Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dare To Risk All ~ Joyce M. Holmes

I’m incredibly excited to welcome Joyce M. Holmes to a day at my beach. We’ll be relaxing with a fruity umbrella drink and watching the waves as we learn more about Joyce and her great new release, DARE TO RISK ALL.

Before I introduce Joyce, let’s have a look at her beautiful book and see what it’s about ~

Tessa Caldwell’s carefully structured world is thrown into chaos when the handsome stranger she had an uncharacteristic fling with reappears in her life. Ben not only gets the promotion she thought was hers, but is also intent on resuming their physical relationship. Although Tessa’s rational mind insists on a professional association, both her heart and her traitorous body have other ideas. Can her sensible nature possibly win against such temptation?

Memories of the petite blonde with large, blue eyes have haunted Ben Dunham for months. When he transfers to her branch, he anticipates picking up where they left off. Reality doesn’t match memory when the cool and collected lady wants no part of him. If he intends to pursue Tessa, he has to earn her trust. The problem is, Ben carries a dark and dangerous secret. How does he get Tessa to trust him when he can’t trust himself?

And now…our author ~

Welcome to the beach Joyce.

Hi there! Thanks for visiting with me today.

Everyone knows this is my favorite place to hang out. Tell us where you live and the place you most like to go.

I’m lucky to live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Nature is my favourite hang-out, preferably near the water.

We have something in common!
Do you have a family? What do they think of your writing?

I’m the empty-nest mom of three grown boys. They’re all proud of my writing accomplishments but none of them has actually read anything I’ve written, lol. My two daughter-in-laws have enjoyed my books though, and so has my hubby.

My hubby reads my books as well.
When did you first decide to dip your toes in the publication pond?

I started writing about fifteen years ago. Back then there weren’t many publishing avenues available, and I shopped a few of my things around, then gave up when I didn’t get any nibbles. Maybe four years ago, I got the writing bug back and my first book was published in 2012.

In your blurb, Tessa seems to have gotten herself into a tight spot. Ben sounds like the determined type. What inspired you to write about them?

My characters seem to develop a life of their own and I just follow my imagination once it takes off. I love wounded characters. And I also love to torture them - I take their deepest fears and crank it up a notch or two, then make them face what scares them most. I’m rather terrible that way. But in this case, perhaps it’s a little bit of fiction resembling real life too. My hubby and I met on the job, thirty-nine years ago and have been married for almost thirty-seven. And shh, don’t tell anyone but Tessa and Ben’s boss bears a slight resemblance to our boss back then.

We'll never tell.
Just to give us a better visual, what two celebrities do your characters most resemble?

Tessa is a much younger-day Meg Ryan. And Ben sprang from a model I saw in an ad, but if I had to choose a celebrity, I’d say he comes close to resembling Josh Duhamel.

Sounds like a great combination!
If you had them over for dinner, what would you serve? What game would you play after dinner?

Yikes, they sort of don’t agree on the foods they like - it’d be toss-up between seafood or beef. I’d definitely serve Ben’s favorite strawberry shortcake for dessert though. Rather than play a game, I think they’d prefer to watch a Star Wars movie.

Ah, yes, the classics.
I know our guests would like a sample of the story. Let’s tease them with an excerpt ~

Ben crossed the room to the computer table. From where she sat, Tessa caught a whiff of a sensuous blend of spice and citrus as he passed her desk. She swallowed. Hard.
“I take it this was Ed Hardy’s computer and now it’s for my use?” he asked after a moment.
“I guess,” Tessa agreed. Needing to concentrate on something other than how sexy Ben smelled, she dug in her drawer for her appointment book to see what she had on her schedule for the day. Morris wanted her to clean up any outstanding work by the end of the week, leaving her free to focus on new accounts with Ben.
Ben walked over to her desk, folded both arms across his chest and gazed down at her. “Ya know, this polite stranger thing is getting pretty old.” When she looked up, he braced his arms on the edge of the desk and leaned in. “Are we talking to one another or what?”
Tessa dropped the book and flattened into her chair. That now familiar breathless feeling constricted her throat. His stance, his closeness, gave her an exhilarated, restless sensation. Her body reacted to the message she read in his eyes, little jolts of desire mingling with spurts of resentment. She felt ashamed of the treacherous way her body responded to him and if she read his smug expression correctly, he knew exactly what effect he had on her.
No matter what or how she actually felt, her pride demanded that she prove this impertinent man wrong.

