Monday, October 3, 2022

Muse Monday Goes Medieval Monday by Jennifer Ivy Walker #medieval #French #fairy

MUSE MONDAY

Oh la la! Please welcome Jennifer Ivy Walker to Muse Monday on Discover... With some classic French tragedy. Fun post. Oui, oui!

As a high school French teacher, I used puppets to illustrate the medieval legend of "Tristan et Yseult" to my French IV students as part of our study of the Middle Ages.

I always took my students to the state competition where they performed a French I play I had written, "Yseult la Belle et Tristan la Bête"--a combination of the medieval French legend of "Tristan et Yseult" (Tristan and Isolde in English) with the fairy tale, "Beauty and the Beast".

Last summer, I had an epiphany--to incorporate that play into a trilogy.  A retelling of the classic French tragedy of "Tristan et Yseult", blended with my love of medieval knights, Arthurian legends, and dark fairy tales from the enchanted Forest of Brocéliande in la Bretagne (Brittany in English), birthplace of Merlin the Magician, Viviane, the Lady of the Lake, and Lancelot du Lac.

My debut novel, "The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven", is a compilation of my years of studying French literature, my numerous trips to France-- exploring troglodyte caves, medieval pilgrimage sites, châteaux of the Loire Valley, Normandy, Bretagne, and Provence--and my love for myths and legends. 

Book Blurb:

In this dark fairy tale adaptation of a medieval French legend, Issylte must flee the wicked queen, finding shelter with a fairy witch who teaches her the verdant magic of the forest. Fate leads her to the otherworldly realm of the Lady of the Lake and the Elves of Avalon, where she must choose between her life as a healer or fight to save her ravaged kingdom. Tristan of Lyonesse is a Knight of the Round Table who must overcome the horrors of his past and defend his king or lose everything. When he becomes a warrior of the Tribe of Dana, a gift of Druidic magic might hold the key he seeks. Haunted and hunted. Entwined by fate. Can their passion and power prevail?

Excerpt:

The fairy witch motioned for Issylte to kneel at her side among the flowers. Her luminous brown eyes twinkled in the filtered sunlight.

“Every tree, plant, flower and herb has an essence. A spirit. A life force.” She gestured to the verdant forest all around.

Issylte raised her eyes to the lush canopy of trees overhead, the blue sky peeking through the fluffy clouds. She inhaled deeply, the green notes of pine mingling with the rich scent of earth and the tangy fragrance of blossoms in the early summer breeze.

“The essence of the forest can be beneficial. Benevolent. Essential for healing.” She picked up a sprig of red clover and handed it to Issylte with a knowing smile. “Yet others are harmful and deadly.” Maiwenn gestured to the alluring deep purple flowers before them.

Issylte’s breath caught in wonder. She sensed an aura. A tingle in her veins.

Maiwenn’s chestnut eyes bore deeply into hers. “Have you ever felt the thrum of the forest in your veins?”

Issylte nodded, her eyes wide with discovery and delight. She held Maiwenn’s gaze, nearly breathless with anticipation.

“That, Églantine, is power.” Maiwenn’s eyes were deep brown, like the nourishing earth of the Hazelwood Forest.

“You, my dear princess, are a forest fairy. Like me.”

Buy Links:

Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Rose-Sea-Raven-ebook/dp/B0B8XNMYBS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2SD77E1OYZFRI&keywords=wild+rose+sea+raven&qid=1661375960&sprefix=wild+rose+sea%2Caps%2C106&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble:

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 Jennifer Ivy Walker 

Enthralled with legends of medieval knights and ladies, dark fairy tales and fantasies about Druids, wizards and magic, Jennifer Ivy Walker always dreamed of becoming a writer. She fell in love with French in junior high school, continuing her study of the language throughout college, eventually becoming a high school teacher and college professor of French.

As a high school teacher, she took her students every year to the annual French competition, where they performed a play she had written, "Yseult la Belle et Tristan la Bête"--an imaginative blend of the medieval French legend of "Tristan et Yseult" and the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast", enhanced with fantasy elements of a Celtic fairy and a wicked witch.

