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Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author, Wendy May Andrews

 

WMAndrews author picToday I’d like to introduce you to my fellow CIR author, Wendy May Andrews. Welcome, Wendy. Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself, and your writing?

Thanks for having me, Sandy. I’ve been writing pretty much since I learned to read when I was five years old. Of course, those early efforts were basically only something a mother could love 🙂 I put writing aside after I left school and stuck with reading. I am an avid reader. I love words. I will read anything, even the cereal box, signs, posters, etc. But my true love is novels.

Almost ten years ago my husband dared me to write a book instead of always reading them. I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, but to my surprise I love writing. Those early efforts eventually became my first published book – Tempting the Earl (published by Avalon Books in 2010). There were some ups and downs in my publishing efforts. My first publisher was sold and I became an “orphan” author, back to the drawing board of trying to find a publishing house. It has been a thrilling adventure as I learned to navigate the world of publishing.

I believe firmly that everyone deserves a happily ever after. I want my readers to be able to escape from the everyday for a little while and feel upbeat and refreshed when they get to the end of my books.

When not reading or writing, I can be found traipsing around my neighborhood admiring the dogs and greenery or travelling the world with my favorite companion.

I agree wholeheartedly. I love for my readers to escape from the day to day world and I’m over the moon when I hear they’ve done just that.

Now, before we hear about your books, I’ve got three little questions for you. First, what was the inspiration for your latest book?

Friends of mine were adopting a little boy. They are a great match and I am thrilled for them. But I found the process heart breaking. There are so many children in need of good homes. I started researching the history of adoption. I came across the Orphan Trains and I just knew there were stories to tell.

Oh, that sounds wonderful. I’ll have to look at this series of yours, and I bet some of the readers of my blog will do the same! Now, next question, where are your books set? And have you been there, or spent significant time there?

I write Regency Romance and Western Historical Romance so my books are set in England and mid-west USA. I have traveled to several locations in England for research. It was wonderful. There is so much history in England, it’s around every corner. We’ve also traveled to some of the locations of my US set books, but not all of them – it’s a really big country 😉 Thankfully the internet has many resources like old maps and so much historical information. There are also some amazing museums. One really cool museum we visited to research my Orphan Train books was the Tenement Museum in New York City. They have some perfectly preserved tenement apartments from the 1800s. I loved those tours!

Wow, maybe I need to visit New York one day … as for England, Cornwall is one of my favourite places in the world! I’ve not set any books there, but how fun writing stories set in those beautiful places. Now, one last question. Are you indie published, traditionally published, or hybrid? And what are your thoughts on the whole indie vs. traditional topic?

I am a hybrid author. My first six books were traditionally published. It was a wonderful education. It really taught me all the steps that go into producing a good book. I think indie authors can produce as good or better books as traditionally published authors as long as they go through all the professional steps required. I love having the control as an indie author. I just don’t love having to do all the work 😀 But unfortunately, even traditionally published have to do more than just write, so I’ll take indie any day.

Interesting you say that … about the control. That’s what I love, not having to make changes unless you want to, and having full control over the end product. So, with all that said, let’s have a look at your books!

All of my books are Sweet/Clean Historical Romance. Half are set in Regency era England, the other half are Historical Westerns (circa 1855). There is zero violence or foul language on page. There is no sex in my books. All of my stories conclude with a sweet kiss and a happily ever after.

All of my books can be found online: Amazon

Orphan TrainOrphan Train (4 book series)  

From Book 1: His pursuit of her threatens everything – except her heart:

Sophie Brooks has lived at the orphanage since she was ten years old. Now nineteen, she’s not only a resident, she works there as well. It’s the only true home she can remember and she’ll do whatever it takes to keep it safe.

When her budding relationship with the son of one of the orphanage’s benefactors threatens the charity’s funding, Sophie must choose between her loyalties and her heart.

The fourth book doesn’t show in the photo, so here is its cover:

Now, I’ve just noticed that the first book in this lovely series, Sophie, is just $.99 so grab a copy. I’ve read several of Wendy’s books, and I’ve never been disappointed!

Thanks again for coming here today, Wendy. I look forward to reading this series!

 

 

Meet my fellow Romance Writers of Australia author, Ann B. Harrison – with a New Release

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Today I’d like to introduce best-selling author, Ann B Harrison. Ann has the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run wild, the lush wine growing region of the Hunter Valley in Australia. She alternates her time between writing western romances, romantic suspense and walking her dog, Chilli.

