Author #Interview – Alexandra Sellers (and #review)

Today, I’m happy to welcome Alexandra Sellers to the blog. She nicely agreed to do my interview. Let’s get to it!


1)      How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first short story at the age of ten. My first published short story at age 26. My first published novel at 33. That was 40 books ago. (TM – holy cow, I didn’t realize you had that many books out!, much less from Silhouette etc.)

2)     How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.

 I’ve been a full-time writer since my second book was commissioned. Right now my biggest other ‘ball’ (some would say temptation, but I consider swimming an alternate career) is the Cretan beach where I spend a part of every day all summer long (and summer IS long here)!  If I’m not swimming, I’m eating at the beach taverna or playing backgammon over a cup of Greek coffee. I cook some, clean some, visit some, party some. We feed 8 village cats on our terrace, and several more are waiting in the wings. I read.

It was a very very different story when I was an actor, so  yes, I do know how lucky I am!

3)     What can you tell us about your current release Her Royal Protector? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

The story grew out of my fascination with sea turtles. A few years ago my husband and I volunteered on a sea turtle conservation project that meant we had to walk the beach at dawn one morning every week for several months, tracking turtle nests. I met some of the scientists who were managing the project, and one of them just had ‘heroine’ written all over her. And a scene formed itself in my head, as scenes do, and I decided to put her in a book and give her a handsome sheikh to love. Which sheikh? Well, in another corner of my mind I’d been playing with the idea of a blue-eyed sheikh for awhile. I decided to put them together and see what happened. I hope readers will enjoy the result.

4)     You write contemporary romance. Can you tell us why that sub-category of romance?

I suppose because that was what I was reading most at the time I started writing, although I certainly read lots of period and historicals, too—I love Jane Austen, and Georgette Heyer has always been a great favourite. I’ve had plot ideas for Regency romance, but so far have never carried through. (Although I did once create the ‘bible’ for a 16-book Regency series called The Steepwood Scandal that was written by other writers.) Of course I have a period non-romance that’s been biting me for some time, and other books that are not contemporary or category.  I hope to get to them one day.

5)     Will you share your experience with getting published with Entangled?

Well, it was a troubled courtship, in the best tradition. I was finding my current publisher’s guidelines very restrictive and bolted into the arms of Entangled. And then it turned out Entangled also had restrictive guidelines, just nobody’d told me. So we parted company right at the altar. Later we tried again, and this time, after some struggles, we made it. I’m hoping the marriage will prove, in the end, to be made in heaven. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

6)     Got any more books planned? What’s in your future?

HER ROYAL PROTECTOR is the first book in a series called The Johari Crown. The second is scheduled for November, the third for early next year. I have a feeling there may be more than three books in it, but time will tell.

7)     Got any advice for those still struggling through the trenches?

Write what you love and write it to the best of your ability.

Write what you would like to read, but no one is writing for you.

Write from the heart uncensored; polish from the head later.

Although experienced writers can often force their characters to do things they don’t want to do, and survive, a new writer will be better off listening to her characters. If they wake you up in the middle of the night to announce that they don’t want to do what you’ve planned or written for them, listen!

If you treat your characters with full respect and attention, they will write the book for you.

8) Sweet or sour?

I tend to saltier snacks, but it is true to say that the person who can resist Greek pastries is superhuman. (TM – that’s cheating, but…I’m gonna have to add that as an option now – I’d forgotten salty)

9) Chocolate or vanilla?

I really don’t know how you could leave out Butterscotch. (TM – because butterscotch isn’t a flavor 😛 J/k! )

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Author Information

A writer and editor for the past 30 years, Alexandra Sellers has written over two million words for print, both fiction and non-fiction, including articles, reviews, training material, brochures, websites, mini-series ‘bibles’, blurbs, obituaries, short stories, and over 35 books. Her novels have been translated into more than 15 languages. She has also written and produced murder mystery experiences, and for several years taught her own course in How to Write Romance.

Alexandra Sellers has been a full-time writer since the publication of her first novel in 1980, writing novels that are both spiritually and emotionally intense. In 1997, her novel A Nice Girl Like You was nominated by Romantic Times for a Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Silhouette Yours Truly. Three years later she received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy.

