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The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie

Reading eBooks, especially on my phone, has become difficult, I think it is time to admit I may need to see an eye doctor, but I couldn’t resist getting a copy of this free eBook, the first in Nancee’s Pine Bluff series. 
After meeting Nancee Cain through one of the many fabulous writers’ group on Facebook, and being invited to host her Cain Raisers Page, I interviewed Nancee for my Creekside Café and became interested in her work. Though I may never get the chance to meet Nancee in person, I feel a kinship with her, and since reading The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie, I feel an even stronger connection.
A good author makes you forget you are reading a book. When the story is really good, and the author truly talented, reading becomes an experience and find yourself amidst the story. That’s how I felt while reading The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie. I fell in love with the characters wanting to either drag Dylan off to bed, beat the crap out of him or feed him cookies and milk. While Jennifer could sometimes be annoying, so was I at nineteen.
The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie is my first taste of Nancee’s work, and it was delicious. I am looking forward to devouring more of The Pine Bluff books.
This opposite attracts, forbidden love romance is one of the best I’ve read. The contrast between bad boy Dylan and the sweet, innocent preacher’s daughter, Jennifer add another layer to the dynamics of this story.
The naive nurse who harbors a secret crush for her patient is hardly a match for the worldly ways of a rock-n-roll heart throb. While Jennifer might be innocent, she’s not spineless and she gives her patient what for. Watching this romance unfold, the setbacks and missteps is like being on an emotional roller coaster. I laughed, cried and fell in love.
Fair warning: you may lose sleep over this book.
I think this book needs to be made into a movie. Now who would we cast for Dylan?
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Creekside Chat with Jennifer Lane

I am excited to welcome Jennifer Lane to Creekside Cafe. I met Jennifer through Nancee Cain’s Cain Raisers Facebook Page. You all might remember Nancee from a previous interview. Thank you, Jennifer, for stopping by the cafe. Can I get you something from the barista?  

Jennifer: Thank you for this opportunity. I’ll take an iced hazelnut coffee.

Sherri: Make that two, it sounds great.

Iced coffee with milk in vintage jar

Jennifer: How cool that you’re parlaying your journalism background into your author blog.

Sherri: I can hardly call writing for the small local paper a journalism background but I enjoy chatting with fellow writers and readers. My time with the newspaper did teach me to writing short pieces quickly, and on a schedule, as well get comfortable asking questions. Sometimes, the hardest thing is knowing which questions you should ask.

Have you been in North Carolina before?

Jennifer: I swam at a meet at UNC’s pool in college, and I’ve vacationed at the Outer Banks. I love the beach!

Jennifer at 8, the year she started competitive swimming.

Sherri: I enjoy the beach too. I’m only a passable swimmer, but I’m not one to just lay about in the sand, I love to swim or walk on the beach picking up seashells.

Where are you from? Where do you call home?

Jennifer: I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio and live two hours north in Columbus. I’ve also lived in Indiana and Washington State for graduate school. My sisters live in Illinois and South Carolina, where I visit often.

Jennifer with best friend Gwynn visiting her sister in Chicago.

Sherri: One of my sons and his family lives in Ohio but I’ve not had the chance to visit.

Jennifer: Ooh, where in Ohio?

Sherri: Bucyrus, I believe that is in the southeastern part of the state.

What type of work do you do? Has it influenced you writing?  

Jennifer: I’m a psychologist, meaning I love to explore character motivation and growth. People fascinate me. We all have good reasons for what we do, though sometimes it’s a challenge to uncover those reasons.

Sherri: With your education and observations, you probably have more insight, I often feel like Dear Abby at the ABC store. Working with the public in a small town, people often tell me things they might not tell a family member or close friend. I guess it is like the bartender or hair dresser. People need someone to talk to, not necessarily solve their problems but just someone to listen. I don’t mind being that person and it gives me insight into people.

Jennifer: Listening nonjudgmentally is SO important, but we often have trouble with letting negative emotion just sit there without trying to fix it.

Sherri: Yeah, I’ve learned I can’t fix everyone’s problems, but I can listen and care. Do you craft your stories with characters first or do you have a plot and build characters to fit the story?

Jennifer: What an interesting question—I’ve never been asked that before. Characters first, for sure. I was more of a plotter when I first started writing, but now I let the characters take me on their journey.

