Q & A with Nicola Cameron

An author with a pen name! Welcome a returning author who wants to talk about her alter-ego 🙂

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Melanie FletcherWhat would your bio say?

Nicola Cameron is a married woman of a certain age who really likes writing about sex. When not writing about sex, she likes to knit. Well, it’s true!

Okay, okay, the full version: Nicola Cameron has had a healthy interest in sex since puberty, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to write about it. Turns out that the skills picked up during her SF writing career transfer rather nicely to erotic romance and erotica — who knew? She currently has a Romance on the Go(TM) story called “A Boon by Moonlight” out with Evernight Publishing, and her debut novel Storm Season (Book One in the Olympic Cove series) was released in April.

When did you start writing and why?

When I was a kid — my sister and my father were both great verbal storytellers, very witty and funny. I didn’t inherit the verbal facility, but I did love telling stories, and writing them down just grew naturally from that. I didn’t plan on becoming a professional writer — I was going to be a neurosurgeon. But flunking Organic Chem in college plus an epiphany in the hair care aisle at Walgreen’s got my frame of mind back onto the right track, and here I am.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

I don’t have kids, but I do have four cats who insist on being fed and watered first thing in the morning before I do anything else. They also like sitting on the arms of the chair and acting as furry armrests while I write. On warm days, this can get to be a bit overwhelming. My husband is incredibly supportive of my career, and I know I’m truly blessed with him.

Who is your favorite author and why?

All time favorite is Sir Terry Pratchett, because he’s effortlessly funny and then can turn on a dime and talk about serious topics. I would happily buy and read his shopping lists just for the footnotes.

 What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I want to entertain people. I’m not in this to write the Great American Novel — I just want to write stuff that will keep people engrossed for a couple of hours. If it makes them think a little, even better. Also, I’d like to earn enough where the Bodacious Brit can retire and I can support him in the manner to which he’ll quickly become accustomed. I’m giving that way.

 Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

They both have pluses and minuses. My first short story collection, I self-pubbed because I knew how to produce a professional ebook and how to promote it. That being said, I’m very happy with Evernight Publishing because they’re a class act and have been extremely good to me. If you have a publishing house that is willing to invest time and effort in promoting you, that’s a godsend. I think it really depends on what you’re writing and what the market looks like at the time.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

Been a professional writer since 1995, mainly wrote short SF and urban fantasy as Melanie Fletcher until 2012, at which point I expanded my horizons and started writing paranormal erotic romance under the name Nicola Cameron. I like having a foot in both camps — if I want to write straight SF, I can write it as Melanie. If I want to write something steamier (and I do), I can write it as Nicola. I have no problem with people knowing I’m Melanie/Nicola — the names are just to keep the genres separate.

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Tell us about your book (s)

Here’s the blurb for Storm Season: Ian West had his summer all planned out — go down to Florida, stay in his family’s beach cottage on Olympic Cove, and work on his science fiction novel. But his plans get thrown for a loop when gorgeous twin sea gods Bythos and Aphros show up in the cove and inform him he’s their fated consort. As if that wasn’t enough, something in the Gulf of Mexico is turning mermaids into legendary monsters and gods into demons. Now, Ian not only has to navigate the complicated waters of a ménage relationship with twin sea gods, he also has to stop an insane deity and save the whole damn planet. No pressure.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

I’ve always been interested in Greek mythology, and some of the latest ecological disasters (global warming, the BP oil spill, hurricanes, etc.) made me wonder what they would think about what humans are doing to the planet, and how they might try to alleviate the worst of our screwups. Storm Season and the Olympic Cove series grew out of that — yeah, it’s got a lot of hot sex in it, but there’s also a very strong subplot about ecological responsibility and what we owe our planet.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

Ian is an everyman, a guy who lost his wife and is trying to write his first SF novel as a tribute to her. Suddenly, these two gorgeous sea gods show up in his cove, seduce him, and throw him into a paranormal maelstrom that will affect the survival of humanity. He’s confused, overwhelmed, and almost dies at one point, but he still manages to step up to the plate in the end and deal with the Big Bad. I love Ian because he has tremendous heart — he’s brave as hell, incredibly loyal, very tenacious, and isn’t afraid to defend the people he loves even though they sometimes drive him up the wall.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

A lot of Florence + The Machine’s “Ceremonials” was used in the making of this book, as well as the BBC Sherlock soundtracks.

