Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 31 - Welcome Aubrey Leatherwood


Its the last day of January and so we're welcomeing our last guest of the month for the New Year's Bash. I can't believe its flown by so quickly! And now give a nice big welcome to Aubrey!

WIP Me!



It’s January 31, 2010, the last day of the first month of the year. Momentous!



Hi, I’m Aubrey Leatherwood writer mainly of contemporary erotic fiction though I also dabble in erotic horror as well.



On the last day of every month, I practice a ritual of sorts. I the wee hours of the morning, I take account of my Works-In-Progress. Out comes a cute, aqua file box with cream rosettes all over it, the laptop and a massive Excel spreadsheet titled bibliography.docx which houses everything I’ve written in the past two years (one day I’ll got back further) and everything I plan to write in the next two years. There’s a synopsis of each title (each work must have a title even if it’s crappy for the time being), the date I start(ed) on it (I am ashamed to admit that some of them go back to the early 90s), the date I’ve targeted to complete it, the genre, the applicable subgenre, two paragraph blurb, challenges, target audience, submitted to, submitted date, and status of submission. After an update of each title and a review (this takes a couple of hours) I decide on a plan of action to achieve my writing goals by the end of the following month.



And for the following month, I completely disregard that plan.



It’s funny because I am well-known by those who well-know me J to be a pantser. Yes, I write by the seat of my pants without a care to plotting or reason or to jumping between radically different voices and atmospheres. For someone as fiendishly organized as I am, I know it’s sort of odd. I write the end, the beginning, the middle. Whatever moment inspiring me to put words on paper is what comes out. And later on, I connect the dots. I say it like that’s simple, it’s soooo not, and frequently it has me cursing about why I didn’t map the darn thing out any better.



Still, at the end of the following month, I update my status and make a new plan.



It’s madness, I know. But I produce an incredible amount of writing each month even if it’s haphazard and spread between WIPs.



Without further ado, here’s an excerpt from a recently completed WIP, “The Soul in Nowhere” a work that is going to be a dark and sizzling departure from the nice Aubrey many of you have seen thus far.



Rahmi's thighs weakened as moisture trickled between them, two spots at the center of her back tingled, and she sank even deeper into her bed. Her legs lolled open a little, restless.

She tested the liquid between them with curiosity and appetite. “Do you want to punish me?”



“It is my nature and my duty,” He stepped forward and pinched one of her swollen nipples tightly. Rahmi gasped. “I can see in your eyes and in your actions that you agree you must be punished. This half-Arcane life in this realm is not enough for you. It is not what you were meant for.” Mast sharply dragged her hand away from her body burning her wrist with his hot skin. He pressed the pads of his super-heated fingers to her wet, abandoned flesh before abruptly pushing two fingers inside her. Rahmi’s body jerked and she hissed as did her flesh. Mast abruptly pulled his hand away.



“Do you want to hurt me?”



“I don’t know,” he responded but Arcane eyes never lied. He licked his fingers. His tongue was long, moist, and came to two sharp points, “Yes. Desperately.” He admitted.



Rahmi had never felt desire in her human form before those last twenty-four hours. She could never indulge such a feeling. Rahmi feared what copulating with a human would cause. She didn’t know if a human would survive it. She didn’t know if her wings would sprout from her back and startle one. She didn’t know if it would affect her and kill what was left of her Arcane. She didn’t know if she would kill and absorb the soul in the way of the demons. She just didn’t know. But with Mastema, she had felt if from the start. It was animal and aggressive and it responded to him powerfully. And, she would feel no guilt over any bi-product of harm. He was, after all, a demon.



Jerahmeel stood and padded over to her Harp. She took a robe and covered the instrument. Turning to Mastema, she explained, “It will try to protect me.”




Let me close by thank Antonia Tiranth for inviting me to blog. I’ve had a lovely time!



Aubrey Leatherwood

Http://www.aubreyleatherwood.com

Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 30 - Welcome Jane Toombs!

Today we're welcoming Jane Toombs!



1. Tell us a little about yourself. Do you have a "day job?"

For many years I did work as an RN. This came about because of WWII, when the country was intensely patriotic. All males in my graduating high school class went into one branch of the service or another. At 16, I was too young, so I went to Michigan State for a year, waiting to turn seventeen and a half, so I could join the Cadet Nurse Corps. My local MD refused to sign the physical until I had my tonsils out, telling my mother they were still infected and, though she’d refused to let him take them out for over two years, now she had to agree or he couldn’t in good conscience sign the physical certifying I was entirely healthy. So out they came under local anesthesia. Once out he showed them to me, saying, “Just look at all that pus.” I promptly threw up all the blood that I’d swallowed during the operation. He then asked if I was sure I wanted to be a nurse. “Because you’ll see a lot worse than that.” He was right, but I never threw up again when I did.

So I became a nurse because I wanted to be able to help the war effort. Of course the war ended by the time I got my RN license, so I never did go into the service as one. Even after I was selling regularly as a writer, I continued working part time as a relief supervisor RN. Strangely enough, I missed it when I stopped to write full time.

2. What made you want to become a writer and how long have you been writing?

I think maybe enjoying reading as much as I did triggered my wanting to be a writer. Also, my father was a published non-fiction writer, mostly about the past in the area where we lived, and he encouraged me when I tried it as a child. So I’ve been writing since I was about seven, As to seriously writing, that didn’t happen until about I was married and had five children, only to find my husband considered what I wrote “trash.” I wasn’t published until after our marriage suffered a dissolution, as California puts it. Not an easy decision, but I felt a desperate need to write that he was trying to stifle and we could were unable to reach any tye of compromise. .


3. What is your favorite genre to write?

Since my first published book, which was the first novel I actually finished, was a gothic, I believe romantic suspense with a touch or more of paranormal has to be my favorite genre. But I also enjoy writing historicals, and fantasy. I‘ve also written horror, though I really prefer happy endings. Also contemporary romance both sexy and sweet. And a thriller here and there. Also a couple of hospital mysteries.


4. Do you have any particular writing rituals? Any snacks you must have while writing?

I write only in my writing room and only on the computer these days. This goes for both story ideas to contracted-for stories. Once at the computer, I stop thinking about anything else. I do get interrupted, but am able to go back after I handle whatever the interruption was about (like fixing dinner). The writing room is only for that purpose. I do nothing else in there except read emails. I don’t snack, but I do drink lots of water,

5. What's up next for you in the writing world?

This month I have two books coming out. NULL AND VOID from Red Rose Publishing’s SHADOWED HEARTS new gothic series and NIGHTINGALE MAN from Champagne Books. A WWI spy thriller with a touch of romance.

Then I have to finish “The Charmer” a novelette for HALLOWEEN TREASURES an already contracted-for anthology by various Jewels Of The Quill Authors. We’re a closed promo group of 12 published authors (I’m Dame Turquoise) who promote each other. To help us do so, we contribute to Tales From The Treasure Trove Anthologies--up to # 7 now--and also holiday ones. Many of these have won awards, which makes our publisher, Whiskey Creek Press, happy. You can visit us online, where we do give away books at www.JewelsoftheQuill.com.

After that I’ll be finishing DRAGON’S PEARL, the first book in my DARKNESS OF DRAGONS Trilogy, as yet uncontracted.

Ooo dragons! My favorite ^.^

6. Do you have any advice for the writers/readers?

My New Year’s resolution for 2010 was to finish all the books I’ve started. If they sell, then I’ll be stuck with a lot of trilogies and series books to finish--work, but the satisfying kind. Like many authors, new ideas twinkle like fireflies in the darkness of my mind, but I’ve decided I must ignore these ephemeral enticements and concentrate on what I’ve already started. And that’s a great resolve for any writer. Always finish what you start! Especially for beginning writers, who learn from every book they do finish. Lately I haven’t adhered to that unwritten rule, getting too far ahead of myself with ideas. By this, I refer to books where the story ideas are viable, not just transient thoughts. Which doesn‘t mean a viable idea for a story can’t develop from one of those mind fireflies. So, okay, jot that idea down and go back to finish what you’ve started.

As for readers, if you haven’t managed to acquire an ebook reader yet, save up or request one for a birthday or Christmas present. You won’t be sorry. Lots easier than reading on the computer because you can literally curl up with a good book when you have an ereader. Most of them are good ones. nowadays. And ebooks are far less expensive than print.

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 29 - Welcome Kat Holmes


The month is nearly over but we still have a few more awesome guests to go! Today we have Kat Holmes. Welcome Kat!

1. Tell us a little about yourself. Do you have a "day job?"

LOL it’s truly terrible but no I don’t have a day job and I can honestly say I haven’t suffered for my craft. A friend of mine who’s an ebook author started encouraging me to try submitting my own writing. It really wasn’t something I ever considered doing. I wrote just for my own pleasure the kind of stories I liked to read. I honestly did not think I was good enough to get published.

