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Meet 2019 Golden Heart Finalist Fenley Grant!!

One of our favorite traditions here at the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood is getting to host the newest class of Golden Heart Finalists each spring for a series of interviews and guest blog posts. We’ve made friends with so many amazing and wonderful writers, and have been thrilled to watch them as they’ve launched their careers and brought amazing books out into the world.

This year, of course, is special—in a deeply bittersweet way. RWA will be suspending the Golden Heart Contest after 2019…with no clear news on what will be replacing it.

The Golden Heart has meant so much to so many of us in the Romance-writing world, and we know how special it is for the 2019 Golden Heart Finalists to be bonding together in a unique sisterhood.

Fittingly, this final group have chosen a name for themselves that reflects their status as the last finalists in Golden Heart:

The Omegas.

An awesome name.  Oh, sigh.

Someone please pass me some Kleenex.

But the good news is, the Omegas are here and FABULOUS and READY TO ROCK!!

So let’s get to meeting them!!

Today we’re welcoming the first of the Omegas to join us here on the blog: the wonderful Fenley Grant, whose manuscript WARRIOR OF EDEN is a finalist in the Golden Heart Paranormal Romance category.

Fenley Grant has always loved the written word. In her youth, books traveled with her on family adventures to various Army bases. North Texas is home these days, where she lives with her husband, two human children, and two furry dog kids. A perfect day includes writing, reading, family, friends, and sunshine. No snow. After a long stint in the northern climes, she’s shoveled her last driveway. Her favorite books involve magical worlds, action, adventure, intrigue, and, of course, love. Fenley writes urban fantasy, time travel, and paranormal romances.

Here’s a blurb for WARRIOR OF EDEN:

Werewolf Alpha Katrina Stone escaped the confines of an arranged marriage by joining the Army. When the wounded warrior returns home, she faces an uncertain future…and the angry Alpha she left behind. 

 Hunter Jackson found his mate long ago. He tracks Katrina down after her return to the states and convinces her to come for a two week visit, to meet his pack and realize her place is at his side. He throws in a meeting of the regional packs to coincide with her arrival and up the ante to convince her to stay. She’s run from him for the last time.

Can Katrina and Hunter work together to save their packs from the outside threat or will they let their lone wolf styles forever fracture their future?

Oh, delicious!!! I love the idea of two “lone wolves” figuring out how to make a future together! Very exciting! Once again, hearing about the Golden Heart books has my future TBR pile growing taller by the minute!

Okay, folks. Let’s settle in together on some comfy lounge chairs with Fenley Grant (help yourselves to some ice-cold lemonade!) while I fire some questions at our Paranormal Romance Finalist!!

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Welcome, Fenley! What a pleasure to have you with us! Congratulations on your Golden Heart nominations, and getting to be one of the fabulous Omegas!! Let’s start off hearing a little bit about your Golden Heart book. How did you come to write it?

My chapter (NTRWA) celebrated our 35th Anniversary by putting together an Anthology (Lone Star Love), with stories limited to 3,500 words. The coordinator set up the world build to include the town of Dew Drop, Texas, a Sweet Tea Festival, and various events to occur during the festivities. The event closes with a check presented to Wounded Warriors. I write paranormal romance, so I chose to have my heroine be a wounded Army vet (because I’m an Army brat–go Army!), who is also a werewolf Alpha. One of my critique partners persuaded me to write the follow up manuscript to Warrior (the Lone Star Love piece). Eden, Texas is in the central part of the state, and the hero is the Alpha of the Central Texas pack, so my follow-up manuscript became Warrior of Eden.

Oh, that’s so exciting and serendipitious! I love that you brought a little werewolf action into the picture, and that it inspired a whole new book! So now let me ask my very favorite question: What happened when you got that oh-so-coveted Golden Heart call?

I owe the caller an apology. I’d received numerous SPAM calls in recent weeks and had my mean voice primed when I didn’t recognize the name on Caller ID. Once she revealed the purpose of the call, I’d already forgotten her name and sort of silently gawped on the phone. I finally retrieved my voice and I think I repeated “Thank you” and “Uh huh” and “Omigosh” in a looped sequence. I really do owe her an apology. 

LOL. I think they get a lot of that. Honestly, Board members should be told to repeat their names again at the end of the call!! But getting that news is so incredibly exciting, you’re entitled to some freaking out. So tell us a little about your writing process. Are you a plotter? Pantser? Disciplined-schedule worker, or wait-for-the-muse binger? Do you work with critique partners, or are you…a lone wolf?

