Monday, July 21, 2014

Meet My Character Blog Hop

Welcome to the Meet My Character Blog Hop! First I want to thank Kyra Halland for inviting me to the blog hop. Her info is below to check out her post.

Kyra Halland Began with the Prydain books by Lloyd Alexander and the Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Leguin. She has always loved fantasy. She has also always loved a good love story. In 1990, as a new stay-at-home mom with a young baby, she finally decided to combine those two loves - like chocolate and peanut butter! - by writing the kinds of romantic fantasy novels she wanted to read. Complicated, honorable heroes; heroines who are strong, smart, and all woman; magic, romance, and adventure; and excursions into the dark corners of life and human nature mixed with a dash of offbeat humor - all of these make up Kyra Halland's worlds. She is excited to share those worlds with readers, who she hopes will enjoy her stories and characters as much as she does. Kyra Halland lives in southern Arizona. She has a very patient husband, two less-patient cats, and two young adult sons. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and anime, and she wants to be a crazy cat lady when she grows up.

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And now, an introduction to my last and third triplet from A Perfect Dilemma in my A Perfect Secret series:

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Braxton Outlaw may be a fictional character, but is very real in my head. He’s one of three triplets. His ancestor, Duel Outlaw, was branded a thief and a murderer and hanged for stealing a Confederate payroll and murdering the guards. The curse of his crimes has followed the family down through the years. Being outcasts has affected the whole family line including anyone who is associated with them. His love interest is River Pearl Sutton. She is the town's rich girl and descended from the town's founder, Colonel Beauregard Sutton.

2) When and where is the story set?
It’s set in present day Louisiana in the fictional town of Suttontowne that's on the ancient, mysterious and primal swamp. A place of lush ferns, colorful flowers growing in the shade of hardwood trees dripping with moss, teeming in wildlife and fraught with danger.

3) What should we know about him?
He owns his own bar/restaurant called Outlaws and is a very good chef. Very innovative. His brother Booker made it big publishing horror on the internet and helped him to buy the business. The triplets entertain there when all three of them are present. Brax plays the violin or as it’s called in the South, the fiddle, Booker the piano, and Boone the guitar. They all sing. He has a very strong bond with his mother and his two brothers. They have always had to protect each others’ backs growing up in a town that scorns them. Brax is extremely angry about two things. Not being able to pursue River Pearl Sutton because of his reputation and the disappearance of his father when the trips were six to avoid the law when he was accused of stealing.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Even though he’s been trying to resist River Pearl because of his reputation, she requests Brax’s help to research Duel Outlaw because he and Colonel Sutton were friends. She wants to write a speech about friendship for the annual Founder’s Day Festival that celebrates the Colonel. But during this research River Pearl stumbles on a terrible secret that forces her to either destroy her family or lose the man she loves.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?
His main goal is to resist River Pearl to keep her from being affected by his reputation, but resisting her becomes increasingly difficult the more they are together.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The series is called A Perfect Secret and the book is titled, A Perfect Dilemma. You can read about Booker Outlaw and Aubree Walker in A Perfect Mess and Boone Outlaw and Verity Fairchild in A Perfect Mistake. Links to buy are on the pages.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?
It should be out in August/September, but to ensure you don’t miss it, get notified about my upcoming releases by signing up for my newsletter. For information about all my other books, check out my website.

Be sure to check out the next three stops on the Meet My Character Blog Hop:

Candace Carrabus I've been writing stories and riding horses-frequently simultaneously-for as long as I can remember. I grew up on Long Island and spent my formative years in the saddle-just imagining. After high school, I traveled to Ness, England and studied at a British Horse Society training school. This was an all-around amazing experience. When I left, I clutched a certification to teach riding in my hot little hand, and I enjoyed instructing riders for many years. Who am I kidding? We know it is the horses who do the teaching. All we can do is try to remain open to what they have to say. Not surprisingly, my fiction and non-fiction are both frequently infused with the mystery and spirituality horses have brought to my life. My philosophy, in brief: (No, not in briefs, but that's a nice image, thank you very much.) We are all immigrants in spirit, with our minds, hearts, and souls being the final frontier. Yep, that's it. I've discovered this is what happens to all my main characters-whether by choice or accident or design-they go somewhere else. They immigrate. At first, this change may be only external-physical. Over time, their journeys lead to a place of discovery and growth that is within each individual alone. The final frontier to which we all can go.

