Thank you Charmaine for having me on your blog. I’m so pleased to share with your readers my latest release Crash and Burn in the Crashing Into Love book bundle.
I started out telling stories to my sisters. Three of us shared a room and we’d gather on the bed at night. They’d beg me to tell stories so they could get to sleep. Those stories were a delight and helped hone my love for tales. After all, who didn’t remember having lava floors and needing to walk on pillows and stuffed animals? But I didn’t get started in writing until a few years ago. A friend who I worked with at a book review site suggested that I write my own romance. I did and when I submitted it to the first publishing house, they accepted it. Wow! I did a big snoopy dance. Sadly that company went out of business while my book was in edits.
I didn’t give up and submitted it again to another house that also closed, but this time after it was published for a few months. Finally, I submitted it to the publishing house the story is with today. Never give up is the best advice I can give writers. I received a manuscript a few months ago from a new author. His story had way too many points of view. He went back and revised it. I recently re-read it and was blown away about the story! This author is going places!
Many people ask how do authors get the ideas for their stories. My ideas begin as a short summary. I know the characters and the basic story arc. Then I sit down and begin writing. I edit each time I open the manuscript. This lets me get back into the story. Sometimes I use crit partners or allow a fellow author to read through the story for any inconsistencies. All my stories feature a kernel of truth, something that is real from my own life. I love to hear from readers about what they think the truth is. Could you find it in my books?
Let me share with you about my latest release.
Crash and Burn by Melissa Keir
Can Rob and Keira’s second honeymoon lead to romance, or will it crash and burn?
On the verge of a divorce, Rob and Keira Matthews book a second honeymoon at the urging of their counselor. Unable to conceive, they’ve pushed each other away in an effort to protect their hearts. Will a romantic holiday be the ticket to love or a plane crash in disaster?
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Crashing-into-Love-Daryl-Devore-ebook/dp/B00ZSXMZ02/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434581355&sr=1-2&keywords=crashing+into+Love+Keir
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ZSXMZ02?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
Check out my book trailer for Crash and Burn…
Here’s an excerpt:
A wet tongue on her cheek.
Damp and lying on a hard ground, Keira rolled to her side and coughed up water. Unable to catch her breath, she pushed herself up on her hands and knees. Choking, coughing, fluid flowed from her lungs.
Somewhere nearby, the dog barked.
“Oh, my God. Rob!” She crawled to her husband’s prone body at the edge of the water. She flipped him to his back then laid her head on his chest. No heartbeat.
“Honey. Wake up.” She pounded on his chest. Tears flowed down her face. “I won’t give you up. We’ve had too much history. Fight, baby. Come back to me.” She straddled his body and began chest compressions. “One, and two, and three.” She parted his lips then blew into his mouth. She returned to pushing on his chest. “One, and two, and three. Come on, dammit. Fight!”
Time ceased as she continued the compressions. Frightened, she shuddered then threw her body down over his chest. Sobs decimated her frame.
“Please, God. Don’t take him from me.” Pleading, bargaining, beseeching.
Water flowed out of his mouth as coughs rocked him. He gagged.
“Rob!” She pushed him onto his side and thumped on his back as he expelled more water. “Thank God. Just cough it out.”
“Please don’t cry.” His words croaked out as he rolled onto his back. His gaze met hers. He reached toward her face, but his arm fell back to the sand.
“We need to get you out of the water. I can’t do it on my own.” She stood and grabbed under his arms. Pulling him, she quickly tired. “You have to help. Use your legs and push.”
This time, he moved out of the water. Gris lay down next to Rob and licked his hand.
“I’m going to look around.” As she straightened, her legs buckled, and she collapsed on the sand. “I think I’ll just lie here for a bit.” She curled in next to her husband and let sleep overtake her.
Here’s some information about the rest of the book bundle.
Crashing Into Love:
Seven planes lift off…seven planes crash…seven stories of struggle, passion and love in the barren Canadian Wilderness, the coast of England, or the steamy heat of a tropical island. Romance hangs in the balance between survival and death.
Brace for Impact by Daryl Devoré.
What could be simpler than a routine plane trip from Toronto, Canada to Caracas, Venezuela for rookie flight attendant, Lori, and sexy R.C.M.P. officer, Guy Lapierre? But Fate had other intentions.
Crashing into You by Lisa Kumar
When Ashlee Trent meets handsome businessman Kaiden West on a plane to Australia, he eases her fears even as he sets her heart ablaze. But after their plane crashes into the ocean and they wash ashore, will the secrets surrounding him send their budding relationship into a nosedive?
Crashing Through Time by Jenna Jaxon
The most dangerous thing about time travel is knowledge of the past: does she save him and change history, or let the tragic events play out and lose the love of her life?
More than hearts can be broken when you crash through time.
Love Comes Crashing In by Brenda Dyer
Best friends find love in each other’s arms, but can that love survive reality?
Falling Hard by D’Ann Lindun
He craves solitude to forget what a woman did to him. She needs one last chance before her career ends. Can a plane crash in the Canadian Rockies show them what really matters?
A Splash of Romance by Deb Julienne
Who knew a plane crash would lead to romance? Hannah Parks is a trauma nurse on her way to a symposium at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She just started her bucket list and a plane crash definitely isn’t on it. Oliver Lawson’s divorce is final and he’s looking to start over. A tropical island, a gorgeous woman. Romance is one thing, getting there as a result of a crash landing…who knew?
More about me…I’d love to hear from you!!
For my wedding in Vegas, my books and computer came with me but there wasn’t enough room for my wedding shoes. It’s all about priorities! As an avid reader, I was probably born with a book in hand. Luckily my mom was also an avid reader, so it was easy to “borrow” her books when my books were finished.
I was reading from an early age about dashing men on horseback riding to the rescue of strong willed and capable women who didn’t really need rescuing. I came to expect that women in fairy tales should have fought their own battles. When I was older, I found Margaret Atwood and realized that women could re-tell history in their own way and I experimented with changing those basic fairy tales.
Fortunately for me, my husband allows me the opportunity to be myself (spend my salary on books) and still takes care of the really important things for me like killing spiders and opening jars. As an elementary teacher, teaching children about the many worlds inside of books is a gift that I’m lucky enough to do for a living. Teaching the next generation to love reading is a lot of fun! Reading the right book can make a new world come alive!
Currently living in the suburbs of Ann Arbor, Michigan with my darling husband, way-too-grown-up children and spoiled dogs, I enjoy getting away through a book to escape the harsh winters or summer road construction.
I’d love to hear from you!
Thank you again Charmaine for having me on your blog.