Sunday, July 25, 2021

Relax with a new book from The Wild Rose Press

 

New Romance and Fiction In The Garden

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Dragons Walk Among Us
The Allison Lee Chronicles

$5.99

Shutterbug Allison Lee is trying to survive high school while suffering the popular girl's abuse. Her life is often abysmal, but at least her green hair is savage. Her talent for photography is recognized by the school paper and the judges of a photo contest.

While visiting her friend Joe, a homeless vet, Allison's life irrevocably changes after an attack leaves her blind. All her dreams as a photojournalist are dashed as she realizes she'll never see again. Despair sets in until she is offered an experimental procedure to restore her vision. But there are side effects, or are they hallucinations? She now sees dragons accompanying some of the people she meets. Can she trust her eyes, or has the procedure affected her more than she can see?

Gare de Lyon

$3.99

Mary O'Riley, native of Boston, goes to Paris to study art on the eve of WWII. Caught in the occupation, she works in a bakery but finds herself frequently carrying messages for her boss. When the SS raids the bakery and arrests the owner, Mary must flee Paris to avoid her own arrest, and the Resistance group she has helped assigns her to escort a downed RAF flyer south to Lyon.

Freddy Winston volunteered to fly secret missions to occupied France. On one of his runs, gunfire surprises him as Resistance members unload passengers and supplies. The plane catches fire, stranding him behind enemy lines. Freddy doesn't like that Mary is Irish. She insists she's just American. They may not like each other but discover quickly they must team up to reach their mutual goal of escaping the Nazis.

The One You Don't See

$5.99

Harper Colby might be battered and down on her luck, but she refuses to be a victim. Determined to take back her life on her own terms, she seeks sanctuary on her childhood friend Emmie's ranch. There's only one fly in the ointment of her well-laid plans, a bossy cowboy determined to invade her space at every turn. Getting involved with Aiden is the last thing she wants. She's already made that mistake, and she has zero interest in doing it again. But Harper soon learns that sometimes what we think we want and what we actually need are two very different things.
Battle-weary warrior Aiden Whitebear fought all his life to carve a place for himself, first within his tribe, then in the U.S. Army. But then a terrorist ambush took out his convoy, killing his best friend. Aiden decided he'd had enough. The only thing he wants now is peace and quiet. He thought he'd found it on a picturesque ranch in Montana, until a skittish woman lands on his doorstep, turning his world inside out. While her beautiful face might be battered and bruised, there's a defiant fire in her eyes, a survivor's spirit that calls to him. Having faced death already, Aiden isn't a man to waste time going after what he wants. Now a ruthless killer has targeted the ranch, and Aiden must scramble to protect what he holds most dear, and he knows he can't fail. Because one kiss, one stolen moment in Harper's arms, and Aiden knows, deep in his soul, he's found the one thing he's been looking for all his life. Home.

Secrets, Shame, and a Shoebox

$4.99

When Harriet Laws loses her grandmother and her job, her happy life in London seems over. Alone, grief-stricken and penniless, she thinks wildly of ending it all. Fate steps in as Tom Fletcher saves her, gives her hope, and guides her to new employment. He takes her to dinner, and she finds him attractive. He's older, but she doesn't mind. Does he?
Tom, a quiet, hardworking man, is unsure of Harriet's feelings, but he's also very busy building his business interests. So it's no wonder a suave, sophisticated fellow walks off with Harriet right under Tom's nose.
What follows, no one could have predicted, as Harriet not only loses contact with all her friends but must again fight for her very life...will she ever see Tom again?

Dance to a Wylder Beat
The Wylder West

$3.99

Nartan Sagebrush's name may mean "to dance" in Arapaho, but he dances in secret. Forced to abandon his Shamanic apprenticeship, he is overwhelmed with homesteader life, and even his spirit guides are at their wit's end. Nartan takes fate into his own hands. Instead of divine intervention, a wife will help with his responsibilities and in assimilating into the Wylder community.

