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I am honoured that my new release Abigail Cottage has been named Pick of the week by thriller writer Lorrie Struiff

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Abigail Cottage

When Abigail falls in love with Justin she can’t begin to know the world of hurt she is heading into. Gorgeous, kind, rich – he’s the man we all dream to meet. BUT, all is not what it seems because Justin is a true demon from hell, disguised as a mortal being. He wants her and will do, kill or maim anyone who tries to stop him. Namely Shaun the real hero, who wants Abigail more! So what does a mortal man do against a demon? He enlists the help of a gypsy of course. But not any old gypsy. Rosa knows Justin very well and has the powers of the spirit world on her side to fight him. Using crystals as a powerful weapon, the light of the spirit world to lead them, they embark on a battle with the whole of the underworld. Many loved ones will lose their lives. This isn’t a book where everyone survives. In real life, bad things happen. In Abigail Cottage, terrible tragedies occur too. Believe... not every story can have a happy ending.

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Thursday, 23 June 2011

Welcome Lorelei Confer

Good Morning. Today, sitting in my lounge I have the very talented Lorelei Confer We are going to eat hot scones with cream, while chatting about her latest release Deadly Revenge


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Lorelei is an author of romantic suspense she loves reading almost as much as writing. She lives on a peninsula in the mid west coast of Florida with her husband, two cats, and AJ, her long haired Chihuahua.



Now I have always wanted a Chihuahua, but for some reason have always ended up with huge dogs. I do envy her lol



She wrote her first story in the fourth grade in the form of a play which actually was produced by her teacher for parents and students. She continued writing and majored in English in College.




So lets get right down to hearing about her book, Deadly Revenge. Here is something to whet your appetite.

Tory Richards returns to North Carolina to help her mother set up a B & B never expecting to stumble across several murder victims, fall in love, or get abducted by human traffickers.
Fortunately, when she’s run off the road on the way into town, Dave Miller, working undercover on the task force for human trafficking, comes to her aid. She blows off the near fatal accident as just that--an accident, but rethinks her position once events escalate.
Someone is trying to kill Tory. Failing that, she’s being set up as a suspect in four murders. As Dave falls more deeply for Tory, how will he tell her who he is and what he does? Will she ever trust him?Trust becomes a moot point when Tory is abducted and everything points to the group of human traffickers Dave’s had under surveillance. He calls in the entire task force, but will they reach Tory before she’s used as a sex slave?



Hi Margaret. Thanks for having me here today.
DEADLY REVENGE is the second book in a series with the theme of human trafficking. I’ve been working on the third book in the human trafficking series titled DEADLY DELIVERANCE, which hopefully will be finished by the end of the year. (out early next year) As writers we all have favourite characters, mine is Tory. I love that she photographs everything, leaving discernable clues about her life and what happens to her. She becomes a stronger woman by the end of the book and has to make a decision about leaving the NC mountains and returning to the beach, where she has a home and job waiting for her, without Dave. She can’t stay and he won’t leave.

I’ve been working on the third book in the human trafficking series titled DEADLY DELIVERANCE, which hopefully will be finished by the end of the year. (out early next year)
My favorite character from the book is Tory. I love that she photographs everything, leaving discernable clues about her life and what happens to her. She becomes a stronger woman by the end of the book and has to make a decision about leaving the NC mountains and returning to the beach, where she has a home and job waiting for her, without Dave. She can’t stay and he won’t leave.

Tory sounds like a strong Alpha woman. The whole premise intrigues me. Do you have any marketing advice that you'd like to pass on?

The best marketing advice I can give would be to blog and participate on the loops for readers, Goodreads if a great source of readers and authors.

As this is a romance blog, have you got a real life one that you could share?


Sure I do. My husband and I were high school sweethearts. On our first date I asked him to let me drive his car because I was taking my driver’s test the next day and wanted to be prepared. Anyway, I took a turn too sharp and hit the side of the road which had a five foot embankment which side swiped the entire passenger side. We were never able to get that door open. He was going into the Army a few months later and sold the sold the car for $300. We’ve been married 41 years in May.


Wow, 44 years. May you have many more. Is their anything else you'd like to say before you have to dash off?

Just to say thanks again and to ask if anyone would like to drop by and see me please do, at www.loreleiconfer.com. I love meeting new people. I also have a blog.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Welcome to Tamara Rose Blodgett














Good Morning every one. The sun is shining, so my guest today, Tamara Rose Blodgett, has the best chair on the veranda. As she sips my rather nice, Earl grey tea, let me tell you a bit about her.Tamara is a 'thinking-out-of-the box' paranormal enthusiast who believes there's a 95% chance zombies do not exist; but loves to write as if they do. She is from Alaska and has worked as an online journalist. She's beavering away on book two, Death Speaks, which is due for release in Aug. 2011. Her other paranormal romance, The Pearl Savage, is due to be released in mid-June.

