Welcome Kellie J. Kamryn

 

 

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

 

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing? *takes chocolate martini from Zeke, finger waves at Jake* My short stories are purely imagination with the odd quirk I found intriguing from someone’s personality. The first series of novels I wrote involve the coaches in the sport of artistic gymnastics which I taught for 25 years, so I know what I’m talking about in those! I made up believable scenarios based on “what if” questions I posed to myself.

 

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book? If I have the time, I can write a 60-75,000 word novel in a month. Now that I’m promoting my work, I have less time to write, but I have to fit it in.

 

What is your writing routine once you start a book? I like to write as much as I can in a day, and usually stop when the words stop flowing. Or the kids need to eat or something…

 

Tell us about your latest release or upcoming release. What inspired it? Rebound is book 1 in the Love and Balance series. It’s available from Secret Cravings Publishing, as well as on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance ebooks, and Bookstrand.

 

An award-winning choreographer must face the only man she’s ever loved then lost when they are teamed up to work together at a gymnastics camp for Olympic hopefuls.

 

What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write? Because I’m a hopeless romantic, I’m all about “getting to the good parts”. I love leading up to the love scene, having teaser scenes where you think characters will “get it on” but don’t, creating the tension. I don’t normally have trouble creating love scenes because it’s my favorite part to read or write in a book!

 

 

 

What kind of research do you do for your books? Right now, I rely on my knowledge of gymnastics to complete the series. For some of my other work, I talk to friends who work in a particular job for a character I’m trying to portray. I like finding out directly how something is done to make things more believable.

 
What are some of your favorite things or hobbies to do? I read. I go out with my friends. Spend time with my kids. Our favorite TV show to watch together is Once Upon A Time. May seem boring but I love my life and wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Who are some of your other favorite authors and genres to read? I write poetry as well, so I read that, and I read spiritual books by Shelby Spong & Louise L. Hay. I have a lot of friends now who are authors, so I enjoy reading everything from sweet romance to paranormal and erotic.

 

Among your own books, have you a favorite?  A favorite hero or heroine?  Every book I write, I love my hero and heroine, LOL They all have their own stories that begged to be told so I love them all for what they brought to me at the time.

 

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?
Depends. Sometimes it’s a situation. Sometimes it’s a character and I say, “Hmmm…what if this happened to him/her?” I begin writing and the characters take me on an incredible journey.

 

What part of a book has been the easiest to write?  The hardest?

 

For me, the beginning is always the most difficult. Not because I don’t have the idea, but to set it all up right so it flows smoothly is the challenge.

 


What are the elements of a great romance for you?
Believable characters, and the ability to transport me to another world so I’m not in my own.

What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you?  The most difficult part of writing isn’t writing at all, but promotion. I had no idea how much time it would take when I got my first acceptance. I never know how much is too much or too little. I like interacting with people and have to keep myself on task and not talk on twitter or facebook too much. But then I worry I’m not there enough, and then there’s all the loops and groups… OY! I remember the days when all I did was write and wish I had that time again, but then I realize I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do so I suck it up and push on ahead! People are reading my stories, publishers want to publish my novels and that’s why I’m doing it.

 

Are you in control of your characters or do they control you? I think they are in control. I plot a little, but mostly I let the characters take me on their adventure. So many times, I have this idea but as I write they take me to places I hadn’t thought of, so I’ve learned it’s better to let them. I can always edit later, LOL

 

What are some of your current projects? I have a love and erotic poetry collection due out soon. It’ll be released in paperback, ebook and audio book. I’ll be recording the audio so I’m excited about that. Book 2 in the series will be released this year as well, then I’ve got to submit book 3, and I’ve started an erotic romantic suspense that I’m totally in love with. I have a lot on the go but wouldn’t want it any other way!

 

Boxers, briefs, boxerbriefs…. Or commando on a man? Why? Commando is kind of sexy, but I love boxerbriefs. I just think that is one hell of a sexy look on a man!

 

What is your strangest habit? I drink a lot of tea. That’s so boring, it’s strange I even mentioned it.

 

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought? My skin looks good today.

 

What is your favorite pizza? Bacon & mushroom.

 

What is one thing scientists should invent? More hours in the day!

 

If you could time travel, where would you go? Medieval Victorian times, but I’d want to be a Princess or something and have a Prince with a long sword. What? So he can defend me! What’re you thinking?

 

What is your favorite thing about being a writer? (Romance or other genres) When I get an email from a reader that said my book was a good distraction from whatever horrible thing they were going through at the time.

 

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why? That depends on what you like to read. I write great poetry of all kinds, and that you can read a little at a time. If you like raunchy and fun, Monkeys, Sex and Other Birthday Surprises. If you like spicy contemporary, then Rebound.

 

 

 

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories? I hope that for a brief moment, I transported them to another world. Maybe I made them laugh or cry, or just plain forget their own life for a moment.

 

Anything else you want to mention? I always love to hear from readers and authors alike! Visit me on my website www.kelliekamryn.com, or on my blog www.kelliekamryn.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/KellieKamryn, or twitter @KellieKamryn

Rebound by Kellie J. Kamryn

Secret Cravings Publishing

Claire LeMay is at the top of her game – she’s head of a prominent gymnastics facility with her gymnasts winning awards for her outstanding choreography. Now her biggest challenge is to coach alongside the man she’s avoided for three years after he demanded she live in his shadow instead of forging her own path.

After sinking every penny of his inheritance into his state-of-the-art gymnastics facility, Justin Black has achieved his dream. But even with hundreds of members and well-trained coaches, when Claire’s presence invades his space, he reluctantly admits she’s the one thing missing in his life. Oblivious as to why she walked out on him three years ago, he attempts to call a truce.

As their old passion tumbles out faster than a gymnast sprinting down the vault runway, they realize they are in the same impossible position as they were three years ago. Are they destined to repeat the same old routine or will they be able to choreograph a new one?

Excerpt:

He scooped her into his arms and carried her down to his office, depositing her in a chair. A spare jacket hung on a hook on the wall, and he used it to cover her up. Grabbing the box of tissues from his desk, he wiped her mouth and face with one, then set the garbage can down next to her in case she had to be sick again.

Her teeth chattered uncontrollably, and the grayish pallor of her skin worried him. He didn’t want to leave her alone, but he had to clean up the mess upstairs so the room wouldn’t stink to high heaven in the morning. “Baby, I’ve got to clean up the room. Will you be okay for a minute?”

“Yeah,” she croaked. “I think so.” When he didn’t move, she waved her hand to shoo him away. “Go. I’ll be okay.” She clenched her teeth together to control the chatter.

He kissed her forehead. “I’ll be back as quick as I can.”

She nodded and hugged her arms to her sides.

Justin hurried to get the mop and pail from the storage closet. It seemed like an eternity for the pail to fill with water, but once done, he added floor cleaner and ran upstairs as quickly as he could.

The stench in the room was indescribable. He switched on the overhead fans and quickly mopped up the mess. Then he hastened to get rid of the dirty water.

Once everything was back in its place, he made his way back to Claire, only to find her retching into the garbage can.

“Oh, shit.” He knelt by her side again, rubbing her back. Dark shadows hung under her eyes, and her body shivered. He hated to see her like this, but whatever it was making her sick was better out than in.

