Willie My Love by Judy Ann Davis

Judy Ann Davis, one of my blog mates from Smart Girls Read Romance, stopped by to have coffee with me this morning.

Judy Ann is the author of Willie, My Love, a new Western Romance that was just released.

Plus, she has a Rafflecopter Giveaway for a $15.00 Amazon Gift Card. Details below so be sure and enter.

Backstory of Willie, My Love

I asked Judy Ann how she came up with the idea for Willie, My Love.

She said, "The story developed from my curiosity of the logging industry in the 1880s in my town of Clearfield, Pennsylvania. When I wrote Willie, My Love, the manuscript was so large. I had to cut it from 114,000 words to 96,000. That was the most difficult part of the entire process."

More About Judy Ann Davis

Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education throughout her career.

Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines, and anthologies, and have received numerous awards.

To date, she was written five novels, a collection of short stories, and a novella. Her works encompass romance, mystery, western, and paranormal in the historical as well as the contemporary arena.

Her last novel, Four White Roses, was a finalist in the Book Excellence and Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie awards.

When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few.

She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America, and lives in Central Pennsylvania.

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Willie, My Love

Can two stubborn hearts find love under the tall white pines?

The year is 1856. White pine is king of the forest.

The last thing Jonathan Wain wants to do is ride miles through Pennsylvania’s wilderness to help his father’s logging partner in the small settlement of Clearfield. His family owns clipper ships in the Chesapeake Bay that carry the coveted logs to the markets each spring, and they can’t afford a loss.

The last thing Wilhelmina Wydcliffe wants is a handsome sea captain from Maryland meddling in her father’s logging operations under attack by unknown enemies. A feisty tomboy and better known as Willie to her crews, she has a dream to be the largest logging operator east of the Mississippi River.

When both Willie’s and Jonathan’s lives are threatened, they are forced to work together to find their enemies before both of their companies are in shambles.

But as their attraction to each other escalates, can they set aside their differences, unearth the truth and troublemakers, and discover contentment in each other’s arms?

Excerpt from Willie, My Love © Judy Ann Davis

Smiling, Jonathan took Willie’s proffered hand and shook it, without releasing it. “To show you I bargain in good faith, I offer your pistol as well.” With his free hand, he pulled her small, single shot, dueling pistol from his waistcoat and placed it in her open palm.

“But I have absolutely nothing to trade,” she said with a haughty theatrical voice.

“Ah, ha,” he whispered, pulling her close to him. “A kiss, perhaps?”

Her voice exploded as she tried to push him away. “Why you arrogant scoundrel, I ought to shoot you with this gun.”

His face moved closer. She gasped in surprise before his mouth swooped down on her lips. The kiss was brief, but soft and bewitching, and when he released her, she skidded safely backward.

“Now tell me,” he crooned in a velvet voice. “Why do you carry a loaded pistol?”

“For rattlesnakes.” Her hand fell to her side, the pistol enclosed in the folds of her dress.

“And the knife?”

“To cut off their rattles.”

He laughed, his hearty chuckles filling up the room and silence around them. “I'd rather sit naked with the rattlesnake than with you so heavily armed.”

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Takeaway Truth

Need a compelling romance to start the week?

Try Willie, My Love by Judy Ann Davis.

Easter Traditions from Childhood to Adulthood

Today is a special day for Christians. I think back on all the Easters of past years and how I celebrated them.

Like most special days in life, it's all about traditions, even though I didn't realize that until I was grown.

When I was a little girl, Easter meant shopping for a special dress to wear to church.

Along with the dress—usually something pink and frilly—I wore a hat, white gloves, lacy white socks, and patent leather shoes. My mom curled my hair too.

Easter Morning

On Easter morning, there were small baskets with jelly beans, small chocolate candies, and some of the hard-boiled colored eggs we'd dyed on Saturday.

I liked coloring and decorating the eggs, but I never liked boiled eggs. To me, the taste and smell of boiled eggs were gross. That hasn't changed.

Then we went to church. The hymns we sang were the same every Easter. Songs like Christ the Lord is Risen Today, The Old Rugged Cross, Jesus Paid It All, and Blessed Assurance.

The flowers on the altar always included a few Easter lilies along with other flowers in bloom.

Most of the ladies in the South had Easter lilies growing in their yards. There were no floral departments in the grocery stores back then—at least not in our small town.

If the lilies bloomed to coincide with Easter, it was a triumph for the home gardener and everyone basked in the perfume of those white lilies floating above the congregation.

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Why These Lilies

In 1777, Swedish naturalist Carl Peter Thunberg "officially discovered" the Easter lily in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan.

