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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Lilac James

Writer Wednesday, that time of week to connect readers to the authors penning your favorite stories!

Today let’s welcome Lilac James!

Lilac JamesWhat’s your favorite quote about writing?

“What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” (Samuel Johnson) And Lord knows, I’m all about pleasure.

What inspires you to write?

Being able to spend time enjoying all the naughty ideas and luscious men I think up.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, do you have a favorite, or one you feel like you could write about forever? Why?

Hmmm. Well, Bex is a contender, which is only fair since she keeps popping up at different sex clubs. Now that she has her own TV program at KINK-TV, she visits the clubs to see what’s goin’on. And I’ve grown very fond of Sex Ed. But really, a new man is such a treat. How can I resist?

Where would your dream vacation be, and why?

A deserted tropical beach with no dinosaurs or crazed killers/stalkers/kidnappers/terrorists, but with a selection of really, really hot guys—Special Forces, maybe?—to play with. Why? Why not?

Ha, I love that response! What project are you most excited for right now?

The next book, working title The Devil’s a Dom. At the Devil’s Den, Satan and Hecate may be doing things Bex can’t put on TV! (Work in progress)

What’s your favorite TV show on air?

Hmmm. I’m more a doer than a watcher, but…well, True Blood, maybe.

What books are you currently reading? Any recommendations?

In the Zone by Sierra Cartwright; Fool’s Gold by Jennifer Skully. They’re booth pretty darned good writers. I don’t think you can go wrong with either one. And if I can find ESPN’s 2015 Body Issue—whooeee!

What’s your astrological sign?

Aries, a fire sign of course. Aries people are adventurous and outgoing. Of course. And dedicated to pursuing the thrill of the moment. Of course!

Us Aries do tend to dive into adventure. What’s your biggest pet peeve when reading a book? A certain type of character? A style of writing? Noticeable plotholes?

Pet peeve? Books about people who are so squeaky-clean, prim, and proper that they don’t have sex. Everyone who’s anyone knows that’s one of the best things in the world. But I also dislike books that have sex without any kind of relationship—one night stand, long-term marriage, I don’t care. I just want the people to have some bond as well as bondage.

Where can readers find you and your books?

I hang out at http://www.LilacJamesAuthor.WordPress.com, and can be reached at lilacjamesauthor@gmail.com.

My books are available at Loose-Id.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, etc.

Lilac James has always been a day dreamer, and the scenarios usually feature really hot men.  She is unusually lucky in having untold numbers of gorgeous men to populate her days, and the world’s most wonderful husband when she’s not at the keyboard thinking up new stories.  No, she doesn’t write while wearing a Vicky’s Secret nightgown and sipping a glass of wine.  She enjoys herself anyway.

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She’s tired of being a good girl. He’s the man who can help.

Bessie stepped out of the shower and stood in front of her bathroom mirror, rehearsing her approach to Milady’s Pleasure. “I’ve never seen a naked man before.”
No, that wouldn’t do.
“Show me a penis.” Ugh. She sounded—not even dominatrix-like. More desperate, and she’d do anything to keep her desperation from showing.
“Tonight I want…” Yes. Simple, direct, clear.
Tonight, she’d start.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Shelli Rosewarne

Writer Wednesday is back with a vengeance, with more interviews delving into the psyche and zodiac signs of your favorite authors!

Today let’s welcome Shelli Rosewarne!

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Street of an old european cemetery in a foggy full moon night

So to kick things off, what’s your favorite quote about writing?

Ooh, that’s a tough one, I have a whole ‘writing quotes’ folder lol. I think one of my favourites would have to be Neil Gaiman, ‘This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word in front of the other until it’s done. It’s that easy and that hard.’ That to me just sums it up. It can be both the hardest and the easiest thing in the world at times, but the main thing is always to just keep going with it.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Pretty much anything and everything! I write because otherwise the voices in my head would never give me a moment’s peace (and because now when I mention voices in my head people don’t think I’m completely and utterly crazy).

Writers are known to get attached to their characters–is there one you feel like you could write about forever?

Oh god, I could never pick just one. It would be like picking a favourite child! I get very attached to all my characters and it’s always a bit sad to have to say goodbye to them at the end of a story. Even the secondary characters often creep their way in, and frequently end up with their own story. I’m also terrible for falling for my villains and wanting to redeem them (I partly blame Loki in the Avengers films, who can resist Tom Hiddleston?) Most people who have read Love Reawakened have been asking me about Deacan and Carisa, who are technically secondary characters but have a bad habit of stealing the scene 🙂

Where would your dream vacation be?

