Autumn Dreams Character Interview

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Maggie, the heroine of Autumn Dreams, has popped in from her 1949 schoolroom for a chat:

Maggie, can you tell us why you decided to become a teacher?
I think I always wanted to teach. When I was in school I used to help my teacher by taking the smaller grades out to the playground to do their reading with them. It just seemed natural for me to go to Normal School after I graduated. And of course my older sister Dora is a teacher too.

Are you and your sister close?
We always get along best when we live in different homes, but I love her dearly. I just get frustrated sometimes when she can do everything better than I can. Her life is so organized. She’s a talented pianist, does wonderful needlework and never gets herself into scrapes the way I do. And she’s not afraid of anything.

Have you always boarded with a family at your teaching jobs?
Last school I had my own little teacherage but the school closed and I had to find a new position. I love boarding at the Thornhills. Ellen my landlady is terrific and she and Ray have a six year old daughter Emma that I’ll be teaching this year. The only problem is Ellen’s brother Marshall. I can tell he dislikes me but I can’t figure out why. I’m trying to ignore the fact that he’s so handsome and intriguing but I can’t get him out of my thoughts-most annoying.

Do you like living on the farm?
I would if I didn’t have to be around horses. I hate to admit it but I’m terrified of them. I always have been. I know Marshall senses it. Maybe that’s part of why he doesn’t like me.

You sound as though you think a lot about Marshall. Is this interest a romantic one?
Certainly not! I only want him to like me because he’s Ellen’s brother and Emma’s uncle. I’m not interested in him that way at all. Of course he did kiss me one night…..

Maggie, Maggie. Are you still with us Maggie?
What? Oh sorry, my mind was wandering there for a minute. Now I’m sorry I have to leave you. It’s time to prepare my lessons for tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by Maggie. Good luck trying to figure out the enigmatic Marshall.

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Autumn Dreams is a romance novella that takes place on the prairies in the late 1940s.

Maggie arrives at her new teaching job, to board with a family she’s prepared to like. What she isn’t prepared for is her landlady’s brother Marshall who seems to hate her on sight. She is captivated by Ellen’s six year old daughter Emma who is having identity problems when faced with the arrival of a new baby. Then Ellen goes into labour in the middle of a storm and Maggie must face her fears to help. Along the way she helps a family grow closer together but what about her hopes for the future? Can she get past the wall Marshall has set up and does she really have a future here amongst the people she has grown to care for?

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What’s That Title Name Game

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Well guys, I’ve been at it again. I’m writing another short story that will be published in an anthology next Spring. I have had so much fun writing Daxon and Lorelai’s story that I haven’t stopped to think about a title. These two characters have been up to so much that all I have time to do is write about their escapades.

Lorelai finally has her dream job of working for the secret service. Since finishing her training she has been anxiously awaiting her first assignment, you can only imagine how excited she is when she is called into the Oval Office. The President wants to see her. She is certain this means she will be assigned to Molly, the First Daughter. Instead, when she arrives he tells her she will be assigned to the First Son, Daxon. But, he can’t know she is secret service, and she is the detail, the entire detail.

You see, Daxon has refused protection. He is an architect with a successful business and doesn’t need nor want a whole team of babysitters. He is focused on one thing, standing on his own merit, not his fathers. When he meets Lorelai his priorities and perfectly structured life is thrown off balance. She quickly invades every aspect of his life, carving a permanent place in his heart. He knows she is hiding something, but can’t figure out what it is. When his life is threatened his first instinct is to hold on to her, yet he realizes anyone close to him is in danger. No matter how hard he tries she won’t let him keep her out of harms way. Instead, she seems to keep herself between him and harm. Why?

Can you see now why I haven’t had time to come up with a title? These two are keeping me busy. Which is why I’m relying on you to help me. Give me your idea for a title. Post it in the comments on my blog. The person whose title I choose will win a prize. What is the prize you ask? I’m going to keep that secret for now….but here’s a hint….A girls best friend. The contest will be open until November 14, 2014 12pm EST

Here are a couple pics of my dream cast were my book made into a movie.

