My Hollywood Years – The Lost Years

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During my break from writing romance and women’s  fiction novels years ago I struck out on my own to try my luck in Hollywood.  I spent several years writing and marketing screenplays without leaving the comfort of the Denver area.

In total I had written 21 screenplays.  Some with my best friend Margie, some with Bob and some with the help and support of the producers of the project.  I miss Margie and well, Bob and I are doing great.  To date one script has been produced and four were contracted for talent such as Shirley Maclaine and Drew Barrymore by producers.  One minor one made it to cable television.

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And my screenplays have won numerous awards at several film festivals including the Houston International Film Festival and the Charleston Film Festival.

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I picked three of the projects, all strong women roles.  Just thought I’d share them.

 

Corner Of The Sky

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During World War II women weren’t allowed to enlist in the military, but they were allowed to fly American built aircraft from the factories to the front lines.  This is the story of a first brave women who risked their lives to do what they loved…to fly.

Fictionalized story based on the real life of Jackie Cochran and her creation of a pre-WASP group of female volunteers who went where no woman had before…into the war zone.

Before the United States joined World War II, Jackie Cochran was part of “Wings for Britain”, an organization that ferried American built aircraft to Britain, becoming the first woman to fly a bomber, (a Lockheed Hudson) across the Atlantic. In Britain, she volunteered her services to the Royal Air Force.  She won five Harman Trophy as the outstanding woman pilot in the world. Sometimes called the “Speed Queen,” at the time of her death, no pilot, man or woman, held more speed, distance or altitude records in aviation history, than Jackie Cochran.

In September 1940, with the war raging throughout Europe, Jackie Cochran wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt to introduce the proposal of starting a women’s flying division in the Army Air Forces. She felt that qualified women pilots could do all of the domestic, noncombat aviation jobs necessary in order to release more male pilots for combat. This is the story of the women she recruited for this dangerous mission and how they managed, against all odds, to succeed.

 

Life’s What Happens

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What one moment changed your life forever?  How would four men’s lives have been different had they not been forced by the draft lottery into making drastic, life altering decisions?

The peace and tranquility of college life in 1969 was shattered for millions of young American men on a cold winter night when the United States Government held the first draft lottery since the Civil War.  The bounce of a ping pong ball determined their fate.  Some lucked out with high numbers, some teetered in limbo and some were immediately doomed for the rice patties of Nam.  That single moment set off a series of reactions by male college students and the women who loved them.  Some went into denial, some panicked, some failed, some succeeded.  But all of their lives were changed forever by the decisions they made because of something over which they had no control…the date they had been born.

Twenty-five years later, they come together again, facing the demons of the past and dealing with decisions that had been forced upon them.

Life’s What Happens is set against the tumultuous backdrop of the anti-war movement at Kent State and follows the lives of four fraternity brothers and their girlfriends.  Inspired by the events of the time and the complexities of their second coming of age, the conflicts, fears and love of these friends is explored and unresolved feelings are confronted as they all must accept the past and get on with the future.

 

Matchless

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During the late 1800’s many men made their fortunes in silver mining in the western United States, but no one prospered more than Horace Tabor.  A hard working, self-educated man, he amassed, at an unparalleled rate and through a series of improbable investments and good luck, a multi-million dollar empire.  Horace’s political power and his economic influence was so vast that he brought the United States to the brink of bankruptcy in order to save his fortune…a situation that was averted only by a last-minute act of Congress.  However, his ability to accumulate wealth and wield power is only background to the real story.  The most compelling part of his life was his renowned love affair with a feisty and spectacular younger woman, Elizabeth Doe, known affectionately by the local miners as Baby Doe.

Their Washington DC wedding was more lavish than any held before or since, complete with solid silver wedding invitations and attended by heads of state and powerful politicians including the President.  Horace and Baby lived in the most palatial residence in Colorado and spent money that, measured by today’s standard, would be well in excess of a million dollars a week.  They built and owned the social and cultural center of Denver, the Tabor Opera House, and they received and visited the crowned heads of Europe.

But with all this power, money and influence, Horace and Baby were virtually isolated from society by their colorful pasts.  Their scandalous divorces and flamboyant lifestyle only fueled public resentment.  (Baby’s husband had beat, then deserted her, yet she carried the shame of her divorce to her grave.  Horace, wildly in love with Baby, divorced his first wife in a series of desperate political and legal moves that shadowed him until the end.)

