Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Lucky 7 Meme Award




I recently received this award from Rena Jones, children's author and nature photographer, who blogs at http://renajjones.blogspot.com/

1. Go to page 77 of your current manuscript.
2. Go to line 7.
3. Copy the next 7 sentences exactly how they're written. No cheating!
4. Tag 7 other writers to pass this meme on to.

Here is an excerpt from page 77 of my manuscript, A Past and A Future, available from Sam's Dot Publishing and Smashwords. 
http://sdpbookstore.com/anthologies.htm
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/62608

Arthur and Guinevere called and waved from an upper open balcony. Merlin turned for one last look. He spotted Morgaine at an open window. With a quick salute to his king and queen, Merlin nudged his horse's flanks and headed for the drawbridge.

As they traveled and the days passed, Viviane and Merlin kept much to themselves. Merlin spoke of druid secrets and beliefs. Trained as a bard, he attempted to teach Viviane a particular type of poetry whose purpose was the construction of magical incantations.


Now here are seven others who I'm passing the award to:

Rebecca Ryals Russell, http://rryalsrussell.com/blog/


Friday, March 30, 2012

Darkspell, Elizabeth Mueller - Check it out for a Giveaway




Today's guest is the talented author/illustrator Elizabeth Mueller.  She's here to talk about her latest release Darkspell.  She'd also like to give away a free ebook copy of Darkspell.  If you'd like to be in the drawing, please leave a comment and your contact information. You may be the lucky winner!

AUTHOR: Elizabeth Mueller
BOOK TITLE: Darkspell
PUBLISHER: TreasureLine Books

Please tell us about yourself?
I started into the world of magic when I was very young. I expressed it by illustrating talking animals, and forced hardships upon them just so that I’d feel better.

I also turned to the game of “pretend” that extended into a series of days or even weeks and months. I had an active imagination. It was my way of escaping.

I stared writing when I was 9 with short and choppy poems. When I was 11, I wrote a handful of short stories that would make me laugh now, and started my first epic high fantasy novel at 17—which I completed 8 years later! It’s collecting dust right now until I decide to edit all my grammar mistakes.

The common theme in my writing is enduring tragedies, failing, and then coming out strong. It’s similar to my life story, and without a doubt, it shows in my every book that I write.
My trials have made me compassionate. I love sharing what I’ve learned as any real friend would.

It is my goal, as an author, to let you know that there is hope, love, and strength in this life that seems to batter and beat and abuse our poor souls.
I’m a passionate writer holding no secrets, and a friend willing to share everything I’ve learned.

Tell us your latest news?
Darkspell releases October 31st! I’ve been keeping a careful countdown over at my website by posting every one of my illustrations that will appear in my book—all hand-sketched by me! I’ve started writing the sequel, Darkwraith. My upcoming goals are to write a 3rd book along with companion books, as well as a Darkspell Graphic Novel—illustrated by me!

When and why did you begin writing?
This is related to how my interested originated with writing. I lost myself in writing as it was a way for me to deal with the ugly realities of my childhood. I didn’t turn to drugs or sex but I turned to writing. I forced my characters to endure huge problems just so that I could relate and grow with them.  My love for writing only grew stronger as I’ve grown older. It doesn’t surprise me how my books reflect my life story of tragedy, failing and enduring.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve been writing over 20 years, but I started announcing to my friends that I was such 6 years ago. It all boils down to the belief of turning my talent into something more than just hobby. That is a brave step because many people didn’t take me seriously. They would just look at me and change the subject as if I’d never spoken. Once overcoming that hurtle, it all just went down hill. Believe in yourself!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Enduring tragedies can make us stronger if we don’t give up!

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I’m going to answer this question in a strange way. It’s always been a challenge for me to find a writer willing to mentor me. They are so busy with their projects and have their tight circles of other writers.  I know how it feels to hang onto thin air, to feel lost and alone every step of the writing career. If you read my blog’s bio, I truly am passionate about helping others succeed. I’m here if anyone ever needs a mentor!

