Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

I Retired So I Could Go To Work and Write

In my other life, I held many jobs but retired as a technical writer after working twenty-five years in a machine shop environment. Think Mack Trucks. I manufactured parts that went into their engines and transmissions. I worked ten to twelve hour days, especially when the boys were in college and my ex was hit and miss with child support payments--more miss than hit.

I eventually remarried a man already retired from teaching. He wanted me to retire early so we could do things together. He was writing and encouraged me to pursue my dream. Little did we know...

I'd retired early so I could go to work fulltime and write.
Starting out was easy enough. I'd write a book, at leisure, and turn it into my agent to sell to smaller epublishers. They were great. Still, I wondered. Could I ever sell to a large publisher? A couple years later, I allowed her to submit to the larger pubs. Things kinda went amuck. I got contracts from Harper Impulse and Random House Loveswept. Neither my agent, nor I kept track of my due dates in both contracts. A huge lesson learned. One time I had thirteen days between turning in books to the two publishers. This last round, I had to turn a book into each house on the SAME day!

Imagine my shock when I took the time to plot out my writing and release schedule for this past year! I've written six books in twelve months and what few operational brain cells I had are fried. I have a final book with Harper to edit and promote its release. Then my contract with them will be up.

Meanwhile, I've just signed a contract with Random House Loveswept for three more books with a smaller word count and a longer space between turn-in dates. I'll feel like I'm on vacation. This will be a wounded warrior series. Here's a prelude to the EAGLE RIDGE RANCH SERIES ...
In the Hill Country of Texas, a small town developed around an old Apache legend—wounded warrior falls. Myth or truth, the story was handed down generation to generation that the rocks in Warrior Falls carried magical healing properties. Wounded Apaches would stand or be carried beneath the waterfall for the healing-infused water to flow over them.
The small town, Warrior Falls, has a population nearing 6,000. Its few streets boast shops, restaurants, and supply stores kept afloat by the townsfolk and nearby ranchers. Many of these businesses are owned and operated by quirky characters to add humor to the series. There are a few lovely “Texan roses” working in the town too.
Not far from Warrior Falls is a ranch owned by ex-SEAL Warrant Officer Zane Quinlan, known to his crew and Texan neighbors as ZQ. Eagle Ridge Ranch has been in his family for generations, and he’s retired here from his deployments to Afghanistan to find some solace and healing of his own. Before long, an injured member of his old team rolls in on his modified Harley, looking for a place of quiet to acclimate to live in the world again.
Seeing the need for a healing ranch for his old SEAL teams, he and his hired hands convert part of the ranch to accommodate wounded warriors for short-term or longer stays to heal both physical and emotional wounds. This 22,000 acre ranch becomes a hub of healing for the men and women who wore the Trident, the emblem of the SEALs.
~~Coming in 2016~~

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Will Three Title Changes Be the Charm?

I started my Highland bear-shifter stories with different titles, and I admit to being bad with titles. Book three was initially A HIGHLANDER'S SANCTUARY since most of the story takes place in Ronan's little log cabin hidden farther into the Highlands. A place where he likes to go to get away from what he considers crowds at the Matheson Lodge. There he can shift and let his inner bear run wild without fear of detection. This is his home. A place he built mainly himself.

Soon after I'd submitted my first manuscript with a title I no longer recall, my editor thought we should change all the titles and have them similar, focusing more on the romantic end than the paranormal. Fine with me. What do I know about what types of titles sell? So, all three books got new names: A HIGHLANDER'S OBSESSION, A HIGHLANDER'S PASSION and A HIGHLANDER'S HEART.

A meeting was held in New York this week about changing the focus more toward the paranormal aspect of the series. The title for book three, due out in October, has been changed to BEARING IT ALL. The cover will focus more on the paranormal part of the story. I don't have the cover yet, but I'm dying to see it.
My editor is currently reading the manuscript and I'm beyond eager to hear her reaction for it's a bit different than the previous two. But different is one thing I do best. I deal in unique.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Highlander's Passion and Sneak Peek Sunday

Kenzie Denune pedaled the bicycle harder, her thighs burning from the exertion. Thanks to a car that refused to start, she was going to be late fer her job interview at Iverson Loch Manor. Grunting and pounding from the shrubs ahead, near the road’s edge, snagged her attention.
Naked shoulders glistened in the afternoon sun. Back muscles bulged and undulated with every thrust. “Bloody hell. Come fer me. Come.”
In all of Mathe Bay in the Scottish Highlands, only one deep masculine voice had the power to raise the hair on her arms like this. A man with braided russet-colored hair that brushed broad shoulders inked with a bear’s claw marks, woven into an intricate tribal design—Bryce Matheson. Damn him to hell. Who’s he shagging in broad daylight? Out in the open, no less. Has he no shame?
Not that she cared one Scottish whit, fer she dinna. Not after he’d cast her aside over a year ago to wallow in the memories of the wife he’d lost years earlier from complications in childbirth. Och, the man could romance a woman fer some physical release, he just couldna move forward and commit.
Kenzie snapped her eyes from the randy spectacle and forced them straight ahead. She struggled to keep control of her bike’s handlebars on the pitted rocky lane. With every meter gained on the decline, the auld bike bounced along faster and her arse was airborne more often than on the narrow seat. Her jaws jarred together and she bit her tongue fer the second time.
“I canna keep pounding at ye like this all bloody day. Me back is about to give out.” Bryce moaned and groaned again as if he were in the throes of ecstasy. The bear-shifting bastard. She eased up on the brakes to whiz past his love nest of bushes and brambles.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Every Move She Makes by Jannine Gallant

Modern Heroines—Doing It All with Style
A modern heroine doesn’t much resemble her predecessor of a few decades ago—back in the day when bodice-rippers were all the rage… Today’s heroine isn’t a young girl wringing her hands, moaning over her hard luck and waiting for a strong man to save her. Not that she doesn’t appreciate a strong man when one crosses her path! She’s a woman taking control of the situation and finding solutions.  She’s a woman with a career and interests beyond the man with whom she falls in love. 

