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It’s Raining Raine Delight!


LTR: Welcome to the blog. We all want to know what’s going on right now with your writing career. What’s simmering in the pot, and what have you recently finished.

RD: Hi AJ and thanks for letting me drop by here. I am currently finishing up edits for my December release, Moonlight and Magic and also finishing up a rough draft of my first MM novella, A Cowboy’s Christmas. Then of course I have a new trilogy begging me for attention plus a few other projects to deal with. My muse is never quiet lately. *sighs*

LTR: I’m sure there are many of us who wish our muses would not shut up!

If you could date one of the heroes in your books, which would it be? What features make you like him the most?

RD: Oh man, right now I am enthralled with my space pirates, Capt. Rafe Gregory and his first mate and lover Tyrese. Both these guys are alpha males and sexy. I can’t choose between them so can I have both…pretty please? *grins*

LTR: OK, if you have to have both, just let me watch!  🙂

Can you give us an excerpt from one of your books?

RD: Sure, this is an adult excerpt of my upcoming release, Moonlight and Magic, a brand new Devon Falls story. It tells a story of a lonely white tiger shifter who finds the meaning behind ‘Home is where the heart is’.

Can a were-tiger convince one stubborn woman that she is his for all time and show her that falling in love is just as sinful as a chocolate kiss?Michael Barnes is a rare white were-tiger and is tired of roaming around the world, alone. Meeting his destined mate was unexpected as well. Dixie Sinclair was fun, sexy and everything he feels he doesn’t deserve. The past has a way of coloring a person’s life and it’s up to Michael to show Dixie that he is the one to hold her heart.

Adult excerpt

With a sigh, she finished her drink and stared out into the night, wishing she was elsewhere when a man stood behind her that had her gasping in surprise. Before she could turn around, she felt him come up behind her, his arms on her waist with a steel grip as his breath tickled her neck. She shuddered as she tried not to cream her panties right then and there. He was masked and from what she could see in the window reflection, tall and everything screamed inside ‘DANGER’. He was an alpha and how she knew that she didn’t know but as her gaze caught his, her pussy spasmed with a need that had her wanting more.

He leaned down and then she shuddered as his lips teased her ear, his breath hot against her skin. Closing her eyes she tried to keep her balance while trying to keep a moan from coming out. A lick against her neck had her gasping , and she leaned against him, or tried to, anyway. His hands held her in place as the man played with her ear and teased her with soft licks against her skin.

“I want you, Dixie and I plan to have you…tonight.” The huskiness of his voice had her trembling as she tried to stop the soft moan that passed through her lips. Her pussy gushed more at his words and the excitement that raced through her had her on edge.

Without another word, he turned her around and smiled a sinfully wicked smile that left her breathless. Need raged hot inside her and before she could think clearly, she pulled his head down and kissed him hard. Slipping her tongue inside his mouth, she dueled with his as she pressed herself against the hard male body and felt her body awaken even more. Her desires that she used to have such a tight control on raged uncheck through her, and she didn’t give a damn who saw them at that moment. She wanted this man, and
she was going to take him-damn the consequences.

Before she could breathe, the kiss ended. Both of them breathing heavily and before she could ask his name, he lead her from her corner and into the crowd of people. Before she could blink, they were outside, and he just looked at her, making heat pool in her belly.

“Where can we go, Dixie, where we won’t be disturbed?” His voice was so sinful it had her shuddering as her desires flared inside her.

“My…my house.” She said as she swallowed, trying to work her dry throat. “We should be fine there.”

Before she could blink, he picked her up and walked over to the truck on the side of the Inn. With a growl and a short, hard kiss, he put her in the passenger seat and shut the door. After climbing in, he gunned the engine and roared off. Dixie trying to make sense of everything that has happened in the last few minutes when he ripped the mask off his face and looked at her, his eyes blazing yellow with passion and need. The way he looked, it was like a predator came out to play and had her in his sights.

Before she could blink, they pulled up in her driveway. When the engine turned off, Dixie had no idea what would happen next. She rubbed her arms and prayed to god she wasn’t about to make a mistake. Watching Michael, she tried to calm her raging body and bring calmness to her but the lust that drove her wasn’t going to calm down anytime soon. It had her in its grip and wasn’t about to loosen the ties on her at this moment.

“You do know once we go into the house, I’m going to have you, and I’m not going to stop. You had better tell me no now, before things get carried away and I get you naked.” Michael said as she watched his hands grip the steering wheel hard till his knuckles turned white.

“Take me inside, Michael.” Dixie swallowed hard at the way his eyes flared bright yellow and then faded to the silvery-blue she was beginning to enjoy seeing. As she opened her door, she glanced back at the one man who had the power to turn her world into chaos and knew there was no turning back now.

LTR: I’m a huge shifter lover. The only thing that comes behind it, vampires. I’m excited about your book.

This is an age old question that every author has to answer about 20,000 times. What got you into writing, and how old were you?

RD: I actually was dared by an author friend who heard me yelling about too stupid to live characters and tired plot lines. I took her dare and after a few drafts, Devon Falls series was born. It’s been 7 years and I still love creating new stories.

LTR: I wonder what else I can get you to do if I dare you…**evil thoughts**

If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you do with your life?

