Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Steals and Deals from THE WILD ROSE PRESS this week.

Looking for some awesome books to read? Not a lot of extra cash to spend? Well, the Wild Rose Press has some deals that will make you and your ereader smile. Check out these great selections for free.
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Copy the links and enjoy.

Happy Reading,

Tessa

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday's observations

To write implicates action. I write. You write. He writes. She writes. They write. We write. Write is a verb. Therefore, writing can not be passive. If you claim to be a writer, you must write. You can not ignore pen, paper, or computer screen.

Set aside time in your busy day to put down in your desired medium - words. At times its not the amount, but the caliber of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs that are linked together in a common thread. How much time? For me, its a two hour time slot at the minimum. In these two hours, I can produce any where from 850 to 1800 words. More over if done daily, these amounts can easily become 25,500 to nearly 40,000 words a month. Not bad?

One curious side affect is sure to result, the more you write, the greater your amount. Give this a try. If you must force yourself to write, even if its "I don't know what I'm going to say. This is a silly experiment." Let your thoughts flow. Write at the same time, every day. Your mind must conform to this habit. I bet you'll find that when you are doing your house work, your mind will be thinking, plotting, devising unique ways to get hero/heroine together or twist the mind of your villain. Remember: you think - therefore, you write.


Till next time,

Tessa

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Leery of picking up a new author?

The Wild Rose Press releases some of its up coming books for free. Why not check out some of the great authors this week. Charge up that kindle and get ready for some reading pleasure with the likes of Vonnie Davis and a host of others. Copy the links and enjoy.

#Free #Kindle There's a feisty new arrival in town…the battle for her hand begins.A Man for Annalee @VonnieWrites http://amzn.com/B00E4WJ5VA


#Free #Kindle He's immersed in shadows-can she help him fight his way to the light? Beyond the Shadows @LClarkAuthor http://amzn.com/B00E51L2PC


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#Free #Kindle He's good at playing a part. She's good at catching a fake. The Last Straw by Nia Simone http://amzn.com/B00E4WFGMC #TWRP


#Free #Kindle Are her desires for success a perfect match for her Idol Urges? Idol Urges @RubyBAuthor http://amzn.com/B00DVS9NYC #wilder #erotic


#Free #Kindle He's all a lady should never want…she's everything a mercenary can never have Silverhawk @BarbaraBettis http://amzn.com/B00E4WJ1YQ

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Cowboy Up!

Cowboy up is the hardest thing Conway Cash can do. It goes against the grain of his core belief, that he is not cut out to be a father because his father left his mother. But as all readers of romance know, Conway is fighting a losing battle of wills when it comes to Isi Lopez and her twins, Javier and Miguel, who have given Conway their trust, hook, line, and 'stinker'.

If you loved Marin Thomas' first book in the Cash Brother's series, The Cowboy Next Door, you will adore Twins Under the Christmas Tree. This book is sheer delight from the opening when Ms. Thomas introduces hero and soon to be heroine, Isi with a wrong person cat fight that leads to poor Isi's broken nose and a whole lot of grief on Conway's behalf. With each misstep, our intrepid hero makes brings him ever closer to the goal he never thought he wanted - fatherhood.

As a reader, I adored Isi's attempt at 'dating' and trying to find the right one. She knows, as does the reader, that this struggling mother who works to put a roof over her children's heads, tries to finish college to find that better job, and keep her twins in check, has found the 'one' in Conway. The task is getting him to see the same.

I found myself rooting for her and wanting to shake Conway down to his spurs. The poor man does everything so wrong which makes him so loveable. He listens to the twins, "who help him" get the baby sitter fired by plying him with the wrong words in Spanish. Then set's Isi up with his own brother Will, who seems to be waltzing away this his gal right under his nose.

For me the most heart warming moment, comes when his own words come back to bite him in the seat of his cowboy jeans. I won't give it away, but it involves a pair of cowboy boots and the idea that if you believe in something hard enough, it will come true.

Well, I believed. Marin Thomas keeps the reader engaged and invested in this tale from start to finish. She is spectacular. I can't imagine how she will top this off in her next Cash Brother adventure, but you can be sure I'll be there for the ride. Cowboy Up!

Tessa.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September... already? Are you falling into reading?

My word, I don't know where August went. Er - Well, maybe I do. I think I was in the writing cave attempting to overhaul and do some work. At least, the good news is that now we are hitting the downward swing of heat. I'm hoping that once we get past the 15th of the month, we will see those bliss filled days of 75 to 80 degree weather and less humidity. ( Yeah, I know I'm in the south. )

With those more comfortable days, more of us are likely to get out in the yard and enjoy the muted sunshine. What better way to enjoy a good book! With that in mind, I'm going to be picking up books from Marin Thomas, Barbara Daile White, Kristian Higgins, Hope Ramsey, Karen Hawkins,Markee Anderson. I hope you'll give me a holler and tell me who you are planning to spend your September with.

Until next time, Tessa

Monday, July 22, 2013

Notes on RWA 2013

Granted, this was only my second RWA adventure, but I was struck by how much more inclusive and comprehensive the conference appeared to be. RWA directors saw fit to recognize the new ways authors have embraced the publishing world. Not only were traditional publishers highlighted, entities such as Amazon, Smashwords, and self publishing routes were likewise, explored. Most major publishing houses included their epub houses. Their authors were embraced as legit partners in the publishing world. Even more exciting, was the Indie book signing.

The Indie or Independent book signing was fabulous. The line to support these authors was as long as many of the traditional houses and in some cases better received. If I were to attend next year, I would definitely consider signing.

Attendants also ran a broad spectrum. On a very positive side, men swelled the ranks of writers. They attended classes as faithfully as the ladies, honed their pitches, and enjoyed their conference.

