Archives for March 2015

Texans and their Tall Tales

Lauren Linwood is here with me today telling us a little about her new book, Balled Beauty. This will be Lauren’s sixth release, with a seventh to come  in June. It’s interesting for me to read how other authors get their inspiration. Lauren’s inspiration sparks in many different places and in many different ways much like mine. Maybe it’s something about the Texas air?


I’m a native Texan, and we’re known for our love of spinning stories. Before I could write words on a page, I was already creating stories for my stuffed animals and dolls to act out. As I got older, I gathered all my friends in the neighborhood and would come up with characters for us to portray and storylines to act out.

I thought at first I’d go into journalism since I was the editor-in-chief of my junior high and high school newspapers. Instead, I felt a call and became a history teacher. Little did I know that my passion for the people who created history would inspire me to write historical romances!

I’m lucky to lay claim to my own writing space. I’ve got a small desk and also a writing chair where I work. Both overlook my back yard, and I love to watch the fall colors explode or the beginnings of spring as I brainstorm. I have file cabinets with research and bookshelves with reference books all within easy reach. I also walk 4-5 miles a day, having all kinds of conversations in my head with my characters, playing out scenes and thinking ahead to my next chapters.

I found that sometimes it’s a single line in a research book that can help an idea for one of my romances come to life. I’m also inspired by names. If I can hit on the perfect name for a character, I start seeing him or her physically as character traits blossom.

Although I’ve written 5 historical romances (2 medievals and 3 westerns), none of them have taken place in Texas—until now. My March release, Ballad Beauty, let me focus on a true hero in my home state, a Texas Ranger. I even visited the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame & Museum in Waco to see actual guns used in the 1870s, when my story takes place. I also saw on display badges, clothing, and photographs that really helped me shape my hero, Noah Daniel Webster. And having been a career teacher, I found it easy to climb inside my heroine, Jenny McShanahan, and bring her to life.


BalladBeauty1800HIGHAfter ten years apart, Boston schoolmarm Jenny McShanahan receives a letter from her beloved father that instructs her to join him in Texas. She has no idea that he’s become Famous Sam McShan, the Robin Hood of the West. She arrives to find Sam already gone, but he left instructions for Jenny to hire a guide and rendezvous with him in Nevada.

Texas Ranger Noah Daniel Webster knows Sam personally because his father, Pistol Pete Webber, was Sam’s longtime partner in crime. When Pete is killed during their last big score, Noah requests the assignment to bring Sam to justice. Going undercover, he volunteers to act as Jenny’s escort across the dangerous prairie, using her to track her outlaw father’s location.

As they journey through rough country, love blossoms—but Noah knows the second he arrests Sam, his betrayal will kill Jenny’s love for him. Should the lawman do his duty as a Ranger, or should he let love rule? The choice Noah makes will change their lives forever.

 You can purchase Ballad Beauty at Amazon

Linwood IMG_4199 4x5 webLauren Linwood’s novels focus on two of her favorite eras—medieval times and the American Old West. History is the backdrop that places her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grows into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.

Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts.

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Erin Bevan

Feeling Spicy? Check this out!

People often ask me where I come up with ideas for my stories, and it’s hard to pinpoint exact moments sometimes when inspiration strikes. I could be gazing at the fireplace, but my mind could be a million miles away and viola, an idea pops up just by looking at the fireplace.

Anita Kidesu didn’t have that problem with her latest release South Seas Seduction. She is here with us today letting us in on how she was inspired by a scene she witnessed at the beach.


Who knew that a trip would bring about my first book and an erotica to boot. On a whim, a couple of my friends and I decided to get away from the Wisconsin winter and take a trip to the Caribbean. I looked forward to spending time on the beach, lazing back, soaking up the son, reading romances, and maybe dreaming of some man coming into my life.

I bought one of those sand chairs so I didn’t have to lay on my stomach and try to read. My friends and I pitched in and bought a half-shelter so our white, Wisconsin, winter skin wouldn’t fry. So there I was engrossed in my book, (I think it was Shayla Black) sipping my drink, munching on nuts, when laughter broke my concentration. Deep, male laughter. I looked up under my big floppy hat, and there were three men and a woman horsing around in the water, splashing each other, and just having fun. In the background a plane flew low to the water, almost like on the cover of South Seas Seduction.

Slam! Bam! I grabbed my notebook and started frantically writing down ideas. Originally, I had the book set in the 1960s, but my editor had me change it to contemporary. In the original, I had Emma more reserved, less able to take care of herself, but at some point she screamed to become feisty, more independent. I liked her a lot more.

South Seas Seduction was born.


Blurb: Sheltered all her life as the daughter of an ambassador, Emma Labonte boards a small plane on a trip from Australia. One hijacking and a plane crash later, she finds herself on a deserted island and stranded with three different yet equally sexy men. With no hope for rescue, the four begin to carve a semblance of a life in their tropical setting. Closeness breeds curiosity, and naive Emma begins to wonder what it would be like to be loved by these three men. The adventurer Jack, Toby the intelligent doctor, and shy English professor Steve–each carve a special place in her heart. When her three men launch seduction in the South Seas, how can she resist?


Anita Kidesu has been writing for only a few years, although she’s been an avid reader of romance since her teens. Four years ago she attended a romance convention as a reader. A deeply-planted seed she nurtured to write romance, started to grow. The second and third years, Anita went as an aspiring author. This year she will be going as a published author.