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Autumn’s Kiss Blog Hop

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Autumn’s Kiss Blog Hop

Welcome to the Autumn’s Kiss blog Hop!

Autumn’s Kiss is a collection of ten sweet romance stories. It will take you from Medieval England to a vineyard in Napa Valley. Spend time with a Sexy Stonemason, a Viking, and on a magical carousel.

My contribution to the anthology is titled Soft Burgundy Nights. Here is an excerpt for you to enjoy:

Rafe watched her saunter away, hips swaying seductively. Her long blonde hair was in a ponytail, swinging back and forth. She was glorious when she was angry. Her blue eyes flashed like blue lightning. She had visited him in his dreams all night, which was why he had been in such a bad mood when his alarm had gone off. He’d wanted to keep dreaming about her. After his conversation with Jordan the day before, she had consumed his thoughts. She was beautiful, smart, and available. Maybe the next few months would not be as bad as he thought.
“We are ready to go, Boss. Want me to sound the horn to get started?” John asked.
Rafaele looked at the meticulous schedule Jessica had pinned to the clipboard. She was thorough. “Let’s do it. I’ll be working down there if you need me.” He pointed to where Jessica was.
“Her hair is like a beacon, I’ll look for that and know you are nearby. Be careful, Son, beacons can burn.” John left to sound the signal.
Rafe picked up his bucket and some shears and stopped ten feet from Jessica. “Hi partner, looks like this is our row. Think we can handle it?”
She glanced at him. The disdain was evident on her face. “Just stay out of my way, Marchetti, and we’ll do fine.”
He walked up close to her and tucked a strand of hair that had escaped her ponytail behind her ear. “Staying out of your way is the last thing I want to do, but perhaps you can convince me otherwise.”
Their eyes remained fixed upon each other. He watched, mesmerized, as her tongue darted out across her bottom lip in a nervous gesture before she bit it. The horn sounded, breaking the spell she had drawn him into. “Happy harvesting, Duchess.”

If you visit all ten blogs and answer the question each author has asked, you will be entered for the grand prize… A $50 Amazon Gift Card.

My question for the prize is… Where does my story take place?

To continue hopping click here
Go to the link below to answer my question and be entered to win the Grand Prize


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Diamond Heiress Blog Stop

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Diamond Heiress Blog Stop

Today’s stop on the blog tour will be right here on my blog. I wanted to take this oppotunity to give you all a brand new excerpt from Diamond Heiress and to play a little game.

I have to warn you that this game will be played both here and on my facebook page, so you will have to visit both to win. The prize – A free ebook or print copy of Diamond Heiress. Winner will be chosen at random from all who answer both questions correctly by 12:00am EST. Winner will be announced Sunday October 12th.

The first part of the game is to answer the following question:

Whose wedding do Nick and Brielle attend and which of my books do those two characters appear in? The second challenge will be on my facebook page.

Nick was holding Brielle close, swaying to the music. Their hearts seemed to be beating in unison.
“They look happy,” Brielle said as they watched Roberto and Cynthiana leave amidst well-wishers.
“With a love as deep and true as theirs that happiness will last.”
“Are you a romantic?” she teased with a glint in her eyes.
“Who me? Nah. Realist all the way, baby.”
She rested her head on his shoulder again, her mouth close to his ear, and whispered, “That sounded romantic to me.”
His heart began to race when her breath caressed his neck. She’d gotten so far under his skin it felt as if she were a part of him.

