Guest Author Katherine McIntyre with Scrying for Summer

Hi all,

Apologies for the lack of posts lately, personal stuff has been happening and will try and catch you up later. For now though, it’s weekend and I have the fab Katherine McIntyre dropping by 🙂 She’s chatting about researching setting for your story, as well as her shiny new release, Scrying for Summer. Take it away Katherine!

 

KatThe Adventuring Side of Book Research 

One of the aspects of research I enjoy the most with my latest manuscript is work I put into investigating the setting. It’s one of the reasons I adore paranormal romance and urban fantasy, because it allows me to manipulate and twist modern day cities. What it also does is gives me an excuse to visit said places, and since I’m someone who loves adventuring, I’ll take any excuse I can get.  

My latest release, Scrying for Summer, centered around Philly, which worked well for my research since I happen to live in the suburbs. The city is one train ride away, which offers the perfect opportunity to go scope out locations and investigate different areas. While I’ve driven through enough of the decay in West Philly to illustrate that aptly (it’d be way too dangerous to walk out there on my own), there were certain landmarks that cropped up in Scrying for Summer that came from my own travels. 

One of the most pivotal scenes of the book takes place at the Shofuso Gardens in Fairmount Park, which my husband and I visited a couple years ago during cherry blossom season. While I could’ve chosen a ton of different locations in Philly or fantasized one up on my own, this gorgeous place has a surreal beauty to it that inspires magic. The Japanese tea garden is meticulously taken care of, and if you happen to be in the area, it’s well worth checking out. However, the wonderful part about reading is that even if you’re nowhere near the area, Scrying for Summer will transport you there.  

With the third book of the series in the writing stages, I’m already scanning through my lists of new places in the city to check out in my city. I love the integrative aspect of writing this genre and how the sense memories of visiting a location can also provide a more evocative read.  So to those currently stalling on a setting, take a breath outside and go for a local adventure, whether heading to your local park, unique old building, town square—anything, really. Inspiration awaits.  

 

Great advice 🙂 If you want to check out Katherine’s new release Scrying for Summer (and get transported to Philly!) the details are here.

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Jev was looking for an adventure, however she wanted the usual variety of stomping out nasty fae in the city as an enforcer of the Philly Coven. Instead, handsome as sin Liam O’Reilly shows up on her doorstep dropping news of the worst organization of fae they’d dealt with on the rise again. Except, he’s a traitor, an asshole, and the absolute last person she wants to work with.

However, the longer they work together, the more the fire between them burns, turning from rage and irritation into something primal. And as she gets to know the real Liam O’Reilly behind the charming smiles and sexy lines, he becomes so much deadlier. Because the protective, self-sacrificing man underneath his facade is just the sort she could fall for.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Buy Links: http://www.loose-id.com/scrying-for-summer.html

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Website: http://www.katherine-mcintyre.com

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Enjoy your weekend. Take care x

Guest Author GM Scherbert with Doc’s Ember

Hi all,

Well, weekend is finally here – woot! I have some friends visiting, which I’m very excited about, even if it does mean I have to catch up on all the cleaning I’ve been putting off while trying to catch up on the writing lol! Still, I’ve managed to squeeze in a break to chat with the fab GM Scherbert, who is chatting about her new release, Doc’s Ember – part of her Devil Iron MC Series.

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

logoI was born on a brisk late April morning and grew up in a small town in the Midwest but, quickly decided that was not the life for me. I quickly moved away for college and thought better of returning to that small town on a long term basis. City living is the life for me and I found that out while studying abroad in Europe.

My day job working with people on the Autism spectrum keeps me on the go most of the time. That is when the three small daughters and husband are not pulling me in a million different direction.

I am the kind of gal who is quirky, unique, smutty, hard to hate, harder to love. Taking my love for telling stories to the next level by putting my hat in the romance writing game.

If you are interested in romance with twists and some darker themes Author GM Scherbert will be right up your alley.

Sounds like you’re definitely kept busy! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I think it didn’t really hit me until the first time I hit the publish button on Amazon.

It’s a unique feeling isn’t it? Part awesome, part completely terrifying! 🙂 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I use to… I have recently given birth to my third daughter and am not yet in a routine with my writing, I am hoping that quickly changes because these stories will not write themselves.

Aww, well congratulations on the new arrival! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Romance and more specifically Erotica. The draw to me started with an avid interest in reading and grew like wildfire from there.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

Too many to mention.

What five things could you never do without?

My children, my husband, coffee, reading, and wine.

Sounds like a good combination 🙂 Tell us a bit about your new release.

13443118_10153804152391848_8492132203615874962_oMy most recent release is Doc’s Ember. It is the 4th story in the Devil Iron MC Series. It follows a relationship that develops in the previous books. Ember is a young woman who is forced to leave to keep the ones she loves safe- or so she thinks. Doc is the man who loves her and will do anything to have what he wants.

Ooh, I do love a good MC book. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

My vivid imagination. I have had most of the books in the series plotted out since before I started writing the first book about a year ago.

Wow, organised! I’m lucky if I have the characters when I start lol. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I always find researching scenes an enjoyable part of writing. Of course, if I die someone come clean up my browsing history. PLEASE!!!

