Carla Roma Interviews Jill Christie about ‘Twice Shy’

Hi, I’m Carla Roma and welcome to Bandit Creek, a small town with a mountain of secrets.  The first time I met Jill Christie it was Easter Monday in Manchester, England.  And she was a little worse for wear and had just finished rolling down a hill. She bowled me down. Right Jill?

JC: That’s a slight exaggeration. I was Pace-Egging! During the ten years that I lived in England it was a tradition. I was racing down the hill to catch the eggs so the kids could roll them down again. I tripped. <blushes, laughs> I’m not always the most coordinated person.

Carla: <grins> And alcohol wasn’t a factor?

JC: Well, considering that Pace-Egging consists of following a play from pub to pub, and then ending in egg rolling on the green outside the last pub, the Ring O’ Bells. I had a half-pint of beer in each of the seven or eight pubs along the way, I may have been a bit tipsy <smiles>.

Carla: You’ve made a surprising move recently. You’ve lived all over the world and now you’ve moved back to your hometown. I never thought I would see the day.

JC: I know, I know. I think I said it several times that I would never return to live in my hometown. I’ve lived so many places – Jamaica, England, and various cities in Canada.

All I ever wanted to do growing up was to move away and explore the world. It surprised me that I wanted to move back to my hometown. Be closer to family and open my own business.

Carla: Speaking of, your main character in TWICE SHY Stacy Jones, reluctantly returns to her hometown, Bandit Creek. Sort of like you when you were younger?

JC:  Yes and no. Wanderlust and finding a place to fit in were my main reasons. Stacy left Bandit Creek because she had a horrible upbringing. Then was betrayed by the one person she trusted more than anyone.

Carla:  And she returns why?

JC: There are several questions about her upbringing that need to be answered. So she goes back to confront her mother, Mary.  And of course, she runs into Brendan, the man who betrayed her.

Thankfully she has a support system. When most kids run away at sixteen like Stacy did, they end up on the streets. Stacy landed on her feet. Sarge, the owner of the Powder Horn had helped her run away and placed her with a loving couple.

Her foster father and Sarge both are there for her.

Carla: And this novella has a ‘Five Bandit’ rating? It has some spicy scenes?

JC: <pauses, considering> Well, yes. It is an erotic romance, and it has some pretty sexy scenes. But it has some light BDSM elements so it automatically gets that rating. I would say it’s more a ‘Four Bandit’ book. I would call it a sweet erotic romance.

Carla: I didn’t know such a thing existed. A sweet BDSM erotic romance? <laughs> So what else is on the horizon for Jill Christie?

JC: Well, I’m planning to release a sequel to TWICE SHY in mid-August.

Carla: And we get to know more about Sarge? I would love to know more about him.

JC: Yes we get to know more about Sarge. He finally leaves Bandit Creek. We get to know more about the ex-military hardass. Plus there will be more BDSM, and not quite a sweet this time.

Carla: Well, I can’t wait to know more about Sarge! It was great to chat with you again Jill. Next time we’ll have to meet in a pub. <winks> TWICE SHY will be available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com on June 1, 2012.

JC: Thanks Carla! Don’t forget, you can follow me on Twitter or visit my website!

A Bandit Creek Miracle released today!

A Bandit Creek Miracle is available on Amazon (Kindle) and Smashwords (other formats)!

City girl Amanda Bailey arrives in Bandit Creek to replace the bank manager who is on maternity leave. After surviving her first day at work, Amanda spends a toe-curling night in the arms of a Hollywood-handsome local cowboy.

Several doctors had predicted Amanda would never conceive a baby, a devastating side effect of her successful cancer chemo treatments. But she is both shocked and elated to discover a few weeks later that she is pregnant!

Joyful thoughts of motherhood swirl in her head, but the baby’s grandfather threatens Amanda with his unwelcome demands. Protecting her professional reputation by keeping her condition a secret in this small town is the least of her worries when she discovers something is seriously wrong at the bank.

The local gossip-mongers hit an all-time low when rumors abound that Amanda herself is the thief and is covering her tracks by accusing one of the locals.

Amanda must fight to save her career and her reputation, but will this temporary work assignment prove to be her ruin?

