Thursday, January 26, 2017

Author Interview with Maggie Mundy

Carly's View welcomes writer, Maggie Mundy, author of RANDOM MEETING. We sat down and asked Maggie a few questions and then let her tell us about her newest book.

CJ:  Tell us a little bit about your newest book, RANDOM MEETING.

MM: Random Meeting is based in South Australia where I live. I wanted to write a story about two people who fall in love, but one is hiding a big secret that could destroy everything. I certainly make Beth and Greg suffer for their happy ending.


CJ:  What is the book you could read over and over again?

MM: Pride and Prejudice. 


CJ:  What is your passion in life?

MM:  My family


CJ:  What genre do you like to write in? 

MM: It used to be paranormal romance but now I really like Contemporary fiction


CJ:  What else are you working on? 

MM:  I am working on book two in the series called Fantasize. It's about paparazzi, a blackmailer, and Gemma, one of the actresses on the Dark Storm show.

Want to know more about Maggie's newest book?

Beth is a widow and Greg is an ex-con. They are two lost souls who have a random night of sex together.  Nine months later they meet again.  This time, swear words roll off her tongue as she gives birth to their son. Everything changes when Greg holds Josh, but this isn’t real, they are not married, or a happy family. Plus there are ghosts on the scene who plan on taking possession of people for their own ends. Greg can offer money, but can’t offer love. Their relationship should be doomed, but sometimes the most unlikely of partners bring out the best in each other if they can only stay alive.

Excerpt from RANDOM MEETING:

Greg’s lips were so close, and Beth wanted them on hers. No, she didn’t, but yes she did––okay, seriously confused here. His eyes gazed into hers, and she sensed he was waiting for her. It was just a kiss, but it had been so long. More than that, she needed him to stay and make her feel alive, if he left her alone, she might do the unthinkable. She moved forward and lips touched, just a feather-light touch. She trembled, he trembled, and from that moment, she was lost.
He moved back and smiled at her. They were like a couple of naughty kids doing something they shouldn’t. His strong hands held her face as if she were delicate porcelain as he ran his right thumb slowly along her bottom lip, then he leaned forward. His lips brushed against hers, caressing them from one end to the other. Alarm bells were ringing and saying this was much more than a kiss, but she decided to ignore them just for one moment, then she would ask him to go.
That was a lie, and she knew it.
His lips parted, and Beth tasted the sweetness of his coffee as she explored his mouth. She had forgotten how sensual a kiss could be as his lips pressed firmly against hers, and his tongue swirled and discovered every corner of her mouth. His arms encircled her waist, pulling her close as his body pressed into her. It was too long since she had felt a man against her, a man hard for her, wanting her. Her arms hung at her side. She didn’t trust herself to touch him. She didn’t trust herself to do anything. He pulled away, and she found herself leaning forward, her breathing rapid, as her mouth and body ached and yearned for more.
“I’d like to stay, Beth. You don’t know me, but I won’t hurt you, I promise. I just want to be with you.”
She could tell him to leave, but he made her hot in places that had been cold for so long. Her need was frightening in its intensity. He stood still. She needed to be wanted by him tonight, even if he walked out the door in the morning. In fact, she wanted him to walk out the door in the morning. No one would know. Didn’t she deserve to have a night of passion with a stranger, to make up for all the pain?
“Yes.” Was that her voice? It sounded breathy. He smiled at her and then bent his head, so his lips touched her neck. His tongue swirled on her skin, causing her to melt inside. Her body was hot, and yet she shivered. The yearning she sensed deep inside was almost painful, but it was a good pain. She was still alive.
He stopped and stood back.
“You’re sure about this? I can still go. I don’t want to make you do anything you don’t want to.”


BIO of Maggie Mundy:

I live in Adelaide, Australia with my husband, one cat, two dogs and a snake. I have a motorbike that I would like to ride more than I do and I love walking at the beach and listening to the waves.  I've always loved reading all forms of fiction from high fantasy and paranormal to contemporary and decided the stories in my head needed to be written down. It was either that or start on medication. Unlike many, I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until a few years back.  I started off doing a degree in drama but soon realized my love was in writing, though there is a play lurking somewhere on my computer. My day job is as a nurse in the operating room. I believe romance can be fun to read and write, but it’s exciting to spice it up with the uncertainty that comes with suspense where the rules can be broken.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Book Review of CHASING THE PAINTED SKIES by: Ryan Jo Summers

Carly's View welcomes writer Ryan Jo Summers, author of CHASING THE PAINTED SKIES. Recently, I was given an ARC copy of CHASING THE PAINTED SKIES to read in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit, the book blew me away. I was caught up immediately in the story which stars the main character, Raven. 

