Archive | March 2013

Not the Easter Bunny… But a great funny read

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What’s a poor bear to do when all he wants is some sweet, bunny pie?

Bears and bunnies aren’t supposed to mix, or that’s what Chase keeps telling himself when his bouncy new neighbor won’t stay out of his business—and his mind. However, the more he gets to know his overly perky neighbor, the more he craves her—naked in his grasp—a desire worse than his addiction to honey and pie.

Miranda’s on a mission for the Furry United Coalition, and it involves secretly guarding one grumpy ol’ bear. Staying focused on the job isn’t easy when all she can think about is turning his frown upside down, a task made harder when she gets a glimpse of his passion. When she hears about his theory on woodland creatures and predators not mixing, she thinks all is lost, but she didn’t count on a bear’s curious nature—and possessive need.

When an evil force abducts Chase, Miranda unleashes her bunny in order to save him, but the revelation of her shifter side puts her in danger. Is one ornery bear enough to save her from a mad scientist? And if he does, can a bear forget her woodland creature status long enough to love her and make her his mate?

Warning: Pies were harmed in the making of this story and naughty references made about honey that might offend some readers

I may just have to re-read this one for Easter. Miranda is a hoot! Don’t get between her and her carrot cake or you’ll be sorry!

Interview Margaret Arvanitis

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Ms. Arvanitis was born in western Nebraska, married and raised her family in South East Nebraska. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers. Her occupation as a preK and early grades teacher gives her insight into the stories children like to read. She has written many short stories for preschool curriculums. Now retired, she writes full time bringing to the mid grade readers books she calls “fables.” She brings mythical creatures such as fairies, elves, mermaids, pixies, and other strange beings to her stories. Now retired, her life has been filled with younguns .. hundreds of students throught the years and her own five children, grandchildren, and they just keep coming. Keeping track of family is her hobby. Writing is her occupation.

Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

I am the grandmother type, adoring my grands. I was born in the Midwest, raised on a farm, married and had five children. I am now living on the Oregon coast. I started reading books early on. My dad had boxes of books lying around, most were unsuitable for an eight year old girl and I read them secretly. I dreamed of being a girl reporter, instead I became a writer. I’m a retired preschool and early grade teacher. I’ve traveled extensively visiting my grown children and going to gatherings in various states with the Online single Senior’s Outreach group I founded.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Quiet .. no conversation. Even the music I play when writing must be without words. And no food. I don’t allow food at my desk. not even coffee!! (So throw me out of the writer’s club! J )

Beverly: When did you start to write?

I became interested in writing when in high school and had to write articles. I’ve diddled around with poetry but only when life was treating me badly. Seriously? When I opened my preschool and needed to add puppet dialogues, songs, and short stories to enrich my curriculum. Later I took characters from some of these stories and brought them into the mid-grade books I call Fables. I Can’t call them fairy tales, but they are fantasy based adventures. I also write history based upperteens/YA books.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

Hero’s are just normal people who are shoved into a scenario where they have to act upon when governed by their sense of right and wrong. They don’t quit until the job is finished.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

I love Sadie Squarette, the magical bug in my “Forbidden Wings, a Mermaid’s Story. She, like me, will break into a rhyme at any time. Sadie is a figment of my imagination, never before seen in children’s books. I like to take characters from myths from other countries. I research these character on Google and use them in my fantasy fables.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Well since I write for mid-grade there isn’t much sex going on. J However there is romance. I move my story along with dialogue imagining what the voice and the words the character would use. I have trouble with suspense; setting up the problem without saying too much before it is solved. Ending a story is sometimes a problem.

