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Lola’s Blog Tours presents Millenia Black’s Raindrops on Roses + exclusive Interview

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Raindrops on Roses by Millenia Black. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 9 till 22 February, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours: http://lolasblogtours.net/blog-tour-raindrops-on-roses-by-millenia-black/

Raindrops on RosesRaindrops on Roses (Favorite Things Trilogy #1)
by Millenia Black

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: November 18, 2014

Blurb:
What happens when the man you love falls in love with someone else?

Mayfair Island, Florida. Grief-stricken after the sudden loss of her beloved grandmother, an enduring but reclusive Hollywood icon, young Priscilla Bauer finds herself adrift and looking to find solace in the arms of her vast inheritance, when she meets the kind and considerate corporate brand designer, Michael Frost—a drop dead gorgeous beacon of light in her all too dark night.

Falling hard and falling fast, Priscilla has no idea she’s stepped into dangerous territory…Because someone else has already branded Michael Frost her very own—and she has no intention of ever letting him go.

Passions are high, but bitter vengeance gets even higher!

With Raindrops on Roses, the captivating Favorite Things Novella Trilogy—takes flight!

You can find Raindrops on Roses on Goodreads

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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR MILLENIA BLACK

1- In less than 30 words, tell us about your book.

Sure! RAINDROPS ON ROSES is Book One of my brand new Favorite Things

Trilogy, featuring a razor-sharp love triangle you won’t soon forget!

2- Why did you write it? Or better yet where did the plot idea

come from?

I’m all for a good love triangle. I mean, who isn’t, right? So I decided to explore

the neurosis some women experience when the love of her life falls in love with

someone else. As you probably know, it can get pretty ugly sometimes. Some

women simply can’t let go.

3- Do you think life experiences, research or just your

imagination makes you a better a writer?

Actually, I think it’s a combination of all three, especially in developing the skill

for writing engaging and memorable stories.

4- If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Hmm…the very first thing? Book an extended stay in one of the world’s most

luxurious spa retreats and be completely MIA for a few weeks straight!

5- When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer

professionally?

I had no interest in being a writer until I was in college. A professor gave a

poetry assignment and we had to read it aloud in a presentation to the class.

Everyone’s reaction to that poem awakened the writing bug in me, which led to

my writing a short story that would later become my first novel, The Great

Pretender!

6- How did you come up with the title?

Well, I’ve always loved the Favorite Things song from “The Sound of Music” and

one day the idea for a chain of high-end boutique hotels popped into my head.

One Hollywood legend and three young hearts in love later—the Favorite Things

Trilogy was born!

7- Where can fans contact you? Are you on Facebook or Twitter?

Do you have a website?

I certainly do! Fans can link up with me on all of the above! I love hearing

from readers and I can’t WAIT to hear what they think of RAINDROPS ON

ROSES!

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8- If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or

not, to read your book, who would they be and why?

Hmm…that’s a tough one. But I’d have to give one of the most obvious answers

imaginable and say Oprah for sure—I’m pretty sure she’d be up for reading

about a spicy love triangle! And for the second pick I’d go with fellow author

Jackie Collins—it’s no doubt right up her alley!

9- In one sentence, what advice would you give to an aspiring

author? 

Best advice in one sentence: Make sure you’re actually a good writer…and never

stop improving your craft.

10- What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Don’t think I’d ever write one, but if I did I’d probably call it: A LIVING DREAM.

About the Author:
No one does family and relationship drama quite like bestselling author Millenia Black! Heralded as a double life and relationship expert, she’s been a featured guest on radio shows across the country, discussing the 7 Smoke Signals Your Man is Living a Double Life.

A celebrated alumnus of Keiser University, Millenia lives in the State of Florida where she’s currently hard at work on BLUE SATIN SASHES, book two of the highly acclaimed Favorite Things Trilogy!

Currently unmarried, she’s never dated anyone living a double life…

She thinks.

You can find and contact Millenia here:
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Diverse Book Tours presents Hush Puppy by Lisa T. Cresswell +Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Plot Summary:

Intelligent Corrine, abandoned by her mother, and artsy Jamie, forced to play football by a redneck father, both dream of leaving their podunk town and never looking back. Their shared love of literature and a dream of a better life bring them together and a romance blossoms between them in a secret place of their own in the steamy North Carolina woods. When Jamie is involved in the accidental death of a white girl, he’s terrified of his abusive father. Corrine takes the blame to protect Jaime, with dire consequences for herself and her dreams of the future. Her life in danger, Corrine’s left wondering if Jamie ever cared about her at all.