When she finished vomiting for the second time, he wiped her mouth with a tissue and scooped her into his arms. “I’m taking you to the hospital.”

“Okay.” He could barely hear her weak voice.

Justin carried her out to the car and settled her in the passenger side seat. Then he dashed back to lock up the gym.

They’d barely left the parking lot when she pleaded with him to stop the car. “I’m going to be sick again.” He pulled over, and Claire pushed open her door and puked on the side of the road.

When she’d finished, she sat back and groaned. “I feel like I’m dying.”

“Not today, honey. Just hold on—we’ll be there in fifteen minutes.”

He made it to the hospital in less than ten.

While they waited in the emergency room, Claire remained curled up at his side, shivering, little moans of anguish escaping her lips from time to time. He combed his fingers through her hair in an attempt to soothe her. The only break he took was to step outside and call Shelley to let her know what had happened.

The doctor diagnosed her with a case of food poisoning and wanted to keep her for observation to see if she could hold down any liquid. After an hour, she managed to keep water in her stomach, so the doctor sent her home after extracting a promise from Justin to look out for her and bring her back if she got any worse.

By the time he arrived back at the townhouse, his watch read nearly three in the morning. Justin prayed Garrett and Shelley were done for the night, or that they were somewhere else altogether. He found a key in Claire’s purse before lifting her sleeping form from the seat. She moaned a little when he carried her into the quiet house, but never woke fully.

Her dress smelled faintly of vomit, so he peeled it off of her, stifling a groan at the sight of her in a sexy red thong. With his dick throbbing in appreciation, he re-dressed her in a pink silk robe he found in her suitcase.

He tucked her into bed and lay down beside her, tracing her face with his fingertips. She sighed and curled into his chest. The shadows under her eyes looked like bruises against her pallid complexion. She looked like a ghost of her former lively self. This wasn’t the same woman who had given him a mind-blowing blow job a few short hours ago.

Holding her, taking care of her—it felt so good. So, right. She belongs with me. He hated to see her so sick, but he loved that he was the one to care of her. Tucking the sheet up around her a little more, he sighed. It didn’t escape him that he had indeed ended up in bed with her tonight—though this was a far cry from his fantasies.

 

 

Welcome Lynn Crain Today

How 2 Make Promo Groups Work 4 U by Lynn Crain 

One of the most important aspects of being an author is promotion. Everyone has to learn to make use of the tools out there to start what is known as name branding. Name branding is basically where an author makes their name known.

I too had to learn about promotions and hope to teach you a little today. First, please notice the title to this topic. This title is in the abbreviated format used when sending a twitter or a text message. There are a lot more in this arsenal which is why I wanted to expose you to the slang from the get go.

Alright, let’s talk briefly about what it out there. But first, I need to suggest that each and every author get an account specifically with their name. One good place to go is to gmail. The accounts are free and chances are you should be able to find an acceptable email address. I’m a prime example. I love x’s and odd a lot. I already had lynncrain@cox.net and knew I needed a second account. So my second email account for promotion became oddlynn3@gmail.com.

Here are just some of the ways you can promote yourself on the internet:

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. MySpace
  4. Blogspot
  5. Yahoogroups
  6. Ning
  7. Booktour
  8. Goodreads
  9. YouTube
  10. 10. Live Journal

Let’s start with these ten as these are the best known and I have a presence, sometimes more than one, in each area.

Facebook is a social networking site and has worked out to be mainly adults. Here you set up your profile and befriend people. (www.facebook.com/oddlynn3)

Twitter is the place where you answer the question ‘What are you doing now?’ in 140 characters or less. The title of this article is something I would tweet. Yeah, each of these have their own language.(www.twitter.com/oddlynn)

MySpace is the social networking place for the younger set. It has music and more plus a lot of cool backgrounds. (www.myspace.com/lynncrain)

Blogspot is run by Google and is a place where you can post longer pieces. Here you can establish a following who will drop by to read your weekly or even daily posts. Again, this one can be customized to your needs. (www.themanyshades.blogspot.com; www.lynncrain.blogspot.com)

Yahoogroups is one of my favorites. These are like the bulletin board systems of old. Here people join the ‘loop’ and you can converse anytime you want. People have to join your group. These work especially well for authors as you can gather a following plus you only have to post your information in a few loops for the word to get out about your latest book or newsletter. I personally belong to over 100 yahoogroups on which I promote. Here you can post your covers, do daily excerpts of your books and continually notify your readership of your calendar (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/XtraOrdinaryRomance)

Ning is another social networking site which is really cool in some aspects. This one allows you to really structure what everyone sees and does. Here you can have a page on many, many groups. This one is also great for authors because of that very aspect. Right now, I have eleven pages on eleven different groups. It’s fun and interesting.

Booktour is a very interesting concept as it works like…well…a booktour. You sign up and then can get hosted to make special appearances on other author sites or blogs.

Goodreads is a social networking site where you recommend books to others. It is almost like a library and you can review each of the books you read.

YouTube is the site where you upload videos. This is where an author would make a ‘book trailer’ and upload it for people to see. Now a book trailer is similar to a movie trailer in it is all visual. These are fairly new to the promotion arena and you can do one yourself with Windows Movie Maker or have one made. Check my channel out as I have links to other book trailers I like. (http://www.youtube.com/user/LynnCrain)

LiveJournal is yet another social networking site and was one of the first. While similar to all the other sites, it has some subtle differences. Again it seems to be a hangout for an older crowd. (www.lynncrain.livejournal.com)

Now this a very quick rundown on just some of the many ways to promote yourself. Start with one. Once you gain confidence with that one, add another. Soon you will find yourself all over the net. And that’s exactly where you want to be.

This is more than enough to get you started on the promotions tour. Good luck and don’t hesitate to email me with any questions you might have.

Lynn Crain

Lynn Crain is an award winning, multi-published author who normally lives in the southwest United States. For the next few years, she’s been transplanted to Vienna, Austriawhere she continues to write and learn. You can follow her adventures there in her blog, A Writer In Vienna (www.awriterinvienna.blogspot.com) or on twitter (www.twitter.com/oddlynn3) as well as her usual old hangouts. (www.lynncrain.com; www.lynncrain.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/oddlynn3)

A Lover for Rachel by Lynn Crain

$0.99 at Amazon and Smashwords

The magic of love comes to everyone.

Rachel Hamilton comes to Stonehenge to celebrate her birthday on Summer Solstice, only to find herself trapped beneath the massive rhyolite bluestones with sexy wizard, Dewin Kingston, who convinces her that she is the key to their escape.

Shopping Spree by Lynn Crain

$0.99 at extasy Books

When Jonas watched a nude woman start to try on clothes in his exclusive women’s boutique, he didn’t know that her next item to try on would be…him.

Welcome Cynthia Arsuaga today

 

Hi and welcome to my blog, Cynthia Arsuaga. 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 and thanks for having me here today. Hi, Zeke and Jake. *smiles coyly and bats lashes*

 

Okay, back to business. I originally started writing Paranormal Romance, emphasis on vampires and erotic. Over the past year I have written a contemporary western cougar novella, a co-authored piece with my husband about a shifter, and currently have a couple works in progress that are historical fantasy. Whatever my muse wants to try, I’m game.

