#Interview of #Author A. M. Griffin, #Author of Dangerously Hers

1) How long does it take you to write a book?

It depends on what’s going on in my real life and if I’m cracking the whip or not. If I’m cracking the whip I’ll put myself on a deadline and try to stick with it. Possibly a month and a half to write it, two weeks to edit it and another two weeks for my beta readers to have at it and for me to make the corrections. So, in a perfect writing world for me I’d have a new book every two months, but of course I don’t live in a perfect writing world.

2) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Hectic. I work full-time and I’m a full-time wife and mother. When I’m actively writing I’m able to start at around 7 and I write until about midnight or later, go sleep and wake up to just do it again. But I do it not because I have to, but because I love it and I like seeing the finished product.

3) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I haven’t been writing long enough to develop any quirks. I can write in a room full of people, at a family dinner or picnic, or while its quiet. I have to write when I can get it in. Ask me this question in five years, maybe I’ll have a more interesting answer!

4) Where do you get your information and/or ideas for your books?

A pretty easy source. My imagination! Since I write science fiction I can make up things as I see fit. But I also have to be very careful. I have an Excel spreadsheet titled “Bible”. It’s where I keep all of the new species, objects, people, planets, even foods.

5) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like to read for pleasure and watch mindless television. Since I’ve become a writer it’s been harder and harder to read for pleasure. Instead of reading I begin editing the book which makes it seem like work. If I can get past the first few chapters of a book I’m happy. That means I’m so engrossed in the story that I’m forgetting about “work”. There’s a few authors that I know can get me wrapped up in the story, Dean Koontz, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Joey W. Hill are just a few.

6) What does your family think of your writing?

My family is extremely supportive of my writing. My mother has read my books (although she skips the sex scenes). My father has been begging to read one of my books for a while (the answer is always no). My husband and sisters tell everyone who will listen to buy my books. They are my biggest supporters and the first members of my street team. My children know what I write and are proud of me. I know that I’m very blessed to have my family behind me 100% and I don’t take that for granted.

7) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’ve got a whooping number of 3 books under my belt. My favorite book is Dangerously Mine. It’s my first book and it’ll always be my baby.

8) Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I don’t get a lot of fan mail, but I get shout outs on social media which I enjoy. A little shout-out goes a long way. I was lying in bed with my husband one night and I was talking to him about my writing career and writers block and someone sent a shout-out about my series on Twitter. That lifted my spirits. It’s always nice to hear from readers.

9) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

A book is only as good as the readers who enjoy it, talk about it and support it. Thank you for reading my series.

10) Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Dangerously Hers is the 3rd book in the science fiction, erotic, romance Loving Dangerously Series. I love the characters in this book so much! Jess has a razor tongue but underneath it all she’s an abused woman who is learning that she is worthy of being loved. Rasha, my alien hero wants Jess so bad, but he’s having a hard time figuring out human women, especially one with a past like Jess.

11) Will you have a new book coming out soon?

I have 2 more books in the Loving Dangerously series completed and to my editor, Dangerously His and Dangerously Forever. I’m in edits with the fourth book in the Loving Dangerously series titled Dangerously His and I’m one week from submitting the fifth book titled Dangerously Forever. Dangerously His is about two people who want to be together but are being separated by forces they can’t control. Dangerously Forever is the story where Eva (from Dangerously Mine) and her best friend Allysan finally reunite. It’s definitely not the end of the series. There are still so many worlds and characters to explore.

I’m excited to get J.B.’s and Allysan’s story told. I’m working on a superhuman story that will be in a series with other authors. I’m also working on a shifter story and a spin-off. I’m hoping 2014 will be the beginning of a couple new series for me and I’m looking forward to it.

12) Print or e-book?

I love both. Sometimes I just like the feel of a paper book in my hands but I love the convenience of an ereader. I can take it anywhere and it holds a ton of books.

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Dangerously Hers

A.M.Griffin

6/1/14 – 1/31/14

The author will be awarding a Grand Prize of a handmade bookmark, signed cover flat, pens, flash drive, keylight key chain, a Loving Dangerously t-shirt, a signed copy of Fondled and Gobbled and a $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. (US ONLY) Plus, a runner’s up prize of a $20 Amazon GC will be awarded to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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Loving Dangerously, Book Three Jess hates aliens. After the invasion that destroyed Earth, the extraterrestrial bastards sold her to a brothel as a sex slave. She may have escaped but the old memories and fears still linger in the dark corners of her mind. Supposedly Sonis is just the place for her—somewhere safe, where she can heal and start fresh. She’s almost hopeful…until she meets Rasha, her new boss.

Rasha, Captain of the Sonis Royal Guard, is a warrior through and through. He’s huge, sinfully sexy and could have any woman on Sonis—but the woman he wants is Jess. He’s very much an alien and Jess knows she should hate him or at least be wary, but whenever he’s around, she loses control. She tells herself it’s only sex—amazing, mind-blowing sex like nothing else she’s ever experienced—but there’s something about Rasha that shakes her soul. The feel of his skin against hers, the look in his eyes as he touches her—they make her want to believe it’s possible to find love and begin again.

