Tue 7 Apr 2015
Writing The Novel
Sat 4 Apr 2015
Gloria: Good evening Patch. I’m pleased that you were willing to take the time to talk to me. As you know, I am very interested in Shauna Lee Holt.
Patch: (looking sad) Yes…I guess she calls herself that now. I had no idea how badly she had been hurt. It pains me to realize that I played such a big role in making her feel the way she does about life.
Gloria: Will you tell me what Shauna Lee childhood was like.
Patch: (looks off to the right) Actually, in order to fully explain why her childhood was like it was, I need to go back to the beginning.
Gloria: I’d appreciate you sharing anything that will help me understand Shauna Lee better.
Patch: When I married her mother—Marie Holt—I was head over heels in love with her. I was a poor farmer, just an ordinary guy…and sometimes when I looked at her I could hardly believe that fun loving, beautiful, sexy woman loved me.
But Marie had a sharp tongue when her temper flared. We were married about three years when she told me that she had never really loved me, and she had been in love with someone else for years. She was mad at me at the time, but by the way she said it, I knew she meant it. I can’t tell you how much it hurt me. I was cut to the bone.
I know she regretted saying it later, but words like that can’t simply be taken back. They had pierced my heart and no matter what she said or did, I just couldn’t move beyond them.
I started drinking. It helped me forget and it really made her mad: it became a way of punishing her for how she had torn my heart apart. The bottle became my lover.
I never touched her with love after she told me there was someone else. She submitted to me, and we had sex, but I made sure she knew that I… that I hadn’t forgiven her. Then she got pregnant, and I felt as guilty as sin. I began to see Marie through the eyes of love again.
When the baby was born, I was so proud and I loved it completely. She was beautiful, but as she got older… she didn’t look like either one of us. She had blonde curls and those beautiful big blue eyes. No one in my family had blue eyes or curly blonde hair. And Marie’s hair was black and her eyes were so dark, they were almost black. Her Grandma Holt’s eyes were as dark as Marie’s.”
The little girl’s eyes haunted me. I kept thinking about them. Then one day I remembered where I had seen them before. It was like a kick in the gut when it came back to me. We were at a house party. A guy I didn’t know was there and I suspected that Marie knew him from before. She danced with him all night. She flirted with him; they were all over each other. I was jealous and I drank until I passed out.
When I put it all together in my mind, I confronted Marie with my suspicions. She denied everything, but I wouldn’t let it go. I constantly kept after her about it. One day I pushed her far enough; she defiantly admitted that she had gone to the barn with him.
I couldn’t stand to look at that baby girl after that; seeing her curly blonde hair and those blue eyes was like a knife in my heart. I couldn’t deny what stared me in the face every day. She was not my child. I knew she was his. She was there in my house, but I never was a father to her. The way I treated that child was wrong. I didn’t physically abuse her, but my attitude, my withdrawal from her, my lack of affection…I know she has deep scars. Her mother and I were both selfish and filled with anger and misery. Without thinking about what we were doing, we hurt that poor child the most, and she was the only innocent one involved in the destructive life we created.
I’ve had twenty years to think about what happened now, and I have so many regrets, but it’s too late to make things right with Marie now. At that time, I was so stubborn and proud that I wouldn’t forgive her. I just wore her down and she became lost in the defeat of my endless rejection.
Gloria: Why didn’t you and Marie divorce, instead of living that way?
Patch: In those days, it was different. We didn’t have any money. Where would she have gone? What would she have done? We would have both been struggling on our own. And… I had my pride. What would people think? So, like many people, we just stayed together and continued to live in that same vicious cycle year after year, destroying each other and everything around us.
Gloria: But you eventually had a son didn’t you?
Patch: (his expression is inconsolable) I forced her one night when I was drunk. I’m ashamed to admit that I did that quite often in those days, but she never got pregnant. I thought I was sterile. When she did get pregnant, I thought she must have been with someone else. But she was so despondent, that I couldn’t imagine her having sex with anyone else.