RD: I would love to work in one of the big seven publishing houses. All that talent *sighs* or as a chef. I used to work in the restaurant field until I burnt myself out working 50+ hours.

LTR: 50+ hours. ICK! I don’t think I would be able to do that. Though I would love to be a chef. I’m addicted t the reality shows on The Food Network. Shh, don’t tell anyone.

Do you have a day job that interferes with your ‘real life’ as an author?

RD: Oh yes, I work a day job under my real name so it tends to be quite hectic some days. I try to write an hour a day or more on weekends.

LTR: Only an hour a day, how do you accomplish what you do? I’m impressed to no end.

Tell us something unique about yourself that we don’t know.

RD: Well, when I was younger I lived through over a dozen surgeries from ages 13 to when I was 20 due to cervical spine cancer. I have been cancer free for almost 15 years so I take every day as it was my last. 🙂

LTR: Oh wow, congrats on your 15 years. That must have been hard to live with when you were that young. You are a true survivor. 

Bacon or ham?

RD: Give me bacon anytime. 🙂

LTR: A woman after my own heart. Mmmm, bacon.

Chocolate or Jelly Beans?

RD: Sacriledge *gasps* Chocolate all t he way…White and milk chocolate.

LTR: You can have all the white chocolate you want, I’ll take the milk chocolate. Everyone in my house thinks I like dark chocolate since I eat it. I’d rather have milk.

Now that we’ve gotten to know you, we need to know where to find you so we can stalk, I mean visit you.

RD: Please stalk away *laughs*

Website: http://authorrainedelight.com

Raine’s Blog: http://authorrainedelight.wordpress.com

Author/Reader Loop: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Author_Raine_Delight

Email me: rainedelight@yahoo.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorRaine-Delight

Secret Cravings Publishing: http://www.secretcravingspublishing.com

What’s Up With Dana Littlejohn?


LTR: Welcome to the blog. We all want to know what’s going on right now with your writing career. What’s simmering in the pot, and what have you recently finished.

DL: I just finished and submitted a 2 book series on the African goddess of the sun and her sister the goddess of the moon. I haven’t heard anything back yet on those.

LTR: Oooo, I love books like that!

Two books just released: Releasing the Baggage (Secret Craving) and Seven Year Switch (Muse it Hot).
I have a new Christmas release; Christmas Goddess (available now).
New releases for the first part of 2012: A Valentine’s story; Cupid’s Target. A peek into the lives of a naughty married couple; Home with the Jones (Secret Cravings). Books 3 and 4 in my Erotes series (those are Aphrodite’s children) book 3; Charles Goddess and book 4; Alan’s Arrival. (Muse it Hot)

LTR: How in the world do you find time to do it all? You make me tired.

If you could date one of the heroes in your books, which would it be? What features make you like him the most?

DL: That’s a hard question. All my leading men look good to me. LOL I think if I had to choose it would be Bryce Turner (Christmas Goddess). Not only is he FINE I love his way thinking when it comes to his women. What’s that you say? You’ll just have to get the book. 🙂

LTR: Oh, that’s no fair. Thanks for adding to my TBR pile. I’m waiting for it to fall on me and I’ll suffocate. (It’s the life of a book hoarder!)

Can you give us an excerpt from one of your books?

DL: Absolutely! This is from Releasing the Baggage.

Right on time, Felix was at her door and they drove downtown to Club Calientè on the Canal. The music was loud and boisterous and the people looked happy, obviously having a great time. Felix took her by the hand and led her inside. They sat at a table near the dance floor and ordered their drinks. Jerri watched the people dancing for the first few songs, shaking her head.

“I don’t know, Felix. The dance looks pretty complicated. I don’t think I can do all that.”

He smiled dancing in his chair. “Sure you can. You just move your body to the music.”

She chuckled. “Yeah, well, that’s easier said than done.”

“Come on, we came to dance, so let’s dance.”

“Huh…”

“Don’t worry. I will show you. This song is about to end.”

She put her glass down and let him pull her to the floor just as the song ended and another slower tempo began.

“Ahh, yes, this is the perfect song to learn from. All you have to do is move back and forth. Follow my feet.”

“Okay,” she said, feeling a little unsure.

Felix took her hands so she would face him. When he stepped back he encouraged her to step forward with the same foot. Jerri followed movements, trampling his feet in the process, but by the end of the song, she had the basic footwork down.

“You did well. Now for the next one don’t be so stiff. Move your hips like this.”

He grabbed her hips giving them a twisting turn. She picked up the rhythm and took over moving them.

“Yes, yes, but more fluid. Think of lovemaking and the music is your lover. You want to move in sync with it and sway gracefully with your lover, together as one.”

She swallowed her laughter.

No wonder I can’t get this dance. If he knew how long it’s been since I had sex, he’d understand.

LTR: I have two left feet, maybe he needs to teach me how to dance. I wouldn’t mind!

This is an age old question that every author has to answer about 20,000 times. What got you into writing, and how old were you?

DL: As far back as I can remember I have always wanted to write. I was that kid that said when I grow up I want to be a writer. I wrote first stories in junior high school.

LTR: I started writing when I was in Jr. High too. Seems like a good time to get the brain working.

If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you do with your life?

DL: The other thing I wanted to do was work in a lab. I got into biology in high school and thought it was cool so decided I wanted to do that. Now I do!