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 Margo L. Dill is the author of Caught Between Two Curses, a YA light paranormal romance novel about the Curse of the Billy Goat on the Chicago Cubs, and Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg, a historical fiction, middle-grade novel. She currently has two more books under contract--both are picture books--with High Hill Press and Guardian Angel Publishing. Publication dates of both are to be determined. Besides being a children's author, she is also a freelance editor with the business, Editor 911: Your Projects Are My Emergency! and she is part of the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine's staff as an editor, blogger, instructor, and social media manager. She is also an editor for High Hill Press and specializes in memoirs, historical fiction and children's and YA novels. Margo loves presenting workshops to writing groups and school groups. She loves to ask children the question: Would you eat rats to save your city from falling into the hands of the enemy? What would you do to save your family from a curse? Margo believes that books are meant to be used with children and teens, and she started a blog about this very subject in August 2008, where she continues to blog on a regular schedule each week. She shares mostly children's and YA books as well as memoirs or other inspirational women's literature that encourages and supports women and girls around the world. She blogs at When she is not writing or editing, Margo loves to spend time with her husband, stepson, daughter, and crazy Boxer dog, Chester. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri; and if she could eat out every day, she would! She is also a member of the St. Louis Zoo, and this is one of her family's favorite places to go!

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Lala Corriere has been passionate about all the arts since early childhood. She is a painter and a former stage performer. Early work careers blended high-end real estate sales and as President of an interior design firm. Her fifth grade teacher, Miss Macy, was the first mentor to suggest she consider a career in writing. That extension of the arts, the written word, turned into a full time passion in 2001.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014


STARTING JUN 15, 2014 - ENDING AUG 31, 2014










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Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Braxton Outlaw

Her hair drifted in the summer sun. Everything about her drove me mad. I'd brought her here to the tree where they'd hanged my ancestor to find out if she was playing me. A sick knot of tension tightened in my gut. It was something I don't think I could handle--her playing me. My brothers and I were the town bad boys, triplets who had each other's back. We came from a long line of Outlaws...well they were outlaws. Even my own daddy branded a thief.

She was River Pearl Sutton. Golden girl and descendent of the town's lauded founder, Colonel Beauregard Sutton. The Civil War hero who built Suttontowne. I was descended from a man who murdered confederate solders for their gold payroll. I stepped closer to her and she turned to look up at me with that guileless gaze. I absorbed her features with my eyes. The August sunlight illuminated her eyes to a fathomless shade of grey. The cool grey of river rock and running water. Staring at River had been something I hadn't let myself do. The sun was hot on my body or was that just her affect on me.

Hot, heat, fire.

"Why did you bring me all the way out here?"

I crowded her back, but she only gave me a direct look. If it wasn't for the pulse in her throat beating with quick throbs, I wouldn't be able to tell there was any tension in her at all. She was so confident, so collected, mind twisted up into chaos whenever I was close to River and this time was no different.

"This is where they hanged Duel Outlaw without due justice, without a trial, without even a night in jail." I looked up at the branch directly above us. I softened my voice. "His feet would have been just above your head, kicking and struggling."

Her eyes cut to the upper branches, the rope they'd used long gone, but the place where it had been wrapped left an ugly blemish on the limb.

She turned her sweet body toward me and draped her arms loosely over my shoulders. I closed my eyes briefly at her touch. My hands flexed at my sides. I wanted to touch her...just let go and touch her.

"I think it's more than that. What is it, Brax?"

"Why are you doing this speech about your ancestor and mine being friends? It's a hellava way to celebrate your Founder's Day. You looking to piss your daddy off?"

She leaned closer to me. Her height allowing her to lean in to whisper in my ear without me having to move a muscle. Her breath blew soft and hot against my moist skin. "You think I have an ulterior motive?"

There were many ways to make me perspire. Living in the bayou, my kitchen when I was cooking, and playing fiddle when I was jamming. But there was only one thing…one freaking thing that made me sweat. River Pearl Sutton.

"Yes, I said. I think you do."

"Maybe I do, Brax. Maybe I want to know what it feels like to have your willing mouth on mine, participating, caressing, and passionate, taking me like I know you want to. Maybe that's what I want. My dirty little secret."

My heart lurched and my body went rock hard. Everywhere. Just when I thought I was invincible, she came and happened to me. I pressed her against the bark of the tree, my head dipped down to my utter doom.

Her soft, slightly parted lips.

That's an excerpt from my upcoming book, A Perfect Dilemma, the third novel in my A Perfect Secret Series.
A Perfect Mess and A Perfect Mistake have already been released and are available at all retailers.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014


The Character Couch is a reader-focused website where fans can go to nominate a favorite couple that they’d like to see go into a “light” therapy session—as fans did with Harper and Caleb. I say "light" because these aren't angst-ridden sessions, but fun and entertaining, certainly poignant at times. It is the brainchild of Tracy Tappan whose "therapist" persona Regan Malloy is a Family and Child therapist in Midtown, Manhattan. Keep this name in your databanks. You'll be seeing it crop up in Captured.