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Book Links

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About the Author: Lisa T. Cresswell

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Lisa, like most writers, began scribbling silly notes, stories, and poems at a very young age. Born in North Carolina, the South proved fertile ground to her imagination with its beautiful white sand beaches and red earth. In fifth grade, she wrote, directed and starred in a play “The Queen of the Nile” at school, despite the fact that she is decidedly un-Egyptian looking. Perhaps that’s why she went on to become a real life archaeologist?

Unexpectedly transplanted to Idaho as a teenager, Lisa learned to love the desert and the wide open skies out West. This is where her interest in cultures, both ancient and living, really took root, and she became a Great Basin archaeologist. However, the itch to write never did leave for long. Her first books became the middle grade fantasy trilogy, The Storyteller Series. Her first traditionally published work, Hush Puppy, is now available from Featherweight Press.

Lisa T. Cresswell still lives in Idaho with her family and a menagerie of furry critters that includes way too many llamas!

Author Links

Website: http://lisatcresswell.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaTCresswell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peach83352

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5245305.Lisa_Cresswell

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Elite Book Promo’s presents a Guest Post by the author of The Invitation, Dawn Kohler

The Invitation by Dawn Kohler

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Despite having a loving fiancé, Kate Edwards is haunted by a feeling that something is missing in her life.

After losing her job as a reporter, a sense of inspiration is ignited by an invitation to spend the weekend with Emma Daines, a retired professor of social anthropology and the former US ambassador to Germany. Kate has long admired Emma’s accomplishments and for years has attempted to obtain an interview. Yet Emma Daines is known to be deeply suspicious of journalists, as she holds a secret that reporters have wanted to get their hands on for decades.

A thoroughly mesmerizing novel, The Invitation takes us to a beach community in Northern California, where through a series of outdoor adventures Kate struggles with her internal conflicts over love, ambition, and her need to gain Emma’s trust. Little does she know how her life will change when she stumbles upon Emma’s hidden memoir which exposes the underbelly of her determination, her relationships, and brings to light the walls that keep us separated from one another.

This riveting, insightful, and unpredictable story brings us into the heart of two women who ultimately learn from each other what’s important in life and the real and powerful meaning behind receiving The Invitation.

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Journey of personal awakening unfolds in new novel, The Invitation

 

Kate Edwards’ future career, happiness depends on one woman’s secret in ‘The Invitation

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Author Dawn Kohler has spent over a decade coaching top executives in the Entertainment, Technology and Fashion Industry.  She now taps that experience in her debut novel, “The Invitation: A Weekend with Emma” (published by Balboa Press).

In this first of a planned series, Kohler shows the vulnerabilities of a highly acclaimed woman as she finds her authentic self through a series of setbacks. “I wanted to show a story about a woman that is not defined by the tragedies in her life,” Kohler says, “but instead has learned how to use this time of global change to gain strength, wisdom, and to be truly productive and fulfilled in the world as a result of these experiences.”

The book is written from the point of view of Kate Edwards, an ambitious reporter. When Kate loses her job, she receives an invitation to spend a weekend with the reclusive Emma Daines, a retired social anthropologist and former U.S. ambassador to Germany. Kate jumps at the chance to meet her idol and sets out for Northern California in hopes to acquire Emma’s secret untold story, and answer her own questions about love, longing and how to pursue a meaningful life.

“It’s an intimate read,” Kohler says, “with several unpredictable twists. Like so many of us, the characters struggle with feelings of unworthiness, longing and rejection. These feelings often drive our choices and can veer us from the more authentic paths in our personal and professional lives. ”

Kohler aims to convey a message about personal responsiblity as a means for global progression.  In conjunction to the book series, she has established the Emma Daines Society, a community to support others through transformational changes and to inspire conscious and purposeful living.

