Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

We're launching the Tour for SWEET MOUNTAIN RANCHER by LOREE LOUGH!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

We're launching the Book Tour for
Sweet Mountain Rancher
By Loree Lough

Come along on Loree's tour to find out a little bit more about her, writing, plus some fabulous reviews!

Tour Schedule
9/6 - Grand Finale

Interview with Author Loree Lough

What can you tell about yourself, Loree?

Well, I’m married to my real life hero and the proud mother of two beautiful and wonderful grown daughters who have blessed me with 7 amazing and sweet grandorables. I live in Maryland and spend about 1/3 of my days in our humble little cabin in the Allegheny Mountains (where I spend about 1/3 of my time honing my “Identify the Critter Tracks” skills).

Did you always have dreams of becoming an author? If so, how did you become a novelist?

As a kid, my first dream was of becoming a ballerina, but when every dance instructor said “Sorry, you’re too short,”, I focused on a future as a flight attendant. “Sorry, you wear glasses” sent me on a potential career in law enforcement, where I was told “Sorry, you’re too short and you wear glasses.” I loved to read, and dreamed away my share of hours, lost in the pages of books…but never saw myself writing one of those stories until our family was transferred from Baltimore, Maryland to Richmond, Virginia, where I accepted a job as a freelance neighborhood correspondent for the local paper. Soon, other papers were making assignments. Yet another job transfer brought us back to Baltimore, where I showed my clip book to editors, and began taking assignments from the print media here. Years passed, and I’d accumulated about 2,500 articles as a ‘stringer’ and/or ‘beat reporter.’ Working on that last hundred or so, I began to notice a disturbing trend: Editors, changing salient facts to appease advertisers (or, in some cases, politicians). I figured if I was gonna write fiction, I might as well try my hand at a novel. The result? Pocketful of Love, released by Barbour Publishing in 1994.

What’s your ‘take’ on Christian fiction?

Though it’s called a lot of things—Christian, inspirational, faith-based—this area of the fiction market stands apart from others because in each story, scripture plays a key role. Plotlines shore up the faith of characters that start out on shaky ground, or turn doubters into believers…and in many cases, the stories do the same thing for readers! (I’ll bet there are 40,000 letters in my files, written by people who tell me how closely they identified with a character, situation, or both.

Do you start out hoping your readers will take something special with them after reading one of your books?

I’ve long believed that God guides the careers of authors who write faith-based fiction, and that He does it to reach people who might otherwise be unreachable…or to lead someone who’s searching to an answer or solution to a problem in their lives. Another important our of authors is to deliver entertaining stories that transport our readers to new and different places, far from the pressures and stresses of the real world.

Do any of those letters you’ve received affect you, long-term?

My favorite story comes from the letter written by a 13 year old girl in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Amy lived in a house with an assortment of cousins, her grandmother, mother, and two aunts—all divorced—who didn’t believe in God or the possibility of a normal, healthy love relationship. The girl wrote to say that while spending the night at a friend’s house, she picked up a novel “because it had a pretty blond on the cover.” She stayed up all night, and by morning, had finished reading it. The plan had been to return home before her friend’s family went to church. Instead, she accepted their invitation to services “because I wanted to see if real ‘church people’ were as friendly in church as they were in that book.” Amy said her life changed that day, because she realized that “having God in your life is better than not having Him in it.” Week after week, she told me, she attended services with the family…and attended on her own when vacations or illnesses kept her friend’s family away. She fell in love with a young man, there among the congregation. Today, many years later, they’re married with four rosy-cheeked children, who attend services at that same church. “All because of one line in your book,” she said: “’God knows who is best for you, and if you let Him, He will make sure you meet him.’” The book? Priscilla Hires a Husband.

Has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

Oh yes, in many ways! Researching scripture that I’ll include in the story always adds a layer of comprehension to my former understanding of the verses.

Other than writing great novels, do you have other goals for your life?

To make gnocchi that’s as good as my Italian grandmother’s was!

What do you do in your spare time?

