Thursday, November 26, 2015

Allure Of The O'Neal Sisters

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I am Emily Bowie, a debut romantic suspense author. Please check out my Facebook page! 

I quite often let the nerd inside of me out. I love to digital scrap book (and do crafty things in general). I go overboard in taking photos of my family.

My family and I are very close, most of us live with in a 10 minute drive from each other. I am the one who usually congers up some crazy family day of fun plan. So much so I have gotten the nick name ‘crazy planner chick.’

I love being physically active (hiking, walking, being outdoors in general). But I HATE the cold! I live in Canada and close to half of the year I stay hibernating indoors. I am forced to find indoor places to stay active.  The only thing that will get me out side when it is really cold is the pleading eyes of my children.

I actually started to write Allure of the O’Neal Sisters four years ago! It wasn’t until I had my second child that I decided to put in the push to finish it! A good friend of mine had just started her editing business and she encouraged me to have it edited and published.


The O’Neal sisters have very different personalities. Payton, the wild child who doesn’t think through her actions, and Lilly, the one who gets Payton out of trouble. Deception, secrets and lies surround them when Jack Hewitt enters their lives.

Jack is a long time thug who built himself up into the Castle family crime ring. His goal is to take as much as he can, destroying everyone in his path. Lilly, who just suffered a broken heart, falls for Jack. Unbeknownst to Lilly, Jack is playing her sister as well.

Payton’s life begins to spiral out of control the moment Jack entered it. Her relationship with her sister, her career and her first true love slip away from her with each choice she makes without help from her sister and the people closest to her she could unwillingly vanish without a trace.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015


I started to seriously “strut” my literary stuff five years ago. Excited about my first novel, I anxiously awaited input from a visiting author. That conversation is still etched in memory:

Visiting Author: “You’ve got an interesting storyline here. And I like how you’ve developed the female characters. But…

Me: Spill it. I can take it.

Visiting Author: Most of the characters are over fifty. You need to bring in a couple of young’uns. Create a sub-plot with the protagonist’s niece. Why not introduce a hot young’un as the love interest. Cougar protagonists sell books.

Me: What do you mean by young’uns?

Visiting Author: Characters in their twenties and early thirties. That’s what selling now.
Since then, I have encountered different versions of this conversation whenever I participate in writing workshops and seminars. Several instructors urged me to downplay the “boomer” elements in my books.

“Don’t mention anything about age in your query letter.”

“It’s okay to have an older woman as a sleuth. She’ll be invisible and that works well for sleuths. But make sure you surround her with younger characters.”

“Stay away from retirement homes, senior homes, and nursing homes. Don’t dwell on all that negative stuff. Too depressing.”


Thankfully, the writers and producers of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet, The Intouchables, A Walk in The Woods, The Intern, and Downtown Abbey did not consider such misguided advice. I can’t even imagine creating younger characters to replace Maggie Smith, Dame Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, Robert Redford, or Robert DeNiro in any of their outstanding roles.

I decided to ignore this “expert” advice and continued using boomers and their older siblings as protagonists in my novels and short stories. My determination paid off. In the fall of 2014, editor Johanna Melargno of the Wild Rose Press offered me a contract for A Season for Killing Blondes. 


Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the dead body of golden girl Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation.

When three more dead blondes turn up all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders. Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

Carlo had removed his suit jacket and rolled up the sleeves of his light blue dress shirt. His tie lay on the desk. The rumpled look suited him to a tee. And his large black-rimmed glasses accentuated those unforgettable blue eyes. Bluer than blue. Sky blue. Cornflower blue. Robin’s egg blue. Years ago, Adele Martino and I had come up with thirty-seven descriptions of Carlo Fantin’s eyes when Mrs. Gillespie assigned one of her Monday morning English composition exercises. As I tried to recall the other thirty-three, I realized that Carlo was speaking to me.

“…he’ll be taking notes as well.”

Darn! Another officer in the room, and I had missed his name and more importantly, his title. Was he a detective or a constable? I’m sure Sofia would know. In the meantime, I better stop daydreaming and start listening. I nodded in the direction of the beefy officer. Dark hair. Dark eyes. Expertly trimmed moustache. A big bear of a man who reminded me of Magnum P.I.

Carlo cleared his throat. He was ready to get down to business. Police business. “It appears that Carrie Ann was your first client. You haven’t opened this office for business yet. How did that happen?”

