Sunday, September 29, 2013


For me, it came like a bolt out of the blue - a match made in cyberspace.

Kat Flannery wanted to write twin, historical romance novellas, set at Christmas time and she invited me to work with her. Since we were writing twin novellas, I suggested twin sisters as the connecting characters. This was because I have twin cousins whose lives have had parallel events in their lives. (Both of them married men named Leslie, for one. This was very confusing since my cousins' names are Lesley and Hilary.)

I don't remember which one of us came up with the Civil War as a setting, but there was a symmetry to the premise. Twin sisters, separated by war. One with a southern family. One with a northern family.

I've haven't collaborated on a work of fiction like this before. There were time when it was a bit like a game. One of us would come up with something about the twins and their family, then the other would  find a way of incorporating the detail. Promoting with a partner is a lot more fun too. We each have our strengths in this area and that works out for the best.

I have a couple of other projects waiting my attention but, when I'm caught up. I look forward to new adventures in partnership.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Hazardous Unions Launch



Two unforgettable stories of courage, strength and honor.

On sale in Kindle for only 99 cents for a limited time.

For more information, check out the book page.


Don't miss a thing! 

September 8
The Dark Phantom Review - Author Interview
The Story Behind the Book
Kat at Charlene Raddon's Chatterbox

September 9
Alison at Chris Redding, Author Blog
Kat at Susan Macleod's Blog

September 10
Alison & Kat at the HAZARDOUS UNIONS Facebook Launch Party
HAZARDOUS UNIONS Featured on Susan Horsnell, Western Romance Author
Kat at Kenna McKinnon's Blog
Kat at The Writer's Life

September 11
Kat and Alison interviewed on - Arts & Entertainment
Kat and Alison interviewed on Open Salon
Maggie and Matty character interview on Beyond the Books
Kat at Peggy Henderson's Blog
As the Pages Turn - Read a Chapter

September 12
HAZARDOUS UNIONS Author interview on American Chronicle
Alison and Kat interviewed at The Red Room
Alison at Gloria Ferris Mysteries Goodreads Interview

September 13
Alison at Bad Girl Melodie Campbell
Kat at Caroline Clemmons' Writer's Life
Maggie shares at Lily Graison's First Kiss
Kat and Alison - 5 Questions by She Writes
Conversation with Kat Flannery and Alison Bruce

September 14
Alison at Rosemary McCracken, Moving Target

September 15
Alison at Kenna McKinnon's Blog

September 16
Alison at Lyn Horner's Blog

September 17
Alison at Catherine Astolfo's Katy's Words


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hazardous Unions Trivia Contest


Twin Tales of a Civil War Christmas

By Alison Bruce and Kat Flannery 

Kat and I a pretty excited about the release of HAZARDOUS UNIONS, which, as of writing is only a few days away. We decided to each give away a copy of the ebook... but you have to earn the chance to win.

Test Your Civil War Knowledge


Q 1: How many Americans died as a result of the American Civil War?
a. 36,516
b. 58,220
c. 116,516
d. 405,399
e. 625,000

Q 2: Ulysses S. Grant eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant general and commander of all of the Union Armies. To what rank was he commissioned at the beginning of the war?
a. Private
b. Captain
c. Colonel
d. General

Q 3: President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. (New Year’s Day after the Christmas celebrated in HAZARDOUS UNIONS.) Who was being emancipated?
a. All slaves in America
b. Slaves held in the rebellious states
c. Slaves held west of the Mississippi

Q 4: What popular Civil War tune was later sung by Elvis Presley as Love Me Tender?
a. Aura Lee
b. Lorena
c. Sweet Adeline
d. Oh Susannah

Q 5: “My captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,/ My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,” In these two lines of Oh Captain, My Captain, Walt Whitman is referring to:
a. His father
b. His commanding officer
c. President Lincoln after his assassination

For answers, click here.