Tule Author Q&A: Edie Grace talks snow and sushi

Tule author Edie Grace stopped by to chat all about her new Christmas novel, Boyfriends of Christmas Past! 


Emma is a laser-focused professional. What is her favorite meal to order-in when she has a long night in the office?

A creature of habit—and a practicing pescatarian for the past five years—Emma keeps it simple but tasty when it comes to food at work and always orders a dynamite roll from the sushi restaurant down the block (and wields chopsticks like a pro while doing it, thanks to a tutorial from Sam on one of their first dates!).


Sam seems like a mellow guy. What is his favorite band?

Sam is definitely a music lover—he can usually be found with jazz blaring while he’s cooking—but since he’s also a lover of classics, his favorite band is definitely The Beatles. “Yesterday” was the first song he learned to play on the guitar.


When did Emma first get into digital design and what prompted her to pursue it as a career?

From the time she was young, Emma had always wanted to pursue a career in advertising, but it was a guy who first drew her to the design side of the industry (although she would never admit it!) Hoping to catch the eye of a cute TA named Kevin, she signed up for a digital design course—and while Kevin turned out to be a pompous creep, Emma quickly discovered she had a great eye, and passion, for design, and a proficiency for working with digital imagining.


Where is the ultimate Christmas destination Sam would like to go to with Emma?

Sam knows that Emma has a tendency to be a workaholic and too often takes her work home with her, so he’d want to take her to somewhere off the grid where they could truly get away together. Definitely somewhere snowy and private—a small mountain town; or maybe a farm-to-table Bed and Breakfast where he and Emma could really immerse themselves in the creation of their Christmas feast!


What are you currently reading?

‘Tis the season! Since the only thing more fun than writing a holiday love story is reading one, I’m getting all the festive feels right now with Jennifer Gracen’s Holidays in Manhattan. It’s making me want to wrap up in layers and go skating in Rockefeller Center!


About the Author

Hooked on happy-endings from her first episode of The Love Boat at seven, Edie Grace lives in Maryland where she writes romantic fiction under the constant supervision of a big-boned cat, and who has never met a bottle of wine she couldn’t find something nice to say about. (Edie, that is. Not the cat.)

Tule Author Q&A: Leigh Ann Edwards goes deep on life mottos & lineage

Tule author Leigh Ann Edwards took a beat to chat about the second book in her Vikings of Highgard series, The Norse Sorcerer.


How did being a descendant of Solveig affect Brenna’s childhood?
Being a descendant of Solveig affected Brenna’s childhood in many ways. She lived in the grand Solveigian castle-like fortress. She and her sisters were protected by the towering walls and gates surrounding the fortress. There were many lavish rooms such as the Hall of Ancestors and Brenna and her twin sister, Asta, shared a huge bedchamber. Brenna had stronger powers than most Highgardians because she was of the line of Solveig. Perhaps the biggest and most life-changing difference of being a descendant of the goddess, Solveig, was it was believed they were immune to the Red Death.


If Mikkel had a life Motto what would it be?
I think Mikkel’s life motto would have changed a few times throughout his life. After Mikkel, Brandr and Hagen arrived in Midgard, his life motto might have been – Survive at all costs.  Later, it was probably – Look out for number one. After he met Brenna it became – Be the man she believes me to be.


What is Brenna’s biggest phobia?
Brenna’s biggest phobia is the fear of being alone. The thought always terrified her. That was the main reason she was the second sister to make the journey to Midgard. Torunn would be there to meet her and Brenna wouldn’t be left alone in their realm as Asta was.

Tell us about Mikkel’s first time on a ship. How old was he?
Mikkel’s first time on a Viking ship was when he was nineteen – older than many Vikings for a first-time sailing experience. He was physically strong for he had worked on a farm and then later in an ale house carrying heavy casks. He had been training for a long time with swords and learning how Vikings fought.

Mikkel had already made up his mind he would one day become an important earl with a grand longhouse and an army of warriors. When he was on the Viking ship for the first time, he realized how much he liked being out on the open sea. He was intrigued by voyaging to other lands and saw how respected the ship’s steersman (captain) was. He decided he wanted that, too. He worked hard toward making his aspirations a reality.


What actor do you envision to play Mikkel if The Norse Sorcerer was adapted for the screen?
I sometimes find it a challenge to visualize who might play my characters. There are some actors I think would work, but often I find the ones who might be best suited have already played another iconic character. However, I do think maybe Ian Somerhalder who played Damon on Vampire Diaries might do nicely as Mikkel. He has the sultry, bad-boy darkness and the mesmerizing blue eyes. Give Ian some Viking hair and clothes, I think he would be great as Mikkel.




