and I’m constantly honing my novels. 

 Now, some personal questions:
1) Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
2   Do you listen to music when you write? What do you listen to? Not often . I like Classic rock.
3) Favorite color?green
4) Black, white or gray? Gray-- I have an accounting degree and real world accounting is gray.
5) Favorite ice cream flavor? Ben and Jerry’s-- the one with brownies and cheesecake
6) Favorite line of description from one of your books. His arm muscles bulged as he pulled. His back muscles tightened and she could remember the feel of him under her hands. He glistened with sweat and his abs made her insides coil.

    7) Favorite dialogue from one of your books. ''You are my heart, my soul, my best friend. I've been lost without you.'' He kissed her forehead and pulled her tight against him. ''I'm never letting you go again.''
2    8) Favorite minor character from your book. Noreen-- the older sassy waitress that knows the 411 on everyone. 
     9) Dog or cat? Cat I have two Tiger and Callie
    10)  Country or city? Country
    11)  Beach or mountains? mountains--I burn to easily at the beach
     12) Skirts or pants? Pants
     13) Early morning or late night? Early morning.
    14) Cruise in the Caribbean or camping in Yellowstone National Park? Cruise-- a balcony room please.
   A bit about the book

Callie Daniels' mother has one dying wish. She wants neighboring rancher, Garrett O'Neill, to marry her seventeen-year-old daughter. It's not supposed to be a conventional marriage. Garrett O'Neill would keep Callie's ranch safe and Callie would go away to college.                                                          
Four years later, Callie comes home with stars in her eyes and happily ever after in her heart. She plans to make their marriage real until finds the new housekeeper, Sylvie in Garrett's arms.
Heartbroken, Callie takes off to her own house, which they closed up four years ago. She stays there with Old Henry, a longtime friend and ranch hand, until her new horse injures her. Garrett forces Callie to move back in to his house.
Callie finally gets her heart's desire. Alone in a line shack, they make sweet love for the first time. Unfortunately, the love light is gone from Garret's eyes the next morning.


Monday, March 26, 2012


This is from my WIP with Ben Tanner called "Love, Lost & Found"...

She took the last bite of her food and smiled. It was delicious as the soft evening delicious as the dark blue night sky and as delicious as the handsome man smiling across the table at her.
    "A walk sounds wonderful." She wiped her mouth with her napkin.
They walked back to the resort in silence, not touching, moving closer then stepping away. Uncertainty was in the air. When they got near the beach, Tara slipped her high-heeled sandals off and stuck her finger through the loops, dangling them from one hand.  She extended her hand hesitantly in his direction. He slowly joined his fingers with hers.
"I…uhhh," he started, but didn’t finish.
I can't believe I’m acting this way around a woman I just met.
“What?” Tara stopped to face him, dropping his hand.
“It’s…just…I’ve had so much pain…I…”
“You’re worried about me?”
He nodded. The moon bathed her in soft, shimmery light adding to her beauty.  They stared at each other at a safe distance for a minute. Tara took his hand and laced her fingers with his again, pulling him closer. They walked on in silence for a little bit. She broke from him to lean against a palm tree and gaze at the moon. He joined her, looking up as well.
"What do you see?" He asked her.
"I see a new beginning...for me...and for you."
He put his arm around her shoulders. Tears clouded her eyes. She turned her face away from him but he pulled her to him. She hid her face in his chest as her tears fell.
"No need for tears around me. I’d never hurt you."
She looked up into his eyes.
"I’d never hurt you either," she murmured.
At those words, he pulled her close to hug her. Feeling her warm body against his, under the moonlight, on the crystal beaches, his heart raced while his mind was at ease. It was a long time since he held a woman in his arms or kissed one, either.
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