Interview and Giveaway with Clark hays and Kathleen McFall

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Today I have the authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall for a interview. They are currently on a book tour for their latest release: Blood and Whiskey.

 

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Why did you decide to write a novel?

Our first book, The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Darkly Romantic Mystery, was a test for marriage. We’d just gotten back together two years after a fiery break up. During those two years, we realized: 1) we couldn’t live without each other, and 2) living with each other was going to be tough if we couldn’t harness some of the creative insanity that plagues us both. We had both been writing creatively, and morosely — in typical writerly fashion — for years, so it made perfect sense to join forces.

 

Literally, the first time we saw each other after the break up was at a truckstop in Madras, Oregon, where we made a vow to write a novel together to test out the possibility of a long-term relationship. The challenge was bringing together our shared interests — philosophy, the west, spirituality — and styles (action, humor, politics and literary fiction). We brainstormed through endless pots of truckstop coffee and cigarettes (it was a long time ago) and sketched out the rough plot for Cowboy and Vampire on the back of a paper placemat in crayon. This was in 1999, long before iPads.

 

The test was a success. We’ve only gotten better at working together and Blood and Whiskey, our latest book, digs deeper into life in the modern west, excavates a unique spiritual element — The Meta (more about that below) — and cranks the romance up a notch. Plus there are cowboys and vampires.

What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?

We wrote the entire first draft in blood and only by the light of a full moon. As you can imagine, that took awhile.

 

The other (okay, the real) thing that makes Blood and Whiskey stand out is the way we crash together two iconic characters — cowboys and vampires — in a fun and entertaining way, but not at all campy. We all have deeply held notions of cowboys and the undead, so right off the (vampire) bat, readers bring their own emotional connections to the characters and we use that familiarity to more deeply explore concepts of good and evil, morality and a “couldn’t be more opposite” attracts passionate relationship.

 

We also introduce new elements for our vampires such as The Meta, a shared external consciousness where their “souls” and their sense of self go when they die at dawn. It’s the source of all animate life, even for the undead, and it’s the place humans who have near death experiences go, temporarily, through the tunnel and into the bright light, before they are resuscitated.

 

But it’s not all serious. Blood and Whiskey stands out because it packs a lot of fun, horror, action and romance into a one book built on a foundation of literary fiction. Plus there are cowboys and vampires. It’s the perfect summer read.

Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?

Kathleen: Vodka, and quiet.
Clark: Whiskey, and music.

What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?

Kathleen: I read almost exclusively fiction, and voraciously — especially now that we finally entered the Kindle world. I stay away from all contemporary vampire fiction because with so many talented people working in this genre, I don’t want their creative insights to influence our work. We joke about the literary tofu effect: picking up the flavors of other ingredients. Check out my Goodreads page for some of the books I’ve read recently.

 

Clark: I read almost exclusively nonfiction. It makes for a good balance in our writing. I tend to read about things that interest me, things I can learn from; I’m currently reading a book about oysters because I realized I don’t know how they reproduce. I also read books that help me with our writing. I read a great book about the Siberian tiger during Blood and Whiskey to help me get inside the mind of a big predator. Find me on Goodreads to see my reviews of other books.

Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?

We are plotting out book three in The Cowboy and Vampire Thriller Series. It’s tentatively called Undead Asylum. And we’re working on a paranormal detective series.

What is one novel book that you would recommend?

Kathleen: Crime and Punishment, by Dostoyevsky

Clark: Les Miserables, by Hugo.

A curiosity you would like to share.

Kathleen: I once had a near Near Death Experience which probably shaped my interest in spirituality. Read about it here.

Clark: When I was in high school, I shot myself in the leg accidentally. Even more terrifying, I bled all over a sky blue tux. Read about it here.

Quick answers:

a dream?

Kathleen: Writing creatively full time.

Clark: The ability to travel to more interesting places where we can stay inside and write, but hopefully with a better view.

a nightmare?

Kathleen: A world without books.

Clark: A world without Kathleen.

Kathleen: I want to change mine.

favorite book?

Kathleen: Can’t do it, it changes daily.

Clark: The Unquiet Grave by Cyril Connolly

favorite music?

Kathleen: I don’t really listen to music, so whatever Clark has on in the background.

Clark: I’m liking Heartless Bastards these days.

Favorite quote?

Kathleen: The Internet is a large experiment in anarchy.

