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Interview with Joe Cosentino, author of PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery

Interview with Joe Cosentino, author of PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery

published by The Wild Rose Press

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Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today.

Joe: My pleasure. I love the site!

Beverly and Tamara: Thank you! Joe, tell us a little about yourself.

Joe: After majoring in theatre in college, I became an actor in film, television, and theatre, working opposite stars like Bruce Willis, Nathan Lane, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. That got your attention! Actually each of them was incredibly professional, smart, and funny! I’m a college theatre professor now, and my students love seeing my past work. When they saw my 1982 ABC-TV movie, My Mother Was Never a Kid, they said, “You were cute when you were young.” Thanks, guys. Anyway, it occurred to me that acting is storytelling in the same way that writing is storytelling, so I decided to give writing a try. After writing some plays, I knew my novels would include show business in some way, since show business has always been such a huge part of my life. As an avid mystery reader, it was clear to me that my novels would also be page-turning mysteries with clever plot twists, engaging characters, romance, and lots of clues leading to a surprising conclusion. Since coming from a funny Italian-American family, I also knew humor would play a role in my novels.

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

Joe: My spouse needs to be in bed so there is no noise in the house. I have a beautiful cherry wood study with a fireplace, huge desk, bookcases, and window seat (just like Martin Anderson, the college theatre department head in my Nicky and Noah mystery series). My mother asked me, “Don’t you have anything better to do than write at night?” I wonder if Stephen King’s mother asked him that?

Beverly: LOL. When did you start to write?

Joe: When my acting work began to dry up, I wrote plays which morphed into writing novels. Readers kid me I write books faster than they can read them. My colleagues at my college joke that if they tick me off, I will kill them in my next book.

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

Joe: Brian, Jana’s husband, is the perfect hero in my Jana Lane mysteries. He is strong, patient, loving, warm, and understanding of Jana’s career as a movie star—and even her attraction to her leading men. Play Directing Professor Nicky in my Nicky and Noah mysteries has such amazing wit, perseverance in the face of adversity, and smarts. I love his sense of determination in nabbing the murderer. Nicky knows what he wants and how to get it. He is genuinely concerned for others, and he wants to help them. He also has no problem taking on the role of hero. Finally, he is a one-man man, and Nicky is proud to admit that man is Noah Oliver.

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

Joe: As a child I loved child stars like Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, and Patty Duke, seeing their movies over and over. So I created Jana Lane, a heroine who was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. In Paper Doll the secret behind that attack is exposed. In Porcelain Doll from The Wild Rose Press, it is 1982 and Jana is thirty-nine years old, living in a mansion in Hyde Park, New York. Jana makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Apollo. I love the 1980’s! I had great fun writing about Jana’s mansion, wardrobe, makeup, and hairstyles. I was also able to incorporate some of the music, films, television shows, Broadway shows, and political and social events of the era, including the AIDS epidemic. The early reviews have been amazing, for example: “Porcelain Doll is Joe Cosentino at his finest. We are drawn back to the fashions and attitudes of the 1980’s in a character-driven story full of intrigue and passion.” Kirsty Vizard, Divine Magazine.

“Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews

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

Joe: Since I was an actor who loved improvisation and a playwright, dialogue comes easily for me. I hear the voices in my head and type what they say. I’ve read hundreds of cozy mysteries, so creating plot twists, clues, red herrings, and shocking yet justified endings is a great deal of fun. Sex scenes are the hardest. How many ways can you describe people making love? My scenes are generally sweet and warm.

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

Joe: Of course Agatha Christie is the queen of murder mysteries. Armistead Maupin has an amazing flair for writing eccentric, loveable characters with engaging and realistic dialogue. Mary Higgins Clark blends mystery and romance so beautifully.

Tamara: Who is you ideal woman, real or fictionary? Ideal man?

Joe: I’d love Brooke Shields to play Jana in the Jana Lane Mysteries on TV. As a former child star herself, Brooke seems to have matured into a beautiful, kind, socially conscious, nonjudgmental, talented woman—just like Jana Lane. Matt Bomer would be a perfect Nicky in The Nicky and Noah Mysteries on TV. He is handsome, strong, honest, has a great sense of humor, and is devoted to his husband and child.

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

Joe: I met my spouse when I was twenty-one, so I didn’t go to bars or date a great deal. I also don’t drink, smoke, or take drugs. I know, I’m boring. The wildest thing I’ve done is overdosed on tofu.

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

Joe: Jana Lane in my Jana Lane mysteries is perfect because as one reviewer said, she starts out as a wounded bird, and ends as tiger.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

Joe: When we were dating, I tried to make onion soup for my now spouse. It took so long he fell asleep.

Tamara: LOL. 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)

Joe: My spouse who takes care of me, a TV executive so I can pitch The Jana Lane Mysteries and The Nicky and Noah Mysteries, and my mother who would say, “See? I told you not to get on that boat.”

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Joe: Seeing Broadway shows, which is getting quite expensive.

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

Joe: I want to come full circle and play Simon Huckby, Jana’s amazingly resilient, old world Hollywood, incredibly funny and loyal agent in The Jana Lane Mystery TV series, and Martin Anderson, the theatre department head, in The Nicky and Noah Mystery TV series. Hear that TV producers!

Beverly: Okay, you’re a guy.  What is the dumbest dare you’ve ever done?

Joe: Daring my students to come to class on time. It still didn’t work.

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

Joe: When I was a kid I had red hair, so red has always been my favorite color. One Christmas my mother asked me what I wanted as a gift, stating her concern that I return all of her gifts. I replied, “A red shirt.” She answered, “I don’t like red, I’ll get you a blue one.”

Beverly: What is your dream car and why?  What color?  Me, I desperately want a Metropolitan Nash, hot pink and white.  LOL!  My own Barbie car!

Joe: As you know red is my favorite color. Subaru is my favorite car, since I need the all-wheel drive on the snow.

Beverly: Gotcha! Nothing better than AWD in snow!

Tamara: What can we expect for you in 2016?

