Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Author Kay Harris


Thank you so much for having me, Kay! This is a great subject for me because, like many people, I love to travel. It is one of the greatest joys in life! My love of travel has made its way into my books as well. My latest release “Lost on the Road to Love” takes place on a travel show where the hero and heroine take their trek to love across the globe in a heart-filled adventure.

The journey, however, begins in my favorite city in the U.S. and the setting for the entire “I Want Morrison” series—San Francisco. I live in Southern Nevada at the moment, and as it turns out my last few vacations were spent in the City by Bay. So I thought I’d share some the better, and lesser-known places we’ve visited recently.

First off, there is so much more to see than the Wharf. Sure, everyone has to see it. But once you’ve done it, leave that part of the city behind and go exploring. Near the shore but closer to downtown there’s Coit Tower, the iconic Ferry building, which houses restaurants and shops and often has a farmer’s market right out front, and the long stretch of the Embarcadero. Turn inland and walk down Market street. Check out the venders, and frequently, the entertainment found there. Follow that or take the streetcar to Chinatown and the Civic Center area. See the amazing city hall, symphony hall, and opera house. Don’t forget all the great museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Deeper still into the heart of the city is Golden Gate Park. This gorgeous stretch of nature and peace features yet more incredible museums as well as the Conservatory of Flowers and the Botanical Gardens.

Add to the cultural wonders San Francisco has to offer amazing food, great shopping, and public transportation that can take you anywhere you want to go, and you have one incredible trip.

If you think I’m in love with the city that Karl the Fog likes to eat up each morning, you’re right. And my books serve as a love story to the city itself. Because what better way to revisit your travels than to write about them, right?

My husband about to indulge in an amazing meal in China Town

The view from our seats to the Symphony concert in Davies Symphony Hall

Me on the steps inside City Hall




The beautiful wood and glass building housing the Conservatory of Flowers

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LOST ON THE ROAD TO LOVE by Kay Harris
Release date: March 14, 2018
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Length: Novel
Series: I Want Morrison (Book 2)

Blurb:
Take two best friends, add some benefits, and it may take a map to find their way to love.



On the road for eight months as part of the crew for a travel show, Chelsea Morrison expects to work hard, endure long nights, and enjoy some wicked adventures. But she doesn’t expect to fall head over heels for the show’s star. 

Henry Rush, son of a legendary rock star, is leery of women. He learned early they only want him for the fame that rightly belongs to his father. But when an intense friendship with Chelsea leads to so much more, he has to confront the one thing he’s avoided all his life. 

Can these two friends navigate their way to a happy ending?


Excerpt:

I rested my hand on my hip. “Are you saying you find me irresistibly attractive?”

“Yes.” He gave a firm nod. There was no mirth in his eyes or in the set of his mouth.

I narrowed my gaze and scrutinized him. “I thought it was because we’re so close, remember.”

“Yes. And you’re insanely hot.”

“Am not!”

“Are too!”

I shook my head.

“Wanna make a bet on it?” he challenged.

“What?”

“You get naked for me. And if I am disappointed, you win the bet. If you’re as hot as I think you are under those clothes, I win. In fact, I already know what I want if I win. I want to see one of the films you’ve made.”

I stared at him, my mouth agape.

“What do you want if you win, Chels? Not that it matters. Because you won’t win.”

I finally found my voice. Because I couldn’t turn down this opportunity. “If I win, you sing for me.”

“Done.” He settled farther into the couch. “I’m ready when you are.”

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Author Bio:

Kay Harris has had a diverse career with jobs ranging from college professor to park ranger. Now she adds author to her repertoire. Kay writes romance novels that contain a little bit of sweet, a dash of sexy, a touch of heartbreak, and a whole lot of fun! 

Kay grew up in the Midwest and has since lived all over the western United States including Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. She loves to hike, is obsessed with museums, and enjoys taking her extremely tall and very handsome husband on adventures.






Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Author M. S. Spencer


I have traveled all my life, starting with my first airplane ride from Washington, DC to Paris at the age of four, so it’s hard to pick out any particular trip as my favorite—was it traveling by bus through Syria, Turkey, and Iran? Driving through France, Andorra, and Spain to Gibraltar and Morocco? Sailing down the Nile to Luxor?

As it happens, the one on my mind lately is the voyage into the Amazon with my son. That’s because I’m finishing up a new novel set there, which incorporates some of the adventures we had. Tentatively entitled Orion’s Foot: Myth and Murder in the Amazon, it is a murder mystery set deep in the Peruvian jungle, and involves cryptids (animals thought to be extinct and/or legendary creatures), murder, and romance. 

