This week we have a special presentation brought to you by the Diamond State Romance Authors, the Arkansas chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Wild at Heart, Volumes I & II are anthologies produced by the Diamond State Romance Authors as a project of love to benefit the rescued animals of the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. All profits from these collections will go directly to the refuge to help with the care and feeding of these wonderful creatures.
In this week’s feature, we’ll meet some of the authors that donated their time and talents to make this all possible. But first, let’s take a look at these wonderful works. The beautiful models used on these covers are tigers that call Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge their home, by the way.
Wild at Heart Volume I
Consists of adult stories focused on large-animal rescue and/or the dangers of keeping one as a pet.
Volume I Story/Authors:A Boy, A Girl, A Tiger – Cynthia D’Alba Saving Akira – Candace Sams True Instinct – Charlene Roberts
Beached – Dustin Stevens
Spirit of a Tiger – Elle James
Sunlight and Solace – Gina Wilkins
Archer Falls – Lauren Smith
Wedding Crasher – Lindy Dierks
Saving Angel – Lynda Frazier
Buck – M Marie
Storm Haven – Vanessa North Available now at Amazon.
Wild at Heart Vol II
Includes a wonderful variety of contemporary and paranormal tales. The stories in this volume were inspired by the animals and are appropriate for Young Adults.
Volume II Story/Authors:Freedom – Connie Wilkins Cat’s Rule – Aileen Fish
Salveje – Anna Meadows
Home by Midnight – Brinda Berry
In the Piney Woods – Delilah Devlin
The Girl and the Puma – Jane Hansen
Vision Quest – Karis Walsh
Refugee – Lori Freeland
Teens Gone Wild – Margaret Ethridge
Fierce Wild – Megan Mitcham Heart’s Solace – Tara Fox Hall
Available now at Amazon.
Brinda Berry on KTHV about Wild at Heart
And now, may I introduce to you this week’s featured authors…and a few other special guests. *wink*
Author of Archer Falls
Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens historical, paranormal romance and romantic suspense stories by the light of her smartphone flashlight app. Her wickedly seductive Regency Romance series the League of Rogues about a group of London’s ultimate bad boys will be available from Samhain Publishing, with the first book Godric coming out in January 2014.
Spotted Pines Refuge worker Samantha Gray gets more than she bargains for when she is rescued by a jaguar in a national park. But there’s more to this jaguar than meets the eye, in fact, he reminds her of the mysterious and wealthy owner of the refuge, Archer Falls. Caught between danger and the pull of Archer’s seductive gaze, Samantha begins to wonder just how her boss is connected to the jaguar that went missing since the night he saved her life.
Author of The Wedding Crasher
An avid reader her entire life it had never occurred to Lindy to start writing until a short time ago. Directionally impaired and prone to falling, comedy pretty much fills her life on a daily basis. If you add in a practical joker husband, two adorable children, and three pets there is always something to laugh at. Lindy squeezes on writing contemporary romance, with a healthy dose of humor, in between a full time job, her family, and the mountains of laundry.
You can find Lindy’s story Wedding Crasher in Wild At Heart, Volume One.
The Wedding Crasher
Uptight wedding planner, Stella, is under major pressure to pull off a storybook wedding for a very prestigious client. Her reputation and the funding of her aunt and uncle’s wildlife refuge are depending on her. When a tiger crashes the wedding festivities, sparks fly as Stella and the refuge’s sexy veterinarian, Aaden, have to work together to tranquilize the tiger and save the wedding.
Author of Saving Angel
Lynda Kaye Frazier is an avid reader of romantic suspense and started her writing career over a year ago. She works full time at a Cardiology clinic, while writing her own novels at night. She grew up in Pennsylvania, but now lives in Arkansas where she enjoys the four seasons without a long, cold winter. Other than spending time with her family, her favorite things to do are writing, reading and listening to music, but her most favorite is going to the beach. Surf, sand, and a good book, her stress relief.
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What if you knew the truth, but no one would listen. Jean went against everything she believed in , and broke all the rules to save Angel. An injured lion who’s life depended on her ability to stay one step ahead of the hunters and the only man she has ever loved.
