Badurday- March 10, 2012- New Cover and Inspiration

I got my cover for my April 15, 2012 release called The Gambler. It’s book one in a trilogy with books two and three to be released in six month increments. All three of them will be out by April 2013 and they are published by Desert Breeze Publishing- the company with the best covers ever. The hero in this story was inspired by Jeremy Northam. He’s super sexy and I adore him in all his incarnations. I’m posting the cover as well as some Jeremy photos for your perusal.

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Badurday- September 10, 2011- ENTANGLED

Today we take a bit of a break from Badurday so I can tell you all about a cool anthology that comes out on Monday. Some of my friends have written stories with a Halloween theme and the proceeds for the book are going to be donated for breast cancer research. Here’s some info on it- oh, and at the end, I rewarded you for reading all this with a picture of the man I used as the inspiration for my new book that will be coming out in April 2012.  It’s called The Gambler and is the first in a series of three to be released over the space of a year by Desert Breeze Publishing.   

Ghosts, vampires, demons, and more! Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal short stories from authors Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Edie Ramer, Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, and Michelle Miles, plus a Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan.

 Stacia Kane contributed the foreword. Formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan.

 All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 Q: Tell us about Entangled.

A: Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal stories from authors Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, Michelle Miles, and Edie Ramer, plus a brand new Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan. Stacia Kane contributed the foreword and the book’s formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan. All proceeds from the sale of Entangled will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

 Q: Are the stories connected?

A: The anthology has a Halloween theme, so the stories all have Halloween elements in them.

 Q: Are they all one genre?

A: All the stories paranormal, but some are heavier on suspense, while others have more romance. We even have a young adult story by Jennifer Estep that’s related to herMythosAcademyseries.

 Q: How did you all come up with the decision to do this book? Who initiated it and how did you all get together?

A: Edie Ramer and Misty Evans wanted to do a collaboration together, and over three or four emails earlier this year, they decided to do a paranormal anthology of short stories and have the proceeds go to breast cancer. They invited authors whose books they read and enjoyed, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

 Q: Tell us more about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

A: BCRF-funded research has helped save lives and improved the quality of care and rate of survival for tens of thousands of breast cancer patients in the past decade. Their research has revealed that the “cure” is a mosaic made up of as many approaches to diagnosing, treating, preventing and surviving as there are different types of breast cancer. The anthology is also a mosaic made up of many stories donated for this worthwhile cause.

 Q: Is there a time limit on purchasing Entangled so the proceeds go to the BCRF?

A: Entangled will available for at least a year and all proceeds will go to BCRF, no matter when it’s purchased. After a year, if it’s still selling well, we’ll keep it available, and again, all proceeds will go to BCRF.

 Q: How much will the ebook cost?

A: Entangled will be discounted to $2.99 during September and October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. After that the price will go up to $3.99. For stories of this caliber, it’s a fantastic deal at either price.

 Q: Can people donate to the cause even if they can’t or don’t want to purchase Entangled?

A: Absolutely. Go to  http://www.bcrfcure.org to make a donation in your name, or in the name of someone you know who’s been touched by breast cancer.

Stories include:

HALLOWEEN FROST by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep (author of theMythosAcademy, Elemental Assassin, and Bigtime series) — It’s Halloween atMythosAcademy, but Gwen Frost and her friends are in for more tricks than treats when they run into a mythological monster intent on killing them.

 THE FAT CAT by Edie Ramer (author of Cattitude, Galaxy Girls) — In a battle for the souls of seven women, a wizard has the god of war on his side; all the witch has is a fat, black cat.

 MEDIUM RARE by Nancy Haddock (author of the Oldest City Vampire trilogy) —What’s spooking the spirits ofSt. Augustine? As the witching hour of Halloween approaches, ghost seer Colleen Cotton must team with a by-the-book paranormal investigator to locate the one ghost who can save the city’s specters. If she fails, her own great grandfather’s spirit may be lost forever.

