Working Women: Book Blitz

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In part two of this extraordinary love story set in the hot, humid, summer of the wide-open mid-west, egos and emotions collide. Andy and Rooster find their romance in peril when job-related stress, injuries, and extraordinary weather conditions interfere with their relationship, both at work and at home.


Rooster forked a pork chop onto his plate and dug in, cutting off a big bite. He popped it in his mouth and watched Andy as he chewed.

She tried not to squirm, but he could see her discomfort. One of his brows quirked up.

Andy dished a helping of salad onto her plate, careful not to look up at him.

He cut another bite off his chop. Silence filled the room, tense and palpable, like the room was too small. Reaching for his glass, he caught her sneaking a peak at him.

After several gulps of water, he settled his glass back on the table, took his fork in one hand and his knife in the other, and waited. She was only demure when she knew she was in the wrong.

When she realized he wasn’t eating, her eyes met his. “What’s wrong?” she asked innocently. “Is the pork okay?”

“Why do you want to go to some gas station on the only night we don’t have to go to sleep at eight o-clock? You usually want to…” He intentionally let the sentence drop and waggled his eyebrows to make her blush. She was so cute when she was timid.

“We won’t need to stay late,” she backpedaled, “I was talking to Nick about it and—”

“Oh, here we go,” he interrupted. “This is about Nick isn’t it?”

She put her fork on the table. “What’s your problem with Nick?”

He shook his head. “You told him you’d invite that new coating girl, didn’t you?” He wasn’t asking, it was a statement.

Andy’s chin came up. “She happens to be the coating foreman.”

“Whatever,” he snorted, and went back to cutting his meat.

Andy grinned wickedly. “She could demand that you all address her as foreperson, you know.”

Rooster snorted at her dilutional comment.

Andy pursed her lips, knowing full well that the pipeline was still in the 1950s when it came to women’s rights. But she adjusted her train of thought and continued. “Why do you think this has anything to do with me talking to Nick?”

His chewing stopped and he gave her an oh please, look.

She cleared her throat and looked away, poking a bite of salad onto her fork. “Okay, her name may have come up.”

Rooster took another long drink of water.

“Would it kill us to be social?” Andy retorted. “We never go anywhere but work.”

 “We work eighty hours a week!”

“That’s beside the point,” she huffed, sticking the forkful of salad in her mouth.

“Is it?”

She chewed and swallowed. “You just don’t want to bother,” she said with a flounce.

“This is overcooked,” he muttered, sawing away at his pork chop. It was dry and chewy, he’d done a poor job of it.

Dinner continued in silence with both parties casting glances at the other, but neither one spoke. When they finished eating, they stood and carried their dishes to the sink. Rooster ran hot, soapy water as Andy scraped their scraps into the trash and returned to the table for the rest of the dishes.

Silence reigned, leaving only the sound of plates clinking and water running as Rooster washed and rinsed the dishes, and Andy dried. When the dishes were washed, he drained the water and watched as Andy put the last plate in the specially designed drawer. When she turned back to him, he took up the end of her dishtowel, pulling her to him. His hands circled her waist. “If you’d like me to take you out Saturday night, just say so.”

Andy didn’t meet his eye.

But Rooster knew her well, and still very much enjoyed her attitudes. He tilted her head up with an index finger under her chin. “You’re something else, you know that?”

Losing all track of thought, Andy fell under his spell. Her pupils dilated and her lips parted. She didn’t need to say anything, he knew he had her.

Leaning down, he teased kisses along her jaw, causing a moan to slip from her lips. Her arms came up to circle his neck and his kisses wandered to her cheek, then her mouth.

Eagerly, she kissed him back, deepening both the kiss and his desire. He scooped her up and carried her toward the bedroom.

Andy leaned into his shoulder, filled with anticipation. She nibbled at his neck, ran her fingers through his hair, and a dreamy smile settled over her face.

He placed her on the bed, certain that somewhere in that woman’s brain of hers, she was already wondering what she’d wear on their Saturday night date to the gas station. 

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Kirsten is a dreamer with an eye for art and design. She worked in the engineering field, taught college, and consulted free lance. Due to health problems, she retired in 2012 to travel with her husband. They live and work full time in a 40′ travel trailer with their little dog Bingo. Besides writing romance novels, she enjoys selling art on Etsy and spoiling their three grandchildren.

As a writer, Kirsten’s goal is to create strong female characters who face challenging, painful, and sometimes comical situations. She believes that the best way to deal with struggle, is through friendship and women helping women. She knows good stories are based on interesting and relatable characters.

