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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Get signed up! Karen Wiesner live interview!!!

Get signed up! Karen Wiesner live interview

Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 1-2 p.m. (Central time), Karen Wiesner will be interviewed for a webinar at SilverBox Seminars, LLC http://www.silverboxseminars.com/featured-event-hot.html
Award-winning author of over 150 books, Karen Wiesner http://www.karenwiesner.com talks about what it takes to be an active, successful writer. Wiesner has authored multiple novels and how-to books and created tutorials for Writer's Digest Books. This is a valuable event for writers of all skill levels. To join the event, you must be registered at https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/410063222922743297
Payment ($49.99) can be made at this link. Following the interview, all attendees will receive a PowerPoint “handbook” prepared by Karen Wiesner as well as 10% off discount code toward the purchase of her reissued writing reference, COHESIVE STORY BUILDING. For more information, contact info@silverboxseminars.com.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Welcome, Author Danielle Thorne!






Welcome to Gina’s World of Good and thank you so much for visiting. Today, we are so fortunate to have author Danielle Thorne visiting with us.  Danielle will be discussing her new book, CHEATED, which was released by Desert Breeze Publishing on September 12.

Hi Danielle, it's nice to have you today. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thanks for having me for a visit, Regina. I'm a Southern girl, writing from south of Atlanta, Georgia. Besides wearing the caps of former editor and freelance writer, I'm also the author of six novels. I write clean fiction in both contemporary and historical romance, as well as paranormals for young adults.
How long have you been writing? What's the most rewarding aspect of it?
A lifelong writer, I decided to tackle working professionally in the field in 1998. Having the opportunity to express myself and be creative is the greatest reward. Research is a lot of fun, too. I love to learn new things.
You have a new release.  For those who haven't read your book yet, would you tell us a little about it?
Cheated is a stand alone paranormal about relying on our friends and family as we face our fears. It features high school senior, Athena Gray, who has the gift to bring people back or help them cross over. Athena is determined to finish her senior year without any paranormal interruptions. She's certain it's best to ignore her ability to help spirits cross over, but a new phantom in the backwoods of Omega is watching her every move.  Determined to protect her sister and her best friend, Dan, Athena pays no attention to strange events at school until they follow her home. When the mysterious spirit causes a near fatal accident, she must come to grips with an angry and jealous ghost who wants her dead because somewhere between this life and another, Athena's adversary thinks she cheated. It will take the power of family and friendship to survive her own personal haunting and reclaim her life before supernatural forces extinguish it forever.   
That's so interesting! Could you tell us what to expect in any other books you’ll be releasing?
I'd love to! This fall I am also releasing my third historical novel, Proper Attire. This novella features sweet romance set in the Regency era of the West Indies. Here's a quick snapshot:
Pressured to marry for money, Julia Scott flees England and a cruel stepmother to determine if the West Indies is the paradise of her dreams. Attacked by pirates and desired by island natives, the only person she can trust is John Smith -- if that's her rescuer's true name. Reaching her uncle's station in English Harbor, Julia must find a way to face her feelings and deal with her traitorous family, a dashing new suitor, and the guardian angel, John Smith, who has no qualms sporting counterfeit names and less than what is proper attire.
This novella will be available at Amazon.com for just .99 in only a few weeks.
What themes do you write about?
I find there's a continual thread of experiences requiring self-reflection and great courage in my books. It takes stepping outside of our comfort zones to understand ourselves, and that's what I like to make my characters do.
Who is your favorite author and why?
My favorite author is probably Patrick O'Brian. He writes wonderful sea fiction with riveting description and deep character development. I reread his Master and Commander series as much as I do my Jane Austen collection.
Thank you so much for sharing with us, Danielle.  Good luck with your releases and please come back again soon!


