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IN THE HEAT OF THE TROPICS BY CHRISTINA ELLIOTT W/INTERVIEW

Welcome to my stop for IN THE HEAT OF THE TROPICS.  Christina Elliott will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. You can follow the tour here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2017/11/vbt-in-heat-of-tropics-by-christina.html

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GENRE: Romantic suspense

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Amid a sweltering Miami summer, a serial killer is haunting the city. Reporter Ingrid Sorenson is assigned the story and her primary source is brusque detective Rick Gonzalez. The pair clash, but sparks of passion ignite. They risk their jobs to give in to their desire, but mistrust of each other’s career motives wedges them apart. Then Ingrid gets a tip that leads her into the killer’s lair. She and Rick must choose between saving themselves or rescuing their love.

Excerpt:

The sky darkened again as if a dimmer switch had been thrown. Rick flicked on the headlights. “I don’t think we’re going to beat the rain,” he said. “Do you want to turn back?”

Worry crossed her face. “No way. I’ve got a deadline to meet,” she said. “I’m not afraid of getting wet.”

He gave her an assessing glance as they pulled up to a stop light. She was plucky, he had to give her that. And smart. The light changed and he turned his attention to the road. He had to keep his guard up. She was a reporter, first and foremost. He had to remember that.

“Have you found witnesses who might’ve seen a suspect?” she asked.

“I can’t discuss specifics of the investigation. The killer chose his times and locations very carefully, which suggests a lot of pre-meditation. These weren’t spontaneous homicides. He went to different areas known for prostitution pickups each time because johns would be scared to go to the place where one had just been murdered and the hookers would be on the alert, but they were all in this general North Miami area. He staked out lonely streets to direct the customer to drive to commit the sexual act and likely had his vehicle parked nearby to make a fast escape.”

Ingrid was avidly taking notes. He paused to wait for her to catch up, and wondered if he was saying too much. As long as he focused on details about the killer that someone would recognize, he couldn’t get in trouble.

By the time he pulled up to the scene of the third killing a mile away, fat plops of rain were sporadically splattering the windshield. They soon increased to a steady drumbeat battering the roof.

“Crap,” Ingrid said.

“There’s not much to see, honestly, just another side street.”

“I still think I should see the actual spot,” Ingrid said.

He would have to end up with a super-thorough reporter. “I have an umbrella here somewhere,” he muttered, foraging under the seat.

Holding the umbrella, he jogged to the passenger side and opened the door. Necessarily brushing shoulders to fit side-by-side under the small shelter, they walked down the street to an alcove of an abandoned building.

“Victim three was found parked outside this doorway, Saul Martinez,” Rick said.

The sky cracked as if it were splitting apart, unleashing a torrent of water.

“I love these midsummer thunderstorms in Miami, don’t you?” Ingrid said.

Lightning illuminated her face with a bright halo.  Her cheeks shone where the rain had caught them, her forehead framed with tendrils of damp hair. Drops glistened on her eyelashes like tiny tears. He felt himself gliding toward her.

She blinked and the raindrops fell from her lashes. He halted himself.

“You’re getting wet. Let’s head to victim four,” he said brusquely. He turned toward the car without waiting for an answer.

The crime scene was a side street ten blocks west. This time they didn’t get out of the car. Rick pulled up and reconstructed the scene, restraining his urge to lean over her, just to breathe in her slightly sweet powdery scent, as he pointed from the window.

By the time they pulled back into the station parking lot, the rain had tapered to a dancing sprinkle and fingers of sunlight poked through the clouds, sending an eerie, hazy wash over the atmosphere.

He parked. Ingrid handed him her business card. “If you think of anything else, call me. My cell’s on there, too.”

Rick tucked it in a pocket. “So, what are you going to write?”

“What you told me, plus I’ll call some serial-killer psychology experts.”

“Just don’t get me in trouble again.”

Ingrid gave him a hard look. He’d meant it as a joke, but it hadn’t come out lightheartedly. She’d taken it as a rebuke. Damn.

“Thanks very much for your time, Detective.” Her tone was frosty. “If I have any other questions, I’ll call Major Montoya.”

The slam of the door buffeted the vehicle.

Interview with Christina Elliott

Where do you get your book ideas?

I was a newspaper reporter for many years so that’s definitely been a source for my fiction writing. That’s why Ingrid in In the Heat of the Tropics is a reporter! Among many other topics, I covered crime, cops, courts so I know that arena, although I still have to do research to get grounded in the details. However, but my background certainly gave me a good headstart. I’m definitely interested in the dark side of human nature, but I also love a good romance so romantic suspense seems to be a good combination for me.
Do you write outline to start or just start writing?

I try and outline as much as I can because I know from experience that if I just start writing, I tend to veer into a corner and get stuck there. I end up wasting a lot of time and writing energy. So it’s really helpful to know where I’m going. Even with an outline, I still find myself veering off track! It’s good to be flexible but also know where you want the story to end up.
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

Too long! It can take a couple years. Romance novels have the distinct advantage of being shorter so they take less time than say a detective or literary novel. I wish I could speed up my process, but other pesky little things get in the way, like writing so I can eat! Plus, I always like to leave a manuscript sit for a bit then come back to it with a fresh eye to see what needs fixing. I generally write too much, often jettisoning at least a book’s worth of writing to get to the story I want to tell. I hope to find another way someday!
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

I’m a mainstream author. I’m published by a small press called Melange Books, which has various imprints including romance, YA and mystery/thriller. I like having a publisher behind me. They have a great cover artist and are very picky about copy editing, which is good, as typos and spelling/grammar mistakes really take away a book’s credibility, though they slip in.
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

I started writing as a child. That’s all I ever wanted to be so I wrote stories as a kid, then in high school and so on. If you take up writing later in life, I suggest taking courses to get going. Start with short stories before tackling a novel. Novels are unbelievably complex and unwieldy beasts so short stories are a good launching pad. There are also tons of online literary reviews you can submit to and thus build up a nice portfolio, as well as your confidence.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Christina Elliott is a former Miami newspaper reporter and editor. She now writes spicy romantic suspense novels from Los Angeles, where she’s glad to report there are far fewer bad-hair days but sadly far less Cuban coffee. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

 

 

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THE NEED By S.L. Hannah (An Erotic Thriller) Q&A W/Author

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Welcome to my stop for THE NEED, an erotic thriller, by S. L. Hannah.  S.L. Hannah will be awarding one commenter a paperback copy of The Need (U.S./Canada only for book) and one commenter a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  You can follow and comment on the tour here:  https://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/05/nbtm-need-by-sl-hannah.html

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GENRE: erotic thriller

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Stood up by her boyfriend, she goes home with a woman…
Straight-laced coed Angie has never felt daring enough to…experiment. Until tonight. The skin around Heather’s lips is soft, unlike the stubble Erik lets grow in, and the night unfolds like an erotic dream, tapping into an unexplored part of Angie’s body and mind.

But Heather’s seduction turns into a nightmare when Angie wakes up tied to the bed and is told she can’t leave. Alternately seduced and tormented by her lover-turned-captor, Angie is pulled ever deeper into a twisted world of pain-for-pleasure and multimedia exploits. As the stakes rise, both women give into a desire for connections neither has had, and Angie’s struggle to escape becomes a bigger dilemma: Would she leave if she could?

Winner of the Golden Palm Contest for New Adult Romance, this erotic thriller dares to explore the darker side of our fantasies and their sometimes unintended consequences.

Excerpt:

Her taut frame is sandwiched between an attractive couple. They don’t look much older than me, but they look fashionable and carefree, like they belong in a place like this. She’s suggestively pushing back and forth to the DJ’s evocative beats, letting her blonde mane bathe in the crest of the girl’s neck, until the guy grabs it and pulls it back, like he doesn’t want to get left out of anything. Their hands wander freely. It’s almost as if they’re not on a dance floor, but in a bedroom. Doing it standing up. She pulls the girl in tightly. She’s commanding. How I wish I was.

I turn my gaze back to my near-empty drink and the cell phone next to it. Still no response from my boyfriend to my voicemail and several text messages and it’s almost midnight. Where is he? I swirl the ice cubes in my glass.

He knows I’m not really into nightclubs. The drinking, the posturing…it makes Erik feel like he’s part of a squad. It makes me feel like I don’t fit in. But I don’t want to disappoint him, or myself. I can’t spend all of college immersed in books. These are supposed to be the defining years of my life, brimming with experiences that you reference forever, experiences that help you figure out who you really are.

I look back up at the mirrored wall. She has this look on her face, like there’s nowhere else she’d rather be. As if time has stopped just for her, so that she can feel every tensed, slick muscle, hear every throb of desire. Will I ever feel that?

Q&A WITH AUTHOR

Where do you get your book ideas?

Particularly for The Need, I was inspired by the screenplay my husband wrote. The Need started out as a spec script that my husband was hired to write in 2009. Unfortunately, the financing for the project fell through, which happens a lot in Hollywood. My husband shopped the script to a few more interested producers and agents, but that certain bit of magic that you need to make a movie come to life did not materialize.

I loved the story. Two strong female characters that get twisted into this dark love affair…it was the distraction I was looking for at the time (late 2012), so I asked my husband if I could adapt his screenplay into a book. He loved the idea, and in 2015, The Need was born. Do you write outline to start or just start writing? Outlines have definitely helped me write a first draft quicker and there always comes a point, when I really need to finish a book that I jot down some kind of outline. It may be really loose, or more detailed, but it becomes key.

