Friday, March 30, 2012

Spotlight Saturday with Brenda Dyer

Please welcome author Brenda Dyer to my blog for Spotlight Saturday.  She's here to answer a few questions and talk about her latest release, Love's Prophecy (A Paranormal Romance).

Who are a few of your favorite authors?
A few of my favorite authors are: Johanna Lindsey, J.R. Ward, J.R.R Tolkien, Stephen King, Karen Marie Moning—plus many, many more.

Do you like to listen to music while you write?  If so, who are your favorite artists?
No. I like quiet. I get distracted way too easily.

Tell us a little bit about your newest release.
Love's Prophecy is a paranormal romance, featuring vampires. I feel my story has a new and exciting twist to the vampire legend. But underneath the main plot and sub-plots, my novel is ultimately a love story.


Pain twisted Mel's gut tighter. “Breeana, I'm not asking you to give up anything.”

Her gaze was fierce. “Do you want to know what scares the shit out of me?”


She hesitated. “I would leave everything. I'd leave it all behind because I…love you.”

Mel's heart ground to a halt when her softly spoken words filtered through his brain. An instant later, it jumped, slamming so hard against his ribs it felt like it was going to burst free.
She loved him? Did he hear correct?

He searched her face and saw it was true. She loved him.
Joy, love, sadness, and God help him, hope pumped through him, adding to the chaos of emotions he already felt.

He tilted her face up with a hand cupping her chin and kissed her hard. A kiss brimming with love, despair, and frustration over a situation that held no other solution than heartbreak. And he sensed she experienced the same whirlpool of feelings. He felt it in her kiss, in the desperate way she gripped his shirt, and he tasted it in her tears.

He pulled back and stared into her eyes. “I love you, Breeana. The short time we've known one another, you have become my everything. My heart. My breath…My life. I was dead inside before you.”

She crumpled against his chest and sobbed. “Oh God! I can't let you go. Don't ask me to.”

Where can readers find your newest release?
Barnes and Noble
All Romance e-books

If you could be the heroine in any romance or erotic romance novel, who would it be and why?
Even though Lord Of The Rings isn't a romance, I would love to be Arwen. I would kiss the crap out of Aragorn, LOL.

What inspired you to start writing?
The idea behind my story. I knew I was onto something different. A new look at how vampires were created and why. Then my characters developed into living beings and took on a life all their own. I knew then I had to write this story.

Where can others connect with you?
Twitter @BrendaMDyer

What is your ultimate writing goal?
LOL, to be #1 in Kindle books.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Can I pick both? Well, I'm going to anyway. I love Star Trek, The Next Generation. And who doesn't like Star Wars?

Do you write under a pen name?  If so, who knows about your naughty writing activities?
No.  LOL, maybe one day when I'm rich and famous and I decide to write in a different genre, then I may write under a pen name. Hmmm, wonder what my pen name could be…how about Claire Cox? LOL, I better keep trying.

Tell us about your upcoming writing projects.
I'm in the midst of writing book two in The Prophecy Series. It is called Prophecy's Child. I have two short stories I should have polished and ready to publish within the next month or so.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog.

What a fun interview!  Please feel free to leave Brenda a nice comment:)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spotlight Saturday with Kacey Hammell

Please give author Kacey Hammell a warm welcome to my blog today.  She's stopped by to talk about her latest release, Illusions (The Arms of the Law - Book One), and to answer a couple of questions.

Kacey, do you like to listen to music while you write?  If so, who are your favorite artists?

Sometimes. I like to have noise around me when I write, whether it is my kids or the tv or music.  If I do listen to something, it’s Johnny Reid, Maroon 5, Nickelback, Aerosmith, ACDC, Adele, Hedley, to name a few artists/bands.

Tell us a little bit about your newest release and share an excerpt.

ILLUSIONS is a contemporary, romantic suspense with a small bit of paranormal aspect to it. Isabella is the lead detective on the trail of  a murderer. Brady Jacobs is a P.I. with a special gift – the gift of a seer. He sometimes has visions of people in danger, murderers, settings, etc. and assists the police around the world in many cases. He and Isabella have been friends for years but begin to see one another secretly. Neither wants commitments but they’re helpless to stop the train of love as they try to resist one another, and catch a murder.

