Angela Claire Blog Tour Stop

Hi and welcome to my blog, Angela Claire. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake.  So tell us a little about yourself.

Q: What genre do you write and for what publisher(s)?

Hi Raine.  Thanks for having me.  I write erotic romance for Siren Bookstrand.  Within erotic romance, though, I have tried quite a few genres.  My first, Saving McCade, was a contemporary mystery/suspense.  I followed that up with a historical western, Heart of Stone, and then a pirate adventure, To Catch a Pirate.  So I guess you could say I’m feeling my way around!

Q: Tell us about your latest/upcoming release. What inspired it?

My latest is To Catch a Pirate.  As suggested by the title (it’s so hard to come up with one of those!), this is about a pirate in the 1800s and the enterprising female businesswoman who sets out to catch him in the hopes of getting him to ‘stop interfering with her voyages’.  I guess all those swashbuckler pirate movies inspired this novel.  The idea of cozying up to a handsome pirate on a seafaring vessel just really gets me.

Q: Who are some of your favorite characters from your books? The hardest to write? The easiest?

I have to say I really love Jesse Whelan, who is a lady’s man cowboy from Heart of Stone. He will be the main character in the sequel, Jesse’s Girl, which is coming out from Siren in June.  Jesse is just so charming and there are all these passing references to how women are always just falling all over him.  I have a young Brad Pitt or Don Johnson in mind for Jesse.

I find the heroes the easiest to write and the heroines the hardest.  I have to guard against my heroines getting all wimpy in love, which I hate.  So I tend to make them pretty independent-minded and feisty.

Q: What do you do when the muse decides to take a holiday or become really difficult? How do you try to coax them/she/it/he back to the drawing board?

Mmmm…that’s a tough one.  I’m not sure I’ve conquered that yet.  When Siren accepted my first novel, I was filled with such an incredible creative surge that I felt like I could not get the stories out fast enough.  But now I’m done with the fifthnovel, which should be out later this summer, I find myself a little tapped out.  I am not sure where I should go from here.  I took some time out to read a biography of Cleopatra and that was fun.  But I’m still waiting for my muse to come back!

Q: Is there a genre you haven’t tried yet but plan to in the future?

I haven’t tried Science fiction and would love to.

Q: If the world was to end tomorrow, what three things would be on your bucket list?

(1)   Spending the remaining time with my husband and kids.

(2)Eating anything I want to eat, no matter how fattening.

(3)Stopping to smell the roses.

Q: You’re on a remote island with a handsome man, a computer, and a “mysterious” source of electricity to power your computer. What do you do?

Is this a trick question?  My husband may be reading this.  I’d write, honey, definitely…

Q: What comes first for you: Setting? Storyline? Characters?

Characters always come first.  I fit them into a story line later.  For instance, I had this idea of a man wrongly imprisoned for murdering his wife.  He was a former tech billionaire and now he is in prison and this woman comes to offer him a deal to get him out.  This turned out to be Steve and Meredith from Saving McCade.  I had them firmly in mind before I worked out all the details of the story.

Q: If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as your main characters?

Well, I had one of my reviewers say Saving McCade would be a good movie.  She suggested Steve McQueen and Stephanie Powers, but I think that moment has passed.

Q: What do you have coming next? Anything you want to tell us?
After Jesse’s Girl will be The Outlaw takes a Madam.  That story also takes place in the Colorado town where Jesse’s Girl and Heart of Stone do, but the story involves the town doctor and his twin brother, a gunslinger.  The gunslinger is hiding out in his brother’s house and comes across the town madam, who herself is masquerading as a respectable spinster.

Q: If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

Me personally…?  Emotional, I guess I’d say.  My writing?  Hot.

Q: What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

I try to insert a lot of humor into my writing.  I think sometimes romance doesn’t have enough of that.

Q: Where can we find you on the web?

My website is www.angelaclaireromance.com and you can also find my books on the Siren Bookstrand website as well as amazon.com etc.

Thanks for having me!

