A New Website for Tina Susedik

I’m taking this opportunity to announce that Tina Susedik, my alter ego, has a new website. For months she has been unable to access her old one and her PA at Poised Pen Productions created a new one for her. Go to her webite: http://www.tina-susedik.com and follow her.

The new website is crisp, clean, and easy to maneuver. Besides learning about Tina, you can see a list of all her books (and mine) with links to purchase them, pictures from events and speeches, and photographs she has taken. Her blog is also included on the website, making it easy to find out what is going on in her life, plus the occasional post about other authors.

A Photograph of LoveThe Trail to Love 3a Final_505x825Tina has also had several new book releases this spring – “The Trail to Love” in The Soul Mate Tree Collective, and “A Photograph of Love,” in Sable Hunter’s Hell Yeah! KindleWorld series. Check them both out at her website.

http://www.tina-susedik.com

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Release Day for Tina Susedik

Today is a special day for a special friend. Today, The Trail To Love, Tina Susedik’s contribution to The Soul Mate Tree Collective, went live. This is her first historical.

Tell us a little bit about this collective. The Soul Mate Tree is an ancient tree that appears to someone when they are at their deepest, darkest point in their life and shows them who their soul mate will be. Of course the person doesn’t believe what he/she is hearing. The poem created for the collective is printed below.

An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds. To some, it’s nothing more than a dream. To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.

 For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.

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Buy link: http://a.co/fx8fIWf

I am old, I am ancient, my purpose is clear

To give those who are needy a treasure so dear.

They who come to my roots, touch my bark, stroke my leaves

Find the soul of their lives if they but believe.

When I call and you listen, your prize will be great

If your heart remains open and you don’t hesitate.

Do you yearn? Be you lonely? Is your time yet at hand?

Reach for me and I’ll give to you. I’m yours to command.

For your trust, for your faith, keep my secrets untold

And I’ll gift you forever, to have and to hold.

How did you come up with the idea for “The Trail to Love?” Last year I was approached by Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko to be part of their new project with Soul Mate Publishing. Called “The Soul Mate Tree.” It involves an old, ancient tree that appears to someone who is at their deepest, darkest part of their life. 

I was incredibly excited to be part of this adventure. They chose thirteen of their authors. Each of us could write in any time period, any genre. Each month from January, 2017 to January 2018, one book would be released. The Trail to Love is being released on April 12th.

A few days after being contacted by Char and Cheryl, I was watching my grandkids. I told them about this new project and how I needed to figure out what I wanted to write. I had never written a western or an historical, so I mentioned that to the girls, Alli, then eleven, and Emmi, then eight.

Alli was in sixth grade and yelled out: “The Oregon Trail. You need to have your characters go from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon.” I figured they must have been studying the Oregon Trail in school for her to jump on this.

For the next few hours those two little stinkers decided on my characters, plotted the book, researched horses, dogs, and clothing – and took notes. Emmi researched the clothing and found all these beautiful dresses from the 1850’s. (The story is set in 1859). I had to explain to her what it was like for the people on the Oregon Trail. It only took her a few minutes to find other clothing.

Here is a note Emmi (third grade) wrote – and I’m writing it exactly as she wrote it: “Sarah’s ded husband, peter Nickelson, he died of rasing and the hores nockted him of and he brock his knek.” This was her idea and included her twisting her neck and making a broken neck sound. And – this is exactly how I had Sarah’s husband die.

I had so much fun listening to these two create my story. I have all their hand-written notes – which I’ll never, ever get rid of. At one point, I let Alli read some of the story and she said, “It reads just like a movie!” Man, I love that little girl.

I dedicated The Trail to Love to Alli and Emmi, but unfortunately, since they are only thirteen and ten, they can’t read it because of the love scenes. Someday, I’d love to be a fly on the wall when they are old enough and realize what Grandma writes.

This sounds like such a neat experience for you and your granddaughters. Now for a taste of “The Trail to Love.”