However, I do also have a lot of fun with just thinking up a great character(s) and letting them run wild on the page to see what happens. A great technique I learned many years ago in a writing class had us writing the back story of a fresh character every week. Really delving into their childhood and the types of friends they had and lovers they took, and tragedies and experiences that shaped them. When I get stuck sometimes, I go back to this technique and start scribbling back story. Usually, by the time I’m done, I know the next turn the story is supposed to take.

 

How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

I am not the fastest at writing a first draft, and it’s something I continually strive to improve. Right now, my average seems to be six months, but I would love to get down to three months because it would help me get books out faster. Plus, it’s always easier to edit, so I am trying to let go of the idea that my first drafts have to have everything figured out. It’s alright to leave placeholders for plot points and re-visit them during the editing process.

 

Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

Right now I still consider myself an indie author, but my goal is to become more of a hybrid author at some point. I love self-publishing, and my team of editors, designers, and marketers that I bring on board at different stages, but I would love to have an agent or publisher that helps guide my author career, and takes my stories to the next level, for example film or television options.

 

How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

My very first book project was The Dentist and The Toothfairy; a short story that I turned into an illustrated novel with an artist out of Montreal, Canada. Jerome Prieur was a fairly well-established artist at the time with some good art gallery connections, so we published the book with the goal to sell it mainly at art galleries.

That is not how I would advise other writers to get started. My experience with The Dentist and The Toothfairy was thrilling, but very time-consuming and costly. If you’re a writer that wants to get published, write every day, complete one or two manuscripts, join writing organizations and groups that will help you network with various people in the industry, go to industry conferences. Learn as much as you can about the business side so that you can eventually decide whether you want to self-publish or work with an agent or publisher, or both. There are so many great opportunities for aspiring authors these days, but at the end of the day, you have to be committed to your writing.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

S.L. Hannah was born in Poland, grew up in Canada, and moved to Southern California to pursue her love of single-engine airplanes. The Need is her first erotic thriller. The manuscript won the 2013 Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm Contest for New Adult Romance, and is an adaptation of a screenplay about a woman struggling to free herself from her lover’s physical and emotional binds. Buzz about the break-out novel calls it “one powerful piece of writing…creepy as hell.” S.L. Hannah lives in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not writing fiction, she continues to solve the aviation problems of the world.

 

 

 

Links:

http://www.slhannah.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sexlifeandhannah

https://twitter.com/sexlifehannah

https://youtu.be/ojJ211LAQFs

https://www.instagram.com/sexlifehannah/

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Clementina by Simon Cann (With Author Interview!)

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Welcome to my stop for CLEMENTINA by Simon Cann.   One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.  You can follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/07/virtual-book-tour-clementina-by-simon.html 

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GENRE: Crime Thriller

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Leathan Wilkey has been hired to babysit Clementina, a seventeen-year-old whose rich daddy is going through a messy divorce and is over-compensating.

Leathan soon tires of her spending habits, her selfie obsession, and her social media preoccupation as his ward drags him from shop to boutique to jeweler, approaching each with the self-possession that comes from a lifetime of getting her own way and never once having to worry about money.

But when Clementina snaps her fingers and her boyfriend doesn’t come running, something is up. He doesn’t appear because he’s been murdered.

When Leathan investigates, he finds that the boyfriend has no background and met Clementina through a connection made by daddy’s business partner.

Daddy’s business partner who has been slowly and progressively putting daddy in a vice, grabbing more of the business, and who is now menacing Clementina directly to manipulate daddy.

Excerpt:

Clementina was clearly offended.

Offended by my apparently uncouth utterance. Offended that I was not paying due reverence. Offended that I was thinking money, when I should be appreciating the art. Offended in the way that only a seventeen-year-old can be offended.

She was able simultaneously to be both a child and a world-weary adult. Neither of whom was accepting of my situation; both of whom were deeply saddened by my obvious circumstances.

She was saddened that I could live in a world like this.

Some people are saddened about famine in Africa. Some are saddened about wars or religious fundamentalists imposing their unyielding doctrines on populations, killing and mutilating children and innocent adults. Clementina was saddened and offended—on my behalf—that the world of jewelry and the exquisite pleasure of fine gems set in delicate pieces of lovingly shaped precious metal had been withheld from me.

She knew—as only one who had been indoctrinated into the secret society knew—that if I had been exposed to the world of bijouterie, then I would appreciate the treat that was waiting for me.

What she didn’t know was that I hated being patronized by seventeen-year-olds. Even if their father was paying me. Not that her father and I had actually done anything as tedious as agreeing a fee.

Or meeting.

Or talking. Even on the phone.

Simon Cann: interview 

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
Nope.

 
Do you have any phobias?
I was pretty phobic about needles (or more specifically, being injected by needles) for years. I’m getting better as I get older.

 
Do you listen to music when you’re writing?
I wish I could, but I need silence—or as near to silence as I can get—in order to write.

 
Do you ever read your stories out loud?
I tried, but it never stuck. I never felt comfortable talking to myself and the process didn’t improve the quality of my output.

 
Tell us about your main character and who inspired him
In a past life, Leathan Wilkey worked for a number of journalists in London. The journalists were bound by certain codes and had lines they were not supposed to cross—by subcontracting to Leathan they could achieve deniability. Not just that, but if any laws were bent, then Leathan was in the frame.
Leathan got a job with a journalist who was researching a story about human trafficking. Gangs bringing people—illegally and against their will—to the UK and then forcing them to work as prostitutes in brothels. There was a gang and the journalist wanted a guy on the inside—someone who could get him real evidence for the story and so Leathan found employment on the periphery of the enterprise.
It wasn’t pretty—and Leathan did things he wasn’t necessarily proud of—but it did get evidence for the story.
However, Leathan fell in love and the only way he could find to save the woman he loved was to involve the police. There were arrests which led to convictions and as a consequence, Leathan’s life was threatened by the gang—an international organized crime syndicate.
For Leathan the immediate need for survival necessitated him leaving London and leaving the UK. And because he was hunted by an international crime gang—who likely had corrupt influence in many jurisdictions—Leathan needed to drop off the radar and make himself effectively untraceable.
Leathan wasn’t inspired by a person so much as being inspired by a notion.
I began wondering how—as an author—I could create a character who was semi-detached from modern life (with no credit cards, mobile phone, or permanent place to live in order to be untraceable). That led me to the question of what sort of person would have the temperament for that kind of life and how someone might find themselves in the situation of having no other option but to live that way.
It seemed to me that someone with Leathan’s back story would fit the bill and from this kernel, the character started to come to life.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Simon Cann is the author of the Boniface, Montbretia Armstrong, and Leathan Wilkey series of books.
In addition to his fiction, Simon has written a range of music-related and business-related books, and has also worked as a ghostwriter.
Before turning full-time to writing, Simon spent nearly two decades as a management consultant, where his clients included aeronautical, pharmaceutical, defense, financial services, chemical, entertainment, and broadcasting companies.
He lives in London.

Website: http://simoncann.com

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Talisman by Colleen Charles With Author Interview (99 cents)

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Welcome to my stop for TALISMAN by Colleen Charles. Colleen Charles will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  You can follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/03/vbt-talisman-by-colleen-charles.html

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GENRE: Sweet Paranormal Romance

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 Just one kiss to break the spell…

That’s all she needs.

Cursed by a jealous witch, Penelope DeLacroix’s spells are all going wrong and backfiring, creating havoc in town. The vengeful witch won’t quit until she has all of Penelope’s powers. And all it will take is one perfect, heartfelt kiss from Penelope’s one true love to put an end to all this turmoil.

The only problem? Penelope has no idea that Dr. Lucas Collier, the compassionate local veterinarian, is in love with her. Nor does he know that she’s in love with him. They’re both too stupid to figure it out.

But I know.

And I have to do something about it.

But what can I do?

I’m only her cat.

What?

Every witch has a cat.

I’m hers.

I’m Talisman.

And I’m going to fix this.

Excerpt:

“Jessie!  It’s so great to see you,” Penelope exclaimed as she strode forward and enveloped the much older woman in a warm embrace.  “I don’t think I’ve seen you since this summer when you were accepting your first place award for your apple pie at the Shadow festival.  Did you bring one with you?  I just love your pie.”

Jessie grimaced, her face a contorted mask of wrinkles and sadness.  Maybe loneliness.  I’m really smart and talented but I’m not a mind reader.  Who knows what had prompted this surprise visit from the old bat.

Jessie padded her plump figure over to Penelope’s armchair in the receiving area of the shelter where Pen’s desk sat, all worn mahogany and ornate scrolls.  She liked to spend quiet evenings there doing paperwork while she allowed the animals to roam free around her.  She’d speak to all of us in her lilting tone not knowing that we understood her perfectly.

And we wanted to respond, we really did.  Unfortunately, we could only communicate with each other and had to use gestures and actions to try to get through to our mistress.  Even though Penelope was a witch from a long line of ancient witches, her powers didn’t involve any kind of telepathy as some other’s did.

As Jessie sank in to the overstuffed chair, a whooshing noise exploded throughout the room when the air escaped from the cushions under her ample girth.  Too.  Much.  Pie.

