December 29, 2012

Shirley Oldridge Loves Good English Mysteries

Born and raised in Yorkshire, in the North of England. Shirley Oldridge entered into the gaming industry, and left the country in the mid-eighties to work in a Bahamas casino, where she met her future ex-husband, and moved to the US, in 1990.
As the mother of two young children, Shirley became appalled with the stories of violence against women and children that were daily newspaper headlines, and flashed nightly on TV screens.  These stories had such a sickening effect on her that Shirley imagined all the grisly things she could personally do to the perpetrators.  She knew she could not possibly be alone in her thoughts.  Other people had to feel the same way as she did.  What would happen if a group of like-minded individuals with thoughts similar to her own actually got together?  Shirley Oldridge pondered this question, and from it came the idea to write a novel, hence, The Support Group was created.

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?

I’ve always liked to tell stories. It would get me into trouble as a young child, get me out of trouble as a young adult, and amuse my friends at parties, and gatherings. I’m that person nobody wants to go to the movies with, because I always guess the ending, or solve the mystery, half way through. My eldest daughter Nikki, told me I’m her least favorite person to go see a movie with, apart from the fact, I pay.
Growing up in England, I was raised on Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes. My favorite television shows were always crime stories and mysteries, like British shows, The Sweeney, and Raffles, or more contemporary American shows like, Columbo, The Rockford Files, or Magnum PI. My father and I would both try to be the first to spot the clues, or pick out the villain.
I love a good whodunit!  I think life is full of them.
Sadly, the awful real life stories brandished across newspaper pages, and flashed across television screens have been my biggest inspiration.  I have always tried to imagine how the victims’ families must be coping with their terrible losses, how a tragic crime committed in a moment, can destroy a lifetime for those left behind, while forgotten by the world in an instant.  

Please Describe your writing environment

My writing environment is actually anywhere I can set up my laptop for an hour or so.  Normally on the patio table in my back yard. 

Do you plan all your Characters out?

I actually just have a basic idea about the character when I start to write.  I don’t really think about their appearance or personality until the story starts to unfold.  Then, after they have reacted, in whichever way they react, to whatever situation they are in, I start to get a mental image of how they look, how they talk, who they are.  Then I go back and add my description.
I realized that one of my characters in The Support Group, had actually nothing descriptive about him at all.  Which worked out for me, because in the second book, A Bitter Pill, I decided to change his ethnicity completely, to enhance his personality further. 


I guess it’s considered Mystery/Suspense. 

Do you write full time?

Wish I did! Waiting for the day I can!  I am actually a dealer, in a very well-known Las Vegas Hotel!  Shh! No names! 

What is your writing process?

I’m definitely a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl.  Very little in my life is outlined and planned.  Why would writing be any different? 

Can you please give us a sneak peak on your latest book?

I’m currently working on the sequel to The Support Group, A Bitter Pill.  When the cop in pursuit of the Support Group members, finds his family being targeted by a serial killer, he enlists the group, who reluctantly agree to help him track and capture the suspect.  

When you have writer’s block?

I just give up! I will normally just jot down an idea of what I want to say, and come back to it when I’ve figured out how to put it into words.  Sometimes I’ll work ahead into future chapters, and then return to the one I’m having difficulty with later. 

Do deadlines help or hinder?

Never actually had one, but would imagine the worst.  I remember back in high school, working into the small hours of the morning to get a paper done that was due the next day!  I don’t think I would like the pressure of finishing an entire novel in a certain time frame. I think it might affect the quality of the work. 

First published work?

The Support Group is my first novel.  It was published in June of 2012, by Oak Tree Press, as a Dark Oak Mystery.

Mentored? Or inspired?

I would have to say my ex-mother-in law, Rose.  My ex-husband had little or no confidence in my ability to write.  He did little to encourage my desire to write a book.  Not out of malice, just a lack of interest.  My mother-in-law however, waited eagerly for each new chapter.  She would give me feedback, and tell me which characters she related with the most.  She actually kept me motivated to finish it.  Thank you Rose!