LTR: Me and science never got along, so I’ll let all the lab work to you!

Do you have a day job that interferes with your ‘real life’ as an author?

DL: Yes. I work in a lab in a doctor’s office, but I have time between patients to let my brain runa much with ideas. LOL

My brain tends to run amuck all the time.

Tell us something unique about yourself that we don’t know.

DL: Hmm, I think after so many interviews my fans may know a little too much already. LOL

LTR: Way to skirt the question. 

Bacon or ham?

DL: Ham!

LTR: I like ham and pineapple pizza!

Chocolate or Jelly Beans?

DL: CHOCOLATE!

LTR: Now that we’ve gotten to know you, we need to know where to find you so we can stalk, I mean visit you.

DL: Sure!
my website: www.danalittlejohn.net
my blog: www.authordanalittlejohn.blogspot.com
facebook fanpage under: www.facebook.com/authordanalittlejhn
and you can find me on Twitter as well: www.twitter.com/authordnalittlejohn

Thanks for having me. This was fun!

An Interesting Interview with Jean Joachim


LTR: Welcome to the blog. We all want to know what’s going on right now with your writing career. What’s simmering in the pot, and what have you recently finished.

Jean: I just finished the second books in three series, April’s Kiss in the Moonlight, second in The Moonlight Series, Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny, second in the Now and Forever series and Champagne for Christmas (in final edits) second in the New York Nights series I also recently finished the first in that series, “The Marriage List”, a New York Nights romance. I’m exhausted and planning to take a week off before finishing a book I’m writing with a partner, a military romance called “Lost & Found.”

LTR: Wow, that would have me lying on the floor in a catatonic state! You are my hero!

If you could date one of the heroes in your books, which would it be? What features make you like him the most?

JEAN: I don’t want to make any of my men jealous. This is like trying to pick a favorite among your children. I can’t as I love them all. If I don’t love a hero, how can I expect my readers to love him? So I’d date Mac for his maturity, sense of humor and sexiness, Danny for his fierce protectiveness and making me feel safe and sexiness, Gavin and Mike for their sweetness, and sexiness, Grey for his suave, wealthy ways, sweetness and sexiness and Clint for his humor and sexiness.

LTR: Wow, I wish we could mold all of those men together and have wonderful man brownie!

Can you give us an excerpt from one of your books?

JEAN:

Sure: This is from Now and Forever
“I get the idea. He’s not much in the sack,” he said, bluntly, his gaze seeking hers.

“Not exactly,” she said, her hands twisting the cloth napkin.

“A beautiful woman like you deserves more.” He saw her eyes widen as he rested his hand over hers, calming her.

Her hands stopped, he closed his fingers around hers and she lifted her eyes to his.

“You’re right,” she said, hunger evident in her gaze.

“You deserve a man who can send you to the moon,” he murmured. He gazed at her face, lovely in the candle glow.

He gazed at her face, lovely in the candle glow.

He focused on her delicate mouth and inviting lips. He couldn’t keep his eyes from traveling over her body. His fingertips tingled when his gaze lit on her breasts, wondering how they would feel, anxious to find out but afraid to rush her.

“I don’t like to talk about Kyle. Most people don’t understand. But you’re different,” Danny said, dropping his eyes and changing the subject.

LTR: Wow, I’m ready to melt right here. You are a great writer! Thanks for sharing with us.

This is an age old question that every author has to answer about 20,000 times. What got you into writing, and how old were you?

JEAN: I’ve been making up stories since I was about five years old and writing as soon as I learned how. I always loved writing, maybe because I loved reading so much. To be able to be transported to another world through words fascinated me. And it still does. Now I do the transporting most of the time, but sometimes, my subconscious takes over and the story bends in another direction, taking me on a new magic carpet ride with it. My first book, non-fiction was published in 2003 by St. Martin’s Press. My first articles appeared in business and parenting magazines twenty years ago. I started in non-fiction first, but fiction has always been my first love. I’ve only been writing it for two years.

LTR: You’ve only been doing fiction for two years? Wow, you got about 1,000 books in the works, and from what I read you should be writing more and more and more.

If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you do with your life? Nothing. I’d be scratching stories out in the sand with my finger or telling them to people over campfires and coffee. There is nothing else I want to do.

LTR: That is wonderful that you wouldn’t do anything else. I’ve decided that I want to be the dwarf Grumpy when I get older.

Do you have a day job that interferes with your ‘real life’ as an author?

JEAN: No. I’m lucky. I write fulltime.

LTR: That’s great that you get to do that full time. There’s nothing better for concentration than focusing only on your writing.

Tell us something unique about yourself that we don’t know.

JEAN: I’m Jewish but my family has been here a long time. My grandfather was born in Arizona and was at one time the sheriff of Aspen. One of his brothers was an Admiral in the Navy. Two unusual pursuits for people of my faith.

LTR: Sounds like a very strong family. I bet your dad was a good Sheriff. A man in uniform is always great.

Bacon or ham?

JEAN: Both, but if I had to choose, bacon definitely!

LTR: I know, that’s a completely unfair question. (But I’m a little devil like that!)

Chocolate or Jelly Beans?

JEAN: Chocolate, though that’s the boring choice.

LTR: Chocolate is never a boring choice. (Unless you are eating Palmer’s chocolate.)