“When Andre was born, he looked like me right from day one. I couldn’t deny it. And I loved him like I loved no one else; except Marie when I first married her.”
Gloria: Was your marriage happier then?
Patch: “Yes. It’s amazing what our guilt and our love for Andre did for a time. And then…” (Patch’s shoulders slump and he is shaking. I hear him smother a sob.) and then, I killed him. I was drunk and I ran over my own son with the tractor.”
Gloria: (touching Patches hand in sympathy.) I’m so sorry Patch: but surely that was an accident.
Patch: (crying, his body wracked with sobs) I’ll never forget that… seeing him lying there. I wished I could trade places with him. You can’t know much how I wanted to. I couldn’t face what I’d done. I needed to blame someone else, so I blamed the girl. She’d been out riding her horse in the fields, and when she came back to the house, I told her that if she’d been home helping her mom like she should’ve been, she would have kept Andre away from the tractor. Then I shot her horse. I was so… I was so cruel to her… and to Marie.”
(He tries to collect himself and control his emotions) After that, I totally lost myself in the bottle, and Marie lost herself in the black hole I’d forced her into. Then, like a coward, I ran away and left the two of them to fend for themselves.
I’ve been a coward all my life. I don’t expect forgiveness. I don’t deserve it. I can’t forgive myself. I’ve thought about ending it all, but in some way, I believe that living with the understanding of what I’ve done is my punishment. I live in my own hell every day.”
I couldn’t think clearly for years; not until I left and got away. I want to talk to the…to my daughter… now, but she refuses to have anything to do with me. It’s too late to change the past, but I want to tell her the truth. I can’t live with her believing that her own flesh and blood could have treated her the way that I did. I realize that I am the only father she’s ever known, but I never truly was a dad to her. I can’t ask for forgiveness, but I want her to know that a real dad would never have treated her the way I did. I hope Brad Thompson will be able to show her what unconditional love is, the way I would have if I’d been a decent man.
Gloria: I see how painful this has been for you. I believe that you all became victims of circumstances. We’ve all made mistakes in life, Patch. Now you have to forgive yourself. I have peeked between the pages of Full Circle, and I believe you will eventually have a chance to speak to Shauna Lee. I can’t say that you will be forgiven, but life is a journey. Circumstances change, people change. If Brad can convince Shauna Lee that she is worthy of his love, possibly she will at least listen to you. I wish you luck, and I thank you for your time
When I leave, Patch Bergeron is still sitting with his cowboy hat lying on the table in front of him. He is a very sad man….
Mon 30 Mar 2015
“Shauna Lee, I told you I’m a hunter. I have hunted cougars in the wild. That is where I like to keep them: in the wild; with me doing the stalking.”
Her face went scarlet. “Are you calling me a cougar?” she asked, indignantly.
Twenty years ago, eighteen-year-old Shauna Lee Holt rose like a phoenix, out of the ashes of tragedy. Fierce determination focused her drive for independence. After graduation, she worked non-stop, scrimping and saving every penny. She purchased Swift Current Accounting and Bookkeeping Service. Now she is regarded as a successful accountant in the business community: but no one knows her personal, private hell.
Brad Johnson recently moved to Swift Current, where he set up Windspeer Energy; a company specializing in small wind energy turbines.
Brad feels an undeniable attraction to Shauna Lee, but he refuses to play her “nothing serious, no strings attached” game. As time passes, he falls head over heels in love with this tormented woman. Shocking fragments of her tragic past come to light, and he begins to realize that she may never be able to give him the emotional connection he desperately desires.
The lives of Colt and Frank Thompson are woven into Brad Johnson and Shauna Lee Holt’s story. The couple, who seem to have everything, discover that grief and pain are no respecters of person. When they face the unimaginable, will their relationship be shaken beyond repair?
NOTE: this is a revised version of a You Can Run, Book ll of The Thompson Family Series. This book has changed very little. I just tightened the writing and took out a few pages, gave it a new title and a new cover to brand my work.
