Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Play It Again, Sam

US Marshal Sam Weathers won readers' hearts when he first appeared in my second book, A Willing Spirit, back in 1996. Mail started arriving in droves, begging me to write Sam's story. The problem was, Sam was the "Spirit" in question--yes, he was dead. So whenever I wrote subsequent historical novels set in the geographical areas where Sam had lived in the years prior to his demise, I always tried to use him in the plot as a secondary character. That wasn't difficult, as his larger-than-life persona--think Rooster Cogburn, only younger and sexier--proved useful in many historical settings. So Sam also has important secondary roles in Another Dawn and Stolen Wishes.

Despite having US Marshal Sam Weathers in three books, readers weren't satisfied. They wanted him to have a story of his own. ::sigh:: And, frankly, so did I....

When Lou Aronica invited me to participate in the second Novelists Inc anthology, I was honored. However, when he told me the theme, I was thrilled! I knew instantly that this was the perfect vehicle for the long overdue Sam's story.

I Never Thought I'd See You Again

"Play It Again, Sam" isn't the only story in this anthology. You will find compelling stories by Allison Brennan, Alyssa Day, Kathryn Shay and more!

Mortal enemies, lost loved ones, those left for dead. The phrase "I never thought I'd see you again" applies to those situations and more. Check out the newest anthology from Novelists Inc to see how the authors brought their imaginations to that phrase.

Mult-buy links' here.

Happy reading, and let me know what you think of Sam's story--at last...


Thursday, July 18, 2013

My Story Garden

I am a Story Gardener -- I neither plot nor "pants" the idea. It's more like planting a seed (the characters), then watering and nurturing with Goal, Motivation, and Conflict (thank you, Debra Dixon). The Story Garden will need fertilizer (organic, of course, which could be stinky). The Plot will climb a sturdy trellis, that must assure a beginning a middle, twists and turns, and an end. The Story Garden will grow from the bottom to the top of the Plot Trellis. A gardener never knows what gnarly twists and turns--or weeds and bugs--a Story Garden may develop before the fruit fully ripens. My task is not to smother the natural vitality of the Story Garden, but to ensure the Vine does not rot in the process. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Almost An Angel by Deb Stover

Coming Soon!
Voted Favorite Time Travel of 1997 by Romance Readers Anonymous!

Almost An Angel by Deb Stover

"Deb Stover will make you laugh and cry and laugh again. Satisfaction guaranteed." 

"Deb Stover is a real original who captivates readers with her ingenious time travels. This is another delight from a real gem of the genre. It's a funny, sexy, poignant tale of falling in love -- not once, but twice -- of second chances and dreams coming true. The humor, goodness, individuality and wonder of the love in the story shine on every page and no one will want this one to end." 4 1/2  Top Pick!
~ Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews

"The top scribe of offbeat romance is Deb Stover and her latest novel, Almost An Angel, is so good and enjoyable, it leaves the competition miles behind. The story line is thrilling and exciting, but it is the almost unflappable Zach and the huggable Hilary who turn a great story line into a colossally tremendous otherworldly romance."   Five Stars!
~ Harriet Klausner, Affaire de Coeur

"Deb Stover reminds us all of what romance can be in the hands of a true original -- fast and funny, sexy and sassy. Don't miss Almost an Angel!"   
~ Barbara Samuel, Award-winning author of Heart Of A Knight