Clark: Not tonight dear, I’m on deadline (it’s on a mug at the Newseum in DC)


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Blood and Whiskey
A Cowboy and Vampire Thriller
by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall
Publication date: May 1, 2012
Fiction, Trade Paperback (362 pages) $14.95; e-book $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-9838200-1-7; Library of Congress Control Number: 2012902814

Wanted: Lizzie Vaughan, Dead or Alive

 

Relationships are always hard, but for a broke cowboy and a newly turned Vampire, true love may be lethal.

 

After barely surviving an undead apocalypse in The Cowboy and the Vampire, Tucker and Lizzie hightail it back to quirky LonePine, Wyoming (population 438), to start a family. But she’s got a growing thirst for blood and he’s realizing that mortality ain’t all it’s cracked up to be when your girlfriend may live forever. With a scheming Vampire nation hot on their boot heels and a price on her head, how far will Lizzie and Tucker go to protect their unlikely love?

 

Blending evolution, religion and an overly sensitive cow dog named Rex, Blood and Whiskey drags the Vampire myth into the modern west, delivering double-barreled action, heart-pounding passion and wicked humor.


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Clark Hays grew up in Montana in the shadow of the Tobacco Root Mountains. In addition to his fiction work, he is a cowboy, a published poet and occasional food critic. Recently, he was nominated for Pushcart Prize for short fiction and not so recently for a Rhysling award for poetry. Clark brings a deep knowledge about the modern west, weaponry, country music and existentialism to his writing.
Kathleen McFall grew up in the heart of Washington, D.C. She worked as a petroleum geologist and, later, as a journalist, and has published hundreds of articles about scientific research, energy and natural resources. An interest in the overlap of science and mysticism are an essential aspect of her fiction writing. She received an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for fiction writing.

Learn more at http://cowboyandvampire.com/ and www.facebook.com/cowboyandvampire

 

About the books

 

Blood and Whiskey (Pumpjack Press, May 2012), by Kathleen McFall and Clark Hays, is the second book in the Cowboy and Vampire Thriller Series. It’s a wickedly funny tale of love, loyalty and sacrifice in the modern west.

 

About the authors

 

Stuff Clark likes: sagebrush, the American West, clouds, whiskey and graphic novels. Stuff he hates: running quarterbacks, drivers who don’t use turn signals and the sound of flip-flops.

Stuff Kathleen likes: Russian literature, anarchy, martinis, lava and the ocean. Stuff she hates: intermissions, Halloween corn mazes and high-speed vehicular sandwiches. And the Muppets.

 

Find out more about The Cowboy and the Vampire Thriller Series:

www.cowboyandvampire.com

www.facebook.com/cowboyandvampire

@cowboyvamp

#bloodandwhiskey


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Interview with Andrew P. Weston

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Today I have an interview with Andrew P. Weston. His book was in April and has received several great ratings.


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Why did you decide to write a novel?

“They say” there’s a novel in everyone. Mine was waiting to get out for a long time. I’d served in the military and police force for a number of years, witnessing and dealing with things people normally only ever get to see on TV or in films, or read about. Once I’d retired, I thought – why not write about these experiences in a way that’s combined with my favorite genres, (Fantasy/Paranormal/Thriller’s)? I know the subjects, I know what I like – (because I’ve never, ever forced myself to read something I didn’t like) – so I thought, why not try to write something that I would ‘love’ to read myself? So many just talk about it. I decided to do it! And I’m glad I did, I love creating things and coming up with new concepts.

What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?

Let’s be honest, you will be aware that most of the paranormal fantasy available nowadays ranges between two common poles. At one end are tales involving witches and wizards, and so forth, while at the other “urban” end are the popular tales about vampires and werewolves. Books with a fresh approach to fantasy are sadly lacking, and that is why I feel my story will be a refreshing addition to the bookshelves. It doesn’t involve schools for witchcraft and wizardry, neither are there covens of vampires or demons involved. If I were to sum up my concept using a simple “blurb” of one sentence, I would say, “Death Never Looked So Good.” It’s a gritty, down to earth, murder mystery with great humor and ballistic sex added to a fast paced and compulsive recipe. Once you start, you won’t want to put it down.

Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?

Certainly – peace and quiet are a must! As is an endless supply of strong coffee! (Black, no sugar – ‘huge’ mug. Thank you!) Alegre

What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?

In my spare time I follow books by Raymond E Feist, Trudy Canavan, and Stephen R Donaldson. I’m currently reading “The Hunger Games Trilogy”.

Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?

