December 28, 2012

Character Interview - Daniels’ Desire


Callie, welcome to Cheryl’s place!  I’m thrilled to have you and your characters here.




Daniel and Rosemarie, please tell us about the first time you saw each other.

Daniel: My lovely Rosemarie was near death the first time I laid eyes on her. She was a widow with three children to provide for. While attempting to cut fire wood, her axe slipped and made a nasty gash in her leg. She tried to fix it up herself, but when I saw her, it had become infected, and I had fears she might lose her leg, or even her life.

Rosemarie: The first time I saw Daniel, that I remember, he was standing in the doorway to my bedroom, carrying clean sheets to change my bed. Not too fond of Rebels, I aimed my gun at his chest and demanded he leave my house. You have to realize I was a little bit afraid of him, and in a lot of pain. Not my best moment.

What drew you to him/her? 

Daniel: Her strength and courage. Even though life had dealt her a difficult hand, she didn’t sit around wailing about it. She did her best to provide for her family. Also, the softness that came out when she dealt with her children. Of course her beauty didn’t hurt, either.

Rosemarie: The way he treated me and my children. I had been used to gruffness from the men in my life up until Daniel arrived. But he was so kind and good, it softened me toward him. And I loved his good looks and strong build.

What is your favorite thing about him or her?

Daniel: They way Rosemarie loves. It’s a complete, all-encompassing sense of belonging to her. 

Rosemarie: Daniel can be strong when needed, and tender when necessary. A wonderful combination in a husband.

Care to share future plans?

 Daniel: I lost my family’s land when my step mother had to sell our horse farm for taxes. Rosemarie has a wonderful, productive farm. We’re slowly adding breeding and training horses. 

Rosemarie:  Yes, the new babe I carry.  But, shhh, don’t tell Daniel. I’m going to surprise him. Soon.

Callie has been making up stories since elementary school, and writing gave her a way to turn off the voices in her head.  She’s had a number of articles and interviews published over the years, and finally decided to put her writing skills to the test and write novels.
Oklahoma is where she hangs her hat with her husband of thirty-six years, two young adult children, and three dogs. 

You can catch her hanging out at Facebook, Twitter- @CallieHutton, and her home base, www.calliehutton.com. Stop by sometime and say hello.

Books by Callie Hutton:
Oklahoma Lovers series, #1, #2, #3
     A Run For Love (Tori & Jesse)
     A Wife By Christmas (Ellie & Max)
     A Prescription For Love (Michael & Heidi)

An Angel in the Mail
Tessa’s Treasures
Miss Merry’s Christmas
Daniel’s Desire
All of Callie Hutton’s books can be found at www.Amazon.com and www.BarnesandNoble.com. 
 
Blurb for Daniels’ Desire:
When Confederate soldier, Lt. Daniel McCoy makes his escape from a Union prison toward the end of the Civil War, his only thought is to get as far away from enemy territory as possible. But he doesn’t count on saving young widow Rosemarie Wilson’s life from an infected leg wound.

Rosemarie has no use for Rebels soldiers, having lost everything, including her husband, the last time they came to her home. However, Daniel has not only saved her life, but is sticking around to help with the farm and her three children until she recovers.

With Union soldiers searching for him, every day Daniel remains puts him in danger. Or is the beautiful widow who has captured his heart the greater risk?



Excerpt:


“How would you like to go hunting with me?” Daniel set the food down, keeping his eye on the gun, and the boy’s movements.

Chandler shrugged.

“We could get some fresh meat for the family.” He pulled out a chair, and sat next to him. “You know, Chandler, as the man of the family, it’s your job to make sure the family eats.”

“I know that,” he groused.

“Any luck?”

Chandler shook his head. Then he looked up at Daniel, the hostility gone, replaced by a child’s fear. “Things were easier when Pa was here. I wanted him to teach me to hunt, but he always said, ‘next year.’”

Daniel’s heart twisted. What a burden for such a young boy.

“I’ll tell you what. I’ll check on your mama, and then once she’s cleaned up and I’m sure she’s doing all right, you and I will hunt up some dinner.”

“Both of us?”

“Yes, son, both of us. You go ahead and finish your chore, and I’ll check on your mama.”

Daniel stood and stretched, wincing when he got a whiff of himself. A bath was definitely in order sometime soon. “Where does your mama keep the clean sheets?”

“I’ll show you.” Chandler jumped up from his seat, and hurried to a cabinet in the parlor. “Here.”

“Maybe a clean pillow slip, too?”

The boy returned to the cabinet, and rifled around a bit before emerging with a white pillow slip, blue and purple embroidering around the hem.

“Thank you. Now you put that gun together, and once I take care of your mama, I’ll be back, and we’ll go hunting.”

“What about Jace and Amelia?”

“I think as long as they stay in the room with your mama, they’ll be all right until we return.”

Gathering the sheet and pillow slip to his chest, Daniel headed down the hallway toward the bedroom where his patient lay.

The woman must have been awake, because a soft female voice reached his ears, along with the bright chatter of Amelia. Smiling, he entered the doorway.

Mrs. Wilson lay flat on her back, her two youngest children flanking either side. Her deep blue eyes glittered with anger. With a shaky hand she raised a pistol, cocked, and aimed at his chest, just as he cleared the doorway.

“Get the hell out of my house, Reb.”

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December 6, 2012

It's Time For A Blog Hop! December 7-13


Visit Book & Trailer Showcase's Xmas Blog for a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite, a Nook Glow, and a $90 choice giftcard for either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Both Tablets will come with a book bundle!!