About the Author
Since she was a child, Leigh Ann Edwards has always had a vivid imagination and lots of stories to tell. An enthusiastic traveler and author for over twenty years, her adventures in Massachusetts, Ireland, and the UK inspired The Farrier’s Daughter and its sequel novels in the Irish Witch series. Edwards adores animals, history, genealogy, and magical places—and Ireland is filled with many magical places. She lives with her husband and two cats in the lovely city of Edmonton, Alberta.

Tule Authors Q&A: Kelsey McKnight & Sarah Fischer give a ‘taste’ of Christmas release

Tule authors Kelsey McKnight and Sarah Fischer took some time to discuss their new release, Royally Abandoned.

Tell us about the fictional kingdom of Aldora — what real-life country is it similar to?
Aldora is a small island nation off the coast of Great Britain. It’s most like the city-state Monaco, since although it’s tiny, it’s a wealthy nation with a strong monarchy. Now for some Aldora fun facts! The Montgomery royal family took the throne when an ancestor of theirs, a blacksmith, challenged the reigning king to a duel. Because the king was so disliked, the blacksmith beating him in combat brought a new reign of peace to the kingdom. Since then, the crown and the people have lived in perfect harmony. Greyson’s mother went to school with the late Princess Diana and they had a lifelong friendship…then they each married princes and became cousins through marriage!


How does Greyson pick Savannah, Georgia, as his destination?
Greyson’s mother was a fan of Gone with the Wind, a classic American film set in Georgia. When Greyson was deciding where he should move to, Georgia was the first place that came to mind. Then, he figured the easiest place to find construction or carpentry work in Georgia would be Savannah. Finding the perfect girl who just happened to be named Scarlett was just the cherry on top.



Scarlett teaches Greyson how to cook — what is her go-to dish?
Scarlett can’t just pick one dish, so let’s get a meal! From our personal recipe books, here are some things we think Scarlett would approve of…











If Greyson and Scarlett had a song, what would it be?
“If I Were a Bell” from Guys and Dolls.


What is your favorite holiday book of all time?
That’s a hard one, but we both read and enjoyed It Started With a Kiss by Miranda Dickinson


Note from the Authors

Royally Abandoned is the first time we’ve officially joined literary forces to write and publish a book we wrote together, but we’ve been friends for many years.

We met in college when we joined the same sorority and have been together ever since, even when we both began building families and lives in different states. Through constant texting, daily phone calls, and telepathic ability (just kidding), we’ve turned our university sisterhood into a lifelong friendship. When we each learned the other was writing their own little novels, we became each other’s makeshift editors and sounding boards as we learned the ropes in the publishing world.

When we finally decided to collaborate on a project, we knew we could build a charming world set in the thick of the holiday season. From a cozy peach cobbler café in Georgia to the opulent ballroom in the Montgomery Castle in Aldora, we want everyone who reads Royally Abandoned to feel that a book is better when you have someone to share it with.


Sarah and Kelsey

Tule Author Q&A: M.A. Guglielmo gets creative with characters

New Tule author M.A. Guglielmo took a beat to talk about her new release, Summoned.


Zahara is an outrageous character. If someone gave her $5,000 to spend freely, where would she go?

Vegas, baby! And since she can magically enchant slot machines to do her evil bidding, that 5K might end up as a lot more money for her to spend on fashion and sweets.




What is Daniel’s favorite memory with his grandmother? Were they close?
Daniel received a good deal of comfort from his grandmother during his parent’s divorce, and her grand love affair with his grandfather is the kind of love he hopes to find.



Who would you like to play Zaid if Summoned was adapted for the screen?
Marwan Kenzari, who plays bad guy Jafar in the life-action Aladdin, has great potential to play the good-but-dangerous Zaid.




If Zahara had a favorite song, what would it be?
Bad Girls by M.I.A.


What are you currently reading?
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Awesome world-building and a great slow burn on her romantic arcs.


About the Author
Born and raised in Rhode Island, M.A. Guglielmo is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters and works as a neurosurgeon in academic practice. Drawing on her life-long love of imaginative fiction, she writes stories based mostly on Middle Eastern and Southern European mythology and legend.


Tule Author Q&A: Megan Ryder talks relaxing & redemption

Tule author Megan Ryder sat down to discuss her second book in the Redemption Ranch series, Coming Home to the Cowboy.