My heart raced as I spoke. “After Sofia and my mother left…I’m not certain about the time…um…I…I heard a knock at the front window. I looked up and saw Carrie Ann. Hadn’t seen her in ages.” I paused and then added, “Still wearing the same pageboy hair style and
that blonde color—”

Carlo waved his hand. “Stick to the facts, please.”

I felt myself reddening as those piercing blue eyes bored right through me.


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In 2008, Joanne took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

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Monday, November 23, 2015


Congratulations to "Donna S.", the winner in Angi's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I am so excited to have four books out in 2016. Texas Rangers: Elite Troop is a four book series based around Company F and one Texas Mafia family. Yes, just about every area of the world has some type of crime family like a Mafia. But that’s for another post. Today I want to share some of the inspiration for the city featured in book 1: BULLETPROOF BADGE.

BULLETPROOF is set in Austin which has some very unique things. Oh course the University of Texas is here, making it a college town (although my TX Rangers for this series are Baylor grads). A lot of music is performed here (check it out) and they have the most fantabulous gourmet food trucks (which I work into book three).  I’ll drive out of my way to find this cupcake truck. In fact…I have detoured to find XX and bring home extra. 

The Colorado river runs directly south of downtown where people swim, kayak and paddleboard. And seriously, I’m not a big BAT person, but seeing 2 million (yes that’s 2,000,000 Mexican free-tailed bats) leave from under the “Congress Bat Bridge” is an amazing experience. 

I had all of these places and events in mind when I began writing BULLETPROOF BADGE, but I’ll have to save them for another story. Austin is the location, but Garrison’s and Kenderly’s story pulled me through a golf course on a motorcycle, through the dreaded 6th Street bar crawl and into the suburbs. I did manage to get a run (that would be chasing-on-the-run) scene close to the capitol building. 


His key witnesses dead, Texas Ranger Garrison Travis had to protect innocent bystander Kenderly Tyler. Her crucial evidence had two very dangerous Texas crime families willing to do anything to keep her quiet. But Garrison's undercover status had branded him a killer, and now the bad and the good guys were after them both. 

Hiding out with a handsome protector, on the run for her life, was so beyond anything Kenderly had imagined. While there was more than just adrenaline pulsing between them, the Ranger vowed his job was his life. Dare she wonder what would become of them should they actually make it out alive?

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Photo credit for Colorado River: Austin 360, Pam Leblanc article
Photo credit for Austin Bats: Bats swarm the sunset sky in Austin, Texas. Photo by Stephen Fleishman. cc
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ANGI MORGAN writes Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publisher’s Weekly best seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book. 

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ricochet: A Romantic Suspense

With: Allyn Lesley

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I’m so excited to be at Just Romantic Suspense. The last time I visited, I’d just released my romantic suspense debut about an elementary teacher who was new to New York City, looking for a quiet life. Of course, that doesn’t happen. This time, I back to talk about forgiveness, my romantic suspense novelette, and share a giveaway. 

We’re days away from Thanksgiving, and each year as the holiday approaches I think back on the blessings I’ve experienced thus far. My family have this annual practice that I would love to share with you. Right we dive into the deserts, we go around the dinner table to share one thing we’re thankful for. Most of the times, we list life, family, friends, good health, love, job security, a speedy recovery from a health concern, etc.

This year, I plan to include the act of forgiveness as the thing I’m thankful for. There’s no living perfect person. Everyone has said and done things out of our character. Horrid actions. Spiteful words. Whether these were said from a place of hurt or done when we thought we had no other choice...these moments, that none of us are proud about, remind us that good people sometimes do bad things. This is the reason I am grateful that forgiveness exist. We can forgive ourselves for our wicked actions and we can offer to someone whom you’ve wronged. Without forgiveness, spouses wouldn’t be reunited, sibling rivalries would run amok, friendships wouldn’t be healed, and much more.

Forgiveness is a central theme in my latest release, ricochet: A Romantic Suspense Novelette. Could you love someone who was the reason for tragically disrupting your life? This novelette reflects the complexities of life which include love, lust, pain, and deep emotional scars. At the end of the novelette, the hero and heroine demonstrated the transformative act of forgiveness on the forgiven and the victim.

The globe is filled with too many hurting people. We can begin the healing process but learning how to forgive. Forgiveness frees the person wronged as it does the person who was in the wrong. Learn to forgive yourself and the others around you, and watch how burden-free your life becomes.

