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#authorInterview with Debby Grahl

 

I so love it when one of my Wild Rose Sistah’s lets me interview them, especially when they’ve got a new book out!

Debby Grahl is a fabulous writer and I can’t believe this is the first time I’m interviewing her!! Let’s get to the questions, and stick around because afterward she’s giving her a glimpse into her new book MOUNTAIN BLAZE.

So, Debby….As a Writer …

What drives you to write?

Writing is something I’ve always wanted to do. I come from a family of artists. My grandmother, aunt, and uncle all painted. My cousin was an art teacher, and I have family members who are graphic designers. I have a disease of the retina called Retinitis Pigmentosa which causes gradual vision loss. I lost the ability to read print in my twenties. I honestly believe since I can’t be creative with my eyes, mine comes out in words.

What genre(s) of Romance do your write, and why?

I write both contemporary and paranormal romance. I’ve always liked reading books with ghosts and witches. I like using them because they’re so versatile. You can have nice or mean ghosts. You can have those who can be seen or not. I also enjoy using ghosts of historical characters. My witches are normal people with different degrees of power. With contemporary books, I always have some kind of mystery and like to set them in interesting places. His Magic Touch is set in New Orleans. Mountain Blaze takes place in the beautiful mountains outside of Asheville NC.

What genre(s) of Romance do you read, and why?

Again, I love paranormal books with ghosts and witches. I’m a history nut and love visiting England, so regency books are a must read for me. I love reading the queens of mystery cozies, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy L Sayers. I also enjoy stories that take place in the twenties. Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple is one of my favorite characters.

What’s your writing schedule? Do you write every day?

I’m a creature of habit. I try to write each day. I do my best writing early in the morning. I usually get up around five thirty, work out, then start writing. If the words are flowing, I’ve been known to write nonstop until dinner time.

Give us a glimpse of the surroundings where you write. Separate room? In the kitchen? At the dining room table?

A few years ago I had back surgery. Recovering at home, I found my desk chair too uncomfortable. I discovered sitting in the love seat with my feet up worked best. I got so used to this, I still write with my feet up.

Are you the kind of writer who needs total quiet to compose, or are you able to filter out the typical sounds of the day and use your tunnel-vision?

Not at all. I find I can easily get distracted, so I have to have quiet.

Do you listen to music while you write, and if so, what kind? If not, why not?

LOL! If I listened to music, I’d be dancing not writing.( Peggy here – me, too!)

Which comes first for you – character or plot? And why?

I’d say plot because I choose my location first. Then my characters and story line.

What 3 words describe you, the writer?

Relentless, determined, and imaginative.

Debby – just between us…

Tell us one unusual thing about yourself – not related to writing!

Except for bathrooms, I actually don’t mind cleaning house.

Who was your first love and what age were you?

I was thirteen and his name was Vinnie. He had no interest in me at all. Now, fifty years later, he’s a friend on Facebook and cheers me on with my writing.

If you could relive one day, which one would it be? Think GROUNDHOG DAY, the movie for this one – you’ll have to live it over and over and….

This is a hard one, but I’ll say, the first time I held my first printed book in my hands. It had taken so long for me to get to that moment in my life, it’s worth reliving.

What’s one thing you love about your significant other?   He likes to cook.

If you had to give up one necessary-can’t-live-without-it item, what would it be?    Going to the hair salon.

What three words describe you, the person?  Friendly, honest, and loving.

If you could sing a song with Jimmy Fallon, what would it be?    New York New York.

If you could hang out with any literary character from any book penned at any time line, who would it by, why, and what would you do together?

This would be Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple. Daisy lives in London during the twenties. I’d love to ride around in her two-seater car and tour London during that time period.

I love the Actor’s Studio show on Bravo, so this is my version of it:

 

  1. Favorite sound — ocean waves.
  2. Least favorite sound — water dripping.
  3. Best song every written — Center Field.
  4. Worst song ever written — Don’t worry be happy.
  5. Favorite actor and actress — Dennis Quaid and Katharine Hepburn.
  6. Who would you want to be for 1 day and why? (It can be anyone living or dead) — Agatha Christie. I’ve love to be inside her brain.
  7. What turns you on? — My husband.
  8. What turns you off? — Arrogance
  9. Give me the worst 5 words ever heard on a first date (here’s mine: “Is that your real hair?”)— Can you get the check?
  10. What’s your version of a perfect day? — Laying on the beach, shopping and lunch with my girlfriend; and leaving for England with my husband.

Mountain Blaze

 

Can Dillon and Diana elude a killer while their newfound love grows?

Disillusioned by his wife’s betrayal, rodeo star Dillon McCoy comes home to the mountains of North Carolina to lick his wounds. When he agrees to take over the family ranch, the Lazy M, he’s unaware danger waits.