Hehe, yup I feel you there. It would definitely make for some *ahem* interesting reading. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Just finding time in the day to write is hard. After that keeping the plot points and timelines straight have always been a difficult part of the process for me.

Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I think that my favorite character in this book has to be Doc. He is such a strong caring man, but only the woman whom he loves sees that side of him.

Aww. Why should we run out and buy it right now? 🙂

If you like a steamy read with a happy ever after this book will be right up your alley.

 

Hehe, who doesn’t? 😉 Well, I’m convinced! The book info is here:

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~Doc

When Ember walked out on me I was ready to be put to ground. I barely gave a f*ck what happened to me before, but after she left, I didn’t care at all. The brothers always knew me as a hard ass with no feelings, which only got worse after she left. The night I ran into her at the Dungeon, those feelings of pain, love, and lust returned in an instant. Then I found out about our son, and the pain I had been living with for the past five years blew up, with no one to blame but her. When I find out the truth of why she left, no one will be safe.

~Ember

I thought that what we shared was in the past, leaving me with the most precious of gifts, my baby boy, Vincent. I came back to be closer to my father and thought that no one would notice I was back. I was wrong. As soon as I saw Doc again, all the feelings from the past came rushing back, I lost my heart to him on the spot, for the second time in my life. He is so angry and upset with me for leaving, but I had my reasons, and he will never get an apology from me for that.

When he finds out the truth, no one will be safe from him. Not even me.

 

And you can get your hands on a copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Docs-Ember-Devil-Iron-Book-ebook/dp/B01HA99N6K

Enjoy your weekend and take care x

Guest Author Sheri Velarde with Stealing Hearts

Hi all,

Well, weekend is finally here – woot! To be honest I have so much to get done there’s not going to be a lot of downtime, but, hey, at least I can work from home in my PJs 🙂 For now though, I get to sit back and visit with the fab Sheri Velarde – who is always one of my favourite people to have drop by. Sheri is chatting about her latest release, Stealing Hearts, which is part of her Gods Behaving Badly series. Greek Gods, bad behaviour – sounds like a plan 😉

 

Why Greek gods in modern times?

Gods Behaving Badly Series 3When I decided to try my hand at an actual book series, the first idea that popped into my mind was that it should be about Greek gods. That is where the idea for the Gods Behaving Badly series started. People since then have asked me why Greek gods? Why not? Not only are there plenty of gods to choose from, which means lots of potential characters for a book series, but they are fascinating to me. I believe that you should write what you know and love, so ancient gods from mythology just made me want to write them. Plus let’s face it, all those overgrown personalities make for some pretty good fiction! Talk about drama! For my own personal deities of lore stories I chose to place them in modern times with diminished powers. Same egos, but more challenges. So far I am liking the results. Looted, the first in the series was pretty well received and I am hoping Stealing Hearts does just as well. I am loving writing this series and in the latest book have already brought in more gods and that means more stories to tell. Here is a little sneak peak from Stealing Hearts.

Excerpt:

The next morning Bruce awoke feeling happier than he could ever recall feeling. Suddenly he snapped open his eyes to make sure that Sophia still lay beside him. Sure enough, she slept peacefully next to him, a slight smile played on her beautiful features, her long auburn hair mussed, making her even sexier. Thank god, or goddess in this case. He had been afraid she’d disappear despite her promise the

night before. Now that his need for her had been abated ever so slightly, maybe he could get her to answer some questions that had been eating him alive since their first meeting. His stomach growled; he forgot when his last meal had been and he had certainly worked up an appetite the previous evening. Quietly, he slipped out of bed, praying that goddesses kept a fully stocked kitchen. Maybe a little breakfast in bed would make her more talkative about the magic she seemed to have awakened within him. He still needed to know what an empath truly was, what he truly was, and what he was capable of doing. It seemed too farfetched to believe he was anything but human. However, he certainly felt different when with Sophia.

Making it to the kitchen, he was thrilled to see Sophia had all the makings for a fine breakfast. He turned on the small television on the counter as he began to get the eggs and bacon ready to cook. Mostly, he just wanted a little noise as he got to work, but something suddenly caught his attention.

“This is the highest profile art heist to hit Los Angeles in history. What is even more puzzling, there is no evidence as to who could have stolen the painting. All cameras and security systems are working properly, and the guards on duty didn’t see or hear anything. No alarms sounded, and the Getty’s systems show that no one entered or exited the premises last night. Van Gogh’s Irises is valued at over fifty-five million dollars, but many consider it priceless. If you have any information please contact the police. This is certainly not how we wanted to start off the New Year…”

Bruce’s heart sank. As he lay asleep last night, exhausted by lovemaking, it appeared Sophia may have been up to her old tricks. How could he ever learn to truly trust a creature such as her? She seemed to be getting bolder too, now she wasn’t just stealing from nefarious rich men, but from the Getty Center, and a high profile piece as well. He must not have provided her with enough excitement last night after all.

