Love’s Battle – by Angela Hayes

Rain, rain go away.
Is it raining where you are?
Maybe it’s sunny, and you’re on a beach some place, iphone in hand and toes in the sand.
Regardless, sit back, relax, and join me as I welcome author Angela Hayes and her time-travel romance, LOVE’S BATTLE.

"If love isn't worth fighting for, what is?"

“If love isn’t worth fighting for, what is?”

Love Howard has more than a knack for matchmaking. Born from a forbidden passion and a twelve-hundred-year-old promise, she and her sisters can literally see true love. And while Love has no problem bringing other couples together, her own romantic life could use a little help.

Danton DeAngelo has always been well grounded in reality. So it throws him for no small loop when the woman he’s fallen for believes that she’s been reincarnated eleven times and can actually see true love.

Now Danton is faced with the biggest decision of his life. Accept Love for who she really is, or walk away from her forever.
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So Love is not just the title, she’s the main character. Interesting. Tell us Angela, do you have a process for coming up with character names and book titles?

The title and blurb is usually the first thing I come up with when writing a new book. When brainstorming, I try and come up with a title that would snag my own attention and lure me into reading it. When it comes to naming my characters, I try and pick a name that has meaning to it. To help, I use Babynames.com and after making a list, narrow it down to one that is both easy to spell, read, and type.

I can’t work on a story unless it has a title. “Story 1” or “Untitled” just don’t motivate me.

Speaking of motivation…and of course, LOVE’S BATTLE…how about an excerpt?


The hand Love pressed to her brow was visibly shaking. “There’s something I need to tell you. I just need you to keep an open mind.”

“What is it? Are you sick?” Danton asked.

“No, I’m not sick.” Her voice trembled on a forced laugh. “It’s something else. Something I‘ve been trying to prepare you for. This would be so much easier if you believed in magic. If you could believe that what I’m about to tell you is the honest truth.”

Turning, Love opened the iron chest, the hinges groaning with the effort as specks of rust littered the floor. From its depths she pulled out a clear plastic bag that she held tight to her chest, eyes closed, before handing it to a confused Danton.

“This is my tartan, my plaid. Before it faded and was dinner for the moths, it was once patterned in checks of green, gray, and brown. The purple and white stripes that ran through the hem identified the wearer as part of the royal family.” Love tapped the plastic, her finger pointing out where each color should be. “It was a gift from my father. The first and only time my sister’s and I met him, he was on his deathbed, we were eighteen. A week later our mother died in the same moment he drew his last breath.” Needing the extra air Love drew a breath of her own. “That day was the thirteenth of February, eight-hundred and fifty-eight AD. My father was Cinaed mac Alpin, crowned king of the Picts and Gaels. He was Scotland’s first king.”

“Eight- hundred and fifty-eight?” That couldn’t be right, she was only twenty-five. “Don’t you mean Nineteen-eighty-seven?”

“No. I was born for the first time in Scotland during the middle of the ninth century.”
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Hmmmm. What would it take you, blog reader, to believe Love’s story if she was talking to you? What finally convinces Danton? If you would like to read more about Love and Danton, LOVE’S BATTLE is on sale until the end of July

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and can be purchased at the following:

AMAZON ** AMAZON UK ** WILD ROSE PRESS ** BARNES & NOBLE **
ALL ROMANCE BOOKS

I would like to thank Angela for stopping by today (Thank you, Angela!), but before we say good-bye, I asked Angela a couple of questions.

Favorite book (or favorite movie)?
My absolute favorite book that I’ve read over and over is Julie Garwood’s The Bride. There’s just something special in the way Julie created Alec and Jamie.

What are you reading now?
I just picked up Lynsay Sands, The Loving Daylights and it is hilarious. I highly recommend it.

If they were to make a movie about you, who would play you and why?
I think Kate Hudson would make a great Angela. She’s got an infectious laugh and bubbly personality that I do my best to maintain.

Well, thank you Angela. And thank you, blog reader for visiting with us.
Read on for more information about Angela and where you can find her.

Angela Hayes

A married mother of two, Angela splits her time between bringing characters to life by computer, and yarn to life with needle and hook. You can find her at http://www.authorangelahayes.blogspot.com where Angela enjoys connecting readers and the author’s they love.

Angela can also be found at:
https://twitter.com/imahayes
http://www.pinterest.com/imahayes
http://www.manicreaders.com/AngelaHayes/
http://www.amazon.com/author/angelahayes
https://www.goodreads.com/author_angelahayes

Thank you again, Angela & readers, and good-bye. (And if you are sitting with your toes in the sand, please remember to reapply your sunscreen regularly.)

