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Character Interview ~ Lee Santiago ~ A Sailor’s Delight

One night he doesn’t remember – One night she’ll never forget!

ASailorsDelight_LRGA Sailor’s Delight (the Santiago’s book 2)

Lee Santiago went from one mistake to the next. When a friend dies, exposing his mortality all too well Lee’s family steps in to force him to make something of himself. He can’t be a party boy all his life and if he wants to sign his life away, it will be on the dotted line. He doesn’t even have time to say goodbye. Anyway it was only a drunken one night stand.

Isabelle was always the good girl. Until that night. When the man she’d always worshiped finally noticed her. She couldn’t say no. She’s heartsick to find out he doesn’t remember it. Isabelle’s life crashes around her when the results are in. The truth comes out and she has nowhere to turn. She looks for Lee, but he’s gone.

Will he be man enough to step up and face the consequences when he learns the truth?


Are you upset your name is not in the title?

I think the title describing my Izzy is perfect.

Is your love interest the way you pictured him or her? Or would you have preferred someone with a different hair color?

I never considered anyone other than Izzy. Hell, I tried not to imagine Izzy as I know she is too good for me. Luckily she didn’t agree!

Do you have any annoying habits your author did not share with us in your book?

Other than the drinking, drugs and women? Seriously? What could be worse?

Do you have siblings? Are you close to them?

Well, since Izzy is best friends with mi hermana, my sister Jacinta, I have no choice! And mi hermano, my brother Alejandro, has saved my ass more than once. So, yeah, we’re close. The whole family is.

Any hobbies we might be interested in knowing about?

Drinking? But I’m trying to stop. It’s not easy either.

Are you happy with the profession your author chose for you or would you rather be working at something totally different and why?

I had no choice! She’s as bad as mi familia. But I didn’t have any plans on a profession. I was happy partying. But I am enjoying the Navy, just don’t tell her!

Are you planning to make an appearance in a sequel? If not are you unhappy about that?

Well, I’m sure you’ll hear about me and Izzy in Alejandro’s story. Especially as I insisted my story be told before his.

Now for a personal question. Is there enough sex in the book for you? Would you have liked more?

I like sex! But I didn’t really want to share Izzy with anyone. So, no, it was enough.

Did your author listen to you when you tried to redirect her?

Oh yes. She was ready to go on and on and on. I like to get to the meat of things so we had to compromise on what is hopefully a happy medium.

Did your story end too soon?

No, I don’t think so. I think the ending, which is just the beginning for Izzy and me was perfect.

Were you happy with your wardrobe?

It was okay. I wasn’t happy about putting on a uniform but learned to live with it. Thank God I was able to get back in civvies.













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Character Interview ~ Nick ~ A Saint’s Salvation

ASaintsSalvation_fullresA Saint’s Salvation (the Santiago’s book 1)

Corporal Nicholas ‘Saint’ Santiago needs to go home to reclaim the man he used to be. To be the man he was before Operation Enduring Freedom slowly hardened his heart. He needs to reconnect to the values and the reasons he is doing what he does. Saint also needs to try to forget the courageous woman he fell in love with.

Petty Officer Angelina Jones’ life changed the moment Saint saved her life. She survived the blast but now has to deal with the fact that she will never be whole. She can’t believe that anyone would want her the way she is now. Digging up her courage, Angelina moves forward hoping against hope that she can live a full life again.

Crossing paths again brings their emotions to a full boil. A coincidence that will have them both reaching for their dreams.



Character Interview: Nicholas ‘Saint’ Santiago

Are you upset your name is not in the title?

Well, my nickname is, so that’s okay. I truly am a Saint you know! *winks*

Is your love interest the way you pictured him or her? Or would you have preferred someone with a different hair color.

Angel is perfect. It’s not so much her looks as her beautiful personality. Not that she’s not hot! She is sizzling.

Do you have any annoying habits your author did not share with us in your book?

Moi? Annoying habits? Of course not. *smirks*

Do you have siblings? Are you close to them?

I have a little sister, mi hermana. We were close when we were younger but the years since I’ve been away have been hard.

Any hobbies we might be interested in knowing about?

I like to work with my hands. Gardening is one I enjoy. But don’t let that out! You’ll ruin my machismo!

Are you happy with the profession your author chose for you or would you rather be working at something totally different and why?

