Tracker’s End (Wind Dragons MC #3) by Chantal Fernando-Review and Interview

TRACKER’S END (Wind Dragons MC #3) by Chantal Fernando-Review and Interview

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 11, 2015

Tracker is everything I’ve ever wanted.

I see him. I’ve watched time change him.

I’ve been patient, but he still hasn’t noticed me. Not the way I want him to. The more time I spend with the MC, the more I understand.

When you want something, you have to take it. You have to fight for it.

And Tracker is more than worth fighting for…

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REVIEW: TRACKER’S END is the third installment in Chantal Fernando’s adult, contemporary Wind Dragons erotic, romance MC series focusing on the men and women of the Wind Dragons MC. This is Tracker and Lana’s storyline. Lana is Anna’s (Arrow’s Hell) best friend, and Tracker is the MC ‘tracker’-if someone needs to be found, Tracker is the man to get the job done. Tracker’s End can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but I recommend reading the series in order for backstory and cohesion.

Told from first person point of view (Lana) with a few chapters from Tracker’s POV, the storyline follows the building relationship between two people of opposite personality and responsibilities. Lana is hired as a nanny to look after Faye and Dex’s (Wind Dragons president) six year old daughter Clover, and Tracker is a biker whose history with women, and one woman in particular, rattles Lana’s proverbial nerves. Tracker has been attracted to Lana since the first day they met, one year earlier, but Lana isn’t about to jump into a relationship with a man whose sexual escapades could be the subject of many an erotic romance novel-in fact, Lana is an erotic romance novelist who keeps her true passion a secret from everyone but her mom. While Tracker slowly seduces the woman of his fantasies, Lana will become the target of jealousy and revenge.

The sexual attraction between Lana and Tracker is immediate, intense and not without some moments of jealousy and possessiveness. Lana’s sexual history is minimal compared to Tracker, and most of the other MC members, but Lana quickly succumbs to the needs of the man with whom she is falling in love. $ex scenes are erotic and intense.

Throughout the storyline we are witness to Tracker’s promises of fidelity; how his past is now his past, and Lana is the woman that calls to his heart. But a perceived betrayal by Lana finds Tracker quickly taking advantage of his current circumstance, and in this I had some issues with the double standard as it pertained to Lana and Tracker’s relationship. Tracker is an arrogant, alpha male who continues to focus on his own personal needs and wants, never considering how his actions will affect the woman that he loves.

Most of the previous storyline characters play secondary and supporting roles including Faye and Dex (Dragon’s Lair); Arrow and Anna (Arrow’s Hell); and several of the other MC members. We are introduced to Lana’s mother-a single parent and nurse who is totally accepting of her daughter’s choices in life. Allie returns as the resident Club whore but her prior relationship with Tracker will not only affect Lana but the Wind Dragon MC as well-not everyone will survive to see another story. Anna’s brother Rake will come face to face with his past-a past that wants nothing to do with revisiting heartbreak and broken promises.

TRACKER’S END takes another intimate look at the world of the MC; the lovers, the fighters, the rules and regulations; the breakdown of power and the penalty for disobedience and going rogue. There are moments of romance and love; betrayal and heartbreak; jealousy and revenge. The series will captivate your imagination; you will fall in love with the bikers and their old ladies; the romance is a promise for the future. No matter how tough the biker claims to be, in the end, it is the woman with whom he falls in love, that has to be the toughest of them all.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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DRAGON’S LAIR
(Wind Dragons MC #1)
by Chantal Fernando
Release Date: May 19, 2014
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance, motorcycle club

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 19, 2014

When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid.

Or should I say, someone?

Because of that mistake, I’m now stuck in a world I don’t belong in.

I’m a law student. They’re criminals. He’s the vice president of a motorcycle club. I’m a good girl with a strict upbringing. He’s my ex-boyfriend’s brother.

And I’m screwed.

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ARROW’S HELL
(Wind Dragons MC #2)
by Chantal Fernando
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic,romance, motorcycle club

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 16, 2015

Being the younger sister of a Wind Dragons MC member isn’t as great as you’d think it would be.

I can’t escape the details of my brother’s exploits.

No one tells me anything.

Men who know who I am tend to stay away from me.

And worst of all:

The members of the MC are off-limits.

When Arrow catches my eye, I make it my mission to make him happy again.

When I fall head over heels in love with him, I just hope he will be there to catch me.

And that my brother doesn’t kill him.

interview

TRC: Hi Chantal and welcome to The Reading Café. Congratulations on the success of your WIND DRAGONS MC series.

Chantel FernandoChantal: Thank you so much and thanks for having me!

TRC: We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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Chantal: I’m 28 and live in a small town in Western Australia.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Chantal: I stopped reading in high school, and got back into it when I picked up my sister’s copy of Twilight. I fell back in love with reading and writing and haven’t looked back since.

Tracker's EndTRC: Would you please tell us something about your 2015 releases of TRACKER’S END and ARROW’S HELL, and the Wind Dragons series?

Chantal: All these books focus on the love stories between a member of the MC and their leading lady. I think Arrow and Anna have one of the hardest paths to each other, but Tracker and Lana also have their own problems to overcome before they get their happily ever afters.

TRC: How many books do you have planned for the series?

Chantal: Three so far… and maybe more ;)

TRC: If you could virtually cast the leading characters (so far), which actors or models would best represent your ideal image?

Chantal: I generally stay away from this, as I prefer readers to create their own image in their head, but Brock O’Hurn is definitely my Tracker.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, MC lifestyle) did you encounter writing this particular story and series?

Chantal: I don’t like to write about cheating, even though it’s unrealistic for every member be 100% faithful to their women.

TRC: Do you have any further plans to continue your RESISTING LOVE series?

Chantal: No, I don’t. A few people have asked about the Morning Alliance books, which I may revisit, but I have a heap of books planned before that :)

Wind Dragon MCTRC: How do you keep the plot unpredictable without sacrificing content and believability?

Chantal: I start with a good, well thought out outline. I think that people in general are unpredictable, and my characters are the same, they take over the story, directing where it goes. I think it makes the characters more believable, because sometimes the direction the novel takes surprises even me.

TRC: Do you believe the cover image plays a deciding factor for many readers in the process of selecting a book or new series to read

Chantal: I think a pretty cover helps! But if the book is good, word of mouth will still make sure the book is picked up.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Chantal: The characters definitely direct my writing lol.

TRC: Do you listen to music while writing? If so, does the style of music influence the storyline direction? Characters?

Chantal: I do listen to music while I write, unless I’m having trouble concentrating, then I need silence. With me, I don’t think music influences my storyline, I think I’m attracted to music that I can connect to a particular scene I’m writing, or the novel as a whole

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

Chantal: I’d like to travel the world and meet as many of my readers as I can.

Keep writing books that my readers enjoy.

Have more of my books available in store.

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

Chantal: I’m super shy and terrible at public speaking!