The common theme that runs through her novels is the cosmic union of male and female: the reuniting, through deep romantic love manifested in the sex act, of that universal soul which was divided into male and female at the moment of physical creation, and which has been searching for its other half ever since. Her novels also express a fundamental belief that love conquers all.  Sellers is a writer who uses the canvas of romantic novels to present her ideas not only about love, but also about the world.

She was born and raised in Canada and educated there and in Britain. After training in London at RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she spent seven years as an actor on stage, radio, and television. She later attended the School of Oriental and African Studies, or SOAS, a faculty of the University of London that specializes in the cultures of the Middle East and Asia. Sellers was the first student to study for a double degree in Persian and Religious Studies; she was awarded First Class Honours.

Alexandra first started dreaming about exotic locales at the age of 10, when she first cracked the cover of a small collection of tales and pictures called The Arabian Nights. The stories were taken from The Thousand and One Nights, and names like Samarkand, Shiraz, and Baghdad still carry a magic for her which no amount of current history can overshadow. Her favourite hobby is foreign languages, of which she has studied eight: French, Farsi, German, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Italian, and Latin. Her talent for languages (along with her sense of humour) was also expressed in her book Spoken Cat and Relevant Factors in Worldview, a self-teaching language primer of the Cat language.

Other areas of interest for Sellers include: health and alternative medicine; English grammar; linguistics; theatre/arts; Middle Eastern languages, religions, and history; Regency England; Jane Austen; psychology; dreams; storytelling; academic writing. – See more at:

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Ms. Sellers loves to hear from fans and can be contacted via the contact spot on her website or on Facebook.

Book Info


Aly Percy is her family’s ugly duckling, and she’s never been allowed to forget it. So she knows better than to imagine that Cup Companion Arif al Najimi’s blue gaze holds anything but contempt for her as a woman, or ever will. So why is he pretending to think her desirable? What does he gain if she lets her guard down?

Arif al Najimi isn’t sure why he’s dreaming about the little scientist who’s so determined to take crazy risks for the sake of her research into the endangered turtles of his country. But as luck would have it, he’s going to get the chance to do a little research of his own…into the question of why Aly believes her own negative publicity about how desirable she is—and how hard it will be to convince her of the truth.


At first blush this was a typical category romance, heroine who thinks she’s ugly (but of course actually isn’t), arrogant CEO-type (prince in this case), etc. But once you get into the story, it isn’t that at all. There was a lot more to the story, an understanding of why Aly thinks she’s the way she is. I liked the imagined history of the Johari people. And of course, having such a wonderful cause that Aly’s a scientist for (the Johari sea turtle) touched a tender chord with me.

I enjoyed watching Arif go from his somewhat cold “prince” persona and grow into the man who’s willing to fall in love with the little scientist. I also like how the leaders of Johari insist their cabinet members (the Cupholders) shed their prince personas for a month a year and mix with the common for as common folk (be nice of politicians had to do that, yeah?).

Nothing in this book actually didn’t work for me. It was a seamlessly delightful way to spend a couple of hours.

Thank you to the publisher and Ms. Sellers for letting me read it! Four gargoyles!

Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Angela  Angela  Angela  Angela


Author #Interview – Maisey Yates, Harlequin Presents (#writing)

Happy Tuesday everyone. It’s my great pleasure and honor to have author Maisey Yates, one of Harlequin Presents’ prolific authors, here to talk to today. (She may comment in comments if someone leaves a comment for her – no promises, but ya never know!)


1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve always liked playing around with writing. But I started writing seriously, with publication in mind, about six years ago.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

well, I write full time, and I do have a family. Three small children and a husband who likes to see me sometimes. I’m fortunate because my husband is able to be a stay-at-home dad, which is something that really works for us. Otherwise, I think I balance work and career the same way any other parent with the job does.

3) What can you tell us about your current release Avenge Me? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not.

About a year ago my editor approached me about the idea of doing a slightly longer Presents. It was structured much like the eight book series you see within the line, except with three books that were a bit more tightly connected. Kate Hewitt, Caitlin Crews and I were given outlines, and from there we spent some time brainstorming over email and Skype, filling in character things and getting plot details straight.

Ultimately, a lot of what ended up in the book was driven by character. The Bible gave the basic idea for what was supposed to happen in terms of action, but Austin and Katy directed the rest…

4) You write contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents. What brought you to that particular line?

Harlequin Presents was one of my first experiences reading romance. I fell in love with the books as a reader, and they inspired me to write.