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“The Invitation”

By Dawn Kohler

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 176 pages | ISBN 9781452515755

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 176 pages | ISBN 9781452515731

E-Book | 176 pages | ISBN 9781452515748

Publication Date: 8/26/2014

Hard Cover Price: $30.95

Paperback Price: $13.99

Available at Amazon , Barnes & Noble, Balboa Press and www.dawnkohler.com

Dawn Kohler has previously published a memoir “A New Dawn Rising.” She lives in Laguna, Ca. near her three adult children.

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Lola’s Blog Tours presents Karen Rock’s A League of her Own + Author Interview

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This is my stop during the blog tour for A League of Her Own by Karen Rock. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

A League of Her OwnA League of Her Own
By Karen Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 1 December, 2014

Blurb:
He was attractive, talented…and way off limits.

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she’s a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father’s struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It’s going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she’s worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather’s world falls apart and Garrett’s the one who’s there to catch her…

You can find A League of Her Own on Goodreads.

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Hi Everyone,  My name is Tamara Philip, the author of The Trouble with Playing Cupid, and I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing the incomparable, Karen Rock! The author of the fantastic, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN. Karen gave me some insight at what makes her tick while charming my socks off with her down to earth answers. Check out the interview for yourself! it’s guaranteed to make you smile!

In less than 30 words, tell us about your book, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN?

Ahhh! Pressure. (Wait- those words don’t count do they? lol) A LEAGUE OF HER OWN is about Heather Gadway, a collegiate softball coach who takes over her family’s minor league baseball team. She fights to prove her overly critical father wrong by succeeding with the team while battling her feelings for troubled ace pitcher Garrett Wolf.

why did you write it? or better yet where did the plot idea come from?

Since my husband is a baseball addict (watches, plays, coaches and referees) I spend a lot of time around the sport. I thought it’d be fun to give a woman the challenge of managing the boisterous, competitive men I see on the field. The fact that Heather has trust issues because she’s been raised by a prescription-drug addicted mother was based on a person I care deeply about… and the perfect person to help her confront her past and learn to have faith again is recovering alcoholic pitcher, Garrett Wolf.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Faint.. but miraculously I’d still manage to book a trip to stay in one of those huts in Fiji!

 

When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally ?

I always wanted this career since my high school years, but didn’t have the courage to face the rejection. My sister-in-law, and now writing YA partner, Joanne Rock, kept encouraging me to give it a try. She’d been writing for Harlequin Historicals and Blaze for years. Finally, I worked up the courage to show her one of my stories and her encouragement and advice led me to take a chance and start submitting professionally.

 

 If money was not an issue, what one thing would you love to do?

Buy a yacht with a full crew and sail around the world. What a great place to write… and travel!

 

Do you have a specific writing style? (ie which best selling author do you write most like?)

I’m a contemporary author who’s specializing in romance, although I hope to expand into Women’s Fiction and main stream literary works. I would say the authors I strive to be like are Nicholas Sparks, Elizabeth Strout, Annie Proulx, and Anne Tyler. They are geniuses at delving deep into relationships and people. Like them, I write character-driven novels with edge, high stakes, and emotional intensity.

 

If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?

Oprah Winfrey (She is such a passionate reader!) and John Green because his Young Adult novels are brilliant and his attitude is so positive and down-to-earth. His Vlogs always make me laugh.

 

 Do you think Life experiences, research or just your imagination makes you a better a writer?

Tough one! I would say life experience, although when I was younger I would have said imagination since I hadn’t lived long enough to fully understand all sides to the issues I tackle in my novels. Research is always important and was especially so for this book. I had to nail down all of the rules and practices of baseball, including the slang, plays, positions and types of game-changing errors to make the book authentic.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Since one of my favorite books is The Hobbit, I would name my autobiography after Bilbo Baggins’ book: There and Back Again. I’ve always loved that title because life is a journey, but no matter how far we travel, we always come home.

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, Tamara! Wishing you and all of your wonderful followers Happy Holidays 🙂

Karen RockAbout the Author:
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Heartwarming and her first novel for the line, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and a finalist in the Published Maggie Awards. The first novel in her co-authored YA series, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards.

