Playboy-vintner Michael Santino’s world is about to go up in flames. The largest wildfire in California history is racing straight for his precious vineyards.
But the fire isn’t what’s making him hot and bothered— it’s Shae.
The beautiful firefighter he’s never forgotten is on the scene, re-igniting sparks and making it impossible for him to think straight. Now he can’t remember why he broke up with her.
Firefighter extraordinaire Shae Hayes is determined to evacuate Santino Winery.
Strong and proud, and from a long line of heroes, she’s not taking no for answer—even if it is from Napa Valley’s own Mr. Charming. The devastatingly handsome sweet- talker is the only man who turns her insides to jelly.
When the wind changes and Engine 6 is stationed at Santino Winery, Shae and Michael begin to melt in close quarters, and their chemistry ignites.
Is it the firestorm outside or the flames smoldering in their hearts that has them clinging to each other?
He took her hand in his and slowly kissed the top of it. “No. Don't say anything.” Their gazes locked for a beat, then he wrapped his hand around her waist and flipped her back to where she had been, with her head on the pillow facing the ceiling.
Her heart pouted in disappointment. She knew her lady parts were— Her brain, though, slapped her some high-fives, reminding her she was stationed here to work during the worst fire in the history of California. There wasn’t room for distractions.
Shae kept her eyes on Michael as he got up and rummaged through a pack on his desk. With his back to her, he removed some clothes and tossed them on the desk.
Then he took hold of the bottom of his shirt and pulled it up over his waist, shoulders, and off.
She sat up. What did he just do? Her eyes popped out of her head.
Broad shoulders, perfectly tanned and smooth, led down to ripples and planes from his shoulder blades, narrowing to a tight waist and down... Michael's jeans were so low, she could see exactly where his butt started.
Two muscled arms reached in front, and he bent over far enough for his pants to drop another inch and her heart to stop. Then she heard a zipper.
“What are you doing?” she asked, jolting out of her trance.
Michael turned, looking like someone who stripped for a living. She used her eyes instead of her fingers to roam his chest, his abs, down over his tight stomach to the hair peeking up from the front his jeans...
“Up here,” he pointed to his eyes, nailing her with his devilish grin. Did he have to look so comfortable with every inch of his body, and act like he knew what to do with it?
Then he unfortunately ruined her view by hiking his jeans up a few inches. “I was just going to change into something to sleep in.” he sounded perfectly innocent. “I wasn’t expecting you to watch.”
“Oh.” Her cheeks burned. “Sorry,” she said, mortified, swiveling away to face the wall. “I didn't know what you were doing,” she mumbled, probably sounding even more like a perv. Blood pulsed to her cheeks until it was a safe bet her face was the color of a tomato.
Shae flicked her glance from the San Francisco Giants plaque on the wall and back to Michael, who was now wearing basketball shorts and a white tee.
When she met his eyes, he busted out laughing.
“Shut up,” she fake frowned, trying to keep a straight face. “You should've asked me to turn around.”
“It didn't look like you wanted to...”
Former San Francisco radio disc jockey Kate Kisset is passionate about telling great stories.
After playing thousands of Pop, Country, Rock and Oldies tunes, for her primarily female fan base, she changed her tune and became an author.
Just a Kiss is the first book in her Wine Country Romance romance series,
She lives in Northern California and Santa Barbara with her family and rescue pup “editor” Luciana Parmigiana, where she hikes, reads, listens to music, and drinks wine.
Dax Marie was five or so, when the man that she would
otherwise call, “father” gave Dax her issues. What’s the medical terminology
for that? Oh, Daddy Issues! For nearly the whole of her life she has tried to
deny this grave medical condition and up until about seven years ago, she was
doing alright. By no means was she swimming through the world with ease, but
she did like aight (that’s hood talk for alright).
It was not until sometime in high school when she discovered
her self-diagnosed condition. Sigmund Freud (you may have heard of him, he’s
like a coke-head genius) told Dax (in a text book) that she has Penis Envy.