To Catch a Pirate

Jamie Banion, captain of The Ocean Jewel, comes by his piracy honestly. He was born into it, son of the legendary Bloody Mary. In deference to his mother, he’s respectful of his female captives.

Evelyn Paxton is tired of the pirate who has been interrupting the voyages of her shipping company. So she poses as the daughter of an earl to lure him into taking her for ransom so she can lead him into a trap for the British navy.

Jamie doesn’t trust himself to keep his usual respectful distance from the sexy-as-hell blonde, especially when Evelyn adds another facet to her cover, that of the seductress. But by convincing Jamie she is no innocent miss, she overcomes his gentlemanly inclinations and gets on board The Ocean Jewel.

Add a storm, a secret island and a shocking revelation of pirates past, and Evelyn and Jamie find themselves sailing through adventure to true love.

Buy at http://www.bookstrand.com/to-catch-a-pirate

Saving McCade

 

What more could an innocent man behind bars want but a conjugal visit from a sexy stranger? A get out of jail free card, maybe?

Undercover agent Meredith DeView is offering Steve McCade a deal: work with her in a secluded safe house to crack the smuggling ring at his old tech company, and the FBI will guarantee he never has to return to prison.

Sounds good…if he can only keep his hands off the hot agent who’s rescued him.

Meredith is sex and salvation all wrapped up in one for McCade, but there’s a dark truth that’s driven her to seek him out. By getting him to the safe house, Meredith ensures that McCade goes free, even if she never comes clean.

When McCade finally learns the truth, will he hate Meredith, or will the truth set them both free?

Buy at   http://www.bookstrand.com/saving-mccade

Heart of Stone

Widowed Colorado cowboy Jake Stone has a baby to take care of. But when he asks his aunt to come west to help, she sends Melinda O’Chauncey instead…a walking, talking inspiration for sex if Jake ever saw one. But Jake has no intention of ever marrying again, so he vows to keep his hands off the sexy new nursemaid. Easier said than done!

As skittish as Jake is about matrimony, Melinda couldn’t marry the handsome cowboy, even if he got down on his knees and begged her. She has secrets of her own that she hopes are far, far behind in Boston.

Add to that a rash of mysterious happenings on the ranch that make Jake’s wife’s death a question mark, and a wedding may turn out to be the least of Melinda and Jake’s problems. In fact, it looks like a funeral might be in store for them instead.

Buy at http://www.bookstrand.com/heart-of-stone

My website is:   http://www.angelaclaireromance.com/

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Talking with Karenna Colcroft

Hi and welcome to my blog, Karenna Colcroft. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake.  So tell us a little about yourself.

Q: What genre do you write and for what publisher(s)?

I write primarily contemporary het romance. I’m published with Pink Petal Books, Ellora’s Cave, Noble Romance, and Siren, and I have an MFM novel coming toward the end of summer from Passion in Print Press. I also have an M/M paranormal novel, Salad on the Side, which will be out soon from MLR Press. A vegan werewolf and a slightly submissive Alpha.

Q: Tell us about your latest/upcoming release. What inspired it?

Salad on the Side is one of those books that kind of grew itself. An author friend of mine mentioned hearing about a book about a vegan werewolf. (When I checked out that book, the character is described as “reformed vegan”; I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t be copying anyone!) My friend and some other authors who were part of the conversation wondered how a werewolf could be vegan, so I wrote a short scene in which a vegan had just been changed into a werewolf by an attack, but still refused to eat meat even in wolf form. That character, Kyle Slidell, took over from there, and before I knew it I had an entire novel.

Q: Who are some of your favorite characters from your books? The hardest to write? The easiest?

Hands down, Kyle is my favorite. He’s such a wiseass, and was so much fun to write! I think he was also the easiest to write. From my other books, I love Gwen Davies in my novel Eternal Love, because she overcomes a lot, and I have a soft spot for Micah Ward in my novel Their Home Port because he’s based on my husband. The hardest characters have been in some of my contemporary novellas, because sometimes when I’m doing the first drafts I don’t feel like I’ve gotten deeply enough into the characters’ heads.