It’s based on the week we spent at a research station on the Yarapa River, a tributary of the Amazon. It took two full days to get there, and when we arrived we were greeted by the most exotic creatures I’ve ever seen—tapirs, macaws, sloths, pink dolphins, and capybaras. We saw the smallest monkey in the world (a pygmy marmoset), tarantulas, tiny bats, Morpho butterflies, and the strange hairless dog called an Inca orchid. We fished for (and ate) piranhas. We took dugout canoes everywhere, to the oxbow lakes where the weird hoatzin birds huddle and to watch the sunset over the Amazon. We cooled off by swimming in the chocolate brown river with the dolphins (and the piranhas). It was that hot.

Altogether, one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever had. Stay tuned for the novel!





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Title: The Pit & the Passion: Murder at the Ghost Hotel

Series and Book #:
Author/pen name: M. S. Spencer

Genre:  Mystery romance; romantic suspense; humorous romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Date of Publication:  1/22/2018

ASIN:  B078JY8RLY
ISBN:
978-1-5092-1841-7 Paperback
978-1-5092-1842-4 Digital 


Number of pages: 418
Word Count:  97,370

Blurb:

At midnight, in the darkness of a deserted hotel, comes a scream and a splash. Eighty-five years later, workmen uncover a skeleton in an old elevator shaft. Who is it, and how did it get there? To find out, Charity Snow, ace reporter for the Longboat Key Planet, teams up with Rancor Bass, best-selling author. A college ring they find at the dig site may prove to be their best clue.
Although his arrogance nearly exceeds his talent, Charity soon discovers a warm heart beating under Rancor’s handsome exterior. While dealing with a drop-dead gorgeous editor who may or may not be a villain, a publisher with a dark secret, and an irascible forensic specialist, Charity and Rancor unearth an unexpected link to the most famous circus family in the world.



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Excerpt:

The Apparition

Charity nursed her drink. She didn’t have to wait long. An agitated Rancor, his face as white as cotton wool, tottered to the table. “What is it?”
“Oh my God. I saw him! I saw Tommy, Charity!”
He slumped down on the chair, then leaned forward and snatched her wine from her hand, downing it in one swallow. “He was…he was sitting there, calm as you please. When he saw me—” He gulped for air.
“What do you mean, he saw you? Don’t ghosts just have eye sockets?”
“Not this one. He had coal black eyes and…and they flashed. He was angry, Charity. Angry at me.”
“Did he talk?”
“Of course not. He’s a ghost. Honestly, haven’t you read anything about ghosts?”
Charity took a deep breath. “Okay, tell me what happened.”
“Well, he saw me and pulled himself up. He wore torn overalls and a cotton shirt.”
“The scrap of denim.”
Rancor nodded. “He opened his mouth as though he were yelling, but no sound came out. He took a step toward me and fell over. That’s when I saw he only had one leg.”
“That’s right—they had to cut it off to get him out of the pit.”
“Yes. He lay there, his hand outstretched toward me, his mouth gaping like a dying mackerel. Charity, he wanted something from me.”
“His toy. The ring.”
“Wow. How did he know I have it?”
Charity gave him a disgusted look. “Hello?”
“Oh.” Rancor held up two fingers. The bartender nodded and began to mix another martini. “Do you suppose Tommy took the ring from the dead man?”
“He must have.” Charity mused. “But the other body arrived later, after Tommy—I mean Theodore— after they took his body away.”
“But his ghost still haunted the pit.”
“And when Biddlesworth decided to sublet, he came out.”
“Spotted the restaurant and decided the men’s room would be preferable to being buried alive.”
“A ghost can’t be buried alive.”
“True.” Rancor scratched his chin. “So, first order of business is to find out when the other one died.”


Author bio:

Although M. S. Spencer has lived or traveled in five of the seven continents, the last thirty years were spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional assistant, speechwriter, editor, non-profit director, and parent.
Ms. Spencer has published eleven romantic suspense novels, and has two more in utero. She has two fabulous grown children and an incredible granddaughter. She divides her time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and a tiny village in Maine.



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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Author Mariah Lynne


Egypt!  The land of the pharaohs, the pyramids, and The Nile! Ever since we have been married, Egypt has always been at the top of our trip wish list. In 2010, our dream came true. Believe me, I felt like pinching myself from the time we landed in Cairo to sailing into the Temple of Abu Simbel  not too far from the Sudanese border.

