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In the mood for a free book? I always am! And I love giveaways. Having just finished the giveaway for a bracelet to launch the cover reveal for my upcoming novel ‘Chasing the Painted Skies’, I want to do something else.

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If you didn’t win, no worries! I have more stuff planned throughout the year.

First, in honor of the print edition of Shimmers of Stardust now being available, as well as the e-book digital version, I am giving away a print paperback copy. So head over to Goodreads.com  and look for my author page or follow this handy widget:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/155217-shimmers-of-stardust?utm_medium=email&utm_source=giveaway_approved

The giveaway runs from September 22nd through October 22nd, 2015.

Shimmers of Stardust

Don’t recall what ‘Shimmers of Stardust’ is about? It’s a twisty blend of time travel and Christian romance. Reviews so far call is a “sweet, romantic story of redemption and forgiveness”, having “time travel, 1800’s history, page turning suspense, a sexy bad boy and a strong heroine”, a “great, uplifting read’ ‘and “with some fun twists and turns the reader might be surprised at how this romance end.” (Amazon review quotes) In July, InD’tale Magazine gave Shimmers of Stardust 4 1/2 stars, saying  it is “an interesting time travel romance with a hero and heroine that will quickly have readers enamored.” They also called it “funny, light-hearted, sad, scary and wonderful all rolled up into one shining star!”

So it looks like folks have been enjoying this book. I call it fun. It was fun to write. Civil war hero, Logan Riley, turned renegade is hanged in 1869. He survives, being found alive in 2014 by anthropologist Dr. McKenzie Lynne. Kenzie had been hired by a team of physicists to find a time travel missing link. Realizing it was Logan, and what they intended to do, she runs, taking their living treasure.

Now they’re hunted like criminals, by obsessed physicists and military who will stop at nothing to get them back. As they escape further into the desert and mountains of New Mexico and Arizona, Kenzie’s strong faith works on Logan’s bad boy heart. Slowly, she convicts him of his lawless past. And love blooms between them like desert flowers.

As the hunters close in, it becomes a show down  and a test for their love between modern military armed with everything, Kenzie’s Christian morals and Logan’s nineteenth cowboy justice.

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Now, we’re not done yet. Later this year I will be giving away copies of my other print books, ‘Whispers in her Heart’ in November and ‘When Clouds Gather’ as soon as the print edition releases. Both of those will be through Goodreads as well, so bookmark that site for future chances to win as giveaways open.

And….there’s more. I am honored to be part of the eight authors contributing a short story to ‘Sizzle in the Snow: A Soul Mate Christmas Collection’. This anthology releases November 25th and all the stories are sexy, steamy and Christmas themed. We authors are busy now planning giveaways and lots of fun. You can catch the sneak peek at the collection here: at the book trailer:

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And… I’m still not done! Wow, when I said I was in the mood for a giveaway, I wasn’t kidding. In early 2016 my sweet novella ‘Glimpse Eternity’ will release with Melange Books. I will have a giveaway separate from the Goodreads ones in celebration. Details will be shared as the time gets closer.

So hop over to Goodreads and enter for your chance at a print copy of ‘Shimmers of Stardust’, be sure to watch for the others when the giveaways open. Check out the trailer for ‘Sizzle in the Snow, A Soul Mate Christmas Collection’ and feel free to leave a comment on which book you think is going to be your favorite.

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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.

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In the spirit of adventure and diversity, I decided to interview McKenzie and Logan, characters in my new novel, Shimmers of Stardust, available September 10th from Soul Mate Publishing. So let’s get started.

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Dr. Lynne, you are an accomplished and respected anthropologist. How did you get involved in this situation with Mr. Riley?

Call me Kenzie, please, my family all does. Well, because of my successful career, I was selected for this expedition. The physicists were working on some time travel theories, I guess, and they had ties to some high-ranking military officers who shared their vision. The physicists figured out where Logan ought to be and knew he would be key in their studies. The military figured I was one of the few who could actually find Logan.

And so you did. Then what?

