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Interview And New Release With Jane Beckenham


Today’s chat is with New Zealand author Jane Beckenham. Jane writes both contemporary and historical romance and next week (Tuesday May 25th) sees her 10th book released. HE’S THE ONE is being released by
http://www.samhainpublishing.com

Abbey: Jane. Tell us a bit about He’s the One.

Jane: Well, HTO is set here in New Zealand, actually in Auckland where I live, a city known as City of Sails, because we’re surrounded by harbor on both sides, the Tasman Sea on one side and the Mankau Harbour on the other. I wanted to write about a heroine who was a wedding planner, I think because secretly it’s a job I would love to do. And my hero, well he is just pure hunk material. He owns vintage cars, and in particular a red Mustang. When I was out ‘doing lunch’ with authors Eve Summers and Melody Knight one day, this guy drove up and parked beside us in his red mustang. He walked right by. Oh it was drool heaven!

Reviews so far have been great….

Review from Single Titles…. “Jane Beckenham scripts
a beautiful tale woven with remarkable insight to
the emotions of a new couple finding their way. He’s
the One reminded me a lot of the emotions you feel
when you find someone special you’re attracted to.
I thought it believable and felt like I had stepped into the
story with Taylor and Cade. Curl up with a festive drink
and spend the day enjoying this remarkable story.”
Read more….

And from Romance Junkies… HE’S THE ONE by Jane Beckenham is a unique story. So many parts of the plot had this reviewer laughing out loud. The chemistry between the characters is strong enough to keep the reader turning the pages. I would recommend this book for the romantics out there that are looking for a fun, simple read to relax with.

Here’s the blurb: Taylor Sullivan doesn’t trust Cupid, but she plays one for a living. As a successful wedding consultant, she creates a couple’s ultimate fantasy—even though she’s never managed to create her own. And when her clients start asking her for wedding night advice, she’s sensible enough to know when to enlist help.
Cade Harper knows two things about women. They either abandon him, or use him as a walking bank. He doesn’t do commitment, and marriage is a dirty word—witness the string of broken hearts he’s left in his wake
Warning: Contains explicit, straight-to-the-heart sex between a hopeless romantic heroine and an abandon-all-hope hero. No need to dress up for this party—just curl up with a glass of bubbly and a box of tissues!

Abbey: He’s The One is quite quirky, I mean the opening line is out there.

Jane: The opening line Virginity is overrated came to me one night while I couldn’t sleep. My poor heroine is a virgin and her clients (the brides) keep asking her questions about sex she can’t answer. Like a sensible business gal she decides she’s going to learn a new skill!

Abbey: What do you think books set in New Zealand bring to your work.

Jane: Well I’d like to think I can bring a sense of NZ life and culture. I mean we’re upside down and when the northern hemisphere is deep in snow for Christmas, it’s summer here and all about bbqs and the beach. I think that is why I tend to set a lot of my stories around summer time, so I can showcase our different worlds. New Zealand has some spectacular native plans one of which is the Pohutukawa and is our ‘NZ Christmas tree” For example my book Always a Bridesmaid was set in Rotorua and the Ureweras – in the very heart of Nzs North Island, an area steeped in Maori culture and myth and legend which featured in the book. It’s also an area my husband and I lived in over 25 years ago.

Abbey: Do you write every day?

Jane: This is where I cough and splutter and hang my head. I should be, in fact I usually do, but at the moment I’ve been a tad slack and had some time off. I’ve even discovered the joys of window cleaning – which is incredibly sad and pathetic. But I’m slowly getting back into it, now the writing well is getting refilled with some down time, not something I do easily!

Abbey: Since you set a lot of your books in New Zealand, tell us a bit about life there.

Jane: Well NZ is a special place and of course if you saw the Lord of the Rings movies, you will have noticed a lot of our landscape. We’re 2 islands, (the North Island and South Island – not very original I know) though there is a tiny third one way at the bottom called Stewart island. Our native language is Maori and we’re officially part of Polynesia. We have a sub-tropical climate and a population of only 4 million. A nation for outdoor activities, anything from surfing and sailing to bungee jumping and skiing. Plus of course Rugby which is our national sport.

Abbey: What’s next on the writing front?

