2/13/14

VALENTINE HONKY TONK BLOG HOP



Win great prizes from The Wild Rose Press popular Honky Tonk Hearts series! Gus Rankin himself has provided the instructions below.

Ladies, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking old Gus, owner of The Lonesome Steer honky tonk couldn’t have brought together all the lonely, broken hearts that he did. But I’m here to tell you I have. Not only do I have the pictures of these couples in my office to prove it, but there’s been a whole series of romances written about the men and women who found love at The Lonesome Steer. And just like every one of my couples, each of these romances is a keeper.
 
The authors of these books have put together a Valentine Honky Tonk Blog Hop, an easy way for you to get a sneak peak at every story. And there are prizes to put a bounce in your Texan Two-Step.To be Eligible, visit each blog link below and leave a comment. The more hop stops you visit and comment on, the more chances YOU have to win a $50 gift card to The Wild Rose Press. In addition, the publisher has provided a second grand prize of a $25 gift card to The Wild Rose Press and a TWRP Mug for a random commenter (Sorry, US visitors only for the mug prize). Some of the ladies will also be giving away their own personal prizes. So whatchawaitin’ for? Happy hoppin’! 
 
LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS ON MY BLOG AND AT THE BLOGS BELOW FOR CHANCES TO WIN!

Nothing But Trouble by Jannine Gallant            
Honky Tonk Man by Sylvie Kay                                  
Those Violet Eyes by Vonnie Davis                              
Lonesome Cowboy by Stacy Dawn                             
The Morning After by Brenda Whiteside                      
 
Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.

LOST MEMORIES -
When your past is a blank, it’s hard to trust the future…
 
 
 
     “Nick Matthews? What drags you out this way?” Gus, owner of the Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk, fingered his handlebar moustache. “I heard you’ve been out of town more than in since your parents took up traveling. How they doin’?” He tugged on the ends of his black leather vest.
     “Good.”
     A crash of balls along with a cowboy’s hoot sounded from the pool tables tucked in the back corner.
     The barkeep glanced at all of them. “Aren’t you missing one? Where’s Sam?”
     Chris spoke up. “He stayed behind, but we brought Darcy.”
     Nick’s hand slid to the small of her back, ushering her forward. “Darc, this is Gus Rankin. He owns the place.”
     “Nice to meet you.” She smiled and stuck her hand out.
     “Pleasure, ma’am.” A grin spread across his tanned face. “What can I get y’all?”
     “Four beers?” Nick glanced to the group. Everyone nodded.
     Long neck bottles were soon placed on the wooden bar.
     “We have a new waitress, Pam,” Gus told them. “She’ll be around to see if y’all need refills or want to order food.”
     “You have a cook tonight, Gus?” Chris asked with a grin.
     “We have a cook most nights, boy.” He chuckled deep and rich. “Just hardly ever the same one.”
     A fiery redhead bumped into Chris from behind.
     The woman balanced a tray on one slender hip and rubbed a hand over Chris’s back. “Sorry, you okay, sweetie?”
     Nick shook his head at his brother’s goofy grin.
     Eyes wide the young stud nodded.
     Gus removed the tray from her hands. “Pam, this is the Matthews clan. They own the dude ranch out on Hope Road.”
     “You want anything, just give me a holler.” She winked at the runt.
     “Let’s get a table.” Trent led the way through the room.
     Nick ushered Darcy across the dance floor and headed to one of the round tables. Unwilling to put much space between them, he pulled out a seat for her and seized the one on her right. Chris straddled a chair on the far end. Trent grabbed the remaining one.
     “Let’s do a toast to the last family who stayed in cabin three. Thank the good Lord they left. The kid was a brat,” Trent stated with a snarl.
     While his brothers recapped stories of past guests, Nick noted the strained smile on Darcy’s face. She raised her beer and downed a good portion of the contents.
     He nudged her leg. “You havin’ a good time?”
     “Sure.” She drained the rest of her beer and motioned to Pam for another as the waitress drifted past the table.
     Nick worried over her slamming down the barley. With her slight frame, the alcohol wouldn’t take long to affect her.
     “So, you two together or what? Romantically, I mean?” Pam placed a bottle in front of her.
     “Never a good idea to mix business and pleasure,” he answered automatically, raising his voice over the noise. A glance in Darcy’s direction had him taken back by the hurt that flashed across her face.