Thank you for spending a few moments with me. Happy holidays. If you enjoy romantic suspense and/or new adult stories with complex characters who’ll twist your emotions into knots and where love triumphs, please consider following me on Amazon, Facebook, iBooks, and/or Twitter.

About ricochet: A Romantic Suspense

What happens when your past comes back to haunt you...and seduce you? 

After committing the unthinkable, the unforgivable, Tony Salvai relocates to paradise to reinvent himself and let go of the man he once was. But after one unforgettable night with a sultry and tantalizing redhead, he realizes that he can't hide from his sins—they always find a way back. 

Out for vengeance, Red searches for the one man who ruined her life. She's got an agenda and a bullet with his name on it. But when she finally faces off against her sexy and remorseful enemy, will sparks fly or bullets ricochet?

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Writer Heroine

With: Loreth Anne White

Writers so often are asked the question: How much is this, or that, character like you? And in an online review that I came across recently, the reviewer remarked that I, the author, must have suffered something terrible as a child, because she detected a dark theme in my works with respect to childhood. To the contrary! I had one of the happiest, healthiest childhoods I could ever imagine. But again, the reviewer hits at that question—is my heroine like me? And with Meg Brogan, my heroine in IN THE WANING LIGHT, being a true crime writer, there are even more parallels being drawn.

I did not model Meg on myself. I imagine if I did model a heroine on myself readers might not find her terribly compelling :). In creating Meg I was looking for a heroine with a non law-enforcement background who would have reason to investigate a crime from a civilian’s angle—the classic amateur sleuth. I also have a fascination for true crime writing, where both the writer and reader know who the villain is from the outset. The villain becomes the anti-hero. And in order to write a true crime story the author cannot be intimated by authority. She has to be able to look into the eyes of victims who have suffered terrible pain, and ask them what it felt like. Plus a true crime writer needs the ability to see the humanity in even the most remorseless and violent of criminals. This became a tenet of my plot: I wanted those attributes to define my heroine, and I wanted to show the humanity in those who lie, and who do wrong, and how the consequences of those actions can ripple across a community for years. And how someone like Meg could bring closure in the end, heal herself in the process. And finally open herself to love.

That said, every author is a unique composite of her own particular past experiences, and it is through this unique window that she sees and interprets the world, and creates fictional ones. Thus, I do believe in some way, every single character that we write—the good, the bad, and the ugly—are all in some ways extensions of ourselves, and our interpretations of our environments.

And I do love a story within a story :) 

Here is an excerpt of Meg thinking in terms of writing:

Blake Sutton was a changed man. Matured. Stories in the lines of his face. The way he now had to wear glasses to see up close endeared him to her. Yet he still exuded an alpha physicality. It was his hallmark. It’s how she always remembered him, even as a boy. He took up space unapologetically. He was a fighter—a glad­iator. Kind. All about protecting tribe and family. His emotions were raw, you got what you saw, he said what he meant. No games. Whereas Jonah was sleek, sophisticated, cerebral. He played life like a game of chess. Calculating, second-guessing. Always wary and watchful. All about aesthetics. Meg liked to think in terms of mythology and archetypes when she crafted her books, and if she had to pin an archetype on Jonah, he’d definitely be the messiah. And part of her had always harbored a quiet suspicion that Jonah saw her as someone who needed to be saved …

"What are you thinking?” he said without looking up.

“What makes you think I am thinking anything?”

He looked up, angled his head, cocked a brow. “When is Meg Brogan ever not thinking about something?”


Two decades after her sister’s brutal attack and murder, Meg Brogan has finally found happiness…or so it appears. A bestselling true-crime writer, Meg has money, fame, and a wealthy fiancĂ©. But when a television-show host presses her to tackle the one story everyone claims she cannot write—the story of her own family’s destruction—her perfect life shatters.

Determined to finally face her past, Meg returns to her hometown of Shelter Bay. Shrouded in cold, brooding fog, the close-knit coastal town harbors dark secrets and suspicious residents. One of the few people to welcome Meg back is Blake Sutton, her high-school sweetheart and the marina’s new owner. Desperate for clues, Meg digs through her family’s files. As Pacific storms brew outside, her passion for Blake reignites.

But someone doesn’t want Meg digging up the past. And that person will go to deadly lengths to prevent the writer from revealing a terrible truth.

Author Biography 
Loreth Anne White is an award-winning author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. She has won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall. In addition, she has been a two-time RITA finalist, a Booksellers’ Best finalist, a multiple Daphne Du Maurier Award finalist, and a multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award winner. A former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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