Saturday, August 1, 2015

Dance, Assassins, Space Cowboys & a Defiant Bride

Speed Dating for Readers #10 is alive and well. This week our authors come from Australia, Tennessee, Texas and Missouri. I'm always amazed at the variety of stories that arrive in my email each week. I love meeting these creative people. They bring a richness to our lives as they invent new worlds and possibilities for us to get lost in a few hours each day. Please leave a comment to encourage these fast track authors.  Okay, Cassandra! You're up.

Cassandra L. Shaw

Cassandra L ShawCassandra L Shaw writes Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, & Contemporary Romance. She lives in a small farm on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Her eclectic past includes fashion design, environmental science and years of drudgery as an office worker where she dreamed of NOT being an office worker.  She discovered writing a few years ago and has decided that with its mix of art, writing craft, and study she’s at last found the career that suits her arty and academic mind.   

Product DetailsShe’s in grave danger, but she doesn’t want his protection… After a long and bitter world-war for pure human supremacy, humans and two sub-species the Eli and Crea reside on Earth in an uneasy harmony. One morning on a jog, Bliss Jacobs finds a murdered fellow Eli. She scents the killer on the body, but other evidence is washed away by a savage storm, leaving Bliss as the sole witness and the target of an assassin—and forcing her back into the world of the man who shattered her heart.

He believes she is his destined mate, but he knows there are no second chances… Kaid Sinclair is chasing more than his best friend’s murderer. He wants Bliss in his bed and in his life, but after their relationship went south several years ago, he knows he has to tread carefully. So how can he keep her safe, while still proving to her that they are destined to be mates, and he doesn’t just want to control her? All he wants is for her to be safe—but with a killer who sees her as Kaid bait, Kaid may have to choose…his life or hers? &

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Laura Elvebak

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Laura Elvebak

After a variety occupations, including in the legal and oil and gas field, waitressing, and even go-go dancing, all of which allowed me time for my first love, writing mysteries, a small press published my Niki Alexander mysteries, Less Dead and Lost Witness. Four anthologies include my short stories. Three screenplays were optioned, and I co-wrote, directed and acted in a one-act play, and co-wrote a script for the 48 Hour Film Project. Then Black Opal Books accepted the story closest to my heart, The Flawed Dance, inspired by the sixties and my life surviving as a go-go dancer in Philadelphia, and was released on July 11. I presently reside in Houston with two dogs and four cats, and am happily unmarried after six attempts with fascinating men who made better fictional characters than husbands. My three children, six grandchildren and three great-children live close by and inspire me every day.         

Blurb: After five years of being the traveling companion and lover of a secretive man, thirty years her senior, Erin Matthews fears his increasing paranoia. At age twenty-two, Erin escapes to a new city, determined to survive with her limited skills and experience. She cannot run, however from the dark act that facilitated her escape. Making one bad decision after another, she lands in the Philadelphia demimonde world of entertainers, hustlers, and thugs. But will her newly learned skills, native intelligence, and honed instincts be enough to keep her alive until she gains the redemption and forgiveness she seeks.

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The Flawed Dance - Kindle edition by Laura Elvebak. 

 Leslie Hachtel

Leslie Hachtel

Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life.  Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.
However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and has so far produced five novels, including three historicals. "Texas Summer", her contemporary, is now available as an e-book and in print on all major book sites. Her second historical, “The Defiant Bride”, is also available as an e-book and in print. “Captain’s Captive” will be published by Black Opal Books this year. And "Hannah's War" was just contracted to Eternal Press.
Product DetailsLeslie lives in Cordova, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband, a wonderful stepson, Matt and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.

Blurb for "The Defiant Bride"

Product DetailsFurious at being used as a political pawn, the Lady Dariana defies King Henry VII by faking her own death to avoid marrying a man she has never met. Praying the king will not retaliate against her father, she seeks refuge in the forest and learns to fend for herself.  When William, a warrior knight, is felled by an arrow, she saves his life and arranges his rescue before fleeing to avoid discovery.

William awakes from his injury to be told he imagined the beautiful woman in the forest. Besotted and determined to make her his own, he hunts her down and tricks her into marrying him, intent on turning her defiance into love. But even as he begins to succeed, their enemies join forces to end the marriage—even if it means that Dariana must die.

When Dariana is abducted, William must track her down to fight for her life and their happiness. And, Dariana, once the most defiant of brides, must channel her own strength of will into survival, both for herself—and for the child she now carries.
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Lisa Medley

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Every story has a genesis. Something that sparks the imagination and begins the what-if process. For Space Cowboys & Indians that spark was an NPR (National Public Radio) story I listened to in my car one morning as I was driving for my day job.

You can read the story here: When Science Beats Fiction courtesy of NPR

The gist of it is that after 10 years and 4 billion miles, a probe called Rosetta was about to harpoon a comet, and then place Philae (an exploratory lander) onto that comet. What? What? What?
Space?! Comets?! HARPOONS?!
What is this? The Wild West?

I was hooked. Of course, the writerly wheels began to spin, and I sped down the Google rabbit hole. I followed the Rosetta lander and the exploration of comet 67P. You can too. There are several stories here at


You can Google Rosetta or Philae or Comet 67P and find more than you could dream of. The Rosetta Probe even has a Twitter account. 

I incorporated a few of the real-life details into Space Cowboys & Indians, then tweaked them to my liking. Instead of a comet, my astronaut explorers are commissioned by a space profiteer intent on mining an asteroid called Amun, reportedly rich in precious metals and other resources. The first to reach the asteroid and mine its resources is sure to enjoy a financial boon that’s never been seen before opening the last frontier up the prospecting of near-Earth asteroids far surpassing to the California gold rush.

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Space Cowboys & Indians is available on Amazon now.

How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong?

Mining Engineer Cole Hudson signed up for NASA astronaut training, but after washing out short of getting his gold wings, he retreats to Alaska where he stakes out a gold claim. When billionaire entrepreneur Duncan Janson offers him an opportunity to join a mining team on an asteroid, Cole jumps at the chance.
But nothing is as it seems. Former NASA reject and rival classmate, Tessa Hernandez, is also a member of the team, and from the beginning of the mission test flight, things go wrong. They soon discover they’re not the only ones on the asteroid. As they try to escape, they are pulled through a wormhole and back to the early 1800s New Mexico desert where aliens and Apaches may be the least of their problems.

Lisa has always enjoyed reading about monsters in love and now she writes about them, because monsters need love too.

She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her Southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig.

She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.

The Last Word From Tierney James
I would love for you to drop by and say hello at Park Central Library August 7th 5:30-8:00 in Springfield, Missouri. 

Missouri Historical Society in Columbia, Missouri August 15th

If you are in Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois or Arkansas I would love to be your next speaker for a community event or writer's group. I'm sure we have a lot in common.