AUTHOR WEDNESDAY – #NEWRELEASE FROM CHANTEL RHONDEAU

I wish you all a very peaceful and pleasant Thanksgiving weekend. Today Author Wednesday features one of my favorite colleagues and romance author, Chantel Rhondeau. Chantel and I have been in three box sets together (so far), and her romances are a wonderful addition to each set. I love Chantel because she is always eager and ready to help out and give of herself and her expertise to promote all of us. It doesn’t get any better than that. So with great pleasure, I give you the very sweet and lovable Chantel Rhondeau and her new release in her Macalliter’s Paradise series.

Title: Love’s Ride (McCallister’s Paradise – 4)
Author: Chantel Rhondeau
Release date: November 24, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Family Saga Romance

Brad McCallister has always felt estranged from his family. He thought taking over as manager of their paradise resort would make him feel more connected but that hasn’t happened. To top it off, his siblings are finding life partners and settling down while Brad’s still single. If only he could stop obsessing over the island’s psychologist, Chelsea Taylor.


Chelsea loves working at McCallister’s Paradise. She enjoys the large family of employees and feels at home in the sand and sunshine. The only thing missing is the spice of adventure. She longs to explore the island and conquer her longstanding fears.


After Brad’s sister schemes to bring Brad and Chelsea together things go horribly wrong, but Brad refuses to give up without a fight. A two-week island adventure will not only help fulfill Chelsea’s lifelong dream of being a survivalist, it will give them a chance to get to know each other—away from his meddling family.


This couple gets more than they bargained for when survival takes on a new meaning in paradise.


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~~Excerpt~~

She pouted slightly as she thought, her full red lips begging him to suck on them. “I felt like dinner went well the other day, but…” She paused and scarlet flared against her cheekbones.

“Dinner did go well,” he agreed. “I wasn’t sure you thought so, but I had a great time.”

“I was surprised when you left so fast.” Looking down at their hands, she avoided his eyes, seeming unsure and flustered. “I thought you’d want a goodnight kiss.”

She felt insecure because he hadn’t kissed her? Well, hot damn!

Brad chuckled and tugged her hands, pulling her close to his chest. She was enough shorter than him that when her hair swished around her face the silky strands rubbed against his chin, catching slightly in the evening stubble he hadn’t had time to shave.

Pressing his lips against her forehead, Brad released one of her hands to caress her cheek and slide his hand down her neck.

The passion he felt in being so close to her was echoed in the soft trembling of Chelsea’s body against his and the sweet, contented sigh she released.

Wrapping both arms around her, Brad held her close to his heart, enjoying having her so near after spending several days apart. If only work would slow down and he could see her more often. He knew it was too sudden to be sure that he wanted things to work out with Chelsea, but holding her felt right. Since the moment she arrived on the island, Brad hadn’t been able to stop thinking about her, wishing he could call her his lady. Now he might have a chance.

Chelsea’s arms circled him, and she rested her head on his shoulder. The soft puffs of breath coming from her mouth bathed his neck with their warmth, making him wish he were less of a gentleman.

“You smell delicious,” she whispered, sniffing deeply. Her lips brushed his collarbone, setting his heart rate racing. 


If he didn’t stop this soon, the problem twitching to life in his pants could make a family dinner awkward. Kissing her forehead once more, Brad gently gripped her shoulders and pushed her away.


About McCallister’s Paradise: 


Fall in love with the strong men and smart women of McCallister’s Paradise!

At their tropical island resort, the McCallister family works hard. Life in Paradise should be perfect. After all, the place is great for a romantic getaway. Unfortunately, the five McCallister siblings are still searching for their happily ever afters… and romance always seems just out of reach. 


But determined hearts won’t be denied. And when love is on the line, a McCallister doesn’t fall halfway!


Series:
Happy Endings (Quinn)

Diving Into Love (Parker)

For Love or Charity (Sydney)
Love’s Ride (Brad)
Cooking Up Love (Shane – coming soon)



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~~About the Author~~

Bestselling Author Chantel Rhondeau once thought a mystery or fantasy book with strong romantic themes was the highest level of reading bliss. After reading her first romantic suspense, she never looked back. Chantel is author of six romantic suspense novels, three Christmas novellas, a sports-themed novella, and the McCallister’s Paradise contemporary romance/family saga series. She lives in the western United States and when she’s not writing, she loves playing cards with her family, bowling on leagues, and snuggling with her lazy kitties.

