Friday, November 15, 2019

This week in The Loft: Author Devon McKay!

Joining me in The Loft this week is Amazon best-selling author Devon McKay. Devon writes contemporary and historical romance with a western flair. Born in Florida, she moved to Alaska as a teen and after 27 years there, moved to Ohio, where she lives on a mini-farm. Devon enjoys spending time with her granddaughter and four dogs, as well as working with stained glass. 

Author Devon McKay

S:  Good morning, Devon! Thanks for joining me on this chilly day! 

Why did you become a writer?

D:  I never set out to be an author. I’m an avid reader. I was inspired by my favorite authors to write.

S:  What attracted you to the romance genre?

D:  What can I say? I’m a gal that loves a happy ending!

S:   (Chuckles.)  While that's not a requirement to write romance, it sure helps! 

What’s your definition of romance?

D:  For me, it’s the little things that are often taken for granted. My husband bringing me a cup of coffee, surprising me by cooking dinner, or hiding my favorite candy bar in my pocket. Throw in my favorite kind of Tic Tacs and I may even tear up. I’m a real sap for that kind of thing.

S:  (Nods.)  It's the little things that matter. I prefer little acts over grand gestures. Just knowing someone is thinking about me makes my day!

What do you crave?

D:  I live on chocolate and coffee. Doesn’t everyone?

S:  It sure seems like most authors do! That's why I have a big stash of dark chocolate coffee crunch bars right next to my computer. They soothe the soul and keep the creative juices flowing!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

D:  To stay off of Facebook and other media sites and just write. It’s easy to get sucked in and before you know it, you’ve lost valuable writing time. 

S:  It is so easy to get distracted when facing an empty page. I allow myself to check social media twice a day and that's it. When I first got on Twitter, I was on there for most of the day!

Tell me about your holiday story, "Kissing St. Nick."

D:  Sure. Here's the blurb--

Driving a sports car in the middle of a blizzard wasn't the worst decision Lane Kelly had ever made. Considering the mess she'd made of her life in the past two years, returning home was one of her better choices--regardless of the weather. Wrecking her ex-boyfriends beloved vehicle?  A Christmas miracle.

Nick Mancini had little time for distractions. His demanding career as a firefighter was far too important. Especially during the holidays. Rescuing a dark-haired beauty and a sprig of mistletoe changes everything.

S:  (Sighs.) Nothing better than falling in love during the holidays! 

Where can readers buy your book?

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

Google Play:  

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

Amazon author page:

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Leave a review and enter to win!

I want to thank my readers for leaving reviews of my books! 

If you left a review of one of my books this year, simply email the URL or the actual review along with your email address to You'll be entered into a drawing to win one or all of the books in the Feisty Lawyers Series. Contest ends December 15. 

Good luck!

Friday, November 8, 2019

This week in The Loft: Author Caroline Warfield!

Joining me today in The Loft is award-winning author Caroline Warfield! Caroline writes historical romance, taking her characters on adventures in England and far-flung corners of the UK. Caroline has embraced many roles in her lifetime--from nun to mother and Internet and Web services manager. She has retired to the urban wilds of eastern Pennsylvania, where she crafts engrossing takes of love during war and peace, and contributes to the blogs, History Imagined and The Teatime Tattler.

Author Caroline Warfield

S:  Thanks for joining me today, Caroline! Tell me, why did you become a writer? 

C:  I come from a family of world-class storytellers and I've always been a voracious reader. Add those together and writing novels becomes inevitable. Since my intellectual wheelhouse has always been history, the odds were high that I would write historical novels.

S:  What is your favorite thing about writing romance?

C:  The greatest conflicts, the strongest passion, the depths of psychological motivation, all come from family. It drives much of what we do, believe, and/or are forced to overcome and reject. Romance, well written, takes people on the journey through facing or overcoming the family of origin into the formation of a whole new one. The love of a man and woman is also the process in which each of them is led to be the best version of themselves. No other drama contains the same depth, pain, and richness of conflict and growth.

S:  Do you write in any other genres?

C:  I don't have much interest in the detailed plot development required for mystery, but I have dabbled in straight historical fiction. I just haven't published anything in that genre yet.

