October Spotlight: Amy Alessio

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October – November

You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.

Maya Angelou

 

Our October Dare to SOAR participants!

J.C. DePaul
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell 
Michele
j. leigh bailey

Author Spotlight

Amy Alessio

Amy Alessio is an award-winning librarian (a former WC librarian of the year!) with a black belt in karate. Her latest reference book is the co-authored of A Year of Fandom Fun (American Library Association, 2017). Her fiction includes the Amazon bestselling Alana O’Neill mysteries with vintage recipes, including the 2017 Struck by Shillelagh. She teaches graduate-level young adult literature and webinars on book trends and social media. She enjoys helping authors find readers through her work at AuthorRx and she is a romance reviewer for Booklist. Her husband and two sons keep life moving fast. You can see them on their live cooking videos.
As Lia Violet, she’s been having fun writing romantic erotica with Ginger Leone since February. They have two series and a review blog. Their latest searing collection, Autumn Fever, the third in their Seasons of Three series, was published on Halloween, 2017.
Connect with Amy: www.amyalessio.com
Lia Violet & Ginger Leone review blog: https://www.facebook.com/QuickieRomanceReviews/

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September Spotlight: Livia Grant

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September – October
You have to trust in something – your gut,destiny,life, karma,whatever.
This approach has never let me down, and has made all the difference in my life. – Steve Jobs

 

Our September Dare to SOAR participants!

Susan Gibberman
J.C. DePaul
Cindy Maday
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
j. leigh bailey
Stephanie Scott
Kelly Garcia
Michelle Blackstone
Carmella A. Martino

 Author Spotlight

Livia Grant

USA Today bestselling author Livia Grant lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons… one a teenager, the other a furry rescue dog named Max. She is blessed to have traveled extensively and as much as she loves to visit places around the globe, the Midwest and its changing seasons will always be home. Livia started writing when she felt like she finally had the life experience to write a riveting story that she hopes her readers won’t be able to put down. Livia’s fans appreciate her deep character driven plots, often rooted in an ensemble cast where the friendships are as important as the romance… well, almost.

Livia will be releasing her 16th book in October. It’s the next installment of her Black Light series.

 

Connect with Livia:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/lb.grant.9

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LBGrantAuthor

Email: lb.grant@yahoo.com or livia@liviagrant.com

Instagram: @liviagrantauthor

 

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August Spotlight: D.L. Larson

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August – September

 

However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope
— Stephen Hawkins

 

Author Spotlight

D.L. Larson

What do you do when you believe you are headed for the big city only to fall in love with a farm boy? You say, “Good bye, city life, and bloom where you are planted.”

I thought writing was something other people did, not me. I wrote news articles for a lady’s group, I chartered another organization in my hometown and wrote the constitution for it. I became a state officer in that women’s group and used my writing often. I wrote Christmas scripts for church, never believing I was being a writer. I stumbled upon my first paying job. A woman called and asked me to write a poem for her organization. I wrote the poem and got paid. I still have the wooden chest I purchased with the money I received.

By the time my third child was born I had a yearning to write, really write. I went back to school thinking I was pretty rusty with the English language. Seemed I remembered a great deal and won my first awards in writing fiction.

I completed my first manuscript in 1992 – I know, I’m really old! My daughter had just graduated from high school.  It wasn’t until my youngest graduated from college did I sell my first book. I waited and waited for the reviews to come out. Nothing happened. My publisher promised me she had sent my book on months ago. I finally grew brave enough to call Midwest Book Review and asked about the delay. They had misplaced my book. They apologized and within a week I received a personal note and a great review. Nine months had gone by and I never entered that book into any contests. I would like a do-over, if I could …

My other two books, historical fiction, received a few awards. Promises To Keep won a Reader’s Choice Award in 2008, and Promises My Love was in the top fifteen finalists in 2014 in the ILA Soon To Be Famous Illinois Writer Contest.

My goal is to continue writing even as life gets in the way. Currently I’m working on a sci-fi romance. When I get that first chapter to behave and say what I want it to say … I’ll move on to publishing.

My office is littered with my historical romance series along with my sci-fi series. Long ago I prayed for something meaningful to write about and the good Lord delivered. I have seven books in my historical series complete ~ waiting for me to do something with them. Plus my sci-fi series has four and one still a WIP… if only my grandkids weren’t so darn cute … I’d be sooo much more productive.

Writing is a journey. So don’t be discouraged if your writing takes a backseat now and then. I’m still working my way up the mountain.

DL Larson

 

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July Spotlight: Blythe Gifford

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July – August

Writing has freed me from the despair of living. ~ Anita Brookner

 

Our July Dare to SOAR participants!