Olive Muegge answers Nartan's "wife wanted" advertisement. Wildly independent she has secretly dreamed of a family to call her own. The secret she carries inside makes her an outcast and her wild ways don't fit the quiet wife Nartan thinks he desires.

Despite their differences, they are drawn to each other but a mistake may drive them apart. Will Nartan embrace his Shamanic past to save them both or will he choose to rid himself of Olive forever?

Jolly Olde Teenage ALIEN

$3.99

After two disastrous attempts to get back to Zorca-twenty-three, Oas realizes she must take matters into her own hands if they are to survive Earth.  The victim of a negative tea leaf reading, the superstitious members of Peach Acid, the rock star friends she's travelling with, force her out onto the cold rainy streets of London, where she must fend for herself and Rotsen.

Luckily she and Rotsen are taken in by a kind playwright where she discovers an amazing revelation about her father and his past connection to Rockhedge Circle—a connection which might help her get back to her home planet. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Welcome L.B. Griffin - author of Secrets, Shame, and a Shoebox

 Hello L.B.


Welcome to garden. Have a seat and tell us about you and your book.


1.  Do you plot or let the story unfold as you write?

I have a plot, but the characters in my head are doing such a dance to get their story out there I have to stop, listen to them, and write what they want me to! So, I guess the answer is I have the idea of a plot, and then the characters lead me on the rest of the way.

 

2.  Are your characters based on real people?

No. My characters are all a figment of my imagination.  Though of course, it would be wrong to say that I’ve been sitting on a desert island. Life experience has shared a gift. I’ve met wonderful, courageous, extraordinary people. Stories of survival are woven into the very fabric of life and that’s where I find them.  

Have you ever cried while writing a book? Hmm.

Yes. Got a lump in my throat for sure. Don’t tell anyone though.

3.  What's your favorite book you've written?

I really got my stuck into writing Secrets, Shame and a Shoebox, which I actually wanted to see as a whole. But now it has been separated into two, due to its original length, I can see the benefit, for the reader as much as myself.

4.  Do you have set times during the day that you write?

I used to get up at 6.00 a.m. before the day job, realise the time was flying by and had to fling on my coat and shoot out, sometimes half dressed! Now I’ve retired, I can take it bit easier, but get totally absorbed and lose time so easily.

5.  What was the hardest chapter/book to finish and why?

First chapter is definitely the worst, simply because it needs to grab the attention of the reader and publisher to want to read on. I can’t tell you how many re-writes I’ve done as I’m never satisfied. Just ask any writer. Come to think about it the last chapter is just as hard!

 

What tips would you give a new writer?

For what this is worth:

1.  Always follow your dream. Never give up. I did it. I’m a granny with plans to trek the world when I retired. Then when I retired, I was given a contract for my debut novel! Now I have a whole new career!

2.  Join creative writing groups to improve your craft. Writing is a lonely occupation, be around other writers will help you feel more balanced.

3.   Being critiqued is the hardest thing because you can feel very exposed when reading your work. Just know no matter how hard it is to hear someone else POV on your work. Listen and reflect, because somewhere in that viewpoint you will often find a treasure that will help improve your writing.

4.   Read, read, and read some more!

And now for a little fun...


What's the most blatant lie you've ever told?

Not sure I should tell you. So, I won’t. Sorry. You’ll just have to make it up.

Who do you see as a hero/heroine in your life?

If it doesn’t sound too soppy – definitely my husband.

If you were going to commit the perfect murder, how would you go about it?

Murder is shared within the pages of my book and purely fictional. I couldn’t think of anything worse than planning to take a life. But I guess NOT getting caught would be the answer!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I was told what I had to be and did as I was told. I’ve changed direction many times since.

Do you have a favorite quote? “In a gentle way you can shake the world.” Mahatma Gandhi.

What song would best describe your life? “Give me sunshine.” Eric and Ernie Wise

What is your favorite drink? Oddly right now, just water. But I do love a good Prosecco.

Do you ever wish that you had an entirely uncreative job, like data entry or working in a factory?

