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#HappyMother’sDay Facebook event. Come over to win some fabulous #audiobooks!

Hi all:

I know I’ve been talking about Mother’s Day quite a lot. And that’s not only because Mother’s Day in Spain is in May (like in the US) but also because I’m taking part in a Facebook event for Mother’s Day, Happy Mother’s Day, organised by an author and artist I admire enormously and who’s visited my blog not long ago, Uvi Poznansky (check here to read the post).

Pic for event

Before I forget, if I haven’t already invited you through Facebook or Goodreads, here is the page of the event.

What is it about?

Here Uvi herself explains a bit more:

Don’t miss this opportunity! A select group of authors has joined forces with me, to bring you amazing stories narrated by great voice actors. This spring, we invite you for an early Mother’s Day picnic.. Come listen to voice clips from the audiobooks. You may win one of them!

✿ Here’s what you can win http://tinyurl.com/join-us-mothersday
✿ Never listened to an audiobook before? It’s easier than you think:http://tinyurl.com/never-listened
✿ To keep up with upcoming events, like https://www.facebook.com/uviart

The event runs for the 5th of May at at 2 pm to 7 pm on 7th May (PDT). The ten authors taking part (hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with the time difference) will share fragments of the books they’re offering in Audio version, fragments particularly related to mothers. We’ll talk to readers and answer questions. And on the 7th May we’ll be announcing the lucky readers and listeners who’ve won the audiobooks.

As you know I’m fairly new to audiobooks and when Uvi asked me if I had one that featured mothers prominently, I straight away thought about I Love Your Cupcakes. Although some of my other books also have mothers in them, I Love Your Cupcakes has very interesting family relationships. Dulce’s mother has died before the action of the novel starts (well, there are two time lines but…) and she’s the inspiration for the baking business the girls start. Toni, Adelfa’s mother, becomes Dulce’s stepmother and that is a supportive relationship, although Toni doesn’t think she’s done enough for her stepdaughter, who also happens to be her best friend’s daughter. And to add complication to family matters, there’s also Storm… But well, if you want to know more, you might as well, read, or listen to the book. But I thought I’d share some of the fragments I’d chosen…

I Love Your Cupcakes Audiobook narrated by Glyn Olson
I Love Your Cupcakes Audiobook narrated by Gwyn Olson

ONE

Dulcinea loved her name. She had always felt it suited her to a T. So much so, that if she hadn’t been called that she was convinced she would have changed her name to Dulcinea. OK, it wasn’t the most typical name for an American girl, but her mother, Carmen, was Spanish and she always thought that the imaginary lady/love of Don Quijote deserved a second chance and a bigger role than she had ever been given. She also adored the fact that if it was shortened to Dulce, its meaning was ‘Sweet’ in Spanish. And if there was something her mother had loved was everything sweet. Carmen was the best amateur baker amongst all her friends’ mothers and she doubted that many professionals of baking and desserts could have competed with her. Her culinary skills got so popular and so many people asked her to give them her recipes or teach them how to bake that she ran a course on desserts and cooking at the local adult college until her death. It was only fair and fitting that even her daughter was Dulce.
You can listen to the sample directly in Sound Cloud (this one is longer than the text, the others are the same as the text):

TWO

It was a Saturday during Spring-break and Dulce and Adelfa had just arrived back from one of their non-shopping/shopping trips (when they went to the mall, walked around the shops, selected their favorite items, calculated costs, imagined appropriate occasions to wear their outfits but didn’t buy anything, or maybe only a drink or an ice-cream at a push). They stopped by Dulce’s house first but there was nobody there, and as it had become the norm since the death of Dulce’s mother, they went to Adelfa’s house. There they found Toni (Adelfa’s Mom) crying whilst hugging Tony (Dulce’s Dad).

Adelfa’s Mom had been very supportive of Tony since Carmen’s death. She had cooked for them, invited them around, and the two families had spent plenty of time together. Chad, Adelfa’s Dad, was a well-known chef that spent most of his time helping restaurants and hotels in crisis throughout the whole of the US and abroad, giving seminars and teaching in the most prestigious culinary schools in the world, and was hardly ever home.

