Sunday, June 21, 2015
RIW AUTHOR BLOG FEATURED AUTHOR
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny U.S. Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
Barbara loves looking back at the short stories and two books she wrote in grade school and realizing that—except for the scorpions—she’s doing exactly what she planned. She has now hit double digits with published novels and still has a file drawer full of stories to be written.
Barbara’s thrilled to share news of the debut of a brand-new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, about a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series has just kicked off with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise and will be followed by A Rancher of Her Own in July and The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal in December.
RIW: Tell us about your latest book. What motivated the story? Where did the idea come from?
BWD: The Cowboy’s Little Surprise is book one in a series in which a matchmaking grandpa wants to find mates for his three granddaughters. Book one tells the story of the youngest granddaughter, a single mom whose life is turned upside-down when her former high-school crush—who dissed her in front of everyone in the school cafeteria—returns to town and discovers the secret she has kept from him.
RIW: Bubble baths or steamy showers? Ocean or mountains? Puppies or kittens? Chocolate or caramel?
BWD: Bubble baths—where I get my best ideas. Ocean—the sound of the surf is relaxing. Puppies—they’re so adorable and it’s fun to watch them grow. And chocolate—just because.
RIW: What can we expect from you in the future?
BWD: Books two and three in The Hitching Post Hotel series will be out later this year. Book two pairs a successful New York-based photographer who travels the world with a rancher who doesn’t care if he never leaves his hometown. He’s sure ready for a fling, though…until she tries to get between him and his kids.
Book three involves our matchmaking grandpa’s biggest challenge—a recently widowed mom who reunites with an L.A. cop recovering from the trauma of an undercover op gone bad. Though he’s the boy she left behind, the attraction between them is as strong as ever—and Grandpa Jed intends to make the most of it.
RIW: Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
BWD: In Rancher at Risk I wanted to write about a woman like any other woman, who just happens to be deaf. After the book came out, I was thrilled to receive a letter from a reader who said she has many deaf family members and that I “got it right.” Lianne makes her first appearance in an earlier Flagman’s Folly book, A Rancher’s Pride (mentioned here in another response), along with her four-year-old niece, Becky, who also is deaf.
RIW: After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever read it?
BWD: Yes, I do—to make sure I’ve grown as a writer, to find ways I can improve, and to revisit the settings and characters I love.
RIW: Among your own books, do you have a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?
BWD: As I imagine many moms say about their kids, “They’re all special in their own ways.” But I will admit Sam from A Rancher’s Pride required extra attention. He comes home one day to discover he’s the daddy of a little girl he’d never known anything about. Then he discovers he can’t communicate with her because she’s deaf. He travels a long, tough road in his story.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-White-Daille/e/B002J6B0QQ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1410105101&sr=8-2-ent
A Reason to Stay
Ranch manager Pete Brannigan has no interest in playing tour guide to a city slicker like Jane Garland. But spending a few days with the headstrong photographer is a small price to pay for everything her grandfather has given the single dad. Though Pete's drawn to Jane's sharp wit and striking beauty, he won't hurt his young children by falling for another woman who puts her career before family.
Jane's seen the world through her camera…and used it to shield her emotions. With Pete, she can finally let her guard down. If only he could do the same. Despite their powerful bond, Pete still can't trust Jane with his kids or his heart. But if he keeps pushing her away, he may ruin any chance their relationship has to develop.
Review: **** RT Book Reviews Wrote: “This slow-burning romance with an antagonistic edge addresses love, loss and learning to forgive.” http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/rancher-her-own
Since the divorce, he hadn’t dated or even brought anyone new around his kids—and in fact, he’d pretty much kept himself to himself. He had no plans to jump into another relationship. But, for his kids’ sake, he couldn’t rule out the idea of marrying again someday. He just needed to find the right woman to make his family complete.
No way was a smart-mouthed city slicker like Jane Garland the right woman to be a mom to his kids.
And no way was she the woman for him…no matter how much he wanted her.
Barbara loves to connect with readers and will be checking the comments to answer any questions you may have or just to chat.
