Charm #4: Good Times and Bad #amwriting #reading #PNR #CommonElementsRomanceProject #fiction #books #paranormal #jewelry #research #relationships

My next book is Charmed Against All Odds, and it releases in 2 weeks! I’ve been talking about the charm bracelet featured in the story and the reasons for why I chose the charms. I’ve shared the reasons for why I chose the first charm, an open book, the second one, a Friend charm, and the third, a handshake charm that Roxie and Leo set out to find. The next charm they must find is that of the comedy and tragedy theater masks. This choice may seem odd, but to me it speaks of good times and bad times. And thus works to represent forgiveness, in my mind anyway!

Charm #4: Comedy and
Tragedy Masks

If you’re curious about why the comedy and tragedy masks are the symbol of the theater, you can learn more here.

It’s easy to be in a relationship with someone when everything is perking along smoothly, the good times. But when something goes wrong, amiss, awry and your feelings are hurt, your loved one does something you feel is wrong, or a personal tragedy occurs, it’s much tougher. If you love the other person, you’ll need to forgive them for hurting your feelings or disappointing/upsetting you in whatever way. Without forgiveness, the good times won’t return because you’ll be harboring your hurt and anger against the other person.

Now, let me be very clear. When I say hurt, I do not mean physical or psychological harm, but emotional pain. Physical or emotional abuse is a very different situation! I do not condone or suggest you stay in a relationship that is harmful to you in any way. Some things can’t be forgiven.

However, if you’re in a loving relationship, at some point you’ll end up disappointed or angered by something your love does. In order to keep the relationship, then you’ll need to resolve the difference and forgive the transgression or misstep.

My husband had a quick temper when he was younger, which has thankfully mellowed with age. But when our children were young, he smacked our son too hard for my liking. A spanking is one thing, but that one time was something more and I let him know that was not going to happen again or I’d take the children and leave. Not that I wanted to leave him! But he couldn’t continue to vent his frustration or anger on them. To his credit, he apologized and he never repeated the offense. I forgave him, knowing he’d make it right going forward because he gave me his word. He’s kept that promise, too.

I’ve been married to my loving, intelligent, stubborn husband for 32 years. Yes, there are times when we disagree, sometimes loudly. But we’re a team. We complement each other’s weaknesses with our strengths. I’m more creative aesthetically but he’s creative functionally (he’s an engineer after all!), for example.

We’ve had our arguments over the decades, but we still prefer each other’s company over that of anyone else. Even when his stubborn shows… I can forgive him for being obstinate since I know that works in my favor, too. We made a promise to never part, never give up on our marriage, but work out any rough patches. Which we’ve done and I’m happy to add that we love each other more today than the day we married. We’ve been through a lot together, some very rough times indeed. Now we can enjoy the good times with a smile on our faces.

Four charms down, two more to go!

Don’t forget that Charmed Against All Odds is available for preorder before it releases on November 11. And as a bonus gift for everyone who preorders Charmed Against All Odds, I’ll give a free ebook copy of Book 1, Undying Love! Simply share a picture or screenshot of your order with me on my Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AuthorBettyBolte) and I’ll send you a link where you can download your gift as a thank you for ordering Roxie and Leo’s story! (If you’ve already read Undying Love, we’ll pick a different story in the Secrets of Roseville series as a thank you gift!)

One last thing! My next signing is this Saturday, November 2, 11:00-3:00, in Albertville, Alabama. Visit the Shades of Pemberley Event Page for details. You will be able to buy a copy of The Haunting of Fury Falls Inn (Fury Falls Inn Book 1) AND I will have paperback copies of Charmed Against All Odds (Secrets of Roseville Book 5) before you can buy them in the store, too! I hope to see you there to support the Shades of Pemberley independent bookstore as a thank you for hosting my book birthday celebration!

As always, thanks for reading!

Betty

P.S. If you haven’t already, please consider signing up for my newsletter, which I send out most every month, including news like new covers, new releases, and upcoming appearances where I love to meet my readers, along with recipes and writing progress. Thanks and happy reading!

Visit www.bettybolte.com for more on my books and upcoming events.

Charmed Against All Odds releases November 11 and is available for pre-order now!

Loving her brings out the magic in him…

Wedding bells are ringing, but not for Roxie Golden. If she can survive another round of wedding plans, then her life can return to normal. She’s perfectly happy running the bookstore and weaving helpful magical spells. Then one stormy day, her ex-fiancé strolls back into her life with a gift neither of them wants.

Leo King wants to flee the small town for the big city. Forget about the shame he brought upon himself when he abused his magical powers. First, to satisfy his warlock father’s final wish, he must deliver the mysterious box to Roxie’s bookstore.

But when Roxie opens the box, revealing an enchanted bracelet and a quest spell, their plans and their lives are changed forever. Trapped in a reluctant partnership with the woman he once loved, he risks everything—including his heart—for a second chance.