Excerpt, Kacey Hammell, © 2012

“What’s this? A party and no one told me?”
At the newest addition to the conversation, Isabella’s pulse accelerated double-time. She looked toward the door.
Man, I don’t need this today.
Brady Jacobs walked—no, sauntered—into the office and heading toward Ethan, spared her not a glance.
Black denim jeans encased his firm, shapely ass like a second skin. His black T-shirt with sleeves rolled over his beautiful biceps showed off his sexy, muscular build. He looked good enough to eat. A flood of heat coursed through her body. This was a man who was confident in himself and when he entered the room, there was a ripple effect. Everyone sat up to take notice of him and women practically swooned, eager to catch his eye. But Brady rarely gave any one woman the time of day. He was adamant about keeping his personal life private, and his no-commitment rule was always in full force. Something he was upfront about with the ladies.
“Hey, pal. Great game this morning.” Brady slapped Ethan on the back.
“Shit, Jacobs. You kicked my ass and then some.” Ethan chuckled. “My head just wasn’t in it today.” Isabella could see Ethan’s gaze move again toward the newspaper on the desk.
If it wouldn’t be obvious, I’d snatch it and run to burn it.
“Morning, Ms. Ali-Bear. How’s my sugar-girl today?” He headed over to her desk, ruffling her hair as he stepped behind her, as if she were his little sister.
Leave it to him to make the ladies feel special.
“Get lost, Jacobs. I’m sick of seeing you around here,” Alicia said flippantly.
She must really be pissed about the photo. Isabella let out a frustrated sigh, causing three sets of eyes to look her way. “Morning, Brady.” She smiled, hoping she looked like a woman with not a care in the world. “What brings you to the precinct this early in the morning?”
His gaze held hers for seconds longer than she would have liked. “Actually, I came to see Alicia. I need to go over the Vaughn case with her. I had another vision last night.” He spoke without hesitation.
Trenton’s finest P.I. had become the city’s favorite after his first vision had saved the Walker twins eight years ago. The twins, then seven years old, had wandered off into the woods behind their family home one afternoon. When they didn’t return to the house for dinner that night, their frantic mother had called the police, begging someone to help her find her missing children.
Within hours, an Amber Alert had been called and hundreds of citizens and every cop available had combed the Walkers’ woods, looking for the kids. After six hours without success, exhaustion had set in with many of the volunteers. Everyone had worked tirelessly, but when there seemed to be no hope in sight, Brady showed up, at a frantic near-run, and charged into the woods. Within thirty minutes, he came back out with a child tucked under each arm.
Only after the Walkers had been calmed, the boys tucked into bed, did Isabella and Connor question Brady. With much resistance, he confessed to his ESP, the visions that had begun during his stint in the Marines.
Most times, out of nowhere—he could be sleeping, driving, taking a shower—and a vision would claim him. In the eight years since the Walker incident, Brady had probably saved more lives than most cops. While he didn’t have visions for every beating, murder, kidnapping, or mugging in New Jersey, high-profile incidents seemed to find a channel in him.
With each high-profile case solved successfully, Trenton’s citizens claimed him as a favorite son. If a child ran away, parents would hire his P.I. firm to assist in bringing them home. If there were a murder, police at a dead end called him in.
No one thought anything unkind about him or his visions.
It made his business a huge success and he took it all in stride. Isabella admired him for it.
“Damn, Brady. Why didn’t you call me immediately?” Alicia growled in a disgruntled voice.
“I am telling you. I had to get the whole thing in order before contacting you.” He shook his head and headed for the window overlooking West Street, the one she had just moments ago been staring out of.
“Well? What have you got for me?” Alicia demanded.
With a chuckle, he turned back to her. “Impatient damn woman, aren’t you? Just like your cousin. Always impatient for more.”
Isabella’s cheeks burned and she prayed he wasn’t being an ass on purpose to start further questions running through Ali’s mind. She didn’t need them from her.
“If people would deliver, I wouldn’t need more,” Isabella declared with some satisfaction. His eyes turned a darker grey than their normal silver color.
Don’t mess me with me and think you’ll win, big guy.

Where can readers find your newest release? 

ILLUSIONS is available at Decadent Publishing.

Coffee or tea?

Used to be coffee – 3 cups a day – until I got sick with the flu over the Christmas holidays and just couldn’t bring myself to drink it again after I got better. Now, it’s tea—2 cups a day. *g*

Where can others connect with you?

How do you go about choosing names for your characters?

I look at popular fe/male names, look at the background of the character (ie: Irish, French, etc) or just put together some of my favourite names.

What genres have you written in?