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

I could say Dr. Suess, because I love the rhythm of his books.…there isn’t a book he wrote that small children don’t love to hear over and over.
Anne McCaffrey’s series, the dragon Riders of Pern influenced me in my writing of both mid grade and adult fiction. I try to bring the excitement of suspense and fantasy into younger versions of fantasy.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

IF I were young and reading Hank, of Twin Rivers (my teen history series) I would choose Hank as my boyfriend. But he already has eyes for Becca, the preacher’s daughter, so guess that leaves me out. J

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

I’ve had a few “Kinky” experiences in my time. at my age. J I’ve had my romances but we’ll leave that story for an adult book I may write someday.

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

My heroines are take-charge girls. They need no man to save them. The fairy tales such as Cinderella, and Snow White, tell our girls that they NEED some male to save them. Sorry I don’t spread that rumor with my writing.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

In my mature years I tried cyber dating. They all were disasters. LOL

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

1: Electricity and Wifi so I could keep my Kindle Fire loaded with good books and a hundred of my favorite songs I’ve loved down thru the years.
2: Beautiful scenery around me. Friendly birds and animals, and Flowers to pick.
3: A mattress. I don’t like sleeping on the ground.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

None. Guilt isn’t in my vocabulary. J

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

My dream of seeing my books develop into print books have now happened .. so my next dream is to have one or more of my books turned into a movie directed by Spillberg. If one is going to waste time dreaming they should be BIG. LOL

Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine… getting caught buck naked in the back of an orange Gremlin by the police! (I am such a naughty girl)

During the Midwest summer humidty destroys hairdos, soaking the scalp and hair, so when going dancing with my hubby I would wear a wig. One dance when my husband and I were swinging to a fast jitterbug type dance on a crowded dance floor, a tall guy (I am short) swung his arm against the top of my head and knocked the wig flying across the room. Here I am, my hair plastered to my scalp from the humidity and everyone looking at my wig which lay on the floor like a dead beaver. What did I do? What could I do, as there was no hole to sink into. I calmly walked over, picked it up and placed it on my head .. backwards. Hubby was more embarrassed than I and needless to say we didn’t stay for another dance.

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

Red of course. Red is exciting, hot, sexy, and most every well-know celebrity wears red when being interviewed.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

Life has taught me that love comes in many forms. In my stories love comes naturally. There is usually a wedding scene at the end either for the protagonist or another character.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

I’ve experienced romantic love a few times. The beginning is always wonderful and exciting. The endings are not. My love was blond and buff and Greek, Some are lucky enough to have a lifetime love. However the love I get from my children is never-ending. And that is the kind of love that makes my world go round.

My latest book launched is Forbidden Wings: A Mermaid’s Story.
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My Author’s pages
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/M.-C.-Arvanitis/e/B007UJWLC4/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MCArvanitisWriter

My writer’s Face Book link: (Likes are always welcome) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/M.C.Arvanitis?ref=hl“>http://www.facebook.com/M.C.Arvanitis?ref=hl
My blog link is: http://mcarvanitiswriter.blogspot.com

Sometimes, Sometimes I just need to laugh!

Today is one of those days! A Thank God it’s Friday kind of day! Ya with me? It’s a day that ends a week from down under, and I DON’T mean Australia!

Work has been a nightmare and I had to wave goodbye to my son once again.

I’m proud of him. 485110_552378634782158_1020053499_nHe is on his way to a new duty station and I hope he has fun. He’s cute and he knows it. I tell him he found the perfect place to be. If you know a Marine, (and I bet you do!) you know they have egos. They have earned it, but they like to share that fact! LOL! Part of that is probably genetics, but I totally deny that I had any involvement! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

But, after a week like this week, a day like today, I just want to grab a drink and a book! I’m trying a new one (drink that is!) a Boroughs Bombshell .

But the book, the author is one I go to when I need a laugh.

I read them out of order, and that’s okay! I read them to escape and snicker and belly laugh!

My Fave?