Q & A with Danielle Taylor

 

 

 

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What would your bio say?

When it comes to talking about myself, I’m impossibly shy. One thing I will admit to is being an open minded person. I believe that people everywhere deserve to be happy, healthy, and free (unless you’re a crazy murderer or something…). I’d like to make it clear that, although my opinions are my own, I won’t tolerate hate of any kind.

 When did you start writing and why?

I began as a child and my love for the craft grew from there.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

I don’t think it does – I’ve got a pen and a notebook that I carry round with me. If inspiration strikes, I jot my idea down or even a few paragraphs, and type them out later.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Ohhhh only one? Okay, J.R.R. Tolkien. Why? Have you READ The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings?

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

At the very least, I hope to give someone a few hours of enjoyment. Mostly, I’d like to help shape the way people see the world around them – as a whole, rather than fractured pieces.

 Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

For my adult works, self-publishing. They’re novellas and I didn’t feel they were long enough for traditional. My young adult stuff, I’ve been signed by REUTS under the pseudonym Ellie Carstens.

Tell us about your book (s)

Captive at Christmas (Book I in the Captive Hearts Series)

It doesn’t need to be Christmas to read this steamy novella…

When her life seems to be falling to pieces, Hannah Magnus decides to spend Christmas away from her Vancouver home. She crosses ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????the border into Washington State and locates the idyllic cabin that will serve as her home for the next two weeks.

Mackenzie Dunlop is a man of action and reaction. A creation of his past and his profession. When he travels to the cabin he’ll be in until the repairs on his house are complete, there’s a surprise waiting…and Mac loathes surprises.

Thrown together in the least likely of circumstances, Mac and Hannah find solace in each other after a harrowing event. But once they leave, will they be able to get on with their lives apart?
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Intimate Strangers (Book II – Captive Hearts Series) 

With evil lurking on every corner, can two veritable strangers survive on love alone?

Chelsea Reid shares one sinful night with a delicious stranger and she winds up pregnant. Disowned by her parents and forced to leave university, she accepts an offer from her boss, Hannah Magnus-Dunlop, to stay with her and her family.

Christiaan ‘Tiaan’ Carstens had everything going for him. In the blink of an eye, he lost it all, including most of his mind, tortured in an American run facility, tortured because he didn’t die when a rogue politician wanted him to. His former colleague Mackenzie Dunlop extended an open invitation to come back and visit him in Vancouver. The very last thing Tiaan expects to see up north is sweet Chelsea – and his infant son.

The memories of that one magical night they spent together acting as the glue that holds him together, Tiaan attempts to string the rest of the pieces of his life into some form of semblance, while trying to figure out if Chelsea even wants him in her life.
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Falling for You (free serial novella available on Goodreads and my blog)

Julia Beals can’t remember a day in her life when she didn’t have to work. So the ad in the paper sounded perfect to her – even if she did have to marry a complete stranger.

Nicholas Steele isn’t used to being around people since the accident that disfigured him. Having a permanent house guest isn’t his idea of fun, however, the press would have a field day if they found he and his new wife weren’t residing together.

On paper, their ‘fake’ marriage fits both their needs. In reality, every moment Nicholas and Julia spend together brings them closer to falling for each other.
What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
The Captive Hearts Series contains military personnel, people who have been through hell and back to protect and serve the countries they love – or at least, used to. I delve deep into the psyche of a traumatized soldier who’s been through more than he needed to and because of what he’s done, feels undeserving of love. I try to give people the perspectives of both the man who thinks he’s ruined and the woman who wants to love him and have his love in return.

I had a friend who felt this way (he was in the SAS) and unfortunately, he passed before I could convince him that he was wrong. These stories are sort of my way of attempting to let others know the same thing. Everyone who wants love should go after it.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

In Captive at Christmas, many people (mostly men lol) don’t like Mac. I think you should love him because, despite what he’s done, what he did for his government, he’s loyal, deeply caring (even if he doesn’t show it), and stronger than he gives himself credit for.

I think most people will fall in love with Hannah straight away. She’s got so much love to give and she genuinely cares about people.

