Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ann Tracy Marr's Memorable Quotes

Hi All, So glad you dropped by to check out author Ann Tracy Marr’s selection of memorable quotes from her novels. Believe me, you’re in for a treat as you can see just by viewing her tantalizing book covers.
 Now, let’s read on to see what Ann has to share with us. 

This is the Best Ever Summer Blog Tour. A bunch of writers got together and decided to switch off blogs to give readers a change of pace. Along with meeting new authors, you readers have been winning prizes. This week, it is my turn to offer a goodie. One of the people who comments on this blog this week will win a pdf copy of my first paranormal Regency, ROUND TABLE MAGICIAN. The winner will be announced next Sunday, July 29th. And… commenting on any of the blogs participating in the tour enters you in the drawing for the grand prize, a $50 Amazon gift card.

Thank you, Sharon, for having me host the blog this week. The group decided that we would do some gentle promotion of our books by feeding readers enticing quotes from our published works. I groaned and went along, knowing it doesn’t play to my strengths as a writer. Any decent author can come up with memorable one liners. It’s part of writing good dialogue. But it’s harder to come up with one liners that stand alone. “Here’s looking at you, kid,” or “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” make you stand up and take notice. I don’t seem to have the knack.

One of my favorite one liners from Round Table Magician is "Ahh, enjoy the sunshine." If that got you excited, I’d worry about you. It’s not memorable, not special. You need background. At the very least, you need to know this is a Regency romance wherein Lady Martha has fallen in love with Lord Brinston and he refuses to reciprocate. The best the man can do is unintentionally insult her and make lame remarks. And it ticks Martha off. To be honest, you need the whole scene to see why I like the line. Here it is:

Her head came up just as Lord Brinston turned the corner of the path. Dressed for riding and tapping a riding crop in the palm of his hand, Brinson looked prime. He stopped politely and said, "Good morning."

"My lord," Martha replied, wishing she had worn a prettier dress. "It is a lovely day."

"Yes, yes it is. You paint?" He peered at the drawing she sheltered with her hand.

"Not that well."

"I see. You perhaps should squint at the page to see how best to proceed. My sister does that. She says taking her work out of focus helps show her what needs doing."

Unaccountably irritated, Martha didn't respond. She didn't need a lesson in watercolors. She already knew her work was lacking. Having it confirmed by this godlike man rankled. Brinston glanced at her face; his brief impersonal look irritated her further.

He rubbed the crop along his jaw line. "Ahh, enjoy the sunshine," he said and turned toward the house.

Martha mumbled, "Thank you," to the crisply pressed tail of his coat. She watched Lord Brinston stride away, swinging his crop, conscious that there had been no more to the exchange than any man would have offered to any female of his acquaintance. That was what irritated the most--the any part.

The scene still doesn’t convey why "Ahh, enjoy the sunshine." sticks in my mind. Here they sound like mere acquaintances; you don’t get a sense of the history behind them, that her infatuation began when he saved her from a murderous smuggler, that they are both searching for stolen military secrets, that fate seems destined to throw them together. The one line epitomizes their relationship from his point of view. Brinston isn’t cooperating in romance and Martha is almost ready to take a whip to him. To really see why I like the line, you’d have to read the book -- follow their relationship from inception. Then you would see why I think it is hilarious for Lord Brinston to lamely say, "Ahh, enjoy the sunshine."

The line certainly doesn’t stand alone. Neither does this, from Thwarting Magic:
"I take it he does not like the drapes?"
"Lime and orange stripes? I doubt it."
Why his wife redecorates his study with lime and orange stripes is a long story, but I love it.

From To His Mistress:
"The last person to meddle with my business had to retire permanently from Town. Care to try me further?"
Would you believe he is talking to his mother?

Now you see why the perfect one liner is not in my repertoire.
Cheers, Ann Tracy Marr

Where can you find me?
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Well, Ann, they certainly sound intriguing to me and I’m sure our readers will want to make some comments and maybe ask you some questions. We’re down to the last week to qualify, so readers get to commenting. Then slip on over to check out my memorable quotes at Christine London’s blog at where you can make comments about my choices and get another opportunity to win Ann’s book and qualify for the $50 Amazon gift certificate. Thanks, Ann, for sharing these quotes with us. And, readers, thanks for taking the time to stop by!

For more interesting blogs and yet another chance to qualify for a Ann’s book and the $50 Amazon gift certificate here are the blogs for the other authors on our Best Summer Reading Tour:

Christine London –
Lynn Hones -
Susan Roebuck -

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lynn Hones - The Truth Comes Out

Well, everyone, it's time for the truth to be told. Thanks Lynn for a delightful tale that was so whimsical to read. And, while we all wanted Lynn's delicious story to be true, her fib was the treasure chest. Don't worry about whether you guessed right or not. Everyone who commented on Lynn's post will be entered to will the beach sand jewelry and the end of tour award of a $50 gift certificate. Good luck to all of you and thanks again, Lynn, for your lovely story.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Meet Lynn Hones - Three Truths and One Fib

Hi and welcome to Week 7 of our Best Summer Reading Tour! Today my guest is author Lynn Hones. The very talented Lynn is both an author and the creator of beautiful beach jewelry and lovely, scented candles. You can check out her website at for a complete list of all her exciting novels.

Our topic this week is - Tell us three truths about yourself and one lie. Guess which is the lie.
Lynn has been very creative and has turned the topic into a short story. So enjoy! Then, leave a comment here as to which statement in her story is the fib and you just might win a piece of her beach jewelry and be entered to win the $50 Amazon gift certificate to be awarded at the end of the tour.

I’m supposed to tell you three truths about myself and one lie. This should be fun. I guess, since I’m a writer, I’ll put it in story form.