But, she kept insisting I try so I finally caved. The first book I submitted was rejected because of too many POV changes. The second book was rejected because that particular publisher wasn’t accepting that type of genre. But then I found Red Rose’s website and saw they had a section for Autumn Rose stories about older women and younger men and an idea just came to me. I wrote it, submitted it and they contracted it. Interestingly enough, the second book that was rejected because the publisher didn’t want that genre has since been contracted by Red Rose as well. It’s the first in a new series.

2. What made you want to become a writer and how long have you been writing?

I’ve always written. My mom instilled a love of books and words in me when I was very young. I was and still am a voracious reader. But, as I said before it wasn’t until my friend, whom I have dedicated my first book to, encouraged me that I attempted to get published.

3. What is your favorite genre to write?

I really like erotic paranormal. I like a story in which anything can, and often does happen. But I also write contemporary, interracial, and even ménage. In fact, my first release is an erotic contemporary.

4. Do you have any particular writing rituals? Any snacks you must have while writing?

I like to write when I first get up in the morning and am fresh. I don’t write later in the day when the brain is tired because I just don’t feel like I can give the writing my all. As for when I’m writing, I always need a bottle of Diet Pepsi. It’s my one bad habit and the only way I get my caffeine fix because I don’t drink coffee.

5. What's up next for you in the writing world?

Well, as I said Red Rose has contracted a new series from me. It’s about the Gods of ancient Greece and what would happen if the bad economy affected them too. I’m really excited and am having a lot of fun with it. So far only the first one is contracted but I have submitted several that I’m waiting to hear about. I’m also almost finished the current one and will dive right into the next when it’s done.

Beyond that I have a few stories in mind that are not part of this series and I’ll begin writing after I complete the next book.

6. Do you have any advice for the writers/readers?

Honestly, it’s just to keep trying. If you really believe in yourself and your work than just keep plugging away and being persistent. Also, don’t take rejections to heart. Everyone gets them. And I do mean everyone. Just pick yourself up and try again. It will happen.


Voice In The Night by Kat Holmes
Releases March, 18 2010
From Red Rose Publishing

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 28 - Welcome Roseanne Dowell

Just a few day's left in the New Year's Bash. Today we welcome Roseanne Dowell!

1. Tell us a little about yourself. Do you have a "day job?"

For starters I’m a wife, mother of six, grandmother of 13 with another on the way, and soon to be great grandmother.

I’m a former school secretary and also worked as a floral designer. I was an editor with an e-publisher and I taught two writing classes at our community college. I currently teach several writing classes at Long Story Short Writing School.


2. What made you want to become a writer and how long have you been writing?

I’ve been interested in writing ever since I can remember. When I was young, I’d make up stories all the time. Sometimes when I read I changed the ending. I’ve been writing forever, but not until six years ago seriously and submitting. I did take a course for writing for children when my children were young, but it takes a special person to write for children, and I just didn’t have it.


3. What is your favorite genre to write?

I love romance and mystery with a little paranormal (ghosts mostly) and the combination of them is what I really love.


4. Do you have any particular writing rituals? Any snacks you must have while writing?

No particular writing rituals. I do try to write every day, even if it’s only one line. Another author and mentor taught me that. I often find, if I force myself to write one line (even if it’s dreck), I start writing more, and it eventually turns into something worthwhile.

Snacks? Any and all. Unfortunately, I’m a junk food junkie.


5. What's up next for you in the writing world?

I currently have seven short stories available on Amazon.com and my latest novel, Time to Live Again has a release date of March 11, 2010 with Red Rose Publishing. and they’ve accepted another, Designed for Love, but I don’t have a release date for that one. Check out my website.


6. Do you have any advice for the writers/readers?

Yes, never give up. Follow your dream. Don’t take the rejections personal. Just because you get a rejection doesn’t mean your work isn’t good. Sometimes the editor already has something similar or it doesn’t fit their needs. Most importantly, do your homework. Don’t send a romance to a mystery publisher (unless it’s a mystery with a romance element), just as you wouldn’t send a romance to a sci-fi or fantasy publisher.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 27 - Welcome Joshua Hines!

Today's guest is my youngest brother! In typical little brother fashion, he's not so keen on my erotic novels so don't take it as an insult my fellow erotic writers ^.^

Well, not exactly sure what to write about but I guess I will give it my best shot. “Antonia” (not sure if I’m supposed to use her real name or not, so I will stick with the alias), is my sister and she has been writing for as long as I can remember. One of the best things about being related to “Antonia” is I get to influence her writing. I have a big imagination but I am way too lazy to write a full book. So I just give “Antonia” ideas when I have them or whenever she is stuck and need help.

I believe “Antonia” is a fantastic writer, and it frustrates me incredibly when she resorts to writing erotic works. She writes these erotic works because she says “They sell”, and I have said to her multiple times “So do drugs, doesn’t make it right.” I say this not because I am against her writing porn, it’s not because of that. She writes them for the wrong reasons. She wants to sell sell sell, but her stories like the Rikashi, Dark Shadow, and Jericho ( In the process of being written) are where her intention is not only sell, but to write an enjoyable story for all types of people. When she writes these erotic stories I will not make any attempt to help her and may even seem like I am against her. But that is not true because when she is working on a book like the ones named above, I am more than willing to help and truly enjoy it when she keeps me in the loop. I am her biggest fan when it comes to those works.

I have been reading her daily writings of both Dark Shadow and Jericho. I let her know where she needs work and give my opinion of what would make the story more exciting. But I have to also admit that “Antonia” can be an airhead and once she makes up her mind to do something, it is pretty hard to convince her to do anything other than what she had in mind (Very very very frustrating by the way). And because of this stubbornness she continues to write her stories and they continue to be fantastic pieces of work. But I must point out that she didn’t even want to put her works out to be published at first. It took many days of me, my brother, and her fiancée pushing her to publish it for her to actually get up the courage to do it. And as we expected her work got accepted and her work got published. And surprise surprise the first book she got published wasn’t erotic in any way. Oh yeah and another thing about “Antonia” is that she really is a caring person even though she can be a stubborn airhead. She will give her arm to you if you really need it and will stand up for family members even if they are wrong. And that’s why I love her as my sister even though I really wish sometimes that she would just shut up and listen haha.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 26 - Welcome Micah Parrish!

For the next two days, we're going to be taking a small break from hearing from authors. Today and tomorrow my guests with be people related to an author, namely me ^.^ Today's guest is my wonderfully patient fiance Micah.

Living with a writer is quite the experience. I enjoy the good things about it and tolerate the annoying things. I could save the good things for last but I think I will get them out of the way first.

A writer is a creative individual and we all know this. My writer is one of the best in my unbiased opinion. One of the best perks of this plays on the fact that I am an avid reader. Simply put I get previews of things as they get to evolve and I get to see the story as it is created. I also get grabbed into Antonia's writings and cannot get out. I turn into a drooling idiot who wants the next chapter or even paragraph as soon as possible. I might be a little annoying myself when it comes to this but she puts up with me. Also as an avid reader I sometimes find myself being able to know what she thinks. Reading someones literary works is a good way to get to know how they think. Not that I cannot be surprised it is just that most of the time I can predict what might happen next. She is still a female and therefore a mystery though.

Well now that I am done with the good part lets get onto the annoying things. I have been woken up in the middle of the night by inspiration. Not my own of course but the lightning strikes the writer. She does not work on a normal schedule. Sometimes she will be writing at three in the morning and I am expected to listen. I am terrible at remembering stuff and easily distracted. I also have a dislike of spoilers. This is the alternate side to seeing how the story is going. Sometimes the ideas are coming so fast that they must be shared with me when I am driving the car with her in the passenger seat. Now I love reading a good story and my normal reaction to spoilers is to balk and be upset. THIS IS THE WRONG RESPONSE TAKE NOTICE! The natural response of course upsets my spouse. The correct response is to gladly ask to hear the new ideas or developments. Otherwise begging and/or bribery may be required to get her to talk to me again. Another annoying thing is the plot twist. For goodness sakes woman are hard enough to understand for men that having a writers penchant for the surprise is totally unfair! Now on to the plotting face as a topic. This is the result of intensive thought and deviousness. Usually this means that nothing I say will have any effect and getting a response will require shocking or vulgar speech or inappropriate groping. Unfortunately the devious ideas are not restricted to her writing sometimes this causes me headaches as her plotting ability is focused against me. Oh woe is me!