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Thanks so much Danielle for spending some time with us! You can follow her on her blog and find her books on Amazon!

Q & A with Ashley Torbeck

This week we have the lovely but completely insane professional daydreamer Ashley Torbeck! Please give her a warm welcome!

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Me 2What would your bio say?

Well, I have a couple of bios up, between my Amazon page, my website, my Facebook page, and a few others. But one of the more prominent facts is that I’m completely insane, and I embrace that insanity. Lol! Basically I’m an avid reader and writer, sarcasm specialist, professional daydreamer, and part-time mommy to three fur-babies.

When did you start writing and why?

I think I started writing in the womb…kidding, but I’ve always loved writing. From the moment I first learned to write my name I have loved the art of the written word. I wrote a few things in school, and of course I always did well in English classes, but my biggest fear was letting other people read my work. When I finally decided it was time to publish, I had to get over that fear quick, and now, I love hearing people critique my work. It doesn’t hurt my feelings for someone to tell me I did something wrong or part of the story needs improvement, because otherwise, I’ll never grow. Of course, I love the positive comments too!

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

My kids have fur, tails, and walk on all fours, so I guess it hasn’t affected my writing or habits too much. Except for when we first got our Husky pup, he was very demanding and I had to take him out to potty once an hour for several months to get him housebroken…that made writing a little difficult, to say the least. Oh, and every now and then I have to remember to feed them. Usually the cats paw at my face until I get off my butt and get them food, though.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Stephen King. I know, I know, not very insightful, this is someone everyone knows and a lot of people claim to want to be, but I don’t think I want to BE him, just meet him. Pick his brain. He teeters on a level of insanity I can only hope to one day achieve.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

Honestly, I write because I love it, and because I want to give people something to enjoy. I don’t expect to become rich and famous, I’m most likely not going to touch the lives of anyone, I’ll probably never make the headlines of a national or global newspaper, and I’ll never own a beach house in Malibu. Though it would be nice to be able to pay all the bills with writing, so my husband doesn’t have to DON Sanctuarywork quite so much and we can still live comfortably.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

I decided on self-publishing, not because I didn’t think my work was good enough for traditional publishers, but because I was far too impatient to stress over a query, send it off, wait 6-8 months, get a no, then repeat the process dozens more times. It’s not as common to get a yes from an agency or publisher right away, and in my short experience, it took far too long to be declined before I could pursue more options. So I decided on self-publishing, and I’m incredibly happy with it. That’s not to say that in the future, I won’t consider traditional publishing, because I probably will. But on the flip side, I’m so grateful to have gained the experience of being an indie author and joining the indie community, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.

Well, not much more to tell that I haven’t already babbled on about, really, lol! I had written my first book, Daughters of Night: Sanctuary, in around a year, and I waited a while before making the decision to publish it. After playing the waiting game and spending several weeks I finally got my first declination letter, and realized it was taking too long. A friend gave me some information on publishing via createspace.com and KDP, as well as a few ideas to help boost sales, and within 3 days of making the decision to self-publish, I was a published author. I’ve since published a second book, Daughters of Night: Possession, and am working on the third in the series, Daughters of Night: Tribulation.

Tell us about your book (s)

Daughters of Night is currently a 3 book series, following Carmen, your typical teenage girl, and Gaviyn, your atypically undead heartthrob. Gaviyn saves Carmen from another horrible death by changing her into a vampire. Suddenly, she’s thrown into this world of vampires that she never knew existed, and to make matters worse, she’s a witch. Now armed with witchcraft and vampire powers, she’s the most powerful creature on Earth. And in more danger than ever before. The series follows her as she is forced into impossible situations, bloody battles, and a nightmarish possession by a powerful demon, all while trying to protect those she loves. An interesting twist in Possession complicates matters as she’s forced to fight for the life of the only being now more powerful than her-her son. The third book is gruesome as Carmen races to save not only her son but her soul mate too, and this time, not everyone makes it out alive.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

Possession Front CoverSomeone wiser than I am once said you should write about what you know. Well, for me, that happens to be a wide variety of Young Adult Paranormal books. And some Stephen King, but I’ll take that challenge when I’ve honed my craft a bit more. I love reading Young Adult books, I love anything Paranormal, and it just made sense that I would write what I love.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

There are really two main characters, but Carmen is the one in the spotlight. Carmen is someone most girls can relate to at some point, she was an average girl who overnight became this stunning goddess-like woman with powers a lot of girls wouldn’t mind. Like the power of seduction, using sexuality and compulsion to force your will and make things go your way. Then as we follow her through the story, the reader feels the need to cheer her on, pulling for her to win the battles and save her family, and do it all while still having morals and self-respect. What’s not to love?