In her spare time she's a [reluctant] serial-re-modeler,
project-slave and big time
reader. She tells me she does a great
deal of day-dreaming about impossible scenarios and events, writing books to capture them in stories and is convinced that all Gnomes should be exterminated!!!


As I am a well known saviour of the maligned I say....run for hills little gnomes....save yourselves!!!!










Tamara, good morning. I hear that you have a book hot off the press. Tell us a bit about it.

Morning Margaret. I love your garden. This tea is wonderful.


I do have a scorcher just off the press! “Death Whispers,” is my d├ębut young adult urban fantasy about a group of teens who receive government-sanctioned inoculations which cause some to manifest paranormal abilities.


Here is a little blurb as a taster.


Caleb has the most rare of the paranormal powers, Cadaver-Manipulation (aka corpse-raiser). In this world of the future, with Brain Impulse “pulse” Technology’s wide-spread use and influence keenly realized, routine school inoculation has expanded to include a pharmaceutical cocktail, which once administered, unlocks the genetic potential for paranormal abilities. Using this small window of puberty, teens who have the genetic propensity find themselves manifesting extraordinary gifts; some of which garner the full attention of our government. Caleb must camouflage his new “talent” during the mandatory eighth grade Aptitude Test so that he remains undiscovered while establishing choice for his future. However, events beyond his control systematically reveal Caleb and his friends, which force them to fight for their freedom. In the midst of this struggle, his girlfriend's father battles to reassert his abusive dominance in her life while a couple of “peer enemies” thwart his efforts of secrecy at every turn. In the explosive climax, Caleb must protect his friends, and Jade, the one he loves...at all costs.



This sounds like it should definitely be on my TBR list. So what’s next on your writing agenda next?



I was writing my YA paranormal romance as I was revising/editing DW. When DW published, I really focused on finishing, The Pearl Savage, and it was published June 15. Currently, I am hard-at-work on the sequel in the Death Series, Death Speaks. I anticipate publishing that around mid-August.


























Just for fun, pick your favourite character from your new release and tell us about them.

My favourite character is definitely Jonsey (best friend of the MC, Caleb), he is one of those rare individuals that was born without a filter! He behaves in a way, at times, that I really admire and vicariously would love to personify once in awhile!

I know you write paranormals, but how about some real life gossip? Where did you meet your partner? We all love to hear a romance story on this blog.

This is so romantic but I met my husband when we were thirteen and fourteen, respectively. Romance blossomed when we were older and he'd returned home for a vacation to visit family and we attended the same wedding. We started dating and were married ten months later. Now, almost twenty-five years and four sons later...still going strong. (And yeah, he's pretty hot!)

Wow five sons!!! Almost a football team lol Before you go, where can your followers find you:

On my blog site. And if you follow me, I always follow back~!

Twitter:
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I'd like to thank Margaret for hosting me and my readers and for spending their time reading my stories!

It's been lovely having you Tamara. Good luck with all your books.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Lorelei Confer





Good Morning. Today, sitting in my lounge I have the very talented Lorelei Conifer. We are going to eat hot scones with cream, while chatting about her latest release Deadly Revenge.









Lorelei is an author of romantic suspense she loves reading almost as much as writing. She lives on a peninsula in the mid west coast of Florida with her husband, two cats, and AJ, her long haired Chihuahua. Now I have always wanted a Chihuahua, but for some reason have always ended up with huge dogs. I do envy her lol She wrote her first story in the fourth grade in the form of a play which actually was produced by her teacher for parents and students. She continued writing and majored in English in College.





















So lets get right down to hearing about her book, Deadly Revenge.






Here is a blurb.




Tory Richards returns to North Carolina to help her mother set up a B & B never expecting to stumble across several murder victims, fall in love, or get abducted by human traffickers.
Fortunately, when she’s run off the road on the way into town, Dave Miller, working undercover on the task force for human trafficking, comes to her aid. She blows off the near fatal accident as just that--an accident, but rethinks her position once events escalate.
Someone is trying to kill Tory. Failing that, she’s being set up as a suspect in four murders. As Dave falls more deeply for Tory, how will he tell her who he is and what he does? Will she ever trust him?
Trust becomes a moot point when Tory is abducted and everything points to the group of human traffickers Dave’s had under surveillance. He calls in the entire task force, but will they reach Tory before she’s used as a sex slave?







Hi Margaret. Thanks for having me here today.






DEADLY REVENGE is the second book in a series with the theme of human trafficking. I’ve been working on the third book in the human trafficking series titled DEADLY DELIVERANCE, which hopefully will be finished by the end of the year. (out early next year) As writers we all have favourite characters, mine is Tory. I love that she photographs everything, leaving discernable clues about her life and what happens to her. She becomes a stronger woman by the end of the book and has to make a decision about leaving the NC mountains and returning to the beach, where she has a home and job waiting for her, without Dave. She can’t stay and he won’t leave.