Sun 29 Mar 2015
Sat 28 Mar 2015
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Fri 27 Mar 2015
Gloria: Hello Mr. Crampton. I am here to interview you, to learn more about the characters in The Second Time Around, Book I of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series. My first question is, How long have you been at Belanger Creek Ranch?
Ollie: (he has a twinkle in his eyes) I’ve been here so long I’m a fixture here. They’ve adopted me as part of the family. The Thompsons are wonderful people.
Gloria: So you know Colt quite well?
Ollie: Sure do. I’m his second daddy. I love that boy like he was my own. He’s a hard worker, and he loves this here ranch. It’s kinda’ too bad that he has to stay at the farm. But as nice a guy as his Dad Bob is, he is a stubborn old man. If he’d just accept that he can’t deal with the stress of running the farm and move into town, Colt could put a manager there and move out here where he wants to be.
Gloria: What can you tell me about Colt?
Ollie: Aww, he got ‘imself into a bit of a wreck eight years ago. He’d married that Sharon a few years earlier. She was somethin’ else, but love is blind and he couldn’t see her for what she was. When the dust all settled she broke his heart and his bank account.
Gloria: Yes, I interviewed him yesterday. He seems to be a very bitter man.
Ollie: He’s damn bitter, but he isn’t doing himself any favours now.
Gloria: Why would you say that?
Ollie: Colt has the most god awful taste in women. He is so smart about everything else, but when it comes to women I just want to put the toe of my boot to his ass. That Sharon—the woman he married– had no interest in the things that mattered to him—this here ranch, the farm. This is who Colt is. Yeah, he got carried away by a pretty face and the rodeo stuff, but when Bob laid down the law, he knew what he had to do, and he settled down and went to work. She was shallower than a china saucer—all that woman wanted was the glamor of winning—she didn’t give a hang about real life…and she proved that she didn’t want a kid. But when push came to shove, she sure wanted—and got—every cent she could get out of Colt. I’d say he got off lucky—she would have ruined his life for sure.
Now he’s got himself tied up with that Shauna Lee Holt. Same damn thing all over again—except he says he ain’t gonna’ marry her. But she isn’t interested in anything about him except goin’ out for dinner and goin’ to bed.
(Ollie shakes his head) I’ve tried to talk some sense into his thick head, but he’s not listening. Damn it, he isn’t the first man to have a marriage go sour on him. He’s still a young man. If he’d just get his head out of his…uh hum…well you know what I mean—he could make a good life for himself. I told him that, and he told me I was like the pot calling the kettle black. He said he didn’t see a ball and chain tied to my leg.
But I didn’t have the kind of life he did. My maw left me with an uncle and aunt who did not want to raise another kid at their age. I was a total inconvenience to them. I left there when I was fourteen—no education, no money—I grew up fast and I worked at whatever I could find, but I loved workin’ on ranches. I was a rollin’ stone, gatherin’ no moss, until I came here. This is the first place I ever felt was home and I hope I die here.
(Ollie squints and looks away) But back to Colt…we’ve got a little gal workin’ at the ranch here now. She’d be perfect for him. She loves the work—damned if I didn’t find out that she’s a veterinarian. I haven’t asked what she’s doin’ hidin’ out here. She looked pretty down when she came. I almost sent her home, but that first night she proved what she could do when she delivered a backward calf, and I made an executive decision to keep her. I was up agin’st it for help, and when Frank Lamonte—(he smiles and nods) Yeah, her name is Frank, and she made it clear that she is proud of it!
Anyway when I saw how good she was with the animals, I decided that she had to work with me—not him. I broke all the rules and just told Colt that Frank Lamonte was the best hand we’d ever had. I knew he’d have bust a gut. He’d always refused to hire a woman no matter what. How the fact that she was female slipped past them on her resume, I have no idea—but heck with a monicker like that– I guess they just assumed she was a man.
I intended to tell him, but I just kept puttin’ it off, and as it happened, Bob had another heart attack and Colt didn’t come out to the ranch for quite a while. Then he ended up comin’ when I had gone to Swift Current. I guess he hit the roof when he found her here.