 

Ooh, well I don’t know about you but I’m needing to read more 😉 The book details are here:

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Sophia had fled New York and the feelings that a certain detective had stirred within her. Now she found herself alone in LA on New Year’s Eve, the former goddess of love reduced to having to look for a date. Hitting the Sunset Strip she finds the last thing she was looking for, but exactly who she was yearning for, Detective Bruce Stoker in the flesh. A night of passion leaves her with high hopes for the future, until an art heist threatens everything. Bruce had followed Sophia across the country in order to rekindle the passion he felt during their one night together and to get some much needed answers from her about who he really was, what her really was. Just when he thought he would get his answers, Bruce begins to wonder if he can truly trust Sophia at all. Only time and a mystery will tell.

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Looted: smarturl.it/c1rs3m

Lost Souls:smarturl.it/puu78m

Stealing Hearts:smarturl.it/tl3f7k

Take care x

Guest Author – T Strange with My Zombie Fiancé

Hi all,

Well, Friday is finally here and yay for weekend! It’s kicking off to a good start since I have the wonderful T Strange visiting to chat about her new release, My Zombie Fiance. Now, you probably know I’m no stranger to zombie-themed books (and with a special weakness for zombie cats lol!) so this looks like a fab read for the weekend 🙂 She’s going to start by talking about the book setting – always interesting.

 

family teaserAll of My Zombie Boyfriend took place in one city, but in My Zombie Fiancé Edward has to leave his comfort zone and head to Kingston—Ontario.

I don’t remember exactly how it happened. It might have just been for the joke:

““I have to go to Kingston.”

Oh my God, no way! I’d love to go to Jamaica!”

Kingston, Ontario.”

Oh.”

I certainly didn’t set out to write a novel set in Ontario, especially a city I’ve never (shhh!) been to, but I think it’s fitting. I have a lot of roots in Ontario; the ancestor I can trace back the furthest in my family tree, a band major who served in the British Army in India, moved to Ontario and started a farm. My ancestors farmed in Ontario for several generations, until they headed West. I’m sure I still have many relatives there.

There’s a new character in My Zombie Fiancé, Claude Jenkins, who is a little tip of my hat to those early Ontario farmers. Even his name has meaning for me—my grandfather’s middle name is Claude, and it was his father’s name, too.

I also apparently have a thing for string players from Ontario??? My last ex was a double bass player from Toronto, and my wife is a cellist from Hamilton (she insists that she isn’t from Hamilton, because she was very young when her family left and she doesn’t remember it. But she was at least span born there.

Ontario is a beautiful province, and one I’d like to explore more in the future! I hope My Zombie Fiancé will encourage and inspire you to visit.

I would love to visit Canada some day – though wouldn’t say no to Jamaica either 😉 Can you tell us a bit about your new release, My Zombie Fiance?

My Zombie Fiancé coverEdward Grey is no stranger to the undead; since raising his cat as a zombie when he was a child, he and his mentor Mariel have explored and developed his power as a necromancer. Despite everything he’s learned, as a necromancer and a medical student, he’s never encountered a ghost.

While Mariel is unreachable in Haiti on mysterious business, a ghost wakes Edward in the middle of the night, claiming to be his grandfather. When the ghost offers to teach him about this different form of undeath, Edward has little choice but to trust the spirit.

After receiving a phone call from a young girl claiming her father is possessed, Edward and his Undead Canadian fiancé, Kit, must travel to an acreage in Kingston…Ontario.

The haunting proves far more complicated than Edward could ever have guessed, and he finds himself pitted against an ancient evil determined to engulf everyone on the farm.

Edward’s love and connection to Kit will be tested, and his necromancy stretched to his limits as he has to find—and destroy—a twisted spirit more powerful than anything he’s ever encountered.

With your purchase of My Zombie Fiancé from Torquere Press you will receive a free copy of My Zombie Cat. eBooks purchased from Torquere Press include all eBook file formats, including Kindle (mobi)

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Ooh, well if you’re not convinced by now I can’t help you 🙂 You can get your hands on a copy here:

http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=4695

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Take care x

Guest Author C Clark Jefferson with Love Theories: A Short Story Collection

Hi all,

Sunday rolls round again, where has the weekend gone? Still, it’s not quite over yet and I have the fab C Clark Jefferson dropping by to chat about their new release. It’s a collection of short stories, entitled Love Theories – so something for everything and quick ‘pick up and reads’ for the weekend 🙂

 

Author Pic C Clark JeffersonSo, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself (bio).

I’m C Clark Jefferson born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, my current book is titled: Love Theories Short Stories Collection. I’m also a blogger, magazine contributor, playwright, speaker, and writing coach.

Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

My love for writing was discovered at the age of 9. Back in the day we had diaries (now called journals) and I religiously wrote in mine. Also as a fourth grader, we had a writing composition course where we could “freestlye” basically write about whatever topic we wanted to and the best part was there wasn’t a page limit. In my writings I felt safe and powerful because I could say things that I couldn’t say verbally.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

My routine mainly consist of blocking off a set number of weekdays and hours of those days to devote to writing. To ensure that I make the most use of my time, I make sure my space is arranged with all necessities and I turn my phone off to avoid distractions

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Love Theories falls into three genres: Short Stories, Fiction, and Love & Relationships. All eight stories are fictional and address the topic of love in some way, shape, or form.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?<

Yes, on the author side I enjoy reading materials by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Jamaica Kincaid, Paulo Coehlo, and Isabel Allende. Some of my favorite books are: Shakespeares Hamlet, Paradise Lost, Eat, Pray, Love, and Boundaries.