A Romantica® science fiction erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

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He inhaled sharply. “I can smell you.” Then he let his gaze drop to crotch.

Her hands instinctively dropped to shield herself.

She gasped as he dropped to his knees. “What are you doing?”

He wrapped his arms around her and cradled her ass. Her mouth dropped open as he nuzzled his nose between her thighs. “I can take care of this…you.”

She dug her nails into his shoulder blades. Should she push him away or keep him where he was?

He made a sound so animalistic. So hot and sexy that it made her pussy respond in ways she didn’t want it to.

“That’s it.” He sniffed into her.

His fingers worked in unison to massage her ass, all the while pulling her onto his face. She tried to stand her ground even when she rocked to her toes.

He looked up to her with eyes smoldering with heat. “Can I do it Jess?”

She blinked, trying to remember his question. “Do…do what?”

“Lick you until you until you come.”

Oh God.

Her knees buckled.

“I want to taste you. I want to bury my face in your pussy. I want to…to…” Growling, he bit her.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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A. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.

Find Me Here

Website: http://www.amgriffinbooks.com

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/A.M.-Griffin/e/B00APK4V4G/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1380414029&sr=1-2-ent

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amgriffinbooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMGriffinbooks

Blog: http://amgriffinbooks.blogspot.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/amgriffinbooks

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Buy Links:

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dangerously-Hers-3-Loving-ebook/dp/B00FWSTTKM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1382404909&sr=1-1&keywords=Dangerously+Hers


#Interview of Christa McHugh, #Author of Deception’s Web #Fantasy #Romance #Paranormal

  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a wife, a mom, and a doctor in real life. I’ve had some interesting jobs in the past, including being a morgue attendant. I’m also a total geek-girl.

  • As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

An actress. Actually, I almost didn’t become a doctor because I had been offered a theater contract.

  • When did you first start writing?

I started writing years ago because the characters came to me and wouldn’t shut up until I got them out on the page. By the time I graduated from high school, I had 3 completed novels (which will forever remain hidden in a trunk under the bed). I didn’t get serious about writing until after residency.

  • When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I discovered how much I enjoyed telling my stories and how they helped me deal with my stressful day job, I was hooked.

  • How long does it take you to write a book?

It depends on the story and how the words flow. I’ve written some shorter novellas in less than 2 weeks, and I’ve taken up to 6 months to write a full-length book. On average, though, it takes me 6-12 weeks to write a book.

  • Where do you get your information and/or ideas for your books?

I get inspiration from just about everything, from a random news story to an interaction I observe between two people. For example, I came up with idea for the Deizian Empire when I switched the TV between Stargate and a documentary on Caligula.

  • What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Sleep (seriously!). I have two small children, so I love doing things with them in my off time, and I’m a huge football fan.

  • What does your family think of your writing?

Most of them are not readers (so yay – it saves me from having to explain all my naughty scenes), but they are all impressed that I’ve written books that have won multiple awards and that I find time to do it.

  • What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating books?

Don’t try to force a story. The hardest books I’ve ever written have been ones that I was lukewarm about. The easiest and most fun books are the ones where I’m totally in love with the characters.

  • How did you choose what genre to write in?

Did I mention I was a total geek? The pick-up line I used on my husband was, “Do you want to check out my anime collection?” Fantasy was natural fit for me because I love the world-building. However, I’m also a huge history buff, so sometimes I drift into historicals, and lately, I’ve been having a blast writing contemporary romances to change up the pace.

  • If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?

A first edition of each of the books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy because, you know, I’m a geek.

Giveaway: The author is giving away a $100 Amazon gift card and 20 autographed print copies of the book in the series, Tangled Web.

Deception’s Web
The Deizian Empire, Book 3

Crista McHugh

Genre: Fantasy Romance/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crista McHugh

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Date of Publication: Dec. 9, 2013

ISBN: 9780985446284

Number of pages: 278

Word Count: 85K

Cover Artist: Jaycee Delarenzo

Book Description:

A soldier looking for redemption falls into the arms of the empire’s Black Widow…

Galerius, former Captain of the Legion, is honored to be given a chance to redeem himself by discovering who is behind the failing barrier. A series of anonymous letters all point to Hostilius, governor of Lucrilia, but Galerius thinks he’ll learn more about the plot by seducing the governor’s thrice widowed daughter, Claudia. Although he warns himself not to fall into snare of the empire’s most deadly temptress, one kiss leaves him begging for more.

Claudia has spent years as a pawn in her father’s political games and longs to break free of his rule, even it means betraying him to the emperor. When Galerius arrives in Tivola, she’s not sure if he’s there to aid her father or stop him. She willingly submits to his seduction, despite their class differences, in order to find the truth. What she doesn’t expect to find is a man who indulges her secret fantasies, satisfying her in a way none of her previous husbands did, and treats her as something more than a conquest. As time runs out to thwart her father’s plans, she must decide if she can trust Galerius not only with her life, but her heart.

