Author Archive for Jeannie Ruesch

Heating It Up: One Hero at a Time Book Tour

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I’m thrilled to bring you A Rogue’s Deadly Redemption as part of a limited boxed set edition with 6 other amazing historical writers — books you’ll love!   Do you love Scottish Highlanders, Regency Rakes, Confederate Spies, Mountain Men & Sexy Smugglers? Check out HEATING IT UP, One Hero at a Time!

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11/16/14 http://www.ramblingsfromthischick.com/ Tracey Devlyn
11/16/14 http://www.sillymelody.blogspot.com/ Tracey Devlyn

11/17/14 http://www.bookinitreviews.com/ Lane McFarland
11/17/14 http://www.romrevtoday.blogspot.com/ Lane McFarland

11/18/14 http://www.brookeblogs.com/ Eliza Knight
11/18/14 http://www.eclecticpassionsbc.blogspot.com Eliza Knight

11/19/14 http://www.sosaloha.blogspot.com/ Jennifer Jakes
11/19/14 http://www.readinginpajamas.wordpress.com/ Jennifer Jakes
11/19/14 http://www.wowfromthescarfprincess.blogspot.com/ Jennifer Jakes

11/20/14 http://www.BookObsessedChicks.com/ Tara Kingston
11/20/14 http://www.romancingthereaders.blogspot.com/ Tara Kingston

11/21/14 http://www.somanyreads.com/ Averil Reisman
11/21/14 http://www.adriasromancereviews.blogspot.com/ Averil Reisman

11/22/14 http://www.cluereview.blogspot.com/ Jeannie Ruesch
11/22/14 http://www.totallyaddictedtoreading.blogspot.com/ Jeannie Ruesch

 

 

A Rogue’s Deadly Redemption is Now Available for Reviewers and Pre-Order

RoguesRedemption_FINAL_JeannieRuesch_200x300I’m thrilled to announce that Rogue’s Deadly Redemption is now available for pre-order!  And for blog reviewers, I’d be happy to provide an eARC for your honest review.  Please contact me directly if you are interested.

Rogue’s Deadly Redemption is also one of seven books on pre-order in HEATING IT UP: ONE HERO AT A TIME, a Limited Box Edition with 7 sensual stories of historical romance.

Both are currently on pre-order for $0.99!

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A Rogue’s Deadly Redemption Cover Reveal! Win a $20 Gift Card

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The Writing Process of Cloaked

Get a peek behind the writing process of Cloaked in Danger!  Over at Margie Lawson’s Pubbed Grad blog, I talk about the process and share some before/after snippets of the manuscript.

Next up: Lily’s Story

Lily’s story is next!  This as-of-yet-untitled book is set three years after Cloaked In Danger, and Lily’s life has not turned out as she planned— but just when she’s ready to take drastic action, she realizes that her marriage has been based completely on lies and that secrets can be deadly.  Due out Fall 2014.

Into the Time Machine back with Kate Willoughby to a Men’s Locker Room…

I’m thrilled to welcome Kate Willoughby to our Time Machine this week!

What’s the Time Machine about? As a historical romantic suspense author, I love all eras of history. You name an era, I can probably find some sort of trouble to go digging into.  So I thought it would be fun to check in with other authors and see what their favorite eras are and what they would do with just 24 hours to spend there.  Stay tuned to see where we’re headed to next…

NHL_Stanley_Cup_nhl3_largeIf you could go back in time for just 24 hours, what era would you go to and where would you land?

I’m afraid I wouldn’t go back very far. On June 11, 2012, I was in Lake Tahoe on vacation with my family, enjoying the beauty of northern California. Our days had been pretty easy-going, with not much on the agenda, but that’s what vacations are for, right? Anyway, on June 11, there was one very important thing on my agenda, and that was to watch the last game of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils.

Long story short, the Kings won. (Winning the Stanley Cup is like winning the World Series or the Superbowl.) I screamed. I jumped up and down. I strutted around the living room of our villa like I was Queen of the World. MY TEAM had won the Cup!

So I’d love to time travel to that day and be in Los Angeles with the Kings.

You have 24 hours…what would you do with your short time?

Mostly, I would stand out of the way so I wouldn’t get kicked out! But seriously, I’d get there early in the morning, before anyone else was there. Just to walk around the locker room and up and down the corridors that I’d only ever seen before on TV would be amazing. If no one was watching, I might get a little nosy and peek into the cubbies of their stalls. I might try on a helmet or touch a set of shoulder pads. I’d take a lot of pictures for research. If there were staff people around, I’d probably pin them down for an interview or two, again for research.

