Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thankful Author

     Even as my latest novel LOVE LIKE FIRE celebrates its first week out in the world and I start the third book in the series, I continue to learn about the fictional town of Hendricks and how its proximity to Lake Superior and the North Woods affects the characters and their story. To me, setting is one of the most fun elements to work with in a story. Researching locations excites me, but I also love to drop in fictional names and places into real-life places. I continue adding to the roughly-drawn map that I keep in my binder to keep track of business names, streets, and other landmarks. A reader sent me an e-mail last week, asking, "Is Hendricks a real place? I feel like I've been there." That made me happy. It means I've made Hendricks a living, breathing place in the book.
     LOVE LIKE FIRE was featured on Clean Wholesome Romance on Monday, and is currently $0.99 through 12/3. I'll also be talking more about the writing process behind the novel during a 40-author Facebook Christmas Party on Dec. 7th during my half-hour time slot. Sign up at the link so you don't forget. I'll be offering a multi-author prize pack then, too.
     Also, today I was the guest poster in Angela Hayes' Thankful Author 2018  series. Read about the many furry blessings I've had in my life.
                                                                                                                                - Dawn *

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New Release: Love Like Fire

     I'm excited to finally share the second book in the Hearts in Hendricks series with you!
     LOVE LIKE FIRE follows Bethany Marconi, yoga instructor and caregiver, who has mastered the art of dousing the spark of love before it catches fire. When former classmate, Nate Ransom, arrives back in town to settle his grandmother's estate, Bethany struggles with her self-imposed dating rules.
     Nate isn't like the others. He's perfect for her. Therein lies the problem.


     Here's an excerpt of LOVE LIKE FIRE:

        Bethany Marconi opened one eye and studied her phone on the futon’s arm across the living room. It buzzed like a swarm of bees for the second time within the minute, its vibration moving the device across the arm until it fell onto the cushion. Whoever it was needed a lesson in patience.
Legs crossed, shoulders back, she closed her eye to continue with the breathing exercise  as the phone grew quiet.
In…out…eleven…
Again, the incessant buzzing interrupted the silence. 
In…out…twelve…
Bethany opened her eyes and glared at the phone. 
“Seriously?”
She relaxed her torso, shook out her legs, and crawled off her yoga mat to the couch. Darcy’s name was on the screen. 
Bethany balanced the phone between her ear and shoulder as she stood. “Hello?”
“We just had our first fight,” her best friend said on the other end. “I need to talk. I’m going crazy.”
“I wondered when that would happen. You lovebirds were due.” Bethany rolled the mat up and stuffed it behind the futon. 
“Are you busy?” Darcy asked. Her husky voice was an octave higher than usual.
Bethany slipped her jacket off the coat tree, grabbed her wallet and keys, and opened the door. “Not anymore. Meet you at Debi’s in ten minutes. Scone and coffee are on me.”
If there was one thing Bethany was good at, it was matchmaking. Never mind the number of blind dates which had gone up in flames—she wasn’t that good. What mattered were the couples who stayed together, the ones who overcame the pitfalls after the honeymoon months wore off and before the engagement announcement. Bethany counted four weddings to date, all credited to her. That was why she was out the door in minutes when Darcy called in dire need of a shoulder to cry on. Darcy and Sean Stetman would be the fifth wedding. Someday. As soon as Stetman got his act together and proposed. 

Five minutes later, Bethany wheeled into the first parking space in front of Debi’s Donuts, a diminutive place with pink siding and gingerbread trim. Beyond the building, Lake Superior reflected the clear January sky, a liquid sheet of cerulean glass. The colors were a beautiful contrast, and when Bethany stepped out of her car, she took a moment to breathe deeply and revel in the scenery.
She’d console and listen. She’d let Darcy talk for what, five minutes, maybe? Then and only then would Bethany open her mouth. Improving her listening skills was her New Year’s resolution. She’d been doing fairly well, given that she’d been at it a solid week. It was part of her living mindfully project, and admittedly, it was hard.

Darcy’s Jeep pulled in behind her. Even through the windshield, Bethany could tell Darcy was upset. Her raven curls, usually loose around her shoulders, were tamed in a headband, which wouldn’t be a telltale sign of her mood necessarily, but with her hair swept off her face, the angry slashes of her eyebrows were on full display.

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     LOVE LIKE FIRE is $3.99 on Amazon.
Available for KINDLE UNLIMITED. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Coming 11/21: Love Like Fire, (Book #2 Hearts in Hendricks)

One Spark Can Ignite an Inferno 

     Despite her ace matchmaking skills--four weddings to date!--Bethany Marconi and relationships don't mix. With trust issues and a long list of ex-boyfriends, she's an expert at dousing the spark of love before it catches fire. There's little risk of rejection teaching yoga and looking after her grandmother who lives right next door.
     When freelance writer Nate Ransom returns to his hometown to settle his grandmother's estate, his rekindled feelings for Bethany take him by surprise. Nate remembers all too well how the charismatic spitfire of a girl ignored him in middle school before his family moved away. But Nate's far from that boy now and more determined than ever to win Bethany's heart if she'll give him the chance.
     After a family crisis pulls Bethany away from Nate, their relationship seems to be headed for the back burner. Will Nate turn into Bethany's newest ex-boyfriend, or will her self-imposed dating rules finally go up in flames?