The role of Romance Writers of America is changing and in a good way. The movement of the conference embraced the future. For me the highlight was the award luncheon speaker, Kristan Higgins, who energized the rest of the conference with her inspiring talk. Let's hope this trend of embracing continues. I hope when I return to RWA's conference, I see the larger epub companies in spotlights. So let the call go forth, Romance is booming. Congratulations to RWA.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Marin Thomas writes a winner!

What are you looking for in a romance novel? Witty dialogue? Characters that you can't forget? A problem so similar to today's crazy world you are compelled to forget all else just to see how 'they' are going to figure this one out? If this is what you are looking for, then go no further than Marin Thomas' newest release The Cowboy Next Door.

A unique concept and twist in your usual boy meets girl plot makes this story stand out. Our hero, Johnny Cash - yes, you heard right - has quit the rodeo circuit to come home and take care of things. His family is a hodge-podge of characters, six brothers, all named after six different country western singers, and one sister, Dixie, many readers might have met in A Cowboy's Duty. Johnny finds himself falling in love with the girl next door, Shannon Douglas.Shannon's desire is to be come the top cowgirl of the year and her skill - Bull Riding.

Problems arise, when her 'supposed boyfriend and her father' object. For that matter, Johnny doesn't think so much of this 'paid for romance' deal either. When Shannon is hurt, who rides to her rescue? Not her boyfriend, but Johnny. Which leads to contention both on and off the rodeo circuit. No kiss is sweeter than given by a cowboy in love.

Will love triumph? I tell you what, crawl up on that top rail, western romance lovers and sit back and enjoy the show. Marin Thomas doesn't let you down. Her distinct voice and promised happy ever after will leave you wanting more. In my book, she's definitely Top Cowgirl of the year!

Tessa Berkley

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Blogging with Becca Dale.

I'm over at Becca Dale's BlogSpot today talking about Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose. Won't you join us. Leave a comment and your name will be entered in a drawing for a copy of my latest western historical release from the Wild Rose Press.

Becca's link is:http://beccadale.blogspot.com/2013/06/meet-tessa-berkley.html?zx=18e76c06a8e7cc75

Copy and paste in your browser to join us.

Hope to see you there,

Tessa

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Next Big Thing Blog

Welcome to the Next Big Thing Blog. I want to thank Tara Kingston for sending me her loyal readers. Usually, I'm working on a western but for a change of pace, today I'm sharing a fire jockey. That's right, my next contract centers on a story based around small town USA and a local fire company. Let me introduce you to the story.

1)What is the working title of your next book?

The working title of my next book is Playing with Fire.

2)Where did the idea come from for the book?

My son is a volunteer firefighter in a small town. So, I figured I'd used the setting of a small town and create one of those old time boy meets girl stories from the old black and white films we used to see on TV in our youth

3) What genre does your book fall under?

This book is a contemporary.

4)What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Hm? I'm not sure. There aren't too many ginger headed gentlemen. I adore Chris O'Donnell so maybe I could go with him to play the part of our hero, Sully. The heroine is a small town girl who goes off to fine fame and fortune only to return home with broken dreams. I love the actress that plays the oldest daughter on Blue Bloods Sami Gayle or Amy Addams.

5)Who is publishing your book?

Playing with Fire will be published by Turquoise Morning Press in the Summer of 2014 as part of their ongoing stories from Honey Creek, Ohio.

6)How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

The First draft took nearly nine months in between long term sub gigs for a local public school. It was hard to work then come home and push through a thousand or more words after cooking dinner and dishes. It was also the first time I had ever had to write to synopsis written before hand. I was so afraid to stray from the prescribed path. But characters often choose the path less traveled and on one or two occasions I had to follow them.

7)What else about the book might pique the readers’ interests?

I think everyone loves the slow pace of small town America. Its why we tune into shows like The Middle, Last Man Standing, Home Improvement, etc. We long to see why and how problems so much like our own stand out. I think readers will enjoy the boy meets girl, Doris Day /Rock Hudson feel.


Look for Nancy O'Berry's blog next week June 19th at wwwdotnancyoberrydotcom

Friday, May 31, 2013

Come to the barn dance!

I hope you have your boots shined and your best dress on. The ladies over at author roast and toast are giving me a little send off to celebrate the release of Castillo's Fiery Texas Bride. I hope you'll stop over and leave a comment. Copy the address and put it in your browser. Join in the fun. We'll be dancing until the cows come home. Some lucky cowgirl will win a copy of my latest release.

http://authorroastandtoast.blogspot.com/

See ya there,

Tessa

Friday, May 24, 2013

It's Official, Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose has its release.

I know you've seen me around promoting my western romance, Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose on Amazon, but today is a very special day. Today, Castillo appears in The Wild Rose Press catalog as its official release day. I'm honored to be with The Wild Rose Press and thrilled to bring this story to you.

Growing up watching all those wonderful westerns in the 60's gave me an appreciation for history. My hero, Trace Castillo is a mixture of Henry Darrow's Manolito Montoya, Tim Matheson's James Joseph Horne, and James Arness's Matt Dillon. I loved watching these hero's get in and out of trouble each week. So talking the good, the handsome, and the cheeky from each of their characters, I created my half Mexican, half Anglo hero.

As we know, each hero must have a heroine. What better heroine to have than Maureen O'Hare. I always loved her feisty, rebellious nature to contradict to the idea of women in those wonderful John Wayne movies. So my red-headed Irish lass, Mary Rose Thornton was born.

It was a pleasure to write this story and an honor to now be a part of The Wild Rose Press family. Thanks go out to my editor, Nan Swanson; my cover artist, Angela Anderson; and owner Rhonda Penders for accepting this humble writer.
Blurb: Mary Rose Thornton is the only survivor of an attack that leaves her brother dead. Although investigation suggests he was planning to sell army weapons to the Mexican renegades, she knows he would never have done such a thing. Avenging his death and saving the family business by running it herself are a double challenge, and a lawman with a mistaken sense of honor stands in her way.

