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.

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.

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

Necessary Detour – Romantic Suspense, available on Amazon Kindle

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.


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.