30 April 2012

Please welcome fellow TWRP author Jannine Gallant today

Hi Sherry, thanks for having me on your blog today.


Write about what you know. I’ve taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. I grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently live in beautiful Lake Tahoe with my husband and two daughters. When I’m not busy writing or being a full time mom, I hike or snowshoe in the woods around our home with my dog, Ginger. Whether I’m writing contemporary, historical, or romantic suspense, I try to bring the beauty of nature to my stories.

My new release, Nothing But Trouble, stars Honor Jackson, newly arrived in Redemption, Texas. I thought it would be fun to post an interview conducted by a local news reporter. Take it away, Stan the Man…

Stan: Stan the Man here with a little filly just arrived in Redemption. (Smoothes back his thinning hair and smiles a big, toothy grin.) Honor Jackson is her name. Word has it, Honor, you’ve been seen hanging around the Sunrise Café. Want to tell us what brought you to Redemption?

Honor: Andee Matheson, the owner of the Sunrise Café, is my old college roommate. When she mentioned she could use a little help at the restaurant once her baby was born, I was more than happy to oblige. (Bites lip and looks down at the ground.) I was at a bit of a loose end after… Well, coming west was a good move for me.

Stan: I smell a story, Honor, or can I call you Honey?

Honor: (Eyes widen innocently.) Only my friends call me Honey, and I don’t know you well enough for that, Stan.

Stan: Ooh, a feisty one. Is it true you’re going to cater Jenna Paladin’s wedding?

Honor: Chase Paladin, Jenna’s brother, caught me at a weak moment, and I agreed. Jenna was in a bind, and, well, I didn’t have the heart to say no.

Stan: (Snickers.) I know all about Chase. We go way back. That man has been charming women since our days on the school playground. Doesn’t surprise me in the least you couldn’t say no. How did you meet Chase?

Honor: I ran into some trouble on my trip to Redemption, and Chase gave me a lift. I took one look at him and just knew he was going to be nothing but trouble.

Stan: (Slaps thigh and chortles.) You hit the nail on the head, there. Ask all his ex-girlfriends. Well, Honor, it’s been a real pleasure getting to know you better. I know I speak for all the good citizens of our town in welcoming you to Redemption.

Honor: Thanks, Stan, I appreciate that. I have a feeling my time in Redemption will be quite an adventure.

Chase Paladin avoids commitment like a patch of stinging nettles. He's seen how love can trample a man, and he doesn’t plan to get hitched—ever. But when Honor Jackson walks into his life, hell-bent on keeping her distance, she turns his convictions inside out.

One look at the too-handsome cowboy with laughing green eyes and a killer smile, and Honor knows he's nothing but trouble. She's come to Redemption, Texas to help an old friend, not to let another man charm her into certain heartache.

But every time she turns around, Chase is there, and the closer they get, the more she fears he’ll break her heart. So when anonymous threats make it clear that someone in Redemption wants her gone, Honor is ready to oblige. Only now Chase isn’t certain he can live without her.

Will two wary hearts take a chance on love before it's too late?

Chase reached over and gave her arm a squeeze. The imprint of his fingers on her bare skin tingled like a brand.

“I’m sure you’ll do just fine. Soon as word gets out, you’ll draw the locals like bees to honey.”
She rolled her eyes. “I’ve never heard that line before.”

“I can see I have an uphill battle ahead. Charming you won’t be an easy task.”

Leaning her head against the high vinyl seatback, she avoided his smiling eyes. “More like impossible, so don’t bother trying.”

His lips firmed. “Is it me in particular, or are you always this friendly?”

She didn’t answer immediately. Stroking the dog’s silky coat, she spent a moment composing her thoughts. “I’m sure you’re a whole lot of fun. You’re handsome and entertaining.” She let out a breath. “You’re probably a firecracker in bed to boot.”

He coughed and shot her a wide-eyed glance.

“But I’m not in the market for a fling with a good-looking cowboy.”

“Why not?”


“What happened to put you off men?”

“Life happened. I plan to work for Andee for a couple of months and get my ducks in a row before moving on. I’m pretty sure—make that one hundred percent positive—getting involved with you would complicate the equation, and I’m no math whiz.”