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Chantal: I will be announcing this very soon! ;)

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food- Chicken parmigana

Favorite Dessert- Choc brownies and vanilla ice-cream

Favorite TV Show- Outlander

Last Movie You Saw- Inside Out

Dark or Milk Chocolate- Milk chocolate

Secret Celebrity Crush- Jason Momoa but that’s not really a secret.
Bruce Venture!

Last Vacation Destination- Scotland, England and Ireland.

Do you have any pets?- 3 dogs that I adore.

Last book you read- Jamie Begley- Lucky’s Choice

Pet Peeve- People who are late!

TRC: Thank you Chantal for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on the release of TRACKER’S END and ARROW’S HELL.

Chantal: Thank you so much!

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Maps, Artifacts and Other Arcane Magic (Dowser 5) by Meghan Ciana Doidge-Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

MAPS, ARTIFACTS, AND OTHER ARCANE MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge-Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

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Maps, Artifacts, and Other Arcane Magic
Dowser Series #5
by Meghan Ciana Doidge
Genre: adult, paranormal
Release Date: July 23, 2015

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About the book: Release Date July 23, 2015

One treasure down, two to go …

Three months ago, I nearly lost my best friend while retrieving the first instrument of assassination. I also inadvertently released a rival who was definitely unhinged, way more powerful than me, and obsessed with harnessing the deadly power of the artifacts I’d been tasked by the guardian dragons to collect.
Add a sexy sentinel and a nearly immortal vampire to the mix, and what could possibly go wrong?

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Review: MAPS, ARTIFACTS AND OTHER ARCANE MAGIC is the 5th book in Meghan Ciana Doidge’s Dowser series. Wow, that title is a mouthful!! I will give you my favorite reason for reading this novel: Kett is back!!! *happy dance* Yes!! Our Ancient, nearly immortal vampire and self- appointed Mentor is back in the thick of the action! Jade loves her chocolate, but I love Kett’s peppermint infused presence!

Jade is off to find the second instrument of assassination. These are items that can kill a powerful Dragon, that’s why the guardians are using her to find and contain them. Jade is opening her eyes to the blatant discrimination or distrust against her at times, she is only a half dragon, but she is studying the map to find the next location. Someone else is obsessed with the deadly artifact and Jade’s powers and soon Jade is face to face with the young Dragon that she freed in the last novel, but this kid is not so kind or innocent, she is downright nasty and unhinged!! I love her nickname of the “Rabid Koala”! This new rival practically destroys the cupcake shop!

Jade, Warner and Kett decipher the location of the next artifact which leads them to San Francisco then Peru and the action begins. Without saying too much, this artifact is cleverly guarded in a silver mine, which nulls all magic and along with our Rabid Koala things get tense and exciting. Things are so action packed and exciting, but if I told you more details it would be like eating a cupcake with a bite out of it! You wouldn’t enjoy it as much!

Jade is full of her usually snark and good sense in shoes and chocolate, Kett is wonderful as always. He is prepared to die for Jade, does this hint at love? I’m sure that we will learn more and Warner, our wonderful Sentinel Dragon is loyal and at Jade’s side. This novel greatly advances the storyline of finding all the artifacts and Jade learns her greatest destiny at the end. I hope she is up for her new title!! Plus, there is some steam in this novel, poor Warner is a Dragon raised in earlier times and different morals. Don’t worry, Jade will give him quite an education. I hope you enjoy this latest installment of the Dowser Series! I sure did!!

Reviewed by Jules C

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Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic
Dowser Series #1
by Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date:June 18, 2013
Genre: adult, urban fantasy, witches, vampires

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If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

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Trinkets, Treasures and Other Bloody Magic
The Dowser Series #2
by Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: December 27, 2013

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SONY DSCABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date: December 27, 2013

Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.

Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

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Treasures, Demons, And Other Black Magic
Dowser Series #3
by Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: June 11, 2014
Genre: adult, urban fantasy, vampires, witches

 

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SONY DSCABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 11, 2014

I hadn’t set foot in the human world for more than a few hours in over three and a half months. Sure, I was stronger and faster than I’d ever been before, and I had a shiny new sword, but I was seriously chocolate deprived. I don’t recommend quitting cold turkey. And the new sword was a problem — to my mind, anyway. It represented all the expectations of a powerful father and a new otherworldly life. A life that wasn’t the one I’d worked so hard to build. It also represented the responsibility I had to bring my foster sister Sienna to … what? Justice? I didn’t know if that was even possible. What I did know was that Sienna wouldn’t stop, and that I couldn’t just leave everything up to fate and destiny … or maybe I was. Maybe I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. If you believed in that sort of thing.

I just hoped that before the chaos and mayhem renewed, I’d manage to get my hands on some chocolate. It didn’t even have to be single-origin Madagascar. I was utterly prepared to lower my standards.

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Shadows, Maps and Other Ancient Magic
Dowser Series #4
by Meghan Ciana Doidge
Genre: adult, paranormal,
Release Date:February 26, 2015

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shadows, maps and other ancient magicI had new cupcakes to bake, a new treasure to hunt, and a new dragon in town — literally. Who wouldn’t be ecstatic filling their days with chocolate, trinket collecting, and martial arts training?

Yeah … me.

Because no matter how much chocolate I ate, I couldn’t fill the dark pit in my soul. A darkness born from blood alchemy. A darkness that reeked of the black magic I now knew I was capable of creating.

Maybe it was time to walk away.

But what if there were important things left to do? What if I was the only one who could do what needed to be done?

I wasn’t sure I could handle the responsibility, but as long as I had my chocolate stash and a good friend to back me up, I was willing to give it a try.

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Meghan Ciana DoidgeMeghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn.

Novels – After The Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic – Dowser #1, Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic – Dowser #2, Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic – Dowser #3

Novellas/Shorts – Love Lies Bleeding and The Graveyard Kiss

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Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers #1) by Samantha Chase-Review, Interview and Giveaway

MADE FOR US (The Shaughnessy Brothers 1) by Samantha Chase-Review, Interview and Giveaway

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 4,2015

The Shaughnessy brothers—Aidan in particular—have spent the years since their mother’s untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. And Aidan has managed pretty well so far. But his father is starting to worry he’s neglected himself. At the age of thirty-four, he is successful and handsome, and he still has no grandchildren!

Aidan’s met plenty of attractive women over the years, but who has the time? It isn’t until he meets Zoe, a designer on one of his jobs, that he starts realizing he wants something more.

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REVIEW: MADE FOR US is the first installment in Samantha Chase’s adult, contemporary THE SHAUGHNESSY BROTHERS romance series focusing on ….The Shaughnessy family. This is home builder/eldest brother Aidan Shaughnessy, and designer Zoe Dalton’s storyline.

Told from third person point of view MADE FOR US follows the building relationship between Shaughnessy Construction owner Aidan Shaughnessy and decorator Zoe Dalton. When the previous designer all but destroyed Aidan’s ideas and plans for his new series of homes, Zoe is tasked with correcting the problems and appeasing an irate Aidan in the process. What ensues is a relationship that finds Aidan at a loss as to what to do next. Sixteen years earlier, the Shaughnessy family lost their mother to a drunk driving accident and in the ensuing years Aidan has become a second father to his family of five younger siblings. Aidan is a man who doesn’t like change, and with Zoe’s presence in his life, change is happening at an all too rapid pace.