I have a number of current works in progress. The first is book 3 of the Guardian Series, entitled, “Fallen Angels”. However, as I have time on my side (“Guardian Angels” is due to be published August 2012 – and “Guardians” is still under assessment – If successful, this obviously means it wouldn’t be due for publication until 2013.) So I can devote my time to other, more immediate projects.

 

I have submitted a couple of short stories to Ruby Lioness Press for inclusion in Anthologies. One, I know, has been accepted – “Love Bite” a paranormal thriller, while my first attempt at a love story/romance, “A fresh Start”, is under consideration. I really enjoyed concentrating on that one as it focused me in an entirely different way. So – fingers crossed.

 

I am also working on a sequel to a previous short story…But you’ll have to wait and see what that is. Its great fun and I want to ensure I get it right.

 

AND – I’m putting a few details together regarding a project I’ll start next year for another short story – combining a real life historical mystery with time travel!

 

However, my main focus is on developing another new concept Ruby Lioness Press is keen to see, a paranormal erotic thriller series, “The Cambion Journals”. Book 1, “The Rage of Augustus” is about 1/3 completed. Its current, it’s fresh and should hopefully prove very popular as I’m developing it in a way that you can’t help but get caught up in Augustus’ feelings as he pursues a bitter enemy across the centuries and around the world.

What is one novel book that you would recommend?

 

Definitely Lord Fouls Bane by Stephen Donaldson! It’s refreshing to have an antitypical hero who makes you want to kick him up the backside. A fantastic concept too that set the benchmark after Tolkien

A curiosity you would like to share.

I’ve always wondered. When you enter a darkened room and switch on the light, where does the light actually go? Does it hide under the couch? In the corners? Where does it go?

Quick answers:

a dream?

I fly a lot in my dreams. They are very lucid, full of sensation and I love them!

a nightmare?

Being unable to save my children if they’re in trouble/danger.

favorite book?

Magician – Raymond E Feist.

favorite music?

Evanescence – Pink – Snow Patrol – One Republic – Enya.

Favorite quote?

“We are Spartans. Arooh, arooh, arooh!”


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Fairy Tail

Andrew P Weston

For the third year running, a ritualistic serial killer has struck again in the week leading up to Halloween, leaving a gruesome and bloody trail in his wake.

It’s the same every year. One murder every day, until his quotient of seven has been reached. Butchery doesn’t begin to describe what happens to those who he gets his hands on. Then the killer vanishes – only to return twelve months later as merciless as ever.

When he does resurface, he appears to strike randomly and at will. It cannot be established exactly how the killer selects his victims, or why. As such, the detective leading the case is no closer to discovering the identity of the ruthless predator than he was when the slayings began.

It’s only when the detective gets an unexpected break that things get interesting…

 

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Andrew P Weston was born in the city of Birmingham, in the UK, and grew up in the towns of Bearwood and Edgebaston, eventually attending Holly Lodge Grammar School for Boys where he was School Captain and Head Boy.

 

He was an active sportsperson for the school and a number of rugby,
swimming, martial art and athletics teams throughout the city.

 

On graduation in 1977, he became a member of the Royal Marines and
served in a number of roles both in the UK and abroad.

 

ln 1985 he joined the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, serving as a police
officer in a variety of uniformed and plain clothes departments until his retirement in 2008.

 

Over those years, he wrote and illustrated a number of private books for his children regarding the life of a tiny kitten entitled, "The Adventures of Willy Whiskers", gained further qualifications in Law and Religious Studies, was an active member of Mensa, and continued to be an active sportsman and
instructor, providing lessons free of charge to various local communities.

 

An unfortunate injury received on duty meant Andrew had to retire early, but, after moving to the sunny Greek island of Kos to help speed his recuperation, he was at last able to spend time developing the "Guardian Concept” he had formulated over his years in the military and police services.

 

When not writing, Andrew devotes his time to Greek dancing and language lessons, feeding his cats, and
can be seen most evenings hunting shadows in the dark. He hasn’t managed to catch any yet, but is sure
he came close on two occasions.

Interview with Quinn Loftis

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Today author Quinn Loftis is answering some questions. I read and reviewed her three books on The Grey Wolves series and can honestly say how fun it was.


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Why did you decide to write a novel?

It was something that I had always wanted to do, and finally at 31 I decided I wasn’t getting any younger so might as well give it a go.

What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?

Although it is YA paranormal with were-wolves, which is the hot thing along with Vamps and Angels etc. I feel like one of the things that I repeatedly get compliments on is the humor in my books. I love to laugh, I love others to laugh so I try to make sure there is comic relief in my books.

Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?

Music, notebook, pen

What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?

