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Interview with Author Claire Gem!
Oct 11th, 2016 by Regina

Let's welcome author Claire Gem to the blog today! Thanks so much for allowing us to interview you, and readers, you definitely need to check these books out they all look like great reads! 

HFP: What inspires you to write?

CG:Several things, really, depending on where I am in the writing process. If I’m in the middle of a project, reading another book in the same sub-genre as what I’m writing—by an author I admire and enjoy—can be very motivating. I’m particularly inspired by audiobooks. I listen on my commute, and some days I can’t wait to get home to get back to my keyboard.

Other times, a place, or an event, that moves me emotionally will inspire a brand new story idea. I was visiting Binghamton, N.Y. not long ago and visited the Phelps Mansion. The intriguing story about the house, and the curious and tragic events of the family’s lives, got my creative juices flowing. I wouldn’t discount the possibility that Binghamton, N.Y. could be the setting for my next paranormal/ghost romance.

HFP: What is your favorite sub-genre within romance to write?

CG: I write in several: contemporary, paranormal/romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. I can’t really tell you which one is my favorite, as I love them all. The best part is having a variety—I don’t think I’ll ever tire of any particular sub-genre.

HFP: Okay, I have to ask, do you still have the Camaro that your now husband fixed?

CG: Unfortunately, I do not. It’s been over thirty-eight years since he fixed up that car and got me as a tip! And boy, if we did still own it, in the condition it was in, it might be worth a fortune. But after we got married, and then my daughter arrived a year later, life got expensive. We sold the car to help with the down-payment on our first house together.

HFP: Since you were once a bridal dress designer, I'm curious did you ever meet any bridezillas? Inquiring minds want to know! LOL

CG: No bridezillas—but plenty of MOM-zillas! LOL The brides were so starry-eyed, basking in the attention of their own, personal “designer,” they were usually no problem. Plus, it was my job to make sure they got exactly what they wanted, so they had no reason to complain. The problem was, what the bride wanted, and what their mothers wanted FOR their daughters, were sometimes at complete odds. It was never about the cost, but about the style. Many moms had a specific idea in mind for how they wanted their daughters to look on “the day,” which seldom coincided with what the brides wanted. Yet in most cases, Mom was the one toting the checkbook. Put me in a tough spot. No, I have to say, it wasn’t bridezillas that chased me out of designing—it was Momzillas!

HFP: What is your favorite part of being an author?

CG: I’m a control freak, in many aspects of my life. So my favorite part about being an author is that I can control each and every aspect of what happens in my stories. I can create heroes I swoon over, heroines I admire. I can ensure there will always be a happy ending.

I also love, love, love promoting the books. Since Hearts Unloched came out in April of this year, I think I’ve been at some sort of book event almost every weekend—a signing, a panel for a writing group, a talk at the local library. I even did a signing on a Dinner Cruise ship floating on Lake George this month!

HFP: Who are your favorite authors and why are they are your favorites?

GC: I love Nora Roberts for her versatility—she writes in so many sub-genres I lose track! I’m also a big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips for her quirky yet incredibly sexy beta heroes, Kristan Higgins for her humor, and Simone St. James for scaring the bejesus out of me! I have a new favorite I recently discovered—Rosalind James. She knows how to establish a believable friendship between her hero and heroine that slowly builds to more. She’s also a master of dialogue.

HFP: What is your favorite fictional universe and why is it your favorite?

CG: Well, the problem is, it’s not really fictional. After reading Nora Roberts’ Boonesboro Trilogy, I am in love with that town in Maryland—and I’ve never even been there! Those three stories made me feel as though I’ve not only visited, but didn’t want to leave. I hope to schedule a trip to Roberts’ Boonesboro Inn sometime in the near future.

HFP: Out of all the cities you've lived in which do you enjoy the most and why?

CG: We lived just north of Ft. Worth, Texas for two years in a town called Denton, and I loved it. My husband and I are both horse-crazy (we raised and showed horses most of our lives) so Texas is definitely the place to be for horse events. Never seen a more beautiful sunset in my life. And you’ve never had a steak dinner until you’ve eaten one in a Texas steakhouse—in Texas. It was the people, too. They were so welcoming, so down-to-earth—I do miss living there.

