Thursday Spotlight ~ Kara O’Neal ~ Love’s Redemption

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to author Kara O’Neal. Welcome Kara. What a great title ‘Love’s Redemption’, can you tell us a bit about your new book?

Love’s Redemption is a story of forgiveness and courage. I loved writing this book. Willa is someone I admire. She’s had a tough life and does everything she can to protect her loved ones. I enjoyed exploring her heart and watching her achieve happiness. And she deserves so much happiness. Lonnie is the man she needs, loyal, steady and kind. He is, without doubt, my favorite hero in the Pikes Run Series (So far), And while he has a calm nature, he can be just as assertive and determined as Willa. Together they make a wonderful couple, a model of true love. You will not be disappointed in their journey!

Blurb:

When she was little more than a child, Willa Kramer went to extreme lengths to save her family from their abusive father. After that horrible day, her mother and siblings moved to Tennessee, and Willa had hoped to leave Texas, its memories and Lonnie Davis, the only boy she had ever trusted, behind. But fate is unpredictable.

Five years have passed, and Lonnie finds himself reunited with Willa, the only girl he’s ever loved. He’s determined not to let her slip away again, but a figure from the past looms, threatening his hopes for the future.

Snippet:

He paused. His chest tightened. He’d waited a long time to see her, had wondered if he ever would. Years ago, she’d wrapped him around her little finger, and he’d grown so attached to her, he’d thought about moving to Tennessee to be with her. But then she had stopped writing. To say it had hurt would be an understatement. But he hadn’t been angry. He could never be angry with her. Never. And now she was back and near. It was too tempting.

After taking a deep breath, he moved forward then went through the screen door. Even though it gave a loud creak, she didn’t turn. Did she know it was he who stood behind her?

 The light breeze ruffled her skirt. Her long, velvety hair grazed the small of her back. An ache centered in the pit of his stomach. He’d missed her. And now she was here. “Hello, Willa.”

Thank you so much sharing ‘Love’s Redemption Kara and here’s wishing you every success.

About the author:              Kara

Kara O’Neal was born and raised in Texas.  After surviving those awkward years of 7 to 16, she spent two years at Sam Houston State University where she met her husband.  He followed her to Texas Tech University and was proud when she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development.  Soon after graduation Kara followed her heart and became certified to teach Special Education. 

She married the love of her life in 1998 and had three children.  The happiest times of her life are spent with her family and friends.  Kara is fortunate to be surrounded by the best and most amazing people God put on this earth.

When she was pregnant with her oldest child, Kara wrote her first novel.  And then rewrote it.  And rewrote it again.  She did this while teaching, raising kids, and traveling across Texas with her husband.
Becoming an author was a dream she stumbled upon.  With the encouragement of her family and friends, she didn’t discard this risky adventure.  At this time, she would like to express her gratitude to her husband, parents, siblings, children, and friends for their support, love, and suggested revisions.

You can connect with Kara O’Neal here:

Author website: www.karaoneal.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KaraONeal84/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/karaoneal7/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kara-ONeal/e/B00FL19TH8/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1465007993&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/kara+o’neal?_requestid=845025

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaraONealAuthor

Saturday Spotlight ~ Under Starry Skies by Judy Ann Davis

Please join me in welcoming author Judy Ann Davis today and her novel ‘Under Starry Skies’.

How did “Under Starry Skies” come about?

I had worked in adult education and understood the value of reading and writing for all adults, the story of school teacher Maria O’Donnell teaching Indian Two Bears to read and write in 1875 seemed plausible for a storyline. Two Bears was a minor but favorite and humorous character in my first book, “Red Fox Woman.” I felt I had to bring him back in the sequel because readers fell in love with him and his humorous and wily disposition. They also fell in love with the youngest Ashmore brother, Tydall, who’s the story’s hero.

Romance happens under Colorado’s starry skies.

Blurb:

Hired as the town’s school teacher, Maria O’Donnell and her sister Abigail arrive in the Colorado Territory in 1875, only to find the uncle they were to stay with has been murdered.

Rancher Tye Ashmore is content with life until he meets quiet and beautiful Maria. He falls in love at first sight, but her reluctance to jeopardize her teaching position by accepting his marriage proposal only makes him more determined to make her part of his life.

When their lives are threatened by gunshots and a gunnysack of dangerous wildlife, Tye believes he is the target of an unknown enemy. Not until Maria receives written threats urging her to leave does she realize she might be the target instead of the handsome rancher.

With the help of Tye, Abigail, and a wily Indian called Two Bears, Maria works to uncover her uncle’s killer and put aside her fears. But will she discover happiness and true love under Colorado’s starry skies?

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Today is Brought to You by The Letter U

Providing a taxi service for number 3 son last night, I found an unexpected nugget of writing gold. Anyone with children of a certain age will be familiar with the ‘taxi of mum and dad’. Hours of tiresome journeys, interspersed with sitting and waiting, followed by further tiresome journeys.  I’ve often wondered why the legal driving age is not 12 –  that would be OK wouldn’t it??

I digress… Last night, awaiting the return of my Tae Kwondo enthusiast, I sat aimlessly flicking through the car radio stations. A word caught me, it was unfamiliar and sparked my interest, so I scrolled back. The word was ‘Uhtceare’.

