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Monday, December 9, 2019

Blog Tour: FAME YOU by @HattieLou3 With An Excerpt & &10 Amazon GC #Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be hosting a stop on the FAME YOU blog tour by Hattie Lou, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:
Author: Hattie Lou
Pub. Date: December 4, 2019
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Formats: eBook
Pages: 196
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Olivia has learned that life doesn’t always go the way you want it to go. She didn’t expect to be a widow and a single mother at a young age. Olivia’s life changes for the better when she meets a woman who in time becomes a second mom to her. She spends her days and nights taking care of the woman.

Growing up, Luke destined to be a Hollywood star just like his famous screenwriter father, becomes addicted to the celebrity life in Hollywood and lives for the camera’s attention. It makes him feel good that guys want to be him and women want to be with him. He can’t get enough of the fame.

Luke shows up unannounced at his mother’s house after years of not speaking to her, and he finds out that his mother has a live-in caregiver, Olivia. Luke and Olivia don’t hit it off at first, but soon Luke comes to realize that the first impression isn’t always the right impression. Sometimes there’s more than meets the eye.

I walk around town feeling numb after leaving the cemetery. This wasn’t part of our grand plan. We were supposed to be together forever. My future, my life, my love, is all gone just like that.

The rain is coming down at a fast pace. I don’t have my umbrella and I don’t care if I get sick and end up in the hospital. It’s not the worst thing that can happen to me since I’m already living in my own hell.

Three hours of walking and my legs feel like they can’t go any further. I sit down on the wet sidewalk and cry myself uncontrollably. “Why Ethan?” I repeat to myself over and over wishing I had the answer to my own question. People are walking past me on the street. They probably think I’m crazy and maybe I am. I didn’t think my life would be over at nineteen.

A warm hand touches my shoulder. “It’s going to be alright, honey.”

I shake my head at the stranger. She doesn’t get it. It’s not going to be alright. He is gone.

She joins me on the sidewalk and holds me until I stop crying. By the time my eyes dry, I see that the sun has already set and the streetlights are coming on. “Let’s get you cleaned up and into some dry clothes so you don’t catch a cold.” She offers her  hand to me and pulls me up. I normally don’t trust strangers, but I have lost all willpower to give a shit about what happens to me anymore.

We walk to her house where she lets me take a bath and hands me a pair of clean clothes. I take my time in the bathtub, staring down at my cellphone at the photo from our wedding day. We looked so happy in the picture. Ethan was an amazing guy. So loving, handsome, and caring.

We were married for less than a year and now I’m a widow.

A light tap at the door brings me back to my sad reality. “Honey, are you alright in there?”

I dry my tears. “Yes, I will be right out,” I tell her.

The clothes she gave me are too big on me but comfortable. I walk down the long hall and into the kitchen where the woman is sitting down at the table. I look around at her clean and shiny kitchen. It’s so spotless. “I hope you like tea.” She says, handing me a warm cup.

 I nod and join her at the table.

She reaches for my hand. “I know the pain you are going through right now. My husband died last year from a heart attack.” She is a stranger. We never met before today. How does she know that I lost my husband? “I was visiting my husband’s grave when I saw you at the service not too far from where I was. I don’t mean to be nosey, but you look very young.”

That is because I am. Ethan and I met when we were only thirteen. My friends thought I was crazy  when I told them that I was going to marry him one day, but it happened. He was my soulmate. He’s the only boyfriend I ever had. The only love I have ever known.

“I’m nineteen.”

She looks at me with sympathy. “You poor thing. Where’s your family? Your parents?”

When Ethan got accepted into the army, I knew he was going to be away training so I moved with him a day after our graduation. My parents didn’t approve of our relationship. They never believed that Ethan and I were going to be together forever. Mom wanted me to go to college to have a “bright future”. There wasn’t a future without Ethan. I didn’t care what they thought. I just knew that I needed to be with him. I haven’t spoken to my parents since the day I left their house.

“I don’t have any family.”

The woman keeps holding my hand. “I’m Katherine. What’s your name, sweetheart?”