HFP: Who is your favorite character that you've written and why that particular person?

CG: I’d have to say my hero from Hearts Unloched, Marco Lareci would be my favorite. Marco was born in Brooklyn, like me. His heritage is Italian, like mine. So I can relate to his way of thinking, and his high-strung yet compassionate nature. And he’s a gentleman: when he swears, it’s only in Italian. I actually had to sit down with an Italian-speaking colleague to learn how to curse in Italian! I had a lot of fun creating Marco. So far, he is my favorite.

HFP: Here's a fun question. LOL If you had a choice between chocolate and coffee which would you pick and why?

CG: Coffee. I drink it black, and that means it’s guilt-free—no calories! Even if I cheat and get chocolate-flavored beans 🙂

About the Author:

Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of emotional romance—contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. Her heroes are hot, her heroines strong and brave: a combination lighting the spark to fan the flames of your most intense romantic fantasies. Claire's characters are human—they make mistakes, get clumsy sometimes, and they're not too proud to laugh at themselves and each other.

Her paranormal/romantic suspense, Hearts Unloched, won the 2016 New York Book Festival. Her latest release, The Phoenix Syndrome, won the women’s fiction division in FCRWA’s TheBeacon Contest.

A New York native, Claire has lived in five of the United States and held a variety of jobs, from waitress to bridal designer to research technician. She and her happily-ever-after hero, her husband of 38 years, now live in central Massachusetts.

Visit Claire on the web:

Website

Facebook

Twitter        

Goodreads

Amazon Author Page

Pinterest

Like Time Travel? Don’t Miss This Awesome Interview with Author Sloan McBride About Her Time Walker Series!
Mar 5th, 2016 by Regina

We have author Sloan McBride in the house today! Welcome Sloan, and thanks so much for agreeing to be interviewed. 🙂

Personally, we love time travel romances, and we will definitely be reading her Time Walker Series!

HFP:     How did you come up with the idea for the Time Walker Series?

A:         I really can’t give you an exact answer to that question.  I have always been fascinated with the idea of time travel.  I read gads and gads of paranormal romance and fantasy romance books.  One day this thought popped into my head about an army who could walk through different eras in time to battle evil and save humanity.  It kind of grew from there.  Once I had the idea, I wanted to find the mythology to go with it so I started researching different mythologies.  I settled on Sumerian Mythology because it had stories that meshed with my idea.

 

HFP:     How many books will be in this series?

A:         I will go on and on as long as readers like them and as long as I can keep coming up with new material.  I don’t want to get to a point where it seems like the same story again and again.

 

HFP:     What time periods are you going to cover?  Will they all take place in modern times?

A:         The nice thing about these time walkers is that there are no limits to what time periods I use.  I will pick what interests me and start down the research road.  (I actually love doing research.)  They will not all be in modern times.  Book 1 and Book 3 are in our time, but Book 2 – “The Treasure” is during pirate times, the year 1718.  Book 4 is in the rough planning stages and it will be set in an apocalyptic future.

 

HFP:    Tell us a little bit about the heroine in The Fury.

A:         Reese Whittaker is an archeologist.  She has a small team and they do fairly well with finds and digs.  Her mother died of cancer three years ago, and her dad still mourns.  Her sister, Riley, couldn’t handle seeing her dad like that so she went to Europe.  Reese has tried different relationships that never work out which she blames on her occupation.  She is reliable, stubborn, and takes her job seriously—including the one of taking care of her dad.  She doesn’t cower in the face of the danger.  Not that she isn’t scared, but she will let no one control her.

 

HFP:     What is the hero like in The Fury?

A:         Dagan is the son of the Air God – Enlil.  He has been a time walker for centuries and he is used to having things his way.  He tries to use a tad bit of mindful suggestions on Reese, which does not work.  He is constantly ordering her to do things and that creates a spark of anger in Reese.  His reactions to Reese are causing some headaches.  One because it is against time walker law to interact with the humans unless absolutely necessary, and two the more time he spends with her, the more out of control his desires become.

 

HFP:     Why does Celeste from The Treasure decide to be a pirate?

A:         Celeste becomes a pirate to get close to Blackbeard so she can kill him.  There is some bitterness there.

 

HFP:     When will The Treasure be available? Can I pre-order it anywhere else besides Amazon?

