Wow! We have six authors visiting us today! You will be kicking yourself if you don’t check this out!

Inspiration

When did you first think about writing a book? Did you write it then, or put it off for years? 

For Love or Money–Margo Hoornstra

Like many who create stories, from grade school on, I figured someday to write a book, but when the time was right. After I earned a formal education, launched and sustained a successful and rewarding career, married, then raised a family and became financially independent. In other words, I did put it off for years.

To paraphrase the song lyric, life happened while I was making plans. Proof of the education is in a frame on the wall, the career came and went, the husband is still with me, but the children are grown, and our vast accumulation of wealth never materialized.

After reading so many authors who inspired me, Phyllis Whitney and Kathleen Woodiwiss among them, I wrote a novel of my own. Then five others in quick succession. It was book number six I finally got published. For Money Or Love, the book I wrote for the All In For Love anthology, is my thirteenth. A number which, as it turns out, is very lucky for me.

Margo’s website http://www.margohoornstra.com

Character

How do you construct your characters? Do you have a process or do they develop as you write? 

An Inn Decent Proposal—Sharon Buchbinder

I guess you could say there are certain professions that I love for characters, since I keep writing stories about chefs and hoteliers! My husband and I dine out about three times a week (which explains our inability to shed those last ten pounds!) and travel a good deal for business and pleasure. After sharing numerous dining and travel stories with a friend, she laughed and said, “You should write a book about this!” Genie, a Culinary Institute of America trained chef, and Jim, a Cornell Hotel School graduate, were the first characters born from these stories.

Sharon’s website http://www.sharonbuchbinder.com/

Story

Where did the idea for your story come from? 

A Ghost To Die For – Keta Diablo

I’ve always been intrigued by spirits or ghosts. In fact, a Ghost To Die For is not the first ghost story I’ve written. I have several novellas that feature a ghost or a person who has died and for some reason cannot cross over. In my latest western romance novella, Comes An Outlaw, the dead spirit of the widow’s husband can’t find peace while his wife and son are in grave danger. Luckily, the ghost’s brother shows up to help the beautiful widow and her 12 year old son.

In A Ghost To Die For, the ghost was murdered and knows his brother will meet the same fate if he doesn’t find a way to warn him. Drum roll….in walks Rooney, a woman who holds seances to commune with the dead. Rooney has never really believed in ghosts until one shows up in her hotel room begging for help. Did I mention Rooney has a heart as big as Texas and can’t ignore the ghost’s heartfelt pleas for help? Once she meets the devastatingly handsome brother, sparks fly! Somehow, while running from assassins and dodging bullets, love blossoms.

How about you? Do you believe in ghosts or spirits?

Keta Diablo’s blog: http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com

Where did the idea for your story come from? 

Raising Kane—Kat Henry Doran

The idea for Raising Kane came to me during a meeting of my local RWA chapter. In the spirit of offering members options for creating interesting, three-dimensional characters, the program planners regularly invited local professionals to talk about their careers, how they came to them, the joys and the pitfalls.

I was in a particular funk in those days, not exactly a writer’s block but struggling to create a character whose career goals and motivation would automatically put them in  conflict, internal and external, with another community professional while the romantic side of things progresses. I always like the reader to think, ‘these two characters will never, ever have a HEA because of their jobs, goals and motivations.

Enter our guest speaker: an investigative reporter for one of the local TV affiliates. In her late twenties, I guessed, intelligent and well spoken. this young woman did not once use ‘ya know’ when she spoke. She was fluent in local and state politics and could walk and chew gum at the same time. My kind of heroine. As she spoke, the wheels inside my head began turning and I knew I had a heroine. Then she made the mistake of opening up the floor for questions and discussion. I am, now, ashamed to say I took over the Q and A, bombarding her with questions about a reporter’s constitutional right to protect a source, being threatened with arrest, what to do when a source drops a bombshell with political repercussions in your lap. She was at all times gracious and enthusiastic.

Kat’s blog http://wildwomenauthorsx2.blogspot.com/

Writing

Do you suffer from writer’s block? How do you get unstuck, or how do you keep from getting stuck? 

Perfect Odds – LaShanta Charles

I tend to have writer’s block on a pretty regular basis. It’s not that my mind isn’t swirling with ideas, voices, plots, and all around awesomeness (LOL), it’s that I’m a procrastinator at heart and my attention jumps from subject to subject before I can sit down and actually make myself write. When I get stuck, I tend to read paranormal or sci-fi romance. That’s my favorite genre and when I read it, I tend to want to write a good scene.

LaShanta’s Blog: http://randomlymeandyou.blogspot.com/

Future / Readers

What is it about this book that you think readers will love?

Take a Chance on Me—M.J. Schiller

I had so much fun with this book! The story flowed out of me unlike any other story I’ve written thus far. Romantic suspense has both the hot chemistry between hero and heroine, plus the thrill of danger. You’ll find both in TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, and you’ll also find humor. I like to inject humor into almost everything. It colors the characters and makes them seem more alive. I hope the reader will connect with the relationships between the characters and recognize a bit of themselves, or someone they know, in them.

Blog http://mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com/

ALL IN FOR LOVE: A Lucky 7 Anthology

An Inn Decent Proposal By Sharon Buchbinder

Perfect Odds By Lashanta Charles

A Ghost To Die For By Keta Diablo

Raising Kane By Kat Henry Doran

For Money Or Love By Margo Hoornstra

Take A Chance On Me By M.J. Schiller

ALL IN FOR LOVE

Six award-winning authors bring you seven *sweet to sensual* romances filled with suspense, thrills and maybe even a ghost or two—for less than the price of a cup of coffee—99 cents!

Welcome to La Bonne Chance Resort & Casino!

With thousands of people passing through the casino’s doors on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that a variety of lives and loves are on the line there. It’s said that you’re more likely to lose your heart at La Bonne Chance than a hand of poker. Whether you are the Director of Casino Operations or the guy who created its software, a jilted bride or a black jack dealer, a past guest’s ghost or a sous chef–when it comes to love, the stakes are high.

Thank goodness what happens at La Bonne Chance, doesn’t always stay at La Bonne Chance….

Ready to roll the dice?

An Inn Decent Proposal, Sharon Buchbinder
Can an hotelier with a past and a chef with a future revive the grand dame in a neglected old inn?

Perfect Odds, Lashanta Charles
When a jilted bride meets the man of her dreams, will she embrace the new plan, or cling stubbornly to the old one?

A Ghost To Die For, Keta Diablo
She didn’t believe in ghosts…until one showed up in her room.

Raising Kane, Kat Henry Doran
Funny how a night in jail will change a woman’s outlook on life.

For Money Or Love, Margo Hoornstra
She’s the one woman he can’t afford to lose.

Take A Chance On Me, M.J. Schiller
Who do you count on when the chips are down?

Links

Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071V94BWM

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/allinforloveanthology/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35052000-all-in-for-love 

Mary

6 comments on “#FiveOnFriday A Lucky 7 Anthology”

  1. Hi Mary, wow! I really enjoyed visiting your blog (and then I went to your web site)! Both are lovely and I like your Five On Friday.

    Thanks so much for featuring All In For Love – I certainly enjoyed your question about why I wrote the story. Ghosts…ghosts…ghosts.

    I’ll be back to visit again, so interesting!

    Keta
    @ketadiablo

    • Thanks so much, Keta! It was a pleasure to host all of you today. I think ghosts in a resort is very realistic. Let’s just say been there, scared of that!

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