 

Poisoned Web

The Deizian Empire

Book Two
Crista McHugh

Genre: Fantasy Romance /

SF Romance / Paranormal Romance

 

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Number of pages: 278

Word Count:  78K

Cover Artist: Jaycee Delorenzo

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Book Description:

The fate of the empire hangs on one slave breaking her silence…

As the Deizian Empire prepares for the upcoming wedding of Emperor Titus Sergius Flavus and Azruha, one mystery remains unsolved—the sudden and unexplained death of the former emperor. And as her wedding gift to Titus, Azurha wants to give him answers. She suspects an unknown poison was involved, and her search for the truth enlists two unlikely allies.

Modius Varro’s thirst for knowledge caused an uproar in Emona three years ago and exiled him to the border town of Madrena. But when Titus falls victim to the same poison, his expertise in medicine becomes essential in solving both the riddle of the former emperor’s death and finding a cure to save the current one. His search leads him to far reaches of the Alpirion realm, to an ancient culture shrouded in secrets, and into the arms of one slave who must break her silence to save the empire.

 

About the Author:

Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

For the latest updates, deleted scenes, and answers to any burning questions you have, please check out her webpage  www.CristaMcHugh.com

Find Crista online at:

Twitter: twitter.com/crista_mchugh

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CristaMcHugh

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3035791.Crista_McHugh

#Interview with Kathy DiSanto, #Author of Amanda’s Eyes

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure.  Let’s see ….  I was born and raised in California and lived in a small town most of my life.  Joined the Air Force to get away from said small town, traveled to Texas for basic training and hit Biloxi, MS, just in time for hurricane Camille.  (Yes, I am that old!)  When I was discharged four years later, I used the GI Bill to get a couple degrees in German, which turned out to be somewhat less than marketable but left me with a love of language and grammar that have since proved useful.  I was a stay-at-home Mom to my two sons (Leo and Nick) well into their teenage years, earning pocket money by editing and proofreading at home.  My sons grew up (go figure), and I got too cold one winter, so I decided to move to Texas.  For the last ten years I’ve worked as a communications specialist for Texas A&M University, writing more than 100 features for print and web publication.  Getting ready to retire next April and move back east to be near my sons, both artists and musicians who never saw the light and moved down south.  I’m really looking forward to pestering them on a regular basis and being able to write novels full-time!

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Besides marry Paul McCartney?  Lots of things.  I especially remember wanting to be a nurse and/or a lady truck driver.

When did you first start writing?

I’ve always loved to write and did a good bit in high school.  I can’t remember what all I wrote, but it seems the word frenzied played a recurring role.  I know this because my English teacher, Mr. Sanchez, grew frustrated with my inability to spell the word correctly and threatened to ink it on my forehead.  Backwards, so I could read it in the mirror.

I did a few articles for the base newspaper when I was in the Air Force, but serious writing didn’t start until I was in my 40s.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was about to say when I sold my first book to Bantam’s Loveswept line, but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate.  I would say when I finished my first book, For Love or Money.  Aside from childbirth, I can’t think of anything that has ever given me that feeling of excitement, accomplishment and undiluted joy.

How long does it take you to write a book?

Not much longer than it takes a turtle to cross the US.  Seriously, I’m not a fast writer, for a couple of reasons.  First, I do what everybody says you shouldn’t do—I edit as I go.  I’ve tried not to, but it’s an addiction.  Second, I’ve always had to write at night (and I’m a morning person) or on weekends.  That adds up to about 18 months for a full-length novel.  It’ll be interesting to see what being able to write full-time, during my best hours, will do to my productivity!

Where do you get your information and/or ideas for your books?

Oh, gosh.  Just about everywhere.  The idea for Amanda’s Eyes came from the Madoff scandal.  Why Live? was born from the proverb that says there’s nothing new under the sun.  One book idea came when I saw a plane flying over, trailing one of those ad banners.  Haven’t written that one yet.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Well, read, of course.  You know how we writers are—can’t get enough books.  I devour about 3 or 4 books a week, and I’m constantly looking for new authors.  I also have two dogs, Molly and Lucy, both rescues.  Taking them for walks (or getting taken for walks by them) is always fun.  I like to target shoot, too.

What does your family think of your writing?

They’re my biggest supporters!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating books?

That less is often more.  The best writing (IMHO) is lean.  In the beginning, I was partial to strings of adjectives, dialog tags, and cute adverbs.  But like Stephen King once said, “The road to Hell is paved with adverbs.”  Now I try to take a lesson from the poets and pack as much power into as few words as I can.

How did you choose which genre to write in?

Not actually sure I’ve chosen one yet!  I started in romance, wrote one dystopian sci-fi novel (Why Live?) and one near-future paranormal thriller.  Many of my reviewers say I tend to combine genres.  I guess you could say I choose the story (or it chooses me), and the story determines the genre.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel, what would it be and why?

My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok.  That novel speaks to me about what it means to be called to an art, what that art demands, and the sacrifices you make to stay true to your art.  It also talks about art and spirituality.  I wrote a review about it once, in case anyone’s interested.  You can find it at http://leanmeanwritingmachine.wordpress.com/book-reviews/#1.