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

Haha, a soundtrack…well, I had a bit of a soundtrack for the characters in Possession. They each had their own theme song, in a way, a song that when I wrote the story from their perspective or when I wrote about them, it would make me feel like the character and put me in the mood that I would imagine them in. For the rest of the books, it’s more of a compilation of some of my favorite songs that stay on repeat and shuffle. I do have a few play lists that are for a specific mood or genre, like Rock Songs, “Breakup/Sad Songs,” “Feel-Good Music,” and others of the like.

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Thanks so much for joining us Ashley! You can follow her on website and her blog!

You can pick up a copy of her books at any one of these fine retailers!

CreateSpace:

Sanctuary: https://www.createspace.com/3977798

Possession:  https://www.createspace.com/4043609

 

Amazon:

Sanctuary US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009372F4K

Possession US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ASBZ0JM

Sanctuary UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009372F4K

Possession UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ASBZ0JM

 

Barnes & Noble (Nook):

Sanctuary: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daughters-of-night-mrs-ashley-a-torbeck/1112731954?ean=2940015122060&itm=1&usri=2940015122060

Possession: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daughters-of-night-ashley-torbeck/1114072401?ean=2940016246185&itm=1&usri=2940016246185

 

Blog Highlight: Tales of Topaz the Yellow Conjure Cat

This blog is a bit different this week as it is based on a series and its comings and goings—These cleverly woven and original tales of a magic cat, his pals and the magical land they live in will truly captivate anyone who loves mystical stories of high adventure. The reader is drawn into the amazing Kingdom of Knownotten and introduced to unforgettable characters. The classic fight of good vs. evil is waged in a world inhabited by Fairies, Elves, Gnomes, Wizards and talking animals. All of these creatures coexist in a complex and beautiful land of peril and wonder. The author has crafted a truly well-rounded and enchanting story, rich with suspense, humor and tenderness.

A bit about Ms. Frayne;

Pat Frayne, grandmother, writer, and retired registered nurse, lives in a small town in Northern Arizona with her husband, Ron and their adopted black lab, Charlie. The inspiration for the book, Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone and the character, Daisy, came from their nine year old granddaughter, Caitlin. Pat and Cait alike share a love for cats and all things fantasy.

You can follow her delightful blog here: http://www.talesoftopaz.com/

Q & A with Samantha Livingston

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samlWhat would your bio say?

Samantha Livingston is an indie author with an interest in many different genres including Westerns, Romance, Teen, and Animal lover’s books.

When did you start writing and why?

I have been writing since I was little because it was something I was good at and enjoyed doing. It took me to other worlds and I could decide what happened in these worlds.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

I am not yet a parent but someday when I am I suspect I will have to change my writing schedule to work around my parenting. The parenting will always come first. I’m sure the ideas will still be there though!

Who is your favorite author and why?

I don’t think I have a specific favorite author because I like so many different genres.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I hope that my writing will always keep the reader interested and cause them to feel many different emotions while reading it.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

I self publish mainly because it gives me the freedom to be me and write what I want. I have all the rights to my work and I do not have to work on a deadline. That is a freeing feeling.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

I wrote my first novel “A Matter of Loyalty, A Question of Forgiveness” a year ago and I knew I wanted to get it published. It was this past April, over a year later, that I discovered Lulu.com through a friend who also uses their services. I am already working on two more books and I could not be happier with Lulu.com! I am exactly where I wanted to be at this point in my life!samlbook

Tell us about your book (s)

As stated before, my book is a Western, Romance titled “A Matter of Loyalty, A Question of Forgiveness” and it is about a young woman named Katrina whose husband, Dave has gone away quiet often during their marriage of five years. She starts to believe he is an outlaw but there might just be more to the story than she realizes.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

I have always loved Westerns. My favorite show since I was about ten has been “Bonanza” so I knew I wanted to write a Western before anything else.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

All of the main characters have traits that can make you love them, some maybe more than others. Even when you think some are not very likeable, you realize you can’t help but love them.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

I tend to listen to music when I write a majority of the time. Sometimes I write in silence but most of the time I’m listening to Country Music, Rock Music, or sometimes even Disney songs.