 SWEET DEMON by Misty Evans (author of the Witches Anonymous series) —When Chicago’s vampire king insists Kali Sweet join his empire, the vengeance demon must rely on her ex – the half-human, half-chaos demon who left her at the altar three hundred years ago – in order to escape the vamp’s clutches.

 SIAN’S SOLUTION by Dale Meyer (author of the Psychic Visions series) — When a vampire discovers the human man she loves has been captured and hung in a blood farm, she goes against her own kind and risks everything to save him.

 A BIT OF BITE by Cynthia Eden (author of NEVER CRY WOLF and ANGEL OF DARKNESS) — A killer is stalking the streets of Crossroads, Mississippi, and it’s up to Sheriff Ava Dushaine to stop him. But when suspicion falls on werewolf alpha Julian Kasey—Ava’s ex-lover and the man who still haunts her dreams—Ava knows that she’ll either have to prove his innocence…or watch the whole town go up in flames.

 SINFULLY SWEET by Michelle Miles (author of the Coffee House series) — When Chloe bakes a little magic into her pastries, she attracts the attention of Edward, the sexy half-demon, half-witch, who’s come to warn her those who murdered her sister are now after her.

 A NIGHT OF FOREVER by Lori Brighton (author of A Night of Secrets and To Seduce an Earl) — Who is Aidan Callaghan? Mary Ellen James is intent on uncovering the truth about the mysterious man, but as she soon finds out, some things are best left buried in the past.

 FEEL THE MAGIC by Liz Kreger (author of the Part of Tomorrow series) — Jenna Carmichael’s magical attempt to rectify Jessica Manfield’s birth identity takes an unexpected turn when the past comes back to haunt her.

 BREAKING OUT by Michelle Diener (author of the Tudor-set historical suspense novel In A Treacherous Court) — Imprisoned in a secret facility, powerful telekinetic Kelli Barrack and two other ‘special’ inmates grab a chance to escape, only to confront their worst nightmares on the outside.

 GHOSTLY JUSTICE, an all-new Seven Deadly Sins novella by New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan (author of the Seven Deadly Sins series) — Demon hunters Moira O’Donnell and Rafe Cooper are dragged into the dangerous world of nocturnal predators to find “Ghostly Justice” for a virgin sacrificed to an ancient blood demon.

Here’s your bad boy of the day- I’d like to run my hands across that chest and through that hair!!

Badurday- July 9, 2011- Tom Felton

Today in honor of the upcoming last Harry Potter film, I’m posting these photos of Tom Felton, a/k/a Draco Malfoy. He was such a snot nosed little kid in the first movie but he’s grown up to be quite the  handsome fellow. I love that his character’s name, like most of the ones from the books, came from ancient history, Greek and Latin roots.  Draco was an Athenian law maker and his laws provided for severe punishments for minor offenses.  He lived in ancient Greece in the 600s BC.  Malfoy comes from the Latin word for malevolent or malicious. I have great admiration for JK Rowling and her sublime use of language skills in naming her characters.

Lucky for us, the guy that plays Draco is really nothing like his character. He seems to be quite a pleasant young man in the interviews I’ve seen him in.

Just as an aside, my newest book comes out on Friday, July 15 from  http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/StoreFront.bok  and I wanted to share the cover here, too.   

So, enjoy Draco, enjoy the end of the Harry Potter saga and enjoy your week.

Badurday- July 2, 2011- Guest Stephanie Burkhart

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Today, we have Stephanie Burkhart as our guest talking about her steam punk release.

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JILLIAN: I’d like to welcome author Stephanie Burkhart to the blog today. Stephanie’s latest release is “Victorian Scoundrel,” a steampunk romance. So, Stephanie, what is a steampunk romance?

STEPH: Here’s my recipe: take a dash of steam, a pinch of the Victorian age, and healthy sprinkle of romance and you’ve got a steampunk romance.

As the term implies, the story is generally set in the early industrial period where steam power is more widely known, such as early Victorian England, but it adds a second element such as a science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy or paranormal twist. Adding to the complexity of the “steam” is that the story usually takes place in an alternate time, or parallel universe. My best example is the movie Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

JILLIAN: What motivated you to write Victorian Scoundrel?