I love what I do. Being a Marine is what I was born to do. It’s hard, but someone has to do it. I know I have my whole family behind me to support me. And now I have my Angel. I would never have met her if I hadn’t become a Marine.

Are you planning to make an appearance in a sequel? If not are you unhappy about that?

I’m sure that even if you don’t see me again, you’ll hear about me. Mi familia is close and just wait until you see what mi primos (my cousins) are getting up to! Jandro always had it in him to be a hero, and Lee, well he creates his own problems. I might just have to step in to help straighten him out.

Now for a personal question. Is there enough sex in the book for you? Would you have liked more?

*chuckles* You can never have enough sex. But Angelina was hungry. I just looked on it as foreplay.

Did you author handle your “love” scenes the way you like or was she too explicit or not explicit enough?

I thought it was perfect. I’m not exactly shy!

How many re-writes did you have to live through?

Way too many! I think she changed it at least ten times if not more. Not to mention the total rewrite where she finally let my Angel tell her side of the story!

Did your story end too soon?

That’s hard to say. Angel is a bit shyer than me. We were heading back to bed. That was my plan at least. *winks* My story isn’t over though, you’ll hear more about us.

Were you happy with your wardrobe?

How could I not be? I was either in uniform, one that is totally awesome by the way, in board shorts or naked. I like naked. Oh yeah, I did have to wear a monkey suit, but it was worth it. Especially with Angel helping to take it off.

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Interview with Joe Cosentino, author of PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery

Interview with Joe Cosentino, author of PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery

published by The Wild Rose Press


Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today.

Joe: My pleasure. I love the site!

Beverly and Tamara: Thank you! Joe, tell us a little about yourself.

Joe: After majoring in theatre in college, I became an actor in film, television, and theatre, working opposite stars like Bruce Willis, Nathan Lane, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. That got your attention! Actually each of them was incredibly professional, smart, and funny! I’m a college theatre professor now, and my students love seeing my past work. When they saw my 1982 ABC-TV movie, My Mother Was Never a Kid, they said, “You were cute when you were young.” Thanks, guys. Anyway, it occurred to me that acting is storytelling in the same way that writing is storytelling, so I decided to give writing a try. After writing some plays, I knew my novels would include show business in some way, since show business has always been such a huge part of my life. As an avid mystery reader, it was clear to me that my novels would also be page-turning mysteries with clever plot twists, engaging characters, romance, and lots of clues leading to a surprising conclusion. Since coming from a funny Italian-American family, I also knew humor would play a role in my novels.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Joe: My spouse needs to be in bed so there is no noise in the house. I have a beautiful cherry wood study with a fireplace, huge desk, bookcases, and window seat (just like Martin Anderson, the college theatre department head in my Nicky and Noah mystery series). My mother asked me, “Don’t you have anything better to do than write at night?” I wonder if Stephen King’s mother asked him that?

Beverly: LOL. When did you start to write?

Joe: When my acting work began to dry up, I wrote plays which morphed into writing novels. Readers kid me I write books faster than they can read them. My colleagues at my college joke that if they tick me off, I will kill them in my next book.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

Joe: Brian, Jana’s husband, is the perfect hero in my Jana Lane mysteries. He is strong, patient, loving, warm, and understanding of Jana’s career as a movie star—and even her attraction to her leading men. Play Directing Professor Nicky in my Nicky and Noah mysteries has such amazing wit, perseverance in the face of adversity, and smarts. I love his sense of determination in nabbing the murderer. Nicky knows what he wants and how to get it. He is genuinely concerned for others, and he wants to help them. He also has no problem taking on the role of hero. Finally, he is a one-man man, and Nicky is proud to admit that man is Noah Oliver.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character?   And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

Joe: As a child I loved child stars like Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, and Patty Duke, seeing their movies over and over. So I created Jana Lane, a heroine who was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. In Paper Doll the secret behind that attack is exposed. In Porcelain Doll from The Wild Rose Press, it is 1982 and Jana is thirty-nine years old, living in a mansion in Hyde Park, New York. Jana makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Apollo. I love the 1980’s! I had great fun writing about Jana’s mansion, wardrobe, makeup, and hairstyles. I was also able to incorporate some of the music, films, television shows, Broadway shows, and political and social events of the era, including the AIDS epidemic. The early reviews have been amazing, for example: “Porcelain Doll is Joe Cosentino at his finest. We are drawn back to the fashions and attitudes of the 1980’s in a character-driven story full of intrigue and passion.” Kirsty Vizard, Divine Magazine.

“Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Joe: Since I was an actor who loved improvisation and a playwright, dialogue comes easily for me. I hear the voices in my head and type what they say. I’ve read hundreds of cozy mysteries, so creating plot twists, clues, red herrings, and shocking yet justified endings is a great deal of fun. Sex scenes are the hardest. How many ways can you describe people making love? My scenes are generally sweet and warm.

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

Joe: Of course Agatha Christie is the queen of murder mysteries. Armistead Maupin has an amazing flair for writing eccentric, loveable characters with engaging and realistic dialogue. Mary Higgins Clark blends mystery and romance so beautifully.

Tamara: Who is you ideal woman, real or fictionary? Ideal man?

Joe: I’d love Brooke Shields to play Jana in the Jana Lane Mysteries on TV. As a former child star herself, Brooke seems to have matured into a beautiful, kind, socially conscious, nonjudgmental, talented woman—just like Jana Lane. Matt Bomer would be a perfect Nicky in The Nicky and Noah Mysteries on TV. He is handsome, strong, honest, has a great sense of humor, and is devoted to his husband and child.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done?  Or would like to? What?  We are all about the love!

Joe: I met my spouse when I was twenty-one, so I didn’t go to bars or date a great deal. I also don’t drink, smoke, or take drugs. I know, I’m boring. The wildest thing I’ve done is overdosed on tofu.

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

Joe: Jana Lane in my Jana Lane mysteries is perfect because as one reviewer said, she starts out as a wounded bird, and ends as tiger.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

Joe: When we were dating, I tried to make onion soup for my now spouse. It took so long he fell asleep.

Tamara: LOL. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

Joe: My spouse who takes care of me, a TV executive so I can pitch The Jana Lane Mysteries and The Nicky and Noah Mysteries, and my mother who would say, “See? I told you not to get on that boat.”

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Joe: Seeing Broadway shows, which is getting quite expensive.

Tamara: What dream or goals have you yet to realize?

Joe: I want to come full circle and play Simon Huckby, Jana’s amazingly resilient, old world Hollywood, incredibly funny and loyal agent in The Jana Lane Mystery TV series, and Martin Anderson, the theatre department head, in The Nicky and Noah Mystery TV series. Hear that TV producers!

Beverly: Okay, you’re a guy.  What is the dumbest dare you’ve ever done?

Joe: Daring my students to come to class on time. It still didn’t work.

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

Joe: When I was a kid I had red hair, so red has always been my favorite color. One Christmas my mother asked me what I wanted as a gift, stating her concern that I return all of her gifts. I replied, “A red shirt.” She answered, “I don’t like red, I’ll get you a blue one.”

Beverly: What is your dream car and why?  What color?  Me, I desperately want a Metropolitan Nash, hot pink and white.  LOL!  My own Barbie car!

Joe: As you know red is my favorite color. Subaru is my favorite car, since I need the all-wheel drive on the snow.

Beverly: Gotcha! Nothing better than AWD in snow!

Tamara: What can we expect for you in 2016?

Joe: The Jana Lane mysteries continue from The Wild Rose Press. In Satin Doll, Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a romance with Chris Bruno, the ex-professional football player detective. In China Doll, Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. Ragdoll is next, where Jana stars in a television murder mystery TV series and once again life imitates art.

The Nicky and Noah mystery series from Lethe Press began with Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015 winner for Best Mystery, Best Humor, Best Crime, Best Contemporary), where theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains. With the inept local detectives, it is up to Directing professor, Nicky Abbondanza to use his theatre skills (including playing other people) to solve the murders, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, handsome Noah Oliver, the prime suspect in the murder. Drama Muscle followed, where Nicky and Noah have to use their theatre skills to find out why bodybuilders are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. Drama Cruise comes later in 2016, where Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship.

My MM romance novellas are published by Dreamspinner Press. They are An Infatuation (Divine Magazine Readers’ Choice Award 2nd Place for Best MM Romance), A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland.

NineStar Press published my novels Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back and the upcoming Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, both taking place at the New Jersey shore.

