Posts Tagged ‘Louisiana’

Would you risk your life for a child in danger? The clock is ticking…

Friday, May 4th, 2018
  1. J. R. Ferguson, Welcome to my post. Where are you from?

 

I was born and raised in Longview, Texas but have lived in Louisiana for 35 years. Louisiana is home now.

Makes sense. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

 

If given the opportunity to travel any time in history, I would probably decline. I’m not much of a risk-taker. Maybe that’s why I like for my characters to take risks. I live vicariously through them.

 

Most authors do. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would it be? What food would you serve?

 

I wouldn’t mind having dinner with Joe Mack Crawford, the main character in my story, The Little Girl in the Bayou. He’s a good old East Texas boy who likes barbecue. Of course, that poses a problem for me since I’m vegetarian.

 

He, he, he. If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?

 

I’d stay on earth, thank you. I’d lease a home on the coast of Maine, pack up hubby, the kids and their spouses and live there for a summer—with option to buy.

 

I’m with you there…Describe your dream writing spot.

 

My dream writing spot is just a dream—a home on the coast of Maine or an apartment in downtown Boston. Realistically, I can write anywhere but the best place I’ve written is the library in Mustang, Oklahoma. That place has excellent vibes!

 

Wow, awesome. How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?

 

I have more unfinished books than finished ones. I wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou about thirty years ago. All these years I’ve tinkered with it, updated it and tried to make it timely. I have a partial novel and another short story featuring Joe Mack Crawford, the main character.

 

Nice. What is the name of your book?

 

My story in Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is called The Little Girl in the Bayou. It features Mack Crawford, a Texas construction worker who sticks his neck out to find a missing child.

Interesting…Give us a back blurb of your book.

 

Would you risk your life for a child in danger? The clock is ticking…

 

Chiiiiiiiills…What genre is it?

 

Mystery.

 

My favorite. What kind of research did you do for this book?

 

As the years have passed since I first wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou, I’ve had to continue my research to update the story. I’ve researched Polaroid pictures and videos, adult entertainment stores on I-10 and small Louisiana towns and their problems. Don’t get the impression my story is X-rated. It’s a clean story about a guy who cares.

 

Really? Where can we find your books? 

 

I’ve taken all my books off Amazon for updating but Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime can be found at the links below. Thanks so much for the interview, Anna.

You are welcome.

Links

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

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More than a Soldier

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
MORE THAN A SOLDIER
by
Irene Onorato
Genre: Inspirational Romance

 

Pub
Date: 6/6/17

 

 

There’s more than one way to be a
hero . . .
Former Special Forces soldier Hank
Fleming is living a safe, quiet life in upstate New York, but there
are days he isn’t sure he’s going to make it. The sole survivor
of a devastating grenade attack in Afghanistan, he is still scarred,
physically and emotionally. He hangs on to his faith and tries to
keep moving forward, waiting for the day that something—or
someone—can make him feel whole again.
Cindy Giordano is searching too—for
her biological family and a fresh start. When her journey to find her
brother, Edward, leads to Hank’s front door, she is instantly drawn
to Hank . . . and instantly wary. With her ex-fiancé’s betrayal
still fresh in her mind, friendship is about all she can muster.
When shadows from Cindy’s past
threaten, Hank’s protective instincts shift into high gear, and he
realizes everyone has their own battles to fight. But the road to
healing would be much sweeter with the right person by his side . . .
Irene Onorato was born and raised in
Bronx, New York. Her father, a first-generation American whose
parents were born in Italy, was an Army veteran who had served with
the 178th combat engineers during WWII. He told numerous stories of
battles, hardships, tragedies and triumphs. The glimpses he gave into
the hearts of many American warriors would later become the
inspiration for much of Irene’s writings.
In 1972, a few months after graduating
high school, Irene met James Onorato, a soldier who had just returned
from Vietnam. After dating two weeks, they married, raised three
children, and are still happily married today.
Irene and James, both radiation
protection technicians, retired from the nuclear power industry in
2014 and now reside in Louisiana. Readers can visit Irene’s website
at ireneonorato.com, and find her on Facebook.
 