It sounds like Tory is a strong alpha lady. I think this will be added to my TBR pile. Have you any advice for authors?






Let me see. The best marketing advice I can offer, would be to blog and participate on the loops for readers, Goodreads is my favourite and a great source of readers and authors.






Before you go, can you tel us a bit about you and your hubby. How did you meet?






My husband and I were high school sweethearts. On our first date I asked him to let me drive his car because I was taking my driver’s test the next day and wanted to be prepared. Anyway, I took a turn too sharp and hit the side of the road which had a five foot embankment which side swiped the entire passenger side. We were never able to get that door open. He was going into the Army a few months later and sold the sold the car for $300. We’ve been married 41 years in May.






So a happy ending in this non fiction lol. Thanks for coming Lorelei. You can find this lovely lady here and her blog. Which I have to say is fab and I've just followed.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

AWARD


I have recieved this fabbo award from my friend Julie Hayes But it has come with rules. I have to tell you seven random facts about myself.

I speak to spirit people
I'd eat chocolate for breakfast,dinner and tea if I could.
I treat my two dogs like children.
I am obsessed with bags and shoes and have a dressing room dedicated to them.
I don't like 'proper' food very much and eat mainly to stay alive.
I'm paranoid about aging
I try daily to help whomever I can.

Pass the award on to other awesome blog buddies. Please take some time to visit these fantastic bloggers that I gave the award to.
Lorrie Struiff
BK Walker Books
Smockturtle
Lizzie

Friday, 10 June 2011

REVIEW


The Locket

By Ginger Simpson


This short novella starts in the mid 1940’s and tells the story through the years about a cursed locket that forces the wearer to kill the people they love. Whether it somehow activates the hidden rage we all harbour within ourselves, or it is actually cursed, will be down to the reader to decide.

A canny detective O’Day eventually recognises this necklace has been mentioned in a lot of murders through the years. He doesn’t know, when it eventually falls into his hands, why he feels the need to lock it away from human contact. But he does. The stories that unfold around this locket are unique in the fact that the victims are murdered by whatever was appropriate for that time frame. So each one is distinctly different and therefore they do not get tedious to read. The only thing I can say that would have made this better for me would be to learn how the locket became cursed in the first place. Maybe that’ll come out in a sequel!

I gave this book 4 Stars.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Rescue Dogs


I am totally off topic here. I want to talk about my little rescue dog Sparkie. I contacted RSPCA, Last Chance and Battersea, to get a small dog as a companion to my rather crazy Huskamute, Odin. I have to say, these places where sadly inadequate in their responses. The RSPCA emailed me back about a dog I’d seen on their site, to ask me, where I’d seen it as the one I wanted was rehomed three weeks ago. Obviously, they don’t know or update their sites much. The others did not contact me at all, except Battersea, who has a three day, I’ll get back to you, policy!!! Is it me, or do these places keep harping on how over flowing they are? Maybe the reason for that is that they NEVER get back to anyone who contacts them.


Anyway, I stumbled across Rescue Remedies one Friday night at 10pm. I rambled through their site and saw Sparkie, a Staff/Jack Russell mix. Just the right size and stature to put up with Odins boisterousness. I dutifully filled in a really long questionnaire, supplied pictures of my garden fence (as requested) and of odin. I hit send, didn’t expect to hear back for ages, yet 15 minutes later my phone rang and it was the centre. Within half an hour I was booked in to have Sparkie visit me on the bank holiday Monday. THEY came to ME!!

To cut a long story short, my husband and I fell in love with him, although it took Odin over a week to warm to him and even now there are still a few issues to iron out. Sparkie was painfully thin, as he wasn’t settling at the centre and had been a stray for a while. All he wanted to do was sit on your lap and be cuddled. It’s been almost two weeks since he arrived and now it’s like he has always been here. I can’t think why anyone would want to let this dear little dog go. I wish I had thought about rescue centres years ago. So to anyone who is thinking about getting a dog/cat, please try the rescue centres first. If you are lucky you will get a precious little boy like mine.
Here is a short clip of Odin and Sparkie in the garden. Finally playing with no teeth, snarls or reprimands.


Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Nothing in particular



I once knew a pub called ‘Nowhere in particular’ the name always made me smile when I passed it. I could imagine how many men said to their wives that they were going nowhere in particular as they left the house lol It’s long gone now and that brings me to my blog today. I’m feeling a little nostalgic.
I’m going to cast out into the ether a question. A part from the people we have lost, what would you reclaim back if you had the chance? I’d get back the little chocolate toffee nuggets that have disappeared. As a youngster I used to go in the corner shop and ask for thrupenny’s worth. I loved them sweets, all stuck together in the little white paper bag.

The best comment will win something nostalgic from me.