Sunday, January 31, 2016

A True Best Friend

Most of us have had a true best friend, someone who will always be there for you, through thick and thin, the good times and bad.  Someone who knows the punchline to all of your favorite jokes and still laughs as if hearing it for the first time. Someone who may be as different from you as night is to day. But when it counts the most, you know they will always be in your corner, cheering you on.

When I wrote the first Jamie Richmond book "Devious"  I was pleased with the responses I got.  One person told me bluntly, 'if you haven't already started it, you'd better be writing another book. These characters are too good for just one story.'

I really liked Jamie and her interactions with Malone. But when I started thinking about a second book, I realized what was missing. Jamie needed a best friend, another woman who would know her moods, her stubbornness, and all the quirks that make my redhead heroine real.  That's where Linda comes into the picture: her true best friend.

One of the challenges for any writer is to create authentic characters. Capturing the essence of any woman is difficult enough for a guy, but to have two dramatically different characters like Jamie and Linda took a lot of revisions, a lot of shaping to get it right. And to have the friendship so strong that Jamie would put her life on the line for Linda was critical.  Fortunately, it all worked out.

Which brings me to Linda. The second book in the series has been officially released. It's out there on Amazon, B&N and Kobobooks.  This story takes place in the middle of a Michigan winter, which is appropriate timing.  So if you're ready to curl up with a good book and while away the winter, be sure to check it out.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Book Giveaway!

Over the last year or so, I've attended a few events where authors have the opportunity to meet fellow book lovers, talk about their stories, answer a few questions and hopefully, sell books.  I've always enjoyed chatting with people who like to read.  Often we find common ground on novels we've discovered. More than once, I've recommended books that are sure to be hits.  On a couple of occasions, when the day was drawing to a close, I've even knocked a few bucks off the price to make a last minute sale.

Once in a while I get the urge to give away a copy.  At a writer's expo in December, I ended up trading copies of "Why 319?" with two other authors who also wrote mysteries.  They've been added to my growing 'someday' pile of books waiting for my attention.

But it's been a while since I've given one away to the general public.  So starting today and running until Midnight on Friday, February 12, you can take your chances on Goodreads and register to win an autographed copy of "Why 319?".  There are no strings attached. Just follow the link below and if you don't already have a Goodreads account, just sign up.  As the old comic used to say "It's Just That Easy!"

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Meet Susan Vaughn

It's my pleasure to introduce another author, Susan Vaughn.   

Romance Author, Susan Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm before she could walk.  Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly trying to outwit her six creative siblings.  When she wasn’t working on the next soul crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day dreamed about her knight in shining armor.
It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories.  Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios.  
Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit. 

You can now order her new book "Knockout Love".  

She just might be the woman of his dreams….
Maggie Heugan has her life all planned out, from her engagement to a handsome doctor, to her perfect nursing career. Then why does a chance meeting with a captivating stranger, have her questioning everything she has ever known?
Pro wrestler, Sean Miller is on a fast track to his destiny, until an unexpected injury derails his course. Now he can’t refrain from chasing the enticingly beautiful Nurse Maggie, when she just might hold the key to healing him in more ways than one.
For these two conflicted lovers, life spirals out of control, when Love collides with destiny.

Sounds interesting.  Here's a quick excerpt.

Maggie shielded her eyes, hiccupping loudly. “It’s so bright!”
“The moon is too bright?” Sean laughed, pulling her into his chest to shield her eyes.
Without thinking, she wrapped her arms around his waist and looked up at him with a tipsy smile. “It’s not too bright for you?”
“No, I’m Superman.”
“Superman?” Maggie giggled again drunkenly, ending in another hiccup. “Superman would have been able to drink his own drink and not require me to do it for him. It’s your fault I’m this drunk.”
“Is that so?” Sean responded with another smile. “It had nothing to do with the fact you ordered another two drinks on top of that, and had nothing in your stomach.”
She looked up at him again and smiled. “Oops.”
“No kidding, oops.” He cupped her face in his hands and looked into her eyes. “Lucky for you, you’re a pretty cute drunk.”
“Thank you,” she responded, the world spinning around her. For a moment she felt as though she was dreaming. The air felt thick and heavy. Sean’s hands were like magic on her face. His sexy lips inched closer to hers. Then suddenly he was kissing her softly, sending spirals of electricity racing down her spine.
Maggie sighed, standing on her tiptoes, pressing her body closer. She felt his white bandage scratch at her nose.
“Ouch!” Sean jumped back and readjusted the bandage on his face. “Easy, girl.”
And just like that, the spell was broken. Suddenly Maggie realized she had just kissed a man she barely knew, with a broken face, and some parts more broken than others.
“Sorry.” She pressed a hand to her swollen lips—still tingling from Sean’s touch.
“Don’t be sorry.” He made up the distance between them—smiling—his eyes hooded, predatory. “Just take it slow, let my face adjust.”

Connect with Susan

Twitter handle: @susanvaughn1124
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