Where do you get your book ideas?
Most of them are from real life but sometimes I have a random epiphany. The random ideas are the most compelling and they always make it to the page. This book, Talisman, was one of those and I was so thrilled when it hit #1 and stayed there for almost thirty days, I cried. It’s my favorite series and is the closes to me in sense of humor and personality. I’m really proud of Fur Magic.
Do you write outline to start or just start writing?
I have to outline because I’m not a pantser.
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?
I can write a novella in a week. A novel takes about thirty days.
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?
I’m proud to be an indie. As a business owner and former Corporate Leader, I strongly feel it’s the only way to go.
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?
I love to give advice to new authors and I do it all the time. Readers can sign up for my newsletter at www.colleencharles.com/free to receive information and get in touch with me via e-mail. Some days, the only non-animal communcation I have is with my readers. I still answer each communication personally.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Colleen Charles is the pen name of Tami Stark, #1 Bestselling Author on Amazon.

After 26 years in Corporate leadership at a Fortune 500, I discovered people within the organization lacked integrity. I’d always known deep in my soul that I was trying to fit a square peg in to a round hole since I’m the typical creative type. I miss my staff but I don’t miss the corporate world. It’s been said that the Universe will let you know if something isn’t right for you. The first time, it will hit you with a pebble. Then a brick. Then a boulder. Let’s just say that I got flattened. When my fifteen pound toy dog, Nigel, was threatened, I knew it was time to say goodbye.

It’s sad but true.

Here’s what I found within the first thirty days of being free. Writing stories from my heart that readers love means more to me than working myself in to an early grave for people who only care about their bottom line.

My heart has never been more full and my soul has never been more satisfied.

I’ve never worked so hard in my life but it doesn’t even feel like work. It’s worth it. All of it. Because it’s about the joy that’s found within the journey. The highs and the lows because I get to write stories for all of you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading, enjoying and recommending the stories that I write. When you share my work with others, nothing is more rewarding. Your word of mouth is my very best friend … that, and your reviews. There is nothing more important to me than all of you.

I love to hear from my readers and answer all communications personally. You can find me at:

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Eolyn by Karin Rita Gastreich (With Author Interview)

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Welcome to my stop for EOLYN by Karin Rrita Gastreich.  Karin will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  You can  follow the tour here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/03/vbt-eolyn-by-karin-rita-gastreich.html

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In a land ravaged by civil war, the Mage King Kedehen initiates a ruthless purge of the magas. Eolyn, last daughter of the magas and sole heiress to their forbidden craft, seeks refuge in the South Woods.

When she meets the mysterious Akmael, heir to the throne of this violent realm, she embarks on a path of hope, seduction, betrayal, and war. Desire draws Eolyn toward Akmael’s dark embrace, but fate binds her to Corey of East Selen, a cunning mage whose ambition challenges the limits of love and loyalty.

Can she trust either man?

Hunted in a realm of powerful wizards and brutal deceptions, Eolyn must find her own path to freedom or she will burn on the pyre.

“Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes, with a romantic thread.” -Publishers Weekly

Excerpt:

A Nest of Vipers

Mage Corey closed the distance between them. His magic spread in a hush through fallen leaves, surrounding Eolyn, cutting off all retreat, and daring her to defend herself with a counter spell. He stopped just in front of her, his face a breath away.

“Sometimes I like to imagine you and I live in a world where we do not feel compelled to keep secrets from each other,” he murmured.

Eolyn’s throat went dry.

“Indulge me in this fantasy and tell me: Why do you desire to go to the King’s City?”

Eolyn willed her eyes to remain steady on his. “It is a child’s wish. I had a friend growing up. I believe he lives there. I wish to find him. That is all.”

Mage Corey studied her a moment. Then he stepped away and continued his walk. The autumn earth released Eolyn’s feet. She quickened her pace to catch up with him.

“A friend,” Corey asked, his voice a mask of idle curiosity, “or a lover?”

“A friend. We were only children when we knew each other.”

“I see. I am sorry, Eolyn, but I cannot take you to the city, not because I object to you finding your friend, but because I am averse to leading fawns into nests of vipers. Still…” Corey stopped, his expression thoughtful. “I know many people in the city. If you give me the name of this friend of yours, perhaps I could…”

Eolyn’s expression put a stop to his words.

“I see I am pressing too hard. Very well, Eolyn. We have had a fair exchange: one truth for one truth.” Touching Eolyn’s chin, Corey brought her gaze back to his. “Perhaps we can continue down this path when I return.”

Q&A With Author

Where do you get your book ideas?

Everywhere. People I meet. Places I visit. Stories I read. Dreams I have. Experiences I’ve lived. A good story can pop up at any moment, often in the most unexpected of situations. I also find that my stories tend to spring out of character ideas, as opposed to characters springing out of story ideas. I get an idea for an interesting character, and then his or her story begins unfolding in my mind.

Do you write outline to start or just start writing?

Up until now, I’ve never written down an outline, but I always have a pretty solid idea of where a story is going and how it will probably end before I begin writing. That being said, I always allow myself flexibility to change course or alter the ending, depending on how the characters and events develop.

How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

I count editing and revisions as part of writing. Since I don’t separate these processes in my mind, so I haven’t separated them on my calendar either.

My first novel, Eolyn, took about four and a half years from the time I started it to the release of the first edition by Hadley Rille Books in May 2011. The second edition, which we are releasing now, required an additional six months of editing and revision. Subsequent novels have taken less time. The first edition of The Sword of Shadows, published under the titled High Maga, took about three years; Daughter of Aithne about two and a half. All of these are full-length novels, about 110,000 words (300 pages) a piece.

Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

If I’m to be honest, I think the co-opting of the term “indie” by self-published authors was a bit of a disservice to authors in general. In my mind, all authors are independent authors, especially in today’s market. We make our own decisions, story by story and novel by novel, as to what publishing route we want to take and why.

In my case, I’ve done both traditional and self-publishing, and I intend to take advantage of both tracks moving forward. The first edition of Eolyn was published by the small press Hadley Rille Books. When time came to renew the contract and roll out the second edition, I decided for many reasons I’d rather strike out on my own. I very much enjoyed the support I got from Hadley Rille Books. Now, I very much enjoy having complete control of my own publishing project.

Each path – self-publishing, small press, large press – has advantages and disadvantages. Even as I launch into self-publishing, I continue to look for agents and publishers I would like to work with. I wouldn’t shy away from any contract if I believed it was the best decision for that particular novel or set of novels. At the same time, self-publishing gives me a great opportunity to share my stories and continue building an audience.

How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

The first story I ever wrote was based on a dream I had as a child. A lot of great stories can be inspired by dreams, because during sleep imagination is uncensored, even unhinged! I suggest keeping a dream journal by your bed and writing down every dream, even fragments of dreams, that you remember.

Also, keep a writing journal, just like an artist might keep a sketch journal. Exercise your writing skills by going places and “sketching” what you see with words. Settings, people, conversations, events. Don’t censor yourself during these exercises; don’t worry about good prose or even grammar. Just let thought flow to pen and see what comes.

Listen to the people around you. Get to know them and care for them, learn to understand their perspective on life, even when you disagree. Especially when you disagree. The core of any good writing is characterization, and strong stories have well-developed three-dimensional characters. You can’t create realistic characters if you don’t have a solid understanding of what real people are like.

Most of all, write. All the time. The more you write, the better your writing will become. And write from the heart. As long as the story you are crafting comes from the heart, you will always have something unique to offer to the world.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands for over twenty years. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to The Silver Web trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

Website: http://krgastreich.com
Twitter: @EolynChronicles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eolyn-110814625640244/

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FORTUNA By Elaine Cantrell

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GENRE: Romantic comedy

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Aimee Sherwood never dreamed that following her fiancé into the witness protection program would land her in a haunted house in a town that’s downright creepy. She’d have laughed if she had been told the guy who lives down the road might be her soul mate, not the man whose ring she’s wearing. Life in West Virginia is nothing like life in Los Angeles, but between bean ball battles with Marilyn Monroe, remodeling a crumbling farmhouse, and starting a new online business, life in the country is anything but boring.

 

Excerpt:

Without warning the blonde jerked the plastic container away from Aimee. It scooted across the table and crashed into a gelatin salad, taking a corner off its molded perfection. The blue bean balls went everywhere, rolling around the table like marbles on steroids. ”Look what you’ve done,” the blonde wailed. “Nobody will want to eat them now.”

She snatched a bean ball and hurled it at Aimee, who ducked just in time. “You missed me,” she taunted. She had no sooner finished speaking before a second bean ball flew through the air. This one caught the shoulder of her new blouse.

The blonde laughed.

Aimee grabbed a bean ball from the table and threw it at the blonde. She hit the woman right in the chest. “Help me!” the blonde shrieked. “She hit me in the heart. Where’s the sheriff?”

From the corner of her eye, Aimee saw the priest hurrying their way. She fired one final bean ball, which hit the blonde’s forehead with a beany thud.

Rocky grabbed her arm. “They’re circling the wagons. Let’s get out of here.”

Practically running, they made their escape from the church. Rocky took the precaution of locking the truck doors. He sighed. “I guess we can’t come back to this church either. Are we going to become atheists?”

“Of course not!”