1/16/14

Lost Memories - in print

For those of you who missed my countless FB posts and TW posts, Lost Memories- Honky Tonk Hearts series is now available in print form. Of course it is also still available in ebook form, but for those of you who prefer to hold a book in your hands you may now do so. You may order at  http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=1026
I also want to thank all those who have downloaded or ordered the print version. Have a wonderful weekend!!

1/14/14

2014 New Year - New Resolutions



Hello,
For those of you who follow my blog you know it's been a while. That's an understatement.....I am horrible about keeping up with my blog, which brings me to my New Year's Resolution. I normally don't make one as I feel that if you want to improve yourself and/or your life you shouldn't have to wait until a new year. Now I'm going to eat those words, because here I am making a resolution at the beginning of the year; I am going to attempt to post twice a month - maybe more by the end of the year.
I have always worried about boring people to tears with meaningless information or writing things that aren't quite so entertaining as the next persons. However I have decided if my posts bore you, don't read them... But please come back in hopes I will someday catch your attention with one of my blogs. There has been lots happening around this homestead and I will tell you all about it in future posts. Of course, I can't give it all up now. :) 
If you have a New Year's Resolution you'd like to share, please tell us about it. I'd love to hear other people's views on Resolutions.

4/16/13

 
Friday April 12,2013
was a very sad day for my family. Our 9 year old German Shepherd  passed away.
He will be greatly missed.
 
I'm sure many of you too have lost a pet and know what I mean when I say they are truly apart of the family. Some ask, "Why have an animal and go through the pain of losing them?" To you I say, I would rather have had the great pleasure of enjoying a pet than to not know the joy and love they give back to you unconditionally.
 
You have given us more than you will ever know.
R.I.P.  
 
 
 
 

4/10/13

LOST MEMORIES - Honky Tonk Hearts- officially released! This is my first ebook to be published with TWRP and I could not be happier.

http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=175_141&products_id=5155

Sherri Thomas

LOST MEMORIES -The Wild Rose Press

2/3/13

The Next Big Thing

Hi all, I was tagged by Tara Kingston in "The Next Big Thing" to answer a few questions regarding my latest release" 

Question: What is the title of your book?

Lost Memories - Part of a wonderful series called Honky Tonk Hearts published by The Wild Rose Press

Question: Where did the idea come from for the book?

It was a combination of country songs and "what ifs" ... Think about it, what if you woke up in a hospital and couldn't remember anything about yourself or your past, not to mention no one in the strange town knows who you are.

Question: What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary -cowboy romance

Question: What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

When your past is blank, it's hard to trust the furture...

Question: Where can we get your book?

Right now it is exclusively availabe through  Amazon for Kindle users

http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Memories-Honky-Hearts-ebook/dp/B00AU6V1G6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359909414&sr=1-1&keywords=lost+memories+by+sherri+thomas#_

 April 2013 it will be released through The Wild Rose Press

Question: How long did it take your to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About six months. I had originally started writing the story when the submission requests for Honky Tonk Hearts came out and after adjusting the story a bit, I submitted.
There are a great number of authors involved in this series. Be sure to check out the other stories in Honk Tonk Hearts.

I believe this is the last stop to the Next Big Thing blog tour. Thank you for joining us.
Be sure to circle back and check out my fellow authors blogs

http://tarakingston.com/blog/
http://tessaberkleyauthor.blogspot.com/
http://www.kmnbooks.com/

LOST MEMORIES-

Blurb:

When your past is a blank, it’s hard to trust the future…

A car accident leaves Darcy Brooks with amnesia, but she’s determined it won’t ruin her life. She finds a job on a dude ranch—hiding her brain trauma to get it—and falls in love with her work. Now if she can just avoid falling in love with her boss.

Nick Matthews knows his new employee is hiding something, and he’s determined to discover what. He’s failed to protect his family from disaster in the past and won’t let it happen again. Now if he can just keep his attraction to Darcy from clouding his judgment.

Nick soon comes to value Darcy as an employee and a friend—even as the heat between them builds. But when a man claiming to be Darcy's husband shows up, Nick realizes just how much he wants to keep Darcy for himself.



1/2/13



LOST MEMORIES -HONKY TONK HEARTS - THE WILD ROSE PRESS
is now available for Kindle users on Amazon for download. I hope you enjoy Darcy and Nick's journey as much as I did.


http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Memories-Honky-Hearts-ebook/dp/B00AU6V1G6

6/27/12

HONKY TONK HEARTS where lonely hearts seem to gravitate to the Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk.

