Wednesday, September 30, 2015

An interview with Susan Tarr you will enjoy!! #eNovAaw #mgtab

This interview with Susan Tarr was re-blogged from Historical Fiction by  Christoph Fischer - Saturday 26, 2015

Today’s Saturday Interview guest is historical (amongst other genres) novelist Susan Tarr, who should be well-known on this blog by now. Welcome (back) to the hot seat. Please tell us more about yourself as writer and as person.

Much of my personality comes out through my writing. I write in several different genres so whether I am up or down, there’s always some place to write about it.
Living in Kenya for so long, cut off from my New Zealand family, I wrote long letters home. I’d get 1 or 2 pages in return for my 20+ page efforts. Clearly there were no other budding authors in my family.

Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?

Well, often people would say, Susan, you should write a book. But we know what that means. Anyway I wrote stories from Africa.

How did you come to writing?

I’ve always been a dreamer.

How did you come up with your stories?

I think the stories came up with me.

TWITTER Phenomena        

When did you decide to write in your chosen genre(s) ?

I started writing about Seacliff Mental Hospital 20 years ago, wanting to get Malcolm’s story on paper before I forgot it.

You have created great characters. Which one is your favorite?

Malcolm! He is my reluctant hero from PHENOMENA. He epitomized the people in those days in those circumstances. Colonial 1930s. He even managed wry humor.

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

In MIRANDA BAY I am both Miranda and Pansy. Introvert and extrovert. Impulsive and deliberate. Exuberant and quiet.

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

I start with a general outline, and then it grows from there.
Members of my family and workmates plied me with historical facts based on New Zealand mental health and hospitals of the day. So along with Malcolm’s own words, PHENOMENA grew.
 For MIRANDA BAY, I wrote from diaries I had kept during that difficult time.

Jack's Cover Pic KDP Cover Final

For JACK just an ordinary dog in the dog house, I wrote from diaries I wrote on his behalf for his mum and dad. Jack was a dog, but he had a valid opinion on most stuff. At that time we had built up a Boarding Kennels facility with an on-site animal hospital. I had originally wanted to be a doctor, so this occupation took care of those needs.

What is your main reason for writing?

Beats paying a psychiatrist!

I’ve read three of your books so far. What is the idea behind your work?

I write how life is, and sometimes it’s not kind. But we do manage to survive. Well, mostly we do. That’s what I write about. Life. The good and the bad.

Tell us about the concept behind your books. How did you get the idea?

PHENOMENA the Lost and Forgotten Children was the recovered/retitled version of the original SEACLIFF a Regular Boy Within.

I worked in mental health for many years, as did my family. We lived in the hospital village so we kind of ate, slept and breathed mental health. Most of the characters in this book were related to me in some shape or form. Those inside and those not.

MIRANDA BAY is pretty much my story of when I managed a tourist resort here in our beautiful idyllic New Zealand. I experienced stuff I would never have expected. My staff had been through some bad times too, so I melded the various stories in this book. My gorgeous daughter is the cover model. She was throwing a giant hissy with her back to us, and that was the picture of the day. Can’t you just see the attitude?

Miranda bay for Webnode

What are you most proud of in your books? 

That I actually wrote them. PHENOMENA the Lost and Forgotten Children came straight from my heart. It took 25 years to complete that one, and I could still be adding more to it, but I had to type ENDS.

What is your life like outside of writing?

I am on the gallop all day long. I may not achieve much, but you’ll barely find me sitting unless I am at my PC engrossed in book stuff. That’s about 12/24.

What makes you laugh?

People make me laugh. Life makes me laugh.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

‘Come away with me’, by Norah Jones. This seems to be my writing song. And I must explain that I don’t actually have it playing. I write in total silence, with just the first line of that song running through my mind. I have no idea what the rest of the song is.

What makes you laugh?

People who do dumb things, like idiot criminals who bungle their own plans. I make me laugh because I am such a klutz. Have to laugh because the option is…?

What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?

My PC and ereader.

Hot or cold?

Preferably hot.

Salty or sweet?