What five things could you never do without?>

Prayer, Bible, Water, Books, and Notepad.

Cover - Love Theories by C Clark JeffersonTell us a bit about your new release.

In our lifetime, we all experience it. It’s that intimate tugging at our heart that controls our thoughts and our actions. Love Theories is a fly-on-the-wall moment into how others interpret and ultimately function given varying heart-to-heart interactions involving the universal feeling of LOVE.

Xiomora is a bi-racial teen struggling to find her place in life. Antonia, a recent college grad, meets a disc jockey and ends up in a world of trouble. A blue-collar working Wyatt, battles an unfair system to clear his name after his wife’s sudden disappearance. Majesty and Ainslie, best friends, face life challenges but with different responses. Jordan—the fearless, punctual, and sometimes ruthless venture capitalist—stands her ground in a male dominated industry. A Barbadian girl with big dreams leaves her home country in pursuit of higher education in the United States. A career-driven Angelina, once blinded by love, tries to give Cupid’s arrow another chance despite her mother’s interference. And the list goes on along this journey into the lives of an interracial couple, a culturally-biased doctor, a fraud examiner who has to withdraw from a case that involves her ex-lover, a rich man seeker, and a single mom who left her former church on bad terms. They are each normal, everyday people, but they all are dealing with the most common and universal emotion known to man. Love Theories asks the question: How do YOU equate LOVE?

Where did your inspiration for it come from?

The word love itself inspired me to write about it because I believe in love and I also believe that it’s sacred. Love is an action word but unfortunately most people use it as lip service. At one point I was tired of hearing the word being tossed around like a Frisbee with no emotions attached whatsoever. Then I started observing and listening to people’s rationale of equating the word love. Most people were associating the word with conditional things such as power, sex, beauty, money, revenge, and success.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Learning and growing as a person while writing. Instead of me being upset with perceptions different from mine, I had to walk in their shoes and see things differently. A couple of the stories in the book required research on cultural backgrounds in order to effectively tell the story. I also enjoyed the character’s intentions, shortcomings and how they handled life.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

The hardest part was reducing the book from 21 stories down to 8 stories. It’s like a parent having to choose which child to send away and which ones should stay with them. Another hard part of the process was talking about cultures without coming across as being offensive to readers. The other hard thing was finding a balance with Antonia’s character in Drama in C-Minor because even though she’s naïve about life, she has good intentions and she isn’t a stupid person. In the end she learned the hard way. I didn’t want her character to be judged too harshly. Also there’s a character name Darla in Broken Silence who was a mistress to someone she ended up having to investigate and the whole M-Word still has a stigma to it no matter if the person was tricked into being a mistress or not. The subject matter if controversial but her character overcame the situation but struggled with forgiving herself in the process.

Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I don’t have a favourite character per se but one character I loved creating was Wyatt of Right Person Wrong Place. His character is interesting because his wife has disappeared without a trace and the residents of the city makes it known that they think he had a role in it. While he’s fighting to keep his name clean, he also refuses to accept that his wife is dead even though no one has seen her in 7 years. His character is a prime example of how fast and how serious life can get. One day he’s an average, blue collar guy and the next day he’s being harassed by authorities.

Love Theories Blog TourWhy should we run out and buy it right now?

Readers are encouraged to purchase Love Theories because the book is a gumbo- meaning that there’s something in it for everyone. The book addresses a variety of issues – weight, divorce, racism, single parenting, marriage, human trafficking, forgiveness, and bi-racial relationships. The short stories are entertaining, enlightening, empowering, educating, and easy to read! There’s plenty of life lessons readers can learn from the book including moments where readers can relate to either the character or the circumstance. Readers of the Love Theories have written positive reviews of the book and blogs about it. Last but not least, Love Theories is a conversation starter in any setting; tea parties, college campus, book clubs, family outings, friend gatherings, etc.

If you want to know more, you can get your hands on a copy here:

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Theories-Short-Stories-Collection/dp/1518859593/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466722557&sr=8-1&keywords=love+theories

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Twitter: @cclarkjefferson

Hope you have a great rest of the weekend, take care x

Guest Author Amo Jones with Hellraiser

Hi all,

Well, it’s weekend! This has been a busy week and have been off taking photos at a wedding all morning so am glad to finally have a chance to put my feet up and have a chat with the fab Amo Jones about her new release, Hellraiser.

 

So let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I’m from New Zealand but currently living in Australia. I have four kids, a puppy and a partner who should really be classed as another kid, judging by his inability to place his washing in the hamper instead of just dropping it beside it.

Hmm,it seems to be a common problem! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Not really. I was in the car while waiting for my kids to finish school and Perilous Love’s (my debut book) story just came to me.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I find this changes with what book I’m currently working on. At the moment I’m writing book three in The Devil’s Own series, it’s very dark and evil… so I find that I write best at night when the house is dead and all I have is the whispering cries from my thoughts.