What book are you reading now? What do you like, or not, about it?
I just read Christie Anderson’s Deep Blue Secret. It’s a sweet romance that had me turning its pages to find out what was going to happen next! I love YA romance!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
For sure! CK Bryant’s Bound, Melissa Kline’s My Beginning, Ali Cross’s Become. Did I mention that I love debut authors?

What are your current projects?
I’m currently writing Darkspell’s sequel, Darkwraith. I have the 3rd book in mind as well. When I’m done with those, I plan to start Darkspell’s graphic novel illustrated by me. I also have intentions to write companion books. During this craze, I plan to push my other books along into publication: Eros, Rockstar for starters.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It started as a fun little hobby in the 4th grade. When I was 11, I decided to try short story writing and loved the escapism I found in it. I took a creative writing class my senior year and felt right at home! At 17, I started my very first novel, but I didn’t finish it until 8 years later. Writing has always been a pleasurable way of escaping.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
I love to spend time with my children. We watch movies and go out for long rides.  I love to draw—as you can see within the cover of Darkspell! Dancing is also a great way of escapism for me. I love to talk on the phone, text, and make friends, too.  Books are my next favorite thing!

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Honestly?  The process of getting any kind of rejection: I clump critiquers in this category, too. If you really think about it, when someone says you need to improve a sentence, they are still rejecting the original one in its smallest form. I would say that this applies to all my works, not just Darkspell.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
To answer the question at face value, it would be the growth of learning along with the characters, the experience of completing an entire book—it’s a huge sense of accomplishment! Deeper than that? Well, getting it out there is a lot of work. Readers only see what’s on the shelf. Like a movie, there are tons of people that the book must go through as well as many changes woven with heartache and drama.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Belief in yourself is half the battle. Literally. I didn’t get this far until I decided that I could do it. Once I believed, I took the steps to getting myself here! Also, you must connect with other writers. It’s true!

Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?
I will be presenting for Writers Cubed Teen Author Boot Camp March 10th, as well as LTU&E—a fantastic conference for writers—date not set! I am also presenting at the Brigham City Library in the spring, I will talk about setting up and the importance of networking!

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
My publisher is TreasureLine Books. This is a very interesting question to ask! I followed my intuition to set up an illustrating blog and there, a good friend of mine raved about my drawings. It turns out that her publisher loved my art as well and invited me to submit my query letter. It all happened so fast, my stomach was left queasy. I’ve done tons of growing since then.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.

You can find me in lots of places!

Email me at elizabeth.mueller.author AT gmail



Blurb:
Winter believes she is everything ordinary until she is kissed by Alex, seer of Stormhold Coven, who is sworn to protect her from the darkness that hunts her for the secret she does not know she has.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Raine Delight, Paranormal Erotic Romance





AUTHOR: Raine Delight
BOOK TITLE: Fantasies Unbound
PUBLISHER: Secret Cravings Publishing

Tell me a little about your book.
RD: Fantasies Unbound is my version of opposites attract-namely fairies and humans. I love the fae and the myths that surround them. Plus I fell in love with creating a mythical ‘legend’ that centers on a Fae Prince and a Faberge Egg.

What gave you the idea for this particular story?
RD: I actually just finished reading a story on the makings of the famed Faberge Eggs and wanted to see if I can incorporate them in some way in a story.

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
RD: I write when I find time. I have two day jobs, two busy kids and a honey so I try to write whenever I have 30 minutes free.

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
RD: When I read my first book and went ‘hmmm I can do better’. 

What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
 RD: That love is universal, be if you are a fairy, shape shifter or human.

Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
RD: I am branching out from paranormal but that is my first love. I am currently creating a Science Fiction/Futuristic ménage (M/M/F) that has me excited and my Muse gave me several story ideas for future books in M/M, Paranormal and Contemporary genres.

