Friday, August 31, 2012

On the Road Again

Today, I'm chatting about the inspiration for Roar! at Cate Masters' TBR blog.  Be sure to leave a comment for the chance to win a copy of Howl.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sat Shifters-Karen Michelle Nutt

Tell me about yourself. 
Author Bio: As a multi-published author, I spin tales for The Wild Rose Press, Highland Press, Published By RJV, Victory Tales Press, Western Trail Blazers and Tease Publishing LLC. My book, Lost in the Mist of Time, was nominated for New Books Review Spotlight Best Fantasy Book of the Year Award. A Twist of Fate was a nominee for Best Time Travel P.E.A.R.L. Award for 2008 and Creighton Manor won Honorable Mention P.E.A.R.L. Award 2009. Eli: Warriors for the Light received 2011 Best Sci-fi/Fantasy short story.

My new passion is creating book covers for Western Trail Blazers and Published by Rebecca J. Vickery. In my spare time, I review books for PNR-Paranormal Romance Reviews.

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all my stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve always had a passion for writing. I used to fill notebooks with my tales of adventures. I wrote anything from short stories to plays. Westerns, paranormal and magic were the themes of these tales. Not much has changed. J
Where did the inspiration for this story come from?
I’m fascinated with the folklore about the Loch Ness Monster and the legend of the Great Glen. I combined the two and added my own twist to create my story.
Did you know the Loch Ness Monster isn’t considered a mystical creature, but one of the most famous cryptid in the world. For those who don’t know what that means— For a beast to be qualified as a cryptid there must be some sort of evidence either in folklore or actual sightings. The first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to 565 AD by St. Columba and was actually on the River Ness. The next reference to the monster was in 1933 when Mr. and Mrs. Spicer reported spotting a large animal crossing the road in front of their car.
We know the creature that inhabits the loch as Nessie, but the name didn’t come about until 1975 when the beast was give a more scientific name: Nessiteras Rhombopteryx. It was the public who shortened the named to Nessie. The Loch Ness Monster was not always thought of as female and this gave me an idea. What if the Loch Ness Monster was actually male?
The Loch Ness Monster isn’t the only legend. Another legend of Loch Ness is recorded that the loch was once a Great Glen of rich pasture, plenty of corn, fish, deer and game. In the Glen there was a well that was blessed by the Druid Daly, who stated whoever drew water from the well must always replace its cover. A woman drawing the water from the well was told her child had fallen into the fire. She rushed home, forgetting to cover the well. The water from the well overflowed and flooded the whole glen. The people named the lake “The loch nis ann”, which means there is a lake now. I took this legend and ran with it, adding my own twist with a curse, and a wee bit of magic.
Who is your favorite shifter character from TV or the movies?
Oh, I would have to go with Alcide Herveaux of True Blood. He’s a Mississippi werewolf with no ties to a pack, though he’d make an excellent leader. He’s 6’5 with the poise and beauty of a Greek god—tanned, muscled and beautiful. And don’t get me started on his gorgeous brown eyes.  Yeah, he’s my kind of shifter hero.
 What is your writing space like?
Messy right now and I can’t stand clutter! Books of all kinds litter the counter top, anything from a reference book to a book I’m dying to read next.  I tend to take my laptop and lounge on the couch with my three little dogs around me for company. They’re all Chihuahua mixes and they love to cuddle. (Preferably on my lap, but well…the laptop is there.) lol
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 
I want to thank the readers for their continued support and for their lovely comments about how they liked the stories. Without you, my tales would sit and collect dust on my bookshelves.
Mariposa, thank you so much for having me on your lovely site.

Michaela Grant travels to Scotland for a holiday, knowing this vacation is her last. A medical condition threatens her life and any chance of a future—until she meets Alan MacLachlin, a man forced to exist between two worlds.
Alan is the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Once every fifty years he returns to human form in search of his soul mate, the one woman who can break his curse. He believes he has found forever with Michaela, but to claim it he must figure out how to save her life. Michaela and Alan vow to take what time has to offer, but another threat looms. A sinister shape shifter with a vendetta against Alan is making Loch Ness his personal hunting ground. Now he's threatening Michaela. Alan must discover who the shifter is and stop him before it's too late.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

On the Road Again

Did you know Grizzlies can run up to 35 miles per hour? Today I'm visiting fellow Nevada writer, C.R. Moss.    Stop by and find out how a family camping trip inspired my fascination with Ursus Arctos Horribilis.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Roaring at KMN Books

Have you seen this bumper sticker? "Real teddy bears are naked!"
I'm chatting about Roar! at KMN Books today.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sat Shifters-Terry Spear

Savage Hunger
Kathleen McKnight is on a dangerous mission to help her army team take down a drug lord. She's a tough as nails recruit, but when she's caught in the crossfire, she has to rely on a mysterious man to save her. She has no idea that he has big plans for her...
Connor Anderson is a jaguar shifter who is looking for his mate. When he rescues Kathleen in the jungle-twice—he can't help but be intrigued. Will a bite or a scratch turn Kathleen into the perfect jaguar mate?