U.S. Marshal Trace Castillo is committed to keeping the peace, but no badge can protect his heart when it comes to a fiery Texas Rose. His hands are full with a hotheaded Irishwoman determined to find justice. Can he clear her brother's name and locate the stolen rifles before innocent people are murdered?


excerpt

“Don’t you dare tell me it’s not my right to work,” she hissed. “My brother may be dead, but I own that freight company. It is my blood, my sweat, my life!”

“Your life,” he scoffed. “Your death, Miss Thornton, if you keep up with this foolhardy attempt.”

She flashed him a look of disdain. “You pompous windbag.” Her nostrils flared and color crept into her cheeks. “Don’t you preach to me! I intend to honor my brother’s memory by making Thornton’s the best freight company in Texas.”

Her fire set his blood aflame. Any other woman would have run in the opposite direction. In defiance, she stepped closer, glaring up at him, the color of her eyes deepening from blue to deep indigo. In their depths a sparkling of fire leaped and could not go unchallenged. Unable to control his movements, Trace reached out and grasped her by the waist, his broad hands nearly spanning her middle.

“Oh, yes.” His words tumbled over his lips, deep, throaty, and laced with desire. “You’ll make a name for yourself. Every unmarried man, every scoundrel, and every hot blood in southwest Texas will turn up on your doorstep. They will watch the tilt of your head, the sway of your skirts, and try to catch the shimmer of fire in that fine head of hair.”

http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_146&products_id=5184

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Wednesday's Romantic Tap...

Wednesdays Romantic tap...

Don't you love it when you realize your hero/heroine are falling in love? Mary Rose Thornton knew when U. S. Marshall Trace Castillo put her under his protection.

She wasn’t a novice. Mary Rose knew what it was to be kissed. Yet his lips turned her insides to jelly. She shifted her bundle against her hip and rubbed her hand across her middle, hoping to calm her jittery nerves. Kissing that man was like playing with fire. At any time, the flames of desire could consume her.

Pushing away from the door, she moved down the hall. At the end of the stairs, she glanced to the bottom of the steps. He stood with his back to her. Something pulled at her gut; Mary Rose gazed with affection upon his dark head. She couldn’t deny it. This man, this U. S. Marshal, excited her. She wanted to be in those arms, her lips pressed to his. A shiver of delight raced down her backbone.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day is every day from the moment you hear the news, Congratulations. Your world changes without pomp and circumstance, you face the unknown with instinct and wisdom often beyond your years. You are the mother of all problems, the shoulder to cry on, the one they lash out at, but in the end, your love winds them over. Mom's are tough as nails, soft hearted, easy with blessings. In the end, none of us would be here with out them.

Love ya, Mom. Look down on this day and give me your blessing as you did while here on earth.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cowboy and Lawman Blog Hop

Welcome to Cowboy and Lawman Blog Hope.

My name is Tessa Berkley and yes, I admit it, I'm a sucker for a man in denim, boots, and spurs.

I suppose, it comes from growing up with great shows like Bonanza, The Virginian, and The High Chaparral. These shows create characters bigger than life, who dominated the small screen. You know their characteristics by the end of the first episode. You knew they were going to prevail and all the answer solved by the end of the show. You knew they were going to get the girl, even if it ended in just happiness for now. It's this private code of hero, I tapped into when creating my hero U. S. Marshall Trace Castillo in my book Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose. In fact, there is one line that sums up his motto nicely.

"The words from his pledge, “to protect the citizens of Texas,” cut straight to his heart, giving his own personal creed deeper strength. For no one shot a woman on his watch and got away with it. After all, he was born a Texan, he had chosen to be a marshal,but he was first and always a man."

Trace embodies the best of Matt Dillon and the sassy male macho-ism of Manolito Montoya. I hope you'll enjoy meeting Trace Castillo and his heroine Mary Rose Thornton in the snippet I've left below. Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose is out now with Amazon and on May 24th it becomes available at other retail markets.

From Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose...

“Don’t you dare tell me it’s not my right to work,” she hissed. “My brother may be dead, but I own that freight company. It is my blood, my sweat, my life!”
“Your life,” he scoffed. “Your death, Miss Thornton, if you keep up with this foolhardy attempt.”
She flashed him a look of disdain. “You pompous windbag.” Her nostrils flared and color crept into her cheeks. “Don’t you preach to me! I intend to honor my brother’s memory by making Thornton’s the best freight company in Texas.”
Her fire set his blood aflame. Any other woman would have run in the opposite direction. In defiance, she stepped closer, glaring up at him, the color of her eyes deepening from blue to deep indigo. In their depths a sparkling of fire leaped and could not go unchallenged. Unable to control his movements, Trace reached out and grasped her by the waist, his broad hands nearly spanning her middle.
“Oh, yes.” His words tumbled over his lips, deep, throaty, and laced with desire. “You’ll make a name for yourself. Every unmarried man, every scoundrel, and every hot blood in southwest Texas will turn up on your doorstep. They will watch the tilt of your head, the sway of your skirts, and try to catch the shimmer of fire in that fine head of hair.”
Beneath his stare, her eyes widened. Not from fear, but with understanding of what his words meant. He searched her face but didn’t hold back. “They won’t stop there,” he continued, pulling her toward him. “Not until they have a taste of heaven.”


Sigh, I can't tell you how thrilled I was when The Wild Rose Press allowed Trace to come to life!If you enjoy this snippet, please stop by my website and join my newsletter for information about up coming releases. To purchase a copy of Castillo, please use the link below...
http://www.amazon.com/Castillos-Fiery-Texas-Rose-ebook/dp/B00B5M48UU/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1_3TEE

Cowboy Charm Blog Hops now has a companion FaceBook Group. If you'd like to join to receive blog hop and prize announcements here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/453991144693516/

As you enjoy some awesome blogs and find fantastic books, remember for every post you comment on with your email address, you will be entered for some amazing prizes.

***PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO QUALIFY***

Grand Prize: At least a $75 Gift Card for Amazon or Barnes and Noble, your choice. The winner will be chosen at random from comments containing email addresses, and will be announced on May 7. This is open to both US and international readers.