Today I am blogging about my up coming release LOST MEMORIES from The Wild Rose Press -Honky Tonk Hearts series. Stop by and take a peak. Also come celebrate Vonnie Davis's release of Those Violet Eyes
http://patyjager.blogspot.com/

6/14/12

5/10/12

CONGRATULATIONS to all who won the wonderful prizes at the Honky Tonk Hearts Launch Party last night.

And to all of you who took time out of your busy schedules THANK YOU for joining us. It truly was a hopping party.

A big THANK YOU to Stacy Holmes - Great way to kick off a wonderful series.

5/9/12

Dont forget to join me and some of my author friends of the Honky Tonk Hearts series at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheWildRosePress for chances to win lots of great stuff.
Hope to see you there.....

5/7/12

**permission to forward**
Please share!
Only two more days until The Wild Rose Press hosts the big Honky Tonk Hearts Series Launch Party!!
This Wednesday May 9th come join us on the main loop for Cowboys Cowboys and more Cowboys, lots of fun with the series authors and a chance to win a special Honky Tonk Hearts prize pack!
Plus a new giveaway was added again to the random draws that will be done during the night's festivities!
You can find all the details here:
http://thewildrosepress.blogspot.ca/2012/04/launch-party.html including details on our blog circut tour.
Hope to see you there!

4/23/12

Debut for Honky Tonk Hearts

Honky Tonk Hearts Series
Download the first in the series and find out what goes on at the Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk.

4/4/12

THE WILD ROSE PRESS


Just signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for Honky Tonk Hearts series for my latest book LOST MEMORIES. Yay!!!!

1/17/12

REVIEW FOR GREENHORN HEART




I woke up this morning to a wonderful review from Beth Hardy at Night Owl Romance. Here is a quick look at what she had to say...


This was a very romantic story about Jolene who has to raise her nine-month old sister after tragedy strikes and handsome but grief-stricken cowboy Seth. Their relationship begins building from the moment Jolene enters the house and it never stops blossoming.


1/4/12

2012


I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Things have been a little crazy with the holidays, which I am sure is the case with most families. This year I am hoping to make a fresh start - new goals - personal and not. Hey, I already started cleaning out cupboards and making room for new junk :-)
This week things have slowed down a bit and its time to get back to the day to day routine of kids going to school, cooking, cleaning, laundry, work, and WRITING.
I am very excited about starting a new journey with two new characters - Jared Randall a mountain man trying to give life to his deceased sisters dream and Angelina Cox who is the Montana DEQ specialist who can put a stop to it all.
Stop back and see what is going on with these two. I will be sure to make random posts about their journey as they reveal it to me. ;)

12/8/11

Top 5 - Holding On

HOLDING ON made top 5 of the third quarter for new releases. YAY! Thank you to all who downloaded the book.
I can only hope my writing continues to grow.

12/5/11

GREENHORN HEART





At her dying mother’s bedside, Jolene Norris promised that she would keep her baby sister safe from her money hungry aunt and uncle. Unfortunately, keeping that promise is proving a lot more difficult than Jolene thought, and she needs help. Her aunt is out to prove Jolene is unfit or at the very least unstable to take care of her sister, forcing Jolene to seek Seth Morgan’s help. She needs his home, his land, and his name. Too bad he’s as welcoming as the bulls he raises. Scared that she’ll lose her sister, Jolene makes Seth a deal he can’t refuse.


Seth doesn't have time to take care of a petite woman who is as green as her eyes or the small drooling complication on her hip. He doesn't do babies or marriage, not after his ex-wife killed herself and their three-year-old son. But he desperately needs the money Jolene offers him.
Together they arrange a marriage of convenience, which quickly becomes so much more.

10/13/11

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DEBBY CONRAD

Hi Debby. Thank you for being with us today. Why don’t you tell us a little about the first book you sold.

The first book I sold was LUST’S BETRAYAL.
here is the back blurb –

Steamy adultery, romance, secrets and murder – that’s what the McLaughlin family is made of.