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Getting to know Nancy Lee Badger #author #contemporary #firefighter #romance #fiction #mustread #Christmas #novel

Two months until Christmas! I have an author with a story to help get you in the mood, too! I’m happy to welcome Nancy Lee Badger to the interview hot seat today. I think you’ll be glad I did! Here’s more about her background and then on to the interview…

Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island. After attending Plymouth State, in New Hampshire, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in Rumney, New Hampshire, where Nancy volunteered as an EMT and firefighter while working full-time. When the children had left the nest, and shoveling show became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved to North Carolina, where she writes full-time. She and family volunteer every fall at the NH Highland Games.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She loves to travel with her husband and is never far from her laptop. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places.

You can find out more about her at her website, via her blog, or follow her on Facebook.

Betty: How many books have you written and published?

Nancy: Rescuing Christmas is my 27th novel: 7 with small presses and the others I self-published. This book is a self-published novel, and since I am currently writing other books for a publisher, I am considered a Hybrid.

Betty: What themes or motifs did you use in your recent release and why were they important to your story?

Nancy: I wanted to try something different so my readers will find the plot and the characters at the heart of the story without the heat of physical love. Well, other than kissing or heated looks across the fire department truck bay. I also used my former small-town living, where I volunteered with the local fire department and rescue squad, to give the story life.

A Manhattan businessman in a Vermont ditch meets a muddy female firefighter. No snow since November might ruin the town’s annual fire department fundraiser. Can Elinor and Bradley stop their squabbling long enough to Rescue Christmas?

Buy Links are listed on her blog:  https://nancyleebadger.blogspot.com/p/books.html

Betty: Do you have any writing rituals while you write? Did you have a special drink, or music, or time of day that you gravitated toward?

Nancy: My favorite place is my dining room, where I can spread out my notes while watching people walk by the front window. It is a bit too close to the kitchen, which is why I am seeing a nutritionist. I try to drink lots of water every day. My cat. Blaze, watches me to make sure I continue working and not go off to watch Murder, She Wrote reruns!

Betty: Do you have a structured time to write or is it more fluid/flexible? Do you have to write between family obligations or do you set aside a block of time?

Nancy: I wish my writing life was more structured! Although I no longer work full-time outside the home, I am busier than ever. Travel, volunteering, and taking care of family takes time away from my writing. I seem to get less writing done when hubby is home from work!

Betty: What is your favorite genre to read?

Nancy: I love regency historicals followed closely by Highlander historicals. I have written several of the latter, and I have dabbled with the former, but I have no plans to release one of those as yet. Things change!

Betty: Do you have a “day job” or do you write full time?

Nancy: I am lucky to have a husband who agreed to my retirement from the State of New Hampshire 911, selling our home, and moving closer to my family. Now, I am able to write full-time.

Betty: What do you wish readers knew about the publishing industry?

Nancy: Since I submitted my first manuscript, trying desperately to get an agent or a publisher interested in my work, things have changed. There are only a few ‘Big Publishers’ and they do not look at un-agented manuscripts. The smaller publishers do have some perks such as free editing and book covers but generally do not offer much in the way of promotion except by posting my book on their website. The rest of ‘getting the word out’ is up to me. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets can be a time suck, but you have to get the word out somehow.

Betty: What advice do you have for new writers?

Nancy: Do not feel you need to do this alone. Join a writing group, check out your favorite author’s YouTube craft videos, enter a writing contest. Listening is a big part of learning this craft. And…don’t forget to read!

Betty: Any hints of what you’re next writing project might be?

Nancy: I am in the midst of editing Heaven-sent Flame, the third book in my Warriors in Bronze series. This paranormal romance set at an art museum in North Carolina will be released sometime in April 2020 by Soul Mate Publishing.

Sounds like Nancy has quite a lot on her plate! I hope you’ll check out her latest Christmas story featuring a firefighter out to rescue the holiday, too.

Okay, I’m off to ignore the idea of Christmas planning…for a little while yet anyway! But it won’t be long I’ll be grabbing a cup of hot chocolate and a good holiday story…

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween and Happy Reading!

Betty

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Charm #3: Let’s shake hands on it #amwriting #reading #PNR #CommonElementsRomanceProject #fiction #books #paranormal #jewelry #research #relationships

I’ve just returned from a week spent in Virginia at Massanutten Resort with my loving hubby. While I was away I heard from several readers who had advance copies of Charmed Against All Odds that they loved Roxie and Leo’s story. And several others who also loved The Haunting of Fury Falls Inn. All I can say is, thank you so much! Makes me smile! I need to get back to writing this week, right? I have several other books to revise and even more to write.