I’m a keen photographer so I love places with gorgeous scenery. I was up in the Highlands about a month ago and just loved it, the area was stunning – plus got to see lots of castles lol! I’d love to go to somewhere like Iceland to see the Northern Lights. I also love city breaks, just being to wander round a new place, soak up the culture and see the sights. I’m not much for beach holidays, I have a bit too short an attention span and I burn too quickly 🙂

Oh man, I feel you on the burning front. As for projects–any new ones you’re excited about?

I usually have several WIPs on the go, so if I get stuck on one I can work on one of the others for a bit. Re-editing Love Reawakened has definitely got me back into that world, and am working on both a prequel, that will show how Emma and Garret first met, as well as book two in the series. There’s going to be at least three set in this world as Deacon and Carisa will need their own story as well. I’ve also started two more books with my wolf shifters and am probably going to go back to an angels story to see if I can get it finished before Christmas. It keeps me busy 🙂

When you’re not writing, are there any shows on air you check out?

Tough one. I watch quite a lot of series and don’t think I have a strict favourite, it changes a lot depending on what I’m in the mood for. I’m loving the new series of Gotham so far though and am really excited that The Walking Dead is back. Other things I’m enjoying at the moment are Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and am looking forward to Grimm coming back soon.

How about in the book-o-sphere?

I’ve just finished Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is one of my favourite authors and a huge inspiration to me. I especially love her conflict build-up. You’re rooting so hard for the characters but at the same time are racking your brain for how on earth it’s ever going to be possible for them to be together with the obstacles in the way. I think next on my list is The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett, which I’m both dying to read and slightly dreading because I know it’s going to make me bawl my eyes out.

What’s your astrological sign?

Libra. Though I must admit I’m not a big believer in astrology. I know right – witches, zombies, necromancers, shifters, but astrology is a bit unbelievable 😉

What’s your biggest pet peeve in a story? Anything that will make you put a book down?

I like a strong story and relatable characters so I can get annoyed if that doesn’t happen for me. My biggest pet peeve is probably ‘lazy writing’ – where something hugely unbelievable and unrelated appears out of nowhere for the sole purpose of fixing all the obstacles in the story. I think that can sometimes be especially prevalent in genres like fantasy and paranormal, where you have options like magic that can give a ‘quick fix’. For me, it’s more important than ever in these genres that the realism is there to ground the other elements.

Where can readers find you and your books?

I’m on social media at the following links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Shelli-Rosewarne-364962230246715/

Twitter – @shellirosewarne

Blog – https://shellirosewarne.wordpress.com/

And you can get my new release, Love Reawakened, here:

Amazon – getBook.at/LoveReawakened

ARE – https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-lovereawakened-1910642-140.html

Love Reawakened

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For Emma Strachan, raising zombies is all in a day’s work. A girl has to pay the bills somehow! But when what should be a simple raising goes horribly wrong, Emma is forced to ask for help from the one man she swore never to see again.

Garret is used to being a loner, as a necromancer he works best that way and frankly, with the dangers he faces every day, it’s easier not to have to look out for anyone else. When Emma shows up on his doorstep desperate for help, he vows to ignore the raging attraction between them – after all a pretty, fun-loving witch has no place in his world.

Can Emma and Garret put aside old resentments in order to try and defeat a zombie unlike anything they have seen before? When the dust settles, can they count on any future between them?

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Tara Quan

It’s Wednesday again and time to meet another fantastic author! What lies behind those innovative minds, constantly churning to produce new works for you to read? Well, here’s your chance to find out, as I dive in and chat with some of the talent out there.

Today let’s welcome Tara Quan!

Layla Tarar  Photo by Melissa Golden
Layla Tarar
Photo by Melissa Golden

Do you have a quote about writing that speaks to you?

“Exercise those writing muscles until they get itchy if you don’t use them every day.” – Nalini Singh

[Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m there yet. Sundays are sacrosanct, reserved for vegging on the couch.]

Where do you find your inspiration to write?

Books by my favorite authors. Whenever I read something that I immediately want to reread after I finish, I think: “If only I could write like that.” I’m told practice makes perfect, and one day I’ll hopefully get there.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, do you have one you feel like you could write about forever?

My favorite hero thus far is Jack Frost. He has some great lines both as the hero’s best friend in Flirting with Fire, and as the male protagonist in Frosty Relations. He’s super witty, and his somewhat abrasive “bad boy” shell hides a really sweet interior. However, I’ve been told I might have hid his mushy side a little too well…

Every writer needs a break–where would you go on your dream vacation?

Huh. This is a tough one. Right now, I really want to go to the Ice Hotel in Sweden. They build it out of ice every year in the winter and it melts away each summer. From the pictures, it seems like it’d be a magical (if somewhat impractical) stay.

I’ve seen pictures too–it looks stunning! So, what project are you most excited for right now?