Dulce’s first reaction to the scene was to wonder how close her Dad and Toni had actually become, as he was not only hugging her closely but also drying her tears and caressing her. She could not help but suspect that kisses might also be in the agenda.

Adelfa’s reaction was to go to her mother and, taking her by the elbow, ask her:

“What’s happened? What’s wrong? Why are you crying?”

“Oh, Adelfa!” Toni burst into another flood of tears. “Your father…”

“Is also my father.”

They all turned to look in the direction the voice had come from. Adelfa and Dulce had been so taken by the scene between their parents that they had completely missed the young boy standing at the back of the room, by the patio door.

“Who are you?” asked Adelfa. “And what do you mean?”

“Oh, girls, this is Sebastian. He’s Chad’s son. It seems Chad, your father…” Toni started.

THREE

Toni looked at Dulce.

“This must be a lot of work. And for what Adelfa was telling me, you have lots of plans of other things to do, like reading groups, children’s play groups, workshops, events…”

“Yes. We have lots of people interested in facilitating things and in helping out. But I think we’ll need to get some permanent staff very soon, as otherwise it could get overwhelming.”

“I’d love to help. As you know I can cook although cakes have never been my strong point. But I feel…There’s something I must be able to do. You know I’ve never wanted to take your mother’s place, and I couldn’t. She was an incredible woman, my best friend and we’re very different. But I’ve always felt that I’ve never done much for you. I’ve been there for your Dad, and Adelfa always seemed to know what she wanted to do from very early on, but I’ve never been of much help to you.”

“You’ve always been there…”

“Looking on and not knowing what to do. I can see how passionate you feel, well, you “all” feel about this. And I can see why. There’s a lot of love here. Let me help. If there’s anything I can do.”

 

Just in case you want to have a look beforehand, here I leave you the links…
Audible.com                    Audible.co.uk                  Amazon                   Apple i-Tunes 

If you’ve never tried Audible before, this is a great promotion.

If you prefer to watch the You Tube video:

Ah, and Uvi has dedicated the event some blog posts that you might want to check:

http://uviart.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/join-us-for-chance-to-win-audiobooks.html

http://uviart.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/let-me-introduce-you-to-my-author.html

http://uviart.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/happy-mothers-day-what-to-expect.html

Thanks so much to Uvi for organising this wonderful event, thanks to all the writers taking part, thanks to all of you for reading and listening and I hope to see you all there. And please, feel free to share, comment, like and to invite anybody you think might be interested. Many thanks!

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Blog Tour book promo

#Mother’sDayMagic. A book anthology for a very good cause. Interview with author Anna Celeste Burke (@aburke59).

Hi all:

As you know, Mother’s Day in the US is around the corner, and one of my author friends, Tamara Ferguson, told me about an initiative she was taking part in. A wonderful collection of books to commemorate mother’s everywhere, and for a very good cause. So I knew you’d like to know about it. Better still, rather than just talk about the collection, she gave me the opportunity of getting to know some of the writers. And today, it’s the turn of a writer I know from several groups but I hadn’t had a chance to catch up in my blog. And now I know she’ll have to visit again…

Mother's Day Magic

Mother’s day Magic…

with love

Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.

10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research.

Links:

http://www.mybook.to/MothersDayMagic

Amazon

USA http://amzn.to/1QBkiXk

UK   http://amzn.to/1QBkiXn

CAN http://amzn.to/1QBkhTw

AUS http://bit.ly/1QBkiXs

iTunes

USA: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1077026791

UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/id1077026791

CAN: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/id1077026791

AUs: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/id1077026791

NZL: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/book/id1077026791

Barnes and Noble

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940152738933

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/Search/Query?fcmedia=Book&query=9781524222727

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH Anna Celeste Burke Bestselling and Award-Winning Author

One of the Authors FROM MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC

Bestselling author of the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series and the Corsario Cove mystery series; Prequel to the Jessica Huntington Series Voted a TOP 50 Indie Book worth reading in 2015

 

The Story I’ve Contributed Is Maddie’s Project

Maddie's Project by Anna Celeste Burke
Maddie’s Project by Anna Celeste Burke

Laura’s mother, Maddie, led a life bursting at the seams, filled with family and a million projects. May changed everything. More than a decade later, Laura reflects on Maddie’s biggest project, and how it changed all their lives. Maddie Powers was a warrior—an imperfect hero, but a hero, nevertheless.