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Thanks Samantha for joining us this week! You can follow her on Facebook and her blog! Her book is available on Lulu and Amazon!

COVER REVEAL: Vampiric Sex

Today marks the beginning of the Vampiric Sex Cover Reveal Tour! 

A message from the Author:
Hi everyone! Thanks so much to my fabulous Hosts who will be sharing and thank you so much to anyone else who would like to share the image & book info. I really appreciate everyone’s time and hope you like the cover.

Sarah Fae xx



Vampiric Sex
The Soldier’s Wife Episode #1
by Sarah Fae Graham

Expected Release: Second half of 2013
Rough Length: 30 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Design: Sarah Fae Graham
 
Book Description:

Vampiric Sex is episode (book) number one in The Soldier’s Wife series by Sarah Fae Graham. This series of shorts falls under the Erotica genre and is advised for adults only.Sonja and David are a young, married, human couple with a vampire fetish. David is a Soldier in the Army and works hard. Sonja is a housewife. The couple enjoy living an alternative lifestyle and often refer to their style as Gothic. They share a love of all things vampiric and of course, kinky sex.


Follow the couple throughout the episodes and see for yourself what goes on in their lives.In this episode, the Soldier’s wife, Sonja is punished for doing something without her husband’s permission. The thing is, she loves how he chooses to punish her.

Content Warning:

This series contains scenes of a very sexual and adult nature, including some bondage, slave and master role play, the use of adult toys and a number of orifices. If you are faint hearted, I might advise you to avoid this series. On the other hand, if you love kinky sex in a monogamous marriage all bundled up with some awesome vampire fangs and a fetish for all things vampiric, then this series could be for you!


Expected Release:

Sarah Fae is aiming to release the book in the remaining half of 2013.

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Author Bio:



Sarah Fae Graham

Sarah Fae is 24years old and lives with her husband, two dogs and three cats in an Army Garrison in North Yorkshire, England, UK.

She spends the majority of her time working under her alias of Fae Books to help promote other writers, authors, bloggers and anyone else in the bookish world who approaches Fae Books for some help.

She writes mainly in the erotica genre and Vampiric Sex is her debut short story. Her writing does tend to come forth place in her life as she puts helping others in the book world before her own writing.

She considers herself a complete geek, loves reading, writing, reprogramming and flashing phones & tablets, reading magazines like Fortean Times and occasionally chat magazines when she needs a little bit of time to switch off her concentration.

She relaxes by reading most of the time, she also likes to meditate and enjoys lying back with a fan on the go, imagining she’s in a beautiful house in a rain forest surrounded by waterfalls and fabulous scenery.

Her dream in life is, to first of all, remember to put the lottery on, then once she wins, she wants to buy a detached house in the countryside with her husband so she can have complete peace from the world with space for her dogs and cats to play outdoors.Sarah Fae suffers with ten illnesses/disabilities which do prevent her from having much of a “normal” life, so she looses herself in Fae Books and reading as her way of coping.

You can read a full About Me on her website here:
http://www.faebooks.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

 
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 Win an IOU ecopy of Vampiric Sex.
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Q & A with Lorrie Farrelly

What a treat this week! Please welcome 3 time Jeopardy! winner Lorrie Farrelly!