“What are you a whiz at, besides putting men in their place?”

Places you can find Jannine and her books:

Website: http://www.janninegallant.com/

Blog: http://janninegallant.blogspot.com/

Group Blog: http://www.rosesofprose.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/JannineGallant.Author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/JannineGallant

Buy Link from TWRP: http://bit.ly/IbOwjk

Also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Best wishes withyour new book, Jannine.

28 April 2012

A-Z Challenge -Z

 Z is the final letter of the alphabet and often associated with endings. And so it is today. This is my final blog in this month's A-Z Challenge.
Why am I finishing ahead of others?  Because I posted two letters together earlier this week.

Therefore today I am offering you a selection of images that all begin with Z


zimmer frame


Wolverine zombie!

Zoo animal

My thanks to everyone who's passed through and those who have left comments and others who have become friends.  I appreciate you all. :-)

You'll find more participants of the A- Challenge HERE

27 April 2012

A-Z Challenge - 'Y'


Y - is for


Your 'yesterdays' creates your today and your today will create your tomorrow.

Gobbledigook or truth? Unpalatable as it may be it is the truth.

Past experiences thoughts and actions lay the foundations for the future, so yes, yesterday become today's reality, and today's reality becomes our tomorrow.  If we, as humans had no options the thought would be terrifying; but we do.  Humans haave options and choices.  They can choose to do nothing.  That, in spite of what some people may think is still a choice, whether it be premeditated or subliminal, doing nothing is still a choice.

How we were treated in the past can have enormouse repercussions on the present, but humans still have the choice of whether to perpetrate those conditions into the future or not. 

And how do actions taken today influence the future? Well it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that.  You only have to watch the obscene preprations that go one when wars are declared and fought out.  That, admittedly is a more gruesome example of the consequnces of today's actions on tomorrow, but it gets the message across.

Writers may not use wars in their stories but romance writers will use past actions that impact on their characters' present actions as the building blocks of their stories.  And it is how those characters deal with their past that creates the conflicts, goals and motivations of those characters as they work their way toward the happy-ever-after most readers are looking for when they choose a book.

Yesterday is the driving force behind most fictional plots in almost any book written.

You'll find more participants of the A- Challenge HERE

26 April 2012

A-Z Challenge Day 23 - X

X is for

Xeranthemum Reviewer

Today, as we reach the final few letters in the A-Z Challenge I am sharing a link with you of one of the best and most dedicated and skillful reviewers I know.

No - I have not received a review for her, but I am a member of the same review group.

As a writer, I have been exceptionally fortunate to receive some awesome reviews.  Yes even some of the two, and three rating have been constructive and therefore positive.

But the queen of reviewers -imho- is Xeranthemum. 

The above link will take you to the many various and comprehensive reviews Xeranthemum has written over an extended period of time, covering many genres.

Reviews are a massive part of the publishing industry and whether authors care to admit to it or not, reviews have impact.
Those well written are followed, while those that are simply a 'rant' and become obvious to readers the reviewer has either not read the book or is grinding a personal ax for some reason still wiegh in there.

There are ways and ways of writing an honest review. 

And believe me writing a review about a book that does not grab you is VERY difficult to do well.  Xeranthemum's reveiws are masterful at describing, kindly, and positively why, a book does not work for her.

To learn more about her and how she constructs her reviews, visit her blog HERE

Believe me, there are many more wonderful reviewers out there, but today, giving the difficulty of finding something beginning with 'X',I chose to write about someone whose reviewing skill I admire immensely and still remain within the remit of the A-Z Challenge :-)

There are around 1700 participants this year and you'll find a list HERE

Please welcome author Nancy LaPonzina today.

Thanks Sherry for inviting me to stop by and chat a little about Nardi Point! It’s my debut women’s fiction released April 17 so I’m still real excited! So firstt let me tell you about me.