Raven lives on Gull Island, an island owned by the Coast Guard. She prefers the solitude of the island until a famed photographer, Sebastian, arrives to take pictures of it in all its untamed glory. Despite wanting to be alone, Raven finds herself attracted to Sebastian until three treasure hunters arrive and hold them hostage while they search for a missing treasure from a sunken ship. In order to protect Raven, Sebastian, with the help of the island ghost, team up in a supernatural way to help Raven be rid of the criminals that have invaded her space. 

Raven and Sebastian go to visit his home town where Raven's own secret past is revealed and she learns to accept the secret of Sebastian's life as well.

This book, as stated earlier, grabbed me from the get-go. I like how this couple had to overcome not only the obstacles of the three criminals, but also their pasts. When they realize they love each other enough to overcome all that, you enter into a beautiful love story with just enough suspense to leave you wanting more. The book is well-written and Ryan weaves a wonderful tale filled with love, magic, and suspense. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read.

ARE YOU INTRIGUED? WANT TO KNOW MORE? READ ON FOR THE BLURB AND EXCERPT FROM CHASING THE PAINTED SKIES. 

Raven Koynes is a woman in hiding. Years ago she escaped to remote Gull Island Light Station, nestled far away in Lake Superior. She has carved out a life of peace and solitude for herself. Until famed nature photographer Sebastian Knight arrives--in the  height of a nor'easter storm--to document the beauty of Gull Island. Unsavory treasure hunters also blow in with the storm, determined to find missing cargo from a sunken ship. And they are positive Raven knows where it's stashed. A power outage from the storm traps everyone at her keeper's cottage, fellow prisoners of the storm.

Between her attraction to handsome Sebastian and the unwelcome advances and threats of the hunters, Raven is pushed to her limit. Help arrives in the form of a stray German Shepherd Dog, who takes an immediate protective interest in Raven. He becomes her constant shadow and listening ear as she sorts out her growing--and conflicting--feelings for Sebastian.

Meanwhile, Sebastian came to the island looking for treasure as well, in the form of photographs. While he isn't so sure about missing cargo, he only needs to look at Raven Koynes to know he's found his own valuable treasure. One he hopes he can hang on to if she learns about his mysterious secret.

Now that Madeline the resident ghost has found out, it's probably just a matter of time until Raven does too. And with the storm and power outage, no one is going anywhere any time soon.

EXCERPT FROM CHASING THE PAINTED SKIES:
Did that include Sebastian? True, he had yet to take the photographs he came for. So was he willing to go without them? It didn’t sound like he had much choice. And did she really want him to go at all? Despite her talk with him earlier about liking to be alone on the island, his presence had awoken something inside her that dared to say otherwise. Something that dared her to deny its whispered suggestions that she might really be falling for him. She giggled. Too late, she’d already fallen for him and his bewitching green eyes and crooked smile and tender touch. That internal voice dared her to say she didn’t want him to stay, but as more than as a guest. Her heart leapt and beat fast. She wanted him to stay as her man.
“There she is! Up there!” Arthur’s angry bellow reached her.
Dropping the book, she scanned the rocky ground. Standing below, waving a short handled pick ax at her, Arthur beat his fist in the air. Dudley and Helen stood nearby, also holding out shovels. Cold fear crawled up her spine at the sight and a sweat broke out on her forehead. Pulse racing, she realized she was trapped at the top with no way down but through them.
“She’s gonna show us that treasure and right now! Let’s go get her!” Arthur barked, waving his ax like a club. “I want that black-haired witch!”
Oh Lord, where was Sebastian? Standing up, she considered her options. There was no lock on the light tower. She could never run fast enough to outdistance them all. Trapped like a rat, she could only wait. Could she maybe push them over the railing? Would she have the guts to? Shove another human over to their death? Her stomach flipped.
Beside her Madeline materialized, drawing her attention to the house. Trembling, Raven gripped the rail and looked over the edge. Could a ghost scare them away?
“Go after them, Madeline,” she stuttered. “You might be the only thing they fear.” Maybe.
Madeline raised an arm to point to the house once more, slowly fading.
Barking reached her ears as Salzburg broke from the trees at the corner of the house, racing for the trio, growling fiercely.
          Her hand pressed to her mouth in horror, Raven watched as Salzburg leapt through the air, aiming for Arthur. 

Connecting with his arm, he swung his weight, dragging the man’s arm, pulling yells of pain from him. Finally Arthur 

shook the dog off and Salzburg went rolling across the ground.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT AUTHOR RYAN JO SUMMERS?

Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolina author who specializes in writing romances with a twist. Love stories blended with inspirational, paranormal, suspense or time travel--or several at once. She also writes non-fiction for regional periodicals. Ryan's dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry so she claims she came by her writing skill honestly. Apparently it's in the genes.
Her hobbies include bird-watching, houseplants (50 ish and growing), poetry and yard work. She loves to gather with friends, hike in the forest with her dog, paint ceramics and canvas and work on wiggly word find puzzles. She lives in a 1920 cottage with a menagerie of pets. Living in the mountains, she dreams of the shore and frequently uses the water as scenes for her stories.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

CHARACTER INTERVIEW with Blake Hutcherson of Sasha Bishop: Final Countdown, by Carly Jordynn


Today we welcome Blake Hutcherson, a character in the upcoming Sasha Bishop: Final Countdown, by author Carly Jordynn.  Blake's character is based off a friend of mine who is one the most charming, handsome young men I have ever met. I remember when he was born and have watched him grow into the man he is today.  Thank you Blake Kennedy for being the inspiration for Blake Hutcherson. 

BH:  Trust me, the pleasure is all mine.

CJ:   So Blake, tell us about yourself. Rumor has it you’re related to a prominent character in the Sasha series.

BH:  I actually am Hutch’s half brother. My mother was Izzy, Hutch’s girlfriend from before the Civil War. My father was Mayor William Hutcherson, Hutch’s dad.

CJ:    That seems a little twisted.

BH:   I know, right? Izzy was pissed when Hutch went off to fight in the war instead of marrying her. She asked William to get her pregnant while she was still human. Her plan was to pass me off as Hutch’s child. When Hutch returned from the war and got with Camilla, she asked William to change her while she was still pregnant with me.

CJ:    I bet that had some bizarre side effects.

BH:   You know it. Once you become a vampire, you quit aging. I would have remained a baby forever if I was born a full vampire. Fortunately, I was born as a Halfling. When I turned eighteen, I made the decision to become a full vampire. Mom did the honors and here I am.

CJ:    I heard from Sasha that you inherited a rather special trait from your mother.

BH:   Mom was a shape-shifter. I did inherit that ability with a slight difference. Mom had to have something that belonged to the person she was changing into. I don’t have to. I can shift into any person or animal, as long as it had a heart beat at one time.

CJ:    Wow, that’s impressive. I bet you were a hoot at parties.

BH:   Let’s get something straight, I was never a hoot. I never did anything for fun unless it was torture or benefited me. I love terrifying people and derive great pleasure from their distress.

CJ:     Um, great, moving right along, you lived in London for a number of years. What did you do there? Did you have a career?

BH:    Why would I have a career? I take whatever I want when I want it. When I’m hungry, I drain somebody. Sometimes I change them and other times, I let them die. When I want entertainment, I shift into the person you love. I could be your parent, spouse, friend, or nightmare. It depends on my mood.

CJ:      Why did you come back here to Villa Mirage?

BH:      Did you not hear the news? Sasha killed my mother and Hutch killed our father. Granted, there was no love lost between us, I got out of that freak-show family as quickly as I could. However, I cannot allow their deaths to go unadvenged.

CJ:      What do you plan on doing?

BH:     I’ve already started. My brother doesn’t trust me. He never will. Sasha, however, is different. She is used to being around vampires without being one herself. The human side of her wants to believe I am redeemed.

CJ:      Are you?

BH:    Hardly. Well, maybe a little. The Slayer has had some impact on me I have to admit. My purpose was to kill her outright and make Hutch live with the knowledge that I did it. That was to be my revenge, but Sasha is pregnant. I can’t kill her while she carries my niece. She will be the Slayer someday too.

CJ:     So you’re going to let Sasha live?

BH:    At least until my niece is born and can survive without her mother. After that, I will probably kill Sasha and Hutch. I could then raise my niece and turn her when she comes of age. She’s already going to be the strongest Slayer ever born, imagine what kind of vampire she would be with Slayer blood. Invincible.

CJ:    So the rumored friendship between you and Sasha is really just an act to gain her trust?

BH:   A few months ago, my answer would have been yes. Now, I’m not sure. I like talking to her. She fears me, but refuses to submit to those fears. She’s probably the bravest person I have ever met. My brother, on the other-hand, is totally useless. He doesn’t deserve her or their daughter. Maybe, I’ll do away with Hutch and claim Sasha and the baby as my own.

CJ:    Doesn’t Sasha have a say in that?

BH:   Trust me, she will not resist me. She will come to me willingly.

CJ:     You know Blake, maybe you shouldn’t be so cocky. Sasha has a few secrets up her sleeve that may surprise you.

BH:    Seriously? Name one.

CJ:      A Dreamer.

BH:    Wait, are you saying one of her allies is a Dreamer? Can they control the outcome of the dream?

CJ:      I guess you'll have to wait and see. I'll be interviewing the Dreamer at a later date. For now, our time is up.