Countess Jacqueline #CountessJacqueline – Gail Meath @GailMeathAuthor , an #Interview #QandA

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but doing an interview with Gail Meath, author of ‘Countess Jacqueline’, to promote this book.

About the Author :

Award-winning author Gail Meath writes historical romance novels that will whisk you away to another time and place in history where you will meet fascinating characters, both fictional and real, who will capture your heart and soul. The subgenres of her books vary from action-packed westerns, plot twisting murder mysteries and biographies of powerful women who defied the strict rules of society fighting for the freedom of their countries. Her romances may exclude steamy sexual scenes, yet the intensity between heroine and hero will satisfy your deepest fantasies.

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RESIZEIMG_7012_Lightened(1)Jacqueline, the young heir of Holland, stands in the deadly crosshairs of the most powerful male rulers in Europe. Based upon true events in 1413.
At the young age of sixteen, Jacqueline inherits the countship of Holland and is determined to reign on her own. She disregards her assembly’s demand to choose a husband, then leads her army to victory in their first defensive battle. In response, the all-powerful Duke Philip of Burgundy sends his good friend to Den Haag to thwart her efforts.
Lord Renard Borselen resents being used as a pawn yet agrees to meet with the Dutch assembly. When he sees Jacqueline again, he recalls their first meeting years ago and a spark of excitement catches him, the first since that day. He openly shifts his stance and now there is hell to pay for them both.
As Jacqueline continues her great struggle to retain her title and fight for the freedom of her people against Duke Philip, she is torn between her country and her love for Renard. Will Duke Philip ever relent in his fight against her?

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
As a child, I loved to write, but it wasn’t until high school that I realized I had some writing talent. Whenever we were given an essay question, rather than multiple choice, I always passed with flying colors whether I knew the answer or not!

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I enjoyed reading a variety of books when I was younger, yet I never fell in love with any book in particular. Then, my mother introduced me to some classics, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Rebecca, etc., I became hooked on historical romances and mysteries.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Right now, I would love to chat with Daphne du Maurier and Agatha Christie and pick their creative brainsa, since I’m writing a cozy mystery series.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I wrote two books based on the lives of true heroines in history, and they would be my first choice. As for fictional, I would love to invite Ace, the courageous German Shepherd in my cozy mystery series, Jax Diamond Mysteries. (Although he is based upon my own precious companion, Gretchen 🙂 . )

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I need to have some sort of music playing in the background, never dead silence. Anything from rock and roll to country music. I mentally tune it out most of the time, but here and there certain songs help put me in the mood to write different scenes.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I love this question! My daughter gave me a sign that’s hanging on the wall beside my computer – Be careful or you’ll end up in my novel. It is SO true. I have never based a character on one specific person, but with everyone I meet, their looks, mannerisms, character traits, and even conversations can come in very handy.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’ve always been a pantser, writing as I go and letting my characters determine where they end up. I do use a spreadsheet for character descriptions, chapter content, etc., but I usually fill it in as I go or after the chapter has been written.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
DON’T stop writing if it’s what you love and enjoy. I stopped for nearly ten years when life got in the way, and I reget not at least keeping a journal or writing down ideas during those years. DO get very familiar and comfortable with social media. These days, it is so important…and one of my downfalls.

What are your future plans as an author?
I’m currently writing a cozy Roaring Twenties mystery series, and it’s doing well, so I’ll continue with that, but I have started three other historical romance novels, too, so we’ll see which comes first.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?

