Another SARA Sighting!

SARAs Willa Blair, Patricia Walters-Fisher, Laurie LeClair, Laurie Olerich, Roe Valentine and Teri Wilson signed their books today at the Barnes & Noble at the Shops at La Cantera here in San Antonio, TX.  We had a great turnout!  It was fun to see so many fans, friends and family supporting their favorite authors.  

What a great way to get an early start on Valentine’s Day!  

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Join SARA Author Jolene Navarro at Her First Book Signing!

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On Saturday, October 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., SARA Jolene Navarro will be signing her debut book, Lone Star Holiday at Bergmann Lumber Company on 236 South Main Street, in Boerne Texas 78006.

Lone Star Holiday is a Christmas Story about family, faith and a second chance at love.

SARA Café Welcomes Jolene Navarro

The SARA Café is an occasional feature that puts the spotlight on a SARA author.      This month, it’s Jolene Navarro’s turn to answer a few questions.

SC:  When did you join SARA and for what reason?

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JN:  I had always had stories and characters playing in my brain. Five years ago I was about to turn forty and wanted to write for real, to publish. Going on line I found some workshops being hosted in Boerne by a group called San Antonio Romance Authors. I learned so much from the incredible women teaching the classes I became a member. I know I’m published today because of this group.

SC:  What sub-genre of romance stories do you write?

JN:  My first book, Lone Star Holiday, is a sweet inspirational love story. I love writing about small town life in the Texas Hill Country. Not that I know anything about that! I also have a Texas Historical series and a paranormal series about Angels and demons I write with my daughter.

SC:  What about the romance genre appeals to you?

JN:  This is easy. I use to be that person that read the last page first. Then I discovered that romance novels guaranteed a HAPPY EVER AFTER. Joy filled my bookshelf. Now I can trust the ending will be worth all the torture and pain.

SC:  Do you consider yourself a romantic?

JN:  Maybe, I am a bit cynical and down-to-earth in real life. That’s why I love fiction. We get to make it anyway we want.

SC:  What are your ultimate goals as a writer?

JN:  To have 3000 people to show up at a book signing. Wait, am I suppose say something about the book of my heart?

SC:  If you could have any actor/actress cast as the hero/heroine of your latest work, who would you choose and why?

JN:  For my October release, Lone Star Holiday, single Dad, John Levi would be played by Armie Hammer. Penelope Cruz would be perfect for Lorrie Ann Ortega.

SC:  What is the best book you’ve ever read about the craft of writing?

JN:  Stephen King’s On Writing. There are so many craft books and it can be overwhelming. I went to editors, authors and agents web sites to find the books they recommended. On Writing was on every list. For story structure, Alexandra Sokoloff’s Screenwriting Tricks for Authors can’t be beat. It pulls all the elements together.

SC:  Do you have a writing routine?  What does it involve?

JN:  Write at the family table, write in the car, write in the bleachers, and write during lunch. My routine is to sit and write.

SC:  What do you do when you’re not writing?  Do you have any hidden talents?

JN:  Talents should never be hidden. I love art and teach at an inner city High School. I grew up raising and showing horses. I have four kids that keep me super busy and a husband that coaches. I love my life and struggle with balancing it all. I can sleep later, right?

SC:  What’s your favorite part of the writing process?

JN:  I love getting to know my characters. At times I get so deep into their world that I will talk about them as if they are real people.

SC:  What would happen if you didn’t write?

JN:  My head would explode.

SC:  How do you know when your research is done?

JN:  Research for me is a back and forth thing and just living life. For formal research, I do have to be careful because I will get lost in all the fascinating facts I have discovered and bore others.

SC:  Name one of the challenges you had writing or as an author and how you met that challenge.

JN:  Contest judges telling me I can’t write. I posted positive comments above my computer and became determined to write and write and when I’m frustrated, I write some more.

SC:  Thank you, Jolene. And congratulations on your upcoming release!

By Mary Brand

Another SARA Book Release – Hollywood Holiday!

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All she wants for Christmas is for Hollywood to love her again. But once she meets him, her Christmas list changes.

Jen’s only Christmas wish: Hollywood falling back in love with her. Meeting ex-Marine Gunner was a bonus. She likes that he isn’t impressed by celebrities or the movie biz. She likes that he’s funny and sweet … and drop-dead gorgeous. And she loves that he has no idea who her alter-ego is: Jen Fleming, Hollywood bad-girl and paparazzi target number one. Why ruin an amazing affair when he’s leaving after the new year?

But the closer they get, the harder she falls, and the more she wants to tell Gunner everything. Especially once he shares his secret with her.

Her new Christmas wish: Gunner accepts and loves her for who she really is.

Hollywood Holiday Excerpt:

“I’m fine,” I said, wanting to mean it.

The plane bounced again, then dropped before leveling out once more.

“So is Gunner a Marine nickname or something?” I asked. My throat felt tight and dry. “I mean, you’re a Marine, right?”

“Was.”

I glanced at him. “Was? It’s not one of those once a Marine, always—” The plane dropped again, and my stomach dropped with it. “Oh, God,” I groaned.

“Medical discharge,” he said. “I’m not much use anymore.”

From where I was sitting he was about as perfect a male specimen as I’d ever seen. There was the slightest hint of frustration, or sadness, in his tone, but the plane began to shake and jostle and I knew I was going to have a panic attack.

“Jenny.” He folded up the arm rest between us. “Hey, look at me. You’re okay. It’s just like a roller coaster ride.”

“I throw up on roller coasters.”

He laughed. “Okay, then don’t think about roller coasters. Bad idea.”

I nodded, covering my face with my hands.

The ping sounded again. “This is your captain speaking. Looks like we’re in for a rocky trip. We’re flying into a storm system that…”

But I didn’t hear anything after the rocky trip comment.

“Rockier than this?” I asked Gunner, whispering.

He shrugged. “I know you’re fine and everything, but…” He paused, holding his hand out.

I stared at his hand, willing myself not to grab it. But the plane dropped a good fifteen feet and I didn’t care. I grabbed his hand. He pulled me against him this time, wrapping his arm around me and holding me close.

About the author:  Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, Hollywood, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books include a little of each. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

You can find Sasha on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest, and her website

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December 4 Release Date for Christmas Magic

SARA author Linda Carroll-Bradd’s latest release – just in time for the holidays!

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Wishes Comes True in Christmas Magic anthology

Tora can’t wait to sell the family bakery run by generations of Hammond women and seek excitement outside of Dorado, Texas. Widower Ryan Dawson, the town’s star quarterback from a decade ago, returns to his hometown with plans to develop a sporting goods store. He also hopes a small town Christmas will cheer up his five-year-old daughter, Jenna, still recovering from the loss of her mother. Will the spark of interest Tora sees in Ryan’s eyes be the excitement she’s looking for?

“This collection is especially nice…the three lovely holiday stories in this collection are the perfect thing to read at the holidays when things are stressed.” ~~5 stars from Books Books & More Books.