 

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

 

February is a big month for me! I have three releases—a short story which is a series with No Boundaries Publishing titled Nightfall: Cassidy’s Fantasy, a short Valentine’s Day paranormal romance (ghosts) as part of an anthology with Secret Cravings Publishing called Lost in the Sea of You AND the second full-length book in a vampire series, Forces of Beauty, also with Secret Cravings Publishing titled A Vampire in Paris. Whew! I don’t know why I did that.

 

 

 

Q: If you had a reporter follow you around for the day, what would the readers get to see in your daily schedule?

 

Well, I usually am up between nine and ten o’clock (I’m up until two or three in the morning), check in with hubby (he’s up with the dog at the break of dawn and takes care of our granddaughter to take to school), turn on laptop to read messages and promo for a couple of hours. I then will peck away at a few of my works in progress in-between taking care of any chores around the house. After dinner, I’m back at writing until the wee hours. Pretty boring stuff really.

 

Q: When you begin your stories, do you go with the flow, or go with an outline?

 

Go with the flow. I’ve tried to outline when first started, but that lasted maybe a chapter. I write what pops in my head, finish the draft and rework from there.

 

Q: What thrill do you find when you compose?

 

Thrill? When everything I had floating around in my head comes to fruition on paper, or laptop screen, and tells a good story.

 

Q: Is it hard coming up with titles or characters names?

 

Hmm, depends. I usually start with the characters names, the main ones anyway. I usually do research to find the right one depending upon the setting, where the male/female hail from, or if I want some type of meaning behind their names. Once I’m into the story-telling for a few chapters I come up with a name. There have been times when the title was first and I created the characters around the name. In the Born Vampire Series, all the titles revolve around “Born” in the title and the rest is influenced by the storyline. The third one in this series is Born Again in Dreams and I’m about half-way finished.

 

Q: What does your workstation look like?

 

Oh my! I don’t think you want to know. Chaos, but I know where everything is and wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

Q: Are you the type of individual who gets weepy at the end of a good movie, or a sad movie, or do you just stay neutral through it all?

 

Weepy, weepy. Even if I’ve seen the movie several times and know what’s coming, I tear up every time. Happens with reading certain books too. I’m a romantic, what can I say?

 

Q: Is there any books coming that you are itching to read (either electronic or print) from your favorite authors?

 

I love reading Kerrelyn Sparks and Christine Feehan, so anything they have coming out, I’ll pick up. Also, my daughter just introduced me to Karen Marie Moning a couple months ago and have enjoyed those.

 

Q: If you were to replenish your cabinets with one junk food, what would it be?

 

Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Potato Chips, any brand I don’t care.

 

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

 

Other than the ones I mentioned before, I’m working on the last installment for Nightfall: Nataly’s Fantasy. The other two are in editing at this time. Oh, almost forgot this one. The second book Mike and I have co-written that follows My Life as a Dog. This one has the same characters and takes place twenty-six years later and is called, Love and Death in the Big Easy. Secret Cravings Publishing will be producing and was just accepted, so no cover or excerpts yet.

 

 

 

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

 

Let’s see, what else? I paint model horses and show them competitively nationally. I have several national championships with my miniatures. Started the hobby over twenty years ago to have a mutual interest with my daughter.

 

As far as my work, I put a lot of heart and soul into each and every one no matter how short or long each piece is. I really want the readers to enjoy my stories.

 

 

 

Q: Where can we find you on the web?

 

I have a website and a blog:

 

http://cynthiaarsuaga.weebly.com

 

http://romanticwordsbycynthia.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

NIGHTFALL: CASSIDY’S FANTASY ~ No Boundaries Publishing (Link below)

 

 

 

BLURB:

 

 

 

FOUR WOMEN, FOUR FANTASIES, ONE NIGHT

 

Come on an erotic ride in a 1976 Bubble Gum Pink Cadillac Fleetwood limousine to a mysterious nightclub where the VIP package fulfills the fantasies of four women. Mistress Claudine, the owner and hostess at Nightfall, invites each woman in for her choice of pleasure. Beware, no fantasy is beyond reach once night falls.

 

 

 

CASSIDY’S FANTASY

 

Accompany Cassidy Morgan as she discovers how one night with a dark and deliciously dangerous man satisfies the craving to be claimed—to experience and learn the meaning of belonging to a vampire.

 

With the scene over, Cassidy feels disappointment that the time ended. As the night falls into morning, a new man walks into her life. In the end, will she get more than she paid for?

 

 

 

Tagline: Four Women, Four Fantasies. The Night Falls for One.

 

 

 

STORY EXCERPT:

 

“Good evening ladies. My name is Mistress Claudine, your hostess and owner of Nightfall.” The husky, sultry voice of the woman greeting them sent tingles over Cassidy’s skin. So far, everyone they encountered tonight gave her the same reaction. Despite the chills, the mysterious Mistress of the club had to be the most attractive woman Cassidy ever met, but in an eerie kind of way. “Come with me, the table is ready. Which one of you is Miss Cassidy?”

 

 

 

“I’m Cassidy.”

 

 

 

“Are you and your friends enjoying the VIP fantasy package thus far?”

 

 

 

Cassidy glanced over her shoulder and spied the expression on their faces, and smiled, “Yes, very much, thank you.”

 

 

 

“Excellent, we aim to please and fulfill every fantasy to the fullest. Who will be the first victim?”

 

 

 

The four friends gasped and their eyes widened in shock at the statement.

 

 

 

“Oh, forgive me. Just a little fantasy humor. So, who shall I escort to their room first?

 

 

 

“Um, I guess me,” Cassidy said.

 

 

 

“Here we are, ladies. Greg is your server tonight and when I return, I’ll escort each of you to the individual rooms, beginning with Cassidy. Please enjoy your stay at Nightfall where all fantasies are fulfilled.”

 

 

 

ADULT EXCERPT:

 

 

 

With outstretched arms, she tugged his head down and pressed her lips to his cooler pair, which quickly warmed to her oral caress. An urgent, wanton tongue swiped along the seam of his mouth. The sweet taste of honey filled her senses.

 

 

 

Unable to keep a groan from passing her lips, his mouth opened, inviting entry. The kiss deepened. His tongue returned the proffer of invasion. She eagerly sucked him into her warmth. The delicious faint taste of the champagne still lingered and mingled with his. The quick surge of pleasure surprised her.

 

 

 

Breaking the embrace, he worked his magic down her body, kissing and nibbling along the way. He slid between her thighs, and wrapped his arms around her legs, pushing them apart.

 

 

 

Was this really happening? Ohmigod yes!

 

 

 

With a delicate rush of air, he began to blow gently on her pussy, sending shivers through her entire body. How long has it been since a man has done this to me? Before she could finish her thoughts, she felt the warm glide of his tongue slide up and in between the slick folds surrounding her entrance. She flinched as he held her thighs, spreading them further apart, and with firm hands, began to massage them.

 

 

A VAMPIRE IN PARIS ~ Secret Cravings Publishing

 

 

 

BLURB:

 

 

 

The attraction is instant, but their new found love is tested on the journey to love eternal.

 

 

 

For over two hundred years, London-based security and private investigator, Ramsey Weiss has existed as the quintessential confirmed bachelor. New Years’ Day he is dispatched to Paris, France, to rescue an abducted cosmetics company heiress. In the melee, he butts heads with an unexpected woman.