I just got the next installment of my A Witch’s Night Out series back from my beta. It needs a few tweaks, and then I’ll have to write the dreaded blurb and come up with a title, followed by the even more-dreaded submissions process. The one person who’s read it (and all my other books) says it’s the best story I’ve written thus far. Unfortunately, every book he’s liked has crashed and burned at the box office.

When you’re not writing, are there any shows on air you tune into?

Right now, I’m addicted to Humans. Each episode ends on a quasi-cliffhanger, which makes the wait oh-so-painful.

Any recommendations for what to read?

Before I pull the trigger on Archangel’s Enigma, I’m rereading the entire Guild Hunter series. It’s sort of a tradition I repeat every time Nalini Singh has a new book out.

What’s your astrological sign?

Depending on the publication, I’m either a Sagittarius or Capricorn. I tried to figure it out using personality profiles, but it didn’t quite work.

That just makes me want to look up your star chart 😀 Now, when you’re reading a book, do you have any pet peeves that irk you or make you want to put it down?

As a die-hard romance reader, I can’t stand it if there’s no happy ending, or if a character I care about dies in the end. Of course, I make exceptions when I read out of genre. For example, I’ve read the entire Song of Ice and Fire series.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Wherever ebooks are sold, but I’ll take this opportunity to plug my website: http://www.taraquan.com/books

Submissive on Display by Tara Quan

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After a disastrous engagement and ensuing public breakup knocks him off this year’s list of Boston’s most eligible bachelors, Luka Petrovich’s confidence in women is at an all-time low. With a psycho ex-fiancé stalking him at every BDSM club, he embraces a prolonged hiatus from his social life. The last thing he expects is to fall into bed with his dog’s sexy sitter. Craving more after the first taste, he can’t wait to handcuff her to his bed. There’s one problem—she’s not a submissive.

Veterinary student Naomi Price is too busy juggling part-time jobs and a full course- load to have a relationship. Though she’s crushed on her client’s gorgeous owner for close to a year, their accidental night together couldn’t have come at a worse moment. With his sexual preferences fodder for countless tabloid blogs, she knows exactly how to keep this Dominant at an arm’s length. So she tells the biggest lie of her life, turns in her notice, and escapes on a vacation to Las Vegas.

At the Carnivore Club, two exhibitionists meet for a one-night stand, unaware their compatibility stretches far beyond a simple limit list. When their identities are revealed, a reluctant sub must face public spanking for her deceit, and accept several delectable wrinkles in her best-laid plans.

Genre: BDSM Romance, Romantic Comedy, Interracial/Multicultural

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Carolyn LaRoche

It’s that time again, to meet a new talented writer! All the work it takes to put into the books you read means countless hours of writing, editing, and promotion from these authors. This is a chance to get to know the one behind the book.

Today let’s welcome Carolyn LaRoche!

carolynlarocheWhat’s your favorite quote on writing?

My favorite quote actually hangs on the wall of my son’s bedroom. He is a huge baseball fan and the poster is of Babe Ruth with the words “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” There is so much rejection in this business that it is easy to give up. Or, you can just keep on getting up to bat until eventually you get that homerun.

When you sit down to write, where do you draw inspiration from?

I’m not sure if there is anyone thing that inspires me. There are times that I binge write- even in the middle of the night my brain is plotting and developing characters. Then there are times when I can go days without the interest or the energy to even open a document let alone tell a story. When I get into those sort of lulls, I tend to read a lot. After a while my characters get jealous and start talking again.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, is there one that sticks with you? One you feel you could write about forever?

Probably my most favorite character can be found in Homeland Security. Actually she appears in every book of the series. I call her Aunt Clara as she is the aunt to Logan James and mother of twins Kaiden and Keegan James. Clara is the sort of woman who calls it like she sees it and says whatever comes to mind in every situation. She is independent, can handle a shot gun like a pro and offers a good deal of comic relief to each of the stories she appears in. The James men would consider her the glue that holds them all together.

If you got the chance to vacation anywhere, where would you go?

If I could go anywhere in the world I would visit Italy. My mother’s family is from Italy and we grew up appreciating that heritage. It would be fantastic to try and trace that lineage back a few generations.

What project are you most excited for right now?

I am thrilled with my new release Homeland Security. It’s getting a lot of great feedback from reviewers. Who doesn’t love a sexy man in uniform? I also have another series in edits right now, the first book Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos will be released in early November.

When you’re not writing, what shows do you watch?

Castle. I love that show! I have been a fan of Nathan Fillion since his Firefly days. One of the best shows that never made it on television. He was made to play the role of Richard Castle. I joke my husband sometimes that he is my Beckett- the cop that acts as my muse for story-telling. You will find a little bit of him in every one of my books.

Nathan Fillion’s just fantastic : ) Do you have any books you’d recommend?