 

Q&A with Elaine Cantrell

Where do you get your book ideas?
Everywhere! Sometimes I’ll be listening to some music, and a certain phrase or tune will give me an idea. Maybe someone says something intriguing, and I’m thinking what if… Ideas are everywhere if you just look for them. Even my own obsessions provide ideas. For example, I love home renovation so Fortuna, the house for which the book is named, needs major renovation.
Do you write outline to start or just start writing?
Up until now, I just sat down and started writing, but the book I’m working on now is requiring a little more planning. I’m not sure exactly why, but I’m actually making a list of scenes to write. I still prefer to just sit down and write, but I guess I can adjust this time.
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?
Oh, not long at all. Every time I start a new book I get so excited and energized that there aren’t enough hours in the day to write. I can write a 60-70 thousand word book in a couple of months, but then come the edits. Groan. They take far longer than the first draft of the book.
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?
If an Indie author is an author who either self published or was published by a small publisher, then I’m indie. I’ve never self published because it looks awfully long and complicated. All of my books are published by small publishers.
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?
I started writing when my son asked me to read a book he’d written. It was a great book, and it made me think. I’d always wanted to be an author so I decided I’d see if I could write too. I sat down and it took forever to get the opening scene down, but I finally did it.

Not long after I finished my second book, I heard about a writing contest sponsored by Oak Tree Press. At the last minute I decided to submit my manuscript. I mailed it off and promptly forgot about it.

A few months later I was eating ice cream when the phone rang. It was the publisher of Oak Tree Press who told me I’d won the Timeless Love contest. My prize? Publication of my story. I was so excited I forgot to put up the ice cream, and it melted everywhere.

If you’re interested in being an author, decide what kind of book you want to write, and then just sit down and write it. If you have a particular publisher you’d like to write for, read some of their books to get an idea what they like. Above all, polish that story until it sparkles.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University.  She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators and Romance Writers of America.  Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest.  When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.

 

 

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Someone To Come Back To ( Book One In The Omega Security Series) By Roisin Black

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Book Title: Someone To Come Back To ( Book One In The Omega Security Series)
Author: Roisin Black
Genre: Romance
Release Date: April 13, 2016
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Lieutenant John Sullivan of the U.S. Navy SEALs is used to control in all things and especially when it comes to love. He has one rule.

DO. NOT. GO. THERE.

A recent mission gone wrong sees him seeking refuge at his cabin in the Adirondack wilderness, a place where he goes to deal with the things he has to do as part of his job.

Dr. Maggie O’Brien, Senior Trauma Surgeon at Hillview hospital, New York is dedicated to saving the lives of her patients, leaving her little time for anything resembling a personal life.

When it comes to love she has one belief.

NO. TIME. FOR. THAT.

A work related crisis sees her fleeing New York for the seclusion of the Adirondacks where her burnt-out body and weary soul crave solitude .

The last thing John Sullivan wants whilst he tries to deal with the emotional aftermath of his last mission is the distraction of a fiery red-head with curves that would tempt a saint.

The last thing Maggie O’Brien wants as she finally takes some time to examine her life is to deal with her body’s unwanted response to the bossy, over-bearing man who rescued her in the woods and who drives her crazy in every way.

Soon, though, each realizes the other may not be what they want but what they need.

However, ghosts from the past and shocking events from the present shake John to his core and lead him to make a fateful decision that may just cause him to lose the woman he loves, forever.

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The cabin was illuminated by a number of lamps and the fire was crackling to life in the hearth. Maggie came around by the side of the fireplace when she stopped dead in her tracks. Over beside the bed, his back thankfully to her, stood her rescuer, totally naked. Maggie clamped her hand over her mouth to stifle the gasp that was rapidly making its way up her throat. She had seen thousands of bodies in her time but never one quite like the one before her now.

Christ, thought Maggie, even this guy’s muscles have muscles.

She knew she should retreat in to the bathroom to give him enough time to get dressed but she stood transfixed. The breadth of his shoulders and the way his muscles flexed as he reached down to the bed for his shirt held her spellbound. The perfect form of his back as it tapered flawlessly down to his hips and the tightness of his ass, followed by the incredibly toned muscles in his legs all combined to immobilize Maggie into a state of almost euphoric appreciation.

She had never seen a man quite like this before and she couldn’t help but gape. However, as she looked closer, she began to notice scars and the more she looked the more she realized the embodiment of male perfection before her was covered in them. Some seemed a few years old but her medical knowledge told her some were quite recent. Worryingly, she noticed a few were gunshot wounds.

Oh God, she groaned to herself, who is this guy?

He threw the shirt over his head and she started to back up towards the bathroom when he turned around.

“No need to leave because of me,” he grinned at her.

Maggie blushed the color of her hair.

“I….I….I’m sorry,” she stuttered as she tried to look anywhere except between his legs.

“It’s ok, I’m not the shy type,” he chuckled as he pulled on a pair of boxer shorts and slung a pair of jeans across his hips. He left the shirt hanging loose and it was then Maggie realized, as she looked into his laughing brown eyes, just how incredibly handsome he was, like Henry Cavill and Eric Bana all rolled into one. She didn’t think it was possible but she blushed even more.

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When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I was always a storyteller and as I grew up I realised I could marry my ability with the English language to all the stories roaming around my head and get them down on paper. At about ten years of age I was producing little homemade “books” and at fourteen I even “launched” a local magazine! I didn’t think of writing as a viable career until my mid-twenties when I became a journalist but that didn’t provide enough of an outlet for my imagination, so I eventually decided to focus on writing books.

What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

My earliest memory is of reading Robin Hood. I remember the description of him being dressed in “lincoln green” and wondering what sort of green that was! I was most troubled by this. I’d say I was about seven at the time. The book was a present from Santa Claus and it was my first book with no pictures. I can’t tell you how disgusted I was at Santa for bringing me a book with no pictures!

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

Traditionally I love crime fiction and I always thought that would be what I would write so no-one is more surprised than me that I have written nothing to do with crime fiction! In recent years I have been reading a lot of romance and romantic suspense – which I really enjoy. I also love the classics – anything by Jane Austen, The Bronte sisters, Thomas Hardy etc. I adore beautifully written books so will often have a look at the writers listed for big international literary prizes and check out the books. This is how I came to read Atonement by Ian McEwan, one of my favourite books. I also love reading collections of poetry – Yeats, Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney.

What is your favourite book?

Book? Do I have to pick just one? Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The Hunger Games trilogy and The Twilight series. Some recent favourites are Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan and Consolation & Conviction by Corinne Michaels.

You know I think we all have a favourite author. Who is your favourite author and why?

I love Ian McEwan for the richness of his prose and imagery. Kaylea Cross for her tight plots, thorough research and great sex scenes. Suzanne Collins for her brutal and unflinching subject matter. Thomas Hardy for his beautiful imagery, George R.R. Martin for his incredible world-building and Stieg Larsson for Lisbeth Salander. Mia Sheridan, Corinne Michaels, Kristen Ashley and E.S. Carter for their wonderful characters, great storylines and depth of character.

If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

I’d go back to London 1938 and tell, the then British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain just how Adolf Hitler and Nazism were going to pan out and that he needs to abandon appeasement and take action.

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

Finding the time to write and being able to get into the right headspace is difficult – never the writing itself.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

Oh Yes! I’m a dog nut! I adore my dogs! I’m still grieving over the loss of Miss Billie – a lab collie cross and a huge character – loved by all who met her. She died just before Christmas. I still miss my old girl Zara, an amazing German Shepherd who was in my life for over ten years.

What is your “to die for”, favorite food/foods to eat?

Oh this is easy! Fresh Atlantic lobster plucked from the pristine waters of the west of Ireland, served with lemon or garlic butter. New potatoes freshly dug from my dad’s garden and his sweet carrots and my mother’s scones and apple pies are unbeatable.

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Not to be all “famous sport’s brand” about this but just do it! I’d also say don’t waste your precious time with traditional / legacy publishers. Indie publishing is the way to go – if you are a success then the legacy publishers will come looking for you and that’s the way to have them.

meet the author

Róisín Black comes from the West of Ireland, a place where storytelling is a way of life. She’s a dreamer, a wanderer and a writer. In amongst extensive wandering and dreaming she has managed to carve out a successful career as a journalist, hold-down a marriage, produce two amazing children and spend her time with some pretty cool dogs. She currently lives in Queensland, Australia.

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Cold Blooded By Lisa Regan (Includes Author Interview)

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Welcome to my stop for COLD BLOODED by Lisa Regan.  Lisa Regan will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC  to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  You can follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/12/nbtm-cold-blooded-by-lisa-regan.html

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GENRE: Mystery/Suspense

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Fourteen years ago, high school track star Sydney Adams was gunned down in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The investigation yielded useless clues, and the case went cold. But homicide detective Augustus Knox never gave up on finding Sydney’s killer. Now, retired from the police force and with only months to live, he enlists the help of private investigator Jocelyn Rush to clear the case once and for all.
Armed with little more than a theory as to who murdered Sydney, Jocelyn tries to lure a killer into the open. But unraveling the mystery means facing off against a cunning psychopath whose ruthlessness knows no bounds. When more bodies start to pile up, Jocelyn has to decide just how far she’s willing to go to catch a cold-blooded killer.

