New Release: Midnight Kiss

It is release day! Today Midnight Kiss, Moonlight Romance Book 3 is now available from ebook retailers. I’m really excited to continue the Moonlight Romance series. I feel blessed that the series has been so well received by readers. African American and Interracial historical romance is a small niche, but thankfully it is growing.

Blurb:

Midnight Kiss-CoverUnjustly accused of stealing, nanny April Windmire is turned out on the streets without pay. With no place to go and no friends, she stows away on a Mississippi River steamboat. Her hopes to hide through the journey to St. Louis are dashed when a handsome white officer finds her. But instead of turning her in, he takes her to his private quarters where she fights her growing attraction to a man she cannot have.

Matt Seever’s wife died four year ago, leaving him alone with two small mulatto children. But his job as an officer on the Queen Bee isn’t family friendly. He knows he needs a new wife, but no southern white woman will marry him. When April lands in his lap, his prayers are answered. Or are they? April’s not the trusting type and racial prejudice runs deep in post-Civil War Missouri. Just when Matt convinces April he loves her, his new family becomes a target and there’s no backing down from this fight.

Together, April and Matt must brave heinous race prejudice crimes to find an enduring love.

Review and Giveaway:

Check  out Sarah’s review of Midnight Kiss and comment to enter the giveaway for a copy of my latest release.

Buy Links:

Liquid Silver Books

Amazon

Amazon UK

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Does Classical Music Jump-start the Brain?

I usually listen to music when I write only if I’m trying to inspire my muse. While I can’t write in complete silence I easily tune out the noises around me whether it is the TV, radio or people talking at the table next to me in the coffee shop.

Yesterday evening after a long day of housework, yard work, and a hike I went to the last city symphony of the season. The theme was songs inspired by Shakespeare. That piqued the interest of the romance author in me. Despite being tired, I really enjoyed the music. In fact, it was my favorite symphony concert I’ve been to. I was surprised when I came home rejuvenated and full of creativity. It got me thinking did the classical music jump-start my brain?

You have probably heard of the Mozart effect. It’s the idea that if children or even babies listen to music composed by Mozart they will become more intelligent. The phrase “the Mozart effect” was coined in 1991 and about that time when I was in elementary school it became school policy to start the day by having the students listen to classical music. I’m not sure if it helped me focus then but it does have a calming and stimulating effect.

The classical music study was actually done on young adults and not children which makes me think that the benefits of listening to classical music could reach past childhood into adulthood. Unfortunately, according to the study, the benefits only lasted for 15 minutes. On the positive side don’t we only need 15 minutes of good productivity to get something done or get us going in the right direction?

By the way, you can learn more about the study here if you are interested.

I was so inspired by the symphony that I have decided to listen to classical music before I start writing on my next work in progress. I’ll let you know if I think it helped.

Lovely Review of Midnight Caller and Giveaways

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Do you know how to make an author’s day? Write a lovely review of one of their books. Today Sarah from Sarah Says Read Romance has made my day. I have to admit when she confided in me that she wasn’t a big fan of historical romance I got a little nervous.

This is an excerpt from the review:

“I really have to be a in certain type of mood to read historical romances because I have remember that the times have changed.  However, this one caught my attention and kept it through out the whole story.  As a matter of fact, I told Erin that she may enjoy it to, since she is usually our historical romance reviewer.”

Whew. Now in my  opinion that’s big praise!

If you want you can read the full review.

Also, Sarah is hosting a giveaway. GIVEAWAY: Haley Whitehall is giving a copy of Midnight Caller to one lucky commenter who leaves the title and link to your favorite interracial or African American story.  Please make sure she can contact you by providing your email.

*I have a secret*

Also, Sarah wanted to read the rest of the Moonlight Romance series. You may see her review of Midnight Heat on her blog tomorrow and her review of Midnight Kiss on Monday. Each review will come with a giveaway!

Where did the historical fiction go?

Did that blog title get your attention?

The past few months I have been writing historical romance. There is something rewarding about bringing two characters together who are perfect for each other and ensuring they have a happy ending. I switched to writing historical romance for a variety of reasons. With a lot of stress and family obligations in my life my emotions were running high. The happily-ever-after in a romance story cheered me up, and writing romance did not take as much brain power as writing straight historical fiction.