I thought he was the most handsome man, and the strangest, I’d ever met! {laughs} I mean, he had this tall tale about how he’d been hanged way back. But he did have this nasty mark around his neck, so something happened to him. Then I thought the physicists were going to wet themselves when they first spotted Logan. It was like he was the dead coming to life. At first I couldn’t figure it out. Then I saw what was going on.

Which was?

Oh, those creepy doctors had some bad stuff in mind. I mean, the stuff they intended to do was beyond belief. It still gives me shivers. So I just reacted. I grabbed Logan’s arm and we just ran.

Mr. Riley, what is your impression on all this? Oh sorry….Logan.

I reckoned them jaspers were nothing but trouble. Their eyes were all loco crazy. I’d somehow survived a hanging, beats me how, then I watched how this world changed for one hundred forty years and then this beautiful angel of a woman ends up dragging me off in this contraption of hers, screaming and raising dust. It’s been some pumpkins alright.

It was my car, Logan, and you didn’t seem to mind driving Aiden’s SUV when he loaned it to us.

And you didn’t mind riding horses when we borrowed them.

Wait a minute you two. I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Kenzie, can you explain what happened next?

Sure. Aiden Conway, the officer who had recruited me to find Logan, appeared to be our only sympathizer. He loaned us his vehicle because mine stood out too much. Except, after Logan learned to drive, it was wrecked when we were discovered by some soldiers out hunting us. There was a fast chase where we tried to get away and they shot the car to stop us. It was like a really bad western except in cars. And we crashed.

My, that sounds terrifying.

It was. Can you believe they actually shot at us with real bullets? {she ignores a low chuckle from Logan}

I suppose it shows how determined they were to get you back?

Well, to get Logan back anyway. He was the key to their treasure. I was only wanted back so they could teach me a lesson.

How terrible. Logan, what are your thoughts on this?

I knew them polecats were not to be trusted, even the one Kenzie had set store by. But she’s a trusting sort by nature and I love her for that. But when the vehicle was wrecked and she ended up hurting her ankle,   I’d  do everything possible to keep us safe. By then, I knew those soldiers and crazy folks were dead serious.

And what happened? You mentioned horses a moment ago.

We borrowed some horses we got lucky and stumbled upon. Then we hightailed it into the mountains. We found some places we could hole up for a spell.

That could almost sound romantic.

Hardly! I had to sacrifice a sock just to wash dishes. You would not believe what Daniel Boone here wanted me to use. And you can’t believe how cold mountain water is for bathing. And don’t forget about having to be super paranoid about everything little thing you do. So many tiny little oversights could give our location away to the hunters.

Incredible. It certainly sounds like a trying time, but I still see how a little romance could begin in a situation like that. Surely something good came out of your time in the wilderness?

{Grabs Logan’s hand} Yes, that time we spent on the run was needed for my bad boy to come around.

What do you mean?

What Kenzie means, ma’am, is I’ve done some things before, things I’m not proud of. Even a hanging wasn’t enough to make me fully want to change. It took Kenzie and her Bible and that time we spent together for me to finally see my errors. It was Kenzie and grace that convicted me and showed me how to get clean inside. She and her Bible turned my heart around for good.

That is a very honest answer, Logan. Thank you. I’m sure it must have been difficult to accept. Now, Kenzie, you are firm in your Christian beliefs. How did that affect you in regards to Logan’s situation?

Well, I’ll be honest. It was hard. First it was hard to even accept time travel could be a real thing and not some science fiction tale. Yet everyone else believed it, had proof and even Logan has the proof on his body. But even harder for me was Logan’s list of crimes. He has not been a good man before. However, I felt preaching to him would not work so I prayed. A lot. I let God’s word work without my interference. It has been a strange experience for both of us.

That took a lot of faith and courage. And to think you were being chased for your very life as well. What an interesting time you two have had. Logan, is there anything else you would like to add?

{chuckles} I’ll allow most things here are interesting, downright strange mostly. But I was more spooked by the things I saw and the way Kenzie’s Bible made me feel than the fact soldiers were chasing us. All I can think to say is a woman’s love and God’s grace can be a dangerous combination to a man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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