But lets be honest any couple has trouble understanding each other. At least as a reader and writer relationship is I can get some idea of her mind. It just means that mind is that much more complex and subsequently dangerous. Oh and some just random interesting things now. I find it amazing that writers try to find out information about the smallest element for their writings. The odd books that she bought for her BDSM writing was quite the eyebrow raiser. This was also a source of humor and teasing available. I am sure in the future I will enjoy myself both as a reader and the spouse of a writer. I just hope I can survive if she starts writing murder mysteries.........

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Years Bash Day 25 - Welcome Angela Kay Austin


Today we have Angela Kay Austin answering a few question for us. She has an upcoming release with Red Rose Publishing in February called Love's Chance. Welcome Angela!

1.Tell us a little about yourself. Do you have a "day job?"

Yes, I do. For about 15 years, I’ve worked in marketing. I’ve worked in radio, TV, non-profits, retail, and now, I work in commercial real estate development as a Director of Marketing and Promotions. So, I get to write a lot. Not what I love to write, but copywriting for ads.


2.What made you want to become a writer and how long have you been writing?


My Mom had always been a huge reader. As a child she’d have a million and one subscriptions to all types of magazines. I would read everyone she finished, and then I began to get my own subscriptions to ‘my’ magazines. I also loved a school based reading program which introduced me to Judy Blume. At some point, it all began to come together, my love for reading and writing. My first little pink and white diary was filled daily with my AWESOME stuff: love notes to my first crush, poetry, and whatever else. I entered contest after contest in teen magazines, and in my mom’s magazines. Nothing. But I’ve never stopped, and now, Red Rose Publishing will be releasing my first book February 11th. 2009.


3.What is your favorite genre to write? Why?


IR Contemporaries. I enjoy exploring all facets of love for everyday people.


4.Do you have any particular writing rituals? Any snacks you must have while writing?


Writing relaxes me, so the only ritual I seem to have developed is that I seem always write at night or early morning. I love ice cream and chips. Not together, but I don’t know if that would necessarily be a bad thing. Ice cream is so wonderful wrapped on my couch with a blanket, and my laptop on my lap. Or a bag of chips on my desk while I’m at my desktop. I prefer hot chips. Delicious!


5.What’s up next for you in the writing world?


I’m working on a few different IR Contemporaries, and a few women’s fiction pieces at the moment. I also have some poetry I’m trying to determine what to do with.


6.Do you have any advice for the writers/readers?


The only advice I think I can offer is, don’t give up. If you own it, then those around you will believe it, too. I talk about writing to everyone I know. I try to find writing opportunities everywhere. I don’t care what it is. If it involves being able to write something, I do it.

So, I guess that’s what I’d say...believe it, tell it, do it, and of course, let’s not forget to read. Read everything.

Thank you so much for stopping by Angela!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 24 - Welcome Brynna Curry!



We're still going here with the New Year's Bash. Today starts our last full week. Can you believe the month is going by so fast? Today's guest is Brynna Curry!

Thanks for inviting me to be here today, Tir! I'll be giving away an ebook to one of the commentors. Winner's choice- Earth Enchanted or Gypsy Moon.

As Brynna Curry I write light paranormal romance and suspense. On the other side of the coin is my dark side, Brianna Roarke writing steamy dark paranormal romance. I feed my love of books as a book reviewer for You Gotta Read Reviews. I also judge several RWA writing contests a year, including the 'Molly', 'Gotcha', Fab5 and Reveal Your Inner Vixen contests and I'm the forth member of the Frightening Journeys blog writers. I'm married to my high school sweetheart with three teenagers and by day I'm a secretary for a construction company.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have magical abilities? I'm not talking about being able to fly, super strength or even invincibility. What if you could control water with the flick of your wrist? Create fire out of thin air with a thought? What if you could read minds, cure the sick? Shield someone you love from falling, drowning, being crushed by a car just by willing it? It's the most dangerous question in the world. "What if?"

Think for an instant what you would do with all that power. Would you use it for gain? Shun the gift as something other worldly and evil? Or would you embrace it with a child's delight and be thrilled with the good it could do, if you would only allow it? Now that you've found it, where did the magic come from? What if you discovered you were the descendant of a healer and a nixie-witch? What if the entire future of your family depended on you and your brothers breaking a thousand year old spell? Meet the Corrigans.

Liv Corrigan is a beautiful woman and a talented writer; she's also a telepath and must use her gifts to save the man she loves. Within her family lies a dark secret and a history of mages and magic. The Corrigans are both blessed and cursed with power. Ryan Corrigan chose to shun his gift after he lost his heart, now he must find his magic again if he is to save Liv's twins. Skye Corrigan, Liv's twin brother, revels in his power, but his gift is the darkest of all. Can he overcome the evil that walks within him, or will the healer and nixie be forever trapped in the mist?



Earth Enchanted is the first in a series of five books featuring the Corrigans from Ireland, a family with a ancestry of mages. Liv Corrigan, telepath and writer,visits her brother in the states only to find he's neck deep in a diamond smuggling ring. While there she meets ex-cop Jackson Roarke, a man with secrets still reeling from his wife's death. Here is a short blurb.


EARTH ENCHANTED

TAG: When telepath meets ex-cop, will it be death or diamonds

BLURB: Writer Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men -- her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man who murdered Jack’s wife turns out to be after him too.

Injured, Jack retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Liv’s mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief killer to stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for their hearts!


After EE, To Take Up The Sword flash forwards to the end of the trial for Ashton Smythe, Gueraldi's (the villian from EE) right hand man. When Smythe is set free, Agent Spiller (EE), convinced Serena Roarke hid more diamonds there, goes back to Alabama in search of missing evidence that would have convicted her killer. Leannan O'Neal, Serena's sister, goes into the wind after the destruction of her home and threats on her life. She meets up with Spiller and together they try to get the diamonds to safety before both are killed. There are a total of five books in this series. You can find out more about each book in the series by visiting my website and clicking the Elemental Magic tab.



You can learn more about the Elemental Magic Series and Brynna's other projects on her site or stop by one of her blogs and say hello.

Brynna

My site
My blog and co-blog "Frightening Journeys"

On Twitter as BrynnaCurry/On Facebook as Bethany Cagle

Yahoo Group



I hope you'll drop by and visit with me!

New Year's Bash Day 23 - Welcome Jordana Ryan!


Coming around the corner on the homestretch of the New Year's bash and today's guest is Jordana Ryan!

A little Fairytale Romance


Hi, Antonia, thanks for having me today. I’m Jordana Ryan, author of Perfect Game and Sweet Dreams available at Bookstrand Publishing and No Matter What, The Wrong Woman, Summer Fling and Color Blind which are available in the Amira Press Meant to Be Anthology

I started reading romance almost from the time I was able to pick up a book. I guess it all started with Cinderella and the Prince lol. I’ve always been the girl who saw things with rose colored glasses and believed that someday my prince would come. Couple that with the fact that I love to write and you can see where my very own princes were born.

A little romance is good for the soul. I love to get lost in the best of the fairytale romances. Of course, as I got older, I moved away from Cinderella and started reading Roseanne Bittner, who is one of my favorites, Cassie Edwards, Johanna Lindsey, another of my favorites, Nora Roberts, Judith McNaught who wrote the stellar Whitney my Love and many others. All of whom wrote men who I fell in love with and women that were strong and admirable.

When I decided to embark and a career in writing romance, I strove to be like the authors I idolized. I wanted to write characters with people would laugh with, cry with, fall in love with, root for, and love to hate, but also love at the same time, I’ve found in life, and in love, nobody is perfect, and that in falling in love, I’m not looking for the perfect man. What I am looking for is the man who is perfect for me.

Usually I create my female character first. I have to know who my female character is so that I can write the perfect man for her. Flaws and all, he has to be right for her. From there, I can write the perfect love story, and part of the joy of writing a fairytale romance is watching their love unfold. I love what I do because it gives me back a little bit of my childhood and lets me create Prince Charming over and over again in many different ways :)

I hope that people who read my books will look at my characters and fall in love with their strengths and weaknesses just like I do, and ultimately realize, that everyone needs a little romance in their life. And that at one time or another, we all believed in that perfect, fairytale love.

If you want to contact Jordana, her email is cryselle @ att . net, take out the spaces of course ^.^

Friday, January 22, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 22 - Welcome Isabel Roman!


And today we have the talented Isabel Roman!

Magick, betrayal, attraction and adventure, and Philadelphia.

My very first story, the one I recently unearthed with a surprised “What’s this and where’d this box come from?” and burned in a fit of hysterical laughter, could be summed up as: Long, confusing, long, paranormal before I knew what the word meant, four families, and just plain bad. It had something to do with the elements (hence the four families) and Russia. I didn’t read beyond the second paragraph, opened the wood stove, tossed the entire sheaf of papers in, and happily closed the wood stove. Those words kept me warm during the December snowstorm from hell.

