Farm Fence and Big Sky Saskatchewan

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While visiting Saskatchewan we made a trip out to the old farm. It is the place that my Grandfather received as part of his soldier’s grant after World War I, my father and most of his siblings were born there and where I with my brothers were raised. Grandpa has been gone for a long time now, mom and dad farmed there for almost 40 years before selling and moving to town. This was our first visit back in a while.

Most of the old sheds and granaries that my brothers and I play on and around are gone, as are the old cars that were parked between them. The old barn is just about ready to collapse the passage of time taking its tole.  A new, much young family has taken possession of the acreage round the house, the land sold to a…

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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 16

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Welcome to Day 16 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Mary M Forbes. Catch up with more from Mary in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

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Where is your home town?

In the isolation of Northern Saskatchewan I grew up on a farm, even going to a small country farm school. Think ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and it was similar to the way I grew up. I had my own horse and although we were as poor as the proverbial ‘church mouse’ and couldn’t afford anything, I always felt I was more fortunate than others. They may have a bike – but I had a horse. We also had fantastic meals and could eat as much as we wanted.

How long have you been writing romance?

My attempts in writing went as far back as when…

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A Cursed Goldmine and Greed

Alberta Wild Rose by Mary M. Forbes

Gold fever creates monsters but in the case of the Lost Lemon Mine a curse has been placed on it more dangerous. Alberta Rose O’Neil escapes her mother’s control to visit her father in the west. Not superstitious, she doesn’t believe in the curse. She joins a group to find the legendary mine and sees the evilness reigning at the site.

From a sheltered upbringing to confronting the dangers of life, she must learn how to survive in chaos as well as the realities that exist in her new life.

She discovers Dale, their guide, is not her Knight in Shining Armor as she believed. But can she find the strength to resist his potent charm?  Available on Amazon.

A Canadian Legend

Flat prairies give way to rolling foothills with mysterious mountains looming up.  White capped and covered in hazy blue, the mountains hide secrets that are tangible in the air.  Canada is considered to be a new, vibrant country, but there are many unexplained complexities in those shadowy mountains especially. Searching for gold has always created men and women who lose sight of right and wrong. The obsession of gold brings out the best and worst in many.

The Canadian Blue Rockies have gold, hidden and often difficult to find.  Much of the gold hasn’t been discovered even today. Somewhere in the Canadian Rockies, in or around Crowsnest Pass in Southern Alberta there is rumored to be more gold than was found in the Klondike of the Yukon.

Two men, Blackjack and Jack Lemon, found gold and decided to go register their claim before someone else found it.  Jack was struck with gold-fever and didn’t want to share.  In a fit of greed, Jack killed his partner, splitting him open with his ax.

Two Indian braves, from the Blackfoot tribe of Southern Alberta, witnessed the gruesome killing. They rushed back to tell their chief.  The Chief placed a curse on the gold. ‘Whoever touches the gold will suffer dire consequences’.

Jack Lemon became crazy, wandering around the foothills, searching for the mine. Others searched and fought to gain possession of Jack’s map. They too were found dead, burned to death or driven mad. To this day, no one has found that gold in the Lost Lemon Mine and lived to tell the story.

Alberta Wild Rose: first a romance, starts with a group trying to find this legendary mine.  Alberta Rose O’Neil escapes her mother’s control to visit her father in the west. Not superstitious, she doesn’t believe in the curse. She joins a group to find the legendary mine and sees the evilness reigning at the site.

From a sheltered upbringing to confronting the dangers of life, she must learn how to survive in chaos as well as the realities that exist. She discovers Dale, their guide, is not her Knight in Shining Armor as she believed. But can she find the strength to resist his potent charm?

Mary M. Forbes: – raised in the middle of nowhere, Saskatchewan, has traveled extensively all over North America.  She has chosen Calgary, the New West, in Alberta as her home.  She has written two contemporary and three Historical romances.  Working on two more contemporary romances that she plans to have out by June of 2015, she is also working on an inspirational suspense – Seraphim.