Few things soothe my soul more than spending time with my grandorables. They’re all growing up so fast that I grab every moment with them that I can! I love to garden, sketch and paint, make things from wood. In short: If it gets me sweaty and dirty and breaks my fingernails, I’m sure to enjoy it!

What can you tell us about your latest novel?

Sweet Mountain Rancher,  #2 in Harlequin Heartwarming’s “Those Marshall Boys” series is set on a sprawling ranch just outside Denver. Former major league pitcher Nate Marshall is seriously injured in the fiery crash that killed his fiancĂ©. Though his body is mostly healed, his heart has a long way to go when he returns to the family ranch. Enter Eden Quinn, administrator of Latimer House, home to a dozen wayward boys. When she brings the troubled teens to the Double M for some fresh air and real-life experiences, everyone faces new challenges that have the power to destroy…of improve their lives.

What’s next for you?

Every time I give a speech, teach a workshop, or lead a seminar, someone asks “Will you ever retire, Loree?” The answer is always, word for word, the same (and a couple of years ago, I the words printed on a t-shirt): “I’ll retire when they pry the keyboard from my cold, dead hands.” So I guess readers can expect more of the same!

Any parting words?

I hope everyone has enjoyed the summer, and that they’ll have a happy, healthy year-end as well. If you’re so inclined, I’d love for you to connect with on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! 

Sweet Mountain Rancher (Those Marshall Boys, #2)Sweet Mountain Rancher
(Those Marshal Boys, #2)
by Loree Lough
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 385 pages (large print)
September 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

HE CAN SAY NO TO EVERYONE BUT HER...

Nate Marshall used to be a yes-man... until being so agreeable cost him dearly. But Eden Quinn has a way of getting him to reconsider his "just say no" policy. Which is how a bunch of troubled teens end up at his ranch for the weekend. Nate can't help but be attracted to the woman who keeps them in line.

This cowboy knows Eden's no damsel in distress, yet hers isn't a one-woman job. If she must do everything on her own, how can he help her... let alone get her to fall for him?

The First Book in the Series

Once a MarineOnce a Marine
(Those Marshal Boys, #1)
by Loree Lough
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 377 pages (large print)
February 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

DOES SHE EVEN NEED A HERO?

Summer Lane is no damsel in distress. For the past two years, she's been battling her way back from her worst nightmare, all by herself. So she doesn't need the fabulous former Marine Zach Marshall swooping in to save her.

But she needn't worry. Zach has hung up his shining armor. His instinct to rescue has only brought him heartache, and he's not about to risk it all again--even though everything about Summer makes him yearn to help.

Will she accept his challenge to step up and conquer her fears on her own--even her deepest fears, like trust...and love?


Yes, it's true: Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for the "grandorables," but mostly, she just writes. (And writes.) Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and "Readers' Choice" awards, 7 movie options, and over 80 4- and 5-star reviews.

There are more than 5,000,000 (yes, that's FIVE MILLION) copies of Loree's books in circulation, and in September of 2015, she'll have 108 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. To date, she has received 50,000+ letters from fans (a carton of books goes to Meredith P. in Joliet, IL -- which she has elected to donate to her local library --for writing the 50,000th letter)!

Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers' organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad.

A writer who believes in "giving back," Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers' Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations.

She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and "wolf stuff."


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

It's the Grand Finale for LOREE LOUGH's GUARDIANS OF THE HEART!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

We're sharing the Grand Finale for
Guardians of the Heart
By Loree Lough

Nell and Asa have guarded their hearts, but to let love in, they'll have to let go.
We hope you enjoyed finding out more about their story.
If you didn't get a chance to get to each stop, you can go back and check them out now...

Launch - Author Interview

And how do you develop your deep POV?

I love living in the heads of my characters, and accomplish it (and avoid ‘head hopping’) by writing each scene from a specific character’s point of view. It’s almost as though I take up residence in their brains (like a parasite! LOL). When I’m thinking their thoughts, reacting to what other characters do and say, deep POV is a lot easier.

