Love and Murder…and Brenda Whiteside

It is my pleasure to have Brenda Whiteside visiting my blog. I’m a regular reader of Brenda’s blog and a follower of her adventures as a pickle farmer (yes, pickles!)…but today she is here to talk about her book THE ART OF LOVE AND MURDER. And be sure to read to the end, where we have a link to Brenda’s rafflecopter draw.

The Art of Love And Murder

The Art of Love And Murder

Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband. A husband who wasn’t what he seemed. Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life.

Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible. As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.

Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past…until Chance’s connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them?

Hello Brenda, and welcome. Please start by telling us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in Arizona. Outside of Arizona, my travels had only gone as far as California, Nevada, and New Mexico until I married a man doing a stint in the Army. And I discovered I liked moving around. Our gypsy lifestyle has finally come full circle and we’ve ended up back in Arizona only on a northern prairie instead of the big city. We share our rambling farmhouse with our son the farmer, his wife, my granddaughter and three dogs. Together, we’ve embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States – multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents. (Check out Brenda’s web link at the bottom to read more about her family farm. I’m amazed at all the work and love that goes into it)

Art was my first love although I’d always enjoyed writing. It took me well into adulthood to find I derived more satisfaction filling a blank page with words than an empty canvas with color. I left my paints behind.

Although I didn’t start out to write romance, I’ve found all good stories have to involve complicated human relationships. I’ve also learned, no matter a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or serious, straight contemporary or mystery, all my books revolve around those two facts.

Do you have a process for coming up with character names and book titles?
I can’t call it an actual process because it varies from book to book. In fact, honestly, I don’t know how character names come to me. They seem to appear out of thin air. I’ll try it out in my head, let it roll off my tongue, imagine the character and decide if it fits. Book titles have come to me in all sorts of ways. My latest release, THE ART OF LOVE AND MURDER, didn’t come to me until I was nearly finished with the book. Since I intended on a series, Love and
Murder came to me first. Pretty simple – every book would deal with a murder and a love story. Each book plays off that. (And I’ll give a little plug here to say Brenda’s next book is going to be called SOUTHWEST OF LOVE AND MURDER)

Tell us about your new book, THE ART OF LOVE AND MURDER.
I’m excited about this book because it’s the first book in the series. THE ART OF LOVE AND MURDER is set in Flagstaff, Arizona. Lacy Dahl goes looking for her roots in the small town and finds love and murder. Love comes in the form of the county sheriff with murder of his own in his past. There’s plenty of suspense and love.

How about a little more to entice our readers?…
Momentarily struck dumb by his eye color, she stared back. Why hadn’t she noticed until now? Although not as light as hers or her father’s, the professor’s eyes were a startling green shade.

His hand nudged her arm. “Lacy?”

She jumped. “Oh, yes.” She slipped the tissue from the half-carved wolf. Another glance at his eyes and goose bumps riddled her arms.

He lifted the wood close to his face, using both hands as if handling a delicate hummingbird. His thumb traced the neck of the creature to the juncture of where it emerged from the wood. When he brought the piece to his nose, closing his eyes and breathing deeply, Lacy wanted to turn away from the oddly erotic gesture.

He swallowed, opened his eyes and set the wolf back on the tissue. His attention shifted to the photograph of the chest. He touched the photo, a smile on his lips. “Where is the chest?”

The chest. Like he knew it, had seen it before. “I’m having it sent. You’ve seen it before?”

He didn’t move, stared out the window as if deep in thought. “I’d like to show you something, Lacy.”

“All right.” She waited, watching his profile.

He turned and stared into her face a moment. “You’re so very lovely. A creation full of life and passion, surpassing any art form.”

His hypnotic voice floated on the classical strains drifting from the living room. She couldn’t speak. Didn’t know what to say. She’d been lifted upon a pedestal of admiration. With any other man, she might consider his words a means to a sexual end. The professor’s intentions, however, were crystal. He admired her like a work of art.