Now the stress in my life is fading and I want to return to my roots. Straight historical fiction is my first love. It will always be. I have a history degree and love spending hours scouring through books and journals and researching on the Internet. I know, I’m odd.

It is hard to believe the last straight historical fiction I have written was Brother Against Brother: A Collection of Civil War Short Stories. I have been working on those short stories off and on for a long time and I finally published them in January.

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I have many partial historical fiction WIPs and ideas. I haven’t decided which historical fiction story I am going to work on next. I’ve had readers asking me when Plantation Shadows, Book 2 is going to be released. I can’t believe I published Grits and Glory in 2012 and it is now 2014! I think some readers have given up on ever learning the rest of Peter’s story and I feel really bad about that.

I plan to ease back into the realm of straight historical fiction slowly. I have a few short story and novella ideas and then I will dive into writing In Dixieland’s Grasp (Plantation Shadows, Book 2). I want to be in top form when I finish Peter’s story. :)

New #HistoricalFiction #Tribes on @Triberr

I’m new to Triberr. Okay, for those of you who have been with me for a long time I joined Triberr two years ago when it was just getting started, but I got frustrated with it and gave up. A friend of mine persuaded me to try it again and promised me they had ironed out all the bugs and it was now user-friendly. I’m happy to say she was right. When I started to explore the new Triberr I was disappointed to see very few historical fiction tribes. So you know what I did? I decided to make my own.

I made two tribes. Feel free to join one or both if you feel inclined. I want to build up both of these tribes to grow the historical fiction and historical romance communities. We have our groups on Goodreads and Facebook. We need a place to connect on Triberr too.

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LIGHT ON HISTORY

A tribe for historical fiction authors and readers to connect and share their mutual interest in history. Any form of historical fiction is welcome… alternative history, historical fantasy, historical romance, steampunk etc.

Link to Join: http://triberr.com/pages/tribe-overview.php?tid=19039

HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHORS

Okay so I didn’t write a description for this tribe. I think it is self-explanatory. ;)

Link to Join: http://triberr.com/pages/tribe-details.php?tribe=51416

I hope to connect with you on Triberr soon!

By the way, Triberr profile is: http://triberr.com/HaleyWhitehall

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Get to Know the Heroine of Soldier in Her Lap #CivilWar #Romance

Depositphotos_9010011_originalReading through Civil War diaries and letters one thing continually amazes me: how strong the people were back then. Union and Confederate soldiers faced the dangers on the battlefield and hardships of army life bravely. Both Northern and Southern womenfolk endured having their sons, brothers and fathers gone off to war. They had to take on more responsibilities with the men away.

I know from experience that it is human nature to rise to a challenge. I often wonder how I would have fared had I lived during this trying era.

I did try to put a lot of myself in Sophia Carpenter. She probably has more of my traits and personality than any other heroine I have written so far. I guess it was an exercise of trying to put myself in her shoes.

Sophia is a strong heroine. She had a rough life. After her mama dies she takes care of her alcoholic father and works their dirt farm alone. She does what she needs to do in order to survive. Her mama told her the story of Cinderella when she was little and she fell in love with the story instantly thinking of herself as Cinderella.

In Soldier in Her Lap Sophia Carpenter’s life collides unexpectedly with that of Confederate soldier Lucas Grady. He doesn’t look like prince charming in his bloody uniform but together they have a shot at a happily ever after.

Learn more about Sophia Carpenter, her thoughts about Lucas and more in this character interview. Diane Saxon asks all the good questions including having her describe her first kiss!

 

Blog Swap with Diane Saxon – Flynn’s Kiss

It was my pleasure to swap blogs with the lovely Diane Saxon today. She is here promoting her new release Flynn’s Kiss and Sophia and I went to her blog. You can check out the fun character interview here.

Hi Haley,

Thank you for letting me visit today to celebrate the release of my new book Flynn’s Kiss – Disarmed & Dangerous, Book 1.

Flynn is my bad boy, with a bruised heart and a damaged soul and his character was so strong that writing his story was no problem at all.

You’re welcome, Diane. Congrats on your new release. I have a soft spot for bad boys. I can’t wait to read Flynn’s Kiss.

Blurb

Flynns_Kiss-Diane_Saxon-500x800Severely scarred during a disastrous mission, ex special forces Flynn Swann is home after three years of avoidance. By his own admission, he’s no good with women and the last thing he expects or wants is the attention of a curvy little brunette, who’s just passing through.