Joe: The Jana Lane mysteries continue from The Wild Rose Press. In Satin Doll, Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a romance with Chris Bruno, the ex-professional football player detective. In China Doll, Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. Ragdoll is next, where Jana stars in a television murder mystery TV series and once again life imitates art.

The Nicky and Noah mystery series from Lethe Press began with Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015 winner for Best Mystery, Best Humor, Best Crime, Best Contemporary), where theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains. With the inept local detectives, it is up to Directing professor, Nicky Abbondanza to use his theatre skills (including playing other people) to solve the murders, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, handsome Noah Oliver, the prime suspect in the murder. Drama Muscle followed, where Nicky and Noah have to use their theatre skills to find out why bodybuilders are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. Drama Cruise comes later in 2016, where Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship.

My MM romance novellas are published by Dreamspinner Press. They are An Infatuation (Divine Magazine Readers’ Choice Award 2nd Place for Best MM Romance), A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland.

NineStar Press published my novels Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back and the upcoming Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, both taking place at the New Jersey shore.

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

Joe: My spouse, my family and friends, and hopefully my readers. I love them!

Tamara and Beverly: Now for some quick fun questions:

Bikini’s or thong? Thong, but not on me.

Coffee or Tea? Herbal tea—vanilla roibus.

Blonde, brunette or red-head? Red-head, or ginger as they coyly say in Great Britain.

Tits or ass? Ass, but not mine.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla with cherries.

Kinky or Sweet? Sweet, like my books.

Fast or slow? Slow, except for when I write.

Public or private? Private by the fireplace.

Top or bottom? I like to cuddle.

Joe: Thank you for the wild interview. I hope everyone reads PORCELAIN DOLL. I love hearing from readers. They can contact me at http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com.

Beverly and Tamara: Thanks for visiting with us Joe!

Now, take a peek at PORCELAIN DOLL!

PorcelaincoverIs art imitating life in 1982? Jana Lane, ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Jana’s breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Jana’s interest on screen and off. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?

Excerpt

Two days later, Jana stood in her entrance hallway welcoming two men into her home. Wearing a lime blouse and teal Capri pants, Jana stood at the doorway with her mouth agape.

This is the most gorgeous man I have ever seen in my life.

Jason Apollo, thirty-four, with sculpted features and a perfect muscular body, smiled sweetly. Though one of the biggest box office movie stars, he had a sensitive, boyish quality that turned Jana, and everyone else, into putty. Jana stared at his sparkling blue eyes and thick blond hair. “It’s nice to meet you, Jana. I’m a fan. I’m Jason Apollo. I play the detective in the film.” His huge pectoral muscles peeked out of his open flannel shirt. Tight jeans and hint of a southern accent completed the perfect picture.

Jana’s knees dipped. “It’s very nice to meet you, too, Jason. I’m Jana Lane.” Did I purposely forget Otley?

Jack Capello, fifty, craggy-faced, and thin with yellow teeth and black fingertips, brought her back to reality. “Can we come in?”

“Of course.” Still unable to take her eyes off Jason Apollo, Jana ushered them into the hunter green and pale peach sitting room. She had seen Jason’s picture on television and in the newspaper, but having not seen any of his movies, Jana was taken aback by his almost supernatural beauty and boyish charisma. She was also surprised at his height, not much taller than hers.

 

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Praise for PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery:

Porcelain Doll is Joe Cosentino at his finest. We are drawn back to the fashions and attitudes of the 1980’s in a character-driven story full of intrigue and passion.” Kirsty Vizard, Divine Magazine

“Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews

Praises for PAPER DOLL, the first Jana Lane mystery:

Paper Doll is a superbly crafted mystery with an eclectic cast of characters that will engage you and elicit some very emotional responses as you are completely caught up in the events that unfold in these pages. Everyone has secrets and the people in Paper Doll have them in spades!” Fresh Fiction

“Mr. Cosentino has produced a masterpiece of mystery” “The story gripped me from the start and there were enough twists and turns, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, to keep hold of me until the end of the book.” “Great book, can’t wait for book 2.” Readers’ Favorite

ASIN: B01BA2705Y

Released: March 16, 2016

Pages: 260

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Paperback: 978-1-5092-0603-2

Digital: 978-1-5092-0604-9

Heat Level: Sensual, PG-13

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press) (winner Best Mystery of 2015 Divine Magazine), Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), An Infatuation & A Shooting Star & A Home for the Holidays & The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (NineStar Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Satin Doll the third Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), China Doll the fourth Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), Drama Cruise the third Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015.

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino

Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

 

Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey ~ Vikki Vaught

LadyOvertonsPerilousJourney_fullresExcerpt:

Anissa clasped her trembling hands together as she stammered, “I w-wanted to watch as we l-left the pier, since it will be my last sight of England for a very long time.”

Captain Hawks stared at her, black eyes gleaming. “Who’s that man? I thought you told me you weren’t running away. What are you running away from? Tell me, damn it!”

Anissa turned back to the railing to give herself time to collect her thoughts. She came up with a believable story, she hoped. Even though she hated lying, now was not the time for scruples. To save her son, she would lie, cheat, or even kill, if need be. She did not owe this arrogant captain anything. He was only a means to an end for her.

Pulling on her confidence as a marchioness, she turned to face him with an expression of disdain on her face. “Not that it is any of your concern, I’m not running away from anything. As I already explained, my uncle is dying, and I need to get to Boston. I desperately need to get away for a while. I lost my husband seven months ago. I am hoping a visit with my uncle and seeing my cousins will help to distract me from my grief. And I can help my family care for him in his time of need.”

“If you’re not running away, then why did that man look disgusted when he saw my ship leaving?” he sneered.

Her mind went blank. She needed to come up with something he might believe. “Oh, you mean the man on the pier?”

The captain interrupted. “Of course I mean that man. It’s obvious someone told him you left with me. He followed you to Plymouth, didn’t he?”

Anissa looked at him, her knees shaking to such a degree that he would have surely seen them, had her breeches not been covered by her long cloak. She prayed he would not decide to turn the ship around.

