#MeetandGreetMonday with Ruchi Vasudeva #Romance #Harlequin @Ruchi_Vasudeva

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Good morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday!  

With us today is Romance Author, Ruchi Vasudeva.

 Welcome, Ruchi!

– Thank you, Kacey! It’s a pleasure being hosted on your blog.
 

What’s the most exciting thing that has happened in 2014 so far?
Writing wise I’m excited about a lot of things. I’m working on a new project with a new editor. I’ve subbed a new partial in a novel setting about a hero, who is more dom than the ones I write usually. But the most exciting thing this year has to be the release of my book by Harlequin E. That’s my debut book, Bollywood Fiancé For A Day. It has a new cover and will be out in America come June 2nd!

Tell us, what’s the first thought that comes to your head when you read the following words…
Romance…timeless, can feel overhyped but is all too tangible and needed in life on daily basis.

Winter…hot coffee! Historical romances…Basking in the sun, unshelling and munching peanuts…that’s what we do in Punjab J

Vacation…sorely needed! We usually go to hill stations in summer, so…mountains and time with family.

The 90s…well, I was in med school then, so drowning in studies, tea in gallons and sometimes bunking classes for movies…!

The Walking Dead…ugh! That’s all I can say. Though I used to do a mean zombie dance to get kids in splits when they were younger *g*

What three words best describe you?
Hmm…forgetful, dedicated, fingers in too many pies! 😉

What is the most devilish thing you’ve ever done?
The fact that I took up romance writing though I belong to a family with a very conservative mindset would be it. Otherwise in pranks, I’m mostly the victim than the instigator!

What is your favorite junk food?
All junk food is my favourite. (Hope kids don’t hear this after the lectures I give them about eating healthy.) If I had to pick one, then double cheese pizza would top the list.

What is your favorite meal that you wish you could eat at least three times a week?
Red beans and rice, cooked the Punjabi way. Here’s a pic, courtesy flickr.com
bean picIf we were to come over to your house for dinner, what dish would you make us?
If you’d like to eat Indian, then poori chana that is spicy gram curry and puffed flour roll outs, see the pic below poorichanapic

What do you like to do for fun and relax?
Spend time with my kids. Watch movies with them and hubby or just go for walks and talk.

What are you a collector of?
Books, I guess. Also clothes and shoes. Anything with sentimental value. I hoard a lot on kids’ old drawings and craftwork, the clothes they grow out of, greeting cards, things like that. That’s one reason I find hard to find storage space in the house.

What is your favorite TV Show?
Hindi: Mahabharat. It’s an awesome show with fabulous costumes and sets, depicting the epic in a grand way with emphasis on characterisation that appeals to the writer in me. http://www.startv.in/show/mahabharat-promos-videos/558/2
And among the English language shows, I love to watch Boston Legal. It’s fast, tentacled to the current world and laced with gutty humor.

Have you read any books that have made you cry?  
I do cry a lot when I get to the angsty part in romance or in fact in any fiction novel or even in films. I cried reading Penny Jordan’s swan song A Secret Disgrace. I read it twice and cried both times. I cry while writing the angsty part in my books too.

Where have you traveled that you’d love to return? What made it so special the first time?
Kashmir because it’s so beautiful you can’t get enough of it!  kashmir

How many speeding tickets have you ever had?
None. I don’t drive a car, only two wheeler. I’m no speed freak.

What is your least favorite household chore?
Cleaning. *sigh*.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
There are so many in the romance genre I can’t possible name them all. Michelle Conder, Trish Wylie, Penny Jordan…are a few. In other genres, I love Georgette Heyer’s historical and whodunits both. And speaking of whodunits, Agatha Christie is an evergreen favourite. I also love P. G. Wodehouse’s humorous writing and Erle Stanley Gardner’s nippy lawyer and Sidney Sheldon’s unputdownables.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Tom Cruise. Going to base a hero on him soon.

Tell us about your big break in the publishing world. Was there any one person believe in your work first (besides yourself of course)? What did you do to celebrate your first DSC_0026contract?
The opportunity to get published came my way when I won the Passions contest hosted by Harlequin for Indian authors every year in December. I won in the third season. One of the prizes was a chance to work with a Mills and Boon editor and hone a novel for publication. Mine was accepted and a fabulous two book deal was a dream come true.

My family especially my daughter and my writing group has been immeasurably supportive. Julia Broadbooks, Alyssa Fox, Doris O’ Connor, Raven McAllan, Jorja Lovett, Cherie Nicholls, Kiru Taye and in fact everyone in my group helped me when I first shaped this story. Couldn’t have got it into print without them.

To celebrate getting published, I and my family went out for a lovely dinner. That was after I had calmed down enough to share the news, lol! It was beyond thrilling to nail that contract.

Did you always want to be an author?
Growing up it was a toss-up between being a doctor and an author. Writing isn’t really perceived as a career and in those days it was even less so. Luckily I made it to medical. Once that career was underway, writing kept pulling at me until finally I gave in and began to really give it a shot.

No matter the story, where do you always draw inspiration from when you begin each story?
Nothing is charted out for when a new idea will grab you strongly enough. I don’t draw inspiration as much as it just pops into my mind. While writing my second book, You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction, I was reading a news item about a vintage car rally when the idea of the story just rolled out and the premise I had been puzzled about began to take shape. So nobody can tell when or where inspiration will hit. I say keep your eyes and ears always open 🙂

What do you find most challenging about writing?
Everything. That’s also the fun of it. Taking an idea and shaping it into logic. Researching. Trying to plot the story. Then writing and finding it was going off in another direction altogether. Then the sagging middle when you lose sight of the conflict. Writing the end, trying to make it really punchy. .Last but not least, trying for publication, editing, marketing. Every step has its own set of troubles and is challenging in a different way.

What is your one pet peeve about the writing business?
Marketing, that nowadays has fallen a big way to authors. We shouldn’t have to do that.