 

What Was The Inspiration For Your Mother’s Day Magic Story?

Maddie’s Project is an offshoot of the forthcoming book in the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series. That book is about Beverly Windsor, A DEAD MOTHER. Like all the books in the series A DEAD HUSBAND, A DEAD SISTER, and A DEAD DAUGHTER the murder mystery centers on social relationships, family dynamics, and women’s issues—not just whodunit but why. In A DEAD MOTHER, Beverly Windsor’s death has Jessica and her friend Laura pondering the mysteries surrounding their own mothers, both of whom have been challenged to face cancer and responded in very different ways. In the past year we’ve lost a lot of interesting people to cancer and several people in my life have dealt with cancer, so some of my inspiration is more personal.

How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?

Writing fiction requires odd kinds of research. I knew I needed to check various sites on the Internet to make sure I was using correct terms for medical issues related to cancer treatment now, and in the past. The timelines for the mothers in this story are 20 years apart and a good deal has happened. What surprised me was how often in the first draft of the story I used references to technology, movies, or video games that weren’t around twenty years ago. That was the mid-1990s so I’m not talking ancient history, but when I checked out those elements of my story, I had to make a lot changes. For example, in my first draft Laura asked her mother about using “earbuds” with her “iPod” to help her relax. In the mid-90s there was no iPod [released 2001] and earbuds were introduced along with the iPod, so no earbuds, either.

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something completely unexpected?

Laura, one of the characters in Maddie’s Project, is always a surprise to me. On the surface, she’s one of the least quirky members of Jessica’s sleuthing friends—the cat pack, as they refer to themselves. Laura is often willing to confront Jessica, to make an observation about her friend that is telling, or to reveal a side to herself that isn’t as staid and dependable as she seems to be. All of the characters in the books have changed in unexpected ways over the course of the series. Short answer: YES!

Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?

Yes. Especially Maddie Powers who is a new character. I would love to write more about her. 

What writer has been your biggest inspiration?

I have so many favorites among authors who write about mystery and women’s issues, it’s hard to pick one as my biggest inspiration. Agatha Christie is an important source of inspiration for anyone who writes in the cozy mystery genre. Other authors with women sleuths are also inspirations, like Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone, Jonnie Jacob’s Kali O’Brien and Rebecca Forster’s Josie Bates. Janet Evanovich has inspired my interest to add humor and the romance into my mystery stories—not just the Jessica Huntington series but my new series of cozy mysteries in Corsario Cove. There are so many writers in my circle of friends, like you, Tamara, Dianne Harman, and others who inspire by fighting the good fight every day trying to juggle the demands of writing and reaching readers. 

What non-writer had the most influence on your life And why?

My first love was science, so a lot of the early influences were scientists. That included women like Marie Curie and Margaret Mead. There have been a lot of women who mentored and supported me when I decided to go into social science. 

How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?

Names are important for many reasons. In Jessica Huntington’s case, for example, the Huntington name is one that resonates with old wealth in California. That’s important since it’s part of her backstory and it’s key to the character arc that she’s traveling as the series unfolds. Poor, slightly spoiled, rich girl with a shopping addiction comes to grips with the fact that money can’t buy happiness. A name for a character also has to fit in with all the other characters, of course, so there aren’t two characters with the same or names so similar they make it difficult for readers to keep them straight.

Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?

I have several people who read first drafts, usually once that draft is complete or nearly complete. I also have beta readers who read proof copies.

What inspired you to write your first book? 