“He is an unwanted suitor. He has been hounding me ever since my husband died. He is one of the reasons I decided to go to America.” Then taking the offensive, she stated, “Besides, it is none of your business why I want to leave, now, is it?”

“It is my damned business if you’re running from something. I don’t need anything turning up later. You know he’ll find out where you’re going, don’t you? My ship is well known, and someone will tell him you’re bound for Baltimore. You don’t have any family in Boston, do you? You don’t know anyone in America. How in hell will you take care of yourself, and your son, for God’s sake?”

By this time, the ship had traveled farther out to sea, and Anissa could barely see the shore. She turned back to face the captain. “I do not want to discuss this further. All you need to know is there will be no repercussions for you.”

“Hell, I shouldn’t have agreed.” Captain Hawks grabbed her by the arms and gave her a slight shake. “I shouldn’t have let those big blue eyes of yours get to me. You’re going to be trouble, trouble I don’t need.”

Anissa pulled away from him. “Do not touch me! I am not your concern. As soon as we land in Baltimore, you will never see me again. Now, I’m quite tired. I shall retire to my cabin. I need to rest before my son wakes up.” Clutching her cloak tightly around her, she marched to the companionway leading down to her cabin and hurried out of sight.

 

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Overtons-Perilous-Journey-Honorable-Rogue-ebook/dp/B0158RMU0C/

Book Blurb:

When her son’s life is threatened, Anissa, Marchioness of Overton, seeks refuge by sailing to America. Before the ship reaches the high seas, sparks fly between her and Captain Alex Hawks. Although the young widow may be lonely, and afraid, she cannot risk the diversion a romantic entanglement could bring, no matter how much she wants to lose herself in the captain’s embrace.

The Captain vows to protect the young Lord Overton, but can offer no assurance that the marchioness will leave his ship with her virtue intact. Alex is drawn to Anissa’s beauty and courage, as a hummingbird is to the nectar of a flower. How long can he fight a losing battle before he surrenders and makes her his own?

Will Alex be able to keep this remarkable woman and her child safe? Will his passion for Anissa be enough or will their differences keep them apart?

 

MEET and GREET 

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

I definitely do! It’s a career that I am passionate about. There is nothing more exciting than finishing a scene that moves me to tears. I still recall the exhilarating feeling when I received the print copy of my first book in the mail. When I am enmeshed in a new project, I wake up each morning anxious to get back to my keyboard and can write from dawn to dark, even into the night if the words are flowing. Writing is a career that I will be working at until I am no longer in this world.

 

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

There are days when the words just will not come. It happens to all writers at times. What I do when it happens is take a break and read a good book. Some of my best inspiration comes when I am reading!

 

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

Yes. I’ve been quite fortunate that several authors have taken me under their wing and helped me with the craft of writing. Two people come to mind immediately. Carolynn Sue Carey helped me tremendously in the early part of my career. Sue writes historical romance set in the Regency period and her knowledge of the period helped me immensely. KaLyn Cooper is one of my critique partners. She writes romantic suspense and her insight for writing action scenes has been invaluable.

 

#4 – What is next for your writing?

Presently, I am doing research for the third book in my Honorable Rogue series. Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey is the first book in this series. The second story, Miss Kathleen’s Scandalous Baron is written, and I’m working with a critique partner to get it reading for publication in January 2016.

 

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

I certainly do! In fact, I have to be careful that my reading doesn’t interfere with my writing. I usually read one book on my Kindle and listen to another audio book at the same time. I read anywhere from 2 to 5 books a week, based on my writing schedule. Presently, I’m reading The Wetherby Brides series by Jerrica Knight-Catania. I just started book 4. I also recently finished Grey by E.L. James and absolutely loved it!

 

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:

Romance on the high seas: Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey @vvaught512 #Historical #Romance #Romantic #suspense

 

This or That?

#1 – iPod or Mp3?  iPod

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? French Fries

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Drama

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Nicholas Sparks

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality

#7 – Call or Text? Both

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate Coffee

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook

Author Bio:

Vikki Vaught started her writing career when a story invaded her mind and would not leave.

Over the last few years, she has written more than a half dozen historical romances and is presently working on her next. Her new release, Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey, published by Secret Cravings Publishing is the first book in her Honorable Rogue series.

Vikki loves a “Happily Ever After”, and she writes them in her stories. While romance is the central theme of all her books, she includes some significant historical event or place in all her novels.

While all her books are love stories, she has also written short contemporary sweet romances as Vikki McCombie and erotic romances using the pen name of V.L. Edwards.

For the last decade, Vikki has lived in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with her beloved husband, Jim, who is the most tolerant man in the world to put up with her when she is in a writing frenzy. When she is not writing or working her day job, you’ll find her curled up in a comfortable chair reading her Kindle, lost in a good book with a cup of tea at her side.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.vikkivaught.com/home.html

Email: mailto:vvaught512@aol.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VikkiVaught?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vvaught512

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+VikkiMcCombie/posts

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/vaughtmccombie/

Amazon Author Page: http://smile.amazon.com/Vikki-Vaught/e/B008EE7TG2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1433778387&sr=1-2-ent

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5208041.Vikki_Vaught

Author Interview- Karolina Simos

 

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

Thank you for having me! My name is Karolina, and I’ve recently published the final installment of a YA/NA fantasy e-trilogy I’ve written called “Ambrosia Chronicles”. I was born and raised in Greece, something that plays a large role in my story. I currently live in Munich, Germany, a place that I would describe as an actual fairy tale city (inclusive of castles and the like!). It’s the most canine-friendly place I’ve ever seen, which is a plus because I love dogs and they’re everywhere here. I work in film & TV production, I cringe and try to evade any lens pointed in my direction, and I LOVE to read and cook.

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

Solitude. I get frustrated when I’m constantly interrupted and my stream of thought lost.
Also, lots of naughty treats. Each time I finish a particularly challenging section, I allow myself to indulge, so my “naughty cupboard” is always stocked with a supply of chocolate, cookies & crisps for those (many) occasions.