Bookworm Lisa - Review

"Loree Lough has written this story in an easy to read voice. The pacing is excellent. She kept my attention and I really came to like the characters." 

Worthy2Read - Nonna's Authentic Spaghetti Sauce

As any ‘on a deadline’ author can tell you, we’re really, really good at procrastinating. We tidy drawers, organize closets, poke around in our flower beds. And we cook. One of my favorite recipes was handed down by my Italian grandmother’s family. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!

Zerina Blossom's Books - They Called Her Shoog Guest Post

The summer I turned ten, a pretty little redheaded girl moved into the house on the corner. Her parents and older siblings called her Shoog…and it was Shoog who introduced the kids on our block to a whole new way to spend our summer days...


"A sweet heartfelt romance that reminds us of the importance of forgiveness – of other people and especially of ourselves. With true, likable characters and a plot brimming with all the great elements of a story, Guardians of the Heart will gently refresh your soul."

Christy's Cozy Corners - A Promise to Jake, Part 1

When a mysterious package arrives shortly before Christmas, a wealthy author is forced to remember what’s truly important about the holy day…and about life.

Writing Pearls - Review

"This was a surprising out of bounds romance. It was clean, well-written, with strong characters that become a part of your reality."


Regrettably, no one was hiring. Few things scared her more than the prospect of being homeless and destitute. Nell sat on the steps of the bank, held her head in her hands and tried to pray. She’d said countless prayers for others—in church, others on her knees before bed—but couldn’t remember the last time she’d prayed for herself. Did she remember how?

Mel's Shelves - Review

"I loved Asa and Nell! Asa puts on a rough front but does care about others while trying not to. He feels guilt for some things he did in the past and needs to learn to forgive himself. Nell was sweet from the beginning! What I loved about this book is that the author didn't just tell me; she showed me."


Oh, what he wouldn’t give to go back in time to the little house on the outskirts of Denver that always smelled of fresh-baked bread, where he’d never gone hungry and never felt cold, thanks to his ma’s talent for turning scraps of cloth into warm quilts.


"I could not put this book down it was wonderful. . . . A nice relaxing read that brings out the love and coziness."

Mommabears Book Blog - A Promise to Jake, Part 2

He stared at the blinking cursor. "I've let you down big time, Jake," he said, eyes on the blank white screen. Maybe telling his friend’s story would ease his conscience. Squaring his shoulders, Homer pulled out the keyboard drawer and gave his knuckles one last crack, and began to type:

Wishful Endings - A Promise to Jake, Part 3

FIVE YEARS LATER:

"Homer, schweetheart," Bobby said, "so what's up with your answering machine? I've been trying to get hold of you for days."

"Don't have one up here." Don't want one, don't need one.

Reading Is My SuperPower - Special Author Interview

Me: You are such a prolific writer! (5,000,000 copies in circulation – 108 books, 72 short stories, and over 2500 articles in print) Where do you get your inspiration for so many new plots and characters?

Loree: Inspiration is everywhere. Literally. I’ve come up with story ideas while reading a dog-eared old magazine in the doctor’s waiting room. At the grocery store. In the movie theater. Here at home, watching the TV news or reading the Sunday paper. Sitting on a bench at the soft ice cream parlor, listening to the conversation of patrons on the next bench. Talking to a neighbor over the back fence. While on hold to make corrections to a DirecTV statement. I could go on (and on!), but I think you get the idea!

Singing Librarian Books - Review (Author Interview here)

"Throughout the novel Loree has brought her characters to life in a true and heartwarming way. I would recommend this novel to Christian, historical fiction, romance readers."

Colorimetry - Excerpt

They carried their bowls to a nearby bench and sat down to enjoy the treat, and Asa realized immediately that they were facing the wrong direction. Fifty yards due north, he had a direct line of sight to where Gus and Nell sat, munching fried chicken, corn bread, and apple slices. Oughta be you sitting there, he thought.

Guardians of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #2)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House

Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather's barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he'd inherited. 

Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family's mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He'll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

The First Book in the Series

Currency of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #1)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
January 1st 2015 by Whitaker House

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denver’s elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.

She’s unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets
as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him … and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?
Or will secrets—and the cost of exposing them—drive them apart forever?


Yes, it's true: Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for the "grandorables," but mostly, she just writes. (And writes.) Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and "Readers' Choice" awards, 7 movie options, and over 80 4- and 5-star reviews.

There are more than 5,000,000 (yes, that's FIVE MILLION) copies of Loree's books in circulation, and in September of 2015, she'll have 108 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. To date, she has received 50,000+ letters from fans (a carton of books goes to Meredith P. in Joliet, IL -- which she has elected to donate to her local library --for writing the 50,000th letter)!

Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers' organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad.

A writer who believes in "giving back," Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers' Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations.

She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and "wolf stuff."


Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card
Print copy of Guardians of the Heart
Kindle copy of Guardians of the Heart (to be gifted through Amazon)
Open internationally
Ends August 29th
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

We're launching the Book Tour for GUARDIANS OF THE HEART by LOREE LOUGH!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

We're launching the Book Tour for
Guardians of the Heart
By Loree Lough

Nell and Asa have guarded their hearts, but to let love in, they'll have to let go.
We hope you enjoy finding out more about their story...

Tour Schedule
8/17
8/18
8/19
8/20
8/21
Reading Is My SuperPower - Special Author Interview
8/23 - Grand Finale

Interview with Author Loree Lough

Loree, how many genres do you write in?

Most of what I’ve written falls into the romance genre. Some are historical, others contemporary, and every story has a thread (or two) of suspense and adventure woven into it. I’ve also written historical fiction and non-fiction for kids.

And how do you develop your deep POV?

I love living in the heads of my characters, and accomplish it (and avoid ‘head hopping’) by writing each scene from a specific character’s point of view. It’s almost as though I take up residence in their brains (like a parasite! LOL). When I’m thinking their thoughts, reacting to what other characters do and say, deep POV is a lot easier.

I understand you once wrote articles for a living. Did your non-fiction background help you with researching your novels?

Having more than 2,500 articles under my byline was definitely a big help! Whether fiction or non-fiction, when I come up with an idea for a story, I build everything around a theme. Take “The Turning Points” series, for example, based on an actual Baltimore news story: Halloween prank (presumably by teens) who dressed a dummy like a man and tossed it onto railroad tracks. The engineer, thinking he’d run over a vagrant, called in a report that sparked a full-fledged search: Helicopters, dogs, SAR personnel that cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. I couldn’t help but wonder about the psychological after-effects on the kids. Did it inspire more of the same behavior, or a life change?

No need to research time period and setting (I live in Baltimore! <g>), but it was necessary to find out the order of events of such a search. And how the event impacted each boy. The actual news story didn’t state how many or what age, so I fabricated the information and decided there were three, fifteen year old boys involved in the prank. Meaning, chats with child psychologists were required to determine how big an impact something like that might have on an impressionable kid—now, and in the future.

Although no one was injured in the actual news report, the engineer in my story was having a heart attack even before he spotted the dummy on the tracks. But my boys didn’t know that. Young and impressionable, they jumped to conclusions: The engineer must have been so shocked at the thought of running over a man that he went into cardiac arrest.

All this in chapter one, as seen from the POV of one of the boys; chapter two opens fifteen years later, as he’s living his new life…one as a cardiac surgeon, one as a firefighter, one who, despite a successful career in real estate, didn’t find his way until well into his book. Which required research into each career choice.

And then there were the heroines…!

Do you have routines that move your writing process along?

I start each day by editing the work I did the day before. This is crucial, since I often work on more than one book at a time, sometimes in different time periods. The edits serve two purposes: 1.) I can clean up any messes I’ve left behind, and 2.) I’m right back in the characters’ heads.

What about marketing? Do you have a personal program or strategy?

I pretty much stick with social networking, some ‘signage’ (postcards, bookmarks, magnets, calendars, etc.), and occasionally, an ad in a newspaper/magazine. 

