Good morning, campers! Today's guest is also a friend and local to my area author. Last week Judy helped me celebrate my book releases. I've also read her A Timeless Kiss which has much of the history of my local area combined with a wonderful romance. So please help me welcome Judy with a hearty Huzzah. What can I get you?
A cup of tea and cookies, my favorite snack food.
I'm sure to have those things around. You know my 5th Wheel is like the replicator on Star Trek's Enterprise. One up of Earl Grey, Hot and some shortbread cookies coming up. So, Judy, tell us have you ever camped.
My husband and I had a motor-home and we crossed the country twice and have visited 44 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. One of the most moving experiences we had was when we visited Mount Rushmore and they honored all the service men and women in the audience and asked them to come up on stage.
We started out camping with our children when they were young. My daughter was three months old. We had a 27 foot trailer in a campground and we went there every weekend. We took them tent camping to Cape Cod and Providence. Both of them became Scouts so they learned about making S’mores at an early age.
Wonderful! How exciting to see this great country of ours and honoring our service men and woman outstanding. How have you been handling events of the recent pandemic? Has you writing been affected? To what extent?
We had plans to do some traveling this summer, a fun trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan, but plans were cancelled. AS for writing, I’ve gotten a lot done since we’re all kind of homebound. Someone asked if I plan to incorporate Covid 19 into a story. At this point. I don’t think people should have to be reminded about the tragedy going on in the world.
Sorry about your trip, we're holding our breath regarding an upcoming New England trip. It's great you've hung on to your muse. I get you about the Covid story line. I'm working on a manuscript that had the flu in it before the pandemic and I'm chewing on how to handle it. Can you please tell us a little about your project. Title, Genre, Inspiration
My books are contemporary romance, romantic suspense and seasoned romance. My inspiration is what goes on around me. Since I’ve traveled so much, I’ve incorporated places I’ve visited. I’ve a US Park Ranger series that takes place in National parks since I’ve visited quite a few. My son manages a hotel in Florida and I’ve set a series in his hotel. I also love to write about mature characters, 35 and older. I’ve a four book romantic suspense series about four couples who are 50 years old. The series is based on Cape May, NJ, but I created my own town, Beacon Pointe. I created another small town, Laurel Heights, based on the Pennsylvania Highlands just outside of Pittsburgh.
Do you have a tagline or life motto?
My tagline and motto is: Love Never Dies After all, I married my high school sweetheart and I never had another boyfriend. We met in the 9th grade.
That's so sweet. It's rare these days for couples to stay together so long. I wonder if there are others reading today who will tell us how long they've been together and any pieces of advice. Speaking of advice do you have any Life Hacks for Authors? Tips, tricks, or anything you specialize in that you would share with others.
Since I’m an Indie author, I feel one of the most important things you should have is a great editor and proof reader. I have both. Don’t skimp. Readers are very intelligent and you will be called out if a book is full of errors.
Excellent advice! Now the fun questions
(Cracked me up)
Foil Wrapped Dinner – Girl Scout Style
Cut up chicken breasts, potatoes, carrots, peppers and onions. Sprinkle with BBQ sauce. Divide into individual servings. Place on the grill and cook for about a half hour, or until veggies are tender. Flip once or twice to make sure veggies aren’t sticking. I usually spray the foil before filling. Fast and easy.
Yum and easey-peasey. Thanks for being part of the Campfire today Judy, and before you leave can you tell us more about your books and where to find you.
New Release – Pre Order https://amzn.to/3fCiwu0
How do you open your heart for a new love when it’s frozen? That’s the dilemma Margaret Taylor has been facing since losing her beloved husband. Demands as a Judge and the Mayor of Laurel Heights, has left very little time for being just Margaret. She signs up with a tour group to take the dream vacation she and her husband planned to go on, a land and sea tour of Alaska.
Over the year’s she’s received threats and has recognized them as all part of the job. When she receives three life-threatening notes, her family urges her to cancel her vacation. She refuses.
Her much needed vacation takes an unexpected turn when she recognizes one of the other people in the tour group. Why is Brent Saeger walking around free? He was sentenced to life in prison for murder.
Brent Saeger believes that life was guided by fate and one should never do a “favor” because it came with unexpected consequences. His favor for the CIA landed him in prison for murder. Fate had another undercover operative in the right time and place that proved Brent’s innocence.
Working for Adams Security and Investigations, he gets a special assignment. He’s to go undercover and protect the owner’s mother-in-law, Margaret Taylor. She’d be more receptive to meeting an old friend. He can’t tell her his real purpose for being there.
Fate once again sucker punched him. Protect his Maggie May. That shouldn’t be a problem since his heart has been frozen since she fell in love with his best friend.
A romantic suspense with twists and turns that will keep you turning pages to the very end.
Judy Kentrus, Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense.
I’ve always been a romantic at heart and married my high school sweetheart. I make my home in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. After raising our two children, I followed my dream to publish my books. I also love to travel and many of my stories incorporate where I’ve been. When I’m not at my computer giving couples their happily-ever-after, you can find me in the kitchen, baking, especially cookies. I’ve been dubbed the cookie queen by my family and friends. My stories are fun, sexy, romances that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love.