Monday, May 25, 2020

Fascination Turns Into a Series (Part 1)

Patricia Bradley     




For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated with the Natchez Trace. From start to finish, it’s 444 miles, and if you’re traveling the Trace, (most people familiar with the Natchez Trace shorten the name), there are several places where you can get out of your car and walk on the original road. 


I always get goosebumps when I walk the trail and think about the men who had traveled it before me—Indians, traders, trappers, Kaintucks, Andrew Jackson’s troops when they marched to New Orleans. Meriwether Lewis died on the Trace in what has been a mystery from the day his body was found. Was it foul play? Or natural? Or even perhaps suicide? So, it’s no wonder I wanted to set a book on the Trace.




I just didn’t expect to set it in Natchez. I thought I’d set it near me since a segment of the Trace is only thirty miles from my house. I was familiar with the northern half of the Parkway. But my publisher fell in love with the idea of it being set at the southern terminus—Natchez, a place I’d never been. And I’m so glad. I discovered a town so unique and rich with history and beautiful antebellum homes and lovely people. And the restaurants—Fat Mama’s Tamales, Jughead’s, the Tea Room, King’s Tavern (where there’s a ghost!), and many more that will likely show up in my stories.


The stories. I always knew I’d write a series about National Park Rangers since I’d always wanted to be one. I just didn’t know I’d have to do so much research. I thought I’d just write my usual story and have a ranger solve the crime. Not. I quickly learned the Natchez Trace Parkway Rangers were a separate entity from the National Park Service. Sort of.


The National Park Service Rangers at places like Mount Locust, Melrose, and the William Johnson House, etc. have interpretive rangers who are responsible for providing an enlightening experience to visitors of the historical sites. Natchez Trace Parkway Rangers are law enforcement rangers with their main office in Tupelo, Mississippi. Which was good for me since I could easily drive down and talk to the Superintendent.




The superintendent was so helpful. I learned that just like police officers, full-time law enforcement rangers have to undergo training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. She filled me in on their duties, and told me about the special agents who plan and conduct investigations as part of the Investigative Services Branch (ISB). BINGO! The perfect job for my hero who is out to stop the drugs traveling up the Trace.


Bio and Social Media links
USA Today Best-selling author, Patricia Bradley is a Carol finalist and winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense. She and her two cats call North Mississippi home--the South is also where she sets most of her books. Her romantic suspense novels include the Logan Point series and the Memphis Cold Case Novels. Standoff, the first book in the Natchez Trace Park Ranger’s series released May 5, 2020, and she’s finished the second book, Obsession and is hard at work on the third, Crosshairs.

Writing workshops include American Christian Fiction Writers online courses, workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference, the KenTen Retreat where she was also the keynote, Memphis American Christian Fiction Writer group, and the Bartlett Christian Writers group. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

Links:
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2S6DKGY


Friday, May 22, 2020

Sunshine Through the Rain


C.A. Collins






I wrote, Sunshine Through the Rain, which is a semi-autobiographical novel that follows Christie Ann Cook, a wise beyond her years young girl growing up in the south during the Civil Rights Movement. So, what was it like for a smart, headstrong young woman in 1960s era Deep South growing up in a family that wants her to either be a “Southern belle” or a tomboy? You will have to read the book to find out!

I’ve always been interested in those tumultuous years in the South. I was raised in Louisiana where the 'n' word was the norm, but my parents taught me to judge someone by their character, not the color of their skin. In this book, I really wanted to show a young girl who had diverse people in her life that she loved and cared for and how she was torn between her small insular world and the uncertain bigger world around her.

Sunshine’s protagonist, Christie, tries to find her place in that world and in her own home. Her mother wants her to be a traditional, “Southern” woman while her dad wants to make her into the son he always wanted. Thanks to the wisdom of the family’s housekeeper, Ernestine, Christie makes up her own mind as she grows from a child, to a teenager to a young adult.

Readers follow Christie through national events such as the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and personal events such as the rape of a college roommate and a racially charged murder.