My first fiction book was a horror story called DayRunner—remember those? In the book, a woman becomes consumed with, and then by, the scheduler she carries around with her. It begins to take over, putting darker and deadlier items on her “to do” list. I found fiction writing was a great way to counter the constraints imposed by the writing I was doing as a professor and social scientist. Writing fiction, where I could just make stuff up, was wildly entertaining!

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I married a rock musician, but I once considered a career as an opera singer. 

 

I’m glad to have had the chance to tell Maddie’s story. She’s a great mom under very difficult circumstances—a warrior and a hero in an everyday sort of way. Here’s to all the women who have to do the same!

The fabulous line up of Mother's Day Magic
The fabulous line up of Mother’s Day Magic

About the author:

Anna Celeste Burke
Anna Celeste Burke

Life is an extravaganza! Figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge. On my way to Oahu, to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had married in Tijuana, I was nabbed as a runaway. Eventually, the police let me go, but the rock band broke up. Our next stop: Disney World, where we ‘worked for the Mouse’ as chefs, courtesy of Walt Disney World University Chef’s School training. More education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. For decades, I researched, wrote, and taught a number of gloriously nerdy topics. Retired now, I’m still married to the same, sweet, guy and live with him near Palm Springs, California. I write mysteries set in sunny California! The Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series, set here in the Coachella Valley, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery Series set in California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in the OC. Coming soon, The Misadventures of Betsy Stark that also take place, here, in the Coachella Valley.

LINKS RE ANNA CELESTE BURKE

JOIN ME AT…

TWITTER:                             https://twitter.com/aburke59

FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE:   https://www.facebook.com/annacelesteburke

WEBSITE:                              http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com/

BLOG PAGE:                         http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com/#!blog/c1dh1

GOODREADS:                       https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7553558.Anna_Celeste_Burke

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:  http://amzn.to/1YKls8I

Book Links:

Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mysteries by Anna Celeste Burke
Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mysteries by Anna Celeste Burke

Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series, Books 1-3 @ http://amzn.to/1YKlqxu

Love a Foot Above the Ground by Anna Celeste Burke
Love a Foot Above the Ground by Anna Celeste Burke

Love a Foot Above the Ground, Prequel to Jessica Huntington Series @ http://smarturl.it/loveabove

Cowabunga Christmas! by Anna Celeste Burke
Cowabunga Christmas! by Anna Celeste Burke

Cowabunga Christmas! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery 1 @ http://smarturl.it/cove1

Thanks so much to Anna Celeste Burke for talking about her contribution to Mother’s Day Magic, thank to Tamara Ferguson for this opportunity, and you know what to do, like, share, comment and of course, CLICK!

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Blog Tour Book launch

#Mother’sDayBlogTour Today Daisy Banks (@DaisyBanks16). December Roses dedicated to our parent’s support

Hi all:

Those who follow me might remember that a few weeks back I shared a post about a collection of books for Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day Magic, and information about one of the authors who’d kindly offered me the opportunity to share not only the collection but also interviews with several of the authors. Tamara Ferguson, a fantastic author and a great supported of fellow indie writers, was featured in the first post, here.

Today, I have the pleasure to remind  you about that great collection and to introduce you to Daisy Banks, one of the UK authors taking part in the collection.

Ah, and don’t forget that 10% of the proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Towards Research.

And without any more blah, blah, here it goes:

Mother’s day Magic…

with love

Mother's Day Magic

 

Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.

10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research. 

Amazon

nook

Kobo

Itunes

24symbols

Scribed

Inktera (formally Page Foundry)

Tolino

Author Daisy Banks
Author Daisy Banks

AN INTERVIEW WITH Daisy Banks One of the Authors FROM MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC

The Story I’ve Contributed Is

December Roses by Daisy Banks
December Roses by Daisy Banks

December Roses 

A present-day gift of flowers sets off delightful memories for Jean. The recollections of the day love first bloomed and trust overcame a frightening challenge are carved deep in her heart.