About Hattie:

Hattie has had a love for romance as far as she can remember. Always believing in fairly tales and happy endings.

She spent most of her time reading about romance until one day when she realized she wanted to write her own novel. A romance novel. Her dream to release a romance novel came true when she released "Better With You" in 2019.

When she isn't sitting in front of her laptop writing, she likes spending her time with her furry pets and reading books about romance. Most of her time is spent plotting new stories and creating characters that people can relate to.

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will win a $10 Amazon GC, International.

Tour Schedule:
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Week Two:

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Blog Tour- STORM OF SECRETS By Loretta Marion With An Interview & Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the STORM OF SECRETS blog tour! Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway below!

About the Book:

Title: STORM OF SECRETS (Haunted Bluffs Mystery #2)
Author: Loretta Marion
Pub. Date: November 12, 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 312

A deadly storm, a missing three-year-old child, a grisly murder, and the eerie presence of the spirits of the dead set the stage for the second mesmerizing installment of Loretta Marion's paranormal suspense series.

A powerful storm descends upon Cape Cod's Whale Rock at the peak of tourist season--and the weekend Cassandra Mitchell's and Daniel Benjamin's wedding is set to take place at The Bluffs, the magnificent Victorian mansion Cassie inherited from her family. In the wake of the storm's destruction, three-year-old Lucas Kleister goes missing--and the body of small-time drug dealer Lee Chambers is found in a restaurant dumpster. Now, the WRPD are faced with a murder to solve, a missing child to find, and the aftermath of one of the worst storms in recent memory.

While aiding with the clean-up and helping the displaced, Cassie has been receiving cryptic messages from the spirits of her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, the original residents of The Bluffs. At first, the messages are benign, but soon, they begin to point to something more sinister. As Cassie works to decipher their meaning, the specter of a mysterious local legend surfaces. The tale of Barnacle Boy--and what happened to him during another destructive storm decades earlier--will weave through the desperate search to find Lucas and the identity of the killer.

"Modern and historic mysteries collide in Marion's bittersweet storytelling."   

“[A] gripping sequel...Marion seamlessly weaves the multiple story threads together. Fans of tales of regional intrigue will be satisfied.” Publishers Weekly  

Title: HOUSE OF ASHES (Haunted Bluffs Mystery #1)
Author: Loretta Marion
Pub. Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 336

A family patriarch’s dying proclamation, an enigmatic disappearance, and a century-old curse converge in the shadows of a majestic home on Cape Cod’s craggy coast.

Thirty-seven-year-old painter Cassandra Mitchell is fourth-generation to live in the majestic Battersea Bluffs, a brooding Queen Anne home originally built by her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, and still standing despite tragedies that have swept the generations. Local lore has it that there was a curse placed on the family and the house is haunted, though opinions are divided on whether it's by malicious or benevolent spirits. Cassie believes the latter―but now she stands to lose her beloved home to mounting debt and the machinations of her dream-weaving ex-husband.

Salvation seems to arrive when a nomadic young couple wanders onto the property with the promise of companionship and much-needed help―until they vanish without a trace, leaving behind no clue to their identities. Cassie is devastated, but determined to discover what's happened to the young couple...even as digging into their disappearance starts to uncover family secrets of her own. Despite warnings from her childhood friend, now the local Chief of Police―as well as an FBI agent who pushes the boundaries of professionalism―Cassie can't help following the trail of clues (and eerie signals from the old house itself) to unravel the mystery. But can she do so before her family's dark curse destroys everything in its path?


Hey Loretta!! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! STORM OF SECRETS sounds AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

Thank you so much for inviting me to discuss my newest book. What a fun interview!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the STORM OF SECRETS and the characters?

I think Kirkus Reviews summed it up best: Historic and modern mysteries collide. The book interweaves two stories, one historic and one taking place in present time. The present-day mystery is told through the perspective of Cassandra Mitchell, the main protagonist of the Haunted Bluffs Mystery Series. The historic mystery is told through the memories of Renée, whose story will at some point connect to Cassie’s.