I write in the beautiful countryside of Franklin County minutes away from Raleigh, North Carolina, under Carolina blue skies. My very first story, The Missing Desk Mystery, was a second-grade suspense written on loose-leaf pages bound with pink satin ribbon. Most of my professional life was spent as a technical writer, website content provider, Registered Nurse, Big Four tax paraprofessional and CEO administrative assistant. However, school newspaper columns, publication in national magazines ARTnews, Ingenue, American Girl, True Astrology Forecast, Psychic Astrology Horoscope, web content contribution for Examiner.com, LiveStrong.com, and editor responsibilities for community service organizations, all confirmed paper, books, journals—all things writing—are my true touchstones.

My stories explore thoughtful characters involved in challenging situations, and braid in touches of archaeology, the metaphysical, and alternative healing modalities. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Triangle Area Freelancers, Friends of the Youngsville Library, General Federation of Women's Clubs of North Carolina, Youngsville Woman's Club, American Holistic Nurses Association, and the Coe Foundation for Archaeologic Research. We recently rescued a personality-full Maine Coon cat, Copy. He’s about four years old and quite a character.

But I really want to tell you about Nardi Point. Laurinda Elliot and Dan Riser, a successful IT couple relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, decide to commit to their relationship and take on the construction of a new home as part of the process. Laurinda wants to take this step as she is yearning for a family, something of permanence and value. It’s a stretch for Dan, he’s happy with the way things are and not eager to take on home ownership … or family responsibilities. But Laurinda is beautiful and Dan wants to keep her along with the status quo which has been good to him.

Should the past make way for the present ...

Stylish, brunette Laurinda Elliot is the type of accomplished business woman glossy magazines feature on their covers. Effectively managing a software product development team in Raleigh, North Carolina, Laurinda's drive and savvy delivers all the perks: an upscale townhouse, Porsche Boxter convertible and designer clothing. Yet she now yearns for a different success—one that brings surprising first time experience with vulnerability. Her uber software code developer partner Dan Riser, can't buy into the new direction she leads them, but goes along to keep the peace, and more importantly, beautiful Laurinda.

Or the present make way for the past—and love ...

When prehistoric Native American pottery artifacts are discovered on the couple's North Raleigh building site in the Nardi Point subdivision, the ancient past collides with the present and Laurinda and Dan's relationship hangs in the balance. Laurinda must trump construction economics and greed to preserve commitment to her dream, uphold her friendship with holistic healing practitioner, Leyla Jo Piper, and answer to a new romance, all while attempting to conserve North Carolina history. Will digging up the past, bury her future? Nardi Point explores the thread of life that blends past, current, and future to recognize the importance of knowing who we are in the story of life.

Here's an excerpt when Dan goes over the predicament he’s finding himself in.

Dan liked that office folks wondered how he managed to be with good-looking, smart Laurinda. It kicked up his group-admiration rating plenty. She was special. Sweet. But from what his buddies were telling him, talk in the direction where she’d been taking it recently, about houses and all, well, his world could conceivably become a lot smaller. He’d talk about it with her. Talking was one of her things Laurinda loved. And what he did to make her happy. Talking didn't necessarily mean actively taking steps, though. They were both crazy busy with their careers. In Dan’s mind they didn’t need to change anything. They had it made. He shrugged.

I hope you all enjoy it!

Book Purchase links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nardi-Point-ebook/dp/B007US8S0O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335205406&sr=8-1

Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1110199645?ean=2940014519410

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4IvixrsfiE

Blog: www.nancylaponzina.wordpress.com

Twitter: @NancyLaPonzina

25 April 2012

A-Z Challenge - Day 22 - V & W

V & W

are for variation...

It doesn't matter what the subject is, no one will look as the same thing in the same way.

Few people will do things the same way although they reach the same end result.

Take writing.

Beneath every genre of wiriting there are sub divisions. Some, no, almosy all crossover from genre to genre, but within the main genre these crossovers will be approached differently.
They have to be.  You can't approach mystery iin a romance, the same way you will in a horror story.  While the mystery is the common denominator, they setting and characters within the horror story will act and react completely differently to those characters dealing sith a mystery within a romance.
That is just one example of varitation, but all you have to do is look around you.  Colour and the various shades of each. Flowers, animlas, buildings... nedd I go on?
Varioation in life is eessential, it is both our security and our challenge.