Two kinds of hero make Ann to a mass of nerves. The hot cowboy with a slow sexy drawl (she used to live out in the desert where they were more common than where she lives now) and a man in a kilt. Imagine Jamie Fraser and you’ll understand why. She can’t wait to visit Scotland where she can get her fill of the tartan clad hotties for, um, research purposes, of course.

In the meantime, her dear husband puts up with her talking to her characters and getting lost in worlds only she can imagine as she battles to bring stories to the page for everyone to enjoy.

Ah yes, the life of the author’s husband … 🙂  Now, Ann, I have three questions for you and then we’ll learn all about your new book! 

First, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time? Funnily enough, I never planned on being an author. I was happy so long as I had a book in my hands and that was from a very early age. One day in 2010 I had a sentence go through my head when I woke up and every day it grew. I decided to write it down and that became a three book YA series. My brain hasn’t stopped since.

Ha! Well, you’ve been busy then if you only started writing in 2010 … did I see 35 books for you? Well done! Now, next question … If you could tell your younger self something you know now, with respect to your writing career, what would it be? Start earlier. Seriously, I don’t know how I’m going to get all the stories in my head out with the years I have left.

Great advice!  Wish I’d started earlier too. I’ve got three books floating around in my head at the moment, so I know the feeling.  Last question … what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey?  Listen to those that go before you and know what they’re doing, learn from anyone prepared to teach you and never give up if this is your dream.

Well said!  Now, tell us about your new book.

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The Convenient Cowboy is the second in my Hansen Brother’s Series.

It follows the trials and tribulations of three young men who lost their parents at an early age and have to make the best of their lives after the grandfather who raised them, dies. This means changes which can be a challenge.

You can find it on Amazon, or on my website.

 

 

Thanks for joining me today, Ann, and I look forward to seeing more of your books in the future!

Meet my fellow Romance Writers of Australia author, Juanita Kees – with a New Release

Juanita - from Amazon US230_Today I’d like to introduce my fellow RWA author, Juanita Kees. Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing Australian Rural Romance novels with elements of suspense, Australian Fantasy Paranormal and Small Town USA stories. Her romance novels star spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in. She creates emotionally engaging worlds steeped in romance, suspense, mystery and intrigue, set in dusty, rural outback Australia and on the NASCAR racetracks of America. When she’s not writing, Juanita is mother to three grown boys and has a passion for fast cars and country living.

**Juanita’s books contain mild language but the doors are closed on sex scenes.**

Welcome, Juanita! Some of my family are big NASCAR fans, and I must say I enjoy seeing some of the photos. Now, I’m going to tell my readers about some of your books, but first we want to learn a bit more about you, so I’ve got three questions for you. Firstly, what got you started writing?

I inherited my imagination and gift for story-telling from my father and wrote my first book between the pages of my mathematics exercise book at the age of sixteen. The story evolved over many years until it finally found a home with a publisher back in 2012. The book was first released as Fly Away Peta, but when the publisher sold out, it was revamped and re-published as part of the Under the Law series by Escape Publishing as Under Shadow of Doubt.

Oh, I love that title, Under Shadow of Doubt! A must read to add to my TBR list! Now, 2nd question, what challenges did you face when you first started writing?

In 1999, I’d just started to embark on my publishing journey when I found out I was pregnant with our second child. That was a surprise, I tell you! I thought I had flu 😊. Writing took a backseat as I juggled full time work, two kids (eight years apart), nappies, bottles and a husband who worked awkward shifts. It gave me time to learn more about publishing and writing, though, for which I am very grateful.

And here I thought it was challenging to write between riding my horse, playing cards, and socialising!  Ha, ha, ha!  Kidding … I did try to write while I was still working full-time and that was a challenge, but probably nothing like what you did!  So, one last question. Who in your life is your greatest cheerleader or supporter of your writing?

That’s a hard question, because I have a group of wonderful critique partners who have my back on the hard days as well as the good days. I used to have a Daschund, Sam, who was my sounding board and constant writing companion. Sadly, she passed away last year and I miss her terribly. Second in line to Sam would be my partner, Gavin, who never lets an opportunity slip by to promote my books to whomever will listen. My whole family are very supportive, so I’m blessed.

That’s so important isn’t it, having a supportive family. That’s great.  Now, tell us about your rural romance series, and where we can find the books.

The newest release is Shadows over Wongan Creek

Shadows Over Wongan Creek MedWhen the shadows ride in Wongan Creek…

Fenella Rose-Waterman is happy running The Cranky Lizard winery until a broken relationship lifts the lid on the Pandora’s Box of her past. After years of repressed memories haunting her dreams, she is forced to face the truth to find justice. But with truth comes a danger that puts everyone she loves at risk.