MADE FOR US focuses on Aidan’s need for control-almost OCD in dynamics-Aidan doesn’t like change or mistakes. When a hurricane catches Aidan and Zoe alone in a small one bedroom apartment, sparks fly, but Aidan’s ensuing guilt finds our storyline hero running away from a future that he refuses to accept or comprehend. In the process, Aidan will lose Zoe but not before further destroying any hope of reconciliation with the woman he loves. For all of his duties and responsibilities Aidan has a difficult time letting go and it is his anxiety that affects his relationships with family and friends.

We are introduced to all of the Shaughnessy siblings: youngest and only daughter Darcy; brothers Hugh, Quinn, Riley and Owen. Patriarch Ian Shaughnessy realizes he didn’t do his family any favors allowing Aidan to become a substitute father and in the end pushes his eldest son to live his own life and forget about the rest. The local sheriff has the potential for a romantic storyline as well.

The world building centers around the Shaughnessy family dynamics; their love, their support and their co-dependent relationship with eldest brother Aidan. Ian Shaughnessy is a widower who has struggled to raise six children as a single parent but in doing so ultimately became dependent upon Aidan for his help. There is the potential for a new love interest for Ian-let’s hope something comes to fruition.

MADE FOR US introduces the Shaughnessy family with the focus on Aidan and Zoe, as well as some tumultuous interaction between Darcy and her over-protective older brother. The premise is realistic and heartwarming; the characters are colorful, energetic and expressive; the road to a happily ever after finds our hero lost and in need of direction. There is plenty of angst, drama and disquiet right from the start.

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Reviewed by Sandy

Interview

TRC: Hi Samantha and welcome to The Reading Cafe.

We would like to start with some background information. Please tell us something about yourself?

SamanthaChaseSamantha: Thank you so much for having me here today. I am an avid reader of contemporary romance – that’s one of the reasons I decided to write it. You can pretty much guarantee that you’re going to find me working on two or three books at a time while reading at least one. It’s a good thing my family is understanding!

TRC: MADE FOR US is the first release in your new Shaughnessy Brothers series. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

Samantha: What I love about this new series is how much family means to each of them. When Lillian Shaughnessy was killed, she left behind a husband and six children whose ages ranged from eighteen to ten months. And rather than this tragedy tearing them apart, it made them closer as they clung together to get through their grief. At the point that you’re going to be meeting them, seventeen years has gone by and we see how the loss of their mother still affects who they currently are.

MADE FOR US introduces us to eldest son Aidan. He pretty much took on the task of taking care of his siblings and is the one they all turn to. He’s got a construction business that pretty much takes up most of his time but he’s stayed close to home. When he meets Zoe Dalton – she’s the new designer on his job site – he begins to realize how much he hasn’t been living his life for himself. While Zoe – who is new to the area – is starting her life over after losing her mom to breast cancer.

So really, they’re two people who are at a crossroad in their lives and happen to find each other.

TRC: How many books do you have planned for the series?

Samantha: There will be six books – one for each sibling.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics,) did you encounter writing this particular story?

Made For UsSamantha: I think this story was probably the most REAL story – emotion-wise – that I’ve ever written. I am lucky in that I still have both of my parents, so I really had to explore how it would feel if that weren’t the case. Sometimes in a story, it’s mentioned that one or both parents are gone, but you don’t really look into how that loss can still affect you years later. I cried a lot while I was writing – and then remembered to call my parents and tell them I loved them!

TRC: How do you keep the plot unpredictable without sacrificing content and believability?

Samantha: That is never easy to do. It’s hard to come up with something new and different for exactly what you’re asking – and keeping it believable. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you do end up with a predictable plot. The only way to mix it up is – to me – by keeping the dialogue fresh. I love some good dialogue!

For this story, Aidan and Zoe get stranded together during a hurricane. Yes, stuck in a storm together has been done a million times. However, it’s what happens between the two of them during that time – the things that they say and do that aren’t all about the bedroom – is what keeps things fresh. That, coupled with thinking about your actual life and keeping yourself grounded to that and not being outlandish helps.

TRC: Do you believe the cover image plays a deciding factor for many readers in the process of selecting a book or new series to read?

Samantha: Absolutely! I know that for myself as a reader, the cover plays a huge part in my decision to purchase a book or not, but it’s not the only factor. I know there are certain authors whose books I’ll read without looking at the cover at all – I just love their work and the cover isn’t an issue. If the premise and plot sound interesting, I’ll give it a try. Hopefully other readers feel that way too.

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TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Samantha: People think I’m crazy when I say it, but it is primarily the characters directing me. I can plot out a book and then find it going in a completely different direction as I’m writing it because my characters are taking me in a direction I never even thought about. I love when that happens!

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Samantha: Thank you so much for having me to The Reading Café today! This was great!

TRC: Thank you Samantha for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on the new release and new series.

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Coming Home to Mustang Ridge by Jesse Hayworth – Review, Interview & Giveaway

Coming Home to Mustang Ridge by Jesse Hayworth – Review, Interview & Giveaway

 

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Coming Home to Mustang Ridge
Mustang Ridge series – Book #5
by Jesse HayworthRelease Date: August 4, 2015

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After putting all her savings—and then some—into purchasing a vintage clothing shop in downtown Three Ridges, Wyoming, Ashley Webb is determined to succeed come hell or high water. Problem is, she’s never been good at long-term commitments.  And when Ashley crosses paths again with the incredibly sexy cowboy she got cozy with at her brother’s wedding, she can’t help being distracted.

Tyler Reed isn’t looking to settle down—he tried that before and got burned. Not to mention that the new head wrangler at Mustang Ridge Dude Ranch has other things on his mind. Things that are far more important than helping out his boss’s pretty—but flaky—sister…even though there’s some serious chemistry between them. When Ashley turns out to be very different than he expected, he’s tempted to go against his better judgment. What’s a cowboy to do when the wrong woman lassoes his heart?

 

 

Review:

Coming Home to Mustang Ridge by Jesse Hayworth is the 5th book in her wonderful Mustang Ridge series. I enjoy anything written by Jesse Hayworth/Jessica Andersen, as I have loved her two series (Mustang Ridge & The Nightkeepers). Mustang Ridge is such a fun and delightful series about the Skye family and their ranch.

In Coming Home to Mustang Ridge, Ashley is our heroine and is Wyatt’s sister. Right from the start I loved Ashley, and it was so great to see the friendship between her and the heroines of the previous books….Krista, Jenny, Shelby, Danny. Of course, I also adored our hero, Tyler Reed, who has come back to Mustang Ridge to work for Krista. Tyler is also a musician, and when he was last at Mustang Ridge, attending the wedding of Krista and Wyatt, he had a one night stand with one of the bridesmaids, whom he has not forgotten.