Jane: He’s The One is being released on 25th May from Samhain, then in the coming months I have a Regency, A Traitor’s Heart and a sheikh story – In Love With the Sheikh being released from Red Rose Publishing.
I have a couple of other contemporaries I’m fine tuning, plus an historical set in the late 1600s (in France/England) which is in edit mode too. No rest for the wicked.

Abbey: Thanks Jane for popping in to chat to us. How can readers find you?

Jane: Thanks for having me Abbey. You can check out my web site at Jane Beckenham.com and I am on twitter

It’s Abbey again. So Jane’s been kind enough to gift to one lucky commenter a pre-released copy of He’s The One. 🙂 So if you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment. 🙂 I’ll draw the winner on Sunday.

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Interview – Ava Delany


Today we have Ava Delany with us. Welcome Ava.

What kind of music do you like?

Anything with a good beat. I love Fever and Satisfaction.

What name would you choose if you had to change your name?

I always love the name Danika, or perhaps Dominique. Mmm. Sexy names. Continue reading

Interview – Kate Douglas


Today we have a guest interviewer helping me out.

Margie says…
This is an interview with Kate Douglas (Wolf Tales & Sexy Beast series). She is the one who inspired me to write. I mean years of rejections and she kept at it. Can’t top her determination to create.

Now that is inspirational. So lets find out more about Kate…

How did you get started writing?

I’ve always wanted to write. I kept diaries as a kid, wrote poetry, got my degree in English Literature and wrote commercials for a country-western radio station when I got out of college. Worked as a newspaper reporter and also wrote freelance stuff, but when I discovered romances in the 1970s, I knew that was what I really wanted to write. I started writing for publication in 1984 but didn’t sell my first story until 1998, and that was to an epublisher before anyone knew what ebooks were. It wasn’t until 2005 that I signed my first New York contract. I honestly don’t think writing was anything I chose to do—it sort of chose me.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love everything about writing. Coming up with an idea, developing a story, getting to know my characters. I love revising and editing and making a story work, creating new worlds and even new histories for my characters. There is such an amazing sense of creation in taking the seed of an idea and ending up with a printed book in your hands. There’s nothing else to compare…except maybe pregnancy and childbirth! Writing isn’t nearly as hard on the waistline, though.

What do you dislike most about what you do?

There is absolutely no part of what I do that I dislike. I even enjoy the promotion I need to do, something a lot of authors don’t care for. I see it all as a great adventure.

Is there anything you would like to share about yourself or your work?

I can’t think of anything new—my life is pretty much an open book. I’m all over Facebook and blog quite a bit, and my readers know they can ask me anything and I’ll answer them. My writing schedule is really heavy so I don’t have a lot of time for a social life, which means the online community, because it’s so accessible, fills the need for me to have a connection with real people as compared to my fantasy characters. I’m really pretty boring in real life—have been married to a terrific guy for almost 38 years. We’ve got two great adult kids and between them they and their spouses have presented us with five grandchildren—so far! It’s all good. J

What achievement are you most proud of?

I’m very proud of the fact that after almost twenty years of submitting my stories and racking up the rejections, I didn’t give up. I stuck with it, trusted my agent and my own instincts, and now, I’m a fairly successful author with over thirty books in print. I like to think I’m living proof that stubbornness and tenacity can pay off.

What part of a manuscript do you most enjoy writing?

As I said earlier, I like the whole process, but I think my favorite part is when I get to the last few chapters and everything comes together. I don’t really plot my stories. I just sit down and let my characters tell me what’s going on. Sometimes it takes them awhile to start spilling the story, but they always give it up before too long. That final few chapters, though—that’s where I really get rolling and can be so caught up in the writing that I don’t hear the phone ring, don’t hear my husband when he comes into the office to ask me something—all I hear is the sound of my characters and the action in the story.

How would you describe your love scenes?

