Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Congratulations to Denise Wheatley on her latest release!


Blurb:

Even the most perfectly laid holiday plans sometimes go awry…

Entertainment industry “it” couple Sasha Williams and Drake Lancaster, who were first introduced in “A Naughty Jolly Christmas,” are still going strong. Sasha’s impeccable publicist skills have kept Drake on the A-list, helping him land the lead role in a major Valentine’s Day movie. When filming wraps, the twosome plan on heading to Cabo San Lucas, inviting both their families along to meet for the first time.

But plans go astray when Drake reverts back to his bad boy ways during filming and gets into a huge altercation with the director. He’s booted from the movie and replaced by Mitch Morrison, a hot young actor who’s recently taken Hollywood by storm.

While Drake struggles to repair his image, Mitch hires Sasha to help manage his burgeoning career. The move infuriates Drake, but Sasha insists it’s a great business opportunity. She doesn’t realize Drake’s threatened by Mitch’s good looks, charismatic personality and rising star.

The stress of it all puts a strain on the couple’s relationship, especially when Mitch admits to Sasha that he’s developed feelings for her and she realizes the sentiments may be mutual. With the pressures of Sasha and Drake’s rocky union continuing to mount, the anticipation of their families meeting, and Sasha’s elusive affections towards Mitch, the couple can’t help but wonder whether their once booming relationship is about to crash. In the end, they must figure out whether their love is strong enough to withstand these issues and carry them through this Valentine’s Day.

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Congratulations to Angelica Primm on her new release!


Blurb:

Their secrets threatened their survival

The Human Plant Collective sent young Ambassador Kaj Deder to the former colony planet Ostakis to establish relations. Without trade with the HPC, the dwindling resources of Ostakis will ultimately end human life on the planet. But his mission faces a huge obstacle in the form of Most Reverend Thyenn Sharr, the head of the Faith Progressive Church, who sees Kaj's arrival as the beginning of the end of the Church. Kaj's powerful attraction to Trademaster Klath's son, Arlan does not smooth relations.

Arlan Klath, the son of the Trademaster of Ostakis, bears in his body the secret that the pious people of his planet want to hide. Born Cursed and inherently sinful, Arlan lives without legal rights or property. It enrages Thyenn Sharr that Arlan's father defiantly refuses to submit his son to a cruel act to "redeem" Arlan's soul. The stakes ratchet when Arlan and Kaj form a relationship Thyenn Sharr considers ample justification to usurp the Trademaster position through the legal power of his Church. 

Can Kaj navigate the treacherous currents of Ostakian politics and religion to save these human descendants of  Earth? And must he chose between Arlan or his mission to do so?

Excerpt:

House Klath was a large dwelling filled with winding wood-paneled hallways and many rooms. In a way, it was distinctly not human. Humans loved order, straight lines, and large, empty spaces so we could see our enemies coming. This was not a place of enemies, but family, tumbling upon each other in familial closeness. If left to my own devices, I would lose my way.

We arrived in a section of the house where the lines straightened.

“These are the main offices of my business,” said Klath. “Of course, I do have offices in each of the major cities of Ostakis. But this is the heart of my business. Arlan,” he boomed, loud enough to rattle pictures on the wall nearest us.

“My son,” he continued with evident pride, “is my head accountant. I could not keep my business in order without his assistance. Last year, he found a huge discrepancy in the sums transferred in a business deal with a trader from Kiji Amst. Very disagreeable people. The trader claimed we misunderstood the currency exchange rate, but Arlan proved him wrong. And in court too.” He spoke the last words with immeasurable pride.

“Arlan,” he called again, and this time a young man stumbled from a doorway and pitched forward into his father’s arms, murmuring apologies. Despite his nut-brown skin, a blush spread across his cheeks and throat, causing my breath to hitch. Even for an Ostakian, he was small and slim, though not skinny. The muscles of his arms bunched under his tight tunic. His fey Ostakian eyes caught the faint light in the hallway, reflecting shards of glittering gold as his face turned up to meet my gaze.

Aulkus righted the young man easily. Arlan’s gleaming dark hair was twisted into a tight bun. My mind strayed most inappropriately to pulling it apart and watching his hair tumble to his shoulders.

