“Older” heroes and heroines? Y or N?

The press called them enemies 99cents

My Big Sky Maverick book MONTANA MAVERICK is on sale this week for 99¢. As I was putting together some PR material, it struck me that I didn’t know whether or not to mention the age of my main protagonists: 39 and 48.

Their age is important to the story. They’ve both reached pivotal places in their individual journeys and any decision on whether or not to act on the attraction they’ve always felt for each other comes with significant gravity and the re-imagining of certain truths and dreams each holds dear.

Don’t you agree that the decisions you made at 21, 25…even 30…were handled differently than the thought process you brought to the table ten years later? Does the idea of an older–more experienced–hero and heroine put you off or would you welcome the chance to experience their second-chance-at-love a bit further down the road of life?

If you’d like to read this book, which is 99¢ for one week only, then comment, that’s cool, too. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Also, my latest BLACK HILLS RENDEZVOUS released this week!

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The last thing Cade Garrity expected when he went to Sentinel Pass to meet Jessie Bouchard—a prospective, short-term tenant willing to trade a little childcare in return for a discounted rent—was to save her life. But the video her twin sister, Remy, shot doesn’t lie. And the fact that the nutcase who booby-trapped Jessie’s stunt is still on the loose makes it impossible for Cade to turn his back on her. But Cade married a woman who put satisfying her need for excitement ahead of her family–ahead of him–and it killed her. He’s not going down that road again no matter how much he desires Jessie Bouchard.

Despite what people think, Jessie does not have a death wish. She learned at a young age the only way to handle pain and fear was to face it head on. That’s what she does. And she’s convinced herself that living for the moment is enough–until she meets Cade and his daughter, Shiloh. There may be more to life than that next death-defying stunt, but does she deserve the kind of life Cade has to offer? She isn’t sure, and unless she finds the person who is trying to kill her, she won’t get a chance to answer that question.


It’s available on most platforms:

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In other good news, I’m excited to tell you I’ve gotten my rights back to “missing” story in this 9-book series. That book, newly titled BLACK HILLS NATIVE SON, will be coming in mid-September. If you’d like to be among the first to see the new cover, please sign up for my newsletter here: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/Y5GJG

Have a great weekend, everyone!



Luddites R Us – Carolyn

I am going to have a sign carved to hang at the end of my driveway that says “Danger: Beware Savage Luddite.” At this point I am ready to tear apart anyone who gets in my way. I recently changed my wifi provider. Since I have approximately 300 names and addresses on my address book, I have to notify all of them of the change. I was able to print the address book, but it came out in six point type (or that’s what it looks like, at any rate.) I have to read it through a magnifying glass. I have decided to notify only those people I actually remember and care about—no Nigerian princes with a fortune for me to claim. Still, it is a big, boring job. I have to drop my original wifi provider, but I’m scared to until I finish my notifications. But that costs money. So I am between a rock and a hard place.

Then, I had to change all the information on my Amazon account—doesn’t matter why. That wasn’t exactly a piece of cake, but it was doable in about an hour and a half and after three tries. But I discovered that Amazon no longer recognized any of my devices. Suddenly it wouldn’t download any of the books I had ordered for the last three days. It told me they were in the cloud, but it must have been tornadic because I couldn’t find them. There are actually several books on Amazon for sale for actual money written by actual people to explain how to set up one’s devices and add or subtract on Amazon. Which, of course, Amazon won’t download until you fix the problem the book is supposed to tell you have to fix. Shouldn’t that be a clue that they need to simplify the process?

I finally called my daughter for help. I had to go to my big computer instead of my Ipad, and try to find information on how to do the job. I did, but by then I was ready to kill somebody very nastily. I haven’t tried my Kindles nor my firestick. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Fiddle-dee-dee, as Scarlett O’hara says, I’ll worry about that tomorrow. In the meantime, the new version of the Kindle app looks awful, is more difficult to get around in, and is annoying me all over again. I think I am going to write the president of the company and tell him not to mess with what worked fine in the first place.

Oh, and there’s always social media to update and change. Which mostly I forget to do. Tweet? Who on earth wants to hear my stream of consciousness? Maybe I’ll just make the sign read “Luddites R Us.”


Pinterest Again And Other Matters (Pat)

Sorry to be late again this morning but I had dog problems again.   My twelve year old Katy is having back and knee problems.   She’s had operations on both her rear legs for a torn ACL  and now has a disc problem in her back, probably because of the first two .   Arthritis is the villain here.   She’s been on steroids and had just completed the course when, last night, she couldn’t stand.

