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Today, I’m excited to introduce you to one of the characters from the awesome J.J. DiBenedetto’s contribution to Fall Into Romance.

JamesFinding Dori

She’s a loud, pushy New Yorker who drives him crazy. He almost ran her over with his truck. Of course they’re perfect for each other…

I love this little teaser because it is so, so perfect for the two main characters in this story – Dori and Lucas. Throw in some interesting pets, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an engaging romance!

Without further ado, meet spunky, sassy Dori.

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What’s your favorite place in Romance?

I haven’t been here long enough to see everything, so for now I’ll have to say my friend Ash’s new restaurant, since I put so much work into it for her.

 

When someone says Romance to you, what comes to mind?

Before I came to the town, I’d have said that Romance makes me think of one of those Hallmark Channel movies. But now, it means home to me.

 

If you could choose anywhere to live, where would it be?

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I would have said Brooklyn, which is where I’ve lived my whole life, and it never occurred to me that there might be anywhere else worth living. But then I came to Romance, and I met Lucas, and, well, I know how sappy it sounds, but it’s wherever he is. Which means, right now, it’s Romance!

 

What do you like best about living in Romance?

It’s such a friendly and welcoming place, and I’m coming to enjoy the slower pace (of course, compared to New York City, everywhere has a slower pace!)

 

What’s your favorite thing about the autumn season in Romance?

I love how clean and clear the air is. It’s never like that back in New York. What’s your favorite fall treat? I know I’m supposed to say something made with pumpkin, but that’s never been my thing. It’s Grandma Loretta’s apple pie all the way for me!

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I can’t wait for you to be able to read Finding Dori and the rest of the books in the Falling Into Romance collection!

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Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors with a foreword by NY Times Bestselling Author Susan Hatler.

Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town—its people—and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.

Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!

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Alethea Williams, my friend and fellow member of Women Writing The West,  has a brand-new western historical novel out called Walls for the Wind. Published by Whiskey Creek Press, the book was just released this month. She joins us here today with an interview of one of her characters, Connie.

Welcome, Alethea! Thanks for joining us this morning.

 Alethea Williams: Hello, I’m happy to be here today. Even though I wrote Walls for the Wind, I still have a few questions for some of the characters. Let’s start with Connie. Connie, you grew up in an orphan asylum. What did you expect when you came west with Kit on a train to distribute city children to farmers as the rails of the transcontinental railroad were laid west?

 Connie Kennedy: Well, to be honest with you, I thought it was going to be easy to make a lot of money doing almost nothing. After the war finally ended and the president was so tragically assassinated, people wanted to hear good news. And so that is what the newspapers were reporting at the time. There were breathless accounts of the westward expansion and all the opportunities in new settlements springing up along the rails, as well as numerous reports of huge, glittering gold and silver strikes in the West. It all sounded quite romantic.

Alethea: And how did you find things on your journey west? Did conditions meet with your expectations?

 Connie: I discovered that it isn’t so easy to make a living as it had been made to appear. Most people out here work very hard for their money: the teamsters who haul the supplies to the end of the line, the railroad workers who build the bed and lay the rails, the hunters who keep the crews supplied with game, the lumbermen who fell the trees and shape them into ties and trestle timbers. I suppose even those who labor to relieve the railroad workers of their pay through liquor and gambling and other diversions could be said to work hard some of the time. It is difficult for virtuous women to find adequate means of sustenance.

Alethea: And so you were disappointed in what you found at the end of your travels?

 Connie: If I did not want what I do want, I would like Cheyenne better. Cheyenne is a bustling place, everything being made new from the ground up, and everybody is very busy when they’re not taking cover from flying bullets. But a frontier town in Dakota Territory isn’t what I wanted. I want fine fabrics and beautiful women patrons to drape them on. I want to design and make gowns that fashionable ladies will gladly pay fortunes to wear. So I would be happier somewhere more established, with a population of wealthy men with socially adroit wives. Denver, perhaps, or San Francisco. But have a look around you…I’m sure you think me a dreamer, a parvenue as the newspapermen traveling west with us have named me.

 Alethea: There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big dreams and striving to see them to fruition.

 Connie: (Sniffs.) Well, maybe you could take a moment and explain that to Kit.

Alethea: You and Kit disagree on what your plans should be?

 Connie: Look, I know what you are about with these questions. You won’t get me to say a bad word about Kit in an interview for publication. There are those birds that fly a certain distance and then are content to halt and nest. And then there are those birds of more exotic plumage, who can’t wait to fly away and see what’s over the next mountain. Neither bird is wrong, necessarily, they’re just different. Kit will probably remain here in Cheyenne to the end of her days. But I certainly didn’t leave the children’s home in New York City to come west and do laundry and change nappies.

Alethea: Connie, I hope everything works out for you. Thank you for talking with us today.

 Connie: My pleasure. Anything to be able to sit down in the middle of the day and get my poor reddened hands out of the washtub.

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Thank you, again, Alethea for sharing about your new book with us!

You can find Walls for the Wind  for purchase at:

Whiskey Creek Press
Kindle
Nook

 Author Bio: Western history has been the great interest of my adult life. I’ve lived in Wyoming, Colorado, and Oregon. Although an amateur historian, I am happiest researching different times and places in the historical West. And while staying true to history, I try not to let the facts overwhelm my stories. Story always comes first in my novels, and plot arises from the relationships between my characters. I’m always open to your response to my writing.