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AUTHOR WEDNESDAY – ELAINE COUGLER

cropped-cropped-typewriter.jpgI have a special guest post today for Author Wednesday. Elaine Cougler stops by once again to share one of her marketing tools for promoting her books. She’s the author of the Loyalist trilogy, and last month she took on the arduous task of going on a cruise to market her books. Somebody has to do it, and I’d like to suffer for the cause one of these days! Here’s Elaine and what she has to say about her recent endeavor all in the pursuit of selling books and making new connections. 

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Marketing Can Be Fun!

There I was sitting on the grassy hill overlooking the water at Bar Harbor, Maine, entranced by the two sailing ships directly before me. Since my husband and I were on my Authors and History Cruise up the east coast, sailing history filled my mind.

Contrast the small sailing ships of yore with the huge cruising ship we were on. Can’t you just imagine crossing the cold Atlantic rife with ice floes and blowing whales and endless water, gray more often than blue, roaring up and over the sides of your small vessel? Our ship held about 3,500 passengers and maybe another 1,500 crew. And we were high above the water level.

Cruise deckHere’s a view from the walkway that arced out over the water. You can see the small boats lodged against the deck and also the water below. That’s my husband in the background. Although the idea of walking out on a clear platform sounds scary, the actual event was pretty easy.

This dream cruise was the culmination of almost a year of planning and promoting. And it was a wonderful way to promote my Loyalist trilogy as the cruise touched both Canadian and American stops related to the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

We sailed from New York to Halifax, to St. John, to Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport, and back to New York. Beautiful weather prevailed, except for rain in St. John. But the ship was fabulous. For this author, and for many on the tours, stepping where our ancestors had trod and hearing the stories of their bravery made history come alive. Beautiful fall colors enriched the scene wherever we went, and the air was cool but refreshing. Just thrilling.

I had not realized that in the months leading up to the cruise I would get so much publicity out of it. A local travel company, Expedia cruiseship Centres, did their own advertising and the owner, Bill Shaw, actually accompanied me on many of my author readings and talks to explain about the cruise. People everywhere knew about our adventure.

Publicity. It’s what every author wants and needs. And I got it for almost a year at very little cost to me. No wonder I look so happy in the photo.Elainecruise

One of my writer friends tells me I am the supreme marketer, a moniker I try hard to earn. Every day, I do something to help my books make it out into the big world. It may be a small thing taking just a few minutes, or it may be something that takes several days to complete. The important thing, I once read, is to be consistent, and the promise is that if an author markets every day for at least three years, she will have success with her books. Click here to read my blog post about this marketing practice. 

Marketing is easy to do when it includes a delightful cruise.

Note: Elaine arranged this cruise through her local Expedia cruise company. You might be able to arrange something similar by contacting your local tour agent. I’m certainly going to consider asking.

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#AUDIO RELEASE OF CIVIL WAR JOURNAL OF A UNION SOLDIER

The audio version of my great grandfather’s journal is now available. Please enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win a copy.

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Jeffrey A. Hering narrated the book, and I’m extremely pleased with the outcome. Check out a sample, by clicking here.

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AUTHOR WEDNESDAY – LAURIE BORIS

cropped-cropped-typewriter.jpgIt’s Wednesday so it must be time for a new author to appear on my website. Today I welcome Laurie Boris, the author several award-winning novels and a contributing writer and editor for Indies Unlimited. She has just published a new novel, and I’m very pleased to have her visit today and talk about it. A Sudden Gust of Gravity, a psychological suspense romance, features Christina Davenport hoping to revive her career as a magician when she meets a surgical resident who sees beneath the surface of her makeup. How’s that for an intriguing premise? Gravity_coverart_1b

Laurie, I’m so pleased you took the time out of your release book to stop by and discuss A Sudden Gust of Gravity. Tell us a little bit about the premise.

