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Welcome to Books Coffee and Crafts News’ first “Crafty Author’s Coffee Hour”. This is a new feature that I’m super excited about “Authors that Craft”. Our On the Beach segment, will be for Coastal Magic Convention 2017 “Featured Authors”. As one of CMCon17’s “Featured Bloggers” I have the honor of hosting one or more “Featured Author” each month. I arranged (bribed) to get crafty ones. 😏
Today we’re in Daytona Beach, Florida at a lovely little coffee shop I’ve conjured in my head. My guest this afternoon is the lovely, and extremely talented Hildie McQueen. She is the first CMCon17 “Featured Author” to join me. I will be hosting a different author each month until the convention in February.
For those of you who might not be familiar with the bestselling author. Hildie McQueen loves action, love and unusual settings. Author of western historical, Highland historical and contemporary romance, she writes something every reader can enjoy.
Most days she can be found in her pajamas hiding from delivery men while drinking tea from her David Gandy coffee mug. In the afternoons she browses the Internet for semi-nude men to post on Facebook.
Hildie’s favorite past-times are romance conventions, traveling, shopping and reading.
She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt and two unruly Chihuahuas.
She writes paranormal as H.M. McQueen.
Here comes Hildie now. Looking bright and cheerful, wearing jeans, a loose fitting multicolored top and of course a Kate Spade tote with her planner in hand. Once the hugging and fangirling is over. Hildie is one of my favorite author type people. Hildie, sweetheart that she is compliments me on my summer dress, and I ask where she got her adorable blouse, we place our order. She gets an Earl Grey Latte sweetened with honey. Then asks for a large cup and offers to split a toasted bagel with me. I happily accept, and order an Iced Caffè Americano for myself. Once our drinks arrive we settle in for a cozy little chat.
I want to thank you for joining me today, and for being the first “Featured Author” from Coastal Magic, first “Author who Crafts” (Crafty Author), as well as my very first visitor to join me online for a Coffee Time Chat. Wow! That’s a lot of firsts.
Speaking of firsts, last February was my first Author/blogger/reader convention. Coastal Magic Convention 2016. I’m thankful I choose that convention, because it was so fun and casual. I had so much fun, I decided before it was over, that I would be returning for the next one. You couldn’t imagine how thrilled I was when I was chosen as one of the “Featured Bloggers”. That means not only do I get to do spotlights for you and the other “Featured Authors”. I get to help out at the convention. I wish I had heard of CMCon17 sooner. I could have been going for years.
What about you, Hildie? How long have you been attending? What has been one of your favorite experiences at Coastal Magic.
I am one of the lucky authors who attended the very first year. It was called Old City, New Blood then. Those of us who were there will never forget the parrots in the lobby. It was a riot, but boy did we have fun!
My favorite event at CMC was that first year, when four of us hosted a Caribbean candy party. It was a last minute throw together, and an absolute hit!
Every year I enjoy the laid back attitude of the convention, not only that, but who can resist books, fun people and the beach?
Hildie and I will be heading to Daytona Beach, Florida next February for the Coastal Magic Convention. It’s a super casual, author/reader event, right by the beach. As a “Featured Blogger” I’ll be moderating, while Hildie will be on some fun panels, doing a meet & greet or two, and generally hanging with fantastic readers like YOU! If you love urban fantasy, paranormal, or any variety of romance, this is the place for you.
With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for just about every reader. While there IS a schedule, there is also ample time for authors and their fans to just hang out together, this is what we’re here for! Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans.
Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and also FREE to the public. We’ve got a Featured Author lineup, over 50 amazing storytellers, that showcases not only bestselling favorites, but debut and “new to you” authors that are sure to catch your attention. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 2-5, 2017
Spend time with heroes in blue jeans. Not only that, you’ll get to experience every inch of their delectable bodies as three of the books are steamy.
A sexy modern Cinderella type story with a humorous twist. Except, there’s no glass slipper, just an ugly dog and a prince who is anything but charming.
When Sunny Stilton gets the job to decorate millionaire Beau Forrester’s new house, she is way over her head. To make matters worse, not only is her new client drop dead gorgeous, but he’s also a total ass.
Beau Forrester, a confirmed bachelor does what comes natural after sleeping with the beautiful interior designer…he fires her.
You’ll keep turning the pages to see what happens next in this fun and touching story.
Shannon Aldean’s excitement after a great one-night stand quickly fizzles when her entire family shows up the next morning…while the guy is still there. Stress soon turns to panic when her date turns out to be the her new boss at the local ranching supply company.
Drew Emerson wants to simplify his life, move on from under his deceased brother’s shadow by buying his own ranching company in small Longview, Montana. Soon he finds out how hard it is to move forward without first reconciling his past.