Romance first and foremost of course. Contemporary, Erotic, Romantic Suspense. I’m currently dabbling in a paranormal/ménage series. Should be fun!

 Do you write under a pen name?  If so, who knows about your naughty writing activities?

Yes, I do use a pen name. Just for privacy reasons. My family, husband, Mom, some other family and friends all have knowledge of what I write. Some have even read and enjoyed it too.

Tell us about your upcoming writing projects.

The sequel to ILLUSIONS – AWAKENINGS – has recently been contracted by Decadent Publishing so that will be out in 2012.  There are manuscripts completed – contemporary erotic romances – that are submitted to publishers that I’m waiting to hear about.  I have a folder of other WIP that I look forward to diving into. As I said above, there’s the paranormal/ménage series that has been started, which I think will be a lot of fun.

Please feel free to leave Kacey a nice comment:) 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday ~ 3/18/2012

Today's six sentences are pulled from a novella I just completed called Dark without You. It's an erotic romance with more of a domestic discipline theme than bdsm, and it's a story I began months ago and set aside for a while. I really love this story and I'm so happy my characters decided to talk to me again.

My sample Sunday:

Alice accepted another shot from Derrick and immediately felt someone’s hot breath on her neck. “That’d better be your last drink tonight, young lady.” Her stomach dropped to the floor. It was Andy. Of course it was Andy. Who else could turn her insides to mush with a firm command?

Hope you enjoyed that little peek into Andy and Alice's world. Thanks for stopping by:)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spotlight Saturday with Allison Merritt

I'm delighted to have romance author Allison Merritt stop by for Spotlight Saturday this week.  She's here to answer a couple of questions and talk about her latest release, The Treasure Hunter's Lady.

Who are a few of your favorite authors?

My all-time favorite out of any genre is Louis L'Amour.  I started reading westerns when I was a teenager and Mr. L'Amour can paint a mental picure with the best of them.  I think he should be required reading in high schools.  I'm also a big fan of Dean Koontz, Janet Evanovich, Cathie Marie Hake, Linda Lael Miller, and Nora Roberts.  Pretty strange assortment, huh?

Do you like to listen to music while you write?  If so, who are your favorite artists?

I find that music is much less distracting than television.  I like the music to match the mood of the scene I'm writing at the time, but i listen to a lot of romantic music whether or not it's a romantic scene.  Some of my favorite artists are Lady Antebellum, The Fray, Shinedown, John Mayer, and Dishwalla.

Tell us a little bit about your newest release.

The Treasure Hunter's Lady has kind of a crazy story behind it.  A few years ago after a long break, I decided to start writing again and I was researching a histroical romance set in Australia.  I fell in love with everything I learned about that country (unfortunately, I've never been) and around the same time I re-watched The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  I thought, wow, I would love to write a story with crazy paranormal elements and cool technology set in Australia.  So the first draft, which is way shorter than the finished MS is set in Australia.  When I started pitching and trying to get an agent, they all seemed horrified by the idea of setting it out of the country.

So I started over in my research, found a similiar legend like the one I based the original story on, decided to set it in the American West and poof, six months later, I had the same characters in a different place and a very different ending, but it still carried the same love story.

For years, Romy Farrington traveled the world at her father's side, exploring new lands and uncovering ancient secrets.  It was everything she ever wanted, until a near-fatal encounter with hostile natives forced her and her father into a life of retirement in Boston and an undesired advance into proper society.

Everything changes again when she's saved from an accident by a brash Texan in a back alley.  Abel Courte may act like a care-free cowboy, but he's harboring a secret - he's searching for the Diamond of Uktena, a legendary jewel that can cure any diesase known to man.  He needs information Romy's father has in order to get to the jewel.  When he traces the origin of the Diamond to Dakota Territory, he sets off to claim the treasure, only to find the archaeologist's fiery redheaded daughter stuck to him like a bug in sap.

In a race against time, Romy and Abel must learn to trust each other as they undertake a cross-country journey that will expose them to lands uncharted by white men, a deadly battle against the fearsome creature in possession of the Diamond and a fight to return to civilization where they might make the greatest discovery of all - love.

Where can readers find your newest release?

The Treasure Hunter's Lady
Barnes and Noble

Coffee or Tea?

Tea.  Hot or cold, either way.

Where can others connect with you?

Twitter @allison_merritt

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Trek, specifically The Next Generation.  Who's hotter, Picard or Riker?  I can't choose.

Tell us about your upcoming writing projects.