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

C:  A friend told me, "If you want to be a writer, you have to write." It sounds simple, but it took me a long time to fully understand that. First of all, it means, "Just do it." It also means to hone your craft, you have to keep at it in spite of rejections, bad reviews, desertion by the plot bunnies, writer's block...whatever. You have to get up every day, get yourself in the chair, and do it. Just write and keep doing it.

S:  That's sound advice for any writer. You can't be distracted by outside "noise," you just have to keep writing.

What do you crave?

C:  Coffee, coffee, coffee! A friend gave me a mug that defines coffee as "a necessary beverage that inhibits anti-social behavior; to be consumed until it is socially acceptable to drink wine." So, coffee and red wine. And chocolate.

S:  (Laughs.) I think you've hit all of the basics!

What is your deepest regret?

C:  That I didn't start writing sooner.

S:  Tell me about your book, "Christmas Hope."

C:  Sure. Here's the blurb--

After two years at the mercy of the Canadian Expeditionary force and the German war machine, Harry ran out of metaphors for death, synonyms for brown, and images of darkness. When he encounters color among the floating islands of Amiens and life in the form of a widow and her little son, hope ensnares him. Through three more long years of war and its aftermath, the hope she brings keeps Harry alive.

Rosemarie Legrand’s husband left her a tiny son, no money, and a savaged reputation when he died. She struggles to simply feed the boy and has little to offer a lonely soldier, but Harry’s devotion lifts her up. The war demands all her strength and resilience,  but the hope of peace and the promise of Harry’s love keep her going.

S:  (Sighs.) I love wartime romances! Where can readers buy your book?

C:  It's  available from all major booksellers, including--

Barnes and Noble:


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

Website and blog:  http://www.carolinewarfield.com  



Amazon Author Page:  

Friday, November 1, 2019

The week in The Loft: Author Jan Selbourne!

Joining me today in The Loft is Australian-born author Jan Selbourne. Prior to launching her career as a writer of historical romance, Jan graduated from a business college in Melbourne and worked in the dusty world of ledgers and accounting in Victoria, Queensland and the United Kingdom. Now retired, she lives near Maitland, New South Wales.

Author Jan Selbourne

S:  Good morning, Jan! Thanks so much for joining me today.

Why did you become a writer?

J:  I loved reading from an early age and the urge to write followed. I shined at writing essays and short stories at school, while failing miserably at mathematics and subjects not requiring any imagination. Career and marriage and children put that urge on the back burner. When I did have time to write, I sat at my typewriter and had no idea what to write about. Then I read an article on how danger and fear brings out our true character. For example, the tough he-man turns to water and runs while the mild unassuming person steps up and takes charge. That inspired me to write Perilous Love, set on the early days of World War I.

S:  It's amazing what inspires us!

What attracted you to the romance genre?

J:  I think all of us are romantics at heart. When we read a book or watch a film, we want the characters to get through the hard times or challenge, and find that happiness. Last week, I read an article on a couple celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. The photograph of them together, smiling and holding hands, said it all.

S:  Do you write in other genres?

J:  My genre of choice is historical fiction or romance because my other favorite subject at school was history. When I was 21, I traveled to the United Kingdom for a working holiday and there in front of me was the history I'd read about. I was hooked. I guess it just flowed from there.

S:  If you had to do it all over again, would you still write books?

J:  Definitely. Writing a book is a joy and incredibly satisfying.

S:  What's the best advice you've ever been given?

J:  If something in our life isn't right, such as a bad relationship, a job, or unfair treatment, we have two choices. We can leave, take another direction, even though it might be tough for a while, or we can stay. If you stay, don't complain because it was your choice.

S:  That's so true. You can choose to be happy, you can choose to be miserable. It's your choice.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

J:  My two daughters, who are now adults and my best friends.

S:  Tell me about your book, "Lies of Gold."

J:  Sure, here's the blurb--

Someone within the corridors of power is smuggling gold across the Channel to Napoleon Bonaparte. When flimsy evidence points to the Essex coast, a royal order is given to three men to find the traitor.  One of those men, Julian Ashford, has his life transformed into debts and disgrace and is sent back to Halton Hall, and Katherine the woman he loved and lost. What Julian discovers within the walls of his ancestral home is much deeper and more sinister than he thought possible, but nothing could prepare him for the terrible betrayal when faced with the mastermind behind this sordid operation.

S:  That sounds pretty suspenseful! Where can readers buy your book?

J:  It's available from the following booksellers--

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