When Tyler sees Ashley with her friends at the bar, where he is singing, he recognized her as the girl he has not forgotten. When he meets up with Ashley outside, he is shocked to learn she is Wyatt’s sister, and he backs away, as Wyatt is his friend and technically his boss. Ashley agrees, and tells him to keep that one night a secret.

Easier said than done, as Ashley has just bought the store she has worked in, and was determined to make it a success. There are financial aspects which must be met, and Ashley gets the help of her friends to have events to bring in people. Tyler is forced to help with supplies, equipment that the Skye family offers to Ashley, and they both find themselves becoming closer and closer, as they learn more about each other. The chemistry between them both was hot, and I totally rooted for them to be able to overcome some obstacles that threatened to keep them as friends with benefits.

I love the family background of this series, the Skye family members, the wonderful friendships, and all the regulars we have come to love continue to play big parts in the stories. I will say that in this book, I was not a fan of Wyatt, as I thought he was too unbending towards Ashley, and even Tyler, though I knew it was because he loved and worried about her. Still, I did not like him as much as I did in the previous book.   Kudos to Jesse Hayworth for continually giving us wonderful, fun and sexy romances in Mustang Ridge, and forcing us to always go back home to this fabulous family and ranch. If you have not started this series, I suggest you do so, and start with Summer at Mustang Ridge.

Reviewed by Barb

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Interview

 

Hi Jesse. Thank you for taking the time to revisit us at The Reading Cafe, to discuss your new release “Coming Home to Mustang Ridge”, as well as to give us an update as to what you have in store for us next.

Jesse: Thank you so much for having me back! I always love hanging out at the café with a cup of tea (maybe a glass of wine, depending) and something sweet to nibble on while we chat about hunky cowboys, sassy cowgirls and sweet Wyoming sunsets!

TRC: For those who are new to your series, can you please tell us the premise of the Mustang Ridge series?

Jesse:  Mustang Ridge is a long-time cattle ranch that spitfire cowgirl Krista Skye convinced her parents and grandparents to help her convert into a high-end guest ranch, complete with a chuck wagon, overnight trail rides, and theme weeks—everything from Singles Week to Reunion Week. Take the men and women who live and work on the ranch, add in a new crop of guests each week, and top it all with the residents of nearby Three Ridges, Wyoming, with its spunky mayor and Wild West persona, and you’ve got a whole lot of lives and loves to read about!

Coming Home to Mustang RidgeTRC:  Would you please give us a brief description of Coming Home to Mustang Ridge?

Jesse: Have you ever had a wedding hookup that was super fun at the time, but got complicated after the fact? That’s what happens to Ashley when she gets friendly with the super-sexy country guitarist at her brother’s wedding at posh Mustang Ridge Dude Ranch, only to have him turn up more than a year later as the ranch’s new head wrangler. She’s determined to make her new business venture a success, and he’s got a quest he’s put off far too long, but when they’re thrown back together, sparks fly!

 

Starting over at Mustang ridgeTRC:  Last month you released a novella, Starting Over at Mustang Ridge. I always enjoy spending time with the Skye family in each of your books. Krista, Jenny and Shelby are so much fun with your newest heroines. How many more books do you anticipate for the Mustang Ridge series?

Jesse:  Thank you so much for loving them! That means a ton to me, especially on the hard days when the words just won’t get out of my head and onto the page exactly right … As for future books, I definitely plan on returning to Mustang Ridge! I would love to do a holiday novella and go from there. Stay tuned (and sign up for my newsletter) for what’s next.

TRC:  Have you any thoughts of returning to the Paranormal genre or another genre, and writing again as Jessica Andersen?

Jesse:  Most definitely! I think my first stop as Jessica Andersen will be a new medical romantic suspense series. It’s in the works, release dates TBD. At some point, I will also return to paranormal romance. I’d love to do another Nightkeeper book, and I have a new series nudging at the back of my brain.

TRC: This is awesome news. 

TRC:  Would you like to share with us what you are currently working on, and what you have in store for us in 2015/2016?

Jesse:  See the next question, please. LOL!

TRC:  How has the birth of your son, Wallaby (online name) changed your writing habits? Do you have specific times and places to write? I love your stories on your blog about Wallaby and Arizona.

Jesse:  Awww, thanks. Becoming a mom after all this time (and through lots of heartache as we fought the issues that come with deciding to start a family after forty …) has definitely changed things for me in a whole lot of ways. It’s all for the better, but I sure don’t have the luxury of locking myself in my writing cave for hours on end anymore! Arizona—who is a rockstar as a daddy—gets up with the little one in the morning, giving me a couple of hours of uninterrupted writing time.

We’ve been doing that about a month now, and I’m starting to find my writing groove again. But I’ll confess that I haven’t had the most productive 2014/15, as far as writing goes, which means I don’t have any firm release dates I can share with you right now … but stay tuned. I’m writing and loving it!

TRC:  Would you like to add anything else?

Jesse: I’d like to give a shout out to my pet nonprofit, Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue. (beechbrookfarm.homestead.com) I started volunteering at BBFER so I would have something to do other than fret about getting (and staying) pregnant, and while it may not have saved my life, it definitely saved my sanity and made me much easier for Arizona to live with.

Being hands-on with formerly abused and neglected horses, miniature horses, donkeys and mini-donks as they’re being rehabilitated and adopted into new homes … it’s a really special thing, as are the outreach programs targeting at-risk youth and differently abled adults. I’ve learned far more than I expected to through volunteering, and these days, little Wallaby does chores right along with me!

TRC:  That’s one picture you will need to share on your blog….Wallaby doing the chores with you.  :)

TRC: Thank you, Jesse for visiting us again to talk about your new release. We wish you good luck with Coming Home to Mustang Ridge.

 Jesse:  Thank you so much for having me! It’s always a pleasure to kick back in the café and talk about the books we love :)

 

 

 

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Jesse and her publisher are offering a paper copy of Coming Home to Mustang Ridge  to ONE (1) lucky commenter at The Reading Cafe

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Primal Heat (The Shadow Shifters 6) by A.C. Arthur-Review and Interview with the Author

PRIMAL HEAT (The Shadow Shifters #6) by A.C. Arthur-Review and Interview with the Author

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 4, 2015

In the savage world of the Shadow Shifters, desire can be as dangerous as nature itself…

As guard to the most powerful shifter in the human world, Eli Preston is sworn to protect his leader, defend their alliance, and keep his darker instincts in check. But when a beautiful female trainee arouses his jaguar senses, there is no stopping the beast within. He must have her. Even if it jeopardizes the deadliest mission of his life…

When the heat is on—and the claws come out—the heart is the fiercest hunter…

For six years, Nivea has been waiting for Eli to take her in his arms, unleash his animal urges, and claim her as his mate. But once their passion is unleashed—in a reckless moment of pure unbridled lust—nothing can ever be the same. The battle lines are drawn: man versus animal, shifter versus shifter. And Eli must be prepared to fight for his life—and his love—or he will lose Nivea forever…

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REVIEW: PRIMAL HEAT is the sixth full length installment in A.C. Arthur’s adult, contemporary SHADOW SHIFTERS paranormal romance series focusing on a breed of feline shifters known as The Shadow Shifters. This is Guardians Eli Preston and Nivea Cannon’s storyline. Because of the developing storyline throughout the series I would suggest new readers to the series start at the beginning for cohesion, history and back story.