Poor thing, she was absolutely flabbergasted!
“Me, Dax Marie? Associated with male genitalia?” she thought
So, it was then and there, her junior year of high school
that she knew what
Title: CONCH SHELL CONFESSIONS Author: Dax Marie Publisher: Author House Pages: 202 Genre: Memoir
is a book about love: hunting it, chasing it, losing it, tripping, and falling
yes, it's a book about sex: hunting it, chasing it, losing it, tripping from
it, and falling onto...ahem...it.
more than anything, it's a book about self-discovery, navigating the learning
curve of adulting, and learning the kind of tough lessons that only come when
you have to pick yourself off the floor, block a guy's phone number (for the
second time), and clean some curious stains off your dress.
dove headfirst into love and sex, and for better or worse, they have taught me
that sometimes you just need to try the world on for size to really understand
what it is you want and learn who you are. So here's my experience in the world
welcome you to My Bookish Pleasures! Can you tell us how you got started
current book, Conch Shell Confessionals is actually my memoir. I felt
compelled to tell a story from me, a millennial’s perspective of being lost
looking for love. I grew up without a dad which unfortunately brings many
far-fetched yet some truthful stereotypes to the table…Daddy issues, anyone?
Call me crazy but, I needed to explore my failed relationships and dive ever so
slightly into my childhood to reveal some truths that I had been denying for
nearly the whole of my life. Conch Shell Confessionals is so much more
than me looking for love, it’s me finding myself and I hope that it encourages
other woman to take a deeper look at themselves to know that they are worth a
selfless love from another. This is and as of now, will be my only non-fiction
your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and
where do you write?
my writing process varies. Some days I meditate on words for days before I
start writing. Other times, I just let it go and see where my laptop-ticking
fingers take me. The only thing that remains the same is when I write and where
I write…morning coffee shop stops!
you tell us about your most recent release?
Shell Confessionals is my tell-all (minus
some) tale of being lost looking for love. With my self-proclaimed (and running
attempt to deny) daddy issues, I am just your average girl with a bit of a bite
and, I suppose, one too many thoughts (or fantasies) running through my brain.
have said, "I love you" without really understanding it; puked out of
a moving vehicle on a second date (in my defense, I told him I was going to
hurl); table-danced my way through heartbreak in Colombia (yeah, the country); and buzzed my way through online
dating. And finally after all of that, I am in real L-O-V-E...like he's the one
kind of love. Does this make me look fat? Whatever, I'm fat in love!
am ready to share my horrendously enlightening experiences with the world,
a.k.a. all of my single (or miserably coupled-off) ladies (and gentlemen...if
you're in to this kind of thing). I'm not a doctor but I've dated one so I'm
sure that qualifies me to advise you on the matter of millennial dating.
did you get the idea for the book?
I started writing Conch Shell Confessionals as a short for a
screenwriting class I was in at UCLA, but soon the class was over and the
project was forgotten in the mass of infinite school papers and projects I had.
A couple years went by and I met my boyfriend, we were in the green stage of
our relationship, learning and completely infatuated with the almost strangers
that we still were. We were going through my laptop, looking at the mess of
things I had written and we stumbled across Conch Shell Confessionals—he
was dying of laughter.
“You have to finish this,”
So I did because I am an
obsessive psycho who loves to be challenged.
all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
my book is a memoir I’m going to take this as which person is my favorite
considering every single person is real in my book…no embellishments here.
(You’ll understand this once you read it and are introduced to the complete
weirdos I dated.) My mom is absolutely my favorite person. Growing up wasn’t
easy for us—my dad would have flushed us down a puked-speckled bar toilet if he
could’ve—but my mom was always so strong. To this day, I have no idea how she
did it. Three of us, no money, no support, with her heart ripped out by the man
that she thought would be her Forever. I owe my mom every ounce of my success,
she sacrificed her own success for our’s. She is my everything and the reason
for every uphill battle I’ve ever won. I love my mom…I’m sure you’d love her,
was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
most challenging aspect of writing my book was depending on other people and
being patient. The writing process itself was fun but when it came to editing
and publishing, I thought I was going to jump out of my own skin. Lesson
learned: No one will treat your project as carefully as you.
projects are you currently working on?