Both, I like salted popcorn dusted with icing sugar. I need to alternate. As soon as I finish with a sweet, I am craving salty. And vice versa.

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

They would probably say I am colourful and unpredictable, and a wee bit brave. I have heard the word ‘loyal’ bandied about.

What would you chose as those qualities?

Honesty and fairness. Fun. Support.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

Becoming so tired that I cannot get the ideas from my head to my keyboard.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

A bad review or rating always stings.

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

Hmmm, that is the eternal question. I fear I don’t do either justice. But I set aside a couple of hours each day for my personal stuff. Sometimes I get caught up in the promotional side of things and that eats up my time.

What do you do when you don’t write?

Gardening. I hate gardening. I hate mess even more.

Tell us one odd thing about you and one really mundane thing.

I’m reserved, possibly/probably introverted. And yet I accept offers to speak publicly whether it’s about books or not. Give me a microphone and I am fearless!

Mundane? I’m a homebody. I don’t like people popping in to visit without preparing me first. I don’t like surprises. BUT I tandem-dived from 10,000ft and sailed to Kenya in a 28ft yacht. Crazy mix of personalities. A brave scardy cat.

What else would you like us to know about yourself and your books?

That there will always be more on the boil.

Twitter When the rollercoaster stops (Small) 

Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?

When my first book was published, MIRANDA BAY, I handed it over to the professionals and took my hands off. I thought that was what you did. However, once I saw their published version of it, in hardback, I was so embarrassed. I’ve not done that again!

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

Harrowing! I have struggled so much and yet I have learned a lot. But come tomorrow, I’ll probably have forgotten what I learned last week.

What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing? 

Editing and proofreading my final draft, and working on other author’s works. Love it all.
Least favourite thing would be exhaustion.

What is your advice to new writers?

Don’t rush into publishing. Stay with it, be strong, and edit edit edit. And when your family and friends say it’s perfect, go edit some more. It’s best to have an independent Beta Reader. Then hire yourself a good editor and proofreader. If you miss out the vital steps it may show in your published copy.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

Jana Petken, Khalid Muhammad, Uvi Poznansky… Gosh, this list could go on forever. Indie Writers are blossoming with some very fine writing.

Who are your favourite authors?

Aren’t independent writers authors too? So mainstream would have to be Joseph Heller, John Steinbeck, Louis de Bernieres, Paul Coelho, Jojo Moyes and many many more.

What are your favourite books?

‘God Knows’ by Joseph Heller
‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernieres
 and anything by Steinbeck and Coelho

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

(ebook) Rise to Power by Uvi Poznanski. The first in the David chronicles. Loved it!

What are you working on now?

A book called The BOOK TOUR. I already have another attitude picture of my daughter for that cover.

Tell us about your other books?

When the ROLLER COASTER stops is my new title. It is about a determined young woman, Bethany and her courage in the face of a medical minefield. She has recently returned from a European holiday with what she thinks is a runny gut. When she eventually seeks medical advice, she is not at all convinced of the diagnosis of Colorectal bowel cancer; she is too young: she has too much life to live: she is financially secure and loves her job, almost as much as she loves her friends. Besides, bowel cancer is – well, so not nice.

Get her books here: 

PHENOMENA the Lost and Forgotten Children:
JACK just an ordinary dog in the dog house:
When the ROLLER COASTER Stops:

Connect with Susan here:
Author Pic Susan TarrSusan Tarr
Author, Editor, Beta Reader, and Proofreader

Published works:
PHENOMENA: the Lost and Forgotten Children (USA) 
Seacliff: a Regular Boy Within. (Tauranga, Oceanbooks.)
Miranda Bay (NZ & USA)
JACK just an ordinary dog in the dog house (USA)
When the ROLLER COASTER Stops (USA) Latest release.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Tips to help you get your work done at home. Think clean office... #amwriting

Whether you write novels, reviews, blog posts or short stories, you need to have a spot to do it all in.

This is known as your personal writing cabinet, or your writing space.

Some people work from home, and have an office or desk space just for them. Wherever you work, the environment will greatly impact your writing productivity, creativity and inspiration.

