Thursday, March 31, 2011

Free For All Friday - Meet Author Liz Arnold!

Help me welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author, Liz Arnold today! Her story MESSAGE TO LOVE is one you historical readers don't want to miss:) The links to Liz's website and to purchase MESSAGE TO LOVE are listed below, but take a moment and get to know Liz.
Liz, thanks so much for being here today!

1.Was your road to publication a delightful stroll or a painful jog over hot coals?
My journey to publishing MESSAGE TO LOVE wasn’t an easy trip, but I wouldn’t change a thing that happened. The lessons I learned and the people I connected with along the way taught me many good things that I’m sharing with other writers such as what to do with a sagging middle. The answer is create more trouble!
2.Where is your favorite place to write?
My favorite place to write is in a coffee shop with a pen and a spiral notebook. I’ve tried taking my laptop but it doesn’t work. At home, I have an office jam packed with everything I do: write romance and non-fiction, freelance edit, teach college, and journal. I’m seriously into art journaling now and my office has a lot of art supplies in it besides research books and style guides (MLA, Chicago Manual of Style, etc.)
3.Tell us what’s next for you.
I’m working on an historical set in 1790 pioneer Ohio in Marietta during the smallpox epidemic and the Indian wars. My heroine is a young female “doctor” who travels to the Northwest Territory to find her family and discovers her little sister has been taken captive by the Delaware. Her only hope of finding her sister is with the help of a man known as White Night Tiger, so named after his years as a captive of the Shawnee tribe, but he doesn’t want to go back to that world. There’s a price on his head for killing members of the Delaware.
4.Describe yourself in 5 words.

Audra Wakely’s father has been seized by Spanish authorities and imprisoned for sympathizing with Cuban rebels. Raising the money to bribe officials if necessary, she sets off for Cuba to rescue her father. She doesn’t bargain on the interference of any U.S. officials—that is until she meets Rollins McBride.

Lt. Rollins McBride of the newly designated U.S. Naval Intelligence service is assigned to track Audra on her journey. He’s to arrest Greg Wakely, a U.S. citizen, for treason and gun smuggling. His mission and his heart are taken by surprise by the feisty beauty who sets a stubborn path toward finding her father and proving he isn’t a traitor—no matter what or who gets in her way.

Sizzle, spice, and intrigue heats up the Spanish American War in MESSAGE TO LOVE.

“It was a dream, just a very bad dream.”
She stepped back out of his hold. Clammy spots of moist heat lingered on her arms where his hands had been.
“I’m all right now.” Audra reached for the door and noticed the sickly sweet odor of liquor on his breath. “You can leave now. I want to go back to bed.” She pulled open the door and gestured into the hall.
“Sorry, but this time you’re going, too.” Rollins strode over to the dresser and pulled out a drawer. “Better pack. We have just under two hours.”
“I’m not in the mood for comedy, Rollins,” she sighed. “I’m really very, very tired. I’ve got to get some rest. Now—”
“Let me make myself clear.” He sounded gruff. “I said we’re leaving, and unless you want to get on a ship bound for Santiago with your shirttails hanging out, better change and get ready.” He made to leave the room. “I hope you have a shawl or something. It’s gotten cooler out, and we have half an hour in a wagon to get to port.” Then he vanished into his own room next door, leaving Audra gape-mouthed in the hallway.
“Who does he think he is?” She growled as she stamped her foot against the cold hard floor. “Infuriating! He is absolutely infuriating!” Audra heaved the door shut with gusto. “These are not my shirttails, either!”

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Liz Arnold is an author, freelance editor, and teacher living with her family in the mid-east.

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Thanks, Jennifer!


  1. Happy Friday, Liz~
    Man-o-man, you are one busy woman! And both your books sound very intriguing and full of historical facts. How much time do you spend researching the history of your stories? Thanks for sharing and good luck with all your endeavors!

  2. Hi, Jen! Thanks for having me over today!

  3. Happy Friday to you, Linda. I spend way too much time in research and then I have more materials than I should need. It happens because I love history and spend too much time on tangents, but I never quantify research. I do it until I "know" I'm ready to write. Thanks for commenting today!

  4. Great excerpt. Sounds like a book I'd like to read.

  5. Thanks for being here today, Liz!

  6. Hi, Sue, thanks for visiting. Happy reading!

  7. I think this sounds wonderful, and I'm so glad you included the excerpt. It really pulls you in!

    What is art journaling? (Hope that's not a silly question...)