 

Blog post: Seven tips about writing a short story
http://ruchivasudeva.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/seven-tips-for-writing-a-short-story/

Blurb of Bollywood Fiance For A Day

HARLEQUINe_0614_9781460333013_BollywoodFianceForADayWinning the chance to meet the ultimate Bollywood heart-throb, Zaheer Saxena, is just what Vishakha needs to take her mind off her recent humiliation—being jilted the week before her wedding! And when gorgeous Zaheer offers to be her fake fiancé, the chance to save face with her family is just too tempting…

It’s a deal that  benefits them both—Zaheer is warding off any unwanted female attention until his next film is finished—but can Vishakha trust herself not to hope that her dream fiancé for a day could turn into for ever?

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon

Fantastic Fiction

Contact Ruchi:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RuchiVasudeva

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ruchi_Vasudeva

Blog: http://ruchivasudeva.wordpress.com/

Website: http://ruchivasudeva.weebly.com/

 

 

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#MeetandGreetMonday with Victoria Allen #Romance @authorvictoria

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Good morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday!

With us today is Romance Author, Victoria Allen.

Welcome, Victoria!

 

Tell us, what’s the first thought that comes to your head when you read the following words …
Romance … lasts – romance can take many forms, but if it’s always there, there’s always love.
Spring … renewal, freshness, light
The 80s … family time – kids growing up
Karma … can bite you in the rear so watch it! *g*
Iron Man … whew! Hot!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you live, do you have a significant other, any young ones running around?
I live in south-central Pennsylvania, less than a hundred miles from where my ancestors settled here in 1741. I’ve been married for forty years to a wonderful guy (yes, I’m older than dirt) and we’ve raised four wonderful kids who are scattered to the four corners of the nation (PA, WA, FLA, TX). We now live with our eldest in a three-generation house so, yes, little ones running around. It makes for interesting times – and story fodder! *g*

What is the most devilish thing you’ve ever done?
Oh my… hmmm…. Probably calling my sister in Minnesota one time and asking her what she was making for dinner. When she told me, I jokingly said “I’ll be right over” – which we do a lot with each other – then I knocked on her door. (a surprise visit arranged with her husband). Her shock was hilarious.

 Name one quirk you have.
I’m almost obsessively organized with my books – catalogued, arranged by subject/author (yes, I have a library science degree! LOL)

What is your favorite junk food?
Homemade potato chips. So much better than store bought.

What is your favorite meal that you wish you could eat at least three times a week?
Grilled lobster/scallops with seared potatoes and zucchini/greenbean/carrot mix. Yum.

What five items do you take everywhere with you – besides cell phone, keys and purse/wallet?
A small set of screwdrivers, blade and tape measure (small toolkit), inhaler, calendar, sewing kit, snacks.

If we were to come over to your house for dinner, what dish would you make us?
Depends on whether you’re gluten intolerant. Either a pasta dish like seafood fettucini or lasagna, or go grilling with veggies, chicken, potatoes.

What is your favorite TV Show?
Split between Once Upon a Time and NCIS. Or Dr. Who…. *g*

Have you ever thrown a book you’ve been reading against the wall because you couldn’t finish it?
Yep. Several times.

What three words best describe you?
Steady, reliable, responsible.

Where have you traveled that you’d love to return? What made it so special the first time?
Washington state last year to see my youngest get married. Would love to go back to see more of that amazing state.

If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go?
Hilo Hawaii. Have never been there and would love to see it.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Sandra Hill, Tracy Madison, Linnea Sinclair, David Eddings, so many more…

Who/What are you currently reading?
Sandra Hill’s “Snow on the Bayou” (to be pubbed Aug 2014)

Did you always want to be an author?
Yep. From the time I could hold a crayon in my stubby fingers.

What do you find most challenging about writing?
Finding time. Always have ideas, always have characters… but time? That’s the challenge.

No matter the story, where do you always draw inspiration from when you begin each story?
Anywhere and everywhere. Just look around and ask “What if…?” Life is my inspiration. It can be something as simple as a line in a news story, something heard on the street, a dream, the grandkids imagination…

 

 Coming and Going:

I am one of those fortunate people who gets to enjoy all aspects of the publishing world. First, I’m a writer. I get to create characters, worlds, situations and form them into a coherent story that, hopefully, others enjoy.

In addition to this, I’m also an editor for an online publisher (no, I do not acquire, so please don’t ask! LOL). But I get to spend my days helping others make their stories marketable. And then I work part time at a bookstore. So I get to help readers find that one gem that fits them to a tee.

All this allows me to see into the publishing world with a finer perspective than most writers because I can see what’s coming out and what people are buying. Does it give me a leg up with my own stuff? Nope. I wish it did. Basically all this knowledge comes down to the same old thing: write the best story you can. Do that, and it will sell.

 

BLURB:

From “The Emerald Key” available from Liquid Silver Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon

LSBooks

B&N

TheEmeraldKey_VickyBurkholder_600x800For centuries, four women have held the keys to Lemuria, a land where magic is the norm. They and their protectors are all that stand against The Brotherhood, a group of exiles who want nothing more than to go back, and control Lemuria and the gateway.

Cassandra Richards, keeper of the emerald key has grown up knowing about her powers but not about the amulet she wears or why it is suddenly so important. Stalked, kidnapped and threatened with a horrible death, she must turn to the one man who scares her more than the Brotherhood. They’ll just take her body. Nicodemus will take her soul.

Nic wants nothing more than to protect Cass but he can’t do that if she won’t let him. Nor can he deny the pull she has over him, but he’s not sure if he’s under a witch’s spell, or something deeper. Both Nic and Cass struggle to deal with their powers and their attraction while on the run from a stalker with murderous intent.

Bound through time to protect the key to magic, Nic and Cass discover that true power lies not in control, but in the magic of love.

 

Sites:

http://www.vickyburkholder.com

http://www.victoriaAllenRomance.com

http://thewholeshebangsite.wordpress.com

twitter: @vickyburkholder, @authorvictoria

 

 

 

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#MeetandGreetMonday with Sandra Sookoo #Romance @SandraSookoo

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Good morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday!
With us today is Romance Author, Sandra Sookoo.

Welcome, Sandra!

Describe a typical day in the life of Sandra Sookoo.
Well, I get up around 7 a.m. and make sure the hubby is up too. Then I get his pills ready to go for the morning. While he’s getting ready for work and eating breakfast, I check email and social media. Once he’s out the door, I start my work day. Usually (if I don’t have errands to run) I spend a couple of hours working on writing or writing related stuff in the morning. After lunch I switch over to my freelance editing work then in the evening, if I still have energy after making dinner, etc., I go in for another writing session. Though some of this is modified since the hubby’s heart attack.