What had begun as an opportunistic love affair turned into a deep, lasting passion.  Even with the loss of all their money and power, Horace and Baby’s faith in one another never faltered.  His dying words encouraged Baby hold on to their one last possession, their most prolific silver mine, the Matchless.  Baby never questioned Horace’s judgment and, while still a young, very beautiful and desirable woman, she moved to a shack near the mine.  Although once incredibly valuable (it produced more than $11 million dollars in silver), the mine was over-worked and never produced again.  But Baby spent the last 35 years of her life mourning Horace’s death and trying to prove him right.  She died, in abject poverty, frozen to the floor of the shack, clutching her scrapbooks filled with memories of the one love of her life.

This is the true story about the power, wealth and love of two people and their struggle for acceptance in an unforgiving world.  It is the story of perseverance in the face of rejection and an unyielding faith in one another.  It is a story known to millions around the world, but remains, until now, the greatest love story that’s never been told.

 

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What’s In A Name? Everything It Seems.

There’s something very satisfying about having decided on a title for a book.  In fact I cannot write the first word on the first page of the first chapter if I cannot write the title in first.

So imagine how hard it was, after having written 29 books, had 23 published and actually published six others myself, that I had the title all wrong?  It was an awful feeling and one that only the best of reviewers and friends would tell you. So recognizing what one of my husband’s former bosses who would say “if three people tell you to sit down you’re probably drunk”, well?

So book #1 in the SCANDALS New Adult romantic suspense series, BABY DADDY, has had a title change.  But before I divulge the change here are a couple of reviews that got me thinking.

“The title of this book is pretty awful but the book itself is actually pretty good. All in all, the only real negative things I can say about this book are the title and …” 

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“This story pulled me in right from the start and ended up not being at all what I was expecting. Don’t let the title of the book fool you.”

Then the worse thing imaginable hit me this week while at my appointment at the Hair Central Salon in Round Rock Texas.  The really gutsy fans, readers and reviewers are the ones that will tell you straight away, Texas style, “I normally wouldn’t buy a book with that title but since I know the author, I did and I loved it.”  My husband and I don’t have a Wharton Business School MBA between us but some quick back of the napkin higher level math and we’re going to fall short of out $1 million a year income goal from publishing or we’re going to have to find a way to get more people to know us.

Bottom line, the title needs changed.

Sole searching with my co-writer husband, Bob, we concluded the recurring theme of the SCANDALS New Adult romantic suspense series is “date” and that the lead character in the first book, Killeen, is actually confronted with more than one critical due date in her immediate life.  That said, book #1 has been re-titled, DUES DATES and the cover is as follows:

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And with book #2 now 75% completed, plus or minus, the planned title of TRAMP STAMP seemed doomed to experience the first book’s fate.  So book #2 will be named KILLER DATE and when you read about the details of the case that walked into the agency at the end of DUES DATES [remember the tramp stamp tat?] KILLER DATE fits the story well.

What about book #3?  Think about WORSE DATE EVER.

 

Romance Collections Three and Four

Dear readers,

Wine flights, also sometimes referred to as tasting flights, are tastings of multiple wines, which allow tasters to get a feel for breadth or depth. They are usually intended for those new to the experience of tasting wine, or those who want to increase their understanding of a specific region, vintage, or varietal.

A romance collection is very similar but with added advantages. It includes either two or three romance novels but not just a taste. They are full length unabridged romance novels that allow the reader to get a feel for the breadth and depth of the author in a singular sub-genre or type of story.

Today two Collections are being released. Pregnant and Alone and Single Dad’s. A great romance novel isn’t just about the sex and not everything in life is pretty, free or easy.

Pregnant and Alone consists of two of my all-time best-selling novels. In both books, the heroines find out they are pregnant. Neither are married, but both are delighted at the prospect of becoming mothers. Their circumstances are very different, but each is faced with the complications of adding the father back into their lives. Caution: these books are emotionally charged. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry along with Lauren and Jessica. They will touch your heart forever.

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Single Dads consists of two of my all-time favorite novels. These are both romantic comedies because any time you have a child in the mix, things seem to quickly get out of control.

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The three boys in Count Your Blessings are actually based on my own three sons, Greg, Adam and Scott. It was a lot of fun to write their characters.  Look for this book a future collection or order it directly on Amazon.com.