You can find and connect with Karen here:
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– a set of signed paperback of Wish Me Tomorrow, His Hometown Girl, Someone Like You and A League of Her Own (US only)
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Diverse Book Tours presents Claudia Guadalupe’s Pig Park…10 Things About Pig Park edition

 

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10 Random Thing about Pig Park

  1. I first set out to write a play about a mom and pop bakery fighting for survival, needless to say it went a different direction.
  2. The protagonist’s name was Tomasina until–much like an old fashioned skirt–I shortened it.
  3. Pig Park’s working title was MasaAmerica–a play on the Spanish word for dough (masa) and Meso-America.
  4. I imagined the delicious marranitos (ginger pigs) from Bowie Bakery in my hometown of El Paso every time I sat and wrote about the marranitos at Burciaga’s.
  5. The marranito on the book’s cover is not from Bowie Bakery, rather from Gussie’s across town. 
  6. Skinny pigs, sugar-free ginger pigs, are a made up delicacy
  7. There was no pyramid in the initial draft of the novel.
  8. The pyramid was inspired by a man who walked into the community organization I worked at looking for sponsors to build exactly that. 
  9. The real life pyramid was going to be a wood frame topped by thousands of candles.
  10. Although I might not want to admit this, I’m most like the mom character in the novel. Yep, I’m a totally a mom

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Plot Summary:

It’s crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga hauls bricks to help build a giant pyramid in her neighborhood park. Her neighborhood is becoming more of a ghost town each day since the lard company moved away. Even her school closed down. Her family’s bakery and the other surviving businesses may soon follow. As a last resort, the neighborhood grown-ups enlist all the remaining able-bodied boys and girls into this scheme in hopes of luring visitors. Maybe their neighbors will come back too. But something’s not right about the entrepreneur behind it all. And then there’s the new boy who came to help. The one with the softest of lips. Pig Park is a contemporary Faustian tale that forces us to look at the desperate lengths people will go to in the name of community–and maybe love.

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Claudia GM Author Photo (2) About the author Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

Claudia is the author of The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (Cinco Puntos, 2008) and Pig Park (Cinco Puntos, 2014). She grew up in sunny El Paso, Texas where she learned that letters form words from reading the subtitles of old westerns with her father. She now lives and writes in Chicago.

Author Links
Website: http://www.claudiaguadalupemartinez.com/
Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/pages/Claudia-Guadalupe-Martinez/107095645999600
Twitter:https://twitter.com/maquilagorilla
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1010472.Claudia_Guadalupe_Martinez

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Authors with Flair interview with Charmaine Gordon

I adore Charmaine Gordon! There I said it! She’s warm, zany and an absolute legend in her own right. Not to mention that she’s the author of 17 fantastic novels that are geared to the over 50’s mature romantic suspense readers. (seriously you should check them out!) Lucky for me, Charmaine agreed to do a fun interview to talk about her new book in her River’s Edge Series called Help Wanted (and also to try and get a peek behind the scenes on what makes her tick)!

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Tell us about  Help Wanted:

Steve and Sally Atwood have some big adjustments to make when they move to River’s Edge. Steve has lost his career in the corporate world and finds work painting houses. Sally flings off her apron and pursues her lifelong dream to be a reporter in the small town with a big heart, where the motto is ‘Kindness to Strangers’.

 Afraid he is losing Sally to a more exciting world, Steve panics, but despite Sally’s lecherous new boss, together they rediscover all the love of their thirty-five years together and the excitement that brings

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 Where did the plot idea come from?

When I wrote Housebroken- Book One in the River’s Edge Series, I realized the story dealt with empty nest syndrome and what becomes of the husband and wife when the kids move away. And then I needed a follow-up story. Help Wanted is what happens right after the couple moves to a smaller home in a new town and their lives change. There is humor in both stories, lots of romance and angst as the Atwood’s sort out their feelings.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

 Tap dance on the table the way I used to as an actor in NYC and then take care of my family because they always care for me.

 When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally

When, sadly I lost my good voice to spasmodic dysphonia about ten years ago, I had to leave my acting career behind. Creative juices still flowed and a friend suggested I try writing. After all I’d read scripts for many years, worked on daytime drama, movies, watched directors, knew how stories came to life so why not. And I wrote a book. Sent out query letters, received rejections but actors are accustomed to rejection-no biggie- and then Vanilla Heart Publishing and I crossed paths due to the kindness of Chelle Cordero who read my book. The rest, as we say, is history. Because Kimberlee Williams believed in me, I believed in me. Book after book, novellas, long/short stories and mature romances. There isn’t a day that goes by without writing and I love telling a story.