If you are interested in reading more, buy links for THE ART OF LOVE AND MURDER are as follows:

WILD ROSE PRESS
AMAZON
ARe
KOBO

As mentioned, Brenda also has a rafflecopter draw for a number of interesting prizes at: Rafflecopter giveaway

Brenda Whiteside

Brenda Whiteside

For more about Brenda….
Visit Brenda at http://www.brendawhiteside.com
Or on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/BrendaWhitesideAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/brendawhitesid2

She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com
She blogs about prairie life and writing at http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/

New Release from Danielle Doolittle

I’m very pleased to have Danielle Doolittle here today with her New Adult book, REGRET (The Guardians 1), which just released. Here is Danielle to tell us a bit about the book and about herself. (p.s. Don’t you just LOVE the cover!?)

REGRET

Hi Danielle, and welcome. Please tell us about yourself .
I love books. Love them.

I’ve always been a bit of an introvert and a bit of a word nerd. High school was an interesting experience, if you over look that two year stint I spent as a competitive cheerleader, mostly you’d have found me with my nose in a book. A fact that didn’t change when I attended college and received a Bachelors in English.

I’m a klutz of epic proportions (…seriously the ER staff in my hometown knew me by name!), an avid knitter, and a reader of all kinds of love stories.

I live in Northwest Ohio with my husband and out three tiny humans (kids) where I feed my addiction to coffee, dark chocolate, Twitter, and telling stories.

Mmmmm…dark chocolate and knitting, those are both on my favourites list.

Do you have a process for coming up with character names and book titles?
I’m a pantser at heart so my characters have a tendency to name themselves. When a story idea comes to me I just sit down and start writing. The characters reveal themselves as they tell me their story. I do try and avoid names of family members, friends, etc as I go though. Wouldn’t want someone close to me think I named a villain after them. 😉 (I have a tee shirt that reads “be careful or you’ll end up in my book”.)

As for book titles I try and stick with something that reflects a major theme in the story. I think titles should give the reader a feel for the story, a quick peek into what they’ll find inside. For Regret, there’s a lot of characters with something (or many things) in their past they wish they could change.

Tell us about your current book.
Regret is a story about a girl, Penelope, who discovers she’s so much more than she ever dreamed. She also finds love in an unexpected place: Kane Whitmore, hero of the brooding, hunky variety.

Working with Kane and his family to develop her gift to manipulate energy to heal the sick and wounded, she pieces together her missing past, and gains the attention of a vindictive madman.

There’s secret powers, sarcastic family members, a girl who saves the day, and a fair share of kissing. 😉

Sounds wonderful! Can we get a little more?

Eighteen-year-old Penelope Green doesn’t have any reason to believe her senior year will be anything but ordinary.

Boy was she wrong…

There’s a new family in her small Martha’s Vineyard community and they’re about to flip her world upside down; none more so that the brooding, wide-shouldered Kane Whitmore.

Connected in ways she never dreamed possible, Penelope must trust Kane and her growing feelings for him as his family to guides her through her missing past and a world she never knew existed—a world she’d suddenly become the center of.
Learning she’s a Guardian with the ability to heal she can handle. It’s the dreams—both frightening and heart-wrenching—that nearly brings her to her knees. But when madman’s vengeful plot puts her loved ones at risk, Penelope is willing to sacrifice anything to keep them safe…even her own life.

Thanks, Danielle. Where can we find your book?

Buy Links:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
Sweet Cravings Store
All Romance

Okay, and before we go, a little more about Danielle and then where to find her. Quick Quiz:
Favorite book or movie? Book: The Catcher in the Rye Movie: Ever After
What are you reading now? Promise by Kristie Cook
If they were to make a movie about you, who would play you and why? Oh man, if I have to pick I’d say Karen Gillan. She’s delightful, funny, and just the right bit of awkward. Plus my 4yo would flip to see mommy played by Amelia Pond.

Danielle:
Danielle

Versus Karen:
Karen Gillan

Definitely a good choice!

Email: d.doolittle.author@gmail.com
website: http://www.danielledoolittle.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/daniellewrites
Twitter: @elledoo

Thank you Danielle. And best of luck!!

A new release for Sydney St. Claire

I am pleased to welcome another Wild Rose Press author to my site today….Sydney St. Claire. Sydney’s latest book CINDERELLA & PRINCE DOM releases today, and she’s here to tell us all about it. (And keep reading. Sydney’s offering up some assorted goodies via Rafflecopter at the end.)