"D.E. Malone's writing is a pleasure to read." - Amazon reviewer

LOVE LIKE FIRE releases November 21st, but it's on pre-order NOW!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Are You Ready for a Reading Challenge?

You're Not Too Late for the Party! 



There's still plenty of time to enter the FALL INTO BOOKS Reading Challenge, hosted by I Am A Reader and Clean Wholesome Romance. Check out the cool prizes you can win by posting something related to the daily challenges. You have ONE week left to enter the fun!

Todays challenge (10/3): Who's Your Favorite Literary Couple? 
Sign up for the Challenge to answer the question and maybe you'll win BIG! 
GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Author Spotlight: Rachael Anderson


           
                                    
                    
  My Brother’s Bride by Rachael Anderson - Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams. But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments. Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.

                       

                     
  My Sister’s Intended by Rachael Anderson - For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved. Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn’t factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn’t want her sister to either. Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.


             

                                                

 “I got seriously hooked on this book right from the first glance. Everything in this story is so beautiful and done so perfectly. The cover is stunning, the blurb intriguing and the story flow expertly done.” –NjKinny’s World of Books & Stuff

 “The moment I set eyes on this cover page, I knew I am going to love this cute love story. Delightfully crafted with endearing characters this is an ongoing tale of fun, love and some hard decisions. –Finitha J., Know Your Books Blog

 “My Sister’s Intended is my FAVORITE kind of book to read. It is the kind of story I will save in my Kindle forever so I can re-read again and again. What makes this story so good? Everything! This book is pure perfection.” –Nicole, Christian Fiction Girl Blog.

 “WOW. I reserve five stars for books that blow me away, and this has become my newest addition! What a delight to discover a gem like this.” –Mary, Goodreads.com

         
                          
                                              

Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
                 
                                 
                         

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Books to Movies: Adaptions that Won My Heart

 
     I've been Falling Into Books this last week, prompted by the challenge hosted by I Am A Reader and Clean Wholesome Romance. It feels like a total luxury to be focusing on reading now that I've finished with manuscript revisions, and it's with a few trusted readers.
     Today's challenge calls for finding a favorite book that has been made into a movie. The first book/movie combo that comes to mind is the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (an all-time fav), but I'm going to stretch myself here since that one is a favorite of so many. I also really enjoyed Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts as an Oprah's Book Club read when it first came out. The movie, starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd, was produced in 2000, and followed the book perfectly, from the character portrayals to the nuances of sarcasm, setting, and pacing.
     What's your favorite book-to-movie example? Join the challenge today and enter the rafflecopter at I Am a Reader.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

I'm in the Author Spotlight Today!

Love Like Water by D.E. Malone
Two Hearts, One Tour Bus. Is There Room Enough for Love?
After losing her job, Darcy Conti takes a tour guide position at Sturgeon Widows Tours, a quirky family-run business in the small town of Hendricks on the shores of Lake Superior. As she settles into her new role narrating local history excursions, she fights an undeniable attraction to the man she was hired to replace—the owner’s son.
Fresh from a relationship gone sour, Sean Stetman plans to avoid dating for the foreseeable future. Taking a leave of absence from his parents’ tour company, he wants nothing more than time to fish, hike, and work on his cabin. But when the tour driver quits, he is suddenly back on board, reluctantly shuttling Darcy and the tour guests along the North Shore.
Together Darcy and Sean survive unruly tourists, meddling mothers, and even an unscrupulous developer looking to give the Stetmans’ tour company some fierce competition. Can they also survive falling in love?
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Darcy quickened her steps to pass the group and get to Sean. His long, easy stride made her have to work twice as hard.
“You have a really engaging style.”
Sean turned his head to look at her, like he was waiting for the punch line.
“I mean, they really respond to you. How long have you been giving tours?” Darcy saw her reflection in his aviator glasses and brushed the hair out of her face.
He stopped and pushed his glasses to the top of his head. “Since I graduated college. No, that’s not right,” he said, closing one eye to think. “Actually, I think I was a sophomore in high school when I did my first one.”
“How long did it take you to develop your schtick?”
“My what?” he asked, the corners of his mouth lifting.
“Your schtick. You know, your routine.”
“You’re awfully interested in how the tour business runs. First you offer to drive the bus, now you want to know all of my secrets.” He crossed his arms and leaned against the doorframe. The last person in the group moved past them and into Red’s. “Are you looking to set up shop?”
“Absolutely not.” Darcy felt her face flush. Then it dawned on her. Emily hadn’t told Sean that Darcy was interested in covering for his leave. To Sean, Darcy was just a very curious tourist. Of course he would wonder about her intrusiveness. She needed to set the record straight.
“Maybe we should start over. I’m Darcy Conti.”
“Yes, I remember. You introduced yourself an hour ago.”
“I’m not on the tour as a guest. Your mother offered me the job to cover for you while you…while you’re away.”
He stared at her for an uncomfortably long time.
“Hello?” she finally said, waving her hand in his face.
He blinked. “You’re going to take over the tours? Here?”
“Is that a problem?”
“No…no, not at all. That’s great. I’m just surprised. I wasn’t expecting…you.”

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