 

 

 

Camille du Bassin is the head chemist at Institut de Beauté Biologique and her niece has been kidnapped. She teams up with a private security investigator with special skills hired by her brother. The two unlikely pair work together playing a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse not only with each other, but battle an evil ancient vampire determined to take Camille as his consort. Somewhere along the journey, Camille and Ramsey are surprised by the physical attraction that develops between them, denying the attraction.

 

 

 

Just when the two lovers’ think their love can be forever…Fate steps in to challenge the power of their love.

 

 

 

 

 

EXCERPT:

 

 

 

“Paris.”

 

 

 

“Really? I thought you wanted me off any jobs outside London for a few more months following last time’s small misunderstanding.”

 

 

 

“I did. But Paris is a short flight compared to Hong Kong or Miami. Are you up to it?”

 

 

 

“Absobloodylootely. Paris I can always handle.”

 

 

 

“Hmm, this is a relatively short assignment to find a kidnapped heiress.” Braedon tossed the dossier across the desk toward Ramsey. “Take this. The file should tell you everything you need to know—addresses, phone numbers, names, your cover, and where you’ll stay during the day.”

 

 

 

“Perfect. When can I leave?”

 

 

 

“Will tonight fit your plans?”

 

 

 

“Not a problem. Who’s the client?”

 

 

 

“The wealthy businessman’s daughter, a young heiress apparently abducted by an alleged cult group leader. According to her father, they have demanded no police involvement or they will kill her. He has hired us because he heard of our special abilities, and he did not mean our investigative skills. We need to quietly take care of this problem. Personally, this sounds more like a bad boyfriend relationship gone sour, but the money pays well, so I took it on and did not ask too many probing questions. That’s your job to get to the bottom of the crime. Find her, bring her home safely, and make everyone happy.”

 

 

 

“Hmm. Sounds like a piece of cake. My fee?”

 

 

 

“Twenty thousand.”

 

 

 

“Euros, Sterling or Dollars?”

 

 

 

“Pounds.”

 

 

 

“Certainly works for me.”

 

 

 

“And, of course, the client is picking up the expense of the round trip flight. Business class.”

 

 

 

“The least they could do at such short notice, right?” A husky, deep chuckle along with a wink to his boss went unappreciated.

 

 

 

“You’re one of my best investigators Ramsey. You also like the young lady detail jobs, so I called you in on this one, reluctantly.”

 

 

 

“Oh thanks, boss. Am I that transparent and a problem for you?” Yes, he was, but Ramsey made no attempts to disguise his weakness for the fairer sex. He loved women and was good at charming them for their blood and sex. At any rate, taking these types of assignments made them more interesting. No strings attached made for cleaner breaks when the jobs were complete. Play the role of the knight in shining armor and he’d have the heiress swooning in his arms for one night. Just the way I like my women.

 

 

 

http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/

 

http://www.noboundariespublishing.com/index.html

 

 

 

Welcome Addison James

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

My name is Addison James and I write sweet romance and women’s fiction. I have a couple contemporary sweet romance comedies published recently: THE BEST BAD DATE published December 2011 with MuseItUp publishing and POP-TARTS AND TEXTING to be published February 2012 with Books To Go Now publishing.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing? Actually, it’s a combination of real life and imagination. I might take something I heard about, then say “what if” and expand from there.

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book? I wrote this short story in a few weeks. I’m writing a novel now that I wrote from February to July last year, and am still revising.

What is your writing routine once you start a book? First, I get an idea that won’t go away. I just have this urge to write, so I do. I have kids, so I write early in the morning before the rest of the family is awake: about 445am and write until6amwhen the kids wake up.

Tell us about your latest release or upcoming release. What inspired it? I’m always attracted to how people first meet and what that first spark is like, then thought,  what if everything went wrong yet still went right? That contradiction of good and bad, wrong and right, best and worst, intrigued me. So I wrote about it. I think a person’s actions say more than words, and I had this couple reacting to this bad date and showing their true characters.

What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write?  I try to avoid writing explicit love scenes. I keep thinking my kids may find my writing one day and I want to avoid that situation!

What kind of research do you do for your books? Research? Very little. They’re not historical but contemporary. I might look up things about the settings of my stories like is there a beach front near the downtown or is there a first run movie theater in walking distance?
What are some of your favorite things or hobbies to do? I like to read, write, travel, watch movies, go for long walks, socialize with friends.

Who are some of your other favorite authors and genres to read? I like a variety of classic and modern, from mysteries to women’s fiction. I grew up reading Mary Stewart romantic suspense; she has always been my benchmark. I also read lots of mysteries like PD James and Dorothy L. Sayers. Jane Austen is always a favorite. I read some YA and was just blown away by The Hunger Games.

Among your own books, have you a favorite?  A favorite hero or heroine? In my own books, that’s hard to say. It’s like naming your favorite child! I’m writing a book club women’s fiction now, and one of the characters is a self-described bitch. It’s fun writing someone who’s tough on the outside but soft on the inside. I usually write sweet, funny, smart heroines. This one likes to offend people, and it’s a nice change.

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting? The story or the characters, The settings follow.

What part of a book has been the easiest to write?  The hardest? I find the first draft easiest and revising hardest.
What are the elements of a great romance for you? The characters, the emotions, the setting, the story, the obstacles, the feelings they have for each other.

What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you? Hardest is revising, easiest writing first draft.

Are you in control of your characters or do they control you? I control them, but sometimes when I’m writing, I’m just taken in an unexpected direction, but it feels right. It doesn’t change the story dramatically, but things just make more sense for that character.

What are some of your current projects? I’m publishing a short story this week called POP-TARTS AND TEXTING with Books to Go Now, and I had another romantic comedy short story, THE BEST BAD DATE was published in December by Muse It Up publishing. I’m revising my novel, SECOND CHANCES, a women’s fiction about a woman who realizes she loves her long time best friend and has a second chance at love. I accidentally wrote a YA prequel to it about how she met her friend at school that ended up novel length, so now I need to learn about the YA market! And a male writer friend suggested we co-write a thriller which is intriguing. I’ve never written one before but I think it’d be fun to write something more plot heavy than I usually write.

Boxers, briefs, boxerbriefs…. Or commando on a man? Why? Honestly, it doesn’t matter. If he’s attractive, he treats me right, he’s a grown man and not an insecure mess, I really don’t notice.

What is your strangest habit? Oh. No idea. Maybe my love of peanut butter my habit of eating it out of the jar. No one else in the family eats it, so I double dip!

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought? Today I wondered if I had combed my hair. I hadn’t.

What is your favorite pizza? Pepperoni and mushroom. That’s classic. I like veggie ones too, then I feel less guilt; anything with prosciutto is heaven.

What is one thing scientists should invent? A lotion that would make cellulite disappear! That and a cure for cancer, and I’d be happy.

If you could time travel, where would you go? Time travel? Interesting. As a woman, I really like the modern era, because we have more rights than any other time in history. Maybe the future to see how my kids are doing. And, I would know what to invest in, then go back to present day and rework my portfolio!

What is your favorite thing about being a writer? Writing is a fabulous creative outlet for me. I don’t have many creative outlets, but this is a big one. I’m the sort of person who doesn’t think fast on her feet; I think of the perfect response hours later. My heroines don’t have that problem!

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why? First time readers would be fortunate that only my short stories are published. You can start with any and all!

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories? Take some empathy for others, regardless if similar background, region, beliefs.