Q: What do you do when the muse decides to take a holiday or become really difficult? How do you try to coax them/she/it/he back to the drawing board?

My muse doesn’t take holidays, and he doesn’t let me either!

Q: Is there a genre you haven’t tried yet but plan to in the future?

There aren’t any that I’d want to try that I haven’t already. I would like to do more paranormal romance, though; maybe some urban fantasy. I haven’t done much of that, which is odd because in my YA author life, urban fantasy is almost all I write.

Q: If the world was to end tomorrow, what three things would be on your bucket list?

I’d love to go to Great Britain and Northern Ireland; I’d like to see a movie or TV series made out of my YA novels; and I want to go on a no-holds-barred, no financial limit shopping spree. (Though I guess shopping wouldn’t be much use, because I wouldn’t have time to use all the things I’d bought…)

Q: You’re on a remote island with a handsome man, a computer, and a “mysterious” source of electricity to power your computer. What do you do?

As long as the handsome man is my husband, I get him to help me “research” for some romance stories, then sit down to write them. If the handsome man isn’t my husband, he can fan me and bring me cool drinks while I write.

Q: What comes first for you: Setting? Storyline? Characters?

It depends. I think my strongest books are the ones where the characters came first, because the characters start speaking to me and the books kind of write themselves from there. But not all of my books start that way. Sometimes I have the plot first. I don’t usually have the setting first; sometimes I get to the end of the first draft and still don’t know where the story takes place.

Q: If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as your main characters?

I’ve been asked this before, and I never have an answer… I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies, so I can never really think of a celebrity who would fit my characters!

I do have one answer this time, though… I think Darren Criss from Glee would be a perfect Tobias (Kyle’s lover) if a movie were ever made out of Salad on the Side. He would just have to grow his hair longer.

Q: What do you have coming next? Anything you want to tell us?

I have a fantasy novella titled The Mirror of the Soul coming out June 3 from Pink Petal Books. It’s part of their shared-world project called Spellbound Treasure, and is about a human woman and a Fae man who somehow both buy the same mirror, which brings them together across dimensions. In August, my MFM novel Shiny Objects will be out from Passion in Print Press. And I’m currently working on a few things, but I don’t want to say much about them because I don’t want to jinx them.

Q: If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

“Warning: Mild equals wild.”

Q: What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

I’ve only been writing erotic romance since 2006, and my first e-book was published in 2009. So it hasn’t been that long, but I’ve learned a lot and have met some wonderful authors, editors, and readers along the way. Hopefully the ones I’d most like to thank know who they are!

Q: Where can we find you on the web?

My website is http://karennacolcroft.com, and my blog is part of that site. My books are available on Amazon, AllRomanceebooks, and of course the publishers’ sites. I’m on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/karenna.colcroft, and on Twitter I’m @KarennaColcroft.

Salad on the Side will be available from MLR Press: http://www.mlrbooks.com/books.php.

Blurb:

Since moving to Boston, Kyle Slidell has met only a few of his neighbors, including Tobias Rogan. Kyle is very interested in Tobias, and is ecstatic to learn that Tobias wants him too. But his neighbors have a secret: They’re werewolves, and Tobias is the pack Alpha. When one of the wolves attacks Kyle in the neighborhood garden one night, Kyle learns the truth in a hurry. Now he’s a werewolf too—and since he’s vegan, he refuses to eat meat. With Tobias’s help and love, Kyle must adjust to his new life and protect himself and his friends from a neighboring pack.

Talking with author V. Greene

Hi and welcome to my blog, V. Greene. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake.  So tell us a little about yourself.

Q: What genre do you write and for what publisher(s)?

I write erotic fantasy novels for Shadowfire Press, which just released the second book in the Spellslayer series. The Spellslayers are sword-and-sorcery at heart; Fire and Water is more high fantasy – if you can use that term on something with rather low punning in its origins. The commission was for “smoking hot sex.”