Do you have an agent, and if so, how did you find him/her?

My agent is one of the most well-respected in the industry. I sent him an email and asked if he was interested in working with me. We had a long discussion about my work history, my career goals, and his recommendations to help me reach them. It’s been a satisfying, mutually rewarding partnership.

Is it difficult to distinguish your hero and heroin’s voices from other characters’?

Well, as I said earlier, I pretty much get inside the characters’ heads and write from one POV per scene. I have a pretty good idea what sort of person each character is. I know their flaws. Their positive traits. Their likes and dislikes. Their backgrounds. All of that plays into each character’s voice.

I’ve read 5-star reviews and rave endorsements that say your dialog is wonderful and unique. How do you accomplish that?

With POV and character plusses and minuses in mind, dialog pretty much takes care of itself. A guy from Texas and a guy from New York have completely different ways of expressing the same sentiments. Same is true for a woman from Mississippi v. a woman from LA. It’s hard to go wrong, once you’re deeply imbedded in their heads!

Is a backstory important?

Yes, but to be honest, very little of it ends up in the story, except in the ways it has molded and shaped who the character is when the story opens. I develop backstory by asking myself how this character must behave—outwardly, and in the privacy of his mind. Also, I ask myself how his background will influence the way he reacts to things over which he has no control. We are all a product of our backgrounds. The question is…what will it take to get us out of our comfort zones, to cause character growth…?

How is the industry changed since you started writing novels?

The major change is that there are a whole lot more authors, and only a handful of traditional publishers. Competition is, as they say, stiff. I see that as a good thing, because every time I submit a proposal for a new contract, it will be compared to the thousands (literally!) of other submissions an editor is considering.

The romance genre, itself, is more challenging, because readers are far more demanding. They’re no longer satisfied with a sweet little tale about a settler’s wife adapting to life on the plains. The economy is tough, and they’re not willing to spend hard-earned dollars on two-dimensional stories. They want to be thoroughly entertained by a believable tale that features realistic characters, solving believable problems. I receive dozens of letters each week from readers who share how they identified with a character, a situation, or a solution. If I hope to keep receiving mail like that, I have to continue pushing the envelope.

How many drafts of a novel do you write?

I edit the first draft, which becomes the second draft, which becomes the final version. So the original is always there, layered by countless additions and deletions.

Are you a ‘pantser’ or a ‘plotter’?

I believe strongly in plotting, and use an outline for every novel. (See next question for more details.)

How do you develop your plots?

My ‘timeline’ is a combination of dozens of outline techniques found in dozens of how-to books. It resembles a big-block calendar, each box representing a scene. It’s old-fashioned, I know, but it has worked very well for me, for each of the 105 books on the shelves. I use paper and pencil, so that I can make changes as I go along, and I love that I can refer to it without having a bunch of distracting tabs open on my computer screen.

How do you ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ a story?

Wow. That’s a tough one. I guess the easiest way to answer that one is…keep the story active. Not too much thinking about what happened in the past. If an event is something another character needs to know, for example, I often provide the information through a conversation, face to face or overheard, with another character.

Do you have a specific technique for producing a successful novel?

There’s an old writers’ adage that goes something like, open a vein and bleed on the page. It isn’t quite that dramatic, of course, but authors really do have to be willing to sacrifice: Sleep, family time, laundry, yard work (sometimes, even showering takes second place to the story). But mostly, sleep.

Guardians of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #2)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House

Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather's barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he'd inherited. 

Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family's mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He'll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

The First Book in the Series

Currency of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #1)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
January 1st 2015 by Whitaker House

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denver’s elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.

She’s unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets
as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him … and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?
Or will secrets—and the cost of exposing them—drive them apart forever?


Yes, it's true: Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for the "grandorables," but mostly, she just writes. (And writes.) Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and "Readers' Choice" awards, 7 movie options, and over 80 4- and 5-star reviews.