That fact interested me particularly since I spent 6 years living on the largest of the Ryukyu Islands.

The lily ended up in England in 1819. From there it traveled to Bermuda a couple of decades later and was named the Bermuda lily.

Sometime later the lily was taken to Philadelphia, and the name was changed to Easter lily because it bloomed in the spring, usually around the time of Easter.

During World War I, the Easter lily became even more popular. In 1919, soldier Louis Houghton saw the flower and was so captivated by the beautiful fragrant blooms that he took a suitcase full of the bulbs back to Oregon. He gave them to his friends, who also were horticulturists.

That was the beginning of commercial production on the West Coast of the U.S. By the end of World War II, more than 1,000 growers in Oregon and California were producing the bulbs.

The region was called Easter Lily Capitol of the World. Oregon and California retain that name because they still grow 95 percent of all Easter lilies, one of the most popular potted plants in this country.

Lilies of the Bible

The Easter lily is sometimes called the white-robed apostle of hope. Some think this fragrant pure white lily is the one mentioned in the Bible several times.

No one really knows since there are so many varieties of lily. They've been know since antiquity and grew across most of Europe, India, Asia to Indochina, Japan and the Philippines.

The most famous biblical reference is when Jesus told his followers, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin; and yet...Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

Today, Easter Lilies are readily available just about everywhere. I always get a pot or two at this time of the year and bring them home.

First the perfume my home. When they start dying back, I plant them in the garden where they grow and bloom every spring.

Their fragrance always takes me back to the Easters of my childhood. The only difference is that today, as an adult, I think about the reason we celebrate this day.

Takeaway Truth

Happy Easter to those who celebrate the risen Christ, and Peace to all, regardless of your beliefs.

Rules of Write Club

Do you like to play movie trivia games? I do.

In fact, most of my family are cinematically inclined so we rock when it comes to movie trivia.

I was producing a video today for another author, and I skimmed through the ones I'd uploaded to my YouTube Channel.

I chuckled when I saw my video homage to the 1999 movie Fight Club starring Brad Pitt and Ed Norton. The movie is so much a part of pop culture that you see references to it in other TV shows and movies.

The Rules of Fight Club can teach writers a lot—especially since I tweaked the concept and rules a bit and slanted them toward writers.

Readers, stick around. I think you’ll find this entertaining too.


First, read the Rules of Write Club that follow. Then watch the video.

1st RULE of WRITE CLUB: You do not talk about writing. You write.

2nd RULE of WRITE CLUB: You DO NOT talk about writing. You write.

3rd RULE of WRITE CLUB: If someone says “stop” or goes limp, taps out, the fight is NEVER over. If you slip up, you keep writing.

4th RULE of WRITE CLUB: Only one guy to a write. That’s correct – you do it alone. Day by day. In sickness and health.

5th RULE of WRITE CLUB: One write at a time. Focus on the book at hand. Don’t be seduced by the siren call of other characters and ideas.

6th RULE of WRITE CLUB: No shirts, no shoes. No clothes. Who cares? You’re in this fight alone, writing by yourself, in the privacy of your office and your imaginary world. Wear any darn thing you want, or don’t. Who’s to know?

7th RULE of WRITE CLUB: Writes will go on as long as they have to. A book is finished when it’s finished. Only you know when that is.

Takeaway Truth

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5 Business Success Tips

Friday, at last! If your motivation needs a boost after a rough week, here are some thoughts to help you adjust your attitude about your work.

Maybe you'll also think differently about what you want to achieve.

New Thinking

1. Try what Stephen Covey advises: The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

2. If you're an author, or another kind of internet entrepreneur, change the way you think about producing income. Instead of thinking about generating sales for one book/product, think about each book, or product, as being an income stream. Each income stream combines with your other income streams to create consistent income. The more books or products you have, the more income streams.

3. Learn to manage your time (and your projects) with a calendar, not a clock.

By that I mean, have annual goals and break them down into what must be done each month to achieve the annual goal.

Break that down into what must be done each week, then break that down into what must be done on a daily basis to make the weekly way point that helps you reach the monthly milestone and thereby achieve the annual goal.

4. Start using a day planner—either on your cell phone or computer/tablet, or a hard copy one. You'll be amazed how it helps you stay on top of every responsibility.

5. Take action, no matter how small, every single day. All of those actions added together help you achieve your goals. It's like Wayne Huizenga, owner of the Miami Dolphins said: "Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen."

Did you ever read The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss?

In that self-help book, he said: "For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. The stars will never align... The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect."

Takeaway Truth

If you want something remarkable, go after it!

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Donna Fasano Sale: Nanny and the Professor

Want an adorable romance?