What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
RD: Writer’s block. When my muse decides it’s a great time for a vacation and leaves me high and dry. He seems to come back when I offer it chocolate and have sufficiently banged my head against the wall before he takes pity on me.

Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
RD: Nope all imagination for Fantasies Unbound.

How much is your protagonist like you? How different?
RD: Actually I am kinda like Skye where I have body image issues & am not a size 2/model thin. I have curves so I wanted to portray her as a real woman, so to speak. The one we see on the streets, work with and are friends with. Not those walking down a run way with stick thin bodies, no curves and bragging about their size 0 jeans.

What kind of research did you do for this type of story?
RD: I just went with it and hoped for the best.

What about your book makes it special?
RD: That even opposites can find love with someone.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?
RD: I am all over the web. Follow me at the following places:
Secret Cravings Publishing: www.secretcravingspublishing.com
Haunting Magic book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8G5qDzyllY
Red Hot Magic Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLZcr8ubIr8

What’s in the future for you?
RD: I have my Science Fiction Ménage that I plan to finish and send into a publisher, then it’s onto a new Devon Falls book, a MM Cowboy/Holiday story and then who knows….My muse is itching to try new things. 

Raine’s Bio:

Raine Delight loves to be pampered by her harem of men that exist solely for her pleasure. Wait…..that was in a movie she saw. Hey, she can dream.  Raine loves to fight with her muse, attack her manuscripts and find a way to silence the many voices in her head. Inspiration hits at odd times and for Raine, a blank word document page gives her many possibilities on story ideas.  Living with her two kids, a significant other who supports her every move in writing and doesn’t seem to mind she gets up at 2 am to type away on the computer. With a love for Johnny Depp, movies and 80’s hair bands, Raine finds a way to bring all her chaotic thoughts into a story that tells her readers about love and romance.



Monday, March 26, 2012

Erotic Romance author, Chastity Bush




AUTHOR: Chastity Bush
BOOK TITLE: The Guarding of Eden
PUBLISHER: MuseItHot Publishing
BUY LINK:

Please tell us about yourself?
I always clam up when someone asks me this question. I never know what to say. 

I’m a wife and mother to two great girls. We live in a very small town and love to spend time together outdoors. I’ve been writing for close to four years now, and have written seven books, five of which have been published, the other two sit with an agent as we speak.  I love anything and everything to do with the paranormal/supernatural and at the moment I’m totally in love with ‘Dexter’. It’s my favorite television show next to ‘True Blood’. I read and try to write across all genres, paranormal being my favorite to write, historical and paranormal my favorite to read.

Tell us your latest news?
My latest release is actually a re-release entitled, The Guarding of Eden. This book is my first contemporary/suspense/ mystery. 

When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing about four years ago at the urging of my husband. I’m an avid reader. One day my handsome hubby asked why I didn’t try to write one of those books I love so much. After that, I couldn’t seem to stop writing. I’ve always been rather creative when it came to writing in school, but I never thought to try it as a career. I’m so thankful he suggested it to me. Now, I don’t think I could go a single day without it.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After my second book was published. My first book went to a rather shady  company, but when that second book went to a decent company, and I read that first fantastic review, I finally considered myself a writer.

What inspired you to write your first book?
After my husband suggested I start writing my imagination went wild. I knew I wanted to write something paranormal. There’s so many vampire and werewolf novels out there that I wanted to do something different. That’s when I created Guardians. (You can learn all about them in my book, A Taste of Terror)




Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not really. I do try to make all of my heroine’s normal. As in, not stick thin, or overly voluptuous. Just your average woman.  You see ‘perfect’ women all the time in the media, I don’t want to pick up a book and read about them as well. I want to read about someone like me, or the other everyday women of the world.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  (Has anyone ever realized it?)

No, I try to keep away from actual events as much as possible. I read so many stories that are basically the same, I want my work to be completely original.