Beverly: When did you start to write and who influenced you?

I started to toy with the idea of writing while at film school. My screenwriting tutor told me my writing was too descriptive for a screenplay and suggested I try my hand at writing my story as a book instead. (At roughly the same time, there was a HUGE hype about a certain series of books for teens that were adapted to the screen. The first time I read the books had been a couple of years before this incident, after completing my dissertation for my postgrad – I had been starving for some YA fantasy and I relished the books at the time. Due to the hype caused by the movies, I decided to revisit the series of books and was appalled by how badly they were written. I decided that if a book like that succeeded in getting so much attention, then maybe I could try my hand at writing something that I felt would be better. This gave me the push to follow my screenwriting tutor’s suggestion.)

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

Someone who others can relate to, even if only a little, but it should be enough for you to be engaged with the story and curious about the outcome. My main character, Alex, is the hero of “Ambrosia Chronicles” and I’ve based the majority of her character on myself and my own behavior and reactions. I believe that makes her more realistic and hopefully complex enough to intrigue readers.

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

My favourite character is actually Emma, Alex’s best friend. She’s also in the entire trilogy, but her own arc is introduced more in Book 2, “The Initiation”. Despite their close friendship, Emma is as different from Alex as black is from white. She’s confident, knows what she wants and isn’t embarrassed to be direct or sometimes confrontational about it. Alex looks up to Emma’s confidence with the hopes that some day she won’t be as self-conscious as she currently is. While the two have such opposing outward behavior, inside they are very alike which is the reason for their close friendship.
I come up with my characters mostly through noteworthy interaction with people. The bond between Alex and Emma is largely based on my bond with one of my best friends – in school, people kept mentioning they couldn’t believe we were friends because we appeared so different from one another, and yet neither of us felt those differences to matter in the least.

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

Ooh… I’m not sure about this one. Definitely not sex – my series is YA/NA and so I don’t think it’s appropriate to write a scene that could belong in a bodice ripper book. That said, I allowed myself to read an adult fantasy book once while writing, out of sheer curiosity to see how much it differs from YA. After reading it, I sat down to continue writing. The next day as I read what I had written the previous night, I choked on my coffee – I’d written a sex scene without realizing! And it was pretty raunchy! Needless to say I slammed my fingers on the “Delete” button in outraged panic. It did give me a glimpse into the possibility of writing a different kind of book altogether one day.
I’d say the hardest scenes for me to write are action scenes – I visualize things so much that as I’m writing the scene it plays out in front of me like a film. I’m always left with the feeling that I didn’t quite capture things as intensely as I saw them in my imagination.

Beverly: What is your favorite scene in your favorite book?

I have a whole shelf of favourite books. But at the top is the “Night World” series by L. J. Smith. It’s not a favourite scene so much as a favourite story in the series: “Daughters of Darkness” where Ash meets Mary-Lynette. I love how the two characters collide, and how Ash learns about feelings he’s only ever scoffed at.

Tamara: What is your dream vacation?

Ooh – one that I indulge in as often as I can. Going to a Greek Island, relaxing on the beach with a nice cool drink, eating delicious food in the evening, and going on a night out after that. With the right company, nothing beats this vacation. I’ve even gone alone before with a book as a companion and that was super relaxing, though it is definitely more fun with a group of friends.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love! Fine! If you don’t like that question what was your worst date ever?

Hahahaha. It’s not that I dislike the question, it’s more my concern that my parents might read this. So I’ll answer the alternate: Even though it was one of the first dates of my life, it felt like such an abysmal failure to me that I still remember it vividly. I was seventeen. He was the older friend of one of my classmates, I think about 3 years older than me. He was physically fit and attractive, but not the brightest tool in the box… At seventeen though, I wasn’t really going to pay attention to his IQ when a hot guy asked me out. He took me to the movies to watch (wait for it) “Kill Bill”. I’m cringing with the memory of it. His choice in film aside, we sat in our seats relatively early and so I tried to strike up some conversation, get to know him better… He interrupted me with a complaint about a mud stain on his jeans which I couldn’t see despite him pointing at what looked like brand new pants to me, and then proceeded to tell about the motorcyclist who drove through a puddle, a fleck of which was the said (supposed!) stain. Ok… He continued to talk about the stain until the movie starting interrupted him… The movie seemed to comprise mostly of limbs flying around for about 1-1.5 hours… And as the end credits came on and we stood up to exit, what does he say straight off the bat? He continues where he’d left off after the film interrupted his 10th recounting of the stain incident… I feigned an immediate emergency, apologized as sincerely as I could, and ran all the way home.
From that moment on, intelligence and the ability to have a conversation were at the top of my list when dating.

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
Someone in between I guess. I like damsel in distress situations, but not when the heroine needs saving because she’s weak and needs the powerful man to rescue her. I can’t relate to that because I’m not the type to wait around for my rescue. Part of me would want to be rescued, but then I’d be terrified of the power my rescuer would have over me afterwards. My favourite heroine is one who finds a way of rescuing herself even though she didn’t think she was the type to try or even succeed. Some kick-ass energy is needed, yes, but I’d like to find a balance between the two extremes. She’s stronger than she thinks.

Beverly: How many books have you published? What genres? What drew you to that genre?

I’ve published an e-trilogy called “Ambrosia Chronicles”, so 3 ebooks, all part of one series. It’s a YA/NA fantasy, with romance and action. The fantasy elements are mostly taken from Greek and Norse mythology. I admit I got a little fed up with Hollywood adapting all those amazing myths of Ancient Greece, and yet always getting so much wrong or just changing it because the studios want there to be a love story; it doesn’t matter that there wasn’t one… I thought I’d try my hand at creating a world influenced by tales I had heard about since my childhood.

Tamara: If you could spend the day with any person from history, real or fictional. Who would you choose and why?