That scene leaves me breathless too! Now we’ll all want to buy the whole story. Where can they find it?

Wild Rose Press ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

We’d like to keep up with your writing. Where can we find you on the internet?

I give writing updates on my blog and have my books listed on the bookshelf.
My social media links:
Amazon and Goodreads pages:

It’s been great getting to know you, Joyce. I hope you’ll return with another book soon. Is there anything in the works?

I recently finished a project and hope to have it published by the end of the year. I’m currently in the very preliminary stages of starting another story, which will be a sequel to my first two books.

Can't wait! I hope our guests have had a good time. Everyone is welcome to leave a comment. As a matter of fact, I have a question for everyone. Have you ever been attracted to someone you worked with? How did that work out?

Sandra ~ I married my supervisor when I was in the Army. We had four years and two children together. We’re both married, for 30+ years, to other people now, but we’re still good friends.

Joyce ~ As you can see from one of my comments above, an office romance worked out well for me. ;)

Now tell us your stories...

Monday, January 19, 2015


From one corner of the country to the other, welcome to my beach, JM. Sit back with your umbrella drink of choice and soak in the sunshine. If there’s one thing we writers have in common, it’s an imagination.

*sits back with a fruity drink and soaks up the rays* Ahhhh, warm sun. I’m in Seattle, where we’re now knee-deep in our fall/winter/spring season. It’s gray skies and rain until July. Thanks so much for letting me share your sun!

I love the imagination you used in putting together the story line for WHATEVER IT TAKES. Let me show our visitors what I mean ~

She’s been dying to hear the words…

Walking away from her husband was the hardest thing Becca Morgan has ever done, even if it was the only way to save her heart from being broken by a loveless marriage. Still, when a terrible accident forces her to stay at her ex Jackson’s house for a few days, emotions she thought she’d buried long ago start coming to the surface—and, to her surprise, seem to be reciprocated…

…he just doesn’t know how to say.

Jackson Kade has never known love like he knew with Becca, but his cold upbringing left him unable to show her how deeply he feels. When Becca winds up under his roof once more, he knows it’s his only opportunity to prove his devotion—and passion. But old habits die hard, and even one mistake could shatter their last chance at love…

That’s what I call romance at its best. Who doesn’t love a chance for two lovers to reunite?

Before Becca moves into Jackson’s house, how would she describe him?

She’d say he’s a good father, but he’s a workaholic who has his priorities all screwed up. She’d also say he’s spoiled, and he can’t take anything seriously, including her and their marriage.

What would Jackson say about Becca before their reunion?

He’d say she’s stubborn and hard-headed, tough as nails, one of the best cook he’s ever had…and the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen.

To give us a picture in our minds, what two celebrities would best play the parts of these two characters?

For Becca, that’s easy. Cameron Diaz. Jackson, that’s a bit harder. Lol I have a picture pinned to my Pinterest board, but darned if I know the guy’s name. lol So maybe Brad Pitt, the way he looked in Meet Joe Black.

When you get that first spark of inspiration for a new story, how does it begin; the characters, the opening scene, the goal you build up to?

This one changes for every book. Most of the time, though, it’s the characters and a couple of scenes. Usually the opening and the ending and a basic premise.

Give us a quick rundown of your writing process.

Once an idea has grabbed me, I usually spend a couple weeks pondering the characters and their story. Who are they? What’s the tale they want told and how can I best tell it? I usually have an idea of the opening premise. Occasionally, I need to hash out the plot with a critique partner. Then I figure out who the characters are. Their names, ages, where they live, etc. Then I sit down at my keyboard, open a new document and go at it. The plot usually changes as I go along, because my characters usually walk off with it. lol

How much of yourself or your personal life goes into your stories?

I think quite a bit more than I realize. Being an emotional/heartwarming writer, I draw from personal experience to help put me the emotion on the page. So, sometimes, depending on what’s happening to my characters, quite a bit of me ends up on the page.

