Sunday, December 8, 2013

New Release: XOXO Sweet & Sexy Romance

If you're looking for something short & sweet to treat yourself this holiday, consider the latest romance anthology featuring over 30 authors (including yours truly!).  XOXO Sweet and Sexy Romance was originally scheduled for a February release & I'm thrilled it's available for Christmas.

"... All the stories have an optimistic ending that will leave a song in your heart and a smile on your lips—the passionate, emotional encounters will leave you breathless."
—Erotic Readers and Writers Association

I love a hot romance for those cold winter nights--don't you?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Author Interview-Debra L. Martin/Debra Elizabeth

What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always loved to write, but it wasn’t until 2006 when I got serious about it. That was the year that my brother and I decided to try our hand at writing our own fantasy. We were talking about different books and the plot holes that we’d found in a particular book. It was funny, but we both said, “We could write a better book.” Our first collaboration was QUEST FOR NOBILITY and it was definitely a learning experience learning to craft a story, but it was so much fun. We have written 4 novels together to date and are working on a sequel in our “Witch Stone Prophecy” series.

In 2011 I penned my first romance, LOVE BY SECRETS. Because my other books were fantasy, I write romance under my pen name, Debra Elizabeth. I just released book 2 in my “Age of Innocence” series, LOVE BY DECEPTION. I’m also working on the 3rd book, DARE TO LOVE A SPY.

Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
That would be Mr. Darcy from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. There is something about the strong silent type hero that gets me every time.

Tell me what inspired this story.
I love the Regency period and I wanted to write a story from the perspective of a young woman who believed one thing all of her life and then suddenly she’s thrust into a whole different world. Isabel Knott is that heroine.

How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?
As with most authors, I work full-time so finding time to write is a constant battle. I get most of my writing done on the weekend and sometimes during lunch hour, but it’s hard to switch on that creative switch sometime. And, of course, I hate to be right in the middle of a scene when it’s time to go back to work. I find that more frustrating than not writing at all. My brother also works full-time so it takes us almost a year to put out a story.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I also blog at Two Ends of the Pen about writing, offering author interviews, new release posts and book reviews. All of my books (fantasy and romance) are listed under their own tabs at the blog.

Genre: Regency Romance
Price: $2.99

Content with her life as a lady's maid, Isabel Knott learns the father she never knew has left her a fortune. The news comes with one restriction--she can never reveal his name. Isabel falls in love with Colby Tisbury, but with her nonexistent pedigree his father, Lord Tisbury, will never accept her as his daughter-in-law.

Colby Tisbury must marry, and soon. If he doesn't find a bride before the end of the Season, his father will supply one. Then Colby meets sassy Isabel Knott, and everything changes--but can he go against his father's wishes and marry a girl utterly lacking in family and connections? Isabel is forced to make an impossible choice - reveal her secret identity and bring shame to her true father or lose Colby forever. 

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Author Interview-Harris Channing

Mother Nature plays matchmaker...
Frostbitten Roberta Shallcross is a woman in need of a hero. David Henderson is far from that. He's a drunk who can't get past the murder of his wife, Sarah.
When David grudgingly saves Bobbie's life from the Rocky Mountain wilderness, she intends to return the favor. But will their burgeoning affection be powerful enough to overcome his guilt and grief?