 

Author Bio:

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Kathy’s publishing career dates back to 1997, when she published two romances with Bantam’s Loveswept line.  One of them, For Love or Money, won a 1997 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award.
In 2012, Kathy self-published two futuristic thrillers.  Amanda’s Eyes is a near-future paranormal thriller and the first novel in a series featuring crime reporter A.J. Gregson.  Why Live? is stand-alone dystopian science-fiction.
Thanks to her day job as a communications specialist with a major university, Kathy has written more than two hundred features for print and the web.
She is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Alliance of Independent Authors, the Independent Author Network, the Independent Author Index, the Indie Writers’ Network, World Literary Cafe, and the International Association of Business Communicators.
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Book Description:

Waking up is the pits when you come to in a hospital with a broken arm, a colorful assortment of abrasions and contusions, and a face swathed in bandages. It’s even worse if you can’t remember what hit you.

The bad and the ugly are crime reporter Amanda “A.J.” Gregson’s business. But learning she had a ringside seat for an explosion that killed two agents of the Continental Intelligence and Investigative Service (CIIS), incinerated an entire block of warehouses, and did so much damage to her eyes they had to be surgically removed? Well, that gives the darker side of life a whole new meaning.

Haunted by elusive nightmares, A.J. waits for her transplant and struggles to remember the events leading up to the fateful night of September 4, 2075. Weeks crawl by without a glimmer, before memory floods back the night before surgery, every brutal detail crystal clear.

The explosion had been the work of the Ferrymen.

“The Ferrymen. My not-so-magnificent obsession for more than a year. Only a cataclysm could have made me forget. I guess you could call them hitmen. You could also call Einstein a math whiz. Think ruthless. Think unstoppable. Think killers so proficient ‘caught the ferry’ was fast replacing ‘bought the farm’ in common usage, and you have the Ferrymen in a nutshell.”

The transplant surgery goes off without a hitch—welcome news, because A.J. is raring for a rematch with Hell’s Boatmen. But contrary to popular belief, what you see isn’t always what you get. Take her new eyes, for example. Those baby blues may look perfectly normal, but they possess a power that turns her world upside down—the power to see into the hidden dimensions of the human heart.

When the Sight unmasks the mastermind behind the Ferrymen, the unveiling is as stunning as it is unbelievable. The revelation sets her on course for a second head-collision with evil. Will she survive the final encounter?

An #Interview with Genevieve Scholl, #Author of Love Clause #Checkherout #Romance

  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, there isn’t much to tell. I’m a small town girl, with a small town heart. I have my passions in life, and they include writing, reading, photography, design, art, and travel. I live day to day, finding even a few seconds to enjoy the things I love in life. I’m a proud aunt, and soon to be one the second time around (fingers crossed for a boy). I am Texan born, New York bred, and plan to retire in Ireland.

  • As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I’ve wanted to do a lot of different things in my life: police work, law, writing, photography, art, etc. I never really settled on anything until now… Now, I am a writer, and am studying to be a Paralegal.

  • When did you first start writing?

In my Junior year of High School. I was bullied a lot in school, and my writing as a way to escape, and sometimes seek revenge. Eventually, I just realized how much I loved to write, and the rest is history.

  • When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

See above answer…. Though, I decided to publish one day when I was bored with my life of sitting at home, in front of the television, doing nothing but eating. My first published book was like therapy for me; getting me out of the funk that was my life.

  • How long does it take you to write a book?

It depends on the book… If I am on a roll, I could write a whole book in a month, but something always seems to get in the way or something, so it ends up being longer.

  • Where do you get your information and/or ideas for your books?

The characters. I stick to the theory that authors are special, because they can hear the voices of these characters, whose stories need to be told. I’ve said before that I get ideas from songs, locations, etc, but the truth is… it’s the characters talking to me, but disguising their voices in these songs, locations, situations.

  • What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Photography is my second biggest passion, but I don’t get to do it often, because of where I live. There isn’t much to take pictures of, unless you want a ton of pictures of buildings, tress, and roadways.

  • What does your family think of your writing?

They are proud of me… I know they are, even if they don’t always say it. The only problem they see with it, is the love scenes…But, I think all authors have that problem with their families. I mean, who wouldn’t be a little embarrassed that your grandmother, aunt, mother is reading a sexual scene that you wrote?

  • What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating books?

Honestly, I’d say the most surprising thing would be myself. I’ve surprised myself that I can actually write. I mean, I was always proud of my stories, but I never thought I was even remotely good enough to publish and have readers actually enjoy it.

  • How did you choose what genre to write in?

I’m a Romance junkie; enough said.

  • If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?

Anything by Darynda Jones, because she’s is an awesome writer and woman. Nora Roberts, because, well, who wouldn’t? Debbie MaComber, because I love her books to pieces-it’s like the characters are my family. Gosh, there are so many!

Note from the author:

Portions of the proceeds from all of my books and short stories are donated to charity. Right now, we are donating to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for Breast Cancer, but we are constantly adding charities as more books are published; coming up next: Toys for Tots.