Currently I am working on
something very far from Conch Shell Confessionals. I am working on a
short film that I wrote and will eventually direct called Amor sin amantes
or Love without Lovers. I’m bilingual and initially had written it in
Spanish but I’m not sure if I should keep it in Spanish. It’s a story about a
couple in love but when the man unexpectedly dies, the woman is faced with a
decision that no woman in love wants to make on her own. We’re hoping to start
filming sometime in June.
advice would you offer to new or aspiring fiction authors?
what you want, write what you feel, and write what you love. If something
inspires you, stuns you, or emotes some unknown emotion out of you…write about
When the American government was founded, the Founders and Framers assumed a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” That government is dying. It is under the authority of not “we, the people” but rather a small elite that is trying to snuff out the great experiment of man ruling himself, the common man, the man that within the right system of government can attain his purpose to achieve happiness. Were the Framers wrong? Were the ideas of Alexander Hamilton right? Is man incapable of self-rule? Does he need to be taken care of, watched, manipulated? No! It is not a failed experiment! It is time to retake that government.
Married, two sons, had to endure sons to get granddaughters, 30 years of teaching in northern Wisconsin. Written three previous books: The Great Experiment, Economics for the Remnant, Words My Grandfather Gave Me, a fanatic of the American Dream, lives in small town with his wife Linda and their two cats, Miss Bailey and Stumpy.
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have been writing for as long as I can remember. My ongoing series The
Sunwright Chronicles is a culmination of fifteen years of creating a unique
living world with a rich history. I am currently writing the third book in the
series. Besides writing I enjoy computer gaming, reading, playing the guitar
and watching the history and science channels. My favorite activity
though, is hanging out with my awesome family.
The Sunwright Chronicles : A New
World, takes place in the world called Alavar, the Sunwrights a
mostly Magical family made up of Paris Sunwright, Suadela Sunwright, Calia
Sunwright, Tobias &
Jaedus Sunwright and last but not least Pershing
Sunwright, have all arrived from a long but bitter stay from modern earth.
Alavar is a fresh new world, so the Sunwrights are directed to stay away from
the "creators as they work" young Jaedus Sunwright is discovered to
be a "necromancer" the most powerful type of mage.
Paris Sunwright the patriarch of the family
takes it upon himself to train her before she accidentally kills anyone in the
family with her wild powers. Conflict ensues between Suadela, Paris's
wife and young Jaedus before Paris
can take Jaedus away to be trained. We skip ahead in time and Jaedus is trained
properly, The "Creators" are long done with their work and the
Sunwrights decide to reside with the elves of the world. The Sunwrights help
teach the Elves many things. It is not long before it is discovered there is a
sickness amongst the elves, called the soul disease. Because of her special
powers Jaedus Sunwright is the best fitted to help combat this disease, only a
few elves succumb to the disease, one being the wife of the second most prominent
Elf in the land.
Now we move forward, the Elves are prospering
the soul disease is gone, the population boom for the Elves has produced
several distinct tribes amongst them. A power struggle ensues, in which the
first murder occurs in the land, leading to the breakup of the tribes into
separate nations and the very real possibility of war.
Can you tell us how you got started writing fiction?
Yes I was about 6, I started
writing short stories and as I got older those stories got longer and longer
with better developed characters and more developed worlds to house them.
Describe your writing process.
Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
I write without any planning on
what is going to happen to one of my characters. So yes I write by the seat of
my pants. I write in my office, my usual set up is starting itunes plugging in
my headphones and going to work!
Can you tell us about your most
The Sunwright Chronicles: A New
World, finds the Sunwright Family, outcasts from an
unloving modern earth, whisked away to a brand-new world or plane where they
will be more at home, they are given instructions on what to expect and what
not to meddle with as they are the first living beings on the world. As for the
rest reading the book will give you A LOT more insight 😊.