Today, creating heroines with jobs, kids, and problems to solve while they fall for men as imperfect as they are, is what we do best. The heroine of Every Move She Makes is Rachel Carpenter, ex-soap star, bookstore owner and divorced mother of three with a psychotic stalker on her trail. Maybe most of us don’t have an unbalanced fan following us around (at least not yet!), but I bet you can relate to the frustrations of a mom whose fourteen-year-old daughter dyes her hair pink and gets a tattoo, a woman so busy prioritizing her children and her business she doesn’t have time to date. The mark of a true modern heroine is how she handles herself and her problems. I think Rachel qualifies. In the following excerpt, Rachel is doing her best to cope with her resentful teenage daughter. What do you think? Personally, I’d rather deal with a stalker… 

Lark was bent over wrapping a towel around her wet hair when Rachel reached the shower stalls.
“Does it feel good to be clean again?”
Lark ignored her question. “I saw you talking to Kane.”
“He just got back. His dad’s a lot better.”
“I bet you’re happy to see him.”
Her daughter’s tone set Rachel’s teeth on edge. She put down her clothes and shampoo before turning to face her. “As a matter of fact, I am. What have you got against Kane? He’s really a very nice man.”
“Nothing, I guess.”
“Then what’s with the attitude? I’ve dated men before, and you didn’t seem to mind.”
She shrugged. “I could tell you didn’t like those guys very much. But you smile at Kane the way you used to smile at Dad when I was a little kid. It bugs me.”
“Don’t you want me to be happy?”
Lark sighed. “Sure. Whatever.” When she raised her gaze to meet Rachel’s, her blue eyes clouded. “What I don’t want is some guy thinking he can replace my dad. Jade and Ivy might be dumb enough to fall for it, but I’m not.”
“No one can replace your father, honey, and I wouldn’t want anyone to try. Besides, I think this conversation is a bit premature. I barely know Kane. I don’t think you have to worry about picking out bridesmaid dresses just yet.”
“Funny, but you don’t fool me. You really like him.”
“Yes, I do, and I’m going canoeing with him tonight. I’d appreciate it if you’d be civil.”
Her daughter’s expression reflected pure disgust. “That’s so gross. How am I supposed to sleep knowing you’re making out with Kane in a boat?”
“Try hard. If you’re done here, I’d like you to keep an eye on your sisters. I’ll be up in a few minutes.”
Lark whipped the towel off her head and trudged up the path as the last rays of dying sunlight highlighted the magenta streaks in her hair.

No matter where she goes, he knows her every move…

Long ago, Rachel Carpenter was a glamorous soap star. She gave it all up to move to Napa Valley with her daughters to open a bookstore near her family vineyard. Her life is safe and dependable, until she encounters Kane Lafferty at a wilderness camp in the rugged High Sierra. A burned-out police detective struggling with his own demons, Kane is instantly attracted to Rachel. And like Rachel, he isn’t sure if he’s ready to open his heart. But everything is about to change… 

Someone is watching from the darkness. A fanatic obsessed with Rachel for years has decided to claim what he believes is his. It will be up to Kane to not only protect his new love and her family, but to uncover the identity of the stalker before it’s too late for all of them… 

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Write what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing or being a full time mom, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she’s writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories. To find out more about this author and her books, visit her website at
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Highlander's Passion is Coming

Two of the wildest hearts in Scotland fight for their destiny in this searing-hot romance, sure to be devoured by fans of Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series and Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Stories.
As a bear-shifter in a pack roaming the Scottish countryside, Bryce Matheson embodies brute force and untamed abandon. As a widower, he’s running scared. When Bryce attempted to open his scarred heart to another, she grew tired of waiting for him to state his intentions, and the unearthly beauty spurned him for someone who wasn’t worthy. But now that fate has conspired to set Kenzie Denune free once again, Bryce vows to finally win her love.

Kenzie is a witch who summons her powers to protect those too weak to care for themselves. After surviving an abusive husband, she swears off men—even men like Bryce, whose iron muscles make her knees weak, and whose piercing eyes fill her with longing. Her life’s purpose is to help others. However, dark forces have different plans for her gifts. To save herself, Kenzie must team up with the shifter who has always stirred her soul—and trust in a passion powerful enough to set her blood aflame.

Advance praise for A Highlander’s Passion ~
“A sexy power play between two characters that brought me to tears with laughter and emotion . . . I’m in love with the Highlander’s Beloved series!”—Kelly Moran, award-winning author of Return to Me

“A sexy-hot blast of mystery, magic, and a second chance at claiming the love of a lifetime.”—Maeve Greyson, author of the Highland Time Runners series

“Packed with red hot passion, mystical suspense, and snicker-inducing humor, this heart-tugging kilted romance entertains and satisfies from beginning to end. Well done, Ms. Davis.”—Mackenzie Crowne, RONE Award–winning author of A Song for Sophie

“Vonnie Davis is a bard of romance in the truest sense of the word: She’s a comedian, a storyteller, and a poet. I never hesitate to recommend her to readers because she never fails to deliver. She’s absolutely brilliant.”—Melissa Snark, author of Battle Cry

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