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Lando Soldati from Love on the Rocks is here.

P.j. MacLayne is a fantastic author and one of the authors who has written a story for the Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea 11 Beaches - Anything Can Happen anthology, which is now available for pre-order.  P.j.'s character, Lando Soldati has agreed to be interviewed, so without further ado, meet Lando Soldati.

 
1. Q. What's your super power?

 
A. Oh, man. My favorite character to cosplay is Daredevil. I dig the red hair.  He's got crazy ninja skills and the power to satisfy the ladies. But since I have none of those skills in real life, I'll claim my ability to solve complex computer programming issues. And because I get bored with the day-to-day stuff, I do some white hat hacking on the side for fun.

 
2. Q. On what occasion, do you lie?

 
A: When I'm dealing with a difficult client and they're trying to tell me how to do my job. I've learned to nod my head and make non-committal sounds so they know I'm listening, but not actually agree with them. They think I'm going to do things their way (which won't work) so they leave happy. Maybe it's not actually lying, but it feels like it.

 
3. Q. When and where were you the happiest?

 
A. Sixth grade. The first time I built a computer from scratch. My parents got me the case and motherboard for my birthday, and the rest of the parts were scavenged from various broken computers of family and friends. It took me a few days to assemble it, as I figured out how to fit everything together, but when I pushed the power button it actually turned on! It wasn't the most powerful computer in the world, but it worked! Every time I build a new computer, I still remember the thrill of seeing the green light flickering that first time.

 
4. Q. What is your biggest regret?

 
A. That I didn't do a dual major with Robotics as my second area of study. I don't know that I want to work in the Robotics field, but I find the subject fascinating, especially when you realize how much of our lives are already spent interacting with computers. When I get around to going for my Masters, I might consider studying Robotics instead of Comp Sci.

 

5. Q. What is your motto?

 
A. Geeks Rule! But I live by these words. “There are 10 kinds of people in this world: those who understand binary and those who don't.” It reminds me to have patience when I'm dealing with those who don't.

 
6. Q. Clothes in the hamper or on the floor?

 
A. On the floor. That's one of the joys of living the single life. I can toss my clothes on the floor until I'm ready to wash them. Which I do once a week. Mostly. As long as my mother doesn't come to visit, it's all good.

 
7. Q. Where do you see yourself in five years?


A. I really like where I am now. I've got a good job and a good boss and live in a state that's never boring. There's amusement parks and nightclubs and plenty of beaches and good looking girls in bikinis. I might even get serious about one of them some day, but I'm not ready to settle down with anyone yet.

 
Author Bio: Born and raised among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, P.J. MacLayne still finds inspiration for her books in that landscapes. She is a computer geek by day and a writer by night who currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. When she's not in front of a computer screen, she might be found exploring the back roads of the nearby national forests and parks. In addition to the Free Wolves’ stories, she is also the author of the Oak Grove series.


Love on the Rocks is her contribution to the anthology “Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea.” Lando also appears in the Oak Grove series.

 
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Kylie Gilmore is in the Author Spotlight

I'm super excited to introduce you to Kylie Gilmore, who I've been privileged to meet through some mutual friends and then in some author groups we are both in. Kylie is a fantastic author, and has been so helpful to myself and other authors seeking advice and just bouncing ideas off of.  Please enjoy a snippet of Kylie's new book, A Tempting Friendship and keep reading because she's also giving away

Hi Patti! Thanks for having me on your blog! I have a new release, A TEMPTING FRIENDSHIP, that I’d love to share with your blog readers with a giveaway. This is, like all my stories, a STANDALONE, set in the Clover Park world. I write quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor. : )

 Blurb:

Even Angels have their limits…

 Widow Julia Turner is finally ready to date again after five years of mourning her husband. She confides to her longtime friend Angel Marino that she’s signed up for an online dating site and is shocked when it’s Angel that shows up at her door on the night of her first date. And the look in his eye is anything but friendly.

Angel has secretly been in love with Julia since college, and after fulfilling his promise to his deceased best friend to watch over her these past years, he can’t stand idly by and watch her date another man. It’s time to unleash the sexy for a seduction that’s been a long time coming.

 Opening lines:

“Welcome, ladies, to the very first Singles Book Club! I’m your hostess, Hailey Adams, also known as Clover Park’s one and only wedding planner! I hope to plan a wedding for each and every one of you! Now you might have noticed…”

What in the world am I doing here? Julia Turner fidgeted in her seat and glanced around the circle of six women (and zero men) gathered at Something’s Brewing Café.

 Excerpt:

 His familiarity with the kitchen made her realize she and Angel were like an old married couple minus the sex. She’d let this go on long enough. Angel deserved so much better.

He remained standing, taking a sip of beer and watching her over the rim. “What is it?”

She clasped her hands tightly together, suddenly nervous that Angel would fight her on this. He’d been so protective of her since Brad died. “I, uh, I signed up for an online dating site.”

His jaw dropped, and the beer slipped from his hand, hitting the old linoleum floor with a thud and then a bounce. Beer spewed everywhere. She leaped up, grabbed some paper towels and hurried over to clean the mess. Angel stood frozen in place, saying nothing. It scared the hell out of her. She’d never seen him shocked into speechlessness.