I am a modified pantser. I know how the book starts and ends, I know key events in the middle, and I have a good feel for the main characters’ GMCs. And then I GO. I bog down in the great soggy middle. Always. I belong to two critique groups and they pull me out of the mire and help me fix my work. A schedule is a great idea and I try to follow one, but life often gets in the way. If I can hit my weekly / monthly / quarterly targets, I consider myself on track. 

That sounds admirably balanced! And, yes, it’s wise to have smart critique partners to pull you out of the soggy middle mire. (That image puts me in mind of those youtube videos of safari park rangers pulling baby elephants out of mud pits…at least with my soggy middles). What about your writing inspirations? Who are your favorite authors?

Most of what I read is in the genres I write. My favorite is probably Ilona Andrews, the pen name for a married couple. I’ve read every single book they’ve written. Other favorites are Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Darynda Jones, JR Ward, Kim Harrison, Faith Hunter, Kelley Armstrong, Nalini Singh, and Keri Arthur. I’m missing more, but you only have so much space on the blog. 

An excellent crew! Love the photo of you with Kelley Armstrong. (And of course I’m thrilled to see our Ruby Sister Darynda Jones on the list!! And she’ll be headlining The Golden Network Retreat at Nationals this year, which I know you’re going to LOVE!!) So, what about your life beyond writing. What else have you done in your career, and has it informed your writing?

 Human Resource Director for a Fortune 500 company. So. Much. Book. Fodder. I worked in the HR field in a number of capacities and in a number of industries, to include corporate trainer, quality control trainer, and technical writer of training manuals. 

Wow! You must see people in some very interesting and vulnerable moments. Endless insights into human nature in that line of work! What about hobbies?

Reading, writing (yeah, it’s a hobby, too), gardening (I get some of my best plot ideas when gardening–no idea why), sewing, crafts, and swimming. 

Oh, yes! Gardening is fertile for the brain as well as for the flowers! And I’m so excited because I just learned “Texas Bluebonnets” are also one of my favorite wildflowers here in California–we just call them Lupine! Always such a happy sight in late spring. 

One more question, and this is just because I’ve been obsessed for weeks now: What are your thoughts on the Game of Thrones finale?

In the immortal words of Deadpool, “That’s just lazy writing.”

LOL, yes. I feel sooooo bad for all the amazing actors and directors and costume and set designers and tech folks who worked so hard and did such amazing things all season…to have it all collapse thanks to weird decisions in the last two episodes. Well, let us all learn from it. And live by the words, “Write as though David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will finish your story if you don’t.” (To be fair, they were amazing showrunners. They just shouldn’t have tried to write those last two episodes unsupervised.)

Somebody needs to slap me now so I stop talking about this.

Okay…one last thing. Do you have a question for our readers to get the conversation rolling today?

I grew up on military bases during the early part of my youth. I swore I wouldn’t travel after I graduated from college, but I ended up traveling 100% of the time for one of my jobs. I now enjoy travel. I attended kindergarten in Okinawa, Japan and honeymooned in England and Ireland (yes, I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone.) What are the most interesting places you’ve visited?

 

 

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Connect with Fenley Grant on Social Media:

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FenleyGrant.Author/

Twitter: @Fenley Grant 

(Note from Fenley: I have the domain name for my website (FenleyGrant.com), but I am technologically challenged and haven’t figured out how to set it up. I’ve challenged myself to do this by the end of June.)

 

 

 

94 responses to “Meet 2019 Golden Heart Finalist Fenley Grant!!”

  1. Elisa Beatty says:

    Welcome, Fenley!

    It’s so wonderful to get the interview series going again! Thanks for being our first of the year!

    And as for your question, oh BOY I love traveling, but with two kids with ADD didn’t do much of it for quite a long time. I’m looking forward to seriously traveling again.

    Most interesting place I’ve visited? Probably Egypt. What an amazing place. The Temple of Karnak just blew my mind. Towering sculptures and pillars and carvings, out in the middle of the desert. Oh, and going down into the tombs…just astounding. The paint looked like it could have been set down yesterday.

    And of course I’m looking forward to heading to New York in July to meet the Omegas!!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Thank you for inviting me to the blog. True confession–this is my first blog post on a site other than mine. I appreciate the opportunity.
      Your favorite travel destination is Egypt? Jealous! Bucket list destination, no question.
      I’m looking forward to traveling to NYC, too, and can’t wait to meet you.