Blurb:  Jack Billabard, mourning the loss of his wife and baby in childbirth, vows to never to love again. After their funeral at Fort Laramie, he rides into the Wyoming hills beyond the ranch he built for his wife. Through his grieving tears, an ancient tree appears, giving him the hope he doesn’t believe is possible. For the next four years, he acts as a guide on the Oregon Trail, taking families to a new life while his looms lonely and stagnant.

The night before her abusive husband’s death, an ancient tree appears in Sarah Nickelson’s yard as she agonizes over how to survive her marriage. The tree gives her hope she can’t help but reject. After all, a tree doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. After her husband ‘s death, and with no options as a widow in Independence, Missouri, Sarah decides to travel to Oregon City as a Mail Order Bride.

During their trek west on the Oregon Trail, Jack and Sarah encounter one another, each afraid of being hurt again. Can they survive dogs and puppies, wind and rainstorms, Indians and unfavorable fellow passengers, while their love blossoms? Will the tree fulfill its promise?

Excerpt:  Cold seeped into his bones. Something warm blew across his face and ears. Jack swatted at his ears and peeled one gritty eye open.

“Papaya!” He pushed at the horse’s nose. “Go away.” Papaya continued prodding at him. “Damn horse.” He rubbed his cold hands together.

In the dim light, he wasn’t sure if it was morning or evening. The previous day’s events came back to him. He sat up and wiped a hand over his stubbly chin. Tears burned behind his eyes.

Papaya tugged at his sleeve until the only thing he could do was stand. “Dammit, horse, leave me alone.” He pushed the horse to the side. The sun rising behind the mountains from the east cast a shadow on a tree Jack swore hadn’t been there the night before.

Standing at least twenty feet high, the trunk was twisted and gnarled like the arthritic hands of his grandfather. Several roots rose from the ground making it look as if it would walk away. Some of its massive branches drooped close to the ground, like arms dragging across the grass.

As the sky lightened, he realized that, unlike the rough bark of the pines at this altitude, the tree’s light brown bark was smooth. Was it the lighting, or did some of the bark actually seem golden while in other places it was rough and dark brown? The surrounding trees paled in comparison.

Jack stepped closer. Pale green, oval leaves reminded him of an elm tree, only much smaller. When the wind blew, the undersides shimmered with a silvery glow.

Had he been so distraught yesterday he’d missed the massive structure? The tree seemed to beckon, calling him to its embrace. He dipped beneath its branches.

His hand shook as he reached out to touch the trunk. The instant he came in contact, his icy fingers warmed. Then his arm. He tried to pull away, but he couldn’t move.

Warmth spread through his body then settled in his aching heart. Was he hallucinating or was the tree humming? Had the tree actually whispered, “Love will come.”

A calmness settled over him and the darkness of the past few days diminished.

Between the hanging branches a person, surrounded by a foggy haze, appeared. Actually, two people. One tall, the other waist high, with a smaller version of Jack’s hat on its head. Suspenders held up too-short pants over the little one’s plaid shirt. A woman and a boy? They held hands, swinging them back and forth as if they hadn’t a care in the world. The woman’s bonnet hung down her back, loose hair flowing to her waist.

Was the tree showing him what Lily and his child would have been like if they’d lived? His heartbeat pounded in his ears, and he swore his heart cracked. As quickly as the despair washed over him, the tree hummed again and his heart warmed and peace settled through him.

Then the woman looked over her shoulder. This wasn’t Lily. The sun struck the vision. Instead of his wife’s dark hair, this woman’s shimmered like gold. Even from this distance, her sparkling blue eyes pierced through him.

Her smile beckoned him, and when she crooked her finger, all he could do was follow. The closer he came, the farther away they moved, until their bodies faded and nothing stood before him except the large boulder he’d slept against.

The tree. What if he touched the tree again? He pivoted on his foot, ready to run back and feel the twisted branches. What the hell? Maybe he’d lost his bearings while chasing the woman and boy. He spun in each direction. Nothing. The tree was gone. Poof. Was he losing his mind and dreaming the whole incident?

Something light brown on the ground caught his eye. Jack picked it up, his fingers warming at its touch. Bark from the disappearing tree? Had it all been real after all? If so, then where had the woman and boy gone?