In recent weeks I’ve shared the reasons for why I chose the first charm, an open book, and the second one, a Friend charm, that the quest spell in Charmed Against All Odds sends Roxie and Leo out to find. The third charm is a handshake. Why?

It took me a little while to pick a symbol for the third element of a successful relationship. (In my opinion of course. I’m sure others may have different characteristics they associate with having a solid relationship, but I can only choose those elements that have worked for me in my 30+ year marriage.) Several charming (get it?) possibilities are out there but only one seemed just right.

The third characteristic is one that you must have in order for the first two to work, and for the remaining three also. It’s essential for any relationship, personal to business and probably beyond. What is it? Trust.

Charm #3: Handshake

When you meet someone for the first time, you have a polite level of trust but you most likely won’t trust them with too much that’s personal and private. You’ll talk about the weather or the local team’s odds of winning the pennant or even the new restaurant coming to town. Safe topics. Until you get to know them. Until they prove whether they can keep your personal and private thoughts, desires, dreams, etc., private. Or if they’ll keep their word to you, whatever promise they make. If you were to hear of someone else talking about those private dreams or hopes, or if a specific or implicit promise is broken, then your trust would fracture if not shatter. Rebuilding trust takes time—if it’s even possible—after someone has lied or cheated or betrayed your trust in any number of ways.

In Charmed Against All Odds, Leo must rebuild the trust he once shared with Roxie after he not only abused his magick powers, making his actions suspect, but also since he broke her heart by his subsequent decision to leave town permanently. Ending their betrothal and walking away.

Trust is a requirement of a close relationship because without it you cannot be comfortable sharing with anyone who you really are in private. We all put on a persona, a mask if you will, when we go out in public. We are polite and friendly, most of the time, but we don’t reveal much that is painful or worrying. When someone asks, “how are you?” we tend to say, “fine, thanks” and move on. We don’t say the absolute truth—unless we’re talking to someone we know and trust.

When we accept another person’s promise, it is an agreement. A contract of sorts. We expect the other person to do everything in their power to do what they say they will. Now we all know some of those promises are what Mary Poppins calls “pie crust promises” – easily made, easily broken, and therefore of little lasting import. But some promises have lasting impacts and breaking that type of promise can leave emotional scars.

So the handshake charm speaks to me as an agreement, a sense of trusting the other person to some degree. The extent of that degree would most definitely depend on how long you’ve known the other person and your previous interactions. Also of how you’ve been treated in the past in a similar situation. But if you hope to have a long-lasting personal relationship with anyone, then you must build it on a foundation of trust plus a few other key ingredients…which we’ll explore in the coming weeks.

Three charms down, three more to go!

Don’t forget that Charmed Against All Odds is available for preorder before it releases on November 11. And as a bonus gift for everyone who preorders Charmed Against All Odds, I’ll give a free ebook copy of Book 1, Undying Love! Simply share a picture or screenshot of your order with me on my Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AuthorBettyBolte) and I’ll send you a link where you can download your gift as a thank you for ordering Roxie and Leo’s story! (If you’ve already read Undying Love, we’ll pick a different story in the Secrets of Roseville series as a thank you gift!)

One last thing! My next signing is in a couple of weeks, on Saturday, November 2, 11:00-3:00, in Albertville, Alabama. Visit the Shades of Pemberley Event Page for details. You will be able to buy a copy of The Haunting of Fury Falls Inn (Fury Falls Inn Book 1) AND I will have paperback copies of Charmed Against All Odds (Secrets of Roseville Book 5) before you can buy them in the store, too! I hope to see you there to support the Shades of Pemberley independent bookstore as a thank you for hosting my book birthday celebration!

As always, thanks for reading!

Betty

P.S. If you haven’t already, please consider signing up for my newsletter, which I send out most every month, including news like new covers, new releases, and upcoming appearances where I love to meet my readers, along with recipes and writing progress. Thanks and happy reading!

Visit www.bettybolte.com for more on my books and upcoming events.

Charmed Against All Odds releases November 11 and is available for pre-order now!

Loving her brings out the magic in him…

Wedding bells are ringing, but not for Roxie Golden. If she can survive another round of wedding plans, then her life can return to normal. She’s perfectly happy running the bookstore and weaving helpful magical spells. Then one stormy day, her ex-fiancé strolls back into her life with a gift neither of them wants.

Leo King wants to flee the small town for the big city. Forget about the shame he brought upon himself when he abused his magical powers. First, to satisfy his warlock father’s final wish, he must deliver the mysterious box to Roxie’s bookstore.

But when Roxie opens the box, revealing an enchanted bracelet and a quest spell, their plans and their lives are changed forever. Trapped in a reluctant partnership with the woman he once loved, he risks everything—including his heart—for a second chance.

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Getting to Know Chloe Flowers #contemporary #WomensFiction #historical #romance #author #fiction #books

I’m pleased to introduce you all to Chloe Flowers, who writes contemporary women’s fiction and historical romance. She’s also a beekeeper! But I’m jumping ahead. Let’s find out more about her and her writing process.