Q: Tell us about your latest/upcoming release. What inspired it?

I’d discovered there was a market for fantasy with gay characters, toyed with the idea while rereading Fritz Leiber, and woke up with a large swordsman and a small tricky wizard wanting to scrabble their way onto paper (and fool around a lot). Once they were there, they just kept having adventures. I’d thought they might be worth a short story at first, but now they’re pushing me into writing their third, and possibly their fourth, novella.

A skeptic might say I made them up entirely to pimp their asses and sell books. That might even have been true for about five minutes, but I’ve become quite fond of them and their ornery tendency to scoot into risky territory, have huge backstories, take crazy chances with the plotline, and have a quickie after nearly being monster chow.

Q: Who are some of your favorite characters from your books? The hardest to write? The easiest?

I adore Turak and Gazriel. Totally. They’re good guys, in their own highway-robbing pocket-picking ways, and they’re fond of each other while being completely incapable of saying so. They’re worth the grind of catching their adventures and stuffing them into the computer.

Turak has been hard to write, though, as he’s something of an internally contradictory character: as gentle as a man can be when his preferred career involves extensive use of a greatsword. He’s a sweetie, except when he’s not, and I have to make sure he has opportunities to be well-rounded.

Gazriel, on the other hand, has a soft spot for the poor and downtrodden, and for Turak, but is otherwise pretty well self-centered, sneaky, and a little too fond of his own cleverness. He’s easy for me to write, which can be disconcerting.

Peripheral characters tend to come and go, since the main ones travel a lot, but I’m fond of Sara in the first book. She was the quietly voyeuristic keeper of a roadside tavern, there for all the female readers of m/m stories. In this one, there are a couple of serpent-temple acolytes I quite enjoyed writing, energetic teenage girls who aren’t quite committed to the cloistered life just yet.

Q: What do you do when the muse decides to take a holiday or become really difficult? How do you try to coax them/she/it/he back to the drawing board?

The muse tried to hide for rather a long time between book 1 and 2, actually. I asked the publisher for a firm, harsh, absolute deadline, and though the deadline wasn’t all that harsh, it shook everything loose, muse or no muse. And, you know, I only missed it by about a week. Coffee helps. Reading other people until my word-tank is filled up again seems to work pretty well, too, but I still have to prime the pump by just writing garbage until the flow gets going.

Oddly, sometimes the forced writing turns out to be the best, probably because I was sweating every word in the first place instead of galloping along without noticing exactly what the prose looked like.

Q: Is there a genre you haven’t tried yet but plan to in the future?

I’d like to do more science fiction. I have some science background and still like to keep up on the latest discoveries and controversies, and I also live with a philosophy professor – a great source of the sort of questions science fiction likes to play with.

Q: If the world was to end tomorrow, what three things would be on your bucket list?

Erk. Panic, make phone calls to some dear people who do not live nearby, then some more frenzied panic. I’ve been aware of my own mortality lately as it is, and have come to the conclusion that death is a gigantic waste. Mass death all the more so.

Q: You’re on a remote island with a handsome man, a computer, and a “mysterious” source of electricity to power your computer. What do you do?

To quote Tom Lehrer (should one attribute a quote originally on the subject of plagiarism?) “Only be sure always to call it please ‘research’.” What’s mysterious about a solar backpack?

Q: What comes first for you: Setting? Storyline? Characters?

Characters. Storyline tends to force setting, and characters to force storyline, so I suppose the characters demand that a certain world be built to house them. Once those traits are settled, I try to be sensible in putting mountains and jungles in plausible places, making the cities different from each other, and having some idea what the political climate is. For instance, though it hasn’t come up yet, I am aware that the king once had his bacon saved by a former street urchin who managed to claw his way up to advisor, and therefore he requires all the schools and guilds to admit not fewer than one (though no more than five on the nation’s nickels) impoverished student a year. This is important to Gazriel’s past in several different ways, most of them offscreen.

Q: If one of your books became a movie, which celebrities would you like to star as your main characters?