...and wonder

comes in a baby's first smile, the sound of your favourite song, your lover's touch. 

If you are open to them Wonder is all around us, whether it is in the seeking or  enjoying, it is a gift we can embrace or discard.  The power is in what you do with it.

There are around 1700 participants this year and you'll find a list HERE

24 April 2012

A - Z Challenge Day 21 'U'

U is for 'under the weather

AS I am battling with vertigo today I am leaving the 'floor open for commenters to discuss and/or ask questions about reading or writing romances.

Tuesday Tales - Car

Thanks to everyone who visits and for the comments left.  This week's word Tuesday Tales promt is CAR

The cultured voice fairly thrummed with satisfaction. “He’s heading North.”

“North you say? Are ye sure?”

“Of course I’m sure.” Irritation replaced the earlier satisfaction. “He’s heading for the farm, make sure he doesn’t arrive; then await further instructions.”

The sound of the dial tone told Bland his boss expected total compliance with his commands. It wasn’t his job to understand, simply to carry out orders without question. But the ramifications…


“How did last night’s shindig go?” Simeon downshifted gears to take the tight bend ahead. The road beyond the bend narrowed to a single lane track as it approached a low stone bridge before forking sharply to the left then right to split in a ‘Y’ junction. To the right the way to the western Isles, to the left his brother’s farm, and home away from home. And, Simeon drew in a deep breath, after the horrendous schedule of the last couple of months he looked forward to seeing his twin and his younger brother.

“Do you remember Rosie?” Sacha’s voice filled the car as he approached the bridge, slowing the car with another down shift of gears.

“I do.” Simeon smiled, who could forget the women who’d besotted his twin at the Valentine ball earlier in the year.

“What the hell—?”

Cars block the road to the left, the one he wanted, so he slowed and lowered his window. “What's the problem?  Why's the road blocked? Has there been an accident? Is anyone hurt?”

Beyond the single car slewed across the road and the man approaching his window Simeon failed to spot anyone else.

“Not at all. Please exit the car with your hands above your head.” The broad west coast Scottish accent, sent a chill down his spine, and the gun aimed in his direction persuaded him not to argue the point.

“Simeon? Simeon? What’s going on?”

Before he could answer the stranger grabbed his arm and pulled him away from his car before aim his weapon at the petrol tank.

Click HERE for more awesome Tuesday Tales

23 April 2012

A-Z Challenge - Day 20 'T'

T - is for tom thumb -- yes tom thumb, not Tom Thumb!

The 1958 George Pal production of this funny fantasy film is one watch when you are trying to beat a 'bad hair day'

Starring Peter Sellers and Terry Thomas among a host of other well known actors these clips are a couple of the funniest in the film.

And if you are ever having trouble getting the baby off to sleep, just run this clip by him/her!
The baby may not get to sleep, but you have a good chance of dozing off!

There are around 1700 participants this year and you'll find a list HERE

22 April 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

Last Sunday came and went almost before I realised it, and far ro quickly for me to cath it by the tale, so today I an offering you six sentences from a new WIP - from the third book in the Gasquet Princes Series.

Quickly knowing how much she’d embarrass him if she held onto him any longer than a couple of seconds, Rosie moved back and made a play of studying herself in the mirror.

“I lack the crown, don’t you think?” Angling her head from side to side, she met her son’s reflected grin in the mirror.

“You don’t need a crown when you wear that dress.”

The floor length pleated skirt of her diamond blue satin gown billowed round her legs when she turned. She still wasn’t sure about the single flowered strap that led the eye to the snug fitting bodice hugging her curves and emphasizing her slender waist, but had to agree it looked good on her.             Lots more SIX Sentence Sunday orrerings HERE

21 April 2012

Sweet Saturday Samples

After a few weeks away, today I'm back and sharing a short sample from my most recently accpeted novel No Job For A Woman - projected release date August 2012 with Secret Cravings Publishing.

My thanks, as ever, to everyone who visits and to say how much I appreciate your comments, because in the past they have been responsible for me making some major, and needed, changes to some WIPs.