Award-winning actress Margo Preistley had it all until her daughter is brutally raped and murdered. Margo attempts suicide, but fails and is ordered to attend a support group for families of violent crimes’ victims. After witnessing a random attack, Margo impulsively kills the assailant, only to watch the victim-- her only witness--flee the scene. Unable to legally justify her actions, Margo, and her now-accomplice, Peta, drive away before the police arrive. Luckily, her companion knows someone within The Support Group who can help them. Soon they realize that – collectively -- they have the means necessary to rectify any situation…

December 22, 2012

Visit New Zealand with ex-Royal NZ Navy, Anne Ashby


Anne Ashby is a contemporary traditional/sweet author from New Zealand, published with The Wild Rose Press. She grew up in a very small coastal town in Southland, New Zealand’s southern-most province. An eagerness to travel, fostered by her mother, led Anne to join the Royal NZ Navy where she enjoyed a very satisfying career. Anne has been fortunate to have travelled extensively and lived in Singapore and Maryland USA. She began writing contemporary romances when her youngest child started school. She enjoy including family issues, genealogy, rugby and/or snippets from her past military life in her stories. Anne realised her very own dream of bringing something of her beautiful country to romance readers everywhere, so New Zealand always features in her stories, normally as the setting. When not reading or writing, she finds plenty to occupy her time with family commitments. Anne Ashby currently lives in Auckland with her husband and two of their four children. 

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Hi, I’m a contemporary writer of sweet-sensual romance published with The Wild Rose Press. I currently live in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city but I was born in our country’s most southern province, Southland. I was raised in a little coastal township with about 5o permanent residents so I consider myself a country girl at heart. I live with my husband and youngest son. Our daughter and two other sons have all flown the nest. I have four little grandchildren and they’re the light of my life.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I try to plan them beforehand but that never works too well. I’m definitely a pantser rather than a planner but for every new story I decide I’m going to plan properly before I begin. But it just never happens. My programming sheet of paper lies in front of me with huge empty squares where details of action are supposed to be. I guess you could say I have an outline of who the characters are and what they’re searching for, but the nitty gritty details sort of develop alongside the story. I find they change dramatically and often unexpectedly as I progress. I have had to go back and re-write portions of my stories that no longer ‘fit’ because of these changes.
How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?
Because I’m writing contemporaries and setting them in New Zealand (or if in USA, in places I know well) research doesn’t take up too much of my time. Although there are still instances where it is necessary. In “Wilderness Liaison” I did quite a bit of reading about tramping tracks around NZ. I wanted the setting to be in a generic bush so needed more than what I’d gleaned from the tracks I’d tramped myself.
What main genre do you write in?
I write sweet contemporaries, although my publisher insisted my most recent release needed to be termed “sensual” because of one scene. I have a by-line on my website “books you can share with your grandmother” and yes, I know there are grandmothers out there who read the raunchiest stories around but my upbringing was pretty conservative so I’m safe thinking my (late) grandmothers would be okay reading what I write.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
“The CEO Gets Her Man” is halfway through the editing process now and yes, I would make a few subtle changes. “Wilderness Liaison” is getting wonderful comments about my portrayal/descriptions of NZ, I wish I had extended my narrative a little more in this new story to include some more colourful scenes of NZ.
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
I’ve been writing full time for almost ten years. Before I began writing I had a career in the Royal NZ Navy which I enjoyed very much, then after retiring to raise our family I owned and ran a vending machine business for about ten years. That was fun, too, but was more than a little dangerous for the waistline.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I don’t have a release date yet for “The CEO Gets Her Man” but expect it will be early 2013.
Debra goes undercover to discover why one of her hotels is unprofitable. Her ham-fisted efforts at waitressing alert her chief suspect - who just happens to be the object of a long ago teenage crush – to her duplicity, but her demand he later pose as her lover will give him the upper hand.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
I’d love to write something a little funnier than I’ve managed to date. I start out thinking a story could be a comedy but my characters end up having so much baggage it’s impossible. But one day I’ll find a couple who will give us a good chuckle.
Is there anyone who really mentored or inspired you to keep writing until you were finally published?
Yes I had an amazing mentor. Without her I don’t think I would ever have achieved success because I would have thrown in the towel long before my first book “Worlds Apart” was published in May 2010. Loree Lough instructed a course I attended in MD and offered to edit my fledgling work. Her knowledge, wisdom and advice proved invaluable but it was her comment “this book will get published” that kept me going for the nine years my manuscript snail mailed around and around the world again, and again, looking for a home. Because of Loree, I never doubted the story’s appeal or my ability to spin a yarn others would like to read. I dedicated “Worlds Apart” to her and will continue to sing her praises to anyone who will listen.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
I love to hear from readers – please contact me via any of these means
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Ø You can find me at:         
Ø The Wild Rose Press:       
Ø Amazon:                
Ø GoodReads:           