However when I took her to the vet, she marched in like a soldier, just to make me look bad after an emergency call.

The vet is hopeful that another more steroids will do the trick, but I’m babying her.

Inbetween nursing her, I’m trying to finish revisions on the book in progress.  It’s hard to do when I’m running down the stairs every ten minutes  to check on Katy.  However, I’m really enjoying polishing Jubal’s story.    He’s an ex Navy Seal.   My heroine is the new doctor in Covenant Falls, and they don’t have much in common.   In truth there is a wariness between them when he becomes close to her wayward son.

Covenant Falls is full of helpful animals.   This time it’s a  particular Buckskin Quarter horse named Jacko and a Pinto foal that helps the healing process for both Jubal and Dr. Lisa Redding.

Hope you drop over to Amazon and check out my backlist.   More than forty books are now available in ebook form.  There’s something for everyone: western, Scottish and, American Revolution historical romance, Romantic Suspense and now my modern day Covenant Falls series.   Check it often and you’ll find some good bargains that come and go..

Have a great week everyone.


Mystery at the library – Carolyn

I cut church this morning to stay home and try to dig out of the logjam of stuff I have to do here at home. I have editing to do, a long proposal to write, a significant assignment towards Malice in Memphis’s new website, bills to pay, and on and on and on ad infinitum. I’m starting to think of it all as my penance for staying home. As one of the characters in Noel Coward’s Private Lives says, “Don’t we pay for the things we do.”

For further penance, I am going to try not to sit down and read this afternoon. I know if I simply worked flat out for eight hours a day, I could catch up in a week or so—maybe a month. But I tend to wear out, then fall out, sit down, and wake up two hours later with my kindle on my lap and needing to be plugged in.

Doesn’t help that our heat index has been running over 105 degrees for longer than I can remember. I have managed, however, to keep my new plants from dying—a minor miracle with my track record.

Last Wednesday Phyllis Apple and I did our dog and pony show about mystery for the librarians team training. We do it every year gladly. They are our lifeline. I do the history, Phyllis brings us up to date. In working on handouts, I discovered on Mystery Writers of America a list of the 101 best mysteries in English. There are a number of lists out there, but some are only English mysteries, and I didn’t want to leave out Dashiell Hammett. It’s right out there on the MWA site, and since I was using it strictly in education, and there’s no author as such, I think I’m safe to quote from it. I was amazed at how many of them I have read. Of course, I am old, Father William, and cut my teeth on Nancy Drew when I was barely walking (well—almost). I checked out a number of the lists. I was amazed at how many books appear on almost all the lists. So I guess, good stuff really does rise to the surface. I wouldn’t exactly kill to make that list, but I’d probably beat somebody up. There are crime novels (what the Brits call mysteries) about practically everything. H. R. K. Keating even wrote one about bigtime croquet (A Rush on the Ultimate) Max Carados is blind; Judge Dee was a real 8th century judge in China. Anything goes so long as the detective is good at his job. And one excellent author (Jacques Futrelle) went down on The Titanic.

The newly-released ebooks are growing more and more expensive. I am so happy for the authors and wish I were one of them. At the rate I read, my Amazon bill is always horrifying. If you are in the same pickle, got back and read the mysteries from the Golden Era. They are cheaper and they are great.



I absolutely DO NOT want to go to Rio, but apparently I am powerless to avoid it. (I just set my recorder, darn it.)

Rio16Why are we drawn to the spectacle, the politics, the gazillion soundbites and twitter feeds?

Personally, I think what pulls me in is knowing what it takes to make your dream happen. While I’m mesmerized by the beauty, pain, grit and fire I see in the eyes of the competitors, I also know the countless hours and sacrifices–not to mention the toll on the body–it took to get there. And there can only be one GOLD to take home.

The heartbreak breaks my heart. The joy makes me cry. I truly DO NOT want to go to Rio.

But here’s why I’ll be there–please watch and listen, the narrative is so powerful:


Here’s my other reason for watching:

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Dreams have to start some place.

Mine started with one word, one silly little story that asked to be written, fulfilling a heretofore unspoken desire to become an…author. I lucked out. Fate smiled on me. I put in the long hours and training, suffered the rejection and barbs of nasty reviews. But I’ve seen my dream come true many times over. And the lovely reviews and the readers who have become my friends are little medals of gold that I treasure.