Chloe Flowers is an award-winning author and the recipient of the University of Akron, Wayne College 2018 Writer of the Year Award. She writes small town contemporary women’s fiction, and historical women’s action and adventure romance novels about scoundrels, pirates, and spunky, independent heroines.

Chloe keeps bees, and identifies her hives by the different flowers she paints on them. Her pets have always been named after her favorite characters or action heroes: Indiana, Luke, Gimli, Thelma, Rocket, Forrest, Severus, Mushu, Mérida, Gibbs, Jack…Dead Pool (he’s a goldfish).

Chloe has a weakness for good red wine, Calvin & Hobbes comics, pie, dark chocolate and brown-eyed guys with beards, which is probably why she digs pirates, men in uniform, and treasure hunters, and writes about action and adventure and, of course, romance, which is the greatest adventure of all.

You can learn more about her at www.chloeflowers.com, or by following her on BookBub, Goodreads, or Facebook.

Betty: How many books have you written and published?

Chloe: There are 5 books in the Pirates & Petticoats series. This year I released a clean and wholesome version of Pirates & Petticoats called The Hearts of Adventure Sweet Romance Series.

Betty: What genre(s) do you write in and why?

Chloe: I love reading Regency but I have a passion for United States history and action and adventure. I enjoyed learning about the War of 1812, largely because it happened during the Regency period. I read a few books about the Battle of New Orleans, and when I found out how many strange and downright crazy things went wrong for the British, I had to use it as the backdrop for my 5th book: If You Give a Spy a Scheme. Truth really is stranger than fiction!

According to Amazon, the genres are called: American Historical romance, Women’s Action and Adventure romance.

Betty: What themes or motifs did you use in your recent release and why were they important to your story?

Chloe: The challenge of turning the villain in previous novels into the hero of book 5 intrigued me. How does a pirate-turned-French-agent have enough redeeming qualities for him to hold water as a hero? Enter the young Sauvage twins, who wreaked havoc in book 4 (to everyone’s glee) and a maimed young woman who believes she is too hideous to love. She has to learn a couple things we already know: first–there is someone for everyone, and second–the person you are inside shows your true beauty. We see them through their own eyes: He is unredeemable, she is unlovable.

Or are they?

If You Give a Spy a Scheme
He’ll Fight to be Redeemed

He steals for the French crown.
She heals for the Catholic church.
He will heal her heart.
She will steal his.

“Dramatic, engrossing, suspenseful, exciting.”

French Privateer and former pirate Captain Drago Gamponetti is given one final mission from his employer, the king of France: reclaim religious relics from a New Orleans cathedral. Trouble begins when he’s forced by a mysterious, veiled, novitiate nun to swear on the Bible to protect the very items he was instructed to steal.

Church healer Eva Trudeau hides more than her face behind the veil. The convent has been her safe haven since she crawled, beaten and bloody, to its door nine years ago. When an old enemy resurfaces and threatens to drag her back into the dark underworld, both she and her dark pirate captain stand to lose everything they’ve fought so hard to protect…including each other.

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Betty: Do you have a specific place that you write? Revise?

Chloe: When the weather permits, I love writing on my back deck overlooking 30 acres of wooded parkland. I get frequent visits from a family of wild turkeys as well as plenty of fearless deer. When I can’t write outside, I head over to Cool Beans, my local coffee shop.

Betty: What helped you move from unpublished to published? A mentor or organization or something else?

Chloe: I joined RWA (Romance Writers of America) in 2010 and also joined my local RWA chapter as well as The Beau Monde (an online RWA chapter that is everything Regency). The conferences and workshops available through those organizations have been invaluable.

I also started the Sunshine critique group in 2011, and I couldn’t have succeeded without the fabulous ladies I befriended there. There is something uniquely solidifying about having 2–3 other writers who will be honest and tell you like it is. My writing improved because they challenged me to write better.

Betty: What do you think is your greatest strength in your writing?

Chloe: When I read, a motion picture takes place in my mind. My subconscious is busy acting out what my conscious mind is reading. That ability becomes invaluable when I write. Characters and settings become three-dimensional. Readers “see” Spanish moss dripping in spiral ringlets from gnarled tree branches, “smell” the thick, acrid smoke from a ship’s gun, “hear” the soldiers running through the marsh grass and the wet slimy suction gripping their boots, belching as they broke free.

Can you “see” Miss Kalia in this description?

The old woman approached the wagon, swaying like seaweed with the tide, perhaps due to aching joints, but on a night like this, it was bewitching and unnerving, like an adder mesmerizing prey. The moonlight subdued her brightly patched skirt into shades of grayish-reds, greens, blues and yellows. Colorful feathers poked out in every direction from the silver hair piled high on her head. A streak of white paint trailed from one ear, ran along her jawline, across her chin, ending at her other ear like a gruesome grin.

