Friday, November 29, 2019

Today in The Loft: Fellow eXtasy author Denise Wheatley!

Joining me today in The Loft is author Denise Wheatley. Denise has worked with several publishers to share her tales of romance and happy endings. Most recently, she is working with my publisher, eXtasy Books. Born and raised in Chicago, when Denise isn't writing, she's in a movie theatre, on a tennis court, watching true crime television shows, or chatting on social media.

Author Denise Wheatley

S:  Good morning, Denise! Thanks for joining me this chilly day.

Why did you become a writer?

D:  Writing has always been a huge passion of mine. I’ve been obsessed with books for as long as I can remember, and during elementary school, they inspired me to write poems, short stories, plays, and other things. A story I wrote for a creative writing course during college titled, “Too Hot to Handle,” motivated me to take a stab at writing a novel. Shortly after graduation, I did just that, and the rest is history.

S:  (Nods.) Passion. That's the key to a great writer. You need to have passion for storytelling, as well as your characters and their stories.

What attracts you to the romance genre?

D:  I love, love happy endings! I was that kid who bought into the fairy tales and in all honesty, I still do! When it comes to various genres of entertainment, from films to sitcoms to books, I’m just naturally drawn to romance. I enjoy writing it just as much as I enjoy reading and watching it.

S:  (Smiles.) There's nothing like a great romance. I tend to rate them by the number of tissues I go through! 

Do you write in other genres?

D:  While romance is my primary genre, I do write in several subgenres, including contemporary, chick-lit, erotica, and paranormal. One of my recent releases, "Wards of Women," is a romantic suspense novel about three heroines who buy men from a prison to fulfill their every need. I haven’t ventured outside of the romance genre because I’m so drawn to love-related story lines. But I’m definitely open to exploring other categories further down the road. 

S:  Buying men from prison. Sounds like a fascinating tale! 

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

D:  Absolutely. I truly found my calling when I began writing books. I am at my best when I’m in that creative head space, formulating plot lines and developing characters. While writing can be challenging and even frustrating at times, nothing compares to the feeling I get after finishing a novel. In the end, it’s all well worth it.

S:  I know that feeling. It's so satisfying!

What do you crave?

D:  Love, French fries, Los Angeles, writing, conversations with my mother, chocolate chip cookies, true crime television, celebrity gossip, and of course, books.

S:  Wow. That's quite a list!

Tell me about your holiday book, "A Naughty Jolly Christmas."

D:  This is Book One in The Holiday Chronicles. Here's the blurb-- 

Someone is about to have the best holiday ever…

Sasha Williams is an African-American public relations powerhouse who’s come a long way from the south side of Chicago to glamorous Los Angeles. While she loves her LA life, she hasn’t forgotten her roots and always goes back home to celebrate Christmas with her tight-knit family. This year, however, Sasha’s holiday plans are nixed when she’s forced to accompany her sexy, notoriously naughty new client Drake Lancaster on the press tour for his upcoming Christmas movie.

Sasha’s furious, yet finds herself overcome with lust when Drake strolls into her office. She’s surprised considering she’s never dated outside of her race, but Drake’s brooding Italian good looks have her thinking she may need to broaden her horizons. His attraction toward her is just as intense, and pleasure eventually overtakes the pair’s business relationship.

Despite Sasha’s promise to keep things strictly professional during the press tour, her and Drake’s secret trysts heat up even further while out on the road. In the end, Sasha must decide whether their cultural differences, along with her secret painful past and his playboy reputation, are worth risking her heart and career—especially without knowing whether this is the real thing or a racy fling.

S:  (Grins.) Wow. I never met that type of client when doing public relations! Sounds like a hot, sexy tale! 

Where can readers buy your book?

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

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

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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Friday, November 22, 2019

This week in The Loft: Author Cynthianna!

Joining me today in The Loft is romance author Cindy Matthews, who writes under the pen names Cynthianna and Celine Chatillon. As Cynthianna, she has authored multiple contemporary romances and fantasy romantic comedies. As Celine Chatillon, she has written science fiction, paranormal, and vampire erotic romance stories. She has also written books with her husband, author Adrian J. Matthews. By day, Cindy works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and enjoys attending historical re-enactments and science fiction cons.