I'm currently editing the second book in my Legends and Lovers series.  It's called The Sky Pirate's Wife.  One of the minor characters from The Treasure Hunter's Lady talked me into giving him his own story.

After the tragic loss of his flagship, Captain Alwin van Buren decides to find a wife to solve his financial woes.  Due to his reputation as a sky pirate, thanks to a series of dime novels based on a character named after him, he knows attaining a suitable bride will be difficult.  But he has his eye on a beautiful airship heiress.  If his reputation isn't enough to contend with, he also has a fierce rivarly with her godfather.

Sophie's spent hours reading the novels about Van Buren, but quickly learns that the formidable pirate from the books and the flesh-and-blood captain are two very different creatures.  When she falls for his seductions, she finds herself caught up in a whirlwind marriage.  She doesn't approve of the way he captured her business, but she can't deny her attraction or how quickly she falls in love with him.  If it's not bad enough that her godfather wants to break them apart, she learns that Van Buren's airship accident was a result of mythical eagles that appear to have a grudge against him, a fact that he deliberately tried to hide from the world by accusing her godfather of sabotage.

Can their marriage be saved while their lives are in danger from beasts that were once men and the evil that controls them?

Feel free to leave Allison a nice comment:)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Spotlight Saturday with Lara Valentine

I'm so excited to welcome author Lara Valentine to my blog today for Spotlight Saturday.  She's stopped by to answer a couple of questions and talk about her latest erotic romance release, Plenty to Come.

My interview with Lara...

Who are a few of your favorite authors?

I really enjoy Lauren Dane, Tymber Dalton, and Laurann Dohner.  All these authors have a real gift for developing characters that I not only love to read, but wish they were real people.

Do you like to listen to music while you write?  If so, who are your favorite artists?

My music tastes are eclectic.  I listen to everything from classic rock and roll, 80's pop, to contemporary country.  If the scene I am writing is a love scene, I tend to lean toward slower, more romantic songs.

Tell us a little bit about your newest release.

My newest release, Plenty to Come, is the first in a new series set in the small town of Plenty, FL.  Here's a little blurb...

Giving up on the big city, Cassie moves to the tiny town of Plenty, Florida.  Falling in love with Zachary and Chase Harper was easy.  They ignite a fire inside her hotter and brighter than the Florida sun.

Intense and dominating Zachary Harper and his brother, charming and playful Chase, are tired of casual relationships and one-night stands.  They're looking for a woman they can share their life with, together.  When they meet Cassie, they immediately feel that this woman just might be the one.  Cassie is just as drawn to them, feeling safe and loved in their strong arms.

But not everyone is glad about Cassie's newfound safety and happiness.  Can Zachary and Chase keep Cassie safe when her past shows up and wants her dead?

Where can readers find your newest release?

My latest release can be found at Siren here.

Coffee or tea?

I am absolutely addicted to sweet iced tea.

What inspired you to start writing?

I have always been an avid reader and dreamed of writing a book someday.  But of course, you have to do more than dream about it.  Recent events made me realize that life is too short to just dream.  You have to act.  Shortly thereafter I started writing Plenty to Come.

Where can others connect with you?

Readers can connect with me via Twitter @LaraValentine1, Facebook - Lara Valentine, or my blog www.eroticromancewriting/

What is your ultimate writing goal?

I would love to be able to make a living as a writer.  I have so many stories in me and no time to write them!

How do you go about choosing names for your characters?

I use the baby naming book I got when I was pregnant!  I'll page through the book and a name will sort of jump out at me when I am thinking about a character.

What genres have you written in?

I have two erotic romance series in progress.  The Plenty series which is being kicked off March 7th, is a menage.  In May 2012, the Martinis and Chocolate Book Club series will be BDSM themed.  And of course, all my books have a Happily Ever After.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

I have an 8 year old son who is crazy for Star Wars.  So in my house it's Star Wars all day, every day.

Do you write under a pen name?  If so, who knows about your naughty writing activities?

I have a very conservative day job, so writing under a pen name is a necessity.  I do have a few friends and family who know about my alter ego.  I am very lucky as they are all super supportive and very non-judgemental.

Tell us about your upcoming writing projects.

I have two books in the works:  The second in the Plenty, FL series - Plenty to Learn.  This is Jillian's story and I am excited to be able to finally write it.  The other is the second in the Martinis and Chocolate series - His Hidden Jewel.  This is Noelle's story and she is going to learn a great deal about herself in this story.  Of course, both books will include some updates on past characters.