Tell us, what’s the first thought that comes to your head when you read the following words…
Romance … Writing
Summertime … Air conditioning
Disney World … Happy place
Winnie the Pooh … wise fellow
David Sookoo … soul mate

How many times have you been to Disney World? What is your favorite place there?
Oh, let’s see… At least ten times. I came to Disney late in life. My first trip wasn’t until I was 25 years old, but I’ve been in love with Walt and his mission since I was ten. He’s been my inspiration for my writing career. My favorite place at Disney World? Surprisingly, there are two and they’re hotels instead of parks. First, the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I adore the easy access to the animals as well as the history/pictures of actual African safaris from the late 1800s. And the second is the Wilderness Lodge. I love walking the trails over the property and just “being”. The lobby is an awesome place to people watch. Hmm… okay, maybe I do have a special place in the parks. Magic Kingdom still makes me giddy.

What is your favorite junk food?
Cayenne flavored potato chips. Can’t get enough even when my eyes water from eating them lol

What do you like to do for fun and relax?
Bake and cook. Also visit the Indianapolis Zoo. Animals are a great relaxation.

What are you a collector of? (ie: types of knick-knacks, purses, shoes, etc)
I have a few purses I actually like, but besides books, I suppose I’m a big fan of comfortable flats (shoes) Other than that, I’m not a collector. Just don’t have the room. Oh, but I do have an awfully large collection of Bare Minerals makeup…

If we were to come over to your house for dinner, what dish would you make us?
Depends on what you like, allergies, etc. lol But I’ve found almost everyone enjoys my turkey meatballs.

What is your favorite meal to prepare that you and your husband love?
Probably the simplest: pasta with olive oil, garlic and red pepper flake.

What is your least favorite household chore?
All of them? Lol But honestly, it’s dusting.

Have you read any books that have made you cry?
I’m sure I have cried over books. I just can’t remember one in particular off the top of my head. I’m more a crier over movies.

What three words best describe you?
Determined. Funny. Loyal.

If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go? (Besides Disney World *g*)
Lol I’d love to visit Hawaii (though my hubby’s not a good flyer) Right now, as we’re still in the grips of the eternal winter, anywhere with sunshine and warmth sounds good.

What is your one pet peeve about the writing business?
Hmm, I do have pet peeves, but I think I’ll keep them to myself 

What is the most played song on your stereo/iPod/?
Well, I don’t have an iPod, so do most of my listening on my laptop when writing. Right now, it’s “Let it Go” from Idina Menzel OR “Timber” by Pitbull and Ke$ha. Though favorites change daily.

What song are you most sick of hearing right now?
Anything Bruno Mars sings.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
LM Montgomery, Gregory McGuire, Michael Crichton, Donna Andrews, Elizabeth Peters. The list can go on and on, then we’d be here all day lol

Who/What are you currently reading?
The fourth book in the Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery. I’ve gone back to the classics for a bit.

What do you find most challenging about writing?
Finding time to fit everything into the schedule. This year I’ve been forced to chop about ¾ of my planned work off the schedule. Releases for me will be few and far between in 2014. That’s okay.

Writing can be a crazy business. How do you stay positive within the craziness?
Just remember that most of it is just noise. I’ve never been a “herd follower” so I’ve not been one to chase trends or write what everyone else is writing. I write what I enjoy and what’s quirky and true to me. I think readers like that. When the business gets overwhelming, I take a break from social media and all the “blah blah blah” for a while.

Did you always want to be an author?
Yes, from the age of ten. It’s was either that or a cake decorator, and I really suck at that, so it’s good writing has always been there for me. It was a great distraction from the crappiness that real life was.

No matter the story, where do you always draw inspiration from when you begin each story?
That largely depends where I am in life when I start a story. It’s different for each one.

 

Blurb for To Bed or To Wed

ToBedOrToWed_FinalV1_300px-smlWhen an impromptu kiss captures the imagination, either a spark will ignite or family interference will snuff the match.

Charlotte Darrington adores being adored by the men in her circle. She’s in London at the request of her mother, and though her parent wants her to find an eligible gentleman and start a family, Charlotte delays. In her heart of hearts, she wants a man who can hold his own and won’t be cowed.

Nathan Brigham, Marquess of Ravenhurst, is annoyed with the interfering redhead leading his nephew into the evergreen maze. When he would have delivered a dressing down, she stops his words with a kiss. No matter that he finds her attractive and a welcome distraction from his darkly brooding life, he refuses to succumb to Charlotte’s charms. Above everything, he won’t become the savage man his father was.

Once they return to London from a house party at his country estate, the two can’t avoid each other. Stolen kisses and heated glances in shadowy halls as well as a questionable visit to White’s draw them closer. He can’t forget the demons from his past while her persistence to hear a declaration begs the question: to bed or to wed?
Excerpt:
One more turn and they’d arrive at the heart of the evergreen maze.

“Watch yourself, woman. You shouldn’t order me about.” She imagined she felt his anger flowing in her direction. “And if you persist in defying me, I will unleash my temper without regret.”

“Oh, bother.” Her pulse pounded. That legendary temper. She trembled but couldn’t decide if she wanted to see it or not. “Then, for the love of God, say nothing once we…” There was no more time for further conversation. They both entered a quaint circle in the heart of the maze. On a brilliant summer’s day, a quiet conversation or assignation at one of the stone benches would be ideal, but on a winter’s night, in the clear cold air, it was unfortunate.

A blond man she assumed was Jamie’s lover sat on a bench, breeches unfastened enough that his erect shaft had sprung free. In her shock, Charlotte pressed a hand to her mouth. She couldn’t look away from Jamie. He dropped a gentle kiss on the man’s lips then knelt in front of him. Seconds later, he took the engorged length into his month. The blond buried his hands into Jamie’s hair and guided him downward. Neither man noticed Charlotte or the marquess. Both men wore expressions of intense bliss. Soft sounds of enjoyment drifted on the air.