Tamara and Beverly: Impressive! Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

Joe: My spouse, my family and friends, and hopefully my readers. I love them!

Tamara and Beverly: Now for some quick fun questions:

Bikini’s or thong? Thong, but not on me.

Coffee or Tea? Herbal tea—vanilla roibus.

Blonde, brunette or red-head? Red-head, or ginger as they coyly say in Great Britain.

Tits or ass? Ass, but not mine.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla with cherries.

Kinky or Sweet? Sweet, like my books.

Fast or slow? Slow, except for when I write.

Public or private? Private by the fireplace.

Top or bottom? I like to cuddle.

Joe: Thank you for the wild interview. I hope everyone reads PORCELAIN DOLL. I love hearing from readers. They can contact me at http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com.

Beverly and Tamara: Thanks for visiting with us Joe!

Now, take a peek at PORCELAIN DOLL!

PorcelaincoverIs art imitating life in 1982? Jana Lane, ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Jana’s breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Jana’s interest on screen and off. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?


Two days later, Jana stood in her entrance hallway welcoming two men into her home. Wearing a lime blouse and teal Capri pants, Jana stood at the doorway with her mouth agape.

This is the most gorgeous man I have ever seen in my life.

Jason Apollo, thirty-four, with sculpted features and a perfect muscular body, smiled sweetly. Though one of the biggest box office movie stars, he had a sensitive, boyish quality that turned Jana, and everyone else, into putty. Jana stared at his sparkling blue eyes and thick blond hair. “It’s nice to meet you, Jana. I’m a fan. I’m Jason Apollo. I play the detective in the film.” His huge pectoral muscles peeked out of his open flannel shirt. Tight jeans and hint of a southern accent completed the perfect picture.

Jana’s knees dipped. “It’s very nice to meet you, too, Jason. I’m Jana Lane.” Did I purposely forget Otley?

Jack Capello, fifty, craggy-faced, and thin with yellow teeth and black fingertips, brought her back to reality. “Can we come in?”

“Of course.” Still unable to take her eyes off Jason Apollo, Jana ushered them into the hunter green and pale peach sitting room. She had seen Jason’s picture on television and in the newspaper, but having not seen any of his movies, Jana was taken aback by his almost supernatural beauty and boyish charisma. She was also surprised at his height, not much taller than hers.






Praise for PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery:

Porcelain Doll is Joe Cosentino at his finest. We are drawn back to the fashions and attitudes of the 1980’s in a character-driven story full of intrigue and passion.” Kirsty Vizard, Divine Magazine

“Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews

Praises for PAPER DOLL, the first Jana Lane mystery:

Paper Doll is a superbly crafted mystery with an eclectic cast of characters that will engage you and elicit some very emotional responses as you are completely caught up in the events that unfold in these pages. Everyone has secrets and the people in Paper Doll have them in spades!” Fresh Fiction

“Mr. Cosentino has produced a masterpiece of mystery” “The story gripped me from the start and there were enough twists and turns, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, to keep hold of me until the end of the book.” “Great book, can’t wait for book 2.” Readers’ Favorite

ASIN: B01BA2705Y

Released: March 16, 2016

Pages: 260

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Paperback: 978-1-5092-0603-2

Digital: 978-1-5092-0604-9

Heat Level: Sensual, PG-13

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press) (winner Best Mystery of 2015 Divine Magazine), Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), An Infatuation & A Shooting Star & A Home for the Holidays & The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (NineStar Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Satin Doll the third Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), China Doll the fourth Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), Drama Cruise the third Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015.

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino

Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino


Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey ~ Vikki Vaught


Anissa clasped her trembling hands together as she stammered, “I w-wanted to watch as we l-left the pier, since it will be my last sight of England for a very long time.”

Captain Hawks stared at her, black eyes gleaming. “Who’s that man? I thought you told me you weren’t running away. What are you running away from? Tell me, damn it!”

Anissa turned back to the railing to give herself time to collect her thoughts. She came up with a believable story, she hoped. Even though she hated lying, now was not the time for scruples. To save her son, she would lie, cheat, or even kill, if need be. She did not owe this arrogant captain anything. He was only a means to an end for her.