Here's a list of the blogs. Have a great time.




Yours,

Tessa

Cowboys and Lawmen Blog Hop!

Cowboys are known as bad-boys, but what happens when the bad-boy is also the law in town? What is it about these contradictions that make small town sheriffs, Texas Rangers and ex-outlaws-turned-lawmen so irresistible? Whether you write or love to read about the Wild West or modern day Montana, what do you love most about lawmen who are also cowboys? And what makes them so gosh-darn sexy?

Then join nearly 50 other writers and myself as we hop from blog to blog from May 2 to May 6th. But that’s not all, as you enjoy some awesome blogs and find fantastic books, for every post you comment on with your email address, you will be entered for some amazing prizes.

Grand Prize: At least a $75 Gift Card for Amazon or Barnes and Noble, your choice. The winner will be chosen at random from comments containing email addresses, and will be announced on May 7. This is open to both US and international readers.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

On Writing Romance...

Writing romance takes a special type of progression. We've all heard stories described as: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl and happily-ever-after ensues. It is in a sense a three act play with turning points that leads to the next act.

Act one, you set the stage, introduce your characters, their setting, their problem. You sit back and allow the characters to grapple with the problem,devise all the reasons they can't be together. They'll use society, personal flaws - ie. thou protest too much, and all around it just ain't happening. Which brings us to how to move from Act 1 to Act 2.

To march or finagle your couple to the altar, you employ the use of the well developed secondary characters. Your secondary character is your everyman. The person that acts as the conscious of your hero/heroine. They are the force that moves your characters from walling in all the reason they can't be together with a swift kick in the pants, pointing out the flaws, and establishing the reasons why they must try.

I mean, think of all the great secondary characters we've come to know and love. John Wayne and Gabby Hayes, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. I'm sure you all can name a few more.

So when you create your secondary make sure they can stand up to the heroine/hero and push, shove, accidentally trick them into following their heart. For we know, the path to true love doesn't run smoothly.

Here's an example from a work in progress. Heroine can't have hero because their families have been feuding for years. But as you'll see the secondary pushes them forward.

“So, you’re going over to the Jenning’s place?”

Jason didn’t answer. The seven steps it took to move to his mount’s side and place the saddle upon it’s back gave him time to think before he answered. “Phone call might be easiest,” he remarked hooking the stirrup over the horn to reach for the girth. “But turning up, face to face, shows a lot of goodwill.”

“Hu hu.” The acknowledgement dripped in doubt.

Ignoring his foreman, he threaded the leather through the ring and tightened it. Beneath the brim of his hat, the shadows gave enough cover to allow a guarded glance at the cowboy standing at his horses head. Dropping the stirrup, he laid a hand across the seat and confronted him. “If you’ve got a problem, Chip, say it.”

Chip ran his hand down the front of the gelding’s nose. “Look, we all know there’s bad blood. I just want you to use a bit of caution. The Bar M doesn’t need any altercations with the Flying J. Max can be just as big of a hot head as old man Jennings.”

“I’m well aware,” Jason growled and walked over to the corral post to untie his horse. He drew the split reins around the horse’s neck and stepping to the left, planted his boot in the stirrup, bringing his leg over the saddle.

“This wouldn’t have anything to do with Jennings’ daughter?”

Jason gritted his teeth and his jaw muscle twitched. “Don’t you have cattle to tend to?”

“Nothing that can’t wait. Why don’t you let a few of the boys ride along with you? Kind of keep the numbers even.”

Fuming, Jason placed an arm on the saddle horn and leaned down. He didn’t want his message to be mistaken. “I don’t need a chaperone. This is just a friendly call to let Maz know what’s going on. You comprende?”

“Yeah, sure. I gotcha, boss.”

Happy Writing ....

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Action Adventure snippet

“Don’t you dare tell me it’s not my right to work,” she hissed. “My brother may be dead, but I own that freight company. It is my blood, my sweat, my life!”

“Your life,” he scoffed. “Your death, Miss Thornton, if you keep up with this foolhardy attempt.”

She flashed him a look of disdain. “You pompous windbag.” Her nostrils flared and color crept into her cheeks. “Don’t you preach to me! I intend to honor my brother’s memory by making Thornton’s the best freight company in Texas.”

Her fire set his blood aflame. Any other woman would have run in the opposite direction. In defiance,she stepped closer, glaring up at him, the color of her eyes deepening from blue to deep indigo. In their depths a sparkling of fire leaped and could not go unchallenged. Unable to control his movements, Trace reached out and grasped her by the waist, his broad hands nearly spanning her middle.

“Oh, yes.” His words tumbled over his lips, deep,throaty, and laced with desire. “You’ll make a name for yourself. Every unmarried man, every scoundrel, and every hot blood in southwest Texas will turn up on your doorstep. They will watch the tilt of your head, the sway of your skirts, and try to catch the shimmer of fire in that fine head of hair.”

Beneath his stare, her eyes widened. Not from fear, but with understanding of what his words meant. He searched her face but didn’t hold back. “They won’t stop there,” he continued, pulling her toward him. “Not until they have a taste of heaven.”

From Castillo's Fiery Texas Bride now available at Amazon.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Facing Fears

The toughest thing you can do is to get back on...

We've all heard the saying, fall off a horse and you must get back on, but when the beast is nearly 2000 pounds of Brahma terror, the task becomes more than daunting. In Eight Seconds to Glory, Travis Hargrove has a lot to prove if he wants to win Glory Beebe's heart.