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  2. Welcome, Fenley!!! I’m so excited to meet the new class of Golden Heart finalists and congratulations on your final! You’ve listed a lot of my favorite paranormal authors up there so obviously you are a woman with excellent taste. And your book sounds like it lives up to the great paranormal tradition. 🙂

    I adore travel too and the most interesting places I’ve visited are probably rural China, Egypt & Poland – places that felt the the most culturally removed from my every day. I love that chance to see the world from a completely different perspective.

    And don’t even get me started on GoT.

    I hope you enjoy every second of your final and hopefully I’ll bump into you at Nationals!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      I read out of genre, too, but always find my favorite reads in urban fantasy and paranormal romance. So glad to meet another fan of the genre.
      So…travel–another Egypt visitor! AND China. AND Poland. I would love to visit all three. *Dusts off passport*
      I hope to see you in NYC and we can talk travel, paranormal romance, and GoT (or is it too soon?)
      Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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      • Elisa Beatty says:

        Vivi is an amazingly adventurous traveler!

        And, LOL, yeah, maybe it’s too soon to talk about GOT… or we may just need a few drinks first.

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  3. Jen says:

    Ok. From starters. The Omegas. LOVE that name.

    Fenley. This book is amazing. What an awesome idea for a story. I’m super excited to read it. And super happy for you. The Golden Heart is special. And you and your story deserve this honor to be a finalist.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Okay, in a demonstration of my lack of technical skills, I put my reply to you in the wrong place. This is what I said, “Jen, thank you for the Warrior of Eden love! Hunter and Katrina are two of my favorite characters I’ve ever created.
      I’m honored to be a member of the Omega class and can’t wait to get to the conference in NYC.”
      Seriously, save me from my technically-challenged self.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Golden Heart is definitely special! I hope all the Omegas will be able to make the most of this wonderful time!

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  4. Good luck! Exciting times for you ahead.

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  5. Sophia says:

    Ooooh travel. I love travel. Just got back from Spain. That was remarkable. I love history so I found myself in old cathedrals marveling about relics and gawking at architecture.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Sophia,
      Ooh, Spain! I would love to visit. My grandfather is buried in Madrid (he was a pilot for PanAm–interesting story about why he’s buried there, but that’s a tale for another time.)
      I’m sure the trip brought amazing adventures…and story ideas.

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      • Elisa Beatty says:

        Oh, wow!! Would love to hear that story!

        Spain is definitely on my list!

        My daughter may be studying in Prague next spring, and if she does, we’ll visit her there and maybe squeeze in a side trip to Spain!

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  6. Fenley Grant says:

    Jen, thank you for the Warrior of Eden love! Hunter and Katrina are two of my favorite characters I’ve ever created.
    I’m honored to be a member of the Omega class and can’t wait to get to the conference in NYC.

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  7. Alice says:

    Yay Fenley! Can’t wait to meet you and the other Omegas IRL! Xx

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Alice,
      I’m not sure I’d be an Omega without your help (Alice mentored me through The Golden Network)–you saw Katrina and Hunter’s story in the raw, early stages.
      I appreciate your critique and guidance and I can’t wait to meet you in person in NYC!

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      • Elisa Beatty says:

        How great to have a mentor!!

        None of us in the Romance world would get far without others reaching out and lifting us up. It’s what I love best about our profession!

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  8. Regina Richards says:

    Love the story blurb. Sounds like a terrific read!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Thank you, Regina!
      With my Army upbringing, Warrior of Eden is a story of my heart. Fingers crossed you can read it soon (it’s out on request as we speak.)
      I appreciate you stopping by the blog!

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  9. Sisterhood fist-bump on kissing the Blarney Stone. I visited in 19*mumble,mumble*😆

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Thank you for visiting, Janet! I love the support.
      My visit to kiss the Blarney Stone also happened in the year 19*mumble,mumble. Maybe we were there at the same time.
      AFTER I kissed the stone, I heard from the locals that teenage boys would go up there after hours and pee on the stone as a ‘rite of passage’ kind of adventure.
      Good times.

