Thursday, August 28, 2014

5 Fun Facts about Author Marlow Kelly

Today I'm thrilled to welcome Marlow Kelly to my blog! I am so excited to highlight her debut (and brand new) book and writing with you! She's here to share Five Fun Facts about herself, her book and her writing!


And, please, scroll down to her excerpt for her brand new book, 
A Woman of Honour!
I promise, it`ll make you smile!


Book cover for A Woman of Honour



FUN FACT #1: About Marlow
I am qualified to hold passports to three different countries; England, Ireland and Canada. However, since both England and Ireland now belong to the European Community I can use my British passport to live in any EEC country.



Fun Fact #2: About A Woman of Honour
FUN FACT #3: About one of the characters from A Woman of Honour
Isabel Douglas is thin and stands over six feet tall. Studies of medieval graves tell us that the average woman was 5ft 2in and the average man stood 5ft 7in. 

Today a tall thin woman would be considered a fitting candidate for a model, but in the medieval world men favoured a more curvaceous figure and a tall thin woman would have been considered ugly.

FUN FACT #4: About Marlow's Writing Process
I always write my first draft with the spelling and grammar function turned off. In my first draft I just want the ideas onto the page and as I can’t spell, and at this stage don’t care about punctuation, (I’m useless when it comes to punctuation, anyway) these functions turn my writing into a distracting mess of red and green.

FUN FACT #5: About Marlow's next book
My next book “A Woman of Love” is set in Berkshire, England. The county of Berkshire is also home to Ascot and Windsor, including the castle. It is an area I’m very familiar with as I used to live in Ascot.

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ABOUT A WOMAN OF HONOUR


Duncan Campbell wakes to discover he is imprisoned with a woman in his enemy's dungeon in the Highlands of Scotland. The disenchanted warrior hopes his last few moments on earth will be spent in the arms of the sweet-voiced Isabel. If only she will cooperate. 

Isabel Douglas has no intention of obliging the crude captive. The penniless noblewoman considers herself too tall and thin to be desirable. She intends to become a nun. But first, disguised as a boy, she must deliver an important letter to Scotland's hero in hiding, King Robert the Bruce. 

Together, the pair make a daring escape that plunges them into the bleak countryside in the middle of winter. In the struggle to survive, they learn the true strength of their feelings for each other. But when Duncan's animosity towards the king becomes evident, Isabel must decide between her heart and her country


BUY A WOMAN OF HONOUR AT: 

Worldwide release date: 27th August 2014
Buy it at Wild Rose Press
or 
get it directly from  AmazonKoboBarnes and NobleARe

EXCERPT FROM A WOMAN OF HONOUR

“And even though we’re going to die, you still can’t find it in your heart to forgive me?”


“Maybe if you were very nice to me and warmed me with your sweet, little body, I could see my way to absolving you.”

She gasped and he couldn’t help but smile at her outraged reaction. He had no idea why he enjoyed baiting her, but he couldn’t seem to stop.

“You’re the most sinful man I’ve ever met. I take it back. I don’t want your absolution. How can you think about your carnal needs at a time like this?” The ire in her voice made him want to continue their argument, but his headache was worsening by the minute.

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ABOUT MARLOW KELLY



After being thrown out of England for refusing to drink tea, Marlow Kelly made her way to Canada where she found love, a home and a pug named Max. She also discovered her love of storytelling. Encouraged by her husband, children and let’s not forget Max, she started putting her ideas to paper. Her need to write about strong women in crisis drives her stories and her curiosity regarding the lives and loves of historical figures are the inspiration for her characters. You can visit Marlow at www.marlowkelly.com, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.

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I love medieval Scotland!! The first two novels I wrote, which are hiding in the recesses of my computer, are set there! I LOVED the research! 

What about you? Which historical era do you enjoy reading about the most?

Friday, August 8, 2014

When Words Collide! Here I come!

