Gliterary Girl Media would like to
Author Kit Morgan to our family
A consistent Top 100 lists bestseller, Kit Morgan, aka Geralyn Beauchamp, has been writing for fun all of her life. When writing as Geralyn Beauchamp, her books are epic, adventurous, romantic fantasy at its best. When writing as Kit Morgan they are whimsical, fun, inspirational sweet stories that depict a strong sense of family and community. ‘His Prairie Princess’ is the first of the Prairie Brides books and the first in the series of a long line of stories about Clear Creek, Oregon. One of the whackiest little towns in the old west! Get to know the townsfolk in Clear Creek and come sit a spell! If you like Kit Morgan’s books then you might also like the Time Master Book series written under Geralyn Beauchamp. [su_divider top=”no”]
Kit Morgan’s Greatest Selling Series has recently gotten a makeover and you get to see the brand NEW covers here!
His Prairie Princess (Book one in the Prairie Bride Series)
When Sadie Jones, the daughter of cattle baron Horatio Jones, set out on her own in search of her dying birth mother, she got more than she bargained for. She never dreamed the stage would be robbed and she herself taken along with the rest of the loot! After all, being kidnapped was the last thing on her mind that morning. Unfortunately it was the foremost thing that afternoon.
Harrison Cooke,raised by his English mother to be the perfect gentleman, simply went to get the mail, not rescue a damsel in distress! But here he was, attempting to rescue the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, and of course, not get them both killed in the process.
But both Harrison and Sadie have a goal. She’s trying to rescue her mother. He’s trying to save his brothers. That’s a lot of rescuing going on. And in the midst of it all, can they rescue each other’s hearts?
Her Prairie Knight (Book Two in the Prairie Bride Series)
Newly released from prison, the last thing Colin Cooke expected to see in Clear Creek was an angel. But there she was, just getting off the stage, and was of course everything an angel ought to be. Beautiful, of exquisite form, and with honey gold curls that bounced when she walked. Unfortunately, she walked straight into the arms of Mrs. Irene Dunnigan! The one person everyone avoided as best they could. At least until they needed something from the mercantile, then they had no choice. The self-righteous, cantankerous woman owned it! How was he going to get acquainted with the exquisite creature while Mrs. Dunnigan roamed about guarding her like some fire-breathing dragon? Perhaps with a little help from his brothers, he’d manage it. But the sort of help he got wasn’t exactly the kind he had in mind.
Belle Dunnigan hadn’t expected Clear Creek to be so remote. It was a far cry from Boston society and she soon learned how hard life out on the Oregon prairie could be. But it wasn’t prairie life that was hard. It was living with her Aunt Irene! The woman ruled with an iron fist and hated everyone. Especially the Cooke family. And unfortunately for Belle, the only decent men of the marrying kind within a hundred miles, WERE the Cookes! With spinsterhood starring her in the face, what was she to do? Even worse, she was terribly attracted to Colin Cooke, the one man her aunt hated most of all.
Will love find a way? Or will it be no match for Mrs. Dunnigan? The bane of Clear Creek!
His Prairie Duchess (Book Three of the Prairie Bride Series)
Duncan Cooke had a problem. A really BIG problem. As the next Duke of Stantham, he would have power and position, a wealthy estate and the means to take care of his family for years to come. His father and mother could only dream something like this would happen to their eldest son and now their dream was a reality. So what was the problem? He had to get married in the next thirty-eight days or lose it all. Unfortunately, Duncan lived in Clear Creek. A place where there wasn’t a single female around for hundreds of miles.
Cozette Duprie could hunt, shoot a gun, and wield a bow and arrow like nobody’s business. Heck, she even helped her father take down a buffalo once. But the buckskin clad beauty had been living life disguised as a boy for so long, she had no idea how to be a girl. And worse, her father suddenly thought she ought to start living like one. But why? Why let everyone in Clear Creek know her secret? And if her father had any ideas of marrying her off, who on earth would want her? No one. For how could any man want a wife who couldn’t utter a word?
Would Duncan be able to beat the deadline and inherit the title and estate? Or be stopped by those wishing not only the title for themselves, but something much more precious?
Her Prairie Viking (Book Four in the Prairie Bride Series)
The long awaited arrival of Mr. Berg is here! He made his first appearance in Her Prairie Knight, and then sprang into action with the rest of the townsfolk in His Prairie Duchess, now Mr. Berg has his own story to tell!
Andel Berg came to Clear Creek under the guise of becoming the new blacksmith, but little did the townspeople of Clear Creek know that he was so much more! Madeline Van Zuyen came to Clear Creek for a new beginning and the chance to start a new life. Little did she know that SHE was so much more!