Betty: What comes first when you’re brainstorming a new story: setting, situation, characters?

Chloe: I’ve learned that I produce my best writing when I start with a well-defined, three-dimensional character. Once I know their fears, flaws, and secrets, I can put them in situations that expose their secrets, poke their flaws, and make them face their fears.

Still, there are times that “what ifs” pop into my head, like: “What would make a nun desperate enough to kidnap a pirate?” That weird question popped into my head one day and started me on the path to book 5.

Betty: Do you have a structured time to write or is it more fluid/flexible? Do you have to write between family obligations or do you set aside a block of time?

Chloe: In a perfect world, I have a routine. I get up, make a smoothie, check email while I drink it. Spend 30 minutes on marketing while it settles, then do my daily 30-minute workout. After I shower, I spend the rest of the day writing. My kids are all in college this year, so the distractions come from Indiana or Hobbes (dog & cat). But this is not a perfect world, is it?

Betty: Do you participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Why or why not?

Chloe: If the timing coincides with my writing schedule, I do. If I’m editing, I just cheer on my author friends.

Betty: What are you reading right now?

Chloe: Paranormal romantic comedy: From This Fae Forward by A.E. Jones. Contemporary Romantic Comedy: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren.

Betty: What is your favorite genre to read?

Chloe: Anything with an exciting plot! Lately, I’ve been reading romantic comedies because I’m writing a contemporary series and my writing naturally has a lot of humor in it anyway. I love good paranormal and Regency romance. I’ll read thrillers and suspense novels as well.

Betty: What are your keeper books? How often might you reread them?

Chloe: I LOVED reading Kathleen Woodiwiss when I was younger. My favorite is A Rose in Winter, which has a bit of a Beauty and the Beast motif. More recently, I’ve enjoyed Amanda Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles, mainly because we have a similar sense of humor and love of action and adventure romance.

Betty: When you’re writing, do you read in the same genre as your work in progress or something else?

Chloe: You’ve heard of actors like Jim Carrey staying “in character” during filming as well as off screen? I always read in the genre I am writing for the same reason. It keeps me in the right mindset.

Betty: Do you have a “day job” or do you write full time?

Chloe: I spent several years working for a few different consumer products companies in marketing, I taught marketing to MBA students for 3 years, but now I write full time and couldn’t be happier.

Betty: What do you wish readers knew about the publishing industry?

Chloe: I think if readers better understood how important reviews were, they’d be sure to leave one after reading a book. Good writing takes time.

Betty: What advice do you have for new writers?

Chloe: Keep learning. You can do this many different ways.

Find your tribe. The Romance Writers of America has dozens of chapters both geographically based as well as online. Don’t ever think you have to go this alone.

Be kind. The writing community can seem huge, but in reality, it can be very small.  There is no “un-send” button.

Give. Give time, encouragement, support. It will be returned to you many times over.

Betty: Any hints of what your next writing project might be?

Chloe: I’m always working on multiple projects at the same time. If I get stuck on one, I just switch to another for a while. I have finished the first draft of a contemporary romantic comedy and am outlining the second. It features an ornery nanny goat, a young woman with a crappy driving record, the sheriff (her ex-high school crush), a quirky small town, and a jar of peanut butter…

I also have 2 more books planned for the Pirates & Petticoats series.

Betty: What kind of writing would you like to experiment with? Or what’s a different genre you’ve considered writing but haven’t yet?

Chloe: I’d love to take a dip into the paranormal pool someday…

Sounds like you have a lot going on, Chloe! Thanks for taking a few minutes to share with us your stories and your writing process. Wishing you all the best!

Happy reading!

Betty

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Charm #2: On being a Friend #amwriting #reading #PNR #CommonElementsRomanceProject #fiction #books #paranormal #wicca #jewelry #magick #magic #witchcraft #research

Continuing on this week with the enchanted charm bracelet in Charmed Against All Odds and the individual charms Roxie Golden and Leo King have to hunt for and why I chose them.

I talked about the first charm, an open book, last time. Today I’ll talk about the second charm and why I chose it as a symbol of things required in a lasting relationship, especially marriage.

One of the very familiar tropes in fiction is the friends-to-lovers story. I feel like this is the most powerful of stories in many ways. Mainly because if you can’t be friends with the person you’ll spend the vast majority of your time, your future, your old age with, then it’s going to be a difficult relationship/marriage to enjoy.

Charm #2: Gold-plate Friend

I’ve known people who tell me they love their family even if they don’t like them. Loving and liking are very different intensities of caring for another. Wanting no harm to come to family but also not wanting to spend time with them. I understand how that can be a person’s reality. I know of marriages that have stretched over decades but with little love between the husband and wife. I really don’t want to contemplate how horrible living in such a situation would make me feel.