What inspired you to become a writer?
I have always loved a good story and found that I usually had one or more dancing around in my head at any given time.  So, when my 6th grade teacher told me she thought I had a talent for writing, I thought I'd give it a try...and guess what?  I loved it!
Who are your favorite romance characters besides your own?
It used to be Rhett and Scarlett until I realized one day, that Rhett truly was a cad.  He took Scarlett's abuse and fought for her love and then the moment and I mean the moment she finally realizes that she truly loves him, he leaves. 
I found myself questioning if he ever truly loved her or was it a game he played.  She was the only woman to ever tell him no, and when she said yes, the game was one and the interest was gone....that's a theory anyway!
To answer your question...I don't have a favorite right now.  I have lots of them!! :)
Tell me what inspired this story.
I wanted to write a story packed with emotion but limited to very few characters.  I wanted it to be about love and loss and forgiveness without being overly sweet.  I thought on it and came up with the deserted cabin and then David and Bobbie filled it with their tragedies.  Well, I couldn't leave them there to suffer, could I?    
How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?
I'm the first to admit, I'm a slow writer and sometimes go days without writing.  But I'm constantly working on stories in the back of my mind. I do need to work on time management... 
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Yes, I'd like to share my website:

and some buy links for IN SARAH'S SHADOW.

and KOBO

Thank you so much for having me today!  Happy reading everyone!


Friday, October 18, 2013

On the Road with Howl

"You don't understand. Every night when the moon is full, I turn into a wolf."
 Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.)

"You and twenty million other guys"
 Wilbur (Lou Costello)
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948

Today, I'll be chatting about Howl at The Snarkology.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Author Interview-Dina Keratsis

What inspired you to become a writer?
I blame my mother. She read to me all the time. She read to my son on the first day we brought him home from the hospital and I assume the scenario was the same with me. Books were family from an early age and when I was not reading, I role-played or wrote. My favorite excursion was always to the library. At some point, reading wasn’t enough to satisfy me and so I wrote. I love all books but the romance genre is my go to book for relaxation.
Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
I’m glad you limited this list to the romance genre or this could go on for pages! I started reading romances when I was thirteen so there are many but these come to mind straight away: Jericho Barrons (Karen Marie Moning), Elizabeth and Ian Thornton (Judith McNaught), Matt Farrell and Meredith Banks (another McNaught), Mike Taggart (Jude Deveraux), Owen Armstrong (Sarah Dessen), Jasper Finley (Mary Balogh), Dageus MacKeltar (Moning again), Ash Burke (Teresa Medeiros), Emm and Johnny (Megan Hart) and any of Loretta Chase’s heroines.
I have to add Sirius Black. I’m in love with Sirius Black and secretly I think he is alive and breathing in a romance novel of his own. Someday, J.K. Rowling will release this secret book and he will be one of my favorite romance characters.
Tell me what inspired this story.
Cake was inspired by a dream about King Arthur. I still remember every detail about that dream – one of those lingering visions that seemed so real I thought I may have gone back in time, a dream full of longing and tragedy and imagery.
At the same time, in daylight hours, I had become obsessed with an old building in my neighborhood that was once called Apollo Cake. I fall in love with buildings all the time and the less I can discover about one, the more obsessed I become. Apollo Cake was one such building.
Finally, at the time of Cake’s conception, I was in a baking frenzy, trying to re-create my favorite cake from the closed El Morocco restaurant in Worcester. I have yet to find its match.
Rune and Breena evolved from all these ingredients.
You can read more details about the creation story of Cake at my website.
How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?
I used to get home from work, exercise, eat, and write for 2 hours a night 
and four hours on Saturday or Sunday, more if I felt like it. This schedule is impossible now that I have two little ones and a three-hour commute to and from work.
I write when I can, aiming for 800-1000 words a day, five days a week. I have a supportive virtual writing group with writers who share a similar lifestyle balance, and I remind myself that it’s about crafting something I love rather than producing to publish, but this is a constant war I have with myself. Right now, though, children, and sleep so that I can muster kindness toward said children, take priority.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 
Just a thank you for reading about Rune and Breena and for all the kind emails I’ve received. You guys are great, and it’s such run to be part of such a loving reading community. Romance readers are the best readers!

