October 5 2017

Book Blitz – HUMAN CONNECTION by Arthor F. Coombs III

Sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams, a man who knew a lot about effective leadership, maintained that the most successful people were those whose actions inspired others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. These people were the ones who left the sidelines, entered the fray, and threw themselves into life. They were the ones who forged a nation and achieved the impossible. They were the ones who truly connected to life, to others, and to themselves. 
 
Today, the world needs human connection more than ever. It needs people who strive for deeper relationships, not just surface recognition, who come at life with the enthusiasm, energy, and excitement that bind people together. These people have a powerful impact on all around them. 

Leadership guru Art Coombs combines fresh perspectives, profound experience, engaging information, and unforgettable stories into a simple formula that will result in rich connections as you live, laugh, learn, love, and lead those who mean the most to you. Begin today to live the authentic, abundant life you were meant to as you build and shape the connections that change everything.

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During the past twenty-five years, Art has worked in leadership positions with a number of global firms and their call/BPO centers worldwide. Currently president and CEO of KomBea Corporation, Art has served for more than a dozen years developing and marketing tools that blend human intelligence and automation to improve call center phone interactions. Find out more about Art’s company, KomBea,  HERE>
Art has also served as executive vice president of business development and strategic initiatives for First-Source; CEO and founder of Echopass Corporation (the world’s premier contact center hosting environment, which was acquired by Genesys for about $110 million); CEO of Sento Corporation; and managing director and VP of European business development for Sykes Enterprises.
Art is a widely published author of methodologies for BPO/contact centers, outsourcing, and technical support, and has served in leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, VLSI Research, a nd RasterOps.
What started more than twenty years ago with a presentation in Paris has positioned Art as a charismatic, innovative, and sought-after speaker across the globe. His authentic style of delivery, solid content, and practical applications leave his audiences ready to make a difference in their own spheres of influence.
Without a doubt, Art’s heartfelt and humorous insights captivate and inspire all who hear him. Now, with his number one bestselling book Don’t Just Manage—LEAD!, everyone can experience Art’s inspiring storytelling!

 

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Ten Fun Facts About Arthur F. Coombs III
  1.  I have never broken a bone.
  2.  I have had dinner with President & Barber Bush.
  3.  I own horses.
  4.  I was officially arrested for “trespassing with a rifle.”  I was 10, and it was a Red Ryder Daisey BB gun.
  5.  I was 17 when I had my first kiss.
  6.  I have 4 sisters and 1 brother.
  7.  I started my first company at 28 years old.  Video Data Systems. In the 80’s Video Dating was the precursor to online dating sites as we know them.  When I would call prospects they would say, no thinks I have a partner, or I am married.  I would say not Video Dating Systems.  Video D A T A Systems
  8. I have notoriously small feet, and when I lived in Holland (the tallest people on the planet), the shoe salesperson would laugh and giggle and tell me that I had to go to the boy’s section to buy shoes.
  9. I hate wearing ties.
  10. I love coaching and teaching youth.  I think it is a sin that teachers are not some of the highest paid professionals on this planet.  We should make it so lucrative that our best and brightest are fighting to be teachers on all levels in our educational system.


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April 8 2017

Grandma’s Wedding Quilts Blitz Day 12 – Tad’s Treasure @ShannaHatfield @LovingtheBook

   I’ve been fascinated with the Victorian and
Edwardian eras, as well as the Old West as long as I can remember.
    Growing up on a farm in Eastern Oregon where only the most determined and resolute individuals dare toil the soil that spent centuries covered in sagebrush, rock, and the random juniper tree, I never gave a thought to my great fortune in having a rural foundation on which to build my future.
   All the crazy exploits I had as a girlie-girl being raised as a tomboy came in handy when I began writing western romances. You’d be surprised how many of the wild adventures in my stories are based on things I either experienced or witnessed during my formative years.
   I joyfully bear the burden of being a hopeless romantic, with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure. I’ve always been a sappy-hearted girl who loves a happy ending. I also love the western and rural way of life and that’s why I began writing sweet and clean western romances.
   Everything you never wanted to know about me is posted with frequency on my blog. There you’ll discover I’m completely and entirely smitten with my husband, lovingly referred to as Captain Cavedweller. You’ll also find that I eat too much chocolate, have a thing for roses, like to play with my camera, and enjoy researching the towns and eras for my romances set in the old west.

