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How hard can it be to tame his darker, more cynical side?

Friday, July 12th, 2019
Detour
to Paradise
by
River Ames
Genre:
Sweet Contemporary Romance 
 
Lucas
Rockworth—a hard-driving force of nature has been ordered by his
doctor to take some time off and get his blood pressure under
control. You would think buying a cabin in the natural splendor known
as Gray Horse Lake, Idaho, would do the trick. All that mountain
greenery, crystal blue lakes and rivers, and nature-run-amok had to
be exactly what the doctor had ordered.

 

 

Enter
Sarah Burke… The innocently enticing young entrepreneur who’s
opening an equestrian camp for children with handicaps.

 

 

Her
initial impression of him is clearly wrong. For some reason, known to
the reader but unknown to him, Sarah mistakenly believes that Lucas
Rockworth is a shy, sensitive man. After having to deal a lifetime
with a dominating older brother and controlling father, she finds
these traits very appealing.

 

 

Her
recent breakup with someone who could best be described as a bully
has Sarah longing for a kinder, gentler man in her life.

 

 

Lucas
tells himself that, since he makes his living as a general
contractor, he has the hands-on experience to make himself into
anything Miss Sarah Burke is looking for.

 

 

It
shouldn’t be that great a stretch to become a modern, sensitive
kind of guy, should it? She wants Mr. Rogers… Well, darn, he can
manage that for the short time he’s in Idaho.

 

 

How
hard can it be to tame his darker, more cynical side?

 

 

As
for Sarah Burke? She thinks she’s met a real life version of Mr.
Rogers. But, the reader knows its Rambo who’s come
a’courting.

 

 

Would
the real Lucas Rockworth care to step forward?

 

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River
Ames spent the first eighteen years of her life in Southern
California. Here is a partial list of some of the cities in which she
lived: Pasadena, South Pasadena, Duarte, El Monte, Arcadia La Puente,
Lomita, West Covina, Pacifica, Santa Monica, Palmdale, and Hacienda
Heights. In some of those cities, she lived at six different
addresses. In the city of La Puente, River’s family lived in four
different houses on the same street. The non-glamorous reason for all
the moves was habitual eviction necessitated for non-payment of rent.
It was an interesting way to grow up.
River
attended twenty-six different elementary schools, two different
junior high schools and four different high schools. In one
elementary school, she was a student for only three days.
Perhaps,
because she was so frequently identified as the “new girl,”
the pattern of River being an observer instead of a participant in
the interactions going on around her seemed a logical fit for her
personality.
When
she was thirteen, River read “Gone with the Wind.” She
skipped three days of school in order to finish the book in one
sitting. Disappointed in Rhett for “not giving a damn,”
River wrote her own sequel–in long hand, on three-hole punch,
notebook paper. The opening line? “Tomorrow dawned bright and
fair.” In less than fifty pages, Scarlett had been transformed
into Jane Eyre and Rhett had fallen in love with her all over again.
After
Southern California, River has spent the next part of her life living
in the semi-rural town of Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is a graduate of
Idaho State University, majoring in Health Education Sciences and
Addiction Counseling. She’s worked the past ten years at a Behavioral
Health Center where she assisted children, teenagers, and adults
committed in a 24/7 secured facility because of mental health
challenges they are experiencing.
River’s
books celebrate the good-natured humor that lays at the heart of most
of our human predicaments. The conflicts are significant, yet it is
her characters and their quirky (yet somehow universally relatable)
thoughts, words, and choices that reflect a light-hearted peek into a
world we wish was real. The amazing thing is that these worlds are
real to readers for the time they visit there.
Readers
have said: “In a River Ames book, one minute I’m laughing out
loud, and the next I have a lump in my throat.”
River
is currently readying a historical novel, “Gideon’s Justice.”
This three-part novel is Book I in a three volume western series set
in the Colorado Territory.
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Ideal High–can that be possible?

Monday, April 25th, 2016
Valerie, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
Born in Richland, Washington/live in Mesa, AZ
What makes you passionate about writing?
I love a good story–I love reading one, and I love creating one that I hope others will love
 an author photo color
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
8 years actually, but that was just working on it in bits and pieces
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Two things: a story in the newspaper about a bus accident killing students returning from a school trip and remembering a girl from high school that no one ever talked to or seemed to care about. I felt bad that I had never tried to say anything nice to her. That got me wondering what would happen if there was a tragedy involving a bunch of high school kids and how would that affect the rest of the student body. Would everyone treat each other better?

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Why is Zeld crossing swords with the Pirate Prince?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Dan, how long have you been writing? 
    My first published work was my bachelor’s dissertation in 1986  My first novel came out in 2010.
Tell us where you were born and where you live now. 
    I was born In Salt Lake City, raised in Magna, and currently live in Blanding, Utah,
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
    I had several solid ideas all put into one.  It’s written in the Anglo-American style.  Which means it reads like the American versions of Harry Potter; being a combination of British and American English.  The book is set in England in the 1200’s and is about a school for the the nobility and royalty of the time.  The book is fantasy having dragons, unicorns and other monsters.  The book is also a coming of age story, meaning the main character is a Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Frodo, Ender Wiggins type person named Zeldain de Saxon or Zeld.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
    J. K Rowling
What is the name of your books?  (more…)

Dispirited by Luisa Perkins, published March 17, 2012

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Today we have Luisa Perkins who will tell us about her new book “Dispirited” published by Zarahemla Books.

First of all, what’s Dispirited about?

A boy named Blake teaches himself how to get out of his body in order to go looking for the spirit of his dead mother. One night when he comes home, he finds that another being has taken over his body in his absence. (more…)