Her debut novel, "The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven"--the first of a trilogy-- is a blend of her love for

medieval legends, the romantic French language, and paranormal fantasy. It is a retelling of the medieval French romance of "Tristan et Yseult", interwoven with Arthurian myth, dark fairy tales from the enchanted Forest of Brocéliande, and otherworldly elements such as Avalonian Elves, Druids, forest fairies and magic.

Explore her realm of Medieval French Fantasy. She hopes her novels will enchant you. 

Website:  https://jenniferivywalker.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferIvyWalker

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/bohemienneivy

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/jenniferivywalkerauthor/

Amazon link:  https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B0B91R2MJZ

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Forging Ahead Fearlessly by C. B. Clark #ForgingForgiveness #RomanticSuspense

FEARLESS FRIDAY

You can't imagine the biggest fear for an author if you haven't been there. THE PITCH! I guess it's akin to an audition for an actor or a solo for a singer. A lot of writers have manuscripts collecting dust under their beds for fear of putting themselves out there. So for all those writers who do, this Fearless Friday is for you. Tell us about yours, C.B.

There’s nothing more frightening than pitching a story you’ve poured your heart and soul into to an editor or agent. The first writers’ conference I attended offered agent and editor appointments. I’d just completed my first manuscript, and I was ready to get it out there. I did my homework and carefully planned what I was going to say. I had an index card with the story’s log line and plot points. I practiced my pitch for hours until I’d memorized every word. 

On the day of the pitch, I dressed in what I hoped was a professional looking outfit. I had my lucky penny in my pocket, took a deep breath, and plastered a smile on my face. I was prepared, I was ready…until it was my time to pitch. My heart raced, my mouth dried of all moisture, and I forgot the plot of the work I’d spent the past year writing and endlessly revising. I giggled several times and fidgeted in the chair, crossing, and recrossing my legs until the editor took pity on me, and we chatted about something inane. (I don’t remember what.) Finally, I resorted to reading the notes on my index card. Incredibly, in spite of my botched pitch, the editor requested the full manuscript, and I was euphoric. 

That publisher didn’t acquire my manuscript. Neither did the next one, or the next one. But finally, an editor did, and now I have eight published romantic suspense books. Pitching hasn’t gotten any easier. I’m still nervous, but I remind myself that editors and agents are just people. Most of them are compassionate and understanding. They want to hear about your book. That’s their business.

Blurb:

When small-town college instructor Candace Cooper discovers bloody, bare footprints in the snow while running in a state park deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, it brings back the horrific nightmare of her past.

Detective Aiden Farrell is determined to redeem himself in his new position in Colorado, even if that means ignoring his growing feelings for the beautiful professor he meets during an investigation. His fear that the footprints she saw are connected to a recent spate of missing teens intensifies when Candace is assaulted on campus. 

Aiden and Candace join forces, but as they start unraveling the truth, they get closer to each other—and to a killer who'll stop at nothing to achieve his nefarious goal. 

Caught between duty and love, Aiden fights in a race against time to save the woman he loves.

Excerpt:

Candace Cooper’s breath fogged out in plumes in the frosty, late afternoon air as she pumped her arms and loped along the narrow trail. Yesterday’s rain had turned to sleet, and overnight, two inches of fresh snow blanketed the trail.

Something caught her eye, and she slowed to a stop, turned around, and walked back three yards. What the heck? Indentations—a heel, the pad of a big toe, and the four, smaller indents of the other toes—were clearly formed in the smooth dusting of snow. The set of small, narrow footprints tracked along the snowy trail, veering into the deeper shadows of the forest. Someone had walked in his or her bare feet down the cold, snow-covered path.

The wind gusted against her damp face, and she shivered. Late November was too cold for anyone in their right mind to be out in the mountainous backcountry of northeast Colorado walking around without proper footgear. She squatted for a closer look. A smear of dark red, stark against the white snow, marked the heel depression of each left footprint. She touched the red splotch with the tip of her gloved finger. A rust-colored smudge stained the light blue cotton. Her heart rate kicked up.

Blood!

FYI, readers, I've read this book, but I haven't had time to post reviews lately on Discover... Do yourselves a favor and Discover this book. It's an entertaining read. I'll get the review up soon.