Ross McLaughlin hasn’t loved a woman since his wife died, and his teenage daughter Emma is enthralled with a wannabe rock star. When they receive a letter from a sick loved one, Ross reluctantly heads home. The naïve Emma can hardly wait to meet her family and find out about their past, yet Ross harbors an unspeakable secret: a member of the family might just be her mother’s killer. After this summer on the lake, the McLaughlins’ lives will never be the same.


Where were you when you got your first book contract? Who did you tell?
I was at work. I called my good friend and fellow writer Mary Campisi. She was the one who tipped me off about the publisher wanting new authors for their romance lines.

What draws you to write your genre and sub genre?

I love to read romantic comedy and romantic suspense so naturally I chose those genres to write. You can never have too much laughter in your life, and the suspense
elements keep me guessing.

Do you have any tips for new writers? Yes, I actually have a few. 1) Write a page a day, no matter what. A page a day equals a book a year. I don’t always do this, but when I am disciplined, it works. There are days that my planned 1 page per day turns into several pages per day. If you step away from your book longer than a day, it is extremely difficult to get back in the habit of writing daily. I have learned anything
can turn into a habit once you do it 21 days in a row. 2) Find a critique partner or critique group. Make those critique partners accountable to you and you to them. This will keep everyone writing and moving toward the finish line. The prize – A
completed novel!

What is your guilty pleasure?
I love to play mindless computer games. After a stressful day at my full time job, I enjoy coming home and playing games so I do not have to think about anything else.
Those computer games are also my worst enemies—they keep me from writing. They are time wasters, so try to limit your time on the computer to checking emails and playing games to 30 minutes per day, or only after you have written your page for the day.
Where can your readers reach you?
Email: DKAY@aol.com or my web site: www.debbyconrad.com
Are you working on another book?
Yes, I am working on a body switching story that is a Romantic Suspense. The working title is CHANCES ARE.
Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share?
Jenna Caldwell left the big city of Chicago in search of her birth mother. But along the way, a car accident changes her life forever. She is now living in the body of another woman, married to a man who despises her. And how can she blame him once she finds out she may have hired someone to murder him?
How did you come up with the title?
I was thinking “Chances Are” this will never happen and it just clicked.
Do you work on one project at a time or mulitples?
One. I am too scatterbrained to do multiple projects, but I admire those who can. J
Is there one particular thing that you find challenging about writing?
Yes. Believing in myself. Every author goes through periods of self doubt, and I am no different. I try to tell myself if I never publish another book I have had a good life and should not be greedy by wanting something I may not be able to have. Then, I kick myself and say, “But I really need this. My life would not be complete without writing and seeing my stories published.”
Who is your favorite author?
I don’t have just one. I love to read books written by different authors. I love Sandra
Brown’s romantic suspense novels and Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s romantic comedies. I love Leland Barclay’s witty humor and bad guy characters as well as Nelson DeMille’s ability to mix humor with his terrorist plots.
What are you reading now?
RETRIBUTION by Jilliane Hoffman.
Are your characters a reflection on you or anyone you know?
Not normally. But then again, I will never say never. J
Do you use more than one pen name?
I do not use a pen name.
What do you do to get in the mood to write?
Absolute quiet. I cannot stand background noises like TV. I sometimes like to take a hot bath, relax with my eyes closed and let my imagination run wild. And the third thing is I sometimes think about my characters and plot while I am on a road trip.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love losing myself in the writing and playing out the character roles. Real life is so exhausting sometimes. It is fun letting the imagination take control.
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you like to be and why?
Probably an angel. Angels are nice. I hate the thought of being something mean or scary.
How long have you been a writer?
Since 1996. It took me 10 years to publish my first novel.
How many books have you written? How many have been published?
I have completed 14 books and published 3.
Do you have a favorite character from one of you own books? Who and Why?
I would have to say Pepper Delaney from EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH.
She witnessed a mob murder then dressed as a hooker to slip out of town
unnoticed. She continues the charade as she has no idea who to trust. She’s a gutsy heroine.
What is the easiest and hardest thing about writing?
The easiest part is being able to escape reality and the hardest part is the discipline. Life always seems to get in the way of everything.
Do you find love scenes difficult to write? Absolutely. A writer tries to be unique with every scene, but there are only so many ways to write a love scene that does not cheat the reader out of the fine details. It is the most uncomfortable part of the writing, at least for me.
Are any of your personal experiences reflected in your writing?
There are always personal life experiences which help an author make her writing more authentic, but none of my characters are based on me personally.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
I have written a book in as little as 6 weeks, when I wasn’t working, but my current work in progress has been ongoing for 7 years now. Normally, 4 months is my average.
Do you set timelines when you’re writing or write when the feeling hits you?
Normally when the feeling hits me or when I need to take something to critique group. Several years ago, when I was fortunate enough to stay home and write full time, I wrote every day.
Do you characters talk to you?
Sometimes they do. When I am really into my writing, I can feel my characters’ emotions and it is as if they are real people.
Who controls the storyline, you or your characters?
Mostly me, but on occasion I have surprised myself by moving in a different direction based on what I feel a particular character wanted to do.
What is your writing day like once you start a book? Because of my day job I do not have a writing day.
If I am lucky enough to have the weekend to write, I like it to be my project for 2 days
straight. I will write for an hour, get up and do something else, then come back and write another hour or so. In between, of course I waste time playing stupid computer games or checking emails, doing laundry and cooking.
Do you promo your backlists when you’re writing a new book, or dedicate your time solely to writing?
I am bad about self promotion, although I am putting 2 of my books, which are out of print, up on Amazon as a Kindle selection along with another book. They will be available in a few weeks.
How many books do you write in a year?
When I was on a roll I could write 2-4 per year, but I am slow as molasses right now.
Thank you again, Debby for answering all our questions. I personally look forward to reading more of your stories and cannot wait for your next book.

