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Month: September 2012

Interview: Sharon Clare

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am excited to introduce to you Sharon Clare, a fan of metaphysics and misbehaving elves.  Sharon writes “spicy” paranormals, and her current release, Love of Her Lives, sounds absolutely fun and fascinating.  Please enjoy her interview as much as I did!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

First, I want to say thank you very kindly to Hallee for having me on her blog today!

I fell in love with writing at the University of Toronto when I went back to school to do a science degree. I couldn’t wait to get home and do my writing homework. In August, my paranormal novel, Love of Her Lives, was published by Crimson Romance. I just signed another contract with Crimson for Rhapsody, a spicy, paranormal novella to be released Dec. 24, 2012.

Tell us about your current release.

Calum and Beth are soul mates who have lived many lives together, lusting, loving and dying for each other. While their lives are often turbulent, their eternal bond is secure—or so Calum thinks—until Beth decides to live a life on her own. Left behind in the Upper World, he sees a wrongful imprisonment in her future, so he bargains with Finn, an elven trickster, to return to Earth, rescue Beth and reclaim her heart. Unfamiliar with the twenty-first century, he must determine who plots against Beth while playing Finn’s sensual game, a game designed to awaken her repressed passion and keep them on the run together.

Beth has no recollection of their lives together and didn’t ask this sexually-charged stranger to come to her aid. When she takes a risk to help an abused woman, she is horrified to find her house ransacked and her life threatened. With a secret to keep, she takes the greatest risk of all—trusting Calum. Her unfathomable attraction to the man is as much a mystery as the man himself. Her life soon depends upon re-evaluating everything she thought normal as she becomes embroiled in Finn’s game. When her risk-taking behaviour pushes Calum to behave like a controlling buffoon, their eternal bond will only be saved if Beth can rescue the man who spanned worlds to rescue her.


Interview: R. Ann Siracusa

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am thrilled to introduce to you R. Ann Siracusa, an architect turned romantic suspense author who met her husband at the Fountain of Love in Rome.  The romance author in me LOVES that she met her husband there.  Ann is incredibly entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed this interview.  I hope you enjoy it as well.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Here’s the short―just give me the facts, ma’am―version. I grew up in southern California (my father was a lawyer and a State Senator), I have a degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and I’m retired from a 37-year career as an architect/urban land use planner (which makes me older than dirt). I’ve been married to the same man for more than 48 years (an Italian policeman from Sicily whom I met at the Fountain of Love on my first day in Rome). We have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Now, I write humorous romantic suspense novels which are published by Breathless Press and have one Mafia thriller published. Ta da!

My two passions (after sex, of course―well, you wouldn’t expect me to lie about that, would you?) are traveling the world and writing fiction. I combine those loves into novels which transport readers to exotic settings and immerse them in romance, intrigue, and foreign cultures…and make them laugh.

I live in San Diego, California with my husband (no pets anymore, but lots of gophers and wild rabbits, one which lives under the workbench in our garage) and write full time. I’ve been active in Romance Writers of America since 1985 and have served my local chapter in a variety of offices. My hobby is quilting and riding quads in the desert.

Tell us about your current release.

All For A Fist Full Of Ashes is the second novel in a romantic suspense series entitled Tour Director Extraordinaire. The lead characters are the same in each book, but the romance moves to a new level in each, while the external spy story is resolved.

● Meet Harriet Ruby, Tour Director Extraordinaire
She’s an intelligent, well-balanced but over-trusting young woman whose biggest problem is that she doesn’t have any real problems. For twenty-four years, her life has been good but predictable and ordinary. When she graduates from MIT, she wants a little out-of-the ordinary excitement before she settles down to career and family.

She takes a position as a tour director in Europe, but instead of being a trainee, she is responsible for a small group touring Spain and Morocco. All goes well until she and her group get lost in the medina in Tangier…and one of her tourists dies.

Will Talbot, a handsome stranger and Europol spy in disguise, offers to help her smuggle the body out of Morocco. At that moment, Harriet’s once-predictable life turns upside down and will never be the same again.

Little does she know that getting out of Morocco is only the beginning.