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  10. Hi Fenley! Hooray on another paranormal finalist, and your finaling book sounds fascinating! I loved Scotland probably the best (one of the few places I’ve traveled where it exceeded all expectations…and considering the amount of books I’ve read set there, that was a high bar to beat!). Wishing you all the best and joy of the GH experience. 🙂

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      PNR authors unite, Shelly!
      And Scotland–YES. I’ve been there, too, and can’t wait to return. It’s one of my favorite places. Isle of Lewis is a bucket list destination, because my father’s side of the family came from there to the US in the 1800’s. MacLeod Clan.
      Thank you for coming by and visiting with me!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      How wonderful that it lived up to your expectations from reading about it!

      I’ve only ever been in the very southern part of Scotland, but loved it. It was July, and the temperature was in the upper 40s / low 50s, and the woman who ran the farm we were staying at was so thrilled by the “warm” weather, she threw open all the windows in the farmhouse. We were FREEZING. But we got to hang out with their border collies and sheep, so it was awesome.

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  11. Kellie VanHorn says:

    Hi Fenley! I’m a Navy “brat” and got to travel all over as a kid too. We lived in Florida, Italy, Hawaii, and California. Sometimes I miss those days, until I think about how hard it must have been for my parents to pack us all up every 2 years! Can’t wait to meet you in person. 🙂

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Hi, Kellie!
      Military life is a unique perspective, isn’t it? I didn’t realize everyone didn’t grow up on a base until I was about ten years old (when my dad left the military and entered the corporate world.) We were in Pennsylvania, Alabama (twice–Redstone Arsenal), Okinawa, and El Paso, Texas. I don’t know how my parents did it with four kids and a move every 1 1/2 to 2 years.
      Can’t wait to meet you in person in NYC!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Oh, my goodness! That’s true heroism!

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  12. Amanda Reid says:

    Fenley! I am so happy for your GH nomination! And can’t wait for Katrina and Hunter’s story.
    As an army brat myself, I’ve lived/visited some interesting places, two of the more exotic being Iran and Korea (ROK), both of which were amazing experiences. If you hadn’t guessed, I kissed the Blarney Stone, too. Ireland is one of my favorite places and I am determined to go back one day. Prague is right up there—the Czech Republic is a lovely place and very economical for Europe! You’d love the old castles and cathedrals there!
    Again, so happy for you, as I am all the finalists!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Amanda,
      Another Army Brat! Go Army!
      Iran would have been an interesting tour. I know Okinawa was for me. Foreign travel’s always eye-opening.
      I’m a sucker for a castle, because I wanted to be a princess as a kid, and my dream is to have my office space in a turret. Maybe someday…
      Thanks for your support and for stopping by to visit!

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  13. Awesome intro to you, your book, and your process, Fenley! (Being that I’m Elisa’s CP, I can attest to her image of a baby elephant struggling to get out of a ditch.)

    I’m a Plontser — I plot the major beats and pants my way between them. I resort to extra plotting if I find I’m losing my way.

    And anyone who can talk gardening *and* quoting Deadpool is perfection in my book!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      I love the ‘baby elephant in the muck’ analogy. I’ll have that image burned in my brain (as in right now, because I’m stuck in the middle of a WIP novella at the moment.)
      And…another gardener AND a Deadpool devotee? We are now the best of friends.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      LOL, Eileen…I knew you would appreciate that.

      Sometimes it takes several Jeeps and winches and a whole lotta rope…

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  14. Tamara Hogan says:

    Hi Fenley – Congratulations on your GH final, and what a great blurb!

    During the time I was a technology worker, I was fortunate enough to travel to Australia, and twice to India. India was life-changing for me, a real wake-up call in terms of privilege. Seeing entire families living in cardboard boxes really made me think twice – three times – about buying that cup of Starbucks coffee.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Tamara,

      I want to visit Australia, too. It sounds amazing.
      I have friends from India who tell me the wonderful, and not so wonderful, aspects of their country. I would imagine a trip there would be life-altering.
      Thank you for stopping by to share your story!

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  15. I’m a travel junky – have been my whole life so picking just a few is tough. Great Ocean Road in Australia comes to mind first. Paris has to be second. Tangier Morocco will probably be third because it was so different from all western civilizations I usually visit.

    As for you – WHOOT! congrats on the final and all the fun to come!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Aw, thanks for the congrats, Chris!

      I love your travel stories. Your posts about your visits to Australia made me want to pack my bags and go.
      Morocco would be a unique destination, one I hadn’t considered until now.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Chris, those places sound amazing!!!

