Thursday, June 29, 2023

Handbag and Books welcomes author Seelie Kay and her new book, In the Midst of Angels, a heavenly romance

About a New Book!

Title:  In the Midst of Angels

Release Date:  June 30, 2023

Publisher:  Extasy Books

Genre:  Contemporary Romance/Paranormal Romance

Heat Level: Two flames

Pages: 177

Price: eBook $5.99, Print $8.99

Greta McDonald is convinced she doesn’t have time for love, 

but her dearly departed parents feel differently.

Attorney Greta McDonald runs a free legal clinic for Milwaukee’s financially disadvantaged population. Funded by the estate of her late parents, Greta’s dedication to those who can’t afford legal services leaves no time for romance. While on Earth, Melissa and Steven McDonald had enjoyed a true love match and they want the same for their daughter. Unfortunately, angels are only permitted to observe family members left behind, and in times of extreme danger, request assistance, but they are not allowed to interfere in matters of the heart.  The couple has already tested God’s indulgence several times and now they’re facing the possibility of being cast out of Heaven into Purgatory.

Enter Aaron Buckley, a ruthless litigator, and Greta’s primary nemesis in court. Despite their differences, he is determined to win Greta’s heart. Unfortunately, Greta’s commitment to her clinic, her resistance to a relationship, and her propensity to place herself in peril, threaten to prevent a love match. Without a little heavenly #1 intervention, this couple may never have the opportunity to embrace the miracle of true love.

When Aaron’s grandfather offers a family-tested three-part plan to win Greta’s heart, Aaron is all in. Unfortunately, Greta isn’t making things easy, but as everyone knows, the show’s not over until the heavenly choir sings!

An interview with Seelie Kay 

Q.  Why do you write romance?  

It began as a way to relieve the stress of a career as a lawyer/journalist and dealing with MS “on the side.” Writing has always been my outlet and the best way to break away from reality for a bit was to write romance. Plus, I love happy endings. I get rather emotional (yes, I’m a crier) but it’s a wonderful release.

Q.  Do you prefer a certain type of romantic hero?

I adore smart, dashing gentlemen who aren’t afraid to live on the edge. They can be a lawyer, a bad boy, a billionaire, a prince, or a secret agent. That hint of danger just hooks me! However, they have to be paired with strong, independent women who aren’t afraid to fight for what they want, even love. And brains over brawn, every time!

Q.  Why did you write “In the Midst of Angels?”

For several reasons. When my father died during the pandemic (not from COVID), I really struggled with the idea that I could never ever seek his advice again. He lived in another city and was kept in a tight “bubble,” so neither my son or I could visit. My mother had died 15 years prior and I regularly had dreams in which we had some pretty serious discussions about love and romance. That had me thinking about what type of advice they would give my son about relationships and finding the right partner. I also wondered how they would react to the relationship style of Millennials. Somedays, I feel like all of the advanced technology they use has killed romance. They seem much more practical about it, less playful. In a way, this book is a nod to my parents, as well as a guide to romance for the younger generation.

Q.   You pretty much use lawyers as your main characters. Why?

 It’s what I know. After 30 years, the law and the legal world are so firmly embedded in my brain that I can’t flush them out. That has become the lens through which I view the world and that naturally guides my characters and plots. Injustice infuriates me, but it also leads me to great stories. Even in this book, I find a way to explore social and criminal justice issues.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Book Tour: Michelle Miles and Light of the World

Light of the World, A Dream Walker Novel Book 5

by Michelle Miles

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

The final battle between Heaven and Hell is coming – and I'm at the heart of it.

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

HBW welcomes Liese Sherwood Fabre and Magic School Dropout - a Teen Fantasy

 Wilhelmina Quigley: Magic School Dropout 
by Liese Sherwood-Fabre

Genre: Teen Fantasy

Family wields the greatest magic.

A missing father. A mother bewitched. Wilhelmina must use her unpredictable magic to catch whoever—or whatever—is stalking her parents. Will her powers be enough to restore her family?