Hot. Very, very hot, especially in my erotic romances. I’ve often said there are no barriers I’m afraid to cross. The sex scenes in my Wolf Tales and Sexy Beast books are graphic, they’re erotic, and they tend to push buttons some people don’t want pushed. I have no problem including group sex in my erotic romances, including same-sex interludes. Even my “straight” paranormal series has pretty hot scenes, but I like to think that when the author has created an emotional connection between the reader and the story, that readers are disappointed if they don’t get the really powerful scenes between characters they’ve come to know and care about. I want my readers to feel the powerful emotions my characters feel for one another, and a well-written sex scene makes that connection. I think it tends to grab the reader at a visceral level.

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing Wolf Tales 11 three weeks ago, completed page proofs for Wolf Tales 10 which comes out in July, did the copy edits last week on HellFire, which is the second book in my new paranormal series, The DemonSlayers, FedExed the copy edits for Crystal Dreams, a novella that’s part of my DemonSlayers series, to NY this afternoon, and tonight I’m back at work on StarFire, the third book in The DemonSlayers.

Any professional advice for other authors?

Never, ever quit. If you love writing and feel you’re meant to write, stick with it, because you’ll never feel complete if you quit.

What is your favorite television show?

I watch the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC, and that’s it. I don’t have time for television—I’d rather read a book than watch the tube, but we turn Rachel’s show on during dinner every night. That’s literally the only tv I see unless my husband drags me downstairs to watch a movie…I do that about three times a year.

What kind of music do you like?

Celtic music on occasion. Native American. I rarely listen to music when I’m writing unless a scene calls for it. Then I’ll play whatever my characters are listening to so that I get the pacing and rhythm incorporated into the writing.

What is the most memorable book you’ve read?

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

Do you have any pets?

Rufus has me. He’s a little furry dog that someone threw out of a car a dozen years ago. He landed well and rules our household.

Do you have a hobby/favorite pass time?

Reading and gardening, though I never have enough time for either. I also love to hike, but that’s another one that takes second place to my favorite thing, which is writing.

Where can fans follow you?

I blog every other week at www.runningwithquills.com and once a month at http://www.aphrodisiaauthors.com/blog/ Plus readers can find me on Facebook . I’ve deactivated my MySpace page—it was just one too many things to deal with!

Find out more about Kate and her novels at her website.
She just recently wrote her first mainstream novel Demon Fire available in bookstores now as well as
Wolf Tales
Sexy Beast—Chanku Rising
Wolf Tales II
Wild Nights—Camille’s Dawn
Wolf Tales III
Sexy Beast II—Chanku Fallen
Wolf Tales IV
Sexy Beast III—Chanku Journey
Wolf Tales V
Sexy Beast IV—Chanku Destiny
Wolf Tales VI
Sexy Beast V—Chanku Wild
Wolf Tales VII
Sexy Beast VI–Chanku Honor
Wolf Tales VIII
Sexy Beast VII–Chanku Challenge
Wolf Tales 9
Sexy Beast VIII–Chanku spirit (Spring 2010)
Wolf Tales 10 (July 2010)
Wolf Tales 11 (January 2011)
Wolf Tales 12 (July 2011)
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April Dawn -Author of Crushing Desire and
Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press.
http://www.breathlesspress.com/erotic/timeless.html
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=April+Dawn
http://aprildawnbooks.com

Interview – Honoria Ravena


Honoria Ravena has dropped by for an interview today.
Welcome Honoria.

How did you get started writing?

I started writing when I was twelve, after I read a great book that was written by someone my age. I decided I could do that, I had all these ideas anyway so I should do something with them. It couldn’t be that hard right? Yeah…right. So I didn’t get my first book published at thirteen, but I didn’t give up writing. It became something I HAD to do.
Where would you like to go from here?

Well, when I finish my current manuscript I’m going to start submitting to agents. Eventually I want a contracted with Berkley (or another imprint of Penguin) or St. Martins. I’d like to be able to support myself as a full-time writer eventually.

What do you dislike most about what you do?

Rewrites. I hate rewriting my stories. Once I’m done I want to be DONE. Unfortunately, rewrites are an important part of the process, and they really do make the story glow.

What part of a manuscript do you least like writing?

The middle. I hit about 25K, and my work slows to a crawl. I don’t really like writing the very end either, because I’m so hyped up, I tend to rush them.

How would you describe your love scenes?

Graphic, told with frank, straight forward language. Nothing is worse than reading flowery loves scenes with words like “man root” in them.