Told from several third person perspectives PRIMAL HEAT continues to focus on hunt for the person(s) responsible for threatening to ‘out’ the shifters to the human race. The Shadow Shifters have long hid their supernatural existence; blending into the communities and societies of man but a new species of hybrid is threatening to destroy the peaceful co-existence between man and beast. What ensues is an act of retaliation and revenge against the Shifters by several of their own kind.

Meanwhile, Nivea has known that Eli Preston is her mate but Eli’s history in the jungles of Sierra Leone have left Eli distant, cold and withdrawn. He is a Shadow Shifter Guardian who has come into a secondary power but with it comes memories and the guilt of a time not so long ago. Taking a mate is the last thing Eli wants or needs but it is the touch of a mate that will calm the beast within.

Nivea is a strong, alpha female who isn’t afraid to let Eli know what it is she wants from her mate but Eli continues to refuse to claim the woman that calms his soul. When Nivea’s life is threatened time and again, Eli can’t stop the need to protect and claim the woman with whom he is falling in love. The $ex scenes are intimate, sometimes aggressive, and provocative.

PRIMAL HEAT and thusly the SHADOW SHIFTERS series is an ensemble story with all of the previous storyline couples and characters in secondary and supporting roles. In fact, PRIMAL HEAL follows several developing and existing premises that intersect throughout the story and series.

The world building continues to focus on the Shadow Shifters: their history; their mating; and their struggles to survive. Now that their existence has been revealed their future battles will find them facing off against a different enemy-one that has already started to pass judgment in the face of the unknown.

PRIMAL HEAT is an engaging and character driven storyline with action, suspense, and some disturbing scenarios. The Shadow Shifters face an uncertain future-one filled with the potential for specieism, discrimination, prejudice and the possibility of a disaster on par with ethnic cleansing. Shifters are no longer safe in the world of man; everyone has been targeted now that their secret has been revealed. A.C. Arthur has written a passionate storyline with an all-too familiar historical formula.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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TRC: Hi AC, and welcome to The Reading Cafe. We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

Follow AC: Goodreads /Website/ Facebook /Twitter /

AC ArthurAC: I am a full-time paralegal working for a federal judge, a mother of three, and a wife.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

AC: I’ve been reading since the early days of Sweet Valley High and Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. I graduated into adult books with Danielle Steele’s Star. During my sophomore year of high school I won a writing contest and from that moment I figured why not write stories and see if others enjoy them.

TRC: PRIMAL HEAT is your August 2015 release in The Shadow Shifters paranormal, romance series. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

AC: Primal Heat is book #6 in the Shadow Shifters series. It brings to a culmination a war that has been brewing between the Shadow Shifters (a group of feline shapeshifters that originated in the Amazon rainforest) and the Rogues (a renegade group of Shadow Shifters). This is also the story of Eli and Nivea, two guards in the shifter world who are sworn to protect their secret. They’re also falling in love, despite Eli’s resistance. It’s a passionate and action-packed love story.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics) did you encounter writing this particular story?

AC: Not really so much as challenging, but I did take a trip to the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor since the big fight scene takes place there. I also continued with the research I’d done for the previous books into the various big cats of the world—jaguars, cheetahs, white lions, white tigers, cougars—as they all play a part in this last story.

Primal HeatTRC: How many books do you have planned for the series? Have you considered writing any novellas to ‘catch up’ with some of the previous storyline couple?

AC: There are currently 6 full length books in this series and three novellas (which give a look into the new adults of the shifter world). I would love to continue writing books in this series, but I’m not sure if that will happen just yet.

TRC: How do you keep the plot unpredictable without sacrificing content and believability?

AC: I think that depends on the characters. When I begin writing I have an idea of where the plot is going and how it will all pan out, but the characters’ actions throughout the story sometimes changes things up a bit. For me, that makes the writing itself unpredictable and hopefully does the same for the readers.

TRC: Do you believe the cover image plays a deciding factor for many readers in the process of selecting a book or new series to read?

AC: Yes, absolutely. I believe this because as a reader myself, I’m always drawn to the covers first. They’re like a commercial on the shelf for me. I see something pretty or alluring and I immediately want to know what that book is about.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

AC: I outline each book before I begin writing so that I can clearly see my characters’ conflicts, sexual tension and resolution as it will roll out over the course of the book. But again, once I start writing the characters’ personalities really take the lead and while I have a basic road map for them, I tend to let them drive for the most part.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writer’s fail in this endeavor?

AC: I think as a writer you have to know these characters as well as you know yourself. If you know them, you will feel what they feel. If you feel what they feel, you’ll be able to convey that on paper and when the reader reads the story they’ll feel it too. It’s very easy to write words, but if you’re not feeling them, they’re just words.

Writing an emotionally charged book can be difficult if the writer isn’t open to these same emotions themselves. We have to believe and feel everything we’ve written if we expect the reader to.

TRC: Do you listen to music while writing? If so, does the style of music influence the storyline direction? Characters?

AC: Yes! I love listening to music while I write. For the fight scenes in this series I listened to lots of Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5. For the love scenes it was Trey Songz and Justin Timberlake. If you listen to Spotify I have playlists titled ‘Shadow Inspirations’ and ‘Shadow Shifter: Damaged Hearts’.

I like watching movie trailers, so when I listen to music while I write it really helps me to see the scene in my mind and sometimes the song lyrics influence the character’s feelings and actions.

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

AC: I don’t even have three things. I just try to take one day at a time. That goes for each book I write, just one at a time and whatever happens does. I believe that whatever accomplishments are meant for me, I will have without focusing too much attention on reaching them.

TRC: Have you collaborated with any other authors/writers? If not, have you considered such an enterprise?

AC: No, I have not. I’ve been asked this question a lot and to be truthful that’s the only time that I actually think about it. LOL

TRC: Many authors bounce ideas and information with other authors or friends and family. With whom do you bounce ideas?

AC: My family. I have a twenty-three year old son, a twenty-one year old daughter, a fifteen year old daughter and my husband. So I feel like I have a good range of opinions for whatever type of story I’m writing. They’re usually pretty good at telling me what’s ridiculous and what has potential.

TRC: What do you believe is the biggest misconception people have about authors?

AC: That we’re rich! LOL I was just talking about that at my reader appreciation event. There’s a big misconception about how much money authors really make from their books.

