Hi, my name is D. V. Stone. I am a multi-genre author who also enjoys reading across genres. On this page you'll meet a great group of writers and get an insider's view into their lives and books. I hope you enjoy this special peek and find new and exciting reads.
Who- Hi, I’m Dr. O. Randolph Overbeck, but my friends mostly call me Randy. I served children for four decades as a teacher, a college prof, and a school leader. Not surprisingly, this wealth of experience has provided a rich resource of real-life stories to draw on to craft my fiction, all featuring teachers as heroes. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 50 years—wow, where has the time gone?—and have a wonderful extended family of three adult children and loving spouses, and most important, seven incredible grandchildren. Unfortunately, they are scattered across the country.
Interests- I have several varied interests, not really connected. I’m a pretty decent cook—I do almost all the cooking in our house—and I love to explore new recipes, as long as they’re not too spicy. (One of my favorite sayings is “If God wanted you to eat it, it wouldn’t hurt going down.”) I’m serious about my exercise, committing to at least five active hour-long sessions per week, with my favorites being water aerobics and golf. I’m really into activities with the grandkids, you know, putt-putt, bowling, and mostly, riding roller coasters. My wife and I enjoy traveling and seeing new places, and we’ve been to most of the 50 states and a half dozen foreign countries. Lately, these travels have inspired the Haunted Shores Mysteries. Our last trip (pre-pandemic) was to a small town on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Network. I’ve always been a “connector” and learned early in my educational career the power of collaboration. As far as writing, I’m a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Midwest Chapter. When I can, I participate in writing conferences such as Killer Nashville and Sleuthfest and work to connect with writers there as well. In addition to connecting with the fine authors at the Wild Rose Press, I belong to the Rare Reviews Book Club and try to learn from all these dedicated writers. Since I’ve received help and support through these venues, I try to use them to mentor other writers. I also belong to two local writers groups. I’ve worked to maintain networks in other areas as well. I’m a member of local, state, and national retired teachers groups, even serving the Ohio Retired Teachers Association as president and board member for seven years. I’m a Senior Active member of Xenia (OH) Rotary and have been an active Rotarian for almost 25 years. I’ve found all these networks provide me with avenues to market my work.
Desk description. I’m very fortunate here. My wife and I recently designed and built a new house, and within the plans, I was able to specify a spacious, comfortable office, complete with desk, chair, bookcase, wall space with bulletin board and trundle bed—for when I tire—all with an expansive window on one side. My working space is a large, L-shaped executive desk with more than twenty square feet of surface. If you’d pop in when I’m creating, you’d likely find the surface covered with my laptop, keyboard, 24-inch monitor, and Bluetooth speaker, as well as post-its, piles of notes, and lists of research details. Not much of the rich wood surface would be evident. Beside the desk sits my printer atop a small matching file cabinet and, of course, a tall bookcase. As I glance around, I remind myself how fortunate I am—and then I get back to work. Oh, and when I break for the day, I do tend to tidy up a bit, though I’m not the OCD freak like my hero of my novels, Darrell.
Outrageous talent or something fun like that. I don’t think this is an outrageous talent, and I’m not sure others would consider this fun, but here goes. I know many writers enjoy, prefer, and are happiest as hermits, just them and their computers, pecking away to make their stories come alive. While I like my alone time—and need hours of it to create—I also love being out among “the people.” I’m fortunate to be a comfortable—and pretty good—speaker, and I’ve had the privilege of giving more than 175 “author talks” to all kinds of groups and organizations, large and small, over the past several years. I love the challenge to hook the participants, and I thrive on the chance to engage everyone in the audience. Now that the pandemic is easing—we hope and pray—I have twenty more scheduled in the next few months, and I can’t wait to get back out there.
Window What’s outside yours? Since we were able to draw up the design for our new place, we placed the window in my office with a great view. When I glance up from my manuscript, I look out on a small pond filled with coy and beyond, a full stand of trees that edge the woods that surrounds our sub. This view is inspiring most days and explodes with riotous color during our Midwest autumn. During the Christmas season, the window becomes a display of our favorite holiday decorations. While I sometimes take solace in the tranquility of the view, I try not to let it draw me away too much from the reason I’m sitting there—to create my next masterpiece.
Peek until your hearts content
Scarlet at Crystal River A Haunted Shores Mystery
Darrell and Erin thought they were heading to Florida for a carefree honeymoon, but the ghosts of two immigrants children haunt them, pleading for help.
(Paranormal mystery, mild Release by Wild Rose Press—September 13, 2021)
A Peek Inside
All Darrell Henshaw wanted was to enjoy his honeymoon with his beautiful wife, Erin, in the charming town of Crystal River on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida. Only a pair of ghosts decide to intrude on their celebration. And not just any ghosts, the spirits of two young Latino children. Unwilling at first to derail the honeymoon for yet another ghost hunt, Darrell finally concedes when a painting of the kids comes alive, weeping and pleading for his help.