 

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  Tad Palmer makes a promise to his dying friend to watch over the man’s wife and child. Years later, he continues to keep an eye on Posey Jacobs and her precocious little boy. The only problem is that he’s not sure his heart can withstand the vow he made when he falls in love with the widow and her son.
  Posey Jacobs misses her beloved husband, but her wrenching grief has given way to
hope for the future as she finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love with Tad Palmer. However, the infuriating man doesn’t seem to notice her interest and treats her as he would his sister.

  Throw in a goat who thinks she’s a dog, a town full of quirky characters, and this widow has her work cut out for her if she wants one handsome cowboy to give her his heart.

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Top Ten List

  1. Captain Cavedweller (my hubby… although technically he isn’t a thing, he still tops my list of most favorite anything ever.)
  2. Chocolate (Decadent and rich, please!)
  3. Roses (Pink are my favorites.)
  4. Music (I almost always have the radio on, and country is my fav.)
  5. Old dishes (I am a dish addict and I admit it. I probably need to enroll in some sort of 12-step program, but I’d most likely just find an antique store on my way there and come home with another serving bowl or teacup.)
  6. Sunsets (They are so, so pretty in our little corner of the world.)
  7. Homemade bread (Warm from the oven, scenting the whole house with that mouth-watering yeasty scent.)
  8. Quilts (I have several that I view as cherished treasures, including the one I used on the cover of Tad’s Treasure.)
  9. Rodeos (I grew up on a farm with a die-hard cowboy brother. Rodeos are such fun for us and takes me back to the summers of my childhood.)
  10. Books (My love of reading started in my childhood. I love books and all the fascinating, amazing places I’ve traveled between the pages of a great story.)
 
 
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April 7 2017

Grandma’s Wedding Quilts Blitz Day 11- Gloria’s Song @KathrynAlbright @LovingtheBook

Kathryn Albright grew up in southern California where she sets many of her sweet western romances. A Golden Heart finalist and recipient of the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, she writes historical romance that celebrates courage and hope against all odds with a dash of adventure.

Her enjoyment of historical romantic fiction began as a teenager when she was given the novel Ramona ~ set in southern California after the Mexican-American War. A few thousand books later, she still enjoys reading romance set in the past. (She also loves fairy tales and all things Disney.)

Kathryn’s past includes careers as a nurse and an obstetrical sonographer where daily she witnessed many “happy ever afters” and miracles.

Kathryn’s latest western historical romances for Harlequin are “sweet” although her earlier stories were not. Please check her website if you are wondering what brought on the change ~

Why Sweet?

Along with her writing, Kathryn also judges for the Romance Writers of America Rita contest for published writers and the Wisconsin Romance Writers FabFive contest for unpublished writers.

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Gloria Palmer has always done the proper thing expected of her as the daughter of a shipping tycoon. The approval of her family and friends mean everything. And yet, when
the perfect suitor offers for her… she hesitates.
Colin McDougal has little use for those living on the fancy side of the trolley tracks. He is too busy managing the family pub and, in his spare time, writing down the lively tunes in his head. So, when Miss Palmer asks for his help to prepare for a music audition, he is flummoxed. What does he know of highbrow music?
But with each practice session, their feelings for each other grow. When it comes time for Gloria to make a choice between what is proper and what she desires, will she realize that if music can cross class lines, it might also be able to harmonize two hearts.

 

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Top Ten List:
#1
I wrote my first manuscript with
the hope that I could make enough money to stay home with my children as they
grew. Call me naive to the publishing world! It didn’t happen, but now on the
flip side of life, I have been able to retire early and be with
my grandchildren and parents more.
#2
I prefer even numbers.
Not sure why…it just makes sense to me.
Maybe it was because I was born on an even day in an even month.
2014 was a good year. 2016 even more so.
(There might be a pill to correct this…or maybe therapy.)
#3
Although my first wedding was more
exciting than my second, my second marriage has been more exciting than my
first–and it’s to the same man!

My first marriage at my grandparent’s farm lasted fifteen minutes ~ the
duration of the drive from the farm to the church. I learned after the first
ceremony, that the wedding wasn’t legal because the farm was just over the
county line. The pastor had to take us back to his side of the line
to say our “I Dos” all over again and sign the wedding certificate in the correct
county. (It seems to have stuck — We’ve been married 38 years!)
 