10/4/11

9/23/11

GREENHORN HEART

Blurb:

At her dying mother’s bedside, Jolene Norris promised that she would keep her baby sister safe from her money hungry aunt and uncle. Unfortunately, keeping that promise is proving a lot more difficult than Jolene thought, and she needs help. Her aunt is out to prove that Jolene is unfit and at the very least unstable to take care of her sister, forcing Jolene to seek Seth Morgan’s help. She needs his home, his land, and his name. Too bad he’s as welcoming as the bulls he raises. Scared that she’ll lose her sister, Jolene makes Seth a deal he can’t refuse.

Seth doesn't have time to take care of a petite woman who is as green as her eyes or the small drooling complication on her hip. He doesn't do babies or marriage, not after his ex-wife killed herself and their three-year-old son. But he desperately needs the money Jolene offers him.

Together they arrange a marriage of convenience, which quickly becomes so much more.



9/16/11

Review for Holding On.

Thank you Bec for the great review!
Holding On was a really captivating story from the beginning with the way
it introduced Brandi and her baby. The sex scenes were hot, and the love between Dex and Brandi was unmistakable through the writer's words.
Overall, Holding On was a great short story and the first I've read by this
author. However, it won't be my last. Well done, Ms. Thomas.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Bec

You can read the rest of the review at http://www.theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/holdingonthomas.htm

9/13/11

Fall

Fall is fast approaching and we are almost done with our canning. I believe we have canned enough tomatoes, froze enough watermelon, cantaloupe, green peppers, and onions, to last until next season. However we still have peppers to do, and grape juice to make. (Maybe some applesauce. I love homemade applesauce.)
Our garden didn't do as well as we hoped as this was its first year (we moved in our new home about a year and a half ago). But we did get a lot of watermelon and cantaloupe and thanks to a few good friends (who has two green thumbs) we were able to stock our pantry. I'm sure ours will do much better next year.
Fall is by far my favorite season. I can't wait for the leave to start changing. So go put cinnamon potpourri in the slow burner, throw on a blanket, and grab a good book.
What is your favorite season? How did your garden do this season? Do you can your vegetables and fruit?

9/9/11

Six Sentence Friday

This week has been crazy with the kids going back to school and hubby had hernia surgery, but I think things are finally setting down in time for the weekend - I hope ;) I was going to post 6 sentences from my latest book Greenhorn Heart, but we are just beginning edits so I will wait on those. In the meantime here is 6 more from HOLDING ON. Enjoy and feel free to post your own 6 sentences.

He needed answers, and he should have the results in another day or two. Did it matter? Not anymore. Inch by inch the knowledge that he fathered Suzy seeped in through his pores. He approached Brandi's room and rapped on teh door. Suddently hearing Suzy's cries throught the door, Dex burst in.


9/6/11

Another review is in! Yay!

