The Jaunty Quills are excited to welcome author Brooklyn Ann back to the Jaunty Quills! Brooklyn Ann has a new book out. It’s titled Wrenching Fate.

Shana: Welcome back, Brooklyn Ann! Tell us about Wrenching Fate. Is this your first indie published book?

Brooklyn Ann: Wrenching Fate is the first book in my paranormal romance series, Brides of Prophecy.

Here’s the blurb:

“Silas McNaught, Lord Vampire of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is elated when he finds Akasha Hope, the woman his psychic visions revealed to him centuries ago. To his surprise, Akasha is infuriated when Silas interferes with her life. Furthermore, she is nothing like the sweet woman he’d envisioned. Instead she’s a foul mouthed mechanic and, due to being the accidental result of a military experiment, she possesses the strength of ten men ….and government agents are looking for her.

Matters are further complicated when Silas’s vindictive ex lover spurs the Elders to investigate Silas in hopes to destroy Akasha and gain control of her friends, which are the key to an otherworldly prophecy.

As government conspiracies and vampire politics collide, Silas teaches Akasha the meaning of trust…and love.

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And yes, this is my first Indie published book. I’d been wanting to experiment with Indie Publishing for quite some time and WRENCHING FATE already had a small cult following from all the beta reads it’s had over the years, so it was the perfect choice.

So far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the hype it’s already generated with my fan base, so hopefully it will do okay.

Shana: Is it difficult to write in two different genres or a nice break?

Brooklyn Ann: It’s mostly a nice break. I actually write in three different genres but they’re all romance and that ties it all together. Of course I do have to watch out for having modern rock stars talking like nineteenth century British nobles, but for the most part, the more worlds I get to explore, the better!

Shana: I noticed the book is set in your hometown, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Did you enjoy writing a book set in your own backyard?

Brooklyn Ann: I loved it! Aside from admiring how well Anne Rice and Stephen King bring their own hometowns to life, I really believe that Coeur d’Alene is a unique and versatile setting. One can be downtown at a club or golfing on the floating green and be on the lake fishing in twenty minutes or up in the mountains hunting or berry picking within an hour.

Shana: I enjoy those same qualities in Anne Rice and Stephen King’s novels. Tell us about your next Regency Bites series book. When is One Bite Per Night releasing?


 Brooklyn Ann:  One Bite Per Night releases in August and here’s the blurb for that one.

The Dowager Countess of Morley asks Vincent Tremayne, Lord Vampire of Cornwall, to become guardian of her American granddaughter. Vincent honors the agreement and plans to get his new ward married and off his hands as soon as possible. 

When Lydia Price arrives, she soon turns Vincent’s gloomy castle upside-down, and he decides he wants Lydia for himself. But if Vincent can’t protect Lydia from her entanglement with scandalous portrait painter Sir Thomas Lawrence, the vampire community will make sure that he—and Lydia—face dire consequences.”

Shana: Finally, tell us what you’ve been working on lately.

Brooklyn Ann: Currently I’m working on a heavy metal romance series and working on edits for both my 3rd Regency Paranormal series and IRONIC SACRIFICE, the sequel to WRENCHING FATE.


Readers, now it’s your turn. Last week I did an event at a library and had a copy of Brooklyn Ann’s historical to give away. Everyone wanted it. Do you love vampires in your novels or would you rather stick with humans? One commenter will win an e-book copy of WRENCHING FATE!

I’ve always liked “Where Are They Now” shows and TV segments. It’s fun to see an actor or actress you watched for years but who disappeared from the public eye and catch up on their life now. There’s a few I wonder about and now. For example, whatever happened to Mark Hamill?

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He seemed to rocket to stardom with the Star Wars movies, but whereas Harrison Ford made a career out of acting, Mark Hamill was never more than a blip on the radar. I heard recently he signed to come back for the Star Wars VII movie. Fingers crossed it’s true.

Another actor I loved was Andrew McCarthy. When I looked him up online, it seemed as though he’d been in a lot of films, even recent films. I just hadn’t seen any since maybe Pretty in Pink or Weekend at Bernie’s. I’d like to forget that second one, by the way.


Now let’s talk authors. One of my biggest influences and favorite authors is Marsha Canham. I read all of her books and then she seemed to disappear. But when I checked Amazon and her website, I saw that she does have books in the work and new books on sale. Like so many other authors, the ease of digital publishing has made it possible for us to keep reading her fabulous books.

Elizabeth Elliott was another historical author I adored. I must have read her 1995 release Warlord half a dozen times. When I looked her up for this blog, I saw she also has a new book out—well, newer. In fact, I had it on my Kindle app. One of my readers had told me about it, and I’d bought it and forgot to read it. Guess what I’ve been reading lately?

Finally, whatever happened to Elizabeth A. Vaughn? She was a guest on the Jaunty Quills years ago (February 2007—read the interview here), and I loved her Chronicles of the Warlands series, especially Warprize. She also published another series, but I can’t see that she’s published anything else recently. Anyone know what she’s been up to?


Are there any authors you wonder about?


Halloween—that special time of year when people love to dress up as deranged murderers, evil demons, blood-dripping zombies, and indulge in their love of horror by wallowing in movies that pretty much scare you stupid.  When it comes to experiencing the thrill of fear, some folks just seem to thrive on it.

Me?  I’m a wimp, and I’m happy to proclaim it loud and proud.  Sure, I loved Buffy and Angel as much as the next gal, but that’s as far as I’m prepared to go in testing the boundaries of my wimpiness.  Full-on horror movies?  Forget it.  I saw The Exorcist on the big screen—and when I say saw I mean I pretty much watched it with my hands over my face—and it made me afraid to be alone in the house for months.  And Texas Chainsaw Massacre…don’t even get me started.