“You're crazy, you know it?” Mickey snapped as he handed Travis a chest protector.
“You got no more business on that bull than a jay bird.”
“Yeah, I do.”
Travis paused and cut Mickey an impatient glance. “I know what I'm doing. Jax is right. It's time I showed those kids what a bull rider does.”
“You ain't ready,” Mickey shook his head. “You haven't been on a bull yet. You could go and get yourself killed.”
Travis put on the metal helmet. “I got news for you,” he thumped Mickey's chest. “I'm coming out on top.”
“And Glory? You get hurt and what am I gonna say to her?”
He paused and turned to look at Mickey. “I'm not gonna get hurt. In fact when I get done, I'm gonna tell her I love her.” His face contorted in thought. “I don't know how we‟re gonna make it work, but I know when two people are as good together as we are, you don't look back, you just do it.”

Eight Seconds to Glory is available in print and in ebook.

http://www.amazon.com/Eight-Seconds-Glory-Tessa-Berkley/dp/1440555885/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364908885&sr=8-1&keywords=Eight+Seconds+to+Glory

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday's Musings...

Trace Castillo, U.S. Marshall has his hands full with a fiery red-headed Irish lash by the name of Mary Rose Thornton who was traveling with her brother taking freight to Ft. Ewell on the Texas frontier. When they are attacked and her brother killed, Mary Rose wants revenge in the worse way and the Marshall? He just wants her in the best way.

Here is a snippet of Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose available now on Amazon select.


God forbid, he craved her, wished to devour her, and when she curled her tongue against his, Trace thought he would lose control. Blood pounding in his ears, he managed to pull his lips away. Holding her tight, he listened to their ragged breathing as she clung to him for support.

“Mary Rose, Mary Rose.” He repeated her name, pressing soft kisses to her temple, her nose, her other cheek.

Her breathing deepened, and he felt her pull slowly back, her hand pushing against his chest as she regained her balance. The swell of her bosom strained the calico she wore. Her eyes, still heavy with passion, struggled to open. But, when they did, she stared at him, her cheeks filling with color and her face with confusion. He lifted his hand and cupped her cheek, brushing his thumb across her lips made swollen by his actions.

“Do not go back to the freight office,” he said.

If he had thrown a bucket of ice water over her, her expression couldn’t have grown more distant. Then her shock gave way to anger and, before Trace had time to react, her open palm made contact with his left cheek.The sound broke the silence like a clap of thunder.

Her eyes wide in a blaze of female indignation, she snapped, “Your duty here, Marshal, is over.”

Trace drew himself up straight. He deserved that, he supposed, but he had needed to demonstrate how easily a man could break down her defenses.Meanwhile, she turned on her heel and stomped away. His eyes followed her across the yard and into the house. Only when the door slammed did he look away, his mouth grim.

“On the contrary, my job has just begun,” he called out.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesdays Sweet Temptation

Sweet Wednesday Temptation....

"My sweet Irish rose,” he whispered, gazing into her heavy-lidded eyes. The slightest pressure of his left hand turned her face closer. He looked down, watching her moisten her lips. The urge to brand her as his own brought a fire raging nearly out of control through his veins. “Mary Rose, you are a temptress. You torment my dreams. I believe you have bewitched me,” he whispered, and their lips met.

Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose now out on Kindle Select.

http://www.amazon.com/Castillos-Fiery-Texas-Rose-ebook/dp/B00B5M48UU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359826163&sr=1-1&keywords=castillo%27s+fiery+texas+rose

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

On Writing...

Perhaps the biggest challenge most writers face is negativity. It comes in many factors, time restraints, nay-Sayers, and the worse self doubt.

In this world with the constant bombardment of media its hard not to get down on yourself for not putting out work immediately upon completion. Writing is not something that comes with an immediate in / out box. It does take time and requires several sets of fresh eyes or at least in my case.

When working on a manuscript, I've learned (painfully) that like a good wine, a manuscript needs to sit and cure. You need that step away in order to find mistakes and plot holes. Finish your manuscript, run the first spell check, then put it back in its folder and walk away for at least two weeks. I know its hard but do so. Fill your time with plotting or fleshing out other ideas. Then return to your previous work. You will be amazed at the insight the time away from your plot and characters will have provided for you.

Till next time, Tessa

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday's Western Snippet

U.S. Marshall Trace Castillo has his hands full with a hot headed Irish lass, Mary Rose Thornton. But, there's something about her that fills his soul. Right or wrong, he's falling in love with her.


He yawned again and folded his arms behind his head. A soft breeze stirred the curtains as he thought about the woman he’d just left. The rich color of her eyes, the cream of her skin, stirred him in ways no other woman since Amelia had. His thoughts recalled the kiss and the lingering taste of honey still on his lips. She’d leaned into him, and the mere memory of the warmth of her body and fullness of her breasts sent shivers of pleasure down his spine. As the kiss ended, he’d felt her lips open, offering him an invitation to explore. Had he taken the chance, he not only would have plundered her mouth, but as sure as the sun would rise tomorrow he’d have completely satisfied them both. Thinking about those endless pleasures, his body grew hard. With a curse, he flipped himself over and closed his eyes. Yet he knew sleep would not come easy. Damn those copper curls.


Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose is my first novel with The Wild Rose Press. It is available now with Kindle Select. http://www.amazon.com/Castillos-Fiery-Texas-Rose-ebook/dp/B00B5M48UU/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1_3TEE

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Come meet Kim Hornsby, author

Everyone at some point in their life takes that necessary detour. Read how Kim Hornsby takes this turn of phrase and creates a romantic suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat. By the way, one lucky commenter will win a copy of Kim's novel, The Dream Jumper's Promise set in Maui.


What’s the book you’re promoting today and how did you come to write it?

Necessary Detour is my latest release, a romantic suspense that I wrote as my second novel. You know, the one that gets thrown under the bed while you go on to write the publishable third novel? Turned out it was highly publishable with a little help from Wild Rose press editor Ally Robertson, who doubles as author Alicia Dean. I wrote it after my first novel got rejected 50 times by various agents and everyone told me to move on, write another one. So I tried my hand at what I thought was a good romantic suspense with a high concept—Goldilocks’ story. The idea came to me while at our cottage in Canada, so I set the book in northern Washington with a twinkling lake, loons calling and the smell of Douglas firs in the air. I liked the idea of a rocked-out performer getting her joy in nature.