About Genevieve Scholl:

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I’m just a small town girl with a heart for the country life. I’m very shy and pretty much a loner, but my writing helps me be more outgoing and talk to various people that I would otherwise have a hard time approaching. I don’t write for the money or the fame, but rather to tell a story that needs to be told; whether that is my story or a character’s story. As a lot of people know, from my various interviews, I started writing to express my anger and hurt over the bullying that I experienced in High School, but eventually I just realized that I loved to tell stories. I was born in Texas, grew up and still live in Upstate New York, and want to retire in Ireland.

Book Description:

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Cindy Gingerman loves the Christmas holiday, but sometimes she feels like she’s the only one. Her parents don’t celebrate, her best friend would rather be in Tahiti than watch the snow fall, and Cindy’s been single for a while. What a depressing Christmas.
Until, Trent shows up at her door dressed like Santa and holding a tree. Something draws her to him and she lets him into her home and her head…
Now, the only question is, will she let him into her heart as well?

Trent Claus knew that Cindy was his destined bride. From the moment he saw her, there was no denying it. The only challenge he had to face was getting her to believe it as well. Can he do it?

“Sweet Cindy…”

He believes he can, until his father falls ill and he has to move his plans along a lot faster than expected. What will Cindy think of his little town and the truth of who he is?
Will she run like his ex-girlfriend had? Or will she stay and make him the luckiest, and happiest, man on Earth?

“Please don’t go…”

 

Quotes about the Author:

“Genevieve Scholl’s books are delicious and seductive. They tantalize the reader with delectable treats and clever sex scenes.”
~Mila A. Ballentine~

“Ms. Scholl will not disappoint you.” ~Rosanna Leo~

“Genevieve is a creative and imaginative writer whose stories draw you in from the first sentence and keep you holding your breath until the last.”
~Kimberly Graves~

 

Purchase link: (my Amazon page) http://www.amazon.com/Genevieve-Scholl/e/B00DFPXH9S/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Other Books by Genevieve Scholl

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An #Interview with @alliegailauthor, Author of the Immortal Touch Series

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Today, I would like to welcome my favorite author, Allie Gail on Book Reviews where I will interview her about her recent release, Fire and Ash, released on September 11, 2013.

  • Welcome Allie! Before we start with the interview, tell us one unique fact about yourself.

I was an adopted child! I was fortunate enough to have been chosen by a loving family who provided me with all the wonderful memories every little girl should experience. And they are all extremely supportive of my writing, so I count myself very blessed. 

That’s nice.

  • What inspired you to write your first book?

To be honest, I just sat down in front of the computer one day and started typing out a story because I wanted to see if I could actually do it. Although once I began writing I couldn’t stop – it had a snowball effect and I was having way too much fun with it. I hadn’t done this since my creative writing class and had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Don’t ask how long ago that was either. I’m not telling!  

  • How did you come up with the title?

The main protagonist (or should I say villain!) is named Ash, and the “fire” represents the passion he shares with Samara.  

  • How much of the book is realistic?

Only the locations are realistic. I live near the beach, so I thought it would make an interesting setting. I mean, who would expect to find a vampire living in a vacation resort in Florida? The story itself is completely fantasy. Which is a good thing because Ash is hardly what you’d classify as the most upstanding citizen.   

  • Which character in Fire and Ash do you connect with the most?  Why?

I would have to say Dane Chandler. Mainly because he’s shy and socially awkward and never knows the right thing to say. And he gets himself into trouble without meaning to. I’ve always had a predilection for doing just that!  

  • I duly understand what you just said and having read Fire and Ash, I can very well link the two. Anyways, let’s talk about your writing habits. When was the first time you ever wrote for a career?

I’ve just recently begun to view this as a career. I never would have envisioned myself as a published author, but I can say that it’s truly an incredible feeling to be afforded the opportunity to do something you love as a profession.  

  • Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

With the internet, it isn’t necessary! I spend a lot of time doing online research to make the settings as realistic and authentic as possible. While working on Winter’s Touch, for instance, I became well acquainted with the beautiful area surrounding Mount Hood. Not to mention Nethy Bridge, Scotland, which is where Julian underwent his transformation. Fire and Ash was somewhat easier since I live near the Gulf of Mexico myself.

  • Do you listen to music while you write?

Absolutely! Music is my inspiration. While writing Winter’s Touch, I listened to a lot of Enya and Celtic music. Adrian von Ziegler’s compositions were also a favorite. For Fire and Ash, a variety of psychedelic sixties songs obviously since Ash has a thing for that genre. It just depended on which chapter I was working on at the time. Each situation called for its own definitive style.   

  • What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I’d like to continue the journey with part three of the series. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of…well, let’s not give away any spoilers here.

  • Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes – don’t stop writing! There are so many people with a passion for reading, and they need YOU to share your unique stories with them!

Well, thank you Allie for joining me tonight. For the fans who are interested in her book, I shall enclose a synopsis and a blurb to prick their curiosity for their book.

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Title: Fire and Ash

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Buy Link: Amazon

Synopsis:

To the humans employed at his beachfront resort, Florida real estate developer Asher Reid is known as a narcissistic womanizer and temperamental control freak. To the secret, select group of immortals, he is the irrefutable enforcer of vampire law. Yet hidden beneath the charismatic façade lie the alpha’s true obsessions – adrenaline highs, nightshade and an enduring lust for depravity.

