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Life After Chocolate

#FiveOnFriday with H.O. Knight

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Please welcome H.O. Knight here today! I think you guys are going to love her, and her book!

When you get writer’s block and need inspiration, how do you get through that?

I turn to my evil twin, whom I ate while we were still in our mother’s womb.  That, or my cat, Mangus.

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?  

I had a sneaking suspicion when I graduated from college and didn’t want to get a real job.

Why do you like to write about disasters?   

All kidding aside, I love to put my characters in difficult situations and then see what they’re capable of.  It’s interesting to watch them make decisions that change them into people they never would have become, otherwise.  Traumatic events can push people apart or draw them closer, you know?  I also like to imagine what life would be like if all of our modern conveniences were snatched away.  Since I love flush toilets and air conditioning, I’m sort of hoping that doesn’t ever happen.

Do you ever write people you know into your books?  

As a matter of fact, I do.  My cat, Mangus—an 18 pound tuxedo kitty who looks more cow than cat.  He was the inspiration in my Yellowstone Series for the heroine’s adored pet, Moo.  Moo likes to flatter her the same way my cat likes to flatter me—by turning his butt to her face and wiggling his tail.  High praise, indeed!

Any final words?

Yes!  Muse of Fire, the third and final book in my YA apocalyptic Yellowstone series, debuts on Tuesday, June 6.  Book 1, Life After Chocolate, is on Amazon right now for 99-cents, so if you’d like to take a low-risk look at what my YA’s are like, now’s a great time!

Life After ChocolateBLURB:

Life After Chocolate, by H.O. Knight

Until that day, I’d never heard of a super-volcano…

I didn’t know how good I had it. All I had to worry about was college in the fall and avoiding Connor Falk, the guy I stupidly bared my soul to. Then the Yellowstone volcano blew. Now half the country is buried under a thick layer of ash, the temperature is falling, and crops are failing worldwide. My prepper grandfather used to be an embarrassment, but it’s his stores that keep us alive. For now our family is safe—or are we?

My name is Emmaline Dohring, and this is my story.

AUTHOR BIO:

H.O. Knight doesn’t go for billionaires with helicopters or country club fellas who sip Moscow Mules by the pool. She likes her men Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to know.  She began reading romance when she was thirteen and apocalyptic fiction during college.  She’s combined her love for the two genres in her Young Adult Apocalyptic Adventure/Romance (the Yellowstone Series), which is set during a catastrophic worldwide event.

Ms. Knight lives in the Mid-Atlantic with her own bad boy and dreams of one day leaving that snow behind forever.

H.O. Knight

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WEBSITE   www.hoknightauthor.com

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BOOKS.

All are available on Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon (links below): 

The Yellowstone Series

Life After Chocolate

A Pocket Full of Ash

Muse of Fire


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Love At First Fight

Love At First Fight, first kiss

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Love At First FightI love first kisses. I can still remember my first ever kiss at thirteen. It was awkward and strange, but it was special because it was my first kiss.

I also remember my first kiss with my husband. Awkward and strange weren’t anywhere near the words I’d use to describe that kiss! I was already well on my way to falling for him by the time we kissed, something we waited for so we knew emotions and a physical relationship wouldn’t get confused. It’s been fifteen years since that first kiss, but he still kisses me the same way. Like he can’t get enough!

For Andie and Cody, their first kiss was a little like mine with my hubby. A bit of a shock, but oh so very worth the wait!

Excerpt from Love At First Fight

“Andie?”

Her eyes snapped open. He was close. Close enough that it wouldn’t take much for her to press her lips to his. He was taller than her, but she could reach with her heels on. There was no one around. No one to witness her embarrassment. No one to chastise her for throwing herself at him.

He tucked a strand of hair behind her ear, lingering on the strand just long enough to muddy her brain. She wasn’t wrong. She couldn’t be. Right?

She couldn’t second guess any longer. She had to know.

Andie launched herself at him, throwing her arms around his neck and pressing her body against his. Their lips came together with a surprised grunt from Cody. He wrapped his arms around her, catching her more than embracing her. His lips didn’t move. Didn’t respond to her attempt to kiss him. Shame melted past the desire that had filled her just seconds ago, and she started to pull back.

Then his arms tightened. A groan tore from his throat. And he took over the kiss.

One hand dipped to her waist, pressing her against him. The other cupped her jaw, his fingers tickling the sensitive skin behind her ear. His lips were warm against hers. Full. They covered hers the same way he covered her. Made her feel safe.

He tentatively brushed her lips with his tongue. She opened for him, pushing away the thoughts racing through her head saying she was making a mistake. She couldn’t play Cody. He’d learn the truth. Except when he did, he wouldn’t add to the lies like all the others.

Andie pushed away from him as quickly as she’d thrown herself at him. He didn’t get the memo so his arm was locked around her waist. She struggled against his hold until he released her.

“What…?” he asked, but she was already gone. Inside. Safe. Away from the hottest kiss of her life. The kiss that made her rethink everything she’d always known about men.

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#FiveOnFriday with PJ MacLayne

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Please welcome P.J. MacLayne here today! She has five really cool facts about her main character, Harmony. I love that name!

The Baron’s Cufflinks is the third book in the Oak Grove Mysteries, and I keep discovering new things about my main character, Harmony Duprie. Until this book, I didn’t realize that she is afraid of flying, and that’s why she drives everywhere. I found out why, too, but you’ll need to read the book to be let in on the secret. That fear might explain her obsession with cars.