How did you get the idea for
I’ve had the idea for the
Sunwright Chronicles for over 18 years now, I previously wrote a book that
didn’t come through the way I wanted, it started in the middle of the series
and was not streamlined or edited the way I liked. So I decided to start over
from the beginning, the inspirations for the book are mostly historical, Greek
and Spartan Culture for the Elves, very un-typical mages, political intrigue,
romance and murder all mixed together.
Of all your characters, which
one is your favorite? Why?
Jaedus Sunwright, she is very,
very powerful and simply doesn’t care what people think of her.
What was the most challenging
aspect of writing your book?
Finding the time to write,
between having a wonderful family, and other hobbies including playing the
guitar, working full time and computer gaming time can be scarce, but I always
find time to write.
What projects are you currently
The Third book of the series.
What advice would you offer to
new or aspiring fiction authors?
Keep your head up, don’t let
anything discourage you from writing. Keep on clicking those keyboards and
someone will listen, read, and enjoy your books, the most difficult part is
keeping it up, which I know you can do, just have faith in yourself.
Until Sarah Kennedy is 17 she spends her summers at Sunset Beach with
a close-knit group of friends. They are young, carefree, and just a tad
wild—as teenagers tend to be. They share secrets, love, and a deep
connection. But that final summer life as the friends know it begins to
unravel. Domestic violence plagues one family, one of their group
becomes a criminal. Sarah severs all ties with her friends and
Fifteen years after the summer that changed Sarah’s life forever, she
receives a letter about a reunion. Can she bury her fears, curb her
anxiety enough to attend and finally unearth who attacked her and
changed the trajectory of her life forever? She also hopes to reconnect
with the one man she gave her heart and soul too—Jake Ferroli. She
wonders if his life faired any better than hers after his family tragedy
and his downfall into drugs and alcohol.
Sarah locks down her demons and rents a cottage for the summer. To
her surprise Jake is still single and they slowly reconnect. But so does
her attacker. He is good at eluding the police. Somehow he has gone on
attacking women for fifteen years without so much as being a suspect.
Pictures, letters, and threats against Sarah now come on a daily basis.
Jake and Sarah hire a private detective and as they get closer and
closer to revealing the identity of the perpetrator, he strikes. Can
Jake rescue Sarah before their so-called friend rapes her, or even
worse, kills her as he did to his last victim?
When he stepped close to her, he could
sense rather than see her retreat. Her eyes darted toward the door then back to
him, suddenly full of panic. Why? It tore at his heart to know someone or
something traumatized her.
“Why don’t you take a seat and relax.” He
reached out to touch her arm and she all but flinched. It appeared ever so quickly,
but he noticed it. On an exhale, he let his arm fall, frowned at her behavior,
and sat down. She slid into the chair opposite him.
“So, tell me why you’re so jumpy? Is it me,
or are you always like this?” God, please
don’t let it be me.
She shot him a look of disbelief. “I’m not
Clearing his throat, he said, “If you say
“Have you kept in touch with everyone?”
The desperation he witnessed flash in her
eyes nearly broke his heart. “Yeah, I have. You know about Drew and Alyssa. Tom’s
a doctor. He works at Mass General and he’s still single. Dylan lives in his
mother’s old house. He’s a local cop here. Had a nasty divorce a few years
back, but I don’t know all the details. I believe he has one kid, a daughter. Mitch
is a detective with the Boston Police Department. He married a fellow police
officer and they have two kids. Heather married some guy last year, I haven’t
met him. Tracy’s single and I think she’s the only one
“I had no idea what became of anyone.”
Tears pooled in her eyes. “Except Charlotte.” She closed her eyes and took a deep
breath. “You took me by surprise when I saw you pull up today.”
Exhaling, he said, “Likewise. I didn’t
expect you to come after fifteen years of silence.” He ran his hands threw his
hair and asked, “Why did you come?”