How does your writing affect your immediate family?

lol! They usually complain about the lack of clean socks and underwear. ;) Otherwise, we’re all computer geeks over here, completely addicted to our technology, so nobody really complains too much.

What does your extended family think of you being a published author?

My biggest supporter was my grandmother, whom I lost the beginning of this year. Mostly, they were proud of me. Grandma bought my books when she could, even though they weren’t really up her alley (she read cozy mysteries).

What is the most ridiculous comment or question you’ve ever gotten about being a writer?

You know, I can’t really think of anything? I’ve gotten some reviews that left me scratching my head, but I can’t think of anything really ridiculous that’s ever been said to me personally.

I’m hoping to attract more first time writers to my blog this year. What pearl of wisdom would you share with them?

Remember why you’re doing this and be determined to never give up. Because I guarantee there will be days when you want to. There are days when the pressure gets to me and I wonder, “Why am I doing this to myself?” And remembering why I started is often what gets me through the hard days. When that fails, honestly, it’s a refusal to give up. When you get to that point, allow yourself to wallow if you need to. Hey, we’re all human. But get back up.

Also, it’s okay to be different. Just because your writing process, or even the way you choose to tell the story, isn’t like everyone else doesn’t make it wrong (and I guarantee you there will be people who tell you it is). Variety is the spice of life and each writer is unique. What a boring world reading would be if every book was the same! So, be uniquely you and be proud of it. Somewhere out there is a reader who needs the story you’ve written.

Just so we can all get to know you better ~


JM is the author of passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She's a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons, and two very spoiled dogs. She's a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

It’s been great having you as my guest, JM. Any time the weather gets messy in the northwest, you’re always welcome here in the southeast. If a hurricane comes along, well, we celebrate those too.

Thanks so much for having me! I may just take you up on that. I could use some more sun! lol

The question of the day for our visitors – Have you ever given an old love a second chance?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE MALE MODEL CHRONICLES ~ Christi Snow's triple reveal

I'm delighted to help Christi Snow reveal the three gorgeous covers for here upcoming series, The Male Model Chronicles. Christi Snow is a remarkably talented writer of steamy romance with intense story lines, however I'd buy these books just to look at these covers. Yummy!

Introducing a new fictional series, built around the real-life world of Kruse Images & Photography and the gorgeous male models that Shauna Kruse gets to immortalize in her photos. The heroes are real people who also happen to be male models, but every single other thing about the series is fiction. 

Justin by Christi Snow
releasing January 21, 2015

The Model: Justin James Cadwell
The Photographer: Kruse Images & Photography

Tara Malone is having one of those lives. Born to Oscar award-winning actor, Anthony Malone, and model-famous beauty, Veronica Scott, she should have it made. But her curvy figure and out-of-control frizzy red hair are just the start of her many, many issues. Now to make matters worse, she’s started out her week by running over model, Justin James, with her car. She had a lot of fantasies about the cover model, but never did any of them include vehicular assault.

Justin James doesn’t have time for two broken wrists, but neither does his over-achieving family. He can’t open up his fridge or unzip his fly without excruciating pain and no one else has the time to help him. Tara already shot him down at the accident scene, but maybe he can work this so that the curvy bombshell has a reason to hang around for a bit. He’s not above using guilt if it means he gets to know her better.

The first in a new series of novellas inspired by Shauna Kruse’s photography and her beautiful male models. 

The Male Model Chronicles.

Lance by Christi Snow
coming Spring/Summer, 2015

The Model: Lance Jones
The Photographer: Kruse Images & Photography

As the owner and CEO of Lancer Industries, Matthew Lancer spends his days in three piece suits and conducting meetings that affect the world financial markets. What the world doesn’t know is that Matthew Lancer has a deep, dark secret. He’s actually super-hot, super-sexy, and covered in tattoos. When he can, he spends his free time letting loose as bad-boy male model, Lance Jones. No one knows and it has to stay that way or Lance will lose the one thing that’s keeping his high pressure life sane.

