Saturday, June 1, 2013

Interview with LuAnn Nies, Author

Meet LuAnn Nies, author of "Catrina's Cowboy" - Now available on Kindle - Published by Melange Books, LLC

LuAnn, when did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always worked outside of the home, making sure that each time I left my hair and makeup was perfect. Then one day, after I had finished my third manuscript, I found myself sitting at my computer in fussy slippers, pajama pants, a t-shirt and an old sweater. I’d combed my hair with my fingers and didn’t have a lick of makeup on. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and laughed. I guess it was then that I knew I was a writer and that I was in it for the long haul.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?

I love riding horse and although I don’t have any of my own anymore, I have friends who let me ride their horses. These days it’s so much cheaper to ride someone else’s horse than to have one of your own.

But now I have a grandson who keeps me busy. For now, we ride the range, rope cattle, and chase the bad guys alongside Gene, Roy, and the Duke from the rocking chair in front of the fireplace.

Do you think you’ll ever retire from writing?

I suppose there will come a time when my fingers will no longer type as fast as I’d like them too. But as long as my imagination has free-range, there will always be stories to tell.

Where do you see yourself as a writer ten years in the future?

Hind sight is 20/20. I’d like to think I would still be writing, but that I’d have a little more change in my pocket then I do now.

What are you working on now?

I write Romantic suspense about country girls and their wild adventures.

Provide information about your current work in progress.

The manuscript I’m working on now is about a young woman from North Dakota who feels that she’s lived her life in everyone else’s shadow. Looking for adventure, she takes a vacation to England and bumps into a national jewel thief and an undercover agent who turns out to be a Duke. Sometimes the spot light can be a dangerous place.

What do you hope to write in the future?

Besides a few contemporary romantic suspense manuscripts, I have a couple historical romances that I’d like to complete and submit.

What can readers look for next from you?

I’d like to think that my books offer characters that you can relate to, witty dialog, humorous and dangerous situations, and above all—romance.

Where can readers/fans see about you?

You can learn more about my books and see photos from some of my adventures on my website. Please check me out at:


Catrina Pearson accepts an invitation from her estranged maternal grandmother in hopes of learning the identity and truth about the father she never knew and why her mother took that secret to her grave. As a photographer who's traveled the world, Catrina is ready to face any challenges the rugged Utah landscape may throw at her, but she's not prepared to handle the reclusive cowboy who ropes her heart.

Betrayed by his heritage and family, Clifford White Fox is determined to purchase the acreage surrounding his ranch and build a private world safe from judgment and emotional intrusion. His lifestyle and hard-won serenity are threatened when he stumbles across a naked woman sunbathing on the last parcel of land he needs to acquire.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Interview with Paul Ferrante, Author of "Last Ghost at Gettysburg"

Meet Paul Ferrante, author of "Last Ghost at Gettysburg" - Now available on Kindle - Published by Fire & Ice YA

Paul, when did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was in the 8th grade I wrote a letter to a sports magazine that was published - that was the start. I attempted my first novel in high school (it was horrible), then a second in college (mildly bad). In 1992 I began writing professionally as a baseball historian for Sports Collector's Digest, which I continue to do today. I've also contributed to some baseball anthologies.
What do you do for fun and relaxation?
I like tinkering with my Jaguar XJS sportscar, which I enter in concours competitions; a little golf and fishing; and everything Baseball, which I only stopped playing myself a couple years ago.

Do you think you’ll ever retire from writing?
Not until they pry the pen from my cold dead fingers!

Where do you see yourself as a writer ten years in the future?
I'd like to be writing the screenplays for the movie versions of the wildly successful T.J. Jackson Mysteries series so my daughter Carrie can direct them.

What are you working on now?
Right now I'm dividing my time between SCD articles and the third T.J. Jackson book, which I hope to finish by next September. As of today my editor at Fire & Ice, Denise Meinstad, is going through the first draft of the second T.J. Jackson mystery. I would imagine we'll be doing some tweaking in the coming months.

What do you hope to write in the future?
I would still like to write an adult baseball-themed novel, which is what I was working on before T.J. came along.

What can readers look for next from you?
The second T.J. Jackson Mystery, Spirits of the Pirate House, is tentatively scheduled for release at the end of the summer.

Where can readers/fans see more about you?
Readers can visit my website: or "like" T.J. Jackson Mysteries on Facebook.
Not all of Gettysburg’s Dead are at rest.


High school freshman T.J. Jackson thinks his summer will be a drag when his widowed dad dumps him off for a vacation with his Uncle Mike, a park ranger at the Gettysburg National Battlefield, Aunt Terri, and his geeky adopted cousin LouAnne. But T.J. is in for a few surprises. For starters, Gettysburg isn’t the boring Civil War town he expected. A ghostly Confederate cavalier has been terrorizing nightly visitors to the battlefield. And LouAnne isn’t so geeky anymore- she’s become a sassy beauty who leaves him breathless. Things escalate when the cousins, aided by T.J.’s quirky friend Bortnicker from back home in Connecticut - who also has his eye on the lovely LouAnne - attempt to solve a murder mystery that has the local police, park rangers and paranormal investigators in a panic. Because how do you stop an undead killer from 1863 from wreaking havoc in the 21st Century?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Interview with Missy Fleming, author of "Happily Never After"