Oooh… Part of me wants to say Aragorn from “The Lord of the Rings” so I could jump him, but we all know he’s pretty unbreakably to Arwen… So I’m picking Hermione Granger from the “Harry Potter” books. I bet as an adult she would be even brainier than as an adolescent and might be able to come up with a way for me to join her world as a fellow wizard. Now THAT would be awesome. I’d definitely try join Potter’s team as an Auror 😉

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Watching anime series, most commonly fantasy for teens. Can’t get enough.
Also, really rich delicious milk or white chocolate, or soft chocolate chip cookies with almonds or pistachios. I have no self control when it comes to an undeniably delicious dessert.

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

I’d say the dream/goal I have is to build a better life for myself, one where I’m completely independent, have time to write, read & cook, own my own apartment and have a dog, and work somewhere that I love. It’s a slow process, but I’m looking forward to all of it becoming my reality.

Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you’ve done? C’mon dish!

I do embarrassing things all the time. Not so much crazy – that’s usually the result of other people meddling, but embarrassing moments are no strangers to me. Here’s one that happened a couple of weeks ago:
Lindt now do a pistachio nougat that I was offered a sample of at their shop. It practically melted in my mouth and I involuntarily made some rather inappropriate noises of pleasure… The shop-worker stared at me, as did the older gentleman customer. Mortified, I choked. I think if the guy had said, “I’ll have what she’s having,” that might have saved the situation, but no luck. I tried to pretend nothing happened and adopted a blasé attitude as the shop worker wrapped me a slab somewhat larger than the one I paid for. But both just sat there grinning knowingly at me in such a way that I thought my body heat at that moment might melt all the chocolate in that tempting shop. I ran out with my pistachio delight and since then I do not accept samples in public.

Tamara: What song are you?

I’m a different song depending on my mood. But if the Black Keys, Florence & the Machine and John Legend got together and wrote a song that tingles you no matter what mood you’re in, I’d be that song.

Beverly: How do you know you’re in love? Is it a physical reaction, an emotional reaction or both?

Both. It’s physical because your chest actually aches the way you’ve read about when you’re apart. By apart I don’t mean he’s just left you to go buy popcorn for the movie you’re about to watch. I mean you’re in different cities or countries. And it may sound cheesy, but you do feel like you’re suddenly whole when you’re reunited.
It’s emotional because you can show who you are 100% to your other half without the need for hiding behind make-up or protective walls. You can show your flaws and you’ll still be accepted. That kind of support and understanding is very powerful on an emotional level.

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

Not many people. Just a handful really, and that’s more than enough! I know they really love me and I really love them back. 

Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs?
Boxers all the way.
Coffee or Tea?
Caramel Macchiato is a favourite, both hot & cold. I don’t make it at home because I’d drink it all the time! When I have a cold though my tea mug is practically glued to my hand.
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff?
Which one promises not to talk about stains? Tall, dark and handsome sounds much more mysterious and interesting.
Hairy chest or smooth?
I’d like to say smooth, but I assume then he’d be shaving his chest and I’m not into that. Manly all the way please.

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Bk1 – “Ambrosia Chronicles: The Discovery”
When Alex is reunited with her high school crush, Ian, she discovers that he is part of a suspicious organisation that she herself becomes involved with. Suddenly entrusted with a heavily sought-after little pouch, she must go on the run. Alex must let go of the frustrations of ignorance at her new circumstances with the knowledge that the less she knows the safer she’ll be, while she relies on the protection of her arrogant and mysterious rescuer in order to reach the organisation’s headquarters in one piece.
 
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Now that Alex is officially the Protector, she embarks on a road trip through Europe together with Ian. But will Ian ever be able to get past Alex’s assent up the Muse ladder? What will happen when the two of them run into mysterious Lucas again? And what role does Emma’s Sight have in all of this?
Join Alex and Emma as they start to untangle the web of secrets that revolve around Muse…
 
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The thrilling conclusion of the Ambrosia Chronicles trilogy. Alex and Emma prepare for the inevitable face-off with the Rogue Queen Regina, after uncovering some truly shocking secrets…

Interview with L. P. Maxa ~ Play Nice

FullSizeRenderBeverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? A little about me…I have a three year old little girl and I’ve been married for about 6 years now. My husband and I are starting the adoption process to add to our family, so that’s exciting and terrifying at the same time. We bought an old house in Georgetown, TX two years ago and have been slowly remodeling the whole thing. I work as a dental assistant when I’m not writing, I’ve been doing that for about 8 years.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?  A clean work space! I can’t write when I’m surrounded by mess and clutter. Wine helps too, especially when I’m trying to write those extra racy scenes.

Beverly: When did you start to write and who influenced you? I’ve loved to read my whole life. I was always reading something. I excelled in English all through high school and college. But my senior year of high school I wrote this paper after reading the novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. My teacher loved my paper and told me I was a really good writer, that’s something that’s always stuck with me.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”? All my heroes, or all my leading men, are kind and brave and selfless. Selfless is big, I think. I LOVE a bad boy that’s a good man type of hero.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character?   And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters? My all-time fav character that I’ve written is actually from my novel Never Ever that’s self-published on Kindle. His name is Taylor Hill and he is sarcastic and sexy and witty. I really enjoy writing his character. Some of my characters are based on people I actually know like Amy in Play Nice or Brice in Happy Place. Some are a mix of people like Allie in Never Ever. And then the rest are made up.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why? Sex scenes can give me trouble every now and then. I feel like I really have to be in the right frame of mind to write those. I’m sure, as women, y’all get what I’m saying. Some days you just don’t feel sexual 😉 I actually really love writing the dialogue, it’s my favorite part.

Beverly: What is your favorite scene in your favorite book? There is an adorable moment between Dash and Lexi in Play Nice. It’s in the beginning where she tells him to woo her. Right off the top of my head, that’s my favorite so far.