A:         The Treasure is due out on April 11, 2016.  It is currently up for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks.  You can also go to Smashwords.com and get any of the ebook formats too.  The pre-order price is $2.99, but will go up to $3.99 when the book is released.

 

HFP:     Will the books in this series be made into paperbacks at some point?

A:         Absolutely.  All my books are available in print through CreateSpace (which is an Amazon affiliate).  So, you can find the print books on either my website:  www.sloanmcbride.com or you can order them on Amazon.

 

HFP:     I get the sense these books are going to be more than time travel romances, that they will also have quite a bit of the supernatural in them.  Is this true?

A:         Yep.  I love the supernatural.  In the time walker novels you will be dealing with not only the time walking, but the time walkers battle the demons from the Underworld to save the human race.  The leader, Kur, has a definite agenda to destroy the gods, and he’s using human descendants of the gods as a weapon.  Depending on what time period I’m writing in, you will also see various people from history. 

 

HFP:     Okay, now for the fun question.  LOL.  What’s your favorite desert?

A:         Ginormous hot fudge sundae with peanut butter and chocolate ice cream from Baskin Robbins with loads of whipped cream.

Interview with Morgan K. Wyatt
Oct 2nd, 2014 by Regina

Let's give a warm welcome to Morgan K. Wyatt who is in the hot seat today! Thanks so much for being with us today, Morgan, I can't wait to hear more about you and your books. 🙂

You mention superheroes in your bio, who is your favorite superhero? What do you think of all the new superhero movies coming out?

I always loved Wonder Woman because she was a strong woman and charted her own path.

I enjoy anything with Thor in it, but find his somewhat evil brother strangely attractive.

Which authors inspire you the most and why?

As a teen, I read a lot Victoria Holt and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Both authors combined menace and a touch of darkness. Ironically, none of my books reflects this.  James Herriot may have influenced me more with his ordinary people and endless animals.

If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

Time. I spent a lot of time waiting for an editor to release my book back to me. (Talking years here.) I also spent equal amount of time with an agent who never returned my calls and went quietly out of business without notifying me.

What advice do you have for newbie authors trying to get published?

Write at least 1000 words every day. Keep writing, even when rejected. All that said; occasionally give yourself permission to hang out with family and friends without writer guilt. Keep reading. It’s important to see what is out there and to keep up with trends.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I am a Jackie Chan movie fan. I have a Pinterest issue too. It’s like hoarding without any of the clutter.

Which character of all your characters has been your favorite to write about?
Jackson from Unexpected Cougar is a favorite because my husband helped me co-write the story and did Jackson’s dialogue and character.

If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

Josie, from Act Your Age, which is my current WIP. The story starts with her being depressed about turning forty. Her life takes a sudden nosedive with her husband leaving her, but she takes the bad and reinvents herself. It takes a resilient woman to do that. There’s romance and humor in her future too.

What do you love most about saving money and being frugal?

My grandmother grew up during the Depression and knew many ways to save money. I took her hints and added my own. My daughter used to joke that we didn’t have any groceries without the orange manager special sticker.
I like to share my thrifty ways on http://thefrugaldivatellsall.blogspot.com/.

What is your favorite free promotions tip?

Other people’s blogs/website. Sites like yours. Some people think the blog is dead, but I’ve had huge responses guest blogging, especially in other countries too. Most people would love to have someone guest blog. I know I do.

What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

I recently returned from Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together. It’s $100 for authors and $50 for readers, but that covers meals and parties. Authors get a chance to interact with readers. It’s a lot of fun too.

Looking for something cheaper, I’d go with a blog hop. The author can give away a couple of books. Sometimes, all the participants might put in ten dollars for a grand prize.

Love Or Deception Blurb:

Amy awakes to find her husband Mark missing, along with her memories. Her recollections of Mark include a whirlwind courtship and a beach wedding. Amy is determined to uncover what happened to her husband. How could a man who loved her so intensely just walk away?

The police have no interest in finding Mark. They reason he wasn't ready for marriage and he walked.

Ryan, a close friend and co-worker, assists her in piecing together her missing memories. As the pair work together, they find that Amy's actual past reveals a scenario that is so horrifying that it forces them on the run, not knowing whom they can trust.