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Google: https://bit.ly/3PSWbd3 

Author Bio:

Forging Forgiveness is award-winning author, C.B. Clark’s eighth novel published by The Wild Rose Press. When she’s not busy traveling around the globe or hiking and camping in the wilderness near her home in northern British Columbia, she can be found in front of her laptop plotting her next story. 

Social Media links:

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15029617.C_B_Clark

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/C.-B.-Clark/e/B01BK61TQG/

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Reading and #Reviews (Gallant, Clark, Cornwell) #suspense

I'm an author, but I'm also a reader. Each month, I'll share with you reviews of present and past reads. My available time to read is limited because I write, but I love to curl up with a paperback or an eBook at night for the last hour of my day. 

I tend to read what I write, but not exclusively. Besides Romantic Suspense, I read crime and law novels, once in a while a true story, WWII historicals, mysteries, and mainstream character driven books.

Here are some of the books I've read recently or in the not-too-distant past. Maybe you'll discover a new book or author.

Twilight Deception (Leave No Trace Book 3) by Jannine Gallant

Shot, wounded, and bleeding, Tristan Flanagan is on the run from a once trusted business partner who stole money from their company and set him up to take the fall. He flees into the Grand Canyon, hoping for a miracle.

While on an overnight camping trip, artist Willow Larkin stumbles across a man more dead than alive. Though skeptical of his wild story of betrayal and embezzlement, especially when she was burned once before by a charismatic liar, Willow is still drawn to this desperate, sexy stranger. Against her better judgement, she hides him in her secluded cabin to recover—unaware that helping him puts her in the crosshairs of a violent criminal.

Staying one step ahead of both the police and a man intent on murder, the pair embark on a dangerous mission to prove his innocence. But finding the truth to clear his name is a deadly game—one they must win before he’ll be free to love again. If they survive . . .
 

MY REVIEW

What Ms. Gallant does so seamlessly is dropping us in nature’s setting for a wild ride of suspense and romance. 

When Tristan takes off, shot and bleeding, we’re with him on his escape into the wild…the wild being the Grand Canyon. Born and raised in Arizona, this setting held an extra punch for me, especially with some of it taking place in Flagstaff where I went to college. 

Lucky for him, an outdoorsy, gutsy woman rescues him and joins him on a ride to prove his innocence. 

You’ll enjoy this one!

AMAZON BUY LINK


Forging Forgiveness by C. B. Clark 

When small-town college instructor Candace Cooper discovers bloody, bare footprints in the snow while running in a state park deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, it brings back the horrific nightmare of her past.

Detective Aiden Farrell is determined to redeem himself in his new position in Colorado, even if that means ignoring his growing feelings for the beautiful professor he meets during an investigation. His fear that the footprints she saw are connected to a recent spate of missing teens intensifies when Candace is assaulted on campus.

Aiden and Candace join forces, but as they start unraveling the truth, they get closer to each other—and to a killer who'll stop at nothing to achieve his nefarious goal.

Caught between duty and love, Aiden fights in a race against time to save the woman he loves.
 

MY REVIEW

A college professor with a tragic background meets a detective who is still smarting from recent indiscretions. Sounds like the makings a conflicted story with many possibilities. Add murder and love to the mix, and you’ve got a great romantic suspense. Ms. Clark delivers. Enjoy the read!

AMAXON BUY LINK


Serial by Patricia Cornwell 

Forensic investigator Reilly Steel, Quantico-trained and California-born and bred, imagined Dublin to be a far cry from bustling San Francisco, a sleepy backwater where she can lay past ghosts to rest and start anew.
But a serial killer soon puts paid to that idea.

A young man and woman are found dead in a hotel room, the evidence initially suggesting a suicide pact.
But as Reilly and the investigative team dig deeper and more bodies are discovered, they soon realize that each crime has an intriguingly unique element in common.

And that a cunning mind is at work, one who seeks to upset society's norms in the most twisted way...
 