Go Fetch!(Magnus Pack) by Shelly Laurenston Go Fetch

Blurb:
How much trouble can one small female be to a modern-day shapeshifting Viking? Well.it really depends on local gun laws. Conall Vga-Feilan, direct descendent of Viking shifters, never thought he’d meet a female strong enough to be his mate. He especially didn’t think a short, viper-tongued human would ever fit the bill. But Miki Kendrick isn’t some average human. With an IQ off the charts and a special skill with weapons of all kinds, Miki brings the big blond pooch to his knees-and keeps him there. Miki’s way too smart to ever believe in love and she knows a guy like Conall could only want one thing from her. But with the Pack’s enemies on her tail and a few days stuck alone with the one man who makes her absolutely wild, Miki is about to discover how persistent one Viking wolf can be. Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and strong violence. (That is Amazon’s warning. Me, I’ll laugh so hard I’ll spill my drink!)

If that’s not enough I’ll read Here Kitty Kitty(Magnus Pack) by Shelley Laurenston

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Blurb:
Angelina Santiago didn’t think her life could get any stranger. Her best friend is a shapeshifter. Her other best friend is in love with one. And people are actively trying to kill her. But she never thought helpful hillbillies would kidnap her, drag her cross country, and dump her at the home of their eldest brother and gorgeous shapeshifter, Nikolai Vorislav, for safe keeping. Nik the Hillbilly Tiger never wanted a woman in his life for more than a night, but he never met anyone like the psychotic hellcat his brothers drop on his doorstep. Now he has every intention of showing his little house pet exactly how strange and sexy life can get.

And then

Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack)by Shelley Laurenston
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Blurb:
What’s an Alpha Male to do when he meets the Alpha Female of his dreams? Step one, hide all sharp objects. All Zach Sheridan ever wanted was to become Alpha Male of his Pack and be left alone. What he definitely didn’t need in his life was some needy female demanding his attention. What he never saw coming was the vicious, scarred female who not only demanded his attention but knew exactly how to get it. Sara Morrighan knew this was the best she could expect from her life. Good friends. A nice place to live. And a safe job. But when Zach rode into her small Texas town with his motorcycle club, Sara knew she wanted more. She knew she wanted him. But after one sexy encounter with her dream biker, everything is starting to change. Her body. Her strength. That new thing she’s doing with the snarling. Even her best friends are starting to wonder what’s going on with her. But this is only the beginning. Sara’s about to find out her life was meant for so much more. And Zach’s about to find true love with the one woman who makes him absolutely insane. Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and strong violence. (There they go with that warning again! Crap I need a towel!)

If I need a change of pace and still want my sides to ache from laughing I turn to G.A. Aiken. Sexy Hot Alpha Dragon Shifters! That’s what I’m talking about! They make me laugh so hard I cry!

The Dragon Kin books are wonderful. Ass Kicking Heroine’s befuddled Alpha Male Dragons, who no matter how WRONG they are will never admit it! Check out the first one.

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Blurb:
It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear – a lot – or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe – a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. She’s wrong…

Annwyl the Bloody You know she kicks ass and takes no prisoners! I just love this author. Everything she’s written cracks me up! Yes to my surprise Shelley Laurenston and G.A. Aiken are the same author. Maybe I’m behind the times. Maybe I don’t look to hard at who the writer is. I just find what I like and read it.

And sometimes, sometimes I just need a laugh!

Thrill Me Thursday ~ Interview ~ Alexa Bourne

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Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today Alexa. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

Thanks for having me! Well, I’m a teacher by day and a romance writer by night, weekends and all school holidays. Most of my stories are either romantic suspense or contemporary romance. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I love to travel and put local culture into my stories. My friends and family might say I’m stubborn and hard-headed, but I prefer to think of it as determined.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Usually, music. I love choosing a “soundtrack” for each of my books.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

Apparently, according to my mother, I was already writing stories when I was six. I would handwrite them on loose leaf paper and then put ribbon in the holes to tie the pages together.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

He has to have a good heart. Yes, he’s got flaws (and some more than others), but he has to be willing to do the right thing and see justice done. He has to be gentle with those around him and be willing to step in to protect someone being hurt. He has to love fiercely, too.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

That’s like trying to choose a favorite child! I’d have to say it’s the couple from Fractured Paradise, my second novella. Rachel and Aidan are still so close to my heart. They both want a cottage, for different reasons, and as they “fight” for it, they also find themselves drawn to each other. They both need healing and they are instrumental in healing each other.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

The suspense is easy. Sex is hard for me to write because it’s such an intimate and emotional act. Making the characters as vulnerable as they are during sex is a huge challenge for me.