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

AC: That I would much rather watch old movies than anything current.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

AC: I’m working on a new series titled Wolf Tales and yes, you guessed it, they’re wolf shifters! This will be an even sexier series than the Shadow Shifters, focusing on the psyche of the shifters and what it takes for each of them to really give in to love.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

AC: Thank you so much for this opportunity!

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food
Cheese

Favorite Dessert
Carrot Cake

Favorite TV Show
I Love Lucy

Last Movie You Saw
Jurassic World

Dark or Milk Chocolate
Dark

Secret Celebrity Crush
Morris Chestnut

Last Vacation Destination
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Do you have any pets?
5 angelfish – one that looks just like Gil from Finding Nemo

Last book you read
I re-read books all the time, so the book I just finished for the billionth time was Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts.

Pet Peeve
Pointing.I hate when people point at me, for any reason. I just don’t like it at all!

TRC: Thank you AC for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success.

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The Duke’s Disaster / Tremaine’s True Love (True Gentlemen .5 & 1) by Grace Burrowes-Review, Interview and Book Tour

The Duke’s Disaster / Tremaine’s True Love (True Gentlemen .5 & 1) by Grace Burrowes-Reviews, Interview and Book Tour

Tremaine's True Love

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 4, 2015

Tremaine St. Michael is firmly in trade and seeks only to negotiate the sale of some fancy sheep with the Earl of Haddonfield. The earl’s sister, Lady Nita, is pragmatic, hard-working, and selfless, though Tremaine senses she’s also tired of her charitable obligations and envious of her siblings’ marital bliss. Tremaine, having been raised among shepherds, can spot another lonely soul, no matter how easily she fools her own family. Neither Tremaine nor Nita is looking for love, but love comes looking for them.

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5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

Two more outstanding novels by one of my fave historical romance authors Grace Burrowes. This review is on her first two books of her True Gentlemen series. If you remember (and fell in love with as I did) Nicholas and Ethan (with mentions of other yummy characters) from the Lonely Lords series then you will appreciate this spin off series as it revolves around their sisters finding their true loves.

REVIEW:

We have met Tremaine before in the Lonely Lord series and I loved meeting him once again. Tremaine is a trader by occupation and he is quite successful at it. Coming to see Nicholas to discover if a herd of sheep is a lucrative trade, he also meets Nicholas’s serious sister Nita. Nita is not a lady of her time. She has already classified herself as a spinster and routinely serves the common people (and those cast away by society’s standards) by providing comfort, aide and medical assistance. Tremaine happens to see this quality as a positive attribute seeing as his own life started out not so fortunate. Soon these two find common ground and bluntly allow excess relations to ensure that they “fit” when marriage is discussed. Tremaine believes that Nita will make a fine Duchess, and once her hands are full of Duchess responsibilities, she will be too busy to expose herself to all the dangerous elements that place her life in peril. However, Nita would not be Nita if she gave up what she believes in and what she is good at.

Another well matched couple. Both are very realistic people despite the advantages they both share in life. They deal with common people daily, share a love for what is right and have no time for anything fake. It was heart breaking when they realized that the other refused to give up their lifestyles to marry the other. I also loved that we got more of Nicholas and Leah who just so happened to be one of my fave couples.

Both books were a wonderful start to what I know will be a great spin off series. Grace always writes with a maturity that you do not find in many historical romances novels and this happens to be something I love to expect when I sit down with one her her stories. Her characters always have great depth, and she is wonderful at setting up and making us look forward to her next one.

HAPPY READING!

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Reviewed by Rachel T.

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The Duke's DisasterThe Duke’s Disaster
True Gentlemen .5
by Grace Burrowes
Genre: historical, romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Noah Winters, Earl of Anselm, spent months sorting and courting the year’s crop of debutantes in search of an ideal bride. When the sweet, biddable young thing he selected accepts another’s proposal, Noah decides to court her companion instead.

Thea Collins, though, is anything but biddable. She has learned the hard way that men are not to be trusted, especially the handsome ones. When she reluctantly accepts, Noah rushes Thea to the altar before she can reveal her deepest secret. Can she finally move on from her past, or will it come back to haunt her?

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Oh Thea .. my kind of heroine. Mature, set in her beliefs without being insanely stubborn, fair, kind, realistic and protective. She has been working beneath her status of birth due to circumstance and her idiot of a brother’s lifestyle. When she is approached by Noah and agrees to be his Duchess (reluctantly and as a means to an end of certain aspects of her life), she doesn’t realize her heart is about to be pried open and laid out. Noah rushes the nuptials and soon a massive secret is revealed which places mistrust in their path. Both agree to carry on and soon develop a friendship and love of sorts. Trust however goes both ways, and when more secrets surface, these two need to dig deep to discover if their marriage will be one in name only.

I absolutely loved this couple. They bantered back and forth and were truthfully so amazingly playful with the other. For their time, their secrets are rather large, so I found I was rooting for them to find their way through the mess they had made together. They were perfectly matched and it was the little gestures they shared that really endeared this relationship.

Reviewed by Rachel T

 

Interview

TRC: Hi Grace and welcome to The Reading Café.

We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

Grace BurrowesFollow Grace: Goodreads/Website/Facebook/Twitter

Grace: I am the sixth out of seven children, which means I was born into a household full of chatter, with words all around me, used at many levels. Excellent luck for a writer! I didn’t t start writing until my Beloved Offspring left for college about ten years ago, and I haven’t stopped yet.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Grace: I am in debt to so many keeper authors. I’ve been reading romance for more than forty years, sometimes at the rate of a book a day. Judith Ivory, historical Judith McNaught, Mary Balogh, Loretta Chase, Julie Anne Long, Madeline Hunter, Eloisa James… We have an embarrassment of talent in the historical romance genre, and those books got me through many tough years.

TRC: Your bio states you have a law degree and a Masters in ‘Conflict Transformation.’ What is Conflict Transformation and have you ever had the opportunity to apply your knowledge to any of your storylines?

Grace: Conflict transformation is a way to talk about turning swords into plowshares, and using differences to build stronger relationships. This is an element of every romance novel, because much of what propels a character along his or her arc is resolving conflicts-between the present and the past, between conflicting demands of honor, between love and fear-and healing the wounds conflict can leave in its wake.

Tremaine's True LoveTRC: Would you please tell us something about your August 2015 release Tremaine’s True Love and your new True Gentlemen Series?

Grace: I met Tremaine St. Michael in an earlier book (Gabriel: Lord of Regrets), and he caught my eye. He’s not long on charm, he’s all business all the time, and he was blathering about marriage being a pragmatic merger of self-interest and expedience… and while he was spouting that tripe, he was searching high and low, tirelessly, for his deceased brother’s child. He had no other family, save an aging Scottish grandfather… Tremaine was a fellow in need of a happily ever after, though he’d be the last to admit it. He’s met his match in Lady Nita Haddonfield, who brings a LOT of family into the equation, no self-interest or expedience, and rather more charm than Tremaine can withstand. The bigger they talk…

The next two stories, Daniel’s True Desire, and Will’s True Wish, are also about gentlemen who think that romance is not for them, and love is for the naïve or the foolishly brave. Nita’s sisters, Lady Kirsten and Lady Susannah, get Daniel and Will, respectively, sorted out.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, historical accuracy) did you encounter writing this particular story?