Jack retraced the steps he’d taken to follow them. Only his own impressions in the dirt showed. He was going crazy. That was it. Crazy from grief. Maybe what he needed was to get away from the land and the memories it held.

Papaya pushed against Jack’s back, nearly knocking him to the ground.

“What do you think, old boy?” He ran his hand over the horse’s soft nose and recalled Samuel Hunt’s offer of a job from before he’d married Lily. “Should I see if Sam still needs someone to help take those crazy emigrants to Oregon?”

As if he understood what Jack was saying, Papaya nodded his large head.

“Well, since I’m already crazy, I might as well listen to you.”

After a quick breakfast of cold biscuits and hard tack, he swung onto Papaya’s back and headed back down the mountain. Back to his empty home and future.

Book Trailer for The Soul Mate Tree: https://youtu.be/VjxyyD3TVoA

Trailer for THE TRAIL TO LOVEhttps://youtu.be/WUm0whWw1Z0

Where to find Tina:

Website: https://tinasusedik.wordpress.com./

Twitter: @tinasusedik

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Worldwide Release of “South Seas Seduction” – March 13th

perf5.000x8.000.inddExcitement reigns in my house. Nearly one year to the day that I signed my contract with The Wild Rose Press for “South Seas Seduction,” the book is finally ready. It will release March 13th, with pre-order ready now.

It has been quite a trip. Signing contracts on-line was quite an experience – something I’d never done before. Then came the edits and edits and more edits. I learned about editing a galley, which is different from editing a manuscript. I found out I didn’t use Track Changes properly in Word which slowed down my editor, Trish. By-the-way, I loved working with her. Since everything is done via email, I hope someday to meet her face-to-face.

The day I received the mock up of my cover, I wanted to share it with everyone, but I had to wait. Every time I reached for the phone to call someone, I had to bite my fingers. I did call and share it with my good friend, Tina Susedik. Diana Carlile designed this fun cover.

When I met Diana at a conference two years ago and pitched South Seas Seduction, I had no idea she would become such an important part of my career. As we sat at the bar with her talking and laughing, I didn’t know she even designed covers. How lucky am I?

At this point, I need to thank Tina and Linda for helping me through this process. Tina for her guidance and Linda for her editing skills. She jokingly calls herself the “Grammar Nazi” and “Comma Bitch,” but I treasure her knowledge.

Blurb: Sheltered all her life as the daughter of an ambassador, Emma Labonte boards a small plane on a trip from Australia. One hijacking and a plane crash later, she finds herself on a deserted island and stranded with three different yet equally sexy men. With no hope for rescue, the four begin to carve a semblance of a life in their tropical setting. Closeness breeds curiosity, and naive Emma begins to wonder what it would be like to be loved by these three men. The adventurer Jack, Toby the intelligent doctor, and shy English professor Steve–each carve a special place in her heart. When her three men launch seduction in the South Seas, how can she resist?

So, without further ado, here is the link for the pre-buy. The book will also be available on the 13th on The Wild Rose Press website. If you don’t know, when you purchase a book from a publisher’s website, authors receive a higher royalty.


The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/n6wgqhu

Cover Reveal for “My Sexy Valentine”

Today I’m helping Tina Susedik with the cover reveal of “My Sexy Valentine” a Valentine’s Anthology with Soul Mate Publishing. Tina’s short story, “The Valentine’s Proposal” is included in this book of six short stories. Release date is February 4, 2015. Good luck to all the authors.

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Welcome Erotic Romance Author – Kate Allure

I was given permission by my friend, Tina Susedik, to re-post her blog interview with Kate Allure. We both met Kate a few years ago at the Romantic Times Convention, but at different times and places. It was only recently that we realized we both knew her. Tina told me Kate’s new book, “Playing Doctor” was going to be released in a few days, on January 6, 2015, so I asked if I could share that interview. Both Kate and Tina agreed.

