Monday, September 26, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Let’s start by telling the readers a little about yourself:
Monday, September 12, 2011
She currently has written a werewolf series based on real wolves, a vampire romance, two Highland medieval romances and now a western time-travel ghostly romance! I had a chance to review A Ghost Of A Chance At Love. Murder, Mystery, a ghost and a handsome cowboy--what more can you ask for in a time travel adventure that keeps you on the edge of you seat? Let's give Terry Spear a warm welcome.
***CONTEST: TERRY WILL BE GIVING AWAY A PRINT COPY OF A GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE. Make sure to read how you may be entered in the drawing to win!
When a Dream Becomes a Reality
A GHOST OF A CHANCE was a book that came to me as I visited the quaint town of Salado, Texas. The old world feel. The ghostly tales that surround some of the buildings still in existence. The change that is inevitable year after year. Not only in the centuries past, but in the present also.
When my mother and I visited even before I moved back to Texas, we’d make our special jaunts to Salado before Christmas and sometime in the spring before it got too hot, buy knick-knacks for our gardens, special gimmy-gaws (as my mother used to call them) to decorate our homes, unique gifts for family and friends for birthdays and Christmas.
Like the past and how much it had changed—the Salado College no longer being part of the landscape when it was a big deal in the time the story was set (at least in the past), and the saloon that had been a post office and now a gift shop, to the Shady Villa Inn that become the Stagecoach Inn, and having bathrooms in the rooms, too--well, some change is definitely necessary.
But we loved the quaint gift shops that drew us each year—Sir Wigglesworth that had so many lovely gifts that were unique, not just the same old stuff picked up at the Dallas Trade Center. And the shop that had a myriad of fun stuff, but mostly the garden trinkets and ornate ornaments we loved to buy to add to our gardens. Like the saloon of the past, they’re all gone. Gone. And nothing has taken the place of them to entice the shopper to return.
Sad. Really. Some of those shops were housed in old buildings that had real charm.
Now tons of shops exist, many set up in blocky cheap modern buildings, no charm, nothing special, no landscaping to entice the visitor, no special design to fit in with the quaint old village. Just the same old thing sold from store to store.
One shop though, has some different Texas gifts from local artists where we fell in love with lop-eared cast iron rabbits that we had to take home with us. My mother and I often had twin collections because our tastes were so similar. And one of our favorite places to visit was a sandwich shop surrounded by a courtyard and old buildings filled with clothes and gifts where we’d have lunch. And another, a spice and gift shop where we’d stop to have a cold fancy iced tea after a long hot walk under the intermittent shade of lovely ancient live oaks. And sometimes we’d enjoy a slice of pie at the Stagecoach Inn. A new Christmas shop opened in a charming old Victorian home that we made our last visit to as we headed out of town each trip.
But when is too much change…too much? Roll back the years a decade and find the quaintness all over again. Or a century and a half and it’s scary!
Oh yeah, things have improved from the beginning when the residents had to draw their water from wells or the creek. Definitely progress. But think of it—no indoor plumbing? Outhouses?
Yeah. Well, love can overcome all. Don’t you think?
But what if your world in the present is as dangerous as your world in the past? What do you do?
If you have a hunk of a cowboy waiting for you in the past, well…then what would you do?
My only regret is that I finally have A GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE available two years after my mother died. I longed to write about a woman who somehow becomes tied to the past with one visit that changes her life forever. A ghostly tale of love and romance, a jaunt to the past, and a return to the present, only to discover that no matter where she is, her life is in danger. And the love of her life from the past isn't letting her go, no matter what.
I haven't been back to Salado since my mother died. But a part of me will always remember the special times we shared, and the fun she had in reading what I had written back then, and being part of the whole process. The Stagecoach Inn where I set the story wanted me to come and do a signing, and I plan to when the book is in print, which should be soon. But it'll be hard for me to do so without my mother to share in the experience.
I dedicate the book to her for always being there for me.
And I hope that you might take a chance at A GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE!
Thanks so much, Karen, for having me here today.
***CONTEST: To be entered to win a print copy of A Ghost of a Chance at Love, answer my questions. So easy! Questions: If you had a chance to travel back in time to Salado, Texas, what would you wish to do or see? Could a man you fall in love with make you give up all the wonderful things we have today to live with him in the past? (***Make sure to leave your email address so Terry may contact you if you should win!)
Thanks to everyone who drops by and says hi!
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male.”
Monday, September 5, 2011
Adrianne Brennan pens romantic dark fantasies and science fiction romances. She's here today to tell us about her hot new release, Love Under Will. This time she's taken us to a whole new realm of magic with fallen angels. Let's give her a warm welcome!
Adrianne why don't you tell the readers a little about yourself:
Sure! I live in the Boston area with my two adorable kitties, and do computer programming as my day job. In my spare time I enjoy working out, traveling, knitting, and playing World of Warcraft.
I’ve been writing since I was ten, almost entirely in the realms of paranormal, science fiction, and fantasy. Becoming published was my childhood dream come true.
Your new release, Love Under Will is in the Mammoth Book of Hot Romance Anthology. Your tale deals with angels. Give us some insight about your angel mythology. When they fall, do they lose their wings? Do they have certain gifts?
The angels have bodies they periodically “shed” like skin which allows them to go into the human world and help out others. On occasion, they even switch gender. They can be of any hair, skin, eye color—race has no meaning in addition to gender.
When they fall, they are essentially renegades. Not demons which is different, but no longer falling in line with the angelic hierarchy. They are considered to be highly dangerous and unstable, and could go dark at any time. It’s also likely they’d be recruited by Lucifer in the process.
Angels, fallen or not, can recognize each other on sight, and Aliyael compares it to the Highlander’s “quickening”. She says it’s nothing in comparison. :D
What inspired you to write an angel tale?
I’m a big fan of shows like Supernatural and angels are one supernatural creature I’ve never tried writing about. I decided to tackle this one after turning over certain ideas
Without giving too much away, tell readers about the story.
Aliyael’s assignment is to bring a fallen angel home, convince him to come back. However...she has no idea what she is in for, and learns quite a bit about following Divine Will and one’s heart in the process.
The readers and I would like to meet your heroine, Aliyael. What are her weaknesses and her strengths? What is her first impression when she meets Julael?
Aliyael is a relatively young angel, not unseasoned but not very worldly. She’s scared she won’t do as good of a job as she thinks is required of her, fears failure and ultimately wants to fight the good fight. The idea of rescuing a fallen angel is intimidating to her. She’s a tough chick, but very soft-hearted.
Her first impression of Julael is that he is handsome, surprisingly so. Something about him impresses her at the same time it frightens her, and she doesn’t understand why.
I noticed you used –el ending for both names, a typical ending for angel names. How did decide on the names for your hero and heroine? Is there a meaning behind them?
Aliya means “to ascend” or “to rise”—the precise opposite of a fallen angel. Julian/Jul’s name means “child of Jove”, the Roman version of Zeus. That may give the reader some hints. :)
What are your current projects and works in progress?
Too many! I am currently working on the fifth book in the Oath series, the sequel to Blood and Spice, which takes place in New Orleans, and the sequel to Blood of the Dark Moon, the official second book of the Dark Moon series. Blood and Spice I expect to have wrapped up after my trip to NOLA next month for the Anne Rice Vampire Ball.
Tell the readers where they can find you:
Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
Readers: I love hearing from you! Questions, comments, likes, dislikes—bring it!
Aspiring writers: my best advice to you is to WRITE and keep on writing!
Fellow writers: I hope to meet some of you in my travels. Feel free to drop me a line anytime and discuss the craft. :)
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