 

Any one who wrote a paragraph or a page or a word on a page.

Anyone who sat their butt in the chair and put their fingers to the keys

and attempted to create something original.

Anyone who deleted words and rewrote them. Added a comma and took it out again.

Changed giggled to laughed and then laughed back to giggled.

Anyone who made any effort at all toward their dream of dreams.

Even if it was the tiniest of a tiny baby step. However big or small.

That step matters.

Dare to Dream.

Dare to Soar.

 

Author Spotlight

Blythe Gifford

After many years in public relations, advertising and marketing, Blythe Gifford started writing seriously after a corporate layoff. Ten years and one layoff later, she became an overnight success when she sold her first book to the Harlequin Historical line.

The Chicago Tribune has called her work “the perfect balance between history and romance.”

Set primarily in in England and on the Scottish Borders, most of her books incorporate real historical events and characters.  RUMORS AT COURT, her May release from Harlequin Historical, is her third Royal Wedding Story.  Like SECRETS AT COURT and WHISPERS AT COURT, it takes place against the backdrop of the weddings and marriages of the children of the medieval English King Edward III.

A long time RWA member, Blythe will be attending her 24th RWA National Conference this year.She is lobbying for a special pin in honor of her 25th!

For more information, visit www.blythegifford.com, www.facebook.com/BlytheGifford, www.twitter.com/BlytheGifford, www.pinterest.com/BlytheGifford, or www.instagram.com/blythegifford/

 

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June Spotlight: Mary Jo Burke

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June – July
 
The Dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul – Books.
Emily Dickinson

 

Our June Dare to SOAR participants!
Melonie Johnson
Patricia Ruocco
Kelly Garcia
Amy Alessio
Cindy Maday
j. leigh bailey
Stephanie Scott
Chris Foutris
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Savannah Reynard

 

Author Spotlight

Mary Jo Burke

Mary Jo is a USA Today bestselling author and 2014 WRWDC Marlene Award winner. She writes whatever pops into her head including paranormal, fantasy, romance, and mystery stories. Long ago, she decided to put the voices bouncing around in her imagination to work. She has volunteered from Girl Scout cookie mom to softball concession stand coordinator and everything in between. Being an eternal pessimist and multi-tasker helps Mary Jo put her characters in desperate situations. She reads, likes her kids, and is currently working on her next project. For more, please visit www.maryjoburke.com.

 

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May Spotlight: Shelley Tracy

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May – June

 

I cannot live without books- Thomas Jefferson

 

Our May Dare to SOAR participants!

 

Susan Gibberman
J.C. DePaul
Cindy Maday
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Stephanie Scott

 

Author Spotlight

 

 

Shelley Tracy

 

Shelley Tracy is a writer, mother, grandmother, and a retired teacher. She is happiest when she is spoiling her grandchildren or writing. Currently, she is working on another paranormal story.
 

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April Spotlight: Barbara Valentin

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April – May

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

 

Our April Dare to SOAR participants!

Alma-Marie Graf
Denise Swanson
J.C. DePaul
Patricia Ruocco
Carmela Martino
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Robin Kuss

 

Author Spotlight

Barbara Valentin

 

Barbara is a corporate minion and over-scheduled parent. A second-generation journalist, her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and its affiliates as well as Mom.Me. Her true love, though, is writing romantic comedies. If you’re looking for fun, light stories filled with relatable characters and happy endings, be sure to check out her Assignment: Romance series!

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March Spotlight: Dyanne Davis

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March – April
They cherish each other’s hope. They are kind to each other’s dreams.
– Henry David Thoreau

 

Our March Dare to SOAR participants!

Measha Stone
Cindy Maday
Kelly Duff
Maria
Stephanie Scott
Carmela
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Vanessa M. Knight

Author Spotlight

Dyanne Davis

Emma Award Winning author, Dyanne Davis more than likely took her first steps toward writing when she began reading at the age of four, and imagined herself in the worlds she read about. Religion added to this. Her daily talks with God about the running of the universe influenced her writing. It took several books before she even realized that God was mentioned in each and everyone. But before embarking on a writing career she wanted to be an actress. That desire began…where else…church.  The dream morphed into writing the words that actors spoke.

Since almost every writer needs to make a living while working toward a dream she became a nurse. There were several late night calls to her pastor asking for prayers for patients.