Now that we’ve gotten to know you, we need to know where to find you so we can stalk, I mean visit you. I have a new website.

JEAN: You can find me at www.jeanjoachimbooks.com.

LTR: It’s been a pleasure having you here, I certainly hope you drop by again.

Diana Sheridan Stops By To Visit – NSFW Excerpt


LTR: Welcome to the blog. We all want to know what’s going on right now with your writing career. What’s simmering in the pot, and what have you recently finished.

DS: As “Diana Sheridan” (a nom de plume), I recently finished writing my eighth man-to-man novel and have finished plotting out the next one…which I’ll start actually writing when I finish some other work (not book-writing) and get all my Christmas cards addressed and signed and sent out. (I have well over 100 to send, so it’s gonna take a while. LOL.)

LTR: Holy cow, that’s a lot of Christmas cards, I thought I had a lot with 50! Am I on the list? **winks**

If you could date one of the heroes in your books, which would it be? What features make you like him the most?

Since all the books I write as “Diana” are man-to-man, I wouldn’t want to date ANY of them. They’re all gay! LOL. I might enjoy spending a platonic evening in the company of the hero of MATING MICHAEL (forthcoming from Siren BookStrand). As he’s a fellow writer, I’m sure we’d have lots to talk about.

LTR: It’s great to have a pow wow with other writers, especially ones you have created.

Can you give us an excerpt from one of your books?

This is an x-rated excerpt from FINDING MR. WRIGHT

Evan began employing his tongue against the underside of Seth’s rampaging cock. He dragged the raspy surface across the flat underside, tantalizing every nerve that lived there…and Seth had never realized just how many nerves that was. Seth fought with every bit of strength he possessed to hold back from jetting a gusher of sperm into Evan’s mouth too quickly. Finally freed from the uncertainty of who and what he was, finally liberated from the restrictions that had held him back from exploring his true nature, he grabbed the curly hairs that clung sweatily to Evan’s head. Unabashedly Seth guided Evan’s head up and down as Evan’s marauding mouth laid claim to Seth’s cherry and treated him to his first man-to-man experience…his first-ever sexual experience of any sort, in fact, unless you counted self-pleasure.

Seemingly taking his cue from Seth’s tit-tweaking hands, Evan now returned the favor. While his right hand rhythmically squeezed Seth’s ballbag, his left hand beelined to Seth’s right nipple and twisted and pulled and tugged at it. It was the last straw—Seth could hold back no longer. With a groan that could have set off an earthquake, Seth unloaded a volley of steaming semen into the gulping, welcoming mouth of his initiator.

Evan made mmming noises of satisfaction as his gullet gulped to keep up with Seth’s outpouring, and he pressed Seth’s nutsac against Seth’s torso as if to squeeze out the last few reluctant drops. Then, sitting up on his knees, he looked at the totally wrung-out Seth and said, “Okay. My turn.”

LTR: Wow! Hot enough to burn the pages. Be careful with this one guys! Woo hoo!

This is an age old question that every author has to answer about 20,000 times. What got you into writing, and how old were you?

DS: I’ve been writing ever since I learned to spell. I don’t know what got me into it. I just sat down and wrote poems, articles, stories, you name it. It was as natural to me as breathing.

LTR: How wonderful that you’ve had that in you for so long. No wonder you have so many awesome books!

If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you do with your life?

DS: I think I might like being either a video editor or a sound technician. But I’m not sure. I mean, the idea of NOT being a writer is HORRIFYING!

LTR: You can say that one again! I for one am glad that you are a writer.

Do you have a day job that interferes with your ‘real life’ as an author?

DS: Nope. I write (and edit) full-time.

LTR: I’ve tried my hand at editing and I don’t think I could do anything except line editing. I’m very retentive and type A! Actually found several MAJOR errors in books that were published by BIG houses in NY. That’s why I like smaller houses.

Tell us something unique about yourself that we don’t know.

DS: I’m an ordained minister. (Not leading a church at present.) That’s the main reason I have to write this erotica stuff under an assumed name!!

LTR: Yes, that is a good reason to write under an assumed name. Guess even ministers have hot thoughts. (And we are thankful for that!)

Bacon or ham?

DS: Both. Preferably on the same sandwich. On rye bread, with mayo. In fact, that’s what I had for lunch earlier today. Honest!

LTR: No way, I must have known that was coming. I make my own rye bread. It’s wonderful, you’ll have to come over and have some.

Chocolate or Jelly Beans?

DS: Neither. I don’t care for either. Let’s go back to that bacon you just asked about…that’s much more tempting.

LTR: Maybe you are right. I’m quite the bacon hog. I could eat an entire package all by myself.

Now that we’ve gotten to know you, we need to know where to find you so we can stalk, I mean visit you.

DS: LOL—I don’t have a “Diana” website. Almost all my (many) books are in my real name. And they’re overwhelmingly nonfiction, divided about 50/50 between printed books and e-books. But if you’re looking for my “Diana” man/man erotica, try Siren BookStrand and Secret Cravings Publishing. I have one out with SBS now and one with SCP, and I have others forthcoming—written and contracted but not yet released. I also have another book under consideration at SBS, another under consideration at yet another publisher, and a contract for three more man/man erotica books with SCP.

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.