Top Pick!
5 Stars!
Here is a snippet of what Molly has to say about Maddie About Maddie...
I love a good cowboy story, and I love a good author. When I get the two
together, it's even better! I loved Sherri Thomas' work and her skills are
superb. She really captured me instantly, drew me into the heart of the story
and had me hanging on every word until the very last page. I couldn't put this
book down for anything!...
Stop by http://erotic.theromancereviews.com and read what else Molly has to say about Maddie and Jake.
Thank you Molly for the great review.

9/2/11

What are you reading?

So I thought it would be interesting to have everyone write down I am not a sentence from a book they are reading. But then I realized I'm not reading anything right now -due to crazy days (kids going back to school, hubby home waiting for surgery). Hopefully I will be able to hide away behind a romance novel, in the meantime here is a sentence from Mad About Maddie. Page 37 sentence 16.



His gaze cut to her and then the door, torn between running like hell or staying.



I look forward to reading every ones posts. Please post page 37 sentence 16 from the book you are reading, WIP, or another source.


8/30/11

REVIEW BY THE ROMANCE STUDIO

Mad About Maddie

Sherri Thomas
Contemporary romance
Available from
Liquid
Silver Books

ISBN: 978-1-59578-851-1
July 2011



Maddie and Jake don't get along
well at all at first. Maddie feels the chemistry and the draw with Jake but
wants nothing to do with men after her ex-boyfriend. Their first meeting does
not go smoothly at all. Jake gets on Maddie's bad side when he pulls her off of
a horse that she has tamed. Jake didn't know he shouldn't have but that doesn't
matter to Maddie. Jake is intrigued by Maddie and the different techniques that
she's using to tame the horses. Jake starts to pursue her somewhat and Maddie
starts to give in to him but repeatedly pulls back.

Maddie and Jake are great characters. Maddie was in an abusive relationship
and is dealing with all of the changes and repercussions of that. It was years
ago but it is still a big factor in her life. Jake has his own jaded past to
deal with but he seems to be more open. I love the way that Maddie and Jake
interact. Their personalities match very well. They have a lot in common once
they actually get to know each other. This story is believable though it does
move a little fast for actual reality. Nothing pulled me from the story when I
was reading. The characters are very human. I found the dialogue very
entertaining and befitting the story. The sex was written well. It takes up very
little of the story because of the situation and Maddie's past. It is full of
emotion though. The characters are definitely in a relationship when they make
love. I enjoyed reading it and what it added to the story. There was a depth of
emotion added to this story that draws the reader in because of what has
happened in both of Maddie and Jake's past. Both have baggage that affects them
but they work through it. I enjoyed this story and the characters.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Lexee
July 30, 2010

REVIEWS FOR MAD ABOUT MADDIE

YAY 5 stars!!

Reviewed by: Mandy | Aug 24, 2011 | 978-1-59578-851-1

A NIGHT OWL REVIEWS BOOK REVIEW

I always love a cowboy romance and Mad About Maddie is no exception. What is it about a cowboy that women love? I can't say for sure, but there's just something very sexy and romantic about Jake being Maddie's knight-in-shining-armor.

It doesn't take Jake long to get attached to the new hired hand, Maddie. She's had a bad experience with an abusive boyfriend and has tried to stay from handsome cowboy, Jake. She's having a hard time making that work for her since he's always around and their attraction sizzles.

Mad About Maddie packs a whole lot of sensual romance inside a great story without making it too long. It's a quick read packed with sweet, emotional, warm-and-fuzzy moments, and you're gonna love it! I'll recommend Mad About Maddie every chance I get to everyone who loves a sexy cowboy romance!

This is my first Sherri Thomas story and I loved it! I'll definitely be looking for more from Ms. Thomas!

8/18/11

INTERVIEW with EDITOR TRACEY WEST



Today I would like to welcome Editor Tracey
West from Liquid Silver Books. (clapping hands) Thank you for being here Tracey
and agreeing to do this interview with me.



Why don't you start by telling us about yourself?



I’m married,
a Mom of three and love everything to do with publishing. Well, okay, the long
hours can be grueling but there’s always a new story to read, new author to
discover, so sometimes I have to pull myself away from the computer.



I’m an avid reader
even away from my online jobs. More
times than not, I can’t sleep without reading a chapter or two from one of my
favourite authors. My husband just built me a full wall of bookshelves…yeah,
those are already full, so now what?? LOL
I have a few thousand books that I can’t part with – some say that’s
kinda crazy, but hey, it keeps me out of trouble.
J



Can you tell us a bit about your
childhood? Your favorite memory?