STEPH: Gail Delaney, Editor-in-Chief, at Desert Breeze put out a call for steampunk romances. I said, “why not?” It’s a genre that many find interesting so I decided to tackle it.

JILLIAN: What was the inspiration behind the plot?

STEPH: I wanted a more “traditional” steampunk so I started combing through the Victorian age and discovered the Great Exhibition. Prince Albert was a driving force for the Exhibition and I knew I wanted to center the plot around those two elements. Then I threw in a dirigible, a transmogrifier, and some whuzzies.

JILLIAN: So why is this series called “The Windsor Diaries?”

STEPH: I found real life inspiration for Alice & Edmund Windsor in Prince Harry and Her Royal Highness, Princess Beatrice of York. My character, Edmund Windsor, loves to make mischief and because of that, has a habit of making his own messes. Alice Windsor adores her cousin, Edmund, and it’s usually Alice who gets Edmund out of the messes he makes. Hence, “The Windsor Diaries.”

JILLIAN: How long did it take you to write?

STEPH: About 3 months, including my research and preliminary work.

JILLIAN: What’s your writing space like?

STEPH: It’s in the middle of the dining room. I’ve basically taken over the dinning room table. The mess is organized into piles.

JILLIAN: I know you like to cast your characters. Who plays Alice & Edmund?

STEPH: I picture Mena Survari as Alice and Robert Pattinson as Edmund.

JILLIAN: Why do you cast your characters?

STEPH: It’s part of my preliminary work. It allows me to picture my characters. For me, it gives the character an added dimension in my mind that I use to augment my writing.

JILLIAN: Who’s the Scoundrel? Edmund or Grayson?

STEPH: – wink – I’ll let you decide.

Here’s a link to the Book Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IUYj2d7ZeY

Publisher’s Buy Link: http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-183/Stephanie-Burkhart-Victorian-Scoundrel/Detail.bok

BLURB: It’s 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Prince Edmund of Wales back to the past and 1851 where Prince Albert is hosting Britain’s Great Exhibition.

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Alice soon discovers Edmund has struck up a friendship with their great-grandfather, Prince Albert, and his mischief making entails leaving a dinosaur-sized footprint in history. She also meets Grayson Kentfield, Earl Swinton, and the Prime Minister, Sir John Russell. The Prime Minster finds her odd, to say the least.

It’s only when Alice falls for the handsome Earl Swinton does she realize the dangers of time travel. How can she give her heart to a man from the past while striving to stop Edmund from changing time with his forward thinking ideas?

EXCERPT:

Tired and thirsty, she finally made it to the courtyard. Edmund was nowhere to be found. She should have expected it, really. No doubt he was in the palace filling their great-grandfather’s head with forward-thinking ideas. She crossed her arms, staring at the steps. Several carriages waited nearby. No one in their right mind would let her into the palace looking like she did — like she had just stepped out of the gutter.

“Excuse me, who are you?”

Alice spun around to find herself face-to-face with two gentlemen who stood near one of the waiting carriages. One gentleman was older, Alice guessed in his fifties, one younger. The older gentleman stared at her like she truly was a guttersnipe, but the younger one — he was tall, with chiseled cheeks and sensitive hazel eyes. His broad chest filled his suit well and he measured her with a cool, appraising look that hinted at… appreciation. An uncomfortable feeling washed over her. Never had a man’s stare made her feel so… warm.

“Well?” asked the older gentleman.

Alice straightened her posture with her usual royal dignity and took off her glasses as she always did when she introduced herself. “I am Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice of York.”

The men looked at each other, at her, then back at themselves. She wasn’t sure if they were befuddled, confused, or wanted to laugh. Finally, the older gentleman spoke. “Princess Alice is seven years old.”

Alice bit the inside of her lip, realizing she had totally forgotten where she was due to the younger gentleman’s attention. She slid her glasses back on. “Simply call me Alice — Alice Windsor.”

“And you may call me Prime Minister.”