JUST FOR FUN
What is your favorite word? "Really?" I say it, I write it. It's a problem.
What is your least favorite word? The word "plethora" really gets on my nerves. It's overused.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? In another life I'd love to be a forensic scientist or marine biologist. I love science.
What profession would you not like to do? Act. I'm phobic about cameras or too much attention. It's just not my thing.
What is your favorite place in the whole world? At sea.
Excerpt from Cheated:
In answer to my thoughts, something nearby snapped. I bit my bottom lip and tried to breathe normally. When I turned around, the surprise of seeing a small, pale girl standing at the clearing's edge almost made me fall back onto the rock again.
"You," I said, like we were in some kind of detective novel.
She said nothing but continued staring with large, gray eyes. I watched the atmosphere around her blur in and out like a wormhole and realized this was the ghost from my cell phone picture. She was the same girl I'd noticed watching me from the woods at the season's first ball game. Except she wasn't really a ghost. Or was she?
"Who are you?" I asked. I really needed to know, and for the first time despite my Poppy's former warnings to not issue invitations to supernatural visitors, I wanted to know.
"Athena," she answered in a quiet whisper.
I didn't know if she was answering me or addressing me. "Who?"
Her mouth twitched slightly at the corners of her mouth, but her eyes remained dead and cold, sparking off and on with a flickering light.
"What do you want?"
Her expression flickered for a quick second before she caught herself. This ghost was playing it cool.
"I don't know who you are, and I don't care," I lied. "Go away and leave me alone."
She laughed, and it was in a creepy, low tone. To make things feel worse, she still hadn't smiled or stopped glaring at me with those dead eyes.
"You cheated," she said, after I decided not to say another word.
A wary tremor ran down my backbone. I'd heard this before. She shimmered like a desert mirage. The power of her glittering appearance waned.
I caught myself biting my lip again, hard. I fought to not feel afraid, fought not to speak.
"Cheated," she repeated in an angry whisper, and her blue life light flickered once more and then went out, like someone had blown across a candle's burning flame.
Links:
Amazon.com: Available September 11th

Thank you for visiting Gina's World of Good today. Leave a comment for Danielle, and join me in wishing her the best of luck with her writings!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Welcome, Author Linda Weaver Clark! New Release and Giveaway!

Today is it a joy to welcome author Linda Weaver Clark to Gina's World of Good. It is very exciting to have Linda visit here and discuss her new release, The Shamrock Case. 




Linda is going to give an e-book away to those who comment about this interview in exchange for a review of her book.

Hi Linda, it's nice to have you on my blog today. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I teach people how to write their family history and autobiography. I have been to 17 states and taught over 450 workshops. I believe it’s very important to teach our children their heritage. Our children need to be proud of their ancestors. It’s up to us to write these experiences down. I’m also an author of 6 historical romances, 4 mystery/adventure novels, a children’s book, and 2 cozy mysteries.

How long have you been writing? What's the most rewarding aspect of it?

I’ve always loved writing, but I’ve only been an author since 2005. I love using my imagination and creating characters that I learn to love so much. It’s fun to feel a part of a story that comes alive on paper. All my books are clean for both adults and young adults.

                                                         

You have a new release.  For those who haven't read your book yet, would you tell us a little about it?

It’s a cozy mystery called The Shamrock Case. For those who don’t know much about cozies, they are a G-rated story with no swearing, gore, or sex. A cozy mystery focuses on the plot and characters, and the main character is usually an intelligent woman. In The Shamrock Case, Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing.

When Amelia is hired to search for her client’s grandparents, the case takes them to Ireland. Kate must learn about her heritage. Who are her grandparents and could they still be alive after all these years? Why did her parents leave Ireland suddenly and move to America? Is there more to this case than meets the eye? This is the second book in this series.

What was the inspiration behind your book?

I believe it’s important to know our heritage and find out about the lives of our grandparents and great grandparents. Well, my great grandfather was born in Ireland. His mother disowned him because he joined another church. Religion is a big thing in Ireland and it upset her a great deal. So Daniel Gamble moved to the states without saying a word and never saw his family again. This was the inspiration behind my book.

That's so interesting! Could you tell us what to expect in any other books in this series?

In each book in the Amelia Moore Detective Series, I introduce a new mystery that has to do with “missing persons.” For example, book one is called The Bali Mystery. When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.

In book 3, The Missing Heir, Amelia has to find the heir to a fortune in order to save a couple of orphanages in Mexico. So each book has to do with a missing person.

Do you plot your stories in advance, or just start writing and see where the story goes?

It depends on which genre I’m writing. For a mystery, I always plot my stories in advance. For a romance, I just see where the story leads me. But I will write a few things down that I want to happen or where my characters will visit.

Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?

Most Definitely! My faith plays a big part in my writing. All my good guys are faithful church-going people. While in Ireland, Amelia and Rick find out why the Irish are so strong in their Christian beliefs and why a shamrock is an influence on their faith. Even I was impressed with their beliefs.