“I don’t know. I thought it was time.”
She had a strange, vacant look on her face,
so Jake decided to drop the subject. He would push for more answers later. And
he wanted answers. Something had been eating a hole in his heart all these
years, and he wanted to know why.
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Christine Donovan is an International Bestselling Author who writes
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is a PAN Member of RWA and belongs to Novelist, Inc. and Rhode Island
She lives on the Southeast Coast of Massachusetts with her husband,
four sons, four cats and one spoiled golden retriever. As well as
writing contemporary romance, she also writes historical and paranormal.
All her books have some degree of suspense. In her spare time, she can
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Multi-Emmy Award winning filmmaker Shane Stanley has
worked in almost every capacity on and off the set starting with hit shows like
“Entertainment Tonight” and “Seinfeld.”
Along with his father, Stanley produced “The Desperate Passage Series,” which was nominated
for 33 individual Emmy Awards and won 13 statues. In this series, five of the
seven specials went No.1 in Nielson Ratings, which included “A Time for Life”
and “Gridiron Gang.”
Stanley has produced films starring Marlon Brando, Mira
Sorvino, ThomasHaydenChurch, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei and Martin Sheen. He
co-wrote two of the films and has worked closely with top Hollywood executives.
Stanley has taught workshops at many film schools and
universities. He is the founder of Visual Arts Entertainment, a production
company based in Los
Angeles. He is
still active in teaching, working with several schools, film students, and
recent grads as a mentor and guide.
Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Shane Stanley, a lifelong entertainment industry
insider, has worked in every aspect of the film industry, covering a multitude
of movies, television shows, and other projects. In his valuable new book, WHAT YOU DON’T LEARN IN FILM SCHOOL: A
TO INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING, Stanley takes a
candid look at the film business and offers ambitious young filmmakers
important information on how to navigate every aspect of making movies, from
initial pitch to distributing a finished product. The book “is written for
anyone who hopes to have a career in the industry at any position, but (is)
geared for (the) total filmmaker,” Stanley says.
Producer Neal H. Moritz (“Fast & Furious,” “S.W.A.T.,” “21 and 22 Jump Street”),says that WHAT YOU DON’T LEARN IN FILM SCHOOL “pulls no punches. It's one of the most
insightful and accurate books ever written on the subject, a master class
bridging the gap between school and real-life experience that will save you
years of heartache. A must-read for anyone interested in pursuing a career in
Jane Seymour, two-time Golden Globe and
Emmy Award winner, actress, producer and founder of the Open Hearts Foundation,
declares that Stanley’s “step-by-step guide is a must-read for anyone
hoping to break into the world of independent cinema, along with many useful
tips for those who desire to work within a studio or network system.” Jeff Sagansky, former president of
Sony Entertainment and CBS Entertainment, notes that “Shane Stanley takes you
to a film school that only years of practical experience can teach. He covers
both the business of independent filmmaking as well as the hard-earned secrets
of a successful production. A must-read for anyone who wants to produce.”
lifelong veteran of the film world, Stanley has directed
and produced hundreds of film and television projects, including the 2006 No. 1
Box Office hit “Gridiron Gang,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His
clearly-written guide to navigating the shoals of independent filmmaking comes
from his hands-on experience, covering such topics as choosing what material to
produce, raising independent capital, hiring a production crew and selecting
the right cast.
YOU DON’T LEARN IN FILM SCHOOL is an essential book written by someone
who clearly understands the independent film business from the inside.
My Bookish Pleasures. We would love to get to know you and your book! When did
you begin writing?
I never thought I could
really write. I poked around but it wasn’t until I was in my mid-20’s when I
had the privilege of working with Golden Globe nominated filmmaker, Zalman King
(Wild Orchid, 9½ Weeks) and one night
over dinner in Bali, Indonesia while we were filming In God’s Hands I pitched him an idea for
his hit series, Red Shoe Diaries. He
liked my story and said, “Write it in 40 pages or less!” I did and he bought
it. I was now a professional writer. Soon after, I was hired to write action
films for the straight-to-video market in the 8-12 million dollar budget range.