I recently discovered author Jill Shalvis by reading her book Second Chance Summer. Every so often my mom will take me to the book store and tell me to pick something out. That day I was looking to try something different than my usual romantic suspense and mysteries. The book was amazing- I couldn’t put it down! I am also a fan of Gena Showalter’s new contemporary series, Original Heartbreakers. I’ve read two of those so far and am about to start a third.

What’s your astrological sign?

I am a Scorpio. I don’t really know much about astrology but people tell me I fit the Scorpio profile very well.

Do you have any pet peeves when you begin reading a book? Anything that might make you stop reading?

If a book doesn’t catch my attention in the first couple of pages, I won’t bother with it. I don’t want to read a lot of flowery words and long descriptions. There needs to be action from the get go. There just isn’t enough time in my life to muddle through a story I am not instantly drawn into. I want a book that forces me to stay up way past my bedtime because I just have to know what happens next.

Where can readers find you and your book?

The easiest place to find me is on Amazon. Several of my books are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited and are free to read for members. I also hang out on Facebook and Twitter pretty regularly. If you stop by my blog, I usually have something going on there about once per week as well.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolynLaRoche?ref=hl

Blog: http://carolynlarocheauthor.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7734909.Carolyn_LaRoche?from_search=true

Twitter: @CarolynLaRoche

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Carolyn-LaRoche/e/B005OKHIDI/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Homeland Security

By: Carolyn LaRoche

Book 2: Defenders of Love Series

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Fool me once… shame on me. Fool me twice?

Well, Katie has no plans to let that old saying play out in her love life. After being duped by a man who only used her to further his political agenda, Katie has no place in her life for love, for men. She can live with the broken heart, with knowing Nathan slept with her best friend. But when she’s accused of domestic terrorism, thanks to Nathan, she’s forced to accept the help of Homeland Security Agent Kaiden James. Once he gets her off the hook she’ll send him on his way and pick up the pieces of her broken life—no matter how kind, intelligent, or sinfully sexy he is.

When duty called him away from his cousin’s wedding to deal with a high profile case, Kaiden James could hardly believe his eyes. The last person he’d expected to see handcuffed to a table was the lovely nurse that had taken care of his gunshot wound last year. Memories of the sponge bath she’d given him had kept him awake more than a few nights since. Working with Katie will put his professionalism to the test.

Will Kaiden once again let duty come before love?

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014OAOGJC

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Jessica Cale

Writers work hard spending time with their words, whether tackling manuscripts, marketing, or blog posts. So every Wednesday here, we tap into some of that wisdom and get to learn about another creative person.

Today let’s welcome Jessica Cale!

With so many quality quotes from different authors on the subject of writing, do you have a favorite?

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury

Where do you draw your inspiration to write?

It’s the characters, more than anything. My series, the Southwark Saga, has a lot of supporting characters outside of the hero and heroine of each book, and I think about them constantly–where they came from, what they want, what kind of adventures I’d like to send them on. Even relatively minor characters can take on lives of their own, and I like to see where they’re going to go. For example, in Tyburn, Alice Henshawe is a silent, thirteen-year-old barmaid. She appears again in Virtue’s Lady with a slightly larger part, and now she’s going to be the heroine of the third part of the series set several years into the future. This book was completely based on Alice, her insecurities, and my need to give her the happy ending she deserves.

Out of any character you’ve written, is there one that’s near and dear to you–that you feel like you could write about forever?

I have a lot of love for Tyburn’s heroine, Sally Green. She is a very strong character. I put her through more terrible things than a person should ever have to live through, and she’s very close to my heart. I’d like to check in with her periodically to make sure she’s still enjoying life and to see how she’s coping with all of her new responsibilities. She does appear again in Virtue’s Lady, and I have more plans for her for later in the series.

If you had the chance to go anywhere on a dream vacation, where would you travel?

I would love to go interrailing around Europe for a few months. I lived in the UK for several years and did some traveling then, but there’s still so much I want to see. I’d like to take my camera and a notebook and try to get lost!

What project are you most excited for right now?

Right now I’m finishing the third book of The Southwark Saga, tentatively titled The Long Way Home. This one is set six years after Virtue’s Lady ends, and follows barmaid Alice Henshawe as she gets lost in France and takes up some…erm…unusual employment. This has been a very challenging project because it has involved a lot of new research, and I’ve been up to the eyeballs in French history for the past year! The setting is about as far away from seventeenth century Southwark as possible, and all of the characters apart from Alice and Jack are new, and some of them are well-known historical figures. This book has been very hard to write, but I’m finally getting toward the end and I hope my readers will like it.

When you’re not writing, what TV do you watch? Do you have a favorite show on air?