Thank you, Barbara, for being my guest, and thanks for visiting my blog. Rochelle
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Find out with the Dream Series by J.J. DiBenedetto! Book #9, FEVER DREAM, is out now!
What's the story?
Dr. Sara Alderson isn’t used to her patients dying for no reason. When a young boy succumbs to a mysterious illness that defies all her efforts to treat it, she refuses to accept defeat.
After two months of questions, Sara has attracted the attention of powerful people who don’t want their secrets uncovered, and will go to any lengths to make sure they stay hidden.
Now, time is running out for Sara to unravel the mystery before anyone else falls victim to the illness. And before her career, her family and her freedom are taken from her by enemies she doesn’t even know she has.
Where can you buy it?
Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)
Want to know more? Here's an excerpt!
It’s one in the morning, and the last guests have gone. Other than the cleaning crew, Brian and I are the only ones left in the ballroom. I know we need to leave, but I can’t bear the thought of standing up and trying to walk out of the room, down to the garage and then to the car. I think my feet might literally fall off.
“You’re going to have to carry me out of here,” I tell Brian, and he gives me a wicked grin in return.
“I was planning on it,” he says, and he stands, takes a deep breath, and lifts me right out of my seat. I yelp and throw my arms around his neck as he carries me out of the room and over to the elevator, barely showing any strain at all. He has to put me down once we get to the elevator, though. “I need a free hand,” he says, hitting the “up” button. But the garage is—oh. I should have known.
“You booked a room.” He nods. “And you told my parents we wouldn’t be home tonight.” Another nod. It’s all part of the fantasy, I guess. He’s been imagining that he’s James Bond all night, and after a glitzy evening at the casino, James Bond doesn’t hop into the minivan so he can get home, walk the dog and collapse into bed. No way. He takes his conquest for the evening up to the five-star hotel room, where the champagne is already waiting. On ice, no doubt.
The bell dings, he ushers me into the empty elevator, and as the door closes, I feel my fatigue suddenly, instantly, drain away, and I’m all over him. I may not be a fan of those movies, but I know how they go, and it’s not as though I need much of an excuse to throw myself at my husband. By the time the door opens onto the third floor, I’m panting and extricating my hands from his tuxedo jacket. “You woke up in a hurry,” he says, panting himself, pulling his hand off the zipper of my dress, which is already halfway down my back.
“Well, I know what you were thinking, and I also know that no girl can resist James Bond, right?” By way of an answer, he leads me down the hall, opens the door to our room, picks me up again and deposits me on the bed. In seconds, he’s finished the job of zipping me right out of my dress, and his tuxedo is in an undignified mess somewhere on the floor. After that—there’s no more thought, just feeling, just his hands and his lips and his—his everything.
Interested in the books that lead up to this one?
What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?
Sara Barnes has just discovered that she can. And this gift—or curse—will lead her on an extraordinary journey.
Follow Sara as her newfound ability leads her into adventures she never imagined. She will hunt down a serial killer, investigate a plot to murder one of her teachers, unravel a conspiracy between a mobster and a corrupt politician and face off against her nemesis: a woman who shares her talent, but uses it to destroy lives rather than save them. And Sara will have to manage all that while finishing college, becoming a doctor and falling in love, too.
Here are the first five books of the Dream Series, along with bonus material created especially for this collection. Included in this set are Dream Student, Dream Doctor, Dream Child, Dream Family and Waking Dream. In addition, you’ll find the short story Betty & Howard’s Excellent Adventure starring Sara’s parents. But most of all, when you open this box of dreams, you’ll find romance, suspense, humor and plenty of heart…
Where do you buy it?
What about books #6, 7 and 8?
But I like to listen instead of read! What about audiobooks?
The first five novels and a short story are all available on Audible! And you can hear samples from all of them right here!
So who's the author?
Well, technically, that's a picture of his cat, Danny. Danny is much more photogenic than J.J. is. But J.J. (James, really) is a pretty nice guy. He's a native New Yorker, although he's lived in the Washington, DC area for the last twenty years. He loves the opera, reading, photography, science fiction, fondue, travel and the New York Giants. Oh, and of course Danny, and also of course his lovely and talented wife.
Where can I learn more about him?