I have a weakness for men with long hair. Women too. But on men, it is so much more unexpected.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Today in The Loft: Canadian author Beverley Bateman!

Joining me today in The Loft is Canadian author Beverley Bateman! Beverley writes medical thrillers and romantic suspense. She utilizes her past experience as a healthcare professional in her stories. While serving as the administrator of a community care facility, she investigated and directed investigations into irregularities and sometimes, death. Beverley lives south of Calgary in Medicine Hat, Alberta.


Author Beverley Bateman

S: Good morning, Beverley! Thanks so much for joining me this morning!

You write thrillers and romantic suspense. Why write romance? Why not just stick to thrillers?

B: I feel romance gives the best-rounded, complete development of the characters, and I believe in HEAs (happily ever afters).

S: Complete this sentence: “Writing is….”

B: ...lonely, difficult, frustrating and I can’t imagine not doing it.

S: (Chuckles.) That's so true. We're all budding hermits churning out romance. But no matter how much I hate the isolation, I couldn't do anything else.


Where do you do your best thinking?

B:  In bed in the early morning, before I actually wake up.

S:  (Nods.) The ideas really flow then, don't they?

What’s the best advice you have ever given?

B:  Be true to yourself.

S:  What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

B:  Write every day.

S:  You are offered one of the following gifts: A day back in time, a glimpse into heaven, or perfect health. Which would you take and why?

B:  Perfect health. It would be wonderful not to worry about cancer or other diseases, the pain of arthritis, heart and or lung conditions, and be able to move freely. Do whatever I wanted without health limitations.

S:  Sadly, I know that feeling. I still dream about playing soccer with my son or jogging on a nearby trail, something MS now prevents me from doing.

Tell me about your book, "The Fourth Victim: Sara's Story."

B:  Sure. Here' s the blurb--

Sara’s emotionally abusive husband dies unexpectedly. She’s struggling to reclaim the intelligent, independent person she was before she married. She vows never to let a man take over her life again. Now she’s part of a special team, training to help other women and on the track of a serial killer.

Mac is been responsible for training women in special ops techniques, so they are prepared when they are challenged to save other women. When he meets Sara, sparks fly between them. He wants her to quit the training and let him take care of her.


Can Mac step back and trust her in a dangerous situation? Can Sara and Mac resolve their issues, or will they go in opposite directions?


S:  Where can readers buy your book?

B:  It's available at all major booksellers, including--



S:  Beverley, thanks so much for joining me today. If you would like to learn more about Beverley and her books, visit--

Website  http://www.beverleybateman.com
Blog  http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Twitter  @kelownawriter
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/beverley.bateman.18?fref=ts
Amazon Author Page  http://amazon.com/Beverley-Bateman/e/B008M01F5E

Next week in The Loft:  Author Kate McKeever!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Today in The Loft: Author Viviana MacKade!

Visiting me today in The Loft is romance author and fellow lawyer/MS Warrior Viviana MacKade! Viviana describes herself as "a beach bum and music-addicted." She lives in a small town in Florida, and enjoys playing in the pool with her son, as well as eating whatever her husband puts on her plate. (Lucky woman!) Viviana is the author of the three-book Crescent Creek Collection. Today she is promoting a special offer: The Crescent Creek Collection is available for preorder only for $ .99 on Amazon.com and free on Kindle Unlimited!


Viviana MacKade
Author Viviana MacKade

S:  Good morning, Viviana! Thanks so much for joining me today. What inspired you to write the Crescent Creek Collection?

V:  I didn't really plan to have a series, to be honest. It started as Scott and  DJ's story. Through them I met Rhett, fell for him a bit, and he introduced me to Aidan, who started nagging in a very annoying Aidan way. So, I had to write his story, too. And I ended up with a series. Nothing inspired the series, but the characters pushed me to stay with them a little longer and tell their stories.

S:  Your series is set in a coastal town along U.S. 1 in Florida. Any particular reason for chosing that location?

V:  It's a love declaration for my little corner of the world. I love living down here. Crescent Creek is very, very, very similar to my own town. You could recognize places from the book if you strolled around and that's such a kick for me! I always expect to run into someone I know from my books.