From childhood, Greek mythology battled with traditional religion thereby fueling the creative juices and leading to an intense interest to take classes in things that were forbidden. Having several personal, unexplainable, things happen made her know that there was something more than what she’d believed in. She believed in magic. Why not? She had her own prince charming who saved her from drowning while on a family vacation. He’s never laughed as she ordered herbs and made healing potions that she was leery of trying or giving to anyone else to try, or stones that were reported to heal, or oils that were meant to do the same.  He never once mentioned that her love of  alternative healing went totally against her training as a nurse. Once during a Windy City meeting where she’d arranged for psychics and numerologist to be the guests, she was told she was a healer in a former life. It figures. 🙂

On reaching the age where you don’t really care what anyone thinks you should do, Dyanne wrote a book for herself. God’s Analyst. A struggle with traditional religion and her life long battle with it. Of course she likes to make things be the way she wants them, and is aware the book is sort of bent in her favor.

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February Spotlight: Kelle Z. Riley

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February – March

Quote: How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.  — George Washington Carver

Our February Dare to SOAR participants!

Kelly Garica
J.C. DePaul
Jan Moretti
j. leigh bailey
Stephanie Scott
Chris Foutris
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Savannah Reynard
Nicole Leiren

Author Spotlight

Kelle Z. Riley

When she was growing up in a small town, Kelle imagined traveling as far as outer space, Middle Earth, and any other place a book or movie could take her. But when she left for college and decided—on a whim—to major in chemistry she didn’t know that one day she’d be visiting places just as exotic and exciting as the places she’d read about.

After a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a Ph.D.—all in chemistry—she moved into the world of industry where she learned the practical application of science to everyday life. Her work had her climbing about in steel-toed safety boots, hard hats and much more—including the traditional lab coats.

Soon after she discovered her passion for writing, a manager asked her about it. When discussing the genres she loved—romance, women’s fiction and cozy mystery—he asked why she didn’t write science fiction. She answered with a question of her own: “Do you really want to wonder if my lab reports are fact or fiction?”

Later, when she sold her first book, another manager asked if she was quitting her job to write full time. To date, her writing hasn’t been able to replace her chemistry earnings, and—to be honest—her colleagues and work provide inspiration. Both her right brain and her left brain need stimulation!

Through the years her activities in science, martial arts, gardening, music, decorating, travel, adventuring, crafting, cooking and just about anything else her creative mind insists she try her hand at, have given her just that type of stimulation. Check out her seminar list and see if any of her interests are of interest to you! Kelle is always happy to lead classes—in person or on-line—to share her passions with her readers.

Kelle can be reached at her website, facebook, twitter and pinterest.

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January Spotlight: Tracey Devlyn

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January – February

 

A writer–and, I believe, generally all persons–must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource… All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.
                                                              -Jorge Luis Borges

 

Our January Dare to SOAR participants!

Carmela
Vanessa M. Knight
Denise DiLeo
A. Lynne Wall
j. leigh bailey
Stephanie Scott
Cheryl Lynn Neumann
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Nicole Leiren
Regena Bryant

 

Author Spotlight

Tracey Devlyn

 

USA Today bestselling author Tracey Devlyn wanted to be the next Dian Fossey and explore the wilds of Africa, but that was before she met chemistry and calculus and realized a business major, rather than a scientific degree, might be more up her alley. With a creative mind capable of bringing the nineteenth century to life and an enthusiasm for research that borders on disturbing, it was no surprise when she started penning romantic historical thrillers that have been met with high critical acclaim.  On top of all that, Tracey is a closet entrepreneur who co-founded the popular Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction. Tracey spends her evenings with her sexy practical-joke-playing husband who she has yet to pay back for the sneaky underwear trick and her weekends torturing her Regency-era characters. For more information on Tracey, please visit www.TraceyDevlyn.com.

Tracey’s latest release:

LOVING DEEP

Steele Ridge, Book 4

When passions of the heart and soul collide, these lovers are forced to make dangerous choices.

 WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A DANGEROUS DARLING?

DANGEROUS DARLINGS is an exclusive reader group of authors Tracey Devlyn, Adrienne Giordano & Kelsey Browning.

If you enjoy ROMANCE, then come join us! Our DARLINGS are passionate and enthusiastic readers who love to spread the word about our books. As a DARLING, you’ll be the first to see our covers, read our excerpts, and vie for our giveaways! Oh, and we have a lot of fun.

Interested in becoming part of our exclusive Dangerous Darlings reader club? Are you on Facebook? Love Tracey, Kelsey and/or Adrienne’s books? Sign up HERE!

Questions? Contact Lisa at DangerousDarlingsStreetTeam@gmail.com

Dangerous Darlings Rules:

If you have any questions email DangerousDarlingsStreetTeam@gmail.com. You must be 18 years old to join. Dangerous Darlings is sponsored by authors Tracey Devlyn, Adrienne Giordano and Kelsey Browning. No purchase necessary. The authors and virtual assistant are not responsible for transmission failures, computer glitches or lost, late, damaged or returned mail.

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