 
 
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A SOLDIER’S SONG cover reveal

Monday, June 26th, 2017
A
SOLDIER’S SONG
by
Irene Onorato
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Pub. Date: 2/13/2018
 
 
 
Can love conquer all? . . .
All Special Forces sergeant Jason Dexter ever
wanted was to serve his country—with his father’s blessing.
Although the elder Dexter has yet to make his peace with his son’s
decision, Jason has no regrets. Still, he has mixed feelings about
returning to his upstate New York town. But his perspective changes
at a friend’s wedding, where he meets a lovely, gifted musician.
Now Jason has a new mission: to get to know Aria Greco better.
The daughter of Jason’s commanding officer,
Aria dreams of becoming a concert pianist. Meeting the handsome
soldier transforms both their lives. But Aria’s ambition, Jason’s
unresolved family conflicts, and jealousy over rivals on both sides
soon threatens their blossoming relationship. As Jason prepares for a
dangerous deployment, will the mounting tensions tear them apart, or
is their love—and the faith they share—powerful enough to heal
the past and embrace the future?
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Irene Onorato was born and raised in the
Bronx, New York. Her father, a first-generation American whose
parents were born in Italy, was an Army veteran who had served with
the 178th combat engineers during WWII. He told numerous stories of
battles, hardships, tragedies and triumphs. The glimpses he gave into
the hearts of many American warriors would later become the
inspiration for much of Irene’s writings.
In 1972, a few months after graduating high
school, Irene met James Onorato, a soldier who had just returned from
Vietnam. After dating two weeks, they married, raised three children,
and are still happily married today.
Irene and James, both radiation protection
technicians, retired from the nuclear power industry in 2014 and now
reside in Louisiana. Readers can visit Irene’s website at
ireneonorato.com, and find her on Facebook.
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The Unmistakable Scent of Gardenias and the spirits that would rather remain undisturbed

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Denise is a Southern girl who has lived in Louisiana all her life, and yes, she has a drawl. She has a wonderful husband and two incredible children, who not only endure her writing moods, but also encourage her to indulge her writing passion. Besides writing romantic suspense, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.

Accounting is a skill she has learned to earn a little money to support her writing habit. She wrote her first story when she was a teen, seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she had read. She’s been writing off and on ever since, and with more than a few full-length manuscripts already completed, she has no desire to slow down.

Q&A With the Author:

1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
I’ve lived in Louisiana all her life, and
yes, I have a drawl. I’m an accountant two days a week, and a writer every single
moment of my life. With so many story ideas crowding my mind, I have no desire
to mute the voices in my head.
2. What do you love most in the world?
I love my family more than anything. Without their encouragement, I would have never dared to pursue my dreams. They are my heart and soul.
3. What do you fear most?
I’ve never been afraid of dying, but I am
afraid of not living long enough to do everything I want to do before I die.

 

 

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Content with the direction her life takes…

The temptation to earn a sweet payday and collect enough money to start her own interior design business is too much opportunity for Sophia Cannon to ignore, but working for her new client, Les Wakefield, is like working for a creepy stalker. He seems to be everywhere she goes.

Until trouble walks around the corner and into her life again…

Dylan Hunter almost turns down the Wakefield Manor restoration job until Les Wakefield tells him Sophia is the interior designer hired to oversee furnishing the old plantation house. Sophia has been the ghost in his life since the day she left him, haunting his heart with her memory every day and every night.

Stirring up more than just the spirits of the dead…

Sophia and Dylan fight with each other until a much bigger threat puts both their lives in danger. Discovering that generations of Wakefields have restored the plantation only to disappear months after moving in to the manor house stirs up spirits that would rather remain undisturbed.

Can love survive the long nights at Wakefield Manor with the unmistakable scent of gardenias hanging so heavily in the air?

 

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Snippet:
The dirt track wound through a stand of
centuries-old oak trees hung with draping wisps of gray-blue-green Spanish
moss. Like dark sentinels with drawn swords, the trees arched their limbs over
the newlyweds as they drove deeper and deeper into the heart of the plantation.
On a humid, south Louisiana evening, the moisture-heavy air rushed through the open windows and expanded in the interior of the car. A trail of sweat rolled down Celia Wakefield’s backbone. She
shivered as the first glimpse of the house came into view, and the meal she’d
consumed miles up the road rumbled in the lower regions of her stomach. Despite
the heat, chill bumps prickled on her forearms. An inexplicable reaction, really.
She glanced at her husband Les out of the corner of her eye and cringed. An intense tightness defined his jaw line, which meant he was in one of his dark moods.
His fingers curled around the steering wheel. “There’s no telling what condition the main house will be in when we get there.”
He had warned her of its disrepair repeatedly since the day he first told her that he’d inherited the old Wakefield Plantation. It was as if he was apologizing in advance for the state of their first home. She had, of course, wanted something newer, but beggars couldn’t be choosers. She was lucky Les Wakefield had found her appealing enough to overlook her past.
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Celeste Trichel Goodwin author of A Boy Back From Heaven

Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Celeste, where are you from?
I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nice, that place sound French. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?
I would travel to the 1950’s. Society was in a much slower pace than now and the modern culture was on the cusp of seeing great people begin to pioneer the things that make life what it is today.
Good thinking. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would be?

If I could have dinner with anyone from my book it would be my Grandma Massey. I miss (more…)