Victorian Scoundrel is available as an Ebook For Sony Ereader, Kindle, Nook, Kobo and various formats for download.

Review from Tia Taylor: Victorian Scoundrel is a clever Steam Punk novel full of Time travel, interesting gadgets, witty dialogue and love scenes that will have the reader reaching for a fan!

Stephanie Burkhart has a fresh, quick, quirky, inventive imagination and she gives the readers of Victorian Scoundrel a delightful mixture of all of the above!

Romance Under the Moonlight

Victorian Scoundrel
Book 1, The Windsor Diaries
Steampunk Romance at it’s finest

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http://www.stephanieburkhart.com

Badurday- May 28, 2011- Special Guest- Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins is an author at Desert Breeze Publishing which is also one of my publishers.  She was gracious enough to agree to be interviewed about herself and her book, Blitz which I think a lot of you would like as it is based during WWII.  Without further ado, here’s the interview with Sue.

JILLIAN: What is your favorite genre?

SUE: In both reading and writing my favorite has to be fantasy romance. I love creating other worlds and although I always have humans I also like to create animals and cultures. Throw in magic and mystery and I have a book I love to read or write.

JILLIAN: Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?

SUE: My website is http://www.sueperkinsauthor.com this has all the links for my books with blurb and excerpts. There’s also my blog which is a bit more fun. You can find this at http://sueperkinsauthor.blogspot.com.

JILLIAN: What is your creative process like? What happens before you sit down to write?

SUE:  I’m a  bit haphazard I’m afraid. An idea comes to mind and I stew on it mentally until I have enough to write down the first few paragraphs or even the first chapter. Then it sits there until I’m ready to write. I don’t plot as once I start to write the words just flow from me. I tried plotting once and all the sparkle went out of the characters and settings.

JILLIAN: I know what you mean about that. I’ve tried not to be a pantser and it sucked the joy out of me.  What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?

SUE:  Definitely third person. I have written a successful short story in first person, but that was an experiment which paid off. Usually I find myself drifting into third person and I feel more comfortable writing this way.

JILLIAN: What well known writers do you admire most?

SUE: Depends on which genre. Fantasy – Anne McCaffrey and David Eddings. Fun Fantasy has to be Terry Pratchett, but romance I love Georgette Heyer, but also the more modern authors. Ebooks make it so much easier to read books by authors who are new to publishing.

JILLIAN: What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?

SUE: A character must be well rounded for me to find them believable. Variable moods good and bad, interest in others, concern for others. All these things plus a strong personality make for a character who could be standing next to you in the supermarket.

JILLIAN: Deep down inside, who do you write for?

SUE: Dare I say me? This is only partly true. I love to see my words appear on the computer screen and know they weave a story which has developed inside me. My Middle Grade and Young Adult books are written for the age group concerned. Mainly due to wanting to see a variety of genres on offer for them to read.

JILLIAN: Does reader feed-back help you?

SUE: Definitely. If my readers absolutely hate a part of the story, it warns me to think very carefully before using that type of structure again.

JILLIAN: Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?

SUE: I do. I’ve tried critique groups but the members always seem to fade away. People drop out and eventually you’re left on your own. I now have a very good fellow writer who is in a completely different genre to me. We get together about once a month and are completely honest with one another. I find this a real help to my writing as she has pointed out anomalies in my writing several times which has helped me to straighten it out before I submit it.

JILLIAN: Do you believe you have already found “your voice” or is that something one is always searching for?

SUE: I’ve definitely found my voice – or several voices. Romance, Fantasy and Middle Grade are the areas I love to write for. I find the ideas for these genres pop into my mind at any time and eventually emerge as full grown manuscripts. It may take a year or two for the final draft, but they definitely grow.

JILLIAN: What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?

SUE: None whatsoever. I lead a busy life with work, home and writing so I write when I can and don’t worry if I haven’t done any for a while. At least twice a year I go to ground in retreats in other parts of the country so I can write to my hearts content. I find this absolutely fabulous as it means I work uninterrupted and can get so much done.

JILLIAN: Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?