The morning after Amy Leigh Paisley, from Pine Oak, Montana is left behind in Las Vegas, she wakes up with not only a huge hangover, but with a husband who happens to be Trent Baxter, Billings’ most eligible bachelor.
His father thinks she’s a gold-digger, her mother wants her to be one and all Amy Leigh wants, is to stay married to the hot man for just a bit longer and maybe another night of great sex.
Montana Born will be part of the Love & Grace Anthology, which is sweet, so in the Anthology it will be a very different version than the one to be released on its own later this fall.
This collection of sweet and inspirational novellas has an uplifting love story for everyone. These stories bring a touch of grace to romance, and a touch of romance to your heart.
Our twelve authors have collaborated to bring together this collection. Each story relates to dyslexia in some way, and the full proceeds from all the stories benefit GRACEPOINT – A School for Dyslexia. This box set is our collective gift of love and support to you and the children GRACEPOINT serves.
Can a town save a marriage? Will a high school reunion offer a second chance at love? Can a man with a secret and a woman afraid of being hurt learn to trust? Can a girl running from her past escape her heart? Will a woman trapped in the past discover the true importance of family? Can unexpected love become the best present ever?
You’ll find hours of enjoyment as well as a satisfying ending to each story. No cliffhangers and no partial novels are offered here, just an escape into worlds of love, families, and grace.
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Now for the crafty part of our hour. Besides the excellent stories you weave, what else do you craft, Hildie?
I’ve done some crafting. Scrapbooking and card making and I’ve dabbled a bit into beading, but that didn’t last. Little beads were everywhere and I hated stepping on them. Finally I fell into the whole colorful mesh wreath thing, friends gathered at my house and made them for every season. I don’t even use them, they were just fun to make.
Wow! I’ve never tried working with mesh, or making wreaths. I’ll have to give it a try this fall. I can see making an purple, orange, green, and black one for Halloween.
I noticed you mentioned papercrafts, but not your decorative planning. I know that might not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions crafts, but I definitely consider it a craft.
I love using paper planners and even make videos for planner people!
I just recently started decorative planning. I stumbled upon your video’s while surfing YouTube for “How to planner videos”. I love your videos. Not only did I learn a lot about planning, but about yourself as well.
Hildie promised to share a video with us, if I posted a picture of one of my planning pages. So here’s a picture of one of my weeks. Not near her level, but I’m a newbie. I still decorate one week at a time, as I’m still figuring out my style and what works for me. But I’m thoroughly enjoying it. The happy side effect of decorative planning….. I actually write things down a lot more.
You’re in luck. At your request, I made one just for this event.
Hildie McQueen chats about Coastal Magic while decorating her planner for the week of the event.
Oh wow! That was a wonderful video. I love how you pull everything together. So organized, yet pretty and fun. You’ve given me some great ideas. I’m going to have to check out some of the Etsy shops you mentioned.
I loved that you planned out the week of Coastal Magic for us. I guess it might be a good idea to go ahead and do my planning for that week also. Today has been so much fun and I’m so glad you were my first guest here on Books, Coffee, and Crafts News. I look forward to seeing you again in Daytona Beach this coming February. It’s going to be a blast.
Thanks everyone for joining us today. I hope you enjoyed Hildie’s visit as much as I did. And I really hope to see you all at Coastal Magic Convention 2017.
Please feel free to comment on this post. I’d love to know if you are going to be attending #CMCon17 or if you have gone in the past. What you thought of Hildie McQueen’s video and/or decorative planning in general. Also, what or who you would like to see on here in future.
Be sure to catch us next month for another CMCon17 Featured Author Spotlight.
Chicago Police Detective Brooke Chandler is keeping a secret… and if she’s not careful, it could get her killed.
Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancé dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play.
Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects, Brooke transfers to the Salem PD, hoping her talent will help her get to the bottom of things. Between dodging assassination attempts and being stonewalled at every turn, the going is tough. Add in a mysterious fae club owner with secrets of his own and a personal grudge against her, and it becomes nearly impossible.
If Brooke wants to play in the supernatural sandbox, she’s going to have to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. But how many people will have to die for Brooke to discover the truth?
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By New York Times bestselling author Deanna Chase
Haunted on Bourbon Street
Witches of Bourbon Street
By New York Times bestselling author Jana DeLeon
Trouble in Mudbug
Mischief in Mudbug
By USA Today bestselling author Rose Pressey
Haunted on Bourbon Street:
Jade loves her new apartment—until a ghost joins her in the shower.
Being an empath has never been easy on Jade’s relationships. It’s no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when her ghost moves from harmless spooking to terrorizing her friend Pyper, it’s up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she’ll need her mysterious landlord’s help to do it. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?