Will Amy's newly recalled memories prove fatal to both her and Ryan.

 

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Interview with Author Lucy Felthouse
Sep 5th, 2014 by Regina

 

 

What is your favorite kind of chocolate (we think every kind of chocolate is the best LOL)?

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk – I love it!

What do you like most about creating websites?

I’m a creative person—so writing makes sense for me, as does creating websites and knitting. It’s great to have a finished product at the end of it.

If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

I wouldn’t change anything. I’m not saying my career so far has been perfect, but things that have gone wrong, mistakes I’ve made are things I’ve learned from. So hopefully it’s all made me wiser and more cautious going forward.

How do you come up with ideas for your stories? Who is your muse if you have one?

My ideas come from absolutely anywhere and everywhere. People, places, overheard conversations… the list goes on. I have an awful lot of muses—this is where my love of hot male celebrities comes in handy. At the moment I’m rather inspired by Tom Hiddleston.

Who are your top 5 most loved erotica authors?

Portia Da Costa, Saskia Walker, Janine Ashbless, Sommer Marsden and my fellow Brit Babes.

Which character has been your favorite to write about?

I really loved writing Alice Brown from Stately Pleasures. Part of that is down to the fact that it was my first novel, and part of it is down to the character herself. She’s just a normal girl, bigger than average but mostly happy in her own skin. Then these two gorgeous guys give her a sexy ultimatum… what’s not to like?

If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

That would be Alice, because of the reasons above!

What do you like most about writing Sapphic erotica?

I love variety—so writing different genres and pairings keeps me interested and on my toes. I started writing lesbian stuff just to see if I could, but I find I enjoy it. It can be tough at times, especially trying to keep body parts in the right places, but I like how different it is to write a story with bodies with dips and curves, and soft places. Equally, I like writing gay stuff because penning naughty books with lots of angles and hard places is great, too!

What piece of advice did you receive as newbie writer that was the most helpful?

To read lots in my chosen genre—and I always pass that on to any newbies that ask for advice. It applies across all types of writing and makes perfect sense.

What is your favorite free promotions tip?

Social media—love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. Readers are already on social media, so get out there, find them and show off your fantastic books!

What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

Blog tours. They’re a great way to really engage with your audience. There are lots of ways to do this, of course, but I find blog tours, depending on the types of post you write, to be very personal and unique, and hopefully the stuff you write about will really draw readers in and make them want to buy your books.

 

Thanks so much for having me!

Thanks so much for talking with us, Lucy! 🙂

Visit Lucy Online!

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Interview with Author Joyce Humphrey Cares
Sep 3rd, 2014 by Regina

Why time travel? What intrigues you about the idea of being able to travel through time and experience the past or future?

I love history. So this is my way to go back in time and learn about how things were.  My first book Beyond the Mist is about a woman who travel to France and meets a ghost, who wants her to help with something that happened during the French Revolution. So the story goes back and forth from today and the eighteenth century.

What do you do with the doll houses you build and decorate once they’re finished? What do you enjoy most about building and decorating doll houses?

I haven’t completely finished the three I have started. It’s a long process. I like to decorate, so this way I am able to do it with a small investment.  I will probably give them to my daughter-in-law.

If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

I would start earlier. I would not change anything. SCP is the best publishing Company. Everyone is wonderful to work with.

How do you come up with ideas for your stories? Who is your muse if you have one?

I try to travel every year. I look back into the history of the country I visit, then invent a story in the time period that interests me.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate

Which character has been your favorite to write about?

The heroine in Degrees of Wickedness.  Her life is the one I wish I had had.

If you could meet one of your female characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

Same as above

If you could meet one of your male lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

Quinn in the novel I’m writing now. It takes place in Ireland.  He had blue eyes and black hair, just the type of male I dream about.

What piece of advice did you receive as newbie writer that was the most helpful?

Keep writing.

What is your favorite free promotions tip?

Have book marks, post cards, magnets to give out to people. 

What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

I do very well at craft fairs and the fees aren’t very high.