This one is very different: Magick, betrayal, attraction and adventure, and Philadelphia. What does Philadelphia have to do with the previous four? It’s just the setting, though if you’ve ever walked the streets after midnight, you can easily believe in ghosts and goblins. In the fourth of my Dark Desires of the Druids series, Temptations and Treachery, Lady Isadore Harrington sets out on her own to face the world outside the insular one she’s always known.

Druidic magick historically comes in many forms, but it’s always associated with the earth, with the 4 (or 5 if you choose) basic elements. For instance, my magickers can gather already existing shadows around them in order to hide themselves. Or they can use the wind, ocean, and fire, bending these elements to their will. Isadore’s brother, Lucien has a strong affinity with water, and spent a large portion of his life at sea.

In my world, it’s still very much connected with the earth despite the Victorian rather than medieval or even ancient setting. The Victorian world was different, fun because of those differences, and all straight-laced. My Druids are not. Straight-laced that is.

Isadore, however, is a different matter. She’s never embraced the most basic of Druidic traditions, enjoying sexual fulfillment before marriage. In Druidic society, one can sleep with whomever they wish before marriage, just not afterward marriage vows are spoken. Isadore hasn’t ever found anyone she’d bother to sleep with; until she lands in Philadelphia and meets her sister-in-law’s cousin, James Blackthorne.

Powerful with basic elements, she also has no single stronger power. Until she travels from England to Philadelphia where she begins having vividly painful visions aboard ship. Death, passion, and an odd sense of connectedness draw her to stay in Philadelphia, but will it be enough?

Excerpt from their first meeting:

“Why does Morgana hate me so? We’re family. We’re the only family we have left! I’m more than a cousin. I’m like a brother to her!”

James waited impatiently in the warm summer night for the passengers of the steamship to unload. They took their damn time, didn’t they? Strolling off the ship in ones and twos. But not the woman he waited for.

“This is not,” he said to a silent Takoda who stood to his left, “how I intended to spend my evening.” In fact, he’d really wanted to sleep. Between running Blackthorne Shipworks and keeping the magicker council from killing each other, he had no time for such trivialities as sleep. He desperately missed it. “Or the next few weeks of this summer.”

Takoda, the shaman Morgana rescued from mob justice years ago, merely grunted.

“Saddled with the sister of that Englishman. What does Morgana see in that pompous ass?”

“She seems happy enough.” Takoda’s words did nothing to comfort or calm James. The worst part was, he couldn’t deny it. She was happy with Granville; happier than he’d ever seen her even with her first husband. Damn the Englishman.

The passengers trickled to a stop and still no sight of Granville’s sister. Not that he had much to go on, but he’d yet to see a woman traveling with an older companion. Just as he was about to comment on that, the pair of women he awaited walked down the gangplank.

“Gods,” he breathed, frozen in place. The rest of the words stuck in his throat. Swallowing against the blockage, he managed, “She’s stunning.”

James tilted his head to one side, studying her. The lights from the dock glinted off her golden blond hair. She paused at the bottom of the gangplank to look around. Her companion said something to her and she smiled: a quick, bright grin that shook James to his core.

It took him a moment to regain his senses, to react. With a deep breath, he walked forward.

“Not. A. Word,” he warned Takoda without looking at him. Holding a finger in his direction to ward off any comment he repeated, “Not a single word.”

Takoda offered a quiet, mocking laugh.

James snarled at him, but stepped to the front of the thinning crowd to catch Lady Isadore Harrington’s attention.

Maybe this summer wouldn’t be all that awful.


Where to find me:
Website
Blog
Facebook Which may or may not work, I can never find people’s page this way, but it could be me.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 21 - Welcome Aline de Chevigny


Today Aline de Chevigny answering a few questions about life and writing.

1. Tell us a little about yourself. Do you have a "day job?"

I'm a French Canadian, living in the North making my editors lives painful with my horrific grammar LOL

You bet I have a day job, I work for the Environmental department at an isolated mine site. I work a two and two rotation, so for two weeks I have limit access to everything.


2. What made you want to become a writer and how long have you been writing?

I had just moved away from my friends and familly, and was bored out of my tree. The third book in as many days had just been flung accross the room for having heroines who were too stupid to live and my friends dared me to write my own book if I wasn't happy with the books I'd been reading. So I did.

I've now been writing for 7 years as of tomorow.


3. What is your favorite genre to write?

Romance...it doesn't matter what subgenres are added romance is always a main story line in my books.


4. Do you have any particular writing rituals? Any snacks you must have while writing?

I write everywhere. I always have pen and paper in my pocket, purse, back pack, you name it. All my books are written on paper first and then typed up. I think better when the words can flow out my hand.


5. What's up next for you in the writing world?

Who knows LOL, I have a release in March about a beaver shifter, and hopefully a few historicals that will be finished any time now.


6. Do you have any advice for the writers/readers?

For the writers...Write what you know. Write what you feel. Don't edit until you have a finished first draft, you'll go through several drafts before your story is ready to be seen by anyone. And find a few people you trust to give you their honest opinion.

For the readers...if you like the story let the author know. If you don't like the story, constructive criticism is a very helpful tool. But don't be mean, you may just crush a new author and make them quit leaving the world with a loss. Who know that author could be the one to write the next Anne of Green Gables or Jane Eyre.

You can find Aline's works at Red Rose Publishing!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 20 - Welcome Cindy Jacks


Today we have the glorious bad girl herself Cindy Jacks! Looks like she's talking about my favorite subject...shifters!

Losing My Shifter Virginity

There's no doubt about it, shape-shifters are hot! Our lovely host, Antonia Tiranth, can attest to that fact. Speaking of our lovely host, let me take a second to thank Tonie for having me as a guest today. Thanks, Tonie!

Okay, so shifters—werewolves, werecats and other sexy manimals (Anyone else remember that show? Just me? Alrighty then.). They are all the rage in the e-publishing world. Write a shifter story, my author friends would say, but for me, it wasn't so easy.

You see, most of my novels are contemporary romance, which hasn't as popular as it once was. Under my pseudonym CJ Elliott, I've written a couple horror pieces and a suspense-thriller, but shifters. Nary an idea came my way...until I dreamed up Lucian.

Lucian is the Alpha of a large clan of werewolves, or loups garoux as they prefer to be called. After he's injured in battle with a usurper lone wolf, he's taken in by a human woman. This is no ordinary human woman—Reese is gifted with the ability to read the thoughts of others. The constant chatter of other people's minds has driven her to the solitude of a cabin in the woods, but her hermitage proves less peaceful than she hoped due to said loup garou turf war. She takes in the injured wolfman, and of course, romance ensues.

The idea sounded simple enough when I hatched it, but suddenly I found myself bogged down with the construction of clan-histories, alternate realities and genealogies that spanned several generations. Gack! Slowly, I'm combing my way through the necessary backstory so that I might, one day, complete the main story. Hey, a woman can dream, can't she?

So here's a question for you seasoned shifter veterans, how do you deal with the massive task of creating subcultures for your werefolk? Any and all advice is appreciated!

Despite the daunting task ahead, I'm enjoying the process and the freedom of building a world where human rules don't apply. Who knows, maybe I'll become a regular fixture in paranormal fiction. Until then, I'm working diligently on losing my shifter virginity with style!

Shameless self-promotion:
Cindy's links
Website
Facebook fan page

Hungry for a sample of CJ Elliott's evil deliciousness? Check out The Wedding Feast at Wild Child Publishing

Sexy erotica more your style? Take a nibble of Cindy Jacks's spicy offerings at Freya's Bower

Contact her at cindy@cindyjacks.com

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 19 - Welcome Annie Nicholas



Today Annie Nicholas gives us a little taste of her world.

First...a little bit about Annie:

Annie Nicholas hibernates in the rural, green mountains of Vermont where she dreams of different worlds, heroes, and heroines. When spring arrives the stories pour from her, in hopes to share them with the masses one day.

Mother, daughter, wife are some of the hats she happily wears while trudging after her cubs through the hills and dales. The four seasons an inspiration and muse.


THE OMEGAS
I’m excited to announce my first release with Lyrical Press, The Omegas. A twist on the usual werewolf pack story. I’m having a week long release party at my blog with a contest. Come join the fun. To find out about my other books please see my website.

Only a vampire is man enough to teach werewolves how to fight.

BLURB:
Pretty librarian Sugar wants her life to stay quiet. That’s hard enough when friends and neighbors turn into furry wolves every full moon. But when a hot vampire gets involved, life’s bound to get complicated.

The Omegas have always been the pansies of the paranormal. Now Chicago’s top werewolf pack has issued them a life or death challenge. Their only option: hire a vampire warrior to teach them the moves.