What is your favorite television show?

It’s got to be Gilmore Girls. It’s funny, and light. I’ve got it on DVD.

What kind of music do you like?

I like a lot of different things. Mainly rock, some rap, some pop. Very little country.

Do you have any pets?

I have one black cat named Salem, after the cat in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Where can fans follow you?

I’m almost everywhere. Goodreads, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter. I have a blog, and so do my characters. You can find all these links on my website: http://www.honoriaravena.com under Contact Me. Or you could search the websites.

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Thank you so much for stopping by to see us here at a History of Romance.

April Dawn -Author of Crushing Desire and
Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press.

Interview – April Dawn


Well, an interviewee wasnt’ quite ready, so for today’s interview, I’m interviewing… me… April Dawn
Welcome me. 😀

What is your favorite television show?

I usually don’t have time to watch television, but lately my husband and I find ourselves out of town most weekdays. My father-in-law’s love of NCIS is rubbing off on me, I must admit. My father’s love of Dexter, and my mother’s love of Drop Dead Diva have also become favs. And of course from my days of leisure before my son and my writing career(much to my delight) took up my spare time, I used to watch Scrubs.

What is the most memorable book you’ve read?

There are so many wonderful books that I have loved over the years and each is memorable in its own way. I can often still remember the characters and the story line long after I have forgotten the title. If one day, years from now, I am on some website or other and someone is trying to find one of my books so they could read it again, it would feel fabulous. I would love it.

What name would you choose if you had to change your name?

Hmmm, Flora Garbanzo? Gargantuan Peteluma? Nope, I’m good with the one I’ve got.

Do you have a hobby/favorite pastime?

My husband and I letterbox with our son. It is a fun pastime that combines treasure hunting and logic puzzle style fun. http://letterboxing.org

Where would you like to go from here?

Well, I’m happy with how far I’ve come, and Breathless Press is a fantastic publisher. However, I would still love to get and agent, and get published by Avon, Berkley, Kensington, or one of the other big print publishers.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love the inspiration moment. When you start writing a scene that just flows from you like water. That is the best part.

What do you dislike most about what you do?

All the parts of the job that don’t have to do with writing. I hope to find an agent who can do some of them for me. Then I could focus more fully on writing.

What part of a manuscript do you most enjoy writing?

Action scenes. I love to write a good fight or a storm. I have fun writing every bit of a good story, but there’s just something about a good action scene.

How would you describe your love scenes?

A pinch of spice, a touch of emotion, and a dab of humor (usually before or after.) It seems to me that is a fairly true formula for real life love scenes, and it certainly is true for the romance scenes on the page.

How would describe your voice?

Historically poetic? I have a good voice for historical, I’ve been told. However, the poet in me can’t help but come out sometimes, usually in a line or two of description or dialogue.

What are you working on now?

Well, Bound By Love (Jan 29, 2010) and Crushing Desire (Feb 12, 2010) are at Breathless Press. Other than that, I have three nearly completed works that I am trying to complete and submit, as well as a number of others in various stages of completion.

Where can fans follow you?

Publisher: Website: Blog: Twitter: Facebook: MySpace:
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I would like to thank myself for being here, ;-D and thank you all for taking the time to read this.

April Dawn

Interview – Marianne Stephens/April Ash


Today we welcome one great author with a split personality.
Welcome Marianne Stephens, and welcome April Ash.

How did you get started writing?

I started reading Barbara Cartland and Georgette Heyer romance books and was hooked! From there, I moved to contemporaries and paranormal romances. A voice inside my head kept telling me to write a book, so I decided to try! I wrote an awful first romance book, sent queries to agents, and actually had two ask to read partials and one who wanted a full. Got rejections, but the agent who requested the full told me I needed DIALOGUE in a romance book…I’d written most of it as narrative. I joined RWA and Mid-America Romance Authors and took some writing seminars to learn what was needed to write a much better romance book!

What do you dislike most about what you do?

Writing the dreaded “middle of the book”. No matter how much I plan and plot, I always get stuck mid-way through the book and experience brain freeze/writer’s block.

What achievement are you most proud of?

Selling that first book and earning the label of published author is a wonderful experience!