I grew up in
the country, on a farm with many animals, a garden and a lot of land to
explore. I had two loving and wonderful parents, as well as two older brothers
who taught me a lot about sports and drove me crazy.



Favourite
memory, simply sitting on my father’s lap every chance I had and watching TV
like that, reading the paper with him or just cuddling.



What is your favorite drink and food?



Favourite
food…just one? LOL
I love
Italian and Mexican food. I love Caesar salad and Quesadillas especially. My fave snack food is sugar snap peas.



I’m an
addict for French Vanilla Cappucinos.



How long have you been an editor?



I’ve been an
editor for about nine years.



Have you always worked for Liquid
Silver Books?



I’ve worked
at Liquid Silver Books all those years and have edited for multiple authors on
the side for just as long.



What drew you to becoming an editor?



The love of
the process and having the chance to work with creative authors to make stories
shine always keeps me editing.



What is your typical day like?



Since I have
multiple online jobs – mainly Editor & Acquisitions Director at LSB, etc.,
I have to split my time. Morning starts
with answering emails, personal & business, and adding new submissions to
the database to read. Checking the LSB forum for anything new, responding to
any posts there.



Editing – I
usually begin that later in the afternoon when I’m fully alert. LOL I try to
stay focused on each story until close to dinnertime. I take most of the hours
that the kids are home from school until their bedtime with them, so it’s not
until around nine p.m. that I’ll work for a couple hours at the computer
reading submissions. I go to bed, get up and begin the process again.
J



What is the easiest and hardest thing
about editing?



The easiest
would be working with and developing a camaraderie/friendship with each author.
I’ve been so blessed that every author I’ve worked with has been exceptional
and brilliant, and just a dear to work with. Also, getting hooked on their
characters/stories that usually turn into a series is pretty easy for me.
*cough cough* It’s an easy thing for me to pick a secondary character then
hound the author for their story. So
far, it’s always worked.
J



The hardest
would be saying goodbye to characters/series that the author (and I) feel are
finished. I get very invested when editing, the stories/characters become my
own, the authors become important to me. To say goodbye to any of that is
sometimes hard.



What is your guilty pleasure?



Hmmm,
Reality TV. It’s ridiculous stuff to
watch but I do it anyway. In my defense,
though, it’s created a lot of family TV time that I wouldn’t normally have. I
think there’s too much crap on TV (ie: cartoon comedy) that I won’t allow my
kids to watch, so my daughter and I love the dancing shows, challenge shows
like Survivor, and more. There’s just not enough family shows these days like
there were when I was younger.



The show
that I’m addicted to and watching on DVD, since I am a couple seasons behind,
is True Blood. I watch an hour of it
before going to bed (have to make sure the kids are asleep!). It’s my hour of relaxation.



What do you look for in a book?



Whether my
personal reading or acquiring for LSB, stories must have well developed
characters, with depth and explosive chemistry that pull me in, make me love
and/or identify with them. I don’t want
stories that are too reality-based but I do like there to be a realness to the
story that pulls me in. There has to be imaginative and fully realized plots, and
vivid and evocative settings. Romance, Romantic Suspense and some Paranormal
are my three personal favourite genres.
I also love stories with Ménage a Trois sub-genres.



What are the most common mistakes an
author makes?



Showing
instead of telling, passivity, info dumping that slows the story down too much.
Rushing the pace and interaction between the characters, as well as lack of
depth in character and plot.



If you were granted three wishes by a
genie, what would they be?



For my
children to live in a peaceful world, have long, healthy lives and find the
happiness like I have had since meeting my husband and having children.



If you could go anywhere tomorrow,
where would it be?



Ireland. I’d
love to go, see where my Grandfather’s family came from, stand where they might
have once stood, and just see the beauty of the country.



What word or phrases tingles in all
the right places for you?



Chérie. I
love that French word.



I love when
a man is descriptive in what he wants to do to the female. I like to hear the
words, let them wash over me, be the female he’s speaking to. I love it.
J



What's the sexiest thing a man has
ever done for you or said to you or both?



Oh my hubby,
he’s the most wonderful man! He gives me the best massages ever. He has magical
hands and just gives me goose bumps. By the time he’s finished, I’m a puddle of
goo…and seduced! It’s simply sexy when
he just wants to take care of me.



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