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 – 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 And Giveaway With Ava March


Today at A History of Romance , I’m interviewing m/m erotic romance author, Ava March.
http://www.avamarch.com
Hi Ava!
Thanks for joining us at A History of Romance.
First, let’s hear a little bit about you. Where do you live and write from. Tell us a little about yourself.

Ava: Hi Abby! Thanks for having me at A History of Romance. I live in the Midwest and write from home, usually in the basement and usually late at night, since I have an evil day job. I have a hubby and a kidlet and ss for other interests, I read when I can find the time.

Abbey: When did you first become interested in becoming a writer? What was the deciding moment for you? What prompted you to write m/m erotic Regency romances? What is it that drew you to that specific subgenre?

Ava: I had been reading m/f historical romances for a couple years when the first plot ideas for my own stories came to me. It took me another couple years to gather the courage to sit down and try to write those stories spinning in my head. I never before envisioned myself as a writer, but I always had an over-active imagination. So now I have an outlet for it. *g*

Abbey: Makes two of us. I’ve always had an active imagination myself. You have to be if you’re a writer. *g*

Ava: I love the Regency era – the emphasis on proper decorum and maintaining one’s reputation, yet anything can happen behind closed doors (and lets not forget the gorgeous clothes – I *heart* a man in a suit). I also love sex and angst in books, and with a Regency there is an extra layer of angst to mine since homosexuality was illegal. As for m/m books, it’s the relationship dynamic between the heroes that draws me to them. It’s different than a m/f relationship, and not because of the obvious reasons. I can let heroes be…almost more vulnerable in m/m than I can with a m/f, yet still have that inherent strength of a man. Plus, I just adore men, so having two heroes is just more fun. 😉

Abbey: That’s fascinating! I [heart] me too some alphaness and vulnerability and hotness all rolled into one nicely-dressed package. *g*

What do you find most challenging about writing m/m? Giving the men their happily ever after? the characters? The research? Something else?
What do you enjoy writing about the most?

Ava: The most challenging aspect is crafting a believable HEA, given homosexuality was a crime in the Regency. But it’s also the most satisfying element of the story. If a relationship can survive and flourish in the Regency, then it must be very strong and meant to be. A true love match.

Abbey: Getting to the HEA is the best part of a story. It not only means you’ve completed it, but that if you’ve done your job well, the characters will have that believable HEA.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? why?

Ava: I’ve written five books, and my favourite is…oh, you’re going to make me pick one? Okay, then BOUND BY DECEPTION.It has a strong unrequited love theme, a hero who’s into BDSM but quite determined to deny he’s gay even though he hires men at a brothel, and a best friends turned lovers theme. Lots of sex, lots of angst. Lord Oliver Marsden is my favourite hero I have created thus far. He wants nothing more than to submit to Vincent, to give himself completely to the man he has loved for years, and because of that he holds Vincent in the palm of his hand, though he’s not even aware of the hold he has on Vincent. The relationship and power dynamic in that one was very fun to write.

Abbey: I loved that story! I found Marsden very tortured.

Who are some of your favorite authors both past and current?
Dare I ask who some of your favourite m/m authors are, or is that too unfair a question? *g*

Ava: My all time favourite author is Jane Austen. Favourite m/f authors are Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas. I don’t read as many m/f books as I used to, but Quinn and Kleypas remain auto-buy authors for me. Favourite m/m authors include K.A. Mitchell, J.L. Langley, Shawn Lane, T.A. Chase and Amanda Young.

Abbey: Did you always want to write romance? m/m erotic?

Ava: Once I started writing, it was only romances. I couldn’t see myself writing anything but. I write what I love to read – Regencies and m/m romances. I’ve always strayed to the spicier and more unconventional books, so m/m Regency erotics are a perfect fit for me.

Abbey: Where would you go for the perfect vacation?

Ava: At any other time of year, I’d say England. But given it’s February, I have to say someplace warm. With lots of sun. The destination doesn’t matter – as long as there isn’t any snow.

Abbey: I second that. England would be lovely to visit. But not if you want to get away from the snow.

What are some of your favourite snacks/foods that you like to have near you while you write?
Where do you find your inspiration? Music? Meditation?

Ava: I’m not a big snacker when I write, though there is currently a box of Goldfish crackers on my desk. I get my inspiration from everywhere – music, movies, books, etc. It’s usually the emotion in a particular scene or lyric that perks up the muse and gets her spinning on a new book idea.

Abbey: I love when I hear a song or read something that triggers an idea, especially if I’m not feeling particularly inspired. *g*

What’s your favorite movie? song? book?
Have you ever modeled any of your heroes after any real-life men? Actors, models? [wink] Inquiring minds want to know.

Ava: I don’t really have one favourite movie. My favs span a spectrum from comedy to action to drama. Like Office Space, Good Luck Chuck, Emma and Vanity Fair. I’m a motown and old Jazz kind of gal, and I love Al Green’s live version of Love and Happiness, though lately hubby’s got me hooked on Pomplamoose (an indie band). Favourite of favourite books is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

There have been some models who have caught my eye during my travels to find man-candy for my blog, though I don’t model a character directly after them, more specific features, like gorgeous eyes or a perfect, kissable mouth. Have I modelled any characters after actors? Um…yes, loosely modelled characters after actors, though not the type of actors most people would think of. I do write m/m erotics, after all, and I’ll just leave it at that 😉

Abbey: Um…hmm…all right, then… 😉 On that note. [clears throat]

Chocolate or vanilla?