Game of Thrones, hands down! My first degree was in Medieval History, so I love that for fantasy, it’s so close to the reality. The characters are complicated and well-developed and they really make it for me. No one’s really a hero, are they? I’ve read all of the books, so I’m excited to see how everything plays out.

What about in the realm of books? Any recommendations?

I just finished reading the ARC of Vice by Rosanna Leo and it was fantastic. The heroine leads a support group for friends and family of people suffering from gambling addiction and the hero runs a string of casinos. It was emotionally engaging and very sexy, and I just loved it. My other favorite books from this year were probably A Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Samuels and What a Duke Wants by Amy Quinton–both outstanding new regency romances.

What’s your zodiac sign?

Scorpio/Sagittarius cusp!

Do you have any huge pet peeves that might make you put a book down?

I don’t like male characters to read like two-dimensional caricatures of “alpha males”. There has to be more to them than a six pack + something about them to make them “deep.” More than anything, though, I get frustrated when I read a book and I can’t picture what’s going on. I’ve read a lot of these over the past few years. I understand the need to be concise and to keep the pace consistent, but without details, all you have is a three-hundred page conversation. I want to see the houses, feel the clothes, and smell the coffee. I try to make up for this in my books as much as possible, even if the details are unpleasant!

Oh man, I agree with you wholeheartedly on the caricature alpha males! Now, where can readers find you and your books?

Tyburn and Virtue’s Lady are out now from Liquid Silver Books. They are on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, All Romance E-Books, and lsbooks.com. Paperback copies are also available on Amazon.

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From toiling for pennies to bare-knuckle boxing, a lady is prepared for every eventuality.

Lady Jane Ramsey is young, beautiful, and ruined.

After being rescued from her kidnapping by a handsome highwayman, she returns home only to find her marriage prospects drastically reduced. Her father expects her to marry the repulsive Lord Lewes, but Jane has other plans. All she can think about is her highwayman, and she is determined to find him again.

Mark Virtue is trying to go straight. After years of robbing coaches and surviving on his wits, he knows it’s time to hang up his pistol and become the carpenter he was trained to be. He busies himself with finding work for his neighbors and improving his corner of Southwark as he tries to forget the girl who haunts his dreams. As a carpenter struggling to stay in work in the aftermath of The Fire, he knows Jane is unfathomably far beyond his reach, and there’s no use wishing for the impossible.

When Jane turns up in Southwark, Mark is furious. She has no way of understanding just how much danger she has put them in by running away. In spite of his growing feelings for her, he knows that Southwark is no place for a lady. Jane must set aside her lessons to learn a new set of rules if she is to make a life for herself in the crime-ridden slum. She will fight for her freedom and her life if that’s what it takes to prove to Mark—and to herself—that there’s more to her than meets the eye.

Liquid Silver: http://www.lsbooks.com/virtues-lady-p1008.php

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Virtues-Lady-Southwark-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B00VC6B9SS

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/virtues-lady-jessica-cale/1121713113?ean=9781622102051

All Romance E-Books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-virtue039slady-1782182-340.html

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/virtue-s-lady

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Ember Leigh

Writers work hard spending time with their words, whether it be writing manuscripts, marketing, or blog posts. Every Wednesday we tap into some of that wisdom, and get to learn about another creative person.

Today let’s welcome Ember Leigh!

When it comes to writing, do you have any quotes on the subject that speak to you?

“Write to discover, not to wither.” This is a quote coined by one of my best friends and I. She is also an author and we spent our adolescence cooped up in editing meetings reading each other’s manuscripts, and groaning about the writing process. (Though really, 15 years later, I suppose we’re doing much the same.) We came up with this little nugget during our college years, when reflecting about the first-stage writing process, which includes a lot of question marks: who are my characters? Where is this story going? What will the theme be? Writing to discover is one of the most important stages of the creation process, since none of us comes to the page knowing the full story. As long as you don’t wither during the creative process, then you’re on the right track.

Where do you find your writing inspiration?

Everything around me. I’m not sure how inspiration works, or where it comes from, other than on the back of a Technicolor gilded unicorn who comes flying in and out of my brain without warning. It’s just something that’s been inside my body, within the nooks and crannies of my DNA, since conception. Life is fascinating.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, are there any you feel like you could write about forever?

Why? YES! My first NA novel, which is still in the editing stages, features two characters—Trent and Lucie—that I feel like I could write about for eons. That novel is part of a planned series, so luckily I WILL have the chance to revisit them in later installments, if only peripherally. But there’s something about the chemistry between them. I just love their story, I love their They are long-time best friends turned lovers, and although there was lots of confusion and hesitation, especially as they transition into real-life and adulthood, they are one of the strongest couples I’ve ever written.

If you could dart off anywhere for a dream vacation, where would you go?