S:  Welcome to The Loft, Cynthianna! 

Tell me, what's your favorite thing about writing romance?

C:  It's such a wide open genre--you can write a historical setting story or a futuristic story or a contemporary story. You can place your story in any time period, physical setting, ethnicity-culture. Nowadays, it doesn't even have to be a male/female romance and that is very freeing for writers. Not everyone in the world loves the same type of person, you know?

S:  (Nods.) Love comes in all shapes and sizes. I think it's wonderful that romance writers can acknowledge that.  It encourages tolerance and that's a good thing.

How do you define romance?

C:  My definition of romance is sort of along the lines of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) definition. I see romance novels as "relationship novels" in which the author explores how people relate to each other and develop in the relationship as well as developing and growing by themselves. Of course, a very common way people develop a "relationship" with each other and grow as a person is by falling in love. So a relationship novel will explore how two unique individuals come together and build a lasting relationship, oftentimes ending in a "happily ever after" or at least "happy for now" scene. The hero/heroine grows as a human being and develops a healthy relationship with another or others.

S:  What is your perfect  romantic evening?

C:  My perfect romantic evening is one where I don't have to do all the cooking--and none of the dishwashing! I'm an infinitely practical person and have never had much money, so spending lots of money trying to impress me with a fancy restaurant or expensive date would have quite the opposite effect on me. It would be a turnoff. I much prefer my "hero" feed me and entertain me by using his own unique gifts. Then sing me a song, read me a poem or story he's written, paint me picture, sketch me reclining on a sofa, do a slow strip tease...I'm very easy to please. I just want him to let me know that I'm more important than flaunting status symbols. That he likes me for just being me.

S:  (Giggles.) I think most of us would be happy with a slow strip tease!

Do you believe in love at first sight? Has it ever happened to you?

C:  Yes and no. Yes, I believe that you can be instantly attracted to another person the first time you meet them. It has happened to me many times and will probably keep happening to me as long as I'm breathing. But no, that's not love in the real sense of the word. Love requires genuine respect and compassion, and a commitment to another person. It doesn't just happen instantly. You have to work hard at it. True love is getting up at three o'clock in the morning on a cold winter's day to take care of the person you are in a relationship with because they are terribly sick or in need of comfort after a horrible event. It can even mean you're willing to give them a ride to the ER, a ride home from jail, the party gone wrong, or work in several feet of snow because you care about them more than you do your own self. Instant attraction won't motivate you to keep loving a person through the hard times. That's why I enjoy writing relationship novels and stories. Sometimes, that instant attraction can grow and develop into true and lasting love. It's what makes the happily ever after ending feel so good. You know it's possible if you work at it.

S:  (Smiles.) No matter how you meet, no matter how and why you fall in love, it's important to understand that relationships take work. Without hard work, no relationship will thrive.

What would you like people to know about you?

C:  (Laughs.) I'd like people to know that I'm really quite harmless. Just because I have an overactive imagination doesn't mean that I'm up to no good. In fact, I try to do as much good as I can. I enjoy entertaining people with a good love story now and then.

S:  Tell me about your book, "The Gift of the Songbird."

C:  Sure, here's the blurb--

Hannah Cummings has big plans for her future. An invitation to sing at the mansion of the dashing Elisha Spielman on Thanksgiving Day promises to launch her music career and help her raise funds to receive further vocal training. It’s a most fortuitous invitation, and Hannah is grateful and excited to accept. However, one man seems to stand in her way.
Daniel March won’t have it. Hannah has always sung for their village’s Thanksgiving festival to support the orphanage, and this year should be no different.

Friends since long before the terrible war separated them, Hannah feels there is more to Daniel’s determination to change her mind than simply his need to get his own way.

Can a songbird help them count their blessings and come to see each other in a different light?

S:  What an interesting story!  Where can readers buy your book?

C:  It's available for preorder from Devine Destinies. Here's the link:

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


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--