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What would your bio say?
Lorrie with treesA Navy brat and graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, LORRIE FARRELLY is proud to be a Fightin’ Banana Slug (well, we’re really lovers, not fighters). Following graduate school at Northwestern University, she began a career in education that included teaching art to 4th graders, drama to 8th graders, and finally, math to high school students. (If anybody loses asymptotes, she can probably find ’em…)
She’s a three-time winner on Jeopardy! (despite forgetting the chemical symbol for sulfuric acid … oh, wait – she never knew that in the first place). She has shepherded wide-eyed foreign exchange students along Hollywood Blvd. (“As many stars and lunatics as there are in the Heavens”), and happily curried and shoveled as a ranch hand at Disneyland’s Circle D Ranch. And always, she writes.
Lorrie has won a Presidential Commendation for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics. She’s been a Renaissance nominee for Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the Orange Rose Award in romantic fiction. She’s never won the lottery, except where her family is concerned. For her, they’re the ultimate prize.
When did you start writing and why?
I’ve written stories as long as I can remember. I wasn’t terribly interested in playing with dolls, except to write stories for them or play “school” with them. Still, I never seriously thought about writing a novel until a chance discovery compelled me to.
In an old box of papers and keepsakes I found a faded copy of an oath of allegiance to the United States signed by my Confederate great-great-grandfather at the end of the Civil War, as well as a parole pass allowing him to go home – if he swore never again to take up arms against the Union.
I needed to understand what would be in such a man’s heart – Defeat? Honor? Bitterness? Loss? What could have driven a good man to forsake his country and fight for a new one founded on terrible injustice? Could he ever find peace? Would he ever have a true home again?
The search for the answers to those questions became the heart of my first novel, the Orange Rose Award finalist TERMS OF SURRENDER. Its theme is the healing power of love in the confusing and bitter aftermath of the War Between the States.
If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
I believe I couldn’t write a novel that didn’t have kids and animals in it. I’ve loved both all my life, and while being a veterinarian didn’t turn out to be a practical choice for me (apparently they have to do more than pet kittens and ride horses all day), teaching did – and fortunately, I love it. I have three grown kids (Jenn, Alison, and Chris) and 3 grandkids (Christian, Connor, and Evie), who range in age from 6 months to 12 years. We all live either in the same house or very nearby. Oh, and between us there are 5 dogs, 6 cats, and a tank full of fish.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Narrowing this down to one is impossible for me, but I can mention some of my favorites:
Harper Lee – because MOCKINGBIRD is just about the most brilliant and moving book I’ve ever read.
Nora Roberts (especially as J.D. Robb) – Nobody writes better dialog, and she has a great sense of humor.
Stephen King – Because I love spooky stories and nobody tops him. In fact, one of my poor kids nearly perished in infancy because, after reading SALEM’S LOT at bedtime one night, I was too scared to go downstairs in the dark to get the baby’s bottle. (Fortunately, my stalwart husband manned up and braved the unseen horrors lurking on the stairs and in the kitchen, thus saving the baby from starvation!)
Robert B. Parker – For his wonderful characters, plots, and economy of writing. And he was also a genius at dialogue.
Elizabeth Lowell and Linda Howard – The two writers who introduced me to the best of romance: heart-pounding, pulse-racing, page-turning, incredibly satisfying literature.
And an author who was new to me a few months ago and is now among my favorites: Alex Cord – For his ability to put his heart and imagination on the page in a unique language that is at once honest, poetic, and straightforward. He has the soul of a cowboy and the imagination of a dreamer.
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
I hope people will experience the same excitement, joy, suspense, thrill, and  powerful emotion in reading my stories that I felt in writing them.
Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
Self-publishing, not only for its financial and independence benefits, but because I quickly grew disillusioned with editors who seemed interested only in the shallowest of formula writing. (One actually told me she didn’t “get” what the Civil War had to do with the West during the mid-to-late 1800s. Another editor wanted me to make a sociopathic character “nicer.” It’s not that I don’t appreciate constructive criticism, but – seriously?)
 Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing
 Well, it’s definitely been a learning curve! (And I’m still learning!) I think the hardest thing for an author to do is self-promote and self-publicize. By nature, most writers tend to live a good deal inside their heads. It’s been very, very helpful to talk with other writers, to have their advice and support. There are now so many opportunities through social media and other online sources to connect with other writers and with readers. And I plan by next year to start attending conventions and conferences.
Tell us about your book (s)
 I’m the author of six published novels. TERMS OF SURRENDER, a Civil War/Western historical romance, is the first of a trilogy of novels following the same family from the 1860s through the early 20th century. The succeeding books are TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT and TERMS OF TEMPTATION.  I’ve also written two contemporary romantic suspense novels – DANGEROUS and THE GUARDIAN’S ANGEL – and a romantic time-travel/alternate universe adventure, TIMELAPSE. All my books have at least a touch – and sometimes much more – of the paranormal. (Not werewolves, zombies, or vampires, but rather such things as time-travel, telepathy, and angels.)
What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
My favorite movies, TV shows, and books have always been either love stories, Westerns, or scifi/spooky stuff. I’ve probably seen every TWILIGHT ZONE episode about 20 times. (Heck, I can do the dialogue:  “TO SERVE MAN – it’s a cookbook!!!!!”)  And there’s nothing so uniquely American as Westerns. Who wouldn’t want to climb aboard a Stagecoach, dance with wolves, or holler after Shane to come back?
Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
I’d like to quote a review on Amazon from LaylaReader, because she explained so eloquently why she loved the two main characters from TERMS OF SURRENDER – an embittered former Rebel cavalryman, and a stubborn, feisty young woman desperate to hang on to her land:
“In addition to the dangers that threaten them, the characters face their inner nightmares and the memories that imprison them, especially Michael. The love that develops between Annie and Michael is tender and touching, a healing force that drives away the pain of the past. (Annie’s little brother) Robbie is also a great character, helping to fill the huge void in Michael after the loss of his own young brother Gavin on the battlefield.”
Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack? 
If you mean is there music that ought to accompany the story? – then I’d have to say I’d play the “Gettysburg” and “How the West Was Won” soundtracks over the TERMS trilogy. If you meant, are any of the books audiobooks? – then yes, TERMS OF SURRENDER and TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT are available as audiobooks, read by the wonderful voice artist/actor Keith Tracton. TIMELAPSE is currently in production as an audiobook.
Lorries novels
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Thanks so much Lorrie for taking the time to join us today! You can follow Lorrie on her website, Goodreads and Facebook!  And you can pick up her books on Amazon!

