One of my favorite fellow Wild Rose authors is back today. We've Peeked through her window but now she's on my turf. So, my friend, what’s your preference, coffee, tea, cocoa, or wine?
Hi, Donna, thanks so much for having me today. I have two favorites, coffee and wine. But these are also the two beverages I spill most often. I was thrilled when I discovered wine-away. This looks like a small bottle of wine, but is actually a spray that removes wine stains!
Ha, I have wine sippy cups with lids and it's always 5:00 somewhere. Tell us have you ever camped, or as I call what I do, Glamp?
I love both sitting around a campfire or having a fire in the fireplace, but my idea of camping is a nice camper or log cabin to stay in. My husband and I actually met at a campfire. It began to rain and he placed his hat on my head. That was thirty-two years ago.
That's a great campfire story. And if the weather gets bad, we can go inside and light the fireplace. Tell us about your latest project. What’s the title and genre?
Mountain Blaze, a contemporary romance, will be released on November 2nd. This is the first in my Carolina series.
That's so exciting. Not only a new book, but a new series. Do you have a tagline?
Can Dillon and Diana elude a killer while their newfound love grows?
How long did it take you from conception to publication?
This book took almost a year. Dillon McCoy is a rodeo rider. I did a lot of research on rodeo riders and had what I thought a great prologue introducing Dillon and giving the reader a glimpse into why he leaves Texas and heads home to North Carolina only to have my editor tell me it wasn’t relevant to the story and to cut it.
Ouch. But that's what we have editors for. I had a chapter in Rock House I had to delete. I made it a bonus. So you can offer it as a gift to your fans. I have a myriad of projects at various stages of development, how about you? Anything you’re itching to get to?
The second in the Carolina series, Island Heat, is underway. I also have a work in progress that takes place in England during the twenties that I’d like to finish.
Are there any mentors, authors, or books, you would like to give a shout-out to?
I belong to the First Coast Romance Writers. We just finished an anthology, Romancing the Holidays, which is a collection of twelve stories. A part of the proceeds from the sales will be going to Feed America.
That's so wonderful! Good for you and First Coast Romance Writers. What does literary success look like to you?
Hitting the best seller list!
Life Hacks for Authors. If you’re a beginner writer, take online writing classes.
Now the fun questions If they made a movie about your life, what would the title be and who would play you?
The title would be, Fight On, and Sandra Bullock would play me.
Do you have a special object like a piece of jewelry or keepsake of some sort? Can you tell us what makes it special to you?
I have jewelry that belonged to my grandmother and mother, but I have a doll my grandmother made for all the girls in my family. They were all named Marcia and she can still make me smile.
What is your favorite mug or teacup. If neither, T-shirt with graphic or Meme?
This would have to be a sign I have hung up. It depicts a woman from the fifties holding a drink and a cigarette. She’s saying, “I’m one drink away from proving his mother right.”
Years ago, there was a commercial that talked about a “Kodak Moment.” It’s a moment in time you catch in a picture. One you never want to forget. What is yours?
I have a number of family moments, but for me personally, it would be the day I held my first published book.
Favorite childhood book? Or writing that inspired you to become an author.
I loved the Nancy Drew books. In all of my romances, there’s some kind of mystery.
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Center Field. It makes me want to dance.
If you could eat anything in the world right now, what would it be?
The lasagna I had in Verona, Italy.
Worst household chore?
I’m a neat freak, but I don’t like cleaning the bathroom.
If you could time travel, where would you go and when? Why?
This is a hard one for me, because I’d love to time travel. There’re so many places, time periods, and historical people I’d like to meet. I suppose if I had to choose, it would be England in the twenties, and I’d like to meet Agatha Christie.
Would you rather have unlimited international first-class tickets or never have to pay for food at restaurants?
Definitely the first class tickets. My sister-in-law used to work for the airlines, and my husband and I flew first class often. Talk about spoiled!
Did you ever win something? What?
I won a $500 shopping spree at a department store and a $250 certificate at Talbots. It didn’t take me long to spend both.
Most campers play board games. What games do you like?
Sorry, Harry Potter trivia, Monopoly, Clue.
Disillusioned by his wife’s betrayal, rodeo star Dillon McCoy comes home to the mountains of North Carolina to lick his wounds. When he agrees to take over the family ranch, the Lazy M, he’s unaware danger waits.
Diana Thompson is having doubts about her engagement to Trent Sawyer. She agrees to leave Chapel Hill and spend Thanksgiving with her friend Jenn at the Lazy M. When Diana and Dillon meet, neither can deny their attraction, but both must resolve past relationships while fighting their growing desire.
After Dillon turns down an anonymous offer to purchase the ranch, attempts are made on his life. When a body is found, Dillon sets out to discover who wants the McCoy land enough to commit murder.
Dillon smiled and Diana thought it the sexiest smile she’d ever seen. There was a slight cleft in his chin, and fine lines formed at the corners of his eyes. Diana inwardly groaned. The butterflies were back.
“I’d hold onto you. I wouldn’t let you fall,” he softly said.
With his slow southern accent, the words sounded like warm honey rolling off his tongue. The depth of his eyes and the sound of his voice mesmerized her.
The horses stood side by side. Her and Dillon’s legs touched. He leaned toward her, and the light aroma of wood smoke, hay, and his spicy cologne filled her nostrils. Diana knew what he was about to do but had no willpower to stop him. He cupped her cheek and their lips met.
Gentle at first, his lips glided over hers. He increased the pressure until she opened her mouth and his tongue slipped in. Diana moaned and wrapped her arms around his neck. His arms around her waist, he deepened the kiss. Before she realized what he was doing, without breaking their kiss Dillon lifted her from Flora and placed her across his lap.
Cradled in his arms, Diana clung to him, delicious sensations filling her. Her body came alive in a way that surprised her. The only thing that mattered was this man and this moment.
Flame moved, bringing her back to reality. Diana’s eyes fluttered open, and she stared into Dillon’s, deep with passion and need.
Amazon Author Page -- https://www.amazon.com/Debby-Grahl/e/B00B34HM26
Award winning author, Debby Grahl, lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach and a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are New Orleans, New York City, Captiva Island in Florida, the Cotswolds of England, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and, of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. His Magic Touch, a paranormal romance, was released by Wild Rose Press December 5, 2018. Her latest book, Mountain Blaze, will be released November 2.
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