Tamara: What is your dream vacation? I would love to visit Ireland one day. I am a terrible flier, like the worst. But I’m also a sucker for an Irish accent. My husband lived in Ireland for a few years, so I’d love for him to take me and show me around.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done?  Or would like to? What?  We are all about the love! Fine! If you don’t like that question what was your worst date ever? I can do kinky. I had a huge crush on this guy in college, he was HOT and CUT. Anyway we were at this party one night and we snuck off and had sex with the party going on like 20 feet away. He held me up against a brick wall. It was ah-mazing. My friends and I refer to him as brick wall dude to this day (because of the actual wall and because he was built like one). Is that kinky? I guess that would have been a more appropriate answer to the question of the weirdest place you’ve had sex…PS- don’t tell my husband that story.

Tamara: LOL. We’ll try to keep that quiet! What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why? Kick-ass variety for sure! I’m not great a writing the damsel, because I don’t love reading about the damsel. I need a girl with some spunk.

Beverly: How many books have you published? What genres? What drew you to that genre? I have 5 books self-published on Kindle. And then The Devil’s Share series will be four books published through Borough’s. I like light hearted romance novels. They are fun to write and fun to read. I’m currently working with a friend on something a little more tragic and emotional.

Tamara: If you could spend the day with any person from history, real or fictional. Who would you choose and why? Oh wow. Good question…I’d kind of like to meet Edgar Allen Poe. I was super into his work when I was younger. Or maybe Doc Hollywood. He seems like a good time.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”? Reading. I also really love wine and trash TV. I convinced my husband I have to watch teenage drama shows as research. That way he doesn’t give me crap for it anymore.

Beverly: We’ll really try to keep this from him, LOL. Don’t want him knowing that either!

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize? Getting published was a huge dream of mine. But, I’d really like to have one of my books made into a movie. Mostly so maybe I can cast Charlie Hunam in a role.

Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you’ve done? C’mon dish! The brick wall was pretty crazy. Uh…okay, here’s an embarrassing moment. It was like my 22nd birthday? And my friends and I went out to this bar in Rockport. We drank Kamikazes all night long. On the way home we drove thru What-a-burger and I had to get out of the car to throw up. I just went over to the grass and threw up everything I’d drank right in front of all these strangers. Not my finest moment.

Tamara: What song are you? I would love to think I was Into the Mystic by Van Morrison, because that song calms my soul. Or maybe Little Red Wagon by Miranda Lambert, because it’s sassy.

Beverly: How do you know you’re in love? Is it a physical reaction, an emotional reaction or both? I think knowing you’re in love changes as we get older. When I was in high school it was such a high, such a new experience. In college…I don’t think I was ever actually in love in college. I think I was in a lot of lust. But then when I met my husband it was a calm type of feeling. Like I met him, and I kind of went “Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you.” And now I feel like being in love is choosing that person, over and over again. No matter how irritated I am at my husband, there is a point every day when he does something that makes me fall for him all over again.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you? Who loves me? My family, friends, hopefully some of my readers are fond of me. My dogs are really into me, but I think my cat and my fish could care less.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Boxer brief

Coffee or Tea? Tea!

Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark, and handsome. And buff.

Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla

Kinky or Sweet? Hahaha, depends on how much wine I’ve had that night

Fast or slow? Again, depends on the wine.

Public or private? Married? Private. Back in the day…

Top or bottom? Top

Well, it’s been a lot of fun getting to know you Leigh. Now, let’s see what you’ve been recently working on.

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PLAY NICE

L.P. MAXA

Book One of The Devil’s Share

Keynote: Rock a stadium. Bang a chick. Repeat. AS lead singer of The Devil’s Share, Dash could get anything or anyone he wanted—until he met Lexi Grant.

Blurb

MONEY. FAME. WHISKEY. SEX.

For Dash Conner, lead singer of The Devil’s Share, everything he wanted was his for the asking. Whiskey. Drugs. Money. Sex. But not Lexi Grant. For the first time since he picked up a guitar, a girl was actually demanding he woo her. And for a chance with this one, Dash would do that and more.

Lexi Grant was no groupie. Just because the biggest rock star in the world smiled at her didn’t mean she had to fall into bed with him—but it was going to be awfully hard to resist that impish smile and those tatted abs. Surely one night of fun wouldn’t hurt anyone.

Unless that night ended with a broken condom.

For Lexi and Dash that’s just the beginning. Add in an overly affectionate pit bull, a missing guitarist, a house full of sorority girls, a junkie ex-bandmate and an extreme aversion to Jager, and it’s either a recipe for disaster or true love.

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Deacon ~ Cheryl Douglas ~ Interview

 Who will come out on top in this battle of wills? The dominant one or the woman intent on teaching him the meaning of submission?



Title:  Deacon
Author:  Cheryl Douglas
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Series:  Starkis Family, Book 1Cover Designer:  Fantasia Frog Designs

Release Date:  June 15, 2015
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When Deacon Starkis sets his sights on the gorgeous young model gracing the pages of his glossy catalogue, he knows he has to have her. One problem. She’s not available. But that won’t stop Deacon. He’s a man used to getting what he wants and he wants Mia.
Mia is stunned when she receives an email from the elusive billionaire who owns the lingerie company she models for. He tells her he’s intrigued. He’s not the only one. But she knows she’d be a fool to throw away an eight year relationship for a brief affair with the head honcho. He doesn’t do relationships and she doesn’t do casual sex. It seems they’re at an impasse.
Who will come out on top in this battle of wills? The dominant one or the woman intent on teaching him the meaning of submission?

 

 

An interview with Cheryl Douglas by Hot Tree Promotions
 
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a huge country music fan, which inspired three of my series: Nashville Nights, Nashville Nights Next Generation, and Music City Moguls. I had my very own love at first sight story and am still head over heels in love with him twenty years later! Hmm, what else? I’m a mom, a dog lover, and of course, I’m addicted to reading romance. I love a good glass of wine and milk chocolate truffles (not together).  
Describe your main character in five words.
Deacon is sexy, determined, flawed, dominant, and filthy-rich.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

I’ve been at this awhile now and every day is a surprise. Watching each character come to life through me is always an indescribable experience. I think I know what’s going to happen, how the plot is going to evolve, and the character always takes me in a completely different direction. I love that!


How long does it take you to write a book?

I like to write 3,000 words a day and I try to write 6-7 days a week, so I’m able to finish a novel every month.


