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Keeping Hope Alive

Defying the odds, Casey Morgan opens Hope Ranch for troubled teens in a rural Texas community, but not everyone welcomes her with open arms. The unexplained death of her security guard and other disturbing activities prompts her to advertise for help to make her ranch the safe haven she envisioned. Help comes in the form of Major Nathan “Max” Maxwell, who needs a place to finish his recuperation before returning to his Spec Ops team, but having a rifle pointed at his head by a lady in a Stetson isn’t the greeting he expects when he steps onto Hope Ranch. Instead of finding the serenity he expected, he walks into a web of deceit and danger.

Torn between his growing feelings for Casey and his need to return to his team, Max searches for the strength to help the beautiful ranch director.  Casey isn’t looking for a man, and Max knows his military career doesn’t mix well with family life. Will Hope Ranch give Casey and Max a chance to find a future together?

Keeping Hope Alive is available on Amazon

About the  Author

Author Fran McNabb grew up along the waterways, beaches, and islands of the Gulf Coast and uses this setting in many of her romances. Her publishing credits include eleven novels with eight of these still available. She began her writing career with Avalon Publisher, a library distributor of family-friendly books. When Amazon’s publishing division bought Avalon, her fourth contracted book was picked up by their romance division Montlake Publishing. She also has two light romantic suspense novels with The Wild Rose Press and two Indie books. All of her fiction can be classified as sweet romances.

Fran has non-fiction pieces published in two anthologies with the Gulf Coast Writers Association, one in Chicken Soup for the SoulArthritis Edition, and numerous pieces in group newsletters. She is an award winning author with several of her books and essays winning or placing in the top categories of writing contests.

Fran received both her BS and ME degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi,  taught high school English and journalism, and sponsored the yearbook and the school newspaper. Throughout her teaching career she also found time to tutor home-bound students and teach refresher classes for Navy personnel and a writing class as an adjunct community college instructor.

As a former English and journalism teacher, it was natural for her to ease into the role of author and workshop presenter. Fran has presented writing and publishing workshops at numerous conferences, writers’ meetings, and library and reader groups. She donated her time to teach a four-week class at The Mary C Cultural Center about writing for the fiction market. Her classes include topics concerning the craft of writing, such as Developing Character, Plotting, Theme and Setting. Other topics include Query and Synopsis Writing and Organizing a Writing Life.

Fran and her husband live on a quiet bayou harbor on the Gulf Coast where she spends her time writing, reading and boating.


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BlackDragon1 I have the pleasure and honor of introducing Richard Turner, author of Black Dragon, which was launched on May 16, 2014, the sequel to Goliath.

According to his biography on Author Central, “Richard Turner proudly served in the Canadian Army for more than thirty years. Starting his career as a private and finishing it off as a senior officer, he considers himself fortunate to have lived and worked all across Canada. He had numerous overseas deployments that took him to many varied locations throughout the world, including: Germany, Cyprus, Croatia, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Egypt, Israel and finally two tours of Afghanistan. Wanting to try something new, he now spends his time writing. ”

Richard is also the author of five other novels, also available on Amazon.

Where do you find your inspiration for your fiction?

From a couple of places. First from my experiences in the military, with thirty-one years of service all over the globe, I saw and experienced a lot of different things. Secondly, I have a great love of history and have read on everything from the classical period to the modern day. It’s amazing what you can learn when you delve really deep into a time period to ensure that what you are writing about has some basis in fact.

What were some of the creative challenges you met while writing Black Dragon?

The biggest challenge I found was the fact that I had never been to Mongolia, where a portion of the book takes place. However, having served in Afghanistan and Egypt, I was able to draw on experiences in the desert to create the environment that some of the characters found themselves in. Was there a specific event in the novel that you had to dig deep to find the story? The opening of the novel required me to do a fair bit of reach into the closing days of World War Two. Not many people are aware of the Soviet campaigns against the Japanese at the end of the war.

Photo of Richard TurnerHave you ever created a character who point blank refused to play by your rules?

All of my characters are grounded in the real world. I have never met someone I couldn’t work with no matter what the circumstances were. My characters, at least the protagonists, are based on people I have worked with over the years.

Without giving away any of this gripping story, can you tell me more about this book or how you came to write it?

This novel is a sequel to Goliath, which introduces Ryan Mitchell and his team of former special operations soldiers from all over the world. In Black Dragon, Mitchell and his people are pulled into a scheme to forever change the balance of power on the Korean peninsula. At first, they don’t realize what is at stake, but after some of their team members disappear, they swing into high gear to find them. It is only then that they discover a threat to the United States, one that was conceived in the dying days of the Second World War.

— Thank you for answering these questions, Richard, and all the very best for the success of Black Dragon, your seventh novel. For a brief synopsis of this novel, see my previous post.

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