We awoke the next morning to a breath taking view of The Nile. After breakfast, we left for the pyramids at Giza. We climbed up to the entrance of the largest one but did not go inside since you had to crawl most of the way through it. From there, we went to the Sphinx. I remember thinking how close this monument was to town. There were street merchants all around, but they didn’t hassle you. I remember buying two necklaces from the cutest little boy.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Egypt without a camel ride so that was our next stop. The camels looked regal with their colorful woven blankets and handlers in traditional garb. I got up on one which surprised me!

After lunch in a local outdoor restaurant where they cooked chickens in the ground and had restrooms that were mere holes in the dirt (culture shock), we drove to the step pyramid, the oldest pyramid on record.

Since it was the prototype, its structure was not perfect, but it was situated in n the Sahara desert. Not too far away, lush tropical greenery from Nile irrigated fields served as home to water buffalo and donkeys.

Our second day in Cairo, we visited the largest mosque in Egypt and the Cairo museum. The museum was raided with relics destroyed during the Arab Spring. The Arab Spring began less than two months after we arrived home. Filled with ancient treasures, the coral colored building was not air conditioned back then except for Tutankhamen’s room. At the time of our visit, the museum housed many royal mummies and archeologists had just discovered a new one of a queen. Tutankhamen’s burial mask was inlaid gold as were his two sarcophagi.

The next day, our flight to Luxor left at four AM. From the airport we went to the temple of Karnak filled with statues and drawings. I was greeted by a small dog sleeping at the feet of the statute Ramses. That same day, we went to the Temple of Luxor with its enormous columns and its promenade lined with small sphinxes.

That evening we took a horse and buggy ride with Omar and his horse Rambo through the market where your eyes feasted on colors and your nose inhaled spices before attending a light and sound show at Karnak. We watched the show, but could see men digging not too far away reminiscent of Indiana Jones.

One our tour, we visited the Temple of Horus with paintings dating back to 1500 B.C and visited the museum at Luxor.  

Leaving Luxor, we toured the Valley of the Kings. We went inside the tombs of Ramses II and Ramses VI and of course the most popular Tutankhamun’s tomb which housed his gold sarcophagus and mummy. The young king’s room had paintings of baboons on the wall. Before this turns out to be a book, I’ll skip down to our trip to Abu Simbel. Along the way, we visited temples and ruins on islands since we spent three days on a Nile riverboat.  We approached the massive temple at Abu Simbel by boat on Lake Nasser and the sight of it when we approached was jaw-dropping.

It was quite a walk to the large temple of Ramses with its enormous statues that greeted us at the entrance. Inside the temple were colorful drawings and painting that looked like they had just been finished. From there we visited Queen Nefertiti’s temple with smaller but just as beautiful statues. We stayed for the light and sound show which took my breath away with its beauty in multi colors and pictures projected upon the Temple.

We were in Egypt two weeks and toured the entire length of the country by boat, plane, bus, and riverboat. Our guides were professors of antiquities from the University of Cairo. I feel so very fortunate to have participated on such a journey that I filled the pages of a journal.

I love to travel and always have a wish list but this trip is by far my most memorable. In my writing, I Travel as well only through Time Travel like in The Duchess’ Necklace. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you.








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Title: THE DUCHESS’ NECKLACE
Author/pen name: Mariah Lynne

Genre:  Time Travel Romance

Publisher: Satin Romance

Date of Publication:  June 2017

ASIN:  BO728LH88J
ISBN: 168046468X

Number of pages: 134




Blurb: 

In THE DUCHESS’ NECKLACE (Satin Romance-release date May 31, 2017), my duchess, Amelia Augusta Ethrington, Her Grace the Duchess of Abbington, is fourth in line for the British throne. 18th century royal marriages were less about love and more about standing and property.

 Amelia refuses to marry not wanting to relinquish a smidgeon of power to a husband. Because of this, she has one night stands with traveling knights and younger men seeking favor to quench her desires. She’s too modern a woman for 18th century rules and needs a modern man who will accept her for her intelligence, independence and feistiness. She needs a man from the present. When circumstances in her life go awry, she finds one by chance through Time Travel.

Her Time Travel, however, began not for finding love but for seeking revenge and settling a score. A deceptive Traveler from the present romances her only to steal her necklace, her sole claim to title and standing before returning to the present. She Travels to get her necklace back: finding love is a side benefit but with that benefit comes a choice. Will she choose love in her future or life of wealth and privilege as a duchess?