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Scorned: Author Interview

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The Author Answers

  • Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
    • I was a fan of V.C Andrews as a teen. I read the Heaven, Ruby, and Dawn series and My Sweet Audrina. Those books sparked the idea for Scorn of Secrets.
  • How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a notebook where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?
    • I don’t have a set time frame to think about a topic. Normally an idea springs to life and I may turn over the ideas for a day or two before I start writing an outline—sometimes it’s the same day. I usually make a detailed outline of the scenes the story is telling me. It depends on how much of the story has presented itself and the inspiration behind it on when I write it. The are no set parameters on when the inspiration hits. Once I have made a detailed outline, I may continue to write scenes for that book. Or I may work on another story until I feel the time is right to complete that story.
  • How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?
    • There is no set time frame for research. As I’m writing a story, I research what topics come up as I go along.
  • How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?
    • Thanks to Kindle Direct Publishing none of my novels have been rejected. I didn’t have to worry about the gruelling process of becoming traditional published since I as self-published.
  • Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?
    • The 1st novel I published was e-book and paperback through Kindle Direct and CreateSpace.
  • Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?
    • I feel self-publishing is a great option because you don’t have to worry about submission objection, and you can get your work out there. But I do feel that you need to find promotional services like blog blitzes, tours, book giveaways, and sites to market your book to get the word out. With millions of books on the market it is very difficult for your book to be recognized without having advertising for it.
  • What do you read when you are ill in bed?
    • I do like reading in bed at night. But if I am in the mood for reading, then I will read when I’m off or after work if I get quiet time.
  • What is your favourite genre?
    • Dystopian, Sci-fi, Psychological thrillers, Urban, and Paranormal Romance are among my favourites.
  • If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?
    • V. C Andrews, Ruby Dixon, Jennifer Armentrout, Jamie McGuire, Tarryn Fisher, Emmy Chandlier, Abel Regine, Susan Trombley, Nicholas Sparks, and Stephen King.
  • Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?
    • V. C Andrews, Ruby Dixon, Jennifer Armentrout, Jamie McGuire.
  • In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?
    • Ruby Dixon is freaking hilarious.
  • Which of your books are you most proud of?
    • My latest novel, Scorn of Secrets because it’s the 1st novel I ever wrote when I was fifteen. It was 350 pages handwritten. I pulled it out in 2015, dusted off the cobwebs, and then I revamped the story keeping the bones. I’ve worked the hardest the make Scorn the best it can be. Since it is the 1st novel I’ve written and finally gotten out there, I am the proudest of this accomplishment.


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B. Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old. She is grateful to have accomplished this dream. B. Truly has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She’s addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of suspense and sci-fi. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, sci-fi, dystopian, and paranormal genres.

B. Truly likes to explore conflicted plots of romance with thrilling twists. She also loves creating impossible situations for her characters to grow from and try to overcome.

B. Truly has three wonderful children, and a husband who defines the person that she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Houston, Texas.

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Late Bloomers are always sweet to find

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What LML Gill did during Lockdown – her hobby!

Like Joan in The Diary of a Late Bloomer, I love to read Tarot cards. There is something magical about creating a story based on the different cards that are out on a spread. They give so much insight, pointing out blind spots in our logic.

I can still remember how excited I was when I brought home my first tarot deck, Legend; Arthurian Tarot, which I got at Costco.It was an impulse buy, but I was drawn to it because I loved the Legend of Arthur and Merlin. One of my favorite novels when I was younger was The Return of Merlin by Deepak Chopra which turned me on to Merlin and his legend. Great novel by the way.

Learning how to read the Tarot took me a long time. I had to memorize the cards, all 78 of them, and their meanings. The pictures on the cards always helped but I felt proud when I could name the cards and what they represented. It was sort of like learning a new language.

At first, I only did readings for myself, mostly questions about my crushes and how I would do in certain classes. Then to test out my new skill I read the cards for my family. As I began to feel more confident, I read them for my friends. It was a pretty amazing feeling when my predictions came true.

Over the years I didn’t play with the tarot as much because life became hectic. But during the quarantine I found YouTube tarot readers to watch which rekindled my love of reading the cards. As a bonus I learned how to us oracle cards in my readings.

They all made tarot card reading look like so much fun and they used pretty props. I couldn’t resist joining in the fun, so I recently started my own YouTube channel where I do Pick-a-card readings. It is a whole new adventure for me.

My channel is still young and I am learning things constantly, especially after making a ton of mistakes, but like Lo I’m giving it my all. As My tarot card deck and oracle deck collection keeps growing, so does my fascination with the art of reading tarot cards.

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L.M.L. Gil is a writer, a reader, and a dreamer.

When she is not writing, editing, or thinking about her next story, she is either in the kitchen testing out a new recipe or snuggling with her fur munchkins reading.

As a glutton, she equates a good novel to a scrumptious dessert, which leaves your heart a little lighter and a smile on your face.

She hopes her novels provide a sweet treat without the calories

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I ended very cheerful

 A story that crept up on me until the life of our heroine Lizzie became so bizarre that I just had to keep on reading. Her mother, her family, friends and in particular her work at the dentist’s – JP Wintergreen -, became part of my fantasy life and dreams too. The discussions were absurd and yet, somehow resonated of the time.

Her mother was described as being a:

Drunk; divorcee; nudist; amphetamine addict; nymphomaniac; shop lifter; would-be novelist; poet; and playwright.

In that order.

And her boyfriend was clearly asexual or gay, she assumed, because he liked having freshly laundered clothes, made fruit salads, and once experimented with lemon in his tea. And most importantly of all, never got his penis out, despite her belief that it was often intended as a compliment.

We never really find out just how many pregnancies Lizzie’s mother had, or affairs, but we do realise, that due to her addictions, as a child, Lizzie and her elder siblings, more or less raised themselves in a rather eccentric and liberal household.

The oddities of Lizzie’s family and her work  and romances, are recounted in such a dry manner that I found it difficult not to become enthusiastic over the life of this town and want now to meet them all in real life please!

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Too many worlds

Don’t believe the hype. This is actually a very boring book (#1). I couldn’t get past page 25…

So, I’m scoring this at the lowest as it really couldn’t hold any of my attention and I found the style uninteresting.

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