What Makes a Good and Slightly Nutty Heroine by Rebecca Zanetti

Michele Callahan - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

What Makes a Good and Slightly Nutty Heroine by Rebecca Zanetti


Hey all! Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of the page! I’m so excited to be here at RomCon celebrating the release of Wicked Edge! The hero in Wicked Edge is Daire Dunne, who’s a tough witch enforcer on a Harley…and is totally grumpy. The heroine is a bit of a surprise. She’s a wild card who drugs Daire, steals from him, and then likes to rob banks. Of course, they’re the perfect match! They just don’t know it right away. 

So, I’ve written a few blogs lately about what makes for a good hero and a good villain, but I haven’t really talked about heroines. Here are my top five characteristics of a good paranormal heroine, and more specifically, Cee Cee Jones. Read More

Hero Character Interview By Karen Docter

Blog Diva - Thursday, November 05, 2015

Hero Character Interview ~ Jake Stefani, 
COP ON HER DOORSTEP

1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
My full name is Giacobbe Marcos Stefani, but only my traditional Italian mother insists on using it, usually when I’m doing something that provokes her. Giacobbe is Italian for Jacob. My friends call me Jake.

2. Who is your best friend? What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?
My best friend is my partner, Ramón. We both joined S.W.A.T. a year ago and ride together when we’re on regular shift. When we’re not working…well, I’m always at the precinct or training in some way. I don’t have much to go home to, but Ramón is married to the love of his life and has four children. They’re great about inviting Uncle Jake to do family things with them.

I recently bunked in their basement for four months after my ex-girlfriend kicked me to the curb. I only hang with Ramón at work now that I’m moving into my new house. I’m too busy unpacking, remodeling, and getting to know my luscious new neighbor, Carrie, and her eight-year-old son, Eric.

3. If you have a family, how do you get along with them? If you don’t, are there people in your life you consider family? How do you get along?
I’m Italian, but I don’t have a huge family in the States. My dad died shortly after I graduated from the academy. I’m Mama’s only child and sometimes that can be a pain, especially since she’s determined to marry me off so I can start making all the bambinos she wants. She’s traditional and has definite ideas about her duties...and mine...to the family name.

But, I love her. She lives about an hour and a half away since I moved to Riverton, Colorado seven years ago to work in the same precinct as my Uncle Jules. It’s just enough distance to keep her from showing up with potential wife material, not that she doesn’t sideswipe me occasionally. Mama’s set her heart on my ex-girlfriend. I’ve yet to convince her it’s over, that I’m pursuing my own woman who, luckily enough, lives two doors down across the street.  Read More

His Work of Art by Shannyn Schroeder

Blog Diva - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

His Work of Art by Shannyn Schroeder

Excerpt:

“Tell me about your superhero guy. The one I saw last week,” Reese said.
“What do you want to know?”
“What’s his story?”
“I’m an artist, not a writer. He doesn’t have a story.”
“Everyone has a story. You have one. I have one. It colors everything we do and see and say. There’s a piece of us in everything we create.” She handed him the pad back and began to clean up their dinner mess. “Tell me something about him.”
“He’s not white.” Adam hated that the first comment he made was about race.
Reese turned and leaned against the table she’d just cleared of their dinner. She pursed her lips before speaking. “So race is important.”
“Yeah. There aren’t enough people of color in comics.” The statement was true, but not the reason.
“Not enough, no. But we have Green Lantern and Cyborg.”
This was solid footing for them, arguing the merits of comics. “Marvel has Black Panther. And let’s not forget the new Ms. Marvel, who is a double whammy as a woman and a person of color.”
“If you think you’re going to convince me Marvel is better based on this argument, you’re out of luck. I get the importance of full representation. I am a woman. That’s why the portrayal of Lyrid is so important. So your guy, he’s black?”
“Yeah.”
“I guess what I’m really asking is if he’s black just because that’s how you envision him or if you made him black because it’s part of your character building.”
And there went the footing. “You can’t take race away from character. It’s part of who you are.”
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Staking Their Claim By Ava Sinclair

Blog Diva - Sunday, November 01, 2015

“I went to see the magistrate this morning.” Cody pulled the paper from his shirt pocket.

“I know you don’t want to see your brother’s claim mined by someone else, and you can’t leave here without giving up your rights. So I’m going to let you stay. But you need legal protection.

“I know you’re in mourning and can’t marry either one of us, and I hope to marry another anyway — if she’ll have me. That just left one option.” Cody paused. “You’re our legal ward now, Jenny.”

The inside of the cabin became quiet as she regarded him, the only sounds coming from the bustling camp outside.

“Your…ward? You mean like your … child?”

“It’s for your own good,” Cody said. “You need protection, and the protection of two is better than one…”

“That was the only way?” she asked. “To reduce me so?”

“We’ll think no less of you, Jenny,” Cody said. “If anything, it will make you only more important to us.”

Jenny chewed on her lip as she considered their words. “Well, if that’s what it takes,” she said. “But I’m not really a child, and don’t either of you go thinking this means I have to listen to you, because…”

“I beg to differ.”  Read More

Horseracing and Romance by Melissa West

Blog Diva - Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hi there! My name is Melissa West, and I am the author of RACING HEARTS, book 1 in the Hamilton Stables series, featuring horseracing. When I set out to write my first contemporary romance, I knew I wanted to focus on a topic outside the norm. Cowboys had been done, and even horse racing had been done, but I didn’t know of any stories that focused on a horse racing family that was all but royalty in that world.