What part of a manuscript do you most enjoy writing?

The beginning. I like to start my books with dialogue. I think it catches a reader’s attention immediately, and gives me a chance to present the hero and/or heroine right away.

How would describe your voice?

Down to earth; everyday, ordinary conversational style. I want a reader to feel comfortable and relate to my characters, so I write the story as if I were actually telling it to someone in a conversation.

What is your favorite television show?

More than one! NCIS, Numb3rs, all the CSI programs.

What is the most memorable book you’ve read?

I’m a Shakespeare addict and loved his works. But, my favorite romance book is “The Lemon Cake” by Judith Stafford.

Do you have a hobby/favorite pastime?

I love bowling and playing party bridge (nothing serious).

Where can fans follow you?

I have two pen names. Marianne Stephens writes sensual, mainstream romances (contemporary and paranormal). http://www.mariannestephens.net. April Ash writes erotic romances. http://www.aprilash.net. “We” blog at http://romancebooksrus.blogspot.com and also at http://sevensexyscribes.blogspot.com. “We” have a monthly newsletter with a monthly contest. To subscribe, email marianne@mariannestephens.net or april@aprilash.net.


Thanks for interviewing me…enjoyed the questions! Marianne/April
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And we at A History enjoyed having you. Check out her latest, Anything You Can Do, at Breathless Press.

April Dawn

Interview – Missy Martine


Today we are interviewing Missy Martine, who also happens to be our spotlight author for the month. Welcome to A History of Romance.

    I’m very curious. How did you get started writing?

My writing came about as a type of therapy after I had a series of strokes back in 2002. For a while, I wasn’t able to communicate at all. It was a pretty unpleasant year for me, able to think pretty clearly but unable to vocalize any of my thoughts. If you’ve never experienced it, you can’t imagine how frustrating it is to try and make someone understand the simplest of things.
My recovery was slow. I was able to talk, long before I was able to control what I was saying. It was very strange trying to communicate with my family, hearing the words clearly in my mind, and then hearing something different coming out of my mouth! What a strange period that was. Just by accident we discovered that I could type what was in my mind, even if I couldn’t say the words out loud. With this new discovery, my recovery seemed to move full steam ahead.
I’m a retired nurse, and had opened my own medical billing service before I had the strokes. I had to become resigned to staying at home, unable to work in my chosen field any longer. Unfortunately, I couldn’t work in any field at that point. The strokes left with a problem with short-term memory that would keep me out of the work force indefinitely. I was so depressed, going from working 12-14 hours a day to sitting at home and watching daytime television! What a culture shock…LOL To occupy my time, I began to read more and more romance novels.
My husband could see how unhappy, and depressed I was becoming, and he decided I needed a new challenge to get me going. He goaded me into writing my first book. He told me, “You’ve read enough of the silly things, you ought to be able to write your own by now. Unless, of course, you’re afraid to try.” They were fighting words! I buckled down and started writing “Table for Three.”
To my surprise, it was a lot of fun, and quite challenging. I’d never considered myself artistic, or creative, so this was all brand new territory to me. But I stuck with it, and finally found a home for it with Siren/Bookstrand Publishing. I can’t tell you how wonderful the feeling of accomplishment was when I got their letter accepting it for publication. It changed my whole life, and all after the age of 50!

    Where would you like to go from here?

I’d like to see my health continue to improve, and I’d like to be able to release at least 4 new books per year. I still can’t work outside the home. That nasty little problem with short-term memory is going to be with me all my life. Let’s face it; nobody wants a nurse who can’t remember what she did an hour ago!
I like that the writing can be done anytime, and is providing me with a small, independent income from my husband. I feel more in control, like a contributing member of this marriage, and I don’t want that feeling to end.

    What do you love most about what you do?

My favorite part of writing is being able to use my imagination in whatever way I want. I was somewhat limited with my first book, “Table for Three, because of the subject matter. But my second release, “Discovering Her Wolfen Heritage”, is about wolf shape shifters and the rules are completely different. I can let my vivid imagination run as wild as I want, with the rules no longer applying. Some of my book ideas for the coming year include creating whole new worlds for my paranormal characters and I think it’s going to be a blast!

    What achievement are you most proud of?