Andi Kelly writes erotic romance. Day in and day out, she imagines a world filled with bondage, multiple partners, and just a few whips and chains. But that’s the fantasy life in her novels. In the real world, she’s an introvert who spends her days at home living out her fantasies through her laptop. Andi’s finally worked up the courage to ask Shauna Kruse if she can sit in on the photoshoot for Andi’s next novel…with her model-crush, Lance Jones.

But Lancer Industries has a mole and it’s put both Andi and Lance in danger. Lance’s two worlds collide and when corporate espionage meets erotic romance, there’s no telling what might happen.

The second in a new series of novellas inspired by Shauna Kruse’s photography and her beautiful male models. 

The Male Model Chronicles.

Joshua by Christi Snow
coming Fall, 2015

The Model: Joshua Scott Brown
The Photographer: Kruse Images & Photography


December is the time for romance, twinkling lights, and roaring fires in the fireplace. It’s also time for the annual Holiday Fantasy Lingerie show. This year, the show has a masculine twist with the introduction of male models who were once soldiers. 

Joshua Scott Brown has made quite a name for himself as a male fitness model since he got out of the Air Force. But nothing prepares him for the media circus that occurs after he catches one of the female lingerie models during the live show, preventing her from a ten foot fall. Now the lingerie company wants to turn that media coverage into holiday profit by pairing him up romantically with the model. Unfortunately, he only has eyes for Autumn Layne, the publicist who keeps pushing him into another woman’s arms.

The third in a new series of novellas inspired by Shauna Kruse’s photography and her beautiful male models. 

The Male Model Chronicles.

About the author:

As an avid reader her entire life, Christi Snow always dreamed of writing books that brought to others the kind of joy she felt when she read. But...she never did anything about it besides jot down a few ideas and sparse scenes.

When she turned 41, she decided it was time to go after her dream and started writing. Within four months, she'd written over 150,000 words and hasn't stopped since.

She's found her calling by writing about sexy, alpha heroes and smart, tough heroines falling in love and finding their passion. She's truly living the dream and loving every minute of it.

Her tagline is... Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After. She's loving this adventure!

About the cover designer:
Because of the nature of the series, the cover designer also happens to be one of the models...Joshua Scott Brown. (His book will be the third in the series.) Joshua's graphic design business, JSB Graphic Design, is still getting off the ground, but he's been wonderful to work with. Always professional, always positive, and extremely talented...


A note from the author...Where did the series come from?

I follow a very talented photographer on Facebook, Shauna Kruse of Kruse Images & Photography. Just about two months ago, she posted a photo of Justin James Cadwell, stating that this gorgeous model had yet to be contracted for his first cover. That sent my writing muse into frenetic action and two weeks later, Justin was written and this series was born.

Series details: Male Model Chronicles…

The Series Order (although every installment is a complete stand-alone work):
  •       Justin (Justin James Cadwell)
  •       Lance (Lance Jones)
  •      Joshua (Joshua Scott Brown)
This series is a whole new venue for me as a writer. The stories are generally contemporary romance although Lance will delve a bit into my more normal romantic suspense arena....and they're shorter. Most the stories will run about 30-35,000 words. They are meant to be fun and entertaining...and Shauna will make an appearance in each story.

While the names (the male models and Shauna only) used in the stories signify real people, the stories are completely fictional. They in no way reflect true events, incidences, or beliefs by these people in real life. Besides the names, everything else is from the author’s imagination and should be taken as such.

And the source for ALL of the inspiration for the series...
Shauna Kruse's gorgeous photography with 

You can visit the author's website today for a special little excerpt from the world of Justin...

Friday, December 12, 2014

30 SECONDS by Chrys Fey

Welcome back to my beach Chrys! You may want to leave your sweater on and stay in the sand today. It’s a little nippy this time of year. I’ve brought a thermos of coffee…with Kahlua.

Hi, Sandra! Thanks for welcoming me back to your beach. This is my favorite vacation spot. Pass me that thermos! ;)

I had the pleasure of hosting you when you released your first novella, HURRICANE CRIMES. This time, hurricane season is over and you’ve released 30 SECONDS. Did you make any changes in the way you planned, plotted, or in general wrote this new story?