Diana Thompson is having doubts about her engagement to Trent Sawyer. She agrees to leave Chapel Hill and spend Thanksgiving with her friend Jenn at the Lazy M. When Diana and Dillon meet, neither can deny their attraction, but both must resolve past relationships while fighting their growing desire.

After Dillon turns down an anonymous offer to purchase the ranch, attempts are made on his life. When a body is found, Dillon sets out to discover who wants the McCoy land enough to commit murder.

Excerpt

Dillon smiled and Diana thought it the sexiest smile she’d ever seen. There was a slight cleft in his chin, and fine lines formed at the corners of his eyes. Diana inwardly groaned. The butterflies were back.

“I’d hold onto you. I wouldn’t let you fall,” he softly said.

With his slow southern accent, the words sounded like warm honey rolling off his tongue. The depth of his eyes and the sound of his voice mesmerized her.

The horses stood side by side. Her and Dillon’s legs touched. He leaned toward her, and the light aroma of wood smoke, hay, and his spicy cologne filled her nostrils. Diana knew what he was about to do but had no willpower to stop him. He cupped her cheek and their lips met.

Gentle at first, his lips glided over hers. He increased the pressure until she opened her mouth and his tongue slipped in. Diana moaned and wrapped her arms around his neck. His arms around her waist, he deepened the kiss. Before she realized what he was doing, without breaking their kiss Dillon lifted her from Flora and placed her across his lap.

Cradled in his arms, Diana clung to him, delicious sensations filling her. Her body came alive in a way that surprised her. The only thing that mattered was this man and this moment.

Flame moved, bringing her back to reality. Diana’s eyes fluttered open, and she stared into Dillon’s, deep with passion and need.

Intrigued? You can get your copy here:

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A little more about Debby…

Award winning author, Debby Grahl, lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach and a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are New Orleans, New York City, Captiva Island in Florida, the Cotswolds of England, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and, of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. His Magic Touch, a paranormal romance, was released by Wild Rose Press December 5, 2018. Her latest book, Mountain Blaze, will be released November 2.

You can find Debby at the following:

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Peggy here- thanks so much for visiting me today, Debby, and for letting me grill you!!!

 

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Busy week #2 for blog visits and appearances!

My newest book, VANILLA WITH A TWIST, released this past Wednesday, May 20, one day after my 60th birthday. Great birthday present, no? heehee.

I had another busy week with blog tour appearances, talking up the book, ice cream, and all things summer. In case you missed any of the stops, here’s my itinerary:

On May 2o Joan Reeves featured me on SlingWords

On May 20 I also visited fellow Romance Gem Caroline Clemmons

On May 20 I allowed a peek thru my window over on DV Stone

On May 19 I visited Tena Stetler

On May 18, I talked about the Good Humor man on Kristal Harris’s blog

In addition, I had my monthly piece posted on Romancing the Genres on the 22

Can I just tell you how tired I am?? But it’s a good tired, because it means I’m working; promoting; writing.

Enjoy the weekend, and if you’re looking for a good beach read or to add to your Summer TBR list, check out VANILLA WITH A TWIST.

It’s available all the places ebooks are sold:Amazon // Nook  // Applebooks // Google play //Rakuten/Kobo

Happy reading, peeps ~Peg

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I love a top 10 list, don’t you???

Today’s stop on my month long Silver Daggar tour has a post about my favorite books – a true top 10 list for me. Come read what I consider the best books I’ve ever read and see if you agree with any of them. Oh, and remember: there’s a rafflecopter prize too!

Here’s the post: Plain Talk Book Marketing

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#Whatsnext for #2020 I’m gonna be busy!

The writing prompt for one of the other blogs I write for – The Romance Gems   for the month of January 2020 is WHAT’S NEXT. For the purposes of that blog it can be anything to do with our lives, travels, what we’re writing…really anything that’s going to make 2020 a memorable year.

My blog post for Romance Gems went up this week and it was a personal story you can read here: RGBlog.

But today I want to talk about what’s next for me on a professional level.

In 2019 I had 3 new books released. DIRTY DAMSELS – a DotComGirls book , was released in July by Limitless Publishers ( who dropped me right after the book was out!)

 

TODAY, TOMORROW, ALWAYS (Book 2 in A Match Made in Heaven) came out December from Wild Rose Press,

and IT’S A TRUST THING -my very first indie work came out in November. It was originally book 2 in the DotComGirls series, but when Limitless said “no” I decided to publish it on my own.

For 2020 I’ve got a bunch of stuff on my writing plate.

on January 13, A PRIDE OF BROTHERS: RICK released from the WRP. It’s my first published Romantic Suspense Lite and I’m thrilled it’s the first in a 3 book series.