Well, if you’re talking about achievements as a writer, the morning my book “Table for Three” went on sale was a big moment in my life. When it hit #1 on the Siren/Bookstrand 20 Best Sellers List I thought I would absolutely burst with excitement. I didn’t think anything could top it, until my second book, “Discovering Her Wolfen Heritage”, also made the Siren/Bookstrand 20 Best Selling List just one day after release, and “Table for Three” was still on the list as well! Talk about a thrill!
If you’re talking about personal achievement, outside of writing, then it has to be the end of my first marriage. Like a lot of women, I stayed in a loveless, abusive marriage for twenty years before finally getting the courage to walk away. The proudest moment of my life was when I signed my first apartment rental lease, after filing for divorce from my husband. That courage opened my life to new possibilities, and made it possible for me to meet the real love of my life. We’ve been together now for twelve years, and each one just gets better and better. You’d never find another man anywhere that is more romantic than my hubby.

    What part of a manuscript do you most enjoy writing?

My favorite parts to write are the ones that help define the personalities of the characters. I like creating the dialog between the different people that helps establish their relationships with each other. I want to be able to make the reader feel as if they’re all in a room together, just chatting. If all that dialog can include humor, then I’m doubly excited to write it. There’s nothing like humor in the story plot to tie everything together, and immerse your reader into the story. Laughing along with the characters can make you feel like you’re part of the story.

    What parts of a manuscript do you least like writing?

That would definitely be the love scenes. I guess that’s hard to imagine since I’m an erotic, romance writer. To me, they’re the hardest part of any book to create. If you’re too vague, you lose the interest of your reader and undermine the romantic relationship in the book. If they’re too explicit, you can drive some readers away. There’s a fine line between erotic, and pornographic and we all have to be careful not to cross it.
It’s also very important to keep the encounters fresh, and enticing. You have to be really careful to not be repetitive in your various encounters between characters. For someone like me, with short-term memory problems, it’s a special challenge. I find myself having to keep a chart for each sexual passage I write during the course of a book. This helps to assure me that I’m not repeating positions, phrases, or dialog during the sex acts. And let me tell you, when you’re writing ménage sequences, or books with multiple couples who are sexually active, it can be quite a challenge.

    What are you working on now?

I’m putting the finishing touches on book 2 of my trilogy, “A Wolfen Heritage.” It’s called “Denying His Wolfen Heritage. I’ve started on the sequel to Table for Three called “Catch Her When She Falls,” and a paranormal, romantic thriller called “Screams on the Mountain.”
At the same time I’m working on book 3 in my trilogy called, “Changing Their Wolfen Heritage,” plus have just finished outlines for a romantic thriller called “She Wakes,” and a tearjerker love story called “Christmas in July.” As you can see, I multi-task a lot…LOL

    Where can fans follow you?

They can follow my books, and any new announcements I might have, on my website at http://www.missymartine.com, and on the Face book page for Missy Martine. If you visit my website, please take a moment to sign the guest book, and enter your email address for my newsletter. I like being able to see whose been checking me out! 

    What is your favorite television show?

Unfortunately, none of my favorite television shows are still on the air. I don’t watch TV much at all anymore, and only occasionally do I watch a DVD. When I did watch, I loved ER, NYPD Blue, Charmed, Angel, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. I was always an avid fan of Science Fiction, Hospital and Crime dramas.

    What’s the most memorable book you’ve ever read?

That is a toughie because there is so many that stick out in my mind. Before I had my strokes LaVyrle Spencer’s “Separate Beds” was the most memorable. It was the first love story I ever bought that I read straight through, without a break. It was such a beautiful story, and I’d never read a book before that made me physically cry.
After my stroke, when I was so down and depressed, it was Leah Brooke’s “Desire for Three” in her “Desire, OK” series. That book was everything you could possible want. It had humor, romance, hot sex, and drama all rolled up in one really good story. It literally brought romance back into my life, and was instrumental in inspiring me to write my own first ménage.
Then I got to read Dana Marie Bell’s “Halle Puma Series” and I was hooked for life on shape shifter books. Her book “Wallflower” made me want to create my own shape shifter characters. That inspiration caused my book, “Discovering Her Wolfen Heritage,” to become an outline.

