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Today I am very happy to announce Neva Brown has stopped in to visit my blog. She brought a copy of her latest book A Pretty Penny and wants to share a little about it.  Welcome, Neva, glad you are here.

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Please tell us a little about yourself first:

I am a retired secondary teacher/administrator and now enjoy the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers.
I spent most of my life on West Texas ranches and use that culture and environment in many of my stories. My husband and I now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. We enjoy visits from our two sons and their families, are always delighted to hear from old friends, and am amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living

Wonderful, sounds idyllic. Tell us a little about your new book, A Pretty Penny.

Wealthy, arrogant Clayton Brandt knows well the costs of a woman. Not until Penelope (Penny) Jones comes into his life does he know the value of a woman.
Anger at Clayton, her new boss, causes Penny to snap out of the lethargy she’s experienced after seeing her husband killed. She puts to use all her innate abilities, learned skills, and intuitiveness to cope with the overbearing Clayton and the women in his life. Penny, in time, knows she loves him, but will not become one of his women—not on his terms.
On her terms, they marry only to be parted by federal agents before they leave their wedding reception. The ensuing intrigue, danger, and antics of Clayton’s ex-wife play a part in Penny being in imminent peril. Even after their love survives all this, it is once again threatened by a letter from a vindictive woman who is dead. The letter devastates Clayton and crushes his hopes for happiness.
How Clayton and Penny find their happy-ever-after is a breath-holding adventure at times and a breathtaking love story at other times.
Wow, spine tingling is all I can think of.  I  would like to now ask you some questions both about your work and life?
What was the motivation for A Pretty Penny?
Over a period of several weeks, I read little items about unusual things that happened in Texas and New Mexico. One day while doing mindless household chores, I decided these events would make great conflicts for a hero and heroine to have to deal with in a romance novel. The idea became something like a carrot on a stick to get me to finish the chores so I could go play with words and create a story.
Where did the characters and their lives come from?
The characters and their lives are all totally from my imagination.  
Describe your writing process are you a pen and paper writer or depend on high-tech wizardry?
I write with pen and paper and on my desktop computer. My creative muse turns up her nose at my laptop or iPad and goes into hiding. Pen and paper works for me if I’m mulling over a scene or need to brainstorm different approaches to an issue. However, when it’s time to really write then I need my big screen desktop and standard size keyboard.
Describe your writing space? Location, items used, special items, tools you can’t live without.
My writing space is a room away from the traffic area of the house. I can look out double windows to the courtyard where there is always something blooming except in winter. When I bog down, I can give my high back, adjustable chair a quarter turn and look out, think, and hopefully figure a way out of a jam I’ve written myself into. 
 I have an old maple wood table-type desk that has room for the computer screen, the printer, a special lamp, an electric pencil sharpener, a stapler, a catchall basket with compartments for all kinds of necessary “junk” ( extra eye glasses, pens, pencils, sticky note pads, camera, cords, etc.). There’s also room for two file folder boxes and one notebook with passwords and how-to information. I have some kind of paper to scribble on in front of the monitor always (messy pile but lots of valuable info).
Of course, there’s room for my tea and a dish of dark chocolate chips.
I need all this “stuff’ to make me feel like I’m all set to WRITE.  
Is publishing a book everything you thought it would be? Or more?
Publishing is a lot more work than I’d planned for it to be and very exacting. But the challenge is exciting even if it is a tad exasperating at times. The finished product makes up for it all.
Soul Mate Publishing doing A Pretty Penny and Casey’s Courage is a dream come true for me.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started writing?
POV is super important to editors. Show don’t tell needs to be my theme song.  Be sure to get the formatting right from the very beginning because redoing an old manuscript is the pits.
When you began writing, was it with publication and career in mind or as an outlet for creative expression? When was that? Did any sort of mental shift occur? If so, explain.
My first writing was journaling then I starting doing short, short stories for fun when our two sons were very small. We lived on a ranch twenty-three miles from town with no telephone. Adult fictional characters served me well during those years.
I don’t think I ever really felt a mental shift.
Life was lived; a couple of advanced college degrees earned, twenty odd years of teaching, plus the arrival of wonderful grandchildren filled my life. One day it was time to retire. I learned to crochet, do embroidery (something my mother could never trap me long enough to teach me in my early years. I was my daddy’s “cowboy” and far more interested in horses and ranch work than in-house work).
After retiring, I discovered I had time to read for pure pleasure not for teaching, etc. After a time, the need to write came and here I am having fun and working hard to do just that.
Favorite color? Blue, all shades of blue
Favorite food? Beef tacos with all the trimmings
Favorite music? George Strait country style music & old-fashioned church hymns
How do you unwind away from writing?
I spend time with my husband. I also read romance, mystery, suspense, mainstream, women’s fiction, non-fiction and work crossword puzzles. I walk about two miles most every day (great time to let the brain idle).
Writing is such a solitary pursuit, how do you feel about having a strong network of writer and non-writer supporters?
Support groups are wonderful. They give me courage to keep trying, help me when I get stuck, critique for me at times, and answer questions with unbelievable patience (technical things are the bane of my life, but I have people who are always willing to help). The people in these groups even help promote my books. They broaden my horizons and enrich my life.