Kieran Murphy left Wongan Creek a newly-wed and returned a widower. He believes he and his young son will find healing in the town that healed him once before. Instead, he finds the woman he loved running scared, her life in turmoil and her business under threat.

As the shadows of the past gather on the horizon, will they lose their chance of happiness or will they find healing together?

Shadows Over Wongan Creek is Book 3 in the Wongan Creek series. To promote the release of book three, the first two books in the series, Secrets at Wongan Creek and Whispers at Wongan Creek  will be on price promotion through the 15th of April, priced at $0.99 each on all digital retailers, or via my website (see link below).

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Thank you for joining me here today, Juanita. And readers, do check out Juanita’s website, as she loves to hear from fans and would love for you to share her writing journey.

 

Meet my fellow Romance Writers of Australia author, Lilliana Rose

 

Lilliana Rose 2019Today I’d like to introduce my fellow RWA author, Lilliana Rose.

Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes in contemporary romance, steampunk romance, and young adult. She grew up on a sheep farm in Australia, then swapped her workbooks for city heels, and now lives in the city. She enjoys drawing on the contrast between country and city life in the contemporary romance she writes. For her moving to the city was like coming to a different country. She spent a bit of time in genetic research, then teaching, and now devotes as much time as she can to writing.

**Please be aware that Lilliana’s romance books have steamy hot sex scenes, with a bit of language. They are F/M, except the books published with Less Than Three Press which are F/F (mix of sweet and sexy).

Welcome, Lilliana!  You’ve done the opposite of me … I went from the city to the country, and I’m loving it! Guess the saying about the grass being greener really is true. Now, I’m going to tell my readers about your rural romance books, but before that, I have 3 questions for you! Firstly, what got you started writing?

This is a tough question for me because writing is something that I’ve always done. When I was in primary school, about 8 years old, I would sit on the bus on my way to school and write in an exercise book! I wrote pages and pages and pages. It’s all been lost over time, and I wish I still had them, they would be fun to go over and read what I wrote as an 8-year-old!

Yes, the childhood imagination is a wonderful thing. I wrote too, but I mostly drew pictures of horses! and cats. Now, 2nd question, what challenges did you face when you first started writing?

Discipline. I needed to establish a routine to write, which was hard as I was working full time. I had stopped writing when I went to university, but it had been quietly speaking to me, and I couldn’t ignore my passion to write any more. Getting back into writing was great, but tricky balancing it with work, which meant there were times I had to stop writing because of the pressures of work. It’s not so bad now.

I’m so glad you’re finding the time to write now–you’ll have years ahead of you to work on your craft and maybe hit the golden ticket with a movie deal! I waited far too long (I was in my late 40s when I got back into it seriously). So, one last question. Who in your life is your greatest cheerleader or support in your writing?

My dog Kimba, who is currently laying by my feet, telling me to call it a night and go chill on the lounge with him (and that I should get dinner).

Ha ha ha!  My cats do the same thing–they hang out in my writing room with me (of course it has nothing to do with the fact that there are pillows on the floor where they get the sun all day … nothing, I’m sure!)

So, tell us about your rural romance, Chasing Dust Clouds.

Chasing Dust Clouds by [Rose, Lilliana]

Sent to the country to visit rural clients accountant Blaise Johns doesn’t know what to do when he meets a mob of sheep on the road. He accidently runs over one of Dusty Miller’s ewes and his cool crisp competitive demeanour is dented as he tries to figure out how to make amends with a woman who is intent on busting his balls. Then there’s the competition, Aaron, who isn’t going to be pushed aside. As the out-of-towner will Blaise step up to country life for Dusty?

Dusty is furious at Blaise, but the man won’t go away and leave her to run her farm. A sassy self-sufficient young woman, Dusty struggles to let Blaise who is clueless about the life she lives, in to her heart.

When two worlds, country and city come together, an explosion of differences rocks the foundation of two peoples lives, forcing them to face the future in unplanned ways, and to give each other another chance.

Sound like a great book! And readers, watch out for the Christmas Special:  A Dusty Christmas, out in December 2019!!  You can find all Lilliana’s books on Amazon, and keep an eye out for the new book by following her author page!

 

Free — Series Prequel

Amendment – Wednesday am, 6th March – Australia time

A few people had advised me that the book was NOT coming up as free in the US even though on my screen it showed as free at the time I sent the post.