What Was The Inspiration For Your Mother’s Day Magic Story?

My story is based on the true experience of my mother and her recollections of the day she and my father took their first important step closer to marriage. The magic is that I have been given the time to collect her memories and put them into a story for others to read. 

How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?

My research has been through conversations with my mother, as she is in her eighties and rather frail these talks have had to fit into her daily routine as much as possible. I have found her memories a delight and evidence of the very different world she grew up and lived in. I hope I have done this part of her story justice. 

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

I’d expected a peaceful progress with the characters in this story as it is semi biographical but no, there were one or two twists I hadn’t anticipated. Primarily the way my grandmother turned out on the page. In this story she seems quite a difficult person. I never found her so, as my grandmother she was fiercely protective, loving, and always partisan in her support for all I did. However, her relationship with my mother had a different quality. She seems almost unfeeling at times. My mom has no explanation for that but I do wonder if some of the reluctance to see my mother and father marry didn’t come from earlier experiences. Gran grew up and married in an era where contraception was almost nonexistent and women still frequently died in childbirth. In her youth she lived through a time where married women had to give up their jobs and become housewives by government decree, leaving them and her without independent income. She also lived through all the hardships of the Second World War. Although she probably never explained her worries and fears to my mother I do wonder if that is why Gran was so set against an early wedding for her daughter. 

Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?

Often when I finish a story it is hard to let go of characters but with this story being based on truth I don’t have to let go. I might well go on to write more of the romance between Jean and Jack and some of their early married life. There are some very amusing and poignant tales from their time together I’d love to share. 

What writer has been your biggest inspiration?

I find it hard to name one. I have loved books and stories of all sorts since I first learned to read. I’ve read all kinds of genres and many different authors and enjoyed almost all of them. I fell in love with the world of Tolkien at a young age and still return to his work as some people do to comfort food. I like some of the classics and I love Fielding’s stories. I think each and every book I read is like a personal gift to me and I therefore would love to say thank you to all writers. 

What non-writer had the most influence on your life And why?

This has to be one very important teacher I had in my secondary school. Her influence lifted me out of what might well be described as a mundane and inadequate education into something more. She encouraged my love of history and my academic progress by circumnavigating the rules in a system that had already consigned me to the bin by the time I was eleven. I achieved more and higher level qualifications than my peers because of her skill in teaching and her interest. This allowed me to go on to a sixth form college, and then later to gain qualifications to teach. I was the first person in my family to follow that pathway and without her I wouldn’t have done it.

How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?

I spend quite a bit of time finding the right names for characters. I check out name meanings in several languages and see if there is something that fits with the character. I like names with additional meanings that reinforce qualities a character may have.

I have changed names once or twice but that’s unusual for me. In my story Marked for Magic the heroine begins life with the childhood name of Nin, but once she gains her true strength she becomes Tara, and that name means strong along with other things.

Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?

I have some wonderful critique partners who help me with my writing. They are all published authors and I depend on them to hammer me if I make mistakes. We have worked together for a while and I trust their opinions on my stories. I am deeply grateful for the time and effort they put in to help me improve my work.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first ever stories were recorded not written as I was too young to have learned to write. My parents had a reel to reel tape recorder and I told it my tales. I still remember the one about kittens. I must have been about four years old. The next lot of stories came after I’d learned to write. In primary school I wrote a lot of stories and plays.

Secondary education didn’t call much for stories though I did write some and authored the school play for two years running. I wrote a shed load of very poor quality poetry in my teens and then education crushed the stories. From the time I was eighteen I didn’t write anything but essays until I left college. Once I began work all my energies went into my job, and a little later my marriage and after that my two children.

When I became ill and could no longer work I fumbled my way back into writing. The first stories astonished me as they poured out, but they were learning pieces. Some wonderful people helped me to develop and with their assistance I learned a lot but I still have so much more to learn.

 What might we be surprised to know about you?

While at college I once performed with a small dance troop and for one performance we danced the Can-Can. We wore full Can-Can costume and put in all shrieks, screams, cartwheels, and splits for the dance. It was an entertaining evening.