There are more than 5,000,000 (yes, that's FIVE MILLION) copies of Loree's books in circulation, and in September of 2015, she'll have 108 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. To date, she has received 50,000+ letters from fans (a carton of books goes to Meredith P. in Joliet, IL -- which she has elected to donate to her local library --for writing the 50,000th letter)!

Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers' organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad.

A writer who believes in "giving back," Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers' Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations.

She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and "wolf stuff."


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$25 Amazon Gift Card
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

We're blitzing about DARK HORSE by MICHELLE DIENER!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to the Book Blitz for
Dark Horse
By Michelle Diener

Stepping into the Unknown
Intro to Dark Horse

I'm a writer, but I've also always been a reader. I've read voraciously my whole life in almost every genre. I've always written, even as a child, and when I finally started to write seriously, with the intent of publication, it was honestly a struggle to decide what kind of stories to write. I had so many ideas. 

I wrote fantasy, I wrote a time travel, and I wrote historical fiction. The book that got me my agent and a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books was a historical, and given how much I love history and reading historicals, that was a very happy place for me. 

But part of my love of story has always been fairy tales, myth and legend. The original blueprints for all stories. There is something so fundamental and archetypal about fairy tales, and I found myself writing fantasies based on fairy tales between my historicals, which helped to keep me fresh in both genres. 

And then, I found the stories that were coming to me, and speaking to me the most, were science fiction story ideas. 

I have always loved Star Wars and Star Trek. I loved Battlestar Gallactica (both the old and the new) and movies like Serenity and the new Star Trek movies. I was very selective with the science fiction I read, but I loved Iain M. Banks and Linnea Sinclair. 

I got the idea for Dark Horse while I was writing a new historical, and it came to me so strongly, I decided to write a few chapters of it, and then put it aside. 

That never happened. 

I found I couldn't put it aside, but at the same time, it wasn't an easy process. This wasn't a book that wrote itself. (I don't think I've ever experienced that phenomenon, sometimes referred to by other writers, although I wait patiently with hope in my heart for the day I do!) I wrote, and re-wrote. I second guessed myself. I tore at my hair. 

The problem was I had such a clear idea of what I wanted to come across, and I refused to compromise on making that happen. 

When it was done, I was happy that I had stayed true to my original idea of the book, but I assumed, because science fiction is a world away from historical fiction, that Dark Horse would find a happy place among readers but not be any kind of record breaker. That I'd be very lucky if a few of my historical readers gave it a try, although I had some hopes my fantasy readers would be more willing to take a chance on it. 

I told myself I was stepping into a new genre and that I just shouldn't expect that much. 

I'm really happy to have been so wrong :). 

The reception Dark Horse has gotten has really been overwhelming. It is already my most successful book and certainly the best received by readers. I am so thrilled they love the world I created in Dark Horse as much as I do. And I'm happy to say that I am writing another book set in that world right now. 

Stepping into the unknown can be scary, but it can be exhilarating, too.

— Michelle Diener

Dark HorseDark Horse
by Michelle Diener
Adult Sci-Fi
Paperback & ebook, 381 Pages
June 15th 2015

Some secrets carry the weight of the world.

Rose McKenzie may be far from Earth with no way back, but she's made a powerful ally--a fellow prisoner with whom she's formed a strong bond. Sazo's an artificial intelligence. He's saved her from captivity and torture, but he's also put her in the middle of a conflict, leaving Rose with her loyalties divided.

Captain Dav Jallan doesn't know why he and his crew have stumbled across an almost legendary Class 5 battleship, but he's not going to complain. The only problem is, all its crew are dead, all except for one strange, new alien being.

She calls herself Rose. She seems small and harmless, but less and less about her story is adding up, and Dav has a bad feeling his crew, and maybe even the four planets, are in jeopardy. The Class 5's owners, the Tecran, look set to start a war to get it back and Dav suspects Rose isn't the only alien being who survived what happened on the Class 5. And whatever else is out there is playing its own games.

In this race for the truth, he's going to have to go against his leaders and trust the dark horse.