S:  What was your process in writing this series? Did you map out each book before you began writing or did you just wing it?

V:  I didn't map out anything for Crescent Creek because of the way it came to be a series. But I am planning a four-book fantasy series, still at the mapping/plotting stage, and that has to be planned big time because it's one long story. I need to map out details, the cause-effects, the cast of characters...It's four books, eight characters, one story that needs to develop organically. There are simply too many elements to wing it. 

S:  Does MS impact your writing?

V:  First of all, let me say, MS is a rotten bit*h. Now, with that out of the way, in stands in my way when writing in different, very subtle ways. The biggest is the nap I must take, every stupid day. I want to get to the end of the day not catatonic and on both my legs. It's not nice having to take a nap. I hate it. It's wasted time. I could write a chapter in that damn time. However, it doesn't matter how much I loathe it, I still have to do it. I have started to think of it as part of my job as a human being. I have to eat, get clean, sleep at night, and nap. Then there are the numb days, where I'm honestly too tired to bother with whatever. Writing as well. Thankfully, it doesn't happen often. The downside is, I still don't know how to deal with those times. MS is one of those things I still have to wing after all of these years.

S:  (Nods.) As irritating as the naps are, I've accepted that they're necessary. I used to try to push through, but have found the consequences to be rather devastating. It sucks, but now I just get it over with. I have pretty much issued a notice to everyone--between noon and 1 PM, I'm napping. Leave me alone! 

So, what's next?

V:  I just finished a stand-alone book, a fantasy. I hope to finish the editing in February, so I can start working with editors. After that, I have to tackle the four-book series I mentioned before. I also have to re-publish an old work--I just took the rights back from the publisher. It will need a new cover. Busy, busy, busy!

S:  Tell me more about the Crescent Creek Collection.

V:  Sure, here are the blurbs-- 

From the cold Canadian border, the US. 1 runs along the east coast with patience. Southbound, always south, until it reaches the Sunshine State. 

Not the fastest way, sure, but if you have the time to drive it all the way down, you might find yourself lost in one of the coastal towns that dot US 1 like little jewels.

Maybe that town's name is Crescent Creek.

These are the stories of its people.

All Those Miles I Walked--Crescent Creek 1

At eighteen, DJ made a choice--her heart or her dreams. Neither was wrong, yet either would break her heart. She chose the world. Over a decade later, she returns to Crescent Creek and to the one regret she's ever had--Scott.

Scott's always been steady as a rocky reef. He'd loved once and when she's left, his strong heart had crumbled like a sandcastle. Now DJ is back and Scott wants nothing to do with her. If only Eva, his and DJ's oldest friend, didn't need their help. Because of her, he's stuck wth DJ and he'd be damned, she still gets under his skin.

DJ is a free spirit who needs the road under her feet. Scott is a family man who wants to groom his roots. With danger on their doorstep and a baby to keep safe, how much are they willing to compromise for love?

Painted Love--Crescent Creek 2

Though shall not steal.

Oh, but Florence had, and would do so one last time. Ten pieces her grandfather painted for her because he loved her. Ten pieces her mother lost, along with everything else, for loving the wrong man. She couldn't get back everything he'd wasted away, but she's be damned if she'd give up those paintings.

Easy and genuine, Rhett loves his life--his family, his market, his town. Until he meets a British woman with grey eyes and a cute little smile. The woman he's been waiting for. The thing is, to love her is easy, but can he trust her?

When Rhett pushes to uncover her agenda, Flo knows she will lose something--the man she loves or what she's been fighting for years. Which road will she choose?

His Midnight Sun--Crescent Creek 3

Tormented, fierce, and broken, sculptor Aiden Murphy has judged himself guilty. He yearns for love but pushes everyone away. He longs for acceptance but has lost the key to open his heart. Until he meets Summer Williams. Beautiful and smart, Dr. Williams promises haven for a man who believes he deserves none. All he has to do is let her in and risk his heart and soul.

Summer's managed to keep her inner light alive, even through tragedy. She's created a new life for herself and her daughter in Crescent Creek with loving, caring, and fun friends--well, except brooding, breathtaking Aidan. She's used to keeping away from his type, though. All she has to do is ignore the pull of a man who's turning up to be much more than snarls and storms. Will her compassion and medical instincts let her?