Describe your writing
process. When and where do you write?
Because of my professional
background, writing a book wasn’t too much of a struggle. As a storyteller,
since my background comes from a visual medium, I have always been attracted to
telling stories I can personally relate to, so when the opportunity to write a
book about the business of my business surfaced, it felt natural to me and came
about rather quickly. My most productive times to write are between 11PM and
6AM, when the rest of the world is asleep and I can be left alone, as
admittedly, I have the attention span of a puppy and the slightest distraction
can rob my focus which is never good when you’re trying to create. I used to
write anywhere I could but after my last laptop died, I do most of my work in
my home office, which I call ‘the cave’ as all the windows were blacked out
years ago for my film editing work.
Can you tell
us about your most recent release?
Don’t Learn in Film School: A Complete Guide to (Independent) Filmmaking was created because I feel much like the middle class in our
country - the true, independent filmmaker - is rapidly becoming extinct and I
want to do everything I can to prevent that from happening. I believe I can offer a
wealth of knowledge from several aspects of the industry and hope the book will
encourage or inspire the next generation and help them go into the business
better armed with the knowledge and tools necessary to succeed. I wanted to
hand them a map…my map, to help make the journey along the highway to Hell a
little easier on their feet so they can avoid some of the blisters and twisted
ankles I suffered over the last 30 years.
How did you get the idea for the book?
book came from years of personal experience in the motion picture and
television industry. I do a lot of teaching and consulting and felt I could
save some time by writing down answers to the most commonly asked questions I
was asked to make it easier for those who I was mentoring. I never had any
illusions of grandeur for it as once it started to take shape, it was intended
to be a blog that somehow got loose from me and turned into a 200-page book!
What was the most
challenging aspect of writing your book?
For me, the most challenging aspect of writing the book was
staying focused and keeping to point. The book is 200 pages long and could
easily have been 600, as every time an idea hit me, I would go off down another
rabbit hole to make a point. I learned after giving my book to someone I really
respected that it was all over the place and needed to be streamlined. He
reminded me that Rome was not built in a day and that I could always write a
Part II or another book covering additional areas that were important to me.
So, that’s what I am doing.
Do you find
it easier to write nonfiction?
I’ve made my living as a fiction writer for over 20
years, so I assumed writing about real
stuff would be a breeze. I tell you, it was an incredible adjustment for me
and continues to be as I write my next guidebook. I think the process is
getting easier but as the old saying goes, ‘to thine own self be true’ and
sometimes when you look in the mirror, what you see is ugly or dull and needs
to be shaped into something engaging while still keeping its integrity.
Do you have plans to
I will probably stay on the path of writing nonfiction for
the books, as I have the fiction medium outlet with my screenwriting. I have
loosely considered adapting some of my screenplays into books over the years
and I’ll admit its something I will probably dabble in sooner than later,
especially since I now have written a book.
projects are you currently working on?
I am working on a couple of
things right now, as my A.D.D. will never allow me to focus on one project at a
time. My next book Why Good Actors Don’t
Work is a wake up call for actors, shedding light on several reasons
they’re not working, regardless of how well they might know their craft. The
other project is a screenplay I am gladly taking the backseat to with a writer
whose work has inspired me for quite some time and I’m truly honored to
collaborate with. We’ll see where it leads but I have some high hopes with this
one. It’s been a nice boot camp for me as a fiction writer as his approach to
the craft is much different than mine and I like how he does things.
advice would you offer to new or aspiring nonfiction authors?
If you have something you are
compelled to write, write it. Don’t get your head wrapped up in all the things
that can weigh you down creatively or will suffocate the process. There will be
plenty of time to edit, trim the fat and make your work better. Too often people
get so wrapped up in structure or format, and they never can get off the
ground. A writer writes. Never forget that and the less worry you have about
everything else, the better and more enjoyable the process can be.