When a mysterious, charming street performer hires Christina to be his assistant, she sees an opportunity to overcome her fears and become a magician in her own right, but as he grows jealous of the attention she’s getting, she wonders if cozying up to him is worth the price of admission.

The cover makes perfect sense. But how did you choose the title? 

The story had a series of working titles before I settled on A Sudden Gust of Gravity. It covers so many themes in the book, from carrying the weight of our pasts to managing the forces of gravity during Christina’s juggling performances. It’s also an old juggling joke, an excuse performers use when they drop something: “Must have been a sudden gust of gravity.”

That really is a multi-layered title. I love it when that happens. How did you come up with this idea? It’s unusual and fascinating. 

One day, a scene popped into my head: a power struggle between a magician and the down-on-her-luck waitress auditioning to become his assistant. Her first test is to get into a cramped box illusion, but she’s hiding the fact that she’s claustrophobic. I started asking questions, and the story grew from there…way too far, at one point, and I had to pull a few characters out. Maybe they belong in a different story.

I’ve had that happen. It’s good to put them in a file for some future use. Did you have to do much research for this book?

I was a magician’s assistant and street performer for about ten minutes a few decades ago, so I asked a friend from high school, currently working as a magician, to make sure I had my details (mostly) right. My goal was to let the readers in on a few secrets without giving away everything and earning the wrath of magicians everywhere. Apparently, this was meant to be a high-school-reunion project, because another gracious friend, now a doctor, gave me some advice about Devon, my young medical resident. I also asked Mama Google a few things. She’s fabulous.

She is a wonder, isn’t she? I once pumped gas for a few minutes when I was twenty, but that’s nothing compared to being a street magician. Who is the antagonist in your book? Did you enjoy creating this character?

Yes! Reynaldo the Magnificent (aka Ralph) is a quirky dude with a dark side and an ego the size of the Goodyear blimp. I had some fun with him.

Great! I sometimes have far too much fun creating my bad guys so I’m glad to see I’m not alone. You’ve written several novels, but is there another form of written expression you’d like to try?

I’d love to try a screenplay. It sounds like a tremendous writing challenge, to distill a novel into visual elements and dialogue.

People ask me if I’d like to do that, but it  doesn’t not interest me. . .yet! Do you have a favorite character that you created? 

I adore my characters, and Charlie from the Trager Family Secrets series is still my favorite. He’s kind, funny, smart, resourceful…yet vulnerable and real. At least to me. Devon Park, the young doctor from A Sudden Gust of Gravity, is another character I’ve fallen for hard. From his first scene with his five-year-old nephew, I was in love. Falling in love with all these fictional men is becoming a bad habit of mine.

At least you don’t have to pick up their dirty socks. Is there one author with whom you identify or hold up as your standard-bearer?

I have an author-girl-crush on Joyce Carol Oates. She’s strong, brilliant, prolific, and she has no fear. I want to be her when I grow up. If I ever grow up.

I hope you never grow up, Laurie. It’s been a pleasure to have you drop by today, and I look forward to reading your latest release. My best to you on its success.

Laurie BorisAbout Laurie:  Laurie Boris has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is the award-winning author of five novels, a novella, and a bunch of short fiction. When not playing with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she’s a freelance copyeditor and enjoys baseball, reading, and avoiding housework.

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#NEW RELEASE – BEHIND THE CURTAIN IS HERE

fe4da-behind2bthe2bcurtain2bby2bpc2bzickThe third and final book in my Behind the Love series released this morning. It’s almost bittersweet. I’m pleased to have written this series of stories about the women and men of Victory, Florida. They find love at first sight (Behind the Altar), through second chances (Behind the Bar), and in unexpected ways (Behind the Curtain).

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About Behind the Curtain (contemporary new adult romance) – When Lisa Williams returns to her hometown of Victory, Florida, with a producer of reality TV shows, not everyone is happy to see her, particularly her sister, Susie. Lisa finds herself at odds with everyone in town, even her close friend Tommy who tries to understand and support her dreams of becoming a star.

When Tommy is assigned to cover the show’s filming as a reporter for the Tampa Tribune, he finds himself at odds with Lisa who he’s beginning to think of as more than a friend.