Excerpt:

She stumbled, crying out as her left foot tangled with a rogue tree root poking up through a crack in the concrete. Her hands shot out, prepared to break her fall, but her legs stuttered, almost of their own volition, finding purchase. She stopped, leaning against the offending tree. Her chest heaved. Sweat ran down her forehead and into her eyes, irritating them. Laughter erupted from her diaphragm. How many times had she run this path? Hundreds. Sprained ankle by way of tree root was a rookie move. This was exactly the problem. This distraction.

Pop.

It sounded like a firecracker and registered as a searing, stabbing pain in the back of her right thigh. Like a hot poker. Before she could react, another pop sounded, this one closer. Then two more. She suddenly tasted dirt in her mouth, and her temple was resting on that damn tree root before she could even begin to process what was happening to her. Her legs wouldn’t work. Panic, hot and frenzied, closed in on her. What was happening?

“Help,” she said, but her voice came out small and squeaky. She thought she heard footsteps approaching from behind. Sydney willed her legs to move, to stand, to scramble, to run. She reached forward with her right arm, feeling for the base of the tree. She had to get up. As her surroundings began to fade to an inky, charcoal blackness, she felt a tug on her lower body.

“Please,” she croaked.

Then the darkness swallowed her.

 

Where do you get your book ideas?

Most of my book ideas start with a what-if question? What if you met someone at a bar, had an encounter with them and later found out they were a missing person? (Finding Claire Fletcher) What if you had a really benign stalker who suddenly turned deadly? (Aberration) What if men were getting away with horrific crimes because their victims were considered “high-risk” and not taken seriously? (Hold Still) What if a cold case murder that looked like a pretty simple case turned out to be anything but? (Cold-Blooded) I use fiction to explore answers to my what-if questions.
Do you write outline to start or just start writing?

I usually just start writing and then when I have something that I think will go somewhere, I’ll sit and do a partial outline. I write, then outline a little, write a little, outline a little until I’ve got a whole book.
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

If I can find time to write, the first draft doesn’t take too long. A few months. Longer if I’ve got a lot going on in my life.
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

Both, I suppose. I’ve been published by a small press (Sapphire Star Publishing), a larger press (Thomas & Mercer) and self-published.
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

I wrote for years and years and years until I finally wrote something I thought was not total crap. Then I researched the publishing process and went from there. This may sound silly, but the main thing is to write. You have to write. Anything. Everything. Write, write, write. Write things you’ll never finish. Write utter crap. Write hundreds of pages that no one will ever see. Write hundreds of pages that you can’t wait to share with the world. Write chapters to books that will never get off the ground. Finish books. Don’t finish books. Write short stories. Write essays. Write in a journal. Write letters. Write, write, write, write, write. Only practice will make you better. You can only get readers if you have content. Once you’ve got something you’re happy with, everything else will come. You will find other writers to help you work out the kinks. You can find freelance editors. You can search for an agent or publisher or self-publish. But you have to write. I wrote books and tons of unfinished crap for more than ten years before I finally wrote my first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher, and even that needed years’ more work before it was ready to be read by the public. Get something on the page and then work from there to become as good as you can be. Once you have something to work with you can see where all your writing issues are and work on them to get better. But you have to have something on the page. Power through the doubt. Give yourself permission to do your absolute worst. Then write. Just write.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime/suspense novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.  Her debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013. Her second novel, Aberration won Best Twist in the 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Book Awards. Her third novel, Hold Still was released by Thomas & Mercer in 2014 and has been translated into German. She is at work on her fifth novel. Find out more at www.lisaregan.com.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.lisaregan.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Regan/e/B009YY091I/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Regan-189735444395923/

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan

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Collateral Damage by Gwenan Haines W/Author Post

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For three years Laura Drake has watched Senator Pete Worthington promote a series of gorgeous women while she sits in a forgotten corner answering constituent letters on an outdated computer. When Worthington asks her to find an elusive file one Friday night he sets off a series of events that brands her as a killer and puts her life in jeopardy. The path she sets out on forces her to confront not only the nature of evil but the ghosts from her past that have never been set to rest.FBI Agent Dalton Ross transferred from Chicago to Washington to escape his own ghosts. When his investigation leads him to Laura he’s torn between his desire to keep her safe and the need to protect his own heart. As the mystery that surrounds them deepens, Laura and Dalton race to save themselves and the nation from someone willing to sacrifice anything to protect a secret.

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Dalton checked his gun and opened the driver’s side door as quietly as possible. “Appearances can be deceiving.”

She opened her door too. “You leave me here, I’m gone when you get back.” She flashed an object in front of his face. “And I’ve got the key.”

“Do you have a death wish or something?” How had she managed to get hold of the key? He was sure he’d put it in his wallet, which was tucked away in the glove compartment. He would have remembered it if she’d opened it. “I thought you said you were dull.”

“I am.” She deposited the key down the front of her dress. “But I’m kinda getting the hang of this adventure thing.” A grin tugged at the corner of his mouth, but he suppressed it. She was charming, no doubt about that. And damn mysterious, too. As she stood there smiling with cat-like satisfaction, he had to resist the urge to take her in his arms and kiss her. Just the idea of pressing his lips to hers was making him hard. The trouble was Laura had no idea what she was up against. She thought of all this as an exciting change from her ordinary life. But this was real life, and real life was full of people whose sole purpose was to inflict as much pain as they possibly could. It was all too easy to go about one’s business without ever seeing the dark side of things—he’d done it for years, and in a way, he wished he could go back to being that twenty-year-old kid who signed up for an interview with the FBI mostly to impress his buddies. But after more than a decade spent hunting killers he knew that like all fairy-tales, the happily-ever-after of suburbia had its monsters.

In real life, people died.

Secondary Characters – More Important Than You Think

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I’ve always had a thing for secondary characters in books and movies. As a kid, it was Han Solo and Chewbacca who stole my heart, not Luke Skywalker. In Dark Knight, Heath Ledger as the joker was the real reason I kept going back to watch the movie. Ditto for Alice in Wonderland. Try to imagine it without Johnny Depp as the mad Hatter. The same holds true for TV shows. I love Bones but I couldn’t imagine the series without the geeky Hodgins or Criminal Minds without the oddball genius Spencer Reed.

Which brings me to another weakness I’ve got when it comes to characters. I absolutely love geeks. I’ve yet to write a book where a geek plays the hero but it’s something I think about a lot. What is it about them that I love so much? Not only are they scary smart, but they can also be vulnerable, endearingly awkward, and really funny (even when they’re not trying to be).

When I sat down to start plotting Collateral Damage, I came up with a secondary character named Elijah Todorev, a twenty-something computer whiz kid who started out working for the government and eventually went rogue. He’s definitely a geek but he’s also surprisingly noble in his efforts to bring down the bad guys. And he’s got a wacky sense of humor, not to mention an impressive collection of Cosplay memorabilia. When I originally began writing the book his role was small—I wasn’t even sure he’d appear at all, other than as a disembodied voice on the other end of a burner phone. But Eli had a mind of his own and demanded more stage time. Which I began to realize, was totally in character for him. He tries to pass himself off as a recluse but give him a little leeway and he’ll hog the spotlight (as long as it doesn’t involve talking to a beautiful woman).

So not only did Eli and his Washington, DC basement apartment end up as part of the novel, but he even finagled a few sections written solely from his point of view. Usually, this isn’t something that’s done in romance novels so I was hesitant. After I finished the first draft I considered cutting those sections completely and filling in the plot with extra sections from Dalton Ross’s and Laura Drake’s perspective. But I couldn’t do it. I’d gotten attached to Eli and his escapades so I left him in and luckily my editor agreed with me. The funny thing is that several beta readers and even a couple of reviews told me they also like my geeky hacker.

What does the future hold for Eli? I can tell you he has a couple of brief cameos in my follow-up novel, Collateral Risk. And I like to think readers haven’t seen the last of him. . .

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I live in an old Cape house with my daughter, too many books, and a red-and-white Siberian husky born on Halloween. After working in Washington, D.C. for several years and traveling to Russia, Europe and Pakistan, I moved back to New England. I’m the author of the romantic suspense novel Vertigo, which is available as an E-book from Amazon Encore and in paperback from Wild Rose Press. Collateral Risk, the follow-up novel to Collateral Damage (which features Dalton’s boss Nick Doyle and scientist Mia Lindgren), is forthcoming from Wild Rose Press. When I’m not working on fiction, I write poetry, teach literature and am still trying to learn how to cook.

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Loves of our Lives by A.C. Chenier (W/Author Interview!)

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For Katie Benjamin, finding the perfect soul mate was just a fairy tale until a chance encounter on a train changes everything. What she discovers takes her on a journey that spans lifetimes.

Excerpt:

It felt so peaceful to just sit quietly beside John after the bustle of the rest of the party. The silence felt…well, she wasn’t sure how it felt. The best way to describe it was that it felt just right. The music and chatter from the other rooms drifted on the edge of their ears, but otherwise it was peaceful and restful. She realized John was still holding her hand in his. And that felt right, too. She turned to look at him and found his eyes on her. Their eyes met and the world faded around them. It was just the two of them.

 

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Interview With A.C. Cheniers

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for hosting my blog tour today.  I appreciate you taking the time and effort to do this.

Where do you get your book ideas?

Many of my ideas come from dreams or from episodes that crop up while I’m meditating. A lot of the time it’s a “wouldn’t it be interesting to write a story that involves the Knights Templar” (my second novel).