I don’t know what took place—he was here for a couple of days. Whatever happened, after he first told her to leave, he did a turn around and asked her to stay. She said she did it for me. But somethin’ happened that time—cause after she first came she began to perk up and it was like watchin’ a flower bloom. But after he was here those two days, she’s never been the same again. The bloom has faded—and he treats her like she is some bad disease.
I get so frustrated, but I can’t really do anything about it.
Gloria: So you like Frank Lamonte?
Ollie: Heck—there’s nothing about her to not like. She’s kind, thoughtful, and she loves working with the animals. She says she never learned about being a lady, but she pitches in and helps clean up when we decide it needs to be done, and she is a good cook. In truth, I’d like to slap Colt upside the head and ask him what he’s thinkin’, cause they would fit together like two pieces of a puzzle. But… he’s so damned determined not to care again, he’d step right around the piece of gold that’s laying in front of him, and go to that whore in town.
Gloria: Those are very harsh words Mr. Crampton.
Ollie: Yeah, I guess I shouldn’t call her a whore. I don’t know what happened to her; maybe she’s been hurt too. But he looks me in the eye and tells me they both want the same thing. He admits that they don’t love each other and neither one of them wants to get married. I’ve told him that life gets lonely after a while, but he says it’s a whole lot worse than lonely, if you hook up with the wrong one. And I’m just thinking, “Are you blind man?”
Gloria: Well Mr. Crampton, this interview has been very enlightening. You have definitely shed a new light on Colt Thompson and Frank Lamonte.
Ollie: I just tell it like it is. It’ll be interesting to see how their story ends. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens in The Second Time Around.
Wed 25 Mar 2015
This is my interview with Frank Lamonte from “The Second Time Around” Book I of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series. Enjoy!
Gloria:What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Frank: Many would expect me to say that becoming a veterinarian is my greatest achievement, but becoming a veterinarian is almost an extension of who I am. I love all animals: it pains me to see them hurt and it makes me happy to help them heal. I probably understand animals better than I do humans! Horses are my favorite animal. When you work with them over a period of time, you form a deep friendship, and you will have a friend for life.
I digress here—what is my greatest achievement?
Becoming my own person is probably my biggest achievement, although I didn’t realize it when it was happening. I am an only child. That has its blessings, but it also has its downside. Mom had trouble carrying a child, and after several miscarriages, my parents were thrilled to finally have a baby in their arms. I know my father wanted a son badly—but I am certain that when I was born a girl, Dad took it in stride. He showed no signs of disappointment, and decided I’d make a great son anyway. He named me Frank Lamonte, after his father, and there was never a thought of calling me Fran or even Frankie…I was FRANK.
My poor mother never got to enjoy having a little girl. Probably the only time she got to dress me in dainty pink, was my pajamas when she put me to bed at night, or when we went to church on Sunday morning.
Once I was a toddler, Dad started taking me with him everywhere. We had a small ranch and he let me help him with chores, and I when he went to town for parts for the equipment, or feed for the animals, I would tag along. I went everywhere with him. I became an extension of him.
I grew up in his world and I loved everything about it…the animals, especially the horses. He took me riding, tucked in the saddle in front of him as soon as I could walk, and later he taught me to ride when mom said it was Ok for me to be on a horse by myself. He encouraged me to team rope with our neighbor, and dad’s best friend’s son, Clint Roberts. When I got older, and we went to rodeos, Dad was there, keeping an eye on things, protecting me. Once I had matured into a young woman, he was there to make sure that I didn’t become a “notch” on some rodeo guys belt!
He gave me room to grow—but I was never really independent of him, until I went to vet school. I met Martin Cole when we were team roping and then we both ended up going to vet college. When we got together, the natural urges of a young woman came to life in me. I enjoyed his attention on a romantic and sexual level. I even thought I’d fallen deeply in love, but on another level, it was like slipping my hand into a comfortable pair of gloves. He was a male companion, and that was what I was used to having. He wasn’t like my dad, but when I look back now, I think he became a replacement for him in my life—just on a different level.