Behind her, Charlotte caught the swift intake of breath that signaled the marquess would either bellow or speak. Quickly, before they were discovered, she pulled him from the maze’s center and back the way they’d come. She gained the first turn before he stopped moving. He simply halted and she had no choice except to stop as well. The man wouldn’t budge. His arm tensed beneath her mittened fingers. The marquess resembled a boulder when he dug in his heels. “Lord Ravenhurst, please allow them privacy,” she whispered. “Let us return to the house and you can ring a peal over my head if you want. I shall be glad to take full responsibility.”

“I will do no such thing. I need—”

“Bollocks. Keep your voice down, you impossible man. There are worse things than your nephew finding love, however illicit.” I cannot imagine how this scandal will play out. I’m so sorry, Mother. Desperate that he’d interrupt what was meant to be a private and intimate moment, Charlotte could think of only one way to silence the angered lord. She crushed her fingers in the lapels of his greatcoat, stood on tiptoe, and smashed her lips to his cold mouth in an impromptu kiss.

Buy links for To Bed or To Wed:
Amazon
All Romance ebooks
ibookstore
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords

Author Bio:
Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. In the past couple of years she’s concentrated on funny contemporary romance as well as Regency-era romance, but she will, on occasion, DSC00051--smallwrite paranormal or sci-fi. Whether you like sweet or erotic heat levels, there’s something for everyone to fall in love with. She’s also a hybrid author, choosing to publish both with small presses and doing the indie thing.

Offered representation in February 2014 by Scott Eagan at Greyhaus Literary Agency for Victorian-era historical romances, Sandra’s been hard at work researching, planning and writing a new series. When not immersed in creating new worlds and engaging characters, Sandra likes to read, bake, taste new teas, watch The Big Bang Theory and Psych as well as Finding Bigfoot, and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World: it’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she’s not writing or inventing new recipes, she spends time with her husband—goofing off and making moments count. Life’s too short to be serious all the time.

Sandra loves to hear from her readers. You can write to her at sandrasookoo@yahoo.com, visit her website at http://www.sandrasookoo.com, or look her up on Facebook and Twitter.

Social Media links:
Website
Believing is Seeing blog
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads
Amazon page

 

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#MeetandGreetMonday with Bethany Kris #Romance @BethanyKris

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Good morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday! 

With us today is Romance Author, Bethany Kris.


Welcome, Bethany!

Thank you for having me!

What beverage would we find you drinking at 10a.m. on any given day?
Coffee, usually. But occasionally, if I’m in a mood, Pepsi.

Describe a typical writing day for you.
Busy, mostly. My two young boys keep me up and running without fail. I have to write around them and their schedule, so I might only get a sentence in edgewise throughout the day. Once they lay down for a nap, if I can get them to do that, then I sit down with coffee in hand and really write. I like the noise to focus, but it’s not needed. I prefer to write after they’ve gone to bed in the evening, because then I know it’s mommy’s free time, and the hubby isn’t around, as he works nights.
*** Sounds the same for me too. Though my kids are 12, 15 & 17. ***

Tell us, what’s the first thought that comes to your head when you read the following words – (no right or wrong answers *g*)
Romance … Love, always.
Winter … It’s way too cold.
Stephen King … One of my favorite authors.
The Kardashians … There are no words.
Butterflies … My children.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you live, do you have a significant other, any young ones running around?
I
’m a twenty-four-year-old Canadian living in eastern Canada. Which means, cold winters, cold summers, and I love it. My house has turned into somewhat of a farm between the cats and dogs that run around. I have a spouse, whom I call D, that never leaves me alone when I want him to. I also have two little boys, Rohan (four) and Lexan (two).

Name one quirk you have.
I scratch when I get stressed.

What is your favorite junk food?
Skittles. They’re my weakness.

What is your favorite meal that you wish you could eat at least three times a week?
Poutine. Some people might not know what that is, so let me explain. Fries, I prefer them deep fried, not oven baked, with shredded cheese on top, then smothered in dark gravy.
*** We have so much in common!! What CDN doesn’t love poutine!! LOL ***

Preference – Sam or Dean Winchester?  If you haven’t seen Supernatural (and why not! It’s MY Fave show LOL), then would you prefer Iron Man or Wolverine?
You’re going to hate me for this, but neither on both accounts. I haven’t seen either, ever. I’m not a TV series person unless it’s Vikings or Law and Order.
*** It is okay, Bethany. I’m a HUGE fan of L&O and Vikings too. *g* ***

What do you like to do for fun and relax?
Writing is my fun and relaxing time. But it has to be just writing. Not promoting or anything like that, just writing. It clears my head in the best way.

How many speeding tickets have you ever had?
None. I haven’t drove a car since I hit two moose a couple of years back, but even before then, none.

What is your least favorite household chore?
All of them. I’m not a cleaner, or a cooker. Meh. But if I had to pick just one, I’d say laundry.

What three words best describe you?
Finicky. Trouble. Restless.

What three words would your significant other use to describe you?
Exhausting. Loving. Short.

Have you read any books that have made you cry?
Have you heard of Nicolas Sparks? Yes? Then of course.
*** I totally understand! I buy a box of tissues with every Sparks book I buy!! *g* ***

Have you ever thrown a book you’ve been reading against the wall because you couldn’t finish it?
No, but I’ve come close. I have a rule that I start what I finish. Always, even if I hate it. Even if it’s awful. It doesn’t matter, I finish it.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Philippa Gregory. V.C. Andrews. Sylvia Day. Lora Leigh.

Tell us about your “big break” in the publishing world. Was there any one person believe in your work first (besides yourself of course)? What did you do to celebrate your first contract?
E
vernight Publishing contracted my first short story, after they rejected my first full length, which was then picked up a couple of months later by Crimson Romance. Once I was picked up, however, every novel I sent out was subsequently contracted. One month, basically, after the other, I had releases coming out. It was a fast and hard introduction into the publishing world. One I would have to admit I wasn’t ready for. I didn’t know anything about it, or what would come after.
My hubby, he always believed in me, which was why he received my first dedication.

Did you always want to be an author?
Honestly, no. It was just something I began to dabble with seriously a few years ago and the rest is history.

No matter the story, where do you always draw inspiration from when you begin each story?
Usually I see the hero or heroine first. Just a few words, their appearance. That gives me enough of a push to dig deeper, find out who they really are, what drives them, and so on.