Running from a faithless ex-fiancé who won’t stop stalking her, Samara Porter hopes to find refuge working within the posh resort. But her tropical paradise houses an even bigger threat when she becomes the prime target for Asher’s unwholesome games.

Seduced by his deviant desires, Sami quickly finds herself caught up in a world where pain and pleasure coexist, testing the boundaries of how far she is willing to go to learn his corrupt secrets. And with her final test of loyalty comes a dark ultimatum – to kill for him…or face his lethal wrath.

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Excerpt:

As if on cue, the dark sky above the ocean suddenly exploded in bursts of blue and red. The rowdy revelers along the beach cheered and applauded their approval.

Still on his knees, Ash maneuvered himself so he was directly behind her, one hand placed gently on her right shoulder while his soft breath tickled her neck. His left hand reached stealthily around her. “Take the gun, Sami.” She accepted it with shaking hands in the vain hope that he’d withdraw at the last second, tell her she didn’t have to do this, that it was all just a test of obedience and he’d never meant for her to actually shoot anyone. He couldn’t possibly be that warped, could he? To ask her to murder someone in cold blood, in the midst of hundreds of witnesses – surely the man wasn’t that depraved.

His hushed voice was sensuous against her cheek. “Relax, baby. Just watch the fireworks. We’ll wait until they light the Thunder Kings. Some anonymous donor was thoughtful enough to contribute two hundred cartons of them. They have one hell of a report and the gunfire will blend right in.”

“Ash…” Her anxious plea cracked helplessly and she found herself unable to vocalize anything further, all language forgotten as her mind raced desperately in search of an out. Refusal wasn’t an option with him. But it was possible, just possible, that the replacement magazine contained blanks as well…wasn’t it? She clutched that thought to her like a security blanket.

“Shh…” His lips brushed her jaw, trailing feathery kisses down her neck that reawakened her intense longing for him despite her predicament. “For me, sweet angel. Do this for me. Be perfect for me.” He was practically purring against her skin, seducing her with his charisma in a way that only he could. When he turned on the charm there was nothing she could deny him – nothing.

Not even this.

His hands covered hers over the grip. “Suppose I help you aim…just in case you get the notion to deliberately miss.” He forced her to lift the Ruger. “When I tell you to, I want you to unload the entire magazine. There’s a bullet in the chamber – you’re good to go. All you have to do is pull the trigger. Nothing to it, right?”

Nothing to it. Nothing at all.

All or nothing.

Her heart skipped a beat when the echoing reports filled the air, and the honey-sweet voice in her ear urged, “Go ahead, baby. Don’t fail me.”

She didn’t allow herself any hesitation, didn’t grant her conscience the time to form a protest, simply closed her eyes and mindlessly squeezed the trigger. Again and again and again, until the weapon in her hands produced nothing but empty clicks that sounded in their finality even more ominous than the shots themselves and she waited, waited with pounding heart…

There were no screams. No cries for help. The steady drone of voices from the beach went on as before, the fireworks continued to boom and crackle in the night sky, and reluctantly she opened her eyes. Seated on the blanket beside Danielle, Laiken leaned forward to listen to something one of their group was saying, shaking his blond mane with a broad grin, oblivious to his brush with death. Unharmed. Alive.

At her feet, the sugar-white sand was littered with empty shell casings.

And against her ear was his soft, velvety laugh.

About the author:

Allie

A resident of sunny Florida, Allie Gail is the author of Unconventional Scars, Winter’s Touch: Immortal Touch Book One and Fire and Ash: Immortal Touch Book Two. Allie’s had an obsession with reading ever since the day she was issued her first Sally, Dick and Jane reader. (Never mind how long ago that was!) When she isn’t busy obsessing over the lexicon of her novels, she can usually be found with her nose in a book, a cat on her lap and music impairing her hearing from headphones turned up way too high. Or sometimes roaming about Azeroth as a night elf rogue. Yep, that’s right.

And yes, on occasion…at the beach

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#AuthorInterview Collette Cameron #Author of The Viscount’s Vow

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1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I live in the Pacific Northwest and love going to the beach. When I’m not writing, or teaching, I like to garden, bird watch, and dabble in amateur photography. I’m also a chocoholic, love a good cup of coffee, trivia, and my five dachshunds. Oh, I also  have a  hubby of 30 years and 3 amazing kids.

2) As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to be a professional interpreter—kind of hard to do when I don’t speak any other languages.

3) When did you first start writing?

I started writing my first romance novel in February 2011. I’d not written anything except term papers before that.

4) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I have to have total silence when I write.

4) What does your family think of your writing?

My immediate family has been so supportive, though only my daughter has read my books. She’s one of my beta readers. My boys are convinced my romances are nothing but sex, and hubby isn’t a reader. He so cute though, he hands out my business cards and bookmarks to all his work contacts.

 

5) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating books?

My imagination is limitless. I’m amazed at the things I come up with.

 

4) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I just finished my third, sending if off to my publisher this week as a matter of fact, and it’s my favorite so far.

5) How did you choose what genre to write in?

I’m a history nut, and my reading genre of choice has always been historical, especially Regencies. It was only natural that when I started to write, I’d write a Regency.

6) Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Not yet. Keeping my fingers crossed!

 

7) How did you come up with the title?

I knew the title of The Viscount’s Vow before I started writing it because I’d hints of the story in my first novel. I knew I had a viscount’s who’d vowed vengeance and that he’d be caught in his own trap. He was too…quite nicely.

8) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Toughest? Hmm, I suppose a couple nasty reviews I’ve gotten. If they’d been constructive or helpful in some way, I’d have looked at them seriously to see if I could improve my writing. But when they consist of gross inaccuracies and are little better than bullying, I have chosen to ignore them.

The best compliment is when readers want more books by me because they’ve so enjoyed one of mine they’ve just read.

9) Print or e-book?

I prefer a book in my hand, but to tell the truth, I’ve only read e-books for the past several  months.

 

10) PC or Mac?

PC, though I’m toying with the idea of getting a Mac.

 

11) What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

Curl up in my jammies with a quilt and my doxies, oh and a steaming cup of coffee (don’t forget the crème brulee creamer) and read a romance.

 

12) What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I loathe mushrooms and peas.

 

Don’t forget to check out, Viscount’s Vow by Collette Cameron

 

 

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Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a  gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.

Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.

When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.

At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.

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Gypsy Camp Ian’s Return

Ian rode Pericles directly across the clearing and stopped before her. Something delicious skimmed across her senses before she returned her attention to the child. She handed Puri Daj a soft linen cloth to wrap Lala’s calf. He’d returned. She truly hadn’t thought he would. Surely the fluttering in her middle wasn’t gladness?

After what he’d done to her?

She wasn’t completely addle-witted. No, she’d not eaten anything since morning. She was hungry—that was all.

She watched him from the corner of her eye. Holding the reins in his left hand, he grasped Pericles’s mane and swung his right leg over the stallion’s hindquarters. With a powerful shove, he dropped to the ground. With a smart bow, Ian greeted Puri Daj first. “Droboy tume Romale.”

A pleased look flashed across Puri Daj’s face. She inclined her head in greeting. “Thank you, Ian. You learn our language. This is good.” She smiled her approval.

He was learning Romanes? Vangie squelched the happiness attempting to bubble to the surface. Balderdash and rubbish. It meant nothing. If he thought he could wheedle his way into her affections by learning a bit of Romanese—

Lud, now he’s smiling at Lala.

Ian bowed to the child. “Droboy tume tinka.”

Lala giggled and buried her face in Puri Daj’s skirt. Vangie dipped her head and hid a smile. He could charm a stick into throwing itself into a fire, then have it thanking him for the honor.

“Vangie,” His deep voice interrupted her musings. “I’m sorry I didn’t return last evening.” Ian rubbed the Pericles’s forehead before patting his neck and grasping his bridle. “I was delayed.”

Vangie placed the stopper on the jar of pungent ointment, then wiped her hands on her apron. “Tis of no importance.” She searched his face. Lines of fatigue marred his brow and crinkled the corners of his eyes. Faith, had he slept at all? Unease washed over her. Something was wrong.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

A life-long Oregonian, Collette Cameron was born and raised in a small town along the northern Oregon coast. Today she makes her home in a rural community, 30 minutes west of Portland. Her Victorian farmhouse sits on a one-acre certified wildlife habit, interspersed with a plethora of gardens: English, rose, butterfly, rock, water, and of course, vegetable.

 

A voracious reader of romance since her teens, she even named her daughter after a heroine in her favorite romance novel. An enthusiast of times gone by, and anything related to romance, she writes Historical Romance, with a dash of inspiration, a pinch of humor, and a liberal portion of suspense.

 

Having dabbled in interior decorating in her youth, Collette returned to school, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University, and went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Teaching. She is member of Romance Writers of America, Rose City Romance Writers, The Beau Monde, and Love Faith and Hope, Inc., and a whole slew of other author/writer groups.

Some of Collette’s favorite things include unique blends of coffees and teas, trivia, Cadbury Milk Chocolate, inspirational quotes, and scented candles. Her Christian faith, husband, three adult children, and five miniature dachshunds round out her life quite nicely! When she’s not teaching or writing, she enjoys amateur photography, bird watching, gardening, interior decorating, rock-hunting, boating or fishing on the Columbia River, and reading of course.

 

To connect with Collette, please visit www.collettecameron.com or http://blueroseromance.com/

 

She can also be found on:

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/collettecameronauthor

Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/colletteauthor/

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/110459897284342875390/auto

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/collette-cameron/60/17a/667

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/Collette_Author

 

Buy Link:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Viscounts-Regency-Romance-ebook/dp/B00EZ8RBN2

BOOK TRAILER LINK:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HnUxiYbR5I

 

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An #Interview with Jamie Baywood, #Author of the #Novel Getting Rooted In New Zealand.

Today, we have with us Jamie Baywood, the author of the novel, Getting Rooted in New Zealand.

 

1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m from California. In my mid-twenties, I had bad dating experiences in California and a dream to live abroad. I read in a tour book that New Zealand’s population had 100,000 fewer men than women. In the attempt to have some ‘me time’ I moved to New Zealand.  For the past three years, I’ve disassembled and reassembled my life by moving to different countries. I’ve lived in five countries now; America, American Samoa, New Zealand, Scotland and England.