Mr. Berg had a duty to perform. Find the Princess Madelaina at any cost, retrieve her, and deliver her to Count Rudge, one of the most despicable men Andel had ever known. Not an appealing task for a Captain of the King’s Guard but unfortunately, Andel had no choice. If he didn’t deliver the princess Count Rudge would kill his father and Andel was prepared to do anything to keep that from happening. But Andel hadn’t counted on falling in love.
If he didn’t deliver the princess his father would die. And if he did could Andel live with himself not to mention, live without his princess?
What then, will Mr. Berg do?
His Prairie Sweetheart (Book Five in the Prairie Bride Series)
Logan Kincaid was sent to Oregon City on ranch business for the Cooke brothers and the Triple C. He sold the cattle he brought, played detective for the Cooke’s as instructed,(Due to the mayhem of several weeks prior. You can read about them in Her Prairie Viking Prairie Brides, Book Four) and unfortunately, came up empty handed. He’d hoped beyond hope he’d have SOMETHING to bring back to Clear Creek that would help the Cooke’s and the tiny town, but sometimes what we think we want, isn’t what we need, and Logan (with a little unexpected help) got EXACTLY what he needed!
She was beautiful, she was alone, and she was terribly injured. Who was this man who came out of nowhere to rescue her? He saved her from certain death and was determined to take her back with him to a place called Clear Creek. He was handsome, strong, and kind and if she wasn’t careful, she’d be quickly smitten. In fact, he was so determined to protect her he offered to marry her to do it! There was only one problem. She had no idea who she was!
Join Logan on his quest to return to Clear Creek and bring to the tiny town just what the Ladies Sewing Circle ordered …
Her Prairie Outlaw (Book Six in the Prairie Bride Series)
Josiah King came to Clear Creek with a past. A past no one in town knew about until now. For the one person in the world who knew of the deed he’d done had been part of it, and Josiah thought to never see Annie Stone again.
Annie Stone was on the run, running from an evil so vile, so utterly despicable she couldn’t bear to speak of it to anyone. But the residents of Clear Creek were different and Annie thought perhaps in time she could finally face her past, until she saw Josiah King. What was he doing there? How could she face him? If he, Josiah King, the only man Annie had ever loved found out what she’d done, he’d surely have her run out of town!
Can two people who once loved each other trust each other enough to love again?
Christmas in Clear Creek (Book Seven in the Prairie Bride Series)
Bowen Drake had a gift. Unfortunately he didn’t want it. He even went so far as to do ‘bad’ in order to thwart the ‘good’ that seemed to follow him everywhere! For when HE needed it the darn thing didn’t do HIM any good at all! He tried drinking, he tried womanizing, he even tried outlawing, but nothing worked. Finally he stumbles into the little town of Clear Creek and there discovers why we’ve been given the gifts we have…
Elsie Waller came to Clear Creek after the death of her grandfather. She had high hopes for her life in the little town including looking for a husband. Imagine her elation when she happens upon the man of her dreams the very day after she arrives! Of course, the fact he was half frozen did put a damper on things, but once the townsfolk of Clear Creek thawed him out she endeavored to make sure Bowen Drake stayed around long enough to see she’d make him a mighty fine wife! The only question was, how?
Enjoy Bowen and Elsie’s fanciful tale of mishaps, miracles, and love!
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Gliterary Girl Media
has a new addition to the family
Meet Author Lauren Marie
Author Lauren Marie:
LaurenMarie spent years writing and dreaming of being published. After spending many years wanting to write the ultimate thriller and become the next Le’Carre, Clancy, or Turow, she decided to try romance. She admits, with a huge smile, she’s never had so much fun. Lauren lives with her four cats in Western Washington State. When she isn’t pounding the keys, she is an amateur paranormal investigator. She formed her own group in 2006 to hunt ghosts and some unusual experiences have put in an appearance in some of her stories. Lauren is currently working on a contemporary romance called the Canon City Series. [su_divider top=”no”]
Get to Know Lauren Marie:
GGM: When and why did you begin writing?
Lauren Marie: I was about 12 years old. I had a neighbor that lived across the street from my family in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was four years older than me and she was writing stories for her English class in her high school. She wrote a really cool story about an evil black cat and I started to think it could be really fun to make up stories. I started scribbling out short stories at that time and the dream took off from there. Writing has been a bug ever since then.
GGM: Who encouraged you or what made you decide to write a novel and seek publication?