5) Have you enjoyed the experience of being an HP author? What was it like getting “the call” when you got that first call for your first HP book?

I love writing HP. There’s so much freedom to explore interesting and dark themes, combined with the high fantasy element. There’s nothing else like it.

Getting the call was amazing. I was nine months pregnant at the time and both myself, and my editor, are just glad that her phone call didn’t send me into labor.

6) Avenge Me has a very different tone than your prior series. What prompted the change? Can we anticipate more books with that particular undertheme (the domination aspect)?

As I mentioned above a lot of what happened in the book was directed by character. Including the love scenes. That wasn’t something Harlequin asked for, but I was thankful that they went with it. I think even within category, because my heroes are so dominant, the love scenes I write veer that direction anyway. But certainly Austin and Katy have the most of that element present in any of my couples.

That was a very long way of saying I didn’t necessarily set out to write them that way, and that means almost certainly I will end up writing another book like it. I just have to wait for the right characters to show up.

7) Got any more books planned? What’s in your future?

In addition to continuing to write for Harlequin Presents, I’ve also branched out into longer small-town contemporary romances. The third book in my Silver Creek series is out on August 5, and the next year I will be starting a new series called Copper Ridge.

8) Got any advice for those still struggling through the trenches?

Write. And keep writing, and improve your writing. There’s so much in this business we can’t control whether we’re prepublication or post-publication. The only thing we really have control over is the quality of our work. Even now that’s my strategy for dealing with bumps in the road. Turn my focus to my current book and focus on making it the best that I can.

9) Sweet or sour?


10) Chocolate or vanilla?


Author Information

USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances  set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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Book Information


Austin Treffen was born into a world of privilege, but behind its gilded doors lies a corruption so sordid New York’s elite would never believe it—especially as his infamous philanthropic father is at its core! With everything he believed in shattered, how can Austin take down his father—risking his family name and those he loves—without any proof?

Until one earth-shattering night with Katy Michaels unlocks not only their deepest, most passionate desires but also the key to bringing Jason Treffen’s reign to an end. But with an intense sexual attraction that combines a heady mix of exquisite pleasure and sublime pain, will they satiate their thirst for revenge and each other…or lose themselves forever in the darkness?

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Let’s all say a big “Thank You” to Ms. Yates for being awesome enough to be here. If you scroll down to the next post, it will include my review of “Avenge Me”. And lemme say, it was PHENOMENAL!

Blog Tour & #Review: Stop Dragon My Heart Around (#bookreview)

Hi there everyone. I’m pleased to welcome Ms. Susannah Scott to the blog today as part of her whirlwhind tour to introduce her new book, Stop Dragon My Heart Around. I’m not going to waste time, just let you have it! (See the bottom for book details and review)


Any SJP fans out there?

We Gen-XYers don’t even pause-hell yeah! The bad dating of my twenties seemed benign compared to the antics of Sarah Jessica Parker of her posse on Sex and The City. When I saw Sarah she had done a “zippy-fun” 5 minute video interview with Vogue answering 73 questions, I was intrigued. 73 questions, in 5 minutes! (No, don’t go google it now! I’ll give you the link at the bottom)

The first time though the video, I was charmed and entertained. The second time, I felt the challenge of rapid-fire repartee calling my name… I wonder how I would answer all those questions?

Drum roll please….

For your snappy reading pleasure, I transcribed the questions and broke them into serial blog posts for my release tour. Many thanks to Tory for hosting my 4th segment!

Let’s do this thing!

Q29: If you have a tattoo where and what would it be?
A: Foot.
If I ever hit the USA or NYT bestseller list, I’m going to get tiny little dragons, a la Dixie Chick style.

Q30: To be or not to be?
A: To Be!

Q31: Glass half-full or half-empty?
A: Half-empty.

Q32: What’s Oprah like in person?
A: I have no idea!
I love SJP answer for this one, “human.”

Q33: Dogs or cats?
My hub is allergic to cats, it is one of the things I had to give up for him.

Q34: Kittens or puppies?
A: puppies.
We’re hoping to get an Anatolian Sheppard this summer to keep our chocolate lab company.

Q35: Dolphins or Koalas?
A: Koalas

Q36: Bird watching or whale watching?
A: Whale watching in Cabo San Lucas Mexico!

How about you? I challenge you to pick 1 question from above and answer it in the comments. As a bonus, I’ll give a free copy (one per person) of my new release STOP DRAGON MY HEART AROUND to 1 randomly picked answerer.