I believe that for a marriage to last and to be a relationship cherished by the couple, there must be a friendship between them. Things they enjoy doing together. Experiences they want to share with the other first, or only. My loving hubby knows more about me than any other living soul on this planet. All the good, and all the not so good. He’s my very best friend, and I am his.

I have other friends, of course. I love and cherish our friendship, too! The difference between the friendship I share with my husband and that of my other friends comes down to just how intimately my husband knows me. Not just the physical me, but the emotional, professional, ambitious, loving, supporting me.

That will bring us to the other charms on the enchanted charm bracelet…

Two charms down, four more to go!

As a reminder, Charmed Against All Odds is available for preorder now and releases on November 11. I announced this special offer last week. As a bonus gift for everyone who preorders Charmed Against All Odds, I’ll give a free ebook copy of Book 1, Undying Love! Simply share a picture or screenshot of your order with me on my Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AuthorBettyBolte) and I’ll send you a link where you can download your gift as a thank you for ordering Roxie and Leo’s story! (If you’ve already read Undying Love, let me know and we’ll work out a different story in the Secrets of Roseville series as a thank you gift!)

My next signing is November 2, so check out my Appearances page on my website for details. I’ll bring copies of The Haunting of Fury Falls Inn (Fury Falls Inn Book 1) to sign and I will have paperback copies of Charmed Against All Odds (Secrets of Roseville Book 5) before you can buy them in the store, too! I hope to see you in Albertville, AL, to support the Shades of Pemberley independent book store as a thank you for hosting my book birthday celebration!

As always, thanks for reading!

Betty

P.S. If you haven’t already, please consider signing up for my newsletter, which I send out most every month, including news like new covers, new releases, and upcoming appearances where I love to meet my readers, along with recipes and writing progress. Thanks and happy reading!

Visit www.bettybolte.com for more on my books and upcoming events.

Charmed Against All Odds releases November 11 and is available for pre-order now!

Loving her brings out the magic in him…

Wedding bells are ringing, but not for Roxie Golden. If she can survive another round of wedding plans, then her life can return to normal. She’s perfectly happy running the bookstore and weaving helpful magical spells. Then one stormy day, her ex-fiancé strolls back into her life with a gift neither of them wants.

Leo King wants to flee the small town for the big city. Forget about the shame he brought upon himself when he abused his magical powers. First, to satisfy his warlock father’s final wish, he must deliver the mysterious box to Roxie’s bookstore.

But when Roxie opens the box, revealing an enchanted bracelet and a quest spell, their plans and their lives are changed forever. Trapped in a reluctant partnership with the woman he once loved, he risks everything—including his heart—for a second chance.

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Getting to Know Bob Boze #contemporary #romance #author #fiction #nonfiction #books #blogger

I’m pleased to introduce you all to Bob Boze, who writes contemporary romances among other kinds of books. Let’s take a peek at his official bio and then see what he has to say about his stories and his writing process, shall we?

Bob is a diverse author with five published books and two coauthored with his writing partner, Robyn Bennett, who lives in New Zealand.

Originally from New York, Bob is an avid reader, reviewer, and guest blogger on several web sites. His travels have covered most of the world and he has lived in London, England; Istanbul, Turkey; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; and Los Angeles and Paso Robles, California, before calling San Diego home. 

Bob’s education includes: Studies in Creative Writing, English Literature, and English at NYU, William and Mary, University of Maryland, and University of Delaware. He holds a dual BS degree in Electronic Systems Design and Project Management from Northrop University.

He is an active member of San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, San Diego Professional Editors Network, Romance Writers of America San Diego, and participates in local and international writers events and conferences.

You can find out more about him at his website, or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or Amazon.

Betty: How many books have you written and published?

Bob: Five on my own. Four fiction and one non-fiction.

Two coauthored. One fiction and one non-fiction.

Betty: What genre(s) do you write in and why?

Bob: Romance/Love Stories – because I write feel good stories that fit well in romance.

Betty: What themes or motifs did you use in your recent release and why were they important to your story?

Bob: A feel good story about life, love and family. My stories are about people helping each other, whether they’re friends or family and my latest story centers around family members helping each other over some fifteen years.

When Zach and Desi lose their mother to a tragic illness, it’s left up to their father, Josh to finish molding their children into the kind, caring and loving adults he and Christine would be proud to send out into the world.

Each of them would forever remember their mother’s last words and wish: “Zach, you’re the ribbon that surrounds our family with love and Desi, you’re the bow on top that rains love over us. You’re a wonderful package and promise me you’ll always protect, guide and watch over each other.”

Five years later, out on the beach, Josh handed fifteen-year-old Zach a ten dollar bill as he started toward the beach pool. “Go make someone’s day by buying them an ice cream cone,” he told him.