When a powerful storm descends upon Cape Cod's Whale Rock, Cassie’s wedding to 
Daniel Benjamin must be postponed. In the wake of the storm's destruction, three-
year-old Lucas Kleister goes missing and the body of small-time drug dealer Lee 
Chambers is found in an alley dumpsterleaving the Whale Rock PD with a murder 
to solve, a missing child to find, and the aftermath of one of the worst storms in 
recent memory.

While aiding with the clean-up and helping the displaced, Cassie has been receiving 
cryptic messages from the spirits of her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste 
Mitchell, the original residents of The Bluffs the magnificent Victorian Cassie 
inherited from her family. At first, the messages are benign, but soon, they begin to 
point to something more sinister. As Cassie works to decipher their meaning, the 
specter of a mysterious local legend surfaces. The tale of Barnacle Boy--and what 
happened to him during another destructive storm decades earlier--will weave 
through the desperate search to find Lucas and the identity of a killer.
Cassandra (Cassie) Mitchell is the principle character and I’m pleased with how she has evolved. She started out as a bit of a doormat in House of Ashes her sister once referred to her as a spineless Raggedy Ann Doll (ouch!) but she’s grown to be more confident and comfortable in her own skin. Not without her flaws, Cassie does push the lines sometimes when she’s in sleuthing mode. It’s her relationship with, or rather acceptance of, the spirits in the house that makes her most interesting and fun.

In addition to Cassie, the cast of characters includes fiancé and former FBI agent, Daniel Benjamin, who has left the force to take over the Mitchell family whale watching and boat touring business. What I like most about Daniel is that I’m never sure what he’s thinkingeven though it’s me who’s doing his thinking! Long-time family friend and police chief, Brooks Kincaid, is both annoyed by Cassie’s interference in the investigation and appreciative when her notions end up helping the case. Brooks is tough and tenderhearted at the same time, which to me is irresistible. Close friend Laura Prince is a reporter for the local newspaper and Cassie’s partner in sleuthing. But she walks a fine line with her husband Jason as the newest deputy on the Whale Rock police force. Other carry overs from House of Ashes include the charming Edgar Faust and Jimmy Collins. Also along for the adventure are Lu Ketchner and Evelyn Hilliard, lifelong friends of Cassies’ sister Zoe, who fled Whale Rock years ago for mysterious reasons of her own.
We can’t forget Percy and Celeste, the spirits of The Bluffs, who both assist and confound Cassie with their signals. The town of Whale Rock is itself a character in the Haunted Bluffs Mysteries. One reviewer said that she now wanted to live there. That was the ultimate compliment!

New characters introduced in Storm of Secrets include the Kleister family, whose three-year-old son, Lucas, goes missing during the storm, and the inscrutable Christopher Savage, a first timer on the Cape who has formed an odd friendship with the missing boy’s six-year-old brother, Nicholas. The historic mystery involves Renée and her siblings who emigrated to America from Italy in the 1960s after the tragic death of their parents. It was a rough landing for the three teenagers, leading to even more tragedy after they arrived.

What are you working on now?
I’ve written two new mysteries; one is out on submission with my agent. The second book was co-written with my husband and is now in the editing phase. I’m contemplating bringing back to life the very first manuscript I wrote. My agent and I both love the book but never found the right home for it. It needs a good polish and I’m hoping to find the time to do that between other projects.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?
My characters are purely fictional. That being said, it’s possible that some characteristics especially the more quirky or distinguishing may have been borrowed from people I know or those whom I’ve observed.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?
This is a difficult question to answer because I love spending time with all my characterseven the wicked ones. I try to challenge myself by creating characters that are so unlike me. I must admit, it’s fun to slip into the skin of fictional personalities that do and say things I never could or would myself.

What is your favorite passages/scenes in STORM OF SECRETS?
It’s not easy to select a favorite, but the first passage below is taken from the present-day story and discusses the mysterious legend of Barnacle Boy as well as the real-life mystery that inspired this aspect of the novel. This is followed by a scene from the historic portion of the book.