Chase seems to have developed a defense mechanism with his personality. When did he start to hide behind humor?
Chase learned very young that humor made people like him more and hide his pain. He learned this as a very young child, particularly in school when the other kids liked him and making jokes allowed him to pretend that he didn’t care that he didn’t have what other kids had – birthday parties, people who cared, a family. Also, making jokes and being funny allowed him to build quick connections for a kid who changed schools often and had to go one of two ways – be strong and dominant or be funny and liked. Despite the humor making him likeable, he didn’t have a lot of close friends. He kept to himself, preferring not to create bonds knowing that he would probably be moving on soon and didn’t want to lose those friends. So he became an island until he came to Redemption Ranch and Douglas told him no matter what, he was there to stay. Adam was an easy-going guy and persistent, keeping at Chase until he let him in. They remained friends until Adam’s death, which put Hailey permanently out of reach for Chase, until she came back.


How does Hailey like to unwind?
Like many single mothers with young, active sons, it’s hard to find time to herself. But Hailey likes to read and do any activity that she can in quick, little bursts. As she settles in at Redemption Ranch and has more time, she’ll take up more hobbies and crafts to fill the creative well inside her, including quilting and knitting with Tara. But prior to coming home, she mainly read.


How does Chase initially interact with Hailey’s son?
Chase wasn’t quite sure how to interact with AJ, Hailey’s son. He had never saw himself as a father or a father-figure. He always thought there was something wrong with him, since no one ever adopted him or kept him around for long after he was abandoned. Now, there is this little, inquisitive six-year-old asking a lot of questions (as only little boys can do) and following him around, and he has no idea how to handle it. He makes mistakes, as everyone does, and Hailey is a bit overprotective, which is also natural, and he retreats. But then he finds parenting books and early-readers books for AJ at the local bookstore to help him connect with AJ, and AJ’s father’s old pony to help them bond and the connection is complete. Building that relationship between the two characters – a boy who never knew his father and was desperate for a father-figure, and a man who never expected to have children and had no clue how to handle him – was one of the hardest and best parts of this book for me.


What first drew Chase to bull riding?
Initially, Chase loved the adrenaline rush. He loved the action, the risk, and the reward. High risk, high reward. But he also loved the money that he could earn, once he proved that he had talent, and he was able to help the ranch out with his winnings. He felt like he could do more for the ranch by competing and sending money home, than by riding the range and herding cattle. Also, it allowed him to not get too close to the ranch in case it was ever taken away. His biggest fear was losing his home and ranching is risky business. By not getting too close, he wasn’t risking the bonds of home and family, the two things he desperately wanted. He said he wanted to travel and see the world, but the reality was, he was running away.


What is next for Redemption Ranch?
We have one more brother, Ty Evans, who needs his own happily ever after. Ty thinks he’s happy. He works the ranch, content to ride the range, play his guitar on Saturday nights at the local bar, and have a home, especially after his home and family was so cruelly ripped away from him. He has no need to go wandering or find anyone. He knows what it’s like to have it all and have it taken away. But he is missing something. So, when Tara and West are getting married, he is going to be confronted with his missing piece and the one ambition he had suppressed forever. Let’s see if he is man enough to go for it, or if he decides to stay on his butt on the ranch forever.


About the Author
Ever since Megan Ryder discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door. She lives in Connecticut, spending her days as a technical writer and her spare time divided between her addiction to knitting and reading.

Tule Author Q&A: Jamie K. Schmidt takes aim on skills & squirrels

Tule author Jamie K. Schmidt took some time to talk about her second installment in her Three Sisters Ranch series, The Cowboy’s Hunt.

What initially drew Emily into the Peace Corps?
Emily wanted to show her family that she was a responsible adult, and getting the heck out of Last Stand, Texas, was high on her list because of her father’s temperament.  She also wanted to help make a difference in people’s lives, so the Peace Corps seemed like the best choice.


Are you a hunter? Have you ever been?
I’m not a hunter, but my father is.  While we don’t live on a farm, our family is lucky enough to have about thirty or so acres of forestland. For a chance of pace, every year he would go to a cabin in Vermont for the weekend to hunt. Without fail, we’d see three full rack bucks in our front yard while he was gone. One of my favorite stories he tells is when he and his friend, Bobby, were walking across a cow pasture and one of the cows didn’t like it.  So she charged them.  My father stayed put, but the cow chased Bobby all across the pasture and up a tree.

I only fired my father’s deer rifle once.  It was a .357 magnum, which is a weird caliber for a hunting rifle. My grandfather used a 12-gauge shotgun. I could barely lift that thing. My father’s rifle had the prettiest strap for it.  It was wide leather with a field of deer pictured on it, which is ironic if you think of it.  Anyway, we had a fifty-gallon drum with a can on top set up for target practice. He told me to tuck the butt of the rifle below my shoulder, take a deep breath and fire.  I knew the rifle was going to kick, but I hadn’t expected to be blown back.  I landed hard on my back, deafened – because I wasn’t wearing ear protection (It was the 80’s), with my finger still on the trigger, the rifle still tucked in my shoulder, but facing to the sky.  You wouldn’t believe the bruise I had on my chest.