What book – print or e-book – is sitting on top of your to be read pile that you are eager to read?
The Harem Midwife.

If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go?
Egypt. After they’ve fixed their issues and whatnot. I’ve always wanted to go.

What is your one pet peeve about the writing business?
Honesty. I think it’s the hardest to find, sometimes.

What do you find most challenging about writing?
For me, it’s sticking to one thing until I’ve finished. Something else always pops up. Someone else wants their story told. It’s a never ending battle.

 

Ten Things I Need To Write

One of Kacey’s questions actually brought up an interesting thought for me. What do I need to write? How do those things help me? Kind of an interesting topic to blog about, right? For a moment, I actually wondered if I could think of ten things. And not just obvious things like Microsoft word, a pen, paper, or something similar. No, things that directly help my writing to flow, for the words to come. I think it’s fascinating to see what other authors use, or need, to write. Once, an author told me she lit a candle when she wrote. It helped her focus. When she was finished, she blew the candle out. She also wasn’t allowed to blow the Krisblackwhitecandle out before she finished. Why not share some of mine? So, here goes nothing:

1)      Music. Usually YouTube is playing on my laptop while I write. Music is the heart and soul of my words. It inspires. It’s cleansing.

2)     Noise. I love, love, love the drone of television in the background. I can’t have complete silence anymore. It feels like a void that needs filled.

3)     GTalk. I often wander over there to send bits and pieces to two of my friends for instant opinions. They encourage me to write more.

4)     Twitter. Yep, that horrible, mind sucking place. Occasionally, it’s a good place to rant about what I’m doing.

5)     My laptop. Yeah, I know, I said no obvious writing tools. This isn’t quite the same. I take my laptop everywhere. It’s an extension of me. I find now, more than ever, I can’t write on other things. I prefer only my Gateway.

6)     A book. It doesn’t have to be romance. It can be anything. But whenever I am knee-deep into a manuscript, I love a good book to keep my mind distracted, if needed. It gives me something to go to and take a break for a few minutes. Invaluable, in my opinion.

7)     Cigarettes. Mmhmm, I’m a smoker. Shame on me.

8)    Coffee. Preferably dark roast, sugary poison.

9)     Children. My two little boys are a permanent fixture in my house. More often than not, they are hanging off my legs, crawling behind me on the back of the couch, or something similar. In many ways, they have taught me to find my focus (you know, to ignore their yelling) and they have also taught me to spread that same focus out to more than one thing at a time. While I prefer to write without them, certain scenes, especially busy or dramatic ones, come out better with their business around me.

10) Visuals. If I get stuck, and occasionally it happens, I’ll take a day to search though the slush pile of the internet to find those perfect pictures. The ones that reflect my hero or heroine, the ones that showcase the place where the story is situated, or even items that remind me of the story in some little way. I make a folder dedicated to the story, and then go back and look at the pretty when I need to.

 

The Arrangement Blurb:

THEARRANGEMENTNothing will stop the Bratva mob boss from taking back what’s his, and once he has her, he’ll do anything to keep her…

Viviana “Vine” Carducci’s and Anton Avdonin’s marriage was decided more than two decades ago. The deal between leading mafia families has more on the line than anyone knew, even if the Bratva and Cosa Nostra shouldn’t mix. When Vine’s family is murdered and she’s left with nothing more than her grief to survive the mob world alone, she believes the arrangement won’t see the light of day.

Anton can’t allow the one woman he was supposed to love get away. At the possibility of her death, he steps in to save her with guns blazing, knowing exactly what it might cost him: everything. But it’s been nearly a decade since their last meeting, and he can’t help but wonder if the woman he took back is the same girl he fell for all those years before.

Protected and loved, Vine is unable to forget their shared moments a lifetime ago, or the future she knows they’re owed. When an old flame of Anton’s shows up to rip the veil off the carefully constructed secrets he’d been hiding, she learns that nothing about her life is as it seems. But, that’s nothing compared to the bomb about to blow. Can Vine see beyond the pain and blood to take what she always wanted? And just how far will the mob prince go to keep her safe?

In a world where violence, deceit, and greed reign, your life is not your own, and sometimes, love has to be arranged.

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#MeetandGreetMonday with Melissa Keir #Romance @Melissa_Keir

MGMondays

Good morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday! 

With us today is Romance Author, Melissa Keir.

Welcome, Melissa!

Thank you for having me Kacey. I’m excited to share more about myself and my book with you and your readers.

  1. What are the first 3 things you do when you wake up in the morning? (besides the obvious personal things! LOL No need to share those!)
    First I check my cell phone to make sure there hasn’t been a snow day called. Then I have to untangle myself from my dogs. They sleep on top of me and snuggled up with me. Finally I have to drag myself to the bathroom to start my day with all the normal morning things.
  1. Describe how a typical writing day will go for you?
    There’s nothing typical for me. I have a day job as a teacher. So I’m up by 6 am and at work by 7:15. I teach kindergarten this year and am on the go all day. Sometimes I don’t even get to use the bathroom until I come home. In the evenings I’m promoting, writing, making dinner. Whew. Now I’m tired just reading all that!
  1. Tell us, what’s the first thought that comes to your head when you read the following words –

RomanceLove and books

SpringIs it ever going to come?

The 80sValley Girl

KarmaIt’s a b*tch

Iron ManCan he marry me?