    Do you have any pets?

Oh, yes. I have three beautiful, baby boys! Three cats named Beau, Midnight and Bubba. No, I didn’t give them those “redneck names”…..LOL We rescued them and they already had names they answered to when we took them in.
Beau is around 10 years old now, solid black and part Himalayan. His hair grows to an excess of 9 inches long when we allow it, which in almost never. We keep him neatly shaved down to his skin, which seems to keep him more active. He’s a whopping 22 pounds of cat.
Midnight is strictly what my grandmother called an “alley cat.” He’s approximately 7 years old, mostly black with a few white strips on his underbelly. With short hair, he’s only 10 pounds and desperately tries to act like he’s the “alpha” of the bunch.
Last, there is Bubba who is about 3 years old now. He’s part Bengal, and has a beautiful gray/silver coat of short hair. He’s huge- over 20 pounds but not fat. He’s just tall, and long.
We give those cats a life that most people would envy, and in return, they allow us to continue living with them and providing them with all the luxuries of life! If you’re interested, I have pictures of them on my website at http://www.missymartine.com

    Do you have a hobby/favorite pastime?

My husband and I really love to travel. I’ve been blessed to be able to travel with him on so many of his business trips overseas. Thanks to him, I’ve spent time in England, France, Wales, China and Japan. I guess the months we spent in China were the most interesting, just learning the culture and the difference between real Chinese food and American Chinese food.
I have a real love of photography, and wild animals. Many of our vacations have been spent taking our jeep into Wyoming, Utah, Montana, and South Dakota. We’d take all the back roads, sometimes not using roads at all, and literally crawl through the brush so I can sneak up on animals and get their pictures. I have quite a collection of various types of wild life pictures.
We’re also into model railroading. Mostly HO scale, we focus on Norfolk & Western in the mid 50’s. It’s great fun, he puts together the models, and tracks and I’m supposed to do the scenery. We have well over two hundred engines, and several hundred cars.
And I guess a more personal past time for me is cross word puzzles. I love them, the more challenging the better.

I want to thank you for having me today. It’s been a pleasure to chat with you, and I hope to see a lot of your readers on my website.
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Thank you so much for the interview,

April Dawn

Interview – Dominique Eastwick


And now it’s time to talk to our own Dominique Eastwick.
Hello Dominique.

What is your favorite television show?

Do I have to name just one… At the moment Criminal Minds, True Blood, and Man vs Food.

What is the most memorable book you’ve read?

To Kill a Mockingbird it was the first book I read that I loved and it opened my eyes that reading could be enjoyable.

Do you have any pets?

I do one cat, funny as I am a dog person.

Do you have a hobby/favorite pastime?

A ton, I love to draw, scrapbook, take photos, and travel.

How did you get started writing?

I started by writing round robins with my friends when I was a teenager. Then a few years back I was reading a novel, put it down to go to sleep, when I woke up the next day the story didn’t end the way I dreamt it had and that ending, my dreamt ending, stuck with me until I got it onto paper.

Where would you like to go from here?

I would like to finish the Sherman Family books. Hunting JC is out now and eventually see them in print.

Is there anything you would like to share about yourself or your work?

I am dyslexic, so grammar doesn’t come easy for me. But I am learning to work through it and past it. Can’t let something like a learning disability hold you back.

What part of a manuscript do you most enjoy writing?

Conflict scenes, They are the ones that seem to flow the easiest.

What are you working on now?

The follow up book to Hunting JC. It will follow Tony Sherman (J.C.’s brother) and his Heroine Haven.

Where can fans follow you?

Facebook and my website. I love to get feedback and comments.

Any professional advice for other authors?

Never ever give up, if your dream is to write then keep at it. But you have to be willing to take advice and alter your Book when it’s just not working. I think the biggest hurtle any new author has is being inflexible.

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Thank you Dominique for visiting with us.

April Dawn

Interview – Angel Martinez


Today we are interviewing Angel Martinez.
Welcome to A History, Angel. Let’s start with some random questions.

What kind of music do you like?

Yes.