 

If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?

My Mom who passed on at age fifty would have been so proud to know I had the courage to move from homemaker to spread my wings and become an actor and now a writer. She came from an era where women stayed in their niche taking care of home and children. She remains famous to me. And then my first husband, Bud, who died young. We shared so much in our thirty eight years of a happy marriage but this is the one part he missed, his wife as an author. And he so loved to read. 

 

 Do you think Life experiences, research or just your imagination makes you a better a writer?

Combine them all and you’ve hit the jackpot. Acting experience, imagination and life. It all adds up.

 

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Enter into my Imagination. Needs work but what the hey!

In one sentence, what advice would you give to an aspiring author?

If there’s a story inside you, SPILL it. Each day write something. And never give up, rejection  or not. Go for the gold. You’ll be rewarded. It happened to me. It can happen to you. Best wishes.

OOPS! Way more than one sentence.

Where can your fans contact you and find your books?

 @CharJGordon

http://authorCharmaineGordon.wordpress.com

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/help-wanted/id933546940

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-helpwanted-1658298-149.html

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OWHOGYS

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/487447

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Charmaine-Gordon

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Authors with Flair: Chelle Cordero

At Vanilla Heart Publishing, we have a dream team of 8 insanely talented writers and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the brilliant, Chelle Cordero, the award winning author of ‘A Chaunce of Riches‘ plus 9 more equally fantastic novels. She’s also a full-time freelance journalist for multiple publications;her articles appear regularly throughout North America and she writes a monthly column on NYS Emergency Medical Services issues as a NYS Emergency Medical Technician (First Responder News).

Her heartfelt, passionate novels will have you at the edge of your seat and it was such a treat to get to know the woman behind her work.

In less than 30 words, tell us about  “A Chaunce of Riches”?

How far would you go for love? Sam and Ben were meant to be together, but a car accident changed all that.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Actually I usually visualize the scenes as I’m writing them, just as if I was watching a movie, so in many cases I write the characters with the actors in mind.

Ben Johnson:  Galen Gehring

Samantha Chaunce: Liv Tyler

Do you have a specific writing style?

I am not a plotter, I’m a pantser. My characters come to life as I write and while there are times I rope them back in they pretty much “write” their own stories. I have to admit, sometimes they even surprise me.

If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?

Daisy Aldan, poet (deceased) – My Creative Writing teacher in high school. Ms. Aldan really encouraged all of her students to believe in themselves and use words to express the deepest feelings. I had always planned to send her my first published novel but unfortunately she passed away before I ever had the chance. I really believe that the woman, who was able to get me to write a passionate love letter to a guitar, would appreciate the fact that I LOVE writing about love.

Penny Marshall, actress and director – Well you did ask about that Hollywood casting. Actually I knew Penny when I was growing up. Her mother, Marjorie, was a dance teacher who owned her own dance studio in the neighborhood. All of the local moms sent their daughters to these classes – I was kind of the klutz with a bad back, but my sister was one of the star pupils. Penny used to help her mom out with classes. Of course I would appeal to the nostalgia and all and I wouldn’t hesitate to ask if she would consider the potential of a movie based on my book.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally?

I always wanted to write, but actually doing it professionally was never a “realization” – the profession sort of “found me”. I knew that I wanted to do something in the arts  – although I also entertained the idea of being a police officer, a nurse, or a secret agent – I went to the High School of Art and Design, The New York Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Fordham University at Lincoln Center (Theatre major). I dabbled in low-paying and non-paying artistic endeavors, but I did join the “regular” work force for a steady paycheck. When we were expecting our first child I started writing from home hoping to build some kind of an at-home business. I was successful in finding some paying writing gigs for local newspapers and magazines (journalism, advertorial and copywriting). After a while I went back to my first writing love of creative writing. Eventually I connected with the fabulous Kimberlee Williams, managing editor and publisher extraordinaire of Vanilla Heart Publishing – the rest has been blissful history. (By the way, I still am a journalist.)