MY REVIEW

This story was twisty but unfortunately, some of the twisting seemed to have broken ends not connecting. I think part of the problem was Reilly’s guilt over her sister’s disappearance so many years earlier. Of course, she’d be affected, but to the degree portrayed didn’t quite seem real. She also seemed to connect dots that just weren’t there between the crimes. I liked a lot of the supporting characters—I tend to like a book if the plot is weak but has good characters. The plot twist at the end is a good one leaving the story with a redeeming quality.

AMAZON BUY LINK

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

First Lines #FictionNovel #Writing #Reading

 How important is that first page to you?

There’s an adage in the fiction writing world that the first few lines of a novel are the most important in the book. You’ve got to hook the reader. It's highly unlikely you would throw away a book you'd paid for or delete it from your eReader if the first paragraph doesn't totally knock your socks off. But an author does need to set the tone and keep the reader turning the page. I have hung in past that first page, but if the magic doesn’t kick in by the third chapter, paid for or not, the book is history.

As an experiment, I pulled some of my favorite books from the shelf. I tested the rule to see how impressive these published, successful authors did with their first couple of lines. See what you think:

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
It wasn't a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.

Maeve Binchy, Circle of Friends
The kitchen was full of the smells of baking. Benny put down her school bag and went on a tour of inspection.

Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County
On the morning of August 8, 1965, Robert Kincaid locked the door to his small two-room apartment on the third floor of a rambling house in Bellingham, Washington.

Nora Roberts, Angels Fall
Reece Gilmore smoked through the tough knuckles of Angel's Fist in an overheating Chevy Cavalier.

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. When it healed, and Jem's fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury.

Hmmm...A couple might pass the test, but all in all, it’s going to take at least the first page to hook me. A couple of these do rope me in after the first page, but a couple of others took even more reading to make me want to hang in until chapter three.

In the end, I'll keep doing as they say and not as they do. Trying to hook a reader on the first page is a good model to follow.

Here are the first lines of some of my stories. When I separate them away from the rest of the text, it's easy to see which have "oomph" and which do not. 

Sleeping with the Lights On  I woke before Wesley that morning, the first morning waking up next to him. I silently yawned, stretching my feet against the cowboy sheets tucked tight at the foot of his bed. 

The Morning After  The throb behind Abigail’s eyes scraped at her temples like chiseled fingernails. She squeezed her lids tight. Was the sheet twisted around her? 

Post-War Dreams  The cheap chenille could have been angel hair as I smoothed the spread over the bed, my mood sunnier than the faded yellow walls of the room. For most of my life, I'd never had my own room. 

Southwest of Love and Murder  Phoebe awakened sudden and breathless. Not slow like when the sheet tangled around her legs or when she needed a trip to the toilet in the gray fog of near-sleep. What noise had she heard that now wasn’t there? 

Curse of Wolf Falls  “Cameron!” Elidor MacKenzie screamed. The excruciating crunch of bones and
flesh meeting rock vibrated in her ears. 

The Art of Love and Murder  Lacy quickened her pace. The footsteps behind her did the same. As fast as her feet touched the bricks, her heart beat twice that speed. If only she could clear the narrow alley, step onto the lit sidewalk… 

Secrets of The Ravine  Laughter mingled with the jangle of the bell above the door. Magpie MacKenzie glanced over her shoulder from atop the stepping stool where she arranged music boxes on the top shelf of a four-tiered display. 

You can read the first chapters of all of my books here:

https://brendawhiteside.com/first-chapters  

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Bad Guys Behind “Hollow Hearts” – with #Giveaway By Donna Schlachter #FreeBook #Romance

WICKED WEDNESDAY

Hey gang, gather round and welcome Donna Schlachter to Wicked Wednesday on Discover... It's not often we have a giveaway and a print book (US only) or eBook to boot! So, enjoy the post and be sure to let us know you're there. Check back on the 14th for the announced winner.  

Set in 1860 at a Pony Express station near Green River, Utah, this book is the second in the Hearts of the Pony Express series.

Edith Cooper is a forty-ish woman traveling west with her husband, Paul. They’ve been married for many years, but they’ve not had any children. This leaves a hole in Edith’s heart when Paul dies along the trail to Oregon.

Green River, Utah, provides the only suitable place for many miles to bury bodies. In fact, the soil is soft and relatively rock-free, and hundreds—if not thousands—are buried there.