 

Great stuff, Neva, thank you for sharing so openly. So how can people connect with you?

My social media efforts still need work, but I can be found at: 
I love to hear from my readers. I can be reached at joneva@suddenlink.net.  

 

Thank you so much for stopping in today, Neva, and sharing both A Pretty Penny and so much about yourself. Now, let’s see that lovely cover for A Pretty Penny:

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What is his motivation? What is his ultimate goal?

Police Detective Fox Windlow is a hard man to figure out. Tough-as-nails Becca Wallerby  left all remnants of her past life in Chicago and drove to Sweet Willow, North Dakota to become Sheriff in the predominately all-male town. It is and was a job Fox Windlow determined was rightfully his.

From the moment Becca arrived in the outskirts of town, the battle lines between these two are drawn. It just isn’t always clear what battle they are fighting.

Fox can be so sweet: cleaning Becca’s house, giving her a kitten, massaging her nerve-wrecked muscles in her back. He can also write her a $200 traffic ticket for a U-turn and push her to the brink of sheer rage. He is calculating as he is sweet, angry as he is loving.  So what gives? She finds herself responding to his charm and his energy in some surprising ways.

The mysteries deepen, involving not only Fox’s personal agenda, but who murdered the original Sweet Willow Sheriff, inside the very house Becca is currently living in? Where does Dan, Fox’s handsome and single partner fit into all this? In a town of mostly males, when a woman enters, it’s every man for himself.

Except Becca not only wants a fresh start in Sweet Willow, she wants to leave some ghosts back in Chicago. Things she’d rather her new officers and neighbors not find out about. Like who her mother was, her past love life and other deeply personal things they just don’t need to know. Things she will fight to keep them from finding out.

Until she finds out the FBI agent sent to solve the murder of the prior sheriff is one of her former flames. Until she finds out Fox has methods to dig deep on his new boss, uncovering all her layers of dirt.

When the killer tracks them down, not only is it every man for himself, it is the end of the battle lines and time to make peace if they hope to make it out alive.

WISE INDECISION is a pulse racing story as exciting as riding in a speeding squad car with all lights and sirens going full out.

 