When he and Erin track down the artist, they discover the children’s family were migrant workers the next county over. But when they travel there, their questions about the kids gets their car shot up and Erin hospitalized. Torn between fear and rage, Darrell must decide how far he will go to get justice for two young children he never even knew.
A Peek at what others think
“Scarlet at Crystal River is an eerie paranormal mystery I couldn't stop reading. Randy Overbeck is a masterful writer of the paranormal, drawing the reader in before instilling shivers down the spine. 5+ stars." –N. N. Light's Book Heaven
“A rollercoaster of a mystery, hurtling up and down hills and sharp corners until the very end, when the reader is left slightly breathless, waiting for their hearts to beat back to a normal rhythm. ★★★★★—ReadersView
“Scarlet at Crystal River is a suspenseful paranormal novel with compelling characters and an enigmatic mystery that drives the story to a riveting conclusion. Overbeck is a master at building tension–-this is easily a one-sitting read.” ★★★★★—Literary Titan
A more in-depth Peek
Dr. Randy Overbeck is an award-winning educator, author and speaker. As an educator, he served children for four decades in a range of roles captured in his novels, from teacher and coach to principal and superintendent. His thriller, Leave No Child Behind (2012) and his recent mysteries, the Amazon No. 1 Best Seller, Blood on the Chesapeake, Crimson at Cape May and Scarlet at Crystal River have earned five star reviews and garnered national awards including “Thriller of the Year--ReadersFavorite.com, “Gold Award”—Literary Titan, “Mystery of the Year”—ReadersView.com and “Crowned Heart of Excellence”—InD’Tale Magazine. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation, “Things Still Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.
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Who My pen name is Delsora Lowe and I live in Maine near the coast. Regrettably no view of the ocean, but close enough (1/2 hour) that I can drive and enjoy the scent of the salty air, see the rugosa roses and the islands that dot the bay and coastline, and sometimes spot a seal or two.
Interests I love reading romance. I am partial to contemporary and historical, but I do enjoy digging into a suspense or a paranormal or any other genre of romance. Not only is reading my go-to-entertainment, but I learn from every book I read, and every author I meet. My other favorite “hobby” is cooking. I used to cater for a living and work in restaurants, before moving to event planning. Food creativity is a huge part of my life. Whether it was building a menu specific to a bride’s taste or for a corporate meeting, food is the uniter and essence of any gathering, big or small, family or work. I am one of those that never follows a recipe. By that I mean I collect tons of recipes, but I alter each one, before I ever try it in its original form. Sorry, I can’t help myself. I also invent recipes as I walk through a grocery store or a farmers market. I do take a list of essential ingredients when I shop, but I always end of with a myriad supply of items not on my list.
Network or Support system I have a home state Romance Writers chapter who are near and dear to me. And I belong to the national group, Romance Writers of America. I also belong to 4 state chapters, most of which are independent chapters. Each has a wonderful group of writers, who all have different talents and perspectives they are willing to share. We have lively monthly meetings and great programming. I belong to two goal motivating groups, one that checks in daily, one that checks in weekly, and I belong to a critique group. And now that life is moving to a new normal, I hope to touch base with all of these writers in person next year. Nothing like seeing old friends and getting real hugs, meeting new friends, and learning new skills to bring a smile to my face and a pep to my step. These are the groups of writers who inspire me and keep me motivated and on track.
Desk My kitchen table is my desk, even though I have a real desk set up in another room. My work space is extremely “messy,” even though I clean it off often. Despite looking messy to any outsider, I do know where everything is. I used to have a boss who got upset that I kept files on my desk instead of putting them away. Once I file something, it is forever lost to me. So, until I finish a project, the files lay stacked. Despite the small table, and the kitchen location, the reason I love the space is (1) it is within a few feet of the stove and my lifeline, the teapot, and (2) it does face the window to my back yard (see below for details.)
Outrageous talent I used to have a lot of talents. I loved crafting and taking classes (pottery, sewing, braiding rugs, jewelry making-basically anything adult ed offered.) I even taught cooking classes for adult ed. The kids grew and I spent more time chasing after their activities and then working crazy hours, so no time for fun and relaxing with crafting. But I would say the talent I used most in any job I had, was networking. I love people. I love to talk. So, networking and helping others network is a core part of who I am. I am now retired, but most of my work life was spent organizing events for schools and nonprofits. And that means a ton of networking, of pulling the right people together for an event or conference, making sure you have the right décor and setting, the right invite list of like-minded people who have a same goal or interest, building a list of reliable vendors, etc. And then at any function, networking includes listening, so you can introduce people with common interests. That skill has come in handy as a writer. Over the years, I have built a wonderful network of writer friends and been involved with writing organizations around the country. So, despite lonely hours spent writing and editing, I still love the networking, whether in person at a conference or on ZOOM.