Dark cellars?  Avoid whenever possible.  Strolls through cemeteries after dark?  Please!  Watching a rerun of The Ring with my stepson and his wife?  In your dreams, baby.  For me, the best part of Halloween is definitely the candy.

So trust me when I tell you that working on Lethal Confessions, the romantic suspense I wrote with my husband as VK Sykes, was a true challenge.  That’s because hubby, who wrote the first draft, created a villain so creepy I was practically whimpering with fear while working on those parts of the book.

Nothing says terror like a serial killer, IMHO.  Fortunately, the heroine of Lethal Confessions has courage to spare when it comes to tracking down creepy villains, as does the hero.  It’s one of the reasons I much prefer romantic suspense to horror–in horror novels and movies evil too frequently seems to triumph, while romantic suspense and thriller novels usually see the triumph of good over evil.  For wimps like me, it’s a reassurance that’s sorely needed.

How about you?  Do you love to be scared–and by what–or are you a wimp like me?  One person who comments will win a print or Kindle copy of Lethal Confessions (North America, only).

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ImageI’ve been on a blog tour for my most recent release, A Little Bit Scandalous, and I had set up this blog for a certain spot that I thought required original blog material, but as it turned out, they needed an interview. But I’d already taken the time to do this blog so y’all get it today. Without further ado, here are the first five…

Prologue - Monroe Grisham, Sixth Duke of Chanceworth, paced the front parlor of his country estate. If he didn’t get back to London soon he would go mad from sheer boredom. The soft butter-yellow of the room was annoyingly cheerful, and all the furniture felt small and dainty, making him keenly aware of his size. He wasn’t quite as tall as his brother, but Roe’s shoulders were broad enough to make him look as if he sat upon children’s furniture. So he found the largest piece to sit on, the settee. He’d sit in a different room, but damned if his mother hadn’t decorated them all roughly the same.

Chapter One - Caroline Jellico pulled on the trousers over her drawers and fastened them. She slipped the linen shirt over her head and straightened it, then tucked it into the waistband of the tweed pants. Her bound breasts felt strange against the strip of linen that held them tightly against her. She pulled up the suspenders and then donned the coat she knew she wouldn’t take off. Even if it proved to be hotter than Hades inside the gaming hell, she’d leave it on.

Chapter Two - Caroline swallowed the lump in her throat.

Chapter Three - The brown eyes staring back at him were rounded in surprise. Roe cocked one eyebrow. Reggie was doing her best to tempt the boy into some sort of reaction, but Grey sat stone still. “Reggie, I don’t think the boy is interested,” Roe said.

Chapter Four – Caroline did her very best to focus on her cards and the ones coming out of the deck. She felt certain she had an accurate count, but damnation if Roe wouldn’t stop talking. And damnation also that the lighting in his study was so much clearer and brighter than it had been at Rodale’s. She could see his features all the more, which meant he could see her features as well. He was still as bloody handsome as she remembered him being, if not more so. And just as cavalier.

So how about it, do y’all follow blog tours? What’s your favorite type of post on a blog, an excerpt, something personal, a recipe? 

Diana Cosby

I’m happy to welcome award-winning historical romance author Diana Cosby to the Jaunty Quills for two reasons.  The first is that she writes great books, and the second is that she’s involved in a very interesting and worthwhile charitable cause.  She’s here to tell us about her books and this very cool project.

You had a distinguished career in the Navy and travelled all over the world. What made you pick Scotland as the setting for your novels?

Hi Vanessa, my sincere thanks for hosting me today.  After writing a viking trilogy, I watched Braveheart, and was intrigued by Scotland’s fight for freedom, so I decided to research and write in this era.

What’s the basis for your bestselling MacGruder series?

The tie in for the best-selling MacGruder brother’s series is the halved stones in the grandmother’s chamber, which they believes hold magic.  I’ve had a blast figuring out new and fun ways for the heroine to ‘leave’ the grandmother’s chamber with the matching half of the respective hero’s gemstone. :)

What can you tell us about your new book?

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His Seduction is Griffin’s story, who is an English lord ‘supposedly’ loyal to King Edward I, but is secretly working for the Scottish rebels known as Wulfe.  Griffin has appeared throughout the series, and I was thrilled to write his story.  He’s known for his quick thinking, skill, and always being in control, so I knew I had to toss him out of his comfort zone – enter Rois. :)  A woman who loves her father and would do anything to protect him, when she believes Griffin is a threat to her father’s life, she risks it all in a brazen confrontation with Griffin, and so the story begins.  For a fun excerpt:

You’re involved in a great project with Habitat for Humanity? Can you give us some info on that?

My sincere thanks for asking.  For several years I’ve volunteered for Habitat For Humanity.  What a fabulous cause and, best, you work alongside potential home owners in helping make their dream of owning a home come true.  Also, as the community comes together to help build the home, the family is blessed by a sincere welcome from their neighbors.

One of my dreams is to sponsor the build of an entire Habitat For Humanity home; romance readers and Habitat For Humanity are both amazing, so I thought, why not pair the two?  Hence, Diana Cosby’s Romance Readers Build A Habitat For Humanity Home was born.

How it works:

As readers send contributions to Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County, the bookshelf will fill with every donation. []  The goal is to fund an entire home – $55,000.  Send your donation via PayPal using the Donate link in the menu bar or donate funds the old-fashioned way—a check works just fine!

Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County
901 N. Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 2725
Sherman, TX 75091

*Total as of today:  $2115.

Thanks for sharing with us your passion about this wonderful project, Diana!

What are some of your favorite charities or volunteer causes?  One person who comments will win a copy of Diana’s His Captive, from her excellent MacGruder series, and also a copy of my first book, Mastering The Marquess.

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