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New Releases from Wild Rose Press

Looking for a new book to curl up with as the cooler weather has you staying inside and snuggling under a blanket?
Here are this week’s releases from Wild Rose Press:

A struggle between good and evil. Will she prevail? THE HOUSE by Lara Parker http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_177_136&products_id=5854

Will a dreaded prophecy keep a lonely woman from accepting the promise of adventure? UNLOCKED TREASURE by Linda Carroll-Bradd http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_175_143&products_id=5855

She knew exactly who she was supposed to be…until love ruined everything. CLEAR AS GLASS by Lynn Kellan http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_175_133&products_id=5856

Being killed on the mission isn’t the plan, but for one is death the only outcome? UNWRAPPING MISS MILKY WAY by Candace Sams http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_177_139&products_id=5857

The isolation of Alaska’s arctic is the perfect place to hide. But you can’t outrun your past. EX-RAY by Claire Croxton http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_245_137&products_id=5859

The last thing he wants is to be treated like a hero—or pitied for his injuries. HER HOMETOWN HERO by Melissa Klein http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_175_140&products_id=5860

Loving a man damaged by war is a challenge, but something about him calls to her. ROWENA’S HELLION by Velda Brotherton http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_176_146&products_id=5858

She’s willing to do just about anything for her man. COMMAND PERFORMANCE by M.M. Bordeaux http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/wildcatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200_86&products_id=1016

Unlocked Treasure with Linda Carroll-Bradd

Grab a coffee (or Coke, as is my preference) and join me for today’s guest, Linda Carroll-Bradd, as she discusses her new release UNLOCKED TREASURE. (Be sure to read to the end where Linda is offering a Rafflecopter draw.)

Will a prophecy keep a lonely woman from accepting the promise of adventure?

Will a prophecy keep a lonely woman from accepting the promise of adventure?

Hello, Linda, and welcome to my blog. Please start by telling us a little about yourself.

As a young girl, I spent lots of time lying on my bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, I discovered and devoured romances. At a certain point, I grew cocky enough to think I could write one of these stories. Twelve years later, my first fiction sale was achieved–a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, I now write heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor and a bit of sass from my home in the southern California mountains. (Mountains of southern California, that sounds beautiful.)

Do you have a process for coming up with character names and book titles?

I’m a real fan of unique names and even changed the spelling of my name in 2nd or 3rd grade by substituting a ‘y’ for the ‘i’ until my mom said ‘no.’ Since I first started writing, I’ve used The Writers’ Digest Character Naming Sourcebook. Picking out a name is part of my process for creating the character and the meaning is usually a small part of the individual’s personality. (I’ve never heard of that book, I’ll have to take a look.)

The title usually doesn’t come until very near the end of the book and often relates to the crisis moment. I have been known to change the title several times while writing—drives my critique group nuts.

Tell us about your current book.

UNLOCKED TREASURE is a new release (just yesterday!). UNLOCKED TREASURE is a novella published by The Wild Rose Press which is part of the Hauntings In The Garden series. The story, set the week before Halloween, takes place in Rhode Island—because I’ve never been there and wanted to research the area. My surprise was the incredibly rich pirate history of the region and I wanted to include that. Then I learned about the incredible mansions of the wealthy, that were their “summer homes”, and the rich heritage of sailing in the region. Took me a while but I figured out how all of those things fit together.

Here is a blurb from UNLOCKED TREASURE:
Aleen MacRae blames the lure of the sea for breaking apart first her family then her engagement. When her interest is caught by a man she sees both in person and in a dream, she resists—afraid to believe in her aunt’s prediction that her future is tied to the sea.

Braden Williams is on the hunt for treasure buried centuries earlier by Rhode Island pirates. His search brings him to the property where Aleen lives. Collaboration on genealogy research draws them closer, and Braden steers her toward his true passion–sailing.

Attending a party with Braden’s family lets her glimpse what she’s been missing. An unexpected discovery before her date with Braden at the Halloween Midnight Organ Recital forces a decision. Will Aleen play things safe or accept what this free-spirited man offers?

Ohhh, sounds very intriguing. Where can my visitors find your book?
UNLOCKED TREASURE can be found at:

AMAZON
WILD ROSE PRESS

Okay, so now some personal questions for Linda.
Favorite book or movie? Book–Pride And Prejudice
What are you reading now? I’m almost finished with Riders of The Purple Sage by Zane Grey, because it’s a classic but the writing style is so very different than what I’m used to (not to mention the anti-Mormon theme) that I’m struggling to finish. I do understand why his books were popular; they almost come alive as a travelogue about the geography, flora and fauna of the region.
If they were to make a movie about you, who would play you and why? Although there’s not much physical resemblance, I like to think of myself as a person similar to the character Sally Field played in the TV series, Brothers & Sisters.

Linda Carroll-Bradd

If you’d like more information on Linda, you can find her at:
Email: l.carrollbradd@gmail.com
Website: http://www.lindacarroll-bradd.com
Blog: http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Linda-Carroll-Bradd-author/440814942635289
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806413.Linda_Carroll_Bradd
https://www.twitter.com/lcarrollbradd
Link for Unlocked Treasure on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23252027-unlocked-treasure

Check out Linda’s Rafflecopter contest, running 10/20-10/26 with $10 gift card or Halloween anthology or backlist title as the prizes
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