YA Paranormal, murder mystery

Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?

I’m currently working on Out Of The Dark, Book 4 in the Grey Wolves Series. It is due to release June 7th, 2012. After that it’s on to Book 5, the title is still in the works.

What is one novel book that you would recommend?

Pride and Prejudice

Quick answers:

a dream?

To be New Your Times Bestseller

a nightmare?

For my child to die before me

favorite book?

Pride and Prejudice

favorite music?

Anything that moves me in that moment.

Favorite quote?

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you.” Jeremiah 29:11-14 NIV Bible.


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Just One Drop
Book 3 in the Grey Wolves Series
By Quinn Loftis

Jennifer Adams, best friend to Jacque Pierce and Sally Morgan, spicy, out spoken, a little crazy and human…or so she thought. Jen has just found out that human DNA is not the only thing that resides in her veins, she happens to share that little pesky werewolf gene, although it isn’t more than just a drop. Now that she and her friends are living in Romania with Fane’s pack, she is also oh so conveniently stuck with the object of her affection, the fur ball Decebel.

Drawn to each other by something they don’t understand Jen finds herself frustrated by the lack of mating signs between her and said fur ball. Not only is she dealing with that not so un-frustrating problem, she now has been informed that because of that little drop of werewolf blood in her she is now required to attended a multi-pack gathering for un-mated wolves. This type of gathering hasn’t taken place in over a century but with a shortage of females among the werewolf population the males are getting worried they won’t ever find their true mates.

Meanwhile Decebel struggles with the emotions he is feeling towards Jen. He tries to keep his distance but there is just something about the mouthy blonde that keeps him coming back for more of her verbal abuse that he just can’t seem to get enough of…go figure.

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About the Author

clip_image002[5]Quinn is a 31 year old wife, mother, nurse, and writer, not necessarily in that order. She lives in beautiful North West Arkansas with her husband, son and Nora their Doberman pinscher. She loves writing, reading, and crocheting. Her favorite holiday is Christmas, favorite book(s) is Pride and Prejudice, The Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs, and the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. She loves to be silly and have fun, loves music and thinks there is no greater sound in the world than that of her little boy’s laughter.

 

www.quinnloftisbooks.com

 

@AuthQuinnLoftis

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Shae Wynters

 

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Today I have author Shae Wynters to talk a bit more about herself. Hope you guys enjoy and there’s also a giveaway at the end. Good luck all!


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Why did you decide to write a novel?

I had this story in my head of a romance between a leader and a guardian. I always loved romance stories of the forbidden and where the hero and heroine bounce off each other through verbal barbs and clashing personalities. I had always been interested in writing a story about shapeshifters and the skinwalker legend from the Navajo tribe interested. That’s when the idea for A Skinwalker’s Legacy was born as well as the main characters.

What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?

I think the mixture of romantic suspense with paranormal elements featuring multi-cultural characters helps it stand out. I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy but I was bummed to see there weren’t many focusing on MC characters in interracial and MC relationships besides the late L.A. Bank’s Vampire Hunter books, Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson books and Nalini Singh’s Psy books.

Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?

Coffee and noise. Strangely enough I love listening to something or having something on in the background while I write. Adding in a cup of coffee rounds out the whole ‘author’ feel where I can really feel like I’m being productive. It’s a lovely environment to work in where I can achieve a nice comfort level to think. 🙂

What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?

Oh I love reading the same genre I write. Paranormal romance, Urban fantasy, romantic suspense. I also love science fiction and mystery. Books that mix the speculative with suspense are really awesome for me. I have way too many books on my shelf and in my reader at the moment!

Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?

I’m currently working on a historical paranormal romance story that I released previously under another name but now am doing rewrites on. I’m not one to usually write historical or read much of it, but this story really stands out for me because it’s different in a sea of regencies, victorians and other European settings that feature scores of dukes, lords, ladies and rakes. This story focuses on a young bride who lives on the countryside where there is rumor of a howling beast in the woods. Her new husband is a much older man who ‘won’ her in a trade to pay off her parent’s debt and it is his assistant who catches her eye and sort of awakens her heart and body to true love.

What is one novel book that you would recommend?

I would recommend Dark Lies by Vivi Anna. Actually I love all the Valorian Chronicles books. I loved the idea of a paranormal CSI series and I hope he continues to write this series. It’s sexy, romantic, suspenseful and there’s so much great world building around such fun characters that I had hoped the series would never end!

Quick answers:

a dream?

Reaching for the stars

a nightmare?

Fear

favorite book?

Brave New World

favorite music?