Anything else you want to mention? No, just read, review and enjoy!

The Best Bad Date by Addison James

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When is a bad date good? Susan Wells finds out when a bachelor auction leads to a date with handsome  Doctor Roger Lane, and a night to remember. What could go wrong? Everything. Will love find a way through this comedy of errors? Absolutely.

Excerpt:

 “It’s for a good cause.”

Dr. Roger Lane repeated this mantra over and over again as he was dragged onstage in front of several hundred screaming women.

It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. Roger knew today was the day of the bachelor auction fundraiser for Saint Albans Hospital. Marge, the head of the Ladies’ Auxiliary, even sought him out specifically to participate–“Our own Doctor McDreamy” she was quoted saying).

Roger purposely arranged to be out of the hospital today, but there was an emergency surgery that required his attention. After the surgery Nurse Williams decided to show him a super secret shortcut back to the physician’s parking lot, which somehow managed to reroute him so that he ended up in the auditorium on the stage where hundreds of women were yelling, “Take it off! Take it off!”

 About Addison James:

Addison James spent her childhood with her nose in a book, ignoring the natural beauty of her native Vermont. She went to the right schools, got the right jobs, and spent her early adult years being responsible and stable. Then, her long repressed urge to write emerged and she has been feeding it ever since.

Website:

http://addisonjwriter.com/

Twitter: @addisonj_writer

Author page on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Addison-James/e/B005EOQGWS

Author page on GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4959100.Addison_James 

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Give a warm welcome to Lisa Worrall

 

First of all I’d like to send a big “Thank you” to Raine for having me today to tell you a little bit about my new release Always Hope.  This is my first forage into the world of self-publishing and I’m equal parts excited and terrified!

 

 

 

I searched my teeny brain for something wise and witty to share with you all, but thought you might like a little free read to whet your appetite…

 

 

 

The Bear in the Snow

 

The wind whipped through the mountains as he drove down the snow covered road; the snowflakes so big the wipers could barely clear the windscreen fast enough. Mack had spent the last half an hour hunched over the wheel with his nose practically pressed against the glass, and he could still see less than a foot in front of the car.

 

What the hell was he doing driving in the mountains in a blizzard?  Good question.  It had something to do with true love, he knew that.  Shame it hadn’t been his own.  His sister had talked him into driving her to her boyfriend Andy’s family’s cabin, where they were going to spend the holidays.  Of course, when they’d set out yesterday, there’d been no snow on the ground and everything had been plain sailing.  He’d spent the night with her boyfriend’s family and then began the drive home.

 

The journey had started out like any other.  Andy’s mom had handed him a bag laden with sandwiches and chips and even a square of Christmas cake wrapped in tinfoil, along with a few bottles of water for his trip—just in case he got peckish.  Mack had smiled and dropped a kiss on her cheek, thanking her for her kindness and hospitality, and thinking that if he ate everything in the bag, the car would probably only reach thirty miles an hour.  He hadn’t known at that point that he’d be grateful for that bag of goodies when forty minutes into the drive, there was six inches of snow on the ground and visibility was practically nil.

 

Rounding the bend, he cursed loudly and swerved to avoid the shape crossing the road. “Fucking Christ!” he sputtered, stamping his foot on the brake and turning the wheel into the inevitable spin the car skidded into.  Snow kicked up all around him and when the car finally stopped, the nose of his Prius was in a ditch and his back wheels were no longer on the ground, turning on air.

 

Mack laid his head on the wheel, unable to remove his fingers from where they were clenched around the leather covering of the ring.  His heart beat so hard against his breastbone he was sure it was going to flop out of his chest onto his lap.  Then it picked up pace again when there was a loud bang on the rear window.  Holy shit!  Is it a bear? Can bears write?  Mack looked in the mirror and a wave of nausea hit him when he read what was being frantically outlined in the snow on the glass, the bear having to write them several times as fresh snow kept covering the indents he’d made.

 

Sixty foot drop!

 

“Are you fuckin’ kidding me?” Mack choked on his own intake of breath and gazed out into the blanket of snow before him… not that he was sure what he expected to see, a big cartoon sign floating in mid air saying sixty feet in big red letters?  He slowly eased his weight into the back seat and crawled towards the door the bear had opened.  The car teetered and he half-launched himself and was half-dragged out just as his brand new Prius disappeared into the sea of white.

 

“Are you okay?  Say something for God’s sake!  Are you hurt?”

 

The bear was yelling at him, which pissed Mack off, considering it was the bear’s fault for walking in the road in the first place.  “My car!” he screamed back, trying to be heard above the whistling wind.  “You moron!  What were you doing in the road?”

 

“You’re bleeding!”

 

Mack shook his head at the bear, not understanding the growls coming out of its mouth.  The bear pointed to Mack’s forehead and he lifted his hand to his temple.  “Oh my God, I’m bleeding’!”  He could have sworn the bear rolled its eyes but the snow blowing in his face was too thick to be sure.  Not that he had a chance to say anything else, because the bear hauled him to his feet and began to drag him along the road, with a huge arm slung around his waist.  “Wait, what are you doing?  My car!  Oh, God, you’re gonna take me to your cave and eat me, aren’t you?”  I never thought I’d be going out this way.  Is it gonna hurt?  Will he knock me out first?

 

After what seemed like a lifetime walking through the driving snow, Mack squinted at the shadow of a building up ahead.  He was pulled up the steps and pushed against the wall next to the door by the bear, who reached out and pushed the door open before nudging Mack inside.

 

“Come on, man,” the bear said, “let’s get you out of these clothes before they freeze to your body.”

 

“Make it quick,” Mack said, swallowing past the lump in his throat.

 

“What?”

 

“When you eat me.”  Mack’s eyes widened when the bear stepped back and pulled a zipper beneath its snout to reveal white blond hair, big blue eyes and a strong square jaw. “Oh… you’re not a bear.”

 

“Nope, I’m Micah Stevens, this is my house,” the man grinned, stepping out his salopettes and kicking them to one side.  “You hit your head pretty hard on the wheel.”

 

“I thought you were a bear.”

 

“I got that,” Micah said on a chuckle.  “But…” his gaze travelled over Mack, sending a pleasant shiver of anticipation down Mack’s spine, “if you’re really lucky, I might still eat you.”

 

 

I hope you enjoyed it and here is a little taste teaser of Always Hope which is available on the20 February 2012 at Amazon.Com and All Romance Ebooks.

 

 

 

BLURB:

 

 

 

AshWattshas his life exactly how he wants it: burgeoning career, gorgeous boyfriend, and an apartment with a fabulous view of LA. But his perfect world comes crashing down around his ears when he learns of his only sister’s untimely death. A small town isn’t all he finds when he lands in Freedom,Alabamafor Annie’s funeral. This small town is brimming with secrets; secrets that could change Ash’s life forever.

 

 

 

Kaleb Gibson, honest-to-God cowboy, and native of Freedom, born and bred, found his best friend the moment Annie Watts breezed into town. Her death left a gaping hole in his heart, and while Annie’s brother may have her same dark hair and green eyes, Kaleb refuses to lose his heart all over again, and he can’t forgive the man for neglecting his sister when she needed him most.

 

 

 

Revelations from Annie’s Will throw Kaleb and Ash together in ways they never imagined. Will Kaleb be able to carry out Annie’s last wishes without killing her beloved brother and without revealing a secret from his own past that could destroy everything? And will Ash stick around long enough to see that Freedom may hold an even more perfect life than he could have imagined?

