Interview with Becki Willis, author of Wildflower Wedding: With a Killer Reception

By Becki Willis

Wildflower Wedding (With a Killer Reception) is the latest addition to The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series. Like the stories before it, Book 8 features a stand-alone mystery that needs no prior introduction. A continuing thread weaves among the stories, however, that entices readers to come back for more. Readers often tell me they can’t wait to read the next book because it’s like visiting with old friends.

Even though ‘the sisters’ are definitely characters in the series, they aren’t people: they’re towns. My tales are about the community as a whole, particularly Madison Reynolds and her network of family and friends.

When Madison finds herself widowed and penniless before the age of forty, she has no choice but to return to her hometown and live with her grandmother. This wasn’t how she envisioned her life, but as the mother of teenage twins, she’ll do whatever it takes to provide for her children. She opens In a Pinch Temporary Service and tackles any job that comes her way. As long as it’s legal, Madison gives it her all.

Her services are varied, and the more colorful jobs are interesting enough to merit their own book. And somehow, even the most innocent sounding jobs lead to danger and excitement. People hire Madison to spy on cheating spouses, to find a missing chair and missing Christmas presents, and to prove a teetotaler didn’t die of alcohol poisoning; not naturally, at any rate. She’s even taken on the formidable task of proving a man innocent of murder. In this latest book, an old man hires her to find his estranged family via a home DNA test, but he doesn’t live to hear the results. (Hence the killer reception.)

For me, the fun of writing is creating believable characters in believable situations. The homespun, quirky folks of Naomi and Juliet (aka The Sisters) are prime examples. Like any single parent, Madison worries about how to pay her bills and if she’s doing the right thing, uprooting her children and bringing them back to live in a small town filled with busybodies. Son Blake is a typical fifteen-year-old boy; life revolves around sports and his next meal. Twin sister Bethani resents the move to no-man’s land; she misses her friends, civilization, and the mall.

Granny Bert has an uncanny knack for knowing everything that happens in either town. The high-spirited octogenarian is full of witty sayings, sage advice, and gruff love, but she’s Madison’s biggest supporter. So is Genesis Baker, Madison’s best friend from junior high and owner of the local eatery. Between the two of them, they supply Madison with all the gossip and background information she needs to do a job.

Brash deCordova is Madison’s crush from high school and now the local Chief of Police. After following their unfolding love story in books 1-7, readers have been waiting for the Wildflower Wedding that unites this couple once and forever. Add in handsome firefighter Cutter Montgomery, Brash’s bubbly teenage daughter Megan, Madison’s flamboyant part-time employee Derron, Granny Bert’s old flame and rodeo legend Sticker Pierce, a recurring cast of nosy neighbors and disgruntled townspeople, and it could be any small town in the USA. These are people you instinctively know.

The stories are full of mystery and are often funny, but don’t be surprised if you get misty-eyed at times. These tales are also about families, and telling their stories can get emotional.

Most of all, I try to make my books believable. Many of the themes stem from something that has happened in my own life. (Don’t worry. I’ve never killed anyone.)

As for The Sisters, I first came up with the idea of sister cities when my son got married a few years ago at a venue that was once part of a large cotton plantation. Even now, you’ll find white tufts dotting the rural landscape near harvest time. A railroad runs amid the fields, complete with an old depot, but back in the day, it stopped to load cotton bales straight from the farm. The setting sparked a back-story for the series, which you can read on my website.

You may not find the towns of Naomi and Juliet, Texas on a map, but wander the backroads along the Brazos River—or through the pages of my books—and you may get a glimpse of the towns as they exist in my mind.
I hope you’ll decide to visit.

And drop in for an e-chat anytime! beckiwillis.ccp@gmail.com.

Becki Willis is the author of the new book Wildflower Wedding: With a Killer Reception

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STORM and FURY (The Harbinger Series Book #1) by JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT

“You want to see the stars?” Zayne asked...
”Then hold on tight, Trin. I’m going to get us as close as we can.”

Storm and Fury is a YA paranormal with eighteen-year-old heroine, Trinity Marrow who has lived a very sheltered life in a compound guarded by Wardens, hiding an ability which only she possesses and keeping a low profile because of who and what she is. A secret weapon waiting to be unleashed on the world joining the fight against demons, Trinity is a force to be reckoned with. Suffering from a progressive eyesight disorder she trains for a darker future, knowing what’s coming and realising that every single demon will hunt her upon discovery.