Window My backyard has a huge oak tree that is framed in the center of my window. I can watch the baby squirrels chasing each other up the trunk, the variety of birds that peck the dirt for tasty bugs, and see my blooming daylilies. I live on a road that dead ends into an elementary school parking lot, so my view is of the playground. I can see kids playing basketball and hear the ring of the net when they make the shot. I can see the kids swinging and climbing the jungle gym. In the winter I see a sea of brightly colored jackets and hats as kids climb the snow mountains made by the plow clearing the playground. And I can hear the happy shouts and squeals of the children and the loud-speaker when they are called back to class. Although I live in town, I have seen fox and deer in the wee hours of the morning—not a normal occurrence. And once in a great while the “ladies” who lay eggs next door, escape their pen and wander through my yard to peck at the ground.
The Love Left Behind Hartford Estate Book One
Her only worry was the out-of-control mother-of-the-bride,
until the past slammed head first into the present.
Marlee Thomas looks at life head-on. No looking back, no second chances on what could have been. Except to thank her great aunt one more time for giving her love, a home, a legacy, and the means to mold an event planning business she loves.
Brian Mason is on his own. Left behind is his family’s law firm legacy and a disastrous marriage born out of family loyalty. He’s starting fresh, away from the big city where his surname is infamous.
Coincidence finds Marlee and Brian face to face for the first time in twenty-seven years. She, the event planner, he, the divorced father of the bride.
Mixed signals, a secret baby, instant passion ignited years ago, and second chances divide the years. Can either forgive past mistakes to learn to love again?
(From the author. This book does have one sex scene. No explicit language.)
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Author of the Starlight Grille series, Serenity Harbor Maine novellas, and the Cowboys of Mineral Springs series, Lowe has also authored short romances for Woman’s World magazine. Her new novella, The Love Left Behind, released in October, 2020.
Who you are: Hello everyone. My name is Peggy Jaeger and I writer romantic comedies, romantic suspense books and contemporary romances about strong women, the families who support them, and them who can’t live without them. I live in beautiful New England in a house in the wood with my hero hubby and a year old Chocolate Labrador named Maple. And I’m about to become a grandmother for the first time!!! My daughter is expecting her first baby sometime in late September.
Interests beside writing. Well, have you go an hour?? Hee hee. No, really. I love all things visual and creative. When I’m not writing or when I’m between books and trying to come up with a new idea I paint, I rehab and decoupage old steamer trunks, and sometimes I even knit.
Network or support system. I am a member of RWA and my local Chapter ( the sisters I never had, biologically). I belong to too many Facebook writing groups to name here – again, you’d need that hour to get through them all. In a former life I was a registered nurse with a Master’s degree in Geriatric psychology. And the older my parents get, the more I am using what I learned while achieving that degree.
Desk description. In a world: Nuclear. I am one of those strange people who thrive in chaos and my desk exemplifies this. I refuse to show you a picture because you just might call HOARDERS and report me.
Outrageous talent. I can make the sound of a horse. Here, let me prove it. Watch this:
Window what’s outside yours? The beautiful woods where I live. I can watch the seasons change without anything blocking my view of the trees and forest. It is truly a gift to live here.
A PRIDE OF BROTHERS: AIDEN (Book 2 in the series)
Release date 9.8.2021
Romantic suspense/women’s fiction/contemporary romance/NYC Romance
A Back Cover Peek
Lexi Buckley wants answers about her younger sister's death. The police have labeled it a suicide, but Lexi doesn't believe it. Stymied in her investigation, she doesn't know where to turn next. After a chance encounter with a private investigator, she thinks her prayers have been answered.
Aiden Keane has never been an answer to a prayer before, but he agrees to help Lexi. A quirky combo of brains and beauty, the pixie blonde makes him feel things no professional ever should for a client.
When their investigation puts Lexi's life in jeopardy, her safety becomes his number one priority. The hard part is not falling for her.
A Peek inside
Were you close with your sister?” Aiden asked.
Not the way we should have been. Not at the end.
“We had a sizable age difference between us. Almost ten years. I was the big sis. The oldest.” Her lips trembled when she pulled them into a sad line. Rolling her eyes she added, “The bossy one, according to her. She was the baby and took full advantage of her status from the moment she realized it.”
“And rightly so.” The corners of his eyes crinkled. “I’m the youngest of my brothers and I’ll can tell you with one hundred percent honesty, my oldest brother is the bossiest one of us. I think it comes with birth order. Although he takes his so called right uber-seriously. Especially at work.”
This time her grin was steadier. “What kind of business do you all own together?”
“We a run a private security company.”
“Personal bodyguards, if a client needs protection from something. Background checks for employers. Mostly we do investigations.”
“What, like private eyes? Like on television?”
He laughed. “Nothing so glamorous. The fast cars and hot babes are all fantasy. It’s a lot of boring research, computer work, and surveillance, but yeah, you could say I’m a private eye.”
Lexi’s entire mood turned on his words. The sorrow flew, the hurt dissolved. Even her nervous trivia-speak went dormant. She sat bolt upright, her knees bumping against the tabletop when she shifted. Excitement shot from her system as she turned her body, placed a hand across his forearm and declared, “Oh, my God. You’re the answer to my prayers.”
