A #visit with #author Anita Kidesu; #WildRosePress

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Last year I was part of a collection of Valentine’s Day novellas for the Wild Rose Press titled THE CANDY HEART ROMANCE SERIES. There were over 40 WRP authors represented in that collection, one of them, ANITA KIDESU, my guest today.  Anita is one of the rare – and for me enviable, writers who have a dual personality – she not only writes in several genres, but she does it under two names ( love that!) She’s got a new Wild Press Release out that’s a sequel to her Candy Heart’s Book, Surprise Me, SURPRISE ME AGAIN. After the interview, there’s a little gift for you all in the form of an exclusive excerpt – and believe me: you’ll want to read the book after the excerpt! Here’s Tina:

Anita Kidesu, The Writer

What drives you to write: I’m not sure, I just know that if I…

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A Train Ride, a Rodeo, a Ghost Tour, and a Book Signing!

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Where else can you take an 1880s Train Ride through the Black Hills…

1880s Train RideAttend a PRC Rodeo in Deadwood…

PRC Rodeo DeadwoodSee Mount Rushmore…

Mount RushmoreSee a Ghost (and get your fill of amazing appetizers!)

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…and see more ghosts in an historic cemetery…

Bullock Hotel DeadwoodHead out on a Pub Crawl…

Deadwood Pub CrawlAnd get books signed by 50 of your Favorite Authors!

Wild Deadwood Reads Book SigningWild Deadwood Reads! Reader Registration is only $5 in advance, which allows you to sign up for all the weekend events, some of which are FREE!

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…Then Come Have Fun in Deadwood this Summer!
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Release Day for The Soul Mate Tree Book #2 – Can’t Stop the Music.

cant-stop-the-music_002_830x1250Today marks the release of book #2 in The Soul Mate Tree Collective. This one, Can’t Stop the Music, is by the husband and wife team of CD Hersh – Catherine and Donald Hersh.

Tagline: Woodstock connected them. Misunderstandings separated them.

Buy Link for Can’t Stop the Music: https://amzn.com/B01N9RDN96/

Buy Link for the four books released or up for pre-order: https://tinyurl.com/SoulMateTree

How did you come up with the idea for Can’t Stop the Music?  When the first email came inquiring of our interest in this project, we began brainstorming ideas before we knew the particulars. We came up with a story line that ultimately had to be scrapped, for the moment, because it had no tree in it. So, it was back to the drawing board.

A short while later, while watching a commercial on TV, Donald came up with a new inspiration. He approached Catherine with the statement, “I have it. We should set the story in Woodstock.” Catherine looked at him and said, “Whaaat?” Woodstock was not where she expected him to go. He’s not a fan of rock-n-roll music. When Donald explained where he got the idea, Catherine was copasetic with the plot because she likes rock-n-roll.

The story’s concept came from a commercial for a car company. We can’t remember which one, probably because when we think about the commercial now all we can envision is our novella Can’t Stop The Music. The essence of the commercial is a grandma and granddaughter searching for the tree under which grandma and grandpa met. When they find it, they, and the child’s parents, hug the tree. The closing scene of the commercial shows the family leaving the area in a car and passing a sign that said Woodstock. The jump from a tree at Woodstock to the magical Soul Mate Tree at Woodstock was a groovy choice for us.  The rest is a nostalgia romance, at least as told in Can’t Stop The Music.

Blurb:   College senior and hippie wannabe Rosemary—Rose for short—has a teaching job within her grasp, but she wants more. She wants love, the kind of love that has bound her parents for so many years. When she’s dumped by her current boyfriend because her morals can’t bring her to give into free love, she finds herself at Woodstock in the middle of the biggest free-love, music festival of the 60s. Alone, again. That is until a magical tree grants her wish and she finds the man of her dreams—and loses him before she really knows who he is.

Dakota meets the girl of his dreams at Woodstock, but a jealous wannabe girlfriend drives them apart before he can discover Rose’s last name and where she comes from. After he sees a disappearing tree that promises him true love, a frantic search to find Rose comes up empty-handed.

Magic and music brings them together at Woodstock 1969. Misunderstandings tear them apart. Will two flower children find one another again, or live lives of missed opportunities?

 

It isn’t everyday that a husband and wife team up to write romance. Tell us a little about yourselves.

C.D. Hersh–Two hearts creating everlasting love stories.

Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. We’ve written separately since we were teenagers and discovered our unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, we believe in true love and happily ever after.

The books of our paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon.  We also have a short Christmas story, Kissing Santa, in a Christmas anthology titled Sizzle in the Snow: Soul Mate Christmas Collection, with seven other authors.

We are looking forward to many years of co-authoring and book sales, and a lifetime of happily-ever-after endings on the page and in real life.

Where you can find Catherine and Donald:

Website: https://cdhersh.wordpress.com/

Soul Mate Publishing: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cdhershauthor

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/cdhersh

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCDHersh

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/CDHersh

 

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May Your Glass Be Ever Half Full . . .

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C.D. Hersh joins me today with non-alcoholic drink recipes and a collection of winter romance stories.

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Mock Cranberry Sangria
For each 8-ounce champagne glass you need:

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¼ cup brewed Hibiscus Watermelon tea (we use Republic of Tea brand)
⅛ cup brewed Chamomile honey and vanilla tea (we use Twinings brand)
Sparking apple cider
1 rounded tbsp. jellied cranberry sauce (smooth or whole berry)
Fresh fruits (grapes, whole cranberries, pineapple chunks, peeled sliced star fruit, or peeled kiwi—or fruits of your choice)
Short skewer or sizzle stick

Thread fruits on a skewer or swizzle stick and set aside.

Pour teas and cranberry sauce in the glass. Mix until sauce is dissolved. Fill glass with sparkling apple cider. Enjoy!

