CONFESSIONS OF A REFORMED COUGAR: The Accidental Cougar
Life as an accidental cougar is every bit as steamy, wild and dangerous as you’d expect. Janet wasn’t looking for commitment. She tried that. It was boring. She was a carefree artist, playing the field, playing around, and having fun with the young men that seemed to fall into her arms. She was living lavish and loving savage. Janet proved to be a true example of the old saying that, “Hurt people hurt people.” Then, a new man enters her life. With him her life seems wonderful. Their love comes hot and easy; until time reveals that he is not the man that he portrayed himself to be. Tables turn, lives change and breathless moments lead to loss of breath. Will the heart-breaker finally be broken?
Terry McMillan is my favorite but I am quite fond of Zane, Mary Higgins Clark and Nora Roberts
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing since Junior High School. However, I have only been a published author for three years.
What inspired you to write your latest book?
I wanted to do something a little different. I was hoping to do something that would resonate with people. My first book was an autobiography. I wrote one fiction book, a romance novel and then I decided to turn it into a series.
How did you come up with the title of your latest book?
My title form my latest book came from being teased by my friends often about being a Cougar. I found that comical but then I started thinking about possible titles and “Confessions of a Reformed Cougar" seemed like the best choice. I think it was a great decision.
Holly Mosley Cooper was born in Orlando, FL and educated in the Orange County Public Schools. She holds several degrees primarily focused on technical communication, health care, paralegal studies and business management, administration and information technology. She is an alumnus of Florida A & M University, the University of Central Florida, Everest University and Rollins College. Ms. Cooper has spent her career, over 20 years, as an administrator in the non-profit sector. She has been writing for many years but only recently became a published author three years ago. In the past four years, she has been a blogger. This has given her the opportunity to express her feelings and opinions on many of today’s issues of modern life. It also affords her the outlet to talk about her life experiences. She has three children but only one at home. She is raising her youngest son alone. This is particularly challenging because he was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism. Through the process of getting his diagnosis, she has realized that she also has Asperger’s Syndrome. “Confessions of a Reformed Cougar” is her book series and “Life Is a Precious Gift,” her first book is her autobiography. Ms. Cooper says, “I love to write and I feel that it would be terribly selfish of me not to share it with others. God has blessed me with this wonderful ability and I am tremendously grateful every day for it!”
Professional archaeologist and four-time Golden Heart® finalist, Rachel Grant is the author of the popular Evidence Series of romantic suspense novels.BODY OF EVIDENCE is the 2nd book in her popular series and for the first time, it will be FREE on all platforms from 10/1 to 10/9. (Each can be read as a standalone novel, so feel free to jump in if you're new to Rachel's books!)
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BODY OF EVIDENCE
And she thought facing a firing squad was bad…
When archaeologist Mara Garrett traveled to North Korea to retrieve the remains of GIs lost in combat, she never imagined she’d be arrested, convicted of spying, and sentenced to death. Her only hope is Curt Dominick, the powerful, ambitious, and infuriatingly sexy US attorney prosecuting her uncle, a former vice president of the United States.
What starts off as a rescue mission quickly morphs into a race across the Pacific. Someone is after Mara, and they’ll risk everything to stop her from reaching Washington DC. With betrayal around every corner, Curt and Mara have little reason to trust each other and every reason to deny the sparks between them that blaze hotter than the Hawaiian sun. Still, desire clashes with loyalty when they discover a conspiracy that threatens not only their lives but the national security of the United States.
Rachel Grant worked for over a decade as a professional archaeologist and mines her experiences for storylines and settings, which are as diverse as excavating a cemetery underneath an historic art museum in San Francisco; surveying an economically depressed coal mining town in Kentucky; and mapping a seventeenth century Spanish and Dutch fort on the island of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles.
In all her travels and adventures as an archaeologist, Rachel has found many sites and artifacts, but she’s only found one true treasure, her husband, David. They met while working together excavating a four thousand year old site about to be destroyed by the expansion of a sewage treatment plant in Seattle. Despite their romantic first meeting, she has no intention of ever setting a story at a sewage treatment plant.
Rachel Grant lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children.
Please join me in welcoming the USA Today bestsellingauthor Edie Claire to Conversations today! Edie is here to talk about book one of her Pacific Horizons series, Alaskan Dawn and it's on sale for only 99¢! So be sure and check out the cover andblurb below. As an added bonus, Edie has a wonderful blog post to share with us titledVacation Dreaming with Pacific Horizons. And don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Edie Claire!
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Haley knew that carrying her twin sister's baby would be a sacrifice.
She just didn't know how great.
Overachieving attorney Haley Olson has always done the responsible thing. So when her twin sister Micah needs a surrogate mother, Haley willingly volunteers. Like most feats the capable workaholic attempts, her pregnancy goes perfectly… until the results of prenatal testing threaten to tear Micah's marriage apart.