Countess Jacqueline, The Hague, Netherlands, 1418

“Your uncle has arrived, Jacqueline,” Halden announced. “He insists upon seeing you immediately, and my attempts to thwart him went in vain.”
Jacqueline contained her anger. Every emotion had exhausted itself and although she knew her mind, her response was void of temper. “Bring him to me. I must straighten the matter out now, to his face, so there will be no misconceptions later.”
Halden agreed with her, yet it wasn’t that simple. “You have proven yourself a bold and daring young woman, but you are no match for the Bishop’s hardened character. Your father took every legal precaution to make sure the countship was passed on to you, but we may need our army to uphold his wishes.” Halden placed a loving hand on her shoulder. “There have been several offers of marriage from surrounding nobility and beyond. I think you should tell the Bishop that you have accepted one of those proposals. Such a statement will give you time to do so at your leisure and crush his hopes of gaining control.”
“I’ll not lie, Halden. Since I have no intention of taking a husband, it would only be a matter of time before my uncle posed the same threat to me. Please, let me speak with him and end this matter quickly.” She stood up and wandered over to the mantle. The Flemish coronet glistened with jewels. She snatched it up and held tight to it while receiving Bishop John of Liege.
“You have my sympathies, dear niece,” the older man said in greeting. “My brother’s death is a terrible blow.”
“Let us dispense with the formalities and cut to the chase, Uncle,” she spouted. “Tell me the true reason you made this rare appearance at Binnenhof.”
His look of surprise swiftly turned into bitterness. “You were always a curt child, speaking your mind without flowery courtesy or respect for your elders.” He turned away from her, gathered his heavy scarlet robe and fell comfortably into her father’s chair.
Jacqueline didn’t take her eyes off her nemesis. The physical similarities between the two brothers discomforted her, the full face, heavy jowls and cleft chin. Yet, she knew it was crucial for her to focus on the character differences instead. “It was written in my father’s Will that I should inherit his title and his domain. Our laws guarantee we uphold those wishes.”
The man’s laughter unnerved her, but it also ended her uncle’s visit more swiftly.
Jacqueline lifted the coronet. “This crown was given to my father, bestowing upon him the authority to rule Holland. It belongs to me now and only the Flemish people have the power to take my birthright away from me.”
The Bishop lost his smile. “You know full well the title rightfully belongs to the next male heir. Since William failed to produce a son, that crown is mine. Fight me on this and there will be bloody hell to pay. I have easy access to a thousand soldiers who will crush your efforts without breaking a fingernail.”
Jacqueline held her stance and placed the crown on top of her head. “Raise the number of soldiers by tenfold, Uncle, and you shall see me wearing this royal symbol still. Whereas the men you gather may fight well, they have no personal interest in the matter. I carry the support of the people and they will protect their homeland far more fiercely. This discussion is over. If you refuse to leave, I shall have Halden summon my knights to drag you away.”
Had her uncle been a dog, she considered with a bit of humor, he would be foaming at the mouth right now. He was so outraged he could barely speak. “You have condemned Holland to a fate of death and destruction. Tell your Jim Crow in the lookout to ready his hunting horn, as my troops shall arrive soon. And watch your own back, dear niece, for you will be my first target.”

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up these books and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Gail Meath.

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Today I’m on the ‘Framed’ blogtour, organized by Zooloo’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Award-winning author Gail Meath writes historical romance novels that will whisk you away to another time and place in history where you will meet fascinating characters, both fictional and real, who will capture your heart and soul. Meath loves writing about little or unknown people, places and events in history, rather than relying on the typical stories and settings.

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Framed Book CoverIt’s a deadly game of who’s who, and who isn’t.
Things get pretty sticky for PI Jax Diamond and his courageous canine partner, Ace, when their best friend, a cop, is framed for murder. And not just anyone’s murder. The victim is the fiancée of the most notorious gangster in the city, Orin Marino, Jax’s worst enemy.
Laura Graystone, the budding Broadway Star and Jax’s new squeeze, proves to be an ingenious partner as they sift through clues trying to find the real murderer. But when Jax is pinched for another crime, Laura and Ace are forced to go undercover.
Hang on to your seat as Jax, Laura and Ace take you on another crazy, whodunit ride during the Roaring Twenties. Where no one is who they seem, and those who do, aren’t. Anything goes during an era of fun and frolic, song and dance, speakeasies, gangsters, bootlegging, and bribes.