#4
I love witty puns and quotes.
I think this may be a hazard of being a writer and loving the written word.
         “Borrow money from pessimists—they don’t expect it back.” (Steven Wright)
“If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?” (Steven Wright)
“She’s descended from a long line her mother listened to. (Gypsy Rose Lee)
“Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.”
#5
~ I wanted a horse when I was a child.
I still want a horse…
(Or a trip to a dude ranch might help :-))
I enjoyed riding lessons for two years as a youngster.
Even won a red ribbon (2nd place) in my one and only horse competition.
 #6
~ I grew up in the big city but have always been
a country gal at heart
.
My favorite times were when my family went hiking in San Diego’s back country,
to the beach, or on a summer vacation road trip to a National Park. Give
me the wide open spaces, an open road, and a starry sky and I am happiest.
#7
I’m a dog person
—most particularly Golden Retrievers and Great Danes.
(I think this has something to do with never having my own horse.)
I’ve had three goldens that have come and gone in my life. The one pictured
here was named Baron.
Every time I take a walk I miss them. They were my walking partners.
#8
~ I love everything SUPERMAN.
Mostly it has to do with his moral integrity, need to protect those
weaker, and his strength.
It may have a small something to do with being able to fly. That is one
cool super-power!
But then…he is easy on the eyes…
#9

 

In my other life
I was a High Risk Obstetrical Nurse and a Sonographer.
That’s a lot of initials after my name…(I’m trying to beat my brothers…)
Now that I have left the medical field, I miss doing ultrasounds of babies in
the womb.
I don’t miss having to get up every day and leave for work.
#10
I have my own “cheese cake” photo.  
Ready?  Here you go…

 

 

 
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April 6 2017

Grandma’s Wedding Quilts Blitz Day 10 – Chase’s Story @pennystales @LovingtheBook

Penny Estelle was born, long ago, in Iowa City, Iowa. Her family up and moved to Mesa, AZ, when she was a toddler, and has remained in Arizona since.
She started writing for children right before retiring, claiming after working so long with children of all ages, she has plenty of material to work with. “I was never a reader as a child or teen and I missed out on so many adventures.  I think it’s very important in today’s world to get kids reading and keep them reading.”
Her books for the younger group include two children’s picture books, Have You seen My Tail? and The Red-Eyed Mr. Glumb, a couple books of magic and fantasy, Hike Up Devil’s Mountain and The Bearded Dude in the Puzzle, plus a series of time travel adventures for ages 9 – 13, The Wickware Sagas.
Penny decided to try her hand at writing for the older crowd.  She now has a family drama about desertion and addiction, four contemporary romances, a paranormal romance and five historical western romances under her belt.  She and her husband also wrote a non-fiction short story on their experience living with solar.
Penny Estelle was a school secretary for twenty-one years.  After retiring, she  and her husband moved to their fifty-four acre ranch in NW Arizona where they live off the grid.  Solar and wind is the only source of electricity.  “A real adjustment for a city girl, but I love it.  At night, the sky is an explosion of stars.  It is breathtaking!”
If Penny is not working on stories, she enjoys four-wheeling on unexplored roads, visiting with family (especially her seven grandchildren), and enjoys the occasional visits to the casinos. She also admits her weakness is ice cream, anytime, anywhere!
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Chase wanted no part of going to college or following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a Doctor.  His dream involved cattle and horses and he follows that dream to the Arizona Territory.
 
 One cold, rainy day his life takes a turn when he finds himself looking down the muzzle of a Colt Walker barely being held up by a woman who has been badly beaten  along with her three-year old son.  Will she be someone Chase could let into his heart or someone who could destroy his life?
 
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Top Ten List

  1. Kathryn Woodiwiss is my favorite all time author
  2. I love going to the casino
  3. Four-wheeling is an all-time favorite thing to do
  4. When I finish writing a book I treat myself by doing a jigsaw puzzle
  5. Once I got Janet Evanovich to answer a few questions for my blog when I first got into writing.
  6. I’m very afraid of the dark.
  7. I hate to cook.
  8. I just learned to play pickleball and I love it.
  9. When I was ten years old my sister and I danced on a weekly TV variety show
  10. My favorite place to be is walking the beach
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April 5 2017