What books have influenced your life most?
I don’t read a lot of inspirational or influential books, sad to say. I love romance. I’m your run-of-the-mill hopeless romantic. I love books by Hannah Howell, Kresley Cole, and Stephanie Laurens, just to name a few. Something I can get lost in is what I like to read.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I love Stephanie Laurens. I can only dream that I’ll one day be as successful as she is.

What book are you reading now? What do you like, or not, about it?
At the moment I'm re-reading Wicked Games of a Gentleman by Jillian Hunter. I love this book. Her hero’s are all so amazingly masculine and protective, yet gentle as a lamb with their woman. This book is funny, sexy, and intriguing. I don’t think there’s anything I dislike about it.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Hmm… I meet so many new authors everyday and they’re all so amazing that I don’t think I could name just one.

What are your current projects?
At the moment I'm working on a new contemporary romance/suspense/mystery, and after this is finished I’ll be moving on to another paranormal, possibly to follow up to A Taste of Terror.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope! I did a lot of re-writing in The Guarding of Eden to make it my idea of perfect. I just hope everyone likes it as much as I do.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always written. Be it in a journal, or for a class in school. I’ve always enjoyed it. I guess it just took that shove from my hubby to get me to realize that it was what I really wanted to do.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Getting my characters absolutely perfect. I can’t stand to read a book where the characters are just not thought out, or developed. I guess you could say I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my writing.

Do you ever have problems with writers block?  If so how do you get through it?
YES! I get writers block so easily. It’s insane! Usually, I’m able to sit down with a good book and a cup of coffee and read my way out of it, but not all the time. Sometimes it hangs on, and I have to wait it out.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
Take care of my family. It’s a fulltime job. We have two little girls, ages 12 and almost 8.  My family always comes first.  We love to spend time outdoors, hunting, fishing, or just hanging out. We also love to watch movies together. Our girls LOVE zombies, so we watch the few movies that are appropriate for their ages on occasion. 

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I’m not sure I have one favorite author. Maybe one per genre. 

For historical I love Hannah Howell and Stephanie Laurens. For paranormal I love Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter. Their books are so easy to get lost in. Their characters, so believable and real. I can never wait to get my hands on one of their books.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Getting it just right. It seemed like every time I read it over, I had to change something.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that no matter what, you shouldn’t be afraid to let your imagination run free. It doesn’t matter what others think. If you're happy with yourself, and what you’ve written that’s all that matters.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be brave. Write what you love. Use that big imagination of yours. Have thick skin, because those rejections- and you will receive rejections- can hurt, and last but not least, research the publishers and agents you plan on submitting to. Not all have you’re best interest at heart.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
THANK YOU! Without the readers, our books would be growing dust on a shelf somewhere, if created at all.

Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?
Not at the moment. Once some of my books go into paperback, I’ll be setting up some local book signings and readings.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
At the moment I’m signed with three publishers. MuseItHot Publishing, Decadent Publishing, and Liquid Silver Books.  Contacting them was a bit nerve wracking, as I said before, those rejections can really hurt. But I gathered my nerves, did some research, and sent out submissions. Fortunately, they all liked my work.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.

I can be found at the following locations.

My official website/blog: http://chastitybush.blogspot.com
And email is always welcome! chastitybush@yahoo.com



Friday, March 23, 2012

Multi-published author, Jianne Carlo




AUTHOR: Jianne Carlo
BOOK TITLE: Demon Seed, Hades Squad #4
PUBLISHER: Loose-Id
BUY LINK: http://www.loose-id.com/Hades-Squad-4-Demon-Seed.aspx

Please tell us about yourself?
I’m a mixed mutt, grew up in the Caribbean, met my dh while attending college in Canada, and now live in South Florida with our three sons. I love traveling and nothing makes me happier than the words ‘road trip’.

Tell us your latest news?
The Call of a Soul, the prequel to White Wolf, releases on March 6, 2012.