Sherri: Do you write full time now, or hold down another job as well as write?

Jennifer: Writing is a hobby of mine. No way can I pay the bills with my measly writing income!

Sherri: Don’t I know it. I have dreams of being able to make a living with my writing. I have a great following locally but have yet to do more than build up my hopes.

How long have you been writing?

Jennifer: Although I enjoyed creative writing as a child, I never envisioned becoming a writer. Then, in my thirties, I became obsessed with the TV show, Prison Break. I found fan fiction on an internet forum, and at first, I thought, “What losers write stories about TV characters?” Fast forward a few months and of course I became one of those losers. The words flowed out of me—my first story was over 200,000 words! I kept writing and learning more about the craft, and I found a small publisher who released my debut novel, With Good Behavior in 2010. Since then, I’ve published eight novels and two novellas.

Sherri: I never knew about fan fiction until recently. I think I would have loved trying my hand at it. I used to come up with scenes for shows I liked.

What genre books do you write?

Jennifer: I write sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. What do you write?

Sherri: I write contemporary suspense with romantic elements but hope to write some historicals also. Do you plan to write any other genre in the future?

Jennifer: I branched out into psychological thrillers with my latest novel, Twin Sacrifice. I included a little bit of romance because I can’t seem to stray from that genre. I might write another thriller or venture into an entirely new genre in the future.

Sherri: What is your latest project?

Jennifer: My work-in-progress is an adult sports romance featuring coaches from rival universities. I am fortunate to have a wonderful critique partner, Nicki Elson.

Sherri: Is Nicki also a published author? How did the two of you meet?

Jennifer: Yes, Nicki writes contemporary romance—I love her “It Series” starting with When It Hits You. Nicki and I met through Omnific Publishing (where I also met the lovely Nancee Cain!)

Sherri: I believe Beta readers and critique partners are vital to us being accomplished writers. Learning to take criticism and address plot holes or other issues makes us better writers.

What do you enjoy about writing?

Jennifer: I love immersing myself in narratives, losing myself in the plot and characters. It’s a path of self-discovery. I also enjoy refining the craft of writing.

Sherri: I think you hit it on the head when you said, self-discovery. We learn more about ourselves as we study others. I hate to use the over-used term of ‘finding ourselves,’ but I think that is a very real part of what we do. When we empathize with others, we discovery our own capacity for love and acceptance, and learn to accept ourselves.

Do you have any other hobbies or interests, besides writing? Do these show up in your writing?

Jennifer: I was a college swimmer and volleyball player, and I have a blast swimming laps and playing rec volleyball in addition to all kinds of exercise (walking while listening to audiobooks or podcasts, cardio machines, weight-lifting). My sports romances lean heavily on my Sporty Spice interests. I also enjoy traveling and spending time with family, and it’s intriguing to explore family dynamics in my stories.

Sherri: My hobbies tend to be more sedate. While I love swimming and walking, I don’t do nearly enough of it. I enjoy dancing and singing too but other than reading and writing, I consider cooking my favorite hobby. I love to discover new recipes. I’m an avid Food Network fan. Do you have a favorite food/recipe?

Jennifer: I love Asian cuisine, including Japanese, Thai, and Chinese food. I’ve become obsessed with my Instapot, and here is one summer recipe for Hawaiian Chicken Tacos that turned out pretty well:

Sherri: I will have to check out the Hawaiian chicken tacos, unfortunately half my family can’t eat pineapple, but I love Asian cuisine. One of my daughters-in-law is Cambodian. She cooks Thai and Chinese. She has even introduced me to Indian food. My daughters-in-law have spoiled me, both my oldest and youngest cook for me and I love learning new recipes and sampling new foods. My oldest son has even taught me to eat Sushi, something I never expected to like.

What are your writing strengths and weaknesses? What seems to come easy for you and what do you have to work harder to get right?

Jennifer: I’ve been told that I write good dialogue, though I have to be careful to balance dialogue with exposition so as not to write an entire novel full of character conversations only. I find life so interesting and complex that sometimes I bring too many issues into my stories. I want to learn to write more concise plots while keeping layered characters.

Sherri: Who are your favorite authors or genres?