She sopped up what she could—it was nearly a full bottle—and tossed the towels and bottle in the trash. Then she grabbed more paper towels, the kitchen still eerily silent. “Angel? Please say something.”

Still nothing.

She glanced over, took in his clenched jaw, his lips a flat line, and swallowed hard. He remained silent as she knelt at his feet and cleaned up the rest of the wet floor. She yelped as he suddenly grabbed her by the upper arms and yanked her to her feet. Not only because he hadn’t touched her in five years, and his fingers were burning through the thin fleece, it was his grip, tight and unforgiving. Her fingers clenched the sopping wet paper towels, beer dripping between them, soaking the floor, soaking her socks.

“Let me throw these out,” she said, her voice unnaturally high. Angel never lost his temper with her. With Brad, yes, but never her.

He gave her a little shake, and she squeaked. “You’re ready to date?” he asked through clenched teeth.

She sucked in a breath. No, absolutely not, but she needed to make things right. To set him free. “I-I want to try.”

He leaned close, and she dropped the towels, her heart thudding against her ribcage. Angel close up overwhelmed her senses every time, but the fierce look in his eyes lit a dark desire that filled her with shame.

“With a stranger?” he bit out. “Some random asshole you met over the Internet?”

She looked away. “There’s nice people online too.”

He released his grip on her arms and crossed to the far side of the kitchen away from her.

“It’s for the best,” she said, her voice shaky. “I…” She trailed off at his hard, furious look. This was not the Angel she knew. Her Angel was kind, good, unbearably sweet and tender always. Except for those times when she’d crossed the line. Then they’d both been animals, consumed by base desire heightened by the forbidden.

He advanced on her, and she braced herself. Stay strong. For once in your life, do the right thing with Angel. He stopped short a foot away. “No. I won’t allow it.”

She bristled at his authoritative tone. “You’re not…you don’t get a say.”

“The hell I don’t.”

“Best friends are supposed to—”

He grabbed her and hauled her close, her softness pressed against his hard planes, filling her with traitorous heat. He’d never touched her first. It was always her.

“Please don’t,” she said on a near sob, turning her head away. This wasn’t going to help either of them. One kiss and they’d be naked. It was out of control. But Angel and sex had always been wrong. Always been her weak spot. Brad had no idea the kind of wife she’d been. The kind of girlfriend. But it was even worse now. With their twisted history, she and Angel couldn’t…she felt light-headed. He’d bail for good this time. Just the thought of losing Angel forever robbed her breath.

“Julia.” The one word was a harsh demand and rasp of frustration at the same time. “Look at me.”

“Please,” she whispered. “You’re the only person I can count on. The only thing that kept me sane when the grief was too much.” She licked her dry lips. “You deserve…” She trailed off as he leaned close, her mind suddenly blank.

“What do I deserve?” he asked, his voice a husky rumble in her ear.

~ ~ ~

 

Fun Fact: The Fierce Trilogy, the story within this story, is fictional, but some readers want that whole story too!

 Also, Julia is part of the Singles Book Club led by the perky wedding planner, Hailey Adams, who will kick off my spinoff Clover Park Brides series with the help of a sexy bartender.

 New stories still to come in 2016: Almost Hitched, book 5 in my spinoff Clover Park STUDS series releases August 2016. The first book in the Clover Park Brides will release this fall!

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To Outline or Not!

This week on Open Book Blog Hop we're discussing the outline. Actually we're discussing how we begin an outline.

I don't outline my stories.  I have an idea of what I think the book and characters will be about before I start, but often things change during the writing process and how I thought the story would end up is different than my beginning thoughts.  That's okay, though.  I like it when my characters find their mojo and go with it.  The most I'll do is write up a character interview of my hero and heroine before I start.  That gives me an idea of who they are, what they're about and some of their background.  Then, as I am writing, I have those interviews at the ready to remind myself of how they might behave or who they are.

In Dog Days of Summer, Jeremiah was a man who was going it alone in life.  He raised his twin sons and built a business.  He had a loving family and was close to them.  The one thing missing was a woman to call his own, but he wasn't actually looking.  Joci happened to walk into his life through her son, Gunnar.  It was a chance meeting, but when Jeremiah saw her, he just knew she was the one.

That happens in life and I've had many people tell me that they have had a similar experience when they met their "one and only".  You know those little butterflies in your tummy, the shiver when you first touch, the rapid beating of your heart and the longing of more!  That happens.  

Ooops, back to outlining.  Had I outlined that story, it would have gone differently than it did.  In the beginning, LuAnn wasn't even a blip on my radar.  LuAnn was a woman who had set her sights on Jeremiah, but he wasn't even aware of her in that way.  You know, "that way".  But as the story grew, so did LuAnn's irritation and character or lack thereof.

I do want to mention that I enjoy listening to writers discuss how they plot or outline a story.  I admire that they can do that.  But, I'm a total pantser and I guess I'll stay that way.  How about you - do you outline?

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Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

A couple of years ago, my daughter-in-law, Shaina, made this delicious coffee cake.  It's a bit time intensive, but sooooooo darn good.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think of it.  Or, if you have one to share, send it on over.  We all love to try new recipes.

 

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