When and why did you begin writing?
A magical trip to a fairy-tale wedding in a castle in Wales started me writing. But, honestly, I think the fact that I broke my right wrist (I’m right-handed) and was in a cast for four months really kick-started a creativity a part of my brain, hitherto underused. That was in 2007, and I was lucky enough to contract my first book, Manacled in Monaco the following year.

What inspired you to write your first book?
My mom and I took a mother/daughter trip to Monaco and it was a blast. I had to write about the Mediterranean. I called those books my Mediterranean Mambo series: Manacled in Monaco, Notorious in Nice, and Carnal in Cannes. Most of my books have a multicultural them. I’m the product of a Portuguese mother and an Indian father. My boys are the product of mixed mutt – me and my Dutch husbang.

What book are you reading now? What do you like, or not, about it?
I’m reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Saw the movie twice and then had to gobble up the book. Amazing. Too bad, the author died before he could enjoy his success. I love the characterizations in this book and the sparse, almost bald, phrasing. That rape scene blew my mind.

What are your current projects?
Right now I have three Viking tales in the works, and I’m in the middle of the third White Wolf tale, Alpha Me Not.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time. There never seems to be enough time. And I would love to stop getting new ideas for new stories. My vow this year is to finish everything I’ve started.

Do you ever have problems with writers block?  If so how do you get through it?
Fingers and toes crossed, not so far. I tend to have at least two WIPs going, one historical and one contemporary, so if one stymies me, I switch to the other.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
Cook. Garden. I find both relaxing and I love going to the movies.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up. Enter contests. Listen to feedback, but when you find your voice, let it ring true!

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
I have four publishers:
Loose-Id – www.loose-id.com
Etopia Press – www.etopia-press.net
Passion in Print – www.passsioninprint.com
Siren/BookStrand – www.siren-bookstrand.com
I submitted one book, Manacled in Monaco, to Loose-Id and almost fell over when they offered me a contract.  The first book’s the hardest, of course, and after that things really rolled for me. The Call of a Soul will be my twentieth book in three years of writing.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.

Blog and website – www.jiannecarlo.com
Twitter:  @jiannecarlo

 Demon Seed Blurb: 
 “You speak English flawlessly.” With a hint of an Irish accent. Intriguing.
   “Gracias. Languages are easy. Not like the physics.”
   What a piss-assed conversation to be having in the middle of the ocean with a woman he’d just rescued from certain gang rape, being shot, and who knew what else. A curvy, luscious female whose virginity he’d just taken in front of four armed men. Talk about the best laid plans backfiring, Demon’s carefully plotted schemeto capture the man who abused him, Pedro Nunez aka The Smiling Killer, was not off to a good start.
   “What’s your name?”
   “Jacinta Nunez.”
   Jacinta claims to have lived her whole life in a cloistered convent. Claims she’s an orphan. Claims she’s only lived in the outside world for fifty-seven days. Yet she’s the mirror image of Pedro’s sister, Rosa.
   The sister Pedro murdered fifty-seven days ago.
   There are no coincidences in life. Not for a SEAL.
   Is Jacinta Pedro’s ultimate revenge on Demon?


Format: eBook  Price: $7.99
Available at:  Amazon  ARe    Loose-Id   

Demon Seed’s set in the Amazon and in this scene Jacinta and Demon are in a houseboat on the mighty Orinoco, a river that borders the countries of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana.