Ava: Vanilla, though I don’t write anything remotely close to vanilla. *g*

Abbey: LOL

Are you an animal lover?

Ava: Yep. I currently have an old, deaf dog and an old cat who is allergic to himself.

Abbey: Aw, sounds like a sweet dog. Poor cat.

Tell the History of Romance readers about your latest release.

Ava: FROM AFAR is a m/m paranormal Regency-set erotic romance, and it’s available from Samhain

It’s my first paranormal (vampires) and it was quite fun to write. It features a very lonely Georgian-era vamp and a dissolute third son of a duke. Here’s the blurb –
Some rules are destined to be broken.
Loneliness. A concept with which Raphael Laurent is very familiar. He’s lived a solitary life for thirty-six years, shunning the excesses of the local vampire clan—until he spots Lord Aleric Vane, the handsome and dissolute third son of a duke. For three years Raphael has watched from a distance, for only when he is near Aleric does the hollow, empty ache in his chest ease.
Cut off from his family for refusing to follow his father’s dictates, Aleric’s nights are filled with vice. But after three years in London, the city has lost all appeal. Desolate and penniless, his future appears bleak. Until a mysterious man drops from the shadows to drive off a trio of murderous thieves.
When Aleric awakens, he finds himself forever changed. The itch for more that drove him to London is gone. In its place is the feeling that he’s known the beautiful Raphael all his life.
But to save Aleric, Raphael had to break the rules, giving him a chance to love the one man he never thought he could have—a chance that could be ripped away by Aleric himself…
Warning: This book contains hot m/m action with a new vampire with a ramped up sex drive, and a dash of voyeurism of the m/m, m/f, and m/m/m varieties. Definitely not your traditional Regency romance.

Abbey: That sounds awesome! 😉

Do you have any upcoming releases you’d like to share?
Where do you see your career in a year? in five?

Ava: I’m currently working on the last and final book in the Bound series. Well, that’s what I want to finish next, though the muse has been having a field day lately. Perhaps my next release will end up being a different book. For the first time in well over a year, I don’t have any deadlines hanging over my head, so I’m just letting the muse go where ever she wants.

Abbey: I’m sure I’m not the only one who can’t wait to read that last instalment once it’s finished. 😉

Ava: In five years, I’d like to still be writing and still have publishers and readers interested in my books.

Abbey: Good answer. *g*

Where can our readers find out more about you?

Ava: On my website –
http://www.AvaMarch.com
or my blog

Abbey: Thank you again, Ava, for stopping by A History of Romance!
And to you, dear reader, if you leave a comment, one lucky soul will win a copy of one of Ava’s titles from her backlist. 😉
To find out more about Ava’s books, visit her site at:
http://www.avamarch.com

Interview – Tess MacKall


All right, today we have Tess MacKall visiting with us. Hello Tess.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love most the fact that I’m creating scenarios in my books that
are a lot like life. The idea of taking characters and giving them
life, making them real so they are like old friends to my readers
is very rewarding.

What do you dislike most about what you do?

I’m bothered by two things mostly. Some of the unethical practices
in the publishing industry and the fact that authors sometimes have
to fight so hard to be treated fairly. And I hate it when I have one of
those days that the words just refuse to make it to paper.

What achievement are you most proud of?

The fact that I’ve studied the writing craft and worked
diligently to make sure my work is of the best quality
possible.

What part of a manuscript do you most enjoy writing?

The opening. It sets the tone for the rest of the work and is where
my ideas really start to flow.

What part of a manuscript do you least like writing?

I always hate writing the endings because it’s like saying
good bye to old friends. It can sometimes be very emotional
for me.

How would you describe your love scenes?

Incredibly sensual, graphic, detailed, packed with
emotion, and I never stint on words.

How would describe your voice?

I have three distinct voices. One is sort of “chick-lit” and quirky, another
is “Old-world charm”, and still another is very edgy.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up a post-Civil War novel. My first attempt at
historical and I’ve loved every second of writing it. Even those
days when the words refused to come, and I was bogged
down in research. It’s taken months to get it just right.

What is your favorite television show?

The only TV I watch is NCIS starring Mark Harmon.
He’s so sexy.

What kind of music do you like?

Rock and Country/Western. Southern Rock is the
best. Lynyrd Skynyrd. ZZ Topp, Allman Bros. George
Thorgood, etc.

Do you have any pets?

I have three dogs. Jack and Jill who are brother and sister muts. And
Sheba who is a mix of Sharpei and Shepherd.

Do you have a hobby/favorite pastime?

I love to read, cook, watch ACC basketball, and I am continually
changing the interior of my home.

Where can fans follow you?

Website, twitter, myspace, SNS blog, FAB blog, NNN blog.

Thanks for coming by to visit with us.
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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 with romance author Jane Beckenham


Abbey: Hi Jane!

Thanks for joining us at A History of Romance.

First, let’s hear a little bit about you. Where do you live and write from. Tell us a little about yourself.