Pulling on her confidence as a marchioness, she turned to face him with an expression of disdain on her face. “Not that it is any of your concern, I’m not running away from anything. As I already explained, my uncle is dying, and I need to get to Boston. I desperately need to get away for a while. I lost my husband seven months ago. I am hoping a visit with my uncle and seeing my cousins will help to distract me from my grief. And I can help my family care for him in his time of need.”

“If you’re not running away, then why did that man look disgusted when he saw my ship leaving?” he sneered.

Her mind went blank. She needed to come up with something he might believe. “Oh, you mean the man on the pier?”

The captain interrupted. “Of course I mean that man. It’s obvious someone told him you left with me. He followed you to Plymouth, didn’t he?”

Anissa looked at him, her knees shaking to such a degree that he would have surely seen them, had her breeches not been covered by her long cloak. She prayed he would not decide to turn the ship around.

“He is an unwanted suitor. He has been hounding me ever since my husband died. He is one of the reasons I decided to go to America.” Then taking the offensive, she stated, “Besides, it is none of your business why I want to leave, now, is it?”

“It is my damned business if you’re running from something. I don’t need anything turning up later. You know he’ll find out where you’re going, don’t you? My ship is well known, and someone will tell him you’re bound for Baltimore. You don’t have any family in Boston, do you? You don’t know anyone in America. How in hell will you take care of yourself, and your son, for God’s sake?”

By this time, the ship had traveled farther out to sea, and Anissa could barely see the shore. She turned back to face the captain. “I do not want to discuss this further. All you need to know is there will be no repercussions for you.”

“Hell, I shouldn’t have agreed.” Captain Hawks grabbed her by the arms and gave her a slight shake. “I shouldn’t have let those big blue eyes of yours get to me. You’re going to be trouble, trouble I don’t need.”

Anissa pulled away from him. “Do not touch me! I am not your concern. As soon as we land in Baltimore, you will never see me again. Now, I’m quite tired. I shall retire to my cabin. I need to rest before my son wakes up.” Clutching her cloak tightly around her, she marched to the companionway leading down to her cabin and hurried out of sight.


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Book Blurb:

When her son’s life is threatened, Anissa, Marchioness of Overton, seeks refuge by sailing to America. Before the ship reaches the high seas, sparks fly between her and Captain Alex Hawks. Although the young widow may be lonely, and afraid, she cannot risk the diversion a romantic entanglement could bring, no matter how much she wants to lose herself in the captain’s embrace.

The Captain vows to protect the young Lord Overton, but can offer no assurance that the marchioness will leave his ship with her virtue intact. Alex is drawn to Anissa’s beauty and courage, as a hummingbird is to the nectar of a flower. How long can he fight a losing battle before he surrenders and makes her his own?

Will Alex be able to keep this remarkable woman and her child safe? Will his passion for Anissa be enough or will their differences keep them apart?



#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

I definitely do! It’s a career that I am passionate about. There is nothing more exciting than finishing a scene that moves me to tears. I still recall the exhilarating feeling when I received the print copy of my first book in the mail. When I am enmeshed in a new project, I wake up each morning anxious to get back to my keyboard and can write from dawn to dark, even into the night if the words are flowing. Writing is a career that I will be working at until I am no longer in this world.


#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

There are days when the words just will not come. It happens to all writers at times. What I do when it happens is take a break and read a good book. Some of my best inspiration comes when I am reading!


#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

Yes. I’ve been quite fortunate that several authors have taken me under their wing and helped me with the craft of writing. Two people come to mind immediately. Carolynn Sue Carey helped me tremendously in the early part of my career. Sue writes historical romance set in the Regency period and her knowledge of the period helped me immensely. KaLyn Cooper is one of my critique partners. She writes romantic suspense and her insight for writing action scenes has been invaluable.


#4 – What is next for your writing?

Presently, I am doing research for the third book in my Honorable Rogue series. Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey is the first book in this series. The second story, Miss Kathleen’s Scandalous Baron is written, and I’m working with a critique partner to get it reading for publication in January 2016.


#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

I certainly do! In fact, I have to be careful that my reading doesn’t interfere with my writing. I usually read one book on my Kindle and listen to another audio book at the same time. I read anywhere from 2 to 5 books a week, based on my writing schedule. Presently, I’m reading The Wetherby Brides series by Jerrica Knight-Catania. I just started book 4. I also recently finished Grey by E.L. James and absolutely loved it!