I have been itching to get to either Hawaii or Bali (or preferably both) for a couple years now. On the other end of the spectrum, my partner and I are planning our honeymoon to Yellowstone National Park, hopefully for the fall of next year. So really I can’t pick one. The world is too big to only have one dream vacation!

What project are you the most excited for right now?

My travel-themed short story series! It’s my first foray into self-publishing, and it has been such a fun and creative journey. I’m releasing a new installment every month, and each short story features new characters, new locations, and new steamy adventures! I can’t wait to reveal all the destinations and sexy characters I have planned…*evil laughter* I love it so much because I love TRAVEL so much, so it combines my passions (international travel & writing) in a way that feels so organic and also titillating at the same time!

Do you have a favorite TV show on air?

Oh, boy, I’m not sure. I don’t watch television that much. But if I catch re-runs of something in the off-chance I’m watching TV, I always pick “The Big Bang Theory” or “The Office”.

What about books? Any recommendations?

I’m finishing up “Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard” by Kiran Desai (she wrote “The Inheritance of Loss”), which is a fiction book I picked up while traveling through India and has the lushest imagery I’ve read in a long while. I’m reading Osho’s book “Nowhere To Go But In”, which I also picked up while traveling India. It’s dense but fascinating.

And my favorite question–what’s your astrological sign?

Pisces and proud!

What’s your biggest pet peeve while you’re reading a book?

My pet peeves stem from a lack of editorial eye. Abuse of adverbs, too many tags or pronouns, things like that. Hiring an editor if self-publishing, or finding the right editor within a publishing house, is so important for the final product. Small things like that speak volumes, to me, about the quality of the work overall (and how serious the author is about their work).

Where can readers find you and your work?

Right now, my travel-themed short story series, Erotic Destinations, can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and more. Later this year, my forthcoming novel, A New York Minute, will be available in most major outlets via The Wild Rose Press.

Carlos & Casey (Book 1 of Erotic Destinations):

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZSATW3I

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/carlos-casey-ember-leigh/1122257742;jsessionid=9F8BFFD9E199C4DDD813526A201ABBBF.prodny_store03-4?ean=2940152210774

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1016727011

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/carlos-casey

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Chris Pavesic

It’s that time of week again, where we meet a new author! Learn about all the different approaches and methods of a motley assortment of talented individuals. This week, we’re welcoming Chris Pavesic, who kindly read and reviewed Stolen Petals on her blog!

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Since writers are known for their clever way with words, what’s your favorite quote about writing?

Jim Butcher wrote the following on his Goodreads blog, and it is advice that really stuck with me:

“YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD WHO CAN KILL YOUR DREAM. *NO ONE* can make you quit. *NO ONE* can take your dream away. No one but you.” (http://bit.ly/1L0hqWv)

That’s powerful stuff. I love Jim Butcher! When you’re setting down to write, where do you draw your inspiration from?

Coffee.

Seriously there is no simple answer to this one. Inspiration, motivation, a desire to write—whatever you call it—has to come from the person. It is totally on the writer. If you are not inspired, you really have to sit back and ask yourself why you are writing a book, short story, poem, etc.? Are you writing because you want to be rich and famous? This doesn’t happen often and the lack of success could drain your motivation. Are you writing because you love to write–because it is your favorite thing to do? Doing what you enjoy is pure inspiration in itself.

I wanted to be a writer literally before I could actual write. When I was a preschooler I would tell stories to my Grandmother, who obligingly copied them down for me. Writing is my lifelong dream. So I don’t have trouble finding inspiration because this is what I want to do.  Sure–there are days when it is frustrating, but I power through them because I want to write. I want to see something that springs from my imagination appear on a page so that others can enjoy it.

 But I cannot stress the coffee factor enough. 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, is there one that resonates with you, that you feel like you could write about forever?

Without a doubt my favorite is Devyn Du Chien from my first published novel, The Caelimane Operation. When I started writing, he was not going to be a main character. By the time I reached the end of the chapter where he was introduced, I had to go back and re-write it from his point of view. He was the most interesting character in the room. I hope my readers feel the same.

If you could travel anywhere on a dream vacation, where would you go?

Anywhere that I could go with my family and we could just hang around, visit, and do activities we enjoy would be a dream vacation. Time off is such a rarity for me that I’m pretty flexible in this regard.

Do you have a project in the works that you’re super excited about?

I have been have been working on a YA urban fantasy/dystopia novel based on a short story I wrote.  It actually features different characters, so no part of the short story will appear in the novel, but I really liked the story world that I created and want to expand on it.  I don’t have a title yet, but the short story was titled “The Revelation” so that might be a good working title. 

When you’re not writing, what’re your favorite TV shows are you checking out?