But dreams take work. And, while I’d rather avoid the Olympics to work on my next book, which is scheduled to release wide on August 16…guess where I’ll be?

At #Rio2016.



Free ttq Recipes on Tour! (Tara Taylor Quinn)

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For Love or Money
By Tara Taylor Quinn


Welcome to a brand new ttq series!! Family Secrets is the name of a reality cooking show. Contestants compete with secret family recipes. And every single book in the series has a hero or heroine effected by a family secret. This series is ttq intense emotional fiction at its best. (Or so my editor tells me!) It’s also romance with more…in all three of the first books in this series, secondary characters play an integral part in the story. It’s about family, after all. You can’t have family without…well…family members. And all three books also contain secret ingredients to spice up your recipes!

On tour with me this week, you’ll even get some of the complete recipes! Tried and true hits that have been in my family for thirty years or more. So join us…all week long. We have a Kindle Fire giveaway, books and gift card giveaways, and Harlequin My Rewards points worth a ton of free books of your choice!


For Love or MoneyFor Love or Money
(Family Secrets #1)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
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August 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She can’t afford to lose this…or him

There’s no way that struggling single mom Janie Young is going to lose Family Secrets. Not even to Dr. Burke Carter. The prize money and media exposure from the cooking-competition show will secure the future for her and her son, who has special needs. Sure, Burke is a talented chef with his own reasons to win, but he already has so much: wealth, a beautiful daughter, great looks…and definitely her attention. As their families become closer, Janie is beginning to care too much about him. But she can’t afford to get involved. Not when everything is riding on beating him.

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mystery class – carolyn

I have about had it with summer. Every day of late the heat index has been well over a hundred degrees. The normal air conditioner can lower the temperature twenty degrees or so, but that’s still higher than eighty, which in my book is not cool. The last couple of days, however, we have had a break, so long as you count flash floods and sudden thunderstorms with massive strikes of lightning a break. What the hey, it could be tornadoes. So far I have only managed to kill two of my new hostas, although I am told they will come back next spring. Right. I am not holding my breath.

On Wednesday my critique partner Phyllis and I are doing a two-hour training session for the librarians at the main library about mysteries. As usual I am doing the history, while she is bringing us up to date. One of the best things about ebooks is that so many books long unavailable—either out of print or simply lost—are now sitting right there ready to be downloaded and read. I particularly like the anthologies. Time was when there were many markets for short stories. At this point we are largely down to Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen, both of which do reprints often. I must admit that I tend to like the oldies but goodies. They have—wait for it—real, actual plots. Yes, plot grows out of character, but those characters must actually DO something. Too often I find these days that they don’t keep my interest.

I just finished an anthology of locked room mysteries. I wish I could say I figured them out ahead of the ending, but usually I don’t. And I definitely wish I could come up with a few new locked/impossible mysteries myself. I’m not very good at it. I can plant clues and red herrings and alibis that aren’t and odd weapons, but I can be flummoxed as easily as any school kid. No—cancel that. Most school kids these days can’t be flummoxed by much of anything.

I used to drive George, my husband, nuts, because I invariably pointed out the killers in television shows halfway through the second act. That, I hate to say, is a trick. In television shows, the casting itself is the clue. An actor of a certain standing won’t generally take a role unless he has a big confession scene at the end. Duh. It’s the same dynamic as the gothics. One woman, two men—one adorable, one difficult. Guess who winds up trying to kill the heroine on a wind-swept hill? Riight. Frankly, I have a difficult time relating to the bad boy heroes. If I would tell Max de Winter in Rebecca to find a good psychiatrist, I have a problem writing a heroine who is cowed by him. But hey, that’s just me.

At any rate, I love doing the mystery section for the librarians and maybe opening them up to some new—and maybe old—good mysteries.



Happy Dog News (Pat)

Hi, everyone!

I’ve been busy taking care of Katy,m y twelve year old Aussie, who had a disk problem and I feared I might lose her.   She couldn’t walk and she already had  operations on each of her rear legs and has Cushings disease.   When I arrived home after the national convention in San Diego, she deteriorated rapidily, going from limping to unable to move at all without help and then with a plaintive cry.   Since Katy is probably the most stoic dog alive, I feared the worse.   Could I put her through another operation?