You know you what to try!

If you want to follow the rest of the interview, you can see a complete listing of my serial blog tour here. (link) .

All my best,
Susannah Scott

PS> Here is the SJP Vogue Interview I promised (link)

Author Information

SUSANNAH SCOTT writes hot, paranormal romance with dragon and a whole lot of Vegas Bling! You can see a snippet of her latest book, Luck of the Dragon, here.

Susannah lives with her family in the Southern Missouri Ozarks and loves to hear from readers. She is most active on Facebook (Susannah Scott, Author), but you can also connect with her on Twitter (@Susannah_Scott ), Goodreads, Pinterest, and her author website.

Book Information

Lucky Leprechaun underwear ironed? Check.

Gold plated hearing aids? Check.

Pink doggy booties, times four? Check.

Tagline: Can her love save him or will she be his downfall?

Tee is Vegas’s favorite casino hostess, ready to grant her high rollers their every quirky wish. But when her own wish to financially help her Paiute Tribe finally comes true, she decides to double-down with lady luck and go for a hot hook-up with her sexy boss, Leo. Unfortunately, Tee’s about to find out why their romance is such a long shot—Leo is a shape-shifting dragon.

Leo needs a proper dragon mate to save his waning dragon form, and despite their magnetic sexual attraction, he knows Tee is anything but proper—or a dragon. But when threats arise from Tee’s tribe, Leo’s protective instincts kick in. Can he give up his dragon form for the woman he loves—even if it means shortening his life? Or has Tee finally had enough of having her heart dragged around?

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Sometimes I think I’m just too easy on what I like in books. I know I seem to give a lot of high marks to books, but then I remind myself that I deliberately don’t post reviews that are too bad.

On that note, let me say I enjoyed this book a lot. It had action, adventure, and some great world-building. Apparently this isn’t the first book in this series (doh!), but you don’t need to have read the other to understand this one, which is always a positive.

My only real question: why exactly was Leo so convined Tee’s mark would appear on her hand if she were going to have one? Yes, I get that another dragon’s mate’s was on her hand, but are they always? If not, why expect it only there?

Other than that, I found very little to complain about in this book. I enjoyed the mixing in of the Native American culture and how they were fighting against bringing a casino to tribal lands because of the damage it could potentially do to the tribes, based on what had happened to other tribes that built casinos.

Tee was interesting to watch. She wasn’t ashamed to admit her attraction to Leo, and was understandably hurt and frustrated when he rebuffed her. But who can blame him? What guy wants to wander up to a girl and announce “I’m hot for you, but I’m a dragon so can only be with you if you’re my fated mate”?

Great book, definitely worth the read. Keep an eye on this woman and her books. I’m sure we’ll see other great ones from her!

Book provided by Entangled in exchange for an honest review.

Author Interview – Sugar Jamison

I have today the supreme pleasure of welcoming Sugar Jamison of the Perfect Fit series from St. Martin’s Press here to the blog. I’ve read the second book in the series thanks to NetGalley and I think the lady’s got great skills! So, let’s make her feel welcome!


1) How long have you been writing?

Since my senior year of college. I think it has been seven years now.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

I’m single. No kids yet. My day job is tough and takes a lot out of me, but I have learned to prioritize. I stick to a schedule. I write for two hours every weekday after work. Sometimes more on the weekends. I make it a point to schedule time with my family and friends. So many women have more on their plates than I do. So I’m not complaining.

3) What can you tell us about your current release Thrown for a Curve? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not.

I wrote THROWN FOR A CURVE  because I was falling in love with Colin. We met Colin for the first time in DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD as Mike’s sexy best friend. But something told me that Colin was more than just a hunky man with a great accent.  He had issues lying beneath the surface and I wanted to explore them. I knew I had to give him his own book.

 4) You write contemporary romance, specifically about women who are not stick figures. Why did you focus on curvy women, and why contemporary romance rather than one of the other sub-genres of romance?

I write about curvy ladies because I am a curvy lady. There are lots of curvy girls out there. They need women who they can relate to. I adore historical romances, but I don’t think I could pull one off. The clothing alone boggles my mind.

5) Got any more books planned? What’s in your future?

GENTLEMEN PREFER CURVES is the next book in the PERFECT FIT Series. It will be out this fall. It’s Belinda’s story. Belinda is a girl I could really identify with on so many levels.