When my mother started talking to him again and my bruise faded, he decided to have me try out his .22 rifle. Which for the curious, doesn’t kick at all. Or at least, not that I noticed.  This time, we were in my grandfather’s yard and the can was on his fence post.  My father takes the first shot. Clang! The can wobbles. I line up my shot. Clang! The can doesn’t wobble.  Well, that’s strange.  I take my second shot. Clang! Again – no wobble. So we go check it out. The can has one hole in it.  I’m so proud of myself.  I put the bullet through the hole my father made in the can. Not once. But twice. Sound impossible?  It was. But we had no other solution. A few days later, my grandfather calls us yelling his head off, “Who the hell put two rounds into my wheelbarrow?” My father threw me under the bus.  “The baby did it.” (I was sixteen.) My grandfather immediately deflated and was like, “Oh, all right.  I shouldn’t have left it out there.”  It was to the way right of where I was aiming, so far off the mark my father and I didn’t even consider that’s what I had shot.  Which is why you always stand behind someone who’s firing a projectile.

I took up the bow after that. My father had a beautiful longbow that was almost as tall as I was, and you’d string it by wrapping it around your leg. I loved that bow. I can’t remember the test weight, but I remember they told me it was too hard for me to drag back.  Well, that was all you had to tell me. I practiced and practiced until I could draw it back to my cheek without quivering too much. And once I could hold it steady, my father gave me some arrows without tips and told me to go shoot a tree. I was pretty good. That big oak tree never stood a chance. And then I saw the squirrel. I knew I could hit it. I hated squirrels. Not only were they destructive, they would eat my dog Christopher’s food right out of his bowl and taunt him while doing it. But Christopher was a gentle giant, a collie-husky mix, and just sat there forlornly and let them eat his food. So, this was going to be for Christopher. I drew back, aimed—but before I released the arrow, I realized I didn’t want to kill the squirrel. I knew that if I killed it, something in me would be forever changed. I knew how much I cried when I accidentally ran over a squirrel in the road.  What would I do if I deliberately chose to do it?  I decided I didn’t want to find out.



What is something you can find on the Three Sisters Ranch that you can’t find anywhere else in Last Stand?
Ghost.  Ghost is a rare white elk. She travels all around the back forty acres of the ranch, but she’s been known to come closer to the ranch house on occasion.




Donovan wants to go to Alaska. Has he ever been there or is it just his escape destination?
Yes, he was there tracking rabid animals. While he liked the challenge of pitting himself against a crafty predator like a cougar or a grizzly bear, he doesn’t hunt for sport.  He hunts to protect people and put suffering animals out of their misery.



As an eco-warrior, Emily loves all flora and fauna. What is her favorite animal and why?
Horses. She adores them and has been horse crazy since she was a little girl. She considers her palomino Sunflower one of the family.  When she was younger, she would barrel race in the Last Stand Rodeo. She goes out riding with her father when they move the cattle from pasture to pasture and also goes exploring their land not only with Sunflower, but also with the other trail horses on the ranch. Emily loves to exercise them and take care of them. Her sister, Janice, has a retired racehorse named Synergy that she sneaks peppermints too and takes him out for fast rides.


About the Author
USA Today bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt, writes erotic contemporary love stories and paranormal romances. Her steamy, romantic comedy, Life’s a Beach, reached #65 on USA Today, #2 on Barnes & Noble and #9 on Amazon and iBooks. Her Club Inferno series from Random House’s Loveswept line has hit both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble top one hundred lists. The first book in the series, Heat, put her on the USA Today bestseller list for the first time, and is a #1 Amazon bestseller. Her book Stud is a 2018 Romance Writers of America Rita® Finalist in Erotica. Her dragon paranormal romance series has been called “fun and quirky” and “endearing.” Partnered with New York Times bestselling author and former porn actress, Jenna Jameson, Jamie’s hardcover debut, SPICE, continues Jenna’s FATE trilogy.

Tule Author Q&A: Leslie Marshman delves into character creation

New Tule author Leslie Marshman stopped by to answer some Qs on her new release, Goode Over Evil.


What was Samantha’s favorite part about training to be a Texas Ranger and why?
Sam moved up the ladder from being a Texas State Trooper to a Texas Ranger, so she’d already gone through the police training necessary for the job, as well as the required number of years on the street.