No. I’ve done all the above and loads more, like bar work, school kitchens and cleaning and enjoyed it. Whatever work I’ve taken on has never bothered me. Writing is a lonely occupation. What I will say the people in those jobs were usually wildly entertaining and added to my understanding of life. So, I thank them for making life fun, varied and interesting.

You can erase one embarrassing experience from your past. What will it be?

There are loads, but I remember being sixteen going on seventeen. The elastic in my knickers gave way and fell down in front of a group of men in a builders yard. I stepped out of them. Picked them up and walked out with my head up high as if it were the most natural thing in the world. I’ve never forgotten it though and still cringe now.

Has the dog ever eaten your manuscript?

Don’t have a dog at the moment. Never let a dog, or especially a puppy near your work!

Do you enjoy giving interviews?

No. I like interviewing others 😊. If I could have time to write the answers way before, then that would be my perfect interview.

 

Do you laugh at your own jokes?

No, but yes. I smile and giggle a lot when I try to tell a joke – I usually pick up a thread about something spoken about earlier and find the funny side a little later on.  I said I have a weird sense of humour.

Are you fun to go on vacation with?

I’d like to think I am. I went away with a group of girls for a sixtieth which was absolutely mad, and many educational residentials which left us in stitches.

 

Have you ever found true love?

Yes. I think I’m one of the fortunate ones – a blind date led me to 45 years of happy marriage. Hang on a minute, no wonder, he’s still wearing the mask and headphones!

Are you jealous of other writers?

No. Why be jealous. It’s so hard to write and get it right, I’m only too pleased when they succeed.

What makes you cry? A soppy movie. A rom com. You name it. If you look carefully I can be found surreptitiously wiping a tear from the corner of my eye. Currently there’s a weekly programme – Long Lost Family, now that’s a real tearjerker.

What makes you laugh? Most things. Silly comments, a joke, reading between the lines, my husband, my grandchildren, my children, friends. They can all get me going. I’ve the weirdest sense of humour. Sometimes I find myself giggling when no-one else can see the funny side and everyone thinks I’m loopy. I can handle that!

What are you ashamed of?

Not having enough time for everyone I love and wishing I’d had been a better person.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

“Dangerous person inside this bottle, shake until thoroughly dizzy. Stand back and wait for the explosion.”

Do you have any hobbies?

Painting. Walking. Socializing. Reading.

If you were a tool what would you be? A hammer.

What is your favorite comfort food? Curry, or a roast dinner with all the trimmings.

What is your favorite time of year and why?

Spring: For me I love the light. Perfectly balanced, new, and beautiful. Gorgeous for painting and seeing what a wonderful world we live in.

What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you? What would be my advice be for budding writers.

Who would I like to be. A superhero.

If you could have three wishes granted, what would you wish for?

Three more wishes. Well you did ask 😊

Everyone to be happy and healthy

Sharing, kindness, not greed

 

Who's more fun, bad boys or perfect gentlemen? Or Bad Girl or a lady?

Bad boys, bad girls. Though I do love a gentleman, he might be naughty and that would be fun.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would be the most essential for you?

The complete works of an easy to follow Do-It-Yourself manual. A massive box of matches, because I don’t know how to build a fire and a solar radio.

Tell us where we can find you

Find out more about Secrets, Shame, and a Shoebox at all major online retailers  

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0971T3RGC

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/secrets-shame-and-a-shoebox-l-b-griffin/1139665998

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Shame-Shoebox-L-Griffin-ebook/dp/B0971T3RGC

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Call for Submissions - Passport to Pleasure - Erotic Romance

 Spinning off our Destination Pleasure series, we’re announcing Passport to Pleasure. In this new series, we are looking for erotic romance in which the setting is foreign and the scenes are hot!

 

The traveling character must be American and traveling anywhere outside the U.S. at any time of year. The new lover, or lovers in the case of a ménage, can be American, too, but having a native to the land adds to the flavor of the story. The story can be told from one point of view or both. The characters can know each other, even travel together. If the pair meet for the first time, the traveling character’s motivation for sleeping with a sexy stranger in a foreign land must be realistic.