What experience do you have writing this type of novel (Write what you know and all that)

Well, it’s about a rock star who escapes to her lakehouse to avoid the press after she announces her retirement but can’t stop spying on the strange family who’ve moved in across the bay. For the singing part...I was a singer from age 17 to 45. My first gig was with a big band while I was a senior in high school. Performing on weekends effectively kept me off the streets and without a big social life. Then I fronted a rock band called Thigh High in Toronto (where I’m from) and after that I managed to sustain a singing career (radio jingles, concerts, theatre) over the next two decades. Writing a world- famous rock star took some imagination but I was enough of a celebrity at one time in my life to have a stalker and get stopped at the grocery store for autographs. Now I’m known by my kids’ reputations.

Did you have to do research and if so, what did you learn?

I’m an avid fan of music and follow celebrities, like many people, and have always been fascinated with the dichotomy between living the celebrity lifestyle and trying to have a normal life. That said, I researched specific parts of this book by reading articles written by Pink, Pat Benatar, Madonna (of whom I used to do an impersonation) and also interviewed a homicide police officer, a CIA agent and an ER doctor. No research was necessary to write the pug mix, Elvis Pugley seeing I have my own doggies.

How did you come to publish with The Wild Rose Press?

Actually I believe it was Elvis Pugley who got me the attention needed to have Ally Robertson at WRP, read the full. She is a huge fan of Elvis Presley and I’m pretty sure the dog’s name got her interested initially. Then, she says, my writing style and subject matter drew her in to fall in love with the book. And now I’m a big fan of Alicia Dean’s!
Before connecting with Ally, I read online that an editor of an upstart Indie Press was looking for a fairytale romance and this novel was originally called Goldy and the Bayers, based loosely on Goldilocks. I sent it off to her and while I was at it, I fired off a query to The Wild Rose Press. By the time the first editor finished the full, I was signed at WRP and working on edits. That’s how fast they work over there. I was delighted with Ally and couldn’t imagine giving my book to anyone else.

Since Necessary Detour came out quietly in December, how does this compare with a full-on noisy release of your other self pub?

Ha ha. I didn’t even know Necessary Detour was out there for two weeks so it was quiet. It was supposed to be released in April and I got an email from WRP saying they’d decided to release to the KDP Select program as an experiment to generate more interest in the book and it would be available on Amazon by the end of the month. I thought they made a mistake and meant January so when I finally contacted them it had been live for two weeks. I felt like I’d had a baby and hadn’t even seen it yet. So I ran to the nursery and checked on the baby, held it, sent out birth announcements etc. The funny thing was that I’d just released my debut novel early December and I was still reeling from the birth of that one. In some ways it feels like I had twins and didn’t know it. One child I have total control over and the other one is in the hands of amazing adoptive parents who give me full visiting rights. Necessary Detour isn’t officially releasing in the Garden at WRP until April, so the ‘birth’ just feels different. It’s awesome having two out at the same time and I’ve been told by readers they go from one to the other and then want a third!

What similarities do you have with the protagonist of this story, Goldy, and what blatant differences?

Well, I know what it feels like to sing, to have an enviable singing voice, but I never gave up everything to make a success of it. And I’m sure I was never as talented as Goldy! Or as pretty! I feel her pain thinking she isn’t the best mom in the world. I try my very best but I am a full time working mother, like Goldy, even if I don’t travel for my work. And that comes with some guilt. My kids are 10 and 16 now and I’m sure they’ll remember that Mom spent a lot of time at her computer and Dad is the better cook. I try to write when they’re at school but I also have a full time job at Macy’s so I feel guilty about that too. I hug my kids a lot, like Goldy.

Do you dream about your characters while writing a novel or afterwards, or not at all?

Yes! I am a big dreamer. Huge. And I remember my dreams in the morning. While I’m in the writing stage, I dream often about the characters and sometimes I even become the protagonist, which is fun. Or a version of the protag. Once I dreamed that Goldy was in love with that Sawyer guy from LOST and that gave me the idea to use their photos for my Pinterest board on Necessary Detour. Goldy became Fergie and Pete became Sawyer.

If you could order anything at a restaurant and not gain an ounce, what would it be?

Ha! Nachos with guacamole, sour cream, loads of cheese, black beans, and Mexican rice on the side. For dessert I would want a large piece of chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Oh, and two margaritas with the nachos!

Questions-- compliments of EBook Interviews

Kim Hornsby
Commercial Women's Fiction
You only journey if you dare to leave home
The Dream Jumper’s Promise
Necessary Detour
www.kimhornsby.net
www.kimhornsby.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/kimhornsby

Necessary Detour – Romantic Suspense, available on Amazon Kindle http://amzn.com/B00AU50M76

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Wonderful News....

Perhaps its because I'm still new at this, but there is a sense of excitement when a contract rolls across your email. It's like getting that 'A +' on a paper in school when you thought it bombed.

On Friday, I signed a contract with Turquoise Morning Press to publish a book in their Honey Creek line of sweet romances. I'm so excited to be working with these talented ladies and to bring Patrick Francis Sullivan, Sully and his heroine, Mitzi Stancil to life. I hope you'll enjoy meeting both of these characters as we progress toward our release date of Spring 2014.

Tessa

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Meet Trace Castillo, U.S. Marshal

Trace Castillo, quiet set in his ways. He's bound and determined to keep justice on the Texas frontier. Part Mexican, part American, he has his feet firmly planted in the Texas soil. His father chose Texas over Mexico during the revolution causing a family rift that stands to this day. When his parents were massacred by Native Americans, he was hell bent on revenge, but the cool hand of wise Texas sheriff, Randall Weston, kept him from seeking vengeance.

