Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Author S.E. White

Take a Trip to Tahoe With Me

When you have three small children, road trips become smaller too. Setting off into the wild blue yonder is more of a challenge with extras like diaper bags, wipes and enough toys to last for six hours stuck in a car. Lucky for us, we live less than an hour away from one of the best vacation spots in the United States.

Lake Tahoe (part in California, part in Nevada) is our favorite place to go. It earns its description as the Jewel of the Sierras with 71 miles of shoreline surrounding crystal blue water. I have to be very honest here, and tell you that in the height of tourist season it’s almost like going to Disneyland. I’d advise going in early summer before schools have let out, or in the fall. The weather stays beautiful all the way up to October most years and you’ll run into a lot less people. Winter gets crowded as well since there are multiple world class ski resorts around the lake.

If you must come in the middle of summer, be ready for crowds. The whole place is built around tourism. The bad news is that it works, and many tourists come! The good news is that there’s really no way you can go wrong if you’re visiting and want things to do, places to stay, or great food. It takes hard work to find a bad restaurant in Lake Tahoe. There are regular buses around the lake that make a good alternative to driving, check out the Tahoe Area Regional Transit site for routes.

South Lake Tahoe is bigger, with more choices for you in activities and accommodation. Things tend to be more expensive there, although it’s still possible to find reasonable prices off Main Street. If you ever go, walk through downtown just to look at everything and then find a place to stay and food off the main drag or at one of the casinos on the Nevada side.

The North of the lake is smaller, with less tourist traps, and it tends to be the place we go. Instead of one big town like South Lake, the North shore has a string of many small towns (each lovelier than the last). It’s easier to find the public beaches, as opposed to the pay-to-park State Parks around the South shore, and a smidge less crowded.

Our Favorites: Regan Beach in South Lake Tahoe is public, which means free parking! It fills up fast in the summer. It’s such a favorite my husband and I got married there in 2011.

We do a lot of day hikes around the Lake; there are thousands of miles of trail all spread out over the area. One of our favorites is to sneak into Emerald Bay by starting at D.L. Bliss State Park (parking for the day costs around 10$) and hiking along the trail that goes from the park to the bay. We also hike trails off of Spooner Summit, Mt. Rose summit, above Emerald Bay and around the south parts of the Lake off of highway 89.

On the North shore we love to hit the string of towns starting with Incline Village or Kings Beach, go on to Tahoe Vista and end up in Carnelian Bay. The North Shore has many options for shopping, swimming, hiking, kayaking or bike riding.

The Lake is so beautiful, plain words can never capture the view. It rests the soul and treats the eyes. If you’re ever in the area it is worth the drive to visit. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Regan Beach in South Lake Tahoe: Kid approved!

The author at Nevada Beach, 2008.

 Zephyr Cove in April, 2017

Zephyr Cove, April 2017

Record high lake levels bursting through the Tahoe City dam, April 2017

Emerald Bay, from a hiking trail above.

S.E. White is currently unpublished, with a few finished manuscripts looking for a home. While wading through knee-deep Query rejections she is also a regular contributor to the blog Books Rock My World and a guest poster for various other sites like Writers Helping Writers and Women on Writing (WOW).  A full time mom by day and a reader/writer at night her three children, husband and absurdly friendly black cat keep her running but there’s always time to read another manuscript, especially for a willing beta or critique partner. Follow her blog to get some of the tips, tricks, and fabulous resources she stumbles upon.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Author Linda Stiles Fox

Not so long ago, Linda and I were seated at the same table at a book signing, and you know how that goes - we ended up talking.

Also, there's more to the "vow renewal" story below than she lets on.  If you want to might have to get to know her too.  And trust me, it's a good story.  :-)


From the time I first began to write, it was always about love and romance and boy-meets-girl.  There’s nothing more thrilling than that first touch of hand or soft kiss on the lips.  And all of that takes on an even more romantic glow if it’s set on a beach with waves lapping the shore and sunshine (or moonlight) warming your shoulders.  I guess that’s one of the reasons my favorite journey was to the Caribbean.

On our 20th wedding anniversary, my husband and I decided to renew our wedding vows.  We wanted it to be something quiet, beautiful and completely secret from family and friends.  Something just the two of would share and tell the story later.  Our choice of destination was Jamaica.  After a great deal of internet research, we decided on an all-inclusive resort, Couples Swept Away, in Negril.  This being our first island adventure, we had to take the word of cyber space and we were certainly glad we did. 

The resort was all we could’ve asked for and more…white sand, blue water, friendly people and all you could eat and drink.  Every night was a different function from cheese and wine intimate gatherings in low lighted dining areas to a wild and crazy beach buffet with dancing in the sand the final night.  That was my husband’s first experience with real seafood…muscles, clams, scallops and so much more.