 

MUST HAVES:

 

A passport and the new stamp of the foreign setting must be mentioned.

 

Romance only: The story can end with a Happy For Now if not a Happy Ever After.

 

Length: 20-30k words

 

Rating: Erotic

 

Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Fantasy, LGBTQ+

 

Titles: Make them fun and sexy, but tasteful, and create a pattern such as Sultry in Singapore, Peruvian Persuasion, Wild about Windsor, Hot Highland Nights, Dominating Dublin, Igniting India, Mr. Right in Rome, Grecian God of Yes!, etc.


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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Summer New Releases from The Wild Rose Press

 

New Romance and Fiction In The Garden

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Undercover in Venice Beach
Love is a Beach

$4.99

By trading places with her twin, Audrey Powell has the opportunity she's always wanted, running her late mother's teahouse. When she fails to create food that delights the palate, she hires Liam James—a sexy-as-sin Brit with a flair for cooking. He tries to seduce her with titillating dishes and his charm, but she's vowed to steer clear of romance.

Working undercover, Liam's mission is to keep an eye on the teahouse. He poses as a chef to catch the traitor who is leaking UK security secrets. The last thing he wants to do is fall for a suspect, but when sparks fly, the romance starts to feel all too real.

Blooms in the Fall

$4.99

It was more than she could bear.

A victim of utter improbability, Letty Norris lives with a secret torment no one else ever born has known. Too much shame. Too much pain. No possible resolution. Her music is her solace, but even that isn't enough to save her. It has to end. First, she will give the world one last song.

Cole Holloway has lived all of his fifty-two years on the same unspoiled Montana land. He's spent the last two in disgrace, waiting for a woman who didn't want him, or their twelve-year-old son, Brett. Even his sturdy pride can't smother how lost he is without his wife. So he continues to wait for her return. What else can he do?

Then one day while Cole is walking his land, the voice of an angel calls to him.

A Witch's Quandary
Demon's Witch Series

$4.99

Gale's engagement is off because she refuses to leave her thriving business in Ireland to follow Dillon to Scotland. Her family and friends are on the emerald isle. Yet, when Dillon returns with the whole story and asks for her help, she must follow her heart.
Becoming a Solicitor, then partner in the family law firm was never Dillon's dream. Now it's his nightmare. Called to Scotland, his father demands he take his rightful place in the firm or be disowned and disinherited. Something is terribly amiss in the firm and family.

During Gale and Dillon's investigation, they discover the enforcer for the Demon Overlord is also delving into rumors the firm is acting illegally. Magic has been stolen, someone is being blackmailed, and a member of the Witch's council is corrupt. If Gale and Dillon want a life together in Ireland, they have to unearth secrets threatening to destroy the firm and family in Scotland.

Surviving Planet Zorone

$3.99

Gregory Mick Adams (GM) is expecting an ordinary summer hanging with his friend Sawyer and dog Lucky until he attends the ComTol Comic Book Convention, where he wins a one-of a-kind comic book. Max Bombard, comic book creator and gazillionaire, recently returned from the Space Port, only to bring back more than he expected. Estoong resident of Planet Zorone is determined to save his elders and will do so at any cost. GM, his friend Sawyer, sister Demi and dog Lucky match wits against the aliens but can they save Earth before it's too late?

The House on Crow Mountain

$4.99

When her aunt suffers a stroke, New York portrait artist Emory Austen returns home to the North Carolina mountains to mend fences and deal with the guilt over her husband's senseless death. But that won't be as easy as she hoped.
Someone in the quirky little town doesn't like Emory. Is it the sexy architect who needs the Austen land to redeem himself? The untrustworthy matriarch? The grudge-bearing local bad boy? Or the teenage bombshell who has raised snooping to an art form? Even the local evangelist has something to hide. Who wrote the cryptic note warning her to "Give it back or you'll be dead? And what is 'it'? As the clues pile up and secrets are exposed, Emory must discover what her family has that someone would kill for.         