Anita has her Masters’ Degree from a Wisconsin University and works full-time in Southern Wisconsin and squeezes in her writing during breaks and after work. Because of her public job, she chooses to write under a pen name. In her spare time she likes to read, garden, hike, bike, and spend time with her family and friends. She is currently working on another book for The Wild Rose Press.

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Safe at Home

This week I’m doing an author spotlight on Christina Kirby. Ms. Kirby was nice enough to host me on her blog this week, and I thought it would be nice to do the same for her. Check out her latest release, Safe at Home.

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Driven by fear and desperate to protect her family, Samantha is forced to leave Chicago and everything she’s worked to achieve, only to start over by tossing a dart-at-the-map. The Georgia townsfolk’s true Southern charm is the unexpected prescription needed to heal her soul, and the sexy carpenter who touches her heart are distractions she didn’t plan on, but they might offer her a chance at a new life, if she can let go of her past.

Town heartbreaker, Spencer Malloy, isn’t looking for anything serious. His days are perfect working as a contractor, attending his nephew’s baseball games or taking him fishing. He never expects to fall for the big city girl, Samantha. She’s not his type, timid and closed off, but in her unguarded moments, he’s intrigued by the woman he can’t get out of his mind. The urge to get closer to her grows stronger each day, and when the shadow of evil resurfaces, he vows to protect Samantha, even if it means abandoning his home and joining her on the run.

When confronted by the man who’s bent on revenge, Samantha must choose between running again to save the people she loves, or if she has the strength, to stay and fight for her new life.


“Here it is.” Jenny announced. She stopped the car in front of an old white house with peeling paint and looked over at Sam whose eyes began to fill with tears.

“Like I said, it needs some work. When Pete got sick, no one really paid much attention to the house. It’s been sitting here idle for a while. His boys just couldn’t bring themselves to sell it at first, and then…”

“No, it’s perfect,” Sam’s voice sounded watery. “It’s the first house I’ve ever owned.”

After fighting off the foolish tears, Sam climbed out of the car, strolled through the freshly cut grass, and up to what could be a beautiful porch. Jenny unlocked the door as she chattered away about the house, but Sam wasn’t listening. This was it, her new home.

Entering through the wood and glass front door, Sam stepped into a little hallway and felt her heart swell. The inside was small and cozy. The perfect place to sit and feel safe from the outside world.

“Excuse me, earth to Sam. Do you want to see the rest of the house?”

Sam turned, face warm. “Yes, sorry. Lead the way.”

Jenny led her down the hall to show her the kitchen, which had a wonderful view of the backyard, they moved through the dining room and then the upstairs before returning to the den. It was a wonderful little house, so much more than what she imagined for herself.

A car backfired out on the main road and Sam jumped.

“Are you okay?” Jenny’s blue eyes widened, her voice threaded with concern.

“Fine.” Sam let out a shaky breath and waited for her heart rate to return to normal. “I must’ve been so lost in all my plans for the house that I was in another world.”

Jenny gave her a warm smile, but continued to watch her with a crease between her perfect eyebrows.

“Should we be off to your office now?” Sam tried to sound relaxed.

Jenny beamed. “The papers are ready for you.”

Relief washed through Sam as the thrill of the sale seemed to distract Jenny from Sam’s nervous behavior. She led the way out the door and took a deep breath of country air. It was going to be okay here. No one knew where she was. Not her family. Not her best friend. No one. She glanced over her shoulder at the little white house, which for her, symbolized so much more than a new house. She was home.

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Christina Kirby

Christina Kirby holds a degree in Public Relations from Auburn University. She worked in banking for four and a half years before deciding to become a stay at home mom to her two sons. Moving every couple of years because of her husband’s job, Christina has had the opportunity to meet all kinds of people and live in many different states. Fortunately, writing is something she can take with her no matter where she lives. Christina is an avid reader of romance, young adult and anything having to do with pop culture. She also knows a copy of Entertainment Weekly and a chocolate chip cookie can cure anything.

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Erin Bevan

Cover Reveal

It’s here! It’s finally here. I have been anxiously awaiting to get the cover for Cupid’s Angels and now I finally have it, and I can show it to you! Drum roll please.

CupidsAngels400-2Isn’t it a beaut? I sure thought so. Cupid’s Angels will be coming to an e-reader near you in May and paperback early part of next year.

And here is a little bit to get you excited about it:

Ellie Childs isn’t looking for love. She’s looking for an AC technician for the Forest Wood Senior Center. But, when the repairman happens to be tall, dark, and handsome, he has the goods to make her change her mind. Unfortunately, he’s taken by a blonde Barbie.

David White moved to Cupid, Arkansas, to be closer to the woman he loves, his grandma, and away from his ex-fiancée. Believing his broken heart would never work again, he’s proven wrong. Ellie’s shimmering auburn curls and compassionate nature sends his heart thumping. His mind soars with thoughts of giving love another shot. But as luck would have it, she’s taken, and the guy she’s seeing is a real jerk.

When David’s grandmother sees how perfect Ellie would be for her grandson, she gathers the troops. She and her three friends form Cupid’s Angels. Their mission, to bring David and Ellie together. Despite their best efforts, the Angels’ plans backfire, pushing David and Ellie farther apart and into the arms of others. Or, so they think.

Will the Angels’ good intentions win out, or will their plots and schemes undermine what could have been the love of a lifetime for David and Ellie?


I’m so excited about this release. I loved writing this story. If you like romance, with a cute old people twist, then this book is for you. Check back soon for a finalized release date in May.

Erin Bevan