      I really want to see Australia, and New Zealand, too. (Gotta go see where they filmed all the Lord of the Rings movies!!)

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  16. Tracy Brody says:

    I’m a little biased since my writing includes Army guys – even though my dad served in the Navy. So naturally I’m excited about your GH final and story. Congratulations and Go Army!

    I’ve adopted a bunch of military folks and the best trip was actually one when I dragged my whole family to Oahu, Hawaii to meet a bunch of Army guys in units I’d supported. I’d messaged several, only talked to two on phone like once each and started freaking on wondering what they’d be like in person. They and their families were awesome and the whole trip went great with meeting them, and them directing us where to go when, having us for meals and even throwing a Memorial Day pool party so we could hang out. I’m still in touch with a bunch of them too.
    Next big trip planned is to Scotland for my son’s wedding August 2020. Until then, NYC for RWA, beach, and writing retreats!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Tracy,

      Congrats to your son and his upcoming wedding in Scotland. What a wonderful place for the ceremony!
      How wonderful that you’ve been able to connect with so many military families through your novels.
      I’ve always admired and appreciated your support for our military–your volunteer activities with the USO are a wonderful way to show our military men and women you value their service.
      And, yes, Go Army!

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  17. Ann Chaney says:

    Hi Fenley,

    You have set the bar high for the rest of us posting for the Sisterhood. Enjoyed getting to know you better. Excited to meet you in NY. Can’t wait to read your book. We have much in common with twists. I’m an Army veteran and the wife of a veteran so moving around and travel is a major part of our life together. As for my favorite place to go… Europe. Try to go to England/Scotland at least every two years. My next trip I hope will be to Edinburgh fo r for the Roayl Tattoo when I can work it in. and

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      First of all, Ann, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. I only experienced military life from a child’s perspective. It’s another circumstance altogether to serve our country yourself. So, thank you!
      As for being the first Omega to feature on the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog, I appreciate both the opportunity and the fact that I’m not being compared to anyone else (yet). It’s a good place to be.
      I’m excited about our Omega class and I can’t wait to meet you as well. On to NYC!

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  18. Congrats, Fenley. This is so exciting. I’m an Air Force Brat, and I’ve been so grateful to live in one town for all of my married life. However, we do love to travel. New England, especially, Maine is high on my list. I’ve set two books there because I love it so. Hardly anything better than a Maine Coast line. Best to you in the competition.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Marsha,

      I know you understand both the good and the challenging bits of living a military-centered life. We, too, have been fortunate to give our children a stable place to grow up and attend school without the constant shifts in location. I changed schools every year from Kindergarten through fifth grade, and swore I’d never do that to my kids (not that my parents had a choice in the matter. You’re stationed where you’re stationed.)

      Maine is beautiful, especially in the summer and fall. I lived in Boston for two years and traveled throughout New England while living in the area. I love the scenery and the history. I don’t miss the traffic!

      Thank you for stopping by to visit and for your support.

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  19. Jen FitzGerald says:

    Best of luck, Fenley. All of us at NT are rooting for you.

    I’ve traveled to Denmark and seen the real Little mermaid–even have picture proof. :0)

    I lived in England for a little while way back in the day and loved, loved, loved it.

    I haven’t done a lot of vacation traveling here in the US, but the onboard camping on the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi was a hit and staying in a house in Port Aransas, also on the Texas coast was amazing.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Thank YOU for coming up with and coordinating the NTRWA Lone Star Love anniversary anthology. I wouldn’t have written this book without the short story prequel. I am grateful to have my NT chapter mates always on my side.

      I would love to live in England or Scotland or Wales or Ireland (I’ve visited all four)–I never knew you lived in England. Jealous!

      My son did the USS Lexington overnight when in Scouts–he loved it. My husband attended that particular event, so I’ve only toured the Lexington, never spent the night.

      Texas beach vacations are always a good idea. Maybe Galveston this year…

      Thanks for stopping by, Jen, and sharing your stories!

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  20. Thanks for getting this off to a great start, Fenley! Loved reading about your journey. As far as travel goes … I’m a homebody by nature, but Greece is on my bucket list and I’d move to England in a nanosecond if I could.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Sheri,

      Italy is next on my husband’s and my travel wish list (hopefully in three years), but Greece is second. I love history and both Italy and Greece have many centuries worth of amazing places to experience.

      My husband’s previous employer was based in London and I kept hoping he’d get a transfer for a year…or five. No such luck. We’ll have to stick to travels there, I guess.

      Thank you for stopping by to visit, Sheri. I’m honored to be your fellow Omega and I can’t wait to see the good things in store for you.

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  21. Jilly Wood says:

    Hi Fenley,

    I love the sound of your story. I’d buy that book in a heartbeat!

    I used to travel a lot, for work and pleasure, but for the last few years I’ve been spending all my budget on tickets to RWA Nationals ;-). Back in the day my husband and I enjoyed fantastic trips to Bhutan (mountains and monasteries), Galapagos (amazing wildlife) and Madagascar (unspoiled biodiversity).

    Look forward to meeting you in NY!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Jilly!

      One of my fellow Omega paranormal finalist friends. I can’t wait to read your novel. Thank you for stopping by.

      You’ve visited some interesting and varied places. Madagascar would be one I’d like to experience. I have a time travel romance series in the works and one of the books will take place in Madagascar. I’ll need to pick your brain (not in an actual sense, of course. I don’t write zombie romance–yet.)

      My next trip is to NYC, where I’ll get to meet you in person. Can’t. Wait.

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  22. Rosie Danan says:

    Great interview!

    I think the most interesting place I’ve visited was Israel. It has such a fascinating and complicated history, a diverse landscape, and it’s a cultural melting pot.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Rosie,

      Israel! Wow. I would love to visit. Such a rich history. I’m sure you had a wonderful time being in such an immersive environment. I’ll get there, someday…

      I hope you’ll be traveling to NYC soon so I can meet you in person! I appreciate you stopping by the blog to share your favorite travel adventure with me.

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  23. Becke Turner says:

    Love the idea of blending military with paranormal. The best travel for me was to Tanzania on safari. We took a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti. Amazing experience.

    Can’t wait to meet face-to-face in NYC.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Becke,

      Tanzania? Exotic locale! The sights you must have seen.

      The most exotic travel I’ve experienced lately is a nearby lake locale for a writing retreat. By exotic I mean we had snakes living near the water’s edge. I stopped taking walks on the property at that point. But, hey, I got in the words, and that’s why I went.

      Here’s to the NYC trip and meeting in person. Without snakes.

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  24. Claire DeWolf says:

    HI Fenley,

    Great post.

    I wasn’t an Army brat, I was a Foreign Service brat, and I never lost the travel bug.

    One of the most interesting places I have traveled is Brittany. It’s full of old castles, medieval towns, and standing stones the same vintage as Stonehenge. The Bretons are celts too like the Irish and the Scots. And because it’s France the food is amazing.

    Can’t wait to meet you in NYC. Go Omegas!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Claire,

      Any place with castles is on my travel list. Love, love, love.

      I think children who move often for parental jobs either go ‘bold / outgoing’ or ‘intensively shy’. I’m in the shy camp. Books and my family became my closest companions, because wherever I went, they went, too. I’m glad your early years didn’t ruin your love of travel.

      My next travel is NYC, where I will meet you in person. Go Omegas!

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  25. Welcome, Fenley, and CONGRATS!!! We are thrilled to have you here! And what a great interview. I have kissed the Blarney Stone as well. So far my favorite places on earth are Scotland and Washington state.

    Congrats to all of the Omegas!!!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      *Fans self*
      (Darynda Jones replied to me. She’s on my ‘autobuy’ list of authors. SQUEE moment.)
      Okay, I’ve pulled myself together.
      *Puts professional author hat back on*

      Hello, Darynda!

      Thank you for replying to my post. I also owe you thanks for inspiring me to enter the Golden Heart.

      I attended my first RWA conference in 2010 and went to your publisher’s spotlight event that year They talked up your book and I couldn’t wait until I could buy First Grave on the Right.
      (I discovered you’d won the Golden Heart for it in the Paranormal category the year before.)

      So, I entered the next year. My book was awful and will never see the light of day, but you inspired me to give the Golden Heart a shot. I’ve tried almost every year since then. And in this, the Omega year, I made it.

      Thank you for your humor, your support of the Golden Heart, and your inspiration. I appreciate your visit (and I agree about Scotland!)

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  26. Janet Raye Stevens says:

    Great post, Fenley! Have I told you already how thrilled I am to be an Omega with you? Well, let me say it again–so, so happy we’re GH sisters! We’re also “pantser” sisters, since my process is close to yours, even getting bogged down in the middle.