The concrete jungle defines financier Shal Gregory, who thrives on the sheer vitality of the fast-paced corporate world. Until he finds himself alone in the thick of the New Zealand bush with a feisty guide who despises everything he stands for.
     Jodie Mathieson's devotion to the wilderness fulfills her. She isn't prepared for an intimate liaison with a man who clearly does not share her love of the great outdoors. When sparks between them ignite Jodie runs.
     Bewildered but determined, Shal tracks Jodie down, resolving to convince her that having differing life goals isn't enough to keep them apart.




December 15, 2012

Christine Warner Takes on Two-Timing in Stilettos 

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I’d love to! First off thank you so much for having me on your blog today J  I live in Michigan with my husband, children, and a rowdy group of furry friends as well as one well used laptop.  I know that all authors say this (almost all…lol) but I’ve wanted to write since I can remember.  Especially after I won a young authors award, and then an essay contest.  When I’m not writing I love taking walks, cooking, reading, playing games, and people watching.  And I’m a huge chocolate and coffee addict and that seems to go hand in hand with my newest addiction…social media!  Facebook and Twitter are awesome!
Please describe your writing environment.
I have a home office, but it’s the size of a shoebox with a small cutout that’s supposed to be a window.  Not very inspiring, even though I painted it sunshine yellow.  I tend to gravitate into the living room.  I like to curl up on my chair and a half and write. Usually my dogs are snoring at my feet and my cats are curled up beside me or behind me.  I have wonderful views from the two huge windows and in the summertime I get a lovely breeze with lots of sounds from nature.  Love it!
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I plan out my characters to a certain point, but have honestly found that as I’m writing I flush out more characteristics and traits than I’d imagined.  I believe as you write your characters grow and develop, so it’d be hard to peg their personalities before I’ve gotten the chance to know them through writing.
What main genre do you write in?
I mainly write contemporary romance because that’s what I started reading and I just love it.  But, I do have a light-hearted romantic suspense out as well titled Some Like it in Handcuffs.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
I’m very lucky in the fact that everyone is very supportive.  I’m also lucky that they read my books too.  LOL..okay, not so much my hubs or my boys, but they are supportive.  But my sister, daughter and my nieces, along with one favorite nephew have read them.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
This is a tough one and probably not an answer you’d expect.  I don’t have a favorite person from history or an author who has passed, but I’d love to have dinner one more time with my mother.  She passed away about 6 years ago and she had a love for trying new restaurants.  My sister, her and I spent many a night out sampling different venues.  I miss our chats and our time together J
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
My goal is to eventually write full time, but for now I work about 30 hours a week in a medical office.  I also run BUY THE BOOK TOURS, a book tour business, with a good friend of mine.  I’m loving it and between that, my family, friends, and writing I’m a pretty lucky lady J
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I don’t have a release date yet, but I do have a book coming out with Entangled Publishing from their Indulgence line. I’m very excited about it.  Bachelor’s Special is a story about a down on her luck chef who’s set up on a blind date with a billionaire businessman.  He offers her the opportunity of helping her get her catering business off the ground if she agrees to be his live in chef for eight weeks.  But he has more on his mind than a helping hand, and their attraction is more than she bargained for.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received seems to change with the wind. I think some valuable advice is to read, read, and read some more to get to know the genre you’re writing in.  I also think finding a critique partner or group is so important.  It’s amazing how having a few critique partners help you’re writing grow and improve.  Each one brings something new to the table.
The worst piece of advice…and this is just me, but I’ve heard several people recommend writing every day, even when you aren’t in the mood.  I’ve tried that and it personally doesn’t work for me.  I generally find that I end up trashing everything I wrote because I wasn’t in the mood and it just didn’t flow.  I do think that you should try and do something writer related each day if you can.  Even if that’s visiting other blogs, or writing blogs, answering interview questions, tweeting about your work or other authors work.  There’s a lot of possibilities.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I love to read contemporary romance and I also LOVE true crime novels.  I promised myself this year I’d venture into other genres and I have.  I’ve read some really good paranormal romances and a couple historicals as well.  I’m glad I’ve expanded my horizons but my true love is contemporary.
I’m going to share a short blurb and short excerpt if that’s okay J Two-Timing the Boss is a contemporary office romance and I had a great time writing it! 