Ooh, spooky. Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I think as a base genre I write contemporary. But I also dip my writing brush into the dark category and new adult. All centered around MC and/or Rock stars. But I am working on a standalone also that is very different.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

There are so many authors who I look up to, but I love Hunter S. Thompson and Stephen King.

I do love Hunter S Thompson! What five things could you never do without?

Wine, sour gummy bears, Spotify, school hours, and bed times.

FB_IMG_1465489028915Tell us a bit about your new release.

Hellraiser! It centers around a very filthy alpha who knows no bounds, and a very sassy female who knows how to give lip. It was my favorite book to write, I just loved the two of them.

Hehe, definitely sounds intriguing 😉 Where did your inspiration for it come from?

They spoke to me throughout the entire first book in the series, it was a struggle for me to keep them quiet and get them in line. So when it was their time, I couldn’t stop.  

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The banter and the love/hate pull they have. I laughed, cried, and threw tantrums as I wrote their story. It sure was an experience.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

Ending them! I didn’t want to push those two words “The End”—for once—, I cried when I did because I became so attached to them.

Aww, it’s always a bittersweet feeling. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Hella! Definitely Hella. And Melissa, she’s a wild child.

Why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because if you like them filthy, I mean real filthy, the kind that won’t scrub off in the shower, then you need to by this.

Hehe, I think we could be convinced by that 🙂 The book details are here:

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Melissa
They say there are defining points in your life – moments where you f**ked it all up, moments that make you its bitch, moments that shape you into the person you are.
The day I met Braxton Ward was one of my moments.
My name’s Melissa Hart, and I don’t think you’re ready for this story.

Hella
I go by a few names: Hella, Brax, 112, or, depending on whether I’ve been balls deep in you or not, C*nt. I don’t push the boundaries because in order to do so, one must have them. I’ve never had them. Being homeless at the not-so-tender age of fifteen morphed me into an emotionless shell, and when The Army recruited me, that shell turned into steel.
They say if fire is hot enough, it can melt steel; the hate that burns between Melissa Hart and me just might be hot enough.
Shit doesn’t come easy for us. Enemies are expanded, secrets are revealed, and lives will be taken. Yeah, I’m Braxton “Hella” Ward, and you bet your f*cking ass that you ain’t ready for this story.

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Hellraiser-Devils-Own-Amo-Jones-ebook/dp/B01H5RDSQI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467396044&sr=8-1&keywords=hellraiser+amo

Hope you have a good weekend. Take care x

Guest Author Rhiannon Wellman with Lightsong Dynasty

Hi all,

Well, it’s Friday and a day of rather a lot of unrest and upset in the UK. I am feeling very disappointed and worried, but shall perhaps chat more about that later. For now though, I’m cheered by the fact I have the fab Rhiannon Wellman visiting to chat about her latest release, The Lightson Dynasty.

 

Thanks for being here, Rhiannon. So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I find this question the hardest to answer whenever I’m asked. I’m never sure what I should say or what a reader would like to know. I’m 34, and wow that’s the first time I’ve had to write that number because it’s my birthday today. Writing is the third biggest passion in my life, after my husband and son. Writing has always been what I do to relax and de-stress, after all, I’m less likely to get arrested for murder for people who annoy/upset me if I only do it in a book.

Aside from a family and my writing, I have a full time job which I’m lucky enough to love which is always a bonus when you spend 13 hours at any one time there.

Aww, well Happy Birthday! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always made up stories, I used to tell them to my teddies and dolls when I was a little girl. I struggled when I was growing up with dyslexia so reading on my own felt out of reach, so I made up my own. But as I found books that drew me in and didn’t let go until I finished reading no matter how long it took I fell in love with books and the need to create my own was born.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I will literally write anywhere. I’ve been known to write in the bath. I have apps on my phone, or I’ll write in an email to send to my laptop. I write in notebooks I have a tablet that I take if I’m doing a night shift to write in my break time. No special ritual or routine just as long as I have a way to do it I will write.

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write over several genres but the common theme is romance. I’m a romantic at heart and love happy endings. Love in whatever form is special and should be celebrated.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I love to read, and lots of writers have shaped me as a person. ‘The Famous Five’ because that’s what made me read in the first place. ‘The Narnia Chronicles’ because it sparked my imagination in a way other books hadn’t, I’d been on adventures with The Famous Five but always in a setting I could relate to in the sense that they were in the UK doing thing I’d done, go to the beach, picnics or bike riding. Ok not so much catching criminals and saving the day but still. With Narnia, it opened my eyes to other worlds and whole other spheres of possibilities.

As I grew up… ok got older, I discovered Terry Pratchett who taught me so much I wouldn’t have time to tell you all of it if I wrote a thousand words. Things like first thoughts are good but trust your second ones. Make sure you always have a second pair of socks and in the darkest of forests, you should not be afraid because you should be sure that you are the most scary think in it.

Then there’s Harry Potter, seven books with will live in my heart Always.

What five things could you never do without?

My Husband

My Son

My Cats

My books

My writing

In that order

Lightson dynasty_Rhiannon Wellman 200x300Tell us a bit about your new release.