Odd how things turn, while in Cobb's Crossing, Trace runs across an old reminder of his hot headed youth, a riffle with the scalp of his mother. It seems Mescalero's are being armed by unknown people hoping to disrupt the quiet life along the border. When a secret shipment of riffles are stolen, the evidence seems to lead to Daniel Thornton owner of Thornton's freight and the man killed on the raid. To make matters worse, Trace seems to have a yearning for Thornton's hot-headed sister, Mary Rose. All hopes of keeping this strictly business goes up in flames when their lips meet.

Grab a copy of Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose on Amazon to see if a U. S. Marshal's badge is any protection against a pair of eyes as blue as the summer's day and hair that resembles the fire surging in his veins.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Welcome February

WHOO eeeee!!

We made it through January. Now thoughts are turning to the garden. I'm curious, how many of you garden? Last year the deer enjoyed most of ours.

On the bright side, there is some news coming soon and with February being the month of Love, there just might be a contest or two. More to come later.

Tessa

Friday, January 25, 2013

WOOT!

Wow, just when I thought today couldn't get any better. I found out that my first release with the wonderful WILD ROSE PRESS has been released through kindle select. I mean it just doesn't get any better than that.

I want to publicly thank the cover artist, my editor, Rhonda Penders, and everyone involved with helping a dream come true. You guys are awesome.

So now that I've publicly gushed. I'm going to leave you all with a blurb and my first excerpt from Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose.

Mary Rose Thornton is the only survivor of an attack that leaves her brother dead. Although investigation suggests he was planning to sell army weapons to the Mexican renegades, she knows he would never have done such a thing. Avenging his death and saving the family business by running it herself are a double challenge, and a lawman with a mistaken sense of honor stands in her way.

U.S. Marshal Trace Castillo is committed to keeping the peace, but no badge can protect his heart when it comes to a fiery Texas Rose. His hands are full with a hotheaded Irishwoman determined to find justice. Can he clear her brother's name and locate the stolen rifles before innocent people are murdered?


excerpt-

“Don’t you dare tell me it’s not my right to work,” she hissed. “My brother may be dead, but I own that freight company. It is my blood, my sweat, my life!”

“Your life,” he scoffed. “Your death, Miss Thornton, if you keep up with this foolhardy attempt.”

She flashed him a look of disdain. “You pompous windbag.” Her nostrils flared and color crept into her cheeks. “Don’t you preach to me! I intend to honor my brother’s memory by making Thornton’s the best freight company in Texas.”

Her fire set his blood aflame. Any other woman would have run in the opposite direction. In defiance, she stepped closer, glaring up at him, the color of her eyes deepening from blue to deep indigo. In their depths a sparkling of fire leaped and could not go unchallenged. Unable to control his movements, Trace reached out and grasped her by the waist, his broad hands nearly spanning her middle.
“Oh, yes.” His words tumbled over his lips, deep, throaty, and laced with desire. “You’ll make a name for yourself. Every unmarried man, every scoundrel, and every hot blood in southwest Texas will turn up on your doorstep. They will watch the tilt of your head, the sway of your skirts, and try to catch the shimmer of fire in that fine head of hair.”

Beneath his stare, her eyes widened. Not from fear, but with understanding of what his words meant. He searched her face but didn’t hold back. “They won’t stop there,” he continued, pulling her toward him. “Not until they have a taste of heaven.”



I hope you'll enjoy Trace and Mary Rose's story.

Tessa

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog

Whoo hooo! Everyone is enjoying a blog hop during this cold snap. You can visit so many exotic places and get a host of stories to fill that e-reader while curled up on your couch as the snow flies.

I've been tagged by Karen Michelle Nutt from www.kmnbooks.com So come, sit down, and let me introduce you to my first book from The Wild Rose Press.

Question: What is the title of your book?

My debut novel for The Wild Rose Press is entitled Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose. It's set in Texas, (of course) and deals with the tensions between Mexico and the Lone Star state in the years just after the Civil War.

Question: Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for Castillo came from all those television westerns I watched as a child. Who didn't fall in love with those handsome heroes? While doing some research for a college paper some years back I came across some old photos of Texas just after Independence from Mexico. I got to thinking about all the ill will that must have prevailed. So my hero was born. A half Mexican, half Anglo who's family sunk their roots deep into the Texas soil and chose Tejas over Mexico. Of course his family disowned him. Of course, tension runs high but I won't give away the events just yet.

In keeping with my multicultural theme, I chose my heroine to be of Irish descent. She and her family came west to seek a new beginning after the war. She's a spunky lass and she and the hero Trace Castillo don't quite get along. ( Of course they don't, this is a romance after all) Will true love win out? Wink...
Question: What genre does your book fall under?

My book is a historical romance so it falls under the cactus rose line for The Wild Rose Press.

Question: What actors would you choose to play in the movie rendition?

Oh, this question has given me fits. So of you might remember Tim Matheson from the West Wing's first season. He began his career on westerns such as The Virginian and Bonanza. He could play Castillo. A more modern actor is Dominic Zamprogna who plays Donte on General Hospital.

My heroine, Mary Rose Thornton, could be played by Maureen O'Hare in her early years. I've always loved her feisty spunk. Now? I'd need a good redhead full of fire, I'm wondering if Kate Hudson could die her hair a bit to strawberry to play her or perhaps the young lady in Suburgatory, Jane Levy might do the role. I'd love to hear suggestions from readers, too, once the book is released to who they would pick.

Question: What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Lone Survivor of a raid on a supply wagon run, Mary Rose Thornton seeks revenge against the men who murdered her brother, refusing the help of U.S. Marshal Trace Castillo, a lawman with a deep seeded sense of honor who is determined to keep her safe despite the odds.

Question: Where can we get your book?

When he book releases, you will be able to get it at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and of course The Wild Rose Press. If you are with Amazon Select you may see it pop up early. The date for release has been set as May 24, 2013.

Question: How long did it take your to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft took probably around three months to write. Then, I let it sit for about three weeks and went back in to try and tweak.

Question: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I would like to think my book would compare to The Devil's Own Desperado by Lynda Cox and The Treasure of Como Bluff by Alison Henderson.