There are several instances in the book when Christie is faced with very tough dilemmas, such as the murder of Ernestine's young nephew by two white men. When Christie’s father testifies and helps put the men in prison, the family knows that he will be threatened and harassed for standing up for a black family but also know it is the right thing to do. It becomes a teaching moment for Christie … setting the stage for many of her life decisions going forward.

Watching Christie stand up and do what’s right is a key part of the book. I wrote the main character as a feminist so hopefully young girls can read this book and know it’s OK to say ‘no,’ to stand up for yourself, not to be a doormat. If someone is doing something or saying something that makes you uncomfortable it is within your rights to shut that down immediately. Never depend on someone else for your livelihood or your happiness. It's OK to throw a hissy fit sometimes to get your way.

Before writing full time, I worked as a director at nonprofit agencies including the United Way and Habitat for Humanity. Writing this book has always been at the back of my mind but sometimes life gets in the way. Becoming a writer is a large part of the story and follows my own dream of becoming an author. Because I did not actually grow up during the Civil Rights Movement, I did a considerable amount of research to make sure I had the dates and timeframes correct. This book floated around in my head for many years before I sat down and put it on paper. I wrote the book in three months. Once I started the book it just flowed. I am currently working on a second book about the murder of a young women that was never solved. It is written from the point of view of the Sheriff who is trying to solve the case.

I hope readers of the book have a better understanding of race relations in the South’ that young girls realize it is okay to be strong and outspoken. Also, I hope this book shows that integrity and loyalty are two traits we should all strive for. 


C. A.  Collins was born and raised in the Deep South where sweet tea, seafood gumbo, and “bless your heart” were commonplace. Ms. Collins was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Crazy Family. She began writing short stories when she was six years old, and two years ago, she decided to try her hand at writing a full-time. Before taking time off to write, she was the director of several nonprofit agencies, including United Way and Habitat for Humanity. She lives in the upper Midwest with her husband, Mike, and their Coondog, Lincoln. Ms. Collins has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and a master’s degree in organizational leadership both from Concordia University Ann Arbor. Ms. Collins is currently working on her second book, a true crime account of a murder that occurred in the south and was never solved.  The book is written from the viewpoint of the Sherriff who worked the case. Sunshine through the Rain is her first novel. Sunshine Through the Rain is available on Amazon, Kindle version and paperback, as well as Barnes and Noble Nook.

Igniting Your Book Launch (Part 2 Continued)


DiAnn Mills  @diannmills

Expect an Adventure



Continuing from May 20 on Igniting Your Book Launch . . . 

What does a writer do for a street team?

My mission is to do more for my street team than I ask from them. Frequent communication is vital and shows we care, but don’t be a pest. Send a weekly update with a quote, humorous happening, or a devotion. Be creative. Update the team on what is happening in your professional life. Be loving and transparent. This is business, but it can be personal. Let them know where you’ll be speaking or teaching. Share new book covers and exciting pre-release information to them before anyone else. Your street team is your “First to know” group.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Errors in Our Books

Susan Reichert    @swmeditor




One thing for sure, having to stay home has given me the time to write. For that I am most grateful.

Normally my schedule is so busy I have little time to write for myself.

As writers you may have experienced the same.

Last year, recuperating from surgery, I told a dear friend who was visiting, that God had laid it on my heart to pull together the prayers I had written over the years and publish them.

When this pandemic hit, obviously, here was my opportunity to do that. So, going through journals and boxes, I found them.

As I reread each one, it brought to my memory the things that were going on at the time of writing the prayers. So, I could see firsthand, again, how God answers our prayers.

I say all of this, to remind everyone who has written things and put them away, maybe now is the time to look for them. Perhaps you will find material for a book or two.

The funny thing about your on writing, is you can be harder on yourself than you would be on someone else.

I have reviewed books, as Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine and have written blurbs for author’s books. I have edited stories for others, and critiqued writings at conferences. But when it comes to my own writing, I choose an editor to edit my work and others to critique.

It is important before we publish, or send our work to agents, that we make sure our writings are in the best shape possible.

Many times, when reading books, in the first chapter, errors pop up. I certainly understand how a few errors occur in books. Even with traditional publishers, we still find errors.

The best thing we can do, is to hire someone to edit our work. Will you still find some errors? Possibly. After all, we are human.