Writing is time-consuming and energy-zapping, whether you work from home or not. This is why having an organized workplace is essential. It will make you feel more positive during your working day.

OmniPapers provides a great infographic with a full cheat sheet for writing workplace organization, so you become more productive. Now you just have to figure out a place to start, and these three tips will help with that.

1. Get your desk organized

A desk for your working is important, and you should have a number of items on there to help make your workplace more effective. These include stickers, live plants, green tea (no, not coffee) and good light from a lamp. You may not notice at first, but they really will influence your tasks.

2. Invest in a good computer

All-in-one computers are great since you don’t have wires to worry about. There are pros and cons to desktop computers, laptop and tablet computers.

3. Keep your cabinet organized

Have two zones in your writing cabinet for computer and non-computer tasks. Consider different wall colors, as they impact productivity, and also make sure your comfort and health are put first. With everything working together and good writing workplace organization, your creativity will know no bounds.

These great tips were shared by Emily Johnson whose posts are informational and interesting. 

Emily Johnson, content strategist at OmniPapers blog, loves the writing process. She is a writing coach who shares tips and tricks to help others improve their writing skills. You are always welcome to contact her on Twitter.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Do you know who Thomas Wolfe was? #author Do you know who helped him become famous? #editor @CalebPirtle

So many new indie books are missing the handiwork and craftsmanship of a good, strong editor, someone who knows a good story when he or she reads one and, more importantly, knows how the story should be told.

I have always been infatuated with Thomas Wolfe, who, I know, wrote long, convoluted sentences and would have never passed muster in today’s style of brief, concise, high impact writing.

I loved his style.
I loved his passion.
I loved the emotion he could embed into every sentence.

Then, not long ago, I found out that Thomas Wolfe wrote wonderful fragments but very few novels. Not on his own anyway.

He was a genius. Thomas Wolfe could have easily been ignored as a tarnished genius. But Thomas Wolfe had an editor.

Wolfe had been writing for a few years on a novel and believed he was still a year away from completing the manuscript when death struck him down. His editor, Edward Aswell, sat down and began thumbing through the two bundles of paper.

Wolfe had left him a few chapters that had been completed. Some were in rough draft, some in partial draft. Many of the sections had not yet been typed. They had been merely handwritten in Wolfe’s typical scrawl, and Aswell had to guess at some of the penciled words.

He discovered that the leading character in the book had at least six different names. Some chapters were written in first person, some in third person. In part of the book, the protagonist had several brothers and sisters. In other sections, he was an only child.

There were stories. There were fragment of stories. There were fragments of sentences. In addition, Aswell was concerned because the manuscript was far too large, containing at least ten times more pages than the traditional novel. No one, he reasoned would ever wade through so much gray type. So the editor made a command decision. There was no one left or around to debate him.

Aswell, being the word magi, turned the manuscript into two novels: The Web and the Rock and You Can’t Go Home Again.

Both would be remembered as part of Thomas Wolfe’s lasting legacy. Through the years, there have been whispered rumors that after You Can’t Go Home Again had been published, Wolfe was never again welcomed into his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina.  Maybe not. He didn’t need to be welcomed back. He was already buried there.

We would not have had these two classic Thomas Wolfe novels at all. Or if we did, they would have no doubt been unreadable.

But Thomas Wolfe had an editor.

Every author needs one.

Caleb Pirtle is a wonderful author and a great supporter. He's a man I adore, one who works tirelessly on his website, Venture Galleries, to sell our books. 

Here is one of his books, well worth a read. It is now happily taking up space in my Kindle waiting to be enjoyed. If you wish to see other works of Caleb's, here is his Amazon author page.  


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A new inexpensive place to promote your book! #authors #Indie #mgtab

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Planting the Seeds of Love by @NNP_W_Light - Sally must follow her heart... #Romance


Title: Planting the Seeds of Love: 
A Novella Author: N. N. Light 
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, New Adult Romance 
Release Date: September 15, 2015 

Tagline: Torn between two men, Sally must follow her heart and decide if love will lead her to the city or the countryside. 