Witches of Bourbon Street:
Jade Calhoun was never fond of her empath abilities. Now she’s discovered she has another gift she’d rather not unwrap—magic. But when her mentor, Bea, becomes gravely ill and insists Jade’s the only one who can help, she’s forced to embrace her witchy side.
Trouble in Mudbug:
Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana.
Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit.
Mischief in Mudbug:
Sabine LaVeche needs to locate a blood relative fast – her life depends on it. When Helena Henry shows up offering help, Sabine knows she’s really in for trouble when it’s the best idea she’s heard in a while. When private investigator Beau Villeneuve takes on her case, things heat up in more ways than one, but as they begin to uncover the secrets of Sabine’s past, the one thing that becomes clear is that someone doesn’t want Sabine to get the answers she seeks.
When Halloween inherits her great-aunt’s manor, she decides to put the house to good use as a bed-and-breakfast. Her first guest is the sinfully good-looking Nicolas Marcos, but he’s not here for the continental breakfast. Halloween discovers a ratty old book in the attic. It’s written in an unfamiliar language.
Halloween soon learns this is not an ordinary spellbook. The tome brings her a new talent, but her new skills come with a catch. When a rival witch comes after the book, Halloween doesn’t know who to trust–the sexy vampire who says he wants to save the day, or the warlock who says he can destroy the book once and for all.
Reluctant witch Halloween LaVeau never guessed that inheriting LaVeau Manor would be so difficult. Sure, she was named Worst Witch of the Year, but her botched spell-casting is all behind her now, right? Everything changed after discovering the ancient Book of Mystics. She’s now the leader of the Underworld… whatever that means. Apparently, she’s in charge of keeping order within the paranormal world.
If that wasn’t enough, Halloween–or Hallie as she prefers to be called–has two gorgeous men making her life even more confusing. The sexy vampire Nicolas Marcos has been accused of stealing another witch’s powers. With the help of Nicolas’ brother, the good-looking warlock Liam Rankin, Hallie must discover if Nicolas is guilty as charged. How will she navigate this Underworld?
TITLE – Into the Flames
SERIES – Firefighter Multi-Author Boxed Anthology Set
AUTHORS – N.J. Walters, Desiree Holt, Cindy Specer Pape, Liz Crowe, Adele Downs, Sam Cheever, & Nina Pierce
GENRE – Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – 9-29-2015
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – Each Book Approx 25k
Firefighters. The word ignites bold images of heroes in dust covered helmets and ash stained turnouts who defy the odds and press on in the presence of danger.
Men and Women of Valor. A dedicated brotherhood of first responders whose honor, strength, and courage overcome obstacles to save lives.
Into The Flames. Seven NYT, USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors offer romantic suspense, contemporary, historical, and paranormal tales of tough, iconic heroes who risk it all for their communities—but at the end of the day, seek the tender embrace of the one they love.
JOIN US ON THE ADVENTURE…
Rescue Meby N.J. Walters
When firefighter Frank Ellis rescues an old flame from a burning building, sparks ignite. He’ll do anything to protect her, even if it means she discovers he’s a mythical phoenix.
Flashpointby Desiree Holt
…When everything explodes
Where There’s Smokeby Cindy Spencer Pape
Firefighting in the 1920’s is dangerous business, but so is falling in love.
FireBrew by Liz Crowe
Fate throws them together. But the horrific memory of a fiery disaster could tear them apart.
Hook Me Upby Adele Downs
Firemen don’t free cats from trees anymore—until a pretty schoolteacher gets trapped on a limb with her kitten and the county’s hottest firefighter comes to their rescue.
Slow Burnerby Sam Cheever
A love that burns slowly burns longest, creating the greatest heat.
Uncontrolled Burn: A RISEN Team Novelby Nina Pierce
A woman forced to live a life she didn’t choose. A vampire bound by honor to protect humans. A deadly game of revenge that threatens both their lives…
N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who’s always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
Desiree Holt is an award-winning author known the world over as The Oldest Living Erotic Romance Author. She has won an EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and many other awards. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail and numerous other national and international publications.
Cindy Spencer Pape is an award-winning author of 19 novels and more than 40 shorter works. She lives in southeast Michigan. When not hard at work writing she can be found dressing up for steampunk parties and Renaissance fairs, or with her nose buried in a book.
Liz Crowe is an Amazon best-selling author of 27 books, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and sports fan. She is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse. Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction hybrid, “Unconventional Romance. Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
Adele Downs is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 20 romance titles, including those written under another pen name, and is a former journalist with hundreds of articles to her credit. When not writing in her home office in rural Pennsylvania, she can be found reading a book on the nearest beach or riding in her convertible.