That’s actually rather tricky. Neither looks much like any currently available celebrity. You might be able to cobble a reasonable Gazriel out of Elijah Wood or Seth Green, with tinted contacts and some deft makeupping. Right now we don’t seem to have an action hero who looks at all like Turak, though Jason Momoa might be close. They’re more the sort of person you find on old pulp-fiction covers than the sort of person that’s easy to cast in live-action movies. Would animation be a valid option? I would love to do these books as a graphic novel, for that matter.

Fire and Water, on the other hand, is relatively easy to cast. Ideally the dragon would be voiced by Patrick Stewart, and Sir Campion could be well-played by Justin Chambers.

Q: What do you have coming next? Anything you want to tell us?

I’m working more or less simultaneously on several scenes from Spellslayer 3, a spinoff prequel sort of thing, and a story in the same world that might make a good submission to a Halloween anthology. No, I’m not an organized, outlining, scheduled sort of writer. Whenever I try to be, life tends to whack me in the face with a salted codfish.

Q: If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

Does anyone remember the one the PMRC suggested years ago? Okay, that one’s probably overkill. “Caution: Contents Misleadingly Packaged” might about cover the matter.

Q: What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

I try to write something that’ll get a reaction, something that’ll make the reader think and feel in a way that they didn’t before, and not just in an erotic sense. Back in my fanfiction days, a m/m story of mine (Peter Pettigrew and Sirius Black, I think) earned a review containing a threat to firebomb my house. Since the reviewer was on a different continent, I didn’t worry about it too much, and at least that reviewer had gotten involved enough to get angry! It’s the next best thing to making her think.

Q: Where can we find you on the web?

I tweet @v_greene and blog when the impulse strikes at http://v-greene.livejournal.com/. So far the desire to increase my web presence beyond those and the odd snarky remark at the Absolute Write Water Cooler just hasn’t hit.

Spellslayer 2: Revenge of the Serpent Priestess

Sales Link: http://www.shadowfirestore.com/

Book Blurb:

Turak was a solitary wanderer by choice, losing track of those he loved so that they could live forever in his heart.  Gazriel loved no-one, feeling safer in isolation.  Now together, tentative in any sense of commitment as they enjoy each other’s bodies, they try to evade their common powerful enemies, find a comfortable sort of life together, and possibly get wealthy.

Their enemies, women powerful in their own kind of magic, have other plans, prying into both men’s weaknesses to force them into a quest.  Traveling south into dark jungle and mysterious ruins, they must rely on each other’s strengths to survive it.

Excerpt:

Turak stared into the campfire’s flames.  He’d spent a lot of time doing that, he reflected, but it was a new show every night.  This evening, a thread of blue ran along one branch over and over.  Though its shape was smooth and pleasing, the color reminded him of the gleam in an Undead’s eye.  He hoped it was no omen of his future.

A week ago he had seen his younger sister.  She had died of a fever at six years old, just before he left home for good.  When she had appeared at the campfire, she had still been six years old, her faded dress dirty and her hair too long as always.  She had vanished when Gazriel flicked a silver coin to her, thinking her a genuine urchin.

Or perhaps thinking that silver would dispel her if she were not and please her if she were.  The thief had a quick and subtle mind for such plans.

Gaz, across from him, seemed absorbed in some study of his own.  It was good to have a companion who could also fall into a silence and feel comfortable there.  The night felt stretched, as though something waited outside the light of the fire and watched for an opportunity.  Turak found himself listening harder, waiting for the snap of a twig.  The blue flame rippled, but he no longer focused on it.  After a moment, he turned from it altogether and stared into the darkness.  His eyes adjusted, but there seemed to be nothing to see.  Whatever he wasn’t seeing, Gazriel was searching for it as well.

“I think the trace is making me jumpy,” Gaz said after a minute.  “You?”

“Maybe.”  Turak shook his head.  “How much can a group of priestesses do at this distance?”

Gaz shifted unhappily.  “Between where we started and the jungles, this is about as close as we ever get to their temple.  Maybe that’s why I’m on edge.”