“Jacinta,” he rasped. “Look at me.”
Her eyelids were anchors and she had to concentrate to obey him, but the effort was more than worth it to see the animal desire written in his blazing stare, his dilated pupils, the color of his eyes a dark molasses.
“I want to see you come, kitten. Stay with me.”
She couldn’t move away from his piercing stare, loved when he gritted his teeth and grunted, loved the way he pummeled into her, loved the grim set to his mouth. He lifted her higher and his rod struck a spot that blurred her vision and sent her spiraling into a series of sharp, frenzied convulsions. Aching, unbearable contractions that had her seeing black spots beneath her closed lids. She surrendered to the delicious clenching, to the feel of his pulsing cock, to the crushed embrace of his arms.
He smelled all knight-powerful, musk and tang and spice and soap all rolled into an irresistible aroma. She drank in the dizzying fragrance, ran a finger through the light dusting of hair on his chest, and then set her mouth to where his heart beat under her palm. A thin sheen of sweat coated his skin, the slight wetness both salt and sweet to her lips. Wanting to prolong the precious intimacy and hold him inside her until the memory was branded into her senses; she tried not to move, not to press another kiss to his ripped muscles.
The boat rocked.
He tensed, his shoulder bunching under her hand, and he cocked his head. All trace of the lover vanished and the warrior mask settled over his face.
When she opened her mouth to ask what was wrong, he rested two fingers on her lips.
The birds had gone silent.
Boughs creaked. Water rippled. Branches swished.
All the normal day sounds had receded. No croaks, hisses, no hint of a bee buzzing, no undergrowth being trampled. Either they had human company or a dangerous predator had entered the area.
Within seconds Demon rolled over and motioned for her to be quiet and stay put. He pulled on his trousers and boots, and ducked under the archway.
Jacinta scooted off the mattress and dressed quickly in jeans, a T-shirt, and socks. After removing the knife from her boot, she slipped past the kitchen, dropped to her knees and crawled to the engine room’s open door.
Demon, bare-chested, stood at the stern gun drawn, his pose one of full alert. His glance swept the cove. Without pausing in his methodical checking of the thick mangrove, he waved her back inside.
An instant of stretched silence she immediately recognized caused a reflexive reaction. She crouched for balance, rested one knee on the deck, palmed the knife, and studied the mangrove, eyes narrowed, sniffing to catch the faint feral stink of a big cat. To the left a branch dipped, Jacinta trained her gaze on the tree, and readied the knife.
A feline yowl preceded the jaguar’s leap from an overhead tree. The cat landed on the bank, teats hanging down heavy with milk, and leapt for the deck. Maybe three feet separated the spotted cat from the houseboat.
Jacinta didn’t hesitate.
She threw the knife aiming for the animal’s hind. The steel blade sang across the deck, skimming the bow’s apex, and sank into the jaguar’s right leg. A scarlet spray stained the matted fur. Screeching its fury, the cat reared back, landed half in half out of the river, and bounded into the dense mangrove.
Before she could draw a deep breath, Demon had her by the shoulders. He shook her. “Are you insane? Didn’t I tell you to stay inside?”
He was shouting again. Jacinta cringed but stuck her chin in the air. “I have tracked big cats. I know what to do. And I did not know if you are au corage with the jungle.”
“What?” He shook her again so hard she thought a tooth would come loose. “When I tell you stay put – you stay put. Hear me?”
“I believe everyone within three miles can hear you.” Jacinta folded her arms. “I do not understand why you are angry again.”
“You could have been hurt.” He hugged her tight and she grew even more confused. “Damn it. Next time you disobey me, I’ll tar your backside.”
“You would hit me?” She didn’t understand him, not at all.
“You turn me inside out, woman. No, I would not hit you. Not in anger anyway.” He nudged her jaw and their eyes met.
“So, you would hit me? Only not in anger? Truly, no comprendo. This I do not understand.” Yet she felt not a hint of fear, just confusion.
“Aw hell. Forget I ever said that. I do not hit females.”
She blew out a long sigh and pointed to her heart. “I know that here. But your words skitter my thoughts.”
“Scatter. Who taught you to throw a knife?” Demon shook his head. “Don’t tell me, the vaunted Sister Helen?”
“Yes. She is so much better than I with the knife. But I am far superior with guns, and a bow and arrow. Not as good with the blowpipe.” Jacinta smiled. “I told you I am not helpless.”

Thanks for having me Penny!

Jianne Carlo