Uhtceare ~ ( pronounced oot key-are-a)

An Old English word that refers to anxiety experienced just before dawn. It describes that moment when you wake up too early and can’t get back to sleep, no matter how tired you are, because you’re worried about the day to come.

Unbeknownst to me, I had long been a sufferer of uhtceare! I listened avidly to the show, absolutely enthralled. A radio programme devoted to forgotten words. Who knew there were so many? I was in heaven! Our language constantly lives and evolves. Words come into, and go out of fashion. Some change meaning, whilst others fade and sometimes disappear. As any writer will tell you, the sound and meaning of unknown words, is like nectar to the Gods. Each word carries its own sense of identity and purpose. New words allow you to expand your linguistic creativity even further. It’s like Christmas and birthdays and chocolate and wine – you get the picture! The words I heard were all part of a book called ‘The Horologican’ by Mark Forsyth. It is a book devoted to the most extraordinary words in the English language, according to the hour of day you may need them!

After doing a bit of research on the big G, I have decided to make it my mission to include a few of these unusual offerings within future works. Here’s a few examples you may/may not find useful:

  • Snollygoster – A 19th century American word for ‘ a dishonest or corrupt politician’.  I can not think why on earth we might need this word ( tongue firmly placed in cheek).
  • Flabergudgion – A mischievous or nasty person
  • Wamblecropt –  Overcome with indigestion.

 

Right then I am off to gongoozle………

I’ve put a link here for your enjoyment – happy reading!

Wednesday Showcase ~ Alicia Dean ~ Haunting at Spook Light Inn

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Hijacked by My Own Mind ~ A Writers Life

Picture the scene ~ I am happily typing away in my own little world. I have coffee, the luxury of a few weekend hours and enthusiasm! I am in my happy place and 2017 is looking good. I have never been known to do things by half so I have made a commitment to myself. I am to write a collection of short stories and a romantic comedy before Big Ben strikes midnight on December 31st 2017. Cinderella I most certainly am not, no thank you. I do not intend to loose shoes or anything else for that matter. I am ‘power wording’ that’s what I call it. Words are flying off the page. It’s a bit like ‘power walking’ but not as sweaty! Kate my new protagonist is bubbling along at a reasonable pace, then it happens…. Who on earth is Virginia? Virginia has set herself the task of grabbing my attention. She is proving to be a distraction of mighty proportions. Virginia it would seem is a 1920’s socialite with strong ideas about the books I should write in 2017. But I don’t do historical thrillers I argue. In fact, I don’t do historical anything. Don’t get me wrong, I love my history and appreciate it fully…. when written by someone else. Virginia is very stubborn. She will not let me rest until I have written a part of her story. I can hear Kate’s protestations as I close her file and hit file,  new, open.

It is two hours later and I have just surfaced for air. I do not write historical fiction. I do however write the stories that pound the inside of my head demanding a voice. Virginia is one of those voices. As yet I am unsure of her future but as always I will listen. I want to paint her well. I want to allow room for the breath that has been brought to life, space to live. What I do know is that Virginia Swan (nee Penrose) has a lot to say. She is strong and bold and is carrying a secret!

So my lovelies, on this grey overcast day in January my heart has been warmed once again. Today did not turn out the way I’d planned but it has been exciting. It looks as if three books are now on the horizon…. Wish me luck!

 

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Training Tessa ~ A Historical Romance by Debra Doggett

This year is shaping up to be a year of firsts. Historical romance is something I enjoy reading but this is the first historical romance author I have featured. Please join me in giving a warm welcome to author Debra Doggett. Here Debra tells us a bit about herself and her novel ‘Training Tess’

 I used to tell people I got a history degree because I didn’t have to take math classes for it. That was only part of the reason, but back then being a history nerd didn’t give off the best aura. Even my dad said he didn’t understand how I could take those classes because history was boring. It was one of the few things we disagreed on. Growing up, my hero was James Michener. It wasn’t only that he could write like nobody else, but he wrote history. His work inspired me, and one day I plan to write my own historical epic. My first attempt at dipping my toe into that goal was Training Tessa. I set this story in Renaissance Italy, one of my favorite time periods. It gave me an excuse to dig back into that time and place, making the writing fun. One of the biggest reasons for it, however, was the way sensuality permeated art, and life. Yes, there were lots of naysayers, but artists in particular began to look at the human body as sensual. That concept fit well with the story. I hope the story fits well with you.

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Meretessa Brexiano believes in love. Her heart yearns for a true bond with the man she weds. She also believes she can change her fate. Refusing the marriage her father has arranged, she strikes a bargain with a man she hopes can teach her the art of seduction. Nicolo da Parma is a businessman with a reputation as a connoisseur of women. Their sensuality is the palette he has painted on since his youth. This time, however, he may have struck a bargain which costs more than he planned. Training Tessa might be the greatest challenge to his own heart Nicolo’s ever had.

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The January Sales Just Got Better….

My first post of the New Year. No I’m not going to look back at 2016 (ever). What I am going to do is treat you to something lovely. From January 2nd through to January 8th the Kindle edition of Forbidden Colours is only £1.99 in the UK and $2.46 in the USA. Happy New Year lovely people.