  I will also be giving away an autographed copy of my award-winning novel, PROTECTING ROSE, at the conclusion of the blog hop. Just leave a comment with your email below, for your chance to win.  Have fun!  

 Don't forget to check out all the other great authors at the bottom of this blog.

 In the meantime, enjoy this blurb from my new release, A MAN TO TRUST

“You okay, bro?” J.D. asked quietly from the back.
Jake sighed, then glanced at his brother. “Yeah . . . no.” He shook his head. “Just thinking how badly I screwed up with her.”
“Yeah. You really made a mess of it.”
Jake quirked a brow. “What, no words of advice or encouragement, little brother?”
J.D. chuckled. “Beg for forgiveness, is all that comes to mind.”
Jake removed the keys from the ignition and unlocked the doors. “Gee, thanks, Einstein. I already figured that out on my own.”
J.D. exited the back with his arm wrapped around a sleepy Stacey. Jake walked around and opened Angela’s door. He squatted next to her and shook her gently to wake her. She gave a moan of protest, then her eyes fluttered open.
For a moment, he lost himself in her warm emerald gaze. She smiled at him. “Jake,” she murmured.
He returned her smile, unable to resist the need to cup her sweet face in his hand and brush his lips across hers. “We’re here, babe.”
He knew the moment she recalled the night’s events. The moment she remembered he was an ass. Her gaze turned icy.
Damn.
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December 3, 2012

Please Give A Warm Welcome to Brittiany Koren of Written Dreams



Welcome to Cheryl’s place!  I’m thrilled to have you here.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Thanks for having me as your guest today, Cheryl. Sure, I’d be happy to share. 
 I’m married to my own personal hero, and the love of my life. We have three children-one in college, one in high school, and one in middle school. I’ve worked in the publishing industry since 1997, and sold my first anthology in 2000. I collaborated with legendary editor Martin H. Greenberg on five anthologies for DAW Books, I created the White House Gardener mystery series with author Dorothy St. James, and I started my own business, Written Dreams, a writing and editorial service for writers, in 2011. I love making cheesecakes from scratch, and autumn is my favorite season of the year. The changing of the colors is so beautiful in Wisconsin.
What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
I enjoy being with my family, watching my children grow to be the young adults they’re becoming, helping them when they need it, and staying on the sidelines when they’re ready to be on their own. I love being a mom. My children are my life. As a family, we enjoy watching movies or sports, traveling and visiting different aquariums.
When did you first get the writing bug?
I think writers are wired a little bit differently than everyone else. I first started creating stories around age five, when I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be when I grew up—a lawyer, a dancer, or a writer. Ultimately I decided to get into publishing because I love the written word. There’s so much you can do with it. Taking away the ability to write would be detrimental to a writer’s health.
Any advice for new writers just starting out?

Don’t give up! Ever! If this is something you truly want to pursue, surround yourself with people who will support you and never stop writing. It can be frustrating at times, believe me, I know. I’ve spoken with a lot of writers at different points in their careers, and the one thing everyone agrees on is this is a lonely business. Self-motivation is key to being successful. Every day of the week on my blog I try to find ways to inspire writers—either by using a writing exercise, a guest speaking about their own experiences, or something else. Find a way to keep yourself motivated, and you’ll be successful. 

Tell us what excites you about writing and getting published.
I’ve had the opportunity to experience publishing from a unique viewpoint from idea to finished book on hundreds of books through my own experiences of working with Marty Greenberg. Marty was an amazing man and believed so much in the underdog in publishing, the writer. Keeping with his philosophy, my goal is to help as many writers as I can fulfill their dreams.
I’ve made a lot of friends in the publishing industry and they are a caring group of people. I remember the first time I saw my name in print on an anthology I edited, Single White Vampire Seeks Same. Someone at the office had laid out all 40 copies we had received from the publisher on my desk. When I came in and saw the books, I cried. It was such a thrill! But what really excites me is reading a good book. The journey of learning about someone or something you didn’t know about before. Books change lives, and there’s been plenty that have changed mine.
What’s your current WIP? 

I edit A LOT, so unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time to work on my own writing. I really enjoy working with authors on their own stories, helping them to tell the story they were meant to share with an audience. Currently I’m editing a historical romance, a military thriller, a mystery, and a contemporary romance. I’m writing a marketing how to book for writers, a time travel romance, and a new story I just started is a conspiracy-based romance. I’m also putting together a new anthology that will be released in February 2013. It’s a Contest-based anthology, so anyone can submit a story for it. Here’s more details: http://writtendreams.com/Contests.html  I like to think outside the box, and have fun while working! 

What are some of your services?

I have two editors that work with me, Susan Pawlicki and Lara Hunter. What we want to offer authors is a one-stop shop for publishing. From coaching, to proofing, to giving suggestions on marketing materials or how to market their works, to editing a full length novel, ebook formatting, cover art, to website design. Keeping our services affordable for writers is important to me. I know what it’s like to live on a budget. J

And finally, where can we stalk you? 

The best place to reach me personally is on my website: writtendreams.com or on the Written Dreams Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn pages. Just look for the WD in the cloud. I want to give back to the publishing industry what the industry has so graciously given to me. Hope, and belief in myself. I try to post encouraging messages on our pages for writers who may be struggling, or who just might need a good laugh that day. It’s fun, and I love helping people. There’s nothing else in the world I would rather be doing than editing a good book. It’s my passion.
 

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