OFFICIAL RELEASE!!! Three Little Words

Embarrassing Crushes

By Susan Mallery

Susan-Mallery-blue-jacket-web (1)With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.

 

 

Here’s a video in which Susan chats about Ford Hendrix of THREE LITTLE WORDS:

When I was younger, I had a deep and abiding love for a celebrity who shall remain nameless. I wasn’t the kind of girl to hang his picture in my locker or cover my room with his posters – ours was a private love. I grew up in LA, and my dad worked in TV, so I was convinced that my one true love and I would one day meet. And when we did, I didn’t want him to think that I was like the millions of silly girls who had a crush on him. They didn’t know him. I did. My love was real, and as soon as we met, he would recognize me as his three-little-words-websoulmate.

Back then, I didn’t tell anyone how I felt because our love was sacred. Today, I still won’t confess his name because, frankly, I’m embarrassed. What was I thinking?! He wasn’t very smart, only marginally cute, and he ran like a girl. (There’s your one hint – he was on a TV show that required running. And he had dark hair. Two hints, but that’s it.)

In THREE LITTLE WORDS, my latest Fool’s Gold romance, Isabel Beebe knows all about embarrassing crushes, though hers wasn’t on a celebrity. When Isabel was 14, she had a crush on Ford Hendrix, her sister’s then-fiancé. Worse, Ford knew how she felt because when her sister broke up with him, Isabel chased after him, sobbing, begging him not to leave. And when he joined the Navy, she wrote him dozens of long, impassioned letters.

Over the years, her letters became less like teenage love letters and more like a “Dear Diary” kind of thing, but that brings its own special twist of humiliation. Because now Ford is back in Fool’s Gold to open a bodyguard-training facility, and this dangerously sexy ex-Navy SEAL knows all her most embarrassing secrets. He knows about her first kiss. He knows when she lost her virginity and where (*cough* inthebackofatruck *cough*).

All summer, Isabel has been ducking around corners to hide from Ford, but as THREE LITTLE WORDS begins, she’s decided that enough is enough. Fool’s Gold is too small for her to avoid him forever, especially since he just rented the place next door.

Enter the THREE LITTLE WORDS blog tour contest once a day every day from July 30 through August 11 for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or BN.com gift card! And because this blog was set up by Fool’s Gold Cheerleader Allyson Brann, if you win, she’ll win a gift card, too!

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Who was your embarrassing teenage crush? Why are you embarrassed?