One beautiful, sunny day Lynn Hones was driving down a winding road. On one side of this road was one of the Great Lakes and on the other side was an old brick home built in 1850 by a ship’s captain.
After seeing the house she and her husband, Martin, bought it before having any inspections done because they felt drawn to it and it’s low price. They fixed the house up and lived in it part-time while ripping out old floors and painting the walls. During this time there was no water or electricity, but they didn’t care. It was fun, an adventure. Fast forward one year and they live in the house full-time; have water and electricity and even cable and Internet. Lynn has opened a store in the back two rooms to sell her beach glass jewelry and candles.

Their neighbor is a relation to the original owners and told them of a supposed treasure hidden in the walls of the house during the Civil War. They would have to knock down walls to find it, and aren’t sure if they should.

They’ve found many interesting things out about the house and the people who lived there before. The thing is, the first couple who owned it, gave it to their son, Martin and his wife, Mary to raise their family in. Lynn’s first name is Mary, so she and her husband have the same names as these previous owners. One of Lynn’s books, Haunted Vows, deals with a couple who live in an old house, fix it up when it has no water or electricity, live in it and start a store on the grounds. They are actually re-incarnated from the original owners of the house. This kinda freaked Lynn out, because it mirrors her life so perfectly, but she figures it’s simply life imitating art.

So what’s true? Did they buy their house on a whim? Does Lynn have a store? Is there a hidden treasure? Did Lynn have a book called Haunted Vows that is frighteningly similar to her present life? Hmmm???? I wonder. (Places index finger to lips.)

Thanks, Lynn, what a fun story of intrigue and fun. You can check out all of Lynn's romantically, exciting books at her website .

To continue the tour and check out the truths and fibs from all our authors here are the websites to visit and, please, leave a comment. Enjoy!

Ann Tracy Marr -
Regan Taylor -
Corinne Davies -
Regina Andrews -
Christine London –
Lynn Hones -
This week you can find me sharing my truths and fibs on Susan Roebuck's blog - 

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Welcome Corinne Davies!!!

Today my guest is Corinne Davies who authors delightfully exotic romance novels. She'll be sharing her thoughts on the following question. "If you could organize a dinner party, which fictional characters (choose some from your own books too ) would you invite and what would you cook?" After reading Corinne's most interesting sharing, please stop by Regan Taylor's blog where you can read my thoughts on the same question. Now, here's Corinne ---
First off, a big thank you the lovely Sharon Poppen for allowing me to invade her blog today. I can’t believe that our blog tour is already over half way to the end. Don’t forget to comment at the bottom and get your name in the draw for this week’s book.
There really is only one thing that I can say I cooked very well and that is stuffed shells. It’s my one claim to cooking fame. Other then maybe toast…I can make toast. I tried to do a beautiful marinated pork roast on the bbq once. After following all the instructions carefully, I ended up setting my husband’s new bbq on fire. It wasn’t a pretty sight and I have been banned from using it unless he is there to supervise.  Honestly, I am a terrible cook, but thankfully I had the foresight to marry a man who is very good at it. Without him I’m sure I would have starved long ago.
But, much like my books this is a fantasy  J
In my fantasy I whipped up a fantastic dinner. It’s been hotter than Hades around here so let’s do something outside.  We’ll have grilled chicken breasts with a spicy peach glaze, and a grilled red potato salad with bacon blue cheese dressing for dinner. I’ll match that with one of my favourite white wines, Flat Rock Twisted.

I love this picture and it’s too perfect inspiration for the rest of my meal. We’ll be dining on Ecstasy Lake. (Which means all those lovely lanterns are filled with citronella as well LOL) and the most important guest.

Tonight I’m dining with 3XTC’s dj, Kris Beauvert.  Kris is a secondary character that has been on the fringes of most of my Lake books. He’s sits in his DJ booth on the second floor of one of the lake side buildings. Up there he sees everything that is going on around him. He’s the local historian, the keeper of the Blavet museum and all around town gossip. There isn’t anything that happens that he doesn’t know about but I don’t know much about him personally and I think that is going to change. I think that Kris holds a lot town secrets that I need to know. It might take 2 bottles of Twisted to get the information out of him but I’m up to the challenge. ;)

Bon Appetite

Corinne Davies writes paranormal ménage romances set in a small town outside of Ontario’s Algonquin Park. She spends far too much time on Facebook and loves to interact with her readers there.!/corinne.davies.52

Getting to know Corinne more about this author you can visit her website at

Corinne Davies reads anything she can get her hands on from the side of a cereal box to a historical book on the Riflemen during the Napoleonic wars. During her younger years, she first put pen to paper in an attempt to write a love story between her and her favourite rock singer of the time. It was filled all the angst that only a teenager can come up with and an incredible wardrobe.

In her senior year of high school she tried again. This time, the story was more like Clash of the Titans meets Robin Hood. Despite the unusual combination, the lack of plot, and a horrendous amount of dialogue, she received a lot of encouragement from her grade 12 English teacher. (Thank you Mrs Harvey!)

During the wee hours of the morning, when her first daughter insisted on waking up, she discovered online RPGs and her love of writing emerged again. After many encouraging words from fellow writers, she decided to try her hand at developing her own stories. Something, she quickly learned, was not as easy as she had imagined.

By day, she is a full-time wife, mother, and product consultant. At night, she avoids such mundane tasks as housework and laundry by creating her own worlds where mythology comes to life. Worlds in which you are just as likely to be living next door to an ancient Deity as finding an mystic treasure in the attic.

Check out Corinne's website for more of her exciting novels, but to whet your your appetite here are her four '3xtacy Lake Series' covers.