It might be easier to ask what kinds of music I don’t like. I grew up on Classical and on old Broadway musical soundtracks, but I tend to like music that’s a little off the beaten path. Intelligent lyrics, real musicianship, creative arrangements, those are the things that attract me. I will always adore David Bowie, love Natalie Merchant, have an ongoing soft spot for singer-songwriters like Jonathan Richman and Richard Thompson, will be going to see Cracker in January and have even developed a fondness for the White Stripes, just to give you a feel for how all over the boards my tastes run.

What is the most memorable book you’ve read?

Not a fair question—books affect me in different ways for different reasons, and there are so many I would consider memorable. We’d be here for a few months for an honest, complete answer. Maybe it would be best to answer which books were most influential early on, much more manageable. The ones that lit the sparks, the ones which have stayed with me all these years? Short stories from Poe, Lovecraft and Bradbury, the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, and, of course, even though it sounds cliché these days, Tolkien. The world would be a much more drab and dreary place without Tolkien.

Do you have any pets?

I have two cats who like to sit with me when I write. Isis, my grand dame tortoise-shell, and Bella, my black and white tuxedo cutie. Perhaps it’s some kitty magic emanating from them, but I find writing easier with cats in the room.

Now on to some personal questions related to your writing

How did you get started writing?

I think a more appropriate question would be: when have I not written? Stories came to me at a very young age, before I could even read, tales told to stuffed animals and whispered to the dark at bedtime. As I grew older, various sources convinced me that fiction was not a ‘real’ job, and the stories lay dormant for many years. But when you are a storyteller, they don’t go away. Eventually, they clamor loud enough to wake the dead. It was during a stint in a particularly soul-crushing corporate position that I began to pour them out on paper, oh, about ten years ago now, before meetings and at lunchtime, longhand, in notebooks and the back pages of day runners. The desperation of those days has worn off, the need to write before all was lost, but the joy only grows.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love character interaction; I love the organic growth of a character. They begin as a shadow, a notion, a figure glimpsed in passing. Then they start to whisper to you, what they like, what they fear, how they feel about others, how they move and speak. Eventually they blossom into fully-formed people who, nutty as it sounds, often become more real to authors than the flesh and blood people in their lives.

What achievement are you most proud of?

Getting up every morning and facing the day? No, seriously, I’ve always been a bit superstitious about the word ‘pride’. To be too proud of something, to brag about it, is to invite disaster. I derive great satisfaction from the fact that there are people out there who enjoy my work, though.

Just a few professional questions about your writing.

How would you describe your love scenes?

Love scenes are first and foremost about the inner workings of a character’s mind. It’s as much about getting there as it is the actual act, about the connection between two people more than the physical mechanics. Yes, many of my love scenes are heated and definitely not behind-closed-doors, but I don’t like intimate scenes for the sake of tossing them in.

How would describe your voice?

Since I have dozens of voices competing in my head for space, it’s difficult to think of having one ‘voice’. I do write about some dark and difficult subjects at times but, for me, life isn’t something to be taken too seriously, too short for that. There is always humor running alongside my heaviest subjects, and, I hope, an ultimate sense of optimism despite the dark moments.

What are you working on now?
Let’s see–I’ve just finished the manuscript for Finn’s sequel, the working title is Diego, where we get to see more of the non-human world. I do have several releases coming out next year, starting with the re-release of Aftermath, (newly edited, with a powerful new Missy Lyons cover) and the anthology Lioness on the Knife. My other persona, Sandra Stixrude, who writes the non-erotic Science Fiction, has a series seven of novels starting to release in March as well, the Anchorage Series.

Where can fans follow you?

Most of my books live over at Red Rose Publishing – watch for releases there.
Angel’s website – with news, excerpts, and other fun stuff (Angel Martinez – Erotic Fiction for the Hungry Mind)
Sandra’s website—which includes the informational blog for writers ‘Writer’s Habitat’ (Sandra Stixrude – Cold Facts Meet Flights of Fancy)
I’m also on Facebook, Myspace, Goodreads and Twitter, if anyone cares to stop by – I do post news to all of these sites as well.

Any professional advice for other authors?

Two words: Read and Write. You must feed your own head to fire your imagination and the only way to improve your writing is…to write.

Thank you so much for sharing with us Angel.