What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I can’t write continuously for hours on end. I usually need to break it up in 2-3 sessions throughout the day. I break up these sessions up with other business related tasks such as marketing, social media, and collaborating with my team. I usually put in 8-10 hour days, but in 2-3 hour intervals. Evenings and weekends are family time but my husband and son understand if I need to sneak away to write for a bit on the weekends.  


What book are you reading now?

I’m reading and loving the Quantum Trilogy by M.S. Force.


Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! I wake up every day feeling blessed that I get to do what I love for a living and you’re the reason for that!

 
Random Questions:
 

What’s in your fridge right now?

Yogurt, hard boiled eggs, apples, potatoes, cheese, lettuce, cucumbers, salad dressing, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, left over pasta, chicken, milk, orange juice, bottled water, and condiments.


What song do you sing at the top of your voice every time you hear it?

How Do You Like Me Now by Toby Keith.


Other than writing, what special or unusual talent(s) do you have?

I am so ordinary! Not sure it counts as a ‘special’ talent, but I’ve netted more than my fair share of 50” fish.


Where did you last go on holiday?

Jamaica. It was beautiful!


If feral aliens attacked your house and they were zapping your home with their Über super bombs, what five items would you save?Aside from my family? My computer, thumb drive, family pictures, and my dog. Not in that order.


If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Lovesick. I am so in love with the idea of happily-ever-after, which explains what I do for a living. I think the right partner makes everything better, the successes as well as the failures. I’ve been married long enough to know it can be hard work, but it is so worth it!

When one door closes, another one opens. I closed the door to my business for the last time in 2011, which left me with a decision. What now? Find another location and move my nutrition business, go to work for someone else, or take a chance on my dream? I chose the latter and I’ve never looked back!
I’ve always loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I jumped in with both feet and decided writing would be my career, instead of just a hobby, that my muse woke up from her deep slumber. It was like someone flipped a switch inside my head and stories just came pouring out. At the end of the day, I would often look at the keyboard and wonder, ‘Who the heck wrote that? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me!’
I don’t write books. I tell stories, or rather, I allow my characters to tell their stories through me. I’m not a plotter, never have been, never will be. Why? Because I have no idea how the story will evolve and it’s not my place to manipulate it. My job is to get to know these characters, figure out what makes them tick, then follow their journey wherever it takes me.
When I’m not writing, I’m daydreaming. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband and son who know I’ll re-join the land of the living just as soon as my muse decides it’s quitting time. I don’t work for myself. I work for her. She’s the boss. And I’m okay with that.

Interview with Nancy Sartor ~ Bones Along the Hill

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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?

Thank you ladies. I so appreciate your having me today. I am a Nashville-born writer, still live within twelve miles of that city. My husband is a nationally-known composer of classical music, so creative endeavors take top spot in our daily schedules.

I began my romantic suspense BONES ALONG THE HILL after the heroine whispered in my ear, “Hi, my name is Neva and I fix the faces of the dead.” Cool way to meet a character. It left only about 80,000 words to be developed. BONES debuted in November of 2014 and has been well reviewed and well received.

I am currently working on a paranormal romance set in Rugby, Tennessee. Title is BLESSED CURSE.

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

Silence. My nest is in the den. I curl up in my recliner with my laptop and, depending on the time of day, a cup of coffee or a glass of water. Usually, one or both of my Maine Coon cats are on the chair arm or sitting on my shoulder, but they learned long ago not to walk on the computer.

Beverly: When did you start to write and who influenced you?

My mother was an avid reader who passed the love of reading to me. She wrote an incredible fantasy about a dwarf who lived in a hollow tree. She wrote it with a co-worker. They each swore never to publish it, that it was only for their children. I don’t remember the first thing I wrote. At fourteen, I was a finalist in a Belmont College literary contest but did not win.

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

Heroes come in many sizes and shapes, but all of them have something to overcome, something to prove, something to correct. They’re inhibited by a past experience or a mental or physical challenge. They’re seeking something they lost or trying to rid themselves of something they’ve acquired but don’t want. They break through when it’s needed, have compassion where it’s called for, kick ass when they must and in general leave the story world in better shape than when they found it.

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

Claudia Yates is my favorite character from BONES. She’s older but still powerful, wise but still learning, effective and yet vulnerable in all the right ways.

I spend months learning my characters. Neva Oakley from BONES and Jorie Wainright from CURSE came to me. Cool. But a novel is never about only one character. Like the 80,000 remaining words after Neva spoke, I only needed ten or so more characters after these ladies arrived. Those ten or so characters per book were laboriously created one molecule at a time and then adjusted, honed, changed and developed over several months.

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

Suspense. I tend to either reveal what’s coming too quickly or have my character’s reaction be pretty much, “oh, wow, that was awful.” In rewrite, I spend most of my time tightening the suspense, ratcheting the horror to scream level and making my characters skitter along the ragged edge of hysteria.

Beverly: What is your favorite scene in your favorite book?

The battle between Neva and her adversary from BONES.

Tamara: What is your dream vacation?

Dave and I often take dream vacations because we’ve budgeted for them over time. We’ve been to Hawaii, cruised the Mediterranean, toured the Caribbean, visited Canada and toured most of the continental United States. One of our favorite vacation locations is St. Martin Island where we essentially sit on the beach, bob in the ocean and eat at fantastic restaurants. But we have never been to Ireland, and for an auburn-haired daughter of the Auld Sod, nothing could be dreamier than to walk the Emerald Isle.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done?  Or would like to? What? We are all about the love! Fine! If you don’t like that question what was your worst date ever?

Actually, I recommend this to any wife and have done it more than once. Just be aware that timing is everything here if you intend to actually eat your dinner. Dress where he can’t see you. Wear something ultra sexy, leaving off either all underwear or in the case of bra necessity, your panties. Wait until you are at the restaurant and (this is essential) have ordered your dinner. Lean across the table and whisper to him that you have on no underwear. If you get home before things are out of control, I will be surprised.