When the players arrived much later, I’d become a fly on the wall, soaking up the intention, the determination that had to be flooding every corner of the Staples Center. How thrilling it would be to circulate amongst the team with the knowledge that they were going to win and win big.

dustin_brown_la_kingsYou can personally see, visit, talk with (or whatever…) one historical figure in that time period. Who would it be and what would you do?

After all the post-game craziness on the ice, after the locker room champagne storm, I would like to get a few minutes alone with the captain of the team, the scraggly-bearded Dustin Brown. It would be close to dawn. Things would have settled down but the win would still be brilliant in his mind. We wouldn’t have to talk. All I’d want is to share a few moments with him as he absorbed the enormity of what he and his team had done. How he’d lead them to the penultimate achievement in hockey in such a spectacular way…

The first Stanley Cup in their franchise history. A 16-4 Playoff run. A 10-1 Playoff Road Record. The only 8-seed ever to beat the 1-, 2-, and 3-seeds. They were a Cinderella team going into the Playoffs and I think they took everyone by surprise by steamrolling their way to the Cup.

 You have your cell phone with you—someone sees it. How would you explain what it is?

I’d say, “Er, it’s my phone, Dustin. If you wouldn’t mind, can I take a selfie with you and the Cup?”

 

About Kate

katewilloughby Kate Willoughby happily writes her hockey romances in Southern California. She is married and has two sons, a dog, and a fish. When she’s not writing, she’s watching hockey. When it’s not hockey season, she whines a lot.

Find Kate on * Twitter * Instagram * Pinterest * Website 

Book one of In the Zonekatewilloughby_onthesurface

NHL player Tim Hollander lost his temper one time and threw a water bottle at an abusive fan. After “Bottlegate,” he’s traded to the San Diego Barracudas, where he’ll need to keep the bad publicity to a minimum while proving he can still compete with the younger guys on the ice.

Erin Collier is a pediatric nurse who’s never seen a hockey game, but gets in line for Tim’s autograph at a PR event in hopes of impressing the doctor she has a crush on. When an obnoxious fan gets pushy toward Erin, Tim rushes to defend the pretty stranger, throwing a punch in the process.

Grateful for the rescue, Erin agrees to stand by Tim during the resulting press conference and host him at a hospital charity event. Their chemistry is palpable, and soon their lives are intertwined. But Erin doubts a hockey player is capable of anything resembling a real relationship. And if Tim can’t get her to see beyond what’s on the surface, they’ll never last longer than a single season…

Find On the Surface at Amazon * Amazon UK * B&N * iTunes * Google Play * Goodreads

For a comprehensive video of the King’s Playoff run, click here.

 

Time Machine with Veronica Scott

I’m thrilled to welcome Veronica Scott back to our Time Machine this week!

What’s the Time Machine about? As a historical romantic suspense author, I love all eras of history. You name an era, I can probably find some sort of trouble to go digging into.  So I thought it would be fun to check in with other authors and see what their favorite eras are and what they would do with just 24 hours to spend there.  Stay tuned every Monday to see where we’re headed to next…

If you could go back in time for just 24 hours, what era would you go to and where would you land?

I would like to visit the Titanic on April 14th, 1912, although it would of course be quite bittersweet and poignant, knowing the eventual fate of the ship. Frustrating too, since by the rules, I couldn’t do anything to avert the tragedy. No hints to the captain about the icebergs ahead, no remarks to Officer Lightoller about how many people a lifeboat could actually hold, no advance warning to poor Mrs. Allison in First Class that her baby was going to get off the ship with his nurse on an early lifeboat, so it would be ok for her and her little daughter to take a later lifeboat…no way to ask the Marconi operators to be sure all the ice warnings get to the bridge!

 You have 24 hours… what would you do with your short time?

I’d want to explore the ship for myself, see the Grand Staircase, hear the musicians playing, visit Third Class, look at the lifeboats…I’d want to attend the final elegant dinner in First Class, spend time with the famous passengers in their last few carefree hours, so I could preserve some happy memories of them. I’d want to see it ALL, you know? (And I’d sneak a tea cup into my voluminous pocket.) I’d leave right after the ship struck the iceberg, because I would not feel right about watching all those people go to their deaths in the icy sea, especially since there’s nothing I could do to help in the midst of such tragedy.

There was a real person who had nearly this experience, although of course he didn’t know it at the time –  Father Frank Browne, SJ, who was given a ticket for the Titanic’s voyage from Southampton to Queenstown by way of Cherbourg as a gift. He took the photographs of life onboard the ship that we have today. When a millionaire he met in First Class offered to pay his full fare to New York and back to Ireland, he sent a cable to his superiors asking for permission. They unequivocally told him no, so he left the Titanic when she docked in Queenstown on April 10th.