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Tim counted the money as they drove away from the Thirteenth Precinct. “There’s two grand in here, Jax. I don’t get it. What did you mean by a payoff? A payoff for what?”
Jax groaned. “Take a few deep breaths, Murph, and think about it. I know it’ll come to you.”
Tim’s dark eyes suddenly grew wide and aghast. “For murdering that woman? Aw, Jesus. First, they try to kill me. Now, they’re trying to pin the murder on me?” He threw the envelope on the floor, leaned forward, and held his head in his hands. “This just keeps getting worse. All I wanted was to get some dirt on Marino. I can’t believe it all exploded like this. Why is Marino coming down on me so hard, Jax? He stopped Evie before she had a chance to tell me anything.”
“Maybe he thinks she gave you some information over the phone. Outside of that, he knows you’re not just going to let last night go without digging deeper into it. But look at the bright side. If he’s trying to frame you for Evie Becker’s murder, he’s not out to kill you anymore.”
“Right now, I’m not sure which is worse.” Tim sat upright. “Where are we going?”
“It’s after eleven o’clock, and Rizzo’s is open now. You said there were other customers there last night. I’m hoping we can find someone who knows what really went on in that alley and is willing to back up your story. Give me some of that dough.”
“What? No. I’m giving it all to Captain Ryan when I talk to him.”
“Well, he’s not available right now. Look, Murph, Marino sent that money to you at the police station for the sole purpose of making you look guilty in front of your fellow officers. But that, alone, isn’t enough proof. You can be sure he’s got a few more clever ideas. If we can find a couple of solid witnesses to back up your story, you’ll be in the clear when you talk to Captain Ryan.”
Tim folded his arms in front of him. “I’m not giving you any of the money, Jax. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
“Ace, get the envelope,” Jax told him.
Ace wiggled his way up front, snatched it off the floor, and dropped it in Jax’s lap.
Tim looked shocked. “How the heck did you train him to do that?”
“I didn’t teach him anything. He’s just smart.”

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#BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @ZooloosBT / #Excerpt : Songbird #Songbird – Gail Meath @GailMeathAuthor

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Today I’m on the ‘Songbird’ blogtour, organized by Zooloo’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Award-winning author Gail Meath writes historical romance novels that will whisk you away to another time and place in history where you will meet fascinating characters, both fictional and real, who will capture your heart and soul. Meath loves writing about little or unknown people, places and events in history, rather than relying on the typical stories and settings.

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It’s all fun and games, until someone gets killed.
Meet Jax Diamond, a sharp, sophisticated, skilled, no-nonsense private detective. Or is he? Glued to his side is his canine partner, Ace, a fierce and unrelenting German Shepherd whose mere presence terrorizes criminals into submission. Well, maybe not.
But the two of them are a whole lot smarter than they look. And they have their hands full when a playwright’s death is declared natural causes, and his new manuscript worth a million bucks is missing.
Laura Graystone, a beautiful rising Broadway star, is dragged into the heart of their investigation, and she’s none too happy about it. Especially when danger first strikes, and she needs to rely on her own ingenuity to save their hides.
Join Jax, Laura and Ace on a fun yet deadly ride during the Roaring Twenties that takes twists and turns, and a race against time to find the real murderer before he/she/they stop them permanently.