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

Well, I say that Diana Gabaldon influenced me first because I was so drawn into her characters. After reading Outlander I knew I wanted to work toward writing characters that readers fell in love with as much as I fell in love with her hero. Suzanne Brockmann also influenced me. I loved how she wrote the male point of view. And Laura Griffin influences me now because I feel she has the perfect balance of romance and suspense in her books.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

Oh come on. I’m not the type to kiss and tell!

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I love the kick-ass heroine who needs a little help and guidance.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

Ugh. A double date with a friend and her boyfriend. It was a blind date for me and it was clear right from the start that they guy and I were NOT right for each other.

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

Chris Hemsworth, Matt Damon, and Paul Walker. Oh, do you mean THINGS? Then books, notebooks and pens/pencils. (I handwrite all my rough drafts first.)

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”? Besides Hemsworth Damon and Walker that is!

Peanut M & Ms and an entire afternoon to read. Or peanut M & Ms and an entire afternoon to watch all 3 Jason Bourne movies.

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

I would like to get to a point where I can work a part-time day job and spend the rest of the time writing. At the moment, I work a full-time job, a part-time job, I teach online classes, freelance as a content editor and I’m writing.

Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine….getting caught in the back of an orange Gremlin by the police!

LOL! Only my best friends know that and I pay them enough to keep their mouths shut!

Beverly: Oh Blackmail! *grins* They have to be good friends!

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

I’d probably be blue because it’s my favorite color and it relaxes me.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

My mom has been my biggest influence in how I perceive love. She taught me to make sure when I’m with a man that he treats me right, but she also taught me how important it is for me to love myself as well.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

Well, my family and friends, of course. I’m single, so I’m still searching for my own hero!

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs?
Boxers.

Coffee or Tea?
Tea. All the way.

Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff?
It’s funny because I always say I like the tall, dark and handsome, but all the guys I’ve really been attracted to (and the one I fell in love with) are blond and buff!

Hairy chest or smooth?
Either, as long as he’s not overly hairy.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Depends on my mood.

Kinky or Sweet?
Again, depends on my mood….and my partner.

Fast or slow? 
Depends on the circumstances.

Public or private?
Private.

Top or bottom?
Depends on a lot of things!

Author Bio:

Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romantic suspense writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She is thrilled to be writing for Decadent Publishing and to have the chance to share her love of Great Britain with readers everywhere.

When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She loves to interact with readers, so visit her web page, hang out at her blog, follow her on Twitter or drop her a note at Alexa@alexabourne.com!

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Through the Eyes of Darkness

Book Blurb:

The International Protective Network hires the most efficient operatives to protect their clients, but what happens when those employees need to face their personal demons in order to get the job done?

A broken-down bodyguard with no confidence…an American lass with no memory…a technical analyst more confident with computers than people…a lad living in the past…a new operative with something to prove…a former soldier struggling with her war scars.

In the cozy communities of the British Isles, three couples charge through the dangers confronting them in order to find truth, justice and the love they deserve.

Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=alexa+bourne

Website: http://www.alexabourne.com

Blog: http://alexabourne.blogspot.com

Twitter: @AlexaBourne

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlexaBourne

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5818611.Alexa_Bourne

Cover Reveal! Laura Kaye’s Hard As It Gets

I can’t wait to read this one!

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Pre- order at Amazon

This will be the premier novel in the new Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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