     “I have this hunger to learn who Barnacle Boy was, where he came from, why nobody ever came looking for him,” Laura told me.
     “It’s your reporter’s instincts shifting into high gear.”
     “Haven’t you been curious? I mean all these years, and nobody knows who he is or where he came from.”
     “Sure, I’m curious. I’m also a little protective of him.” Deep down, I felt I already knew him.
     “Protective? I don’t get that.”
     “I’m not certain I can explain it.” I paused to consider. “It’s just that the mystery has made him a Whale Rock legend.” A Mitchell legend. “Whenever Granny Fi took me to the graveyard to visit the other family members, we always stopped at Barnacle Boy’s gravesite too. Only we never called him that. To us, he was always the lost boy. My Granny would tell me made-up stories about the lost boy and his life.”
     I knew that no matter what real-life story was uncovered, it would never measure up to the ones she told me.
     Laura was reflective a moment before offering her own perspective. “When I was in college, I came across a true crime story from the 1950s, about a little boy whose body had been found in a large cardboard box in Philadelphia. Although he was badly bruised, someone had taken the time to clean the body, trim his nails and cut his hair, and then carefully wrap him in a blanket and fold his arms across his stomach. But the investigation went nowhere. No leads, no clues nothing. To this day the Boy in a Box mystery remains unsolved.
     “That is such a tragic story.”
     “No more tragic than Barnacle Boy’s story,” Laura pointed out.
     She’s right, I thought as we pulled up to The Bluffs and got out of the car. When you lived your entire life with a tragedy woven into your own town’s folklore, you must become inured to it. Granny Fi’s stories created a character that had in a way diminished the lost boy’s terribly sad fate.
     “I wrote something about it for one of my creative writing classes. The shadow of sadness still clings to me. Then we came here, and when I first saw Barnacle Boy’s grave in your family’s cemetery? It made me want to solve at least one of the mysteries.” She held my gaze a moment before asking, “Is that crazy?”
     “Not at all.” Certainly no more crazy than the overwhelming burning sugar scent that enveloped me as we walked inside my home.

Here is a scene from the historic mystery. I love the analogy of the hummingbird as Renée reflects on her life.
     Renée nodded as she watched a hummingbird at the feeder on their balcony, though she wasn’t shaking from the cold. No, it was fear. But of what? Was death coming for her? Would she be punished for her sins?
     Not long afterward the doorbell chimed, followed by the murmurings of her husband and best friend. She supposed Michael was preparing Brandan for the condition he would find her in.
     “There’s my girl,” Brandan said, leaning down to kiss her sunken cheek. “I brought you cinnamon brioche from Levains. Your favorite.” He opened the white pastry box to display the baked goodies.  “Take a whiff.”
     “Yum,” Renée said, pretending enthusiasm. The truth was, she had no appetite for sweetshardly any appetite at all. And there would be no point in asking what Levains was. Even if he told her, she wouldn’t be able to remember.
     For the next few minutes Brandan brought her up to date on what was happening at the business.
     “Everyone sends their best to you. Some would like to visit.”
     “No visitors.” She’d been adamant. “Only you.”
     “What do you want me to do with this?” he asked, pulling the age-worn manila envelope from the inside pocket of his sports jacket.
     “What is that?” She narrowed her eyes.
     “The envelope you kept in a secret compartment of your jewelry box. You gave it to me last time I visited.”
     “Did I?” She was focused on the hummingbirds. “Did you know that hummingbirds almost never stop moving? It’s how they survive.”
     “Just like you, huh?” She’d said something similar to him on the day she’d told him about her life before. When he’d urged her to tell her family, she’d said, “There’s no going back. If I don’t keep moving forward, that’s when my world will fall apart.”
     She nodded as the ghost of a smile played on her lips.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?
Writers do a great deal of research. In the Haunted Bluffs Mystery series there are many sailing details, and not being a sailor myself I had to do a great deal of research of sailing terms and practices. It was also through my research that I found the real-life inspiration for the story of Barnacle Boy which figures prominently in STORM OF SECRETS. I was so moved by this unclaimed boy’s true story that I knew I needed to find a way to include it in some way in one of my books. The quote from the above passage is how I truly feel: “The shadow of sadness still clings to me.”