“Again? What does he mean by ‘again?’” The fire died from her eyes and she stepped away from him. “What’s changed that Brandon broke his silence?”

Julian handed over the crumpled note.

“If you want to see your daughter again, hand over the papers by Thursday.”

“Thursday.” Deborah tapped one slim finger against the paper.

“Friday.” Her fist scrunched the note into a ball. “Brandon is to produce those papers before Thursday and I am to agree to wed him the following day. Where is the connection?” She spoke almost to herself and Julian leaned forward to hear her.

Ignoring him, she began pacing from one end of the room to the other. Julian caught Henrietta’s anxious look and shook his head. Freddie maintained his sister had a logical mind, and it interested him to see her ditch her indignation and address the latest calamity with a cool approach.

There are many other fabulous Samples HERE

A-Z Challenge Day 19 - S

S is for Selenite

While strickly speaking selenite is not a crystal, looing in any book about crystals and you will find it included.

It's not a hard crystal therefore relatively easy to work.  Working with selenite is one of my hobbies, and I love every minute of it.


What is Selenite?
Selenite is a crystallized form of gypsum. The name Selenite comes from the Greek word for moon and means “moon glow." The grain of the Selenite gives a lustrous shine that goes down the length of the wand to create a beautiful visual effect.

Selenite clears negativity from all other crystals, and is a powerful tool for learing negativity and mis-balance from people and pets. It is also happy when working in with their partners to help restore balance to the natural environment.

Selenite Wands glow with a shimmery, pearl-like luster, and when partnered with aditional crystals, the selenite amplifies their properties.

I am also an author of contempory romance with a smigeon of mystery, and you may often hear authors talk about how their characters 'talk' to them.  So it is when I work with selenite.  It seems to have a mind of its own, and rarely does it end up they way I anticipated.

There are around 1700 participants this year and you'll find a list HERE

20 April 2012

A-Z Challenge Day 18 - R

R is for Reason and...

We all experience dark moments in our lives, and it was during such a patch in my life that I came across this 'poem' below.
Now, it has become something I keep on me always when I am in need of regaining my prespective on life.

A Reason, A Season, or A Lifetime?

People always come into your life for a reason, a season and a lifetime.
When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty, or to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or even spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend to you, and they are. They are there for a reason,you need them to be.
Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die, Sometimes they just walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilleed; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.
They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season. And like Spring turns to Summer and Summer to Fall, the season eventually ends.

LIFETIME, relationships teach you a lifetime of lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (anyway);, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas in your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being part of my life.....

There are around 1700 participants this year and you'll find a list HERE

19 April 2012

A-Z Challenge Day 17 - Q

Q is fo Quotes

Today is another and obvious day for some more quotes, so without further ado, here we go...

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.  Betty Reese

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.  Aristotle

Everybody is somebody, but nobody wants to be themselves. Gnarls Barkley

There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something.  Thomas Edison

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.  Henry David Thoreau

Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible.  Javier Pascual

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.  Reinhold Niebuhr

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.  Albert Einstein

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.  JFK

Always forgive your enemies - Nothing annoys them so much.  Oscar Wilde

To an adolescent, there is nothing in the world more embarrassing than a parent.  Dave Barry

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

Raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare. Ed Asner

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.  Buddha

There are around 1700 participants this year and you'll find a list HERE 

18 April 2012

A-Z Challenge Day 16 P

P is for Paranormal

At the end of last year I joned a lovely group of writers who post a story each week to a given word prompt. In January this year the prompt word was LIES, and this story - a paranormal horror (and horror is SO NOT my thing) evolved.
So today my P is for my Paranormal horror story.  LIES.

Jenny skipped along the street, her pigtails flying, her eyes shining, and a permanent smile on her face. She carried her present for Shirley in the plastic carrier bag hanging from her arm, her Cinderella costume blowing in the breeze. Today her bestest friend was celebrating her ninth birthday with a fancy-dress party, and next week it would be her turn. Somehow, the figure nine seemed more grown-up than eight. Nearer double figures.

“You going to Shirley’s party?”