You can personally see, visit, talk with (or whatever….) one historical figure in that time period.  Who would it be and what would you do?

This is a hard one, so many people on board, including my grandfather’s maybe cousin-by-marriage (or so the family legend goes) in Second Class. I’d be tempted to sit with her over tea and try to figure out if we were related. Distant cousin or no, she did survive the sinking. But the person I gravitate to the most would be Second Officer Lightoller. I’m sure he’d be extremely busy but cordial (up to a point). I’ve read his autobiography, “Titanic and Other Ships” and he had a very adventurous life, even without a berth on Titanic. I’m guessing he could tell some seafaring yarns based on his experiences, including a previous shipwreck. But he probably would have been too modest to really share much…still, I think I’d try to get a bit of his time, maybe up on deck in the late afternoon, leaning on the rail, watching the Atlantic slide by under the keel.

You have your cell phone with you — someone sees it.  How would you explain what it is?

I’d tell them that I was friends with Mr. Thomas Edison and he’d made this device just for me. That it was a very newfangled contraption!

Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

veronica-scott-headshot1About Veronica

You can find Veronica at Blog  @vscotttheauthor   Facebook

Veronica’s novel WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM is a 2013 SFR Galaxy Award and Laurel Wreath winner and is loosely based on the sinking of Titanic, but set in the far future, on a spaceliner.

The Story:

Wreck-of-the-Nebula-DreamFinalMedTraveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?

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Audiobook, narrated by Actor Michael Riffle – Available Now at Amazon and iTunes

Diagnosed, but not Defined : I Have Diabetes Type 2

1080946_24278190Exactly one month ago, something big changed my life—and not in the Ed McMahon-showing-up-on-my-doorstep kind of way. After a few months of random symptoms that seemed unrelated, I was diagnosed with diabetes.

Yup. Diabetes. To say it was a shock is putting it mildly.

For months, I’ve been feeling out of sorts but it never occurred to me to put it all together. Once you do, I start to look like the poster-child for the diabetes checklist of things to watch for. I was crazy thirsty all the time, which of course meant I was getting up 4 and 5 times a night to go to the bathroom. (check) My vision was getting blurry. (Check.) I was having leg cramps constantly. I was tired, all the time. Sometimes bone-weary tired, but I was also doing a lot and I’d gotten over a particularly nasty virus end of last year, so I chocked that up to getting older. I was losing weight, a lot of it and I’d stopped trying to lose weight months ago. (After losing 30 pounds being on Nutrisystem for a year, I was taking a break.) Check, check, check.

Then I started shedding hair. Handfuls each day. And of course, this is the red flag any self-respecting woman pays attention to. ;) After realizing I’d lost about 50% of the hair on my head, I made an appointment to see the doctor. A few blood tests later, I was on my way to the emergency room. My blood sugar levels were “through the roof” and I needed to be stabilized. My doctor mentioned the word: Diabetes.

Of course I knew of the disease. Brenda Novak runs an incredible annual auction dedicated to raising money to find a cure, and I’ve participated and helped with the auction for years. I arrived at the ER, and they immediately put me on an IV and started taking more blood. I was given insulin. The nurse told me my body was producing barely any insulin. They had done tests to gauge my blood sugars over three months, called an A1C test. Again, my numbers were almost literally off the chart at 13.5. This was bad. Normal blood sugar range before a meal (calling the fasting number) is 70-130. I was 525. The shock on the nurses’ faces each time they looked me and said, “You really feel okay?” was enough to tell my husband and me how serious this was.

I had diabetes.

I have no history of diabetes in my family. And my symptoms—the ones I didn’t recognize—came on with a vengeance within the last few months. I was fine, and then suddenly I wasn’t. It meant a life-altering change. This wasn’t going away.

The paperwork they first sent me home with said Type 1, but they’ve since diagnosed me with Type 2. I do produce some insulin, just not enough and my tests for the antibodies that attack the beta cells for Type 1 came back negative.  And after some intense googling sessions on this disease and trying to come to terms with what my life would be like, I’ve come to a few conclusions.

Diabetes, no matter what kind you have, sucks.

There’s a pretty intense “blame game” around for those who have Type 2. You caused it yourself. You ate too much sugar. Watched too much TV. You didn’t take care of yourself. Well, I can (or could) enjoy a donut and weekend-TV-show binge watch with the best of them—many of whom do not have diabetes, so if that was the cause and the only cause, how does that explain those folks who lived a life like mine and never get it? Or the people who are lean and active and do get diabetes 2? Halle Berry, for example. I’ve come to realize, through my own process of acceptance that it isn’t just a simple “you did this” explanation. My choices in diet and exercise (or lack thereof) have made my body more susceptible, but that isn’t all there is to it.