Pregnant, overworked, and driven to the end of her rope by the neediness of the sister and widowed mother who depend on her, Haley seeks refuge with a week's vacation on the Alaskan coast. As she soaks up the serenity of the unexpectedly vast and beautiful wilderness, Haley finds something else she doesn't expect -- deep feelings for the wildlife-loving boat captain who reminds her how to laugh.
With her unborn niece or nephew on the way and thousands of miles of ocean between their lives and careers, Haley and Ben settle for a friendship. But back home in California, the emptiness in her heart refuses to heal, and when her pregnancy takes a frightening turn Haley must examine what really matters -- and rediscover the childhood dream she never realized she had lost.
VACATION DREAMING WITH PACIFIC HORIZONS by Edie Claire Have you ever gone to new place, a new area of the country, and suddenly felt like you were home? Have you ever fallen so deeply in love with a vacation spot that no matter how much dirty laundry you had piling up in your suitcase, when it was time to leave you felt like kicking and screaming? Well, that happened to me in Hawaii. And Alaska. And pretty much anywhere I’ve ever been on the Pacific Coast where the beaches were wild and untamed, the breeze was brisk, and the landscape was awash in soothing blues and greens. Despite the kicking and screaming, I did always have to leave, at least physically. But being a novelist has its perks. And writing books set in the places I want to be, letting my imagination live there for months at a time, is one of the best perks ever!
The idea for this series was born a few summers ago as I rode on a whale-watching boat through the frigid waters of Resurrection Bay near Seward, Alaska on a relatively warm, sunny day in August. We had just been treated to an amazing show of bald eagles, Steller sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, puffins, orcas, and several humpback whales, and someone asked the naturalist on board if he lived in Alaska year round. “Oh, no,” he answered. “I spend my winters on Maui. I follow the whales.”
Um… friggin’ YEAH! What he said! The whales have it right. I began to imagine such a life – summers in Alaska and winters in Hawaii, and the character of my whale-watching boat captain, Ben Parker, came alive. This video, which is made up almost entirely of my family’s own footage that we shot on vacation with iPhones, was designed to “capture the mood” of the series, particularly the first book, Alaskan Dawn. Each book has its own central characters and can stand alone, but we also get to revisit old friends as the actors move between the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska, with the drama of their lives unfolding against an ever-changing backdrop of natural splendor.
In terms of genre, the Pacific Horizons series is what I call “Romantic Women’s Fiction,” where falling in love is only a part of the heroine’s story. In Alaskan Dawn, we meet a woman struggling with unexpected challenges after she agrees to serve as a surrogate for her twin sister’s baby. In Leaving Lana’i, a woman who was taken away from that tiny island abruptly as a child finally makes her way back – for better or worse. And in Maui Winds, a biracial adoptee from a Soviet orphanage arrives on Maui for a marine biology internship and uncovers a biological link to the islands. All of these women face complex journeys that testify to the healing power of love.
I’m pretty sure the next book will take place back up in Alaska. It’s hot at my desk right now, so the thought of those snow-capped mountains really appeals. (I’d love to write a story set in Australia or New Zealand someday, but that will have to wait until my youngest is in college.) The beauty of the series is… I really don’t know where my characters will turn up in the future. I’ll just close my eyes here in my landlocked middle-American state, imagine a humpback whale silently gliding through the deep blue water… and see where my imagination takes me. I hope you’ll come along for the ride!
I have lived in various states in the South and Midwest and have worked at more jobs (paid and unpaid) than I can count, including veterinarian, childbirth educator, medical/technical writer, corporate communications writer, freelance copyeditor, camp counselor, CASA (court-appointed special advocate for abused/neglected children), church administrative council leader, community theater diva, birthparent mentor, hospital volunteer, mother of three, wife, laundress, housekeeper (although I stink at that one), pet collector, coordinator of child sponsorship for a Christian mission in Kenya, choir member (I was pretty marginal at that, too), and last but not least--I once spent an entire summer cleaning toilets at a ranch in New Mexico. I am also pretty much obsessed with professional surfing (See at left. This is bliss. Really.)
When I'm not doing the above, I write novels and plays. And I really hope that you enjoy them!
Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.
As Senator Rush’s poll numbers free fall, Marylee tries to drive a wedge between Brittany and Marcus. Across town, Anna Mae and Chase dance toward reconciliation. Ginny longs for Logan, while he fights against Sebastian’s maneuvering. And Hector, newly freed from prison, heads back to Storm…
A town nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, where everything seems like perfection.
But there are secrets beneath the facade.
Dark and powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. That can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams.
Rising Storm is an ongoing drama. A powerful series conceived by Julie Kenner and Dee Davis, full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.
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Where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…
Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.
But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.
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