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Welcome Pamela S. Thibodeaux

It’s my pleasure to welcome Inspirational author, Pamela Thibodeaux to Under a Paper Moon! Pamela has visited before and is a precious friend and colleague from Authors Helping Authors. Welcome her as she talks about her newly revised version of The Inheritance.

I adore this excerpt. Enjoy!

“I want to kiss you, Becca, here in the midst of Paradise.” His lips covered hers with devastating tenderness.

He let out a primitive grunt of satisfaction as he let go of her hands and pulled her closer. An answering purr escaped her as tiny pinpoints of pleasure bathed her senses with light and color. Never in her life had she felt so alive, so consumed with sensations.

Whether a moment or an eternity, she had no idea how long they stood there, his mouth in sweet possession of hers, but when the kiss was over, she realized she was pressed against his body. Her breathing came in sharp, almost painful rasps, and her fingers were clenched in his thick, sandy-colored hair. Appalled at her wanton response and the needy way in which she clung, Rebecca stumbled away with a startled cry of distress, and began to run.

 

Okay, I’m hooked and can’t wait to read this story! Here’s a little bit about Pamela and her book, The Inheritance.

Question:   What inspired this novel? How did it come about?

Answer: The Inheritance is one novel that began with a simple thought: They say life begins at forty, but for Rebecca Sinclair that’s far from the truth. Of course, as a nosy writer I had to find out why Rebecca felt that way.

Question: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Answer: The hardest part of writing The Inheritance was making sure Rebecca’s feelings and emotions around her husband’s illegitimate child were authentic and stayed within her character – not what I would do or think.

Question: How did you come up with the concept and the setting?

Answer: Characters came first then setting for The Inheritance. My step-children live in Washington and I’ve visited Hammondsport, NY so the places depicted in the novel are drawn from my memories and impressions of both.

Question: What is the message you hope to get across in this story?

Answer: That, when it comes to love and forgiveness, we are called to be true imitators of Christ. I hope Rebecca’s handling of her deceased husband’s illegitimate child will encourage readers to open their hearts and minds and broaden their perspective on areas of pain, anger and unforgiveness in their own lives.

Question: What is your goal or mission as a writer?

Answer: A committed Christian, I firmly believe in God and His promises. God is very real to me. I believe that people today need and want to hear more of His truths wherever they can glean them and I do my best to encourage readers to develop a personal relationship with Him. The deepest desire of my heart is to glorify God and to get His message of faith, trust, and forgiveness to a hurting world. My hope is that all of my stories will touch the lives of everyone who reads them and – in some way – bring them a truer knowledge of God and urge them into a closer walk with Him.

 

Tagline: After her husband’s death she discovers a future she never expected and a family TheInheritance_w568n_300she never imagined.

Blurb: Widowed at age thirty-nine and suffering from empty nest syndrome, Rebecca Sinclair is overshadowed by grief and loneliness. Her husband has been deceased for a year, her oldest child has moved to New York in pursuit of an acting career and her youngest child is attending college in France. Having spent over half of her life as a wife and mother, she has no idea what God has in store for her now. Will an unexpected inheritance in the wine country of New York bring meaning and purpose to her life and give her the courage to love again?

 

US Postal worker Raymond Jacobey has been in love with the little widow since he first set eyes on her. A wanderer searching for the ever-illusive soul mate, Ray has never stayed in one place too long. Raised by self-centered, high-power executives, he’s longed for the idyllic life of residing in a cozy house in a small town with the love of his life. Will he gain the heart of the lovely widow or will he lose her to the wine country of New York?

 

 

Pamela S Thibodeaux publicity photo

Author bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

 

 

 

Pamela is giving away 5 copies of The Inheritance (the new addition).

Click on the Rafflecopter Giveaway Link to enter!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4752b1262/

 

The Inheritance (2nd edition – newly edited, revised, and updated!)

Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/1nXB8Z0

 

Here’s how to connect with Pamela…

Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com

Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2fzAdN7

Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux

Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pamelasthibodea/

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1jUVcdU

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/pamela-s-thibodeaux

 

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Authors/Writers

Welcome Deena Marie Kaylee!

It’s my pleasure to welcome Deena Marie Kaylee, author of Dog Park!