On some level, Turak had known this as well.  Perhaps his mind only played tricks with this knowledge.  “Still, we’re not on the front porch.”

“Wizards don’t know much about temple magics,” Gaz said, amusing Turak.  A few months ago, if the confession would have been made at all, it would have been Wizards know little of temple magics.  “I can’t say,” he continued judiciously, “this is how I would have chosen to study it.”

“It’s probably the only way, which is probably why wizards have avoided it.”

“I suppose when it comes to self-preservation, wizards do have a certain amount of sense,” Gaz said.  Turak gave him a smile.

He’d only taken his attention from the darkness for a moment, but in that moment someone had joined them.  At the edge of the firelight, a young blond man stood shyly.  Turak caught his breath.  Again, the age was exactly what he remembered; the beautiful boy hadn’t changed in ten years.  “Jilarek.”

It couldn’t be, of course.  Jilarek was dead, gone, and his bloody suicide still haunted Turak’s dreams.  This, too, had to be an illusion.  “Turak.  Have you missed me?” said the copy.

His sister’s death couldn’t have been his fault; her silent visit had not hurt so much.  What could he possibly say?  He’d learned to go through his day without thinking of small tales to tell Jilarek that evening, without hoping that they might touch, and without that shy smile rewarding him for little deeds.  Those were the things he would have missed if he’d permitted himself.  He no longer practiced the sword wondering if now he might be able to best his friend, or whether he deserved to carry that friend’s sword.  And yet saying no would have been callous and not quite true.  “It’s been a long time.”

Jilarek looked away for a moment.  “That’s what I thought you’d say.  Nothing.”

Talking with Guest Author Xavier Axelson

Hi and welcome to my blog, Xavier Axelson. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake.  So tell us a little about yourself.

Q: What genre do you write and for what publisher(s)?

I write Gay Erotica for Seventh Window Publications and Silver Publishers

Q: So tell us a little about Dutch’s boy. What inspired it?

Oh Dutch’s Boy…Where do I begin…First off I started writing this right when Blake Edwards died so I decided to name one of the characters in whatever I was going to write Blake and then I realized Blake Edwards was good friends with Henry Mancini so I decided to name my main character Henry…but got confused and called him Harry…Lol.  The plot came from a recent news story about Amtrak now allowing people to get on trains with guns.  Most of what I write is inspired by true events.

Q: Who are some of your favorite characters from your books? The hardest to write? The easiest?

I have a soft spot for Evrain from “A Valentine for Evrain,” he’s cocky, vain and not always likeable but his voice was strong and I couldn’t not write him.  I think the Valentine story was the hardest but I also think it is my strongest so far.  The edit was tough but the result is tight and hot and I am incredibly proud of it.  Oddly, Evrain was also the easiest; it came forth so fast that I think I wrote it in one night.

Q: You have been working in the adult industry for over fifteen years. What got you interested in this field?

I am fascinated by sex and am an incredibly sexual person so I guess two and two just made 4.  My first job was as a “female” phone sex operator and while I was doing that, I trained as a dungeon master and was the resident dungeon master for a fetish boutique back east.

Q: What do you do when the muse decides to take a holiday or become really difficult? How do you try to coax them/she/it/he back to the drawing board?

My muse is never on holiday…but I often am…she is the one who has to drag my wandering butt back to the computer.  I’m dreamy and could spend the day staring at the hollyhocks growing outside my window if I’m not careful.  My muse has her hands full.

Q: Is there a genre you haven’t tried yet but plan to in the future?

I actually have a ton of ideas for Kid’s Books…I am a huge fan of Children’s Literature and actually that was where my passion for writing started.  I also write horror…and there may be a cookbook somewhere deep inside me…

Q: If the world was to end tomorrow, what three things would be on your bucket list?

I want to go to Sweden and lay by a lake and drink vodka

Write the next great American novel

Win a Pulitzer …Easy peasy!

Q: What comes first for you: Setting? Storyline? Characters?