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A Peek Further
Peggy Jaeger writes contemporary romances and rom coms about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all aspects of life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness, and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"
If your done Peeking and just want to stare
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Dee Walker Can Kick Your Ass
At least she thinks so and isn’t afraid to say it
A no-nonsense spark plug, Dee keeps everyone around her hopping. When she meets fellow field hand, Arthur Taylor, her colorful world becomes even brighter when she makes him an offer he can't turn down.
However, this story of a bright explosion of color in a monochromatic world isn't what you might imagine, as Dee's life doesn't exactly turn out like she thinks it will.
This novella is the life story of Dee Taylor, the feisty and eccentric grandmother of Finn in the Heaven & Earth series. Her bright colorful muumuus and big floppy hat are her trademarks, and this story will tell you how it all began. She also has this little ability to see future developments. Oh, and commune with the greatest Greek family in history, but she just doesn't know it... yet.
A Peek inside
“My God, it’s hotter than a billy goat’s ass in a pepper patch out there,” Dee announced as she entered the office furnished with the rich fragrance of leather, old wood, coffee, and tobacco smoke.
Her boss, Bert Norton, sat hunched at his desk, puffing on his ancient pipe. His gaze snapped to hers, and he gave the merest hint of a smile before frowning at her crass expression. The two fellows, also occupying the room, stood a little straighter at her appearance, but gave each other surreptitious glares. They wore identical uniforms of scarred leather boots, dusty work trousers and damp cotton shirts, right down to the sweat-stained field-hand hats squeezed together in their enormous fists.
“Ah, sorry?” Dee phrased it almost like a question and raised her eyebrows at all the testosterone in the small space.
“Deidre, please, take a seat.” Bert gestured to one of the broad wing-back chairs occupying the area in front of his desk.
The two imposing men shifted their weight from foot to foot in apparent agitation. If I sit in that chair, I’ll look weak. Possessing a vagina created enough of a disadvantage chasm already.
“Thanks, Mr. Norton, I’ll stand. No sense in giving anyone the upper hand, right?” she quipped and slapped her hands on her hips, shifting her own weight from side to side. The corner of her boss’s lips twitched, but he sighed, and they both looked over at the two workers.
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A Peek Further
Furious, Demeter waved a hand to soften the noise of the door before it reached anyone’s ears and settled the house with her other hand. She gazed up at the bright light in the sky.
“You must deal with this blight, niece,” Themis’ voice echoed in her mind. “The last drop of blood is nigh upon us. This will be our last chance.”
Demeter’s face fell at the all-knowing Oracle. “She has been a loyal and faithful servant, perhaps…”
“Demeter, we have all risked and many more sacrifices are yet to come. Catherine is not Persephone. We must allow the mortals to gain their strength for no one is yet in place beside Deidre and even she will not be ready until her hair turns white and her skin wrinkles. Many years in their time. Time for us to prepared, for my father seeks revenge.”
Demeter understood what was not said. If they didn’t win this time, no hope remained.
A Peek at Jeny
Jeny Heckman is an award- winning fantasy
paranormal romance author best known for
her Heaven & Earth series, an award- winning
fantasy- paranormal series.
Her debut novel,
The Sea Archer, published in October 2018,
won "Best in Category," at the Chanticleer
International Book Awards. Her second book of
the Heaven &Earth Series, The Warrior's
Progeny won First Place Best in Category at
the 2020 OZMA Book Award and is a finalist in
the 2021 RONE Awards Paranormal Long
The Warrior’s Progeny also won “Best in Category” from the Chanticleer
International Book Awards for the Fantasy Romance genre, as well as earned the
Crown Heart of Excellence from InD’Tale Magazine.
Her standalone Women’s Fiction novel, entitled Releasing the Catch, was a finalist in
the Feathered Quill awards, likewise received in 2020.
Jeny loves working with her charities, which include Hospice of the Northwest, the
Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, the Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the
American Cancer Society. Jeny lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over
twenty- eight years.
For more about Jeny and where to find her on Social Media visit jenyheckman.com
Who: Hi, I’m Sydney Winward and I write paranormal and fantasy romance, with the occasional historical romance mixed in there. I am a mom to a 3-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, a baby on the way. I live with my kids and husband in Utah, and we’ve been married for 6 years.
Interests: I’m in that time in my life where I don’t do much besides take care of my young kids. But when I manage to find a spare moment here or there, I love reading, bike riding with the kids, and making fun things with Photoshop. I enjoy creating book covers, graphics, and more. Can you believe my brother who is 8 years younger than I am taught me most of what I know???
Other than that, I absolutely love animals. I’m one of those people who naturally attracts cats. Walking down the street? Cat. Sitting at home? Cat. On a bike ride in a random place? Cat. Also, I don’t own any cats.