 

 

 

EXCERPT:

 

The clock on the dashboard indicated it was almost four and theCaliforniasun was high in the sky when Mason pulled into the underground parking lot of Ash’s condo. Their arms full of backpacks and camping paraphernalia, the two men rode the elevator up to the fifteenth floor and then walked down the hall to Ash’s apartment. Inside, they dumped everything in the hall and Ash headed to the kitchen in search of beer before they attempted anything else. Mason had already made himself comfortable on the sofa, his legs over the arm as he flicked through his blackberry and checked the myriad of messages, from clients and colleagues alike, he’d received while they’d been away.

 

“Here you go, hot stuff,” Ash drawled, flopping down on the cushion Mason wasn’t occupying and let his fingers drift through the soft strands of Mason’s strawberry blond hair. “Jesus, couldn’t those rich bitches survive without you?” he asked, noting the number of messages his boyfriend still scrolled through.

 

“You said it yourself,” Mason grinned, tilting his head to look at Ash, “hot stuff, in demand.”

 

“Oh, right.” Ash shook his head and said sarcastically, “Must be such a curse.”

 

“I’m glad to see you’re noticing all the sacrifices I make,” Mason countered, then swore loudly. “Listen to this. Marianne Wheatley, you know she’s on that long running soap thing, I don’t even remember what it’s called, piece of crap is so dire—anyway, she needs me to call desperately because her ex took the dog for the weekend as per their agreement and he failed to return him. Fucking thing’s a cocker-poo for God’s sake, not a kid.” Tossing his blackberry onto the soft carpet, he shifted so that his head rested on Ash’s lap. “Remind me why I deal with these people?”

 

Ash smoothed his fingers over the frown Mason was now sporting and smiled softly. “Because they pay you ridiculous amounts of money so that you can keep me in a manner I am totally unaccustomed to,” he said without missing a beat, leaning down to capture his lover’s lips.

 

“Oh yeah,” Mason replied, “I knew there was a good reason.”

 

Ash kissed him again and sighed into the kiss as Mason’s tongue teased along the seam of his lips, and Ash gladly opened to him, licking his way into Mason’s mouth, chasing his tongue back into its dark cavern. He slid a hand beneath the hem of the other man’s T-shirt and his gut tightened at the low growl coming from Mason’s throat. Sliding his hand higher, his fingers found the flat disc of Mason’s nipple and pinched the sensitive flesh between a thumb and forefinger.

 

“Jesus—”

 

He didn’t find out what else Mason had planned to say, because of the loud banging at the front door. “Come on,” Ash complained with a whine. “We’re still on vacation until tomorrow, for crying out loud.”

 

With a rueful smile, Mason pressed a quick kiss to Ash’s lips and pushed himself up, “I’ll go, you stay there and look as sexy as hell.”

 

A few moments later, the front door closed and Mason’s bare feet slapped on the wooden flooring of the hallway as he returned to the living-room. Ash waited with his eyes closed and his head tipped back on the sofa cushion, a smile playing around his mouth. “Come on, hot stuff. I’m waiting,” he said in a parody of a come hither tone.

 

“Ash.”

 

The way Mason said his name gave Ash the immediate feeling that he shouldn’t open his eyes. Every fiber of his being told him not to move. Whatever had caused Mason to sound like that couldn’t be good.

 

“Ashdon Watts?”

 

Ash didn’t recognize the second voice and he forced his eyes open, a fist tightening around his heart as he gazed up into the far too sympathetic gaze of an LA cop. He swallowed past the lump in his throat which may well have been his heart, he wasn’t sure. Ash nodded, unable to vocalize a response—this is bad, this is very bad. The way Mason sank onto the cushion beside him and gripped his hand tightly, wasn’t helping.

 

“I’m sorry, Mr Watts. I have some difficult news. There’s been an accident.”

 

 

 

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Getting to know Amber Skyze

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

I’m a mom, who is forced to work a day job to support my children. I have three large dogs and a wonderful boy toy! lol

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

Some, but not a lot. I don’t like to share too much, never sure whose reading. 😉

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?

It depends on what’s going on with my life. Usually I can write a 25k book in a month, but as a new mom it’s a bit less now.

Tell us about your latest release or upcoming release. What inspired it?

I Wanna Sext U Up was inspired by the Home Makeover shows on HGTV. The hubby watches them all the time and one day I decided I wanted to use the idea of a room makeover for a story.

What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write?

Lately yes. You can only write so many love scenes before you start to run out of different ways to do it!

What kind of research do you do for your books?

The internet and I have a bunch of BDSM books.
What are some of your favorite things or hobbies to do?

I love reading, spending time at the ocean or a pool.

Who are some of your other favorite authors and genres to read?

I read all different genres. I read a lot of non-fiction too. I have too many go-to authors to possibly list here. :o)

Among your own books, have you a favorite?  A favorite hero or heroine?

I have two. Nathan Donovan in Splashing Good Time and Lucky from my Cougar book Gettin’ Lucky.

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?
It varies between setting and the characters.

What part of a book has been the easiest to write?  The hardest?

I find writing dialogue easiest. Sex is the hardest…

Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?

They’re in control. Sometimes they’ll take me someplace and I’ll be like, “Holy Crap…I didn’t see that coming!”

What are some of your current projects?

I just finished the first draft of a dragon shifter. I’m also working on a romantic comedy with no erotic scenes.

Boxers, briefs, boxerbriefs…. Or commando on a man? Why?

I love Boxerbriefs…

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought?

Shit I’m too old to have a new baby.

What is your favorite pizza?

Cheese. I’ll eat pepperoni, but I prefer good ole cheese.

If you could time travel, where would you go?

The Tudor era. I’m fascinated with Henry VIII

What is your favorite thing about being a writer? (Romance or other genres)

Creating fantasy worlds.

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?

Adrift from Loose Id or Gettin’ Lucky from EC. They’re the most popular! :o)

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?

Satisfaction that they just read a good book!

Anything else you want to mention?

I love to hear what readers think of my work. They can always email me at amberskyze AT aol DOT com

I Wanna Sext U Up by Amber Skyze

Loose Id Publishing

Buy Link: http://www.loose-id.com/I-Wanna-Sext-U-Up.aspx

Tool belt…check. Rope…check. Lube…check. Violet Wand…Check.

Beckett Manning, the host of Room Makeovers is ready to give Riley Anderson more than a remodeled kitchen. He’s about to bring her to the edge of ecstasy and back. Whether it’s hot sex in the bathtub or Riley hog-tied to the bed, he’s determined to show this brazen beauty how sexually desired she is.

A simple text leads to a case of mistaken communication and before long Riley finds herself tied to her bed and being driven to distraction. Beckett knows how to tease and torture every inch of her skin. He also knows his way around an orgasm, which keeps Riley wanting more.

Excerpt:

It’s over, Riley. U r just no good in bed. Boring in fact. I moved my things out earlier.

Riley Anderson read the text for the hundredth time. She’d kept it to remind her of the asshole she’d spent too many years with. The words served as a reminder of all her anger and resentment for the jerk who hadn’t had the decency to break up with her face-to-face. No, he had to do it over text.