At the same time, fifteen-year-old Zoey headed for the beach pool, looking forward to a few quiet hours of reading.

Minutes later, Zach and Zoey’s worlds would collide and the simple gesture of him buying her an ice cream cone would change both of their lives – forever.

Over the next ten years, Zach, Zoey and Desi would find their worlds tangled, untangled and then tangled yet again, as they meet the challenges of growing up, protecting each other, falling in love and facing everything else that life would throw at them.

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Betty: Do you have a specific place that you write? Revise?

Bob: At my desk on my computer. Occasionally I’ll jot down story ideas or notes if I’m in a café or out with my writing partner but my serious writing is done at my desk.

Betty: Do you have any writing rituals while you write? Did you have a special drink, or music, or time of day that you gravitated toward?

Bob: I write pretty much any time of the day, when an idea strikes or the words are flowing. I typically have music playing in the background but not always.

Betty: What helped you move from unpublished to published? A mentor or organization or something else?

Bob: Nothing. I always planned to publish what I wrote.

Betty: What do you think is your greatest strength in your writing?

Bob: I’m a good story teller, or so I’m told. That and I love describing places I’ve traveled to and things that have happened in my life; all of which seem to work their way into my stories.

Betty: What comes first when you’re brainstorming a new story: setting, situation, characters?

Bob: All of the above. I’ve had people, places and events trigger story ideas. Robyn and I travel a lot and love to people watch at airports. That, and places we’ve been, have generated at least four story ideas that are sitting in the wings waiting to be written.

Betty: Do you have a structured time to write or is more fluid/flexible? Do you have to write between family obligations or do you set aside a block of time?

Bob: No, I’m pretty flexible and write when the story ideas are flowing. If I can’t get to my computer when an idea strikes, I’ll jot it down and type it up later.

Betty: What is one recent struggle you’ve experienced in your writing?

Bob: Getting started. I had a story in mind but just couldn’t think of how to start it. The dam broke while we were at the Romance Writers Conference in New Zealand. Later that night, Robyn and several writers helped me outline it in the bar. 

Betty: Do you participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Why or why not?

Bob: No. I hate deadlines. I write when the ideas flow and don’t when I get stuck on something.

Betty: What are you reading right now?

Bob: So Over My Head by Jenny B. Jones. She’s one of my favorite authors.

Betty: What is your favorite genre to read?

Bob: I read just about anything from romance to vampires. If a book attracts me and looks interesting, I’ll give it a go.

Betty: What are your keeper books? How often might you reread them?

Bob: I seldom reread anything. Two exceptions are: A Katie Parker Production series by Jenny B. Jones and the Vampire Academy series by Rachel Mead. Oh, make that three: Robyn’s books, Aqua Bay and Haven River

Betty: When you’re writing, do you read in the same genre as your work in progress or something else?

Bob: I’ll read anything while I’m writing. Good writing is good writing and I’ve been inspired by good writers in almost all genres.

Betty: Do you have a “day job” or do you write full time?

Bob: No, I’m retired. However, Robyn and my editing business and my professional blogging are a lot like a job. Edits and payed for blogs come before writing.

Betty: What do you wish readers knew about the publishing industry?

Bob: Hum, readers? How much publishing with a traditional publisher changes your story. Some genres are worse than others, like romance. Some of that’s changing though and writers are getting more flexibility since self-publishing is giving them an option and traditional publishers are beginning to recognize that.

Betty: What advice do you have for new writers?

Bob: Wow. Develop a thick skin and, no matter what, don’t give up. There is soooo much to learn, there are no secret formulas, and everyone has a different opinion on how to be a good writer. Robyn and I have learned and tell writers in our workshops that there is no right or wrong way to write. Do whatever works for you.  

Betty: Any hints of what your next writing project might be?

Bob: Thanks to a night in the bar at the New Zealand conference, with eight other writers, I’ve got two new books in work. Book two of what will be The Beach Pool series and a new romance novel about a billionairess who buys into a dolphin tour boat business in New Zealand. (Yeah, she falls in love with the bankrupt owner, of course.)

Betty: What kind of writing would you like to experiment with? Or what’s a different genre you’ve considered writing but haven’t yet?

Bob: I’m happy with romance but I think there may be a vampire book in me somewhere.

I wish you much success with your books and career, Bob! Thanks for stopping in to share about your writing process and available stories.

Happy reading!

Betty

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Charm #1: On being an open book #amwriting #reading #PNR #CommonElementsRomanceProject #fiction #books #paranormal #wicca #jewelry #magick #magic #witchcraft #research

The last three weeks I’ve talked about the elements of the membership ring for the Order of Witchery Lore in Charmed Against All Odds. Those elements include which finger to wear the ring, what color of stone, and what metal. Now I’d like to talk about the enchanted charm bracelet and more specifically the individual charms Roxie Golden and Leo King have to hunt for and why I chose them.