6) Got any advice for those still struggling through the trenches?

Grow a thick skin and be open to learning. The way I learned how to write was to have a better writer rip my stuff to shreds. It helped me learned so much. It also helped me see things from others perspectives. I find that so many writers are too close to their own stuff and they aren’t open to changing it. Most of the time the writer knows what’s best for their story but it’s always good to keep an open mind.

9) Sweet or sour?


10) Chocolate or vanilla?

If it’s ice cream vanilla, but in every other part of my life chocolate all the way!

Author Information

Sugar Jamison is a southern belle trapped in a New Yorker’s body. With a love of big hair and high heeled shoes, she spends her day at her very normal day job and night dreaming up sweet but sassy romances.

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DangerousWHEN YOU’RE A big girl
Cherri has often wished she were thin and graceful like a ballerina instead of being a six-foot-tall blonde with curves that require serious caution. Surely a charming Irishman like her new boss Colin, with his throaty brogue and to-die-for bod, would never go for someone like Cherri. Unless maybe he’s looking for the exact opposite of a delicate lass?

there’s more of you to love
When Colin hired Cherri to work in his furniture-restoration shop, he had his eyes, first and foremost, on her artistic talents. But now he can’t help but see Cherri for the lush, spirited beauty that she is…and, soon enough, he finds himself mixing business with pleasure. But Cherri turns out to be more vulnerable than she appears. Is she in need of more than Colin can give? Or could it be that a feeling stronger than lust has him thrown for a curve?

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Author Interview: Christine Warren


I’m completely and totally psyched to welcome Christine Warren to the blog today. I absolutely loved her book and gushed appropriately over it when I reviewed it HERE. So, please, give Ms. Warren a fantabulous welcome!


1) How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first short story when I was in the second grade. Oddly enough, it was a paranormal, though sadly lacking in romance. I wrote a story involving an intrepid heroine and a haunted house, and I suppose the rest is history!

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

The juggling act is much easier now that writing is my full time job. When I first began to seriously pursue trying to write for publication, I was working two jobs and for a while at the beginning of my writing career I was working those two jobs, writing, and taking college classes at night, so that was a challenge. Honestly, I can’t imagine now how I did it, but I’m thinking sleep deprivation and an utter lack of a social life had something to do with it. These days, it boils down to writing, family, home, and animals, mainly. Thankfully, my family (and I include my closest friends in that designation) is incredibly understanding and supportive, so when I have to ignore them for days at a time to get the writing done, they don’t complain. And even my animals are used to me holing up in a small room with a laptop and a metric buttload of coffee and other caffeinated beverages. They come in, say hi, and go about their business. Having that sort of support and understanding is really what makes everything else possible.

I’d love to say I have some esoteric secret of time management, but honestly, I’m terrible at time management (almost as bad as I am at every other kind of management), so my advice here is worthless. For me, it boils down to taking each thing that needs doing in the order of most urgent first and then just plowing through them. And apologizing later to the loved ones I’ve neglected in the meantime.

3) What can you tell us about your new release, Heart of Stone? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. After all, gargoyles are not a very commonly used hero species. Secondary, yes, but not the heroes.

It can probably all be traced back to my addiction to the Beauty and the Beast story. When I was a teenager, I stumbled across Robin McKinley’s novels Beauty, and then Rose Daughter, and I became utterly enchanted by them. There’s just something compelling about the idea of a man who can be monstrous on one hand, and yet loving and tender and generous on the other. I think it ties in to why people love romances featuring vampires and werewolves; knowing that love can in effect tame something fierce and deadly is an incredibly seductive idea.

Gargoyles just seemed like a natural expression of those concepts. I mean, what is more monstrous than something that looks like our very definition of a monster? You take that kind of creature and make him fall in love, and the juxtaposition of his outer appearance and his passionate heart just fascinates me. Plus, I’ve always loved the idea that gargoyles and grotesques in medieval art and architecture were not created to scare people, but to scare off the evil spirits that might harm people. The unexpected is so much more fun than the expected.

And then, of course, there was the old animated television series, Gargoyles. I was a huge fan back in the day! (TM – ::snort:: Heh – yeah, I know what you mean. I still mourn the loss of that cartoon)

 4) You write paranormal romance. What is it about the genre that you like so much?

Fangs. Fangs are sexy.