Of course the best day of the week was the day of our renewal.  Walking barefoot down to the beach to meet my husband brought the same butterflies and jitters to my nervous system as the first time I said “I do”.  The resort played the perfect island music under an archway of flowers and fluff and ribbons while the officiate said all the right things…that is, as much of his words as I can remember.
When I think of those ten or fifteen minutes, I really only remember my husband’s voice telling me, once again, how much he loves me and that we would always live happily ever after…and we are!


Title: Forever Again
Series: Island Love Trilogy Book 1
Author: Linda Stiles Fox    

Publisher: Create Space

Date of Publication:  December 2015

ISBN: 978154075802

Number of pages: 439
Word Count:  116,256

Blurb: A Hawaiian romance peppered with a little mystery and intrigue.

Madison Reeves is eighteen, engaged and pregnant. Her fiance’, Brody Mason, has a great job offer that he thinks will help them reach their future faster. He leaves one night to make the connection with the new businessmen and never returns. Twenty years later, Madison receives an all expense paid two week vacation in the beautiful Hawaiian islands, but she doesn't know who sent it. Her son, Cody, convinces her to go on this new adventure and relax from her stressful job in LA. Sam Wallace is waiting for her at the gate when she arrives and seems to show up everywhere she goes during her stay. When her son unexpectedly arrives the day before his birthday after receiving the same anonymous vacation gift, Madison starts to worry. The very wealthy and handsome Sam not only wins her heart, but her son's as well and, just when Madison decides to relocate to the paradise she now loves, Sam breaks some shocking news. Twenty years ago, Madison promised Brody she would love him forever. Can she now find true love and make it last forever again?

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He stood in the crowd outside the gates.  The plane taxied in and came to a stop.  His heart was racing as the door swung slowly open.  The lei of white and purple orchids felt like lead in his shaking hands.  He watched each passenger approach the open door and then carefully make their way down the stairs to the tarmac.  Suddenly his heart slammed to a stop and the breath whooshed from his lungs.  She stood in the doorway looking down at the crowd below with anxious, almost fearful eyes.  Her auburn hair hung past her shoulders and the white of her business suit glared in the early afternoon sun.  Her purse hung at her shoulder and her hand fisted and relaxed around the handle of her briefcase. The deep, steadying breath she took was visible as she stepped slowly down the stairs.  She was here.

        He watched her descent and gauged the distance from stairs to gate.  As she walked forward, so did he.  Stepping in among the Hawaiian greeters with their arms full of leis for the tourists, he waited.  Then she was at the gate.

        He took two steps forward and stood in front of her. His voice was far from steady as he said “Aloha.”  Her green eyes looked into his, but there was no reply.  He reached out, lifting the lei.  She didn’t move.  It was only another step forward to place the fragrant flowers over her head and down to her shoulders.  Suddenly, the nearness was almost more than he could bear.  He needed to take her in his arms, to crush her to his body and whisper how much he loved her.  Her eyes flickered slightly as they looked to the soft white flowers and back into his dark eyes.  He commanded his arms to move, to reach out with the flowers and to restrain from touching her.

        Now, the blossoms lay around her neck and she lifted a hand to gently touch them.  The whispered “thank you” was all there was before she moved on through the gate and into the terminal.

        Sam turned slowly to watch her walk away.  The feeling of loss was overwhelming.  Of course, he would see her and talk to her and, hopefully, touch and hold her over the next two weeks, but, now, right now, it was like finding her and losing her all over again.  Giving himself some strict words of reproach and reminding himself that he would need to be patient, he began to walk.  He’d stay far enough away that, hopefully, she wouldn’t notice him watching.  He just needed to see her.

Author Bio:

I was born in Worcester Massachusetts and, after my first six weeks, was raised as an only child in Peoria Illinois.  At 19 I made the journey across the country to take up residence in California where I married and started a family.  Twenty-four years later, another move found me living  just outside the lights of Las Vegas Nevada where I  live with my husband Bill, our dog, two cats and numerous fish.  I’m very proud to be the mother of five grown children and can list my favorite pastimes as spending time with fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren as well as reading, dancing, cross stitch and traveling.  And I do love the traveling part!  I admit to having a few very safe addictions that include works by Sandra Brown as well as indulging in anything chocolate and playing silly Facebook games.  My motto to live by is and has always been “Every decision has a consequence” and my children will attest to that as they heard it often.   I happily give all credit to God for the courage and determination to complete and publish what I love to do.  Although my writing began at an early age, my first publication didn’t bloom until 2013 and I’ve been planting a garden of romance ever since.