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Romance on the high seas: Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey @vvaught512 #Historical #Romance #Romantic #suspense


This or That?

#1 – iPod or Mp3?  iPod

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? French Fries

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Drama

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Nicholas Sparks

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality

#7 – Call or Text? Both

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate Coffee

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook

Author Bio:

Vikki Vaught started her writing career when a story invaded her mind and would not leave.

Over the last few years, she has written more than a half dozen historical romances and is presently working on her next. Her new release, Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey, published by Secret Cravings Publishing is the first book in her Honorable Rogue series.

Vikki loves a “Happily Ever After”, and she writes them in her stories. While romance is the central theme of all her books, she includes some significant historical event or place in all her novels.

While all her books are love stories, she has also written short contemporary sweet romances as Vikki McCombie and erotic romances using the pen name of V.L. Edwards.

For the last decade, Vikki has lived in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with her beloved husband, Jim, who is the most tolerant man in the world to put up with her when she is in a writing frenzy. When she is not writing or working her day job, you’ll find her curled up in a comfortable chair reading her Kindle, lost in a good book with a cup of tea at her side.

Author Links:

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From me to you ~ So, what are you doing in October?

I’m attending the Midwestern Book Lovers Unite Conference.

There will be tons of stuff to do!  

If you can’t attend all four days consider coming for the book signing. It’s only $25 to spend time with the authors. Really we’re a great group! Think of the parties! They will be awesome!

Starting on Thursday we have our Pajama Party!

WHAT? You want MORE?

You got it!

Only Boots, Chaps, and Cowboy Hats (Included in full registration) $ 30.00 USD

Just in case you only want hear Jackson Young!

Well, aren’t you the glutton!

Here’s another party!

But maybe you think it’s too expensive?

Consider this!

(Mind you, if I’ve persuaded you to come, please list me, LOL! Beverly Ovalle)


Interview with Nancy Sartor ~ Bones Along the Hill

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Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

Thank you ladies. I so appreciate your having me today. I am a Nashville-born writer, still live within twelve miles of that city. My husband is a nationally-known composer of classical music, so creative endeavors take top spot in our daily schedules.

I began my romantic suspense BONES ALONG THE HILL after the heroine whispered in my ear, “Hi, my name is Neva and I fix the faces of the dead.” Cool way to meet a character. It left only about 80,000 words to be developed. BONES debuted in November of 2014 and has been well reviewed and well received.

I am currently working on a paranormal romance set in Rugby, Tennessee. Title is BLESSED CURSE.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Silence. My nest is in the den. I curl up in my recliner with my laptop and, depending on the time of day, a cup of coffee or a glass of water. Usually, one or both of my Maine Coon cats are on the chair arm or sitting on my shoulder, but they learned long ago not to walk on the computer.

Beverly: When did you start to write and who influenced you?

My mother was an avid reader who passed the love of reading to me. She wrote an incredible fantasy about a dwarf who lived in a hollow tree. She wrote it with a co-worker. They each swore never to publish it, that it was only for their children. I don’t remember the first thing I wrote. At fourteen, I was a finalist in a Belmont College literary contest but did not win.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

Heroes come in many sizes and shapes, but all of them have something to overcome, something to prove, something to correct. They’re inhibited by a past experience or a mental or physical challenge. They’re seeking something they lost or trying to rid themselves of something they’ve acquired but don’t want. They break through when it’s needed, have compassion where it’s called for, kick ass when they must and in general leave the story world in better shape than when they found it.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character?   And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

Claudia Yates is my favorite character from BONES. She’s older but still powerful, wise but still learning, effective and yet vulnerable in all the right ways.

I spend months learning my characters. Neva Oakley from BONES and Jorie Wainright from CURSE came to me. Cool. But a novel is never about only one character. Like the 80,000 remaining words after Neva spoke, I only needed ten or so more characters after these ladies arrived. Those ten or so characters per book were laboriously created one molecule at a time and then adjusted, honed, changed and developed over several months.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Suspense. I tend to either reveal what’s coming too quickly or have my character’s reaction be pretty much, “oh, wow, that was awful.” In rewrite, I spend most of my time tightening the suspense, ratcheting the horror to scream level and making my characters skitter along the ragged edge of hysteria.

