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And JericoBurned MJ Compton   MJ Compton bio pic

Welcome MJ to the blog. Now, you have a book that is about a whole lot of stuff with an awesome cover.  We have werewolves, sisters, dangerous cults, secret agents and of course love! Can you tell us more about And Jericho Burned’. I love that title, by the way.

MJ: Sure. Lucy Callahan will do anything to save her sister, even if that means marrying a stranger. Even if that stranger is an undercover government agent out to destroy the cult holding her sister hostage. Even if that stranger is a… werewolf.

Oh, fascinating. Just so much good stuff in a book. It promises to be exciting. Tell us  more about Lucy.

MJ: Lucy is the older sister. She is the  responsible one. She and Michelle had a really bad childhood–their father was an alcoholic who used to beat on their mother. Lucy tries to protect Michelle, but Michelle is headstrong and always getting into trouble. As I state in Chapter 1, Scene 1: Michelle had a talent for trouble. New Sinai was merely her worse mess to date. 

Now that is a killer opening scene. I have to know all about New Sinai based on that alone. But back to Lucy; what was she doing before all this started? What did she step away from?  Lucy is a caterer specializing in vegetarian cuisine in Boulder, Colorado. She was engaged to someone–Charles the Fink–but she caught him cheating on her and broke it off.

 Good for her! Now, how did Operation Jericho get started?

MJ: Stoker is the keyboardist for the country band Toke Lobo & the Pack. The band members are all werewolves, although that is not common knowledge. They sometimes are called upon by the US Government for special  tasks–their pack as a treaty exchanging service for sanctuary. The task force and Lucy were sitting around one night trying to figure out how to infiltrate New Sinai, which is a paramilitary/ religious compound. Lucy tells the guys about the story of Jericho in the Old Testament. Instead of blowing rams’ horns, Lucy suggests the werewolves surround the stockade fence and howl at dawn as a form of psychological warfare against the people living inside the fence– which includes Lucy’s sister.

Very clever. And tricky. I love it.  Now, what about Stoker? What’s his stake in this?

MJ: Stoker is Lucy’s mate. He just wants to take her home, write and perform his music and make babies. He has no aspirations to greatness. He’s a middle-of-the-pack kind of guy. He is annoyed when Lucy comes up with ideas, because he knows his place in the pack and is comfortable there, but she tends to think like a leader. He is also very literal. When Lucy tells him she’s a butterfly, he believes she can shift into a butterfly.

Yes, I can be quite a literal thinker too sometimes, though probably  not to the butterfly extreme.  They sound like the perfect opposites. How did they meet?

MJ: She was trying to escape from her crazy brother-in-law (“General” of the paramilitary/ religious group, New Sinai). She was in the bar listening to the band, accompanied by two of the General’s henchmen, and was trying to run away when Stoker essentially abducted her. As a werewolf, he knew right away she was his mate. He smelled her fear and that was it for him.

Oh boy, I’m not sure if that isn’t a case of falling from the frying pan into the fire. What were her initial thoughts when she learned he was a werewolf?

MJ: She thought it was the coolest thing– and she was a little jealous.

Okay, probably a good reaction to have. Now isn’t Stoker an old friend (of sorts) of yours?

MJ: Stoker is a character from my first novel, Moonlight Serenade,. He’s always scowling, wears a big black hat, but inside he’s a marshmallow. A really gentle guy. My ‘line’ while writing the book was:  “she says he’s lemonade, be he wants to be the best thing that ever happened to her”. (Lemonade, as in ‘when life hands you lemons, make lemonade’ He found that insulting)

That is too funny. I like hearing about characters who refuse to be second fiddle and demand their own stories. In this case, Stoker got both his story and the girl. Now, what can you tell us about you?

MJ: I grew up near Cardiff, New York, a place best known for its giant, which turned out to be a fiction so incredible, PT Barnum himself borrowed it. That’s a tough act to follow, but I tried—by composing my own stories.

Although my 30-year career in local television included such highlights as being bitten by a lion, preempting a US President for a college basketball game, giving a three-time world champion boxer a few black eyes, a mention in the Drudge Report, and meeting my husband, my urge to create my own stories never went away.

I still live in upstate New York with my husband and two children. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and Central New York Romance Writers. Music and cooking are two of my passions, and I enjoy baseball and college basketball, but I’m primarily focused on wine . . . and writing.

That is just awesome. Where can readers find you?

By emailing me at mj@comptonlations.com

And at my official website: http://www.comptonplations.com where they can see excerpts of my books, read all about my take on werewolves, meet the band members of Take Lobo & the Bank and much more.

Great. As we wind this down, can you share the cover blurb for ‘And Jericho Burned’?