Monday, May 22, 2017

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Under the Granite Lies 
(Borealis Book 1)
paranormal romance

by Kay Phoenix

5 STARS - "Wonderful story Teller..." - verified amazon reviewer


Lauren Madison’s life started unraveling at a speed too fast for her to keep up with. Every truth was torn away, and the pieces that were left painted no clear pictures at all…only more confusion. 
The pillar of strength in her fragile life was David Wagner, her bodyguard who was placed in witness protection, and she was to have no more contact with him. But, what had he seen that day, and why couldn’t she remember?

She had no choice but to run. And if her life was threatened again, who would be there to protect her?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Love's First Blush

Anthology Blurb:

Forever is in the cards in these two romantic tales set during the 1950s and 1960s in the last place jaded hearts expected to find true love - Las Vegas.  In Elizabeth Spaur’s Love Comes After, two wounded souls seek solace and healing on a Las Vegas ranch. Together they realize that there is love after loss.  An innocent artist finds herself needing the protection of a world-weary private investigator. It’s not long before they realize that first love is the truest love in B.A. McIntosh’s Forever Mine.  

Story Blurbs:

Forever Mine by B.A. McIntosh
For Emma Montgomery, family is everything. After spending years with neglectful adoptive parents, she’s finally been reunited with her sister and is following her dreams to become a painter when she witnesses the abduction of Marco Malone. Marco is the hero that had returned her to her family and had broken her heart. He is asking her to trust him so he can protect her but who will protect her heart?

Marco had spent the last two years avoiding Emma to keep her safe. His family was connected to the mob and being a private investigator brought danger and harm to anyone he cared about. With Emma at risk, he has no choice but to bring her into his world as he propels them on a journey that demands they learn to trust each other and their hearts.

Love Comes After by Elizabeth Spaur
Air Force pilot, Deke McFadden, is forced to turn in his wings after a career ending diagnosis. With his dreams crushed and scattered to the winds, he returns to the family ranch in Las Vegas to find out if there is life after flying. 
After witnessing the murder of her fiancĂ©, Siobhan Gallagher’s finds refuge with the McFadden’s so she can heal and find peace. It’s not an easy task with the handsome Deke home and stirring up feelings that make her wonder what comes after darkness. 
Deke and Siobhan have no idea what the future holds. Their families think they have all the answers. Can two broken souls overcome the odds and learn that true love can come after loss?


B.A. McIntosh
BA McIntosh is a freelance writer and historical romance author.  She is an active participant of Las Vegas Romance Writers and a member of Romance Writers of America.   After two decades in the intelligence community and serving as an executive in the background screening industry, her expertise in real life suspense and intrigue combined with her creative imagination enable her to create stories and worlds that capture her reader’s imaginations.

Ms. McIntosh resides in Las Vegas with her most ardent champion, soul mate and husband, and their dog, Mojo.  An avid reader, she balances her love of reading and writing with her love of travel and spending time with her four daughters and son.

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Elizabeth Spaur
When her physics teacher gave her detention for reading a romance novel during class, Elizabeth Spaur knew she was destined to be romance writer. Her journey from physics class to published author as gone from coast to coast and led her through multiple industries, including film and television, banking and the law. Every step along the way has enriched her life and helped her tell stories that always come with a happily ever after and, usually, a side of snark. Elizabeth writes contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. She lives with the love of her life and two pairs of cats and dogs, all of whom are named after television crime fighters.  She enjoys hearing from her readers at


Group Bio:
Welcome to Sin City!

We’re founding members of the Sin City Romance Writers and we welcome you to the wonderful Las Vegas landscape. We hope you love our take on the romance, mobs and casinos that made Vegas what it is today. Both of us have a passion for writing, our families and Las Vegas even though we are transplants from other places. We call Vegas home and as everyone knows, home is where the heart is.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Author Kris Tualla

Please welcome Kris Tualla.  She is a mighty force for writers... often leading the way through uncertain waters.  She's tenacious, hilarious and real.  So, where does she like to vacation, and does it play a role in her books?  Yes, of course it does!


Today, May 17th, is Norway Day! It’s celebrted much like our 4th of July with hundreds of costumed parades and vibrant fireworks—and commemorates the writing of their Constitution in 1814.

My favorite place in the world to visit is Norway. I’ve been to southern and western Norway in July, and northern Norway deep inside the Arctic Circle in February. Both experiences were spectacular!

When I toured southern Norway in 2011, I made a side trip to the picturesque coastal town of Arendal—the home of my fictional Hansen family—which lies just 90 miles across the North Sea from Denmark. Recently Disney studios turned Arendal into “Arendelle,” and in the process fueled speculation that Anna and Elsa’s parents’ sunken ship was the same ship that Arielle explored in The Little Mermaid, a story written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Totally possible!