My newest release is The Lightson Dynasty, I loved writing this book. The first of a trilogy I wanted to talk about it because the second book will be out in the next month with the third coming very soon. Here’s the Blurb

Jo isn’t what he seems. Will his grandmother force him to live a life he doesn’t want, or can he figure a way out?

Jo’s life had never been simple. But since he moved in with his grandmother, things only became worse. First, she assumes that Jo stood for Josephine not Joseph. Then she believes all young women should be suitably married, especially her granddaughter, Jo…

So now Jo’s expected to marry a man he’s never met and whose own grandmother also wants the match. But how can he when he must protect his secret?

Marcus would rather spend time with his books and the gentlemen at his club than women, let alone marry one.

With both their grandmothers working against them, will they be able to find their way out of this potentially scandalous situation? After spending time together, will they want to?

Where did your inspiration for it come from?

That’s something I can’t answer, things pop into my head and make themselves comfortable, refusing to leave until I write them.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The misdirection, little bits of humor and generally allowing two people who thought they would never be able to have the love or relationships that others took for granted to find each other and fall in love and be happy.

Also interfering grandmothers who are far wiser than the younger people give them credit for.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

The language, because it’s a historical book I had to be careful of how everyone spoke. I couldn’t use contractions. Honestly you don’t realize how often you use them until you can’t any more, Just look I’ve just used five in this paragraph.

Who’s your favorite character in it? (I know, I know, favoritism!)

I think Jo would have to be my favorite because he was shown by his parents that he could be himself no matter that it meant he wore dresses rather than trousers. And he lived that way, he lived the way that made him happy, no matter what the consequences would have been if he’d been caught. Which back then would have been dire. That takes bravery. It’s a very brave person who knows and accepts themselves, we should all be so lucky.

Why should we run out and buy it right now?

You mean you haven’t been intrigued enough by my little hints yet, hmm well. How about. The second book in the Lightson Dynasty is called The Lightson Child and is written and with my editor. There will be no long wait for part two, no need to wait to find out what happens next in the lives of our two heroes. Yes there is a third book in in the works which will be longer, it is half written though so that will be out by the end of the year.

I invite you to the lives and families of Jo and Marcus. Part of the family of people who live in my head. Come join my family.

If you want to get your hands on a copy the details are here:

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-lightsondynasty-2024798-160.html

And don’t forget to follow Rhiannon on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/RhiannonWellman/

Take care x

 

 

Guest Author Pumpkin Spice with Rough Edges Anthology

Hi all,

Here we are on Sunday, and wishing a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Today I have the fab Mary Billiter visiting. Mary is also known as Pumpkin Spice (which I think may be the most adorable pen name ever!) and is here to chat about being part of the Rough Edges Anthology. Who doesn’t want a few hot cowboys for the weekend 😉

 

Billiter headshotLittle Known Facts About “My Midnight Cowboy”

Mary Billiter writing as “Pumpkin Spice”

1. John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) is the only commercial service airport in Orange County, California, which was home to legendary film star John Wayne and…Pumpkin Spice! That’s right the Queen of Spice hails from Sunny So Cal along with “the Duke.” So who’s “Duke” John Wayne? Only the most famous cowboy actor of all time! And here’s some more trivia…John Wayne and Pumpkin Spice have something else in common…they both worked under a stage name! That’s right John Wayne’s real name was Marion Robert Morrison, yeah, I’d work under a stage name too! And Pumpkin Spice? Well Mary Billiter came out of the spice cupboard this year…

2. “My Midnight Cowboy” wasn’t the first book of erotic romance I’ve had published, but it’s the first book of erotic romance I wrote. After wrapping up a very G-rated, sweet romance, I found myself almost bored by the saccharin ending. And I wrote it! Then I visualized Lucy and her bestie, Rachel, walking into John Wayne Airport on their way to some big adventure – only Lucy was flying solo – literally and figuratively. When this really hot, but super annoying, wise-ass pipes up in line, everything in Lucy’s world tilts on its axis. Ben and Lucy popped off the page and onto the plane, train and back on the plane before I had a chance to put the brakes on the heat that was happening between them. This story wrote itself. So while I had never written erotica, once Lucy started to describe her baking techniques to Ben, well, there was magic in the air. It also didn’t hurt that it was New Year’s Eve, because, really, anything’s possible on the eve of a New Year.

3. There’s a little bit of Pumpkin, or Spice, in each of these characters. At one time in my life, I worked as a recruiter (Rachel), I owned, rode, and cared for horses and cattle on a ranch (Ben & Scott), and I consider myself a quasi-baker (Lucy) with absolutely no culinary training, but I have logged a lot of time watching “Chopped,” “Cupcake Wars,” and “Cake Boss.” I mean, that, counts, right?

 

Sure, I think we can let you off with that 😉 Check out the blurb for Pumpkin’s story in the anthology, My Midnight Cowboy.

If chocolate is the way to a man’s heart, then pastry chef Lucy Baker has the recipe for success. But will her culinary skills melt the most-hard hearted bachelor in Wyoming?

A chance encounter on a New Year’s Eve flight leaves two strangers to discover unbound pleasure and a hunger for more sexual discovery.