I’ve just contracted for a summer release of a Sweet Romance titled VANILLA WITH A TWIST for the Wild Rose Press. This will be an ongoing listing of books, ala the Deerbourne Inn series, about summer, ice cream, and romance. Yay! I’ll be posting about this  during the year with release dates, covers, etc.

I’ve just finished the third Match Made in Heaven book, BAKED WITH LOVE and that will be off to my editor within the month for review. Hopefully it will be released by Christmas.

I’m also writing the third DotComGirls book, WOKE and I hope to release it independently by the summer.

In addition to all that I’ve got Book 2 in A PRIDE OF BROTHERS:DYLAN mapped out. Dylan Keane is a cross between MacGyver and Roarke. I’m so in love with him it’s ridiculous!!

So, 2020 looks like it’ll be a busy and productive year for my writing career. Good thing I’m retired, right? Heehee

If you’re ever looking for me, I’m usually here:Tweet Me//Read Me// Visit Me//Picture Me//Pin Me//Friend Me// Triber// Book Me // Watch me

And don’t forget… IT’S A TRUST THING is just 99cents now and forever on Kindle.!

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#Author Donna Simonetta on #writing series Romance…


 

Recently, I wrote a blog about my favorite one-click authors.   I’ve actually done several, and one name is consistently on that author list: DONNA SIMONETTA, who’s visiting me today.  I “met” Donna through our mutual publisher, the Wild Rose Press , and from the first book of her’s that I read, I was hooked as a reader. I’m so proud to know her and call her a friend, but I’m really blown away by the fact that she calls me one!

Donna’s got a new entry in her RIVERS BEND series that she’s talking about today. I have the book uploaded on my Kindle and I’m starting it tonight!!!! Who wants to bet I’ll be getting even less sleep than I usually do tonight? heehee.

Here’s Donna…

My new release, What Was I Thinking, is the final installment of my Rivers Bend Trilogy. To celebrate, Peggy Jaeger invited me to visit her blog and talk a little about writing a series. Since Peggy has written so many series I loveloveLOVE, Will Cook for Love, San Valentino Family, The MacQuire Women, DotComGirls, and A Match Made in Heaven sound familiar? I think I got all of your series, didn’t I, Peg? ; ) My point is––Peggy is a queen of series romance, so having little ole me write about it on her blog feels a little bit like bringing coals to Newcastle. But here goes…

My Rivers Bend books are set in a fictional small town on the Virginia-Maryland border. The river in question is the Potomac, which flows through the town. And the series follows the romantic adventures of the Braden family. Oldest brother Jeff is a former NFL player, and favorite son of the tiny town. He runs the Retreat at Rivers Bend, a corporate retreat facility, and is raising his tween daughter on his own, since her mom passed away when she was just a baby. He’s happily single…or so he thinks! He may just have met his match in newcomer to town, librarian Magda Horvath, a Yankee transplant, who blows into town with her one-eyed shih-tzu rescue dog and turns Jeff’s world upside down. Their story is told in book one of the series, A Sweeter Spot. Which is coming out as an audiobook very soon!

 

Jeff’s sister Heather is featured in book two in the trilogy––Love is Lovelier. She works for Jeff at the Retreat, and is seriously unhappy with her brother when he hires her first love to work at the Retreat, in a job that should be hers. To be fair, Jeff didn’t know about Heather and Mick’s history. But now that Mick is living in town, old passions flare, and maybe they’ll get a second chance at their first love in Rivers Bend.

What Was I Thinking wraps up the trilogy with youngest brother, Jason Braden. He’s the romantic wild child of the family…never settling down with one woman. But when Lily Davis moves to town to take care of her niece Hadley (Jeff’s daughters’ BFF, and featured in the previous books), sparks fly between Jason and Lily. At first, they are sparks of mutual antagonism, but a wild Vegas fling changed them to sparks of attraction, and maybe by the end of the series, these two opposites will find their happy-ever-after in Rivers Bend.

This little town has begun to feel real to me. I’ve been so immersed in it for the last few years, while I’ve been writing these stories. I can picture the town green, with its’ gazebo on the river, the old brick library where Magda works, and would love to get a cup of coffee at the Nosh Pit, or a slice of pizza at Mancini’s. I’ve been walking its’ streets in my own mind for so long, I’m going to miss it now that the Rivers Bend trilogy is complete. The Braden family, and all the quirky secondary characters who reside in the Bend have become old friends to me. And while I’m proud to have finished the series, and excited for all of you to read the third book in the trilogy, it’s a bittersweet moment for me. I don’t know if I’m ready to leave Rivers Bend yet. Mick’s little brother moved to town, and he’s just crying out for his own HEA, and maybe the next generation of Bradens, oldest sister’s Deidre’s college age twins, will need their stories told too. Never say never.