She’d seen the boy in the school playground. Always on the edge of a group, always watching, and, she shivered now, something about his eyes made her uneasy. Today was no different, and his costume didn’t help. His smile was inviting, warm and almost gleeful; yet, secretive, Shirley decided.

“What are you dressed up as?” She studied his cape and the scythe he carried, its blade gleaming in the sun.

“The Grim Reaper,” he said. “And my friend Herakles will be joining me in a moment.”

Damien, that was it! She’d never liked the name because it always made her think of demons; and demons, she knew, were scary. Lately they filled her dreams, turning them to nightmares.

She never quite saw their faces in her dreams, only heard their laughter, when it turned dark and evil and woke her up.

For the last couple of nights, she’d tried in vain to wake from the nightmares. The demon stood there watching her. Whatever she did, wherever she went in her dreams, the demon stood there watching in silent celebration.

Jenny looked at the boy walking beside her. Strange, she’d never noticed before, but if her demon had a face it would be like Damian’s.

“How old are you?” she asked in an effort to shake off her qualms. “Aren’t you too old to come to Shirley’s party?”

“Age, is in the head.” Damien smiled. “After all, you think nine as far more grown-up than eight, don’t you? When in reality it’s just the beginning of another day, another number you’ll hang on to for a year.

“If you’re lucky, that is.”

His eyes, dark as obsidian, gleamed in the sunshine, his hair reminded her of the huge raven that stole food off the bird table this morning, and cawed at her mother when she chased it away.

Sometimes, in a certain light, Damien reminded her of the old man who lived in the end house on the street. Rumour and gossip abounded about him, and the school children ran past his home; half hoping he’d come outside, and terrified he might!

“Never see a light on in that house, me dear,” old Mr. Hawkins, from two doors down, told her one day. “Best to stay clear of the place. That’s what I say.” And cackling he’d wandered off into the nearest shop.

Jenny stopped at the pedestrian road crossing and waited for the lights to change from red to green.

“It’s safe to cross now.” Damien told her.

She stepped into the road, thankful Damien hadn’t followed. Reflected in the shop window ahead of her she saw him standing on the pavement, watching her, his smile one of satisfaction this time.

She didn’t hear the car that ‘came from nowhere,’ didn’t hear the screams of horror that filled the air when the car never stopped, never saw Damien vanish into thin air, to reappear beside the driver of the car.

“Promise me she didn’t suffer,” he demanded of Herakles. “I didn’t like lying to her, she was a sweet kid.”

“She didn’t suffer,” his companion assured him.

There are around 1700 participants this year and you'll find a list HERE 

17 April 2012

A-Z Challenge Day 15 - O

 O - is for Options

so today I am choosing the OPTION to share the blurbs and excerpts from Books one and two of The Gasquet Princes four book series:-
Book 1 - From Now Until Forever
Book 2 - His Chosen Bride
And Amazon.com

From Now Until Forever
For Prince Liam, families meant bad news, unwanted commitments, and the loss of his personal freedom. Love spawned white picket fences, slippers at the hearth with a wife and kids making demands, so why did those images disappear when he met Melanie Babcot?

Melanie Babcot fought hard to escape the horrors of her youth and vowed to remain single and free, so when paid to protect Prince Liam from insurgents why did her personal pledge fly out the window?


Liam Fitzwilliam Gasquet stared in amazement at the blooming patch of red milliseconds before the pain exploded in his arm. Some trigger-happy idiot had fired in his direction. Indignation didn’t have time to take root before another bullet kicked the dust at his feet.

Not ‘trigger-happy’.


The rebels had found the fourth and youngest son of Jean-Phillipe Gasquet, ruler of the tiny kingdom adjacent to the Swiss border. When had they discovered his whereabouts?

With a reluctant sigh, he faced the truth of it. They hadn’t ‘found’ him at all. They’d followed him.

What people are saying about From Now Until Forever:-
03-12-11  J. Gunnar Grey "the mystery writer"
This is a taut romantic suspense thriller, well written and edited. If you enjoy a fast-paced, sweet suspense story, then I strongly recommend it....Author Sherry Gloag allows no fluff in this novella, nor does she pander to lazy readers: if you want to keep up with her fast pace, then pay attention and keep up.