I was young, I had never dated… not because dad interfered, although no one would have been good enough for me! I still hung out with guys all the time, I just became one of them. I didn’t relate to girls. They seemed to be immature and silly. Becky Freemont is the only girlfriend that I’ve ever had. I’ve known her since kindergarten. We are still very close and she is always there for me.
I took my studies seriously and so did Martin. We worked hard, and after we graduated we came back to Stettler, Alberta where I’d grown up. From the time I was about fourteen years old, I had spent all my spare time at Jason Winter’s Vet Clinic, helping him where I could. He was very patient and I was a good worker and a quick learner. When I left for vet school, he told me there would be a job waiting for me, and when we graduated he hired Martin and me.
Although Martin and I were engaged, we hadn’t “lived together” so when I came back to Stettler I moved back in with mom and dad. My life seemed perfect—marriage was in my future, I was living back at the small ranch where I had grown up, and I was home with mom and Dad.
Then over a nine month period, my whole world fell apart. My dad was almost killed when a horse went over backward on him. The thought of losing him struck me numb. When we knew he would live, tough choices had to be made. The ranch had to be sold, and mom and dad bought a place in town. I moved in with them and tried to help mom look after dad. I was worried sick, and far too busy. Martin broke our engagement, because he said I had no time for him and I wasn’t fun anymore. He took up with the secretary in the clinic. That was the last straw for me!
I was reeling, and I gradually slipped into a depression. I didn’t realize what was happening, because I was so immersed in what had happened to dad, and the sale of my treasured home. I thought I had good reason to feel blue…it would pass.
Then Doctor Winter’s stepped in and told me I had to take care of myself. He put me on an extended leave of absence, and told me to go to see my doctor and seek help. He told me to get out of Stettler for as long as it took for me to get back on my feet. He actually found me the job as a ranch hand at Belanger Creek Ranch.
It was a long and painful journey…and it seemed like I made some pretty stupid mistakes while I was there, but in the end, I found an inner strength I didn’t know I possessed.
When I came back to Stettler, I found comfort in knowing that my parents supported me, but I stood on my own two feet and made my own decisions. I had doubts and fears, like everyone, but I was no longer an extension of my father, or anyone else…I had become my own person.
Gloria:What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Frank:For me perfect happiness comes with peace of mind, accepting yourself for who you are, and being grateful for the wonderful things you already have. Strong feelings of self worth, contentment and acceptance create perfect happiness.
In today’s world, people tend to judge others and themselves by how they look, and what they possess. Doing this just causes discontentment. I have nothing against trying to improve your lot in life, but feeling “less than,” because of what you have not acquired, or may never acquire, is self-defeating.
Gloria:What is your favourite occupation?
Frank:Working with animals—being a veterinarian is my true occupation, but being a ranch-hand has been very satisfying too.
Gloria:What are qualities you value most in a man?
Frank:Honesty, loyalty, a good work ethic, the ability to have access to his inner child and know how to have fun. I also admire a man who is confident, but not entirely focused on himself. He should show kindness and respect to others and me (if he is my partner) He should also be a good listener when I need him to be.
Sun 15 Mar 2015
Bizzlinkzz: Today I’m very pleased to be interviewing Author Gloria Antypowich, from Horsefly British Columbia .
Bizzlinkzz:When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Gloria: I`ve always had a flair with words. Once when I was in high school I got caught in the washroom with some other girls who were hanging out there to skip a class. The punishment was a 1000 word essay. I was ticked off because I had been there for legitimate reasons, although I did stop to talk a bit longer than necessary: so I wrote a sarcastic essay. The teacher gave me an A+ for it and commented on my writing skills. My mother saved it and in later years put it in one of her scrapbook photo albums.
About the same time, I wrote a short fashion article and submitted it to the Western Producer. They published it and I received a cheque for $2.49. I was thrilled, but I didn’t think about being a writer.