But I digress. Arendal looks nothing like the landscape in Frozen, but is beautiful in its own right, as you can see.

In 2015 I went to see the Northern Lights. This was #1 on my Bucket List and they did not disappoint in any way. I can’t imagine being able to watch this magnificent display nearly every night—providing 1) the sun dips below the horizon at night and 2) there aren’t any clouds.

Now I’m set to return a third time in July of 2017.

Norwegians almost all speak English (half of their signs and advertisements are in what’s becoming the “universal” language) and they are very friendly and welcoming to visitors. And—they love to talk about their homeland: its legends, myths, and history. Every time I go, I pick up new information and new story ideas.

Norway is by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. I can’t wait to go back.

It won’t be the last time I go, either.

Want to come with me?


Title: Enemies and Traitors
Series: The Hansen Series
Author: Kris Tualla

Genre:  Historical Romance

Publisher: Kris Tualla

Date of Publication:  March 2017

ISBN-13: 978-1539806301 
ISBN-10: 1539806308 

Number of pages: 366
Word Count:  106,000


Oslo, 1942 – Nazi Germany occupied Norway from 1940-1945

High school chemistry teacher, Teigen Hansen, managed to dodge Nazi attention until the day he was asked to sign Vidkun Quisling’s Declaration of Loyalty and swear to teach Nazi ideals. Mass refusal put 1,000 male teachers in prison. When they still refused, 500 of them were sent to a Nazi labor camp deep inside Norway’s Arctic Circle. When Teigen is released after seven months under frigid and grueling conditions, he immediately joins Milorg—Norway’s Resistance—and  becomes  part  of  the Royal Shakespearean Acting Troupe, a traveling group of resistance workers under cover.

Because of past experiences Selby Sunde hates men, so she has no problem “dating” Nazi officers and plying them for covert information. Her resolve is rocked when Teigen Hansen joins the troupe. Untrained yet determined, he never does what she expects—but always what’s right. As their Milorg assignments grow increasingly dangerous, it’s Teigen who saves her life as together they work to defeat Norway’s enemies & traitors.


Chapter One
February 9, 1942
Oslo, Norway

Teigen Hansen slid the paper across the worn top of the Oslo Secondary School headmaster’s desk. “Absolutely not. I will not agree to this.”
Overlærer Oskar Jung glanced sideways at the German officer wearing an expertly fitted Nazi uniform and hovering at the edge of his desk, but Teigen refused to look up at the man. He barely restrained himself from spitting on the officer’s shiny black boots.
Oskar focused his attention on Teigen and leaned forward a little. “You do understand that every teacher in Norway is required to sign this Declaration of Loyalty.”
Teigen kept his voice calm and his eyes level. “I have heard the radio announcements, yes.”
“And yet you are refusing?”
The light in Oskar Jung’s eyes did not match his stern tone. That intrigued Teigen; perhaps he was not going to be fired on the spot for remaining loyal to occupied Norway.
Teigen nodded slowly and quoted bits of the declaration—he wanted his point to be very clearly made, no matter how the Neanderthal in brown responded. “I am. I will not sign any declaration of loyalty to the Nazi regime. And I will not agree to promote my students’ understanding of Nazi ideology.”
The German officer cleared his throat. Loudly.
Teigen deigned to look up at the man out of the corner of his eye. “Perhaps you need a glass of water,” he said in perfect German.
The man startled, then glared at him and answered in the same language. “Perhaps you need to understand what is happening in the world.”
Teigen ignored the taunt and addressed his principal. “Are we finished?”
Oskar nodded as he carefully folded the unsigned declaration. “There will be a letter in your mailbox tomorrow stating that you refused to sign this.”
Teigen rose slowly to his feet. He straightened his back to make the point that at six-foot-six he towered a full half-a-foot over the glaring SS officer. “I understand.”
He turned to leave the principal’s office when the officer barked in German, “You have not been dismissed.”
Teigen waited, looking over his shoulder at the officer. “Was erwarten Sie von mir?” What do you require of me?
The German clacked his heels together and extended a stiff right arm. “Heil Hitler.”
The expected response was obvious, but Teigen was damned if he’d give it. He dipped his head, flashed a crooked grin, and answered in Norse. “Of course.”
Then he spun on his heel and exited the small office, closing the door behind him.

Author bio :

Kris Tualla, a dynamic award-winning and internationally published author of historical romance and suspense, has created a dynasty with The Hansen Series. An active member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and Sisters in Crime, she was also a guest instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She often asked to speak about her journey – and her Norsemen.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

An Announcement

I found out my book "Steele and Stone" is a finalist for a Holt Medallion in the Short Contemporary category.