Beverly: What is your favorite scene in your favorite book?

The battle between Neva and her adversary from BONES.

Tamara: What is your dream vacation?

Dave and I often take dream vacations because we’ve budgeted for them over time. We’ve been to Hawaii, cruised the Mediterranean, toured the Caribbean, visited Canada and toured most of the continental United States. One of our favorite vacation locations is St. Martin Island where we essentially sit on the beach, bob in the ocean and eat at fantastic restaurants. But we have never been to Ireland, and for an auburn-haired daughter of the Auld Sod, nothing could be dreamier than to walk the Emerald Isle.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done?  Or would like to? What? We are all about the love! Fine! If you don’t like that question what was your worst date ever?

Actually, I recommend this to any wife and have done it more than once. Just be aware that timing is everything here if you intend to actually eat your dinner. Dress where he can’t see you. Wear something ultra sexy, leaving off either all underwear or in the case of bra necessity, your panties. Wait until you are at the restaurant and (this is essential) have ordered your dinner. Lean across the table and whisper to him that you have on no underwear. If you get home before things are out of control, I will be surprised.

Tamara: LOL. Love that! What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I like balance. I enjoy kick-ass heroines, but find them often thinly drawn and possessed of magical powers that allow them to do things not possible in nature. I’m fonder of the damaged heroine who finds her power as the story goes along. My heroes do sometimes save my heroines but my heroines return the favor in spades. As I said, I like balance.

Beverly: How many books have you published? What genres? What drew you to that genre?

I’ve published two. The first was e-published years before e-publishing was cool and is no longer available. BONES is the second. The first was paranormal which I wrote because I love the genre. BONES is a suspense because if done well, suspense grabs the reader by the throat and won’t let go until the last page.

Tamara: If you could spend the day with any person from history, real or fictional. Who would you choose and why?

Aristotle or Plato from ancient Greece because I would like to know how that enclave of culture came to be in the midst of what was generally a barbarous world.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Sonic’s diet cherry limeade with extra diet cherry.

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

Haven’t hit the NY Times best seller list yet.

Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you’ve done? C’mon dish!

Years ago, I approached the bus stop in downtown Nashville wearing a dress with a gored skirt. I had panty hose beneath the skirt and saw no reason to also wear panties. The wind caught that skirt just right, raised it to waist height, featuring my nearly bare bottom et al. When I finally managed to batter it down, I found eight men staring at me in various stages of lust.

Tamara: What song are you?


Beverly: LOL. How do you know you’re in love? Is it a physical reaction, an emotional reaction or both? 

I’ve been “in love” three times in my life. The first two made my palms sweat and my heart hurt. The third was a gentle realization. The first two times, I fell into love. The third, I climbed into love. The third began with like, then admiration. Trust followed, then desire and finally love. That love has deepened over the past 31 years into something special on the face of the earth. I think you know you’re in love when you can enumerate the reasons why and few of them are followed by “but.”

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

I am well loved by my family and friends, but the love that forms the beat of my heart comes from my husband. He is my greatest fan, my best friend, my forever supporter. He sees no fault in me most of the time and is forgiving when he does. He gives me as much room as I want to be who I am. He is my running buddy, my sports buddy, my creative partner.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Briefs. The less cloth the better.

Coffee or Tea? Coffee.

Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Blond and buff.

Hairy chest or smooth? Hairy

Chocolate or Vanilla? Surely you jest. Chocolate.

Kinky or Sweet? Sweet with a good dose of kinky.

Fast or slow? Slow

Public or private? Private

Top or bottom? Bottom

Check out Bones Along the Hill

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A decade-old mystery, a power-mad enemy and his human-trafficking ring stand in the way of the hopes and dreams of funeral home facial restorationist Neva Oakley.


Neva Oakley is a funeral facial restorationist with a legendary skill at making the dead look alive. But for all her talent, she can never bring back Gray Ledbetter, her first love,who took his own life ten years ago.

Davis Pratt, too, is consumed. Long ago his younger brother disappeared, and Davis won’t give up hope. Perhaps that’s why he and Neva are such a good couple. Or perhaps that’s why they can’t move forward. Then the search leads them to the Oakley cemetery and a murder tied to a human trafficking ring. Suddenly, impossible crimes threaten both family and friends, crimes that cannot be ignored. Not even the Nashville PD can keep Neva safe, but if she and Davis succeed, together they just might solve all their mysteries and free each other to embrace their future.