I have followed this up and it NOW appears to be free in US and UK. I sincerely apologise for the confusion.

 

Original post:

Taking a Chance, the prequel to my Copperhead Creek series, is now FREE in Australia and the United States on Amazon, Kobo and Apple books!  Hope you enjoy this little taste of the series, and see how it all started when Lora first arrived in Willows.

Copperhead Creek Series with PREQUEL and awards - Feb 2019

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author, Rebekah Lyn

ScanToday I’d like to introduce my fellow CIR author, Rebekah Lyn.

Rebekah is a Christian with a heart for new beginnings, and her desire is to reflect that in each of her books. She writes character-driven novels, which she hopes will engulf the reader in a great story and leave them stronger in their faith.

A sandal-loving native Floridian, Rebekah grew up on the Space Coast within sight of the Kennedy Space Center. She has fond memories of windows rattling and dogs barking as the big Saturn rockets or the Space Shuttles raced into the heavens. She will always be proud of America’s space program. With an eye upon her future, Rebekah received her Bachelors degree in Communications from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida. She has been employed for 20 years by a Fortune 500 corporation in Orlando and has a passion for travel. She has said, “Some of my best writing has been done on the balcony of a cruise ship.”   Another favorite spot for writing is on the back porch of her parent’s home in North Carolina, enjoying the peaceful surroundings away from her hectic life in Florida.

Well, there you go … writing on a cruise ship!  Hadn’t thought of that, but HOW FUN!!  Now, Rebekah, thanks for being here. I’ve got three questions for you, and then we’ll learn a bit about your books. Firstly, who are your favourite authors, and why?

Morgan Llewellyn and Eugenia Price are two of my all time favorites. They have written historical fiction novels that completely capture the imagination and transport me to the times and places they are set in. For my high school graduation, my mom and I went to St. Simons Island, GA to visit the places in Eugenia Price’s St. Simons Trilogy. A few years ago I discovered Patrick Taylor and his Irish Country doctor series, which I adore. I try to read them slowly to savor the experience, but some nights I just can’t put them down. My go to authors for action/thrillers are Brad Thor, Daniel Silva and Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills.

Those are all new authors for me … thanks for sharing them. Now, next question, where are your books set?

Six of my seven books are set in Central Florida, which is where I live. The Seasons of Faith books are set in Orlando and the Jessie Cole trilogy is set in Titusville, where I grew up, as well as Houston, Texas. I spent several days in Texas doing research for Destiny’s Call (which just released on November 6). Julianne, is set in coastal and mountain areas of North Carolina. I’ve been going to the mountains since I was a little kid for summer vacations and the spots I used in that book are well known to me. The coastal North Carolina town is a fictionalized version of Carolina Beach, Wilmington, and Southport. I spent almost a week, between two different trips, exploring these towns to get the flavors I wanted in the book.

Florida and North Carolina make lovely settings I’m sure, but I can’t speak for Texas as I’ve never been there. Now, one last question, do you write from your own experiences, or do you simply sit down and make stuff up?

I write a combination from my own experience and completely made-up ideas. Sometimes, even when I’m writing from pure imagination, I look back and find bits of my history in the details. Seasons of Faith has a lot of my experiences in the hospitality industry, Destiny’s Call has a lot of my personal knowledge of the Space Shuttle program, and Julianne was born out of my own desire to quit my job and follow a new calling. Part of what I love about writing is the research aspect. Working on Undaunted gave me a chance to get to know my dad better and learn about his experiences growing up in Titusville during the space race, which is something for which I will forever be grateful.

What a lovely idea … learning about a family member as part of your research. Hmmm … must try that she says to self!

Now, tell us a bit about your books.

I currently have seven books available: four in the Seasons of Faith Series- Summer Storms, Winter’s End, Spring Dawn & Christmas Vows; two in the Jessie Cole Trilogy- Undaunted and Destiny’s Call; and a stand-alone, Julianne. All are clean, with no foul language or violence, but Undaunted does deal with the effects of an alcoholic and abusive father. I know this can be difficult for some readers, but I’d like to assure you that there aren’t any graphic scenes, but rather discussion among the family of the abuse.  You can find all of my books on my website. (and they’re also available on Amazon.) I also have three other writers on my site you may want to check out while you are there. Rest assured they are all clean and range from sweet romance to non-fiction.

Destiny's Call: A Jessie Cole Novel by [Lyn, Rebekah]    Julianne (Coastal Chronicles Book 1) by [Lyn, Rebekah]

 Just two of the many books you’ll find by Rebekah.