Grandma’s Wedding Quilts Blitz Day 9 – Josie’s Dream @LovingtheBook

Angela Raines is the pen name of Doris McCraw.  Doris is an actor, historian, poet, photographer, and (of course) writer. After she retired Doris decided to pursue her other dreams. She performs as Helen (Hunt) Jackson, Katharine Lee Bates, as stand alone historic characters. She researched and wrote on Karol W Smith, Colorado’s first film commissioner, and currently is researching the early women doctors of Colorado prior to 1900. She writes and post haiku with her photographs, five days a week on her fivesevenfive page.  
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Josephine, Josie, Forrester FOLLOWS her DREAM and heads to the Eastern Plains of Colorado to be the doctor for the new town of Kiowa Wells. She faces the challenges of not only being a woman doctor, but earning the trust of the people in and near the town. Her life is complicated when William Murphy, a lawman, becomes her patient after being shot and losing his memory. Can these two find the love and happiness they deserve, despite a threat from the past? Can they get past their own beliefs about life and love and societies expectations to find the love and happiness they both deserve?

 

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Top Ten List  

Fun facts courtesy of my friends

  1. She is and has been a tremendously talented actress, she is also a very extravagant singer as well!
  2. Started acting at age two and a half.
  3. “Mom” to the young. Doesn’t take guff. Tells people to “Just do it!”
  4. Has a dry or sarcastic sense of humor, which when one stands back and watches it unfold, it’s really funny and entertaining.
  5. In college was in the “New Frontiers” trio? (We were something of a hit in Denver, IL!).
  6. Played the role of ‘Olive’ in the female version of “The Odd Couple”, and once performed Helen Hunt Jackson on a moving bus!
  7. Directed a film.
  8. Directed a stage production of  “Inspecting Carol”.
  9. Loves rock music, Alice Cooper, Rush, etc. along with Western, Classical, Folk and Broadway music.
  10. Likes to stop in the middle of the road to allow her passengers to take pictures.
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April 4 2017

Grandma’s Wedding Quilts Blitz Day 8 – Ione’s Dilemma @LovingtheBook

As a young girl, Linda was often found
lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication–a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor and a bit of sass from her  home in the southern California mountains.

 

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When Ione Forrester calls off her wedding, she becomes the social pariah of Des Moines. Much to her society parents’ chagrin. To escape the gossip, Ione accepts a teaching job in Dorado, Texas, vowing to avoid scandal at all costs. Relocating from a doctor’s household with cook and maids to a room in a boarding house is quite an adjustment. Then she has to face her biggest challenge—a schoolhouse full of students.

 

 
Carpenter Morgan Shipley’s business is
doing well and now he’s looking for companionship. An ad for a mail-order bride
brings a deluge of letters, which prove more than he can handle. To his surprise, an intriguing woman from a big city arrives in his small Texas town. Correspondence is nothing like interacting with a flesh-and-blood woman every day. But gossip-leery Ione wants nothing to do with Morgan’s attempts at courting, which makes him try even harder.

 

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Top Ten List
  1. Family gatherings
  2. My dog, Keiko
  3. M&Ms, all types
  4. Word games
  5. The mountains
  6. NCIS
  7. Thrillers by Nordic authors
  8. Museum visits
  9. The color purple
  10. Coffee
 
 
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April 4 2017

Lurking in the Mind Book Blitz @chbbpublishing @JGBookSolutions

Title:  Lurking in the Mind

Editor:  Jaidis Shaw

Published:  April 4th, 2017

Publisher:  CHBB Publishing:

Genre:  Horror, Paranormal

Sometimes the most horrifying monsters live within us.

What horrors lurk within a broken mind when left unattended? From alternate personalities to figments of the imagination, our stories will give you a new outlook on the complexity of the human mind. Follow our authors into the madness … if you dare.

Disclaimer: While the stories within this anthology are works of fiction, some very real mental disorders, fears and/or characteristics are discussed. Stories may contain sensitive topics such as depression, suicide, self-harm, split personalities, schizophrenia, and more. Please be advised.

 

Stories featured in this anthology include the following:

“Twisted” by Jaclyn Osborn

“Lonely Hearts” by Amber Hassler

“When Emily was Here” by Kathy-Lynn Cross

“Postpartum” by Savannah Rohleder

“The Creep” by E.M. Fitch

“Blind Justice” by Jaidis Shaw

“Tortured Minds” by Gina A. Watson

“Lauren” by Jacqueline E. Smith

“Verity Incognito” by James William Peercy

“Gethen” by Liz Butcher

“Starved” by Ace Antonio Hall

“When I met Hannah” by Shelly Schulz

“Did You See Evelyn Today?” by Kelly Matsuura

“North Side Asylum” by Lily Luchesi

“Obsession” by M L Sparrow

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Giveaway Details

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • $10 Amazon Gift Card from Jaidis Shaw
  • Winner’s choice of one ebook by Jaclyn Osborn
  • An ebook copy of Cemetery Tours by Jacqueline E. Smith
  • An Unseen Series swag pack from Kathy-Lynn Cross (US Shipping)
  • Signed copy of Of the Trees by E.M. Fitch and a $10 Starbucks gift card (US Shipping)
  • $5 Amazon gift card from Amber Hassler
  • An ebook copy of Stake-Out by Lily Luchesi and a mini swag pack (Int Shipping)
  • An ebook copy of Insignia: Southeast Asian Fantasy and Insignia: Asian Fantasy Stories by Kelly Matsuura

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April 3 2017

Grandma’s Wedding Quilts Blitz Day 7 – Zebulon’s Bride @LovingtheBook

Patricia PacJac Carroll~ I am a writer, Christian
first, and blessed beyond my imagination. I live in the Dallas-Ft Worth area of Texas with my wonderful treasure of a husband, my spoiled dog, Jacs, and my
awesome son, Josh. Did I say I was blessed? The PacJac is from my initials and my husbands. I wouldn’t be able to write if it weren’t for him. I love adventure and the open road. The stories of the western era have always been a favorite of mine. I enjoy writing, and my goal is to write stories readers will enjoy.

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He’s vowed not to marry until he reaches Montana. Then he meets her, but she has other ideas.
Zebulon Benton dreams of going to Montana, but he’s the only son and his mother doesn’t want him to go and his father needs help with the family store. Unknown to Zeb, his mother sends off for a mail order bride. After all, if Zeb marries and settles down, he won’t want to leave.

 

Enter Amy Gordon from New York. She appears to be the perfect bride for Zeb. Except she also wants to go to Montana and nothing is going to stop her especially her love for Zeb.
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Top Ten List:
  1. The Lord,
  2. My sweet husband,
  3. Awesome Son,
  4. Ornery dog-Jacs,
  5. Friends
  6. Eating out with all the above – well except the dog, but he does get the doggy box. lol
  7. Puppies and kittens
  8. Horses
  9. Freedom
  10. Road Trips
 
Character Casting:
Amy – I picture as Dakota Fanning.
Zeb – Zac Efron would play an awesome Zebulon Benton
 
 
 
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March 29 2017

Grandma’s Wedding Quilts Blitz Day 3 – Jesse’s Bargain @KPDawsonAuthor @LovingtheBook

I am a stay at home mom, who loves to read and write clean historical romance. I enjoy thinking back to a simpler time, a time when men and women were true heroes. I also believe that a good romance can be told without needing to know all of the details;)
All of my stories will tell of people who find true love, and who find their happy ever after. Sometimes the road might be rocky, but that makes it all worthwhile!
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Join us for some fun discussions, great contests and special offers just for fans of Kay P. Dawson.
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Cora left England for a new life in America as a mail order bride – only to find the man she’s come to marry has been killed in a gunfight.
She has a sister in Kansas, but how can she get there?
Jesse needs this job driving cattle to Kansas so he can marry the woman who’s given him an ultimatum – buy land and settle down, or she’ll
marry someone who will.
But, his cook’s been killed in the same gunfight, leaving him without anyone to drive the chuckwagon. His right hand man, an old cowboy with a soft heart, has a solution for both Cora and Jesse – one he might not like.
Dressed as a boy, Cora heads off with a team of cowboys, led by a man who isn’t happy about her being there. Kansas is a long way away…and a lot can happen before they get there.

 

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 INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?

I love to read, go camping, and basically just spend time with my family.

When did you first realize you were an author?

I never really felt like an author until I had about 3 books out, and people were actually contacting me to say they enjoyed my writing and hoped I’d be writing more.  Then I had actual fans join me in my FB fan group, and they helped me to realize that I was really an author.  It still took me a long time to be able to even say it though when people asked what I do.

Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

I ran an Oregon Trail contest to launch one of my books, Phoebe’s Promise.  It had an interactive map that took the readers along the Oregon Trail, with points of interest and information about the places we were going.  The contest ran before the book was even released, and everyone had so much fun with it. I got to know a lot of my fans through that contest.

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

This is an easy one to answer.  Trying to find the time away from the constant every day distractions to write.  Because I have kids in school, I can’t just turn my phone off in case there is an emergency.  So, even if I screen the calls and not answer unless it’s important, things like that still distract from writing.  Between phone calls, emails from people who need something immediately, and other little things throughout the day – I sometimes won’t get a chance to write a word until everyone else has gone to bed.  Then even though I’m exhausted, that’s the only time I might get to write.