Do you put yourself in your books?

Well, actually, one time I wrote myself into a novel. Matthew, in Desert Intrigue, was explaining how an explorer named Paul Weaver scratched his name in a rock below a tall spire in Phoenix, Arizona. Ever since it was discovered, its new name became Weaver’s Needle. This is the conversation he has with April.

“Weaver’s Needle?” asked April with uplifted brows. “Hmmm. Why does that sound so familiar?” She snapped her fingers and smiled. “I’ve got it.”

“Wow! I’m impressed,” said Matthew. “You’ve heard of Weaver’s Needle?”

“Of course not. I know an author by that name. She writes historical sweet romances and mystery novels. Her name’s… uh… Let’s see. It’s on the edge of my tongue. Oh yes! It’s Linda Weaver… uh… something or other.”

Matthew stared at his sweetheart with humor lacing his eyes. It took all his control to not laugh out loud. She seemed to get distracted so easily and had a way of getting off the subject. He cleared his throat and said patiently, “Now are you more interested in this ditzy author or this fabulous story?”

What role does the geographical location play in your storylines?

It plays a big part. For example, in Desert Intrigue I take my readers to Phoenix and they talk about the mysteries of Superstition Mountain and the history surrounding it. In The Bali Mystery I take my readers to the island of Bali and my characters get to hike in the Rain Forest and swim with the dolphins. In The Shamrock Case I take my readers to Ireland and Amelia gets to kiss the Blarney Stone and see a couple of ancient castles.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Serena Clarke is a fantasy/romance author and I absolutely love her work. She makes me feel like I’m actually there and experiencing the story on my own. Her books are clean with action, romance, and adventure. My favorite book is called The Alliance of Isian. It’s about an arranged marriage. Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other. Even though there’s plenty of adventure in this story, I love how the two have to learn to get along. It’s a sweet romance.

Thank you so much for sharing with us, Linda.  Good luck with your releases and please come back again soon!

Read a review of The Shamrock Case:
“Amelia and Rick have the makings of being a lasting couple that readers will adore and root for. The Shamrock Case moves along quickly. It goes by way too fast and I’m already missing the characters.

“The author paints a vivid picture of the beauty of Ireland. I feel as if I just returned from a trip to Ireland myself. I could easily see the greenery and magnificence of the country. With each book, Clarke introduces us to another exotic location.  She definitely does her homework before she writes about these places.  Clarke knows both her characters and locations well and it shines through each word she writes.” –Socrates Book Review

To read a sample chapter of The Shamrock Case, visit Linda’s website at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/shamrock.html

To visit Linda’s blog where she interviews authors and has regular book giveaways, visit http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com

To purchase a hard copy of The Shamrock Case, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/purchasebook.html

To purchase an eBook, visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lindaweaverclarke

Thank you for spending time at Gina’s World of Good!  Best wishes for your success. 


Thank you! Please visit with me again soon!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Release! THE PERFECT PROPOSAL by Regina Andrews now available







New release today, THE PERFECT PROPOSAL, by Regina Andrews! 
http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Proposal-Regina-Andrews-ebook/dp/B00L31OJXE/ Regina Andrews. Very exciting! 
http://bit.ly/1ynVRam and http://www.reginaandrews.com