“Aaargh!” Riley raised the sledgehammer again. She brought the hammer down on the kitchen cabinet with every ounce of strength her arms possessed. “This is for you, dirt bag.” She sent the iron head crashing into another wooden door. “Not good in bed? Why because I didn’t get off on choking you until you almost passed out?”

Aside from the last year of their relationship when Terry wanted to explore other fetishes, Riley believed they had a great thing going. She thought for sure he would be the man she’d marry. When she bought the house it was with the intention that someday Terry would be her husband and they’d fill the spare bedrooms with children. How wrong she’d been.

The hammer smashed into the wood door of the overhead cabinet.

“Because passing out wasn’t fun? Fuck you, Terry.”

She repeatedly pounded away at the cabinets until she’d destroyed them all. “That’ll fix your ass, Terry.”

She stood back and assessed the damage. She’d managed to tear apart the kitchen in less than an hour. Her arms were sore from the weight of the tiny wrecking ball, but that didn’t matter. She’d accomplished something her ex only promised her for the last year of their relationship. She’d started the renovation of the kitchen.

Now that Terry had been gone for nine months, she’d do it on her own. She didn’t need him to remodel. Riley was a smart woman. She’d be her own fix-it handywoman.

“Guess I’d better go to the hardware store and get a move on this.” She leaned the wooden handle of the hammer against the cracked wood of the cabinet and wiped her hands together.

Satisfaction filled her soul.

Riley retrieved her purse and keys from the Formica counter top and headed out the door — one destination in mind. The local chain home repair store.

The ride to the hardware store was a blur. Her only thought…what steps she’d need to take to get the work done. She’d have to put in new cabinets. She wanted new appliances. Stainless steel. Granite countertops were a must. Those Formica ones just wouldn’t cut it any longer.

She pulled into a parking spot and turned off the car.

“Time to buy a new kitchen.”

Confidence radiated off her as she stepped into the large store. She felt proud. She had a project to do while she was on vacation. It’d likely take her longer than the week, but it would be a start.

“Excuse me.”

Welcome Dianne Hartsock Today

Please give a warm welcome to Dianne Hartsock who is sitting down with me today to chat about her books and other good stuff.

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

Wait! Cabana boys? How lovely. Hi Zeke, Jake. Can I get a rum and coke? Thanks! *takes a sip* Okay, where were we? Oh yes, about me.  Well, I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but it was only this last year that I’ve had anything published.

 

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

I write contemporary romances, so I’m able to tap into all aspects of my life for inspiration.  On the other hand, my stories are m/m erotic, so I have to come at them from a slightly different angle. It’s a challenge at times, but it’s deliciously fun to ask ‘what would a man do, think, see and feel’ in any given situation.  As for my personality, I think a bit of it can’t help but slip in at times.

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book? 

My stories tend to run from 10k to 25k, so if I could write straight through, they’d take about a week to write and several more to fine tune. Of course, I have a full time day job, so they take much longer, much to my chagrin.

What is your writing routine once you start a book? 

That’s hard to say, since my routine stays pretty much the same whether I’m starting a new book or editing another or simply promoting everything. I’m on the computer for an hour before going off to work. Grumbling, I might add. Though being a floral designer, at least I can still be creative during the day. Then I have another three hours to write in the evening, after my husband goes to bed. Days off are split between family and writing.

 

Tell us about your latest release or upcoming release. What inspired it? 

My latest release ‘Shelton’s Choice’ is the third book in my ‘Shelton’ series. Shelton has been with his lover, Nevil, for over a year now. At the opening of the story, Shelton is offered the promotion at the bank that he’s been working towards. Unfortunately, it’s in another state and Nevil doesn’t want to move. Tension mounts between them. Can their love survive the separation and sense of betrayal such a move entails? This is the ultimate test of their love.

I’m a little embarrassed to say that the inspiration behind these books was the fantasies I indulged in to pass the time on a road trip. My husband and I visited Glacier National Park a few summer’s ago. Beautifully romantic trip. But the long drive through the Idaho desert would have done me in, if it wasn’t for my sometimes naughty imagination.

The air conditioner wasn’t able to keep up with the close to 100 degree weather outside. We were in a desert in the middle of nowhere! Not another living soul on the road. Hot, dry, burnt landscape around us. Scrub brush and stones baking in the sun. Heat waves rippling across the road. Humid, sultry air in the car lulling me towards sleep. What else could I do but daydream?

What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write? 

While working on my paranormal thriller novel ALEX, I came to a part where Alex sleeps with his future wife for the first time. It was like pulling teeth to get the words down on paper! I finally did, with the help of my fabulous editor. But it was extremely difficult, and I realized I really don’t like reading love scenes in books either. I asked myself why, but couldn’t find the answer.

Until I stumbled upon my first m/m erotic story. Oh my God! I was hooked from the very first kiss. There’s just something so sensual and arousing in reading and writing about men in love. I can’t explain it, but I have so much fun writing the love scenes between my beautiful men.

 

What kind of research do you do for your books? 

Oh, my. You do remember I write m/m erotic, right? For my book ‘Shelton’s Choice’ I needed to research men’s toys. It was hilarious! I looked online at stores who sell a variety of vibrators, etc., and I tell you, the comments being made on the various items had me laughing far into the night. Very insightful and educational, and so much fun.

And then there’s the issue of the prostate. Didn’t know a whole lot there, either. Sure, I’ve read m/m books from other authors, but I needed some pointers from real life men. I turned to the Goodreads M/M Romance Group for advice and true accounts of the pleasures to be had from this elusive part of male anatomy.

*puts hand to forehead* Oh, what I have to go through as an author to write an authentic book…


What are some of your favorite things or hobbies to do?
 

What I wouldn’t give to have the time to read like I used to! I remember spending whole afternoons curled on the couch with a favorite novel. Now I spend my time writing the darn things.

When I have time, I like having lunch with friends, seeing a good movie or concert, taking long walks on the beach. In winter I like sitting by the fire with a glass of wine, making out with my gorgeous husband. In summer, we spend the evening outside by the fountain making plans for the weekends.

Who are some of your other favorite authors and genres to read? 

I love a good medical thriller by Robin Cook, Michael Critchon, Patricia Cornwell or Michael Palmer. I enjoy the romance/mystery stories of Elizabeth Peters and the fantasy/sci/fi stories of C.J. Cherryh. I love me a good Dean Koontz thriller. Oh, there’s so many others, I can’t name them all!


Among your own books, have you a favorite?  A favorite hero or heroine? 

I do have several fantasy adventure novels I’ve been working on. It’s the second of these books that is my favorite. It’s an exciting tale with lots of action and some very sexy, powerful heroes. My favorite character is from this book, a rogue named Korel. He’s lovely and smart, with a shock of copper hair and brilliant blue eyes full of mischief. He enjoys good food and wine and lovely objects. He’s also an incorrigible tease. If there’s any trouble around, you’re sure to find Korel in the middle of it.

 

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting? 

Big smile here! I don’t think my imagination ever shuts off.  All my stories are triggered by a bit of music or a smile from a stranger or the shine of moonlight. It could be anything. For example, I’ve been toying with the plot for my next m/m romance. We always have music playing in the background at work. One quiet afternoon the haunting strains of a cello drifted to me. I was enthralled! No other instrument can break my heart so quickly. I wondered what it would be like if the one you loved wanted nothing to do with you. But you went to visit him. On his birthday. My characters were instantly in my head, playing out the scenario I’d begun. The rest of the story unfolds as I start to write it out.