What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

I believe a romance can be told without any of the extra details.  To me, a story should be based on the relationship, and the love should be able to be felt between the characters without needing sex to show it.  Anything like that can be kept behind closed doors, while the reader gets to feel the emotion and the other aspects of the story to move it along.

What are your thoughts/feelings on ebook vs. print book?

I love my Kindle, but I still love print books too.  There is still something about holding that book in your hands.  I always try to offer both versions for my readers.

How many books do you have out?  Are you planning a specific number altogether, either in this series or separately?

I have 10 books—3 series, with 3 books in each, plus the book for the Grandma’s Wedding Quilts series.   I also have a prequel out for a new western time travel series that is in the works, plus a couple other short stories.

Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?

I sometimes will model characters after people I know.  My character in Phoebe’s Promise was named after my great aunt who loved my books and was a big supporter of my writing.  She passed away before I finished the book.  The scruffy dog in Maggie’s Gift was based on my own little Maggie who is always sitting at my feet while I write.  I also based the town Bethany after the small little village my grandparents lived in and where I spent a lot of time growing up.

What are your future projects?

At the moment, I am working on a couple multi-author series that will be coming out over the next few weeks.  The first one is a western time travel.  That one has 4 authors each writing 3 books for the series.  It’s all based around a couple of matchmakers in different times who work together to help people find love.  The next series is a contemporary romance series with 4 other authors.  I might be able to squeeze some of my own series in there too 🙂

 

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March 28 2017

Grandma’s Wedding Quilts Blitz Day 2 – Kizzie’s Kisses @ZinaAbbott @LovingtheBook

 

Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical romances. Robyn currently lives with her husband in California, USA, near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”

She is a member of Women Writing the West, and American Night Writers Association. She enjoys any kind of history including family history.

When she is not piecing together novel plots, she pieces together quilt blocks.

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Running from hostile Indians attacking Salina, Kansas in 1862, feisty Kizzie Atwell, Grandma Mary’s oldest grandchild, runs into freighter Leander Jones traveling the Smoky Hill Trail. He is as interested in her as his stallion is in her mare. The two join forces to prevent the Fort Riley Army captain from requisitioning their beloved horses for the cavalry. Avoiding bushwhackers and fighting off a thieving bullwhacker binds their bargain.

In 1865, at the victory dance held at Fort Riley to celebrate the end of the Civil War, Kizzie is asked to participate in a fund-raiser to aid the Sanitary Commission helping injured and sick soldiers. It involves chaste sweetheart kisses in exchange for tickets purchased by officers and guests. As a contract freighter for the Army, Leander is invited. Much to Leander’s chagrin, before his chance to claim his kiss, Kizzie’s uncle steps in and puts an end to the kissing game.

Is Leander out of luck, or will the bargain Kizzie and Leander made three years earlier to save their horses lead to a more romantic bargain sealed with a kiss?

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Q&A With The Author:

Describe yourself in 50 words or less.

Auburn hair (although one motor vehicles clerk listed me as “bald”) and hazel eyes, too heavy, love to sit too much, love to read, write and quilt—while sitting too much.

What do you love most in the world?

I love my faith, my church and my family.

What do you fear most?

Not getting everything done in life I should do. I know I won’t get everything done in life I want to do.

What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?

My largest unfulfilled dream is to be slender. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to achieve this goal, I am working on being satisfied with being healthy and occasionally finding clothes that fit well.

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Watch some of my children make mistakes and know I must let them live their own lives.

Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?

In my high school senior class play I played the role of the snotty business woman trying to steal the hero from the sweetheart heroine. For my costume, I brought a knit dress from home that was modest enough, but by the time the make-up artist plastered tons of goop on my face and the costume manager stuffed about three rolls of toilet paper in my bra so I would have the right appearance when I walked out on stage under the floodlights, I looked the part on steroids.

After the play, the cast and crew went to a local pizza parlor to celebrate. Shortly after we sat around a table, about three young men I didn’t know with wide grins on their faces dragged their chairs around our table and began to hit on me. At first I was puzzled. I wasn’t used to drawing that kind of attention. Then I realized we were all still in costume and off-stage and up close, I looked like a hooker.

I stood up, said good-by to my friends, and I was outta there.

 

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