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Excerpt:
 I realize I am not the heroine our love poets wrote about. I have the same desires as any other woman, maybe even a few more, but am left to fulfill them in secret trysts with men I wouldn’t be seen with in public. One day, however, a curious set of events would change all that.
The next afternoon, I was sleeping as sound as a newborn when short, loud, popping noises shook me from a dream. Pistol shots? Why? Who? Startled, my heart raced. I gasped trying to catch my breath. My thoughts spun like a whirling dervish as I forced myself upright to listen for any other noises. I waited. There were none. A few minutes passed before I heard screaming female voices break the eerie silence. Frenzied chatter from outside followed before the downstairs pendulum clock chimed three times. Three in the afternoon and I’m still in bed? Peculiar. I pride myself as an early riser.
Fear caused a sudden cold draft to chill my neck. I looked down at my sheer nightshirt. Odd, it was unbuttoned down to my waist. For some unknown reason, I felt compelled to touch my neck.
My necklace! Why on earth didn’t I have it on? I never take it off.
I stood rushing to my bed stand to open the top drawer. Not there. Anxious, I then combed through every inch of the bed sheets.
It’s not here. Not anywhere. What will I do? My necklace is gone.
Panic left me breathless. My stomach became uneasy as I began to feel lightheaded. I slumped down into the high back chair next to the window trying to regain my composure. I hoped to remember whatever I could about where I may have left it. When I felt better, I stood and looked under my bed. I searched under the cushions of my chair. I still couldn’t find it. How could I be so careless?
My necklace … my inheritance … my sole claim to my royal estate and title of duchess; how could it vanish in a flash?


Author bio:

Ever dream of traveling through time? Mariah Lynne does. Her stories take readers on exciting romantic adventures. Travel through history with strong willed independent heroines whose memorable tales and twisted plots dabble in the paranormal.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Mariah lives on a beautiful Florida Gulf Coast island. Before writing fiction, she wrote weekly columns for two island newspapers. She adores her island town so Southwest Florida takes center stage in all of her stories.

Mariah is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Southwest Florida Romance Writers.  

Her books include THE DUCHESS’ NECKLACE, SHADOWS ACROSS TIME, and THE LOVE GYPSY. Her short stories “Love at First Flight” and “The Kaine Mutiny” are published in Vols.1 and 2 of FROM FLORIDA WITH LOVE.Claws for Justice” is included in a mystery anthology featuring cats “NINE DEADLY LIVES”.   

When not writing, Mariah enjoys swimming, travelling, and spending time with her husband and dolphin hunting dog, Max, a shelter adoptee.



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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Author Elsie Davis


This past November, hubby and I traveled to the Northern Florida region for a ten day clear-water kayaking trip. I planned this trip years ago, determined to kayak and swim with the manatee. Something always got in the way, but finally it all worked out and the trip was amazing. I picked the week before November 15th because some of the areas start to close to boaters (including kayaks) on the 15th as more and more manatee come in to winter in warmer waters. This way I gave us the greatest chance to see and experience the manatee.

We love to be outdoors so we camped along the way, mostly staying in state parks with electric and water. (Not to rustic…lol) During the ten days, we managed six kayaking trips ranging from a few hours to six hours. The longer one included a stop at a restaurant for a wonderful lunch and fine wine while sitting outdoors on a deck overlooking the river.





#1 We covered the Suwannee River trail from Fanning Springs to Manatee State Park. There was a shuttle service to take us back to our vehicle for a charge, but way better then paddling upstream. We saw a couple of manatee and were pretty excited since it was only our first kayak trip. Hubby had one manatee surface, push his nose out the water, and inch right up to the kayak to investigate. Up close, you get a real feel for the size of these “sea cows.”