● Meet Will Talbot, Mysterious Spy
Tall, dark and to-die-for gorgeous, this Europol spy and ex-Special Forces contract operative for the US government has a troubled past, huge issues with trust and guilt, and a calling to rescue innocent victims.

He’s everything perfect on the outside that a principled spy should be–intelligent, intense, self-disciplined, creative and intuitive, and with a great sense of humor to boot–definitely larger than life. But vulnerable on the inside and out of touch with his emotions.

Nothing in his action-filled, dangerous existence could have prepared him for Harriet Ruby.

● Water And Fire
Harriet and Will’s intense magnetic attraction to each other creates a volatile combination. Together, they experience hilarious misadventures, great sex, and life-threatening journeys in pursuit of murderers, smugglers, terrorists, and a once-in-a-lifetime love.

● All For A Fist Full Of Ashes
In Book 2, Will and Harriet have been seeing each other for a year and have agreed to a no-strings attached, sexual relationship, but there’s no denying the feelings are far more than casual.

They come together on the job in Italy. Harriet is conducting a private tour of Italy for an Italian-American family (fourteen relatives, for three weeks, with four teenagers). What was she thinking? Will has one of the family members under surveillance as a suspect in an assassination plot. He convinces the family matriarch to let him travel with the tour.

The matriarch, searching for the unknown location of her mother’s grave so she can bury her brother’s cremated ashes (which have been smuggled into Italy wrapped in Cuban cigars), and her quirky family members sweep through Italy leaving chaos, hilarity, and danger in their wake.


Interview: Sheri Fredricks & Win a Prize Pack with a Chance for a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know!  I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance.  This week, I am so happy to introduce to you Sheri Fredricks.  Sheri writes Modern Mythic Romance – and the plot of her current release sounds absolutely intriguing.  She is a former engineering secretary who “wanted to move away from inflexible right angles and create an unboxed world with no boundaries.”  Please enjoy her interview as much as I did!

A note from Sheri:

Hallee, thank you so much for having me here today! I have a fabulous prize for one lucky commenter at each of my tour stops, so don’t forget to leave your email address! Among other goodies, my swag pack includes bookmarks and pens, and your name will go into a drawing for the grand prize of a $20 Amazon gift card at the end of my book tour.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in a small town on the beautiful central coast of California—about twenty minutes from the beach and two hours from the slopes. After I married, we moved 15 miles north to an even smaller town, population 1,259.

About ten years ago, I left the world of working parents to join the ranks of the SAHM. A few years went by before I felt the call to do something just for myself. Now I write full-time, work in my husband’s home office part-time, and cater to the kids, livestock, and ranch around the clock.

Tell us about your current release.

Remedy Maker is about Rhycious, an ex-military centaur medic whose battle scars are hidden beneath the surface. Moments of high stress trigger hallucinating flashbacks, a condition he continually fights to overcome. When he meets Patience, a beautiful wood nymph and the race of the late enemy of his people, he learns about unconditional love…and the healing power of a single touch.

Together they must battle human hunters who wish to enslave the mythological beings, rebels taking over the centaur kingdom, and the affection they have for each other in a mythic world filled with prejudice.

Here’s the blurb:

Man by day, Centaur by night, Rhycious is a remedy maker who needs his own healing.

He’s the royal physician, famous for his cures. War and posttraumatic stress disorder has broken his spirit, preventing him from finding true happiness. Then a direct order from the queen to investigate an uprising forces him out of his secluded cabin at the edge of the forest.

Patience is an optimistic, good-natured Wood Nymph who works as a mediator to ensure harmony within the Nymph sector.

Environmental pollution in the aquifer stream that feeds the taproot tree of her heart is slowly killing her. Resigned to the fact she will not live long, she sets out to discover the mysterious disappearance of her sister. Experience has taught her to deny herself the love of a male, but the gruff Centaur is different. He doesn’t push his expectations on her, only his healing nature.

When Rhycious loses his grip on reality, he believes his inability to control his disorder will drive Patience away. Nevertheless, desire flares, and Patience draws him close. Kidnapping and betrayal turn their mythic joint venture into a deadly bout.

Will their love endure when survival hinges on trusting each other?