And you can find me at: 

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I love to hear from readers and other authors J 

Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery.  She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed.  Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt.  But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.
     From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants.  She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery.  The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.
     Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less.  But when he meets Farah, all bets are off.  He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer.  Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.


December 8, 2012

Lynn Cahoon Takes Life by the Bull’s Horns
        Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want. She blogs at her website, A Fairy Tale Life.
Lynn isn’t that writer that would tell you they’ve been writing since they found a pencil in the nursery.  Lynn’s life hasn’t been easy, but she’s made the best of bad situations and tried to stay upbeat.  When Lynn tired of making up stories about what could be her life, she made some changes, (like divorce) and started using that imagination to make up real stories, with imaginary people. What Lynn Cahoon used to call day dreaming, she now calls plotting.
Please tell us your latest news!
2012 has been a good year for me.  I’ve signed 6 contracts for manuscripts.  Three of those have released this year. The Bull Rider’s Manager is my most recent release.  I’ve got a second in The Council series in edits along with two new contemporaries.  And I just had my second story published in Woman’s World in November.
2013’s looking great as well.  I’ll be teaching my time management class for NOLA’s conference in March, my chapter’s bringing in Michael Hauge in April, and this summer, I’ll be attending RWA Nationals in Atlanta.  And I’ll have at least three releases. 
Please describe your writing environment.
My husband and I share an office. But I have the big desk…LOL. I’ve got stuff all over the desk, hard to admit, but true.  I have a 32 inch monitor (again, thanks hubby). A file stand to my right, which makes me think I’m organized. A collage with my WIP (work in progress) pictures hidden behind a couple test photos I did of my paranormal cover for A Member of the Council.  And most importantly, a white board with a calendar and a note pad to keep me on track.
What are your hobbies?
Besides working, writing, and sleeping? When I’m not doing one of the above, I love crafting.  And baking.  This winter I’m buying a new sewing machine and taking up quilting again.  I love making something out of scraps – my 70’s retro shining through.  My goal this winter is to make a remembrance quilt out of our old dart league tee shirts.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
One day I couldn’t be at home.  My first marriage was over, but I hadn’t called in the hearse yet.  So, with all that angst bubbling in side of me, I just drove.  When I realized I was a few hours away from the west coast and making the decision by default, I turned around.  The exit off the freeway didn’t have anything except a dirt road heading over a foothill.  I started asking why?  Why was there this exit that didn’t go anywhere?  Did someone live on that dirt road?  When I got home, I sat and wrote out my first short story.  And I was hooked.
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
I don’t write full time.  I wish.  However, both my husband and I know someone has to work for the insurance.  Right now, we’re on a mission to be the one that gets enough income from other sources (like writing) to allow that person to quit.  So, I’m working for a large leasing company in an administrative capacity.  I’ve worked for a social service agency, long term care facilities, as well as a small non-profit as a grant writer. 
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I don’t have a typical writing day.  I plan on writing 7,000 words a week.  That’s 1K a day.  If I’m good, that gets done.  If I feel like I need a break, I’ll probably write less.  Because I work full time, writing has to fit in between the major rocks in my life.  I’ll write first thing in the morning, then write at lunch, and finally, if I don’t have my words in yet, I’ll make another session for more words in the evening which is a great excuse not to do the dishes.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
I have a woman’s fiction idea running through my head.  But I don’t know if I can write it yet.  The good thing is every time I think of it, the plot solidifies just a bit more.  I have a few projects to write first, then I’m digging in.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The best – two pieces.  One was ‘Just finish the book.’ You can’t call yourself a writer until you’ve finished a book.  And once you’re done, that’s when the fun of revisions starts. The other piece of advice is ‘There’s always a lake monster.’ Or in translation, there has to be conflict in the story or why write it?
The worse – get a critique partner.  I can’t write the first draft if I have editors/critiquers in my head while I’m creating.  I stop writing.  When I take my work to my chapter’s critique group, I have to be in revision mode or my playful, writing side just clams up and won’t let me finish the book.  So I don’t ask for critique unless I’m done with the first draft.
Is there anyone who really mentored or inspired you to keep writing until you were finally published?
I do have an accountability partner/friend/mentor. She’s the one who told me to just finish the book.  Actually, she’s said that to me many times over the four years I’ve known her.  She’s generous with her time and I can ask her anything about the publishing business without feeling stupid.  