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Jax and Laura drove in silence to his apartment. Inside, he left her and Ace on the couch while he went into his bedroom and set her bag down. Then, he grabbed two bottles of beer from the icebox. When he entered the living room, Ace had laid his head in Laura’s lap, and she was petting him. He handed her the bottle and sat on the other side of her.
“Who would have ransacked my apartment, Jax?” she asked softly.
“Let’s not talk about it now. You’re safe here.”
Laura suddenly leaned forward, firmly set the bottle of beer down on the table, and stood up, startling both Jax and Ace. “There’s something you aren’t telling me, isn’t there? You’re always making some wisecrack to lighten the mood, especially in a precarious situation. You haven’t done that once tonight. So, I know you’re keeping something from me. Like when you didn’t tell me that we were being followed at the amusement park. But I’m directly involved now, Jax, so I need you to tell me.”
He watched her. “You’re right. I didn’t realize how well you’re getting to know me. Last week, I was more honest and open with you about the case than I was with Murph. But things are different now. I care about you, Laura, and I guess because of that, and the fact that you are directly involved, I’ve lost my sense of humor.”
“Well, it’s too out of character for you, Detective Diamond. As corny as they are, I prefer hearing your wisecracks when things get tense. And don’t let a few of my tears throw you off. I’m stronger than you think.”
“Oh, I know you are, Miss Graystone. And I will tell you everything that happened today but in the morning. There isn’t anything that either of us can do about it right now since it’s nearly one o’clock. I’ll make us a nice breakfast tomorrow, and we’ll have a long talk to figure out what we do next. I promise.”
She smiled at him. “Thank you. Now, who gets the bed?”
“You do, of course. I have extra blankets and pillows in the cupboard. Ace and I will be just fine and dandy sleeping out here on this small, hard sofa.”
She stood up and headed for the bedroom. “Good night, Jax.”
Ace leaped down and followed her. He glanced back at Jax for a second, then slipped inside the room just before Laura closed the door.
“Find friend you are, Ace,” Jax grumbled.

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Today I’m on the ‘Agustina de Aragón’ blogtour, organized by RABT Book Tours.
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About the Author :

Gail Meath is an award-winning author. She writes historical romance fiction with characters who come to life and stay with you long after you’re finished reading. Her subgenres include westerns, murder mysteries and biographies. And her meticulously researched historical facts are sifted throughout each book, educating readers along the way without them even knowing it.

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The Spanish beauty who fought Napoleon.
Her story is so more than a tale of war, tremendous courage and loss. It is one of the greatest love stories in history.
Barcelona, Spain, 1803. Agustina Saragossa, the youngest daughter of a bladesmith, sneaks around the military barracks, yet not to snag a husband as everyone thinks. Stubborn, hot-tempered and fiercely devoted to her country, like her grandfather before her, she is far more interested in learning about the ensuing war between Britain and France than the lazy, arrogant Spanish soldiers at the compound.
When Sergeant Juan Roca, a handsome officer with a troubled past, is relocated to the barracks, he is instantly struck by Agustina’s beauty and fiery spirit. Despite her heated rejections and open mistrust, he relentlessly pursues her. Will he ever win her heart?
As the war progresses between their neighboring countries, Napoleon Bonaparte deviously orders the invasion of Spain, thinking it will be an easy task. But Agustina and Juan join the fight first as guerillas then soldiers in their valiant effort to crush the enemy and regain the freedom of their country.
A dynamic and heartfelt story based upon true events that takes place during one of the most devastating wars in Europe. It captures the strength of unity and family and is known as one most powerful love stories in history.

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Today I’m on the ‘Path of Treasures’ sale blitz, organised by RABT Book Tours.
To promote this book is on sale for only $0.99 until January 1st I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Path of Treasures Author Gail MeathGail Meath composes historical romance novels that grip your heart and imagination. With a refreshing and captivating writing-style, she creates amazing characters who instantly draw you into their world and keep you wanting more, long after the ending. And with her love of historical research, she paints the perfect ambiance to sweep you back in time.

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Path of TreasuresHe was hired to kill her, but he’s not alone. Will he risk his life to save her instead?
Sara grew up on the Erie Canal with Jeremiah Streeter, owner of Streeter’s Ark, and Sam, the Ark’s bully. She never cared about who her parents were or where she came from, not until their helmsman is murdered and they hire a replacement.
Wolfe McKay and his partner have another job to do…kill the leader of the Canaller’s Coalition and his crew, then collect their bounty from the railroad magnate who hired them. But Wolfe soon discovers this job is far more complicated.
As Streeter’s Ark travels from Albany to Buffalo, Wolfe’s purpose takes a drastic turn when he and the crew find themselves the target of a deadly plot and a race against time to stop it.
A beautiful mule driver, the champion fighter who raised her, a half-breed Indian without a heart and an easy-going cowboy team up to track down outlaws and notoriously become known as Streeter’s Gang. This is their beginning…

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