This weekend is the When Words Collide: A Festival for Readers and Writers in Calgary! It is a weekend packed full of authors, readers and fun! I've attended every year except one (I was moving) since it started!

If you are in Calgary, stop by and say hi!

Some events are only available to conference attendees, but others are open to the public.

Here is my schedule:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Blogmance Panel
2 PM – Yorkshire 2
Victoria Smith, Sarah Kades, Maureen Pyne, Lorraine Paton, Mahrie G Reid (M)
So you’re a romance writer. What the heck do you put in your blog? One hundred and one best sex tips? This vs. that toy? Maybe. Maybe not. Romance authors talk about their blogs, what has made them successful and how they chose their sometimes-salacious topics. Blog readers explain what they like to read and how to catch and keep their attention.

Book Signing at ARWA's Table **OPEN TO THE PUBLIC**
From 4 to 5 PM - Merchant's Corner

ARWA Book Social **OPEN TO THE PUBLIC**

Friday 8 PM – Yorkshire 1
Join ARWA (Alberta Romance Writers Association) in celebrating this year’s new publications by local authors. During the first hour, authors will be reading short excerpts from their new books!  I will be reading from Chloe's Matchmaking Terrier!  (Yikes! That's tonight! I better get practicing!)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Book Signing at ARWA's Table **OPEN TO THE PUBLIC**
From 3 to 4 PM - Merchant's Corner

WWC Mass Autograph Session **OPEN TO THE PUBLIC**
From 8 to 9 PM - Clarence / Phaeton / Surrey


Sunday, August 10, 2014

For Love of the Craft
10 AM – Yorkshire 2
Mahrie G. Reid, Lorraine Paton, Roxy Boroughs, Jessica L. Jackson (M)
The craft of writing is an anchor for some and a compass for others. What is the craft of writing? How has it changed? Where is it going? Where do writers learn their craft? Listen as writers share their relationship with the craft.

Beta Readers, Critique Partners and More
11 AM – Phaeton
Lorraine Paton, Kate Larking, Elisa O’Day, Roxy Boroughs
One of the most important things a writer can do is get feedback on their work, but how do you do that? Writers share their experiences about working with beta readers, critique partners and more. What are some tips and tricks? Who should you ask? How do you deal with positive and negative comments? What should you expect from readers? Is there an ideal number of readers?

Romance Writing, Unplugged
1 PM – Phaeton
Lorraine Paton, Roxy Boroughs, Sarah Kades, Jean Maxwell, Jessica L. Jackson (M)
Ever wish you would have known then, what you know now about the romance industry? What would you tell a beginning romance writer? Why do we choose to write romance? Where is the romance industry now, and where is it heading? An open Q&A about the romance writing world.

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Have a great weekend!  I know I will! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

5 Fun Facts about Author Elle Rush

Today I'm thrilled to welcome Elle Rush to my blog! I met Elle through a mutual friend and I'm so excited to highlight her book and writing with you! She's here to share Five Fun Facts about herself, her book and her writing!

And, please, scroll down to her excerpt for her brand new book, Drama Queen!
I promise, it`ll make you smile!


Book Cover for Drama Queen

FUN FACT #1: About Elle
I have two imaginary big brothers. My family moved a lot and I attended seven schools before I hit high school. I invented twin big brothers who were away at private school and would beat up anybody who was mean to me. It worked. Nobody gave me a hard time until one of my schoolmate’s mother stopped my mom in the grocery store to ask how her boys were. I had some explaining to do when I got home that day. Mitch and Barry, I miss you!

FUN FACT #2: About Elle's Book, Drama Queen

FUN FACT #3: About one of the characters from Drama Queen
Layla’s charity of choice is a drama group for under-privileged youth. She and I share the conviction that it is vital to get kids involved in the arts while they are young so the passion for it continues through to adulthood.

FUN FACT #4: About Elle's Writing Process
I can’t write in silence. I have to have music playing in the background. I don’t create a playlist for my books either; I listen to random CDs and the radio.  For “Drama Queen”, I played the “Sons of Anarchy Soundtrack (Seasons 1-4)” and The Black Keys about 90% of the time which is weird because neither Russ nor Layla would listen to that style of music.