Daedalus has been a powerful vampire for ages. Intrigued by the chance to train the geeks of the underworld, he wasn’t bargaining on losing his heart to a human. Can he make the Omegas a success, fit into Sugar’s quiet life, and avoid being ripped to shreds in the process?

EXCERPT:
Sugar walked to the Omegas’ apartment. Quiet dominated their corner of the building since Mr. Pal Robi’s arrival last week. She’d seen them when she went out on her garden balcony to water the plants last night. They jogged with their vampire trainer on the sidewalk. He ran, and they straggled behind. Other than that she hadn’t seen any of them. No one came over to visit. Not even Katrina, who had become a permanent fixture in her home.

She stood in front of their door and wiped her sweaty palms on her old, worn jeans. Maybe I should have changed.

The thought irritated her. She’d never worried about her looks before he moved in. She’d never lusted after a man like this either. Her past lovers always started as emotional relationships, then grew into something physical. What she experienced with Daedalus seemed more animalistic. If she made out with him and got it over with, then maybe her mind would clear. The memory of his sexy half-smile with a wink haunted her every night. Those blue eyes, broad shoulders, firm body, bald head--

The apartment door swung open, and the demon of her fantasies stood staring at her, shirtless. A thin sheen of sweat covered his pale skin as if he’d been doing some vigorous exercises. It made him shine. The circular tattoo she’d glimpsed through his shirt on their first meeting covered his heart, a black snake eating its tail.
He gave her a crooked smile, melting her to the spot. “Hello, sweetness. I got tired of waiting for you to knock.” He stepped back and gestured for her to come in.

As she entered the Omegas’ apartment she noticed the place looked cleaner than usual. Five wolves under one roof could make quite a clutter. Daedalus must have them run a tighter ship.

“How did you know I was out in the hall?” A little shaken after his sudden appearance, her concentration slipped and she couldn’t remember her reason for being there. His being half-naked didn’t help.

“I have a good sense of smell.” He closed the door behind her.

“You smelled me? Good to know for future reference.”

Fingers ran through her curls as she walked past him. She glanced at him, but his back faced her while he locked the door. It must have been her imagination. The touch felt real though. Did he move that fast?

He finished with the locks and turned around. “I heard you walk down the hall too. Why were you waiting?”

She didn’t know, looking for some courage maybe or a little self-confidence with an internal pep talk. “I was thinking about going back for a book Sam wanted to borrow,” she lied. Something unsettling occurred to her. “Can you read minds too?”

He chuckled and leaned in close, his nose almost touching hers. “Possibly. Are you thinking dirty thoughts?”

“No!” Her cheeks burned.

“Then I guess I can’t.”

Did that mean he was thinking them?

He brushed past her to sit on the worn, beige couch. His touch sent a thrill through her, it unnerved her too. He tapped the cushion next to him.

Out of her element around him and his flirtatious ways, she sat in the armchair across from the couch. His request to sit next to him ignored since she couldn’t trust herself to not jump on his lap. Her lack of self-control surprised her. She allowed her eyes to roam his handsome face to his bare chest, each time she jerked them back up to meet his stare, they’d meander back down to those well-defined muscles.

An unfamiliar quiet filled the living room, where laughter and banter normally flooded the space. “Is anyone else home?”

“No.” He leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees. The heat in his gaze grew as he made his interest in her clearer. “We have the place to ourselves. What did you have in mind?”

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 18 - Welcome Pamela Tyner

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Pamela Tyner, who is my wonderful editor over at Lyrical Press.

My name is Pamela Tyner. I’m the managing editor for Lyrical Press, and I have the pleasure of having Antonia on my author roster. I’ve worked with her on all three books in the Tales of the Rikashi series. It’s one of my favorite series, and I’m very much looking forward to the remaining books.

When Antonia approached me about doing this blog post, I did an informal poll to see what others thought I should blog about. Overwhelmingly, people wanted to hear about what I look for in a submission, so here goes:

Number one, and mostly importantly, I want an engaging story. I want to be pulled into the story within the first chapter. Some ways to increase your chances of doing that: don’t start with backstory (this is one of the most common mistakes I see), and give me well-defined characters who are likeable. Please note that 'likeable' does not equal perfect. I do not want perfect characters, but I have to like them enough to care about what happens to them.

Have a basic grasp of grammar and punctuation. It’s an essential skill for an author, so take the time to study and learn it. With that said, I’m not looking for perfection, but I do expect a basic knowledge.

Get a grasp on point-on-view. One point-of-view per scene. And please don’t think you can get around that by doing a scene break every four or five paragraphs :)

And those three hints will get you past stage one ;)

If you’re wondering what I personally am looking for in the way of submissions…I’m currently interested in paranormal romance (with a rating of sensual or higher), erotic romance, and bdsm. If you’ve got anything for me, I’d love to read it. Send it to: Pamela@lyricalpress.com Be sure to include a synopsis.

Thanks, Antonia, for having me here today!

And for anyone who has not yet read a Tales of the Rikashi book...go read one! They're incredible!

New Year's Bash Day 17 - Welcome Rebecca Rose


Today's guest is Rebecca Rose!

A Pickily Muse

Writing was not something that I stumbled upon unexpectedly. It was more of a slow realization that I was destined to do something more, something that would make a difference in my life and my family’s lives.

My first novel, Divine Turmoil, was released in 2009. As with all writers, it was a labor of love. However unbeknownst to me and seeing it was my first time in the real editing process, I soon discovered a love/hate relationship with not only my book and characters but also my working process. Soon hesitation, second guessing, and procrastination began to take over. While I finished all my edits on time, other characters and stories went on to the back burner of Microsoft Word. A dark and quiet place where they were left on their own to sort out the abandonment I thrust upon them.

In August 2009 I finished editing my debut release, wrote the entire second novel in the series, and by the end of September had the third completed and all edited. What did I learn? As a novice book writer I in no way had the experience or know-how to take on such a project without consequence. This kind of writer’s punishment is a learned skill and one that will take years to prefect. (I’m in awe at those authors whom can take on such a feet.) My characters in those two other novels weren’t flat or disinteresting, but what did happen is I lost all focus by the final novel to where the main characters screamed and demanded to be the focal point once again.
My muse was tired and her need to feed on something other than my own typed word became a must. It was a few weeks before I could open up those files again. The only thing that thrust me back into writing and editing heaven, (if there is one) was the power of someone else’s voice. I needed to start reading again. I had lost this key element when my muse went into overdrive and then burnt her way out of it. She developed laryngitis, and without her power of speech my voice became mute. I nursed her over those few weeks, not really knowing what it would take to make her better. In desperation, I picked up one of the novels that had me first thinking, “I could be a writer. I already have all the voices in my head.” LOL Don’t we all? Anyway, Nora Roberts pulled me into a reading frenzy and soon my muse, better known at Betsy, began to talk and joke again. I knew she was better when the voices from Word woke me while I slept. They called until I opened their documents and fixed the wrongs I had created in their lives.

Now everything isn’t all hunky-dory. I still have quite a bit of this mess to fix. My characters are as demanding as spoiled children who’ve been ignored for too long. Nevertheless, we are getting to a place where both parties are happy and heading toward our goals for 2010. My lesson learned that I share with you today is one I’ll remember for as long as the Gods shine down upon my new career and then some; be true to your work and your self. Don’t rush what isn’t in need of rushing. While I focused on one goal, to have my whole series completed by November 2009, I lost track of the fact someone will care about these characters, someone will want to read more because they will feel compelled to as much as I am to write about them. (At least this is my goal as a writer)

Reading is important. I’ve heard so many other authors speak this. However in my hurry I didn’t remember to listen. Next time, I hope Betsy will hit me upside the head with a book before she goes silent.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 16 - Welcome Angel Martinez


As we motor into the second half of the New Year's Bash, I'd like to welcome Angel Martinez!


Finn’s sulking in the corner today…pardon? Oh, he says he’s not sulking, he’s merely deep in thought. We’ll let him get away with that little fiction today, since I’ve asked him to stop hogging the limelight for a few minutes so I can talk about the upcoming year for us.

Hmm? Yes, all of us, dear. Not just you and Diego. Now hush a moment, and I’ll get to you.

Hi, folks! I’m Angel Martinez, at least the part of me who writes erotic fiction. Had an exciting 2009 and look forward to an incredibly busy 2010 with releases galore and new work on the slab. My first release for the year, Aftermath, already happened, more than a month ahead of schedule! Lioness on the Knife, a collection of steamy short stories, releases March 11th. A little info on each:

Aftermath, Erotic Fiction, M/M Contemporary:

Victor and Cody have it all—a comfortable life, a lovely home and each other but their idyll is threatened when Cody is assaulted. At a loss, Vic is helpless to stop Cody's spiral into depression.