Misconceptions #MFRWAuthors

Join our other authors who joined in on this blog hop to discover new ideas and new books to read and enjoy.logo-book-hooks

 

FabioIt is said people often judge a book by its’ cover. That can apply to people as well. But is it right? Should we do that? And because times change can such a broad statement be made and stand the tides of time?  I remember when all book covers of the romance genre seemed to have Fabio on their cover.  Now Fabio was nice to look at – but did all romantic heroes look the same?  Do we have misconceptions (conditioned ideas of what a beautiful person is like).

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” ― Leo TolstoyThe Kreutzer Sonata Tolstoy helped create the idea for Never Pick a Pretty Girl. I would change one word in his quote – “It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is shallow.” for today’s world.

I started writing Never Pick a Pretty Woman with a lot of preconceived ideas of what beautiful people are like and revealed another well-known saying – things are not always what they seem.  Beautiful people have problems too.

Disillusioned with love, career and life in general, Sophie Donnelly retreats to her childhood home.  Back in Crystal Ridge her plan is disrupted by the man next door.  Her senses are assaulted by the ruggedly handsome, hard-working Jake.  How can she convince him she is not just another pretty woman?

Jake McCallum wanted Sophie in high school.  Sophie all grown stirs his heart.  But he has decided he needs a plain, practical gal who can help run his ranch.  Sophie is too pretty to be practical.  His head says so.  Which will he follow?  His head or his heart?

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Character Meme Blog Hop

Thank you CarmenStefanescu for asking me to join this exciting blog hop.  Carmen writes very interesting paranormal romance and is from the mysterious country of Romania.

My latest project, which I hope to have completed by the end of the year is Sophisticated Cowboy, the second book in my Crystal Ridge Sweet Romance series.  Sophisticated Cowboy Cover

 1)  – What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?  Dominic Reynolds is a fictional character who grew up in poverty and became a superstar NHL hockey player.

 2) When and where is the story set?  The story is set in present day in a fictional town outside Calgary, Alberta in a ranching community

3) What should we know about him/her?  Although he doesn’t show it on the surface he is insecure and defensive, remembering his childhood.  He is somewhat cynical because many of the people  who previously wouldn’t want to give him the time of day now want his attention.

 4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?  Dominic is attracted to Brooke Sawyer, a newcomer to Crystal Ridge, but she avoids him like the plague.  He doesn’t know why and he doesn’t know what to do now.  Still relatively young he is getting too old to play hockey and has some knee issues with his legs.

 5) What is the personal goal of the character? To settle down in Crystal Ridge and raise a family.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? The title is Sophisticated Cowboy.  You can learn more on my website – under Books in Progress.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?  I hope to have this ready by Christmas, 2014.

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Discovering Your Peaceful Place

Banff, Alberta is a busy town set in Canada’s first National Park.  With busy shops, restaurants, hotels and many tourist attractions it wouldn’t be a first pick for a ‘peaceful’ place.

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a downtown view of shops in Banff

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The sight of the Banff Springs, (Canadian Pacific Railroad Hotel) is impressive but not peaceful.

If you drive a little further, behind the Hotel and you will discover the beauty and stillness of the Bow River Falls.  The sound of running water and the pristine beauty of the forests surrounding the river bring peace if you listen.

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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 5

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I read Shadows of the Past and enjoyed it very much. Carmen is a great up and coming author.

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Welcome to Day 5 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Carmen Stefanescu. Catch up with more from Carmen in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

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Where is your home town?

Braila is my home town. Situated on the banks of the river Danube, in Romania, East Europe. Funny thing is that many people know my country better as Dracula’s country.

How long have you been writing romance?

Well, difficult to say. Starting with 2002 when I wrote Shadows of the Past. But writing, in general, started way back. With poetry in fact.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Paranormal. No vampires, though. Ghosts, reincarnation, past life regression and everything connected to these.

Why are Anne and Neil taking a break?