Loves of our Lives is actually a direct result of the book Only Love is Real by Dr. Brian Weiss. That book describes the story of two people who are soul mates that have not yet met in this lifetime. The concept stirred in me a “Wow, what a great storyline. This would make an amazing fictional, romance novel”

Do you write outline to start or just start writing?

I just start writing. My characters give me their stories when they are ready too. If I try to plot and outline a story, my characters just seem to clam up. So, I let them guide me.

However, after I have a good first draft put together, I will often outline the story to help me plug holes and to get the chapters in the right order.

How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

If my writing is going well, I can finish a book in a month. Both Loves of our Lives and Love by Knight each took a month to write. In fact I wrote the second one while I was letting “Loves of our Lives” sit for a time. I like to give myself a break from my books for at least a month before I go back and edit/ rewrite.

Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

I’m an indie author. I’ve got a bunch of reasons for being and staying indie. Firstly is I can control all aspects of the process, from covers, to edits to timelines, Timelines is especially important to me. This book wouldn’t even yet be on a publishers list for a 2016 release, assuming it was picked up by the first publisher I sent it to.  Also, being a business person first, I reviewed in pretty close detail the differences in the entire compensation package between traditional and self-publishing. Sure in self, you have to fund the costs up front, but as a result you get to keep the royalties at the back end. (Just be sure you understand the entire royalty package from your self-publisher. They are complex and not always as “fair” as you would hope)

In this day and age, publishers are leaving the marketing up to the author, so why would I wait and wait and wait for a traditional contract when I can take the leap now, and be on the shelves (so to speak) now.

How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

Well, I’m not sure what the final push was to actually write a fiction novel. I’d been working with a friend of mine, Ross Kennedy, on his first CD. He had written most of the songs on it himself. And of course, being a creative person, he was always picking up his guitar and playing around with new material. Well, being around all that started me itching to create something of my own. I started with some poetry. Then an idea for a self-help book came to me, after reading a few by Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue and Dr. Brian Weiss. Slowly from the meandering ideas I was writing at the time, a germ of a novel started to form. It was actually Dr. Weiss’s book “Only Love is Real” that finally pushed me into the direction of a romance novel about past lives, and soul mates reuniting through time.  After that, the ideas just started to flow. The first character to call me was Elinor Davenport, and her story of love found and lost in the 1740’s. Everything else just flowed from there.

My advice, if you feel something calling you to write a story….sit down and write. Let it flow. Don’t fight the process, don’t rationalize, don’t edit. Just let it flow. Later is the time to analyze what has appeared, but don’t cut off the process in the middle.

 

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I am a CPA, CGA and live in Southern Ontario. After working for many years in the high pressure worlds of banking and IT, I decided that it was time to have a change in pace. Leaving Toronto behind I embarked on a new career in retail sales. The change was wonderful, but I felt something was missing.

Then, the unthinkable happened, and I was widowed at 46. That was a truly life altering experience. In time, I was introduced to the books and work of Dr. Brian Weiss. I discovered in his research a new purpose in life, and was driven to start writing, something I had always enjoyed, but never thought of as a career choice.

And now here we are in 2015, and my first novel is ready to be published. My second, also in the Past Lives series, will follow shortly.  I continue to write and dream of a future that I had never even considered in my wildest dreams.

LINKS:

www.acchenier.com

www.facebook.com/ACChenier

Amazon:  Loves of Our Lives: A Novel (Past Lives Book 1)

 

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Till Death Us Do Part by Cristina Slough (99 Cents) Q&A W/Author

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Book Title: Till Death Us Do Part
Author: Cristina Slough
Genre: Military/Romance Suspense
Release Date: December 29, 2015
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The fateful day Mimi Marcus has dreaded begins with a phone call…

The wife of a U.S. Marine, Mimi spent countless nights worried that her husband Joel would fall in the line of duty. He had fought valiantly and served his country with honor. That’s exactly what they tell her when they deliver the news—Joel was taken by the enemy in Afghanistan. Her husband is dead.

In desperate need of closure, Mimi travels to the one place Joel still has ties—The Marcus Ranch in Texas, inherited by his handsome younger brother Austin.

New beginnings are only an illusion…

The closer Mimi grows to the Marcus family, the more she considers it home. But when suspicions of Joel’s past surface, Austin refuses to disclose family secrets—even to his brother’s widow. It’s only by accident she uncovers evidence of Joel’s tainted past. Devastated by his lies and betrayal, she slowly opens up to Austin, and together they unfold layers of pain and grief.

Mimi is sure she’ll never love again, but is Austin the man to prove her wrong? Then the unthinkable happens…

Just as Mimi finds new hope in a future with Austin, Joel returns home from war. Enraged, traumatized, and teetering on the edge of insanity, Joel confesses to a history of deception, revealing yet another secret—this one too terrible to forgive.

In an awful twist of fate, Joel proves marriage vows are made to be honored.
No matter what.

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Q&A with Cristina Slough

Getting to Know Cristina

Five Fun Facts

  1. I love writing to music, it sets by mood and puts me in the zone.
  2. When I was little, I believed one day I would really fly just like Supergirl!
  3. I have jumped out of a plane, by choice!
  4. I know the words off by heart to over 20 movies, but I can never remember song lyrics!
  5. I love the water but I can’t swim.

Top Three Writing Essentials

  1. Google is essential, so I must have internet (I’m a writer not a serial killer!)
  2. Music (I cannot write without it.)
  3. A notebook and pen (I have to write down ideas immediately.)

Best Piece of Advice for Aspiring Writers

If you are going to invest hours, weeks and months writing a book, make sure that you are deeply connected to it. Don’t write about zombies and vampires just because that is where the market is right now, if you really want to write a World War love story. Writing is a very personal art. If you don’t believe in your own story, how can you expect others to?

If your aim is to be a published author, don’t expect an easy ride. Even famous authors have had rejections, just remember that failure only exists if you quit!

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About TILL DEATH US DO PART

Q: That ending….Many Readers didn’t see it ending as it did. How much of that ending was you and how much was you letting the characters take the wheel?

A: That ending was all them. I didn’t even know what was going to happen until my fingers typed the final words. Suddenly, my mind raced right back to the opening chapter of the book where Mimi was dreaming about Joel; his body, bloody and wet. All of the feelings and emotions I had throughout the story came together in the final scene. The best way to describe it would be—putting a needle and thread throughout the book and stitching it all together. Truly, it felt like I was right there with them. The ending resulted in showing readers what I saw…even I was shocked!

Q: Favorite Scene of TILL DEATH US DO PART?

There were quite a few scenes that I loved writing. If I had to make a firm choice then it would have to be Chapter 30 titled: Joel. This is where my emotional investment to the story hit its highest level. It is the moment that my voice was no longer my own. It was all theirs.

Q: Team Joel or Team Austin?

Ultimately, Team Austin. But I loved writing about Joel, he was very complex, there was far more about him than meets the eye.

Q: Who is your celebrity dream cast for TILL DEATH?

Scott Eastwood would make the perfect Austin. I’d love to see Zac Efron play Joel, although he would have to be more rough around the edges.

Looks wise, Shay Mitchell would fit Mimi perfectly but I have no idea if she could pull off a British accent!

I think that Julianne Hough would also fit the physical profile of Meg, but again, she’d have to be able to pull off being a Brit.

Q: If you can pick one song that encompasses the whole story, what would that song be?

I won’t give up by Jason Mraz. I wrote the end scene to this song. It could have been from either Joel or Austin’s POV.

Q: Do you have plans to write more with the characters from TILL DEATH?

No. I truly feel like my journey with the characters has ended. That being said, they will forever be a part of me.

Q: What is in the works now?

I am working on a new standalone novel about a woman that fakes her own death to escape from her abusive husband. Some of my research is being carried out by working with a lady who has been a victim of domestic violence. She has offered to share her experiences with me. It is not based on her life, however she is helping me to understand what some women may be feeling that are or have been in an abusive relationship. This one is going to be emotional for sure.

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Novelist, movie addict, and animal lover, Cristina Slough is the author of:

Till Death Us Do Part, her debut novel.

Cristina has always been a bookworm, rarely seen without a pen and paper in her hand, she loves delving into a literacy fictional world of her own.

At the age of 11, her junior school teacher told her mother that she would be wasting her life if she didn’t become an author. Throughout her teenage years and beyond, her parents spurred her on to keep writing. She later began a career in commercial real estate, working in London’s West End, a corporate bubble where she was unable to fuel her passion to write.

It was on her Californian honeymoon in 2012 that the bug to write was becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. After visiting Yosemite National Park she was inspired by the natural beauty of the land that surrounded her. Holding a special place in her heart, Yosemite would later be written into her debut novel.

She finally gave up the ‘big smoke’ when her son, Lucas, was born in October 2013.

When Lucas was a newborn, Cristina was told to sleep when the baby sleeps. She never could. There was a calling inside her to write. After getting to grips with her new role as a mother, she began working a psychological thriller, but she couldn’t fully connect to the characters she created. She ditched the manuscript and started Till Death Us Do Part(Limitless Publishing, 2015).

Cristina is married to Adam, who runs a successful business; together they share their Bedfordshire home with their son, crazy white German Shepherd and three spoiled cats. They can be found trekking through woodlands, or around the many shops Cristina loves to explore. As a family, they love to travel frequently, the United States being a firm favourite.