In the meantime, I’m polishing up an unrelated novel, about ghost hunting brothers in Richmond, VA, which has the potential to become a series too, and I’ve had the idea for a spin-off of the Rivers Bend series nagging at me for a while. It’s set in my current hometown of Baltimore, and features Lily’s best friend Roni, and Heather’s musician friend, Chase. But right now, their story is just a twinkle in my eye.

I hope all of you enjoy visiting Rivers Bend, as much as I enjoyed creating it, and all my old friends in the small town become new friends of yours, as you read the series.

 

 

A Vegas fling never leads to love…does it?

Blurb:

A wild Vegas fling isn’t the traditional Thanksgiving celebration, and Lily and Jason have been like oil and water since they met. Blaming their steamy hook-up on too many shots at the bar, they head home.

Back in the real world, Jason wonders if he’s ready to give up his crown as the Playboy King of Rivers Bend to be with just one woman. And Lily has enough on her plate right now without adding Jason Braden to the mix, even if their attraction is crazy-strong.

But life is good at throwing curveballs, and a lot can happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Maybe even enough to lead these two polar opposites home to each other in Rivers Bend.

Excerpt:

“I think about a lot of things.”

She felt him stiffen up behind her, and Jason’s tone of voice was defensive. She hadn’t meant to hurt his feelings. “I know you do; I didn’t mean anything by it. We poke at each other”—she shrugged—“it’s kind of our thing.”

His grip on her hand loosened, and then he took control of the dance, by twirling her until her back was pressed to his front, and he began to move sinuously in time to the rhythm. His breath tickled her ear, as he spoke right in it to be heard over the music. “We’ve got a thing, Moonbeam?”

Jason had ditched the tie and suit jacket after the wedding, and his body heat scorched her through his crisp white dress shirt. And man-oh-Maneschewitz, his lean, hard body felt good. Really good. The Marine might be bulked up, but Jason’s body felt like it had been made for hers, which given their mutual antagonism, seemed like proof Fate was enjoying a good laugh at her expense. Against Lily’s better judgment, her body melted into his warmth and began to move with his.

“Sure, we’ve got a thing,” she said over her shoulder, and was irritated to hear a trace of breathlessness in her voice. She cleared her throat and continued, “Like that—you calling me Moonbeam, because you know it bugs me.”

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A little about Donna:

Donna Simonetta writes the kind of books she loves to read–contemporary romances with heart, humor, and heat. The kind of books that help you escape the real world for a little while. Writing is Donna’s third career. She toiled in the business world, and when she decided being an Account Executive wasn’t for her went back to school to get her MLS degree. Next, she worked in a school library for many years. But, Donna dreamed of being an author since she was a little girl, and began to squeeze writing into her day. After the publication of her second book, Donna decided to leave the library and become a full-time author. It can be a solitary job, so she loves to connect with her readers–you can find her online Here:

FaceBook // Twitter // Goodreads // Amazon // BookBub // Instagram// Wild Rose Press//

Donna lives in Maryland with her husband, who is her real-life romance hero. They enjoy traveling to visit far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.

Peggy here: for the record – Donna is amazing at series romance, herself, so don’t let her fool ya!!! I’ve reviewed the previous books in her Rivers Bend series and am so looking forward to reading WHAT WHAT I THINKING?? 

My reviews:
Love is Lovelier

Love Calls You Home

A Sweeter Spot

Happy reading, peeps.

Until next time ~ Peg

 

 

 

 

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#Pricereduction IT’S A TRUST THING is now 99cents for life!

The beauty of being indie published is that you can change something at will! I’ve done that and it feels so good ( and powerful! heehee)

IT’S A TRUST THING is now 99cents for life! If you haven’t read it yet and you’re not a Kindle Unlimited user, this is the perfect time to download it.

Nell Newbery has trust issues. It’s hard to trust when you’re the daughter of a fallen financial scion who bilked people out of billions. Nell’s done everything in her power to keep away from men who see her as their ticket to fortune and fame. All she wants to do is run her ultra-successful business, HELPFUL HUNKS, in peace.

But it wouldn’t hurt to find a guy who doesn’t know a thing about her father’s felonious past; one she can give her heart to and trust it won’t come back to her battered, bruised, and broken.

Is Charlie Churchill that guy? On the surface he seems perfect, all polished manners and quiet mirth. Nell’s convinced he knows nothing about her, other than she likes superhero movies and views junk food as a food group.

Can she trust him to be what he appears to be? Or is he just pretending?

For Nell, trust is everything in life…and in love.

So, if you’re heading someplace warm and romantic for your winter vacation ( and I’m uber jealous because I’m not!) download IT’S A TRUST THING today and you’ll have a great read to wile away on the beach or at the pool.

Ot if you’ve just been looking for something new – or a new author to read – now’s the perfect time to put IT’S A TRUST THING on your #2020mustread list or your #2020TBRlist.

Happy reading, peeps.

Until next time ~Peg

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