Harper and Caleb are on the couch. Yep, anyone who knows me as an author knows that I don't spare my characters conflict. That's the only way they learn the truth in their souls and the deep abiding love that builds and lasts between them. Head over to the session and comment. Check below. There are a couple of prizes and also a request. Would love to know your thoughts.

As anyone who is a fan of my novellas, you all know that the marriage and honeymoon can be rough for my couples.

Captured will be here before you know it. Here are the deets:

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A companion novella to Collared, Going to the Dogs, #4. Your reading enjoyment would be enhanced if you've already read Collared.

Harper and Caleb are getting married and for the most part nothing has really changed for Harper. She’s still uber rich, her life filled with charities and smoozing. But instead of loneliness and protective walls, she’s opened her heart to the best and most wonderful thing that has happened to her—gorgeous and tough, Detective. Caleb Shaw.

But Caleb’s once normal, blue collar life has been significantly changed. With Harper’s money taking care of everything, what is there for him to provide her? Especially when he hears it bantered around that he’s a “kept” man. Harper dismisses that kind of talk as nonsense and urges Caleb to not worry about it. But even as he tries to grow a thick skin, his pride causes rifts. Will Caleb let Harper’s wealth destroy the deep and abiding love they found?

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Diamonds are a dog’s best friend.

Harper Sinclair discovers that her champion, award-winning standard poodle, Ch. Edgewood Sky High Blue is missing her $50,000 diamond dog collar that was given to her by Harper's eccentric, indulging grandmother along with valuable pieces of jewelry. Harper calls the robbery division of the NYPD and reports the thefts. The detective they send is surly and tough with a pair of brown eyes that make even this calm, cool socialite's lungs claw for air.

Rough and tumble Detective Caleb Shaw has better things to do than run over to the penthouse of a frigging socialite to find a frigging collar for a frigging pampered poodle---award winning or not. He has real cases to solve, but when he gets a load of the poodle's owner, his interest in the case...heats up. Satin sheets or not, he wants Harper. But there is more to this robbery than the dog collar. Has someone close to Harper pulled an inside job?

Can a lovely socialite collar a hard-boiled detective or are they worlds apart?

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Tracy Tappan, founder and creator of The Character Couch, is a multi-genre author of gritty romance. Her latest release in her dark paranormal series, THE BLOODLINE WAR, about an endangered breed of human who are kidnapping genetically enhanced women to save their race, is available now

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014


Out Now!

The second wedding novella of my Going to the Dogs series. Callie Lassiter is marrying Owen McKay. It was so fun to get back to this couple. Since Leashed was a novella, I didn't really have as much room to play with the characters. As a result, Owen's past was alluded to. Now you get the full story of his life before he met my dog park babe and fell head over heels in love.

This cover was designed by the fabulous Robin at Robin Ludwig Design

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Genre: Romantic Comedy

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A companion novella to Leashed, Going to the Dogs, #1. Your reading enjoyment would be enhanced if you've already read Leashed. Note: Leashed is currently FREE

Callie and Owen are getting married, but there’s always been something that’s bothered Callie. Owen has never opened up about his childhood, never confided in her what formed him into the man he was today.

As they tie the knot, Callie’s determined that now that Owen is her husband, she has a right to know about his past. A past Owen would rather die than reveal to his beautiful new wife. His past is ugly and brutal. He’s worried that Callie will see him in a different light. He can’t take the chance.

But as they embark on their new life together, Callie can’t let it go and Owen won’t open up. How can their marriage progress in light of what Callie feels is Owen’s distrust. Will their marriage even survive the honeymoon?

Monday, January 13, 2014




The Last Call Series, #1

Adult Contemporary Romance

Releasing February 17, 2014

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He left to travel the world for fame and glory, but only after spurning Gabby Ward and crushing her young heart. Now Hunter Markham has come back home to the sand and salty breeze of the North Carolina Outer Banks so he can open up Last Call, a beach bar nestled among the dunes of the Atlantic.

Gabby Ward is not happy that Hunter has returned. Bitter over his rebuff years before, she’s content to stay far away from him and his dangerously charming ways.

Gabby’s well-schemed plans to ignore Hunter go up in flames when he presents an offer to her that she simply can’t refuse, throwing them together in a common quest to each reach their goals. Working together day in and day out proves to be problematic for Gabby, who soon realizes that the feelings she had for him are still very much alive. Hunter struggles to reach through to Gabby’s cold heart, all while starting a new career away from his life as a top ranked, professional surfer.

What starts out as a mutual business arrangement soon turns into a passion that neither of them can continue to deny. Hard choices lay ahead for both of them when Hunter is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to return to the pro surfing tour. Choices that could destroy what they have built or take them further than they ever had dared to hope.

About the Author

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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