Meet Missy Fleming, author of "Happily Never After,"
published by Fire & Ice YA
Missy, when did you first consider yourself a writer?
I am not entirely sure I have reached that point yet. The whole process of being published has been surreal, in a good way. My heart still trips up when I put my name into Amazon and it pops up a book I wrote. I think it will take awhile for me to consider myself a writer because I’m still in the ‘did that just happen?’ phase!
What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Surprisingly enough, I read. I love books. Otherwise, I pretend I’m an amateur photographer. I’ll drive up into the mountains and just start snapping pictures. It’s literally a five minute drive. I like traveling. I’m constantly exploring new parts of my state such as visiting ghost towns. There are the usual things to enjoy like movies and music and spending time with my family. And of course I daydream, which does relax me, to visualize that next chapter, what my characters are going to do next.
Do you think you’ll ever retire from writing?
Retire as in stopping? No. Even if I never publish another book I won’t stop. The stories I write are as much for me as they are for the public. How else would I get to experience what I do in the books? Writing keeps me sane which is funny as often as a grumble about it.
Where do you see yourself as a writer ten years in the future?
Successful, I hope. That’s the obvious answer. I also hope I have a following of dedicated fans, ones who remember the books long after they’re written and not the ‘flavor of the month’. If I still find contentment from writing, ten years from now, I’ll consider it a success.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on both the sequel to Happily Never After and a new adult dystopian.
Provide information about your current work in progress.
I don’t want to say much about the sequel because it will totally give away the ending! I’ll just say Quinn is in for the fight of her life, even more than in the first book. It’s taking me in a new direction as a writer, as far as where I’m coming from, her environment, so it’s a challenge…a good one.
The dystopian is a take on gargoyles, their mythology. Is it really something as simple as a figure carved in stone? What if they were more? It’s one of the darkest things I’ve ever written, but I love this story. It’s Beauty and the Beast in a post-apocalyptic world.
What do you hope to write in the future?
Who knows! I have a hard time sticking to one genre, one target audience. I mean, the next book I sell may very well be an adult romance or women ‘s fiction. I love the YA genre, but I tend to branch out, try different things. Still not sure if that’s good or bad but it keeps me from getting stale.
What can readers look for next from you?
The sequel for Happily Never After. I have made it my priority, but as a writer I tend to have a bit of A.D.D. What should I do about the idea bouncing around in my head for a YA western? Or should I finish that adult romance I have started? I need to hire a coach or drill sergeant.
Where can readers/fans see about you?
I’m in the process of finding a place to start a blog. I plan to post a ton of pictures and ramble on about things I hope people find interesting. I know it’s odd not to have a blog as an author these days, but I’m worried I’ll neglect it! Look for one soon though!
For now, you can visit Missy at

There's no such thing as happy endings.

Savannah, Georgia is rumored to be the most haunted place in America. Quinn Roberts knows it is. She's felt the presence of spirits her entire life, investigating and photographing them with her best friend. Only none of those encounters ever turned violent, until now. The menacing darkness feeding off her stepmother has promised she won't live to see her eighteenth birthday. After a chance meeting Quinn reluctantly allows actor Jason Preston into her life, which has complications of its own. She's not used to letting people get close. Falling for him while fighting for her life, and her family's legacy, only complicates things more. Jason shows her exactly what she stands to lose, especially when she's being attacked by the mysterious entity. Each attack is more violent and terrifying than the last.
With Jason's help, she dives into the Roberts' family history, searching for a link between a woman who went missing a hundred and fifty years ago and what's happening now. What they find is a brutal murder and that the ghost doesn't just want to hurt Quinn, it wants revenge.
It wants her life.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Life Without Downton Abbey

Last weekend we held a party at Misty and Mike's house for the finale of Downton Abbey.  Just about everyone came in costume (except me--didn't know what to wear).  Misty and Mike served high tea and the goodies were scrumptious--cake, scones, chicken salad and bruschetta, to name a few. It was so much fun that I'm absolutely going to dress up next year, but I think I'm going to wear a period dress like my Grandma Esther wore back then. Here's a picture of the gang. I was busy cleaning up so I missed it, but aren't they all so cute? Misty and Mike are the two on the farthest right. It's going to seem really strange tomorrow night not to be tuning into the next episode of the Granthams and the Crawleys.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My first adventure with KDP

Hey, I did it! I uploaded my first story to KDP. It was fairly easy compared to what I'd heard it could be. Sooo happy I did this. Can't wait to do it again. Here's my cover...

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cabin Fever...

Right now a winter storm is moving in and all I can think of is how much I hate winter. Is it spring yet? I can't go outside, but I can make plans for spring. This little cottage is darling, isn't it? My cabin is bigger than this, but shaped the same, including the porch. I just bought three Crestline paned windows and I'm going to add white shutters, too. Then I'm going to landscape like this, only using rock-faced blocks instead of edging.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pretty in Pink

She's a shoe girl! My grandbaby, Gwennie, is wearing the hot pink Minnetonka Moccasins that I gave her for her birthday. Is her Grandma cool or what?
I am probably one of the last six people in America who don't have a cell phone with Internet. But do I care? Heck no. I don't have enough time now as it is. Am I the only one who feels like time is speeding up?