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Stolen Fate ~ S. Nelson ~ Interview

When betrayal is the only path to love, 
life is destined to be changed forever.

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Title: Stolen Fate
Author: S. NelsonEditor: Hot Tree Editing

Cover Designer: Clarise at CT Cover Creations
This isn’t your typical story about boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after.  No.  This is a story about deception and betrayal at its finest. This is a story about hatred and attraction, which does everything in its power to destroy two people.
Essie Horton is a woman who has lived through unspeakable things during her short life, and when a prime opportunity presents itself, she dives right in, only concerned about herself and her objectives.
Drayden Warner is a man used to living the good life, bedding every beauty in sight, masking an empty existence, and hiding from a tragedy which happened years ago.  Little does he know, his life will change forever when he meets the one woman who will possibly destroy him for good.


An Interview with  S. Nelson by Hot Tree Promotions

1.  Tell us a bit about yourself. – I come from a large family.  I have five sisters and two brothers. Thankfully, we are still very close and get together quite often, still celebrating our birthdays.  I’ve always loved to read although I got away from it for about a decade.  Picking up a book about three years ago only rekindled my passion for the written word and now I make sure to read every single day no matter what.

2.  What inspired you to write your first book? – To be completely honest, I was reading a story which really didn’t captivate me the way I thought it would.  Even at that time I knew it took a lot to write a book so I wanted to give it a fair shot but after about four or five chapters I had to put it down.  It was then that a life changing thought slammed into my brain.  I thought, “I could write something better.” I don’t mean for that to be an arrogant statement but I think there are plenty of authors out there who were simply not getting what they wanted or needed from certain books.  And what better way to get what you want than to write it yourself?  ☺

3.  How did you come up with the title Stolen Fate? – I knew the word Stolen was going to be in the title but it took me a while to figure out the rest of it.  Stolen Fate is perfect because it is essentially what the two characters did to one another; they stole each other’s fate by intervening in the most unusual way.

4.  Describe your main character in five words. – Passionate, Sexy, Domineering, Cocky, Protective.

5.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book? – The most surprising thing I learned is that my characters will sometimes tell me the story and not the other way around.  I was writing a particular scene and I thought it was going to go one way but the characters had a different plan, so it went in the opposite direction.  I don’t fight it.  I just go with it. ☺

6.  How long does it take you to write a book? – So far, it takes me anywhere between 2 to 2 ½ months to write the full, initial, rough draft.

7.  What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? – Since I still have a full time job which takes up the majority of my day, I write as much as I can during the week when I get home.  Then I will spend the majority of my weekends doing nothing but writing whatever story is rattling around inside my head.

8.  Do you have any writing rituals? – Not at this time.  I sit down at my computer and whatever happens….just happens.  I stopped questioning the whole process because even I don’t understand it sometimes. ☺

9.  What book are you reading now? – I am reading Indebted 3 by Pepper Winters.  So good!!

10.  Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? – I want to tell all of my readers that I’m so appreciative they took a chance on a brand new author.  I love hearing from people that my story was one they just couldn’t put down.  Or the fact that before they picked up Stolen Fate, they didn’t read much at all, and that I inspired them to start reading again.  It’s an amazing feeling knowing my words have touched or inspired another person.

Random Questions
What’s in your fridge right now?  Leftovers from an Italian restaurant, ice tea and the makings for pizza.
Other than writing, what special or unusual talent(s) do you have? – None that I know of.  It took me almost 40 years to realize my talent was writing.  Maybe before my 80th birthday I’ll discover another one. ☺
Where did you last go on holiday? –The last place I went on a real holiday was England and Ireland.  I had such a fantastic time.
If your house was attacked by feral aliens, and they were zapping your house with their Über super bombs, what five items would you save? – First of all, I LOVE this question.  The five items I would grab would be my photo albums, favourite pair of jeans, laptop, cell phone and my purse.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? – Find your true passion and everything else will fall into place.

S. Nelson grew up with a love of reading and a very active imagination, never putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard until a year and a half ago.
When she isn’t engrossed in creating one of the many stories rattling around inside her head, she loves to read and travel as much as she can.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two dogs, enjoying the ever changing seasons.