FROM THE AUTHOR

December Roses is dedicated to my parents and I have to say there were times when writing it that I got very emotional. Not for the frustration I sometimes feel with a story if it doesn’t go the way I want, but for the sheer innocence of my parents when they met and those days in 1950’s England. Those post war years were a time when ordinary people struggled to afford luxuries like afternoon tea and ice cream, and they lived with rationing of things we take for granted. I know my mother experienced real fear in a difficult situation, and yet in our modern world it would be one simply solved. My discussions with my mother about the story led to some very amusing conversations and I am very thankful to have experienced that with her.

Sadly, my father passed away some years ago and I couldn’t include him in the chat sessions about the story, but of course, I did discuss it with him in my thoughts. I am certain Dad would approve of the motivation behind my writing the tale and he would probably laugh about the mention of his first camera. I have a tiny photograph of him from those days of his National Service where he is in his army uniform and I’ve tried to hold that image for his character on the page.

About the Author:

Daisy Banks writes romances ranging from sweetly tender through to sexily spicy tales in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. From Victorian devotion to a werewolf passion, a rogue and a courtesan, a clumsy fairy and a saucy ghost, you can discover a different world with Daisy in each of her stories.

Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn’t writing. There are also some rare occasions she makes a meal that doesn’t stick to the pan.

Links

Blog http://daisybanks.wordpress.com/

Twitter @DaisyBanks16

Facebook http://on.fb.me/18iRC35

Pinterest http://bit.ly/16sF1XG

 

Daisy Banks is the author of:

Serving the Serpent

Christmas Carols

Marked for Magic

To Eternity

A Perfect Match

Timeless

Valentine Wishes

A Gentleman’s Folly

Your Heart My Soul

Fiona’s Wish

A Matter of Some Scandal

 

Daisy Banks writes a regular quarterly story in the Sexy to Go compilations.

Daisy's books

 

There are five free copies of each of these books available as prizes.

There is also a free read, Keep the Fire Burning, for all who would like it.

Keep the Fire Burning by Daisy Banks
Keep the Fire Burning by Daisy Banks

Links to Mother’s Day Magic:

Amazon (international):

Working Link: http://www.mybook.to/MothersDayMagic

iTunes

USA: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1077026791

UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/id1077026791

CAN: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/id1077026791

AUs: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/id1077026791

NZL: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/book/id1077026791

Barnes and Noble

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940152738933

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/Search/Query?fcmedia=Book&query=9781524222727

And a reminder of all the writers participating in this anthology:

The fabulous line up of Mother's Day Magic
The fabulous line up of Mother’s Day Magic

Thanks so much to Tamara Ferguson for alerting me to this wonderful anthology, to Daisy Banks for being my guest today, and thanks to all mothers and to you all for reading. And remember, today it’s the first of April… Take it easy and have a laugh. And of course, like, share, comment and CLICK!

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New books

#Mother’sDayMagic And incredible collection of books for a very good cause. Today Tamara Ferguson (@Tammysdragonfly)

Hi all:

As you know on Fridays I bring you new books and projects. I love to feature joint collections where several authors combine their books to offer variety and incredible value-for-money. It’s also a great chance to meet new writers that you’ll likely want to follow from then on, all under one roof.

Although I’ve featured some collections in the past, thanks to Tamara Ferguson who is a fellow author in one of the groups I frequent, I have the opportunity to bring you a great collection Mother’s Day Magic and not only that, but also to introduce you a few of the writers participating on the project. I’ll be sharing some insight information, interviews, etc, in the weeks to come, but I thought Tamara would be the best person to introduce us to this collection.

The floor is yours.

Mother’s day Magic…

with love

Mother's Day Magic

Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.

10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research.