Find Alethea online:

Website: http://aletheawilliams.weebly.com/

Blog: http://www.actuallyalethea.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AletheaWilliams.author

Google+: google.com/+AletheaWilliams

Twitter: @ActuallyAlethea https://twitter.com/actuallyalethea

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5753104.Alethea_Williams

LinkedIn: http://lnkd.in/by89znA

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Alethea-Williams/e/B0077CD2HW/

The Romance Reviews author page: http://www.theromancereviews.com/ActuallyAlethea

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Ilsa-facebook-headerToday is the day!

Ilsa’s launch party  starts this morning at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. (Pacific Time).  Even if you can only pop in for a few minutes, come get in on the fun. All drawings will run until 2 p.m. so you have plenty of opportunity to try to win some exciting freebies.

Eight guest authors will join me throughout the party, sharing about their writing and there will be even more cool prizes!

I’m also super excited to announce that  Aundy is available FREE on Kindle today through April 13. If you already have a copy, make sure you tell your friends. What could be better than getting a free book that a friend recommends?

The three featured women from the Pendleton Petticoats series thought it would be fun to stop by and chat.

Without further ado…

 

I found this photo on Pinterest and it made me think of Aundy, Caterina and Ilsa!

I found this photo on Pinterest and it made me think of Aundy, Caterina and Ilsa!

Good morning, ladies! Thank you so much for joining us this morning.

Aundy: It’s our pleasure to be here.

Caterina: It is a big, important day with Miss Ilsa’s party.

Ilsa: Thank you for extending such a lovely invitation.

 

What is your favorite part of living in the Pendleton area?

Aundy: Our ranch, Nash’s Folly. Growing up in Chicago, I never knew the sky could be so big or the sunsets so spectacular. It truly is beautiful here in Eastern Oregon in the spring. Right now everything is fresh and green.

Caterina: She’s right. It is beautiful here in the springtime, but my favorite thing about the area is…

Ilsa: (Interrupts) Her handsome husband, Deputy Kade Rawlings. Even his name sounds handsome.

Caterina: (Rolls her eyes at Ilsa) I was going to say the people. Pendleton is full of friendly, welcoming people who make you feel right at home. And before Ilsa states otherwise, her favorite thing about being here is seeing my good-looking brother on a regular basis.

Ilsa: I was not going to say Tony! (Huffs indignantly) Returning to the question, I would have to say I also appreciate the people. The sunsets are lovely, but I prefer to stay in town.

Aundy: (Giggles) Far away from the chickens.

 

What’s one thing you miss from a big city?

Caterina: Nothing! I spent all my life in New York City, growing up around the mafia, and the only thing I miss from there is the rest of my family. Although Tony, he’s my favorite brother you know, is here, I have four brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces, my parents, and Uncle Laz back in New York. Kade promised to take me to visit them soon.

Aundy: I don’t miss anything from my life in Chicago. I got up early each morning and worked in the boarding house where I lived until I left for a long shift at a factory that made ready-to-wear-clothing, then I returned to the boarding house each evening to work until bedtime. Here, I get to be outside, right alongside my husband, Garrett, learning about ranching and farming and rural life. It’s wonderful.

Ilsa: If you like that sort of thing, which my sister does. I think the one thing I miss from Chicago is the lack of dust. Even living here in town, it seems like we get a lot of dust blowing around. I’m not much of an outdoorsy kind of girl, but I much prefer the dust to living with our aunt.

 

All three of you have very unique talents. What would you say is  your strong point?

(Caterina and Ilsa both look at Aundy)

Caterina: She’s braver than both of us put together.

Ilsa: Absolutely. Aundy faces challenges  without showing any fear.

Aundy: That’s not true! You both are very brave and strong. Caterina can cook circles around me. Did you know she runs her own restaurant here in town? Her food truly makes your mouth water. And Ilsa (Aundy puts an arm around her shoulders and gives her a hug) designs and creates the most beautiful fashions.

 

Speaking of dresses, I noticed you all have such lovely gowns. Is there anything you find challenging about fashions in the early 1900s?

Aundy: The clothes are lovely to look at but not very practical when you’re trying to work. I, for one, would love to be able to wear denim pants and cotton shirts like the men.

Ilsa: (Gasps in surprise) You wouldn’t dare! No lady would be seen traipsing around dressed like that.

Caterina: She didn’t say she was going to wear pants, she just said she’d like to. I agree with Aundy. When Kade makes me help outside at our place, it would sure be handy to not have skirts and petticoats in the way. Since we are ladies, though, we’ll continue wearing our skirts and dresses.

 

Ilsa’s book launch is today. I know all three of you are in the story. Can you give the readers a little hint about what to expect in the book?

 Caterina: (Gives Ilsa a sassy smile) It’s about Ilsa and Tony, that’s my brother. I think she likes him more than she lets on.

Aundy:  (Nods her head in agreement) I caught her writing Tony’s name over and over in one of Nik’s school notebooks when she was supposed to be making a list of supplies we needed to take to Mr. Johnson, our grocer.

Ilsa: Let’s stick to the important details about the book.

Aundy: We were. What’s more important than love?

Ilsa: (Sighs) Fine. I can’t win with you two, but the story is also about family and friendship and overcoming your fears.

 

It sounds like a great story. Any parting words you’d like to share.

Caterina: Don’t miss out on the party. There’s going to be oodles of prizes.

Aundy: And chocolate. I heard there will be a chocolate giveaway.

Ilsa: And books. Don’t forget there will be free books up for grabs. Remember, you can get Aundy’s story free for a limited time. It’s the first book in the series, followed by Caterina’s story.

 

Thank you ladies for joining us.

Ilsa coverIf you haven’t purchased your copy of Ilsa yet, hurry over to Amazon and get it today!

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