Jennifer: Pamela Clare is my favorite romantic suspense author. Her I-Team series wows me with its careful research and swoon-worthy heroes. Elle Kennedy writes hilarious sports romance, and Colleen Hoover’s contemporary romances really shine. I also enjoy thrillers from Nelson DeMille.

Sherri: I’ll have to check out these authors. Wow, I think we’re about out of time. It was so good to have you stop by. I do hope to chat with you again.

If you enjoyed my chat with Jennifer Lane, follow her on social media and you can find her books at through the links listed at the end of this interview.

I hope you all will stop by again, you never know who will be stopping by Creekside Café.

Jennifer Lane, Author
Psyched Publishing
Sports Romance and Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Twin Sacrifice Psychological Thriller
Blocked New Adult Volleyball Romance
Aced (Blocked #2) New Adult Sports Romance
Spiked (Blocked #3) New Adult Sports Romance
Streamline New Adult Swimming Romance
Swim Recruit New Adult Novella (free!)
With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1)
Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2)
On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3)
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Marie Savage’s visit to Creekside Cafe

I am so excited to have Marie Savage with me today. I understand you are a coffee lover. How do you drink yours? I like mine with just a little half-and-half but I’ve skipped to 2% milk to cut a few calories.

Marie: I like mine with Heavy whipping cream (part of the keto diet) My coffee addiction is pretty much in every book I write.

Sherri: I’ve confessed my aversion to tea in a few of mine. I see the shock on your face, can she really be a southern girl and not like sweet, iced tea? <sigh>I’m afraid so.

You’ve had an interesting life.

Marie: I joined the US Air Force. I was stationed at Castle AFB in Atwater California. It was there I met my soul mate and spent the next twenty-four years.

Sherri: How long have y’all been married?

Marie: My husband and I have been married for twenty-eight years now.

Sherri: It’ll be twenty-eight years for me and the mechanic, come July.

How did we meet (real or virtual)?

Marie: (me and you?) We met on Cain Raisers (virtual) If you meant me and my husband. We met in a bar. LOL 

Sherri: Where are you from? Are you still in the Air Force and living in California?

Marie: I’m originally from the panhandle of Florida. Empty nester syndrome was about to hit us, so we decided to leave the west coast and move back to my southern roots. We are currently living in Hartford Alabama. I’ve always been a southern girl at heart so I’m home.

Sherri: I’m a southern girl, despite my aversion to sweet tea. I was born in Louisiana when my dad was stationed a Barksdale Air Force Base.

Have you ever been to eastern North Carolina/east coast United States?

Marie: Yes. I have cousin in North Carolina. I hope to visit them again real soon. The Carolinas are so pretty.

Sherri: Do you write full-time or do you hold down another job as well as write?

Marie: Right now, I still have a fulltime job. When I left the military, I worked my way up to a corporate job with a grocery store chain in California. After twenty years, I decided it was time for my next chapter in my life so we moved to Alabama to be closer to family and I took a job that was less stressful so I could pursue my writing. I have a five-year plan to be a full-time writer at the end of year five. Right now, I’m on year two. <Crossing fingers > three more years!

Sherri: How long have you been writing?

Marie: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I was the kid everyone hated in school (not seriously) because I loved doing essays and reports. I always loved reading romance and one day back in 2015 my husband suggested I start publishing my stories. I published my first book at the end of 2016.

Sherri: What do you enjoy about writing?

Marie: I love when the muse hits and the story just flows onto the screen. It’s my escape.

Sherri: What do you despise about writing?

Marie: Edits!!

Sherri: When is your best time to write?

Marie: I usually get my best writing in the mornings, (when I say morning, I mean 3am to 6am) but usually it’s just when I have time.

Sherri: What are your writing strengths and weaknesses?

Marie: Not sure on the strengths, I guess you would have to ask my readers. I like to keep them turning the page and from the reviews of my books, I seem to do that. My weakness is easy, deadlines. LOL

Sherri: Who are some of your favorite authors? What genres do you like to read?

Marie: Robyn Carr and Janet Evanovich are my two all-time favorite authors. I tend to like contemporary romance more, but I can get caught up in a historical from time to time. Unless it’s a recipe or self-help book, I tend to only read romance.

Sherri: Are you published? Indie or traditional or hybrid?