As Edith leaves the cemetery, two men approach her independently. The local pastor, a widower with six rowdy children, suggests he could be the man she needs. After all, he’s obviously not deficient when it comes to producing offspring, and although he realizes Edith is getting along in years, no reason they couldn’t still enjoy the physical benefits of marriage.

Edith says thank you and she’ll think about it.

The second man is an alcoholic private who has been in the army for twenty-plus years, but because he keeps getting into trouble when he drinks, has been demoted to the lowest rank possible. He suggests he is the man for her because—well, because he is a man.

Edith, horrified by what could become her life, thanks him and says she’ll let him know.

The pastor and the sergeant continue to pester Edith, insisting she give them an answer. The pastor’s rowdy children have no respect for her, and neither does he, apparently, when she brings them a cake at the church social.

Without giving the story away, both men accost her at different times, and when she resists, they turn on her. In fact, the pastor humiliates her at that church social, blaming her for his out-of-control kiddoes.

Humiliated, Edith feels pressured to choose her future.

Maybe she’ll stay, get her own lodgings, and find a job.

Or figure out a way to continue west.

Or return east where she and her husband came from.

There is, of course, a hero lurking in the shadows. Albert wants Edith to stay because he’d like to expand the kitchen and dining area at the station. But he also sees that having her around makes him miss her when she isn’t there. And that wasn’t part of his plans.

To find out which man Edith chooses, you’ll need to read the book. You can find out more about the story or order the ebook here: https://www.amazon.com/Hollow-Hearts-Book-Pony-Express-ebook/dp/B0B5B7H4XG 

Leave a comment, and we’ll draw randomly for a print copy (US only) or ebook of Hollow Hearts. Don’t forget to cleverly disguise your email address like this: Donna AT livebytheword DOT com

Question: Do you have a favorite family name in your family? 

About Hollow Hearts:

Middle-aged widow Edith Cooper walks away from the cemetery along the Green River near Simpson’s Hollow, Utah Territory. Away from the husband buried there this morning. Away from their plans and dreams for their future. Along the way, two men offer their hand in marriage. For her protection, one says. For his children’s sake, says the second. Were any of these reasons enough to marry? She must choose one. But which?

Albert Whitt, stationmaster of the Pony Express Station, loves his independent life. Twice stood up by women, he takes the only course that ensures no more rejection: stay clear of them. But when he learns that the stoic Widow Cooper is considering two proposals from men not worthy of lacing her boots, he must do something. But what?

Can Edith and Albert find a new beginning in the midst of tragedy, or will they choose the most convenient path—alone? 

About Donna:

A hybrid author, Donna writes squeaky clean historical and contemporary suspense. She has been published more than 50 times in books; is a member of several writers groups; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, traveling extensively for both, and is an avid oil painter. 

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Victorian Women & Vice – The Struggles and the Triumphs by Rachel Brimble #Vice #Prostitution #Romance

 MUSE MONDAY

Please welcome Rachel Brimble to Muse Monday on Discover... Her triology sounds fascinating. 

The idea for my latest trilogy, The Ladies of Carson Street was inspired by my reading The Five by Hallie Rubenhold and watching and loving the TV series, Harlots.

Once I had finished reading and watching, I was enveloped in the need to write about the world of vice and prostitution but with some sort of happy ending for the protagonists. This, of course, presented a problem because there are not many (if any) stories of life ending well for these women. But then I convinced myself that as I am writing fiction, I can make it possible!

I am known for setting my historicals in Bath and this trilogy would be no different.

The first book, A Widow’s Vow, introduces the main character, Louisa, but also the two other women who will go on to have their own, centre-stage, moments. Between them, Louisa, Nancy and Octavia are a force of nature, their loyalty and determination unwavering.

This series is about 19th century women and how so many of them fell unwittingly into the world of vice for reasons out of their control. It was this aspect of tumbling towards rock bottom with nothing to cling onto that made the message (or even lesson) of The Five so utterly impossible to ignore. Prostitution is rarely, if ever, a choice and many Victorian prostitutes came from wildly different backgrounds with wildly different stories.