Characters…definitely…they come to me like they’ve been waiting for me to show up to the party…when the names just flow I know I’m on the write path.  Then comes the setting and the storyline is last…it’s kind of like writing a choose your own adventure, I never know where I’m going to end up.

Q: If you were a comic book character, who would you be and what super powers would you have?

I’m torn between Poison Ivy and Venom…Definitely someone who was dangerous, sexy and poisonous…oh and I’d definitely be a villain.

Q: What do you have coming next? Anything you want to tell us?

Oh boy, I’m so crazed with projects!  I have two new novella’s coming out:  Lily (a paranormal erotic Father’s Day horror story) with Silver Publishing and The Good Cop (an erotic and surprisingly heartfelt M/M cop romance with Seventh Window Publications and I am in the middle of having a three book M/M horror epic Beta Read.  My column over at examiner.com is jumping; I’ve got some incredible interviews coming out in the next two months;  Look for Buck Angel, Cazwell, Pandora Boxx, and a few other surprises…

Q: Where can we find you on the web?

http://xavieraxelson.com/

http://www.examiner.com/la-in-los-angeles/francis-xavier

http://www.facebook.com/xaviersaxel

http://twitter.com/XaviersAxel

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Dutch’s Boy by Xavier Axelson- Harry Reynolds wants to ride broncos in the rodeo but his father, the well-known rodeo rider, Dutch, has made his son work the family ranch instead.  With only a dream and some pocket money, Harry leaves the ranch to pursue his ambitions.  Chance encounters, sex, and love soon teach the young cowboy life lessons that he will not forget.

Publisher: Seventh Window Publications

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New Series-Destined Mates-Coming in 2011

I have a brand new series coming to Shadowfire Press in late 2011. It’s about the “What if your destined or fated mate isn’t who you thought it may be?” premise.

The first book is called Bewitched by Destiny and has a cranky, alpha panther shifter finding out that his destined mate is the aggravating witch next door. The one who hates all shifters and who’s spells seem to either start things on fire or blow things up. Let’s just say these two are like oil and water but man are they combustible.

Book 2 is tentatively called Betrayed by Destiny. It is about a cat shifter who finds himself dumped when his lover finds his destined mate and it’s NOT him. My first M/M story and one I am finding I have to write NOW!!! It has the main character named Maxwell who is a cat shifter and finds a new relationship with a lion shifter named Leo who, if Max will let him, to heal his shattered heart.

Book three hasn’t come to me yet but it does have a vampire, a fairy and a shifter. 🙂

Book 1 will be out November 2011, Book 2 in 2012 with book 3 in 2013. More information to be coming soon when I get it.

Guest Author Day with Pat Dale

I’m really excited that, after years of writing and submitting, my dance card finally filled up. I’m releasing six books this year and already have two coming out next year. It’s a bit hectic getting all that editing done in a timely fashion while continuing to write. But fun, you darn betcha, it’s a blast!

I think I started my writing career with the attitude that my stuff was so good publishers would trip over themselves signing me up. Boy, was I wrong on that! What I learned was that I had a lot to learn. My imagination was alive and well, but I knew nothing about how to take a fair to middlin’ story and turn it into a book folks would enjoy reading.

I also learned something about perseverance. There were times I almost gave up; thinking this day was not destined for me. Something inside said, “Keep going. Find what’s not up to par and fix it. Don’t give up.” And I didn’t.

My early publications were romantic comedies. FOR THE LOVE OF HATTIE, GOLDIE’S BEAR, AND DON’T BET ON IT are fun romances set in and around my home state of Missouri. (Red Rose Press) I have a wacky sense of humor and it bled over into my writing. One thing that helped was a large file of characters I’d come across in real life. All my characters are composites of people I’ve known, but none of them is an attempt at copying a real person. Does that make sense?

With A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND (Whimsical Publications), I bridged over into romantic suspense. There is humor and sex in it but lots of angst and some downright graphic violence. It rung in a change of direction for my work, leading me toward mystery and suspense and away from straight romance, although I’m still working on my last romantic comedy and a romantic farce.