Love can heal a broken soul and shake up a timid heart. Or can it unleash devastation and revenge. Will Aidan and Summer survive the hurricane?





S:  Wow. That's quite a collection of stories! Where can readers purchase your collection?

V:  It's available for preorder on Amazon for a special promotional price of $ .99. Once the collection is released, the price will change. It can be preordered at--

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N8K75Z5

S:  Viviana, thanks so much for joining me today. If you'd like to learn more about Viviana and her books, visit--

Website:  http://www.viviana-mackade.blog/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/vivianamadkade/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011982152461
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ViviMackade
Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Viviana-MacKade/e/B01KKY6WLQ


Next week in The Loft:  Beverley Bateman!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Today in The Loft: Author Sean Kerr!

This morning in The Loft, I welcome my dear friend author Sean Kerr. Sean is an award-winning author of romantic paranormal/horror M/M fiction, including the "Dead Camp" series, "The Man Inside Me," and many novellas. The last year was one of many changes for Sean. After surviving a heart attack and open heart surgery, he opened his own online shop, featuring beautiful custom greeting cards and unique, handmade jewelry. He also continued to write and publish. Sean is known for his wicked sense of humor and his bawdy laugh. He lives in Cardiff, Wales with his husband, Derek, and their two cats. 

(Because both  our first names begin with an "S," for the purposes of this interview, Sean's responses are labeled with "K.")

Author Sean Kerr

S:  Good morning, Sean! Thanks so much for hopping over "the pond" and joining me today! Let's begin with one of my favorite questions--Where do you do your best thinking? 

K:  In bed. You can bet, without fail, that the moment my head hits the pillow, plot points, scenes and ideas run around my brain demanding that I stay awake half the night and think about them! It’s a curse. Characters have full on conversations with me. Stories unravel with annoying regularity. Ideas for twists and turns make me toss and turn! There is a reason I have black bags the size of bollocks beneath my eyes. It comes in very handy, sometimes because if I get stuck while writing, I can often find my way out while trying to close my eyes. I think this is the curse, or the joy, of any writer. Our brains just don’t shut down.

S:   I'm with you there. Often when I awake, my phone is filled with notes I don't even remember making! 

What should people know about you?

K:  I’m very shy. Yes, don’t all laugh at once, will you? But it's true. It’s easy on social media, because you can project a personality full of confidence and humour, because it is faceless. In real life, face to face, I freeze up. When I attended my first author signing event, "Shimmer in Birmingham 2017," I was so frightened I couldn’t stop shaking. I even signed a book with the wrong name because I was so very nervous. I cover everything up with this larger than life humour, when much of the time I’m wilting away inside wondering what the hell I am doing. Confidence is something I have to work very hard at, and I have never mastered it. However, it will never stop me, because I love what I do. I love this mad world of authors we live in, and I love all the fabulous people in it, readers and authors alike, and it is a privilege to be a part of it with them.

S:  Wow. You had me fooled. Between that bellowing laugh and ever present smile, you are the picture of a confident gentleman!

Why do you write romance?

K:  Writing romance happened by accident. So I am going to put this out there. Here we go. I am a massive Twilight fan! I saw the first film, then I went out and bought the books, and waited with everyone else until each new book was released, and I devoured them. I was obsessed. And just so you know, I am team Edward. But because writing has always been something I wanted to do, and because I have always had an unhealthy obsession with Vampires, reading those books made me want to write again, and to create my own Vampire mythology. Then the first "50 Shades" book hit. Now I haven’t read them, but there was such a big hurrah over that first book that it got me thinking. I wanted to write something with the romantic feel of twilight, but with the dirty filth of "50 Shades." So "Dead Camp" was born. Of course, as I researched the books and wrote out the plots for each book in the series, it became something altogether different, darker, sexier, more frightening, because it dealt with World War II. But the romance side of it came from my love of Twilight and my need to write a dirty version! (Laughs.) Back then, five years ago, I had no idea the MM world existed. I just wanted to write a full on gay book, with real feelings and emotions, and real hot "oh my god’"sex scenes. And my journey into the world of MM literature started.