Congratulations, Kate, on your first book and good luck with your sales. Here is the interview:

basket red hat b&w 2x2ishThis month I’m introducing an author I met two years ago at The Romantic Times Convention. I can’t recall exactly where we were when our paths crossed, but we’ve been friends ever since. Even though she lives in California, her husband has family only thirty miles from my house. This past spring we were able to have lunch together in Wisconsin.

Kate is soon-to-be published. When I first met her in 2012, she was looking for an agent and publisher to publish her “Meeting Men” series. Her first one, “Playing Doctor”, will be release January 6th, 2015. I’m sure I’ll be one of the first to purchase it. She has another one to released soon after. Help me in welcoming author, Kate Allure. Playing Doctor bookcover new 300

What or who inspired you to write? I’ve created stories my entire life. A few years ago I stumbled upon my first recorded story about a sailor, written when I was eleven years old. My mother had typed it up and a fellow 5th grader had created illustrations. Surprisingly it wasn’t half bad. I also created dances and wrote plays in my youth. As an adult, much of my career involved nonfiction writing (reports, proposals, newspaper articles), so it was an easy leap back to creating stories. The actual kick-start happened a few years ago when I was laid up for two months following surgery. I had my first short story completed by the time I was up and walking around again. It was so much fun that I haven’t stopped writing since. My current career as an erotic romance author started about two and half years ago.

How do you handle rejections? I was incredibly blessed that my first forays into fiction we’re embraced, but I am working on a nonfiction project that has received rejections from every main publishing house. I try not to take it personally, but it helps that the feedback has been positive.I know the project you’re talking about and it’s an interesting one. Hopefully someone will pick it up.

Have you found trying to get published frustrating?
The entire process from pitching to publication is nerve-wracking on some level, but I love it…love every minute that I get to sit and write!

What do you do to keep yourself from giving up? I’m way, WAY, to stubborn to give up. Just not in my nature. Hmmmm. Why is that not surprising? LOL

What do you like to read? Everything, but mostly romances because I’m trying to stay abreast of all the new writers. I’m a very slow reader and it takes me forever. Partly this is because I like getting a feel for the cadence and the voice, which is hard for me if I’m speed-reading. I also like to reread entire pages that I like. Often I skip through every other page to the end of the book because I can’t stand not knowing what’s going to happen and then go back to reread the book from the beginning slowly.

Who are your favorite authors? That’s a hard question to answer—I love the written word in all its forms. I love the classics (everything from Shakespeare to Georgette Heyer to as odd as the limericks of Ogden Nash). If I had pick just a few from current romance authors, I would say Lorraine Heath and Sabrina Jeffries for historic, Jennifer Crusie for sexy contemporary humorous. For erotic, Lisa Renee Jones, Tiffany Reisz, P.C. Cast, the list goes on… I’ve just started reading J. Kenner, and I recently discovered Delphine Dryden and enjoyed her Theory of Attraction very much. It is, perhaps, closest to what I strive for in my writing—realistic, light-hearted stories about real-world archetypes, women meeting men and the fun they have behind closed doors. I’ve read many of your favorites and have to agree with you.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????What’s on your keeper shelf? Everything. I can’t part with books. Keep them all, even the ones I don’t particularly like. It’s a real problem. Ask my DH! Maybe we should get a storage unit? I recently read this about having so many books: “You know you’re a book-a-holic when your house starts looking like a library!” I have a hard time parting with mine, too.

Do you enter contests? Have you won any? Early on, I entered the American Idol “Voice” Competition at the 2013 RT Booklovers Convention. I was thrilled to be a finalist, and, while I didn’t win, one of the judges asked for the “full” manuscript. She is now my wonderful agent Louise Fury of The Bend Agency. At the time, just being a finalist felt amazing—it was my first indication that my writing was acceptable on some level. Before that I was in a total vacuum with only feedback from my admittedly biased friends and family. Beth James and I were in the audience, cheering you on and were excited you made it into the final round.

What is your Work in Progress? Book one of Club Exotica, due in late 2015. It’s about a posh, exclusive, luxurious, ultra-private club in London where a woman’s every fantasy can be realized. Of course, what ultimately gets realized is true love. Sounds delicious.