Chapter One
     Taking a deep breath, Lindsay Richardson tightened her grip on the thick leather handle of her father's briefcase, trying to draw some of his strength and fortitude from it.
     Something warned her she was going to need all of that, plus a special prayer, to face her first day of work at Copley Industries. She opened the door to her boss's office for their initial meeting.
     "I said no interruptions, Claire, please." She heard a man's voice coming from the other side of the cavernous office. He spoke without looking up from his desk as he shuffled through a stack of papers.
     "I'm sorry. I'm not Claire. But she told me--" 
     "Claire doesn't run Copley Industries. I do. That's the First Commandment here." 
     Lindsay cringed at his use of that particular phrase, but she bit her lip and gripped the leather handle of the briefcase even tighter than before. 
     He stood up and switched on the recessed copper-rimmed lights. Now Lindsay could see him clearly. She was in trouble. She had walked into the wrong office. 
     "I'm sorry for intruding, I have an appointment with Mr. Copley, but it must be your father, not you. I didn't open the right door." 
     His clear blue eyes narrowed. From the tip of his sandy hair to his designer shoes, everything about the thirty-something executive spelled advantage to Lindsay. She felt like an alien life form under his intense scrutiny.
     "I'm your Mr. Copley. For now," he said, coming toward her from behind his desk. There was something in his tone of voice Lindsay didn't understand. "Call me Dean."
     Lindsay felt like a bobble-headed doll as she nodded. "Okay." 
     "Who are you, anyway?" 
     "I'm Lindsay Richardson, from St. Gregory's Elementary School." 
     When there was no response from him, she continued talking really fast, before he could tell her to leave. "We saw each other on Saturday. I was handing out leaflets about the church music group at the apartment complex. You're an owner there, and so's my sister. Don't you remember?"
     "No. What did I say?" 
     "You mentioned something about my timing being bad." 
     "One might say it's still true." He raised one eyebrow.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Special Sale for Valentine's Day!






To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Writers Exchange is having a special deal until February 15:
25% off all your purchases, if you have at least one romance novel in your shopping cart!
Regina Andrews (Dame Ametrine):
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Regina-Andrews.html
Karen Wiesner (Dame Amethyst):
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html

                      Check out Regina's other publications at Writer's Exchange, too!

                          Visit my Website for more details!! http://reginaandrews.com 




 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

GLORY of the HEART, Sterling Lakes Series Book Four is NOW Available

GLORY of the HEART, Book Four in the Sterling Lakes Series is now available at Writers-Exchange Publishing. Here is the link: http://www.writers-exchange.com/Glory-of-the-Heart.html

Today is an exciting day!

An inspirational romance set at Christmastime, GLORY of the HEART is a story of love, war, pain, loss and joy over two generations in Italy and the United States. Book Four in The Sterling Lakes Series, GLORY of the HEART releases today. Here is a recap of the story:


Perrin Marlowe, a war hero, has based his life on the ideals of his father and pursued a livelihood in the realm of stonework and masonry. Returning to Sterling Lakes, he finds the truth about his past.
CC Cogshell has started a new life in Sterling Lakes, but will that move lead her to places she never dreamed of going?

The ebook version releases today, and the print version will be available soon.

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of the story, the series, the covers...I am interested in all your comments. One lucky visitor will win a free pdf copy of GLORY of the HEART.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Blog Tour This Week!


This week, December 2-9th, I am delighted to participate in a blog tour thanks to the wonderful author Gail Pallotta. Thanks for inviting me, Gail! 

Here are a few questions and answers about what I'm up to these days. Leave me a comment and you'll be entered to win a pdf copy of GLORY OF THE HEART.

1. What are you working on right now?

I'm so excited to relate that I am finishing Book Five of the Sterling Lakes Series, REFLECTIONS OF THE HEART.This story reunites Cascade Preston with her sister, who went to a foster home when they were younger due to family problems. But it is a romance, too - so of course, there is a dashing hero :-). I am excited to share that Book Four, GLORY OF THE HEART, shown above, will be released very soon.

2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?

Overall, I think that my Inspirational romances are very grounded in reality and set in today's world. These are all good people dealing with big, bad issues. My focus is the character's inner faith and relationship with God, then compounded with their love for each other; it's always a love triangle -- but spiritual and physical! That is what propels my stories and I think this aspect really sets them apart.

3. Why do you write what you do?

Faith and love are integral to me, and a relationship with God is what makes life bearable when there are so many challenges. There is so much joy in a life filled with God's love, and the love of another is a gift to treasure. Spreading this message of hope and entertaining readers is something I strive for in my writing. This avenue sort of chose me, I couldn't NOT write this.

4. How does your writing process work?


Well, it's kind of like that song of Shakira's -- "Wherever, Whenever"! I'm always thinking and making notes, and then when I am ready, I start writing. I try to keep the rewrites to a minimum. My day job is as a writer, which is fortunate because I am  always operating on that 'writing mode' level. I try to do a least a chapter at a time when I write to keep the tone and the flow fluid.


Please leave a comment to be eligible to win a copy of GLORY OF THE HEART.

Find me at www.reginaandrews.com

Next week, the fabulous Diane Craver will be featured: http://www.dianecraver.com/blog.html 
Thanks for visiting!