SUE: I do work on a computer and I never print. I believe if I’m going to write ebooks I should take the process of producing a book from start to finish on my computer. No I don’t correct on paper. I edit my manuscript as many times as it takes. I usually have an incomplete feeling if it needs more editing so I continue until this feeling has disappeared. I do all of the above and then send it off. I have learned not to sit around waiting for a reply but to get on with the next manuscript.

JILLIAN: What has been your experience with publishers?

SUE: On the whole extremely good. There have been one or two who seem to put the manuscript into a big hole and it’s never seen again, but most publishers are businesslike and help their authors gain the exposure they need.

JILLIAN: What are you working on now?

SUE: An adult fantasy. I don’t talk about my works in progress in detail as I find the sparkle goes out of the idea if I do that. Suffice it to say it’s set on an alternate world and has magic and an unusual setting. I also have an idea for a Middle Grade novel but I there’s still a lot of thinking to do regarding this one.

JILLIAN: What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?

SUE: That’s easy. Never, ever throw anything out. Edit or re-write the novel and you’ll be surprised how it will brighten up. A creative writing teacher once told me the secret of writing is re-writing. Try it and see how it goes.

Blurb

A summer of love can last forever, but clouds of war darken the horizon. Velma and Jack’s happiness is overshadowed by an uncertain future. Jack must leave to fight the enemy. Velma remains at home and does her best to aid her country. Will they survive and live the future of their dreams? Or will bombs and fighting destroy their lives and love?

Buy link for Blitz is:

http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/StoreFront.bok

Badurday- May 7, 2011- Special Guest, Stephanie Burkhart

 

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JILLIAN: I’d like to welcome fellow Desert breeze author, Stephanie Burkhart. Her latest release is “The Wolf’s Torment,” a paranormal romance set in Romania during the 1860’s. Stephanie, can you tell us a little more about the story? 

STEPH: Thanks for having me here today, Jillian. Prince Mihai Sigmaringen has a secret – he’s a witch. He inherited his gifts from his mother who unfortunately dies when he’s ten. While Mihai has never really shunned his heritage, he hasn’t embraced it, either. At the beginning of the novel, he’s really overwhelmed. His father has recalled him to Moldavia from London. Mihai must build a railroad, unite the principalities, get married, and have a child. He’s had a disastrous love affair while in England and he’s reluctant to fall in love again. His father has arranged a marriage to a beautiful Austrian noblewoman; Theresa von Kracken. Theresa also has a secret of her own. 

JILLIAN: How does the wolf fit in? 

STEPH: Mihai’s best friend is Viktor Bacau, son of an Ukrainian noble. Viktor accompanies Mihai back to Moldavia, where he meets and falls in love with Mihai’s sister, Sonia. Mihai and Viktor are best friends, but Viktor is bitten and transforms into a werewolf. When Viktor changes, his more feral nature challenges the relationships around him including his friendship with Mihai. 

JILLIAN: How did you come up with the title?

STEPH: Viktor starts out a good man and his transformation into a wolf torments not only him, but those around him.

JILLIAN: What’s the inspiration for “The Wolf’s Torment?” 

STEPH: I actually wrote the sequel, “Twilight Over Moldavia” first. Poor Prince Stefan was cursed to become a werewolf and only the ‘kiss’ from a princess could save him. It was a fairytale in reverse. Once I wrote it, I asked, “How could Stefan’s parents curse him to be a werewolf?” From there, “The Wolf’s Torment was born.”

 JILLIAN: How long did it take to write?

STEPH: Years. My first draft was completed in 2005. In 2007, I self-published with IUniverse. In that edition, I used a broader pen, heavier on the horror elements. I wanted the story to have more of an Anne Rice “Witching Hour” feel to it, which I think it did. In 2010, I discussed bringing the story to Desert Breeze. I knew it would need a rewrite to tamp down the horror elements and bring out more romantic elements. In that regard, one of the biggest changes is with the character of Alexandra, who is only mentioned in the current version of the book as the woman who breaks Mihai’s heart.  Sonia also goes through change. In the 2007 edition, she was a maid in the castle. Now she’s Mihai’s sister. 