Lauren Marie: I spent many years trying to write the perfect thriller. I spent a lot of time wanting to become the next Le’Carre, Clancy or Turow, I decided to try my hand at paranormal romance. I have to admit I’ve never had so much fun. About seven years ago, I wrote my first story that had been simmering in my brain since the 1980’s. Then there were the two stories that originated from dreams I’d had that have become reality – Going to Another Place and Love’s Touch – Then and Now. I still have a couple of stories that started back in the 1980’s, but I’m trying contemporary romance right now.
GGM: Do we “see” some of you in your characters?
Lauren Marie: Yes, probably. A friend of mine, who has known me for over thirty years said she could hear my voice in the characters. I have some weird sayings that my dad used to say, like “Dog my cats” or “holy smokarolla’s”. I haven’t used those two, but never, say never.
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Lauren Marie’s Books:
Loves Touch, Then and Now
Kate Sullivan and Bill Leary have had progressive dreams all their lives. The dreams are about a man and woman who look just like them, but lived in a different time. Lizzie and Connor are married, and on their first honeymoon night, die in a hotel fire. When Kate and Bill meet they have to join forces and compare dreams to find out who set the fire that killed Lizzie and Connor. They also have to determine if the feelings that are developing for each other are really from their hearts or from the couple in the dream.
[su_divider top=”no”]Going to Another Place
A man from 2008, falls 48 floors from a building in Seattle and wakes up in 1815 England. A woman, in 1815 England, watches a bright star fall from the sky. She travels to the future, but can’t stay due to her lack of immunity to the 21st century diseases. Michael Drury and Emma Wallace have fallen in love, but are torn between two worlds. He has family in the 21st century. She wants to stay with him, but continues to grow very ill, very fast. Spanning almost 200 years, will their love be able to exist in the same time?
WelcomeAuthor Lara Nance
Gliterary Girl Media family
Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cities throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres, but the basis of all of her stories is a great tale of entertaining fiction that will take you on an adventure of imagination. Smart stories that make you wonder, and live the romances you dream about. She writes for her readers, hoping to give them an enjoyable escape among the pages of her books.
So, if you’re ready to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you’ve come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales to paranormal stories and sizzling romance, she’s willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, along with a touch of romance here and there.
Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories. Lara loves to weave interesting true historical tidbits into her fiction which invite the reader to explore further after the novel is finished.
Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkies, Belle and Bruno.
THE BESTSELLING NOVEL MEMORIES OF MURDER(GEM SEIRES BOOK 1)
When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job. As the town’s sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father’s friend, Maeve can’t help but get involved–with both the case and him. Their informal investigation unveils an old journal that connects the ruins of a nearby asylum and long-forgotten cemetery with the shiny new retirement community’s memory unit–and Maeve’s Alzheimer’s patients. Maeve senses a sinister presence in the old asylum, calling to the patients, but in order to stop it from killing again, she must first conquer some demons of her own and reclaim the magic she’s denied herself.
Revenge of the Mad Scientist
A steampunk adventure with a touch of romance. When Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the Lord High Minister of Urbannia, is kidnapped, suspicion points to the mysterious country of Gandiss and the world is thrown into political upheaval. But Arabella is convinced the more sinister nation of Carabarras is to blame, urged on by a mad scientist seeking revenge. She sets out on a dangerous airship adventure across numerous exotic locales to rescue her father before war breaks out. Not only is she faced with danger from mysterious assassins, slaver traders and air-pirates, the fickle hand of fate adds an additional complication to her trials. Unfortunately, the captain of the only airship available for charter is a man who left her at the altar. For eight years she’s wanted nothing more than to see him dead. But now he’s her only hope.
Not your typical romance, and not your average theme park… When advertising executive Talia Quinton takes on the unwelcome job of promoting the country of Romania, she has no idea it will involve rescuing a real vampire and being thrust into a conflict among warring vampire factions in New York. She and her rescued vampire, Drake, must fight for their lives to protect their growing love for each other and escape capture in time to present Talia’s campaign to the Romanians. For she’s groomed Drake to become Dracula, the spokesperson for a multi-billion dollar project to build an adult fantasy them park/resort in Transylvania called…DraculaVille.
Dealers of Light
A malevolent group of Light-Dealers have surfaced in Cara Collin’s hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. Led by an ancient Aztec demon, the “Takers” are torturing and murdering their way to world domination. As the horror spreads, Cara-who has the ability to send “Light” into others to augment healing-receives a special power from a patient making her a crucial weapon in stopping the Takers. But, she must figure out how to use the gift before the Takers make her their next target. When mysterious Rolf Van Harding shows up in town with information that may help her, she’s torn between joining his quest and running for her life. When she discovers he’s a powerful, ancient Light-Dealer she fears their growing passion will be a weakness-a weakness that could allow the Takers to murder the last remaining Light-Dealer capable of stopping them.