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Anne B. Cole sent me a story to read, a sweet romance, with time travel, paranormal set as a historical. Anyone who has read my ‘Whispers’ will know I can’t refuse such a mish mash of genres. Bring them on!
So with great expectations, I began ‘Souls Entwined’. I was not disappointed. It was a wonderful read.
Set in two spaces of time, the present day and the Aegean Sea in 1829, it quickly caught my attention.
We begin with our character Sam, whose attention is grabbed by a lady jogger he refers to as Purple Shorts. Can you just guess what she might be wearing? A falling tree and mysterious cat in the mist transports Sam and Purple Shorts– aka Gretta back to 1829 as they entwine with Lorenzo and Anya.
We get pirates, cursed treasures, a purgatory pit and a fairy tale book full of pirate’s codes. All mysterious bits of the puzzle rooted in a ring Gretta wears. A very old ring.
Gretta and Sam make repeated trips to entwine with Lorenzo and Anya to learn the secrets of the ring and the curse that has sent generations of women from Gretta’s family to the purgatory pit.
The emotional twists that fate had in store for the young lovers had me brushing the tears away one moment and gasping ‘Oh no!’ the next. The clear cut division of love and attraction between Sam and Gretta and Lorenzo and Anya were well done.

‘Souls Entwined’ is a book I recommend. It offers plenty for readers who like paranormal, historical or any of the genres mashed up within the lovely over. It is available from Soul Mate Publishing and Amazon. Readers can connect with Anne at her blog  http://annebrocole.wordpress.com/

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I am so exited to announce next week will be a new adventure here on the ol’ blog.

I have been invited by one of my Soul Mate Publishing authors to partake in a ‘My Writing Process’ blog tour. Thank you to Lanora  for sharing this with me.

And in turn I get to share it with even more Soul Mate fellow authors– or Mateys as we sometimes refer to ourselves as.

So the dates are set, My date to be here is June 2nd. The questions are asked. The timer is set. I will see you back here on Monday, June 2nd, if not before. Spread the word!

 

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Library shelf 9-12-13I am riding an emotional high right now, full of a sense of affirmation– perhaps touched with a bit of vindication as well.

I have just returned from my first writer’s group meeting. For two hours I sat alongside fellow scribes and wordsmiths, at various and sorted levels of their craft.

While I differed from them in some aspects-age being just one of them–I still felt a connection of us all being kindred spirits on the same journey. While we were all drawing the same circle, I have to admit at some places I felt I was still a few addresses away from them.

But what led to my sense of affirmation was, regardless of where we start from, we are still all drawing the same circle. We are all unable to stop this writing fever that controls us, making us write as we do, and then the same fever makes us want to get that writing out for others to see. For some, that fever becomes a blazing rage while for others it runs a little more mild.

Listening to them speak, I realized they too have, collectively, read the books I have read, sat at the tables like I signing copies, worked at their craft in the high and harbored hopes someone, somewhere will cherish it like we do in our hearts.
It was good to know what I have done in the last year since “Whispers” launched, was common to many within the group. We continue to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, promote because we cannot stop. It is a common affliction, and a right one.

And, to cap that climax, afterward, I toured the shelves of the library where we had met. I was hoping to find my book. I did. On the end, spine out, name emblazoned with the little white library filing sticker on the bottom. Ahh, this was a sweet moment. I could not resist snapping its picture and then picking it up just once. Seeing my book in bookstores and now in the library. Now I feel like an author

 

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Time is a fickle thing. It’s an odd thing. Recently, while conducting my year end paper-purge tradition, I ran across a scrap of paper, roughly 5 inches by 7 inches. It was dated 11-29-1997. Therein I had scribbled a story idea, yet untitled. The basic premise was an outlaw hanged in the 1880’s soemtime, time travels to present day and finds both redemption and love with our heroine. I had thought it would make a great romance with Christian elements interwoven through it, plus an element of danger somehow from his past or his time travel ability.

Humm, seems like a great idea. No wonder I scribbled it down that day, many years ago. So doubtlessly I stuffed it in a file to be forgotten. Or was it?

Seems the sub conscious mind has not forgotten that November 1997 idea. In July of 2011 I had a great idea for a novel. It just hit me, like a lightning bolt. How about we hang an outlaw in the old west, and he time travels to the future where he meets a plucky heroine who helps him through the challenges of this new world. He finds forgiveness of his outlaw-ish ways and together, they find love.

“Shimmers of Stardust” is now about 1/3 completed. Seems I have not veered much from the original idea from 1997.

So that poses the questions, do our ideas and thoughts time travel?

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