Blurb: Torn between two men, Sally must follow her heart and decide if love will lead her to the city or the countryside. Twenty-Two year old Sally Rayton returns to the family farm she deserted four years ago to bury her grandfather. Her plan: to settle her grandfather's estate and return to her life in the city with her boyfriend, Trevor Mattson. 

Her childhood friend, Jack Smith, has other ideas. Jack convinces Sally to transform the farm into a brewery and fulfill her grandfather's dream while keeping the Rayton Farm in the family. Sally works side-by-side with Jack while Trevor is hundreds of miles away in the city. The more time she spends with Jack, the stronger her feelings are for him. When Trevor shows up to propose to Sally right before Christmas and finds her in Jack's embrace, she must make the biggest choice of her life: true love.   

Excerpt: Sally woke up the next morning to the sound of a chainsaw, multiple chainsaws. What the hell is going on? It's five-thirty in the morning! She threw back the bedcovers and grabbed her robe off the back of the bedroom door. Pulling it tight across her body, the floral soft cotton robe did nothing to conceal the fact she was naked underneath. She ran down the stairs and stomped out the door barefoot. "So help me, I'm going to kill whomever is making that racket," she roared to no one in particular. She craned her neck to hear where the sound was coming from. Turning left, towards the citrus grove, she saw Jack and two other men standing under the trees. All of the frustration from the past week poured out of her and she ran as hard as she could. When she came closer, she realized what they were about to do. "Stop! Don't cut these trees down!" She panted. She put her hands on her hips to catch her breath. Jack's eyes roamed the length of her body and Sally could feel a slight warmth heat her cheeks. She looked down at her disheveled robe and pulled her robe tighter. Dammit, what's he staring at? She lifted her gaze and her stomach did a flip. Jack's shirt wasn't buttoned and she caught a glimpse of his tanned ripped stomach muscles. Oh my! "Jack, what are you doing? Do you know it's five-thirty in the morning?" He shook his head, as if that was an answer. She tore her eyes away from his abs to his face. She inhaled sharply. His hooded eyes looked ready to devour her. I must be seeing things. Maybe he's just hungry. The two other men set down their chainsaws. "Listen Jack, we'll be over at your farm eating some breakfast. Come get us when you're ready." Jack snapped his head around to the men. "Sure. I'll see you guys in few minutes." He ran his fingers through his hair. "I have to clear things up with Miss Rayton." Jack watched the men walk away and whipped his head back to Sally. Sally rolled her eyes and said aloud, "Yeah, you just have to talk to the womanfolk." She spoke in a sweet Southern drawl. "Remember to speak nice and slow so she understands ya'll."   

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N N Light Book Cover PhotoAuthor Bio: N. N. Light has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let's just say she was a born storyteller.   She was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada to marry her beloved husband MR N. She is blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports and baking. Her mantra is to spread the Light.   Most of the time you can find her on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. She is a proud member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.   In addition to being an author, she's also a book promoter/reviewer and social media marketer. She loves books, has ever since she was young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives her great pleasure.   She’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

#Reviews - Do readers really care what others have written about a book? Well do they?

#13 Reviews – have been discussed so much it makes my head spin until I contemplate banging it against the nearest wall (except I’d be afraid of the repair costs :-))
As to whether they’re important – what do you think? Of-freaking-course they’re important.

But you already knew that! I don’t allow dummies on my blog and that’s what any person is if they don’t see how a bunch of good reviews can help to sell a book.

So knowing this, the 20 authors for Summer Fire decided that we needed at least 5 reviews from each of us to be placed as soon as the book was released.

Now I’ll admit to knowing I could get that many in an ordinary situation where my book had already been released and readers had left reviews. But remember, these were all new novellas. Deciding I would gift certain friends with the set and ask them to read and review my novella as soon as it came out, I felt calm until I saw just how many reviews most of the other authors managed to produce – the very first day!! Many had 20 or more and I swear they were all from people who had actually read their particular books.

Now I knew many of the girls had street teams and how important that can be for the social media aspect but I never realized just how freakin’ handy it was to have beta readers on that team who would be willing to read an unpublished version and then add their reviews on day one.