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

I like balance. I enjoy kick-ass heroines, but find them often thinly drawn and possessed of magical powers that allow them to do things not possible in nature. I’m fonder of the damaged heroine who finds her power as the story goes along. My heroes do sometimes save my heroines but my heroines return the favor in spades. As I said, I like balance.

Beverly: How many books have you published? What genres? What drew you to that genre?

I’ve published two. The first was e-published years before e-publishing was cool and is no longer available. BONES is the second. The first was paranormal which I wrote because I love the genre. BONES is a suspense because if done well, suspense grabs the reader by the throat and won’t let go until the last page.

Tamara: If you could spend the day with any person from history, real or fictional. Who would you choose and why?

Aristotle or Plato from ancient Greece because I would like to know how that enclave of culture came to be in the midst of what was generally a barbarous world.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Sonic’s diet cherry limeade with extra diet cherry.

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

Haven’t hit the NY Times best seller list yet.

Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you’ve done? C’mon dish!

Years ago, I approached the bus stop in downtown Nashville wearing a dress with a gored skirt. I had panty hose beneath the skirt and saw no reason to also wear panties. The wind caught that skirt just right, raised it to waist height, featuring my nearly bare bottom et al. When I finally managed to batter it down, I found eight men staring at me in various stages of lust.

Tamara: What song are you?

MY WAY

Beverly: LOL. How do you know you’re in love? Is it a physical reaction, an emotional reaction or both? 

I’ve been “in love” three times in my life. The first two made my palms sweat and my heart hurt. The third was a gentle realization. The first two times, I fell into love. The third, I climbed into love. The third began with like, then admiration. Trust followed, then desire and finally love. That love has deepened over the past 31 years into something special on the face of the earth. I think you know you’re in love when you can enumerate the reasons why and few of them are followed by “but.”

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

I am well loved by my family and friends, but the love that forms the beat of my heart comes from my husband. He is my greatest fan, my best friend, my forever supporter. He sees no fault in me most of the time and is forgiving when he does. He gives me as much room as I want to be who I am. He is my running buddy, my sports buddy, my creative partner.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Briefs. The less cloth the better.

Coffee or Tea? Coffee.

Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Blond and buff.

Hairy chest or smooth? Hairy

Chocolate or Vanilla? Surely you jest. Chocolate.

Kinky or Sweet? Sweet with a good dose of kinky.

Fast or slow? Slow

Public or private? Private

Top or bottom? Bottom

Check out Bones Along the Hill

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A decade-old mystery, a power-mad enemy and his human-trafficking ring stand in the way of the hopes and dreams of funeral home facial restorationist Neva Oakley.

TO THE BONE

Neva Oakley is a funeral facial restorationist with a legendary skill at making the dead look alive. But for all her talent, she can never bring back Gray Ledbetter, her first love,who took his own life ten years ago.

Davis Pratt, too, is consumed. Long ago his younger brother disappeared, and Davis won’t give up hope. Perhaps that’s why he and Neva are such a good couple. Or perhaps that’s why they can’t move forward. Then the search leads them to the Oakley cemetery and a murder tied to a human trafficking ring. Suddenly, impossible crimes threaten both family and friends, crimes that cannot be ignored. Not even the Nashville PD can keep Neva safe, but if she and Davis succeed, together they just might solve all their mysteries and free each other to embrace their future.

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Desert Fire ~ Charyse Allan

 

Desert Fire
Valley of Death Series Book# 2
By- Charyse Allan
Genre- YA Thriller
Expected Publication Date- May 12th, 2015
Payton survived being forced to flee her home in order to escape the Elites. Yet she’s still not safe. The Elites are relentless, and they won’t give up their pursuit of her that easily. With her loved ones at risk, and trusting her boyfriend Conner, the two devise a plan to ditch her family in order to keep them safe. But their plan quickly backfires and puts everyone in even more danger.
Reiley is left behind when Payton leaves. Having to prove herself as a capable assassin, she joins Cadmar in his pursuit to track and end the Elites. Except the agency anticipates their every move. In her angst to establish herself, Reiley is caught off guard and makes a deadly mistake that jeopardizes everyone’s lives.
Betrayal, abductions, and murder stand between Payton, Reiley, and their loved ones. Can they trust anyone in a world of treachery and destruction?
 
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Please tell us about yourself using 3 verbs, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction

Love, write, read

I can’t go to sleep at night without writing for at least ten minutes to clear my mind.

I’m addicted to Teen Wolf 🙂

Who do you consider the most swoon-worthy man in the literary world? How about on tv/in the movies?

Jericho Barrons in the literary world and Jude Law in the movie world.

Top 5 Favorite Things

Hanging out with my husband

Getting to teach my kids

A book hangover

Chocolate ice cream

Cheese

What’s the last song you listened to?

Lay Me Down by Sam Smith

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Write. Don’t listen to people who tell you can’t do it, including yourself. One of my favorite authors, Nora Roberts, says, “If anyone tells you there’s a right way to write, they’re a lying bitch.” Don’t let anyone tell you how it’s done or that your writing style isn’t right. Just write, every single day. Write.

This or That-

*Paranormal or Dystopian?

Paranormal. I’m a sucker for anything with vamps.

*Winchesters or Salvatores?

Winchesters!!!

*Morning or Night?

Definitely a night owl

*Vanilla or Chocolate?

CHOCOLATE!!!!!

*Summer or Winter?

Where I live, the summer is amazing!

About the Author-
Charyse Allan grew up in Arizona dancing and riding horses. She is an avid reader, but didn’t become one until high school. This is also when she realized her passion for writing, however it wasn’t until a couple years into her marriage that she tried her hand at writing a novel.
 
When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found in Northern Arizona, tending her garden with her husband and best friend, while their two kids and two crazy dogs run around the yard. Charyse is also a big fan of Holy yoga, juicing and being a vegetarian—she misses bacon like nobody’s business.

Social Media Links-

Blog: shortandsweetcma.blogspot.com    
Twitter: @Chaaryse4/https://twitter.com/Chaaryse4
 

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