Sally Jean returns to the Behind the Love series as Lisa’s best friend. But the show threatens to tear them apart as well when the producer wants to make Sally Jean the star rather than Lisa. As Lisa finds herself losing everyone in her life, Tommy struggles to remain her friend, hoping she’ll realize that her actor boyfriend Jet isn’t any good for her. If he can convince her of that, perhaps he’ll stand a chance at winning her fragile heart.

I loved writing this book. I say this about every book I write, but this time I loved it because I was so familiar with all the characters. I layered Lisa with much deeper feelings and aspirations. She’s been a peripheral character since the very first book. But in this novel, I could give her motivations and dig into personality.

Every since Sally Jean appeared in Behind the Altar, readers have been asking for her to star in her own book. I never thought she’d go beyond the paper cutout character I’d created. She’s the big-boobed blonde who’s troubled but kind. By the time I made her the best friend of Lisa in Behind the Curtain, I’d grown to love her and began writing some of her backstory. I gave her some depth, and one day, I feel ready to explore her role as the heroine of another romance series. I’ve set it up at the end of Behind the Curtain. It happened naturally and as it evolved, I realized she deserved her own story.

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Here’s an excerpt from Chapter One:

CHAPTER ONE

Lisa watched as Susie, her baby sister, exchanged vows with Reggie on the front porch of Susie’s house. Standing next to her smiling new husband, Susie glowed. Reggie patted his new wife’s protruding belly, and the crowd of friends roared with laughter.

Lisa smiled. At least one of them had managed to find love.

Sally Jean greeted Lisa when she stepped off the front steps to mingle with the folks gathered in the yard. Lisa had known most of the guests her entire life, and Sally Jean had been her best friend in high school.

“She’s a beautiful bride,” Sally Jean said. “I’m so happy for the two of them.”

“Not jealous?” Lisa asked. “I thought you had a thing for Reggie.”

“I liked Reggie, but Dean always had my heart. You know that.”

Lisa looked at her friend, remembering those days so long ago when Sally Jean dated Dean Davis and Lisa was set to marry Sam Rollings. Both those relationships ended on the night after graduation ten years earlier. She felt sorry for Sally Jean sometimes, but Lisa knew she was just as messed up when it came to relationships as her friend. What right did Lisa have to judge her?

“But you’re over Dean, right?” Lisa decided she’d better ask because Dean’s pregnant wife Leah wouldn’t be too happy if Sally Jean still harbored feelings for him. Leah was Susie’s best friend, and by extension, a friend of Lisa’s as well.

“Leah didn’t give me much choice. I like her, but I have to tell you if Dean asked me to be his girl again, I’d be hard pressed to say no.”

“I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that happening.” Lisa watched Sally Jean’s mouth turn down, and she immediately felt sorry she’d opened her mouth.

“You’re right.” Sally Jean smiled. “That ship sailed a long time ago. Let’s get some champagne and forget everything but having a great time tonight.”

“What are the two most beautiful women at this wedding doing over here in the corner without drinks in hand?” Tommy Jackson handed each of them a glass of champagne as if he’d heard Sally Jean’s suggestion.

“You better not let the bride hear you say that,” Lisa said. “Thanks for the champagne, though.”

“Of course, I meant after Susie. The bride is glowing today.”

“And growing.” Lisa giggled before taking a sip.

“Either of you need a ride into town for the reception?” Tommy asked. The reception was being held at the Victory Tavern, owned by the groom. “I’m happy to be the designated driver for the night. I fly to Miami in the morning for a story, so it’s a one beer night for me.”

Tommy worked for the Tampa Tribune as a feature reporter. His recent series on homelessness in Florida started right in their hometown of Victory with the homeless vets living on the banks of the Deer River on the outskirts of town.

“Thanks, Tommy,” Lisa said. “But you’re not going to stay late are you?”

“Susie said I could sleep on her couch. I’ll drive straight to the airport from here, so you can stay as late as you’d like—I’ll bring you home.”

“That sounds like the perfect offer,” Sally Jean said.

“I think you’ve got yourself two designated drunks then,” Lisa said. The two women high-fived and then both reached up and kissed Tommy one on each cheek, which made the redhead blush a deep crimson on his very white face.

