After a head injury, Jess begins to see things she can’t explain. She starts to wonder if she’s hallucinating, losing her mind completely...or if something far worse might be happening. Available now: Amazon
Love's Sorrow Means of Mercy #1 by Terri Rochenski
Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.
Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow's unrelenting waves of grief. Purchase Links: Print Createspace (Best Option) Amazon
Terri was kind enough to stop and answer a few questions!
Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? I’m a stay-at-home mom with three little yummies. I love my job, but I also love gardening in what spare time I find. There isn’t much of it, that’s for sure!
What genres do you write? Fantasy and romance, but not combined. Yet. How did you come to write these genres? They’re my two favorite genres to read, so my mind goes these routes when day dreaming with the voices in my head.
Who has most influenced your writing? Anne Tyler. If she hadn’t encouraged me over a decade ago to write, I never would have considered pursing that dream.
How long have you been writing? I started in 8th grade with Gundi’s Great Adventure, but didn’t do much between that and my late 20s when I met Ms. Tyler. Who is your favorite character from one of your books? While I love all my characters, I probably enjoyed Jadon from Eye of the Soul the best. Arrogant, a lady’s man, handsome as sin yet flawed and sensitive—love him!
Is there a special indulgence you allow yourself while you’re writing? I’d love to say Red Cat and asiago cheese, but my writing is usually done before everyone in the house is up for the day. Probably not the best time to get fuzzy brained! The fact I’m putting words onto paper is honestly indulgence enough.
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.
You can say your vows in a catwalk gown so beautiful it reduces your mum to tears (and not because she paid for it).
You can style a reception so stunning your guests won’t believe you didn’t hire an A-list planner.
And you can sprinkle the day with personal touches that make everyone feel like you gave them special attention before they even got there. Without spending a house deposit on it. Honest.
Samantha Birch has written for GLAMOUR, Brides, You & Your Wedding and Cosmopolitan Bride. She knows a thing or two about planning a wedding on a budget, how much you can expect to pay for everything and where to go to get it for less. And she’s put it all down here. You can find The High-Street Bride's Guide at: Amazon UK Amazon Barnes and Noble
Hi Samantha! Thank you for stopping by to answer a few questions today!
Tell us a little about yourself: what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I’m a 28-year-old writer. Translation: mild obsession with words. When I’m not tap-tap-tapping away on some story, article, blog post or other, I’m most likely out for dinner with friends or curled up in front of the TV watching The Big Bang Theory, New Girl or lately—shocker—all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica on Netflix (didn’t think I’d like it, but I’ve devoured all but four episodes and I’m tense-as about how it ends). Either that or I’m under a laptop, sitting next to my husband, playing him at Hearthstone (read: I’m kicking his virtual ass). What genres do you write?
Non-fiction and Steampunk Fantasy. I grant you not an obvious combo. The non-fiction I’ve written has included articles for GLAMOUR, Brides, Cosmo Bride and You & Your Wedding, but the big one is my book--The High-Street Bride’s Guide—which is about planning a seriously stylish wedding on next to no budget. The Steampunk Fantasy is a work in progress; I’m 21,500 words in.
How did you come to write these genres?
Straight out of uni I went into journalism because I wanted to write all day long, and that seemed like the way to get someone to pay me to do it. I started off at business magazines, moved on to Harper’s Bazaar and then from there got into writing about weddings. One day a friend of mine suggested I write a book from all my experience on the magazines and planning my own budget wedding. So I did!
The Steampunk Fantasy that I’m writing actually started when my husband and our friends got together to form a writing group. Each fortnight my husband would use a random word generator to give us our topic, and then we’d have two weeks to write something up from there. The first one we did, the word was ‘driftpiece’, and for some reason in my head that went from a ship to an airship, and then the airship’s captain… That 1,000 words is still the opening of my book.
Who has most influenced your writing?
The non-fiction is influenced by the titles I’ve written for, as well as others like Cosmopolitan, but I really wanted to inject it with my own personality and sense of humour too. That’s why there are references to things like Field of Dreams and the M&S adverts sneaked in there!