She has nothing left to lose.
When Breena Murphy stumbles into the enchanted borderland of Cake, she is given the choice to return to her world or face the unknown. Unable to bear returning to her empty life, she embraces the challenge, much to the annoyance of the handsome, brooding Rune.
He wants redemption.
Long ago, Rune failed in his duty to guard the Queen Likely and vowed never again to let desire rule him. Then he meets Breena, the last Likely, and least likely, to succeed. Sworn to protect her from the killer who seeks to destroy Cake, Rune is forced to face his awakening desire for the one woman he can never have.
Together, they embark on a magical journey to save Cake and while Rune abandons his heart, Breena discovers that she has everything to lose.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Author Interview-Lilly Gayle

As my 100th post, I’m excited to welcome fellow, Wild Rose Press author, Lilly Gayle.  I’ll be over at her blog today. Stop by and say hi!     
What inspired you to become a writer?
When I was in the eighth grade, my teacher gave us an assignment: Write a short, 3 to 5 page story using all of your spelling words. The entire class groaned. I smiled. I could do that. I'd been writing stories in my head since the day I played hooky to watch the very first episode of Young and the Restless. So, I started writing…and filled up an entire spiral notebook. The teacher asked me to condense it down to the required word length, but she encouraged me to keep writing. And I did. Until I graduated from high school and went off to college. Life got in my way for years, but I shared my secret desire to write with my husband and in 1995, he bought our first computer and told me to stop dreaming and start writing. Gotta love a man who listens to the important stuff. As for the small stuff, well that's another story. Lol!

Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
Dean Koontz's Christopher Snow from his books Seize the Night and Fear Nothing. Snow is the main character and suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum. The story is a paranormal suspense with romantic elements and I fell in love with Snow. Forced to live in a shadowy world because of his rare skin condition, Snow witnesses a series of frightening events that force him to confront his fears as he investigates the dark secrets hiding in the shadows of Moonlight Bay.  

Tell me what inspired this story.

Dean Koontz's character, Christopher Snow. He suffers from XP- a rare, genetic DNA disorder in which the skin is ultra-sensitive to UV light and the ability to repair the damage is deficient. Patients exposed to UV and sunlight suffer from disfiguring burns and skin cancers. While reading the book, I started investigating the disorder and got an for a vampire novel. Then I saw a re-run of Universal Soldier with Jean-Claud Vandam and Dolph Lundgren and the idea came together in a rough draft.

How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?
Not very well! I still work a day job. I a radiologic technologist with a certification in mammography. I usually, work 9-10 hours, four days a week, but we've been so swamped lately, I've been putting in 11 hour days. Then there's writing, promoting, blogging, home and family obligations. Sometimes I can't keep up! And I've got two WIP's I need to finish! Any advice on how to write faster or find more hours in the day? Lol!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 
As a mammographer and breast cancer survivor, I want to remind women over forty to perform monthly self-breast exam, visit their doctor for an annual clinical breast exams and ask the health care provider to schedule a yearly mammogram if you haven't already had one. When I was diagnosed in 2007 at age 47, I had no family history, no symptoms, no lump, and no clue. I can't tell you how shocked I was to see the film and know—even before the doctor read my films—that that tiny, spiky white glob next to my chest wall had all the film characteristics of an invasive cancer. And I was right.
In 2007, 70% of all new breast cancers were diagnosed in women with NO family history. Last month, I was at a mammography seminar in Richmond, Virginia and learned that number has now risen to 80%. The increase in new cancer diagnoses is most likely related to early detection due to the increased sensitivity of digital mammography. Some government agencies want women to wait until age 50 before having their first mammogram because along with an increase in cancer diagnoses there's been an increase in biopsies with negative results.
As a woman who's had two negative biopsies and two positive ones, despite any anxiety I may have felt, I'd rather have a negative biopsy any day of the week than miss an early cancer diagnosis. Early detection can mean the difference in curing the disease and treating. Thanks to screening mammography and early detection by biopsy, I'm now a five year survivor and am considered cured. So, I don't advice taking chances. Start getting screened at age forty. Had I waited until age 50, I wouldn't have lived long enough to have my first mammogram.