Question: What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

I think the mystery that Mary Rose and Trace have to uncover might be of interest to readers, a gold coin, a ledger with bank deposits that don't match might keep the reader wanting more. A real surprise comes when the reader finds out who is behind the attack on Thornton freight lines.

The next stop on the Next Biggest Thing Blog will be with the talented Tara Kingston on Monday, January 28th. Look for her post at http://tarakingston.com/

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Saturday afternoon Matinee

When I was little, my parents talked of going to the movies on Saturday afternoon. There, they'd watch newsreels, current events, see a cartoon and then the feature film. Ladies wore hats and gloves, which they were reminded to remove so the people behind them could see the picture. Men wore coats and ties. Their hats rested on their knee while the slipped their arm around their honey and watched. Simpler times.

On Saturday's, I'm going to be offering you a sample of stories that are available for purchase or stories that are coming out soon. I hope you'll stop by to see what's new in Tessa's world and get a peek at what might be on the blog this week.

Out now - Tejas Conspiracy Incident at Cold Creek

Lily watched the men draw into the yard. A lump rose in her throat. She recognized the two as the men who brought Frank’s body back. Her hurt and anger returned. Wiping her hands on her trousers, she moved to the edge of the porch and waited for them to stop before she spoke.

“Gentleman,” she called out.

“Afternoon, Mrs. Prentiss,” Silas nodded. “We come by to see if there was anything we could do?”

Lily gave them an icy glance. “I’d say you’ve done enough.”

The coldness of her tone made the cowboy who spoke shift nervously in the saddle. A creak of leather drew her gaze to the other cowboy. The look he gave her made Lily’s skin crawl. She rubbed her right hand up her left arm for warmth. It was the first time all day she regretted not having her skirts or corsets.

Out of the corner of her eye, she caught Dirk as he shifted his body to dismount.

“Crawl right back up there on that horse, mister.” Lily’s voice rang out with authority that surprised even her.

“Now, Mrs. Prentiss, where’s that southern hospitality you Virginia ladies is known for?” Dirk’s mouth widened to a leer.

Lilly stepped back.

“Dirk,” Silas warned, throwing his right hand out to stop his companion, but he was too late.

“Those pants sure do fit you nice, ma’am.” Dirk’s eyes focused on her legs. “I like the way they come up and cup your-”

“Lily, any problems?” The voice came from behind her.

She heard the hinges creak as Ty came on to the porch. Relief washed over her, yet, she still felt the terror of being under Dirk’s scrutiny.

“Some men from town,” Lily explained, yet she didn’t take her eyes off them. Ty’s boot steps came nearer. “These are the men who brought Mr. Prentiss home.”

Dirk moved toward his mount’s head. “Yeah, terrible thing that.”

Ty’s arm caught her peripheral vision. She gave a quick glance. His eyes jerked toward the doorway. He was telling her to step back. Lily did. He crossed in front of her, placing his body as a shield.

“You ain’t from around here, are you?” Silas asked.

Lily could see the muscle in Ty’s jaw twitch. “That’s none of your business,” he replied.

Dirk took a step forward. Lily raised her hand to grab Ty’s arm, but before she could reach out to him, his right hand cleared the holster, gun drawn. Her eyes widened.

“I believe the lady said, don’t dismount.”

Dirk stopped, his eyes large as he stared at the barrel gun.

"You’re mighty quick with that shootin’ iron.”

Ty leveled him a dark glare and Dirk grew silent.

“Take your hands away from your sides,” Lily heard him speak to Silas. “I find it mighty interesting that you would call on her now, and not when she needed help with the burial. That’s right, raise them high.”

This historical western romance is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all romance ebooks. Copy the links and add to your browser to go to the sites. I hope you'll enjoy reading about Ty and Lily's adventures and their not so smooth path to true love.

Tessa

Links

http://www.amazon.com/Tejas-Conspiracy-Incident-Series-ebook/dp/B008C1HH14/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339861239&sr=8-1&keywords=Incident+at+Cold+Creek++Tejas+Conspiracy

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tejas-conspiracy-tessa-berkley/1111606001?ean=2940014729031

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-tejasconspiracyincidentatcoldcreek-832993-154.html

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Here's to new beginnings

This week we are putting away our memories of 2012 and making ready to embrace 2013. But, as writers are we ready?

Many of us will sit and stare at 365 days of more writing without a game plan. Writers, you must have that game plan. Just like any other mode of business, writing a book, promoting a book, planning a book takes time. Yes, as pantsers you sit down and write. Yes as plotters, you make notecards before you write. However, even before you sit down to your prescribed way of attacking your novel, you need to create a schedule.

A very wise writer imparted this wisdom on me. Writing is but one side of the business. New York authors my have people who will do some of the work, but if you plan on being successful, you have to plan. Which means making a rude twelve month calendar where you write down what stories you plan to put out. Leave a month for it to sit and ferment before you open it back up and look at it with "new eyes" to find mistakes. You also need to work into your plan, time to promo work that you've done or put your name out there by building your platform or you awareness to the masses through social media.

Its not easy. Planning means to look at how much your write a day vs the length you anticipate your novel. Full length 60,000 words or more - if you write 1,000 words a day - you are looking at 60 days plus for a work. Are you giving yourself weekends off for family? Add a few more days. Don't go into writing and think that you flick on the screen and suddenly words appear. A carefully crafted story takes time. Which is why authors get so very, very upset to see their work pirated on sites. Imagine if you worked for pennies a day and someone took what you had labored over, sold it, and you got nothing except the attitude, you can write another.

But I digress. So, you're planning to write that novel. Take today to look at the books on your shelf, decide how long your novel will be, how many days it will take to write and make a work calendar or purchase a paper one like students use to write their assignments on. Write down your expected end date. Keep a weekly word count by listing the starting of your novel and using the computer word count where you end each week. You'll find you look forward to seeing your progress.

Tessa