S:  Complete this sentence, "Writing is..."

K:  ...part joy and part tears. I love what I do. Writing has brought me so much joy and so many friends, and it is something I have wanted all my life. I was writing stories when I was a small kid. It truly is an absolute passion and I try to show that with every word I write. But it is also heart-breaking. When you see your book sitting on Amazon with no sales next to it, that’s the hardest thing. I write with all my heart, and I write because I want people to read my books and get lost in my stories. Finding an audience is getting increasingly difficult and that sends me on a downward spiral, because it feels like I have done something wrong or I am not good enough. I know I’m not a conventional MM writer or romance writer. I write about subjects and stories that interest me, and maybe that is not necessarily what people want to read. My books are mostly dark, disturbing, scary, and complex, and to write that, with such intensity is a thrill to me. But there is an audience out there for me somewhere. I firmly believe that and I will keep trying to reach them.

S:  You aren't alone in that dilemma. As a new writer, it is tough to build name recognition and develop an audience. And many times, it is disheartening. But we keep on, keeping on, because we are writers and words flow from our hearts.

Complete this sentence,  "When one of my books is released, ..."

K:  ...I bend over and kiss my ass goodbye! And don’t lie, every author does the same. We all rush onto social media and announce our books, and sit there watching Amazon, clicking those buttons every couple of minutes to see how many have sold. That’s the down side of this business. A release is very exciting, but also very scary. I love it! With every book I have hope, because you never know, this could be the one to make it! Every new release has the potential to make an author and I think that is a thrill.

S:  You're right, of course. Release days are both thrilling and terrifying.

So, what do you crave?

K:  This is going to be very shallow of me, and I apologize in advance. The one thing I really crave is success as an author. Seriously. I would give my left tit! You see, I love this world so much. I love my fellow authors. They are a joy in my life and my readers fill my heart. But I would love this to be my full-time job. I would love to know how it feels to see your books in the shops. What if someone optioned your book for a series or a film? Wow! Or your book sold thousands. I know that success means different things to everyone, but for me, it would be my books doing well and being read by a lot of people. That is the ultimate for any author I think. I’m sorry if that sounds self-centered, I certainly don’t mean it to be. Its just that this passion burns through my veins and I just so much want to see it go up to the next level.

S:  (Chuckles.) We all have that dream, Sean. My friends want it so bad for me, they have began "casting" my books. I want my books to be appreciated just as much as you do and I would kill for an HBO or NetFlix series. 

Do you have an "alternative occupation?" 

K:  My day job used to be interior designer, and I had a business for 13 years,  full-time. Circumstances changed rather dramatically and the business no longer exists. I found that I was having difficulty finding a job, so I decided to do it for myself, again. Not many authors make a full-time living and I am no exception. So, when I am not writing, I make handmade cards and paper art, as well as a large range of handmade jewellery. It is a brand new adventure for me, but I absolutely love it. And fingers crossed, it has been very well received so far and with any luck, it will go from strength to strength. (Editor's Note:  Check out Sean's sales site at: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KerrCards?ref=seller-platform-mcnav)

S:  I have seen your cards and your jewelry, and I think they are very reflective of your heart. They are absolutely beautiful! 

If you could live in any period of time, when would it be and why?

K:  I think I would like to live 100 years in the future. I would love to live in a time of peace, of contact with other worlds, in a society of fabulous invention and technology. The past is the past, and I would rather live in an age where we have learned from our mistakes and found a way to live together in happiness and respect. Having said that, the time we live n is remarkable for so many reasons. Every day, things change, and we are all at least trying to make things better. So there is hope in that, I think.

S:  If you could "seize the day," how would you do it?

K:  I would seize the day by saying "yes." Let me explain. I have spent much of my life saying "no" to things because of work commitments, fear, lack of funds. Recently, I have come to understand that life is truly too short and maybe we should say "yes" to a few more things.