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Carla Roma interviews Brenda Sinclair about A Bandit Creek Miracle

Carla: I first crossed paths with Brenda Sinclair on the walking trails in Fish Creek Park in the beautiful city of Calgary where she lives with her husband and a cute little dog named Kelly. Today, Brenda and I strolled through picturesque Ellis Park in Bandit Creek and walked along the creek that meanders through the town. We’ve just reached Ma’s Kitchen and decided to stop for a cup of Lucy’s delicious coffee while we discuss Brenda’s upcoming book A BANDIT CREEK MIRACLE available May 15, 2012.

Lucy:  What can I get you, ladies?

Carla:  Good morning, Lucy. We’d love a cup of coffee and one of those homemade oatmeal berry muffins.

Brenda:  Sounds perfect. Thanks, Lucy.

<Lucy pours the coffee and heads toward the kitchen>

Carla:  Why do people see you out walking so often?

Brenda:  I’m a member of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight loss group that was founded in 1948. Through TOPS I’ve lost over thirty pounds and learned to maintain my weight loss through a healthy diet and moderate exercise. And I’ve found the support from my fellow TOPS members is incomparable.

Carla:  TOPS is working for you. Now, tell me, how long have you been writing, and why did you start writing in the first place?

Brenda:  My mother likes to show people a poem I wrote in Grade Two. It’s rather embarrassing. <laughs> But I didn’t start writing romance until my sons left me with an empty nest. I worked in the accounting field for years, but awhile back I retired from numbers to concentrate on words. And joining the Calgary chapter of Romance Writers of America was definitely a smart decision. I’ve learned so much through the monthly meetings, guest speakers, and the spring and fall workshops. I would encourage other writers to find a writing group. The support is a huge motivator, and there’s always someone to answer a question or lend an opinion when needed.

Carla:  What genre do you prefer?

Brenda:  I love the romance genre…always a happy ending. And don’t we all need a happy ending in our lives? I write both contemporary and historical American West romance.  And I cannot tell you how excited I am to be included in this wonderful group of writers involved in the Bandit Creek project.

Carla:  I agree with you wholeheartedly. I’ve interviewed many of those talented gals, and Trip, too, of course.

Brenda:  Yes, Trip keeps us entertained.  <chuckles>

Carla:  Tell me about A BANDIT CREEK MIRACLE.  How did the story come about?

Brenda:  Well, as I said, I love writing both contemporary and historical American West stories. For my Bandit Creek story, I decided to create a total character contrast—a die-hard city girl with a promising corporate career and a fifth-generation cowboy glued to his family’s ranch. City meets country. But, in Amanda and Jeremy’s case, it’s more like city collides with country.

Carla:  Your heroine and hero don’t hit it off at first?

Brenda:  Oh, they hit it off all too well. Amanda intends to show up, fulfill her job commitment, and then return to the big city and carry on with her life. To say her plans go awry is an understatement. She’s faced with a difficult decision that will affect the rest of her life, and she’s forced to defend her reputation and save her career on top of everything else.

Carla:  It sounds like Amanda is a strong woman.

Brenda:  Amanda is a cancer survivor, and anyone who faces cancer and wins is a fighter. Amanda fights to prove her innocence while deciding if there’s a place for Jeremy in her future.

Carla:  I’m looking forward to reading your story. Do you have any other projects in the works?

Brenda:  Watch for the first book in my ‘Escape to Alaska Trilogy’, NOT WHAT IT SEEMS, set in the lovely city of Anchorage, Alaska available June 1, 2012 through Amazon.

Carla:  <glances out the window> The sun just slipped behind a dark cloud. We should head back to our vehicles before it rains.

Brenda:  Let’s go. And thank you for joining me this morning. I’ve enjoyed our walk together and the coffee break.

A BANDIT CREEK MIRACLE launches on May 15, 2012 at http://www.amazon.com/

‘Witch in the Wind’ Released Today!

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Brenda M Collins ‘Witch in the Wind’ today! Available in Kindle and Alternate formats!

Bandit Creek has a new magical dimension, The Otherland.

When murder strikes in Bandit Creek, and the victims aren’t who they seemed, powerful guardian warlock, Marcus Egan, is sent from The Otherland to investigate. What he doesn’t expect to find is Avalon Gwynn, the grieving daughter of the victims, who has no idea she’s an extraordinary, hereditary witch. And Avy’s pent up magical abilities have just been set free in the mortal world.

Can Marcus catch a killer while making sure Avy doesn’t bring Crow Mountain crashing down on the town—destroying Bandit Creek for the second time?

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