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USA Today bestelling Author Kirsten Obsourne has released
Hyacinth: Suitors of Seattle Book 6
As the sixth in a family full of girls, Hyacinth felt she often faded into the woodwork. Of course, she liked living in her own world, where no one really bothered her. She spent her days at the library working on her book, and her evenings hiding in her room. She was determined to be just as good as all her sisters, most of whom she felt overshadowed by. Lawrence watched the pretty girl in the library for weeks before he finally approached her, only to learn she was the younger sister of his favorite person in the city. To him, Hyacinth was perfect. Of course, he had no idea how to court a woman. Thankfully, he found a newspaper column that would teach him everything he needed to know. Would she always think he was crazy every Tuesday when he followed its advice, though?
Start the Series From the very beginning:
ROSE: Suitors Of Seattle Book 1
Rose is the first book in a highly anticipated new series Suitors of Seattle, following the adventures of eight Western daughters ready to benefit from the matchmaking skills of her new Aunt Harriett, whom readers will recognize from the best selling Brides of Beckham series. Pampered socialite Rose is used to men falling at her feet. But her match with handsome Dr. Shawn Henry leaves her feeling less than adored. Has Rose fallen in love with a man who can’t love her back?
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This is the first one of Kirsten’s new series that is a continuation of sorts of the Beckham Brides series. I literally could not put it down, I read it from cover to cover in about 4 hours! – AMAZON CUSTOMER (on Rose)
As usual Kirsten has done it again. I loved the connection between the sisters and the mail order brides. And, as usual, I am impatiently waiting for the next. By the way, I loved the cover too. – BOBBY BROWN (on Daisy)
Each of the flowers stories gets better and better!!!! can’t wait for the next one. jasmine by far is my favorite so far! – TINA M. RENAUD (on Jasmine)
Gliterary Girl Media would like to welcome Author Lynette Endicott to the GGM Family!
Lynette Endicott grew up in Illinois, met her husband in Western Nebraska, lived 25 years in Kansas where their daughter was born, and has been in Fresno, California since 2000. She has a son-in-law (who lives with her daughter nearby), and has rescued a dog, a bird and three cats. She and Ollie, her terrier mix, volunteer as a team at the local library, where children read to the dog.
At a youth camp when she was 14 the editor and teacher of a writing class challenged her to submit something to his youth magazine. She did and it was the first of 10 articles and stories accepted by the publication over the next few years.
Nothing like front end success to keep her writing! Lynette enjoys reading contemporary romance and speculative fiction and writes both. Her debut book, Starting Over Book One: More Than A Job, and two more books in that series, The Return of Joy and Finding Her Voice are available now. The first three of the Time After Time Saga with Tami Dee are available now, including Animal Instinct, Survival Instinct and Pioneer Instinct. The fourth in the series of six, Protective Instinct, will release in August 2014.
Because she didn’t have pets until after her 50th birthday the animals she enjoys find their way into all her books. Usually you will also find a character with a disability as part of the day-to-day fabric of the story. In More Than A Job, Paige works in services to people with disabilities until she loses her job and starts over. In The Return of Joy, Atlas, the yellow lab, becomes a Therapy Dog. In the Time After Time series animal helpers assist the hero and heroine in all six of the books in the series.
Paige Hamilton is forced to seek a new life when her consuming, 24/7 job ends at the hands of a new company owner. But Paige is a survivor, and begins to build a new life, one that may even have room for romance. A handsome stranger helps her through the transition, and soon she falls fast and hard for Joshua Robinson.
Then she discovers he is the cruel owner, and that the company she loved — the company that cared so much about the adults with disabilities who lived in their homes — is in a downward spiral that puts the life of one of her friends at risk.
Romance, job loss, life coaching, hidden family treasures, and a secret about an uncle she’d never met — Paige learns that life is More Than A Job.
When Joy Huffman’s recurring dreams of the husband she lost become urgent she is convinced to go tot he cabin, their project of love, in New Mexico. With her daughter and mother-in-law, they set out to learn what Steve wants them to know — that his death was no accident, but murder.
Their investigation stirs up the evil that ended his life, and puts them all at risk. The caretaker at the cabin, Mark Stone, is challenged to keep them safe while he unravels the mystery of why Steve died. Along the way he falls in love with Joy — but will she be open to loving again?
Finding Her Voice – Starting Over Series Book #3
Jennifer has the perfect life — a loving husband, a beautiful daughter, a flexible job in the family business. When a heart-stopping accident takes it all from her, Jen struggles to survive her days alone. No one else understands, expecting her to “get over” her grief.
Ollie, her daughter’s rescued dog, is the only one who shares her grief and lives her pain. When divorce ends in the sale of their home, she and Ollie set out on a road trip of healing and discovery.