Worse still, just as he begins to show signs of improvement, he is betrayed by an old friend and brutally assaulted again.

Is their love strong enough to survive the aftermath?


Lioness on the Knife: Erotic Fiction, Anthology

Eight stories, eight strong-willed heroines and the men who love them and learn to deal with them, willing or not.

- Aphrodite decides her affair with the self-centered Ares is a mistake. When she fights to save her marriage, she finds there's more to her reclusive husband, Hephaestus, than she thought.
- Zilar, fostered by Amazons, is given in marriage to General Azeria. Intimidated by her and drawn to her, Zilar must learn to please her without angering her other spouses.
- Selena has a degenerative blood disorder the doctors can't diagnose. Alex has some tough decisions to make when he realizes the true nature of her condition.
- Naïve, sweet Cedric's determined to rescue the princess anyway. Too bad she has other ideas.
And more—


Finn, dang it, stop poking at me! Yes, yes…and Finn (M/M Urban Fantasy), of course, our intrepid pooka, who had his first release last summer. Come see where it all began, on a cold day on the Brooklyn Bridge where Finn’s stopped traffic. The story continues with Finn’s Christmas, a holiday short story which serves as the bridge between Finn’s debut novel and the sequel, currently titled Diego.

What now, dear? All right, I’m sorry I yelled at you. (Pookas can be so sensitive.) Oh, yes, thank you, I didn’t forget. Finn wants me to remind everyone that my other persona who writes mainstream Science Fiction, Sandra Stixrude, also has releases coming up this year, the first books in the Anchorage series.

Marya – (Anchorage #1) releases 3/4/2010

Know he will succeed when all others fail you…so reads the fateful letter of introduction which heralds the beginning of Marya's desperate journey.

When the Ktar chooses Marya to watch over the heir on his confirmation journey, she has no illusions about a pleasant trip. A prophecy concerning the heir's death, ominous dreams of a mysterious city, and the certainty one of the heir's companions will betray him all weigh heavily on her.

Unfortunately, the discovery of the assassin in their midst is only the beginning. His menace pales in comparison to the ancient evil lurking in the mountain city. When Marya and her party are trapped and the men with her enslaved, she is forced into a battle of wills and hearts with two remaining choices: give in to the alien being who offers her power and prestige, or join forces with the same handsome assassin she sought to thwart. Lives are at stake and so are her heart and her honor - how can she choose?

Romenel: Voyage into Twilight – (Anchorage #2) releases 4/22/2010

Something is hunting mercenary commander Romenel Devar, a monster disguised as friends and loved ones, so he can't even describe it. He knows it's slowly killing him, though, and he desperately needs help.

Marya and Roke have retired to their house on the steppes, their lives finally peaceful and uneventful. When Romenel collapses on their front doorstep, Marya reminds her husband that no one retires from being a hero.

Their journey takes them to the other side of the world where hordes of monsters lurk and the rules of society have been turned on their heads. Romenel needs to understand both this strange new world and the hints from a distant, shared past to unravel the means to stop the monsters' deadly hunts.

Finn’s quite intrigued by these stories and wants me to read them to him, but he’ll have to wait for the final edits like everyone else. Hence the sulking. Since he’s been so helpful today, I’ve promised him ice cream. He adores Rocky Road. Naturally, it’s only polite to join him. Happy 2010, everyone!

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 15 - Welcome Ellie Moonwater



Today we have Ellie Moonwater. Ellie was unable to send me a blog post so I pulled together information from her Lyrical Press Page so I could still showcase her here today.

Bio - Hmmm, what can I say - ask me about one of my characters or their worlds and I've got plenty. Ask about me, and everything dries up. I write pretty much anything. Show me a form I haven't tried and it's like Christmas as I try to work it out - actually, I never work it out because I tend to get lost in the story so writing is always like Christmas for me. At the moment I write romance - it's fun, and you meet the nicest people. Playing with the paranormal, fantasy and science fiction genres is what I do best, but the occasional contemporary tale creeps in, too - and then there are the mainstream novels.

Personal stuff? Well I live in Australia, and write under two pen-names. Angel is more of a lady, with a streak of darkness running right to the core, and Ellie likes to explore the hotter climes of romance. When the two of them collaborate, life gets interesting - even if they go off to their separate corners to write.

Blurb for A Gargoyle for the Hotel Gothica:

Buyer beware!

Buying a gargoyle statue from a Scottish castle comes with a curious history…or so Claire discovers after she saves a tourist from a winged attacker.

A gift from the fae is a double-edged boon…or so Duncan McGregor discovers after a series of events felled his house.

When a four hundred year old Scot comes to claim the gargoyle for himself, Claire must decide whether the statue is worth the tourists its unsavory history brings.



Blurb for Hunters of the Nile :

Every era has its hunters...and its prey.

Callie never thought her life could get any weirder or more frightening than when she's kidnapped and thrust the role of fox in a deadly hound hunt. A subsequent fall tumbles her through time and into the arms of an Egyptian warrior.

At first convinced she's landed among re-enactors, Callie discovers some things are exactly what they seem. A captive, Callie finds out reality holds passion, romance and more surprises than she ever imagined.

You can find Ellie's works at Lyrical Press, Inc

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 14 - Welcome Cat Grant


Today's guest is Cat Grant! Welcome to the blog Cat.


1. Tell us a little about yourself. Do you have a "day job?"


I live in Monterey, California with my cat and entirely too many books. Right now my "day job" is writing. Hopefully I can make that permanent.


2. What made you want to become a writer and how long have you been writing?

I've always loved telling stories. I've been scribbling them down, off and on, since grammar school. Being a published author is the only job I've ever wanted.


3. What is your favorite genre to write?


Romance, definitely. With an emphasis on menage and/or male/male. I tried my hand at sci-fi and fantasy awhile back, but discovered that just because I enjoy reading that genre doesn't mean I'd be any good at writing it. My strength lies in writing relationship stories.


4. Do you have any particular writing rituals? Any snacks you must have while writing?


Oh, I usually try to avoid writing for as long as possible! Then, when the characters start knocking on the inside of my skull begging to get out, I sit down and start typing. I usually like a cup of hot green tea while I'm working.


5. What's up next for you in the writing world?


I just started a new m/m novella. This one's about a young violinist who has an affair with his teacher.

Cat's Website
Cat's Blog

You can get your copy of Cat's Triad at All Romance ebooks, Once Upon a Bookstore, and several others. Also check out her Lyrical Press Page for her other releases!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 13 - Welcome Peg Herring


Our New Year's Bash is just chugging along! Today we have Peg Herring. Welcome Peg!

As a writer, I feel like I’ve got one foot in the past and one in the future. I have a print mystery coming out this month called Her Highness’ First Murder*. And in March, my first e-book, a Vietnam era mystery called Go Home and Die,** will release with Red Rose Publishing. So which is better, print or electronic books?

While many say e-books are the wave of the future, others want a book to hold in their hands, turning pages the old-fashioned way. The publishing establishment in general rewards only print authors with reviews, awards, and recognition, but organizations like EPIC have arisen lately to recognize excellence in e-book publishing. It seems the writing is on the (computerized) wall. Quality work is now available in both venues.

I think voracious readers (like me) appreciate the speed and efficiency of e-books, which are generally cheaper, easily available, and portable. Only a few years ago, the biggest selling e-book sold 60 copies, but each year the numbers take huge jumps as e-books get easier, better, and more widely recognized. As the kinks work out and authors, agents, and publishers receive fair payment for their work, we should see more and more books released electronically.

On the other hand, nothing can beat the fun I get wandering through a bookstore, flickering over titles, thumbing through blurbs. As a reader, I like options, and as a writer, I love being published in both places. I’m just happy to have a fan say, “I loved your book!” no matter how it was delivered.

*Her Highness’ First Murder: Five Star Mysteries, January, 2010: Available at amazon.com
When headless corpses appear on London’s streets, young Elizabeth Tudor joins with crippled Simon Maldon to discover who is responsible. But they must be careful. If her father, Henry VIII, knew what she was up to, he’d be furious, and if the killer has his way, one, the other, or both of them will join the other victims.

**Go Home and Die, Red Rose Publishing, March 25, 2010. Prim Carrie Walsh has a vague feeling her life is not what a ’60s era woman’s should be, but meeting Jack Porter spices things up. When Jack’s partner in the Eagle Detective Agency is murdered, Carrie takes his place. But the killers are not done, and Jack brought home secrets from Vietnam - secrets that might cost Carrie her life. Available at Red Rose

Learn more about Peg and her work at her website!


Also a note from Franny:

I've picked numbers from a hat and the winner of either a copy of my eBook Small Packages-A Christmas Story OR a $5 gift certificate to www.redrosepublishing.com is...

