Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rising Romance Star: Brandi Willis Schreiber

Today's spotlight shines on Brandi Willis Schreiber!

Welcome, Brandi!

It is so awesome to be in SECOND CHANCES: A ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA COLLECTION with you. Congratulations! Your story, "The Family Tree," has received great reviews. Please tell us about your story.

Brandi: “The Family Tree” is my FIRST PUBLISHED ROMANCE STORY!  Writing it was very emotional! Bea, my heroine, experiences terrible tragedy and travels to Scotland to find a relative who might give her the sense of family she’s lost. While there, she meets Cairn, a handsome solicitor. Cairn agrees to help Bea and ends up reviving something in Bea. But it’s not until Bea learns that she can give Cairn’s family the ultimate gift that everything changes in her quest for a second chance.

Ariella: I heard we were both in Scotland this past summer. I was doing some research for my Young Adult fantasy series, The Two Realms Trilogy. It was my second trip to the isle, but your first.

Brandi: It’s hard to write about a place you’ve never been! I wrote “The Family Tree” almost 3 years ago,  but I’d never been to Scotland (thank you, Google images). But this summer I finally got to see the real setting for my story!

Ariella: I can't believe we were both in Edinburgh! Let's share an excerpt from "The Family Tree."

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A family tree is a glorious set of blueprints. Like a plan for a home, it illustrates every detail and turn through the doorways that make up life until the present moment:  Who was born. Who fell in love and had children. Who lived long, and who died young. The branches stretch out like rooms, each one housing a life and its story. When you flip through the pages, you should feel a sense of completeness, of place. This is the house of my life, a good family tree says. This is where I belong. 

Only I didn’t belong anywhere anymore.

Instead of a well-organized tree with branches telling every story, I had a diagram full of starts and stops, jagged and incomplete lines, some branches stretching into nothing at all.

But when I walked through Eleanor Brightwell’s door that frigid February evening, I felt something I hadn’t felt in a very long time: home.

Her walls were painted lemony yellow, and gilt-framed photos hung in a cluster near the entryway: a sepia wedding couple, a dark-haired family poised at the base of an ancient castle, a handsome young man in graduation regalia smiling with the sun behind him.

In the corner of the room, a log popped in a fireplace next to overstuffed floral chairs and couches, a spot where people obviously gathered. Indistinct jazz played from an unknown location and mixed with the sounds of clinking dishes and two teenagers – a boy and a girl – who shouted and chased each other around the room. Despite the cold outside, this sight warmed me, and I stood transfixed at the threshold, absorbing all the color, life, and energy of this Scottish family home.


I jumped at the firm voice next to me. So mesmerized by the scene, I hadn’t noticed the figure to my right.

“Brian! Ansley! Please don’t try to kill each other just yet.  We have company.” He turned to me, and I felt the open space of the room narrow.

The man was tall with a powerful build. He either worked labor or worked out, as evidenced by firm biceps under his navy tee shirt. Thick black hair fell without direction across his forehead into his eyes, which were a hard-to-miss sapphire, as blue as the Texas sky before sunrise. Those eyes immediately reminded me of the past, and I felt a pain blossom in my chest.

“You came at a fine time. My wee brother and sister have decided to kill each other right before dinner, a usual occurrence in this zoo.” The tenor of his voice and roll of R’s sent a current down my spine. He must have been a few years older than me, maybe thirty-seven or thirty-eight, because then he chuckled, and little furrows of laugh lines appeared around those penetrating eyes.

Oh my. 
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© Brandi Willis Schreiber

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More About Brandi

Brandi Willis Schreiber has imagined romance stories her entire life in her head but only recently started writing them down. A graduate of Texas Tech University, she has an M.A. in English, and uses her love for nature, travel, poetry, and everything beautiful to fuel her fiction, which will always have a happy ending. Her work has appeared in All Things Dickinson:  An Encyclopedia of Emily Dickinson’s World, The Texas Review, Red River Review, and elsewhereNow she writes sensual, southern romance that reflects the endless landscape in which she lives. Most recently, her contemporary romance short story, “The Family Tree,” was published by Romance Writers of America in the anthology, SECOND CHANCES: A ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA COLLECTION.  Brandi lives with her husband, rescue dog, rabbits, and countless other wild creatures in her beloved West Texas. She loves to connect with readers and writers, and you can find her at:

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Praise for "The Family Tree"

"The Family Tree is a lovely, touching story about second chances—not just in love but with family. The setting and the hero’s nationality (Scottish) cast a homey, romantic glow on the budding relationship between these two people who have suffered loss but yearn for a special someone to call their own. In the end, the story is about more than romance. It’s about family and fate and love. This short little gem of a story is beautiful and comforting, and it brought tears of happiness to my eyes, made me feel as much a part of this loving family as Bea became. A stellar first work from author Brandi Willis Schreiber, The Family Tree is simply unforgettable and a “must read” second-chance romance. 5/5 Stars"Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore's review, from Grave Tells

"I think this anthology would be great for all romance readers, especially if you're already a fan of any of these wonderful authors! ... And the last few stories had me tearing up, especially "The Family Tree" by Brandi Willis Schreiber!"
- Ambur's review, from Burning Impossibly Bright

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Amber Elixir is now in Paperback!

The Amber Elixir - an Arthurian tale of magic, shape-shifters, and the quest to win back a forbidden love - is now available in paperback on Amazon.

E-books release on October 3, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Amber Eilxir is Available for Preorder!

The Two Realms Series Continues!


then you will love THE AMBER ELIXIR
the next installment in the Two Realms series. 