    You sure got around growing up; I did not but was still a brat. As for travel, I like being IN new places, but traveling to get there not so much.

    Can’t wait to see you (and everyone else) in NYC!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Janet,

      I’m so happy to go on this Omega journey with you.

      We met through a different contest (Great Expectations) and we keep running into each other on the contest circuits (because we’re junkies). And who can forget the FF&P Gatherings? (And the costumes!) I’ve loved getting to know you and I’m thrilled to share this last Golden Heart experience with you.

      Can’t wait to see you in NYC! So excited.

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  27. Christine says:

    Great interview, Fenley. I’m hoping you win the Golden Heart. I searched my Kindle for our NT anthology to reread your story. Now I have to read the full novel.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Aw, thanks, Christine!

      The support from NTRWA means so much. Glad you liked the anthology piece, Warrior. I’ve loved writing the follow-up story and am eternally grateful to Amanda Reid for insisting I write it and submit it for the Golden Heart Award.

      Just to be a part of this Golden Heart experience is wonderful. New friendships, new involvement, new opportunities. So blessed.

      Thank you for stopping by today with your support, Christine. It means so much!

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  28. Lisa Heartman says:

    We love to travel! Hubby and I are trying to see all 50 states together. We’ve been to over half in 14 years, so we’re on our way. Most interesting so far I would say has been Alaska. It’s absolutely breath taking. I’m not a cold weather person, but it has been my favorite vacation so far.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Lisa,

      I’ve heard Alaska is a must-see destination. Perhaps I’ll go visit some summer.

      I lived for many years up north (Kansas City, Dayton area, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, and the Norther Virginia / Washington DC area.) I now live in Texas. No more snow for me.

      I love the idea of seeing all 50 states. My next ‘go to’ destination in the US is South Dakota. Book research and family history, all in one.

      So glad you stopped by and I’m excited to meet you in NYC! OMEGAS!

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  29. Monique Headley says:

    What a great opening for the Omegas, Fenley! You did us proud. I’ve also travelled extensively, so choosing a “most” anything is always hard. I found Egyptian culture fascinating, but I also loved the people of Cambodia. Okay, okay. I’m going to say Cambodia is the most interesting place I’ve been so far. Looking forward to meeting you inperson in NYC!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Monique,

      Cambodia! It sounds like a wonderful country to visit.

      NYC won’t be as exotic a trip, but we’ll have a great group there to celebrate with us. So happy to share the Omega experience with you.

      July can’t come soon enough!

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  30. Debbie Ochoa says:

    I love Warrior of Eden. It has been wonderful to meet weekly and watch Katrina and Hunter grow. July will be here before we know it. I excited I will be there to cheer you on.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Debbie,

      Thank you for being one of my critique group partners, for being a part of Katrina and Hunter’s story from the start, for seeing all the rough bits before they’re smoothed out, and for the laughs and support our crazy group provides.

      I’m so glad you’ll be there to celebrate this moment with me.

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  31. Elizabeth Langston says:

    Welcome to the blog, Fenley!

    I’m a veteran too (who got out because the Air Force would *not* move me around.)

    Favorite places to travel include New Zealand, Iceland, and Antarctica. I’ve been to Blarney Castle–but I’m terrifed of heights, so no way was I climbing those stairs. I was content to watch from the safety of the ground while DH kissed it.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Elizabeth,

      Thank you for your service! And sorry they wouldn’t move you.

      One of my jobs required 100% travel. The best thing about that career requirement was the opportunity to see so much of the US. I knew where I wanted to live…and where I didn’t.

      I know what you mean about Blarney Castle. Fear of heights and fear of falling are two of my terror-inducing situations. It rained the day we went to Blarney and the walkways turned slick. I EARNED all the Waterford crystal I bought in the gift shop after that excursion.

      Thanks for stopping by the blog and sharing your travel adventures. Antarctica, eh? That’s a story to tell!

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  32. Hey, Fenley! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read your first book.

    I have to say the Soviet Union in 1987 was the most interesting place I’ve visited. I was fifteen and it was quite daunting to have armed guards everywhere and having a government guide who stayed with us at all times. I went back again in 1989, and one of our stops was Kiev, which might have been a mistake given the level of radiation that is still in that area.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Ally,

      Interesting time to be in the USSR. And Kiev! I just binge-watched Chernobyl on HBO. Scary stuff.