What part of a book has been the easiest to write?  The hardest? 

I really enjoy the interaction of my characters. I have fun with them and they in turn make me laugh and cry and feel alive. The hardest part? When my characters experience heartache and pain and loneliness and loss. I’m right there with them and have been known to shed a tear or two while writing a particularly hard scene.

There have been times at work when I’m trying to plot out a difficult scene and people come up to me and ask what’s wrong. I guess I wear my emotions on my sleeve!

What are the elements of a great romance for you? 

I need a beautiful, flawed hero that steps up despite his faults.  There has to be adventure and romance, passion and fondness and friendship. Oh, and some smoking hot sex is always welcomed.

What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you? 

Well, the easiest part of writing is the middle and ending of a story. They seem to simply flow from my fingers onto the screen. That beginning is a killer! I sometimes spend as much time on the first couple of pages or chapter that I do on the rest of the book. For me, if the story doesn’t take off right from the start, it never seems to go anywhere.

Are you in control of your characters or do they control you? 

I’m in delightful bondage to my characters’ every want and need. I start out in control but soon have to relinquish the ropes to them.  Which is fine with me! They take me places I’d never think to go otherwise. And the delicious experiences I live vicariously through them leave a smile on my face for days afterwards! J

 

What are some of your current projects? 

My head is full of ideas! At the moment I’m writing the fourth book in my Shelton series. I’m also writing my very first ‘shifter’ romance story and also plotting out that m/m story I mentioned earlier. Let’s see… I have a few notes jotted down for the sequel I want to write for ALEX. Oh, and I’m doing edits on two stories that will be released this spring. Busy busy!

 

Boxers, briefs, boxerbriefs…. Or commando on a man? Why? 

Boxerbriefs are about the sexiest thing under the sun! Especially if they have little buttons, driving me crazy. They sit there so innocently yet scream at me to undo them, one by one… ahem…

 

What is your strangest habit? 

I’m such a restless writer! When plotting out a scene, I’ll wander in circles around the house until I find the words I’m looking for. I tell my husband that if he would let me write full time, we’d have the cleanest house in the world! Of course, we’d be broke… 

 

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought? 

Why do I still get pimples at my age? Life’s so unfair.

 

What is your favorite pizza? 

There’s a little shop in Estes Park, Colorado, that makes the best pizza!

Carne Paradiso
Virgin Olive Oil smothered with our tasty red sauce and tiered with light layers of Romano cheese, Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, salami, Italian sausage, big dollops of Ricotta cheese, sprinkled with chopped garlic and oregano.

Top that with a cold stout beer and your set.

What is one thing scientists should invent? 

A way I can add several more hours to a day without become sleep deprived!

 

If you could time travel, where would you go? 

I’d totally skip winter right into summer vacation! People tell me they’d miss the changing seasons. My question is, why? Give me blue skies and sunshine and walks on the beach. I want hot days in which to go find a cool spot by a mountain lake. I want to wear shorts and tank top and never a winter coat again.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer? (Romance or other genres) 

This is a little embarrassing to admit, but I’m a sucker for compliments. My very favorite thing about being a writer is when someone says how much they enjoyed one of my stories. I always get this silly grin on my face when I read the review. And it’s even better when someone tells me that in person.

My next favorite thing is knowing that people I’ll never meet will read something I’ve created, and hopefully like it.

 

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why? 

That would have to be my paranormal thriller novel ALEX. http://amzn.to/r4qStN

My romances are fun, titillating stories, but ALEX delves deeply into a young man’s troubled mind. Tortured by visions of death and murder, Alex is trying to hold on to his sanity in a world that doesn’t understand him.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories? 

Happiness! All my characters have their good and bad days, joy and sorrows, but every one of them finds friendship and love and their happily ever after at the end. There’s always hope.

 

Anything else you want to mention? 

Just one thing. My glass is empty. May I have another? Oh, and are Zeke and Jake free tonight? I have a question they may be able to help me answer…for research purposes only, of course!

Thanks for having me over, Raine! You can find me here:

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/diannehartsock

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4850270.Dianne_Hartsock

Shelton’s Choice

Breathless Press: http://www.breathlesspress.com/sheltons-choice

Amazon: http://amzn.to/rNomv9 

After a year of bliss with Nevil, Shelton is offered the promotion he’s been working toward at the bank. Unfortunately the new position is in another state, and Nevil doesn’t want to move. As tension mounts between them, Shelton is given another challenge in the form of a besotted coworker. Torn between the pressures at work and at home, Shelton has to choose his future. That is, until Nevil takes the decision out of his hands.

Excerpt:

“What’s that?” he asked sharply when a soft burr filled the room. He bit his lip. He knew that sound. He’d been mesmerized the times he’d watched Nevil use one. He’d even participated a time or two, holding Nevil’s shuddering body in his arms as Nevil came with a shout of abandoned pleasure.

He’d been hesitant to try it himself, though. He sighed, embarrassed by his timidity. Nevil caressed his hot face and leaned close for a sweet kiss.

“You’re such a delight to make love to,” Nevil murmured as if reading his thoughts. “Trust me. This’ll blow your mind.”

Shelton drew in a lungful of air and let it out slowly, relaxing his muscles. He heard a click, and the humming of the vibrator stopped. Nevil’s quick breathing filled the room, and Shelton smiled at the sound of his excitement.

“Now where did I put the lube…? Oh, yes.”

Nevil moved on the bed, and Shelton heard him fumble with the nightstand. The mattress sagged again, and Shelton held his breath as Nevil blew cool air over his penis, hard and ready for their games.

“God, Nevil,” he groaned as Nevil continued to tease him, flicking his tongue along his aching shaft. He cried out in surprise when Nevil licked the tip. Slippery fingers pushed against his hole and slid inside him. Shelton squirmed blissfully as Nevil stroked the sensitive tissue.

The fingers withdrew, and Shelton caught his bottom lip with his teeth as he felt a strange pressure against his hole—not unpleasant, just different. Nevil must have used plenty of lubricant, because there was little resistance as he carefully inserted the head. A tingle spread through him as Nevil pushed the vibrator in deeper, creating little ripples of pleasure.

Nevil slid the device in and out several times, then rotated it. God! “Nevil! I can’t…”

“I think we found the spot,” Nevil murmured gleefully. “Do you like it there?”

“I don’t…” Shelton groaned loudly, arching his back as Nevil nudged the vibrator in farther, then turned it on. Intense pleasure instantly swamped Shelton’s senses.

“A little faster?” Nevil urged, his voice sounding thick.

Shelton helplessly tossed his head. “I don’t know.”

Nevil did something, and a feeling bordering on ecstasy burst in Shelton’s brain. He couldn’t think as waves of bliss danced along his nerves.

“Nevil,” he whimpered as his balls tightened, the pressure building toward climax. His body twitched, and he pushed his hips downward against the vibrator. He cried out, on the verge of coming, the exquisite pleasure of the vibrator almost painful against his prostate.

Then Nevil’s hot mouth engulfed his penis, and it was all over. Shelton came in one quick thrust, his hips rising off the pillow. The orgasm went on and on, shattering him. He panicked slightly as a buzzing grew in his head. His lips tingled then went numb.

“Take a breath, dear.”