Huge lesson learned and one that I soon took care of. I now have a list of beta readers also and will be very careful to appreciate each and every one of them. Make sure that the work I send them is well edited and even ask them to make a note of any problems they might still find.

(Aside) I sent Special Agent Maximilian to almost 20 beta readers, and without asking, one angel actually made a list of corrections that had gone past three editors and two read-throughs by me. Now that is golden… and it deserves appreciation.

Back to Summer Fire’s reviews – day one after the book was released it had over 70 reviews and the rating was high – something like 4.8stars. Everyone loved the books from their favorite authors and were very complimentary. Anyone looking to buy the collection – keeping in mind that it was 99cents – must have decided that it would be a bargain they couldn’t resist. Sales took off and the more people we brought to the page, thanks to social media and promotions, were lured to push the buy button no doubt by the glowing comments.

For the Brides collections, we went another way. We hired Book Partners in Crime to do the release day blitz and that came with a number of reviews. Then, as the promoter for the sets, I signed us up for the Read & Review program $99 on Choosy Bookworm.

This is an easy and sure-fire way to get a number of reviews to appear on a certain day. It takes some effort and costs a fair amount of money but I’ve found in the past that it was worth the expense.

Of course, there are free ways to get reviews also. On Facebook, there are groups who advertise this and same on Goodreads. Truthfully, I just don’t have the time to find them all, jump through the loopholes and set the book up. I’ve also been involved with book swaps. You buy, read and review mine and I’ll do the same for you. I used to like doing this a lot with authors I knew produced stellar work. Then time became too precious and I had to stop.

So… through this whole post I hope I’ve made one thing abundantly clear. Yes – you need as many reviews as possible and the quicker the better!!

**Just try and get on some of the promo sites without them….


~ I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these 13 posts about how to get your box collection on a list.  Because of the sheer amount of effort needed, they were never meant to turn you off of your goal. Just a comprehensive overview of what might be necessary to have success. Might I reiterate here – my friends – it’s all about the numbers – the sales!!!

Good luck!!  

Friday, September 4, 2015

How many ways can we get a reader to pay attention? Hellooo – new book here!! #Giveaway

#12 Facebook Events, Thunderclap, Headtalker, Giveaways and Rafflecopters
I bet you think all this is overkill. Right?


If you’re one person and trying all these different ways to get attention for your book, you’ll be hauled off in a pretty white jacket that has ties around the back - only your arms will be in them.  

But if there are ten or more of you in a box collection, it’s not that hard. Of course, as I harped… I mean mentioned before, you need everyone on board. I repeat… yada yada yada…

The Facebook Event  - can be a lot of fun. When we had ours, we hired BPiC to look after us and keep the event moving along. Each of the authors had a slotted time where we could promote our own books, give away prizes such as jewelry or free books and interact with our readers in a fun way. 

It was not only a benefit to sales, but every last one of us ended up with new Facebook friends and a lot of likes on our fan page. And… because we were giving away freebies, I’d set up a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate for anyone who would sign on to my newsletter, I ended up with close to 100 new subscribers.  Now that was sweet!!And remember, everyone is bringing new readers to the page – their own invited fans and friends – so it’s a nice for you to socialize and maybe score new readers.

Thunderclap $10 and Headtalker Free - This is up to you whether you want to go to the trouble or not. In case you don’t know what they are, both are sites where you can sign up a special tweet that advertises your book. Once you have the required number of people who have signed on to support you, (they’ll need to okay the tweet for their twitter page or have it appear on their own Facebook, LinkedIn or Tumblr) then the barrage of posts and tweets will hit the streams on whatever day you’ve requested. There is one pre-requisite. You must have the necessary number of sign-ups. Headtalker is 50 and Thunderclap is 100. As you know, getting 100 people to support you can be a lot of work. For ten or more people, it’s nothing and so we naturally set them up. I kept thinking of all those followers of the 100 /50 people who would get to see the tweet but I’m not sure that it actually produced many sales. Anyway, the BPiC girls will arrange this for you if you ask them and pay the small fee. Hint: there is a Thunderclap Facebook page that is a lot of help where you can get support as long as you give your help to others. And I also used the hashtags #thunderclap and #headtalker and picked up a lot of help from those twitter streams also. But for a single person, nah!! It’s probably not going to pay off.