Later, after the toasts and too many glasses of champagne, Lisa sat at the bar of the Victory Tavern. Tommy sat next to her, drinking a glass of water.

“Ever wish it was you standing up there getting hitched?” Tommy asked.

Lisa sighed and took a drink of her wine. “Sometimes, but I think I need someone to stand next to me for that to happen.”

“What about that guy back in New York? Plane or something?”

Lisa laughed. “Jet. His name is Jet. We’re on and off, mostly off now, but he asked me to go out for dinner with him when I get to New York, so who knows what will happen. What about you? Ever wish it was you?”

“Sometimes, but every single woman I like ends up liking someone who’s going to end up hurting them. I hear about it when they come crawling back to me crying and telling me they didn’t know what a great guy I really was.”

“Do you give them a second chance?”

“Never. It’s made me leery of relationships and women in general.”

Lisa picked up her glass and offered it to Tommy as a toast. “Here’s to crappy choices.”

Victory, Florida, Lisa’s hometown, reeked of mostly bad memories for her. She left the day after her high school graduation, leaving her sister Susie, only thirteen, to cope with their mother and her subsequent cancer and eventual death. Lisa only came home when absolutely necessary. Despite that, she and Susie remained close, drawn together by the bond of their childhood fraught with a drunken father who liked to use a punching bag when soused. Unfortunately, that punching bag was their mother.

Ten years ago, Lisa’s future looked bright despite the dark cloud hanging over their house. She and Sam Rollings were the darlings of Victory, both beautiful and popular. They were going to be married after college, except life intervened, and Lisa left town after the mysterious death of her father. Only when Susie started to ask questions a few months back did the whole truth come out. To Lisa’s horror, she realized she’d been the one to tell Sam she wished her father dead. She said it after he once again beat her mother. Sam, wanting to be the hero in Lisa’s life, made sure her wish came true when her father walked into the path of Sam’s car. Only when Susie tried to uncover the truth did both of them learn what happened that night. Susie and Lisa decided to keep Sam’s role in their father’s death quiet because they wanted to move forward, not relive the past. And if Lisa felt any guilt at all, it was only because she wasn’t sorry her father was dead.

“It’s difficult to be back in Victory,” Lisa told Tommy. “Everywhere I look there are ghosts.”

Lisa saw those ghosts as they wandered the streets and echoes of Sam reverberated off the walls of the Victory Tavern as their friends enjoyed celebrating Susie and Reggie’s wedding.

“It’s sad the fearsome four couldn’t be reunited for the wedding,” Tommy said. “But then again, maybe it’s better that Sam and Trevor are elsewhere.”

Reggie, Dean, Sam, and Trevor—the four football stars who brought fame to the small Florida town when they won the state football championship ten years earlier—made quite a name for Victory. Trevor Carson was awaiting trial on an illegal gambling operation, and no one knew where Sam Rollings was.

“I didn’t mean to upset you,” Tommy said as Lisa stared sadly at her wine glass. “I probably shouldn’t have mentioned Sam’s name.”

“Just thinking about the night Trevor was arrested. And about Sam and all the rest. We had so much promise as we headed into our graduation from Victory High. The town held high expectations for all of us.”

“And most of you lived up to those expectations. Look at Dean—famous tat artist from Miami. Reggie is making a name for Victory all over the Tampa area now that he’s bringing in bands from around Florida. And you, Miss Lisa, are making a name for yourself as an actress in no less than New York City.”

“Some actress, advertising insurance for poor schumucks who can’t even afford a vacation. I would say I’m a resounding success as a failure.”

“Lisa, pick up your chin and stop feeling sorry for yourself.” Tommy downed his glass of water. “I need to get up pretty early. Do you want to leave now, or do you want to ride home with Leah and Dean?”

“Thanks a lot, pal. Really like the support. I don’t really want to ride home with you. Besides what happened to you not caring when you left tonight?”

“It’s getting late, and you’re getting drunk and depressed. You don’t want to ruin Susie’s big day, do you?”

Dean and his pregnant wife Leah walked up to them, and Dean pulled out a stool for Leah to sit.