Romance Collection for Best Of The West

Hello again past, present and future readers,

As I mentioned in my earlier blog, in 2012 I made 21 of my 23 novels previously published through several mainstream publishing houses available on Amazon.com. In late 2012 I began to publish my suspense and young adult fiction as an Indie author. And while my career has taken a turn from romance to suspense and time travel mysteries I have decided to also take the time and effort to answer both an old and new reader request, making the books available as several collections.Earlier today I was pleased to announce that I am taking the 21 novels and grouping them in a collection of books. I believe this is a good solution to reader queries and requests.

The books are being separated into 9 different collections of similar sub-genres and reader interest. Remember these are the original full length unabridged books. All of the collections of either two or three books each, are published direct to the reader at a price that will save them money. It is the start of the summer reading season so enjoy!

This morning it was Men In Uniform and now here is a brief blurb for the second romance collection, Best Of The West.

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Many fans have requested that I offer boxed sets of my romance novels, so I have grouped them into categories that share themes.  This one I’ve titled Best of the West because the two novels take place in the modern-day Wild West states of Colorado and Montana.  Goodbye Desperado and Cody’s Last Stand were two of my favorites, partly because they both have lots of horses, but mostly because the two heroes are super-sexy macho studs.  For those of you who love sensual, but emotional love stories, I think you’ll enjoy spending some time with Matt Montana and John Cody. 

June Kicks Off Summer Reading Season

What’s happening this weekend…

Like the 1960s? Like the music of the 60s more than the politics?  Remember ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDTibRqRL4o

Like a great character driven story?  Have you ever made decisions you wished you hadn’t

This book was a FINALIST – THE BEST INDIE BOOK COMPETITION OF 2013 Life’s What Happens can happen to you through the weekend for 99 cents!

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John Lennon had it right!  Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Ten years before John Lennon’s death life happened to nine fraternity brothers at Kent State University.

Their lives, and the lives of a million others, were forever changed.  They start their senior year at Kent State University year full of hope and promise, busy with their classes, their buddies and their girlfriends.  But the Vietnam War and the Federal Government’s new draft lottery to back-fill the lost men and women in the most unpopular war in U.S. history is approved on Thanksgiving eve when no one was watching.  For millions, Vietnam took away their options and forced them to change their plans.  Instead of choosing a career, they are faced with the choice between life and death.

And yes that is Joe Walsh in the video at Kent…a long time before Eagles fame.  Anyone see Michael Keaton in the video? 

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People you might look for in the video about Life’s What Happens are …arsinio hall Drew Carey joes walsh michael keaton

Book #3 in the CUL8R [See you later] Time Travel Mystery series arrives July, 2013.  The first two books in the time travel mystery series, CUL8R, are on Amazon through the weekend for 99 cents each!

Book #1, OMG the mystery happens back in 1966. Book #1 has its own trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4dlWmUi9hM Please excuse the old cover.  Find it on Amazon at OMG eBook 3  

Book #2, BRB [Be Right Back], takes place in 1980 and can be found at BRB eBook Cover 2

Finally, the next two weekends makes Nashville FREE!  What happens in Nashville gets written about…Go to Nashville, back stage and tour bus seat included for $0.00

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Wait until you hear about the weekends of 6/6 – 6/10 and 6/13 – 6/17!  You can spend your weekends in Nashville, back stage and on the road with the Day sisters.  What really happens backstage, off stage and on the tour bus.

Summer Reading Season 2013

Four Books, Two Best Selling Authors

#1  A women’s fiction about making mistakes and fighting for what feels right.

Price $0.00.

May 30th – June 3rd

http://www.amazon.com/ANGEL-OF-MERCY-ebook/dp/B0085RZPC8 

What do you do when the choice you made was the wrong one?  During the war, Jeff Hawkins’s tenderness had been nurse Angela’s sanctuary from the horrors of Vietnam, and his passion had been their salvation. But Jeff had been wounded long before a bullet brought him to the EVAC hospital.  Fearless, with nothing to lose, Jeff was the kind of soldier to whom they awarded Purple Hearts . . . posthumously.  Years later, when he encountered Angela again at a veterans’ reunion, she could no longer pretend that the madness of war had triggered their brief, all-consuming alliance.  Could they have a second chance?  Or had she forfeited any claim to Jeff’s love when she did the unforgivable . . . married his best friend?  Not all wounds are visible . . . and not all wounds can be healed by the soft touch of a nurse’s hands.  But Angela knew he was worth fighting for . . . and Jeff was tired of fighting.