Speaking of cars, she named her red Jaguar Dolores, and her Beretta is Betsy. Harmony is also obsessed with names. She has to know everyone’s names. If she doesn’t, and can’t ask, she’ll come up with a numbering system to keep people straight in her head. So Agent 1, Agent 2, etc., when dealing with an influx of FBI personnel. Or she’ll use old favorites like Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum.

I didn’t intend it to be that way at first, but Dolores has become as much of a character in the books as any of the people Harmony encounters. She’s developed her own personality and moods, at least in Harmony’s view of things. I wouldn’t go as far as to call her Harmony’s best friend, but she certainly ranks pretty high on the list.

Fun fact- I have a second series of books called the Free Wolves. They are urban fantasy/paranormal romance. In each of the Oak Grove Mysteries, there’s a hidden reference or two to the other books. There’s also a reference to a certain dead musician I’m a fan of.

Last one- although the town of Oak Grove is fictional, I’ve borrowed heavily from my memories of real buildings and houses to “build” it. In fact, the house where Harmony has her apartment is based on the home of one of my favorite aunts. Oak Grove sits somewhere north of Pittsburgh, maybe in Pennsylvania, maybe in Ohio- I never reveal which state it’s in. That gives me a little more freedom when it comes to the law-enforcement types Harmony interacts with on a regular basis.

Blurb:

What starts as Girl’s Night Out ends in murder, and Harmony Duprie is a suspect.

She’s innocent, of course, but with no alibi, the sheriff’s department won’t remove her from the list of suspects. It doesn’t help when a waitress from the bar gets beaten up and the only clue is a slip of paper with Harmony’s name on it. Throw in a rookie deputy dead set on building his reputation and Harmony must tread carefully.

But caution isn’t Harmony’s middle name and she plunges head first into danger to defend her honor.

What she finds is a web of half-truths and suspicions implicating several law enforcement agencies, with Jake, her ex-lover, stuck in the middle of it all.

Can Harmony rescue Jake and find the real culprit before she becomes the next victim?

Buy Links

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1232223538

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072P6CD3D

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-baron-s-cufflinks

Books2read Universal https://www.books2read.com/u/b5OVGp

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-barons-cufflinks-pj-maclayne/1126317718?ean=2940157511692

Author’s Bio:

Born and raised among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, P.J. MacLayne still finds inspiration for her books in that landscape. 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.

P.J. MacLayne can be reached on:

Facebook https://facebook.com/pjmaclayne

Twitter https://twitter.com/pjmaclayne

Google + https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PJMacLayne/posts

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/P.J.-MacLayne/e/B00HVE8WZI

Blog: http://pjmaclayne.blogspot.com/


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Love At First Fight

Love At First Fight, tempting

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If you’ve read Love The Wine You’re With and Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride, I know you’re waiting for Love At First Fight! Andie Young is complicated. She’s flirtatious and outgoing and confident. But there’s so much more to Andie than what meets the eye. Beneath her tough exterior is a woman who’s scared to let a man close. She knows it’ll only lead to a let down.

Cody Powell has wanted Andie for fifteen years. Back when she was illegal and off-limits. Over time, he’s learned a lot about her. But there’s still a few secrets he doesn’t know. And a few she doesn’t even suspect about him.

They both struggle to resist the temptation of being together, especially when that temptation is so deliciously on display for Andie to enjoy…

Love At First FightExcerpt from Love At First Fight

“Hey, Andie, right?” Kent said.

Wow, dude? That’s your opening line?

“Um, yeah. I’m sorry, I don’t know your name.”

“I’m Kent. I’m the lead on this job.”

Cody rolled his eyes.

“Oh,” Andie said. “I didn’t realize that. Is there something wrong?”

“Oh, uh, no. Sorry. I was just wondering if I could take you out.”

“Oh, um. I’m not sure that’s a good idea.”

Kent grinned broader and leaned in. “Trust me, it’s a good idea. How about this weekend?”

Andie’s eyes flashed to Cody’s. His cheeks heated at being caught listening to them, but then she widened her eyes in an obvious gesture for help. Cody cleared his throat and pushed off the edge of the truck.

“Hey, Kent. Can you check that ridge on the far side? Mikey said it might need to be tightened before we got back up there.”

Kent glanced at Andie then swung his eyes back to Cody. Cody tried to give him a sympathetic look, hoping he would take the hint and leave. Kent sighed and nodded, then walked away with slumped shoulders. Cody watched the kid go, knowing exactly how he felt.

“Thanks,” Andie said. “I hate when that happens. I feel bad, but he’s really not my type.”

Cody nodded. He tried to keep his mouth shut, but it had a mind of its own and the question burst free. “What is your type?”

Andie’s eyes snapped to his. He saw something in them that he didn’t recognize. They left his and fluttered down to his chest, still bare, then back up to his. That look he knew. Desire.

Coming from Andie.

Directed at him.

What. The. Hell?

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Amazon preorder coming soon. B&N and Smashwords available on release day, May 30. 


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Happy Mother’s Day

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I still remember my first Mother’s Day. I was pregnant with my daughter, enough that it was very obvious I was pregnant. Everywhere we went that day people said Happy Mother’s Day to me. It was the first day it finally hit me that I was going to be a mom.

My first Mother’s Day after she was born was the weekend she said ‘mama’ for the first time. She said ‘dada’ for a long time before, but it felt like my Mother’s Day present to have her say ‘mama’ for me. Of course, she still says daddy is her favorite!

I’ll be celebrating with the kids today, but I need your help… I’m out of questions! If you have a question you want me to answer right here on my blog, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) or leave a comment here.

Thanks! And Happy Mother’s Day to you moms out there!