“She can’t keep up with me these days,” Dean said. “Poor thing.” Dean rubbed Leah’s small belly and grinned at Lisa and Tommy. “You two look like you’re at a funeral instead of the wedding of two good friends and family.”

“Lisa needs a ride home,” Tommy said. “Got room for her?”

“Sure,” Leah said. “I’ll see these two get home safely, but I expect them to return the favor after the baby’s born.”

“What about Sally Jean?” Lisa asked. “You promised her a ride, too.”

“She wants to leave now, but this is your sister’s wedding, so stay. But I think you should attempt to put a smile on your face, if only for Susie’s sake. She deserves tonight without any drama. Maybe lay off the wine, too.”

“Yes, master.” Lisa jumped off her stool and bowed deeply to Tommy, who shook his head and walked away.

“What in the hell was that all about, Lisa?” Dean asked. “I thought you’d be ecstatic that your sister and Reggie finally got married after all these years.”

“I am. Just thinking too much about the past, that’s all. And Tommy said some mean things to me.”

“I’m going to get a beer,” Dean said. “Do you want something?”

“A glass of red wine, please. Tommy be damned.”

When he left, Leah looked at her best friend’s sister. “Want to talk about it?”

“Nothing much to say. Dean’s right though. I am happy for Susie. She deserves to be happy.”

“So do you. We all do.”

“When’s the baby due?” Lisa wanted desperately to change the subject. She knew when the depression started she’d slide down a slope with little hope of pulling herself out for a few days.

“I’ve got a little longer than Susie,” Leah said. “Early October—maybe we’ll have a pumpkin.”

“That’d be fun. Imagine the birthday parties you can have with jack-‘o-lanterns.”

“Susie will have to help me with that. I’m not much for decorating.”

Lisa looked over at her sister, standing next to Reggie. Susie glowed. Lisa picked up her glass and smiled to think of her baby sister as a mother. Lisa hoped she could live up to her role as aunt.

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AUTHOR WEDNESDAY – C.W. LOVATT

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Welcome to Author Wednesday. Today I’m please to introduce you to C.W. Lovett, the creator of the humorous Charlie Smithers Collection. The first two books in the series The Adventures of Charlie Smithers and Charlie Smithers: Adventures in India are available now, and the next book in the series, Adventures Downunder, will be released in time for the holidays.Cover Art #3 Adventures in India - Original

Hello and welcome, C.W. Let’s start with one of my favorite questions for my fellow authors. When were you first able to call yourself either a “writer” or an “author?”

About ten years ago. I’d been writing off and on since the early ’80s but never really took it very seriously. The very idea was so close to pure fantasy that it seemed pointless to pursue it. Aside from that, there was never any encouragement; in fact, quite the opposite. In a small community like the one I live in, there aren’t all that many social circles, and those that we do have consider writing (if they ever consider it at all) as beyond the pale, so it was something I felt that I had to keep a lid on. Then one day I made a new friend, and all that changed. Suddenly, I found myself in a situation where my writing was valued and encouraged, and by someone I respected at that! All that I had to do was apply myself, and boy, did I ever! It was sometime between the time my first short story was published in 2008 and 2013 that I began to whisper ‘writer?’ cautiously in my own ear, and wondered if it might not be too grandiose a word? Then, when my first and second novels were published, and I found that I no longer had to wait an entire year, only to get the inevitable rejection slip in the mail – that my work, in fact, was being accepted, virtually out of hand – that I’m beginning to become more comfortable with the idea.

It’s amazing what a little bit of encouragement can do. Something similar happened to me with my first writer’s group that I attended under the cloak of darkness. What’s the best thing said about one of your books by a reviewer?

This wasn’t a review, exactly, but one day I received a message from a gentleman who wanted me to know that he considered my writing to be the best in genre since my idol, George MacDonald Fraser.

Wow! That must have made you feel like you were doing something right. Now we all get them, if we put our work out in the public domain, and that’s the poor review. What advice can you give to other writers about receiving a bad review?

Suck it up, I’m afraid, and on NO ACCOUNT do you respond. There’s a school of thought that says you should learn from them and, if you can, then all well and good, but personally, I’m skeptical. If you consider yourself to be a serious writer, then you should be writing for yourself, not worrying about what others think. If a reader likes it, fantastic – if they don’t, shrug it off and push on. You can’t please everyone.

