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!
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