JILLIAN: How is Mihai and Theresa’s love story important to the plot? 

STEPH: Mihai has hardened his heart to love after Alexandra has rejected him. He’s not looking to fall in love again. At first, getting engaged to Theresa is his duty, but as he gets to know Theresa, she cracks the battlements around his heart. Her loves gives him the strength and courage he needs to deal with Viktor’s growing feral nature. 

JILLIAN: What’s the appeal of writing a paranormal story?

STEPH: Making the characters human in light of their supernatural/paranormal characteristics. Mihai may be a witch, but how does he temper that ability and reconcile it to his humanity? 

JILLIAN: Do you have an ebook reader? 

STEPH: Yes, I have a kindle and I love it! My favorite aspect is the text to speech so now I can listen to my books traveling to work in the car.

JILLIAN: What authors have influenced you?

STEPH: A bunch. From Victoria Holt I take my love of spooky manors and gothic heroes. From VC Andrews, I take my love of dark, crushing secrets. From JK Rowling, I take my love of the paranormal world. Jillian Hunter is another favorite author of mine. 

JILLIAN: Do you write other genres?

STEPH: I’ve experimented with a bunch. I’ve several horror short stories under my pen name, SG Cardin. In romance, I like to write my paranormals, contemporaries, sci-fi, steampunk, and fantasies. I also enjoy writing poetry. I like working with villanelles, quarterns, and kyrielles. And who doesn’t enjoy a good haiku? 

JILLIAN: Are you a good cook? 

STEPH: I do enjoy cooking, but it’s hard trying to find the balance with all the hats I juggle. My son, Andrew, raves about my New England Clam Chowder. 

JILLIAN: You work full time as a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. What’s that like? 

STEPH: Interesting, trust me. I’ve heard it all from party calls to shootings in progress. The work is rewarding because you’re helping people. 

JILLIAN: What TV shows are you hooked on?

STEPH: DWTS, Survivor, Pawn Stars and now Game of Thrones. 

JILLIAN: Thanks for popping in, Steph. Can you leave us with an excerpt? 

STEPH: Sure. Will do. 

BLURB: Prince Mihai has a secret – he’s a witch. Can his love for Theresa fortify his courage to confront the wolf that threatens his family? 

REVIEW FOR THE WOLF’S TORMENT     

From The Pen & Muse:

A complete werewolf story through and through, Burkhart does it again with an amazing cast of characters, entertaining dialogue and plot. Lovers of historical paranormal romance will enjoy this read, the first in the Moldavian Moon series. 

Link: http://thepenmuse.net/archives/2720

ENJOY THIS EXCERPT

Theresa walked through the doors of Mihai’s room and paused. She had never been to his room before. Thank God they didn’t have to go through that barbaric ritual of bedding down with a hundred witnesses. She couldn’t bear it. 

She had separate apartments next to his, and a secret door connected the rooms. 

Mihai shut the door behind them. Candles burned throughout the chamber and a fire blazed in a fireplace across from the bed. The bed was wide, with a thick down cover. A window faced the Black Sea. The curtains hung to the side. Theresa saw a full moon glittering on the sea. 

Mihai placed his hands on her shoulders. “How do you feel?”

“Overwhelmed.” 

He went to the nightstand and grabbed a wrapped box, handing it to her. “For you. It’s my wedding gift.”

A smile tipped the corner of her lips and she anxiously ripped the wrapping off the box. 

A fine rose-colored silk nightgown rested inside. “It’s beautiful, Mihai. The material is so soft, so fine. I adore it.”

“Will you wear it tonight?”

Her cheeks heated. “Yes.”

“Good. I can’t wait to see you in it.” She coughed. Why was she embarrassed? Theresa glanced around the room looking for a square package that should have been delivered earlier today. “Is something wrong?” he asked. Slowly, Theresa investigated the room. Nothing. Opening the closet, she discovered the package.