Sizzlinghotbooks Review 08-01-12 From Now Until Forever received 4 hearts.
Assassinations, dangerous safe houses and royalty abound in From Now Until Forever! The fast paced story will leave you breathless while the romance takes your heart away!
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His Chosen Bride - Blurb:
Prince Henri Gasquet is happy to let his father, the king, choose his bride for him until he meets Monica Latimer.

Monica Latimer is not prepared to risk letting any man close enough to learn about her Gift. A gift that normally has men running for the hills when they find out about it.

She lost track of time until the flames caught her attention once more. They flickered from orange to gold, to silver, to white.

A flurry of snowflakes masked the flames and for a second Monica watched the most beautiful, pristine snow-scene she’d ever seen. Her lips curved in longing. How she’d love to get a toboggan and slide down that slope. She knew where it was, and had done just that many times in her childhood, first with her parents and then, in clandestine manner, with her brother. Sneaking an old tin tray from the back of her mother’s walk-in pantry, she’d then grabbed Billy’s hand and they’d rushed out the back gate, heading for the lakeside track that led up into the hills.

Darkness, dense and thick with grief dropped over the scene. Startled and disconcerted by the strength of emotion emanating from the vision Monica shifted to her knees, ready to stand, when a voice, a deep male voice, sharp with fear called out her name.


She knew she’d never heard the voice before, and yet—it was as familiar to her as the image she saw in her mirror each morning.

"Help me, Monica.”

Desperate for more clues, she searched the darkness within the flames until it sputtered and faded. With a curse she jumped up and ran for the phone. With her outstretched hand hovering over it she halted and let her hand drop to her side once more. What could she say? What would the police or rescue team think of her if she called them and told them she’d seen a vision of a man in distress?

They’d laugh in her face and classify her as a lunatic. Well, maybe not. It wouldn’t be the first time she’d contacted them with positive information but something—an instinctive gut reaction told her what she’d seen this time hadn’t happened yet.

What people are saying about His Chosen Bride:-
...Sherry Gloag’s story is one that picked me up and did not put me down until I finished it. Definitely a breath of fresh air.  I give this story 4 ¾ Sunflowers.


Tiffany rated it 4 stars 

I really like Monica and her Gift she has to help others! How cool is that? I think pretty cool. I also like Henri and understand him having a hard time being force to take a break and wanting to blame someone. I liked the tension between Henri and Monica. I did feel that Henri was a bit fickle with his feelings. But he seemed to work that out in the end. I sure hope that Ms. Gloag has plans to write the Henri's younger twins stories. I felt she did a great job of setting that up toward the end. This is a sweet romance so it does not have any swearing or sex. This was a fun read and I read it in one sitting. If you love romance and don't have tons of time then this may be the read for you.http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13519040-his-chosen-bride#other_reviews

and finally

...The characters: Henri, Liam, Melanie, Monica, Simeon, and Sacha were simply wonderful. I enjoyed how the author was able to get this story all together quickly and very smoothly. In the end will Henri and Monica  be able to get together? What does the future hold for them?

I found "His Chosen Bride" a very delightful read and if you are in for a  good romance this read is for you. This novel was one that I could not put down until I was finished.

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16 April 2012

A-Z Challenge Day 14 - N

N is for Nonsense

Thanks to everyone who comes by, I hope you enjoy today's offerings :-)

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.   Roald Dahl

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.   Samuel Butler
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Always remember, money isn't everything - but also remember to make a lot of it before talking such fool nonsense.  Earl Wilson

Children: You spend the first 2 years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 years telling them to sit down and shut-up.

Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people.   George Jean Nathan

Don't talk to me about a man's being able to talk sense; everyone can talk sense. Can he talk nonsense?   William Pitt

Laugh at your problems, everybody else does.

Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense. Robert Frost

You're never too old to learn something stupid.

Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter.   Max Beerbohm

Some people hear voices.. Some see invisible people.. Others have no imagination whatsoever.

I look upon another's insistence on the merits of his or her life - duties, intellect, accomplishment - and see that most of it is nonsense.  Harold Brodkey

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