Grace: Tremaine’s mercantile success is based on raising sheep. How complicated can that be? Well… which breeds were grown in what regions of the United Kingdom 200 years ago? Were they comparable to their modern counterparts? How were they raised? When was lambing season? When were they shorn? I had some experience with sheep, and that helped, but I went down a long and wooly research trail learning more.

Lady Nita, by contrast, is medical practitioner educated at her mother’s knee, and through extensive reading and observation. The Regency period is when men began to push women out of the medical field entirely (except for the exhausting and dangerous business of nursing), even with regard to childbirth. We can see now, though, that the women of the day (in England) were often offering the more helpful and sanitary interventions.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

The Duke's DisasterGrace: Every author’s approach is different, but for me, the story is driven by the characters. Their defining traumas, their aspirations, their personalities are the fuel for the actions taken.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writers fail in this endeavor?

Grace: What a writer must do to pull the reader in… the list is ENDLESS, from word choices that are precise without being obscure, to descriptions that are accurate but not boring, to symbols both unobtrusive and compelling… It comes down to, the writer must make the reader care about the characters. In real life, we care when we see that somebody we have something in common with is suffering undeservedly. If that person is bearing up nobly, or with good humor, or as best they can, we care even more. The character’s wound is the sharp end of his or her hook into the reader’s heart.

In unpublished manuscripts and contest entries, I often see two characters whose gazes meet across a crowded room/deserted street/candlelit ballroom and boom, they must HAVE each other. Hormones perfume the air, and without even googling each other, the mating dance begins. Fail, fail, fail. A romantic attraction will at some point develop a physical aspect, but it starts with the sure conviction that these two people can see each other’s woundedness, and each other’s highest potential, no matter how diligently each character might be hiding or ignoring their own wounds.

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next ten years?

MatthewsGrace:
I’d like to earn an MFA in creative writing from a Scottish university,
I’d like to publish a writing craft book, I’d like to publish a whole
bunch more lovely romances.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Grace: I’m finishing up Matthew-The Jaded Gentlemen Book 2 (September 2015), and trying to wrestle into submission a quartet of reluctant earls who each has fallen in love with a cousin of the Windham family… and I do mean wrestle.

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food: Cheese!

Favorite Dessert: Fresh berries

Favorite TV Show: I don’t own a TV.

Last Movie You Saw: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Dark or Milk Chocolate: DARK

Secret Celebrity Crush: Huh?

Last Vacation Destination: A holiday cottage five miles from Aberfeldy,
Perthshire, Scotland

Do you have any pets? Cats, dogs, horses.

Last book you read: Sir Walter Scott, His Life and Works

Pet Peeve: Cyber-meanness

TRC: Thank you Grace for taking the time to answer our questions. We wish you all the best.

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The Sincerest Form of Flattery by John L. DeBoer-Review and Guest Post

THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY by John L. Deboer-Review and Guest Post

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 15, 2015

Jack Lansing, M.D. has become a bestselling mystery writer. At a book-signing event he meets a foemer colleague who, unbeknownst to Jack, has carried a grudge against him for thirty years. Soon after, murders start popping up in and around Jack’s peaceful North Carolina beach town. The murders mimic plots in his books, making him a suspect. Jack must convince the police and the FBI of his innocence while trying to solve the mystery himself. Because, he realizes, he and his wife could be the killer’s final victims. It’s a chilling tale of twists and turns. But this time, Jack doesn’t know how it will end.

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REVIEW: THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY is the third installment in John L. DeBoer’s adult, contemporary, suspense series focusing on Jack Lansing M.D. THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous storylines is imparted where necessary.

Told from first person point of view (Jack Lansing) and several third person perspectives THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY focuses on a serial killer or killers whose victims and murders are copycat killings from Jack Lansing’s best selling mystery novels. As the murders take on a familiar tone, Jack begins an investigation of his own suspecting the killer is someone looking for revenge from the past. Not one but two series of killings sparks the interest of investigators when all of the clues point to the premise of Jack Lansing’s books.

The secondary and supporting cast consists of many of the previous storyline characters including Jack’s new wife Erica; Erica’s ex Steve and his new wife Ann; as well as several members of various law enforcement from local police to the FBI. The requisite evil holds a long-standing personal grudge against Dr. Jack Lansing. The killer(s) is known to the reader; there is no mystery to the identity of the people involved but the suspense comes in the form of the expectancy for what is going to happen next.

John L. DeBoer weaves a fantastic tale of anticipation and suspense wherein our leading hero is, once again, both suspect and potential victim of a serial killer looking to even the score for a perceived wrong from the past. The premise is energetic and intriguing yet uncomplicated with exciting twists and turns merging several intersecting paths of murder and revenge; the characters are well rounded, charismatic and engaging. John’s style of writing is sophisticated, meticulous, and realistic.

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Reviewed by Sandy

Guest Post

First Person vs Third Person (Or Both?)

The Sincerest Form of Flattery is written in first person for the protagonist, Jack Lansing, but in third person for the antagonist and the other characters. I have, though, written other novels that use only third-person narratives. So what determines what I use for a particular novel? Bottom line is, I don’t really know.

Interestingly, I realized as I wrote this post that my three novels using the first person all involved a main character I could identify with. An alter ego, as it were. So putting parts of myself into the protagonist perhaps unconsciously drew me to write him in the first person.

But getting back to the point-of-view options, I think that the first person brings a sense of immediacy to the story. The protagonist describes in real time his reactions to situations. This brings the reader into his space, his mind, rather than keeping the reader at a distance as an observer. This, in effect, coerces the reader to be the main character’s ally, or at least to give him the benefit of the doubt. (Other than that all my protagonists to date have been male, I use the male pronoun for convenience here.) This, though, necessitates that the protagonist be a character who, at a minimum, does not turn off the reader that will be stuck with the narrator for the entire book and will be tasked to root for him. And then there’s the disadvantage of knowing the story-teller has to survive whatever ordeal will face him, the opening narration by the dead William Holden in Sunset Boulevard notwithstanding.

Although we know who we’re supposed to root for usually in a third-person story, it lacks this more intense personal involvement with the protagonist in my view. Now, as I stated above, my first-person novels have also included third-person points of view for the other characters, and I write them in subjective third. This lets me have my cake and eat it too, because it opens up possibilities only available otherwise in exclusively third-person books. All-first-person works well for mystery novels, and my stories do have some mystery in them, but I write in the thriller genre. For me, being able to show the reader what is happening outside of the protagonist’s awareness is important. Nelson DeMille, Harlan Coben, and Scott Turow, among others who write in my genre, have used this POV combination. As has Stephen King.