As a Ranger, she enjoys working major crimes, becoming more adept at studying murder scenes and hunting down killers. And of course, working with the Joint Operations & Intelligence Center while she was posted in El Paso was very satisfying for her. In that capacity, she helped to bring down drug smugglers and hamper the cartels’ long reach across the border. She hates drugs and the devastation they wreak, and for good reason!


Who would you want to play Clayton if Goode Over Evil was adapted for the screen?
Scott Eastwood would make the perfect Clayton Barnett. He’s tall, rugged in denim, and handsome in a tux. I mean, look at these two pictures and tell me this isn’t Clay Barnett!





How does your psychology degree help you create your characters?
I specialized in both child development and criminology while I was getting my degree. I’ve always been fascinated with what makes people turn out the way they do. I spend a lot of time getting to know my characters, and I like to figure out what traumatic incidents affected them when they were younger, and how the resulting damage manifests itself in them as adults. This is true of all my characters, but I especially enjoy figuring out how the bad guys get to be such twisted psychos.



What added benefits does a Texas setting lend to your novel?
Well, the obvious benefit is being able to have a Texas Ranger as a heroine. The Rangers are the Texas equivalent to other states’ Bureaus of Investigation, but the long history of the Rangers is a fascinating blend of sacrifices and scandals.

Aside from that, Texas is quite an amazing place. I grew up on the West Coast and Colorado, so there were some things I had to get adjusted to when I first moved to Houston. Like humidity, giant flying cockroaches, and armadillos in the back yard. But I learned a long time ago that life’s too short to hate where you live, so I made it my mission to discover the wonders of Texas. It takes more than a day to travel it, east to west. Within its borders are deserts, mountains, forests, bayous, plains, beaches, boggy swamps full of cypress stumps, and crystal clear waterfalls. I can set stories in big cities with oil billionaires or small towns with cowboys and horses. There’s a mystique about the state and its Wild West history that readers and writers alike love. I’ve got more Texas-set story ideas churning in my head than I have time to write. And that’s always a good thing. (This is a picture of the lake I often camp and fish at that inspired Crystal Lake in Goode Over Evil.)


What are you currently reading?
I’m almost always reading two books at any given time. I’ve just started Stephen King’s The Institute. He’s been a favorite author of mine since his first book (Carrie), and for a long time my one hardcover book Christmas gift each year was his latest release. I still can’t resist grabbing his newest ones as soon as they come out.

I’m also reading Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz. I’m running behind on the Orphan X series, and trying to catch up before the new one comes out in January. I met the author at a signing in Houston at Murder By The Book, and the level of research he does is intriguing and impressive.


About the Author
Award-winning suspense author Leslie Marshman is (finally) putting her psychology degree to good use, getting inside the heads of her characters and figuring out what makes them tick. She writes novels that feature kick-ass heroines, the heroes who love them, and the bad guys who fear them.

Leslie called Denver home until she married a Texan without reading the fine print. Now she lives halfway between Houston and Galveston and has learned to embrace the humidity. Her household includes two miniature poodles named Harley and Davidson, and a three-legged box turtle named Stumpy.

If she’s not at her computer making things up, you’ll probably find her camping at a lake, a fishing pole in one hand and a book in the other.


Tule’s 6th Anniversary

Tule is turning six this year!

We are so grateful for all of our authors and readers — Tule wouldn’t exist without you. We launched our first book, Tempt Me, Cowboy, on September 8, 2013. Now, on our 6th anniversary, we have over 600 titles and are running full steam ahead to put out more of the books you love!

We thought we’d take a trip down memory lane to look at some of the fun times we’ve had on our journey so far. Thank you all!


Team Tule <3 


Our four founding authors at RWA 2013: Jane Porter, Megan Crane, C.J. Carmichael, and Lilian Darcy


Meghan Farrell, Kelly Hunter, Jane Porter, and Sinclair Jayne at RWA 2013


RWA 2014 with ¾ of our founding authors: Lilian Darcy, Jane Porter, and Megan Crane


Some wonderful authors at the 2015 Romance Writers of Australia conference


The Tule team with authors Sinclair Jayne and Debra Salonen at RWA 2016


Authors Shelli Stevens and Sinclair Jayne with Managing Editor Meghan Farrell at the 2017 PNWA Conference


Some Tule authors at RWA 2017


The Tule Team with some authors planning for our Last Stand, Texas series


Some lovely Australian authors at the RWAus 2018 conference


The Tule team at our author’s retreat in Hawaii


The team with some Tule authors at our Hawaii author’s retreat


Some wonderful Tule authors at our RWA 2019 dinner


Thank you for all the memories!