The important thing is to do the best you can to make sure your book is as error free as possible. 



Susan Reichert, is the retired Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine. President of Southern Writer's Author Services. President of Collierville Christian Writers Group for the past ten years, (CCWriters) Author of Storms in Life, author of 11 short stories published in magazines and anthology books. Currently writing  a prayer book that will release this year.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Igniting Your Book Launch (Part 2a)



DiAnn Mills  @diannmills
Expect an Adventure



Last month we discussed the why, who, and when of igniting your book launch. This month we’ll continue with the where, how, and the value of a street team. Let’s dive in!

The where and how of a book launch are linked together
1.           What are the uniqueness and strengths of the writing project?
2.           Establish a list of objectives with the book launch?
3.           How have you focused on your target market?
4.           Can the writer cross-promote with other writers in the same genre?
5.           What are the pitch angles?
6.           Are you active where your readers hang out online?

Organization is key to establishing a book launch that showcases the book. The where and how is also tied to a street team.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

As Author and Reader, “Tension” a Must for Creston Mapes


Creston Mapes    @CrestonMapes






My Signs of Life series began with the book Signs of Life, which explored how a mass shooting in Portland, Oregon impacted several specific survivors—including the young shooter, Rogan Sneed; the lead interrogator, Wayne Deetz; and a city school teacher, Tyson Cooper, who lost his wife and faith in the shooting.


The organic, grass roots themes of each of my eight novels have reflected upon where I’ve been, spiritually, at the time of writing. So, Signs of Life hit on the topic of, how and why God allows tragedy in the lives of human beings, especially those who love him? As a Christian, I was struggling with that, and that crucible came out in the pages of Signs of Life.

As a novelist, I am not a plotter, but write by the “seat of the pants” each day. So I walked with the characters in the aftermath of the shooting, day by day. It was extremely emotional. I found myself questioning God and trying to experience what the characters would be feeling in the midst of such anguish. Especially Tyson Cooper, whose wife died in the attack, and Wayne Deetz, a Portland PD investigator close to retirement, who repeatedly interviewed the young shooter, Rogan Sneed.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Spark of an Idea

Wendy Wilson Spooner     @Wendy_W_Spooner

https://www.amazon.com/Irish-Summer-Wendy-Wilson-Spooner/dp/1620209349/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1578519299&sr=8-2


Allen Hamilton is a name that inspires me to my core.

The first time the idea sparked to write his story was on a research trip to Ireland where I was hunting for ancestral records with my husband and parents. As we searched archives in tiny villages surrounded by deep green hills, and combed through the records in town halls flanked by ancient castles and cathedrals, something deep within me stirred—a connection to the past as tangible as the cobblestones beneath my feet.

Allen was the oldest son of my 3rd great-grandfather. When he turned 18, he met a man from “the states” at his great-aunt’s manor house in County Donegal that lit the fire of the American dream in his heart, and compelled him to cross the Atlantic alone to find a way to save his family. Allen’s father was a Clerk of the Crown and one of 17 sons of a landed gentry family near Enniskillen Castle in Northern Ireland. But when the British forced oppressive fees and tax laws on the people it imploded the economy—three decades before the Irish Famine. And seeing no hope for recovery, Allen borrowed the six-pence for passage and crossed the ocean in search of an answer.

BASED ON A 2OO-YEAR-OLD LETTER COLLECTION

A faded and worn letter collection survives today, written by Allen’s parents to him after Allen went to America. My mom and my daughters and I transcribed many of the faded, damaged letters which copies can be found on microfilm in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah as well as the genealogical library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The correspondence is both inspiring and heart-breaking, filled with the family’s trust in God as they suffered, while Allen journeyed thousands of miles away through antebellum America, seeking for a way to make a success of himself so he could bring his family to him before it was too late.

As starvation and typhus fever raged throughout his homeland, it was who and what Allen became in the U.S. that still inspires me today.

I wrote Once Upon an Irish Summer through the eyes of Allen’s fictional descendant, a young gifted artist struggling through debilitating grief, because what we learn from the past entirely holds the promise of changing our future.