It was such a pleasure to have Lara stop by.  Please feel free to leave her a friendly comment:)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spotlight Saturday with Genella deGrey

Please welcome author Genella deGrey to the first of many Spotlight Saturdays here on my blog.  She's stopped by to answer a couple of questions and talk about her latest historical romance release, Masterpiece.  She's also sharing the details about her Third Annual RT Goody Box Contest that she's running on her FB fan page.

A Greek's myth involving two young lovers unfolds in sensual Renaissance Italy.

My interview with Genella...

Who are a few of your favorite authors?

It seems that, for most readers anyway, the first romance novels we pick up secure a special place in our hearts.  That being the case, I love Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught.  I can't even tell you how they've influenced me, in my writing, in my career . . . I just love those women.  I actually got to meet Judith McNaught a couple of times.  She's a very classy lady and a wonderful person.

If you could be the heroine in any romance or erotica romance novel, who would it be and why?

Hmmm . . . That's a tough one.  Have you seen "Lost in Austen"?  That is precisely the plot.  A reader switches places with Elizabeth Bennett.  Who wouldn't want to do something like that - *especially* with one such as Colin Firth?  Um, I mean, Mr. Darcy.  Ahem:)

What genres have you written in?

I am a historical junkie - so anything up to the 1920's.  As one can see on my website, I'm all over the place when it comes to history.  And the sexier the better, so any sub-genre beyond a sexy historical: time-travel, fantasy, supernatural . . . bring it!

Do you like to listen to music while you write?  If so, who are your favorite artists?

I've been writing at various Starbucks lately, so whatever is playing is what I get.  If I write at home, it's usually quiet unless my son is watching a movie.  My "tune-out" function is invaluable - LOL.  Someday when I have an office of my own, I will likely listen to music that would have been played in the time period in which I am writing - It sort of keeps the atmosphere, you know what I mean?

How do you go about choosing names for your characters?

Normally when I write or come up with a new idea, an interesting character will come to me with his or her problem.  It's really strange when it happens and it doesn't take long for their name to pop into my head, certainly no more than a day or so.  If it's a secondary character, I usually go with a name from that time period.

Recently, I resurrected an old story I wrote way back before I was published to give it an overhaul.  Interestingly enough, I felt the need to change the name of almost every character in the story.

What is your ultimate writing goal?

I would love to release two or three books a year.  I have six out so far, and books seven and eight, which are related books, will be released this summer.  I'm about to submit my ninth title to my UK publisher, Total-E-Bound, so fingers crossed! :)

Tell us a little bit about your newest release.

My latest release came out in January of this year from Total-E-Bound.  It's called Masterpiece and takes place in Rome, Italy in 1605.  In this book, a Greek's myth curse involving two young lovers unfolds in sensual Renaissance Italy.

Where can readers find your newest release?

It can be found here.  You can find an excerpt on that page too!  :)

Do you write under a pen name?  If so, who knows about your naughty writing activities?

Yes I do.  I used to be in the Los Angeles Chapter of Romance Writers of America and a discussion of this topic convinced me that I should use the pen name I had already chosen.  All my friends and family know.  Funny story:  My mother says that when she reads my work she can hear my voice.  I understand that the sexy scenes make her squirm - LOL - and she's been reading romance novels forever.  :D

Where can others connect with you?

On my website  On the page entitled, "Appearances" (and the year) it tells where I will be doing signings.  You can also get to my Blog archive which is part of my website.  I have a facebook page here and I just started doing Pinterest - but I am so green . . . I suppose you just do a search for me there?

Anything else you'd like to share?

I'm having my Third Annual RT Goody Box Contest!  Here are the deets:

One lucky US resident will win a large (USPS Flat Rate) box jam-packed with Author freebies and give-a-ways from this year's Romantic Times Booklover's Convention! (Box will be shipped the week after I return from RT.)

Rules:  This contest will be for new readers who "like" my fan page on FB - Continental US residents only.

How to enter:  Between February 29, 2012 and April 17, 2012 "Like" my Genella deGrey Books page on FB.  One randomly selected reader will be the lucky winner - I will contact them via FB message and get their shipping info.  Once they respond I can announce the winner on the Genella deGrey Books FB page. (Shipping info will not be used for any other purpose than the contest.)

The winner of the contest will discover new authors and receive all kinds of fun goodies, books, and other useful chotchkies.  :)

Well thank you Sue, it's been a blast!  :) 

Genella deGrey