DRUM ROLL PLEASE

CHRISTINE

Thank you everyone for your inspiring comments. Hope to see you again soon on another blog site or even my own...

Check out www.paranovelgirls.com for the latest details and contests!

Hugs Franny
(Christine, can you email me at franny@paranovelgirls.com so I can send you your prize choice?)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 12 - Welcome Franny Armstrong!


Today's guest is Franny Armstrong. Franny has a very inspirational story to tell us.

Thank you for this opportunity, Tir.

Many authors are asked the same questions: When did you begin writing? Who was your inspiration? What current projects are you working on? That’s just a few, but a good place to start.

When I was about ten years old, I used to create plays and charge the local kids a nickel just to come into the garage to see me act them out. LOL I’ve always been creative but never took writing to a serious level until seven years ago when I became ill, so ill in fact that I couldn’t leave my home to work without becoming even more sick.

I have a chemical brain injury (called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS) that causes my body to react violently to simple things like fragrances, body products, cleaning products, gas fumes and much more. Since leaving the safety of my chemical–free home wasn’t possible, I became addicted to the Internet and to reading, however this wasn’t always possible due to the ‘mushy–brain–fog’ I suffered which made it difficult to concentrate.

At the same time I was diagnosed with MCS, I was also told I had BiPolar II Disorder. Though the doctor assured me I wasn’t ‘nuts’, I was devastated, feeling like I’d just been given a death sentence since neither of the two illnesses had a cure. For years I could barely speak a sentence or remember a simple word. I want tea’, though only three words, was difficult to say. I also slept up to twenty hours a day!

After losing so much time, I decided to do something with my life because I refused to allow illness to beat me! My motto became, ‘NEVER SURRENDER! NEVER GIVE UP!’ and believe me, it worked. To date I have become a published author, my first book ‘SMALL PACKAGES-A CHRISTMAS STORY’ released from Red Rose Publishing in December and what a feeling that was! I’d finally climbed past the limits of illness and accomplished what I’d never thought possible until now.

Two more releases come out in March: EXTRASENSORY ELEMENTS SERIES BOOK 1-AUTHOR’S DEMISE (first in ten) and TROPICAL BALM. Though I’ve yet to see a nickel, I’ve finally found a career that not only gives me a sense of pride and joy, but that has helped me climb from the pits of despair into a world of light! Writing has saved my life, literally!

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Monday, January 11, 2010

New Years Bash Day 11 - Welcome Sandra Sookoo


So today's guest is the wonderful Sandra Sookoo! She's always got a lot going on in her writing world so lets see what she's got up right now.

Hi, I’m glad to be back on Antonia’s blog. This time, I’m talking about my recently released paranormal book entitled The Art of Fang Shui.


Sandra: The great thing about writing this book was that, since it was my first foray into full-length paranormal,

**banging on the door**

Sandra: Just ignore it. They’ll go away eventually. Probably some Girl Scout or something. Anyway, I loved the freedom it brought in creating a world and populating that world with pretty much whatever I felt like throwing in.

And I…

**insistent banging now**

Sandra: Sorry, apparently the moron assaulting the door is going to bash it down if I don’t answer.

**opens the door**

Sandra: Oh look, folks, it’s Edwin Mason and Hannah Weybourne, the couple whom The Art of Fang Shui revolves around. You two might as well come in and get comfy. At least then you’ll stop committing crimes against real estate. I don’t think Antonia would be pleased if you messed the place up.

Hannah: That would be Edwin’s fault. He has no patience and doesn’t like to be kept waiting.

**she runs her hands through short, spiky red hair. Petite and curvy, don’t get her mad or she’ll chew you out**

Edwin: I merely assumed that my knock would be answered in a timely manner.

**he wears a fierce frown and his long, dark hair is tied at his nape like a Revolutionary war hero. He’s the tall, dark and sexy type**

Me: **rolling my eyes as the pair seats themselves on a sofa** What do you guys want? Shouldn’t you be out trying to save the world from some oversexed forest witch or an obnoxious demon lord? I mean there have been rumors…

Edwin: People will always talk, Ms. Sookoo. You should not believe everything you hear.

**snorting**
Hannah: Oh please! Don’t listen to him. He’s too modest for his own good.

**she gives him a good-natured shove on the shoulder**

Edwin: I was simply stating the facts.

Hannah: We’re in-route to Indianapolis. We’ve gotten a good lead on where to find Andre and hopefully take him down.

Sandra: I see. Sounds like a war is imminent. From the looks of your muddy, stained clothing, it would seem you’ve been camping

Hannah: Ugh! If it weren’t for the fact that Edwin kidnapped me and dragged me into some stupid forest—

Edwin: **interrupting** Except for the goblin you attracted. I would remind you, once again, that I did not kidnap you. You came willingly.

Hannah: Willingly is a relative term. You pretty much told me I had no choice and that you needed my Enhancer powers to save the world.

Edwin: This is the truth. You are one of an extremely tiny minority with such energies. You are obligated to help.

Hannah: Don’t remind me. Because of Mr. Cranky Pants here, I’d be safe at home, tucked away in my bed—

Edwin: Not a bad suggestion. You, in bed with something sexy on…

**heated, intense looks are exchanged between the two**

Sandra: Settle down, kids. You’re liable to burn a hole through computer screens everywhere. What’s an Enhancer?

Hannah: **sighs**Edwin explained to me it’s like a supplemental power pack to someone who already has mind powers. Apparently, I’m in high demand by him and the criminal element in the paranormal world.

Edwin: It is extremely annoying that she has an elementary grasp on her powers. More often than not, she creates havoc around her which I have to rescue her from.

Hannah: I do not! Some of those episodes were your own fault. Remember the goat man?

Edwin: I choose to never think of the goat man, thank you.
Hannah: Besides, you like rescuing me because there’s always a reward.

Edwin: Speaking of which—

Sandra: **interrupting** So it’s safe to say that over the course of your travels you’ve encountered a good faction of paranormal life? That must be fascinating.

Hannah: **an indignant snort**Fascinating? I doubt it. Living day after day in a forest with these freaks is stressful, especially if your travelling companion is too anal for his own good. I mean, hello, he won’t unbend enough to allow me to call him a nickname.

Edwin: I would caution you once more that Snookums is not a pleasant moniker any man wishes to be known by.

Sandra: Actually, I’d have to agree with Edwin on this point.

Hannah: **green eyes flash in a glare** You’d better watch it, author lady. He may be a flawed half-vamp but he’s mine.

Edwin: **a grin lifts his well-shaped lips** I appreciate the defense, Hannah. As you can see, Ms. Sookoo, Hannah fits in with the Prophecy quite nicely.

Sandra: Wait, there’s a Prophecy, too? Can you tell me about that?

Hannah: What did I just tell you? **she stands and yanks Edwin to his feet* Since the woman obviously can’t keep her eyes to herself, we’re leaving.

Edwin: **rolls sparkling blue eyes**You will need to excuse Hannah. She is extremely jealous of any woman I talk to, although I will say, the feeling is mutual, especially when she shows an unhealthy interest in that poor excuse of a blond werewolf…

Hannah: Do you see what you did? Now he’s all hot and bothered and it will take me a good half hour of kisses and reassurances to calm him down. Like I’ve got time for that while we’re supposed to be saving the world.

Sandra: Oookay. Thanks for dropping by. Good luck with that whole demon lord thing.

Edwin: You are most welcome, Ms. Sookoo. I regret we have no time for a proper conversation. My Hannah is under the false assumption I am interested in any woman beside her, even though I show her on every occasion how sexy I think she is.

Sandra: I’ll take your word for it.

**the two finally leave, bickering back and forth**

Sandra: Well, there you go, folks. If you’d like to know exactly how Hannah and Edwin came together and into this mess, and if they’ll live to tell anyone else about it, I invite you to pick up a copy of The Art of Fang Shui. It’s a long story and best told in book form.

Here’s the blurb: Hannah doesn’t believe in things that go bump in the night – until they start accumulating on her doorstep. A Power Enchancer, her gift jumps to the forefront of her life, and she has no choice but to take notice when dishy, arrogant Edwin attempts to kidnap her as part of a covert mission to save the Eight Realms.

Edwin is a half-vamp, intent on collecting the bounty on errant paranormal beings. His best-laid plans go awry when he meets stubborn Hannah. He needs her energies in order to vanquish the power-hungry Demon Lord, Andre who’s bent on destroying the world. He’s thrown off guard as she bewitches him with her sarcastic nature as well as her tempting curves.

Together the unlikely duo finds themselves flung into a sticky web of supernatural foes and dark deceit in their quest to protect the world’s magic. If they’re lucky, love will meet them on the other side.