Who is your ultimate book villain?
I could name a few: Professor Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes books, Nurse Ratched in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, Hannibal Lecter in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, Annie Wilkes from MISERY

What inspired you to write paranormal suspense?
When I came up with the concept for the first book in what became the Haunted Bluffs Mystery series, a paranormal element was not in the mix. I knew I wanted to weave together a present-day story with a related historic tale, however bringing Percy and Celeste Mitchell back to their beloved Battersea Bluffs as spirits didn’t come to me until after I’d completed the outline. I had the mystery plotted out and was pleased with the characters and their backstories, but as I began to rough out a draft, it just felt like more spice was needed to bring a unique richness to the story.

I turned to my go-to resource: writing journals I’ve kept for years. I flipped through the pages of jotted notes, some so hastily written I could barely make them out, searching for another little gem to add. I was about to give up when in the back of one of my oldest writing notebooks I found a section where I had documented my experiences with a friendly but mischievous spirit who resided within the bones of our rural Connecticut home. My husband and I had just moved into our first home together; a rustic farmhouse property that abutted a 300-year-old cemetery, when the strange happenings began. Over time we became accustomed to the ghostly presence.

Had I not come across my documentations of the experience with our otherworldly visitor, I may not have been inspired to include a paranormal element into the first book. Now, I can’t imagine the books without that special ghostly aspect.

Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
I just finished AFTERWARDS by Rosamund Lupton. What an incredible premise! I wish I had thought of it.
I’ve been waiting to read Simone ST. James’s THE BROKEN GIRLS. It’s been on my nightstand for a while, but I’ve been so busy with the book launch that I decided to save it for holiday reading when I have some uninterrupted time.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?
Probably a toss-up between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. In my life I’ve always seemed to straddle different groups, never quite fitting squarely into any one faction.

Twitter or Facebook?

Favorite Superhero?
Wonder Woman!

Favorite TV show?
Seinfeld (I will forever watch the reruns) and Jeopardy

Sweet or Salty?

Any Phobias?
I’m not crazy about heights, especially high bridges.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?
Because of the season, I’d have to say Christmas songs. My all-time favorites are the rock classics: John Lennon’s Happy Christmas, Dan Folgelberg’s Same Auld Lang Syne and Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?

2019/2020 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Thanks so much Loretta for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read STORM OF SECRETS!

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating Whale Rock and Cassie’s adventures!
About Loretta: 

An author of fiction, Loretta’s writing bridges the genres of women’s fiction, mystery and suspense, always with hints of romance and humor, sometimes delving into the psychological and paranormal. She creates strong but flawed and struggling characters as appealing as the rich atmospheric settings in which the stories take place.

Loretta has loved reading and creating with words since she was a young girl. And that affection for the written word followed her like a shadow throughout her life as she put pen to paper crafting marketing and advertising copy, educational brochures and newsletters. But her passion for writing fiction evolved from the unlikely world of hospice. As a volunteer, she set out to establish a Legacy Story program to honor and preserve the rich heritage of the fascinating people who were soon to leave this world. The meaningful experience inspired her to create her own interesting characters and stories.

Though born and raised in the Midwest, Loretta fell in love with New England and has made it the setting for much of her writing. When not whipping out words on her laptop, she is traveling, enjoying outdoor pursuits, or is curled up with a delicious new book. Loretta lives in Rhode Island with her husband, Geoffrey, and their beloved Mr. Peabody, a sweet, devoted and amusing “Corgador” (Corgi-Labrador cross).

Represented by Jill Grosjean Literary Agency

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a one signed first edition copy of each book in the Haunted Bluffs Mystery Series - HOUSE OF ASHES &  STORM OF SECRETS in a book bag with book marks, US Only.