Diamond Heiress Blog Tour

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Diamond Heiress Blog Tour

The day I have been waiting for has finally arrived, Diamond Heiress was released yesterday. I began writing Diamond Heiress seven years ago when I became frustrated with being unable to find clean romance novels to read. All the novels I read contained a whole lot more than I wanted to read. Where had all the Victoria Holts gone? One day I decided, if I want to read a clean romance I should write it myself, there must be other people out there who feel as I do. So I sat down and began my writing journey. Since then I’ve written many stories, I have two other works published, but Diamond Heiress was my first baby so it holds a special place.

I hope everyone who reads it feels the same. Beginning yesterday, Diamond Heiress is on the road….a virtual road anyway, on its blog tour. Yesterday’s stop was at Nancy LaPonzina’ blog, you can read her post at http://www.nancylaponzina.com. Today’s stop is at Author Beth Barany’s blog, http://www.author.bethbarany.com. To find the stop of the day you can go to my facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ruth.roberts.5836

The tour will include Author Interviews, excerpts, and something different… a character interview. I hope you can stop at one or more stops.

Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar

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Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar

Talented author, Nancy LaPonzina releases her latest novel, Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar, on October 10th. Below is a small teaser… Enjoy!

Bibliotherapist, silver-haired Rhose Guerin uses books, movies, plays, and poetry in her private practice. An advanced professional credentialing program removes her from friends and family in North Carolina to study in Westport, Connecticut where she reconsiders her fading marriage; a daughter in a relationship crisis; a parent challenged by health issues; and the reappearance of an old love.
Long held family secrets and relationships are revealed that beg intervention as Rhose second-guesses decisions made in her past. Was the path she turned from, the better one to have taken? Can she satisfy her need to grow both professionally and personally in order to find acceptance and romance in a life of her own?
There are no novels to show her how. She must be the heroine of her own story as she appraises and makes peace with life decisions boomer generation women face.

 

Nancy LaPonzina – Author Bio

Nancy LaPonzina is an award-winning author, writer, poet, and editor from the Southeast. Her novels, A Path through the Garden (Rebel Ink Press, 2013) and Nardi Point (Rebel Ink Press, 2012) received the Chanticleer Books & Media First Place Finalist recognition for Women’s Contemporary Fiction. Other writing includes articles, web-site content, and technical documentation. She lives in a small southern town where she volunteers, gardens, and writes. She loves archaeology, alternative health modalities, nature, the metaphysical, and her rescue Maine Coon cat, Copy.
Learn more about her at her website: http://www.nancylaponzina.com. She can be found on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/nancy.laponzina, and on Twitter, here: @NancyLaPonzina.

 

 

 

 

The Test of Time – Cover Reveal

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Hi, everyone! This is Nicole Zoltack. I’ve written
a bunch of romances, a lot in the speculative realm, and finally wrote a time
travel romance: THE TEST OF TIME. And I adore the cover. It’s beautiful. Wanna
see it? Sure you do!




I could not be happier with it. What do you think of it?

BLURB: Katia jumps at the chance to go to England with
her best friend after Rose ditches her deadbeat boyfriend. While walking
through the market, she spies a large mansion and recognizes the guy out front
as her high school friend Tony. Just as they start to reconnect, Katia passes
through times and lands in the arms of Lord Landon, who looks like Tony but
certainly doesn’t act like him.
Soon,
Katia learns that this 1815 is different from the one in history books. Trapped
in a parallel world, Katia struggles to not fall for Landon but his charm
proves too much for her. Just when she is about to confess her love for him,
Katia travels through time yet again.
The
course of love never did run smooth and if Katia can’t figure out and master
the test of time, she’ll never see or friends again, or worse, never be
reunited with Landon.

So I’m sure you’re dying to know the release date
and luckily it’s not that far away! THE TEST OF TIME releases September 9th! Be
sure to grab it on the 9th!

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it on Goodreads!



BIO: Nicole Zoltack loves to write in
many genres, especially romance, whether fantasy, paranormal, or regency. When
she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend
time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She enjoys riding horses
(pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance
Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her
current favorite TV show is The Walking Dead. To learn more about Nicole and
her writing, visit her blog.