I wanted this to be the case with Louisa, Nancy and Octavia, too – all three have completely different reasons why they came to be living and working in Bath’s backstreet taverns, clubs and houses.

So, what about their happy endings?

Well, they come for each of them in different ways – yes, they meet the men who will change them forever, but it is Louisa, Nancy and Octavia who do the work, fight for independence and life on their own terms. Writing about female empowerment is one of my favourite things to do and I believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with throwing a hefty dose of love and romance into the mix!

All three books in the trilogy, A Widow’s Vow, Trouble For The Leading Lady and A Very Modern Marriage, can be downloaded as a complete set on Amazon, but here is the blurb and buy link for book 1…

Happy Reading!

Rachel 

A Widow’s Vow

From grieving widow...

1851. After her merchant husband saved her from a life of prostitution, Louisa Hill was briefly happy as a housewife in Bristol. But then a constable arrives at her door. Her husband has been found hanged in a Bath hotel room, a note and a key to a property in Bath the only things she has left of him. And now the debt collectors will come calling.

To a new life as a madam.

Forced to leave everything she knows behind, Louisa finds more painful betrayals waiting for her in the house in Bath. Left with no means of income, Louisa knows she has nothing to turn to but her old way of life. But this time, she'll do it on her own terms – by turning her home into a brothel for upper class gentleman. And she's determined to spare the girls she saves from the street the horrors she endured in the past.

Enlisting the help of Jacob Jackson, a quiet but feared boxer, to watch over the house, Louisa is about to embark on a life she never envisaged. Can she find the courage to forge this new path? 

A Widow's Vow is the first in a gripping and gritty new Victorian saga series from Rachel Brimble. You won't be able to put it down.

BUY: https://geni.us/sHuF


Excerpt 

Louisa marched ahead of Nancy, pulling a brass front door key from her purse. Purposefully, she drew forth her anger at Anthony’s lies, betrayal and cowardice. Lord knew, she would have to take strength from somewhere if she was ever to believe such a property was now hers to do with as she would. Lifting her chin, she shrouded herself in an invisible layer of protection against whatever further hurts were to come in her uncertain future.

The house was beautiful. Built in a butter-coloured stone, its sash windows were flanked with velvet drapery, the front door painted a dark grass-green, complete with brass knocker and a stone ornament decorating its step. The longer Louisa stared, the more strongly inevitability enveloped her. She had survived this long and she would continue to survive, come what may.

After all, she and Nancy had the most pleasing of houses as their foundation.

She softly smiled as a whisper of positivity, of belonging… maybe even destiny, seeped deep into her heart. Could it be she was meant to be here? That Anthony had known this house would one day be hers. Maybe her conceptions of his subterfuge were actually initiated in wonderful surprise rather than treachery.

She slid the key into the lock, her heart beating hard. She and Nancy stepped into a large hallway, painted in the softest hue of lemon and white, the floorboards a beautiful dark wood.

As Nancy closed the door, Louisa’s momentary notion that the house might have been meant for her wavered. There was something distinctly female about it whereas she had been expecting the décor to be entirely male. A bad feeling whispered through her even as she admired the colours, the spray of flowers in a porcelain vase, the framed embroidery on the walls and the floral, ruffle-edged umbrella in a stone stand.

A door farther along the hallway clicked open and a high-pitched gasp reverberated around the space. ‘Who the devil are you and what are you doing in my house?’


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Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of 29 novels including the Ladies of Carson Street trilogy, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin). Her latest novel, Victoria & Violet is the first book in her new Royal Maids series with the Wild Rose Press and releases 17th October 2022.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association as well as the Historical Novel Society and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

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Monday, September 5, 2022

Life is for Living: Empowered Single Moms by Janina Grey #SingleMom #romance

MUSE MONDAY

Please welcome Janina Grey to Muse Monday on Discover... Not only did she write an entertaining book, but it's a story with a message.

Single Moms are the epitome of empowerment. Whether by choice or fate, more and more women are facing the daunting reality of being a single mom. For the longest time, being a single mom was labelled as an embarrassment by society and was hidden and never discussed.  