 

Blurb:

Vicky Amari, an attractive and spirited FBI agent, has no idea her life will change when she visits Italy on vacation. Her first evening in Rome, she meets Tony Vega, a handsome and charming detective with the Italian National Police. She tags along when he is called to the scene of a murder at the Colosseum. When she comes back in the morning to search for clues, she is pulled into the first century. As she returns to 2013, she is followed by a gladiator, who helps her with her investigation.

Intrigued with Vicky, Tony enlists their help in solving the murder and its connection to stolen Etruscan artifacts and drug smuggling in Tuscany.

As Tony and Vicky explore the secrets and criminal activities of well-known citizens in a hill town, there is a union of their hearts and minds. They develop a closeness neither wishes to give up.

 

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Interview with Stacy-Deanne
Aug 31st, 2014 by Regina

1. Tell us a little bit about Alvin and Madeline from Worth The Risk, your upcoming book. What inspired you to write this story?

The book takes place in my city, Houston, Texas. Alvin is a music critic who meets Madeline, who is a violinist, while reviewing a performance. It is love at first sight for him, but she refuses to go out with him. What Alvin doesn’t know is Madeline has a good reason for playing hard to get. She is HIV positive and because of her failed attempts with relationships, she believes no man would truly love her. She begins to develop a curiosity for Alvin, which leads to an attraction on her part. The story centers on how much Alvin wants Madeline, and Madeline’s willingness to confront his attraction.

I wrote this book because my cousin has HIV, and has struggled with finding love because of it. I don’t think society comprehends how difficult it can be to have relationships with HIV. It’s sad that people are still ignorant about this disease. I also wrote it because I believe characters in romance especially should reflect all kinds of people and situations.

2. You mention Kay Hooper as being a huge influence on your writing, what is your favorite book by this author?

I can’t name just one. I’ve loved many of her books. What attracts me is her ability to weave a solid romance with a great mystery. That’s what I try to do with my romantic suspense work.

3. If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

When I first got started, I got suckered into a vanity publisher. I was 19 and didn’t understand how the business worked. Even though it hurt at the time, my desire to write was too big to stop me from fulfilling my dreams. I used to say I would change that moment in time to where I hadn’t gotten suckered, but I feel like if it hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be the strong person I am today. I wouldn’t have buckled down and learned everything I could about the industry if that hadn’t happened. In a way, it was a good thing because it taught me an invaluable lesson. Sometimes bad experiences affect us in positive ways.

4. How do you come up with ideas for your stories? Who is your muse if you have one?

My muse is an invisible, female entity. LOL! I come up with ideas all kinds of ways. Sometimes an idea just hits and I have to jot it down. Other times, I get my ideas from movies. I might see a movie that really resonated and I’ll try to switch up the plot and idea to something others wouldn’t think to do. There is no such thing as a new idea, but there are ways for a writer to put their own spin on anything.

5. What is your guilty pleasure?

I’m too embarrassed to say my main one. LOL! Let’s just say I love fantasizing about a certain celebrity I’ve become obsessed with. Ha, ha!

6. Which character of all your characters has been your favorite to write about?

Wow. Hmm. That seems to change as time goes on. I’ll say Lisa Swanson from the Bruised series. She is a detective and domestic violence survivor. I love how she is vulnerable yet strong. She’s a powerful character and I created her to show people that domestic violence can happen to anyone no matter their lifestyle or status. She’s a great role model.

7. If you could meet one of your male lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

I’d say Cross Evers. He is a hero from a novel I’ve just finished. He is so positive and supportive of the heroine, and I think all women long for that. I love people who bring good energy. I can’t stand negativity or negative people because they bring you down. Hopefully, I’ll introduce audiences to Cross sometime soon.

8. What piece of advice did you receive as newbie writer that was the most helpful?

Research and watch your back!

9. What is your favorite free promotions tip?

Do what you enjoy doing and pay attention to your genre. What some authors don’t seem to understand is that just because something works for others, it does not mean it works for them. Every author and every book is different. I also tell people to keep writing and releasing books regularly. That’s the most rewarding thing you can do to promote. A big backlist is what keeps sales going.

10. What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

I don’t pay for promotion. There are many free options that I don’t feel it’s necessary to pay. Many times authors pay for promotion and it does nothing. I’m not into wasting money so I’d need some type of guarantee before I paid. LOL! There is an abundance of free promotional opportunities. You just have to be dedicated to finding them and creative enough to come up with new things. Most authors who’ve sold very well have never paid for any promo. Once again, this is where a big backlist helps.