Marie: Yes. I’m Indie published but in September I will have my first published book with Sweet Promise Press. I super excited about that.

Sherri: Do you have any other hobbies or interests? Do these show up in your stories?

Marie: I love to go to thrift shops and outlets, (I’m always looking for a bargain) One of my characters in my WIP loves to thrift shop. I love gardening but I haven’t added that to my stories yet.

Sherri: Who or what has most influenced your writing?

Marie: My life. Each story I’ve written, so far, has been based on something that has happened in my life or the life of a loved one.

Sherri: What are your plans for the future (writing)?

Marie: My plan is to be a full-time writer either self (Indie) published or traditional published.  I have many stories in my head left to write.

Sherri: Tell me your journey to getting published.

Marie: Once I decided to do this, I just asked some author friends and basically learned by making mistakes. I still do.  It’s a lot of work to Indie publish because you not only have to write the book and get it ready to sale, but you have to promote yourself. I love it though.

Sherri: Aw, are time is running out, I do hope you’ll come back to Creekside again soon. Until then, if you want to know more about Marie Savage check out her links below. Y’all have a great day and keep reading and writing.

About the Author

Marie Savage is a self-published contemporary romance author who has a love for family, friendships, patriotic spirit, and hometown pride.

Born and raised in the Florida Panhandle, she has always had a love for reading and writing, with the romance genre being her obvious favorite. Her desire to expand her horizons, led her to join the United States Air Force and proudly serve her country for six years.

While stationed in Atwater California, she met her true love and together they have shared life’s beautiful joys and tragic losses. After spending over half her life in the Central Valley of California, she has moved back home to the Wiregrass area of Alabama, where her passion for writing first began.


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On the Porch with Nancee Cain

Today I’m excited to welcome Nancee Cain to Creekside Café. Nancee graciously hosted me on her Facebook Group Page, Cain Raisers for my second Takeover. Thank you again for your generous hospitality. It is so nice to have you here at my virtual café. I wish it were real and we could be sitting back sipping something cool and refreshing.

Nancee: I’m so glad to be here. And your takeover was so much fun! I think if we met in real life, we’d for sure be good friends and sit and talk books!

Sherri: That would be lovely but I’m not drinking grape Koolaid, I have bad memories of that stuff. Though I do admit to liking lemonade and blue lemonade, I can’t stand the smell of grape. Imagine Artesian well water and grape Koolaid mixed. For those of you not familiar with an Artesian well, is smells like rotten eggs.

But books, yes, I love books and I really like your Facebook Group. You’ve done a great job of bringing people together. How do you find time to write and keep up with everything that’s happening with your online group? Surly you don’t work outside the home.

Nancee: I work full time as a nurse counselor in the field of addiction, and it seems like I write/manage social media full time as well. I get up early and work before work, work on my lunch break and after work.

Sherri: Wow, and I thought I was busy. When do you sleep? You must be young and single to be able to handle all of that. Unless you have one of those amazing husbands who actually support your career. Are you married, how many years?

Nancee: Yes, um, let me think. (My hubby knows this better than I do) In Dec we will have been married 37 years. Oh good grief… That’s a long time he’s had to put up with me! Lol We laugh every year on our anniversary and agree to “renew the contract.”

Sherri: The mechanic and I will be celebrating 28 years married in July. He says we’re still on our honeymoon. He’s my cheerleader, my support and even my researcher at times.

Where are you from, Nancee?

Nancee: I’m from Alabama and live about 60 miles NW of Birmingham in a rural community.

Sherri: Have you ever been to the east coast, especially, eastern North Carolina?

Nancee: I did when I was a kid. We used to travel east from TX and either go to FL or up the east coast. I love NC and think it’s a beautiful state. I’m writing a story now that takes place in the Appalachia Mountains, which is one of my favorite places.

Sherri: How long have you been writing?

Nancee: Since I was a teenager but seriously since 2012.

Sherri: We have a similar timeline, though you have been more productive. How many books do you have out?

Nancee: Currently I have two paranormal angel romances and a novella. And in the contemporary Pine Bluff series there are five currently published, with two more coming by the end of the year. So that will make ten total in December.

Sherri: Wow, that’s impressive, especially with your demanding schedule. Are you indie or traditionally published?