It was a slipped disk and the vet gave me bad news.   We could start medically (six pills twice a day and two others once a day) or send her to a surgeon.  The medical course  may or not work, she said.  . Katy, who is fast becoming the million dollar dog, opted for the medical course first.

Happily, it is working.   Her tail is back up.  She is walking normally and eager to go on her usual walk.    Unfortunately, that is a no-no now.   She’s limited to an outside the house bathroom visit, but she’s doing well and in another week or two will be ready for her daily exploration of a local park.   I am so thankful.

So now I can get back to my book.   The manuscript went in tour weeks ago and I was waiting for revisions.  They came this week, and I’m, busy on repairs.   I’m blessed with an editor who is great on spotting weaknesses.   I truly enjoy this particular process.  I can concentrate on making each chapter better.

I love my hero in this story, “A SEAL’s Return.”    One thing I’ve learned in the research process is that each letter in SEAL should be capitalized.  It represents Seal,Air and Land Teams.   It takes thirty months to train a SEAL to the point he is ready for deployment and therefore is highly valued.    Their re-up bonuses can be up to $150,000, but only a tiny percentage of those who apply make it through the hellish training process.

Jubal Pierce is MY Seal and he’ll always be one of my favorite heroes..   I thorough enjoy the revision process of making him even more intriguing.

Have a great weekend!




In case you missed the FREE bookmark offer…

I hate to appear redundant, but I realize not everybody is signed up for my newsletter or following me on Facebook, so here’s the deal: I’d love to send you a free bookmark, if you’re interested.

Here’s the gist from my newsletter:

Deb Salonen book signing RWA16

Last week, I was part of the huge Romance Writers of America Literacy Book Signing in San Diego. Connecting with readers –and other authors — never gets old. I came home with some fantastic books to read and a few copies of my own print books to giveaway.

Email your “snail mail” address (anywhere in the world works for me) to debsalonen@gmail.com and I’ll send you one of my cool new bookmarks, PLUS, I’ll enter your name in a drawing to win one of my print books, either: BLACK HILLS BABY or MONTANA MIRACLE.

I’ll be doing the drawing next week, along with my new COVER REVEAL, so please feel free to sign up: HERE. Or, if you’re tired of newsletters–I do understand–email me your address and I’ll send you a bookmark. No strings attached. debsalonen@gmail.com

Quick before I melt…Deb

PS: this is me, surviving the heat while having fun connecting with readers who requested bookmarks. I sent out close to 300.

Bookmarks rock author Deb Salonen


wasps – yuckk – Carolyn

No doubt God had a good reason for creating wasps. I just have no idea what it was. Last week I finally arranged to transfer my internet service over from the one I had been using (which tended to be a disaster) to ATT. Which may or may not be a disaster—we’ll see. At any rate, when the very nice young man arrived to put in the new service, he discovered that under the edge of the roof right where he had to work was a gynormous wasps’ nest. And not any old wasps, either. The red-bellied kind. They are the nastiest, most irascible, and most active sort of wasps with a very bad sting. Although the young man looked like a warrior, he informed me that he is allergic to wasps stings. Since I had no desire to drag him down to the emergency room while he tried to breathe, I told him to go away until I could get rid of the things.

The pest control people are having a great season. It seems that everybody has wasps. I had to wait a week for them to come to my house, and then they came at seven in the morning. The pest controller sprayed and sprayed.

One of the few things I have learned about spraying for wasps is that there is always a sentry flying around outside the nest. If you can get him before he alerts his brethren, you can escape unscathed. If you don’t, he is going to sting you himself and notify his kinfolk that they are under attack.

The man swore that I was pest free. So I made another appointment to get the internet installed. A week later. It had then been two weeks since I made the original call.

Another young man came to install the service this time, only to discover that there was still a slough of wasps. He, however, was not allergic to them, or was faster, or cleverer, because he escaped unstung.

But I still had wasps. Again I called for the Killer of Wasps. This time he came at six in the morning. More spraying, more dead wasps. This time he swore we were pest free. I have not a clue whether we are or not, and since I do not have to work in that spot any longer, I have no intention of finding out. I have new internet installed, and it only took a month. I still have to call my original service and divorce myself. Then, I have to notify everyone of the change. I figure that should take—oh, maybe—six months or so.

The new flower beds in front of my house are finally in, however. I am trying desperately to remember to keep everything watered so that it won’t die, although a couple of the hostas look a bit crunkled up. Who wouldn’t, when the heat index is around a hundred and nine? Now, that is ridiculous!