Deena Marie Kaylee_Dog Park Cover

Hey Deena,

Thanks for visiting today. I really loved, Dog Park! Before we get to your blurb and excerpt,  tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.

Originally, I wrote Dog Park over a decade ago as a novella that was included in an anthology called Tails of Love distributed by Barbour Books. The cover unfortunately was uninspiring and sales reflected that. Later the anthology was republished under the title Puppy Love with a new creative cover, and sales improved dramatically. When the rights of Dog Park reverted back to me, I loved the characters so much that I brought them into the present by reworking the original story and eventually published it through Kindle as an ebook.

Well, I love your cover now, it certainly reflects your charming story! How did you come up with the idea?

I used to have two Welsh Pembroke corgis; one was a feisty, yet humorous female named Bamboo, who I wrote the story around (RIP Boo!) and my other corgi is Maxwell Smart, a goofy, docile corgi with a big heart. I would enjoy taking my corgis to the dog park for fun and socialization. During that time I would listen to the pet owners talk and share stories while watching their pet intermingle, and there is where the idea for “Dog Park” formed.

What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

I am a certified scuba diver. A few years ago, my husband who is a scuba diver, convinced my two daughters and I to go through a diving resort course in the Cayman Islands. Our dive masters were perfect teachers and took us to water depths of 35 feet. In our first outing, stingrays surrounded us as our dive masters held out an offering of squid bate. As they swam by, the stingrays would gently bump up against us allowing us to touch their buttery soft underbellies. After that experience, I was hooked on diving! My daughters and I took certification classes while in St. Kitts a year later, but it was far from pleasant. While being certified 60 ft underwater, our dive master took us off course. When we surfaced we were far from our boat and with a storm approaching, the water was choppy. It took all of my strength to swim back to the boat against the waves. I realized at that moment, I didn’t want to be a scuba diver. The next year, my husband twisted my arm to dive in Cozumel. I was absolutely frightened to dive again, but didn’t want to disappoint my family. The diving was simply amazing with water temps in the 80’s and visibility to a 100ft; it was like swimming in a bathtub. The array of fish, turtles and eels that we saw was utterly breathtaking. Some were purely so magnificent that I wanted to just swim alongside of them and others were so bizarre looking it made me laugh. Scuba diving made me appreciate God’s handiwork even more and I am simply in awe of the world He has given us to enjoy, above ground and in the water!

I think you’re very brave to go that deep under the water and not freak! LOL! So, what is your favorite childhood memory?

I would have to say working out in the garden with my mother. My mother did not have a typical garden with vegetables and flowers…what she called a “garden” was a yard filled with black and golden bamboo, coral trees, dragon trees, palm trees and all types of geraniums and succulents. Oddly enough this combination of plants and trees attracted all kinds of wildlife, birds and insects, from raccoons and skunks to blue jays and dragonflies. Many times we would be out working in the yard together and one of these creatures would wander or fly by. My mother who adores nature would say, “There goes the affirmation of life” God’s gift to us. Being able to share those moments with my mother was God’s gift to me!

I grew up gardening with my mother, as well. I agree those times with her were certainly one of God’s gifts to me. Speaking of childhood, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a Hollywood actress. Living in Southern California, less than an hour drive away from Hollywood, the bright lights and limelight called to me at an early age. I took acting and singing lessons, paid for headshots and even hired an agent. After that, I was able to get some extra work in commercials and movies, but soon realized that I wasn’t meant to be in front of the camera. After taking a creative writing course, I felt that God was steering me to write. I wrote for years, but never completed anything. I attended more writing classes, went to writer’s conferences and checked out every book I could to learn the craft of writing. Then, one night I had a dream, in that dream I saw myself writing a book and even saw the title, “A Gift from Above.” The next morning I started writing the story and finished it six months later. I sent the manuscript out to numerous publishers over the next few years, and endured receiving a dozen rejections. After each painful rejection I revised and re-edited the manuscript. I became so sick of reading the story that I could hardly revise it anymore! After the twelfth revision I sent it to Barbour Publishing and by a miracle from heaven I received my first book contract in the mail! It taught me a very valuable lesson, “If God gives you a dream to pursue, never, ever give up!”