1 winner will receive an ebook of THE FOOL'S TRUTH, International.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:

Week Two:
Paper safari
Hurn Publications
Sometimes Leelynn Reads
Sandra's Book Club

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Blog Tour: WOUNDED HEROES ANTHOLOGY With An Interview & $10 Amazon GC #Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WOUNDED HEROES ANTHOLOGY blog tour! Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway below!

About the Book:

Author: Pamela Ackerson, Debra Parmley, Teri Riggs, Maggie Adams, Nia Farrell
Pub. Date: November 7, 2019
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 131
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, TBD

Five Degrees of heartwarming to melting stories ─ Five stand-alone love stories with swoon-worthy heroes that will leave you breathless from award-winning International, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors Pamela Ackerson, Debra Parmley, Teri Riggs, Maggie Adams, and Nia Farrell.

* A Rosa for Russell ~ Who in their right mind falls in love with the enemy?

** Two Step, New Steps  ~ Wounded cop Len Yardley doesn’t expect to find love while he’s healing from a gunshot wound but the air force veteran can’t help falling for perky Leanne Bobbin who brings out his protective instincts and makes him laugh.

*** Bringing Her Home ~ Can Thomas Raintree bring home the woman he loves, but had to leave behind?

**** As Time Goes By ~ Blake’s determined to find out who killed his best friend, and his widow holds the key ...not only to the murder, but also to Blake’s heart. 

***** Fallen ~ An Army chaplain priest’s faith is tested when he falls for his PTSD therapist.


Two Chicks Interview

Hey Ladies!! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! WOUNDED HEROES ANTHOLOGY sounds AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the WOUNDED HEROES ANTHOLOGY and the characters?

Pam: Rosa and Russell were originally introduced in my novel, Garrett’s Ghost. They had a story needing to be told. It was fun. It’s been a long time since I’ve written any Civil War stories.

Debra: My story in the anthology, Two Step New Steps, features Leanne Bobbin, a recent college graduate newly hired to be a bank assistant manager. Her new boyfriend, an Air Force veteran and Bartlett cop, is on desk duty healing from an injury when the bank she works at is robbed. Leanne was also the sister in Check Out, a military romantic suspense set in Bartlett, TN where I live. Leanne had a college campus stalker in Check Out.

Teri: A detective working on a sex trafficking case is sent to rescue his ex. Tommy, the hero, is an Alpha who based a major life changing decision on his need to protect his woman. Jessica, my heroine, is hurt that Tommy disappeared from her life without explaining why. When he shows up to rescue her, she’s not sure she can trust him again.

What are you working on now?

Pam: I’m working on my Pambling Roads Journals (U.S. States), and creating a group of short stories all revolving around Clere’s Restaurant.

Debra: I’m working on To Catch an Elf (release date Dec. 22nd, which has a creepy elf and a stalker, a heroine who is a house sitter who is also dog sitting and air force hero Ted Barr, who is the twin of Jack Barr, the hero of Montana Marine, and the hero of A Triple C Ranch Christmas Wedding (release date Dec. 3rd).

Teri: -A paranormal (my first) about 3 sisters with psychic abilities.

Maggie: A Feisty Heroines anthology with other NY Times and USA Today authors. Why should the guys have all the fun. 

Nia: I’m working on More (Avenging Angels Book 5) by Nia Farrell, Casey (Guarded Hearts Book 2) by Nia Farrell and Claire Marta, and world-building for a dystopian MC that I’ll be writing for the Twisted Steel anthology out next year.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

Pam: No. I avoid doing that. Although I have based characters from parts of some people’s personalities.

Debra: All of the officers in the Bartlett Police Department inspired me to write my first police hero, Len Yardley in the short story Two Step, New Steps. He is also an Air Force veteran and my husband is also.

Maggie: In a way. My brother-in-law was a federal agent, a marine, who died unexpectedly.  I knew my characters grief from my sister-in-law’s sorrow. 