This book received –

  • The Romantic Times Special Winner of the “ROMANTIC TIMES” Reviewer’s Choice Award for Series Romance
  • Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Choice Award.ANGEL OF MERCY COVER

#2  A 20th century general fiction. A FINALIST – THE BEST INDIE BOOK COMPETITION OF 2013 with the price reduced to $0.99 through May 31st is Life’s What Happens.

This is some of the story behind the antiwar movement and the hatred of the Vietnam era vets. John Lennon had it right!  Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Ten years before John Lennon’s death life happened to nine fraternity brothers at Kent State University.

Their lives, and the lives of a million others, were forever changed.  They start their senior year at Kent State University year full of hope and promise, busy with their classes, their buddies and their girlfriends.  But the Vietnam War and the Federal Government’s new draft lottery to back-fill the lost men and women in the most unpopular war in U.S. history is approved on Thanksgiving eve when no one was watching.  For millions, Vietnam took away their options and forced them to change their plans.  Instead of choosing a career they are making a life and death decision.

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#3 -The first two books in the time travel mystery series, CUL8R, are on Amazon for 99 cents each!

Book #1, OMG the mystery happens back in 1966. and Book #2, BRB [Be Right Back], takes place in 1980

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#4 – What happens in Nashville gets written about…Go to Nashville, back stage passes and tour bus seat included for $0.00

Wait until you hear about the weekends of 6/6 – 6/10 and 6/13 – 6/17!  You can spend your weekends in Nashville, back stage and on the road with the Day sisters.  What really happens backstage, off stage and on the tour bus.

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Summer reader? Then start it off right and cheap!

 

Start your summer reading season off with a sale! Mystery series on sale starting TONIGHT.

The CUL8R Time Travel Mystery Series has two books going on sale tonight until the end of May.

Book #1 is OMG [Oh My God]
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Kelly, a teenager from Texas has recently been orphaned and sent to live in Florida with her aunt Jane, a busy lawyer. Right away Kelly meets her tall, nerdy neighbor Scott, and they bond over a shared love of a video games and a mysterious gadget they find in Aunt Jane’s garage.

The gadget turns out to be a lost invention of Thomas Edison’s called the “Telephone to the Dead”. The mystery begins when Scott gets the Spirit Radio to work and a girl named Wendy comes through, pleading for help . . . from beyond the grave. Is Wendy a ghost? And if she didn’t kill herself, who did? Kelly, Scott and his best friend Austin must find a way to go back to 1966 to help her . . . without getting killed.
Well plotted and fast paced. Martha Bryce
The best time-travel novel I’ve read yet, and I hope there’s more to come. A big thumbs up! C
WOW! I’ve been thinking about that book for a week now since I finished reading it. It kept me engrossed with intelligent writing, depth of characters and a fast pace. Overall, a very satisfying novel. Jasmine

Find OMG starting Memorial Day evening on Amazon.

Book #2, BRB [Be Right Back]
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“It’s difficult to investigate a crime that hasn’t happened yet.”

Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey have just returned from changing a girl’s life in 1966 and are a little battered and bruised from their adventure. But when a small voice pleads for their help to save her family from a murderer, they know they must respond.
They research the story, but there is very little information to be found. All they know is that it takes place on Crystal Key, a small private island off the Florida Keys. Since it appears to be deserted, they decide to pop in, gather clues, then pop back. It was a good excuse to spend a lazy day on a beautiful beach.
But from the first step, their journey back to 1980 goes horribly wrong. The area is crawling with drug traffickers and tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Cuba. They meet the young girl and her family, but their intervention puts them in the direct path of the killer.
Can they find out who he is in time to save the girl, her family . . . and themselves? Or are they destined to be a madman’s latest victims?

“It’s an exciting mystery with plenty of surprises to keep you guessing.” Danielle Marie

“The “CUL8R” series stands out and shines as something unique that manages to mix fantasy with realistic characters and situations.” Erica Lucas

“I literally could not put this book down.” K. J. Pierce

Find BRB starting Memorial Day evening on Amazon

And before school starts back in the fall or the end of the summer depending on the schedule, latitude and attitude, Book #3, BION [Believe It OR Not] will be released. This is the first time of the characters in the series finds themselvesBION eBook 1 in a serious romance. Here’s the cover.