Links: 

The Facebook event:

http://www.mybook.to/MothersDayMagic

Amazon: 

USA http://amzn.to/1QBkiXk

UK   http://amzn.to/1QBkiXn

CAN http://amzn.to/1QBkhTw

AUS http://bit.ly/1QBkiXs

nook

Kobo

Itunes:

USA: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1077026791

UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/id1077026791

CAN: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/id1077026791

AUs: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/id1077026791

NZL: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/book/id1077026791

 

Author Tamara Ferguson
Author Tamara Ferguson

AN INTERVIEW WITH Tamara Ferguson One of the Authors FROM MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC

#1 Bestselling & Multi-award winning author of the Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award in new adult romance

The Story I’ve Contributed Is

Two Hearts Unspoken (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance II) by Tamara Ferguson
Two Hearts Unspoken (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance II) by Tamara Ferguson

TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN

(Two hearts wounded warrior romance ii)

Retired air force captain and wounded warrior, Zach Logan, discovers that his scars are more than skin deep, when he falls in love with Beth Bowen; the lovely single mother of an autistic son. Could these two lonely people discover that love is that something unspoken that’s been missing from their lives?

 

What Was The Inspiration For Your Mother’s Day Magic Story?

I’m the single mom of a severely Autistic son. The story allows me to give some insight—not only about autism, but about the problems associated with his funding.

 

How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?

Not too much research—I decided to write about what I know—since I’m currently involved in a bunch of other writing projects. As far at the wounded warrior aspect—I also watch a lot of CNN—so the world’s problems always seem to be on my mind. My oldest son is a licensed athletic trainer and therapist, so the medical issues are much easier to research when you have your own personal consultant!

 

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

All the time—my story is completely different from the story I intended to write! Sometimes the story just takes off in its own direction, and you have to go with the flow.

Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?

Definitely! That’s why I love writing series romance—many of my previous characters are popping up in each new story I write. 

What writer has been your biggest inspiration?

Nora Roberts, Linda Howard & Mary Balogh are the 3 writers I’m the most inspired by—each in a different way—because their stories strike me the most emotionally. 

What non-writer had the most influence on your life And why?

Probably my grandmother—I was the only daughter in two generations—so she pretty much spoiled me rotten—but she was also someone who inspired me to think that anything was possible.

How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?

Names are very important to me—yes I change them if they don’t feel right! I also relate my cover pictures to my characters as closely as possible. This is the salesperson in me! First impressions are very important to the reader (speaking as someone who used to read 7-10 novels per week before I began writing!!) 

Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?

No one usually asks to read my stories while they’re still in progress! 

What inspired you to write your first book?

My son was supposed to enter a vocational program after he graduated from his specialized education, but this fell through because of Illinois’ budget cuts. My plans for expanding my own business were put on hold—since I had to take care of my son full-time. Writing is like therapy for me—and keeps me from thinking about the what-ifs in my life that I can’t do anything about. So the unexpected success I’ve been having has come as a complete surprise for me.

What might we be surprised to know about you?

Besides the fact that I’m a full-time caregiver of my youngest son—who’s severely autistic and an insulin dependent diabetic? There’s not a whole lot of choice in the matter because of the funding in the state of Illinois. That’s why I used this novella to bring up a few of the worries parents like myself are facing with the budget cuts being proposed by the new governor.

But there are also hidden joys in to found in the raising of a special kid—which I also touch base about in my story!

Otherwise, I have a ton of hobbies—including home improvement (I built an addition and put a new roof on the house—so big time home improvement, here)—gardening, cooking, floral arranging—all which I never seem to have time for anymore!

 

The fabulous line up of Mother's Day Magic
The fabulous line up of Mother’s Day Magic

About the Author

A member of the Romance Writers of America, Tamara Ferguson is the top-ten best-selling, multi-award winning author of the Kissed By Fate Romance Series and the Tales of The Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series.

Her latest release is Two Hearts Surrendered. This military romance was her contribution to the bestselling Magical Weddings anthology, which included stories by fifteen USA Today, best-selling, and award-winning authors. Two Hearts Surrendered recently earned 3-5★reviews from Readers’ Favorite, and has just become a #1 Wounded Warrior Romance Bestseller, Kindle Book and Series.

