Sunday, September 7, 2014

Character Blog Tour

Thank you, Jodi Bowersox, for inviting me to be a part of this tour!

Jodi Bowersox is a recent transplant to Colorado Springs after spending most of her life in Nebraska and Kansas. She lives with her husband, Kevin, and three cats.
Under the pen name of J.B. Stockings, Jodi has two children's picture books. A Tale of Two Kitties was written and illustrated by Jodi as a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Stubborn Princess, was illustrated by Jodi's son, Tracy, who has CF. He receives the profits from this book.
Jodi has also written four romance novels to date, and is working on the fifth, a sequel to Rocky Mountain Angels called Rocky Mountain Miracle.
Jodi is also a watercolor artist specializing in pet portraits.

My name is Darlene Panzera and I am a multi-published author of sweet, fun-loving romance. "I love writing stories that help inspire people to laugh, value relationships, and pursue their dreams."   
Now to tell you about my character!

1) What is the name of your character?
     Stacey McIntyre
2) When & where is the story set?
     Cannon Beach, Oregon
3) What should we know about him/her?
     "Make Your Dreams Come True" is the main theme for The Cupcake Diaries series, but before the main characters can succeed, they must overcome flaws in their identity and discover their self-worth. This is also true of Stacey McIntyre, the heroine of The Cupcake Diaries:Sprinkled with Kisses.
     After Stacey McIntyre's town was flattened by a tornado when she was fourteen, she and her parents moved around a lot. This made it hard for Stacey to form lasting friendships or get a date. She also became withdrawn, self-conscious, and awkward in social situations—never knowing what to say or how to act.
     Throughout the humorous tale, The Cupcake Diaries: Sprinkled with Kisses, Stacey dreams of being a confident, capable, take-charge type of woman like Kate Jones, the heroine from her favorite action-adventure novels by author DV Berkom. Whenever she finds herself in a jam or fearful situation, Stacey asks herself, "What would Kate do?"
     In the beginning of the story Stacey thinks, ' Kate Jones would be tempted to kick her whiny, fearful butt and tell her to stand up for herself and get a life. Except knowing what she should do and doing it were two different things. She simply wasn't Kate.'
     Stacey soon finds a smooth round rock, names it Kate, and places it on the counter of the cupcake stand to encourage her to be strong and courageous. And as Stacey faces challenge after challenge in her quest to sell cupcakes on the beach, she slowly begins to take on the heroic qualities she admires about her literary heroine. But when Creative Cupcakes puts Stacey in charge at the State Cupcake Competition and chaos erupts in the kitchen, will she be able to make the final transformation into the type of person she's always wanted to be?
     We often admire character traits in others that we ourselves would like to have. We eagerly buy magazines and newspapers with photos of beautiful Hollywood movie stars, top-level athletes, influential political figures, and the smartest, wealthiest, and most inspirational of society.
     Who do you most admire and why? Has anyone in your life inspired you to change for the better? Do you wear a bracelet, or keep a photo or physical object to represent admirable qualities you would like to embrace? I'd love to hear your comments!
And now, presenting a few other authors you will want to check out!

Debby Lee belongs to several chapters of RWA, has published three short stories and a novella in A Cascades Christmas by Barbour Publishing. She’s happily married, has five children and lives in Washington. Reading is one of her favorite hobbies, as well as cheering for the Seattle Seahawks. Visit Debby’s website at and her blog at
A country girl born and bred, Dawn Luedecke has spent most of her life surrounded by horses, country folk, and the wild terrain of Nevada, Idaho and Montana. As a child she would spend many afternoons reading books, watching western classics, and Rogers and Hammerstein movies. When she grew up she decided to leave the quiet country life for a chance to find adventure by serving in the United States Coast Guard. During that time she found her soul mate (and alpha male) and started a family and writing career. These days you can find her on the coastline as she follows her husband’s Coast Guard career along the beach. Dawn Luedecke's Lighthouse Anthology


  1. I love the premise that Stacey had a role model that helped her overcome her fears. If everyone had positive role models to guide us, we'd all be in better shape.

    1. You're right, Jackie. Having a positive mentor, a guide, can help steer a person in the right direction. Thanks for posting!

  2. Thank you so much for the spotlight Darlene.

    This book looks so cute! I can't wait to read it. I would have to say that the person I admire most is my husband. I always defer to his judgment, and he always seems to know the right thing to do. Although, always deferring to him also boosts his alpha ego more, so sometimes I have to remind him that I'm really the boss.