With apparently no fear or revulsion of his scarred face, the boisterous woman bounds into his life and destroys all hope of a quiet visit. It is obvious to literally everyone that she wants him—all of him.

Worse still, despite her atrocious taste in fashion and Stetsons, she appears to have won the hearts of the entire town.

Scientist Liberty Sophia Glennon is on a mission to find a man before she has to return to the loneliness of the New Zealand outback where she has already spent eighteen lonely months doing research.

A ticking hormone bomb, Liberty feels time is running away with her. Outwardly she is a bouncing ball of over-confidence, but inside she is still a frightened little girl with horrific memories of her childhood and a desperate need to be liked.

Completely unfazed by his external scars, her seduction of Flynn is not so difficult, but follow-through proves painful as Liberty realizes Flynn’s wounds run further than just skin deep.

With apparently nothing in common but their passionate attraction, how will these two damaged souls deal with each other’s fear of rejection?

Excerpt

From the darkened protection of the corner of the room, Flynn watched the curvy little brunette with the bubbly hair bounce around, microphone in hand, wailing her heart out with obvious enjoyment. The sight of her large rounded breasts as they jiggled merrily along with the tune heated his stomach and threatened to move lower. She’d flicked several glances in his direction, and each time she did, he sank farther into the protective shadows by the wall, conscious she couldn’t see the left side of his face too clearly in the blue-hued lighting. Cute and friendly she might seem, but he knew from experience she would change her tune once she got a load of his scars. Women always did.

At the age of eighteen he’d considered himself a lady-killer—as most guys did—but he had been full of himself, knowing he was a good-looking son of a bitch. Never had a single problem or gave a second thought. If he wanted, he took, with great enjoyment and relish. With his unusually pale blue, bold eyes, dark brown hair, and chiseled features, he’d caught the attention of women of all ages. The fact he’d been brought up riding rodeo and working a ranch since he was born just added into the long, lean tone of his body. What nature hadn’t given him naturally, hard work and a tough upbringing had molded to perfection. When he’d joined the Special Forces, he’d honed it beyond perfection. He wasn’t overly tall, just under six feet, but his entire physique gave him presence. As a young man, he’d known it and reveled in it. Ego had driven him hard.

A golden boy, given the gift of a beautiful face, a bright mind, and a naturally lean body. He’d been destined to marry the glamour girl, crowned king and queen of the prom…everyone in town believed he had a long and happy marriage ahead of him with Rachel. Personally, he’d had a few qualms about the woman’s intelligence, but at the time and with the shallowness of youth, he had wallowed in her perfect beauty and the envy of the other boys. Celebrations had been wild at their engagement party before he went off to training camp. Faithful, he had returned to her time and again after each assignment. He’d had ambition, and she’d had plans. The pair were well-suited.

It didn’t matter. It all changed with the slash of a knife. His looks were destroyed, his mind rebelled, and the glamour girl ran screaming for the hills. He’d had the same reaction from women ever since.

He tipped the bottle of beer up to his mouth and stared down the length of it at the pretty brunette. Her breasts were interesting—got a nice little heat going in the pit of his belly—but his preference was her pert little ass as she swayed in perfect rhythm to the song she was murdering. She caught his eye again, gave a broad smile and a twitch of her eyebrows. A definite invitation.

He drew farther into the shadows.

About the Author

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Diane Saxon lives in the Shropshire countryside with her tall, dark, handsome husband, two gorgeous daughters, a Dalmatian, one-eyed kitten, ginger cat, and four chickens.

After working for years in a demanding job, on-call and travelling great distances, Diane gave it all up when her husband said “follow that dream.”

Having been hidden all too long, her characters have burst forth demanding plot lines of their own and she’s found the more she lets them, the more they’re inclined to run wild.

 

Flynn’s Kiss Buy Links

Amazon.com | Amazon.uk | Taliesin Publishing | Barnes & Noble | All Romance | Kobo | Smashwords

 

Where to Find Diane Saxon

Author Website | Author Blog | Author Facebook Page | Author Twitter | Author Goodreads Profile | Author Amazon Profile Page

 

 

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Bad Girl Bill – Atlantic Divide Book 2

Finding Zoe – Atlantic Divide Book 3

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