S:  A paranormal invites you to host a dinner with five guests, all prominent figures in history who are now deceased. Who would you invite and why

K:  Now this would be a fun dinner party! Bram Stoker. He set me on the journey of wanting to write and he is a hero of mine. Judy Garland, because, well, come on, I’m gay! (Laughs.) Who doesn’t want to have dinner with Judy Garland? H. G. Wells, because he was the pioneer of science fiction. I think the man had the most amazing imagination and I love his books. Queen Victoria, because I have written about her a lot, and she fascinates me. Such a powerful, indomitable woman, and yet vulnerable and very lonely. Albert Einstein, because he changed our world with his incredible mind. I may not understand a single thing he would talk about, but he would fascinate me all the same!

S:  Man, I would love to be a fly on that wall! (Chuckles.) Judy Garland and Queen Victoria would either become fast friends or despise one another! Oh, the drama!

Name one person, book,or song who/that inspires flights of fantasy.

K:  Elizabeth Kostova. She wrote "The Historian." It is a historical supernatural thriller involving Dracula, and is one of, if not the most, mesmerizing books I have ever read. It is so very complex, using history to tell a vast story, and the detail and the way she structures her book inspire me every time I read it. I have recently read it for the fifth time, while I was writing "The Man Inside Me," because it kept me locked in a particular way of writing. I finished writing the book and reading hers, and she always leaves me breathless. I am most proud of this new book over anything else I have written, and part of that is because of Elizabeth Kostova. The way she allows her book to unfold through the eyes of her characters was instrumental to me writing "The Man Inside Me," and her use of detail and language really helped me to stay focused. Plus, it is one of the most chilling and spooky books I have ever read.



S:  A genie grants you one wish. What is it?

K:  This is a hard one. I have made many mistakes that I would like to erase. There is only one thought that fills my mind, and that is to go back in time and tell myself not to open a shop. It was 13 years of heartache and stress, and it nearly killed me. It has left me in a dreadful position. So if I am going to be honest, that is what I would do.

S:  (Begins to sing, "Regrets, I've had a few...") Sorry, that brought Sinatra's song, "My way," to mind. We all have regrets and yes, a chance to erase them would be welcome.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

K:  Being with my boyfriend for 30 years. I say that for a reason. We have been through much together, as many couples do. But recently, I went through a life changing, and almost life ending experience. Derek is a nurse and when I collapsed dead on the street, he saved my life. He brought me back. And he has saved me in so many ways over the last 30 years. He is my greatest achievement and my greatest love. He was the beginning of my life and he will be the end of my life. To have had that for so many years, and for us to still have so many years ahead of us, is the greatest thing in my life.

S:  That is so beautiful. And I, for one, am so glad that he was there that day to save you!

If you could have any animal in the universe as a pet, what would it be and why?

K:  A Dalek. Lets face it, they are the ultimate evil in the Universe, so they can answer the phone and tell the cold callers to fuck off! The Dalek can answer the door and exterminate unwanted guests. Plus, it would be so handy for nipping to the shops in. Plus, they have really good suckers…

S:  (Blushes.) Okay... You are offered on of the following gifts--A day back in time, a glimpse into heaven, or perfect health. Which would you pick?

K:  I would like a day back in time. My aunt, Laura, had Down Syndrome. We were very, very close. I spent a great part of my life with her. We were both "Doctor Who" fans, and nothing would give me greater pleasure than going over to her house with a new "Doctor Who" video for her to watch. I was there when she left us. She was very ill, and I would travel to Swansea on my days off and the weekends to be with her. My heart has never got over it and I miss her every single day. She was the most beautiful, loving, funny, and gorgeous person who has ever been in my life. Some 20 years ago, Derek, me, Laura and my Nan went on a week's holiday to Scotland together. Derek drove us all around Scotland and we explored many islands. It was a very special week. Derek and I took Laura onto Loch Ness on a boat trip, monster hunting. With every ripple in the water she swore she saw the monster. If I could go back, just for one day, it would be for that one perfect day. After the boat trip, we went to a pancake house, and we laughed so hard because she swore the monster was watching us. (Laughs.) It was my perfect day, with Laura, my Nan, and my Derek.

S:  That is so incredibly sweet. Both Laura and your Nan sound like incredible people. I wish I could have met them!

Sean, thanks so much for joining me today. As always, your joyful spirit and open heart always make me smile.


If you'd like to learn more about Sean and his books, please visit

Website:  www.deadcamp.com

Next week in The Loft, author Viviana Mackade!