Giveaways - In Summer Fire we had signed on to do a number of Giveaways. And these were at our own expense. Some of the Giveaways were cross-promoted and they worked well. They were set up on Facebook and individual blogs. We just typed up a blurb, set up the prize, added an image showing the collection and posted it on a certain page where everyone would go and share. My problem is that my images were childish in comparison to many of the others but I guess the readers didn’t care. Was it worth it? Not sure. But the book got lots of exposure.

Rafflecopters - These were mainly used on the blogs and through the book tours. Not a fan of these – mostly because I can never seem to set one up properly. Again, we had the BPiC girls looking after them so they worked well.

Facebook Ads – Now these are really worth your while if you know how to make them work. I’ve seen some people spend a fortune for a very small return on their investment. But we had a genius who helped us out with the ads, and though he’s expensive, we found it was worth every penny. He charges $125 for his work in creating the ad and then you still have to pay for the ad itself. Someone who knows what they’re doing on Facebook ads can get you a lot of sales. (I recently tried a Twitter Ad also, and it paid off. I was just playing around and spent very little but it’s something to look into.)  But… I digress. We didn’t do twitter ads for the collections.
Near the end of the week, when we had to get those sales ramped up for Summer Fire, we all put out $50 Facebook Ads and those of us who weren’t knowledgeable  were helped by some of the girls who knew what the heck they were doing. I guess 20 authors all flooding Facebook with the same book collection made an impact. That day our sales jumped a lot. Probably was what took us over the line.

***Next post – the need for Reviews.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Lovin' Danger" A singe woman - a protective man! By @Jo_AnnCarson

Lovin' Danger
by Jo-Ann Carson
Series: Mata Hari, #4
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Nina French
Release Date: September 1, 2015

A single woman – A double life

Sadie Stewart, international model by day, CIA operative by night, wants it all: the danger and intrigue of being a spy, the glamour of modeling on the international stage and the love of a good man. But after she survives a second assassination attempt on her life, her world spins out of control.

Art dealer, Sebastian Wilde, a Viking with cool, blue eyes and body of a Norse God wants Sadie safe and by his side. And Sadie’s boss, the infamous master-spy, Jeremiah Cole, demands she follow his orders.

When she faces the assassin alone, she defies both men and risks everything.

A cross between Covert Danger and Indiana Jones
Smart, Sexy Suspense

... a male operative wearing jeans low enough on his hips to make her eyes linger down there, where no woman likes to be caught looking in public, delivered her mother’s chest. Pulling her eyes up his body, she tried hard not to stall on his killer smile. It should be banned by the Global Warming initiative. She could fault herself at noticing his good looks, but as her best friend Mitch liked to say, “No harm in window shopping.” The man was a gorgeous hunk of humanity.

Looking at him, perhaps too closely, Sadie stood in her doorway, with her right hand on her gun in the pocket of her robe. No makeup, no shoes—a bit of a disaster. She felt drabber than drab. Why did Cole send this Greek God guy?

The answer clicked into her mind: because he wanted to distract her. Get her away from Sebastian. Her mouth broke into a big smile. Nice try Jeremiah.

The man’s green eyes looked her over without apology. Undoubtedly, he knew her code name, Mata Hari, and he had heard stories, possibly many stories about her escapades. The unmistakable, carnal heat in his gaze put the question in the air.

Was she interested in a morning romp with a handsome stranger?

Running a hand through her mane of hair, she gave him a pleasant smile, the kind you give your kid brother when he’s washed your car for you. “Let’s get on with it,” she said.

Book 1 :Covert Danger

Book 2: Born of Magic

Book 3: Ancient Danger

Jo-Ann Carson has lived most of her life on islands off the west coast of Canada, surrounded by snow covered mountains, lush rain forests and pristine beaches.

Growing up, she dreamed of traveling the world like James Bond, finding archeological treasures like Indiana Jones, and finding true love. In her Mata Hari Series she combines elements of adventure, danger and steamy romance.