Sam Cheever is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense, creating stories that celebrate the joy of love in all its forms. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books and has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume.
Nina Pierce is a USA Today Bestselling author who spends her days at the keyboard writing stories of fated loves and soul mates, blissfully creating chaos for her characters by throwing in a villain or two, a little murder and a whole lot of mayhem as they struggle toward their happy-ever-afters. When she’s not writing, Nina enjoys spending time with her soul mate of nearly 40 years, their three adult children, one love-sick son-in-law and two precious grandsons.
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Delightfully heartwarming contemporary romance with hot firefighters. Yum!
This was my first time reading this author and I look forward to reading more of her books. This was a smooth read, with interesting characters. I really enjoy the book. It was a super fun read. What better way to meet a sexy fireman, than by hanging upside down practically naked in an apple tree.
Well written story, with great flow, and excellent characters. Riveting, and touched me.
Frank the Firefighter and possible Phoenix rescues the love of his life. The one he left behind at eighteen, because of some very life changing revelations. Due to those discoveries he ran leaving his family and Martha.
This story made me smile and the end made me cry lots of happy tears. If most definitely touched me. I’ll be looking for more books by this author.
Gritty – Intense – But so worth the read!
This is the first time I’ve read this author, so I had no idea what to expect. There is a warning at the beginning of the book that the author writes dark, gritty romance, which wouldn’t be my first choice. But I had promised to read and review this book, and I keep my promises. I could always review the book for writing style, even if I don’t care much for drama. At first I didn’t care much for George, and I really didn’t like Jane. But, hey a promise is a promise, so I read on. Thankfully I did.
Yes it’s gritty, intense, and downright disturbing at times. It’s also extremely well written. And much to my surprise I quickly found myself pulled into the story. I couldn’t put it down.
As the story unfolded, and I got to know the characters, the more they demanded my understanding. I began to root for Jane, and hope she could/would straighten herself out. There were moments of great laughter, lots of shaking my head at the mess Jane was making of her life, tears, joy, and simple understanding.
This book opened my eyes, made me think, feel a gamut of emotions, and then gave me my must have HEA.
5 Stars hands down. I will most definitely be looking for more books by this author.
Raging Winter: Max Denton Book 2 (The Gardella Vampire Hunters)
England, 1922: Savina Eleaisa is certain the famous vampire hunter–and her former lover–Max Denton is dead. But when she follows a vampire to a Christmas house party at a large English estate, whom should she find but Max Denton, deep undercover–and not very happy to see her. “If Buffy visited Downtown Abbey.” –Laurie London
Invisible Betrayal: Invisible Recruits Novella
Street savvy Jaylene Smart is spending her DC holiday on a snatch and grab assignment to terminate a threat, but it beats sitting alone in an empty hotel room. Her target is way-out-of-her-league-powerful Herm Kane and stealing from him sends her into the dangerous underworld of
preternaturals she never knew existed. Surviving will depend on teaming up the same sexy Herm Kane, the man she just betrayed.
Legendary Lover – Arctic Plunge
Glorious friction sets Northern Alaska’s winter air ablaze when Dean Lawless, an alpha lycan, finds Jayne Dekker, his double-crossing mate, and takes the ultimate plunge
A Laugh Till It Hurts Literal Leigh Romance Diaries Spin-off
Witches, Werebears, and Imps. Oh my!
Waiting for Karma is fine—for the patient. But for the rest of us, it sure would be nice to give Karma a little nudge every once in a while.
Too many dates that turned out to be losers or liars? Have a problem with two-faced backstabbers? And don’t even start with the so-called customer service centers. There comes a day when enough is really, truthfully, enough already. For Kelly and Esmeralda, two snarky single witches, that day was yesterday. After applying their witchcraft to dish out a little magical payback, they realize they have a penchant for the dark art of revenge. And who’s to say a witch can’t make a few bucks with a talent like that?
Doing the odd job was fun and gratifying. Then along came an unusual client with a pitch for an idea, “Karma Inc.-Reality TV.” The witches set up shop in the sleepy little town of Caldron Falls, Wisconsin. By enabling the good citizens to settle old scores, they hoped to transform the town into a virtual coliseum of televised revenge. It didn’t take long before a few inconvenient and unexpected dead bodies began to pile up. To complicate matters, Caldron Falls just happens to have more than its fair share of paranormal creatures, not to mention a Chicago mobster seemingly bent on taking over the town.
Can Esmeralda and Kelly solve the rash of unexplained deaths before they get the blame and end up behind bars? What will Marie Laveau and the Witches Union have to say about this? And as any fool knows, Karma carries a roundtrip ticket.
©2015 Melanie James
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