USA Today bestselling author, Terry Spear has written numerous paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf  was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on new paranormal romances!
What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always created oral stories and then later wrote them in journals and took two English classes in a year of high school, including Creative Writing. At least for me, I was born telling tales. *smile* This always sounds to me as though I made up lots of fibs. :) One of my girlfriends, who I’ve stayed in touch with over the years, remembers me telling spooky stories during a Halloween sleepover we had one year after we ran around the neighborhood in used ballroom gowns as fairy princesses and handing out candy. My father also made up stories to tell us and I’m sure he influenced my love of storytelling. He had so many true life stories to share that since bears are on the menu, I’d mention one here. He and his boyhood friend were hiking into the mountains in Washington State and had stopped to camp overnight in their well-worn sleeping bags. It was cold and they were snuggled tight when they heard a bear making snuffling noises as it poked around at them and both boys knew they were dead meat. He pawed at them and finally ambled off. My dad had nightmares about that experience the rest of his life. :) I always loved bears, maybe because I’m from California and the grizzly is the state animal and is pictured on the state flag.
Who are your favorite shifter characters (besides your own?) The first shifter story that I read was East of the Sun and West of the Moon, a Norwegian tale about a prince cursed to be a polar bear and the girl who he wed. I loved Ladyhawke also, where a lady and a captain love one another and are cursed to spend their time apart as a hawk and a wolf.
Tell me what inspired this story. In Legend of the White Wolf, two of the hero’s friends and P.I. partners are hunting bear, but the wolves become much more of a problem. Wolves don’t attack humans, normally, so it’s not exactly what you might think. In Heart of the Wolf, the hero and heroine come across a bear as they’re trying to make their way through a forest in Oregon. In my latest release, A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing, there are no bears, though it’s set on the Oregon Coast. In that story, it’s strictly wolves, and a few SEAL wolves…as in Navy SEAL wolves. My next coming release, Oct 2, is Savage Hunger, first of the jaguar shifter stories. No bears in that one either. They’re running around in the Amazon jungle dealing with a different kind of predator—man!
How did you start crafting bears? My parents were going to doll and teddy bear shows where they displayed carriages they’d built for doll collectors. They wanted me to make an old-fashioned teddy bear for them to display with their creations. I was making cloth dolls and did a lot of other hand embroidery work, rug hooking, quilts, etc, at the time. So I created Wilde and Woolly Bears. They ended up winning first place ribbons for best dressed bears, most unique bear (pirate with a peg leg), and best of show! They were also featured in Teddy Bear Review, Texas Monthly, and other magazines and newspapers. They’ve found homes all over the world!
What was one of your favorite orders for one of your bears? The MacLeod Clan bear—one lady ordered one at a Highland show I attended, then came back to order seven more for the whole family. :)
How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life? I was working full time as of July 31, but finally decided working full time at the library and working an additional 40-45 hours on writing was getting to be too much. I have four books in various stages in process for Sourcebooks now with four releases scheduled for next year. So I intend to write more and have even more fun doing it!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Get ready for cat and dog fights on Discover a New Love! And hope you check out the next release coming up, Savage Hunger, where the jaguars rule the day.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Roar! Release Day

I'm thrilled to announce Roar! is now available from The Wild Rose Press.  To celebrate my latest release, Mariposa's Musings is going to the bears this week.

 Focused on the bottom line, corporate paralegal Linda Underwood answers to no one. Linda’s world is torn apart when a bear shifter turns her romantic weekend rendezvous into a desperate struggle to stay alive.  Now a recently-turned shifter herself, she is determined to beat the affliction by ignoring her newly awakened beastly impulses.
 After the accidental death of his wife, shifter Flynn Cromwell finds solace immersed in his computer network security work in a remote mountain cabin.  When he discovers Linda’s ravaged body near the brink of death, he’s compelled to protect her. 
Can Flynn save Linda from her own stubborn nature and defend her from a vicious shifter with a taste for her blood?

Here's an excerpt:

     “What’s this?” Flynn snatched her right foot.
      “Hey,” Linda protested.  She tried to pull free, but he held firm. As his thumb traced the sole of her foot, a shiver of pleasure raced along her leg.
     “You don’t seem the type to have ladybugs inked on your toes, what’s the story?”
     “There is no story,” Linda hissed.  Flynn held her foot higher.
    “All tattoos have stories, spill it.”
    “When I was little my mother called me Ladybug, don’t you dare tell anyone!” Linda said.
    “I’ll take it to the grave,” Flynn raised his other hand then gently lowered her foot.   
      They ate in silence for a few minutes, which suited Linda since her previous meal ended abruptly.  She was in no mood to discuss her personal life with a total stranger who paused and stretched, the sun glinted on his unruly dirty blond hair.  Linda caught Flynn’s scent, dark and rich. For a moment, she longed to climb into those muscular arms, breathe him in while her mouth explored the sweet taste of his full lips. 
    Flynn’s gaze met hers. “You want me.”
    “That’s ridiculous, I just met you.”  Linda snapped her cheeks flushed.  Maybe her mind
snapped after the attack.  No woman with an ounce of sanity would be attracted to someone so
   “It’s animal magnetism, baby, don’t fight it.”  Flynn murmured his deep voice an octave lower