Jane: I live in Auckland, New Zealand, a country known as the land of the long white cloud.  However, we’ve had a brilliant summer and barely a cloud at times!  But oh… the humidity!  I’m married to Neil – 27 years of wedded bliss! –and we have two daughters, one dog, 2 cats, and 4 fish.  We live near the beach though I hate to admit it I haven’t even had my toes in the water this year.

Abbey: Wow, the beach! Sounds fabulous. Sitting at the shore with our toes in the water with a good book in our hand is where I’d love to be right now. The weather here in the States hasn’t been the nicest of late.
When did you first become interested in becoming a writer? What was the deciding moment for you?

Jane: About ten years ago I met a writer online and she encouraged me…and I haven’t stopped yet.  Probably the real deciding moment was after I sent her my first few pages and received her very very encouraging reply – I thought, yes, I can do this, mind you the second email was a real critique and I was so stressed I couldn’t write for three weeks, then I got brave and looked at it again.  So the moral of my story is … you have to be brave and plough right back in.

Abbey: Excellent advice. We can’t let our fears hold us back.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? why?

Jane: I’ve written more than I’ve published – stills some in the computer file to be ‘fixed up’.  One of my favourites would be Love in Waiting because it’s a time travel set in the period of Henry 8th.  It was  a hard book to write, but I love Callum.  Actually I love all my heroes.  I also have a particular fondness for Cade Harper, he’s the hero in my coming release (He’s the One) from Samhain.

 

Abbey: I don’t know if I could choose any one of my heroes as my favourite. I love them all.
What’s the hardest part about your job? the easiest?

Jane: Commitment at times is hard especially like now, when my husband has just come out of hospital.  Sometimes I find coming up with ways to ‘hurt’ my characters difficult, but hey, there’s a masochist in everyone, right?

Abbey: LOL! Yes true. Sometimes our said masochists aren’t so hard to drudge up. I hope Niel will feel better soon. It’s difficult to write when you have other worries on your mind.

Jane: Thank you. The easiest part of my job…writing when I’m really in the groove.  Just love those days!

Abbey: Who doesn’t love those days. Trouble is, they always fly by a little too fast for me.
Who are some of your favorite authors both past and current?

Jane: I love Sandra Hill’s wittiness, and Sophia James for her fab Regencies and Medievals.  I also loved Sergeanne Golon – her books got me hooked on historicals. 
Abbey: Did you always want to write romance?

Jane: Oh yes.  I’m a romance reader through and through, I couldn’t write anything else but romance.
Abbey: Same here. There’s just something about seeing two people fall in love. It’s fun to see how they’ll come together in the end, overcoming the obstacles that kept them apart.

If you could go anywhere in time and meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Jane: Um.. I think Henry 8th, just to see what he was really like.  I think also Florence Nightingale, perhaps Cleopatra too.

Abbey: Henry the 8th? Didn’t he have a temper on him? g* Florence Nightingale and Cleopatra would be interesting.
Where would you go for the perfect vacation?

Jane: Last year we had 7weeks in the USA, that was great.  I’d like to go back and see some more.  NY city would be up there… shopping!!!   But I think my favourite would be Israel.  I lived there years ago and have been back once, but would go tomorrow if I could.

Abbey: Sounds like you’ve already been to some amazing places. Israel sounds fascinating. I’d love to meet up with you if you came to the US again.
What are some of your favorite snakcs/foods that you like to have near you while you write?

Jane: Almonds, dates.  I try not to have too many cookies or chocolate – -try, but not always succeeding.

Abbey: Chocolate’s a weakness of mine too.
What’s your favorite movie? song? book?

Jane: Loved Grease, The Sound of Music.  Anything I can sing along to, just to make my daughters embarrassed.

Abbey: The Sound of Music, now there’s the perfect love story.
Chocolate or vanilla?

Jane: Are you serious… chocolate of course.
Abbey: Are you n animal lover?

Jane: Cats, dog, and fish say yes.
Abbey: Tell the History of Romance readers about your latest release.

Romeo for Hire was just released from Samhain (it’s a re-release), plus I had To Kiss an Angel at Christmas time.  Love those holiday stories. 
Abbey: Do you have any upcoming releases you’d like to share?

Jane: And then He’s the One is coming out in May.  I’ve another two books – a Regency and a contemporary coming out sometime this year with Red Rose Publishing, so it will be a busy year.

Abbey: Congrats on all your new and upcoming releases! You’re a busy lady. I’m exhausted just hearing your release schedule.
Where do you see your career in a year? in five?

Jane: Going strong. Writing up a storm.  I’d like to divide it with contemporary and historical, but only time will tell.
Abbey: Where can our readers find out more about you?

Jane: Web site –  www.janebeckenham.com –but it is undergoing a makeover at the moment.

Twitter   @romanceauthor

I am on Facebook etc, just under Jane Beckenham.

Abbey: Thank you again, Jane, for stopping by A History of Romance!

Jane: Thank you for having me!

Abbey: To find out more about Jane’s books, visit her site at:

http://www.janebeckenham.com

I wanted to add that Jane’s giving away a book from her back list to one lucky commenter who’ll be chosen at random.

Abbey MacInnes

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 – Margaret West


Today we are interviewing Margaret West. Greetings Margaret.

How did you get started writing?

I started working for Eon Productions (the James Bond movie makers) and loved the way the scriptwriters developed their storied around the table. I wrote my first novel while working there.