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Tithe, give to charity. I won’t deny that my family would benefit greatly from the funds, but the first thing I would want to do would be to express my gratitude and contribute to worthwhile charitable causes and hope that my good fortune could do some good in the world. Then I would start taking care of my family; money is not everything, there are many other kinds of riches, but I won’t deny that money would help towards making some yearned for plans and hopes come to be.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Currently I have ten novels and I am working (slowly…) on number eleven; A Chaunce of Riches was my sixth book. I also have a short story collection, writing guides based on my long-time Amazon Kindle blog (Living, Breathing, Writing), and a freebie informational e-book What to Do Until the Ambulance Arrives. A Chaunce of Riches is a contemporary romantic suspense as are six other books (Bartlett’s Rule; His Lucky Charm; Within the Law; Courage of the Heart; Hostage Heart; and Common Bond, Tangled Hearts). I have two EMS-based (Emergency Medical Services, from my background as an EMT) novels, both murder mystery with a strong love connection, Final Sin and Hyphema. My most recent novel, Karma Visited is a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense – so is my current WIP (work-in-progress).

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

I Planned, God Laughed (and the cover would be a BIG smiley face)

Are you on facebook or twitter?

Of course, lol.  My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChelleCordero and my Twitter account is https://twitter.com/ChelleCordero   I adore the opportunity to “meet” readers and other writers through social media.


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The Blog Hop Tour- #Monday Blogs

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Welcome  to my blog! I’m Tamara and I write romance with a quirky edge. ( I like to think of myself as hilarious) I’m the author of The Trouble with Playing Cupid

I was invited to join this blog tour by Author Neva Squires-Rodriguez.  She’s the author of the Liliana series, which will make you miss your stop on the bus because its so engrossing. Seriously, I couldn’t put it down and neither should you. and also she’s  super awesome and quite pretty <3. You should check out her blog at http://nevasquiresrodriguez.com/

So let’s see a little about me:

Things I love- Paul Rudd, complaining, reading, talking about books, traveling, Tom Hiddleston, social awareness,  when celebrities use their status for the good of people less fortunate than they are, action movies,Orlando Bloom, going grocery shopping with a lot of money, Pinterest, telling people what to do, trying out new recipes, collecting recipes and quotes and lots more that I won’t bore you with.

What I wanted to be when I grew up- I wanted to be a lawyer because I can talk for days and I love to argue. Instead I’m a writer and I use that arguing to terrorize my gorgeous fiance, Chris and basically everyone else I know.

I like this blog hop so much I’m going to tell my author friend, Adrienne at http://indigoplume.wordpress.com/ all about it and invite her to join us next monday! If you want to join up with the  Monday Blog Hop tour just visit @Mondayblogs on twitter for more info

Thanks for visiting! Bye ❤


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Authors with Flair…Adrienne Ruvalcaba interview

Adrienne Ruvalcaba‘s The Prostitute’s Daughter is a gripping, intense, edgy and yet sweet novel. How does one book accomplish all of that? Perhaps it’s a reflection of its author and all the layers of her personality?  Luckily for me, she allowed me to interview her in all her mysterious glory…

 In less than 30 words, tell us about The Prostitute’s Daughter?

The Prostitute’s Daughter is the story of a man who loves a woman who doesn’t believe in love. He loves her even when she isn’t capable of loving herself.

How long did it take you to write it?

It took me five years to write this book. I wrote it in my spare time while I was dealing with a things, including the end of an abusive marriage, going to engineering school full time while single parenting two small children, working, and coming to grips with serious health issues and a subsequent diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Why did you write it? or better yet where did the plot idea come from?

The plot idea came from my intimate experience with survivors of abuse. At a young age, I witnessed a very dear loved one go through unspeakable abuse. I also witnessed this person’s metamorphosis into a completely different person. This person never received the love they needed and deserved, and, as a result, they never healed properly. I too am a survivor of abuse, but I was able to find peace and healing through love and support. The redeeming power of love is sometimes the only way to drive out certain kinds of darkness in one’s soul. The Prostitute’s Daughter is a story that captures that concept and gives it an emotionally fulfilling little fairytale twist.

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

I’m definitely more of a doer than a talker. I’m a person of few spoken words, but I’m very good at plodding along like a machine and accomplishing one small, manageable task after another. I’m all about the daily grind.

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