Barb Carico’s life is all about business. Now that her best friend has tied the knot with her high school sweetheart and Barb’s new partner, she’s busier than ever. Managing Jesse Sullivan’s career and public persona can be a handful. Add in an aging mother who goes through home health nurses like candy, Barb’s hanging on the edge.
Her one salvation? Hunter Martin, prodigal son of Martin Family Dairy and, hopefully, Jesse’s next sponsor. A promise his father had already made before Hunter took over the public relations department. After his brother’s death, Hunter’s become an instant dad to his seven year old niece. More responsibility. For Hunter, the rodeo weekend with Barb is the perfect excuse to relax.
When their dinner turns into drinks and then a quick trip to a Vegas wedding chapel, both Barb and Hunter agree their nuptials were a mistake. A mistake they consummated the next evening. As soon as they’re home, the marriage will be annulled. That’s what they both want. Or at least what they tell themselves.
Upon their return, Hunter finds that distant relatives are suing him for custody of his niece. The only way for him to keep custody is to design a life that matches the promise of a perfect family. For that, he needs Barb to stay married to him. Hunter would give her anything to go along with the charade.
Barb doesn’t know anything about being a wife or mother but she needs one favor. A favor she’ll trade her lifestyle, independence, and even risk her heart to make come true.

December 1, 2012

Oklahoma Author, Callie Hutton, Brings Home a Confederate Soldier

        Callie Hutton has been making up stories since elementary school, and writing gave her a way to turn off the voices in her head. She’s had a number of articles and interviews published over the years, and finally decided to put those writing skills to the test and write novels.
Oklahoma is where Callie hangs her hat with her husband of thirty-six years, two young adult children, and three dogs.
You can catch Callie Hutton hanging out at Facebook, Twitter- @CallieHutton, and her home base, Stop by sometime and say hello.

Please tell us a little about your new release without giving too much of a spoiler away.

When Confederate soldier, Lt. Daniel McCoy makes his escape from a Union prison toward the end of the Civil War, his only thought is to get as far away from enemy territory as possible. But he doesn’t count on saving young widow Rosemarie Wilson’s life from an infected leg wound.
Rosemarie has no use for Rebels soldiers, having lost everything, including her husband, the last time they came to her home. However, Daniel has not only saved her life, but is sticking around to help with the farm and her three children until she recovers.
With Union soldiers searching for him, every day Daniel remains puts him in danger. Or is the beautiful widow who has captured his heart the greater risk? 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?  