Life will never be the same, but maybe along the way she can find the music, find her voice, find her own path to living after her loss. And if she is lucky, find love.
Book #4 in the Starting Over Series, Out of Agony, will be available July 21.
Lynette also collaborates with Author Tami Dee on the Time After Time Saga. Please like the Time After Time Saga Facebook Page to keep up to date with the latest releases and information.
Animal Instinct – Time After Time Series Book #1
On Detective Sean Barnett’s first day at work his police dog’s reaction to a bee sting requires an emergency visit to the town vet. Dr. Al’s swift, efficient response averts immediate danger, but when Sean asks Allison to dinner, he opens the door for a terrifying danger — an ancient, time-traveling enemy who will stop at nothing to keep them apart.
Dr. Allison Green’s heart-pounding attraction to King’s handsome owner, Sean, sends her to her family’s reference on love, the diary passed down from her great-grandmother that goes back centuries. She delves into references to animal helpers, ancient artifacts and the ruthless woman whose goal is to destroy love for the woman of the Heartmark.
When she is overwhelmed with ancestral memories, Allison realizes the extent of the danger posed by their enemy, and the deranged terror that threatens her chance at love.
Survival Instinct – Time After Time Series Book #2
Tough as nails San Francisco homicide detective Winter Parker runs fast and far to escape ancient threats of revenge, and small town torments.
Can equally tough Special Agent Mike Hunter convince Winter to put aside her fears and take a chance on him and their small town?
Will ancestral memories help them overcome a time-traveling enemy whose sole purpose in life is to seek out the Heartmark women and destroy their chance to find– and hold onto– true love?
Pioneer Instinct – Time After Time Series Book #3
Eliza O’Malley and brother Allen travel from Ireland to join their father and brothers on an 1880s Wyoming homestead. Allen is almost destroyed during the voyage, but Eliza’s benefactors rescue them both from their father’s foolish carelessness and mounting debt.
When she has worked off her passage and built her own wealth, Eliza completes the journey, knowing that she has been called to fulfill her destiny as a Heartmark woman. She is immediately swept off her feet by the neighboring rancher Frank McGee. His sister Jude, her friend and business partner, harbors a secret that will nearly destroy the love between Eliza and Frank.
Clues from an ancient diary, the fierce intervention of animal helpers, and ancient artifacts play a part in the life of all Heartmark women, including Eliza. Will they be enough to overcome the horrible rumors spread by Jude and restore Frank’s love for her?
Three more books in the Time After Time Saga will be released in the future: Protective Instinct (August 2014), Maternal Instinct (April 2015) and Primal Instinct (December 2015).
A Warm Gliterary Girl Media Welcome to
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jillian Hart
Jillian grew up on her family’s homestead on Washington state, near Carnation, Washington, where she raised cattle to pay for her college tuition, rode horses through the pristine foothills of the Cascade Mountain range and scribbled stories in her spare time.
After earning an English degree from Whitman College (what better way to go through college than to constantly read books?), she traveled, worked in advertising, taught Sunday school and volunteered before becoming a writer.
When she’s not hard at work on her next story, Jillian can be found chatting with a friend, stopping for a café mocha with a book in hand, and spending quiet evenings at home with her family.
Jillian’s most recent series The McPhee Clan has a new installment coming next month but while you wait, the Prequel, Then Came You is only $.99 on AMAZON!
When Gil Blackburn finds beautiful Maebry O’Riley in need of assistance, it’s his duty to come to her aid–even if he’s only pretending to be her beau and rescuing her from the unwanted advances of Lawrence Latimer. Gil’s been sweet on Maebry ever since he stepped foot on the Rocking M Ranch, and his feelings are only getting stronger. When he looks at her, he sees forever. He doesn’t want to pretend to be her beau. He wants the real thing. Maebry O’Riley wishes she wasn’t carrying a torch for handsome Gil. There’s something about him that makes her heart beat a lot faster. His good humor and manly, easy-going nature could capture her heart if she let it. He makes her long for a real future as his wife, but he is a dream that can never be hers. She isn’t free to love anyone, even a good man like Gil. This is a sweet historical.
From New York Times Best Selling Author Ava Catori has started a NEW series: The Dating Daisies
Tornado Allie: Book 1 of Dating Daisies
Allie Cramer is a spirited whirlwind with a zest for life. Unfortunately, a path of destruction follows wherever this twister goes. Things sort of…just happen when she’s around.
Dr. Todd is both charming and handsome, but he has big ambitions for his career and they don’t include love. When Allie spins into his life, he can’t get the flighty, clumsy girl out of his head, leaving him with questions he’s not prepared to answer.