Ambient/Lounge

Favorite quote?

Facts do not cease to exist just because we choose to ignore them.


 

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A Skinwalker’s Legacy
By Shae Wynters

Blurb –

Lexia Torrance is a young woman with the gift of second sight. Her ability allows the Phoenix Police Department to solve crimes based on the gift of touch. Her latest case leads her to the body of a local man left with the killers’ calling card—an emblem burned on the victim’s chest in the shape of a sun. She soon finds herself facing five men looking for the necklace with the same emblem…and they are determined to find her as well…

Galen Cortes knows the immense ability deep inside Lexia as well as her destiny to take the throne as Skinwalker Chieftess to the southwest tribe. As a guard of the tribe, Galen has sworn to protect Lexia and teach her the truth about her powers. Despite what his heart feels, he knows a guard isn’t supposed to get too close to a betrothed Chieftess. But his fiery passion may soon override his rational thought.

With a murderous Lycan tribe on their tail and only a few hours to spare once Lexia learns her birthright, Galen will only have a day to teach her what those before her learned in a lifetime. Before their time is over, passion will erupt between the guard and his ruler, a fateful battle will dawn between two tribes and a new Chieftess will arise within the nocturnal hours…


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Lexia peered up at her reflection again, feeling the heavy sensation subside within her. Her breathing soon slowed down to normal. It would be a while before she could get to bed after that distraction. Sunlight would be rising in a few hours and she debated whether to stay up for the rest of the morning or call in for a day off to spend the rest of it in bed.

 

With a deep exhale to clear her thoughts, she flipped off the bathroom light and headed back into her bedroom to check the time. Two sharp red glows caught her eye on the opposite end of the room where her work desk sat against the wall.

 

The jewels on the necklace. Was it glowing before?

 

It called out to her in that moment just like it had earlier when she found it in the dead man’s living room. It took a lot of coaxing for her to convince Rudy to let her leave with it instead of logging it in for evidence. She told him she needed it to help further identify the perps. The explanation was partly true, considering it may help her if she could learn more about it.

 

She picked it up and watched the glistening gold metal catch the light of the silver moon outside her window. The ruby jewels appeared like eyes watching her from the comfort of her warm palm. Then she noticed the indentation on the face around the eyes and mouth. It looked slightly rough with grooves like the craters on the moon. Maybe it wasn’t the sun at all? Maybe it was a mixture of both.

 

Looking at it gave her reassurance for safety. Why did she feel so attached to it although she had never seen it before tonight?

 

The small jewels brightened into dazzling red shades as a shadow danced cross her window. Lexia’s gaze shot up. She followed the movement near the corner of her eye as her senses shot to full alert.

 

She reached over to the top drawer of her desk where her spare 9 mm rested—the same one Rudy had given her for protection. If anyone connected to tonight’s murder followed her, they would be plenty sorry after catching a few hot bullets between the shoulder blades. She dropped the necklace in the pocket of her pajama pants then checked the chamber to confirm the ammunition. All full. Good.

 

She’d never had any problems with intruders in the area. The neighborhood was relatively safe, according to the feedback she’d received before moving in. But if there was anything she learned in her line of work, it was that no one was ever wholly safe.

 

Shadows crept across the darkened living room windows as she stepped into the hallway. Her heartbeat was so loud she hoped it wouldn’t give her away.

 

Darkness immediately surrounded her, but it wasn’t the dimness of ordinary shadows.

 

The dark presence joined a larger group that covered every inch of the front yard. She gripped the gun between sweaty palms. A shadowy figure with broad shoulders stepped in front of the living room window. Blood chilling howls broke through the air as he raised his arm.

 

Lexia’s eyes widened at the sight of the large gun in his hands. The glass living room window panel exploded from the spray of bullets as she dived to the ground. She hit the wooden floor with a loud thud and curled up until the firing eventually came to a halt.

 

The man dove through the shattered open window and tumbled onto the ground into a kneeling position. Right away, he raised his large gun in her direction.

 

Lexia jumped to her feet and scrambled behind her favorite rocking chair recliner. She couldn’t quite make out his face but his massive intimidating impression was all too familiar to her senses.

 

“Come on, Lexia,” his deep voice was oddly calm yet somewhat enticing. “We just want to talk to you.”

 

She pressed her back against the rocking chair, propping her elbows up on her bended knees while still gripping the gun in her hand.

 

“That’s a pretty difficult way to talk with your bullets instead of your mouth,” she called over her shoulder. “I would’ve gladly opened the door to save the destruction of my house.”