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you live, do you have a significant other, any young Keirs’ running around?
    I’m married to a wonderful guy. We are a blended family, like the Brady Bunch. He has two boys and I have a boy and a girl. All our children are now young adults so we don’t get to see them as much, even when they still live with us. We’re very proud of our children and the people they’ve become. To keep us busy, we’ve adopted two furbabies which take up our time and attention. They are our little children and are spoiled rotten.
    We live in a small town in Michigan, hence my hatred for the snow and cold right now. Our winter has been the snowiest on record ever. Anyone interested in letting me move in with them?
  1. What is your favorite junk food?
    Gobstoppers. I love the candy and have a box sitting on my bookshelf.
  1. How many speeding tickets have you ever had?
    When I was younger, I had so many speeding tickets that if I had another one, I would have lost my driver’s license. Since then, I haven’t had one. *Knock on wood* But I drive like Mario Andretti.
  1. What is your least favorite household chore?
    I hate dusting. For some reason, it makes me crazy.
  1. What are you a collector of?
    Do books count? When I was younger, I used to collect porcelain dolls. I also have a collection of Native American pieces but now my only collection is books. They fill my shelves. *g*
  1. If we were to come over to your house for dinner, what dish would you make us?
    I would make Chicken Scaloppini. I love to cook for guests and always make desserts. Right now, we are finishing up a cherry pie.
  1. Have you read any books that have made you cry?
    I actually love books that make me cry. It means that I’ve connected with the characters and have been pulled into the story.
  1. Did you always want to be an author?
    When I was eight, I wanted to be a music star. I used to put on shows in the basement. I’ve also wanted to be a geriatric nurse and work with animal husbandry. But writing has always been an important part of who I am. I told stories to my sisters while we waited to fall asleep. I wrote silly horror stories during typing class where all my classmates had starring roles. I’ve written poetry for most of my life. Being a published author has just been an extension of my passion for writing.
  1. No matter the story, where do you always draw inspiration from when you begin each story?
    I always draw inspiration from the world around me… the people and their stories.
  1. What three words do you think best describe you?
    Caring, dedicated, shy.
  1. What three words would your husband use to describe you?
    Beautiful, driven, loving.
  1. What kind of beverage specialty would you provide for a dinner party?
    I love to make frozen pina coladas and daiquiris.
  1. If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go?
    I would love to go to Scotland to see the land my husband’s family came from, or maybe to one of those island retreats in the Pacific where you have a hut on the water to yourself.
  1. What is your one pet peeve about the writing business?
    My biggest pet peeve is about how little authors really make because of how much is taken out by Amazon and other retailers.
  1. Who are some of your favorite authors?
    Laurell K. Hamilton, Nancy Gideon, Liz Crowe, Susan Sizemore, J.D. Robb, Margaret Atwood.
  1. Who/What are you currently reading?
    I’m currently reading some books by friends, Betrayal by Jenna Jaxon and Worst Week Ever by Liza O’Connor.
  1. What do you find most challenging about writing?
    The most challenging part for me is finding time. With the day job and owning a publishing house, I have so many other things that take up my time. I don’t spend any time on myself and put my own writing aside to get things done for others. I wish I could be more frivolous but that’s the driven and determined part of me.

Top Three Favorite Madams-

My book Chalkboard Romance features a mysterious man named Draikoh San who has a matchmaking and dating service. He’s found many clients’ one and only. Some people would consider him a Madam as he sets up people for a one night stand. Considering this, I wanted to share my top three Madams from books, movies and television shows.

  1. Belle Watling from Gone with the Wind– She is seen as the comfort for Rhett’s demons and is a staunch Confederate. But she’s also a woman who knows her place. When Melanie tells Belle that she’ll acknowledge her if she sees her on the street, Belle tells her not to. Belle is more concerned for Melanie’s repuation than her own.
  2. Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke– As a madam, she was revered by the town’s marshal. They had a loving relationship but never consumated it. The town respected her and came to her saloon for more than a drink but shoulder to cry on. She’s also one of the town’s business woman as she became the co-owner of the saloon.
  3. Miss Mona Stangley from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas-Miss Mona runs a clean brothel that has been turned a blind eye to by the town and local sheriff.She pays for sports teams in town and helps financially in other ways. Her love affair with the sheriff is under wraps until he is forced to close her brothel down. His romantic proposal at the end where he sweeps her off her feet is the stuff of romance novels.

Now that you’ve seen my choices for top three Madams and you’ve heard about Draikoh San…don’t you want to sign up and find your own happily ever after?

Check out Chalkboard Romance and see just how spot on Draikoh is with his choice for Lauren and Mac.

 

ChalkboardRomance_MEDBlurb:
Lauren Walsh, a divorcee and elementary teacher, wanted to feel sexy again, after her ex tossed her aside for a younger woman. Her teaching partner and best friend encouraged her to sign up for The Playhouse–a renowned dating agency.

Mac Thomas remained trapped in a marriage to a money grubbing socialite. Forced to stay away from his young son, Mac lost the ability to trust. After the death of his wife, he returned to care for his son but his sister wants more for him. She sets him up with The Playhouse.

Passion ignites but Mac’s a parent of one of Lauren’s students. A teacher and a parent dating could cost Lauren her job and her chance at happiness. Will Mac be able to convince the school and Lauren, that love is the most important thing?


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About Melissa:author pic
As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing.  She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC.  Melissa is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars.  She also believes in helping other authors and features authors and their books on her blog.

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time.  She’s always keeping busy.  Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature “happy endings” and is often found plotting her next story.

Melissa loves hearing from readers!

www.melissakeir.com

http://www.facebook.com/melissaakeir

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMelissaKeir

www.twitter/melissa_keir

 

 

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#MeetandGreetMonday with Felicity Heaton

MGMondays

Good morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday! 

With us today is Romance Author, Felicty Heaton.

Welcome, Felicity!

 