 

2) When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

My education is in fine arts. I had a lot of art shows in California and New Zealand and even managed an art collective in Auckland. I was bored with the fine art scene. Everything has already been done before in painting, but I am the only person that can tell my own story. Writing feels like a more honest form of art than any other method I’ve tried. While I was in New Zealand I met a director named Thomas Sainsbury, he asked me what I was doing in New Zealand. My everyday stories made him laugh and he asked me to write a monologue for him. I had never done anything like that before. I was shocked by the adrenaline rush that came with storytelling and making people laugh.

 

3) How long does it take you to write a book?

Most of the book was written as the events happened; it just took me a few years to work up the nerve to publish. To write my book Getting Rooted In New Zealand, I relied upon my personal journals, e-mails, and memories. In February 2013, I organized my stories into a cohesive narrative. It went through several rounds of editing and then I published in April.

 

4) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

My book is a true story. My life has been so strange it sounds like fiction, but it is really too weird to be made up. My writing quirk is people don’t believe me when I’m telling the truth.

 

5) How did you come up with the title?

In New Zealand, I had a lot of culture shock.  One of the most memorable moments was learning the meaning of the Kiwi slang word “rooted.” One night I was brushing my teeth with my flatmate and I said, ‘I’m really excited to live in this house because I have been travelling a lot and I just need to settle down, stop travelling and get rooted’. He was choking on his toothbrush and asked me if I knew what that meant because it had a completely different meaning New Zealand than it does in the States.

 

6) Where do you get your information and/or ideas for your books?

I constantly make myself notes. This summer in Wales, I was scribbling stories on the backs of maps and Google directions as a passenger in the car. I also send myself text messages or emails riding in trains or buses. It might not look like I’m writing a book if one was to observe me, but I am constantly watching, listening and thinking about writing.

 

7) What are some of your favorite books?

Area Code 212 by Tama Janowitz, The Buddha, Geoff and Me by Edward Canfor-Dumas, and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins.

 

 

8) Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

The hardest part has been trying to promote the book while simultaneously attempting to stay anonymous. My life is literally an open book, but Jamie Baywood is a pen name. I haven’t told my family that I’ve written or published a book. They think I’m just living in the UK working on a MA in Design studying book covers.

I am rather enjoying leading a double life. I am living in a different country from my family and my husband’s family so that aids the author secret. I have a few relatives on both sides of the family having babies this year, so both sets of families are mostly talking about the imminent arrivals and not questioning what I am doing.

 

9) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like yoga, pilates and running. I recently ran 10K in York, England raising money for a friend with MS.

 

10) What does your family think of your writing?

I haven’t told my family that I’ve written or published a book. They think I’m just living in the UK working on a MA in Design studying book covers. The one thing that most people don’t know about me is that I am an author.

 

11) Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I feel very grateful that for the most part readers understand my sense of humor. I’m always surprised and grateful when I receive a positive review. I thought my book would mostly appeal to young women in their 20s or 30s. I was happily surprised by having a couple of men emailing me telling me they loved my book and can’t wait to read the next one. One man told me my book made him laugh and cry.

 

 

12) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

I love making people laugh more than anything else. I love hearing from readers that my book is making people laugh out loud.

 

The hardest part has been when people don’t understand my humor. I have been in a lot of situations where I had two choices: laugh or cry. I’ve chosen to laugh. I write my experiences from a purely personal standpoint. Compared to other travelers who worked abroad in NZ my experiences have been very unusual. I would highly recommend everyone goes to New Zealand to experience their own adventure.

 

13) Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Traveling alone and being celibate for a year was how Elizabeth Gilbert found her husband in Eat, Pray, Love. I probably took it too literally like an instructions manual, but it worked for me.

 

14) Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I plan to divide my books by the countries I’ve lived in. When I move to a new country the story begins there. My next book will be about attempting to settle in Scotland.

 

15) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I don’t consider myself a representative of America and I don’t consider my book a representation of New Zealand. It’s my dairy, not a travel guide. Publishing my book was my way of transforming poison into medicine. I hope that it can help people that have had bad dating experiences or bad work experiences – make them laugh and not give up hope.  I had good, bad and weird experiences in New Zealand and California. My experiences have turned me into a writer and I am extremely grateful for that.  People that read it either seem to think it’s hilarious or horrifying and I respect all points of view.  I hope my book Getting Rooted in New Zealand makes you laugh!

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Book Description:

Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively move to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.

 

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Authors Biography:

Jamie Baywood grew up in Petaluma, California. In 2010, she made the most impulsive decision of her life by moving to New Zealand. Getting Rooted in New Zealand is her first book about her experiences living there. Jamie is now married and living happily ever after in the United Kingdom. She is working on her second book.

If you want to learn more about Jamie, follow her on her social media:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamiebaywood

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamieBaywood

Pinterest: https://Pinterest.com/jamiebaywood

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7069448.Jamie_Baywood

Amazon: amazon.com/author/jamiebaywood