Excellent advice. I tend to agree. I do consider what someone has written in a review, but if it doesn’t fit with what I’m intending, then I move on. What’s your one sentence pitch for your Charlie Smithers Collection?

Buy them; they’re fantastic!

You have a superb attitude. What kind of research was required in creating the character of Charlie Smithers and his adventures throughout the collection?

For those of your readers who haven’t read any of the books, Charlie Smithers is the manservant to the nineteenth century adventurer and dunderhead, Lord Brampton, but the books deal with Charlie’s own adventures, in all of the different parts of the old Empire that they travel to, using history, humor and romance as vehicles. Downunder, of course, refers to the Australias, and may well be the most powerful book of the collection.

Now, as to research, there’s usually a healthy mix of pouring over volume after volume of books accompanied by a healthy dollop of Google. However, in the case of Downunder, after sending it off to some Australian friends to check for accuracy in geography, and their rich vernacular, they pretty much all came up with one glaring inconsistency, to whit, ‘Had I never heard of The Great Australian Bight?’ and after a bit more to-ing and fro-ing in our correspondence, an invitation was issued to come see for myself, so I did. For a month, I walked the very ground that Charlie walked, saw the spot were he washed ashore, more dead than alive, felt the same sun that he felt, heard the same birds, saw the same wondrous creatures, and stood in the exact same rooms as he did during his audience with the governor of New South Wales. Having gleaned all the information that I could, I was soon not only able to put right any inaccuracies, but also give the manuscript more depth and color – make it even more three-dimensional than ever.

I’m sure that added to the novel immensely. Is there one book or author with whom you identify or hold up as your standard-bearer?

That would be George MacDonald Fraser, who I briefly referred to earlier – the creator of the Flashman books. I admired his style: his attention to detail, and his insistence on making the historical aspect of his books as accurate as possible. I applaud the way he refused to don kid gloves when dealing with sensitive issues that his contemporaries wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, and the way he did it with such humour, and irreverence had my sides aching from laughter. Agree with his views, or disagree, you couldn’t fault him for his courage, and I suppose that’s what I admire most of all, and learned that, when faced with a prickly issue in a plot, don’t try to avoid it, but face it head-on. The story demands that you give of your best to do it justice; and if you have the courage to see that through, you just might learn something about yourself along the way.

Excellent. I haven’t read him, but now you’ve got me interested. Where do you write?

My earlier stories were written using a desktop computer, so there weren’t many options available, insofar as location was concerned. After a while, I began to feel that staring at the same walls, day after day, wasn’t conducive to a fresh outlook, so I bought a laptop in 2009, and have been writing everywhere you can imagine since. Sometimes I write during commercials when watching the news, under the cottonwoods in my yard in the summer, in the living room by a window, or out on the deck in late November, bundled up to try to stay warm. Every book has a ritual at any given time, but no two are the same.

I’m the same way. This morning I wrote a chapter of my new romance at Barnes & Noble’s cafe. But since they don’t provide outlets for patrons, I moved to the library where I’m facing the Ohio River and the fading colors of autumn. Tomorrow I’ll write somewhere else. Thank you for stopping by today. I’ve very much enjoyed getting to know you a bit better and learning about your writing process. I wish you well with the new release. You’ll have to come back next year and let us know where you’re headed next!

Thank you for having me as your guest. I quite enjoyed myself, and very much appreciate the opportunity to reach out to your readers.

My pleasure. I look forward to reading your books, C.W.

downunder author's photoAbout C.W. Lovatt: Award-winning author, C. W. Lovatt, is the creator of the critically acclaimed Josiah Stubb, along with the bestselling, Charlie Smithers collection. The third book in this series, Adventures Downunder is set to be released before Christmas.

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Charlie Smithers: Adventures in India (Amazon US)

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Behind the Curtain

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Series: Behind the Love, #3

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When Lisa Williams returns to her hometown of Victory, Florida, with a reality TV show crew, not everyone is happy to see her. Lisa finds herself at odds with everyone in town, even her close friend Tommy.

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