  1. What writing goals have you set for yourself this year?
    I’m setting out to write 400,000 words again this year and releasing five full length novels, including the first in a new series. Last year I managed to break the 400k barrier and released four novels. I wanted to get back to five releases this year. I have so many series on the go that I want to keep up with them and keep my voracious readers happy.
  1. What was the best moment for you in 2013?
    Becoming a USA Today Best-seller with a wonderful group of indie/hybrid authors. It was a fantastic achievement for us and we’re hoping to recreate it in 2014 with our next paranormal romance boxed set. I also hit my target of selling 500,000 books in 3 years.
  1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you live, do you have a significant other, any young Heatons running around?
    I’m a British paranormal romance author and I’ve been writing since 2005, and have been an indie author since 2006. I live in the UK, in Oxfordshire, with my husband and fur-baby. I became a full time author in 2011 and it was amazing being able to leave my day job behind, although I haven’t left it behind completely as I was a web developer and designer, and I still do that sort of work as part of my career as a writer. I’m the author of over forty books, and I have several series either on the go or completed, including my Vampire Erotic Theatre series, Vampires Realm series, Her Angel series, and the Eternal Mates series.
  1. Tell us about your “big break” in the publishing world. Was there any one person believe in your work first (besides yourself of course)? What did you do to celebrate your first contract?
    I had a wonderful cheerleader, Maria, who convinced me to make the leap from writing fanfiction to writing about my own worlds and characters. I was briefly contracted by an e-publisher in 2005, but to be honest, I preferred the thought of being independent. I worked with my cheerleader, who also wanted to go indie, to put together a cooperative of authors who all wanted to be indie and self-publish their work. We start self-publishing in 2006 and we’re all still self-publishing now. I’m a huge advocate for indies, especially the authors who put a massive amount of effort and care into their work, sourcing fantastic editors, covers, and producing quality reads.
  1. Did you always want to be an author?
    No. I was happy as a web developer and designer, and sort of fell into writing when I discovered fan-fiction. I absolutely loved writing it and interacting with readers and other authors. We had an amazing and supportive community. For me, it was mostly about that connection to other people through my work. It was great sharing my stories, and it still is. Some of my fanfiction readers now read my paranormal romance novels, and it’s amazing to know that they’ve been with me since my beginnings. I feel they’ve been on this wonderful journey with me.
  1. What writing rituals do you have? Same light on? Write at the same time daily?
    I don’t have any set rituals. I can write pretty much any time of day and anywhere. It probably comes from the fact that when I was working full time in London as a web developer, I would write on the train commute to work, during my lunch, and on the way home. I wrote whenever I could. I still do that now. All I need is my music, the book’s outline/plot, character profiles, and my laptop, and I’m set to write. I can write anywhere, whether that’s in my office, in my lounge, or in a café.
  1. Name one quirk you have.
    I can’t write a book without having a full outline for it. Sometimes my outlines end up at 25000 words, because I compile them from all the scenes I’ve been jotting down while working on other books. If I try to write a book without a full outline, it really slows me down. I have to keep pausing and interrupting my flow to plot out the scene so I know what I’m going to write.
  1. What is your favorite junk food?
    I’m not that into junk food, but I would never say no to something involving chocolate. Chocolate cake. Chocolate ice cream. Chocolate brownies. Chocolate. Yes. Anything chocolate.
  1. What five items do you take everywhere with you – besides cell phone, keys and purse/wallet?
    Notepad, pen, lip balm, chewing gum, fingerless gloves.
  1. If we were to come over to your house for dinner, what dish would you make us?
    That’s a toughie. I would probably make my vegetarian chilli, because it’s pretty awesome and it makes a huge amount, so I could feel a whole room with it. It’s really easy to make too.
  1. Favorite book of all time? Why?
    I absolutely love Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I’m a huge fan of the classic romances. I like the theme of love overcoming adversity and being complicated.
  1. No matter the story, where do you always draw inspiration from when you begin each story?
    My outline. I bottle up the inspiration for several stories in me at any one time and my outline helps me draw that inspiration out of me. I tend to flesh out and complete the outline just before I write the first draft, because it fires me up for writing the book.
  1. What book – print or e-book – is sitting on top of your to be read pile that you are eager to read?
    I have about five at the top of my TBR pile at any one time, because I’m never sure what I will be in the mood for reading. At the moment, I’m reading the Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, the Dark Carpathian series by Christine Feehan, the Demonica series by Larissa Ione, and also the Leopard People series by Christine Feehan so at the top of my list are the next books in those series.
  1. If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go?
    Probably the Maldives. It’s next on our list of places to travel, but we want longer than just five days in paradise. Five days isn’t enough snorkeling time for me or my husband.
  1. Who/What are you currently reading?
    I’m not reading anything because I’m editing and I never read books by other authors while I’m working on my own stories. I don’t want to taint my voice or style with anything I pick up while reading. The last books I read were: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione, Dark Gold by Christine Feehan and Fever by Christine Feehan.
  1. What do you find most challenging about writing?
    Fitting in time to do all the other work that goes with writing. It’s not just writing and editing, unfortunately. There are the interviews, the guest posts, the tours, and marketing. Plus, for me, because I’m indie and do all of the work for my books myself, I also have to do things like creating the cover, maintaining my website, formatting the ebooks and paperbacks, arranging tours and cover reveals. It really is full-time work, even with a fantastic assistant. I’d love to just write, write, write!
  1. What is your one pet peeve about the writing business?
    It used to be the stigma attached to being an indie author. A lot of bloggers weren’t interested in indie authors back when I started out as one in 2006. We were viewed very badly by the writing community and by bloggers. That has changed so much now, and so many blogs are wonderful and friendly, and extremely supportive of indies. Now my biggest peeve are the big publishing houses and companies related to traditional publishing who try to constantly push down indie authors, or make out that indie authors are just a blip that will go away, or we’re not really doing as well as we are. I make a very good living as an indie, selling over 150,000 books each year, and I have complete creative freedom. My limits are based on how hard I’m willing to work, and like many indies, I put in a massive number of hours each week on making my dream a constant reality.

 

Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 2)
claimedbyademonking-felicityheatonFelicity Heaton
The moment the demon King Thorne of the Third Realm set eyes on the mortal huntress Sable, he knew she was his fated one. The fiery, dangerous female awakened hungers he had never experienced before, a dark craving and passion that has consumed him in their time apart. As the lunar cycle wanes, she enters his world again and nothing will stand in the way of him claiming his forever with her—not the relentless assault from the Fifth Realm or the dark elf male determined to seduce her out of his grasp.

Intent on achieving the coveted position of commander at Archangel, Sable leads her small team into the dark underworld and the Third Realm, to a war where her allies are the very creatures she normally hunts—vampires, werewolves, and demons. Her eagerness to lead the deadly mission has everything to do with winning her promotion, and nothing to do with the kingdom’s brash, lethally seductive demon king—a king who stirred fierce desire and wildfire heat in her with just a look and an innocent touch when they first met, and has been in her wicked dreams ever since.

As the gathering storm between rivals unleashes irresistible passion that flares white-hot and the heat of the battle brings life-shattering realisations, can Sable place her duty before her heart? Or will she surrender to her deepest desires and be claimed by a demon king?

Claimed by a Demon King is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/claimed-by-a-demon-king-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Books in the Eternal Mates romance series:

Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 1)

Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 2)

About Felicity Heaton:
Felicity Heaton is a USA Today and international best-selling author writing passionate felicityheatonparanormal romance books. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

Website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk

Blog: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/blog/

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/felicityheaton

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

Mailing List: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/newsletter.php

 

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#MeetandGreetMonday with Faye Avalon

MGMondaysGood morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday! 