Worth the Risk Blurb:

Houston music critic Alvin Zak becomes smitten with violinist Madeline Deever from the first moment she lays her bow to her violin to perform a concerto. Sent to review the orchestra, Alvin becomes so enraptured by Madeline that he asks her if he can do a feature on her. The polite, yet elusive Madeline agrees to think it over while declining Alvin’s invitation for coffee. Alvin does not understand Madeline’s abrupt refusal to his invite and it makes him even more interested in getting close to her.

The last thing Madeline is looking for is love since she is harboring a secret that has the power to ruin any potential relationship. Convinced no man would love her enough to accept her situation, she fights off Alvin’s advances, but begins to fall in love with him.

Can Alvin convince Madeline to trust him and give into her feelings or is Madeline destined to spend her life alone?

Release Date: August 30th from Secret Cravings Publishing

Excerpt:

All eyes were on the caramel-toned black woman with the light-brown, shoulder-length hair. She illuminated in the middle of the stage in a red gown that hit just above her slightly knocked knees. With her head tilted, she played Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 as if she’d composed the piece herself.

     Alvin Zak sat in one of the middle rows with his gaze glued to the striking violinist. He glanced at the program in his hand then back up just as she struck the last chord of the piece. The audience rose around him but he remained mesmerized. It wasn’t until everyone had migrated from his or her seats that he realized the performance had ended. The songbird lingered on the stage, chatting with other musicians from the orchestra.

     “Al.” Brayden tapped Alvin’s shoulder. “Come on.” He put his blazer back on and fixed the collar. “Al?” He snapped his fingers in Al’s face. “Hey.”
            “Huh?” He couldn’t tear his gaze from Madeline Deever.

     She leaned on the piano, conversing with the pianist as the other musicians left the stage.

     Brayden bent down. “Earth to Al.”

     “Huh?” Alvin shook from his trance. “What?”

     “Duh.” Brayden gestured. “The concert is over and it’s time to leave. You got enough for your review?”

     He stared at Madeline as he stood.

     The pianist seemed to bid her goodnight and walked off the stage.

     Madeline laid her violin in the case and closed it up.

     “Come on.” Brayden walked into the aisle. “I’ve just wasted four hours I won’t get back.”

     “You should be ashamed of yourself.” Alvin climbed out of the row, still staring at Madeline. “Don’t tell me you didn’t feel every inch of that performance down to your soul.”

     “Look, I’m not the music critic. You are.” Brayden checked his watch. “You’re not the only one who has a feature due at the end of the week. I came here as a favor to you when I should’ve been writing my story.”

     “She’s amazing.” Alvin folded his program. “Simply amazing.”

     “Who?” Brayden glanced at Madeline. “Oh, here we go. Anything with a dress—”

     “No, she’s different.” Alvin slipped his hand in the pocket of his slacks. “I’ve been to a million performances and none have touched me like hers. She stole the entire show. She played Tchaikovsky as if she were born to do it.”

     “She’s a violinist.” Brayden shrugged. “I’m sure she wouldn’t be playing at one of the most prominent opera houses in Houston if she weren’t good.” He pulled on Alvin’s sleeve. “Can we go—”

     “Wait.” Alvin headed to the stage. “I wanna talk to her.”

     “Why?” Brayden rushed in behind him. “I’ve gotta finish editing my article that’s due in a day in case you’ve forgotten.”
            Alvin strutted up the stage steps.

     “Al?” Brayden scoffed.

     “Excuse me?” Alvin approached Madeline. “You’re Madeline Deever.”

     Her brown eyes looked him up and down. “And you are?”

     “I’m Alvin Zak.” He held out his hand. “Maybe you’ve heard of me? I’m the music editor for Houston Pride Magazine.” He dipped his head to her. “The Arts and Entertainment Magazine.”

 

Website: http://www.stacy-deanne.net (sign up for mailing list while there!)

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

Interview with JoAnne Tucker
Mar 29th, 2014 by Regina

Today we have JoAnne Tucker in the hot seat! Welcome JoAnne, we look forward to learning more about you and your books! 🙂

HFP:  What is your favorite thing about painting?