NO REGRETS

Writing this story in dual timeline was one of the hardest tasks I could have taken on as a debut novelist. But I would do it again because the outcome has inspired countless people to delve into the lives of their own ancestors. And I believe that those who came before us want nothing more than for each generation to become a little better. And that is what Once Upon an Irish Summer is all about. To learn about the people we come from, to honor them, and then to stand on their shoulders to become someone even better. 




Wendy Wilson Spooner, Lic. G., LCoT, is a Genetic Genealogist by day, a writer by night, and an artist in between.
Her love of what we can learn from history compels her to write the true stories she unearths during her research because she has found that truth is indeed, much more exciting and inspiring than fiction. 
Wendy is a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogist, The Association of Professional Genealogists, Romance Writers of America, and The American Night Writer’s Association. As an award-winning author of professional articles and poems, she’s turned to novel writing to share what she has learned with a greater audience.
When not writing or researching, Wendy paints, hikes, binges on Bollywood movies, and spends time with her greatest loves—her family.



http://KnowMyRoots.com

Friday, May 15, 2020

Patriotic Service Leads to Victories in Romance Part 3 and Part 4


Homefront Heroines Novella Collection


continued from May 14




Part 3    "Blue Moon" by Johnnie Alexander

               1943, Oak Ridge, Tennessee


After humiliating each other, a WOOPs officer and an Army Intelligence agent team up to protect a top-secret atomic bomb facility from sabotage.

You may have noticed our stories are named for song titles from the 1940s. The lyrics to “Blue Moon” inspired the opening of my story, which occurs on a blue moon night. My heroine, Kathleen, serves with the Women Officers of Public Safety (WOOPS), tasked by the Tennessee Valley Authority to guard the dams and other important facilities in the area.

My story was also inspired by Oak Ridge, also known as the Secret City and the Atomic City. I toured a museum dedicated to preserving the town’s unique history and listened to hours of recorded interviews with people who had lived in and worked at the government-built town.

My hope is that my characters’ fighting spirit honors the courageous men and women who sacrificed so much to protect our country both in the battlefields and here at home.

Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won't forget. Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, is a CBA bestseller and has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian. She also writes contemporary romances, cozy mysteries, light-hearted suspense and historicals. A fan of classic movies, stacks of books, and road trips, Johnnie shares a life of quiet adventure with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon. Connect with her on her website and on Facebook.




Part 4     “Dream a Little Dream” by Amanda Barratt

               
               1945, Palm Springs, California


When an army nurse and a former film star are reunited at a wartime hospital, can they move beyond their past and into a future together?


Dream a Little Dream was inspired by the courage and tenacity of the men and women who served in WWII in a variety of capacities. From nurses caring for the wounded in veterans hospitals (like my heroine), to fighter pilots in the Pacific Theater (like my hero), to entertainers like Bob Hope who brought laughter into places rife with grim realities, each had a role to play.

I especially loved exploring the stories of the actors and actresses who gave up safe careers in Hollywood to fight for victory alongside their fellow countrymen, as well as those of the brave nurses who served overseas and on the home front. Their dedication and willingness to devote themselves to a greater cause inspires me. 


Amanda Barratt,  ECPA best-selling author, fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. Her novel My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love, released from Kregel Publications in June 2019. Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe. Connect with her on Facebook and visit her online at amandabarratt.net. 



Thursday, May 14, 2020

Patriotic Service Leads to Victories in Romance - Part 1 and Part 2


Homefront Heroines Novella Collection

Four authors come together and write four wonderful stories. You will find
information with each author in four parts

Relive life on the American Homefront as four women of the WWII era join the workforce and discover romance in surprising ways.





Part 1 "Moonlight serenade" by Rita Gerlach

            
 1941, Washington D.C.




When Kate St. Claire takes over a sailor’s job at the Naval Yard in Washington, DC, she is thrown into a romance she never expected.


The inspiration for Homefront Heroines occurred to me when I read the V-Mail poem my grandmother wrote to my dad in 1942. It caused me to think about what the women on the homefront experienced. And so, Kate and Ronny's story evolved.

It was a joyful writing experience for me, being able to develop their romance, and include a mention of my mother working at the Navy Yard and my dad serving on the USS Vulcan.


