Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Interview with Betty Bolte

Today, my interview guest is Betty Bolte, who writes both historical and contemporary stories featuring strong, loving women and brave, compassionate men. 

No matter whether the stories are set in the past or the present, she loves to include a touch of the paranormal. In addition to her romantic fiction, she’s the author of several nonfiction books and earned a Master’s in English in 2008. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and the Authors Guild. Get to know her at www.bettybolte.com.

1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write using my laptop on my lap in the family room, with the TV turned on as background noise. I don’t currently have a desk where I could work, but this arrangement is comfortable, and I love old westerns for their wonderful soundtrack!

2. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Mostly read and research, but also needlework (crochet and counted cross-stitch), play my guitar, or take a long walk. Creative endeavors to help me relax and recharge. Of course, there’s always watching TV or movies with my supportive hubby, always with an eye to the story and the romance. I call it research as well!

3. What do you like most about writing?
The flexibility of where I work and when. Although I do have deadlines, some that force me to keep to the keyboard, there are also lulls when I can take a day to read and research. Or take time away to handle family obligations and needs. In other words, it’s the kind of job you can do and still have a fulfilling life.

4. What do you think makes a good story?
Strong characters who are striving to overcome some emotional hurdle to achieve their goal. Each character should have both an internal and external goal they must reach before the story ends in order to make the tale complex and satisfying.

5. What does your family think of your writing?
They are very supportive of my desire and effort to write books. However, I do occasionally get ribbed for writing “dirty books”; not that I DO! It’s the same kind of teasing I heard at work when folks found I write romances, and they called me “Dirty Betty” until I put my foot down. Just because a book contains sex does not make it porn, after all!

6. What is your guilty pleasure?
A dry gin martini with one olive after a long day. Or any day, for that matter!

7. What movie best describes your life?
The Incredible Journey, because it’s been filled with animals, caring friends and family, as well as many mountains to climb.

Emily’s Vow

Emily Sullivan’s greatest fear is dying in childbirth, as did her twin sister and their mother. Then she’s thrown in a loyalist prison for her privateering father’s raids on the British, and her accuser--a former beau--promises to recant if she will marry him.

Frank Thomson always loved Emily despite her refusal to return his affections. A patriot spy posing as a loyalist officer, when Frank learns of Emily’s plight, he challenges her accuser to a duel.

Freed from prison, Emily ponders returning the affections of her rescuer--the only man she's ever loved and who married her twin to save the Sullivan family's reputation. But Frank cannot afford to be discovered. For the sake of young America, he must deliver his secrets.

Amy’s Choice

Without a goodbye, Amy Abernathy's childhood sweetheart, Benjamin Hanson, leaves to fight in the American War for Independence. Amy chooses to pick up the pieces of her heart and leave Charles Town to help her sister who is with child.

Benjamin knows he hurt Amy, but he plans to make it up to her after his mission is completed. Then he learns that Amy has been captured by renegade soldiers. Now Benjamin faces his own choice: free the sassy yet obstinate woman he's never stopped loving or protect Charles Town from vengeful British occupation.

Social Media Links
Twitter: @BettyBolte

Monday, October 20, 2014

Win a Fleur de Lis Necklace This December

In celebration of my new series, French Quarter Brides, I'm going to give away a pretty fleur de lis necklace on December 10th, which is the day that Jesse and Elise met in TO SAVE A LADY.

Today I am at Jenna Jaxon's blog doing a cover reveal and an interview. http://bit.ly/ZLBarA

You can leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. You can leave a comment here as well for an extra entry!  And sign up for my newsletter, follow me on Twitter, or Facebook for extra entries. 

Pre-order TO SAVE A LADY 

Much more coming later!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Friday Spotlight and Giveaway: Jesse's Find by P. A. Estelle

Today, I am spotlighting Penny Estelle's new release, Jesse's Find, a historical western romance. Love a short read with great reviews? I do. I already bought a copy. Buy Here!
Please leave a comment to win your choice of Penny's books! 

Jesse Mason is bone tired and just miles from home when a strange sound drifting with a Kansas wind catches his ear. 

He spies something hiding in the tall grass.  His temper sizzles at the sight of a horse, dead from exertion, and is ready to string up the cowboy that has done this. What Jesse finds is no cowboy at all, but a woman who has been shot and an infant, both, he fears will not make it to his home alive.

Jesse didn’t ask for this, but he knew he couldn’t turn his back on them.  What he didn’t know was somebody wanted that woman dead and didn’t care who else had to die to get that job done.


            “Whoa, Bell,” he said, pulling the reins up tight, sitting high on the seat of the buckboard, listening.  All he could hear was the low moan of the wind.  As far as Jesse Mason could see, waist high grasses whipped about.  The man removed his hat, tilting his head, trying to hear the faint sound that kept drifting by.
            “Hell,” he muttered.  “I’ve been driving this wagon two days.  I’m hearing things.”  Jesse snapped the reins again.  “Come on Belle.  We’ll be home soon enough.”
            The wind picked up even more and Jesse put on his jacket, pulling the collar up to protect his neck and ears.  It was late September and the wind had a bite.  Unexpectedly, the horse threw her head up, dancing a bit to the left.  “What the hell is wrong with you, Belle?”  Jesse was taken by surprise at the sudden movement.  There it was again.  He knew he heard it that time.
            Standing, Jesse drew his gun from his holster.  Slowly scanning the area, his eyes lit on something not too far from the wagon, lying in the grass.  He jumped down; making his way over see what was there. 
            It was a horse, a dead horse.  The hair on its sides and neck were stiff from lather from hard riding.  Anger burned through him.  This horse had been run to death.  Someone should be strung up for this.  Trampled grass, like somebody dragging something, was headed south.  Following the trail and crouching when something caught his eye.  Jesse didn’t breathe, his gun poised, ready for whatever was there.  Nothing moved. Inching forward, he saw a burlap bag.
            Cautiously, he opened the bag and dumped the contents.  Jesse felt an uneasy feeling way down in the pit of his stomach.  Squares of cotton and linen scattered and caught on the prairie grass.  Cans of milk, along with baby bottles, rolled in the wind, while baby blankets and clothes tried to fly away.  He hurried to put everything back, losing a few of the squares. 
            Jesse didn’t have to go much further before finding the son-of-a-bitch who had killed the horse.  A man lay a few feet away; face down, and a brown duster spread wide, covering his whole body.    Squatting down with his gun pointed at the cowboy, Jesse took hold of the man's arm and pulled him onto his back.  Mouth agape, Jesse stood staring at a cascade of auburn hair that covered a girl’s face. She wore a brown dress with the top half torn off.
            Lying next to her was an infant that couldn’t be more than a month old. 

From the author: 

I would really like to thank Patricia for allowing me to barge in on her blog today.  Jesse’s Find is my second historical western romance.  I also have Revenge, The Cowboy way, a novel that was released in April.

Also, under my belt, are a few contemporary romances, a paranormal romance, and a family drama.

I started my career in writing children’s (middle grade) stories - from fantasies (Hike Up Devil’s Mountain) to time travel adventures (The Wickware Sagas).

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