#2 We covered the Silver River from Ray’s Wayside Park to the Silver River State Park. Here we did a little Yakorkeling. This is a combination snorkeling and kayaking. Crazy, I know. We kayaked upstream and then put on our snorkel gear and floated down the river with our kayaks tied to our wrist with a long rope to pull it along. Swimming in crystal clear water with the fish was an amazing experience.
#3 We covered Rainbow Springs were we saw wild monkeys, alligators, manatee and the old Rainbow Springs theme park, which is now owned by the state park system and who recently opened the area up to kayakers. Pristine run.
#4 We covered the Homosassa Springs/Monkey Island area. We put in at Macrae’s but it was pretty windy. Monkey Island had nothing on the wild monkeys we saw in trip #3.
#5 We covered the Crystal River/Kings Bay area. We kayaked around the inlets and one of the volunteers they have to monitor boating activity to protect the manatee, told us where to find them that morning. We paddled to the inlet and discovered a pod of about 20-25 manatee. The water was more murky but up close, still got great pictures. Out at one of the head springs, the water was crystal clear and this is where we had our only opportunity to swim with a manatee. It was an incredible experience. Ours was a baby. 😉
#6 We covered Ichetucknee Springs from the North to South entrance. Big tuber area in the summer, but we had the place pretty much to ourselves in November. Very pristine.
Side note: We were scheduled to paddle the Blue Springs River at Blue Springs State park, but due to a recent hurricane, we walked the trail they provide, but weren’t able to kayak. Beautiful water and picturesque settings. 


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Title: Back in the Rancher’s Arms

Series: Trinity River novel – Book 1
Author/pen name: Elsie Davis

Genre:  Sweet, Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Date of Publication:  April 9th, 2018

ISBN: 9781640635128

Number of pages: 200
Word Count:  55,000

Blurb:  

Dylan Hunter has always loved the girl next door. Part of loving her meant making sure she left their small town to study to become a veterinarian. He just never expected it to take this long for her to come home. His hands are full raising his younger brother and bringing his ranch through the drought, but one look at Kayla and his feelings are back full force.

Kayla Anderson’s not prepared to see the guy who broke her heart in high school again, but she can’t get out of returning home to be maid of honor at her cousin’s wedding. She’s determined to have fun and celebrate the special day, despite the fact Dylan is her family’s closest neighbor and the best man, and get the heck out of Dodge.

But Dylan already lost the woman he loved once. This time, he’s determined to win her back...


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Excerpt:

“Is everything okay?” Her mother sounded nervous, and it was unsettling.
“The thing is I didn’t know he, I mean he—” Her mother’s gaze shifted to the right, past Kayla.
“She’s trying to tell you I’m here.”
A wave of heat coursed through her veins. Her stomach pitched like it was falling from the top of the Grand Canyon into the deepest part of the ravine.
Dylan. Damn it. Dylan.
She swung around to face her first love. The man she’d given her virginity to. The man she’d been all too willing to give up her dreams to be with forever. The man who’d ripped her heart to pieces when he walked away and then betrayed her in the worst way possible.
He was the man who’d managed to get both her and her ex-best friend, Becky, pregnant.
“What are you doing here?” Contempt dripped from
her voice, but the words fell flat. Five years to prepare a scathing remark and none of them surfaced to rip his heart out, to give him a small taste of the pain she’d felt when he walked away.
The urge to hurt overrode years of determined effort to forget him and move on. One small setback. She took a deep breath and tried to refocus her energy, to return to the hard-won inner peace she’d carved out for herself.
“Hello to you, too, Kayla.” His familiar grin mocked her. “But to answer your question, I’m fixing the roof.”
Tall, dark, and better than an Elephant Ear. Nothing puffy about him. Bulging pecs filled his T-shirt and made it look like it came from the boys’ department. Rock-hard triceps stretched the cotton short sleeves to the limit. Jeans that dipped low in the front, weighed down by a large silver buckle with the letter H emblazoned across it.
Hunter. A few other H words came to mind. Handsome. Hunk. Hot. The list went on. History. Hurt. Hell.
And heartache. Don’t forget the heartache.

Author bio:
Elsie Davis discovered the world of Happily-Ever-After romance at the age of twelve when she began avidly reading Barbara Cartland, the Queen of Romance, and has been hooked ever since. After building her dream log home on top of a small mountain, she turned her attention to do what she loves most, writing.
An award-winning author and active member of RWA, she writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She writes from her heart, hoping to share a little love in a big world. She will never forget the moment of exhilaration when she first got the email offering her a contract for publication. A moment that has repeated itself, and one that keeps her energized and moving forward.
Three daughters, four grandchildren, and her own hero husband, keep her extremely busy when she’s not glued to the keyboard. She loves: birding, kayaking, camping, fishing, wildlife, disc golf and nature walks. Basically, all things outdoors, EXCEPT cold weather. Her and her husband are avid Caribbean cruisers, but Elsie’s favorite vacation was their cruise to Alaska. (In spite of the cold!)
Indoors, she enjoys a toasty fire, a glass of red wine, and of course, a great romance with a guaranteed Happily-Ever-After.
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