What will you do to celebrate when you get a contract? What I did (past tense) to celebrate is now a sentimental memory. In May 2013, about two weeks after I submitted my manuscript, I got “the call.” I almost didn’t answer—didn’t recognize the area code—and when I did pickup I thought I was being “punked” by a friend…it was just too surreal to be believed. Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks was on the phone telling me they wanted to buy the Meeting Men series, and I was sitting there listening but not really comprehending. A few minutes into the call I suddenly realized—THIS IS REAL! Then I got really excited, my heart racing and my palms sweaty. So when I hung up, it was official. I was now a professional author who would write under the penname Kate Allure.
Now to the mini-celebration that still tingles when I think about it.???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? My DH, who’d been staring at me in suspense the whole time, gave me a hug and wanted to hear all about it. I told him there was a bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge, leftover from a party and never opened. I didn’t know what it was called, but said, “It’s the pink bottle.” A couple minutes later, he asked, “Did you do that on purpose?” and I said, “Do what?”
He held up the bottle and showed me. Across the label in big letters read, “Allure.” I laughed and told him that I’d had no idea what brand it was. It gave me the shivers but in a good way. It felt like a good omen, like the fickle universe had given me the thumbs up. And now, of course, any writing milestone has to be celebrated with a glass of Allure sparkling wine. That is so cool! I hope you kept that empty bottle as a souvenir.

How did you choose the genre you write? I find it funny, but I used to read historic romance almost exclusively. However, when I began writing it was contemporary, not even sure why. The erotic part happened because when I started that was what came out… I’ve been told that I’m very good at writing the “naughty bits.”

Are there any genres you wouldn’t write? I write erotic romance and am planning an erotic suspense eventually. I’m driven by what inspires me, what’s fun for me to write.

Where do you like to write? Mostly at the large desk I share with my DH, really more of a table with me on one side and him on the other. Sometimes on the couch. Sometimes in the back yard on a nice day. Sometimes on an airplane. When I get those few sparse minutes to write I’m happy pretty much anywhere.

notebook-computers-green-grass-background-42808325Do you write long-hand or use a computer or both? I only write on computer. I’ve tried using the voice to text feature. Would like to get better at that, then I’m freed up to do other things with my hands. Multitasking, you know. I’ve thought about using the voice feature, but then I’d have to listen to myself all the time. I’m not sure I could handle that!

What is on your desk right now? This very minute: Our sleeping, grumpy, orange cat (yes, we have cats…it seems one can’t be an erotic writer without cats), also a vase with six pink roses that are a little past their prime, and a whole lot of messy papers everywhere.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????If you could write anywhere you wanted, where would it be? I fantasize about having a month in a tiny little shack on an island somewhere with the sparkling blue water stretching out before me. (Maybe my DH will read this. Hint, hint) Sounds like my dream place. No phones, no television. Just me, my notebook and my hubby. Oh, and don’t forget someone to bring us drinks.

Do you go to conferences? Yes: RT Booklovers, RWA, and, in my first ever appearance as published author, I’ll be participating in the 50 Shades of Romance conference in Seattle, February 13-15, 2015. If you love erotic romance, this is for you. http://www.50shadesofromance.com

At Romantic Times Convention

At Romantic Times Convention


What are your outside interests? Travel, travel, travel, and conducting research for my books with my loving husband (wink, wink).I bet people ask if you use your “real life” as your inspiration. I know I get that all the time.

Do you have a day job?No. And yes, one that doesn’t pay money…three teenagers (two with mild autism that require much of my time).

Does your family support or understand your dream? Yes, very supportive.

Do you have a degree? B.S. in Dance with a minor in Arts Administration.

Do you listen to music when you write? What kind? All kinds. Current hits, classical, and the piano when my teens and DH are practicing—love that!

What happens when you get a story idea? I try to type an outline as soon as possible. Earlier this week I discovered I could record into my cell phone, and made two recordings while driving of ideas I’d thought about while at the gym. Then I emailed them to myself. What a great idea. I’ll have to remember that.