Get Nanny and the Professor by Donna Fasano on sale for only 99¢ until the end of April. You can get it  at Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks.

That's a saving of $3.00 over the regular price!

About Nanny and the Professor

Professor Joshua Kingston thought he'd found the perfect nanny for his son. But once Cassie Simmons steps into his life, she turns it upside down!

His son no longer plays by the rules – and Cassie keeps encouraging all this rule breaking. Joshua would fire her – if he didn't find her so utterly enticing.

Cassie has a huge secret to hide, and she can't afford to lose her new job. But her handsome employer isn't making things easy. All those silly rules.

How’s an eight-year-old boy supposed to have any fun? The professor definitely needs a lesson in laughter – and love!

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Family Themes

Many people say family is everything. There is nothing more beautiful than two people coming together for the sake of a child, finding love, and forming A Family Forever.

All the books in this series are stand-along stories with a family theme.

Look for these other titles in A Family Forever series:

A Beautiful Stranger, Book 1

Made in Paradise, Book 2

A Reason to Believe, Book 3

An Accidental Family, Book 4

Nanny and the Professor, Book 5

Takeaway Truth

Add this family-centered novel to your Romance Library today.

Should You Fear the Dark Web

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The Dark Web is where they sell identity files and other contraband—some of which are too repugnant to mention.

There are scads of articles about it online and in print not to mention TV commercials trying to sell you on letting a company check the Dark Web to see if your name is there.

Of course these commercials are built on fear that pervades public perception.

Do you know anything about the Dark Web? How reasonable is it to fear this hidden part of the internet?

Dark Web Defined

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Yes, it is a hidden network of websites that is not accessible by the usual search engines we all use: Google, Firefox, Safari, etc.

Those who use the Dark Web have special software that masks their IP addresses and identities.

That's how criminals get away with selling data they have stolen. Usually, this stolen data is sold in bundles, like thousands of credit card numbers.

Dark Web Best Sellers

As you might imagine, the personal information you don't want anyone else to know is what sells best from actual important numbers to information that can be used to gain access to those numbers.
  • social security numbers
  • diplomas
  • website payment logins
  • debit and credit card numbers
  • the credit card verification numbers
  • bank information
  • driver's license numbers
  • logins (user names and passcodes) for many different kinds of websites (because chances are you use them for more than one website)
  • medical records
  • passports.
What You Can Do

Short of never using the internet for anything important, what can you do to protect yourself?

1. Always be vigilant about your personal information.

Think about the simple things you do without thinking. For instance, if you're asked for a piece of personal information in a business office, do you rattle it off without thought? What you should do is write it down on a piece of paper and hand it to the person who requested it then get the paper back and destroy it.

I've been in doctor offices where elderly people recited their social security number to the receptionist. Medicare finally started issuing account numbers! Duh. Why did it take them so long to realize using a social security number as a Medicare account number was a bad idea?

2. Always check your bank, mortgage, credit card, and medical statements when they arrive to make sure they're correct. If you see discrepancies, check on it sooner rather than later.

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3. Change your passwords often. How often is often? Security professionals say every week. At least aim for every month and make it long and difficult.

Best practice is to create a master password that you can edit as needed for each new website and/or each time you change it.

4. When using your debit or credit card in a retail setting, keep your hand over the name and account number on the card. If you don't, someone may be shoulder surfing for information and get yours.

Takeaway Truth

Security practices are mostly a matter of common sense so use yours and protect your private information.

Smash Therapy and Rage Rooms

Have you heard about Smash Therapy and Rage Rooms?

A few months ago a facility in which someone can take out their rage on inanimate objects opened in the Houston area.

I don't know how I feel about this concept. Maybe it's not the concept, but the idea that some people have all this rage inside them. So much rage that they pay by the hour for the privilege of smashing stuff with hammers and other implements of destruction.

According to what I learned online, Japan opened the first Rage Room in 2008. Now there are facilities opened in many countries. They're a growing business in the U.S.

The one in the Houston area offers 3 rooms: a Profanity room, a Polite room, and a Splatter room for children.

Smashing is available in the Profanity room which has obscenities spray-painted on the walls.

The Polite room also offers smashing, but motivational quotes are spray painted on those walls.

The Splatter room lets kids throw paintballs at "triggers" spray-painted on the wall. For safety, I read that a camera is in the room so parents/guardians can monitor the child. Hmm.

Would you go to a Rage Room? Would you take your child to one to work out his/her issues in a physically violent way?

I wasn't surprised to read in Psychology Today that Rage Rooms are not a good idea.

Takeaway Truth

No thanks. It's not my cup of tea.