When I was a young mother, I had a small stack of articles that I hid in the closet in my daughter’s bedroom, but I didn`t try to publish them, it was just an outlet.
A few years after we moved to Horsefly, I started to seriously consider writing. I was in my early thirties, and working outside the home when I went to my first writers conference in Regina, Saskatchewan. I had also wanted to check out the `Cypress Hills`because that name sounded so romantic to me. Although I had planned to go by myself, my husband Lloyd didn’t want me to drive that far on my own. At that time he was a rancher/log truck owner, so he took time off to go to the writers conference with me. We also toured through the Maple Creek, Cypress Park area and I made notes for research for the series of books that I am publishing now.
I also attended the Romance Writers of America (RWA) conferences in Dallas and San Francisco during the next couple of years. I wrote the first version of Hearts At Risk during that time. Vanessa Grant introduced me to an agent, who read the book and took me on. She submitted it to Harlequin and they replied that they had too many books that were ranch related at the time. Because the book didn’t get snapped up immediately, I lost the support of my family. I let my feelings get hurt and shelved the project for thirty years, until I decided to publish Hearts at Risk in 2011, after my husband and I had retired. I published You Can Run in 2012, and then my writing got sidetracked.I started to reinvent my career in 2014. It’s been a hectic eighteen months!
Bizzlinkzz: Where do you get your information and ideas for your books?
Gloria: I think like a writer all the time. I talk to everyone—people I don’t even know and ask them all kinds of things. Recently I met a lady who works at a copper mine in the Yukon, and I immediately thought about what a cool career that would be for a female in a book. I asked her a lot of questions about her job, wrote down the name of the mine where she works and it went into a file on my computer.
But sometimes a conversation that I overhear in a restaurant triggers a thought, or something I read in a magazine, or hear on the news. The background for the hero in my fourth book was generated by a conversation I had with my son twenty- five years ago,before he got married. The incident stayed with me, and years later I talked with him and his wife, and another incident that happened to an acquaintance of theirs came up. I wrote down the man’s name, and searched Canada’s 411 pages, found his name and cold called him. I explained who I was and why I was calling and he was happy to talk to me. All of this was research, to give me a feeling about how my character might feel in a given situation.
For book three, a conversation with a woman who had acted as a surrogate for her sister left me in awe. I knew I wanted to write a book that included surrogacy. I researched on line and read about a woman with infertility issues, and discovered Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH). I read related posts, where people explained how they felt about having the syndrome. I was fascinated! I had never heard of it before, but I decided this would be perfect for a heroine. Then I spent weeks researching surrogacy in Canada and the US. I followed two blogs about people who were actually documenting their journey through surrogacy. These were real people, their posts were authentic. What a window of opportunity for me! This was all research, but it gave me insight, so I could write with authenticity.
I also buy ebooks about the topics that interest me, or if I have to, I’ll buy a real book. I do most of my research online: the internet is full of information. It is like putting together pieces of a puzzle.
Bizzlinkzz: How long does it take you to write a book?
Gloria: It takes me a good six months for the first draft, but then I rework it and do a rewrite, and edit it.
Bizzlinkzz: What do you think makes a good story?
Gloria: I believe a good story captures the reader’s imagination and helps them emotionally connect with the characters… At this time my books are set in “western romance” genre, but I think they are more than that. I believe a book can be set in any situation, but if the characters and the way they react are compelling, people will enjoy the read.
Bizzlinkzz: How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?
Gloria: Basically I have written four books. But I published the first two, and then my writing career was put on hold. After that, I had Jen Blood at Adian Enterprises assess the four books. She suggested that I rewrite Hearts at Risk and rebrand my writing. I took her advice and now I will be releasing the first two books, along with two more as the Belanger Creek Ranch Series.
Frank and Colt are characters from my first book (The Second Time Around) and I feel like they are my first child. I love The Second Time Around, but for me writing Full Circle (originally titled You Can Run) was like playing the piano by ear! The book just came to me, flowing from my fingertips, onto the computer, like a movie was playing in my mind. I didn’t do much research for it, except to explore Swift Current, Saskatchewan and learn more about it on the internet. I fall in love with all my characters, but I think Full Circle, Book Two of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series is my favorite.