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Relax with a new book from The Wild Rose Press

 

New Romance and Fiction In The Garden

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Bride by Proxy
McGuire Series

$3.99

Wanderlust flows fast in Captain Garrett McGuire's veins. The last thing he wants is to be tied to England. It's 1798, and the sea and the New World beckon.

Before her untimely death, Garrett's beloved mother and her best friend arranged a wedding pact between their children. But they picked the wrong daughter.

The younger of the MacLeod daughters, Anne, is more comfortable with her hands in the dirt. She would rather be anywhere than at a ball because her heart was claimed years ago by someone promised to her beloved sister. How, and at what cost, can a longstanding plan be upset?

Desiring the Alpha
A Cameron Clan Book

$4.99

Silas McLindon knows the tales are true. The Cameron wolves are real and he will stop at nothing to control them. By birth, Kenna is their true Alpha. Marrying her would give him the power he desires, but she has escaped. He must get her back. Before she discovers her gift.

Hidden in the frozen underbrush bleeding to death, Kenna vows revenge. The monster will never control her or her clan. She is the Alpha, after all, but would she give up her birthright to protect a clan she loves? A man she loves?

Liam is the Cameron Laird and reigning Alpha. He will defend his clan at all costs, but can he protect his heart? Would losing his heart mean losing his clan forever?

Thirteen Scars
Secrets We Keep

$5.99

Years ago, Eva Jones narrowly escaped a killer's clutches. Left with thirteen scars and a secret to protect, she now lives a quiet life as an addictions counselor, doing her best to avoid notice. When his missing persons case poses a possible connection to Eva's captor, private investigator Asher "Ashe" Lincoln initially views Eva only as the key to saving a life. As their connection deepens and the killer stalks closer to reclaim the prey he lost, Ashe is unwilling to continue the risk. Unfortunately, that decision is no longer his. Ashe must convince Eva she's a survivor—not a victim—and more to him than bait or a means to an end. But will Eva find the courage to connect with Ashe and help catch the killer before her scars become deadly?

Suncatchers and Sherbet
One Scoop or Two

$1.99

Free-spirited Gemma Stone likes a risk. She bought her house on a whim and built a stained glass business from scratch. But loving again after last year's romantic nosedive? That might be one risk too many.

Lee Thatcher used to take chances until a motorcycle accident convinced him to play it safe. His perfect life is all wrapped up...except for the girl he had to let go. He can't stop thinking about Gemma even though his family business needs him to stay on solid ground.

When Lee uncovers details about Gemma's new client, his gut warns him the guy is bad news. The man is charming his way into Gemma's life, and it looks like her finances are next. After the way Lee and Gemma broke up, he's sure she'll never believe him. To bring her the proof, he'll need to take the biggest risk of all: his heart.

Dawn of a New Day

$4.99

In 1939, on the eve of World War II, the World's Fair begins at Flushing Meadows, near New York City. Blathers and Duff, descendants of private investigators, are running the security for the Fair. When they investigate a murder on the Fair's premises, they get tangled up with the Nazi Bund as it works to advance the policies of Hitler in the US, and with a group of out-of-work Jewish actors running various confidence games to raise funds to help Jews escape Europe. Meanwhile, two FBI agents suspect Blathers of a murder elsewhere and also want to find the con artists regardless of motives.

As the Fair's second season begins, in the spring of 1940, Blathers and Duff are risking their lives to help the actors. Will their schemes succeed against the killer who stalks them?

The Hundred Trilogy

$5.99

Norse invasions, Scottish fights for independence, and the plights of the mystical isles' people come together in The Hundred Trilogy.