Network: My writing critique group has been invaluable to my writing. Along with my awesomest husband ever, they have supported and encouraged me through the entire journey of writing and publishing. The friendships I have formed with other authors has also been a boon to my writing career. I enjoy making connections and friendships through our shared interests.
Desk: Desk? What desk? Haha, actually I write mostly using my laptop as I sit in bed. Occasionally, I will also write in the computer room while my husband plays videogames or codes on the computer next to mine. I’m a messy person, so the desk is usually cluttered with random objects from pens, to envelopes, to kids books, to candy wrappers. Yes, I have a major sweet tooth!
Outrageous Talent: Every once in a while, I will be struck with the desire to sew something. I’ve created costumes, dresses, skirts, baby sleep sacks, and more. But my favorite thing I’ve made was my daughter’s baby blessing dress. Someday, I hope to make a beautiful princess gown (yes, I’m a Disney nerd!). But maybe I’ll wait until the kids aren’t climbing all over my fabric and hiding my sewing pins.
Window-What’s outside yours: I have a BEAUTIFUL view of the mountains from my backyard. I live on a hill overlooking farmland, a golf course, and of course the mountains. Watching the sunrise coming over the mountains often takes my breath away.
A Peek inside
A Breath of Sunlight
Don’t show compassion for men. Never save a man’s life. And no matter what, never fall in love with someone you must ultimately kill. But some rules are meant to be broken, even if it means risking your life by betraying your valkyrie sisters.
The plan was simple—attack the Pits, kill the male slaves, save the women. But when Skaja runs into a fae man she can’t kill, she instead breaks all the rules to save him.
Prince Calle was sold into slavery by his jealous brother, and he would do anything to taste freedom again, even put his trust in a dangerous valkyrie. To protect his people and gain the throne, he and Skaja must trust each other. But neither of them expected trust to turn into something more, and the cost of love has a much steeper price than either of them anticipated.
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Sydney Winward is a fantasy and paranormal romance author who dabbles in the occasional historical fiction. She loves building complex worlds filled with magic, strong characters, and emotional stories that can make you laugh and cry.
Sydney is the author of The Bloodborn Series, and when she’s not writing, she’s reading, thinking about stories, or going on adventures with her children. She lives in Utah with her husband, two amazing kids, and one stubborn fish.
Who: I’m a country girl living life in the city. For the last twenty years, I’ve been a New York City actress, audiobook narrator, teaching artist, and mom, but my heart is in the corn fields and green ridges of Central Pennsylvania where I grew up. I’ve played leading ladies and saucy maids on Broadway and around the country, I’ve served time with Jessica Biel (on television of course), and a Broadway fight director once said I drove a cop car as well as any stunt woman.
Interests: My favorite new hobby is stand up paddleboard! I discovered it at a friend’s lake house in way northern Michigan and fell in love. Last year, I got two used boards online, and my family and I love nothing more than to drive up into the mountains to spend a lazy afternoon on the water. I also enjoy crafting, gardening, and roaming New York City for the tastiest cupcakes in every neighborhood.
Network: I am lucky to be supported by an amazing family, a network of friends from childhood, and a crew of inspiring women who I met in graduate school and hang out with as often as possible. During the pandemic, I also became a part of some online groups. Meeting friends virtually seemed daunting, but through a writers’ group and a neat podcast app, I now have lots of new friends all over the country to bounce ideas off and to support in their work.
Desk: Covid caused a big restructuring in our lives just as it did for so many families around the world. My husband now works from home three days a week, so I needed to create a second office space in our Manhattan apartment. Carving out room for another desk isn’t easy in a city flat, but I’m pleased with my new bedroom workspace. My desk is small, just big enough for my laptop, a few notebooks, and a jelly jar of pens. It faces a windowsill, lined with pictures of my husband and daughter and topped with a pie basket my cat loves to sleep on.
Outrageous talent: I am crazy good at estimating anything to do with time. I can usually guess the time of day within about ten minutes, and I am never, ever late. My friends joke that I time travel. Think it’s impossible to get to midtown for that lunch date in fifteen minutes? Hop on the subway with me, and don’t worry, you’ll make it.
Window: The view from my workspace inspires and thrills me every day. We live on the sixteenth floor, and my desk looks out over Morningside Park and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Hawks nest in the statuary atop the cathedral and regularly buzz my window. Afternoon storms roll in from the west and the sunsets are magnificent. As Anne Shirley said, “lots of scope for the imagination.”
Wendy's Room With A View
Hometown: Book One of the Hearts of the Ridge Series
Wendy Rich Stetson
When Tessa's big-city plans take the A Train to disaster, she lands in her sleepy hometown, smack in the middle of the most unlikely love triangle ever to hit Pennsylvania's Amish Country.
Hot-shot Dr. Richard Bruce is bound to Green Ridge by loyalty that runs deep. Deeper still is Jonas Rishel's tie to the land and his family's Amish community. Behind the wheel of a 1979 camper van, Tessa idles at a fork in the road. Will she cruise the superhighway to the future? Or take a slow trot to the past and a mysterious society she never dreamed she'd glimpse from the inside?
The girl entwined her fingers in her skirt and tugged the fabric tight. “Your hair is the same color as my cat, and she’s the best cat in the world.” In a heartbeat, she fled and buried her face in the man’s lap.
“My goodness. What a compliment. Thank you.” She fumbled with the clasp of her wallet, discovering only then she smooshed her thumb deep into the whoopie pie.
The elfin child giggled and bounced on bare toes.
Standing, the man swept her into his arms and smiled down at Tessa. “Rebecca has not seen many women with ginger hair.”
Ginger hair. For years, she was tormented by boneheaded boys shouting, “Carrot Top” and “Flame.” No one ever called her mane ginger. Beneath his candid gaze, her curls heated like embers, warming her from top to toe. Who was this man?
The girl wriggled, knocking askew his straw hat.
He tossed her under one arm like a sack of flour and righted it, loosening a tawny curl that escaped the wide brim and fell over one brow. His gaze passed over Tessa’s face.
Her unruly hair and short shorts tweaked at her consciousness. What did the Amish call outsiders? English? She was definitely dressed like an English woman. And not one from a Jane Austen novel.
He deposited the giggling girl right-side up on the floor and approached the table. “I’ve rarely seen hair that color myself. Like a copper penny.”
She stared at the mangled whoopie pie and blushed even deeper. For a brief moment, she felt his gaze trail down her body like a caress. Or did she?
Wendy Rich Stetson is a New York City girl who still considers the Central Pennsylvania countryside to be her home. She grew up road tripping in a 1979 VW camper van, and she keeps a running list of favorite roadside attractions from coast to coast. Now an author of sweet, small-town romance, Wendy is no stranger to storytelling. She’s a Broadway and television actress, an audiobook narrator, and a mom who likes nothing more than collaborating on children’s books with her teenage artist daughter. Wendy lives in Upper Manhattan with her family of three and rambunctious Maine Coon kitty. Follow Wendy’s journey at www.wendyrichstetson.com
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Who Hi I’m Judy Kentrus. I write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, later in life stories and historical romance. In June, I released my 25th book.
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 love to travel and include some of the places I’ve visited in my books. My stories are fun, sexy, romances that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love.
Interests 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. At Christmas time, I bake at least fifteen different kind of cookies. No, we don’t eat all of them. I make up cookie plates and share them with my neighbors, the veterinarian who takes care of my dog, the girl who cuts my hair and not to forget the UPS guy who makes frequent stops at my house.
I post a recipe on my website every month, but change things up from cookies to comfort foods.
Network I'm a member of Romance Writers of America and New Jersey Romance Writers.
I have two desks. One is in my office that I share with my daughter who works from home. I leave her alone and she ignores my muttering when I’m talking to my characters who take over the storyline and go in their own direction. The only interruption is Gracie, our lab-mix rescue dog who goes ballistic when she sees the deer, squirrels, and an occasional black bear in my back yard.
My other desk and laptop are in my bedroom. It’s true, stories run through author’s minds even when they’re sleeping or can’t sleep. I’ll get up and open my laptop to jot down a thought about my current WIP. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I’m writing, I never do go back to bed.
Outrageous talent or something fun like that. Do I have an outrageous talent? No, but I love to garden, when I have time. The growing season in my area starts around May. I must be very selective of what I plant because the deer eat everything. My chipmunks are very healthy because they eat the vegetables before I can pick them.
Window What's outside yours. My view is a beautiful, wooded forest, but I have a favorite tree. My husband and I planted a small pine tree in our back yard fifteen years ago. It’s at least 14 feet high. Four years ago, the winter was wicked, and we got dumped on with tons of snow. The tree was covered with so much snow it literally bent over in half. I was afraid the trunk was going to snap, but she stood the pressure. Spring arrived and she was still bent over. Friends said to cut it down, but we couldn’t do that. The persistence and will to survive was strong in that little pine tree. With the coaxing rays of the sun, it’s almost standing up straight. I guess the moral of what’s outside my window is, never give up.
Spirit of the Winds
This is my first historical romance and it’s gotten wonderful welcome by the readers of historical romance.
“All I want is my ship and the sea. No woman will ever run my life. I don’t need love.” ~ Cadell Leighton
No man is going to tell me how to run my life. All I want is my freedom. I’ll marry when I’m ready and only for love."
Cadell Leighton’s dream is about to come true. He’s worked hard to gain the knowledge to captain a new design in sailing ships. Spirit of the Winds, the latest addition to Leighton Shipping, will prove his claim to deliver cargo in record time. Wagers are heavy against him that he won’t make it back to Boston harbor alive.
His only regret is that his father, a ship’s captain, couldn’t share in the Wind’s maiden voyage. He was forced to leave his homeland under mysterious circumstances. Cade is determined to get answers to his many questions.
His command of the ship is contested by a Boston society chit who causes unforeseen calamity in his life. Backed into a corner, he’s forced to sacrifice his cherished freedom. The different moods of the sea won't be the only thing that will challenge his command and his heart.
Katherine Jameson hates the prim and proper life of a society deb. She’s being pressured into honoring a marriage contract that her mother has arranged to an undesirable clod old enough to be her father.
Her dream has always been to go to sea, following in the footsteps of her father, captain of a sailing ship. When she discovers her late father, who died under mysterious circumstances, made her part owner of a magnificent clipper, she sees it as a chance to fulfill her dream.
When these strong-willed characters are forced into a marriage neither of them wants, the storms won't only be confined to the seas. They’ll also have to work together to get answers to the questions behind their father’s past lives before they can get their much deserved, happily-ever-after.
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The Window is fogging up with this weeks Peek. If you are interested in steamier side of the romance genre take a Peek.
Who I am: Hi, I’m Marie Tuhart and I write sexy to steamy to super hot contemporary romance sometimes erotic romance.
Interests: I love to read paranormal and alien romance. My hobby is my two dogs, they fill lots of my time and keep me busy.
Network: My critique group and local writing friends. They keep me grounded and help me brainstorm and are just fun to hang around.
Desk description: Right now I’m at what I call my summer desk, it’s a desk in the family room because it’s the only place the portable air conditioning unit fits in the summer. My normal desk is in my office, it’s L-shaped and littered with papers, notes and to-do lists.
Outragious talent or something fun like that: The only one I can think of is that animals love me. I’ve been told I have the touch when it comes to animals.
Window Outside my office window is a couple of trees, and then my lawn, then the street. Outside the summer office, is my backyard where I watch the dogs run and play.
Ravish: A Wicked Sanctuary Novel
Contemporary erotic romance
Amazon 5 Star Review
This book about Lara and Colby was well written and very enjoyable. The characters were well written. Lara’s family and Ex were written as excellent adversaries. The bikers were also a great addition to the story. Lara’s character is not a follower but a leader of her own life, one in which she is trying to build on her own. She is a very upbeat character yet she stands up for herself. Colby is a very sweet guy who is a fixer of things. He owns his own leather goods shop and works at Wicked Sanctuary as well. All the additional characters definitely added to the story. Lara and Colby’s connection starts slow and continues on that slow pace. The angst in the story was pretty much there throughout the entire story and I really liked how things were resolved. Aunt Tammy turned out to be a bigger surprise than I anticipated. I really enjoyed reading this story, its HEA and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
He wants nothing more than to ravish her for the rest of their lives.
Easygoing leather store owner, and whip-maker Colby Durham embraces whatever life throws at him. Now, he wants café owner Lara Meyer bound to him in every way possible. When Lara’s hired to cater an event at Wicked Sanctuary, Colby finally gets his chance. He’s tired of being alone and has wanted to start a relationship with Lara for a while. But will she understand the need for kink in his life?
Lara’s world has been filled with wealth and status, not that she cares. She broke away from her controlling family years ago and defied them again when she opened her café. When Colby enters her life, Lara finds herself entranced by this unusual man. He dresses leather, owns a leather shop, and knows and occasionally rides with bikers. But as much as she might want to get into a relationship with Colby, her family won’t leave her business and love life alone. If they discover what’s going on between her and Colby, it could ruin her chance at future happiness.
Together, Lara and Colby must negotiate a bond that can stand the test of outside forces.
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Who: I’m an almost retired divorce lawyer who lives in central NJ – about ten miles from where I grew up. I write contemporary romance/women’s fiction which I love much more than going to court. I’ve been married to the most amazing husband for 33 years and I’m a mom to two beautiful daughters. I’m the product of a Catholic school education (so many tales to tell from that experience!). Maybe that’s why I’m still friends with the my high school posse.
Interests: I love to listen to music while walking along the surf an any NJ beach, but you will usually find me in Bradley Beach. I love to dance, and if I’m not walking or writing, I’ll be reading.
Network: My critique group, which currently consists of two people, is a wonderful help to me, especially when they point out what isn’t working in a manuscript. I also belong to NJRW (New Jersey Romance Writers) and I can count on them if I have a question on anything writing related. I’m published through The Wild Rose Press and that loop of authors is so supportive that without even having met them, I think of them as my friends.
Desk: My desk is usually very messy. Whatever manuscript I’m working on is printed out and to the right of my laptop. I edit on paper, then make the corrections in Word. There are notebooks with all my marketing efforts for each book, contests entered, and assorted other nonsense. I have The Emotion Thesaurus, Newsletter Ninja, and Bartlett’s Roget’s Thesaurus within reach (because the computer’s Thesaurus is just not enough). I have two non-working clocks to the left (they just need batteries but who has time?), a few plaques and trophies from contest wins (to prop me up when I tell myself I don’t know what I’m doing), and a Lladro statue of a ballerina.
Outrageous talent. Not sure it’s outrageous but I can waltz, jitterbug, polka, and chacha since my mom taught me all those dances when I was little. One of my law school friends announced to me one day in the cafeteria that the reason why we were in law school was because we didn’t have a creative bone in our bodies. Harsh. Hopefully I proved her wrong when I took up my second career as an author.
Window. Outside my window is a wall of evergreen trees on the far side of the yard keeping our space very private. There is also a pool and hundreds of knockout roses and other colorful flowers, some in pots around the pool, but most of them are planted.
Sworn To Fly (Sworn Sisters Series Book 3)
by Maria Imbalzano
Sparks fly, but will they ignite?
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Review
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Risk-averse ER nurse, Alyssa Beckman, is about to lose her job because of yet another bad decision. In order to put her life back on track, she books a week at a rustic mountain resort to ponder her next steps and rejuvenate. But when she arrives, she learns she’s enrolled in boot camp, an adventure program far out of her comfort zone.
While there, she meets Gabriel Sutton, a world-travelling high fashion photographer who is in danger of losing his clients as well as his status if he doesn’t start following the rules. While hiking, kayak racing, and participating in team challenges, sparks fly between Alyssa and Gabe as they encourage each other to take different life paths. But will those paths lead them farther apart or bring them closer together?
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Maria Imbalzano is a retired matrimonial lawyer who now writes full time. Instead of drafting motions, legal memoranda, and briefs, although fascinating, she now spends her days creating memorable characters and taking them on their emotional journeys through her contemporary romance novels.
In addition to writing fiction, Maria is on the Friends of Thomas Edison State University Foundation Committee and is still involved with Dress for Success Central Jersey, having been a founding Board member. She also serves on the finance committee for The Present Day Club. She has received the distinguished Family of Edison Award for her work with The Thomas Edison State University Foundation, the Iron Mike Professional Achievement Award from Trenton Catholic Academy, her alma mater, and was inducted into the Italian American National Hall of Fame.
Her novel, “Unchained Memories,” won the Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers’ Award and the ACRA Readers’ Choice Heart of Excellence Award. “Sworn to Forget,” the first of the four-book Sworn Sisters Series was a finalist for the illustrious RONE award as well as the Book Buyers Best Award.
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The Wild Rose Press Blog Interview May 2020
Who: I am Melody DeBlois. Currently, I live in Sacramento (the City of Trees), and I write Women’s Fiction/Romance. Besides California, my late husband and I lived part-time in a condo in Oregon overlooking the Pacific. That gave me a love for beach towns and whale-watching and sunsets—all the things that inspire the Love is a Beach series.
Interests: The writing process fascinates me, the alchemy of layering drafts and developing characters, the tinkering with language. I can’t decide what I love the most, writing or reading. If I love a book, I’ll read it more than once. I’m doing that now with One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It’s about a woman who loses her husband in a helicopter crash over the ocean. Years later, she’s about to marry another man only to discover her husband is still alive.
Network: When I get stuck, I call my forever friend. We brainstorm until I’ve come up with a solution to my roadblock in the story. The Wild Rose Press has made me a better writer by providing weekly chats and offering classes. In addition, my editor helps me create the best book I can write, and she’s always there for me.
Desk: In the past, my desk has faced the ocean. It has looked out on the Arizona desert for six months out of the year. Today it is turned away from the window. Keeping the room dark and having no view keeps me focused.
Other interests: I swim daily laps in our local pool. When I am gliding through the water, my waterproof iPod shuffling through songs, I’m in Heaven.
Window: I see the ranch-style and custom-built houses. This suburb is a 1950s throwback where everyone gravitates outside on warm nights to talk, laugh, and dream. I don’t know what I would do without my neighbors after a day of working long hours. I am also grateful for the folks at the pool who are like family to me. And how can I not include my biological family, who lives close by?
Undercover in Venice Beach
Love is a Beach Book 2
By trading places with her twin, Audrey Powell has the opportunity she’s always wanted, running her late mother’s teahouse. When she fails to create food that delights the palate, she hires Liam James—a sexy as sin Brit with a flair for cooking. He tries to seduce her with titillating dishes and his charm, but she’s vowed to steer clear of romance. Working undercover, Liam’s mission is to keep an eye on the teahouse. He poses as a chef to catch the traitor who is leaking UK security secrets. The last thing he wants to do is fall for a suspect, but when sparks fly, the romance starts to feel all too real.
Melody lives in Sacramento (the City of Trees). She writes romance novels. She's partial to poetry, sun, rain, strong coffee, and her writing room surrounded by books. Besides California, she and her late husband lived part-time in a condo in Oregon overlooking the Pacific. That gave her a love for beach towns and whale-watching and sunsets--all the things that inspire the Love is a Beach series. The writing process fascinates her, the alchemy of layering and developing characters, the tinkering with language. There's so much to treasure in the world: family, friends, and those random, everyday moments that make life grand. She hopes to give her readers all of that.