Bizzlinkzz:Are there any authors that inspired you to write?
Gloria: I would have to say that my love of reading inspired me to become a writer. However, some authors that come to mind are: Janet Dailey, Linda Lael Miller, Bev Petterson, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, Stacy Eaton, Vanessa Grant ….and so many others that I can’t think of right now. I also read Wilbur Smith, John Grisham, Clive Cussler, Stephen King, Jim Giammatteo, John Betcher, Claude Bouchard, Lorne Oliver, R.E. Donald, Dan Brown and more recently Mathew Peters.
On the other end of the spectrum I also read Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval and Zecharia Sitchin.
Bizzlinkzz: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Gloria: I am a voracious reader. I have over 800 books on my Kindle and I have read most of them. However, I seldom read during the day. I love to spend time with family and friends. I am not physically fit, I but love to go for a ride through the forest on the quad. I love to spend a day on the little lake close to home. We have a small old boat with an electric motor that we take out there —the silence and the magic of nature is wonderfully relaxing. I like all kinds of music from Meat Loaf to Zamfir, or simply recordings of nature sounds playing in the back ground. I love to play a game of cards and sip a glass of wine. I treasure days that I can spend sitting side by side with like-minded people, on the computer, not even having to speak, simply being together. And when I am pushed, I’ll do the housework!
Bizzlinkzz: When are your books coming out?
Gloria: The first two, The Second Time Around and Full Circle, are already formatted for ebook at Kindle KDP and Createspace for paperback version. The launch is planned for May 8th, just before Mother’s Day!
Bizzlinkzz: Finally, What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Gloria:Keep doing what you love to do! Don’t let other people’s influences stop you. Keep writing! Don’t give up…and remember it’s never too late. I’m 71! Everything happens when it is meant to.
Fri 6 Mar 2015
I am SUPER EXCITED! Last night I finished editing–that one last check!–and sent the manuscript for “The Second Time Around, Book One of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series” to ePrintedBooks, to be formatted for both paperback and ebook. Here is a sneak peek of the cover of this Contemporary fiction/ Western Romance series.
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Thu 1 Mar 2012
Yahoooo! I have finished writing the sequel to Hearts At Risk! Shall I title it “A Warm Safe Place” or “A Second Chance”? I have to make a decision!
Posted by Gloria Antypowich under Indie Publishing, My Thoughts For Today, What people are saying about Full Circle, "- Book Reviews, Writing The Novel
I have been beating the computer keyboard hour after hour for the past four months! It feels wonderful to have writen “The End”.
The relationship of Colt and Frankie from Hearts At Risk deepens in this book, but Shauna Lee Holt and Brad Johnson take front stage as the main characters.
Shauna Lee Holt hides behind the barricade that she has erected around herself over the past 20 years. Intimacy is something she has refused to allow into her world. Her attitude has been nothing serious, no strings attached, and no risks.
Along comes Brad Johnson who would ordinarily run a country mile from the woman she appears to be. He finds himself attracted to her in spite of the messages that she sends out, but he wants intimacy and a long lasting commitment.
He refuses to play her shallow game. He believes a loving person hides behind her facade. Can he free her from a past that still holds her captive and help her believe it too?
A WARM SAFE PLACE
“I’m looking for a warm safe place
To feel your hand on my face
Let the past roll off of my back
Baby let’s not talk about that
I just wanna make it through the night
Lock the door and hide away
I’m looking for a warm safe place.”
One day when my husband and I were travelling last fall, I caught the words of a song by Aaron Prichette called “A Safe Warm Place.” I instantly felt that it was Shauna Lee’s song; her story.
It still is her story, but when I went through the book making my final edits I realized that this work of fiction is also about other characters in it getting “A Second Chance” in life.
Now I am indecisive about the title I should use for this book. Decisions, Decisions! I think I will ask some of my friends!