This type of question always causes a quandary for me because I pick one and then think “wait . . . what about this other one?” So I have to choose between Grimm, Once Upon a Time, and The Walking Dead? Or Doctor Who? Or Game of Thrones? Going with the length of time I have watched the series as a tiebreaker, it will have to be Doctor Who.

(Just be glad you didn’t ask me my favorite author or book. There wouldn’t be any room left on your blog as I pondered the answer.)

How about in the book-o-sphere? Any recommendations?

I just finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan. It is a mystery novel filled with a lot of humor. I would certainly recommend it.

What’s your astrological sign?

Pisces. (I had to look it up.)

Any huge pet peeves when you’re reading a book?

When I am reading a mystery novel, I like it when the writer “plays fair” with his/her readers and provides clues that allow a reader to solve the mystery. I do not like it when a detective solves a mystery by applying an obscure fact that no one could guess—some bit of information that the author did not present previously in the novel. This is one reason I like Agatha Christie’s mysteries. She provides the clues throughout the book that should make the solution obvious, but does it in such a way that I can never guess the outcome until the end.

Where can readers find your and your books?

You can find my books at amazon.com/author/chrispavesic

You can learn more about me at my blog www.chrispavesic.com or on Twitter @chrispavesic. 

I am on Goodreads http://bit.ly/1HsEls6 and have a YouTube channel, On Writing with Chris Pavesic.

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Meet the Writer- Einar Mercer

One community that’s blossoming with talent is the steampunk one. Whether it be artists, musicians, writers, or any of the other talented creators that make inventions and crafts, this group of individuals has produced unparalleled creativity.

Today welcome Einar Mercer to the blog!

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What’s your favorite quote about writing?

Because so many quotes about writing are from writers, there are hundreds of excellent quotes and it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite. At the moment I am inspired by these two:

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” – E.L. Doctorow

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” –Graham Greene

When you’re settling down to write, where do you draw your inspiration from?

People are fascinating and inspiring and while I know some writers develop a plot and then populate it with characters, almost everything I have ever written has begun with a person. There is a lot of beauty and tragedy in the world but there is something uniquely magnificent about the combination of mannerisms, language, physical features, worldviews, and emotional ranges that compose and person and distinguish them from others. Sometimes when it is a particularly potent combination I will immediately imagine them in another place, or another time, or how they would react to this opportunity or that obstacle- and a story begins.

With all the characters you’ve written, are there any you’re attached enough to keep writing about?

Because of the way in which I fall in love with characters, asking which is my favorite is like asking a parent which child they like best- in my estimation there is always an answer, but they feel a little conflicted about it. I have written some colorful characters and some meaningful characters, some that reflect the best and worst parts of myself… it has been rumored that I have even created characters based on people I disliked for the sole purpose of killing them in novels!

My favorite character to date is probably Adelaide “Calamity” Sinclair, a main character in the first trilogy of my Gears & Gunfighters books. She represents the best in womankind to me, independent and practical, beautiful and vibrant, comfortable with her sexuality and dedicated to those she cares for.

If you could choose anywhere to go for a dream vacation, where would you travel?

I grew up on the northern Atlantic coast and have an abiding love for the rocky shores and frigid whitecaps of that region. If I could vacation in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and spend my days at Odiorne Point writing followed by nights in the Coat of Arms Pub, that would be about as perfect as I can imagine.

Do you have any project you’re super excited about right now?

I am most excited to continue writing in my Gears & Gunfighters universe as it expands. My fourth book and the start of a new trilogy will be released at the end of July, and my fifth book is underway. I have eight more outlined, with some loose plans to write some novels in the classic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure format and a role-playing game in the same setting. A fan has asked how I would feel about other authors writing short stories in the Gears & Gunfighters setting, so that may be on the horizon as well.

When you’re not writing, are there any shows you keep up with?

I am a big fan of Hell on Wheels and just finished Season 4, while Season 5 premieres on July 18th. It is a bit of an underdog on AMC with Walking Dead and Mad Men in the spotlight, but I am thoroughly addicted and looking forward to the final season.

Do you have any book recommendations to share?

I just picked up “Bull Mountain” by Brian Panowich, a work of Southern Outlaw fiction. Not normally a genre I read, I was impressed at his book launch party by the grit and noir of the first chapter and the breadth of his plot arc (the novel spans four generations of a family from the end of prohibition to modern day).

When people ask me to recommend a book, I invariably recommend “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” I consider Oscar Wilde to be one of the finest writers of all time, and genuinely believe he was possessed of a uniquely deep understanding of the human condition.

Now the question I ask everyone–what’s your zodiac sign?

I am a classic Virgo.

Do you have any pet peeves when reading a book that might cause you to put it down?