JT: Making a beautiful picture to hang on a wall.

HFP: If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

JT: I wished I had been published thirty years ago, because it is a long path to success. I hope to see my books turned into movies.

HFP: How do you come up with ideas for your stories? Who is your muse if you have one?

JT: My muse would be the characters themselves. One book is about ghosts, and one is about monsters such as the Mothman, the Chupracabra, Mermaids, werewolves, an Egyptian love curse, reincarnation, and etc.

HFP: What is your favorite food?

JT: steak

HFP: Which character has been your favorite to write about?

JT: F.B.I Agent Walker Harmon. He is not only dangerously handsome, but fearless and determined to solve the crime.

HFP: If you could meet one of your male characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

JT: Walker Harmon, because of the answer in question #5.

HFP:  If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

JT: It would be Jackie Reeves, my heroine, in Murder Most Foul. She is not only gorgeous, but a registered nurse, and like her lover Walker Harmon, she is upstanding and determined to make the bad guy pay.

HFP: What piece of advice did you receive as newbie writer that was the most helpful?

JT: To never give up.

HFP:  What is your favorite free promotions tip?

A: Never give up. If you keep trying, you will see your story in print…someday.

HFP: What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

A: Get your story out to as many places and people as you can. The more that see the story, the more that might buy it.

Interview with Alicia Sparks!
Jan 28th, 2014 by Regina

Today we have the very talented author Alicia Sparks in the hot seat! Welcome Alicia!

 

1. What is your do you like best about being a southern girl? What’s not to like? We have a cute

 

Southern drawl and a heart of gold. And though I don’t personally, a lot of the Southern girls I know can absolutely kick ass. They hunt and fish with the best of them and are just really genuine. I like that I have such a strong heritage of wonderful women around me.

 

2. If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

 

During my career, I actually took several years off from writing. I was suffering from depression and had a lot going on personally, so I didn’t write a single thing for four years. It’s hard to believe I ever walked away like that. So, if I could change one thing, it would be that hiatus. I really wish I had kept plugging away at it.

 

3. What is your favorite thing about writing erotic romance?

 

I like the fact that erotic romance is a safe place for people to indulge their wildest fantasies. I am happy to oblige.

 

4. What is your favorite food?

 

I love Greek food! I first ate it when I was pregnant with my oldest son, and I fell in love with it. I love stuffed grape leaves, hummus, pita bread. All of it.

 

5. Which character has been your favorite to write about?

 

I know it’s cliché, but I like them all. If I didn’t, they wouldn’t make it as far as they have. In my earlier writing, I wrote about a larger than life dragon shape shifter, Damon, whom I always said was my first love. I don’t know why, but there’s something about him that made him my favorite. Of course, now that I’ve been working with the Maddux family in my Primitive series, they are really becoming some of my favorite men, too.

 

6. If you could meet one of your male characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

 

It’s funny that you ask that question. After Better than Ice Cream came out, I received an email from a man who was stationed overseas. His name was Ryan LeJeune (my character’s name). It was really strange to see his name in my email, and he told me that my book had been passed around and that I described him to a T! It was funny to hear that. He asked if I minded if he told everyone he was my inspiration. I told him not at all. So, in a way, I kind of did meet one of them!

 

7. If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

 

I love Becca Bramlett from my upcoming hockey book, Penalty Kill. She’s been through a lot of the same things I have (go figure) and I really think she and I have a lot in common. She’s loyal and honest, and I like that, plus her brother, Austin, is a character in himself!

 

8. What piece of advice did you receive as newbie writer that was the most helpful?

 

Keep going. I really should have listened to that more closely, but there are a lot of growing pains as a new writer, and it’s easy to get discouraged. The writers I know now who are just now starting are facing the same things I faced when I started several years ago, and the advice holds. Just keep going.

 

9. What is your favorite free promotions tip?

 

I love promoting with different blogs and networking with other authors. I’m such a picky reader that when I can network with other writers, it really helps me find quality stories to read. I’ve found some of my favorite authors that way.

 

10. What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

 

I don’t know if this counts, but go to conferences! I have been to several different writer’s conferences through the years, some big and some small, and they have always provided invaluable information. There are great opportunities online for promotion, but there’s nothing like meeting with people in the industry and meeting with fans face to face. Sure, it’s pricey, but it’s definitely worth it!