As for my fiction, I love people like Terry Pratchett, Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams and J.R.R. Tolkien, so I think they’ve all probably had some influence on my writing.
How long have you been writing?
Forever. Seriously. My mum says I picked up a pen when I was three years old and I haven’t stopped since. The pen just turned into a keyboard.
Who is your favorite character from one of your books?
The main character from my work in progress, because I’d convinced myself I couldn’t write from a male perspective and then there he was, large as life, on the page.
Do you plan your stories or do they evolve as you write?
The non-fiction is planned out, the fiction has to evolve as I write. I’m a bit of a contradiction: I like to be in control and plan ahead and know when things are happening when it comes to real life, but I can’t stand it when I’m trying to be imaginative. I’ve tried to plan fiction before but I end up bored with it before I even start writing. Turns out the creative side of me likes to be let loose and have a few surprises.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
The ones I mentioned before, who have influenced me. Also Sharon Creech, whose young adult books I loved to bits when I was a teenager. They’re so well-written, with such vivid and believable characters, but they’re always a little off-kilter, with just enough quirkiness to be interesting and different without taking it too far. She must have really good instincts to get it so right all the time.
Is there a special indulgence you allow yourself while you’re writing?
Haha, I wish! Probably the closest I get is half a sugar in my tea—I’m usually a sugar-free, decaf tea drinker—because any other treats like having music or films on in the background would put me right off. I have to have total silence and shut myself away from the world when I’m writing, so it’s kind of more about giving things up!
Tell us a little about your current work in progress.
It’s still early days, and it’s developing as I go, so there’s not a huge amount I can say at the moment. I’m hoping it’s a bit of a different approach to Steampunk Fantasy, and I’m going for fun, adventure and memorable characters. Hopefully I’m getting it right!
So far I’m the author of one book: The High-Street Bride’s Guide. I’ve written about dresses, bridesmaids and cake toppers for Brides and You & Your Wedding, and regularly contribute to the likes of GLAMOUR and Love Baking – often while eating cake in my pyjamas. I live with my husband in a chaotically untidy flat in Letchworth, which I pretend is an artfully unkempt writer’s loft in St. Albans.
When Michael goes on a photographic assignment to Brazil and fails to return, Kristi and her son fly to Rio de Janeiro, desperate to find him. Instead she finds that during the cold New Jersey winter, her husband has spent his time in steamy chat rooms with Nara, a young woman desperate for attention and involved in the Rio drug world.
As she searches for Michael in exotic but crime-ridden Rio, Kristy finds herself way out of her league. She turns to Italian-Brazilian Federal Agent Tony Lamazzo for help. As the harsh truth of her marriage brings a dose of reality to her life, she finds the temptation of getting closer to the strong, capable—and totally hot—Tony difficult to resist. She’s in Brazil on the Day of Dead, a day when Brazilians go wild. Why shouldn’t she go wild with Tony, for just one night, before returning home to start the new life alone she’ll have to learn to make for herself?
But when her son vanishes too, Kristi doesn’t know where to turn. Michael’s affair with drug-dealing Nara has exposed them all to the murderous wrath of a ruthless drug lord, and while she longs to trust Tony, she can’t trust his powerful and politically corrupt family. But in the dangerous slums and rainforests of Brazil, the danger mounts for both Kristi and her son, and a cold-blooded enemy has an agenda of his own. If she trusts Tony, she might save her son. Or it might just get them all killed… You can find Letting Evil In at: Amazon
Ellie Eden thinks the next best thing to hot romance is reading or writing about it. And she finds it even better to be somewhat scared or totally petrified at the same time. That's why she loves Romantic Suspense and Thrillers. She favors strong, protective alpha heroes, but finds murderous but good-looking bad guys fun too, at least on paper. And she loves to escape her family into an exotic, preferably crime-ridden, location.
In another life, Ellie Eden is the author of two bestselling travel books and a number of award-winning YA biographies featuring real life alpha heroes. She lives in Hawaii and California with her husband, two daughters and son. You can find Ellie Eden at: