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 I am: A California girl at heart, I bid a tearful goodbye to the beach and laid-back San Diego to move to the Colorado mountains. My love for reading must have expanded my imagination because I constantly have stories playing in my head. The only way to stop it was to start putting these stories on paper, but that’s only a temporary relief as the stories keep coming so I keep writing.
Interests: When I’m not reading or writing, I indulge in music, which is easy because my husband is a retired piano professor. We met many years ago, when I decided I wanted to start studying piano again. When I learned that he had performed and had taught at the university level, I knew I wanted to study with him. Over the years, a friendship grew into love and now I have music in my life every day.
Network: Over the years, I’ve developed a great group of beta readers and advance readers for my books. Because they’re readers, they can tell me right away when the plot and characters work or if something doesn’t ring true. It’s wonderful to have these great people in my life and cheering me on when I wonder why I’m still writing, but I love writing books for readers and as a writer knows, once you start writing, you can never stop.
Desk: We live in a small house which seems smaller because of my husband’s grand piano. I’ve converted the family room into my “office,” but because I have an aversion to junk, the office is limited to a chair, a foot stool, my laptop and a music stand where I balance my writing notes. The family room is small and used to be the breezeway between the house and the garage. It has two large windows that look over a patio filled with flower planters. When I’m not writing, I like to spend time in the garden, weather permitting. As it’s a hot June right now, I’m look out at peonies and roses. The cone flowers, echinacea, and rudbeckia are sprouting but won’t bloom until later this summer, which is wonderful because with the crocus, tulips and daffodils blooming in the spring, I can see flowers for eight months during the year.
Other: My husband and I are great lovers of nature. We’re happiest when we can escape the rat race and camp and enjoy the quiet. We’re both interested in ghost towns and drive the jeep along some of the old wagon trails. We’ve found a few ghost towns that are still standing with some household items the previous owners left behind. It’s fun for me to imagine what life must have been like back then. These miners worked hard as did their wives and children and sadly many had short lives, but their determination fascinates me.
Window: Surrounding myself with the beauty of our back patio and the brilliance of my husband’s playing, I have a view inside and outside of the of the wonders of life that sparks creativity and imagination. I feel very blessed.
Beaumont Brides Boxed Set Books 1-3
Here come the brides!
Book 1: Wherever Love Finds You
It’s his game. He makes the rules. Rule number one – only he can break the rules.
Zach Lowe lives his life without relationships in business and personally. Getting involved doesn’t work well when you’re the Black Knight of Wall Street.
Ellora Duvall, the sweet kid who crushed on him in high school, waltzes into the world of corporate finance with the same wide eyed innocence she had in chemistry class. He hadn’t expected her to affect him the way she did, but he’s in control. A few weeks with Ellora will be pure pleasure, then he’ll move on. She’ll understand. He should, too.
Who broke his rules?
Book 2: When Love Whispers
Sometimes, love comes in packages.
As the top ranked student at Charleston’s military academy, Preston Lowe excels in class, in sports and with women. Only Willow Dockery, a barmaid at the city’s trendy nightclub, sees the pain in his eyes when he’s out with friends having a good time. But Willow doesn’t know how Preston inwardly struggles to forget a past that could derail the career he’s worked hard to achieve.
Willow wrestles with her own secrets. After a disastrous relationship leaves her broke and disillusioned, she vows never to let anyone rob her of her dreams again. But as she gets to know Preston, it’s as if their tumultuous pasts meld together into something so startling it transforms their relationship and their lives forever.
Book 3: Call It Love
A kiss isn’t just a kiss …
Struggling actress Addison Duvall hustles background acting jobs at the Hollywood studios in hopes for her big break. When she’s cast as the stand in for the lead actress in a blockbuster spy film, she can’t believe her luck. The surprises rush in―her first test shot is with Hollywood heartthrob Spencer Kingsley. Her even bigger surprise is when the director yells, “Action!” and Spencer presses his lips to hers in a kiss.
Behind Spencer’s Hollywood façade hides the secret pain no one suspects. He’s the first to take a risk except when it comes to his heart. He can’t deny he and Addison have chemistry―chemistry onscreen and off―and he’s tempted to lower his guard. She seems real, not like the women he usually meets.
Once Addison’s star rises, so do Spencer’s doubts. She’s no different than the others looking for the connection to catapult their careers. He won’t let another woman damage his heart. His decision made, Spencer wishes her success.
But it’s already too late. How does he heal this Addison shaped hole in his heart? Should he risk more heartbreak for another chance at love?
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A further Peek
A native of California, Laura Haley-McNeil spent her youth studying ballet and piano, though her favorite pastime was curling up with a good book. Without a clue as to how to write a book, she knew one day she would.
After college, she segued into the corporate world, but she never forgot her love for the arts and served on the board of two community orchestras. Finally realizing that the book she’d dreamt of writing wouldn’t write itself, she planted herself in front of her computer. She now immerses herself in the lives and loves of her characters in her romantic suspense and her contemporary romance novels. Many years later, she lived her own romantic novel when she married her piano teacher, the love of her life.
Though she and husband have left warm California for cooler Colorado, they enjoy the outdoor life of hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and snow skiing. They satisfy their love of music by attending concerts and hanging out with their musician friends, but Laura still catches a few free moments when she can sneak off and read.
6/16/2021 09:58:59 am
Hello, Donna! Thank you for the opportunity to share my book with your followers. I had always wanted to write a brides series, and I'd always been intrigued by that old TV series Brothers and Sisters, though I had never watched it. I added a twist, a blended family, so now I had six young men dealing with their mother's marriage to the father of six young women, women they had known growing up. Follow the lives and loves of the Duvalls and the Lowes as they navigate college, careers and relationships. I had so much fun writing these romances and hope you enjoy them.
Anna Taylor Sweringen
6/16/2021 02:28:35 pm
Thanks for the peek, Laura. Happy sales.
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