“Here’s your wedding gift.” Mihai grinned, picked up the package and brought it to the bed. Theresa couldn’t help but smile as he unwrapped it. Her husband reminded her of Victoria’s son at Christmas opening his gifts, capturing that same youthful exuberance.

“de Vilegar! How did you…?”

 “Papa helped me acquire the painting.”

“It will go above the mantle in my study.”

“I hoped you would put it there.” Mihai rested the painting on a table next to the door. He closed the distance between them and cupped her cheek.

She closed her eyes at his gentle touch, placing her hand over his. This was perfect.

“When you first entered the church today, my heart skipped a beat. You are so beautiful in that dress.”

She opened her eyes. “Thank you.”

“I want you. You did so much for me. Your learned my language. You converted to my religion. You gave me a painting from one of my favorite artists. I love you.”

Her lips curved into a wide smile.

He pressed her close to his body, his mouth covering hers with hungry desire. He wanted her, and she gave into the rising sensuality between them. The thought of being intimate again with him warmed her to her bones.

She desired him as badly as he wanted her.

He slipped behind her. His nimble fingers made quick work of the buttons and stays that held her dress up. With a quick, firm shove, he pushed the dress to the floor. Then loosened her corset and slid it over her head. The only thing between them was her chemise. 

Visit the Book Trailer on You Tube and give it a ‘like’ at:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzHE2spBeeU 

The Wolf’s Torment is available as an ebook only on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Sony Ereader. Formats include: PDF, html, and epub which can be found on the Publisher’s Website at:  http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-163/Stephanie-Burkhart-Moldavian-Moon/Detail.bok

About the Author: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She also served as an MP in the US Army. Multi-published, she has a children’s book, “The Giving Meadow” with 4RV Publishing. She’s an avid reader , loves coffee in the morning, and her favorite movie “werewolf” is David Thewlis, Lupin from Harry Potter. 

You can find me at:

Website:

http://www.stephanieburkhart.com

Blog:

http://sgcardin.blogspot.com

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Badurday Interruptus

Since Runere wrote about Writus Interruptus, I decided to name this post Badurday Interruptus.  Today we have a special guest, my friend and also a writer for Desert Breeze Publishing, Stephanie Burkhart, will be talking about her new release, a Christmas story set near the beaches of Normandy. Steph’s story is called Christmas in Bayeaux and is  published in an anthology by Victory Tales Press. This would be a great story to read as the holiday season is upon us.  I interviewed Steph and hope you enjoy her answers as well as the excerpt she provided.  If you miss me today, you can visit me here: http://www.cynthiaeden.com/blog/  as I talk about my book  release on Tuesday.  But, first, you have to read about Noel and Aiden, Stephanie’s hero and heroine.

STEPH: Jillian, thank you so much for having me today.  Just a little about me: I was born and raised in Manchester, NH. When I was 18, this New England Patriot fan joined the US Army for a great adventure and spent 7 years overseas in Germany. I met a fair-haired California boy and we were married in Denmark in 1991. Now, the adventure over, I work for LAPD as a 911 Operator.

 JILLIAN: Why did you chose Bayeux as the setting for your story? 

STEPH:  We chose each other! –grin. I told Rebecca I wanted to do a Christmas story for her and I knew I was going to write it as a contemporary. That said, I hadn’t written a contemporary in about eight years. So I thought about it and Mona Risk came to mind. I absolutely LOVE Mona’s contemporaries. “To Love a Hero” was set in Belarus and “French Peril” was set in France.  I knew I wanted to go international with my contemporary.  I picked France because I always wanted to go to the Beaches of Normandy and Bayeux is the nearest city to the beaches.  In 1987, I visited a rural town in France on the German/French border and I brought a lot of that experience to the story. 

JILLIAN: Have you been to Bayeux?

STEPH: No, but I really want to go! I want to see the Beaches of Normandy. 

JILLIAN:  Do you speak French? 

STEPH:  I am almost “fluent!” –lol. I took 3 years high school French. My pronunciation is pretty good, and I understand a lot, but when I took my French tests in the military and for college credit, I was always about 2 points under what was required for passing. Very frustrating. 