Viviane, the new Lady of the Lake and High Priestess of Avalon, accepts a challenge from Merlin unaware her bold actions will have tragic consequences. Two of her priestesses are turned to stone. A forbidden love deserts her. Now alone, she has six young handmaidens to train and protect.

When Morgan le Fay demands assistance with a spell that could change the balance of power in the Two Realms, Viviane refuses her. But what if Morgan’s secret knowledge could restore the stone priestesses? Will an alliance with the sorceress prompt Viviane’s love to return? Or will the gamble cost her all she holds dear?

Preorder Now Available  Amazon   Kobo
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Paperback and Nook versions coming soon.

This Lady of the Lake Two Realms novella further sets the stage for 
THE VIKING MIST, Book 2, The Two Realms Trilogy.
Expected Release: January 2018

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Welcome to the Party!

Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection

Have you joined the party yet?

If not, you will find it HERE starting at noon Eastern time.

 I will be co-hosting with Brandi Willis Schreiber from
4:00 PM Pacific time, 6:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Eastern time. 

Do you believe in second chances? 

Romance Writers of America® brings together seventeen of today's hottest authors in an anthology of never-before-published tales that reveal true love always deserves a happy ending.

Follow New York Times best-selling authors J. Kenner and Christina Lauren back to reader-favorite worlds.

New York Times bestseller Alyssa Day sprinkles djinn magic in her humorous paranormal romance, while Rachel Hauck brings the enchantment of the holidays in her New Year’s Eve contemporary love story.

And Liliana Hart delivers thrills and adventure in her hero and heroine's search for the impossible. 

With characters who find love through tough situations, in elegant 1800s ballrooms, with an old friend who shows up when least expected, at a tender age when cliques and homework get in the way of relationships, or after a random encounter in an unlikely setting, Second Chances delivers romance to strike every reader’s fancy.

Plus tales from:
Marilyn Brant
Kerri Carpenter
CiCi Coughlin
Cassandra Dean
Tina Ferraro
Renee Luke
Ariella Moon
Brandi Willis Schreiber
Lizzie Shane
Sharon Sobel
Damon Suede
Tara Wyatt

Here's an excerpt from my Second Chance story, "Covert Hearts."

A prickle spider-walked down my spine. I lowered my turkey sandwich and scanned the cliques scattered around the quad. Past the cheerleaders holding court in their thigh-high pleated skirts, past the skaters perched with their boards on top of the concrete retaining wall, beyond a trio of sophomore girls checking their cell phones, he drew my stare. Wind ruffled his hair as he leaned against the flagpole.
Our gazes collided like a six-foot swell crashing against the hull of a small boat. His lips parted; he straightened his lanky stance. I drew in a quick breath and averted my gaze. Where had he come from? Vogue? Vanity Fair? Maybe a castle in the United Kingdom was missing its ginger-haired prince.
First-day-at-a-new-high-school-nerves trembled my hands as I stashed my half-eaten sandwich into its plastic cube and snapped the blue lid into place. Be cool. I finger-combed my hair. The sight of caramel brown tresses slipping through my fingers startled me. For a second I had forgotten the dye job, another layer in my disguise. If I didn’t look like Sailor Saint James, and I didn’t bear her name, then no one would hound me.
Sailor, why weren’t you on the yacht with your father? Did he ask you to stay home because he planned to kill himself?
I wriggled on the boulder, searching for a more comfortable perch. A local pediatrician had donated the money for the wellness garden bordering the quad. The lavender, rosemary, and sage intermixed with the oversized rocks were supposed to lower student anxiety. Bees buzzed alarmingly close; a chaotic platoon of miniature drones. My throat constricted.
I should have sailed with him. Maybe I could have stopped…whatever happened.
I rotated my cashmere-lined leather baseball cap so the brim shaded my eyes. Most of my trappings of wealth had been lost  — my private school, our home, and of course, the yacht was collateral damage. My designer clothes hung untouched in the cramped closet in our small loft above a dying strip mall on the outskirts of town. Fashion editors and bloggers had praised my signature style — too distinctive now that I needed to blend in, not stand out. Only the baseball cap, seemingly ordinary but deceptively well designed and pricey, remained.
I risked another glance at the redhead. He had halved the distance between us. A rogue basketball escaped a nearby pickup game and bounced his way. He caught it, barely breaking stride.
“Over here!” a player shouted.
I expected the boy to send the ball bouncing back to the court. Instead, he lobbed a powerful chest pass.
“Dude! Join us,” the player shouted.
The redhead inclined his head toward me. “Maybe tomorrow.”
The other boy sized me up then pumped his arm at the ginger.
My plan to blend in imploded. The wretched boulder refused to crack open and swallow me whole. My adrenaline surged as the boy neared. Before I could formulate an escape, his shadow slanted across me. Hope and excitement gleamed in his eyes. “Sailor? Sailor Saint James?” His copper brows twitched.
My stomach free fell. Crap. I should have fled to the girls’ bathroom while I had the chance. I cleared my throat. “You have me confused with someone else.”

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An Unexpected Inspiration

Sailor Saint James's look solidified for me when I saw this Teen Vogue cover of 
pop star Rita Ora:

Back to the party! See you on Facebook!

Monday, September 11, 2017

You Are Invited!

Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection Facebook Launch Party 

You are cordially invited to my party!
It is not just MY party, though. Please join me and many of the 17 romance authors who contributed fabulous stories to Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection.

When: September 12, 2017

You can drop by the party any time, but I will be co-hosting with Brandi Willis Schreiber from 4:00 PM Pacific time, 6:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Eastern time. 

Stop by to chat, enter to win prizes, and to learn more about your favorite best-selling and emerging romance authors! See you soon!

~Ariella Moon

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