Human weakness leads Neil in the arms of Anne’s associate and friend, Gillian, or so…

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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 2

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Welcome to Day 2 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Sonya Loveday. Catch up with more from Sonya in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

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Where is your home town?

I was born in Presque Isle, Maine. I lived there for 10 years until we moved to Chicopee, Massachusetts for a brief 15 month period. St. Cloud, Florida is where I’ve spent the majority of my life.

How long have you been writing romance?

The Summer I Fell is the first NA/Contemporary romance that I’ve written to date. My other books are considered paranormal romance.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Honestly I don’t have a ‘favorite’ because there are so many great sub-genre’s out there!

Tell us about Riley’s childhood

A good majority of Riley’s life it’s just her and her dad. It’s a good thing her…

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CWO – Weather Observing – Back to Work

Although the airport where I worked was tiny, it was also crucial to the area.  Set in the heavily treed slopes of the Cascade mountains there are often many forest fires.  The airport was helpful for those helicopters who fight the fires to fuel up without flying to a larger center.

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The offices were a little building, with my instruments to judge and help determine the weather.  The most important is the Sea Level pressure.  I keep thinking of ‘Die Hard’ where the bad guys were giving planes the wrong information so they crashed.  The airport is about 2-3 miles outside the little town.  I started worrying I wasn’t giving the right information.  The CB’s that float around in the air, creating havoc are a problem too.  Pilots must avoid those, especially small planes.  The wind inside these clouds are above tornado speeds and lightening comes from them.  We learned there was one small plane that survived, flying through a CB,but that rarely happens.

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But mainly I watched the deer and bear playing in the peaceful setting.

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Romancing September Across the World Tour

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The launch of the Romancing September Across The World Tour.
 
 
How this works: – . Rosie Amber will post the first post of each day between 7 am and 8 am UK time.
 
Stephanie Hurt will post the second post of the day around 8 am Eastern time USA?
Posts will also be linked to Twitter, Facebook, Google +
 
A list of all our Romance authors who are taking part in the tour.

Sept 1st – Caroline Storer – The Roman

Sept 2nd – Sonya Loveday – The Summer I Fell

Sept 3rd – Terry Tyler – Round and Round

Sept 4th – Lizzie Lamb – Boot Camp Bride

Sept 5th – Carmen Stefanescu – Shadows Of The Past

Sept 6th – Jill Steeples – Lets’ Call The Whole Thing Off

Sept 7th – V. Steele – As My Heart Beats – Beckoning

Sept 8th – Cecily Gates – An Imaginary House By The Sea

Sept 9th – Debbie Peterson – Spirit of the Knight

Sept 10th – June Kearns – The 20’s Girl. The Ghost And All That Jazz

Sept 11th – Pamela Beckford – Love: Lost And Found

Sept 12th – Adrienne Vaughan – The Hollow Heart

Sept 13th – D.E.L Connor – Spirit Warriors: The Concealing

Sept 14th – Jane Godman – Echoes In The Darkness

Sept 15th – Laura E James – FollowMe, Follow You

Sept 16th – Mary M Forbes – One Dance With A Stranger

Sept 17th – Monica La Porta – The Lost Centurion

Sept 18th – E.L. Lindley – Dare To Lose

Sept 19th – Nicky Wells – Fallen For Rock

Sept 20th – Susan Buchanan – The Dating Game

Sept 21st – Nic Tatano – It Girl

Sept 22nd – Lynn Montagano – Catch My Breath

Sept 23rd – Mandy Baggot – Made In Nashville

Sept 24th – Georgina Troy – A Jersey Affair

Sept 25th – Michelle Betham – Striker

Sept 26th – Dani-Lyn Alexander – Anonymous

Sept 27th – Romy Sommer – To Catch A Star

Sept 28th – Liz Everly – Like Honey

Sept 29th – Rae Rivers – The Keepers:Declan

Sept 30th – Jane Linfoot – High Heels and Bicycle Wheels

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