JILLIAN: What gave you the idea for the Christmas story?

 STEPH: I wanted to branch out and write a Christmas story. Diane Craver, who I am a big fan of, mentioned writing a story for VTP (Victory Tales Press) and I said, “Hey, I wanna’ do that to.” 

JILLIAN: I notice you dedicated this story to your sister? Do you have other siblings?

STEPH: I love my sister very much, but she lives in NH and I don’t see her often. I miss her terribly.  I have a half-brother and a half-sister from my father’s second marriage, but again, distance keeps us apart. 

JILLIAN: Did your family ever host an exchange student?

STEPH: No. My aunt had a friend, Diane, who would host exchange students and I always thought that was cool. When Diane visited me in 1990, we went to Antwerp, Belgium to visit one of her previous exchange students.

 JILLIAN: How did you chose your characters’ names? 

STEPH: For my male hero, I wanted something contemporary and Aiden is contemporary to me.  I also need my names to “mesh” together and sound good.  For my female heroine, “Noel” was perfect because it captures the ambience of Christmas and France. 

JILLIAN: When you were stationed in Germany, did you take advantage of the short distance between places and travel a lot?

STEPH: Yes! I’ve been to Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Czechoslovakia (Before it separated into the Czech Republic and Slovakia) Berlin, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. I never made it to England, though and I really want to go there. 

JILLIAN: Anything you want to share about France or your love for travel? 

STEPH: France is a beautiful country with rich history. The Notre Dame is a amazing, The Louvre, Versailles, the countryside… I can’t say enough about it. 

JILLIAN: Where can we buy the book? 

STEPH: Here are the links: 

Amazon: (print) http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Collection-Anthology-Stimulating/dp/1456304410/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1289273692&sr=8-1 

Ebook, Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/29148 

Create Space, Print book: https://www.createspace.com/3494425 

Victory Tales Press: http://victorytalespress.yolasite.com/online-store.php

Here’s an excerpt: 

Noel was surprised to hear Aiden Seward’s voice over the phone. She had been an exchange student with his family years ago, and even back then, she had a crush on him, but she was young and he, while the same age, found her no more attractive than his sister, or so she thought. Now he was a man, tall and well built. His dark ebony hair fell in neat waves and curved against the nape of his neck. His sweet hazel eyes harbored such sadness, it almost broke her heart. She wanted to hold him, touch him, drive away those demons that haunted him, but she knew now was not the time. He had to be the one to reach out to her. He had not been so daring years ago. What could she expect from him now?

Noel also knew that men did not care to write letters, so when she left, she extracted a promise from him to exchange postcards. Surprisingly, he honored it. In fact, his last postcard hung on a corkboard in her kitchen next to the refrigerator.

They got into his rented car and Aiden drove off. “Which way?”

“Straight. St. Theresé isn’t far. I took the bus in.”

Thankfully, it had stopped snowing. Aiden and his family lived in Boston, Massachusetts. She was born in Bayeux. She was French to her bones, but when she stayed with Aiden’s family, she might have considered living in the States if he had expressed interest.

“Turn here,” she said. “Do you see the manor on the cliff?”

“Yes.”

“That’s Mont St. Theresé.”

His lips parted just a little and his eyes filled with awe. “It’s beautiful.”

“Thank you. You can see Omaha Beach in the distance.”

“Do you have people staying there now?”

“I have one couple visiting from Austria. “

“Christmas is only two weeks away. I hope my visit isn’t inconvenient,” he said.

“Not at all. How long are you staying?”

“I don’t know. I haven’t gotten a return ticket yet.”

Check out the Story Teaser on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-muZ0dhOvSE 

Goodie Time: Leave me a post and I’ll pick out two winners to receive an autographed postcard of the cover. Tell me your favorite Christmas story and I’ll pick a winner to receive a print copy of the Christmas Anthology. I’ll come back on 21 NOV to pick the winners.

JILLIAN: Thanks for being here, Stephanie. It was enjoyable. 

 

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