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Animal of the Week – Bam Bam
Author of True Instinct
Charlene Roberts lives in Toronto, Canada. Her writing career started after helping a friend type her historical novel. When she became a member of her local writing group, she pursued her love of the written word until her first sale and hasn’t looked back since.
She has worked as a Script Supervisor, Book Reviewer for Romantic Times, modeled, and now works as an Administrative Assistant at a consulting company. However, her love of creating stories for others to read and enjoy still remains her first and foremost passion.
Author of Saving Akira
Candace Sams (also writing erotica as C.S. Chatterly) has published over fifty novels. Several of her paranormal/action-adventure titles are now being vetted for movie options. She resides in a rural area of the U.S. with her husband and a plethora of pets. She loves to hear from readers. Contact her any time at www.candacesams.com or www.cschatterly.com. Be sure to sign up for a free newsletter where giveaways and prizes having to do with her books are offered!
It’s just another day on duty. Or is it?
Mark O’Neill has been a cop for a number of years. He’s seen and done a lot, but nothing could prepare him for a call to help capture a loose and rare Bengal tiger.
Sarah Thompson is the vet brought in to help Mark. She’s the one who has to get close enough to tranquilize the 600 lb. cat.
When it comes to loving animals, the pair have something in common. But will their efforts be enough to help save the cat named Akira? Or will the tiger be the latest victim of a careless smuggler?
Author of Heart’s Solace
Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain-sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.
Tasha’s heart goes out to the scarred cougar, working hard to successfully save her father’s latest acquisition. But the Russian teen quickly learns that there is much more to the great cat, who clearly understands spoken words. When the cougar is reveled to be a hunted male werecougar named Theo, Tasha must make the choice to free Theo to face his certain doom…or bespell him with the help of a mysterious benefactor to protect his life.
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Ziggy, Tigger G, and Brody Get New Digs!
Author of Refugee
Lori Freeland, addicted to coffee and imaginary people, hangs out in the Dallas area, is a contributor and blogger for Crosswalk.com, a contributor and editor at The Christian Pulse, and a writing coach who facilitates critique groups at North Texas Christian Writers. She is also a member of RWA and the winner of the YA category of the ACFW First Impressions Contest. Wild at Heart is her second anthology.
When a girl loses her memory after a traumatic accident, she is sent to work at a big cat refuge for the summer by her psychiatrist, who believes it is there that she can find herself. Not only does she discover what she really is, but she stumbles on a love that can lead her home.
Author of Home By Midnight
Brinda Berry lives in Arkansas with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She’s the author of the YA Whispering woods series. Brinda is terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.
Home By Midnight
Trey thinks breaking up with his girlfriend Katie will be a piece of cake. He has a college life full of dating ahead of him. In the isolated woods, he’s delivered the news when a tiger enters the picture. Breaking up has never been more dangerous.
Author of Fierce Wild
Megan was born and raised among the live oaks and shrimp boats of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where her enormous family still calls home. She attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a bachelor’s degree in curriculum, instruction, and special education. For several years Megan worked as a teacher in Mississippi. She married and moved to South Carolina and began working for an international non-profit organization as an instructor and co-director.
It wasn’t until nearly a year after her son was born that Megan fell in love with books. Until then, books had been a source for research or the topic of tests. But one morning while her son was taking one of his several naps, at the time, she picked up the book Mercy by Julie Garwood that her neighbor had dropped by the day before. During the time her son napped that day she finished the book. And Oh Mercy, she was hooked!
Megan currently lives in Southern Arkansas where she is completing a romantic thriller novel series and building a career as an author.
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I would like to thank all the authors who have taken part in our special Wild at Heart Presentation. We appreciate the extra time you’re spending to spread the word about this benefit and for going beyond the call of kindness. I’d also like to thank the staff at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge for the amazing job they’re doing with these animals and for making videos available for everyone to see and share.
And to all of our Highlighted Author readers, please do check out the Wild at Heart books. Get them for your family, friends, co-workers, give them as gifts, and recommend these books to others so they can do the same. After all, doesn’t everyone need to feel a little Wild at Heart? *smile*
Until next time,
Charlene A. Wilson