Storm and Fury is everything we love about the YA paranormal genre. It had the supernatural wonder of gargoyles, demons, angels, and ghosts. Kick-arse action and a slow burn romance. We were compelled by the fantasy and intrigued by the mystery whilst we laughed at the brilliantly placed humorous banter.

If you’re a fan of the Mortal Instruments series you’ll love this one! Get ready for Gargoyle shifters, Witches, Demons in various guises, Fallen Angels and everything that exists in between….By the way…who knew Gargoyles were so H.O.T!!!!! We are counting the days for more….

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STORM and FURY (The Harbinger Series Book #1) by JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT

STORM and FURY (The Harbinger Series Book #1) by JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT

“You want to see the stars?” Zayne asked...
”Then hold on tight, Trin. I’m going to get us as close as we can.”

Storm and Fury is a YA paranormal with eighteen-year-old heroine, Trinity Marrow who has lived a very sheltered life in a compound guarded by Wardens, hiding an ability which only she possesses and keeping a low profile because of who and what she is. A secret weapon waiting to be unleashed on the world joining the fight against demons, Trinity is a force to be reckoned with. Suffering from a progressive eyesight disorder she trains for a darker future, knowing what’s coming and realising that every single demon will hunt her upon discovery.

Storm and Fury is everything we love about the YA paranormal genre. It had the supernatural wonder of gargoyles, demons, angels, and ghosts. Kick-arse action and a slow burn romance. We were compelled by the fantasy and intrigued by the mystery whilst we laughed at the brilliantly placed humorous banter.

If you’re a fan of the Mortal Instruments series you’ll love this one! Get ready for Gargoyle shifters, Witches, Demons in various guises, Fallen Angels and everything that exists in between….By the way…who knew Gargoyles were so H.O.T!!!!! We are counting the days for more….

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STORM and FURY (The Harbinger Series Book #1) by JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT

New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | June 4

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Alan Mulak, Becki Willis, T.S. Nichols, James Patterson, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | June 4

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors W. Winters, Danielle Norman, Nicole Snow, Betti Rosewood, Charlotte O’Shay, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | June 4

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Lauren Willig, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jane Green, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | June 4

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Michael Anderle, Craig Martelle, David Drake, Elvia Wilk, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from JB Michaels, C.J. Archer, Kevin J. Anderson, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Young Adult Books to Read | June 4

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Sarah Dessen, Amy A. Bartol, Margarte Rogerson, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | June 4

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new novels from Tan France, Jennifer Pastiloff, Dorian Lynskey, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!


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Interview with Betti Rosewood, Author of Boys That Tease

What can you tell us about your new release, Boys That Tease?

It’s a story I’ve been working on for 6 months and I love the angsty, steamy book that came out of it! I’ve been toying with the idea of a bully with a heart of gold… and that’s exactly what the main character, Crispin, is like.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was lucky enough to realize I wanted to be an author the first day of school – it sounds ridiculous, but I remember sitting at my desk learning to write my name and I knew this was what I wanted to do. I had an amazing teacher who always encouraged me and believed in me. I don’t think I’d be here without her. Also, my parents are HUGE readers and they really instilled a love of reading in me.

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

In no specific order: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, a bunch of books by K Webster (I can’t pick one, don’t make me), You by Caroline Kepnes & I loved The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I also ADORE Gillian Flynn.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I love this question! I would want to bring on indie authors and spotlight their books, because I think there are some truly amazing people in the indie industry, who are so very talented! People like LJ Shen, Jade West, Kitty Thomas and Ashley Jade are forever an inspiration. I would love to ask them all one question: What happens to the stories that never get written? The ideas they cast aside – do they have a story they want to tell but haven’t yet? Secrets intrigue me.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Telling the story that only I know and sharing it with my readers. My favorite part are their responses, reviews and love for my stories.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up late, have a meeting with my manager AKA boyfriend and then spend the day chasing plot bunnies! I take out some time for reading as well as my pets (I have 2 cats and a Lab Retriever).

What scene in Boys That Tease was your favorite to write?

Oooh this might get steamy… My favorite scene to write was the first sex scene. Because I’d explored these characters for so long, I felt like it was so special. I felt every word in that scene.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Yes, something my father taught me – ‘Per aspera ad astra’, through hardships to the stars.

 

Betti Rosewood is the author of the new book Boys That Tease.

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