One lesson I’ve learned over years, or make that decades, of writing is that nothing in the story should be arbitrary. Everything should have a reason for being. So when it came time to sort out the booty my main characters were in search of, I had to determine the why before the what.

The first thing I did was to make a list of things I feel are necessary to have a successful relationship, partnership, marriage, based on my observations and my 30+ years’ experience married to my husband. Then I arranged those into an order of increasing importance.

Charm #1: Gold-plate open book

The first charm, an open book, is given to them to launch the quest spell. This is the moment in Charmed Against All Odds when Roxie realizes something is amiss, after Leo (her ex-fiancé) arrives out of the blue with a mysterious box:

“The sole reason I’m here is to give you this box.” He plunked it down on the glass display case by the register, knocking a stack of postcards advertising the open mic night across the surface. “Done. I’m out of here.”

Wait, she wanted to cry out as he glanced at her and then away. He couldn’t leave. She had questions only he could answer. If he’d stay long enough to hear them. He pivoted on one heel and marched toward the door.

“Stop.” She hurried to pick up the silver box and then hurried after him, holding it with both trembling hands. She caught up to him and momentarily laid a hand on his arm to detain his rapid departure, sensed the deep agitation inside him even as the familiar sizzle flowed through her. She stifled a gasp. He glanced at her hand and then met her eyes with a steady look. Releasing his arm, she gripped the box with both hands. “What am I supposed to do with it?”

The box vibrated in her hands and then a lyrical click sounded as the lid popped open. What had unlocked the box? She blinked at it, angling it one way and another to search for a release or some other catch she might have brushed. Nothing. Tara and Beth came around the counter and stood to one side, peeking at the tiny box. Magic must have been infused in the object, sensitive to her touch. But only after she’d touched Leo. Before then, it had remained firmly secured. She stared at the box as if it held a secret she didn’t want to know.

“Open it all the way.” Beth stretched a hand toward the box but hesitated to make contact with it. “What’s inside?”

“No idea. Not sure I want to but… Here goes.” Roxie slowly lifted the lid to reveal another gold folded note under a chunky golden bracelet. A single charm—an open book—was attached to it.

So, why an open book to begin the search? It’s not that either of the main characters, Roxie and Leo, are open books. Not at all! It’s more a symbol of knowing each other by walking in their shoes. Like when you read a story set in a different world from your everyday life, you get to experience life from a different perspective by “becoming” one of the characters.

The open book also symbolizes, to my way of thinking, being open to knowing everything about the other person in the relationship. Of attempting to understand the world through their eyes, their experiences. Do we always succeed? Of course not. But the attempt makes it easier to understand their reasoning, their reaction, their decision-making process. Ultimately to find common ground when you have a disagreement, an argument, or even an out-and-out verbal fight.

One charm down, five more to go!

Charmed Against All Odds is available for preorder now and releases on November 11. As a bonus gift, for everyone who pre-orders Charmed Against All Odds, I’ll give a free ebook copy of Book 1, Undying Love! Simply share a picture or screenshot of your order with me on my Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AuthorBettyBolte) and I’ll send you a link where you can download your gift as a thank you for ordering Roxie and Leo’s story! (If you’ve already read Undying Love, let me know and we’ll work out a different story as a thank you gift!)

My next signing is November 2, so check out my Appearances page on my website for details. I’ll bring copies of The Haunting of Fury Falls Inn (Fury Falls Inn Book 1) to sign and I will have paperback copies of Charmed Against All Odds before you can buy them in the store, too! I hope to see you there to support the Shades of Pemberley independent book store as a thank you for hosting my book birthday celebration!

As always, thanks for reading!

Betty

P.S. If you haven’t already, please consider signing up for my newsletter, which I send out most every month, including news like new covers, new releases, and upcoming appearances where I love to meet my readers, along with recipes and writing progress. Thanks and happy reading!

Visit www.bettybolte.com for more on my books and upcoming events.

Charmed Against All Odds releases November 11 and is available for pre-order now!

Loving her brings out the magic in him…

Wedding bells are ringing, but not for Roxie Golden. If she can survive another round of wedding plans, then her life can return to normal. She’s perfectly happy running the bookstore and weaving helpful magical spells. Then one stormy day, her ex-fiancé strolls back into her life with a gift neither of them wants.

Leo King wants to flee the small town for the big city. Forget about the shame he brought upon himself when he abused his magical powers. First, to satisfy his warlock father’s final wish, he must deliver the mysterious box to Roxie’s bookstore.

But when Roxie opens the box, revealing an enchanted bracelet and a quest spell, their plans and their lives are changed forever. Trapped in a reluctant partnership with the woman he once loved, he risks everything—including his heart—for a second chance.

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