The Complete Trilogy includes-

A Hundred Breaths
A Hundred Kisses
A Hundred Lies

Sunday, July 04, 2021

Enjoy a new book from The Wild Rose Press

 

New Romance and Fiction In The Garden

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Star-Struck Teenage ALIEN

$3.99

Oas, a teenage ALIEN from Zorca-twenty-three finds love and romance on Earth, but thanks to her directionally challenged brother Ralb, instead of heading back home, they end up in Las Vegas, where her arch nemesis on Earth, is now a popular reality star. When circumstances spiral out of control, she needs to get back to her home planet to save her true humanoid love. By joining a reality show to the cosmos, Oas and Rotsen, a dandelion with a major attitude, she needs to outthink and outsmart the humanoids. But once they do, just who will survive?

Sweet Inspiration

$1.99

Dependable Cadence Wills yearns for excitement. The owner of a yarn business, she is pulled in every direction by her demanding family. Haunting dulcimer notes draw her to a practice session where she spies an intriguing stranger.

Musician Rafe Frasco is a rover, bouncing between musical competitions. Interest ignites at his first glance at a woman enthralled by his music, who he learns has a heart big enough to encompass everyone within her reach.

A fantastic opportunity for Rafe presents Cadence with a dilemma—is she strong enough to negotiate the business deal that will take him away…maybe forever?

Dragon(e) Baby Gone
Reports from the Department of Intangible Assets

$4.99

"Dragon is hard to overcome, yet one shall try."

 – Nowe Ateny, Polish Encyclopedia, 1745

Diane Morris is part of the thin line separating a happy, mundane world from all of the horrors of the anomalous. Her federal agency is underfunded, understaffed, and misunderstood, and she'd rather transfer to the boring safety of Logistics than remain a field agent. When a troupe of international thieves make off with a pair of dragon eggs, Diane has no choice but to ally with a demon against the forces looking to leave her city a smoldering crater. Facing down rogue wizards, fiery elementals, and crazed gunmen, it's a race against time to get the precious cargo back before the dragon wakes up and unleashes hell.

 

Room Service
Chez Luxxe

$.99

New Year's Eve at Chez Luxxe means a night full of anticipation…of the coming morning and the messes left behind by partying guests. Cally McCarthy loves her job with housekeeping, but the holidays are whirlwinds of chaos and disaster. She longs for a little escape of her own. When a sexy guest walks through the lobby, she is captivated by his roguish charm. Will she be able to focus on the work at hand, or will fantasy become reality this New Year's Eve as her duties keep her returning to Chad's raucous lust-filled party in room 515?

 

Rorik
The Wolves of Clan Sutherland

$4.99

The Dark Seducer is known throughout Scotland as a man who charms many women into his bed. Pleasure is his motto as he obtains information for his king. Yet Rorik MacNeil harbors one secret buried beneath his heart of steel. An unfulfilled conquest plagues both man and his inner wolf, and Rorik would rather suffer death's sharp blade than confront his greatest fear.

As the Seer for the Orkneyjar Isles, Ragna Maddadsson confronts an unknown destiny when she travels across the North Sea to Scotland. In her quest to deliver a message from a powerful vision, she fears the warrior will not listen. If Rorik ignores her warning, Ragna must find a way to forestall his impending death. If unsuccessful, she risks having her heart cleaved in two.

To unravel their true fates, Rorik and Ragna must trust in the power of the wolf.

 

Sundae My Love
One Scoop or Two

$1.99

Samantha Murray is the manager of her family's ice-cream business. When her former love comes back to town—he almost drowns her. And his idea to build a rival ice-cream shop right next door to the Dairy Delight is totally unacceptable.

Architect Zack Hunter returns to Sand Lake to win back the woman he loves and fulfill his grandfather's dream of restoring Frontier Town—by adding an old-fashioned ice cream shop. He doesn't count on Samantha having a stubborn streak.

Samantha is heartbroken over Zack's past betrayal, conflicted over the love she can't deny, and resolved to stop his plan. Zack is torn between his love for Samantha and fulfilling his grandfather's legacy.

When the situation escalates, ghosts from both Sam and Zack's families decide to intervene-—but will their plot smooth the course of true love or make everything worse?