Nia: Father Vincent’s visionary experience was inspired by a true story. Something similar happened to a man when visiting Normandy Beach, where he received his calling to be an Army chaplain.  Father Vincent experiences his epiphany on a Civil War battlefield.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

Pam: I adored Russell. He refused to give up or give in to the injustices happening around him.

Debra: My least favorites were the bank robbers and my favorite in this story was Len. He’s a good cop.

Teri: Jessica. I love writing strong female characters.

Maggie: Favorite - Dixie from my debut novel, Whistlin’ Dixie.  Least - Marcus Davis from Cold as Ice. His cold, villainous character was almost snakelike. 

Nia: Fallen only has two on-screen character, but Father Vincent’s tortured soul was more demanding as a writer. Ilsa had her own issues, but his involved a crisis of faith.

What is your favorite passages/scenes in WOUNDED HEROES ANTHOLOGY?

Pam: When Rosa and Russell first met. (Russell is severely injured and in a POW hospital)
She scoffed. “You’re a big flirt. Trying to sweeten me up, aren’t you?”
He winked. “What’s your name, lass?”
“Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. A Rosa for Russell.”

Debra: “Hands up!” the one with the red tennis shoes screamed and shot his gun once into the air, hitting the ceiling tile.
          “Everyone get down on the ground!” the other one yelled.
          Leanne, in the office, had turned toward them, frozen in shock, where they hadn’t seen her yet.
She jumped, dropping the paperwork onto the floor as she slid around behind the filing cabinet hoping they wouldn’t see her or find her.

Maggie: In my story, I love the in-your-face attitude of Lizzie when she confronts Tank.

Nia: I had four relatives who were POWs at Andersonville prison, so Pam’s story really resonated for me. But I kept going back to how much Father Ralph in The Thorn Birds and hoped that readers would find Father Vincent as compelling.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

Pam: I did a lot of research on the Andersonville Civil War POW camp in Georgia. We also toured the site and spoke with the employees there. I picked their brains and got as much information as possible.

Debra: I worked as a head teller at a bank in the 80’s so I pulled from that and from attending the Bartlett Citizens Police Academy in 2018. I live in Bartlett, TN where the story is set.

Teri: I spent a lot of time researching the Russian Mafia.

Maggie: Rankings and military protocol was the most research I did. 

Nia: My brother is a retired Army major but I had to research the priesthood and Army chaplains, look at Army bases, and determine the best choice for my story. Georgia summertime and a vintage church building with faulty air conditioning raised the heat level before a word was spoken.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

Debra: Usually the current hero I am writing.

Teri: Roark from the In Death series.

Maggie: Nick from Cold as Ice.  He’s dominant, stubborn, sarcastic and charming, all 
at the same time. 

Nia: Mr. Darcy, written as a Dominant in my book Pride and PunishmentAn Erotic Retelling of Jane Austens Beloved Classic. I’m an Austen fan, to the point of naming our daughter Darcy.

What inspired you to write romance?

Pam: I’ve written time travel science fiction for over twenty years. My books have relationships in them but never really had romance. This was my dabble into the world of romance stories, and I enjoyed it very much. All of my books have a promise of a better tomorrow and are about hope. Perfect for writing romance!

Debra: I love happy-ever-after endings.

Teri: It’s what I love to read.

Maggie: I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 35 years.  I kinda like our love story and wanted to share it.

Nia: My husband. I was an avid reader when he encouraged me to write. Now I have nearly 60 titles under four names, plus a documentary screenplay.

Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Pam: My next book on my TBR is Breaking Free of the Pieces by Shelby Reeves.

Debra: The 12 Cozy Mystery Carols of Christmas there are 12 different authors and all but one is new to me.

Teri: Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich. Shamed by Linda Castillo is next on my list.

Maggie: Morgan by Nia Farrell

Nia: I have a ton of titles on my Kindle. Latest book read was Vargr by Cari Silverwood. The next are must-reads for researchsome steampunk titles and the complete works of Edgar Allen Poe.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Pam: Ravenclaw

Debra: Gryffindor

Maggie: I’d like to say Gryffindor but probably Hufflepuff. Lol

Nia: Gryffindor

Twitter or Facebook?