MJ: Lucy Callahan will do anything to rescue her sister from a cult, even marry a werewolf she’s just met. But the werewolves are working undercover for the government, and Lucy fears a confrontation between the agents and the cult could be deadly.
Stoker Smith longs to be the best thing that ever happened to his human mate. He wants to take her home, start their family, and compose his music. And although his pack’s treaty with the government says he doesn’t have to work undercover now that he’s mated, he promised Lucy he’d get her sister out of the cult’s heavily armed compound. Lucy’s sister is now family and to a werewolf, family is everything.
But Operation Jericho quickly turns ugly, thrusting Lucy into the middle of her worst nightmare, where she must choose: her sister or her husband.

Awesome. Which one will she choose? And can we get some buy links for both ‘Moonlight Serenade’ and  for ‘And Jericho Burned’?

‘Moonlight Serenade’  —    http://tinyurl.com/lpsradw

‘And Jericho Burned’ — http://tinyurl.com/ml9wzc4

And now, let’s take one more look at that absolutely beautiful cover…. and the stunning ‘Moonlight Serenade’…  the one that started it all…

Moonlight-Serenade-Coverhttp://tinyurl.com/lpsradw

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 ..and the incredible follow-up novel…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unleash your wild side and enter a magical world of fae and faries and were-panthers. Lynzi Lancaster and Layne Brady have formed a unique relationship. She’s a normal human, all woman, engaged to a man who is in touch with his animal side and not exactly human. Oh yeah, he isn’t dead like he led everyone to believe when he faked his own death years ago. Now he has to remain invisible to the regular public.

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But now cattle are being ruthlessly slaughtered by a rogue werepanther with a vendetta so it’s up to Layne and his group of big cat warriors to catch him. When the outlaw panther and an evil witch begin to stalk Lynzi, it takes fae magic to keep her safe and end the bad mojo.

Dreams do Come True is the second book in Larynn Ford’s Dream Trilogy, following In My Wildest Dreams. This book offers love surviving despite numerous obstacles and other-world magic and faeries. Not to mention a creative twist on old werewolves by introducing werepathers, both honest and good and the rouge human/creature. I also enjoyed the meal times around the table, usually finding myself hungry at the menu being served.

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Today I am excited to have Anne B. Cole visiting. She is here to talk about her debut novel, Souls Entwined, by Soul Mate Publishing. Welcome, Anne!

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First of all, this is your first novel. What can you tell us about it?

Souls Entwined was released April 30, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing. This is a  romantic suspense time travel paranormal.

Wow, what a mixture. A little something for every reader’s taste. So what is it about?

When a cursed family heirloom sends Gretta Dobbs back in time, a hunky construction worker, Sam Daggett, suddenly finds himself love struck and joins her adventure. Their souls entwine within the bodies of young lovers on a Greek island in 1829, where they begin to unravel the mysteries behind Gretta’s ring all while avoiding a bloodthirsty pirate who is determined to seek revenge. Gretta and Sam must find the secrets needed to save her and her relatives from an afterlife in purgatory and return to their own lives—or risk becoming prisoners of the past, continuing the evil cycle of the ring’s curse.

Awesome. Can you share a little part of it with us?

Excerpt from Chapter Two of Souls Entwined

Not a sound was heard as Sam’s eyes snapped open. Under the branches of the downed tree, Purple Shorts began to stir.

“Sorry, are you okay?” Sam gently lifted his weight off her.

“I think so,” she replied faintly. Sam released his hold on her shoulder, amazed her face wasn’t scratched. He wondered how bad he appeared.

“Do you think you can stand?”

She nodded. Together they rose to their feet, easily stepping out from the tangle of branches. Eyes growing wide, she began to sway.

“Sit,” Sam commanded, steadying her.

“No, look!” She pointed.

Sam gazed over his shoulder. His mouth fell open. Beneath the tree, their bodies lay, motionless.

“Are we . . .” Purple Shorts began.

Sam shook his head slowly. Before she could say more, he interrupted, “I don’t know. Do you feel—”

“Dead?”

He scanned the area for help. Everything around them was still, as if they were watching a movie and someone hit ‘pause.’ No wind, no sound, no movement. He flinched when cold fingers clutched his hand.

Squeezing gently, he lifted her hand in front of their faces. “Can you feel this?”

Purple Shorts nodded.

“I don’t think we’re dead,” Sam whispered, gazing into her blue eyes.

Oh, I have goose bumps already, just reading that short bit. Is there anything…secrets maybe?…or something special about Souls Entwined that you are willing to share?

Sharing secrets is fun! Here are my top five secrets behind Souls Entwined

#5 Pirates!

Johnny Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean Movies is the inspiration behind Souls Entwined pirate character, Kadir Haty….and yes…Kadir will return in the sequel, Souls Estranged!

#4 Grandmothers and Rings

My real life great, great, great, great grandmother’s name was Roxana, who gave her second granddaughter a garnet ring that was given to her by her brother, who was a US sailor in Europe during the early 1800s. It was passed down through the generations to my grandmother. She gave it to me (I’m also also a second granddaughter) when I was about 12 years old. I’m not aware of any curses on my ring and I wear the heirloom often.