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THE ALEX CHRONICLES: WHAT MY FRIENDS DON’T KNOW by Tracy Reed

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Alexandra “Alex” Miller and her best friends are more like sisters.  They live by the code that a good girlfriend will stick by you and be honest with you not matter what.

They’ve been friends over twenty years and have seen each other through marriage, divorce, broken engagement, death and other minor crisis.  But it’s the secrets they’ve failed to trust each other with.   Each of them is holding on to a secret they believe could destroy not only their reputation, but their friendship as well.

Alex and her best friends, Chloe, Taylor, Kendell and Dionne all long for one thing, a happy ending.  As they’ve gotten older, they’ve discovered, not everyone gets the fairytale happy ending they want, but the reality life has orchestrated for them.

 

Excerpt:

He stopped in front of us and my mind immediately filled with thoughts no good Christian girl should know anything about.  I wonder what he looks like wet and naked. I looked around hoping I hadn’t said that out loud.

“Hello, Taylor.” He smiled.

Oh God, did You recycle Barry White’s voice box and put it inside this beautiful package? My hormones and body went into a tailspin and I was ruined for any other man on this planet.

“Hi Moses. I’m glad you came.”

He kissed the back of her hand and replied, “Thank you for inviting me.  Good evening, I’m Moses Adair.”  He took my hand, turned it over and gently kissed it.  I think my uterus just flipped over.

Moses, lead me to the Promise land. “Alexandra Miller.”

“Are you the Alex?” He asked.

If I wasn’t, I was now. “Which Alex would that be?” I replied with a smile.

“The Alex I’ve been hearing people talk about all evening.”

“Depends on what you’ve heard.” I’m trying to flirt and that’s not something I’m good at. I wanted to tell him, “I’m whoever I need to be in order to keep talking to you.”

“Excuse me,” Taylor said and left us standing in the middle of the room.

“I heard a woman say she hoped the pink dress Alex was wearing would be available at the store, because she liked the way it…” He slowly looked me up and down. When his eyes met mine, he was smiling. I instantly recognized that smile. It’s the same one I had when I first spotted him. “…framed her face.”

I gave him the same smile he gave me. “Then, I guess I am that Alex.”

Q&A WITH AUTHOR

Where do you get your book ideas?

The inspiration varies.  For What My Friends Don’t Know, I wanted it to be sort of like Sex and the City, for Christians.  I also, wanted to show people that Christians aren’t that much different from anyone else, when it comes to fashion, romance and their career choices.  Unfortunately, there’s a stereotype about Christians or people that love God.  People think we don’t care about fashion or being attracted to the opposite sex.  The reality is, people who love God, also have the same romantic challenges, appreciation for fashion, fine dining and the other finer things in life.
Do you write an outline to start or just start writing?

I am not an outliner.  I tried doing that, but when I started writing, I forgot about the outline.
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

How long does it take me to write a book…very good question.  It depends.  I wrote my first novella, The Good Girl, in about two weeks.  What My Friends Don’t Know, took a little longer.  I wrote the first draft, several years ago.  I think it took several months.  However, as my writing got better, I discovered that original drafted need work, so I re-wrote it.  It took a couple of months for the rewrite.
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

I am a proud indie writer.  I tried being mainstream, but it didn’t work.  I write a genre that’s fairly new, if it exists at all.  Steamy Christian Fiction.

How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

I got started simply because I wanted to read a book about women like me.  Women who love God, fashion and cute guys.  I think I got that revelation will watching “Bridget Jones, Edge of Reason.”

My advice to a new or aspiring writer…write the book and read as often as you can.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I am a single Christian woman who loves God, Fashion and Cute Guys. Not all women who write Christian fiction will admit to that.

The subjects I write about are considered taboo in Christian fiction. If you want to read about Christians dealing with unrequited love, apprehension to give love another chance, arranged marriages, physical attraction, divorce, annulment, controlling their urges, infidelity, abortion, dating younger men, being a single mother, slipping up and sleeping with your estranged ex, standing up for yourself, being honest about not liking your in-laws, still being attracted to your ex, battling postpartum depression, having challenges in your walk with Christ or if you aren’t too proud to admit you sometimes get angry and yell at God, then you’re in the right place.

The people that read my books have a thing for designer clothes and accessories and aren’t ashamed to admit it. To them a cute Christian guy on their arm is the finish to the perfect outfit. Sort of like lipstick, you don’t have to have it, but it sure makes you feel prettier when you do.

WEBSITE:

www.readtracyreed.com

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AMAZON:  The Alex Chronicles: What My Friends Don’t Know

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Sky Garden By Jenny Schwartz (99 cents!) Q&A W/Author

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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 On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone.

A year ago, Lanie Briers escaped a serial killer. She grew up in a theatre family and her act was mediumship, but not anymore. Life, now, is a hidden retreat above a quirky Bloomsbury museum, where she waits and watches.

Nick Tawes is an unexpected intrusion. He’s a landscape architect filming a television series on roof gardens, and he intends to build one in Lanie’s aerial territory. He has his own demons, old family troubles, that lure Lanie out of her refuge and into living again.

But as summer progresses and the sky garden grows, Lanie’s enemy is closing in–because some secrets must go to the grave.

 

Excerpt:

Head down, he forced his feet up the endless, dizzying stairs.

Abruptly, the wall of the house ended. He swayed, blinking at the transition from shadowed darkness to light. He’d reached the roof. His jetlagged brain bounced between explanations of neon light or moonlight as the source of illumination. Tokyo roofs were seldom dark; London skies seldom cloudless in his memory.

Concentrating on his feet, he negotiated the awkward step up and over a concrete wall edge, and down onto the roof. He looked up.

A woman looked back at him.

Soundless, he watched her mouth open and the plate she held drop. Water and soapsuds fountained up.

The light came from a kitchen window.

His brain kicked into gear. “It’s all right. I’m from the solicitor’s. I have a key.” Ridiculous words, but the fear in her expression demanded reassurance.

She held a phone up, soap suds running down her bare forearm to the pushed-up sleeve of an apple-green pullover. The phone was brandished as a weapon.

“A key,” he mouthed exaggeratedly. “I have a key.”

A stand-off. He didn’t dare move. He must have frightened her when she’d felt safe and alone on this rooftop. He couldn’t understand how she and her kitchen were here at all.

 

Q&A With Jenny:

Where do you get your book ideas?

I think ideas come from things I’m currently interested in — like roof gardens and the tricks of stage psychics in Sky Garden. But they also come from current events. I spend (too much) time online and sometimes a theme emerges from articles and blog posts and general news. For Sky Garden, I started to think about the different ways we try to find a place to belong, and how sometimes we reject belonging anywhere.

Other time I specifically play the what-if game. “What if X happened? and then, Y was added? Oooh, exciting!” and off I go, a new idea wildly spinning.

Do you write outline to start or just start writing?

I tend to have a sentence or two per chapter skeleton, and then, just go for it! I have to have an idea of what the book is building towards though.

How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

It changes. With a short story equivalent to two big novel chapters (or a fifth of a Harlequin category romance), two weeks will see a solid story. It’s relatively quick not just because of the shorter word count, but because I can hold the whole plot in my head (which is harder, but just as odd, as it sounds!). With a novel it can be around six months, as Sky Garden was, because the plot tripped me a couple of times. Thank heaven for a great critique partner! Take a bow, Eliza Redgold.

Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

I’m a hybrid. I have a number of novellas (steampunk, paranormal romance and contemporary romance) out with Carina Press and Escape Publishing, both of which are Harlequin digital imprints. But then, I have a number of books that I’ve self-published, as with Sky Garden. I’ve learned so much from my experience with Harlequin, but on the other hand, self-publishing is very satisfying for my inner control freak. I get to make the final decisions, even when they’re wrong 😉

How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

I started with short stories, and some poetry. It all depends on what you want to achieve and the other commitments competing for your time and energy. When I first dared to submit short stories to editors, what thrilled me was their kindness and generosity even when they rejected the stories (which they usually did). Never underestimate the power of small ezines to improve your writing. Those editors are working for love and passion, and they can and do teach authors heaps. Submitting stories to smaller markets, you make great friends along the way, and believe me, in publishing, it really is a small world!

However, that’s not the path for everyone. Look around, see the common ways people fail (poor writing, clichéd plots, rudeness on social media) and avoid those things. But success comes in many different forms. The more you write, the clearer your own particular goals and path to them will become. Good luck! and don’t forget to enjoy the journey.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bio:  Jenny Schwartz is a hopeful romantic with a degree in Sociology and History — people watching and digging into the past. She lives in Western Australia and is working towards her dream of living by the sea. Jenny writes romantic suspense, as well as contemporary and paranormal romance.

Website:  http://authorjennyschwartz.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JennySchwartz.author

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Jenny_Schwartz

Amazon buy-link for “Sky Garden”:  Sky Garden

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The Paramours Series by Christine Rains (Q&A Interview)

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GENRE: paranormal erotica

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Ghost Dancer (The Paramours #1)

When Nina Azure’s talent as a ghost dancer doesn’t persuade a handsome phantom to talk, she entices him with sizzling sexual energy. Ben Moore’s spirit is tied to this world with guilt, but he breaks his self-imposed silence for the beautiful Nina. Lust makes him fully physical and she loses herself to desire. She must help him carry on to the afterlife, but her attraction to him is immensely powerful. She must push aside her own feelings and let him go—and perhaps find romance among the living.