Mock Champagne 

Cork Shot Out From a Bottle of Champagne

For each 8-ounce champagne glass you need:
 
¼ cup white grape juice
⅛ cup Chamomile tea
ginger ale, regular or diet
star fruit
fresh cranberries

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The Soul Mate Tree Blooms

Today is the beginning of a new project for Soul Mate Publishing with the release of the first of thirteen books in The Soul Mate Tree Collective, Realm of the Dragon, by CiCi Cordelia. I’m pleased to have them on my blog today to kick off this project. Each month, through January of 2018, I will post the next book on their release day. I’m also looking forward to reading the authors’ takes on The Soul Mate Tree.

I was contacted last year to be part of this collective, and jumped at the chance. My book, The Trail to Love, will be released in April. But today is about The Realm of the Dragon, written by the two editors who created this idea.

Cheryl created a trailer for The Soul Mate Tree. To view all the covers go to:

Now, I’ll let them tell the story. Welcome, Char and Cheryl.

Thank you for hosting us today to discuss our new release, Realm of the Dragon by CiCi Cordelia, Book One of The Soul Mate Tree Series. CiCi is the pen name BFFs Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko. We’re both multi-published authors and Senior Acquiring Editors for Soul Mate Publishing. We share a love of well-written stories infused with our favorite romantic genres: paranormal, suspense, and erotica. We are both fans of Alpha Men and the women they’d lay down their lives for.

The Soul Mate Tree is our flagship series. When we presented the idea to Soul Mate Owner and Senior Editor Debby Gilbert, she fell in love with the premise and gave it her professional blessing. The Legend of the Soul Mate Tree is a multi-author effort, with one book release per month, starting in January 2017 and running through January 2018. If all goes well, Char and I plan to do more fun projects, and have some ideas in mind. We already have authors asking us about our next project. Fun!

Once we set everything in motion among our authors and culled interest from a dozen interested writers, the project took on a life of its own. Our cover artist, Wren Taylor, is a miracle worker, and created the most amazing cover art, branding the project wonderfully. Then we needed a hook for our project, and since Char used to write poetry, she collected the physical attributes and magical abilities of the tree, items we had already decided upon, and sketched out a poem.

Together, we polished it up, and ‘The Legend of the Soul Mate Tree’ was born:

I am old, I am ancient, my purpose is clear

To give those who are needy a treasure so dear.

They who come to my roots, touch my bark, stroke my leaves

Find the soul of their lives if they but believe.

When I call and you listen, your prize will be great

If your heart remains open and you don’t hesitate.

Do you yearn? Be you lonely? Is your time yet at hand?

Reach for me and I’ll give to you. I’m yours to command.

For your trust, for your faith, keep my secrets untold

And I’ll gift you forever, to have and to hold.

An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds. To some, it’s nothing more than a dream. To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.

 For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.

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Link to Realm of the Dragon:

www.amazon.com/Realm-Dragon-Soul-Mate-Tree-ebook/dp/B01N7GYVBT

Blurb: For sheltered Lily Kiers, it’s all too real. Her escape from danger, straight into the arms of her destiny.

Thrust into a realm made of fantasy and unbridled passion, Lily faces violent resentment and jealousy from extremely powerful enemies. Amidst fierce creatures whose very existence defy all common sense, Lily pieces together a past she could never have imagined.

Claimed by Kord, Prince of Battle Draconian, their love will not be denied, even as malevolent forces plot to rip them apart.

Trailer for Realm of the Dragon: https://youtu.be/YKFSkLDKpP4

Excerpt: “I won’t hurt you.” The dragon’s powerful voice held a soothing quality. Then it ruined the moment by leaning down to sniff her. “Mmm. You smell like apples and honey.” To her amazement, that long, forked tongue re-emerged and flicked gently along her neck. Its texture felt incongruously like velvet.

Lily managed to bite back a hysterical shriek even as her lower lip trembled. She clamped it between her teeth to steady it, before venturing, “A-Are you going to eat me?”

Every muscle and bone in her body hurt. Her world had upended itself. Beyond exhausted, she longed for this nightmare to end.

If a dragon could frown, then this dragon was definitely frowning. Its fierce expression sent additional shudders through her, and she fully expected those massive jaws to come for her at any moment.

As hard as she struggled for calm, tears leaked from her eyes when he raised long, sharp claws and reached for her. Too frightened to move, she turned her head away. The thrumming of her heart pounded through her entire body as she waited for the sharp talons to slash into her. Instead, the dragon carefully nudged her cheek until she was forced to raise her face and meet its magnetic stare.

“I said I wouldn’t hurt you.” Then slowly and gently the creature unfurled its tail, the very tip pressing against her lower back as if encouraging her to gain her feet, and held her steady until she was standing securely on the ground.

Before Lily had a chance to run, there was a bright flash of light, then a shimmering of brilliant colors. Her jaw slackened at the sight of a man standing before her.

An extremely handsome, naked man.

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Char & Cheryl can be found at:

CiCi Cordelia, Writing From The Heart: www.amazon.com/Cici-Cordelia/e/B01AJ5EM90

www.facebook.com/HeartfeltRomance

Cheryl Yeko, Where Love Always Wins:
Website: http://www.cherylyeko.com/
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/qzsks8q
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectingRose
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cherylyeko
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/cyeko/boards/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5406425.Cheryl_Yeko

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjitsNVe3r5oq5kMKM3zA49z083bjXYi5

Char Chaffin, Falling In Love is Only the Beginning:
Website: http://char.chaffin.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/char.chaffin
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/pvscu7w
Twitter: http://twitter.com/char_chaffin
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5337737.Char_Chaffin

 

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