Cover Rough Edges.jpgRough Edges Anthology Blurb:

Work hard, play hard, love hard…

Nothing is sexier than someone who knows what they want and has the confidence go after it. This anthology is crammed full of hot romances featuring those kinds of rough-around-the-edges alpha personalities–stories about the kind of men and women who ride horses during the day and their partners at night, who speak few words but mean every one of them, and who would never break their own personal code of honor. We’re talking about cowboys… and cowgirls.

This anthology contains seven romances with a Western theme that run the gamut from sweet to sizzling.

You can get your hands on a copy here:

All Romance Books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-roughedges-2002518-362.html

Amazon: (Kindle) http://amzn.to/1pXpaAG

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/rough-edges-8

And don’t forget to follow Mary on social media at:

Website: www.marybilliter.com

Twitter: @MaryBilliter

 

Take care x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official page: http://www.penandkinkpub.com/home/books/anthologies/rough-edges/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29221173-rough-edges

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-roughedges-2002518-362.html

Amazon: (Kindle) http://amzn.to/1pXpaAG

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/rough-edges-8

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/620193

Guest Author Anna Kyle with Omega Rising

Hi all,

The weekend is speeding by – hope you’re having a good one 🙂 I’m thrilled to have the fab Anna Kyle visiting today to chat about her new release Omega Rising.

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

Anna KyleI spent my youth reading about and dreaming of horses and scheming (unsuccessfully) how to convince my parents to get me one. That led to writing my first “book” about a girl and her horse at 13. I wrote that little gem over Christmas break. It was, um, not awesome, but the experience was fantastic and turned into a lifetime love of writing. As an adult I read everything from histories to mysteries but romances are definitely my favorite. These days I’m writing the paranormal romance series, the Wolf King, at World Weaver Press. Skye Falling was published last summer and was an ARe bestseller. Yay! The origin novel, Omega Rising, just came out June 7th. Yay and Whee!

Lol, I remember being a horse-crazy kid as well – though, no I never managed to convince the parents to get me one either 🙂 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Not really. Coffee, naturally, because I do much of my writing in the morning and without coffee my books would make readers sleepy and cranky because that’s how I’d write.

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write paranormal romances. I’ve been a huge fan of the genre since I picked up my first one years ago. The stakes are higher in paranormals, the heroes hotter and heroines sexier, the romances steamier. Yum and may I have another?

Only if you’re sharing 😉 What five things could you never do without?

1 My animals. I have two dogs who keep me laughing and a horse who keeps me sane during the crazy-busy slices in my life.

2 Pizza. Salty, saucy, cheesy heaven. OMG is it lunchtime yet?

3 Books. I know, rationally, that I have too many books in my house. There are stacks and piles of books in every room. But I also know without a doubt that I must have more.

4 Scented candles. I burn Early Morning Mist by Hannah’s At Home nearly every morning. Hey, I guess I do have a special ritual. Although I do change up the scents from time to time. I’m wild and crazy like that.

5 Family and friends because I’m not a monster.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

Omega Rising is a paranormal romance filled with sexy shapeshifters and magic and murder. Cass Nolan is a sleep-deprived, overworked stable owner whose life is upended after Nathan Rivers arrives at the barn one day looking for work. He isn’t what he says he is but that’s cool, because neither is she. Cass knows what she wants and that is the sexy wolf who is determined to keep his distance.

Ooh, sounds interesting. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I adored Cass and Nathan together. Their push me/pull me relationship was fun to write. I also loved putting the horses I’ve known in real life front and center in the novel, which is where horses, especially mares, like to be.

Aww, it’s lovely when you can fit some little pieces of your own life into your books. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Writing The End. Lucky for me I get to write two more books in the series.

Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Nathan. Did I answer that too quickly? I love all my characters equally but I freely admit that Nathan is my #MCM Man Crush Monday.

Hehe, I think if we don’t fall a bit in love with our own heroes there’s something wrong! So, in case anyone isn’t convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?

Omega Rising is filled with sexy shapeshifters and magic and the romance between Cass and Nathan is delicious, in my humble opinion. The reviews are good so far (*knocks wood*). Did I mention there were horses? There are horses!

I do love horses in romance books 🙂 If you want to see more the book details are here:

Cover - Omega Rising by Anna KyleBlurb

Cass Nolan has been forced to avoid the burn of human touch for her whole life, drawing comfort instead from her dreams of a silver wolf—her protector, her friend. When her stalking nightmares return, her imaginary dead sister’s ghost tells her to run, Cass knows she should listen, but the sinfully hot stranger she just hired to work on her ranch has her mind buzzing with possibilities. Not only does her skin accept Nathan’s touch, it demands it. Cass must make a decision—run again and hope she saves the people who have become her family, or stand and fight. Question is, will it be with Nathan or against him?

Nathan Rivers’ life is consumed by his quest to find the Omega wolf responsible for killing his brother, but when the trail leads him to Cass and her merry band of shapeshifters, his wolf wants only to claim her for himself. When evidence begins piling up that Cass is the Omega he’s been seeking, things become complicated—especially since someone else wants her dead. Saving her life might mean sacrificing his own, but it may be worth it to save the woman he can’t keep from reaching for.