Pam: Twitter

Debra: Facebook

Teri: Facebook.

Maggie: Facebook

Nia: Facebook

Favorite Superhero?

Pam: Superman

Debra: Superman

Teri: Ant man.

Maggie: Wonder Woman

Nia: Superman

Favorite TV show?

Pam: Supernatural and BobHeartsAbishola

Debra: Big Bang Theory

Teri: Too many favorites.

Maggie: HGTV anything

Nia: Outlander, Vikings, and Drunk History. Dancing with the Stars is my guilty pleasure.

Sweet or Salty?

Pam: Sweet

Debra: Sweet

Teri: Sweet and salty mix.

Maggie: Depends on the questions. Lol

Nia: Both

Any Phobias?

Pam: Not really, I’m not comfortable around large crowds or large groups of people.

Debra: Deep water/drowning

Teri: Heights

Maggie: I’m terrified of heights, deep water, and close spaces.

Nia: Not really.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Debra: Happy Pharrell Williams

Teri: Go Rest High On That Mountain

Maggie: Christmas songs!!

Nia: I listen to more classical music. Vivaldi, Beethoven, and William Boyce are favorites.

2019/2020 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Debra: Minions 2 I love those little yellow guys!

Maggie: Frozen II

Nia: Our last film was Downton Abbey. Our next will be A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Sadly, I’m behind on the Star Wars franchise.

Thanks so much for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read WOUNDED HEROES ANTHOLOGY!

About the authors: 

Pam Ackerson:

Wife, mother, international and Amazon bestselling author, and time traveling adventurer. Born and raised in Newport, RI where history is a way of life, Pamela Ackerson now lives on the Space Coast of Florida where everyone is encouraged to reach for the stars! A hop, skip, and jump from Disney World and fun-filled imagination and fantasy. Non-fiction, WW2, inspirational, self-help marketing and advertising, historical fiction, time travel, westerns, Native American, and children's preschool/first reader books.

Debra Parmley:
Debra enjoys writing historical romance and writes a 1920's flappers romance series, each book about a different flapper. She also writes contemporary and holiday romance, a dystopian romance trilogy; paranormal romance, fairy tale romance and poetry.

She is a professional speaker and a world traveler who often brings home folk tales and music from countries she has visited.

Her five favorite things are shooting primitive archery with her Mongolian horse bow, shooting long guns, shooting pool, walking on the beach, and hearing from her readers. Each card and letter is a joyful treasure, like finding that perfect shell on the beach.


Teri Riggs:

Teri Riggs is a USA Today Bestselling author. As a child, Teri made up her own bedtime stories. When her children came along, Teri always tweaked the fairy tales she told her daughters, giving them a bit more punch and better endings when needed.

Now she spends her days turning her ideas into books. She lives in Marietta, GA with her husband.

Maggie Adams:
Maggie Adams is an international and Amazon Best Selling romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, Whistlin' Dixie, debuted in Amazon's Top 100 for Women's Fiction, humor, on November 2014. Since then, she has consistently made the Amazon best seller 5-star list with her books. HerTempered Steel Series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into international recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK and her follow-up paranormal series, Legends, looks to do the same! She is the recipient of the Dayreader Reviews Best of 2015 for Leather and Lace, the Readers Favorite Award for Something's Gotta Give in 2016, the Indie Romance Convention Romantic Comedy Award 2017 for Forged in Fire and the 2017 New Apple Awards nomination - Suspense for Cold as Ice.

Author Nia Farrell is a four-times Golden Flogger Finalist, a founding member of the Wicked Pens, and a multi-genre author who is published in nonfiction, poetry, music, articles, and children's books, with one documentary screenplay under her literary belt. She had nine nominations in the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards; her BDSM MMF ménage erotic historical As Wicked as You Want was voted #1 Erotica and #10 overall in The 50 Best Indie Books of 2016, and Pride and Punishment was voted Best Historical Romance in the 2017 Menages Romance Readers Favorites.

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