But to create a realistic world, I had to really do my homework. I started by picking up books at the library, reading until my eyes burned, and then reading some more, all the while feeling like I wasn’t getting a clear picture into the racing world. That was when I decided to reach out to horse trainers, and I was fortunate to hear back from legend, Todd Pletcher. Before long, I had a clearer look into what it really took to train a horse. The long hours, the dedication, the community-feel of a farm, and how every person on staff worked themselves to the bone.

Somewhere along the way of researching this amazing sport, watching more Youtube videos than I could count, and asking questions that were all too often idiotic, I found myself loving it. I loved the passion and drive, and I knew I had my story.

A female jockey, daughter to a legendary racehorse trainer, gets hurt and has no one else to turn to than the boy her father had once trained, who was no longer a boy at all. RACING HEARTS captures that thrill of the race, the tension of two towns that both claim to be the best in racing, and the sureness of a first love that never really died.  Read More

Interview: Miss Anne Townsend, Spinster from An Unexpected Wish

Michele Callahan - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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Interview: Miss Anne Townsend, Spinster from An Unexpected Wish

Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Interview: Miss Anne Townsend, Spinster from An Unexpected Wish

Miss Townsend, welcome. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us.
So lovely to meet you as well.  I’m delighted to be here. 

Perhaps you can tell us more about yourself?
I am the eldest daughter of a baronet. My father was Sir Walter Townsend.  We grew up in our family estate in Sussex. My mother died young of influenza so I’ve been   responsible for carrying for my younger sisters since her death. Father passed away from heart pains just six years ago. My stepbrother inherited the estate in Sussex. I   have two sisters, Sophia and Juliet. I’m also the companion to Lady Danford.

You no longer live in Sussex? Where are you living now?
We currently reside in Beetham. Due to a misunderstanding with my stepbrother, we were forced to leave. Lady Danford was a friend of my mother’s and was kind enough to help us. I serve as her companion and in exchange, we are able to live in a cottage on her fine estate. Beetham is a beautiful place. I had never visited the Lake District before. The rolling hills and the surrounding 
woods are lovely to walk in. The village is rather small, but adequate. The market town of Milnthorpe is very close by. St. Michael’s the church is very old and quite lovely. 

Her Master Protector By Sandra S. Kerns

Blog Diva - Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cocoa Beach is about to become front page news!

Brooke Collins loves being an ER nurse. Even more since moving to Cocoa Beach, Florida. The fast pace and intense concentration keep her from thinking about past mistakes. Until Detective Manus Laughlin walks into her ER to protect a witness. The pompous detective is as stubborn and unyielding as he was when he arrested her sister.

Manus Laughlin finds Brooke Collins caring for his witness. Unfortunately, that pulls her into the mess he’s investigating. That means keeping his distance from the tempting nurse isn’t an option. Her feisty attitude is appealing and dangerous for both her safety and his sanity. He might survive the case, but keeping his heart safe is another story. Read More

Fire & Ice By Mary Connealy

Blog Diva - Saturday, October 17, 2015

Bailey Wilde is the oldest sister--and the one who takes care of everyone else in her family. But after her sisters marry and move away, her little homestead becomes bleak and lonely, especially during the long winter months. In a moment of weakness, Bailey agrees to a wild plan concocted by her neighbor, Gage Coulter.

Gage is an honest man, but he didn’t make his fortune by being weak. He won’t break the law, but he’ll push as hard as he can within it. Five thousand acres of excellent grazing land is lost to him because Bailey’s homestead is located right across the entrance to a canyon full of lush grass. Gage has to regain access to this land--and he’s got to go through Bailey to do it. So he makes a proposal...

Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders finally loosen up enough to earn each other’s respect--and maybe find love in the process? Read More

EXCERPT FROM ALLIANCE By ML Callahan

Blog Diva - Saturday, October 03, 2015

He stepped forward, but hesitated to touch her. Instead, he pushed down on the bumper to make his car bounce slightly beneath her. “Hey! What are you doing in here?”
Her eyes opened, light blue and eerily familiar, they focused on his face, rounded in surprise. “Oh!” She scrambled into a sitting position and used her arms and legs to push herself into a corner.

He stepped back, not wanting to terrorize her. “Who are you? What are you doing in here?”

“Oh, shit.”

He raised an eyebrow. “Get out of my car.”

She looked around, looked at him, took in the rows of neatly organized camping gear lining the shelves on the wall. Two bicycles and a motorcycle were parked in the garage space to her right. A rake, shovel and broom were hung up by pegs on the wall to her left. He wanted her out, and she appeared to be taking inventory. What was she looking for?

“Get. Out.”

She looked straight at him. “I’m a time traveler.”

“Not funny. Just get out of the car.”

She moaned and wrapped her hands around the sides of her neck, clearly upset. “Look. I’m sorry, Luke. That came out wrong. I know this sounds totally crazy, but you have to listen to me.”

“How do you know my name? Have you been following me?”

“Ummm, yeah. But I swear it’s not what you think. I’m not some crazy stalker. Uh, well, I guess I was, technically, stalking you today. But I don’t normally do that.” Read More