Nancee: I’m Hybrid. I pitched at Romantic Times in 2014 and was offered for two—Saving Evangeline and The Rehabilitation of Angel Sinclair. I only accepted Saving Evangeline and it was published through Omnific in 2015 the rest I’ve done through self-publishing.

Sherri: Tell me your journey to getting published.

Nancee: I was a reader first, hooked up with my critique partner, who is also a dear friend, and started attending our local Southern Magic RWA. I took classes on how to write and dove in. I pitched at RT 2014 and after that I’ve done self-publishing.

Sherri: What do you love about writing?

Nancee: I love the beginnings, when the ideas are fresh and when the characters start to take over the story. I’m a real pantser. And my favorite part of the process is what some consider to be the hardest. I love the editing because my editor takes my rough manuscript and guides me with a sense of humor and encouragement to make it the best it can be.

Sherri: I’m a pantser as well, though I’ve not embraced editing so much as rewriting. When I read through a passage and see where I can make it better. I just have to be careful about seeing a place for this great scene, dialogue, or whatever, only to realize I’ve already written something similar in the next chapter.

What do you barely tolerate about writing?

Nancee: Like most, the soggy middles can be troublesome and the afterward, the marketing, getting the book out there. I’m at heart an introvert and would rather just hide in my writing cave and write!

Sherri: Middles often get muddled, my mentor Marni Graff said to add another piece to the puzzle. She’s a mystery writer. She has really helped me find my voice as an author. It was her encouragement that pushed me to self-publish my first book after my agent dropped me. I met one of your author friends, Marie Savage, she said you were her mentor. I hope to have her visit the café also.

Nancee: Aw, that’s so sweet of Marie! She is a fabulous writer and we have become great friends in real life.

Sherri: What are your writing strengths and weaknesses?

Nancee: I have no sense of comma usage. And my folks have a lot of wall sex, seated sex, etc. because I don’t understand when to lay, lie, laid. LOL As for strengths, I’m pretty strict about writing every day.

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Sherri: I learned to make time to write while participating with my local Romance Writers’ the Heart of Carolina’s Book in a Week challenge. It gave me the confidence to send query letters to agents and participate with NaNoWriMo.

Who are your favorite authors/genres?

Nancee: Too many! I love Romances, Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult, I like psychological thrillers and Southern Gothic and I love biographies.

Sherri: Historical romance was my first love but like you, I’ve branched out. I really enjoy biographies, especially for research.

Do you have any other hobbies or interests? Do these show up in your stories?

Nancee: I’m an amateur photographer, genealogist. Strangely enough, I haven’t incorporated any of my hobbies into my writing. Since I write about heavy stuff, I guess I pull more from background working in the addiction field. Geez, I need to give these folks some fun hobbies!

Sherri: Who or what has most influenced your writing?

Nancee: My parents always encouraged it, my critique partner keeps me honest, Stephanie Phillips, my agent is patient and my number one cheerleader. And I have found my tribe of authors who will push me when needed, hold my hand, laugh with me and share my frustrations.

Sherri: What are your writing plans for the future?

Nancee: I’m currently working on a magical realism/romantic suspense story. And on July 11th The Reintroduction of Sammie Morgan, Book 6 in the Pine Bluff Novels will be released. In November, the final book, The Realization of Grayson Deschanelle will be published. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to Pine Bluff.

Sherri: Oh man, our time is running out and we have so much more to talk about. Promise you’ll come back again. Thank you so much for joining me at the café, Nancee. For more information about Nancee Cain and her books follow the links below.

Biography and Links

I’m Nancee Cain and I write romance with a serrated edge. My characters are flawed and many are dealing with troubling issues like addiction, alcoholism, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, Learning Disabilities, Low self esteem.

The first books are “wickedly” good paranormal romance reads about snarky, hilarious angels who have to come to earth and solve a problem, yet do so disguised as humans. They don’t always succeed, but they are always funny!

My contemporary romance novels all have ties to the small town of Pine Bluff, Alabama–where everybody knows your name and your business!  Each book is a standalone, but they are more fun read in order to see what your favorite characters are up to! (Dylan from the first book was quite the demanding rockstar and appears in all but one of the books, I believe) And his book is FREE!


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