Tales of the Dragonfly Book I: In Tandem was a romance finalist at the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly Book II: In Flight was a 2014 WINNER at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. Her latest release, That Unforgettable Kiss was recently a top ten Amazon bestseller in Kindle Saga Fiction, earned 3-5★editorial reviews from Readers’ Favorite, and has just become the 2015 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards in New Adult Romance.

That Unforgettable Kiss is currently featured in the #5 bestselling A Touch Of Passion, 12 full-length novels by USA Today, New York Times bestselling and multi-award winning authors. This anthology is also a #1 New Adult Romance Bestseller, as well as a New Adult Bestseller.

A graduate of Illinois State University, Tamara Ferguson was a Vice-President of her graduating class and a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was awarded the Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology Collegiate Achievement Award upon her graduation.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son, you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping indie authors promote their books on twitter. A former horticulturist, she currently resides in central Illinois.

Tamara Ferguson

Never Underestimate the Power of a Kiss 💋

Tamara Ferguson

Multi-Award Winning, #1 Bestselling Author of

Contemporary Romance Suspense, New Adult Romance, & Military Romance-

Two Hearts Surrendered.

#1 Wounded Warrior Romance Bestseller, Kindle Book & Series

2015 Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Award Winner

That Unforgettable Kiss-New Adult Romance

 2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award WINNER

 

 

Tamara’s Blog “Tammys Dragonfly”
Tamara on Amazon
Tamara on Twitter: @Tammysdragonfly
Tamara on Facebook
Tamara on G+
Tamara on LinkedIn
Tamara on Goodreads
Tamara E-mail
Kissed by Fate on Facebook
Kissed by Fate homepage
Tales of the Dragonfly homepage

Other Books:

Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem (Book I)

http://bookShow.me/B00BAWL28Q

Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight (Book II) Rerelease-revised & new cover in April 2016(Blue Harvest Creative)

http://bookShow.me/B00IADV5M6

That Unforgettable Kiss (Kissed By Fate Books 1)

http://bookShow.me/B00OMGW8V2

A Touch of Passion (With That Unforgettable Kiss)

✿ Amazon: http://BookShow.me/B017DVII20 
✿ Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/a-touch-of-passion-1
✿ Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/589307

✿ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27397672-a-touch-of-passion?ac=1

✿ Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-touch-of-passion-boxed-set/id1054833135?mt=11

✿ Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-touch-of-passion-uvi-poznansky/1122885381?ean=2940152687675

Two Heart Surrendered (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance I)

http://bookShow.me/B016VYD1AE  

Magical Weddings (With Two Hearts Surrendered)

http://bookShow.me/B00Y1PUA3W

Coming Soon: Two Hearts Undone (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance III)

(Annie Acorn Publishing)

 

Social media long links/web page address etc.

Tamara’s Blog         https://Tammysdragonfly.wordpress.com/
Tamara on Amazon       http://www.TamaraFerguson.com
Tamara on Twitter: @Tammysdragonfly     https://twitter.com/Tammysdragonfly
Tamara on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tamara-Ferguson/579374595502809

Tamara G+                      https://plus.google.com/108952992124602192038/posts?hl=en                                            Tamara on LinkedIn        https://www.linkedin.com/pub/tamara-ferguson/94/a05/946
Tamara on Goodreads    https://www.goodreads.com/httpgoodreadscomtamara_ferguson
Tamara E-mail                                Tammysdragonfly@gmail.com
Kissed by Fate on Facebook          https://www.facebook.com/KissedByFate?ref=hl

Tumblr  https://www.tumblr.com/blog/tammysdragonfly

I’ve featured the Magical Weddings Anthology before (see here) and personally I can say I’m impressed by all of Tamara’s achievements and for pushing through with her writing no matter what.

Thanks so much to Tamara for this introduction to the collection and for such an open-hearted and honest interview and thanks to your for reading. As I mentioned before I’ll be sharing some more features about some of the other authors in coming weeks. In the meantime, don’t forget to like, share, comment and CLICK!

 

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