What’s the hardest part about being an author?
It’s difficult to have to put aside time for promotion, when all I’d really like to do is write. Unfortunately, whether you’re a bestselling author or not, it’s important to get yourself out there. My problem is that I’ve put myself out there a lot, so I’m usually busier with my author groups and on the social networks than I ever intended to be.
Why did you decide to write for this anthology?
The concept of a story about moms was intriguing to me; it was an opportunity to expand on my bestselling wounded warrior series, as well as relate my own troubles and experience as the single mother of an autistic son.
What inspired your story for the anthology?
I live in the state of Illinois, and when I began writing this story our new governor was intending to make budget cuts, as well as eliminate programming for some of the most vulnerable individuals in Illinois; the elderly and disabled. Thankfully, since then, the federal government has stepped in and stopped him from doing so.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
The days I do get to spend writing, I’m usually spending 6-8 hours getting wrapped up in my story. But as the mom of a demanding autistic son, who’s also diabetic, I usually have to contend with constant interruptions.
Name your top five favorite books.
I don’t have much time for reading anymore—a lot of what I read involves reviewing. Usually I have favorite authors, as opposed to books. I’ve enjoyed classics—like The Hobbit. But my life is rather complicated, so when I sit down and read a book now, it usually relates to my genre, and has a happily-ever-after involved.
As a kid I loved: Jane Eyre
Alfred Hitchcock presents—I still have this book of short stories- I must’ve read it over 100 times
Any Harlequin romance.
Recent: Open Season by Linda Howard-but I’ve liked almost all of her later novels, cause they’re sexy & humorous
More recent books by Mary Balogh—The Proposal and An Ideal Wife stand out
Nora Roberts—but I definitely like some of her books a lot more than others
What are you working on now?
I’ve returned to my Tales of the Dragonfly series. My Readers’ Favorite winner, In Flight, has been revised and will be released by Blue Harvest in April. So, over the summer, not only will I be working on revising Book I In Tandem, I’ll be writing Tales of the Dragonfly III Emergence, and I hope to have it released by Blue Harvest near the end of the year.
MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC…With Love Anthology: 12 Books, 13 Authors
The perfect Mother’s Day Gift, written with love, sent with love.
Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.
10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to the
USA National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research.
13 authors from across the globe all working together to celebrate mothers around the world and help raise funds for MS Research.
Read a short introduction to each book and feel the strength of a mother’s love.
Felt by the Heart by Angela Ford (#1 Bestselling, Amazon Top 50 & Award-Winning Author)
Rachel Winters’s fiftieth birthday approached as the forever she thought she’d found with Ryan ended with heartache. And for her daughter, the second chance of having a dad. Will Rachel find the strength to rebuild her life and her daughter’s?
I Love You More A mother’s love never fails…it always prevails by Cornelia Amiri (Acclaimed best-selling author, known as the Celtic Romance Queen)
On turning sixty, Garland recalls memories of her life’s journey from an abusive childhood to a bad marriage to the ups and downs of a single mom. She is rewarded with a magical mother’s day with her loving family.
Two Hearts Unspoken by Tamara Ferguson (Multi-Award Winner, 2015 Romance Review Readers’ Choice Award & #1 Bestselling Author Wounded Warrior Romance)
Retired air force captain and wounded warrior, Zach Logan, discovers that his scars are more than skin deep, when he falls in love with Beth Bowen; the lovely single mother of an autistic son.
December Roses by Daisy Banks (Bestselling Author)
A present day gift of flowers sets off delightful memories for Jean. The recollections of the day love first bloomed, and trust overcoming a frightening challenge, are carved deep into her heart.
Maddie’s Project by Anna Celeste Burke (Multi-Bestselling Author& Winner Of 2015’s Self-Published Book Most Worth Reading)
Laura’s mother, Maddie, led a life bursting at the seams, filled with family and a million projects. May changed everything. More than a decade later, Laura reflects on Maddie’s biggest project, and how it changed all their lives.
Vision of the Heart by Mary Crawford (#1 Bestselling Author African American Romance)
Facing the vision loss caused by macular degeneration is hard enough, but it’s causing Julia Concord to question everything she knows about herself as a wife, mother, and nurse. Can she handle a reunion when she’s a shadow of the person she once was?
An English Rose by Allyson R. Abbott (#1 Bestselling Author–4 Readers’ Favorite 5★s reviews)
A compelling and humorous insight of past years and present dilemma’s as Rose reflects on her usefulness in later life. Just as she acknowledges and accepts her sell-by-date is approaching, life suddenly becomes interesting again, in more ways than one.
The Art of Forgiveness by Tamara Philip (2014 Debut Nominee—Angie Ovations Outstanding Interracial Romance)
The story of one woman’s journey to find out the truth surrounding her adoption decades earlier. Amidst the tragedy of the past, she finds connections to her complicated history and a gentle reminder about the transcendent power of forgiveness and time.
The Illusion of Happiness by Neva Squires Rodriquez
Divorced and having lived under the illusion of happiness for over thirty years, Graciela struggles to find her strength. With her fiftieth birthday and Mother’s Day weekend approaching, a surprise visit helps put things into prospective for her.
The Day Before Eclosion by Adrienne Ruvalcaba
Sharon’s only daughter, Gracie, is ready to move out on her own. What should be an exciting transition is complicated by Gracie’s disability. Can Sharon learn to accept Gracie’s need for autonomy before irreparable damage is done to their relationship?
The Light We Found by Q.D. Purdu (Winning Romance—2014 Texas Writers’)
Calla has survived divorce and developed her first newly-single crush on Ben, the special guy in her triple-two-step class. Life is rocking until her ex confesses a long-hidden betrayal, and Ben reveals the most hurtful secret of all.
Forever Sunshine by Cary Allen Stone & Tyler Hosea (Multi-Bestselling Author and Top SELF-e eBooks Winner of 2015)
A letter containing the last request of their mother was handed to the son and daughter at the funeral service. They were told to read the letter at her gravesite on the year anniversary of her passing.
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