I usually plot every story the same way. Whenever I get a story idea, I write down as much as I can about it, including dialogue. Then I create a list of all the plot events from beginning to end. As I write, I may change things up if I get new ideas or if my characters tell me to do something else.

What did you learn from your first experience with publishing? Was there anything that really surprised you?

I learned a lot about marketing and have a few methods on how to do it, which is always helpful as you move forward. I didn’t really have any surprises, though, because I learned early on that my publishing expectations wouldn’t be reality. I would not get a movie deal, have a hundred reviews instantly, or make it as a best seller. I’m working toward those goals. ;)

Tell us a little about 30 SECONDS.

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he's made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He's determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob's death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart's life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn't anticipate. As she's dodging bullets, she's falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?

It sounds just as action packed as HURRICANE CRIMES. Does Dani know from the start that Blake is undercover?

Basically the minute she meets Blake she learns he’s undercover, and the story is about the aftermath of him being undercover in the Mob.

How did they meet?

Well, their first encounter happens when Dani literally runs into him on the staircase. The second encounter, which happens a moment later, happens when Blake practically tackles her into her apartment.

To put a picture in our minds, who would you say are Blake and Dani’s celebrity look-alikes?

I always said Blake reminded me of Paul Walker (RIP) and Rachelle Lefevre would make a great Dani.

What is Dani’s first impression of Blake?

She thinks he’s a stalker, or at least going to rob her blind, which is understandable when a man grabs you and puts a hand over your mouth.

What is his first impression of her?

He viewed her as a woman in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Give us an example of what’s between the pages.

She panted with fear. What if they see the chest? What if we get caught? What if my breath stinks and I’m breathing right into Officer Hottie’s face? She shut her mouth and let oxygen flow through her nose.
Her eyesight slowly adjusted to the darkness and she could see Officer Herro’s silhouette. His head was turned and he was listening to the thuds of heavy boots getting louder; the intruders were coming their way.
Then the thunder of footsteps sounded right next to them. “There’s no one here, Red,” someone announced.
“Look for documents,” a man ordered, who Dani could only assume was Red. “I want the name of the person I’m going to kill.”
A moment later, there was a reply. “All the mail is addressed to a Dr. Hart.”
Hearing her name said aloud by one of the men who had ransacked her place made her want to gasp. Her mouth fell open and her breath was reversing into her lungs, but before she could make a sound, Officer Herro lowered his lips to hers, silencing her. Stunned, she could only lie beneath him with her eyes wide and her body tense. She couldn’t believe he was kissing her. She wanted to push him back, but knew if she did he might hit the inside of the chest, giving away their hiding place. That was when she realized he was kissing her so she wouldn’t gasp.
She let her body relax. After her initial shock faded, she was able to feel his lips. They were comforting and caused a reaction deep inside her. She couldn’t stop her lips from reacting to his. It was an innocent connection, a soft touch of lips. Until his hand slid from her shoulder to her neck and the kiss deepened into something else.

It sounds excellent. How can we find it?

There’s no way you can stay away from the keyboard now. What do you have in store for us next?

I am working on the sequel to Hurricane Crimes as well as the prequel to 30 Seconds that follows Blake in the Mob. I also hope to publish two paranormal short stories early next year: “Witch of Death” and “Ghost of Death.”

How does your family feel about having a published author in their midst?

I’m not actually sure how my family feels. They don’t ever mention my publishing or read my work. I do hope they are proud, though.

What is the first book you remember reading for pleasure?

Oh, gosh! I don’t know! The first romance book I ever read was “Once in a Lifetime” by Danielle Steel. I didn’t really enjoy reading until I was in sixth grade, so I guess I’d say “So You Want to Be a Wizard” by Diane Duane.  

I’ll throw out a few genres. Tell us who your favorite authors are in each; 1- Romance, 2- Historical, 3- Mystery, 4- Paranormal.

Romance – Nora Roberts
Historical – Pearl S. Buck
Mystery – Sandra Brown
Paranormal – Crystal Collier

Now I feel like we know you a little better. Where can we find you on the internet?

It’s been great having you back. I hope you’ll stick around for the visitors that may come by.

Thank you so much for having me here again, Sandra. I will definitely stick around. :)