That’s so interesting, because I had the same dream but ended up becoming an artist and a writer. It’s all connected, though. 🙂

Here’s Deena’s Book Blurb!

Matchmakers come in all sizes and shapes and in the case of this Christian Deena Marie Kaylee_Dog Park Coverromantic-comedy the little (and big) arbitrators come with tails. Brutus, a Great Dane could have gotten hurt most anywhere in the Dog Park, but his owner, Matt puts the blame on a peppy little Corgi and her feisty master Lynne, who happens to be very pretty. These two pet-owners do not get off to a good start. Can a Great Dane and a wild little Corgi join forces to convince their owners to be friends and to forgive and forget? Warning: this story contains a large amount of fur-flying fun! Beware, extra doses of love, laughter and inspiration were added for your enjoyment. Thank God for four-footed blessings!

book photo of deenaAuthor Bio: Deena Marie and her husband, Craig have two beautiful daughters, Nicole and Madelyn and a corgi (who’s darned handsome) named Maxwell Smart. Living in Southern California by Disneyland, the Pacific Ocean and the famous O.C., Deena Marie finds no shortage of ideas for stories. Her Christian faith sets the foundation that cements her love stories together and the innate humor that God has so generously bestowed upon her adds the much-needed element of joy and laughter to her tales. Published books include: A Gift From Above, Priceless and Dog Park

Excerpt:

“Excuse me,” a deep sounding voice said.

Lynne glanced up. A tall, attractive man with wavy, black hair stood before her. “Yes?”

“Is that your dog over there?” he asked, pointing to a dog in the distance.

It was Bamboo. “Yes. Why?”

He whistled. “Brutus, come.” A large white and black Great Dane came slowly limping over. “Look at what your dog did to Brutus.” The man pointed to the right back leg. It had a gash and was bleeding.

Aghast, Lynne shook her head. She swallowed hard. Her dog would never bite another dog. After an interminable silence, she spoke, “No, Bamboo couldn’t have done that. She wouldn’t hurt a flea let alone a Great Dane,” she responded, like a woman protective of her pet. Raising Bamboo from a puppy, Lynne had trained her to be mannerly and a loving dog.

“Ma’am, I beg to differ.” His dark, brown eyes bore into hers. “Your dog chased Brutus, then bit his leg. Isn’t your dog a welsh corgi?”

“Yes, and what of it,” she asked as she stood up. Lynne squelched back the words she really wanted to use. She felt like a midget standing next to him. He had to be well over six feet, easily dwarfing her 5’3″ frame.

“My neighbor had one of those dogs and it was belligerently aggressive. That breed of dog herds’ animals by nipping them at their heels,” he stated.

“That’s absurd! Just because other corgi’s herd doesn’t mean mine does.” She looked over at Bamboo who was sitting demurely under a tree; she was a picture of canine decorum. Lynne grimaced. Bamboo did have a tendency to herd her and Margo when they were playing Frisbee in their backyard, but that was information she wouldn’t share with this man.

“Vicious corgi,” he mumbled as he snapped the Great Dane’s leash back on.

Lynne glared at him. “Dare you insinuate that my dog is vicious?” Anger pulsated through her as her heart beat furiously against her chest.

“All right I won’t, but I suggest that you pay the vet bill and we’ll call a truce.”

“I think not,” she fumed. “Can I ask you something?”

He raised a brow. “What?”

“Did you actually see my corgi bite your dog in the leg?”

The man stared down at her with his penetrating brown eyes. “Well, ah, no, not exactly,” he admitted. “I heard Brutus yelp. I turned and saw your dog chasing him. I felt it quite safe to assume that the corgi was the guilty party since there weren’t any other dogs chasing him or remotely close to him.”

“I don’t know if it’s safe to assume anything,” she replied. “It’s either a yes or no.  Did you see Bamboo bite Brutus?”

“No, but I…”

“Ah, hah, sorry,” she interrupted, “I’m not paying the vet bill.” Without another word, Lynne picked up her book from the bench, stuffed it into her tote bag and stomped off.

Deena, Thank you for taking the time to stop by, today. It was a pleasure having you! 🙂

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