FUN FACT #5: About Elle's next book
My next book is a short romantic comedy called “Cuban Moon” and it’s coming out this month. It’s book 2 in my Resort Romances series. I’ve actually visited Cuba twice and taken a tour of Havana, like my characters. I’m not a strong or confident swimmer but I went out several times with a buddy because Cuba had the best snorkelling of any Caribbean destination I’ve been to.

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ABOUT DRAMA QUEEN

Layla Andrews isn’t really a bitch – she just plays one on television. For the last eighteen months, she’s acted like one in real life too while she was forced to serve probation for something she didn’t do. Now the Queen of Olympus has done her time and she’s ready to start living again … but she’s forgotten how.

Russ Vukovick, the show’s fight coordinator, had been attracted to Layla since the first time he saw her. Recently he’s caught glimpses of a new side of her – one that makes her irresistible. But as he gets closer to her, he also sees more of what she hides beneath the mask she wears.


As Layla and Russ try to navigate their new relationship, families, danger and secrets work against them at every turn. Can they find a true happily-ever-after when they are surrounded by lies?


BUY DRAMA QUEEN AT: 

Buy it from my publisher Liquid Silver Books  
(MOBI version for Kindle, EPUB for Kobo and iTunes), 
or 
get it directly from  Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Noble/Nook, ARe

EXCERPT FROM DRAMA QUEEN

There had to be a way to recall a text message. Layla knew it could be done with emails so there had to be something she could do besides pray that somewhere out there in the night a woman accidentally dropped her smart phone into a toilet. She checked her Sent file again. Yep, it was still there. MEN ARE IDITOS! Sent to an unsuspecting Erin Thorne at merlot-thirty-seven. The typo wasn’t the most annoying thing, although it didn’t help. It was that suddenly she felt the need to share.
Her phone binged. YES THEY ARE. U OK?
Layla eyed the empty wineglass on the coffee table. Then the slightly-more-than-half-full bottle on the counter. FINE, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU.
NO BOTHER. DATELESS. WHICH IDIOT?
She knew that Erin didn’t gossip. Actually, that wasn’t true. Layla knew that the stylist didn’t gossip about the other actors in the cast around her. She had no idea if Erin’s discretion ran both ways. DOESN’T MATTER. WINE TALKING. GOOD NIGHT.
I LIKE WINE. ANY LEFT?
Layla was twenty-nine years old and didn’t have a single close friend to show for it. She was tired of being alone. Since she literally couldn’t end up more alone, she made her decision. 2/3 BOTTLE OF MERLOT. WANT A GLASS?
SURE. WHERE ARE U?
Layla took a breath and texted her address.
30 MINUTES. SAVE SOME WINE 4 ME.
For company, she’d open a whole new bottle.

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ABOUT ELLE RUSH


Elle Rush is a Canadian romance author from Winnipeg, Manitoba. When she’s not travelling, she’s hard at work writing her contemporary romance eBooks which are set all over the world. Elle earned a degree in Spanish and French, barely passed German, and is starting to learn Italian and Filipino. She has flunked poetry in every language she’s ever taken. She also has mild addictions to tea, cookbooks and the sci-fi channel.  The easiest way to keep up with her it to sign up for her free newsletter but you can also find her at her website, on Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.

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One of my books was inspired by a song, but don`t usually write to music. I used to write university papers to Mozart`s Requiem (LOL) and it really helped. Hmm ... I might have to try that again! 

What about you? Do you like to work to music?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Today I'm on Marlow Kelly's blog!

Today I'm excited to be on Marlow Kelly's blog! 

Yay!

Stop by Marlow's for a visit by clicking here!


Today I'm taking a holiday from my blog
to visit new and exotic locales!
Come visit me at Marlow Kelly's blog!
(I took this photo in Roatan a few years ago.)