 

 

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Poltergeist’s Pleasure (The Paramours #2):

Claire McKinney has a theory that poltergeists aren’t evil spirits or negative energy. When she locates a powerful vortex at the center of a haunting, she discovers a gorgeous man trapped inside. Zendal cannot escape on his own, but if Claire can create enough sexual energy with him, he will be able to break free. Intense as their passion is, it does not release him from the vortex. Claire finds herself caught not only by the ominous portal, but by Zendal’s carnal zeal as well. Can she extricate them from the trap or will they forever be its prisoners?

 

 

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Lovelorn Spirits (The Paramours #3):

Vivian Ray does not like working with the suave Miles Walker, but he’s the best medium in the paranormal business. When they are possessed by a pair of passionate ghosts, Vivian and Miles realize they might have feelings for one another. But it’s difficult to separate their own emotions apart from the spirits’, and Vivian doesn’t want to believe she’s in anything more than lust with Miles. There’s something much more dangerous after them, though, and if they can’t help the ghosts work through their past, the investigators could lose their own lives

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 POLTERGEIST’S PLEASURE (THE PARAMOURS #2)

There was one thing that always got a poltergeist’s attention: sex. Not the boring old vanilla kind either. It had to be down and dirty, raunchy and passionate. Like the way newlyweds behaved. And the sort Claire was about to provide.

The Paramours had set up their ghost hunting equipment earlier in the day. A video camera stood at either end of the conservatively decorated house. Its open concept allowed for a complete view of all the activity.

Vivian fiddled with the thermal imaging camera, setting it on the kitchen counter and bending over to slide the cords out of the way. Her cute ass pointed upward and wiggled as she wedged the cords in between the shelves to where they could not be moved.

Claire patted her friend’s behind and let her hand linger. “Those new jeans look good on you. Are we ready to go yet?”

With the electronics in place, Vivian batted at Claire’s hand. She straightened and raised her brows with a silent question.

Yes, they were starting the test already. While Vivian could be cool and methodical about their investigations, Claire preferred to wing it. She loved surprising the spooks to get a reaction—and her friends, too.

 

  1. Where do you get your book ideas?

 

Inspiration springs from everywhere for me. It could be from a dream I had or something I’ve seen on a hike or on television. Then I take those ideas and play the “what if” game with them. What if aliens did come to Earth, and they didn’t take us over by force but economically? What if the monster under your child’s bed was protecting them from something worse? For my current release, The Paramours, what if a trio of ghost hunters used desire to provoke reactions from spirits rather than anger or fear?

 

  1. Do you write an outline to start or just start writing?

 

I’m a pantser. I’ve tried outlining, but my muse will never follow it. I usually start with an idea for a plot or a character and start writing from there. I love to be surprised by my own stories.

 

  1. How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

 

It depends on the story. Some flow easier than others. On a good day, I can write two to three thousand words. If I’m fast, I can write a 15,000 word novella in just under two weeks. Yet I’ve had books that have taken me six months to write. Revisions do take a lot longer because I tend to drag my feet.

 

  1. Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

 

This is a tricky question. I have self-published works and I have books with a publisher. This makes me a hybrid author. You see more and more hybrid authors these days with the changes in the publishing world. As for mainstream, everything I do is a little quirky!

 

  1. How did you get started? Can you give any advice to writers wanting to do so?

 

I’ve been telling stories since I could talk. I have tales I wrote when I was five years old. It took several years for me to get the courage to share my stories with the world, though, and many more after that before I had my first acceptance. My first published story was a drabble (exactly 100 words) in a small venue, and I was paid one dollar for it. Now I have over thirty short stories, several novellas, and one novel published. I managed to do this because I never gave up. And that is my advice to anyone wanting to be an author. Don’t let anyone squash your dreams. Keep putting yourself out there, learn new things, and improve upon your craft. Perseverance is the key to success.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She’s married to her best friend and fellow geek, and they have one brilliant son. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. She’s a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has one novel and several short stories and novellas published. The Paramours is her second erotic series with Ellora’s Cave. Be on the lookout for more in the near future.

Please visit her website and blog.

You can also find Christine on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

BUY LINKS:

Ghost Dancer:
Ellora’s Cave * Amazon * Kobo * Goodreads

Poltergeist’s Pleasure:
Ellora’s Cave * Amazon * Kobo * Goodreads

Lovelorn Spirits:

Ellora’s Cave * Amazon Kobo * Goodreads

 

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MATED WITH THE CYBORG By Cara Bristol (W/Author Interview)

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GENRE:  Sci-fi Romance

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BLURB:

Kai Andros’s orders were simple. Get in. Gather the intel on the terrorist organization. Get out.

Then he met her. Mariska. Beautiful. Innocent. Ignorant of her father’s atrocities. And marked for death.

His orders said nothing about saving her. But he did. He went off-mission.

Can a rogue cyborg outrun both Cyber Operations and the terrorists to save the woman he loves?

Excerpt:

Mariska’s dress dragged along the metal floor as she headed for the general’s receiving room. People glanced at R981, but the android could have been alone for all the notice they paid her. Her veil seemed to render her invisible.

If only she could truly disappear. Years had passed since the last summons. Why had her father called her? Perspiration slickened her palms, and she had to concentrate to avoid wiping them and leaving a telltale stain on her clothing. The only thing worse than being afraid was showing it. At least her voluminous skirt hid her wobbling knees. Outside her father’s fortified headquarters, she halted and took a deep breath. I can do this. I can do this.

“You are nervous,” stated R981 in his stilted, but gravelly voice. No other android had vocals like his. His rumbling tone vibrated through her in a most disturbing way.

“No, I’m not,” she quickly refuted. Fear was a flaw. Flaws were punished. Although R981 was assigned to her, he had been programmed to report misbehavior and anomalies to her father.

The solid black orbs of his robotic eyes blinked once. “I detect pupil constriction, increased perspiration and respiration, which indicate fear.”

“I believe you are mistaken and require a full diagnostic. How long has it been since your last maintenance overhaul?”

“I am a new model entered into service five weeks ago. I do not require maintenance for another fifty-five point four days.”

She needed to shore up her courage, but R981 pulled open the door, making it clear he served her father. Just like the other droids.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Where do you get your book ideas?

I’ve always been a daydreamer, weaving little scenes involving imaginary friends in my head. Lol. What else could I do but become a fiction author? A story starts with a scenario, a fragment of an idea. As I mull over the situation, the story starts to form. With respect to the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, I read a cyborg sci-fi romance and fell in love with the alpha hero. I thought, I have to write my own. Most cyborg stories involve a government conspiracy—cyborgs created by an evil government. I wanted to do something different, so my cyborgs are cyberoperatives—secret agents fighting against terrorism. The series tagline is, “Saving the girl and the galaxy, one mission at a time.”
Do you write outline to start or just start writing? I think about the story until I know what happens in the first two or three chapters, and then I start writing. As I think of stuff (at 3 a.m., in the shower, while driving), I jot it down. I know the beginning and usually the end before I start writing.
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits? One to two months. I can write about 30-45 K in a month. My revisions and edits will then take half again as much time. So If I spend two months on the first draft, polishing it to get it ready to send to my editor will take another month. All my books are professionally edited.
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

I’m  Indie now. Previously I’d published 15 books with Loose Id, Decadent Publishing, and Blushing Books. I still have a few books with publishers. The editor I use for my Indie publications is actually the editor/co-owner for Decadent.

How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

I’m a writer at heart. It’s what I do. I wrote mainstream women’s fiction as a hobby for years. Then in 2009, I wrote my first erotic romance just for fun. When I finished it, I submitted to a small epublisher and it was accepted. I’ve had every erotic romance  accepted on the first submission. In 2014, I went Indie. Mated with the Cyborg is my 23rd published book. My advice for others?

  1. Write the book. Don’t worry about how to write it, just write it. You can fix it later. There’s no such thing as a perfect first draft. That’s why it’s called the first draft.
  2. Get socially connected right away. Start building your network and infrastructure. Make friends on FB, build up your Twitter following, start a blog. Get to know other authors. This is critical. You want to have your network established before you publish your first book.
  3. There are a lot of publishing options available today. Study the publishers and find the best fit for your book.
  4. Just because you can self-publish, doesn’t mean you should. I recommend you go with the publisher first to learn the industry, learn what good editing is, what good cover art is. After a few years and several books, then you can self-publish if you want.
  5. After you finish the first book, write the second, and the third, and the next. You have to be prolific to succeed.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Multi-published, Cara Bristol is the author of more than 23 erotic romance titles. She writes science fiction, contemporary, and paranormal erotic romance. No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.

Cara Bristol web site/blog -http://carabristol.com/

Author Newsletter – http://eepurl.com/9aRJj

Facebook Author Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cara-Bristol-Erotic-Romance-Author/178661122147994.

Amazon Author page – http://www.amazon.com/Cara-Bristol/e/B004D8KZTQ/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CaraBristol

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4136271.Cara_Bristol

Amazon US – Mated with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance Book 2)

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01A62XIEG?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Amazon AU – http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B01A62XIEG?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Amazon CA – http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01A62XIEG?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Barnes & Noble  – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mated-with-the-cyborg-cara-bristol/1123191554?ean=2940157647988

All Romance –  https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-matedwiththecyborg-1958978-143.html

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