Friday, August 19, 2016

The Roses of Prose: Playing the Literary Piano by Alicia Dean

The Roses of Prose: Playing the Literary Piano by Alicia Dean: I have absolutely no musical skills. None at all. Or so I thought. Until I discovered I’d been playing the literary piano for more than f...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Maxine's Musings ~~ August 1, 2016


August here in our town marks the end of summer vacation and the beginning of a new school year. It is also when our county fair happens each year! The FFA students get their livestock ready for showing, the future bakers of our community showcase their pies, and we all get to ride the rides. I hope you have had a great summer vacation this year!

Quote of the Month: Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” ~~ John F. Kennedy, President United States of America (1917-1963)

Check This Out:  In 33 days I have written over 20,000 words on my first western historical set in Dodge City, Kansas, The Reluctant Bride, which is a major accomplishment for me in so many ways. I’ve never written this fast before, but thanks to Callie Hutton, my writing conscience J, I’ve gotten into a grove. While we are waiting for cover, here’s a glance at The Reluctant Bride, available late September 2016, in the boxset Wanted: One Bride:

Southcentral Wisconsin
Late April, 1877

“Have you lost your senses?” Miss Roseanne Duncan looked over the advertisement for a mail order bride, the paper rattling in her hand. “I can’t become a mail order bride. Besides, he’s expecting you.”
“Doesn’t matter.” Abigail Johnson replied, continuing to sort through the tub of fresh vegetables. “This is your best chance to survive and you know it.”
A sick feeling went through her at Abby’s blunt words, memories of the mistress falling to her death, the master at the top of the stairs. She shuddered. The memorial was set for today. It was only a matter of time until… No, she couldn’t think it. A chance to get away…could she really take it? Rose read over the advertisement flier again. “Abby, this looks more like a wanted poster than a man in search of a wife.”


Featured Author:  S.S. Hampton, Sr.

First of all, my thanks to Maxine for this opportunity of appearing in her newsletter.
Regarding the inspiration for Better Than A Rabbit’s Foot, and the characters—all of this originates in my deployment to Iraq, July 2006-July 2007 (my battalion was actually a mile south of .... (click here to continue reading

Friday, July 1, 2016

Maxine's Musings -- July 2016

July 1, 2016

Happy Independence Day America! Summer arrived here in Oklahoma with a full head of steam. I’ve given up going to my local park to write as it is just too hot, so I’ve been going to the local McD’s in the morning and then either the library or the local Arby’s after lunch to write. Sometimes a change of scenery works wonders.

Quote of the Month:  We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~~ Thomas Jefferson, President United States of America (1743-1826)

Check This Out:  I have finished my first suspense novel—Simply to Die For! And I’m so excited to announce that I’ve starting writing my first western historical! I still haven’t a name for it just yet, but it’s part of the box set Wanted: One Bride with our featured author this month, Callie Hutton, as well as with Peggy McKenzie and Heidi Vanlandingham. If you have Kindle KU, be sure to check out my Amazon author page downloads.

Featured Author:  Callie Hutton

I asked my street team if they would prefer a new series about either a wagon train or a mail order bride.  So many of them said 'both' that I came up with the idea of four women in jail who .... continue reading here

Monday, June 6, 2016

Wild Women Authors: A Pampered Lady and a Hired Gun

Wild Women Authors: A Pampered Lady and a Hired Gun: . . . Pampered Margarita McIntosh is not used to being forced to do things she doesn’t want to do—but when her father, Jock, sends her away ...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Maxine's Musings ~~ June 2016

Quote of the Month:  Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” ~~ Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Check This Out:  I am close to finishing my first suspense novel—Simply to Die For! And I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be writing my first historical western romance starting in July! I haven’t a name for it just yet, but it’s a mail order bride story that I hope you’ll enjoy. If you have Kindle KU, be sure to check out my Amazon author page downloads.

Featured Author:  Bren MacLeod

Bren MacLeod is the brain child of two unlikely best friends, Brenda Wagner and author Lynn Crain. Unlikely in the fact that they are polar opposites in many ways but on the important items, they are unnervingly the same. So when Lynn asked Brenda to write in a somewhat new genre, it was no surprise to anyone that she said yes.

The original idea had been Lynn’s long ago when she decided she wanted to write a cowboy story but set it in the old west. She loved the idea of a cowboy as inspiration but ... continue reading here