As their worlds collide, neither will be the same. Can they navigate their way through a vortex of compromise and find love? Or will Tornado Allie strike again and send them blowing in two different directions? Warning: Buckle up, you’re in for a bumpy ride with a twist of fun, a splash of laughter, and a dose of good loving that will have you cheering them on to a happily ever after.
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MEET NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Elegant and graceful have never been words to describe me. I’m the girl bumping into walls, while coming up with the right phrase for a story. Tripping over one of my three dogs is a regular occurrence, or being used as a piece of furniture by my cat. Thankfully, being blessed with a good sense of humor, I manage!
Writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. After working at everything from being a 9-1-1 operator to a bartender, to working at a spa, and there was that one stint at the…well, never mind.
One day I sat down and realized it was time to follow my dream and write.
Once I started, I couldn’t stop. Writing is similar to breathing to me, it’s just a part of who I am. I’m blessed to be able to do something I love. Spending my days with my dogs and cat, plucking out words is a dream come true.
I’m the mother of two grown boys, and happily married to a patient man who graciously laughs at my silly jokes, even though my kids tell me I’m not funny. They are apparently wrong.
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Have you met Debra Parmley? Well now’s your chance. Get to know this dynamic author and poet as she sits down to chat with Gliterary Girl Media.
Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Springfield, OH, Debra has lived in the Memphis, TN area since 1997. She attended Marywood University in Scranton, PA and was the first student to win first place in two categories of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Beta Epsilon Chapter writing competition, in creative prose and in informal expository. Her poetry was published in literary journals while attending college. She holds a BA in English Literature. Debra has traveled extensively and her first short story, published in the anthology More Monsters From Memphis, was a finalist in the Darrell Awards for best Mid-South short story. Her first novel, A Desperate Journey, a western historical romance, was a finalist in the Bobbi Smith Creative Writing Challenge. When not writing, Debra enjoys dancing, primitive archery and medieval reenactment, yoga and traveling. For Debra, writing is about joy. The joy of creation and the joy of connecting with her readers. It is one of her greatest pleasures to hear from her readers.
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Gliterary Girl wanted to get you details
GG:When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Debra: When I was in elementary school I can remember telling my best friend that maybe I would write a book some day.
GG: Were books a big part of your life growing up? If so, what books would you say influenced you most as a child?
Debra: Growing up I was surrounded by books and there was always someone to read to me. Grandparents, parents. I was a lucky child to be read to so much. I have a very worn out copy of Favorite Poems Old And New Selected for boys and girls by Helen Ferris, Doubleday 1957 that my grandmother read to me. There are over five hundred poems in that volume, many of which are story poems. When I was old enough to read, I devoured books. All the Nancy Drew series, Anne of Green Gables, folk tales and fairy tales such as Hans Christian Anderson and Grimms. All influenced me as a child and many more.
GG: What drew you to write a 1920’s romance revolving around Al Capone and his gang visitng Hot Springs, AR?
Debra: It was a visit to Hot Springs several years ago when we stayed in the Arlington Hotel where Al Capone used to stay. He would rent the whole fourth floor. Hot Springs was a town where gangsters would go on vacation, lay their guns down and party while making back room deals. It’s a fascinating slice of 1920’s life and visiting there today you can imagine yourself back in that time because so much has been preserved. You can take the hot baths at the Arlington in the same setting they once did. The story people just came to me out of the blue while enjoying one of those baths, the first time I visited and they waited patiently (or sometimes not so patiently) until I was able to write their story in Trapping the Butterfly.
GG: Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?
Debra: Bethany, from Trapping the Butterfly, is my favorite so far because she is my youngest, seventeen turning eighteen and wanting to spread her wings into the world and to be more independent.
GG:What about your books? Do you have a favorite? What about it do you love?
Debra: Trapping the Butterfly is my favorite of all my published books because it is set in the 1920’s and has flappers and gangsters and the fashions and dances of that time period. It’s a time period I always wanted to write in and Hot Springs AR is a wonderful place to visit and take the hot baths. It really is like stepping back in time.
GG:Is there anything you’d like to pass on to your readers?
Debra: That I love hearing from them. It means a lot to me when one of my readers takes the time to write me or to write a review or even give a rating to one of my books. There are so many things to spend our time on, I feel honored when a reader shares their valuable time to respond to one of my stories.
Bethany is celebrating her eighteenth birthday in Hot Springs. If her aunt and uncle have their way she will return engaged. Her life has been controlled, from the clothes she wears to the food she eats. But she plans to cut off her long hair like other girls and to fly free.