Are you a morning, afternoon or night person? Definitely a night person. It’s 11:30pm after working straight through the night last night till 5:30am on a deadline, but now that it’s night again I’m bright eyed. It’s my curse!

I often have people say, “It must be nice to work at home, you can work in your pajamas,” which I don’t, but what do you wear when you write? Whatever I have on. I’ve found myself still typing madly away at 3 pm in my bathrobe. Embarrassing when I have to answer the door.

Do you set goals? Mostly, I’m deadline driven; otherwise I procrastinate. Usually I allow myself a brief respite from writing after a deadline for such things as planning trips or watching sci-fi with my guys. Any specific ones? To sell enough books to help pay for kids’ college education, then maybe some for retirement too!

Do you have any pets? Yes…cats!!! Erotic writers have to have cats. Check it out…every website features their cats. Also, we have a dog, giant rabbit (really I mean huge…bigger than a small dog), and a hermit crab. Thankfully my future zoologist teen cares for all the animals.

Thank you for joining me today, Kate. Here is the back-cover blurb for “Playing Doctor,” to be released January 6, 2015: Playing Doctor bookcover new 300

The doctor will see you now…
In “The Intern,” the temperature of Dr. Lauren Marks’s office quickly rises when her new medical intern Courtney turns out to be a passionate and sexy young man.

Valerie realizes all of her fantasies when her sexy surgeon and her loving husband team up to offer her some extra-special treatment in “My Doctor, My Husband, and Me.”

Nikki gets more than she bargained for in “Seize the Doctor” when the hot guy she recently met at a bar walks into her exam room wearing a white coat. Good thing she wore her sexiest lingerie.

Three sizzling-hot erotic romance stories to stoke your mood.

Links to buy: Pre-Order now at these retailers:
Barnes & Noble
iTunes
Amazon
Books-A-Million
Indigo
IndieBound

giveaways1Join Club Kate: For exclusive insider access and be entered in a giveaway drawing for Something Naughty and Something Nice! …including a nice Kate Allure beach bag, a naughty little surprise, and a copy of her debut, Playing Doctor. Come at check it out at http://www.KateAllure.com

Links to contact Kate:
http://www.KateAllure.com
https://www.facebook.com/KateAllure
Twitter: @KateAllure

Holiday Bombardment

Today is a rather dreary fall day in Wisconsin. The rain may switch to snow overnight, but luckily the ground is still too warm for it to stay. Halloween is over. Thank goodness elections are over and I can safely turn on the radio or tv without cringing at the political ads.

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Now I can “look forward” to Christmas ads. I actually saw one last night. Seriously? I walked out of the room. More and more people complain about how early the holiday ads and decorations are appearing, but it seems the advertisers and stores are not listening. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, the stores have bombarded us with enough holiday commercials to last us until next season. It’s so bad, I actually don’t mind the station being switched to sports during the ad. (Not by me, I must add.) By the time I put up my small tree and decorate my apartment in mid December, I feel like the season is already over. Maybe as I advance farther into my 30’s I’m missing the simpler ways of gearing up for the holidays AFTER Thanksgiving.

TheHatPeddlerCoverRevisedOn a happier note, I want to help promote fellow author and friend, Tina Susedik’s two children’s books. I know she worked hard on them. Her ten-year-old granddaughter helped write “Uncle Bill’s Farm.” They are working on a sequel. If you’re looking for (man I hate to say this after griping about the holidays) Christmas presents for your young children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, I’d recommend both books. I plan to grab a couple. You can order them from her website: tinasusedik.com Uncle Bill's Farm - Front Cover redone

Another One Bites the Dust

Authors are told that once one book is done, they need to get to work on the next one. While waiting for my first round edits for South Seas Seduction, I started on The Ranch, another erotic romance. I’m happy to say I sent it off to my editor this morning at The Wild Rose Press.

Now as I wait for the edits and to hear if TWRP will want The Ranch, I’ll start on the sequel, Weekend at the Ranch.

But I’ve also been asked to do an interview on Tina Susedik’s blog, so maybe I should get that done first. So much to do, so little time.