With us today is Romance Author, Faye Avalon.
Welcome, Faye!

Did you make any resolutions for 2014?
My main resolution is to be more organized and not leave everything until the last minute. Aside from that I have many goals, mostly writing-related, which include starting a paranormal series and trying my hand at short stories.

Tell us, what’s the first thought that comes to your head when you read the following words...
Romance … my husband
Disneyworld … fun!
Vacation … Monte Carlo
Dean Winchester … Yum!
Thor … Double yum!!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you live, do you have a significant other, any young Avalons running around?
I live in the UK with my amazingly supportive hubby. The patter of tiny feet in the Avalon household are of the four-legged variety as we foster puppies destined to become assistance dogs.

Tell us about your “big break” in the publishing world. Was there any one person believe in your work first (besides yourself of course)? What did you do to celebrate your first contract?
Well, my husband believed in me even when I lost faith in myself. When I landed the first contract he took me out to lunch and bought me a pair of ‘designer’ shoes I’d had my eye on.
***OOOH, huge points to hubby!***

Did you always want to be an author?
It was at the back of my mind for many years, but the day job as an adult education co-ordinator took up most of my time and energy. Writing has always been a pleasure though, even the academic essays I’ve had to write over the years. Then after one of those milestone birthdays, you know…the ones with a zero at the end, I decided that I owed it to myself to start writing down the stories that always buzzed around in my head. I gave up work just over a year ago and since then have enjoyed being a full-time writer.

What is your favorite junk food?
Chocolate, although I consider it a healthy essential, at least in my house it is.

What are you a collector of? (ie: types of knick-knacks, purses, shoes, etc?)
Purses, or handbags as we call them in the UK. Can’t resist, simply cannot.
***Me too!!!***

What five items do you take everywhere with you – besides cell phone, keys and purse/wallet?
Notebook, pen, bus pass, lip gloss, handcream.

What is your favorite TV Show? 
Hawaii Five-O

No matter the story, where do you always draw inspiration from when you begin each story?
Knowing that whatever conflict I set up for the characters, their growing love for each other will always overcome it in the end.  Ahhhhh.

What three words best describe you?
Passionate, enthusiastic and reflective.

What three words would your family use to describe you?
Stubborn, impatient and hardworking.

Where have you traveled that you’d love to return? What made it so special the first time?
Kenya. We traveled there many years ago and spent a magical night at Treetops. Watching through the night as the animals came to the watering hole was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go?
Monte Carlo. I love the glamour and glitz, plus it’s one of the best places to find inspiration for future stories.

What is your one pet peeve about the writing business?
Book piracy. There are enough free books on offer out there without having to download illegally.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Paige Tyler, Desiree Holt and Lora Leigh.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Alex O’Loughlin.

Who/What are you currently reading?
Dark Rapture by Michele Hauf

What do you find most challenging about writing?
Writing myself into a corner. I find it almost impossible to stick to an outline and continually veer off course, then have to spend time getting back on track or end up writing a story completely different to the one I had planned.

 

From Faye:
A few years ago we decided to have our own dog. As we’d never had a dog before, mostly because we’d both been out at work all day, we thought it would be a good idea to start by fostering for a local rescue centre.  Having thought about it for a while, I knew it wasn’t really an option for me as I’d never be able to give the dog back when the time came. Most of the dogs requiring fostering were at the centre because they had been taken away from owners accused of mistreating them in some way. If the court case came out in the owners favour, the dogs would have to be returned to them. No way could I cope with that!

dog

He’s very precious, Faye!!

The rescue centre suggested we might be interested in another type of fostering…that of puppies destined to become assistance dogs. We would be given a puppy at seven/eight months old and keep him/her until they were old enough to go into advanced training, usually between twelve and fourteen months old. At first I had the same reservations about having to give them up, but after much deliberation realised that these puppies would be going on to do the most amazing job by helping children or adults who would cherish and rely on them. So we applied and a few months later were accepted. Our first puppy was a little monster, but so adorable he melted our hearts. He responded well to basic obedience and we enjoyed a year of puppy fun and games.

When the time came to give him up I cried for a week, but then our second boy arrived. He was equally challenging, but again he was a charmer and another week of almost constant weeping when he left made me realise that I just couldn’t do it anymore.

But we’d made so many new friends from being involved with the scheme that we were asked if we’d consider short term boarding. This involved having the puppies when their trainers went on holiday or needed a break for any reason,  this can be anything from a weekend to a few weeks. We’ve been boarding now for almost a year and love every moment. We’ve had such an amazing variety of little characters, some returning to us for several visits before they eventually go into advanced training. It’s not quite so gut-wrenching saying goodbye to them, but I’d be lying if I said that my heart doesn’t break a little each time. Every one of them takes a little piece of my heart with them when they go.

Some people consider us doggie experts by now and have asked us if we’d consider looking after their dog while they go on holiday. It’s hard to say no. So as you can imagine, our house is rarely free of four-legged lodgers and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Right now we’re puppy/dog free for a couple of weeks and the house is scarily quiet…and clean! But at least I’m getting a whole lot of writing done, that is until the next little monster comes thundering through the front door and steals yet another chunk of my heart.

Blurb for Bad in Bed:
badbedAmber walked right into a cliché when she found her fiance in bed with her best friend. With plenty of practice she plans to discredit his claims that she is lousy in bed, but his warning that her physical scars repulse men is more difficult to bear.

Memories of his past have taught Ethan to keep women at a healthy distance. Instantly attracted to Amber, he finds it strange that she’s happy to indulge in a quickie in a shop doorway, yet resists his attempts to get her naked.

When her secrets are revealed, Ethan sets out to make Amber see that not only is she dynamite in bed, her scars in no way diminish how desirable she is. When Ethan enlists the help of his friend Marco and sets up a threesome, he hopes this will not only improve Amber’s sexual confidence, but will prevent him losing his heart.

 

Buy Links:
Evernight Publishing
All Romance eBooks

Social Media:
Website: www.fayeavalon.com
Blog:  http://fayeavalon.wordpress.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/faye.avalon.1
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Faye_Avalon

 

 

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