 

“Somehow I doubt that.”

 

That’s it. Keep him talking. At least until you think of some way to get out of here.

 

He laughed, the low rumbling reverberated across the room. “The whole house is surrounded, Lexia. Don’t think you can escape.”

 

She gritted her teeth. The gun handle slowly slipped against her damp palms and she squeezed her grip to hold it tight.

 

“If it’s one thing I can’t stand,” she said, moving to her side, “it’s someone telling me what I can and can’t do.”

 

Lexia jumped away from the chair, pointing her gun with one hand while her free hand opened toward the figure. A stream of fire emitted from her fingers, setting the large man ablaze. He screamed, loud and preternatural like a tortured creature in binds. His flaming body fell against the back wall with a loud crash. Lexia made sure to cushion her fall before the cold wood collided against her body.

 

A shot of pain spiked through her arm and to her side, but the adrenaline pumping through her bloodstream knocked it to the back of her mind.

 

“What the–” How did I do that?

 

Her heart raced in her chest as her mind scrambled to think of a way out.

 

Back door.

 

Lexia jumped to her feet and sprinted toward the back. She nearly ripped the door off its hinges and tore across the soft, green lawn lining her pool. She was close. So close to being free.


About the Author

Shae Wynters is the pen name of an award winning, best selling author who has been writing for more than twenty years and has been professionally published for eleven years. A bonafide vampire, fantasy, sensual romance and speculative fiction lover, Shae sometimes meshes all these elements together for a rip roaring story to entertain her spectrum of readers.

 

http://shaewynters.blogspot.com

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Interview with Sascha Illyvich

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Today I have author Sascha Illyvich answering a couple questions. She just released a new book and the cover is really hot. Enjoy!!!


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Why did you decide to write a novel?

Because that’s what writers do. Writers write, to get out emotions, deal with things, create and share.

What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?

I’m a male romance author that understands the delicate cycle of emotions and how to create conflict between characters and the world they inhabit.

Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?

Booze and tea. And music.

What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?

I do indeed read erotic romance. Mostly, but I occasionally read cigar and alcohol journals, plus motivational books and some business books.

Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?

 

Sure can! Menage Bound is about Siddella, A tired corporate executive needs a break from the hectic work life she leads. She wouldn’t mind if that break came in the form of two hunky dominant males. Jason and Chase have had trouble finding a woman who could accept them and their penchant for kink.

What is one novel book that you would recommend?

Surrender to Love, because it’s an opening into the kinky world that I created, and it’s easy on the mind, yet the body will crave sexual and sensual contact afterwards.

A curiosity you would like to share.

Even though I wear really girlie clothes when I cross dress, I’m still very alpha.

Quick answers:

a dream?

Most are nightmarish and involve my demons.

a nightmare?

My personal demons

favorite book?

SinJinn by Julie Templeton or The Vampire Queen’s Servant by Joey W. Hill

favorite music?

Death metal and EBM

Favorite quote?

"I’d been told to get the fuck up, to dust myself and to go it again." – Devildriver


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Treasure’s Gift
Series: The Edge
By Sascha Illyvich

Treasure has always had a thing for Mark, her best friend. When he drops in unannounced, she’s glad until she realizes his workload is keeping him occupied when the only thing on her mind is jumping him. With the help of a very sexy friend, she uses the one thing designed to make Mark slow down and take notice. What will he do at the temptation of two beautiful women?

 

 

 

 


Sascha Illyvich

About Author

I started writing twelve years ago. My erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, as well nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio

I host the Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata and continue to write for Sizzler Editions and Total E-bound. Readers can find my work, plus free reads at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com

I edit for Sizzler Editions Intoxication Erotic Romance line and I’m also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group defining erotica for writers in any genre! Find us at http://www.writesex.net

Email: thesilverwolfprince@gmail.com

 

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Interview with Cheryl Douglas

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I’ve read and reviewed the first three books on this series. And now you guys can see an interview with Cheryl Douglas!


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Why did you decide to write a novel?

I pursued another career path, as a nutritionist, but I’ve always been passionate about writing. I thought it was finally time to do something about it when the lease on my commercial space expired and I found myself at the proverbial fork in the road, in terms of my career. I had to choose between taking the path of least resistance, since I already had a successful business, or taking a chance and following my bliss. I’m so glad I chose the latter.

What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?

This book, Ruthless, is a part of series, which follows the journey of a close-knit group of friends and family. I think people who have read and enjoyed the first book in the series, Shameless, are invested in learning what happens to the secondary characters as the series progresses. It’s all about making an emotional connection with readers in the first book of a series and hoping that they like the story and your writing style enough to come back for more.

Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?

My writing partner is a black Havanese dog named Tia. She’s always with me when I’m writing and even provides a little comic relief by climbing up in my lap and tapping on the keyboard when she has something to contribute.

What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?

I usually read in the same genre I write. I think it’s important to study my craft, and learn what’s worked for other authors and what doesn’t work. I’m currently reading 50 Shades of Gray because I had to find out what the hype was about. I’m only 30 pages in. I’m not hooked yet, but I may feel differently by the end of the book. When I’m not reading romance, I’m reading books about positive thinking, the Law of Attraction, Chicken Soup, and Louise Hay. I’m never without a book. In fact, I went on vacation recently and forgot my ebook reader on the plane. Of course, I didn’t realize it was missing until I got to the resort. Let’s just say, when I returned home, I went to the electronics store even before I unpacked my bags.

Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?

I also write under a different pen name, in another sub-genre of romance. I’ve published a novella trilogy under that pen name, and I’ve just completed the first book in another six book series.

What is one novel book that you would recommend?

I’ve read a thousand books over the years and there are so many authors I admire. I don’t think one book stands out among all others, but I finished Stealing Home by Sheryl Woods recently and enjoyed it enough to buy the other books in the series, so I would recommend that one.

A curiosity you would like to share.

I love to travel and I’m always curious to learn about different countries and cultures.

Quick answers:

a dream?

Going on a three month cruise around the world.

a nightmare?

Being trapped on a sinking cruise ship.

favorite book?

The Secret

favorite music?

Country

Favorite quote?

“Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.” – Anonymous

Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me!


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Ruthless
Book Three
Nashville Nights Series
By Cheryl Douglas
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Marisa Turner has wanted Luc Spencer forever, but she also wants a baby, and it seems Luc isn’t up to the challenge. She has to choose between the man she loves and the family she hopes to have. Fortunately, there’s another man waiting in the wings who would love to make her baby fantasy a reality.

 

Luc Spencer is tired of hearing about marriage and babies. He loves Marisa, but he’s not a forever kind of guy. After two years together, she tells him it’s over. He’s not worried; he believes she’ll be back. But what will happen when he finds out there’s another man waiting to take his place?

 

 

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Fearless
Book Two
Nashville Nights Series
By Cheryl Douglas

Lexi Brooks has overcome adversity to build a successful real estate business that will enable her live life on her terms. The life she envisions includes travel, fun, and excitement, not marriage, kids or commitment. But will Trey’s sexy bodyguard throw a wrench into her plans?

 

Being a cop taught Josh Cooper to take calculated risks, but he’s tired of living with the daily threat of danger. He’s ready to settle down with someone who wants to be a step-mother to his two teenage sons. Too bad Lexi isn’t that woman.

 

She’s smart, sexy, and head-strong, and they’re totally in sync in the bedroom, but she isn’t willing to ‘settle’ for a life of domestic bliss. Or is she?

 

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Shameless
Book One
Nashville Nights Series
By Cheryl Douglas

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Trey Turner may be topping the country music charts but his life has been going downhill since his wife left him five years ago. He’s desperate to make amends for the mistakes he’s made and convince Sierra their love deserves a second chance.

 

Sierra Brooks is happy for the first time since her divorce. She has a career she loves and a fiancé who loves her.

 

Unfortunately, her fiancé isn’t the only man professing his love. He may be able to offer her safety and security but will she decide to risk everything for another chance with the man who broke her heart?


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It took me thirty-seven years to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. I thought I’d found my calling. In fact, I worked as a nutritionist for twelve years before I finally admitted to myself that while I enjoyed my work, I couldn’t imagine doing it for the next thirty years.

 

My sub-conscious knew that I wanted to be a writer long before the conscious part of my mind decided to get with the program. While my sub-conscious was hard at work creating character profiles, plots and storylines, my conscious mind was telling me it was crazy to give up a successful business on the off-chance one of my manuscripts might rise to the top of someone’s never-ending slush pile. After years of listening to that negative voice, I was finally ready to stop making excuses, face the fear and follow my dream of becoming a full-time writer, no matter the outcome. I’m so thankful I did.

 

I love bringing my characters to life and I am so grateful to have readers who love those characters as much as I do.

 

When I take a break from writing it’s to spend time with my husband (a.k.a. my real life hero), my son, and my writing partner, Tia, a spirited Havanese who enjoys tapping her paw on my keyboard whenever I need a little comic relief.