The good folks at Eirelander Publishing can be reached here

Or please drop by my website for more information on this and all my other books

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 10 - Welcome Yvonne Walus/Eve Summers




Today we have an author with two sides. What do I mean by that? Read on to find out!


Murder Cool, Romance Yuk?

Meet two faces of one writer: Yvonne and Eve. Which one is day, which one is night? Which one is the sun, which the moon? You decide.

Yvonne Walus is a murder mystery writer, a poet, a project manager, a wife and a mother. She has 20 books published worldwide, with more to come. One of her novellas explores teenagers' safety on the Internet, the effectiveness of current laws and how ethical it is to spy on your children's online activities (“Witch Hunts on the Internet”, Echelon Press 2008). Another examines the world as it might be in 200 years’ time and what Hanukkah celebrations might look like in that context (“The Hanukkah Time Capsule”, Echelon Press 2009). Mostly, though, Yvonne is a murder mystery author, famous for her “Murder @ ...” series set in the apartheid South Africa of last century.
 
Eve Summers, on the other hand, writes hot romance (the line between erotic and pornographic is Durex-thin, so she has to dread carefully). Her debut multicultural romance, "A Slave of My Own Desire” was released in October 2008 by Red Rose Publishing, and it’s been followed by 5 more to date, most recent being “Like a Virgin” released in December 2009. The books are in electronic format for now, and selling well. The author is hoping they will come out in print soon, even though it’s a well-known phenomenon that romances often sell better as e-books. “I love the feel of a paper book in my hands,” says Eve Summers.
 
How difficult was it to switch to a new genre? Yvonne / Eve explains: "Murder mysteries are chiefly a puzzle for the readers to solve. They are plot-driven, and the endgame has to bring justice to the baddies. Romance books are about emotions and the characters. What readers want from romance novels is hope. They like escaping into a world where love can be happy and last forever. Particularly in the current economic climate, a lot of readers turn to romances to sweeten their everyday lives with a happy ending.”

So much for the differences. What about the similarities? “Ok, my fellow novelists are going to be very cross with me,” says Yvonne / Eve, “but both murder mysteries and romances follow a formulaic structure. In a murder mystery, someone gets killed and you have to find out who, while dodging bullets and red herrings. In a romance book, the hero and the heroine have to overcome obstacles or misunderstandings to end up together. So that helps you lay down the skeleton of the book even before you start writing. I also tend to use the same props in both genres: strong confident heroines, family secrets, topical issues, moral dilemmas."

As Yvonne’s six-year old puts it:

“Mom, what are your books basically about?”

“Some are about a murder, and you have to find out who did it...”

“Cool!”

“Others are about people falling in love...”

“That’s so yuk, mom!”

There you have it: murder is in, marriage is lame. Out of the mouths of babes!

You can find Yvonne on http://yewalus.kiwiwebhost.net.nz/ and Eve on http://yewalus.kiwiwebhost.net.nz/Eve-Summers.htm.
 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Year's Bash Day 9 - Welcome Mark Terence Chapman


Today we have Mark Terence Chapman visiting with us!

Hi, everyone! My latest science fiction novel, Sunrise Destiny, is a 2010 EPIC Awards finalist. (Winners to be announced in March). So far, it's received nothing but "5-star" reviews, from You Gotta Read Reviews, Coffee Time Romance, and Dark Divas Reviews.


To give you a taste of Destiny, here are the book blurb and a short excerpt:

Blurb:

When private detective Donatello Sunrise is coerced into finding a Mob boss’s daughter, he stumbles onto a much bigger case. Dozens of women, all young, all petite, have disappeared in recent weeks. Mysterious and conflicting clues seem to point to a government conspiracy, a mad scientist bent on global domination, or abduction by bloodthirsty vampires. Nothing makes sense. Before he knows it, Sunrise and his hooker friend Lola find themselves running for their lives. The Mob wants them dead, the cops want them for serial murders—even the kidnappers are after them.



The trail leads them to telepathic aliens, an adventure that spans the stars and leaves the fate of Earth in doubt, and ultimately a resolution that has implications for human evolution. With the fate of two worlds intertwined, Sunrise and Lola must somehow help the good guys defeat the evil ones.



The trick is telling one from the other.

Excerpt:

PROLOGUE

A dark figure emerged from the cool water of the bay. It was a cloudless night, warm, muggy, and black as pitch. A moment later a second figure followed the first. Water sheeted from the pair, hardly seeming to register their presence. They crept up the rocky shore, past a grassy strip to the street beyond.

The intruders chose this spot for two reasons: the burned-out streetlight made this stretch of road nearly as dark as the bay, and from observation they knew their intended victim always walked past this spot on her way to the bus stop a block away.

The duo hunkered behind an abandoned car. There was no traffic to worry about. There never was at this time of night—not on this street of warehouses and dockyards. Their wait would be short. She passed this spot at nearly the same time each night, and that time was only moments away.

They tensed at the sound of leather scuffing the pavement nearby. Seconds later, a bright flare, quickly extinguished, marked the match she used to light a cigarette. Only yards now until she was within reach, only seconds to go. The glow from the cigarette tip might as well have been a neon sign blaring, “Here I am! Take me!” Two more paces. One.

They pounced. She fell.

It was over before she had time to register their presence. One gripped her legs, the other her arms, as they struggled to carry her across the sand and back to the bay. They laid her out in shallow water near the shore. A ripple made her arm bob as if in benediction. Then a dark hand touched her face, almost seeming to caress it, leaving a momentary scintillation in its wake.

Each figure took an arm as they pulled her out into the bay, looking for all the world like two tugs towing a barge. Twenty yards out, they submerged, dragging her with them to the inky depths below.



CHAPTER 1

June 14th began like most days, with me sitting in the corner booth of Carl’s Diner drinking the swill that passes for coffee. I scanned the day’s flimsy. No, I’m not an ambulance-chaser, but I have been known to find clients in the headlines.

My name’s Donatello Sunrise and I’m a private detective. Not the uptown, shake-hands-with-the-mayor, attend-charity-events, high-class P.I. type, but the fast-talking, gin-swilling, skirt-chasing, pound-the-pavement, work-for-a-living gumshoe kind. If you need compromising holos of your cheating spouse, or you’re being blackmailed by the sleaze next door, I’m your man. It’s not glamorous, but it’s a job that needs doing, and I’m damned good at it.

Maybe someone’s daughter is missing and the cops--big surprise--are clueless. And maybe I call and offer to help find daddy’s little girl--for a nominal fee, of course. Hey, I’m not proud of it, but it’s a living, and sometimes I actually find the kid. So it’s a win-win.

On this particular Tuesday, nothing jumped out at me as the 48-point headlines crawled across the flimsy. The mayor was stumping for re-election--so what else was new? The electronic ink on the plastic flimsy swirled and reformed to reflect the latest news. A woman had disappeared near a bus stop by the bay. Foul play was suspected. Same old same-old. I rolled up the flimsy and stuck it in my jacket pocket.

Then I finished my third cup of coffee and tossed some bills on the table for Marge. I started to get up to leave, when a cloud blocked the bright sunlight streaming in through the window across the aisle. Except it wasn’t a cloud.

A ham hock of a hand slammed me back down into my seat and held me there by my shoulder. I looked up. . .and up. . .and up at an Everest of a man. He sneered the way a bully does when he’s about to pound a kid into the playground dirt. Across the table from me, a dapper and much less imposing man slid onto the bench seat.

“Long time no see, Sunrise.” His sneer matched that of the other goon. This didn’t look to be a social meeting.

“Not long enough, Weasel.”

“Always with the wisecracks, eh, Sunrise? And it’s Weisel. You’ll do well to remember that. My friend here,” he nodded at the man-mountain, “don’t take kindly to punks that insult me. Do ya, Tiny?”

The ham hock turned into a vise; steel fingers dug deep into my shoulder blade. I had to grit my teeth to keep from crying out. Weasel nodded sharply and the pressure ceased. Maybe Weasel didn’t like the nickname, but his hatchet face and beady eyes invited the comparison.

“Tough guy, eh, Sunrise?”

I fixed him with an acid glare and thought of all the things I’d like to do to the little rodent. He was the brains of the duo, which wasn’t saying much.

“Run outta wisecracks? That’s okay, you can think up some more on the way.” He nodded to Tiny, who yanked me out of the booth by my jacket collar.

“On the way? To where?” I had a pretty good idea.

“To see the boss. He wants to have a chat.”

That’s what I was afraid of.



You can find out more about Sunrise Destiny and my other novels and short stories at my website. Sunrise Destiny is available from Amazon.com, Fictionwise.com, Red Rose Publishing, and many other venues.


Mark.