Paul chased butterflies when he was young. Now he chases gangsters. Bethany captures his interest like a butterfly. But two other men have determined to catch her and one is a dangerous gangster. Will she exit her cocoon, find strength and fly free or be trapped?
Praise For Trapping the Butterfly
[su_quote]Debra Parmley captured the feel and nostalgia of the roaring 20s along with the mystery and thrill of Al Capone and his gang. Her characters are realistic and relatable even for the age. The coming of age love story is sweet and believable. [/su_quote]
[su_quote]I imagined at anytime I would hear the jazz music coming from one of the many dance houses or see a dark windowed car drive slowly down the boulevard and wonder which gangster was headed to Oaklawn to play the ponies.[/su_quote]
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Lillian Hayes’ fiance, Thomas Shelton, convinced the townsfolk to exchange their gold for his worthless bank notes. After he disappears with the gold, every eye turns to Lillian for answers. Even her cousin Carl insists she knows where the gold is. He is desperate to find it because he is deeply indebted to Kingston, small town criminal and owner of the local saloon. Carl will do anything to clear his debt; even torture Lillian for answers. Nick Brace is driving a herd of horses to town when he stumbles across Lillian, branded, strung up over a mineshaft, and left to die. He saves her, tends to her wounds, and teaches her to shoot to protect herself. But the danger isn’t past. When Nick’s horse-trading deal with Kingston goes bad, Lillian races to be the one to savehim this time.
Praise For Dangerous Ties
[su_quote]Thoroughly enjoyed it!! A great read. I could not put it down. Looking forward to reading the next Debra Parmley book![/su_quote]
[su_quote]I started this book, intending to read it over the course of a long vacation weekend. I got into it, and spent the enitre night reading it all the way through![/su_quote]
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Who is Author Chris Karlsen?
She was born and raised in Chicago. Her father was a history professor and her mother was, and is, a voracious reader. She grew up with a love of history and books. Her parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto her. She wanted to see the places she read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated her. She’s had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. She is also a retired police detective who spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. Her desire to write came in her early teens. After she retired, she decided to pursue that dream. She writes two different series. Her paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. Her romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters. She currently live in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.
Get To Know and Love Chris Karlsen:
GG: Who is the fabulous Chris Karlsen?
Karlsen: I worked as a cop for 25 years. I started with Chicago P.D when women were first hired to work patrol in the mid 1970’s. The order came from the Federal Courts so you can imagine how male officers felt about us. Overcoming the resentment obstacles was difficult to say the least. After three years there, I went to Southern California agency. *Just to clarify, law enforcement wasn’t my career goal job but one of the few jobs in those days that paid the same for women as men doing the same work. I’m often asked about becoming a famous writer and is that my goal. The agency I worked for brought me in contact with many folks in the entertainment industry. Fame is overrated IMO. The financial gain is the upside to me, but the expectation level for all you do is pressure I wouldn’t care to deal with. I’ve seen it change a lot of people and not always in a good way. I have a decent pension, a good life, a happy marriage. What we can’t afford, we save for. That’s the way I grew up and I don’t feel bad because instant gratification isn’t ours to have. Fame isn’t in the equation.
GG: What is writing about for you? Why did you decide to go that route? You’re indie published, do you love it?
Karlsen: For several years, I tried to get “traditional” publishers interested in a couple of my stories. Then I hit an age where I decided to stop beating me head against the NY wall. I just wanted to get my books out there and hoped they’d find an audience who enjoyed the stories. My good friend started a small, indie publishing company. She read two of my books and asked if I’d be willing to give her company a chance to put them out. I said yes and haven’t looked back. She gives me a lot of say in my covers, my trailers and the overall handling of my books. Freedom I doubt I’d have with a NY publisher. The trade-off was limited exposure compared to what I might receive with Avon or Random House etc. I also don’t have editors breathing down my neck with deadlines or requests to write stories they want to market but I might not want to write. I’m a slow writer. I don’t need the aggravation and pressure.
GG: What is your dream for your work?
Karlsen: If I have one dream, a big dream for my career, it would be for Hollywood to take an interest in one of my series. I’d love to see a movie of the week or television series of the books. What fun. THAT would have me crowing like a peacock.
GG: You grew up being immersed in History and History is very prominent in your work. Could you tell me a little bit about how that process works for you, how you pick and choose what to use and what not to?