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Publisher: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/store/p102/Omega_Rising.html

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1123639558?ean=2940153211206

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1snxquH

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/omega-rising-2

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-omegarising-2014457-153.html

And don’t forget to follow Anna on social media:

Twitter –  http://www.twitter.com/sandsoftime5050

Website – http://www.annakyle.com

Take care x

Guest Author C.A. Bell with Nancy’s Curse

Hi all,

Well, weekend is here – though I must admit I would be looking forward to it more if I didn’t have a horrible synopsis to write! Still, that’s for later 😉 For now, I have the fab C.A. Bell dropping back to chat about their new release. The Nancy’s Curse trilogy is now out as a complete series, and you can get on ebook or in paperback. Magic, spirits and ouija boards – just what we ordered for the weekend!

 

Nancy's Curse Out NowSo, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

C.A.Bell was born and raised on the outskirts of London, England, but for the past three years has resided in a much more rural town of Shropshire, where she married and made a home.

She is author to numerous erotic fiction stories, including, The Architect, Sex, Lies, and Sinful Wives, The Shame Train, and many more.

As well as putting together her own collections of erotic shorts and naughty poetry, she is also a contributor to many anthologies and online magazines.

Currently she is working on a number of projects which include a novel she started some time ago, book two of The Architect, and running her new website dedicated to erotica readers and writers, Bell, Book and Erotica.

Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Not really. I was always good at English in school, but I never wanted to be a writer. I just suddenly found myself writing one day after a break up. I found the love of my life but we had to go our separate ways due to personal circumstances. And then I found myself writing as an escape from the harsh reality that was life, and trying to live out the fantasy that I wanted with him.

That’s really sad 🙁 I suppose at least something positive ended up coming out of it though. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I like to do a basic plot on paper before I start, but other than that, no. I tend to just write when I can for as long as I can.

Sometimes that seems like the best way to do it 🙂 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write in the erotic genre. I’m not sure what drew me to it. I think because it is my favourite genre to read, I have more fun writing in it. I do plan to venture out of the genre in the future, but for now, it’s erotica and all sub-genres.

I’m the same way, I always end up writing the genres I love to read most. What five things could you never do without?

My mac, coffee, mobile, music, and family. (Not in that order).

Never Say Goodbye Teaser 11Hehe, we won’t make you choose an order (I have a bad feeling if was me the caffeine might win lol). Where did your inspiration for your new release come from?

Halloween! It’s my favourite holiday. I love the whole atmosphere that comes with autumn and the build up to the 31st. My family and I always go way over board with it. So, the inspiration came from my love for Halloween and all things supernatural and witchy.

Ooh, another Halloween lover! It’s one of my favourite holidays as well. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Not knowing what was going to happen. I always have a basic outline when writing, but I tend to let the characters evolve and take me on a journey rather than the other way around. So, the not really know what was going to happen was the most enjoyable part for me.

Hehe, glad to see another pantser 😉 What was the hardest part about writing it?

Making sure everything added up and was believable. When you write about ghosts and witches it can get a bit fantastical. So, trying to capture the reader’s imagination and suck them into a world of make-believe, if you like, was hard. But I think I did it

I think that can often be the hardest part about writing stories with fantasy or paranormal elements – making those parts believable and grounded in reality. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Ooo, that’s hard. Obviously I love the lead female, Nancy. But I love the lead male, Jack too. Oh, and there’s Maggie, the tarot reader, she’s lovely. Nope, I can’t choose. I love them all.

It’s like picking a favourite child, isn’t it! Why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because it contains everything you could possible want or need in a book. Sex, romance, suspense, heart ache, mystery. The list goes on. I guarantee there will be characters and situations you will love. And you’ll occasionally get the goosebumps.

If you’re convinced (and I know I am!) the book details are here:

Complete Trilogy final paperback coverBlurb

Sometimes white magic can turn dark. Even with the best intentions.

When Angelica, a white witch, placed a protective curse over her granddaughter, Nancy, in a bid to keep her safe from society and her own powers until she was old enough to understand, she had no idea of the consequences.

On the 31st of October, a grown up Nancy holds her annual Halloween party. Only this year she strays away from her traditional festivities that include her famous Halloween punch, and dancing to the Monster Mash, and opts for a spookier night. With the help of her friends, Nancy will be holding a séance with her new Ouija board. But little does she know that the protective curse her grandmother secretly cast over twenty-seven years ago is lifted that very night. 

A spirit is summoned and Nancy begins a journey of sexual desire and love that she will never forget.

Was this summoning pure coincidence, magic, or something else? Only time will tell.

Lies, secrets, covens, dark forces, and nightmares lie just around the corner for Nancy. But at the end of it all, will she be able to help the man she has fallen for and fulfil his wish of putting his wandering soul to rest? And will there be a price?

Will true love conquer or be taken?

Nancy is about to find out. 

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Ebook:

And don’t forget to follow C.A. Bell on social media: 

Website: http://authorcabell.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010696021804

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cbellAtrix09

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1951042.C_A_Bell

Hope you have a good start to the weekend. Take care x