      I’d love to visit parts of the former USSR–I’ll ask for your recommendations, if we decide to go.

      Thank you for visiting me today and for sharing your travel story!

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  33. Welcome to the sisterhood, Fenley. And congrats to you and all the Omegas. I love that name.

    You are going to have so much fun in NY. I wish I was going, but I spent my funds this year visiting Ireland. In fact, I’m just back. I loved the people and felt so at home. I’m definitely going to return.

    Enjoy every moment of this wild ride and be forever thankful for the relationships that grow because of it. I love my Ruby sisters.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Autumn,

      Thank you for the warm welcome!

      I spent part of my honeymoon in Ireland and we’d love to return. A trip to Ireland is always a good idea–so glad you enjoyed your visit.

      The Omegas are already a gift and I can’t wait to meet as many as possible at the RWA Conference. Wish I could see you in NYC, too, but I appreciate the visit here today on the blog!

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  34. Welcome, Finley, and all the other Omegas to come. Love the name. Your blurb is amazing and makes me want to read the book. I’m sure it will be out on the shelves soon.

    My favorite places are always the most recent, bonus points if they involve a racetrack. Have a great time in NY!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Hi, Bev!

      Thank you for visiting the blog. The Omegas are a talented, friendly, and supportive group. I’m thankful to be a part of this final GH class.

      My next trip will be to NYC to meet everyone. Hope to see you there!

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  35. Eve Cole says:

    I love it! I’m rooting for you, girl.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Thank you, Eve!

      I appreciate your support. As one of my critique group partners and my friend, you’ve seen a lot of my work in the rough stages. Thank you for making me a better author.

      Thanks for always being in my corner.

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  36. Nuha Said says:

    How exciting to be a finalist. I’m looking forward to reading your story. I love the entire premise of your story.
    I’ve been fortunate to have traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Muddle East. I’ve been to Brazil and would love to explore South America in future trips. Bucket list: Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, and the Far East. So many places and not enough vacation time or cash!
    However, I’m I hoping to do more traveling in the little towns that make up Texas. I was intrigued by the premise of your initial anthology—little town in Texas and a Sweet Tea Festival. I would love to explore Texas through the prism of all the fantastic food festivals that are available.
    Wouldn’t it be fun to do an author exploration trip with Fenley Grant?!? I would love your paranormal perspective on the sights and sounds around us.

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Nuha,

      I would love to travel with you! Since we both want to see Australia and New Zealand (and my husband doesn’t), we could make it a critique group trip. I love this idea.

      If we decide on a Texas road trip, we’re going on the Pie Tour (this is a thing.) Pie fixes everything.

      Wish you could join me in NYC, but I know you’ll be your wonderful supportive self back here in Texas, cheering me on as you always do. Thanks for visiting me on the blog today!

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  37. Chrissy says:

    CONGRATS Fenley! You’re made of awesome, and I REALLLLLY hope you win, cuz you deserve it. Awesome interview! <3

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Chrissy,

      Thank you for the support and for visiting me on the blog!

      So grateful for NTRWA–I wouldn’t be here without our chapter.

      (And I already know your fave travel site: SCOTLAND!)

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  38. Fenley,
    I can’t wait to meet you in person! You are one of the many Omega sisters with a fascinating back story 🙂

    Thank you for inspiring a discussion of great travel stories.I have not kissed the Blarney Stone but it’s now on the bucket list 🙂 Looking forward to hearing more in NY 🙂

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Thanks, Christine!

      I feel like I know you already through the contest circuit and can’t wait to meet you in person in NYC.

      Go Omegas!

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  39. Celia Naples says:

    Congrats Fenley! Fun times to come!

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  40. Congrats on the final GH final!!! Hope to see you in NYC.

    I guess the most exotic place I’ve been in Japan. I fell in love with the country and the food. OMG, the food!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Carrie,

      Ooh, Japan! I haven’t been back since my childhood days. I’d love to revisit the country. And I guess I need to try the food!

      Can’t wait to see you in NYC and catch up. Thank you for visiting with me today!

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  42. Mary says:

    Congratulations Fenley!

    And I love the name Omegas.

    Good luck in NY in July. And I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this awesome book and find out what happens with the hunky Hunter and Kick-ass Katrina!

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    • Fenley Grant says:

      Thanks, Mary!

      I love our Omega name, too.

      Your help with this book means so much–I appreciate your support. Thank you for stopping by today!

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