Last month, SLEEPING WITH HER ENEMY was released by Muse Publishing. It’s a somewhat suspenseful mid-life romance set in northern Colorado, where I lived for several years. While my earlier romances featured heroines in their mid twenties to early thirties, this book focuses on a woman in mid-life who’s lost just about everything she cares for.

CROSSED LINES came out last week from Whimsical. It’s a psychological suspense that is about as anti-romance as it can get, but a story that grips the reader to the surprising last page. In July a romantic family saga, DANCE WITH THE DEVIL, debuts from Muse. It’s an asymmetrical story of folks who experience similar perils to what their ancestors endured while settling the high plains of northern Nebraska. In the fall I have a middle grade YA, ZACH’S AMAZING DREAM MACHINE and a wild and wacky science fantasy novella, OUT OF THE BLUE. And then there’s next year….

Sneak Peek into Crossed Lines By Pat Dale

Crossed Lines

Pat Dale

Whimsical Publishing

May 2011 Release

Mystery/Suspense

Blurb:

Baby Jane should have been just another statistic in the annals of New Orleans history, but the infant survived abandonment. A few years later she should have been a basket case after years of sexual abuse at the hands of a foster father, but she found a way to get free of him without losing her sanity. Or did she?
A successful author who’d put her unsavory past behind her, she’s stayed for years with her philandering husband ; a man who unwittingly unleashes all the disgusting memories she’d kept buried in her psyche. And now, the fool must pay the price for his infidelity; him and his sexy lover.
Set in the charming hospitality of northern Mississippi , CROSSED LINES is a most inhospitable story of seduction, mystery, and revenge.

 

Excerpt:

She stayed at the downtown hotel into the weekend while a crew cleaned her mansion of all traces of the violence. Early on Monday, hours before the inquest, she went back home and pulled out the sole contents of her safe, a computer disc. Inserting the disc into her computer, she initiated the printer.

As it spit out page after page of manuscript, she dropped them into a cardboard box. After destroying the disc, she lifted the heavy box and carried it out to the trash burner behind her home, and started a fire with a few pages, adding more as the fire grew. When the last sheet had been tossed into the flames, she stepped back and looked skyward at the column of dirty gray smoke. Waving to it, she whispered, “Goodbye, Martin, and good riddance. May your rotten soul burn in hell forever.”

Even as she waved, Jane felt a lightening in her spirit, a buoyancy that had been missing her entire life. The sense of foreboding and heaviness that had pervaded her very existence was gone. After the symbolic pile was reduced to ashes and the sky clear of smoke, she returned to the house and prepared her real manuscript for shipment. Her latest novel was complete and ready for the publisher.

“What was will be no more,” she sang to herself, recalling the little play she’d directed. “What will be, we’ll see…”

In her mind, last fall was only a blink away…

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Author Pat Dale

Author of mystery, suspense, and romance

http://www.patdale.net

www.patdalesblog.blogspot.com

 

A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND International romantic suspense, available NOW 

CROSSED LINES a tale of betrayal, revenge, and murder MAY 2011

http://www.whimsicalpublications.com

 

THE PERFECT STRANGER Romantic suspense in the heartland coming 2011 

http://www.awe-struck.net

 

SLEEPING WITH HER ENEMY mid-life romance in the  Rockies , available NOW

 

DANCE WITH THE DEVIL romanntic family saga set in  Nebraska , available JULY, 2011 

ZACH’S AMAZING DREAM MACHINE, middle grade, available SEPTEMBER, 2011

BLUE STREAKS,erotic science fantasy, available November, 2011

THE EVIL WITHIN, mainstream family saga, availableJanuary, 2012

http://www.museituppublishing.com

 

DON’T BET ON IT sensuous romantic comedy

GOLDIE’S BEAR sunny-side up romantic comedy  

FOR THE LOVE OF HATTIE  Heartwarming romantic comedy

http://www.redrosepublishing.com