Cinderella & Prince Dom
Jaimie Newberry is jobless, her rent is due, and her cat just died. On top of that, she was accused of embezzling before she was fired. When her friend invites her for a weekend of kinky fairytale role-playing, she agrees to go as Cinderella. What has she got to lose when sex with a handsome prince is involved?

CEO Bryce Langston needs to know if Jamie is innocent of embezzlement or just very clever. He arranges for her to be his weekend sub but soon realizes the pretty scullery maid is naïve to the BDSM lifestyle. As her prince and her Dom, he intends to not only learn the truth but to make sure she has a fantasy come true.

Welcome Syndey, please tell us about yourself.
I live in Central California where the summers are hot which I dislike immensely! I love being outdoors—call me a child of nature—but I can’t handle the heat! It’s usually way too hot to work outside in the summers so my beautiful 26-foot medicine wheel garden is being overtaken by weeds! It needs desperate help! Now that fall is just about here, it’s time to get out there and start pruning. I have a ring of Rose Of Sharon shrubs that enclose it and a beautiful climbing rose arbor. Right now, it’s like walking into the secret garden! (CC: My green thumb consists of stuffing a bunch of plants into half a dozen outdoor pots and then hoping they survive!)

I have five cats and there are always at least 3 on my desk. I have this pretty white executive desk with tons of room. Unfortunately, three cat beds barely leave room for my monitor and keyboard…. Three dogs share my office—two at my feet and a large Great Pyrenees mix to one side of it. (CC: Ohhh, Pyrenees..they are beautiful!)

I’ve just dusted off my sewing machine to make some cute baby girl dresses and outfits for my first grandchild. I haven’t done any serious sewing since my own daughter was small. I also have some knit and crochet items started and a stash of yarn that would rival a yarn store! Too little time….

You sound super busy Sydney. And congratulations on your first granchild. When you do find your way to your desk through all the animals and yarn, do you have a process for coming up with character names and book titles?
I really don’t. I often just flip through a baby name book or sometimes if I hear a name I like or see one, I’ll write it down to save for future use. For my historical romances, I sometimes go online and search for surnames here in the USA for whatever year I need. I’ve been known to just pull a name out of the air. There’s been a couple times where I wanted siblings to start with the same letter so that mean a bit more searching.

Titles are often determined by the series I am writing as I currently have three series: White Series, SpiritWalker Series, and my newest one, Once Upon A Dom. The White series is both easy and difficult as I need just one other word that also fits the theme of the book. The SpiritWalker series is four books themed around the 4 seasons, and the Once Upon A Dom is centered around fairytales and the world of Dominants and submissives so titles will have the word Dom or submit with whatever character.

And speaking about your Once Upon a Dom series, please tell us about your current book.
I was trying to come up with an erotica series and wanted it to focus on the Dominant/Submissive world. Once upon a Time just popped into my head or I saw it, and then it became Once Upon a Dom and that started the whole fairy tale theme. It’s been fun creating Pleasure Manor and all the lovely and isolated cottages spread out over the estate for weekends of fun and sex.

Coming up with my ‘Cinderella’ was also fun. I took a character who had a lot of reasons to be angry and bitter by what life had thrown at her. She discovered embezzling going on in her department, took it to her boss, but learned too late he was involved. She was fired for doing what was right. And of course, other things in her life were going badly: her rent is due, her car leaking oil and her cat just died. Now most of us would be a basket case. Not Jaimie. She might not break into song like Disney’s Cinderella but she doesn’t break under the pressure. She’s a fighter.

And Bryce is a real hero. He lost his wife to cancer and hasn’t participated in the BDSM games he hosts, as that was something they did together. But he learns a terrible lesson in delegating too much when his employees stealing from him. He’s furious that he’d trusted the wrong people and quickly deals with his thieves. Trouble is, he has no idea if Jaimie is innocent or guilty. When he learns she’s been invited to the games, he sees his chance to learn the truth. It doesn’t take him long to learn she was innocent or to find a second change at love. Too bad Jaimie learned who he was before he could tell her the truth.