 

www.cheryldouglasbooks.com

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Release Day Blitz for Fighting Gravity by Cherie Reich

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Today I receive author Cherie Reich for a  special guest post during the release day of her book Fighting Gravity.

 

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Traveling the Planets in the Gravity Trilogy

In my Gravity trilogy (Defying Gravity, Fighting Gravity, and Pull of Gravity), I created new planets for my aliens.

Persea is a verdant planet filled with strange creatures such as the rabbix, the draken, and the fluffter. Perseans live in harmony with nature, but don’t take that to mean that they aren’t an advanced civilization.

Medusa is a planet suffering from an asteroid hit. Most of the plants and animals died on the surface. The Medusans live underground in intricately built cities, but they long for a new planet.

Aresia is a harsh planet. Most of it is covered with red sand, although there are frigid oceans along its poles. The Aresians are a difficult people who use daimons (spirit guides) to live into adulthood.

Cupidis is a beautiful planet with its bluish purple sky. Think Mt. Olympus. These winged Cupidians live the good life.

The last planet shown in the Gravity trilogy is Earth. After an asteroid struck us, everything changed. New York City is no longer surrounded by water. St. Louis has beachfront property, and in Texas, a crew is planning to take some of the brightest and most cunning on a space trip to a new planet.

To travel to these distant places, all you need is a spaceship and knowing where the neighborhood wormhole is located.

Thank you for hosting me during my blog tour! Don’t forget that Defying Gravity is free on Amazon from May 1-4.


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BOOK TWO

by Cherie Reich

May 1, 2012

Forced into executing Aresia’s people, Phoebus escapes the Aresian Guard by flying his spaceship through a wormhole.

The only single woman of marrying age, Marissa flees her prospects of becoming Elder McGee’s third wife for a chance at freedom upon the New Atlantic Ocean.

When Phoebus’s spacecraft crashes upon an asteroid-ravaged Earth, he is captured by a rogue Earthling youth and thrown into a cellar. Marissa stumbles upon the spacecraft, but it explodes before she can find any sign of the alien. When she awakens, she discovers the alien’s whereabouts and vows to help him. They plot his escape when they learn Phoebus’s Aresians have landed and are searching for him. Phoebus and Marissa must battle against their despair and their peoples in their quest for freedom and love. And through it all, an Earthling and an Aresian will find it easier to fight gravity than their love for each other.

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by Cherie Reich

Homesick upon the SS Perseid, Linia, a young linguist, thinks she signed up for a mission of peace, but her crew members have another plan: attack the planet Medusa.

Bored with his dying planet, Alezandros, a space cruiser pilot, joins the Medusan Army in his quest for adventure.

When the SS Perseid clashes with the Medusans’ space cruisers, Alezandros and Linia’s lives intertwine. Sucked through a wormhole, they crash upon a post-apocalyptic Earth and are captured by cannibals. In adjacent cells, Alezandros and Linia cast their differences aside for a common bond: escape. But when romantic feelings emerge between them, they might do the unthinkable because for a Medusan and a Persean to fall in love, it would defy gravity.

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Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13446448-defying-gravity

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BOOK THREE

Pull of Gravity by Cherie Reich

Forthcoming 2012

Book Description: A no-nonsense Earthling corporal, Nike accepts a mission to destroy the winged-people of Cupidis to give her race a chance at a new life.

A spoiled Cupidian prince, Edonys gets whatever he wants until his dying father tells him he must choose a mate and take his rightful place as king.

When Nike’s space cruiser lands upon Cupidis, she’s taken to the royal palace where she crosses paths with Prince Edonys. His arrogance leads her to believe her mission of domination will be easy. Edonys refuses his father’s last request to fall in love, but Nike isn’t anyone. She’s bold and different than any Cupidian female. When he shows her his planet’s delights, Nike and Edonys realize they must discover another way to save their loved ones because it will be easier for an Earthling and a Cupidian to ignore the pull of gravity than the pull of love.

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Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13515819-pull-of-gravity


Author Bio

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Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor and library assistant. She enjoys writing horror, fantasy, and mysteries, but she doesn’t let that stop her from trying other genres. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her e-books include Once Upon a December Nightmare, The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk, and Defying Gravity. She is a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Valley Writers and placed third in Roanoke Valley’s BIG READ writing contest.

Author Links:

Website http://cheriereich.webs.com

Blog http://cheriereich.blogspot.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorcheriereich

Twitter @bookworm0753 https://twitter.com/#!/bookworm0753

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