I would like to preface my reply to this question by saying that completing a novel and sending it to print is a monumental accomplishment and worthy of recognition, and that my pet peeves are simply matters of preference rather than a comment on any author who falls victim to them- nothing can detract from the milestone that is fearlessly putting your story out into the world and giving it to others to do with what they will.

I do not care for fiction in which agenda overruns plot. If a character is anti-government, or focused on putting an end to bullying, or some other socially relevant cause, that is fine and perhaps even integral to the story. When that transitions to a sense that the author is using characters as props to drive their personal agenda to the reader, I lose interest immediately. I believe such objectives belong in the realm of non-fiction where the reader chooses to be informed on the subject, while such dialogues in fiction should be more subtle and collateral to falling in love with characters or plotlines.

Where can readers find you and your books?

My books are all available on Kindle and in paperback through Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Einar-Mercier/e/B00VKW1JLQ)

Links to all of my books and social media presence can be found on my blog as well, at www.gearsandgunfighters.com.

If you happen to be in the Augusta, Georgia area, my friend David Hutchison is stocking my novels on the shelves of the Book Tavern on Broad Street, downtown. As a plug for his business, David owns and operates his bookstore with an incredible selection of new and used titles and proudly supports independent authors for events, one of the rare gems of the central Savannah River valley.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Paula Millhouse

It’s that time of week again, where we get to know more of the kickass talent out there! As someone who loves meeting people, particularly creative people, this post has been a joy, and I’ve found everyone’s answers fascinating!

Today let’s welcome Paula Millhouse!

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What writing quote means the most to you?

Via the awesome Chuck Wendig: “Finish your shit.” While at first his words may sound crass, the truth is in the quote for writers. You started that story. Finish it. That’s the only way through. Writers write. End of discussion.

Ha, I love that! Couldn’t agree more. What about inspiration? Where do you draw it from?

Writing is my therapy, my way back to myself, a sort-of Zen meditation if you will. This crazy old world can challenge the best and the worst in us, and writing helps me diffuse. Temperance is a value I hold dear – the philosophy that we should take it for granted that people act for good despite their circumstances.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, are there any you’re so attached to that you could write stories about them forever?

My dragonlet Magnus is my favorite character. He’s young, and full of whimsy, and adventure with so much to learn about the world. He’s got this huge destiny, but he’s just this intelligent youngling thrown into an impossible situation. I think I could write about him discovering his world forever.

For those curious, we have a picture!

3D digital render of a little blue dragon isolated on white background
3D digital render of a little blue dragon isolated on white background

For many of us, we travel through our writing, but when it comes to real life vacations, do you have a dream one?

A cruise on the Mediterranean Sea to visit the Greek Isles. The landscape there, and the history fascinates me. Not to mention the food, and the Ouzo! Second choice – Scotland.

Any projects you’re really excited to share with us?

Chalvaren Rising, my first professionally edited and produced Fantasy Romance novel with Boroughs Publishing Group. I blended the genres, and while traditional bookstores might have a hard time shelving the novel, it seems like the perfect marriage of story to me. Most fantasy books don’t have enough romance for me, and I find magic lacking in most straight romances. Hey, all those Hobbits and Elves and Dragons had to come from somewhere, right?

That sounds fantastic! Not going to lie, I’m intrigued–I feel the same way about blending fantasy and romance. When you’re taking a break from writing, what TV shows do you check out?

I gotta go with The Big Bang Theory. Just enough Geek there to make me smile, and the humor is huge – exactly what I need after a hard day at work. I’m a recovering Outlander. Honestly, I still haven’t decided if I’ll give Starz another chance next season after the last two episodes.

What about in the book-o-sphere?

I’m currently reading The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. I enjoyed Marilyn Baxter’s Direct Deposit, a great contemporary. And I just picked up Solid Ground – the premise sounds perfect for my kind of story.

The Book of Life looked pretty intriguing–let me know how it is! And I hope you enjoy Solid Ground : ) Now to my favorite question–what’s your zodiac sign?

Aquarius. It’s true, I can never make up my mind, and as a character flaw, I’ll admit I can hold a grudge for over a year if you cross me. I’m working on that with respect to my goal of Temperance…

Are there any pet peeves that will make you put a book down?

The heroine who’s too stupid to live. I know we’ve got to showcase internal conflict as writers, but nothing drives me battier than a woman who can’t make up her mind. I appreciate kick-ass heroines who harbor dark secrets and aren’t afraid to act on good instincts. I love to read about gals who know who/what they want, and go for it despite the odds.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Find the Author here:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Amazon / Boroughs Publishing Group / Pinterest

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The Dragonstone has returned. With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin.

TO ASCEND TRIUMPHANT

Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth…and their war.

It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

Buy it here: Boroughs Publishing Group

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