Karlsen: I like to build a story around events, concepts, or persons who interest me, most often historical in nature. Or, if a single event is not the basis then I put the characters in a timeframe that intrigues me. I grew up loving medieval English history so I use the Battle of Poitiers (one of the greatest victories in English history) as the focal or start point for three of my stories. Involved in that battle was a true example of knighthood at its best (at least I choose to think so), The Black Prince, or as he was known to the court: Edward of Woodstock. He was the oldest son of Edward the Third and said to be brilliant on the battlefield, charming and intelligent off. He died of dysentery before inheriting the throne. I’ve often wondered how things might’ve been different had he been able to succeed his father. I made the prince a friend of my heroes.
GG: History is just one of themes of your work; you seem to have a lot of varied interests. How have some of your other interests made their way into your work?
Karlsen: My books from my romantic thriller series center around nautical archaeology, which I find fascinating. If I could go back in time to my college days, I just might choose to follow that path rather than take the safe one and get a business degree. I am particularly taken with the Trojan War and how it has been presented throughout history. I had a different spin and used my controversial ideas as the basis for one of my heroine’s theories.
GG: WE love all you have released thus far but we’re anxious for more … could I get you to spill a little about what you’re working on now?
Karlsen: Well currently, I have begun what I hope will be a new series. It is set in Victorian England and the protagonist is an Inspector with London Metropolitan Police. This is not a romance series so I am taking a chance that readers of my other series will be accepting of my crossing over into the historical-suspense/mystery genre. *AND, no he does not get involved in the Jack the Ripper murders. I’ll leave that to Ripperologists.
GG: Historical novels are some of my favs. Yours have a unique spin that makes them even more entertaining. Where did the ideas for those special elements come from?
Karlsen: I assume we’re talking about the time traveling … Time travel and reincarnation were common topics of conversation at the dinner table when I grew up. My parents liked to discuss the various pros and cons. As a result, I developed a healthy interest in the possibilities and used both in my paranormal romance series.
GG: We all know that part of the drive to write comes from the love of reading. Do you have any favorites? Authors that you’d wait in line for at midnight just have a new release?
Karlsen: Oh my, don’t we all. I think I’m going to have to break this down into a bit of a list though, seeing as how picking just one cannot be done. Let me start with Historical, Bernard Cornwell is my fav historical fiction writer. I read everything he does. He writes the best battle scenes. I read a ton of research for my books so when I wrote my battle scenes, I dissected Cornwell’s and also read and reread the actual accounts and used the combo to put my spin on the event.
Because I am a big romance fan and love the books that include humor, Some of my fave authors who do write some pretty funny romances are: Julia Quinn, Julie Anne Long, Deanna Raybourn, Julie Garwood, and occasionally Rachel Gibson. In the 80’s an English author, Jilly Cooper had a great series with tons of humor that involved competitive showjumping and polo players. She drifted away from what first attracted me and I haven’t read her in a long time. And last but definitely not least Lord Of The Rings is a longtime fave which is as good on the reread as the first read. The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay is in my top 2 books. The characterization of the two male protagonists is remarkable. You read the story knowing they must face off eventually and one will die and it is gut wrenching knowledge. I didn’t put it number 1 as I wasn’t overly fond of the female protagonist.
GG: So you read and write historical fiction as well as romance, what is it that draws you to the romance genre?
Karlsen: Well, I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of erotica ( so I don’t think that’s as genre I would venture into) BUT I do enjoy a well written sex scene. Julie Anne Long does wonderful ones. Whenever I’ve written one I wonder if mine are as sensuous and well-crafted as hers.
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Ready for battle, Medieval English knight, Stephen Palmer, charges into the French enemy’s cavalry line. Heeding a warning given months before, he hesitates as he comes face-to-face with the knight in the warning. Struck down in the year 1356, he finds himself landing in the year 2013. Grievously wounded, he’s taken to a nearby hospital. Confused by the new world surrounding him, he attempts to convince the staff he’s from another time, only to find they think him mad. Rescued by friends, who, to his surprise, have also come through time, he must find a way to function in this odd modern England. He is quickly enchanted by the kind Esme Crippen, the young woman hired to tutor him. She too is enchanted by him. Tempted to deepen the relationship, she hesitates thinking him adorable, but mad. He must discover the means for getting her to believe the truth, all the while, unknown to him, he didn’t come forward in time alone. The enemy knight has also traveled to 2013. French noble, Roger Marchand, doesn’t question why the English knight who charged him hesitated. That fraction of a pause gave him the advantage needed and he brought his sword down upon the Englishman’s helmet hard, unhorsing the knight. He moved to finish the Englishman off when the world changed in a rush of sensations as he is ripped through time. Seeking a reason for the terrible event, he enters a nearby chapel. There, thinking God has chosen him for a quest to turn French defeat that day in 1356 to victory, he sets out to find the English knight. The man he is convinced holds the key to time. If he returns to the day of the battle, he can warn his king of mistakes that snatched victory from them.