The ending. I always find I tend to rush the endings of my books. I’ve built the story, carried everyone along, and now that I know how it ends, I want to get it finished. My hand’s been slapped by my critique partner and editors more than once for that.J
What comes first: the plot or the characters?
Definitely the characters. I’m a panster, so I start off with characters in my mind, a general idea of what the story will be about, and let them take it from there. I’m always surprised at what my characters will do and say, and the direction they’ll take the story. The characters in Daniels’ Desire, though, were easy to work with. They did pretty much what I wanted them to do. 

Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

I usually start with a name, a general idea of what they look like, but I let the story tell me about their personality. I really did try one time to do the ‘character interview’ thing I leaned in a workshop, and I ended up tying myself in knots, so I deleted it, and started my story. 

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example….get coffee, blanket, paper, pen, laptop and a comfy place. 

Not really. I write at work, where I’m alone for five hours dealing with a few customers. With all that down time, my employer allows me to write while I’m there.  

Do your books have a common theme or are they all different? 

I guess the most common theme I have is the heroes. Almost all of my heroes are really nice guys. I have one arrogant hero, but the heroine takes care of that.J I’ve published both contemporary and historical, and I have a series of books in my historical line, which are all set in the late 1800s/early 1900s in the same town of Guthrie, Oklahoma. 

How long does it take you to write and then edit a story? 

Because I can dedicate pretty much five hours, five days a week to writing, I move quickly. I can usually write and edit a book in two to three months.  

How do you go about naming characters? 

When I hear an interesting name, I add it to my growing list of names on my computer. Right now I’m in the process of using my daughter and nieces names for heroines. In Daniels’ Desire, my heroine is named after my oldest niece and goddaughter, Rosemarie (we all call her Roe). The problem I’ll face is most of my stories are historical, and my nieces mostly have ‘modern’ names.  

What so you see for the future of publishing and e-books? 

The growth in e-books is phenomenal. Eventually we‘re going to have an entire generation of readers who only picked up a book in school—and that may change too, with schools putting a lot of information on the internet. With Ipads, Iphones, Kindles, Nooks, etc. I think the explosion of e-books will only grow.  As a reader, I hope print books stay in fashion. I read just about everything on my Kindle now, but I still like to brows a book store on a rainy afternoon. And all my research and writing books are in print. I find it easier to use them that way.
As far as publication goes, I think the publishing houses have to go with the times. Years ago the trains took a big hit because they forgot they were in the transportation business, and thought they were in the train business. Publishers need to remember they’re in the reading business, not just the publishing business. 

What are your current books out right now, and what are the books coming up for release? 

I have three books out in my Oklahoma Lovers series, A Run For Love #1, A Wife by Christmas #2, and A Prescription for Love #3. I also have An Angel in the Mail, Miss Merry’s Christmas, and Daniels Desire in publication. They’re all historical. I have one contemporary novella, Tessa’s Treasures, which is part of the Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll series.

I just received an offer from Entangled Publishing  for my very first full-length Regency, The Elusive Wife, and a pending contract with The Wild Rose Press for Choose Your Heart – a contemporary novella for their Honky Tonk Hearts series.  

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?  

Read. I’m not a TV viewer. I watch a couple of news programs each day, but that’s about it. I like movies, but haven’t been to one in a while. I like to cook, and even though I’m tired of the daily ‘what’s for dinner’ routine, I do like to pull out all the stops and make something fancy and creative once in a while. 

Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers we have not touched on? 

Yes. If you read a book by any author that you really liked, do that author a favor and post a review. Even if it’s a one liner. Just something to let the world know what you thought of his/her work. 

Where can the readers learn more about you and find your books on the web? (Add the web links and buy links here) 

Twitter: @calliehutton


When Confederate soldier, Lt. Daniel McCoy makes his escape from a Union prison toward the end of the Civil War, his only thought is to get as far away from enemy territory as possible. But he doesn’t count on saving young widow Rosemarie Wilson’s life from an infected leg wound.  

Rosemarie has no use for Rebels soldiers, having lost everything, including her husband, the last time they came to her home. However, Daniel has not only saved her life, but is sticking around to help with the farm and her three children until she recovers. 

With Union soldiers searching for him, every day Daniel remains puts him in danger. Or is the beautiful widow who has captured his heart the greater risk?