Having actions and emotions of the antagonist and other characters come as surprises to the protagonist when realized can be exciting at the reveals, and it does create suspense as we, along with our hero, wonder what’s going on. But I think even more suspense can be generated by showing the other sides of the conflict. The “Don’t go down into that cellar!” tension has more impact, in my opinion, if the reader knows what lies in wait there, rather than guessing.

Aside from the alter ego thing I mentioned, I have no preference for writing either in all-third person or a combination of first and third. I’ve read good thriller novels written in first person exclusively (Harlan Coben comes to mind again), but it’s not a style I like for my stories.

~~John L. DeBoer~~

About the Author

John L DeboerFollow John: Goodreads / Website/ Facebook / Twitter/ RAP

After graduating from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, John L. DeBoer, M.D., F.A.C.S. completed his surgical training in the U.S. Army and then spent three years in the Medical Corps as a general surgeon. Thirty years of private practice later, he retired to begin a new career as a writer.

When not creating new plot lines for his novels, Dr. DeBoer pursues his interests in cooking, the cinema, and the amazing cosmos. He’s an avid tennis player, and his yet-to-be-fulfilled goal is to achieve a level of mediocrity in the frustrating game of golf.

The father of two grown sons, he lives with his wife in North Carolina.

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Interview with Fitness and Cover Model-Dusty James

Interview with Fitness and Cover Model-Dusty James

TRC: Hi Dusty and welcome to The Reading Café.

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We would like to start with some background information. Please tell us something about yourself?

Dusty: My name is Dusty Daniels, model page can be found under Dusty James . I graduated from Missouri State University with an education degree. I just
accepted my first teaching job in mid Missouri and am currently working on finishing up my Master’s degree in education administration.

TRC: What were your dreams and aspirations growing up?

Dusty: Growing up I always dreamed I would be playing sports on TV. I loved being around or just being a part of any and every sport. Being competitive in sports and even life is what drove me growing up.

TRC: When not modeling, what are your other interests? Do you have a ‘day job’?

Dusty: When I’m not behind the camera I worked at a local bank and also serve/bar tend at a Brew Haus on the Lake of the Ozarks. I always like staying busy in the summer time until I start teaching in this coming August. Other hobbies include sports, hunting, traveling and being out on the lake with friends and family.

TRC: How much time do you spend working out? And does the type of work out change depending on your next photo shoot or job?

Dusty James Cover 4Dusty: Working out is a huge part of my life. I work out 6 days a week for about 2 hours a day (in the weight room). I’m currently training people on the side and eventually want to be a certified personal trainer. My workouts now are centered around staying lean and keeping a healthy diet. Authors sometimes want a bigger build or a lean “shredded” look. It’s always fun pushing myself to these different body types in between shoots.

TRC: What first sparked your interest in modeling? Is there a defining moment where you knew that modeling was something you were interested in pursuing?

Dusty: I never thought I’d be modeling for magazines and book covers. I was working out one day and a photographer approached me and asked if I’d be interested. At first, I thought it was a joke but got together with a couple photographers and started taking photos. Soon authors and other photographers started contacting me after seeing my photos. The first author that contacted me said, “I want that gave and jaw line on my cover!” Haha it just took off from there.

TRC: Have you ever had a photo shoot that went completely wrong?

Dusty: I really haven’t had a shoot go completely wrong. I’ve done an outside shoot when the weather didn’t cooperate but we went with it and for some really good shots!

TRC: Many photo shoots take the model to exotic locations. What has been your favorite location to shoot? Least favorite location (and why)?

Dusty: I haven’t really been anywhere too exotic to shoot yet. With my schedule it’s hard to go all the places that are needed to shoot. I’ve been to various outdoor parks with waterfalls and beautiful scenery and those are my favorite types of shoots. I feel it’s easier for me to get in my comfort zone when shooting outside opposed to a studio.

Dusty James imageTRC: Nudity in modeling or acting can be controversial. Some pictures can cross the line between sexuality to pornography. What would you tell young models/actors /body builders just entering the business about nude modeling and photography?

Dusty: Full nude modeling I haven’t done. Some shoots do include very minimal clothing for both models. Professionalism is a big part of modeling. I’ve never felt uncomfortable shooting a very sensual shoot just because my photographer and other models act so professional. If their is a shot that makes you uncomfortable, voice your opinion. You are always in control of what you do or don’t do. Nobody can tell you otherwise. I’m very comfortable with my body and as long as everything stays professional with everybody involved in the shoot nothing should be a concern.

TRC: The modeling industry exposes you to many people and sometimes it can be very stressful. At times do you feel alone, surrounded by so many people? What do you do when the stress becomes overwhelming?

Dusty: The only time I see it becoming stressful is when so many people are trying to get ahold of you to ask you questions about a book or a shoot and you don’t have time to give your full attention to that person. Authors, fans and even photographers have different opinions and questions for you every day and you as a model have to be ready to answer these questions and giving your own opinion. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and friends. Those are the people you always keep closest to you.

TRC: At times, there has been a ‘stigma’ surrounding the male model and the romance-cover industry but the popularity of the romance storyline has skyrocketed in the last few years especially with the erotic and sensual cover images. What is your opinion about the recent popularity and the very busy industry of the ‘romance cover model’?

Dusty: Everybody likes the feel and look of “romance”. Everybody wants it in their life. When a person can connect with a story or image of the term romance, they are drawn to that. It’s a comfort zone that people grab onto. When they grab onto that romance story line and have a face or image to go with it, it almost becomes real life to them. That’s what makes a great novel and cover image.

TRC: Do you remember the first ‘romance cover’ on which you appeared?

Dusty James Cover 2Dusty: Alluring Temptation by Skye Turner was my first romance novel.

TRC: Do you have a favorite cover-romance image or otherwise? (e.g. magazines, ads etc)

Dusty: It’s hard to pick a favorite because they are all fun to do. One of my favorite shots was probably Ready or Not by author J.L. Berg.

TRC: Would you please tell us what you do to relax?

Dusty: To relax I listen to music or just hang out with friends and do simple things like fish or ride four wheelers. Anything outdoors help me take my mind away and relax.

TRC: Do you listen to music when you work out? If so, what songs are currently on your playlist?

Dusty James CoverDusty: I listen to EVERYTHING while I’m working out. It all depends on what mood I’m in that day. Rap, country or rock it all depends if I’m pissed off working out or pumped up working out.

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

Dusty: Picking three things I want to accomplish is so hard because you never know where life will take you. I would like to be successful in my career, backpack in Europe for a summer since I have those months off, and focus on making life a full time adventure, you only get one of those to live so live it to the fullest and be happy.

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food: Chicken!

Favorite Dessert: I don’t eat desserts

Favorite Movie: Anything action

Favorite TV Show: SOA (right now)

Last Movie that you Saw: Training Day

Secret Celebrity Crush: Brittany Snow but their are many :)

Dark or Milk Chocolate: Dark

Last book that you read: The Testing Series

Pet Peeve: People who chew with their mouth open! It kills me!

TRC: Thank you Dusty for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success and the amazing cover images. We wish you all the best and many more covers !!

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