Interview with Author Katherine Rhodes
Jan 12th, 2014 by Regina

Welcome to In the Hot Seat, Katherine!

 

1. What genres do you most like to write in?

         

I love paranormal and erotic romance! Sometimes, I even combine the two and that’s like a dream come true.

 

2. If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

         

I waited so long to get into the small publishing houses? I probably have about 120-150 rejection letters from the big houses and agents. And the instant I started learning more about the small houses, I was—why didn’t I do this before?!

 

3. Name 5 authors that have most influenced you.

         

Stephen King (has way too much influence- he could qualify as two!), Nawal el Sadaawi, Anne Rice, Frank Herbert, and Anne McCaffery.

 

4. What is your favorite food?
         

Pasta. I could eat pasta at every meal in every shape that exists.

 

5. Which one of your characters has been your favorite to write about?

 

Franz Dorn. I love him. I can’t wait to tell everyone his story.

 

6. If you could meet one of your male characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

         

There are so many… but right now, I would probably have to go with Franz again. He’s the kind of guy that just draws people in because he’s mysterious and yet generous and open. I would love to have a conversation with him over a good scotch. 

 

7. If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

         

Emmy Westerly is the obvious answer! I would love to go shopping with her. I love her quiet strength and cool demeanor- and no BS!

 

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

 

Read. Read read read. Not just in your genre, but about the industry- design, marketing, the craft, the history. Make it your business to know everything there is to know about what you want to do.

 

9. What is your favorite free promotions tip?

         

I’m still a pretty fresh author, so I’m kind of just learning the ropes, but if a reader tells you that they loved your book- ask them for a review. Doesn’t need to be a book report, just a few lines and rating. Does good for the book and wonders for your ego.

 

10. What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

         

Again, I’m still fresh, but I’m finding that learning how to use the paid promo on Facebook is a very tricky but important skill. Take your time, learn from others. You don’t have to drop a lot on it once you start learning to use it.

 

Thanks so much Katherine! We've enjoyed learning more about you! 🙂

Interview with Lyn Croft!
Jan 8th, 2014 by Regina

Welcome Lyn! I'm so looking forward to reading your interview. 🙂

 

What is your favorite thing about living in California?

 

The sunshine! I’ve been here all my life and can’t see myself living anywhere else. There are so many beautiful places to explore here and I can’t complain about the weather. 

 

If you could change one thing on your path to being published what would it be, and why that one thing?

 

I would change my timing. I wanted to get into the publishing world sooner, but held back. I guess you could say I was unsure of myself at first. If I had known I’d be having this much fun…I would have pushed myself further years ago!

 

What is your favorite fictional fantasy world and by which author?

 

That would be the world created by Terry Goodkind in his ‘Sword of Truth’ series. I love the books and the characters he has created in these books. The imagery is vibrant and imaginative, and fascinating to follow.

 

What is your favorite food?

 

Sushi or Del Taco. Just depends on my mood.

 

Which character has been your favorite to write about?

 

I’d have to say there are two, but they always work together as one – Celeste and Estelle, my evil vampyre twins. I adore their evil personalities and the trouble they cause. I’ve had great fun writing their scenes, and love what they’ve brought to the story.

 

If you could meet one of your male characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

 

Well, that would be Eamon, of course! Who wouldn’t want to meet a hottie half mortal/half fallen angel hero with a romantic side? Plus, he’s got a twin brother too!

 

If you could meet one of your female lead characters in real life, which one would you choose and why that one?

 

Zillah. She’s legendary and evil. I’d love to sit with her to get her side of the story – as long as she promises not to turn me into one of her minions

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

 

Keep writing, and don’t ever give up. Continue writing for yourself, for your enjoyment, not for anyone else. Get out there and share your work whenever you can, and submit! Don’t take rejection as a reason to quit doing what you love.

 

What is your favorite free promotions tip?

 

Get on blogs and radio shows, and do giveaways to the fans that attend. You can never go wrong with free books for the fans.

 

What is your favorite paid for promotions tip?

 

Placing your book on sale can help tremendously. Also, if you have a series, offering the first in the series for free with the purchase of the second, or even third, is a great way to get your readers hooked.

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