Romancing the Book: Emerald Fire

Emerald Fire 3DI just discovered the most amazing review of Emerald Fire!! Desere at Romancing the Book gave it their highest rating and said, among other really wonderful things:

…what follows is the utterly magical story written by the fabulous Hallee Bridgeman…The author tells and showed me as reader just how important having God in our lives is. I loved how the author expressed the characters emotions with such passion,it had me in tears both of joy and sadness.

I am so excited and honored and encouraged to have read this review!

If you have not read Emerald Fire yet, you can find purchase links here.

If you have, please consider leaving a review where you purchased it, on Amazon, and/or on Goodreads.

Thank you!
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Topaz Heat Book Signing Saturday!

I will launch the release of the paperback version of Topaz Heat with a book signing tomorrow, Saturday, September 15th, from 11:00-3:00 at Bethany Book Room, 150 Redwing Drive, Winchester, Kentucky.

I would love to meet you and sign a copy of the book for you!

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Best Laid Plans…

So much has happened in the last few weeks that I don’t even know where to begin.

In May, Gregg and I had a meeting with our 6-year-old Scott’s preschool teacher and the administrator at the Christian school at our church where Scott attended part time preschool.  The result was basically that Scott needed an IEP to continue on into kindergarten in that school.

I talked a little bit about Scott in Seeing the Negative Space, and explained that we did not want to put Scott through testing and assessments just to get a “label” to slap on him.  But, it appeared that despite what we didn’t want, if we wanted him to get an education at this school, as we felt led to do, we had to do just that.

I contacted his pediatrician in May and got the ball rolling.  It took several weeks — mid July — for the first appointment with the counselor at the University of Kentucky.  It’s taken several more weeks to even get the appointment (set for next week) to get his IQ test, which will launch any other needs and assessments.  In the meantime, Scott started kindergarten at that school.

He was in  class of 13, and started on a Wednesday.  On Tuesday, we had our first, “We don’t think we can accommodate Scott” meeting with the administrator (who is also a friend of ours.)  Scott’s OCD tendencies are debilitating, he is beyond intelligent and has no patience for the process of teaching – especially when it’s something that he already knows, his sensory issues overwhelm him, he doesn’t understand social moors (like pulling his pants up before he comes out of the bathroom), and other general issues.  We compelled them to give it time to let him adjust to school.  The a few days later (after removing him from school a few times for the day due to meltdowns), there was another “we don’t think this will work” meeting, and I offered to be at the school all day to mediate for Scott.

I was there on a Tuesday and Wednesday, and he had two amazing days.  Wednesday after lunch, I took him with me because he’d started to spiral down.  I flew to Oregon early Thursday morning and was gone for nearly a week, but Gregg worked from the school in my stead.  Monday and Tuesday, Scott had just terrible days (I came home early Wednesday morning), and yesterday (Wednesday), they told us that their decision was final and that he could no longer attend school there.

We’ve had the initial IEP meeting with the school board (funds and services are available to private schools in our county through the school board for special needs children) and were REALLY impressed with the kindergarten teacher and the one special education teacher we met at the school in which we’re zoned.   They in turn were really impressed with Scott, and it was almost like they were disappointed that he was in a private school and couldn’t be their student.

Currently at a loss as to what to do, at this time we’ve decided to try to enroll him in our public school, provided that the special education services department is able to facilitate us in enrolling him as something other than a “normal” child — we have no desire to throw him into the deep end again and expect him not to sink.  If it doesn’t work out, pulling him out and homeschooling him is our next option.  We want to take advantage of the services and counseling available to us through the public school system, and learn what we can learn about our son.  As homeschoolers, we could enter next year attending the pre-school meeting and request funds and services along with the private schools.  But this year, that would not be available to us (because we were not in the initial meeting when they divided up funds and services).  I could homeschool him now, and he’d be done with a day’s worth of work in 20 minutes, but we don’t feel like that will be the best option for him.

I feel a little bit like a fraud.  “Christian Homeschooling Mom Enrolls Special Needs Child in Public School.”  I don’t know how a family so strongly homeschool minded could end up with not one, but two children in public school and a 4-year-old in a preschool.   However, despite what WE thought was best, God has intervened and taken us on a different direction.

Here’s what we know: Our Scott is an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G 6-year-old.  He is more than that negative space that are his “issues”.  His future is so bright and wide-open.  I cannot wait to see what God has in store for him.

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