But in today’s world, single moms are rocking it! Being a single mom nowadays is way different from facing an unwanted pregnancy in the 1950s. These days, it’s a badge of honor. It’s a way of life. It’s a warning to the world that there is no messing with this woman; she knows what she wants and she’s going for it. And if you try to mess with her or her kids while she’s focusing on work or the house or striving to get along with the children’s father for their sake, you will probably regret your decision.

Single moms can appear to have it all together, yet, be breaking on the inside. Or, they can look like they are falling apart on the outside, but in reality, they are strong as steel. Give them a minute and they’ll be back on their feet facing the world with a tenacity stronger than superglue.

Jayde, aka Lilac Locks, is a single mom of four-year-old twins, by choice. The last thing she wants is a man in her life out of pity or responsibility. She works. She raises her kids. Quality time is a priority. She reads with them, dances with them, teaches them responsibility, and most of all, she loves them with all her heart and soul.

I modeled Jayde after so many single moms I’ve come to know, but especially my sister, Jeana. She
raised her two sons from the time they were infants, worked full time, put herself through college, brought them on vacations, and was as protective as a Mama Bear and her cubs. But really, Jayde is a tribute to all single moms who get up every morning and go to bed each night working tirelessly, focused and driven and rocking life as an Empowered Woman.

LIFE IS FOR LIVING                                                                   

Book 2 Earth and Sky Series 

A control-freak single mom and barefoot pagan bachelor discover some one night stands are meant to last forever.

Blurb

Single mom Jayde MacMillan does not need the headache of another man in her life, as she devotes her every breath for caring for her two toddler twins, and working full time to give them a stable and happy home.

Daniel Cameron is a free-spirited lover of all things beautiful—including women. He’s perfectly content with drumming around a fire and winding his way barefoot through the forests of upstate New York. 

Neither expected to see each other again after a wild and passionate night of lovemaking at a local spring festival. A chance encounter and two precocious toddlers four years later says Fate has other plans for Jayde and Dan. 

Some one-night stands are meant to last forever. 

LIFE IS FOR LIVING (Excerpt- Chapter One) 

“Well, enjoy the rest of your afternoon,” he said, slipping Jayde a look that nearly made her knees buckle. “Bye, kids. Remember to listen to your mama. She’s a smart lady.”

Directing his full attention on Jayde once more, he said, “I swear I know you from somewhere.”

Struggling to find a witty comeback, Jayde watched him hesitate, and when she didn’t respond he headed toward the door.

“See ya,” he said as he dipped his head and gave the slightest wink.

“Uh . . .” she stammered, getting her wish as Barefoot Dan disappeared out of her life once again. Her heart resumed its normal beat, while the kids tugged at each other from around her legs. Her knees were no longer buckling, and every flutter of anxiety disappeared like a bunny in a magic trick as the café door closed behind the mysterious, unwitting father of her children.”

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BUY LINKS: Earth and Sky Series

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Janina Grey
Not everything is black and white when it comes to love.

Janina Grey has been writing since she could hold a crayon, and there has been no stopping her since. Journaling, short stories, poetry, newsletters, news, feature, columns, Op/Eds, and press releases have kept her busy her whole life. But it was the sweet Harlequin romances she read in her downtime that stayed forever in her heart and gave her the inspiration to write her own contemporary romances now published with Soul Mate Publishing. 

By day, Janina guides domestic and sexual assault survivors down their path of healing and empowerment. But in the wee hours of the morning, she hunkers down at her childhood writing desk with Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, or Led Zep streaming through her earbuds while she brings to life her characters as they face their real-life sorrows and successes, and best of all, their happily-ever-afters. 

Growing up on Long Island and living periodically in Tennessee as a youth has given her the opportunity to meet many different types of people and experience many different lifestyles. After moving from Long Island to settle in the Mohawk Valley in Upstate New York with her family, she found the support needed to pursue her writing endeavors with Central New York Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. 

When Janina is not writing, she may be marching for women’s rights, kayaking, camping, drumming, or dancing around the fire. 

With the kids grown, she and her husband, David, share their 115-year-old Mohawk Valley farm house homestead with a few resident spirits and a very squawky murder of crows.

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