Rita Gerlach lives in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains, amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland. In many of her stories, she writes about the struggles endured by early colonists, with a sprinkling of both American and English history. Rita incorporates into her newer fiction what she learned through her journey --- courage, faith, and the precious gift of family and friendship. Connect with her on her website and on Facebook. 











Part 2     "Only Forever" by Lauralee Bliss


                1943, Springville, New York



Marilyn and Arthur learn the hard way that it’s not the outside that matters, but the inward working of the heart that is precious to God and each other.

With the summer here comes gardening and the thought of fresh vegetables. I’ve already harvested baby lettuce with much more to come. During World War II, the setting for the Homefront Heroines collection, families turned to planting victory gardens to supply food and supplement the nation’s economy. The characters in my novella, Marilyn and Art, work together to see victory gardens established in their humble town.

But never did they imagine the stranger who appeared willing to help in their endeavor would be the one to subvert the people, steal their hard-earned money, and ruin the vital project. A wolf in sheep’s clothing is always on the hunt to prey upon the innocent. We try to grow gardens of peace, joy, patience, and endurance in our lives. But these fruits can be easily preyed upon in unknowing ways.

We must put on our glasses of spiritual insight, equipped with the weapons of faith and prayer and the truth of scripture so wolves will not steal, kill and destroy our garden and we may enjoy its fruits. Stand tall then in these tough times until you see the fruit of your garden of life! And then rejoice! 


Lauralee Bliss is a published author of many romance novels and novellas both historical and contemporary. Lauralee’s hope is that readers will come away with both an entertaining story and a lesson that speaks to the heart and soul. When not out hiking her favorite trail, Lauralee is home tending her garden of veggies, a bed of roses, and her favorite orchid. Connect with Lauralee on her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @LauraleeBliss.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

What’s a Writer to Do?

Ane Mulligan    @AneMulligan




I had the location. I had the story. But the setting had a strange effect on my writing. The tale turned dark. I don’t write dark fiction. I write uplifting stories. Easy reads. I write about friendships. And I write with humor.


So how did the darkness seep in? Apparently, it was a combination of my knowledge of the characters’ backstory and the location. And I was stuck in a bog, unable to move forward. The story was kicking my derriere.


I finally came to the realization I wasn’t just on the wrong track, I was going in a direction my readers wouldn’t follow. Hold onto your hats, boys—I tossed out 30,000+ words. One mighty stroke of the delete key and it was gone.


Once I got past that hyperventilation-inducing event, the next thing I had to do was start over.

On Goose Island became On Sugar Hill.


I liked the original basic premise, the what-if of this story. I kept that, but I changed the setting. I moved it away from the low country, where superstition and drama flourish. I also changed the characters’ names. Names are important. Names produce images and feelings. If I kept the original ones, they would continue to evoke dark feelings. Only one remained, and that one I could change her personality without any problems.


Next, I had to give up the dark secret to a secondary character’s affliction. I liked the affliction, so I kept that, deciding that it simply was—a fact. I never give a reason for it. After all, the story opens in 1929. That character, a quirky aunt, was born in 1885. They didn’t have the medical knowledge to know the cause of many disorders, nor the expertise to fix them.


I began to write. I discovered the changes I made were the right ones. The characters revealed their stories to me, and I found some new threads to weave through. Was it easy now? No. Nothing worth reading is written easily. It takes brainstorming, rewriting, rethinking. It takes sweat and tears. And if you kick a cabinet in frustration, it even takes a little blood.


I have a research conundrum. My setting is Sugar Hill, Georgia. Sugar Hill was a militia district from the Late Unpleasantness. It was not a town or city. It didn’t incorporate until 1939. All official town history begins then. There’s not a lot written about it prior to that. I had to go to another nearby town, Buford, GA, that includes some of the early Sugar Hill history. But most of my research has been talking to long-time residents.


I have always written fictional towns for that very reason. I can place a building where I want it and no one can tell me it wasn’t there. This time, I can’t. In some cases, history isn’t clear about who owned a certain store at that time or what it was called. A book on Buford history has a long list of who bought the drug store when, but for some reason the years I’m looking at are missing.