It does sound like a lot of fun. Would you mind sharing an excerpt?
Just one? Okay, here you go…

Bryce spotted his Cinderella entering the parlor below. The ruffles of her skirt swirled playfully around slender thighs, and the low cut of her simple top revealed a nice swell of breasts. Deep inside, anticipation hummed, and not just for learning the truth. Annie had been gone five years now, and while he hadn’t been celibate during those long years, he hadn’t participated in the games he hosted either. This would be his first.

And only because he needed to know the truth.

Jaimie had uncovered an embezzling ring in one of his accounting firms. Her boss implicated her, her files backed the man up, but as he’d found out, the man himself had proved to be a liar, and the leader in the group of employees caught.

Lucy, his personal assistant, swore Jaimie was innocent, that she was the one who’d discovered the theft, then been fired because of it. The fact Jaimie had blown the whistle lent her story credence, as did the files she gave Lucy to give to him, all dated before she’d been fired. He’d hired auditors, and they thought she was innocent. But he wouldn’t know until he spoke to her. A study of her employment files indicated the woman was smart. She could easily have done what she did to make herself look innocent and then gotten out before being caught.

“Does it matter if she is as guilty as the others?”

Bryce nodded. “Yes. If she was part of it, I’ll press charges. No one steals from me.” He’d already gotten confessions out of the rest of his employees and fired those who were supposed to oversee that department. Fools were more concerned with their ladder climbing and brown-nosing instead of doing their job.
Determining Jaimie’s level of involvement was unfinished business. Was his Cinderella truly innocent, or had she been framed? He couldn’t find any money trails leading to her bank accounts, but that didn’t mean she didn’t have money squirreled away elsewhere, under another name. No, he needed to know for sure.
Glorie laughed low in her throat. “My, your little playmate looks ready to bolt, and it’s not even midnight.”

Bryce narrowed his eyes. Glorie was right. Jaimie was staring at some of the costumes with mouth agape. He couldn’t see her eyes but imagined they were wide with shock. Even from where he stood, he could see her face was flushed with embarrassment. She took a big gulp of her champagne then grabbed Lucy by the arm. Though he couldn’t hear the conversation, it was clear his sub was having serious doubts.

Rocking back on his heels, he grinned. From the questionnaire, he knew Jaimie was new to this world, and he was looking looked forward to introducing her to some light BDSM.

Need a little more temptation? Take a peek at Sydney’s trailer Cinderella Book Trailer

Sydney is offering some assorted goodies including a Once Upon a Dom tote bag or mug. Check it out at RAFFLECOPTER

Thank you Sydney (fanning myself). I’m looking forward to reading more about Bryce and Jaimie. Where can my readers and I find you and your books?

My books can be found at:
WILD ROSE PRESS: http://bit.ly/1vOUIWS *Where it is currently half price!
Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1zUYwGp
(Nook & Amazon links available at the publisher website)

And me, Sydney St.Claire, readers can find me at:
Email: Sydney@sydneystclaire.com
Website: http://sydneystclaire.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sydneystclaire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sydneystclaire
Blog: http://sydneystclaire.wordpress.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/sydneystclaire
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sydneystclaire/

A little more about Sydney…

Sydney St.Claire

Sydney St. Claire is the pseudonym of Susan Edwards, author of 14 Historical Native American/Western/Paranormal romances and the author of the popular “White” Series.

Sydney loves writing and sharing stories of love, happiness and dreams come true with her readers. She credits her mother for her writing success. Encouraged to read as a child, she always preferred happy endings which meant romances were her favorite genre. Sydney takes her readers into the world of erotica romance where her characters come together in explosive passion as they solve life’s problems and find true love along with the best sex our hero and heroine have ever experienced.

Sydney’s office is quite crowded with three dogs at her feet and five cats to keep her company while she writes. Three cats always insist on beds on her desk, barely leaving enough room for her monitor and keyboard. Life gets fun when all five insist on supervising…
When not writing, she enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch, and knitting. She and her husband of 30 + years are avid gardeners. He takes care of the veggies, and Susan is in charge of the ‘pretties’. Her medicine wheel garden is in a contact state of war: flowers vs. weeds. Sadly, right now the weeds are wining…

While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music. Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.

Thank you so much Sydney for visiting today, and best of luck with CINDERELLA & PRINCE DOM.
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