Halloween Blog Hop – Fall Favorites #Snarkology $100 Grand Prize!

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Welcome to the Snarkology Halloween blog hop! Sixty participating author blogs mean you have tons of chances to win the Grand Prize of one $100 Amazon or B&N gift certificate, or one of two $15 Amazon or B&N gift certs! Plus, many authors are also offering additional prizes. Follow along at the Linked list below Oct. 27 – Oct 31, increase your chances of winning a prize, find some great new authors and stories, and join the fun!

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Roasterie pumpkinsFall on an island in the Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite times and places. Colors and flavors of fall abound, with the wild blackberries giving way to apple orchards, cider presses, hard cider, mulled cider… You get the picture!

Besides harvesting apples (we have baby trees that gave us our first basketfull this year!), fall also brings squid season. Get those rubbery over-fried rings out of your mind. Fresh and properly prepared calamari is amazingly tender and eye-rolling good, and catching them is surprisingly fun – especially with good friends and hot mulled cider with an added dash of Fireball whiskey! And clamming on the beautiful west coast of Washington. I went on my first razor clam expedition last year, and we had such a good time despite almost getting swept out into the Pacific by the huge tide! So much fun to learn new things, like the proper way to plant and pull a clam gun without breaking the clam shell and finding the “dimple” that indicates a clam buried in the sand. My repeated cries of “Oh! There’s one!” were inevitably answered with “No, that’s a rock.” Best clam chowder I ever made – and a great hint to use evaporated milk instead of heavy cream to lower fat and calories without losing even a pinch of taste.

Halloween itself will mean the main street in town being shut down and all the local businesses offering tastes and treats to the little ghouls and goblins roaming the street with friends and parents with most everyone dressing up. It’s a small town celebration of fall that’s not to be missed!

What are your favorite activities and flavors of fall?

The paranormal romance Wraith Series books One and Two from the Wild Rose Press

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Author Interview: Kate SeRine

We’re excited to be a part of Kate SeRine’s GRIMM CONSEQUENCES release blog tour! And Kate, being the seriously nice person she is, agreed to give us more little known facts behind the creation and characters of her Transplanted Tales. Learning about the motivation of both the author and characters adds such a great depth and satisfied the craving Kate’s created for more of her intriguing Transplanted Tales World. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway–link at the end!

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The Transplanted Tales: Behind the Scenes

I’ve shared a little behind-the-scenes info about my Transplanted Tales series here and there over the last couple of years, but because Melissa and Jennifer asked so nicely, I decided to divulge a little more.

1)     I’ve mentioned a few times that I hadn’t originally intended Tess “Red” Little to end up with Nate Grimm. What I haven’t said is that I’d planned for him and Trish to end up together. But they’re both better off where they are. ;)

2)     Aside from having a few key scenes in my head when I start, I don’t plan out my stories—not ever. I like to write as if I’m watching the plot unfold as a reader would.

3)     Nate Grimm was inspired by Humphrey Bogart’s characters in Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon, and by my husband, who is a consulting investigator with local law enforcement.

4)     The flirty banter between Nate and Tess is drawn from my relationship with my husband. A couple of our exchanges actually appear in the novel. ;)

5)     The Refuge, a haven for wayward Tales looking for a new start, is very loosely based on the small town where I lived as a child (except there were no Tales there…that I’m aware of).

6)     Many of Old Mama Hubbard’s little sayings in The Better to See You are things my late grandmother used to say. This was my way of preserving her words forever.

7)     Bob “Old King” Cole, proprietor of the Tale pub Ever Afters, is based on my friend and mentor, Marshall “Greg” Gregory. Sadly, my dear friend was very ill when RED released and passed away not long after. He never had the chance to read the book.

8)     RED was the sixth full-length novel I’d completed at the time it was written, but was the first I’d attempted to publish.

9)     Trish Muffet’s ringlets are based on those of my youngest sister. My adorable baby sis has the cutest hair EVER. But, of course, she hates it.

10)  In Grimm Consequences, the villain Demetrius was inspired by actor Andrew Scott. You Sherlock fans would know him as Sherlock’s nemesis, Moriarty. He can pull off seriously freaking crazy like nobody’s business.

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GRIMM CONSEQUENCES release day April 17!

Grimm Consequences. Transplanted Tales #1.5

You reap what you sow…

Saying Nate Grimm has a dark past is an understatement. Fortunately, no one’s bothered to look too closely at the Fairytale Management Authority’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. And that’s the way Nate wants to keep it. For after centuries of torment and loneliness, he’s finally found happiness with the hot and hard-charging love of his life, Tess “Red” Little.

Of course, his love for Tess is the reason there’s a posse of Reaper judges after him, led by a sadistic bastard acquainted with Nate from once upon a time. Now, Tess will pay the price for Nate’s transgressions unless Nate severs his ties to the transplanted Tales–and Tess–forever. His enemy has the advantage in speed, malice and brutality. But the Reapers have underestimated the depth of Nate’s love and devotion. And the fury of his wrath. . .

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