#3 Runners

I enjoy running and once nearly tripped over a squirrel that darted in front of my purple sneakers. During Gretta’s run in the park, Sam watches her suddenly fall. He didn’t see the squirrel that tripped her…this was cut out during edits…Readers don’t know in Souls Entwined that Katarina’s spirit is entwined within the squirrel. In the sequel, Souls Estranged, Katarina’s presence within the squirrel will be revealed in true ‘Katarina style’.

#2 Deleted, but not forgotten

I wrote the first draft of Souls Entwined in composition notebooks. It topped at 150,000 words. In this original, Gretta and Sam don’t meet in the park until Chapter Eight! Needless to say, I have many deleted chapters and scenes to reveal in the future on my blog.

#1 Titles

Souls Entwined was originally titled Maledicta, which is the Latin word for ‘cursed.’ During edits, it was suggested that I change my title to something that is easier for readers to pronounce and remember. Authors tend to bond with their titles, especially their first novels. For weeks I referred to my novel as #1 because I already had the sequel written and was in the editing process. I asked everyone I knew for title ideas and finally came up with Souls Entwined. The #1 nickname stuck and I continue to call it #1 and refer to the sequel as #2. The (yet to be written) final book of the Soul Series is called, you guessed it, #3.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed Five Secrets from Souls Entwined! Check out my website and Souls Entwined on Amazon.

Fascinating. So what secrets can you tell us about you, Anne? 

Souls Entwined is my debut release, combining sweet romantic suspense, time travel, and paranormal elements in a New Adult novel attractive to a wide range of readers.

In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-two years. Her love for making fresh baked goodies, running, hiking, historical fiction, and her three pet cats continue to be her inspiration while she pens the sequel to Souls Entwined.

Great. Pets offer great inspiration and distraction, that is for sure. So how can readers connect with you?

To follow my publishing journey and connect with me, check out my website and find me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Click on the Buy Link below to see Souls Entwined on Amazon.

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Well, it has been a pleasure to have you here today, Anne. I know when I read Souls Entwined, I really enjoyed it. I love those combined genres. So I wish you best wishes for a success with your debut story and I eagerly await for the sequel.

Now let’s have a look at that stunning cover.

Anne B Cole Souls Entwined cover

 

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Soul Mate Publishing author Larynn Ford is visiting today, bringing two of her recent novels to share. Welcome, Larynn!

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The first is her novel DREAMS DO COME TRUE. It is an exciting story about love, ranching and werepanthers.

The vicious slaughter of cattle brings Lynzi and Layne, a Fae raised in the human world, to the aid of his human parents. A neighbor with a grudge has returned to the area to settle a score.
Having accepted the reality of her new life with her Fae fiancé, Lynzi is only mildly shocked to find the tall tales her granddaddy told so many years ago about black panthers roaming the woods near their home were not only true but also had a twist, those panthers were two natured . . . werepanthers.
Now, it’s up to Lynzi and Layne to stop the slaughter and help bring down the big cats.

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I just love that spelling of Lynzi. The next book, released in July, is RESCUED. This thriller is about a female Private Investigator with dual natures– one purely woman and one not so much.

Fiercely independent and determined to be taken seriously in a man’s world, PI Rose Baxter will do whatever it takes to find the kids who are disappearing from the streets and bring them home safe, even teaming up with PI Marty Brown, a man hot enough to burn whatever part of her gets too close – her fingers, her sheets, her life, and her other nature’s whiskers.

But her other nature knows whiskers grow back and will accept nothing less than this man as her mate for life, a plan Marty’s all in on. Sparks fly when she refuses to be the little woman. Besides, those kids need her and their time’s running out. But, thrown together 24/7 can she fight it?

 

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Here is what Larynn has to say about what got her into writing and what led to these exciting books:

Larynn Ford began reading romance in her early teens and became interested in writing in high school. She’s a daydreamer and a romantic who is intrigued by the paranormal and loves to let her mind wander, always searching for a happily ever after ending to her dreams.
She began reading with a renewed passion in 2006, fell in love with romance all over again, and began thinking how much fun it would be to create a fantasy world all her own. Some of those worlds are in book form now. She’s going to keep writing, dreaming, and searching for her own happily-ever-after.

And we sure are glad for that. It means there are more great books to come from Larynn. To connect with her now or purchase your own copy of these wonderful reads, check out her social media links:

Website/Blog: http://www.larynnford.com/
Twitter: @LarynnFord
Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/larynnfordauthor
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Larynn-Ford/e/B00CELS1V8/

Larynn, it has been great having you visit today and bring your recent releases. The covers are lovely and they both sound so tempting, it would be hard to decide which to read first. What a predicament!

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