After finding most of the people who were over the age of ten in 1929 and would remember the local history I need (like was there a general store within five miles) have passed away or are too ill to talk with me. And so, I’ve had to take literary license and mention it in my author’s note.


Sometimes you do what you gotta do.



In High Cotton, available for preorder now, releases August 3rd.

On Sugar Hill will release in 2021

By the Sweet Gum is in the storyboarding stages. 


Ane Mulligan has been a voracious reader ever since her mom instilled within her a love of reading at age three, escaping into worlds otherwise unknown. But when Ane saw PETER PAN on stage, she was struck with a fever from which she never recovered—stage fever. She submerged herself in drama through high school and college. One day, her two loves collided, and a bestselling, award-winning novelist emerged. She lives in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband and a rascally Rottweiler. Find Ane on her website, Amazon Author page, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and The Write Conversation.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Why Romance?


 Leslie Hachtel   @LeslieHachtel




People ask me two questions all the time. The first is—why do you write romance instead of some other genre? Romance offers respite, like no other type of book. There is always the happily ever after (or, at least, happy for now). The world is suffering and the news every day is terrible. We are all trying to find our way through the ‘new normal’ as we combat a vicious enemy. And romance offers us a break, a means of easing the pain, if only for a little while. That is why I love romance, both writing and reading it. 

The second question that always comes up: where do you get your ideas? And the answer is always the same. Everywhere. For example, I was outside working alone very early one morning and there was no one else around. I imagined that most of the rest of the world was asleep. What if I could focus on one person and get into their dreams? Could I persuade them somehow? And the first book in the Dance series, “The Dream Dancer” was born. 

Another time, I went with a group of people to an escape room. That is one of those places where they ‘lock’ you in and give you a series of puzzles to solve in order to get out. Our scenario was “you have been shanghaied onto a ship and If you don’t escape, you will be taken away forever”. Not only was it so much fun, the idea for the “Morocco” series, where the heroines are kidnapped and taken to serve the sultan in the 1700’s germinated. 

My romantic suspense novels have their own history. “Payback” is based on a real series of killings that happened in Michigan years ago. I changed the villain to a woman and the victimology to older women. But the scenes and the situations were taken from real life. 

“Once Upon a Tablecloth”? What if a “Gordon Ramsey” character fell in love with a restauranteur in grave danger. And not from the food. 

My latest “Memories Never Die” took root with an episode of “Criminal Minds”. In the show, a very disturbed young woman kidnaps other women and turns them into her “dolls”. So, it got me to thinking - how difficult it would be for a woman to target her victims and drug and abduct them, keeping them until she decided to end their misery. 

I started with drug research. I had to find a substance that would control victims into helplessness, without killing them. 

I wanted my heroine to be a little different, so I decided she had her own demons. And who better to come to her aid, both professionally and romantically, than an FBI agent who was on medical leave after a gunshot? Luckily, he just happened to be recuperating nearby. 

Here is an excerpt: 


Memories Never Die

I love my job. I love my job. She did love her job. She just wished she could be less reactive when it came to the staring corpses. No matter that she had been on the streets for going on four years until this recent promotion to detective. She never got okay with the vicious, violent, premature end to a person's life. Which was why she chose this field. She wanted to solve these crimes and get the perps put away before they could cause more damage.
            "You okay?" Grey asked. "You're the color of my name." Sarcasm, not sympathy.
            The derision cut, but she would not give him the satisfaction of knowing it. "I'm fine." No need to elaborate on her weakness.
                                                                    ***


My hope is that you stay safe and well and when the world is too much with you, sit down and read a book. Go to new places, new times in history, meet new people, all within the comfort of your own home. And most of all, I wish you love.






Leslie Hachtel sat down one morning years ago and wrote a novel. It was either that or clean her house. It wasn’t a very good book, but she had found her passion. Her various jobs over the years have also included licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer and they have given her a wealth of experiences.
So far, she has sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and produced thirteen novels, including ten historical romances and three romantic suspense. Another romantic suspense, “Memories Never Die”..
Leslie lives in Astor, Florida with a fabulously supportive engineer husband and her new writing buddy, Annie, a terrier. Leslie loves to hear from readers.

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