What achievement are you most proud of?

If we’re talking about achievements to do with writing, I think it has to be plugging on even though I was getting enough rejection letters to paper the walls of my house. I wanted to give up so many times. But I’m far to stubborn. If you set yourself a goal, don’t let anyone sway your from it..So many writers give up at this hurdle and its a shame because one publishers slush pile is anothers publication. I received a rejection letter and an acceptance letter on the same day for one of my novels.

What do you dislike most about what you do?

The enforced isolation. I have to be alone and in the quiet to write. Sometimes I feel very disconnected from everything around me especially if I am on a dead line. Thankfully my husband keeps me grounded with lots of cup of tea and gentle reminders about how long I have been in the office tapping away on my keyboard.

Where can fans follow you?

People can catch me on my blog
Facebook
Twitter
Web site

What part of a manuscript do you most enjoy writing?

‘The end’. Yes really lol. When that final paragraph comes together and everything is just right, that’s when I sit back and smile.

What are you working on now?

Well I have done romance, dark romance and , inspirational non fiction. So I’ve written across the board. As I am a working medium and teach various Psychic development classes, this time around I am writing a non fiction novel called A little bit of Spirit . Each chapter can stand alone and will cover all aspects of healing, Trance work, working with the spirit world and lots more.

How would describe your voice?

I usually write in the third voice. I find it easier. But I did write my non fiction in the first voice and it was so much harder. Power to those author who write in the first voice all the time. I take my hat off to them. I prefer to read work written in the third voice too.

What is your favorite television show?

At this moment I love Larkrise to candleford. I love historical romances and this encompasses it all. It’s is a British television costume drama series, adapted by the BBC from Flora Thompson’s trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels about life in the 19th century.

Do you have any pets?

Up to two weeks before Christmas 2009 I had two dogs. Milo was a Japanese Akita. A wonderful gentle giant who gave me endless love and enjoyment. He sat at my feet as soon as I went into the office and that’s where he stayed until I left. He died during an operation . It was unexpected and I was and still am, devastated. Left behind is Chester. A tiny Pomeranian, who sits beside my chair as always. He looks very lost sometimes, but he never attempts to sit in Milo’s place. I think we both know that nothing can replace our gentle, unassuming giant.

Do you have a hobby/favorite passtime?

My hobbie, if you can call it that. Is handbags. I have a handbag room in my house. Yes, you read correctly. How ostentatious, I hear you all mutter. But I just can’t help myself. The whole one side of the room is shelved and holds handbags of every colour, size and description. Not a month, occasion or event goes by when I don’t feel the need to buy a bag lol
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Thank you for visiting with us today.

April Dawn

Interview – Chelle Cordero


Today we are interviewing Chelle Cordero Welcome Chelle.

How did you get started writing?

In high school I took a creative writing class under the tutelage of the late poet Daisy Aldan, she helped my organize my earlier scribbles into cohesive thoughts. Later, while I was in college, I volunteered with the NYC Auxiliary Police and wound up working with the community relations officer of our precinct. Henry (Hank) Spallone taught me to write press releases and deal with the media – when a 16-year old boy was killed when he came to the aid of a mugging victim, Hank asked me to write an article for the local newspaper, the piece was published. That was the start of my professional writing career.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love knowing that my words have an effect on people – they can share emotions with my characters in my novels and hopefully they will “think” about the situations. Since I am also a freelance reporter for several publications, I also like providing valuable information to my readers and hopefully help them make sound decisions about their health, home and lives

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

My work is an extension of me so I feel I do share myself with every story – while my characters may not resemble me in who they are, they do share many of my ideals. I believe that I have done many interesting things in my lifetime and I like adding some of those adventures and mis-adventures into the subplots.

How would you describe your love scenes?

HOT, but always appropriate My sex scenes tend to be explicit but I don’t believe in violence or force – just two people wanting to show each other great tenderness and pleasure.

How would describe your voice?

My “voice” comes through my characters – they write their own stories. I build a character by giving each a history and they react to the situations I throw at them based on past experiences and attitudes.

Where can fans follow you?

My personal web-site is http://chellecordero.com and my author blog is http://chellecordero.blogspot.com

Any professional advice for other authors?

Keep at it. Don’t let rejections deter you. Hone your craft, keep your writing tighter and keep writing and submitting. Read A LOT and don’t limit yourself to only one or two favorite genres – open your mind and absorb those words.

What is your favorite television show?

I enjoy shows such as Ghost Whisperer and Medium because I like the idea of exploring things we can’t see and may not believe in (btw, I DO believe in ghosts and ESP) – this gives our minds a chance to stretch beyond our known comfort levels.

What kind of music do you like?

I like most music but have a fondness for country songs and ballads that tell a story. I often work with music playing and enjoy allowing the music to “grab me”.

What is the most memorable book you’ve read?

The Bible. I took a theology class in college and the textbook was the King James version of the Old and New Testaments. I am Jewish and I enjoyed seeing the common origins between Judaism and Christianity. I also enjoyed the morals and lessons throughout this great book.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, aside from my hubby and kids (lol), I currently reside with three rambunctious cats – Tigger, Mario and Luigi. We’ve had cats all of our married life (34 years) and I feel a great love and have terrific memories of each cat that has since passed on.

Thank you for visiting A History.

April Dawn