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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction. Having worked in publishing and IT, she’s now very happy crafting new worlds and interesting characters and wondering which part of the world she can travel to next.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

When she’s not writing, or driving her kids from activity to activity, you can find her blogging at Magical Musings. or online at Twitter, at Google+ and Facebook.


Blitz Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
2 print copies of Dark Horse (US only)
Ends August 18th

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

We're announcing the Book Tour for SWEET MOUNTAIN RANCHER by LOREE LOUGH!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

We're announcing the Book Tour for
Sweet Mountain Rancher
By Loree Lough

Tour Schedule
8/30 - Launch
9/6 - Grand Finale

We still have review and a few excerpt spots open for this tour.
SIGN UP HERE!

Sweet Mountain Rancher (Those Marshall Boys, #2)Sweet Mountain Rancher
(Those Marshal Boys, #2)
by Loree Lough
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 385 pages (large print)
September 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

HE CAN SAY NO TO EVERYONE BUT HER...

Nate Marshall used to be a yes-man... until being so agreeable cost him dearly. But Eden Quinn has a way of getting him to reconsider his "just say no" policy. Which is how a bunch of troubled teens end up at his ranch for the weekend. Nate can't help but be attracted to the woman who keeps them in line.

This cowboy knows Eden's no damsel in distress, yet hers isn't a one-woman job. If she must do everything on her own, how can he help her... let alone get her to fall for him?

The First Book in the Series

Once a MarineOnce a Marine
(Those Marshal Boys, #1)
by Loree Lough
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 377 pages (large print)
February 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

DOES SHE EVEN NEED A HERO?

Summer Lane is no damsel in distress. For the past two years, she's been battling her way back from her worst nightmare, all by herself. So she doesn't need the fabulous former Marine Zach Marshall swooping in to save her.

But she needn't worry. Zach has hung up his shining armor. His instinct to rescue has only brought him heartache, and he's not about to risk it all again--even though everything about Summer makes him yearn to help.

Will she accept his challenge to step up and conquer her fears on her own--even her deepest fears, like trust...and love?


Yes, it's true: Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for the "grandorables," but mostly, she just writes. (And writes.) Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and "Readers' Choice" awards, 7 movie options, and over 80 4- and 5-star reviews.

There are more than 5,000,000 (yes, that's FIVE MILLION) copies of Loree's books in circulation, and in September of 2015, she'll have 108 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. To date, she has received 50,000+ letters from fans (a carton of books goes to Meredith P. in Joliet, IL -- which she has elected to donate to her local library --for writing the 50,000th letter)!

Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers' organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad.

A writer who believes in "giving back," Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers' Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations.

She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and "wolf stuff."


Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card
Print copy of Sweet Mountain Rancher
Kindle copy of Sweet Mountain Rancher (to be gifted through Amazon)
Open internationally
Ends September 12th

We're announcing the Book Tour for GUARDIANS OF THE HEART by LOREE LOUGH!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

We're announcing the Book Tour for
Guardians of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #2)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House

Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather's barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he'd inherited. 

Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family's mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He'll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

The First Book in the Series

Currency of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #1)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
January 1st 2015 by Whitaker House

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denver’s elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.

She’s unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets
as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him … and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?
Or will secrets—and the cost of exposing them—drive them apart forever?


Yes, it's true: Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for the "grandorables," but mostly, she just writes. (And writes.) Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and "Readers' Choice" awards, 7 movie options, and over 80 4- and 5-star reviews.

There are more than 5,000,000 (yes, that's FIVE MILLION) copies of Loree's books in circulation, and in September of 2015, she'll have 108 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. To date, she has received 50,000+ letters from fans (a carton of books goes to Meredith P. in Joliet, IL -- which she has elected to donate to her local library --for writing the 50,000th letter)!

Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers' organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad.

A writer who believes in "giving back," Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers' Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations.

She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and "wolf stuff."


Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card
Print copy of Guardians of the Heart
Kindle copy of Guardians of the Heart (to be gifted through Amazon)
Open internationally
Ends August 29th