When you’re trying to come to terms with the fact that you have a disease that kills people, being told that it’s “all your fault” isn’t helpful. 

This disease is hard enough to come to terms with. I’ve been so lucky in the support of my family and friends. They’ve been amazing, and they’ve done their own homework so they can understand what I’m dealing with.  It isn’t all my fault (or yours). This is a complex disease. There are plenty of reports out there that talk about genetics, environment, and yes, absolutely lifestyle is a big part of it. Lifestyle means more than food selections, it means exercise, stress levels, sleep.  There is so much I could have, should have, would have done differently had I a crystal ball.  Would that have changed things? Who knows.  I did lose 30 pounds in the last two years, I did make major changes to my habits and diabetes still showed up.  (I tend to believe that a nasty virus I couldn’t kick end of last year was the trigger, but it’s impossible to know for sure.)  The basic fact now and going forward is that my body cannot process carbohydrates as well as it should — and that isn’t just about candy bars and ice cream. It means whole grain breads, it means fruits, it means dairy products — all of the carbs I took for granted as being healthy need to be measured strictly. I am working hard to get my blood sugar numbers to an even level with few spikes. Over this past month, I’ve had come to terms with a lot. I am diabetic. I am insulin-dependent. I will always need to be aware of the potential complications of this disease if it gets out of control.

I have to live a different life.

I’ve also come to realize that being diagnosed isn’t going to define me.

It has changed me, certainly. It has to. It’s easy to take our health for granted, when we feel fine. When the effects of what we do, from eating to sleep habits to stress, to our bodies doesn’t show yet. But once your “free and clear” health is taken away from you, it dramatically changes how you think. It did for me.

I’m not going to let assumptions about this disease define me, either. What it has done is help me to put an emphasis on myself that I was lacking before. Too many late nights not sleeping, trying to get too much done. Too much stress. Too little focus on keeping myself healthy. I’m about to have a standing daily date (pun intended) with our new treadmill. As a writer, our goal is to put “butt in chair”. Well, I have to do that a little less now. (Thank goodness for gadgets that adhere my laptop to the treadmill.)

Yes, I took my health for granted. But none of that defines who I am. Neither will this. I wanted to share my experiences with you, because I know I’m not the only one out there facing this disease. I know I’m not the only one who has gone through the cycles of grief at realizing that something was taken away. I know I’m not alone.  And neither are you.

Tell me your story in the comments. We can deal with this together.

Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research

And while I have participated, purchased and helped out with Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research, it has never been so personal to me. This auction is a tremendous annual event that has raised over 2 million dollars toward research to find a cure. And there is something in this auction for everyone, so please — register on the site (and get a free book from Brenda Novak!) and join in the fun which starts May 1st.

Brenda and a band of amazing authors have come together to offer a great book of novellas.  Proceeds go toward diabetes research.  Help out and get a great set of anyday-reading to boot!

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Brenda Novak’s Facebook Launch Party Tonight!

I am thrilled to tell you about a great event happening tonight—my good friend, Brenda Novak is having a release party to celebrate the new release in her Whiskey Creek series.  I’ll be there, and I can’t wait to read this book! I’ve read each of the Whiskey Creek series books and Presley’s story has been long coming.  The drama has been building!   Brenda is truly one of the most amazing, nice people I know.  Her work on the Diabetes Auction she does every year is tremendous…and so very close to my heart these days.

I hope you’ll join Brenda and a TERRIFIC line up of authors celebrating with her tonight.  Get some great books, giveaways, and a lot of fun!

Celebrate with Brenda!

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COME HOME TO ME

(SUCH a perfect title for this book):When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She’s made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she’s back in the small town that was the closest thing to “home” she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who’s her only family.There’s just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers’ auto body shop. And no matter how hard she’s tried, Presley hasn’t been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can’t fall back into his arms…or his bed. She’s come too far to backslide now. And there’s a secret she’s been guarding—a secret she’ll do anything to protect.

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Kobo: http://bit.ly/1jcCTKSAbout NY Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak:Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. A New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of fifty novels, Brenda Novak has been nominated for a prestigious Rita Award three times and won The National Reader’s Choice Award, the Bookbuyer’s Best, the Bookseller’s Best, the Writer Touch Reader Award, the Golden Quill, the Hold Medallion and the Award of Excellence, among others.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research—an online auction held on her Web site (www.brendanovak.com) every May. To date, she has raised over $2 million for this cause.

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