No, seriously, I’m not sure why I write paranormals other than that the first book I ever published was paranormal and since then, my characters have held me prisoner, allowing me no opportunity to escape! When I write, the seed for any book always come from a character popping up in my head. The story develops from the character for me, and not the other way around, so for a long time, I just kept writing paranormals because every time I wrote a book, a secondary character in the previous paranormal would try to steal every scene and start demanding his or her own story. It was basically out of my control. Now, I embrace that paranormal is what I’m know for, and I want to keep my readers happy. I have a career because of them, so giving them new paranormal characters and stories they can enjoy brings me incredible satisfaction. I have also come to really relish the endless possibilities that are built into the paranormal genre. If I can think it up, I can do it in paranormal romance. There are very few barriers there, which for a writer is incredibly freeing.

5) Do you think you’ll end up trying another genre outside of paranormal romance? 

I actually have written other things. I have two futuristic/sci-fi romance novellas published by Loose Id (those are listed on my website), and over the years I’ve experimented with a number of genres.

I would eventually like to try publishing in some of those other areas, but a lot of it is a matter of that time management I’m so bad at. I’m not the world’s fastest writer, so finding time to write outside of my current series is not easy.

Someday, it will happen, but I can’t say how or when.

6) How did getting published happen for you? Did you hit the jackpot with your first time out, or did it take several tries?

I’m one of the lucky ones. (TM – Awesome!) The first book I ever completed is the first book I ever published. That was a book originally published by Ellora’s Cave as Fantasy Fix, and later expanded and republished as One Bite With A Stranger by St. Martin’s Press. Receiving that acceptance was a huge moment for me, literally a life changing one. I went on to publish several more books with EC, and those brought me to the attention of my editor at St. Martin’s, who asked if I would be willing to submit a story to them. That became Wolf at the Door.

Now if only I could have that same kind of luck with lottery tickets…

7) I know you have the second book in the gargoyle Guardian series coming out in August (AUGUST?! C’mon, you’re torturing me!). Do you have anything else in the pipeline? Am I correct in believing you’ve got 7 books planned for this series? Do you know all the stories yet?

I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but I actually think August is early. I think it will be Fall/Winter of next year. Like I said, I’m not a very fast writer!  (TM – sigh. I’ll let you off the hook about that one. I know the feeling all too well of writing slow. Last year was the first time I’ve managed to write two full books in a year.)

Right now, my focus is on these gargoyle books. (TM – yes. Focus on the gargoyle books. Focus on nothing but the gargoyle books. :P) I’m currently working on the second book. In my head, yes there will be seven books, one for each of the Guardians. I have an idea of the main story arc and each of the Guardian characters in my head, but the full plots of the upcoming books are not yet complete. I can barely plan what to make for dinner, let alone exactly what’s going to happen five books form now!

8) Got any advice for those still struggling through the trenches?

Write. Write, write, write, and then when you think you can’t possibly write any more, sit your butt back down and do it all again. Any time that you don’t spend writing, spend reading.

Honestly, that’s the best advice I can possibly give. The only way to perfect your craft is to practice it as much as possible, and that means writing as much and as often as you can. Find the authors who really grab you, who make you bounce up and down in anticipation while you wait for their next books to come out. Study them. Try to figure out what makes them resonate so strongly with you. Don’t try to copy it, because a) that’s plagiarism, and b) the key to success as a writer is to make yourself distinct from every other writer. But if you can identify that you really love a certain writer’s voice, for example, figuring that out can help you to better develop your own.

9) Sweet or sour?

Spicy. Closely followed by salty.

10) Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate chip. I know, I’m a contrary little thing, aren’t I? LOL!


How can people contact you (email)?

People can always email me at, but I tend not to answer emails when I’m writing. I save them up and deal with them when I hit a rest period, so don’t fret if I don’t respond right away. If I get your email, I will respond eventually! (TM – then I’m even happier that you got back to me as quickly as you did. I really hadn’t expected it and you’re awesome!)

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 CHRISTINE WARREN is the author of the Novels of the Others, including NEW YORK TIMES Bestsellers Big Bad Wolf, Walk on the Wild Side, and One Bite with a Stranger. Born and raised in coastal New England, CHRISTINE WARREN now lives as a transplant in the Pacific Northwest. When not writing (as if that ever happens), she enjoys horseback riding, playing with her pets, identifying dogs from photos of their underbellies, and most of all reading things someone else had to agonize over. She has been assimilated by Twitter (as @ChrstineWarren) and Facebook, where you can follow her thoughts and witness her being ridiculous firsthand, and she always enjoys hearing from readers via email sent to

Book Info


A thrilling new series about a young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons…
Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life?

Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone… yet.

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Author Interview: Nina Croft

It is my very great pleasure today to introduce and welcome author extraordinaire Nina Croft. As I’ve done like 3 reviews for her stuff in the past month, I think it’s clear I’m quickly becoming a huge fan of hers. I wanna grow up and have sales like hers some day!


The Interview

1)                  How long have you been writing?

I actually first started writing when I was in my twenties and working as a volunteer in Africa. We were living in a remote village, with no electricity, no TV and very few books (this was way before ebooks) so I started writing as a way to entertain myself. When we left Africa I stopped for a while as life took over but started again after we moved to Spain and I found myself living on a remote mountain (again with no electricity). I got seriously hooked on writing six or seven years and had my first novella published in 2010 –that was a Harlequin Nocturne Bite, called The Prophecy.

2)                 How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

Not many balls. I live on an almond farm in southern Spain with my husband and a whole load of animals. So the only balls I have to juggle are making sure poor hubby doesn’t get ignored totally in favor of the imaginary people (and other things) in my head and making sure the animals are all fed, walked, ridden and—in the case of Piggles my three-legged Vietnamese potbellied pig—getting regular tummy tickles.

3)                 What can you tell us about your upcoming release Death Defying?

Death Defying is book 3 in my Blood Hunter series. I write across a number of romance genres, but I also love mixing them up and my Blood Hunter series is a combination of sci-fi and paranormal (sort of vampires in space with a few other things thrown in). I started writing the series after watching one of my favorite TV shows for the third time—Firefly—and I was overcome with the need to write a space opera. But I also love vampires, so when the pilot turned out to be a 1500 year old vampire I didn’t fight it too hard. That was Ricardo Sanchez, the hero of book 1, Break Out.

The series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space ship, The Blood Hunter (Or El Cazador de la Sangre – Rico is Spanish). And book 3, Death Defying, is the captain’s story. Tannis is part human, part snake and some would say all bitch and it takes a powerful man to tempt her—maybe the most powerful in the universe.

4)                 You write contemporary romance, sci-fi, thrillers and paranormal romance (whew, I’m tired just listing them). What is it about these genres that you like so much?

I love the fact that absolutely anything can happen. When you’re writing speculative fiction then the only limit is your imagination, you can go anywhere, any time and populate your stories with anything. So long as you make it believable.

5)                 Do you have a favorite? Do you think you’ll end up focusing on one over the other?

It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Up to now, I’ve tended to be a little self-indulgent and just written what I’ve felt like at the time.

Probably my favorite books to write have been the Blood Hunter series, just because they were so much fun. I have six books contracted for the series and one more to write. After that, I plan to take a step back, do a little long-term career planning, and maybe try and concentrate on one genre for a while.

On the other hand, I have a hankering to try historical…

6)                 How many publishers do you have? I’ve primarily read your Entangled books, but are there others? Did any of them give you “the call” (as opposed to an acceptance email, which has been my experience)? What was that call like, if you did?

I have two paranormal novellas published with Harlequin—they were my first accepted stories, two with The Wild Rose Press (now out of contract), a fantasy series with Breathless Press, and I have a series of paranormal novellas I have self-published.

And, very exciting, next year, my Blood Hunter series is being brought out in mass market paperback as a joint venture between Entangled and St Martin’s Press.

But sadly, I’ve never received the call – it’s all been done by email.

7)                 What books do you have planned? What’s in your future?

 After book 3 of my Blood Hunter series in December, I have book 4, Temporal Shift, releasing in January 2014, then a paranormal romance, Bittersweet Darkness (book 3 in the Order series) in February and a contemporary romance, Out of Control (book 2 in my Babysitting a Billionaire series) in March. And a few more things planned for later in the year.

8) Got any advice for those still struggling through the trenches?

Write what you love. It’s the only thing that will sustain you when the going gets tough—will it will.

9) Sweet or sour?


10) Chocolate or vanilla?


Author/Contact Info

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina writes all sorts of romance often mixing in elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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Death Defying – Blurb

Part snake, part human, and—some would say all bitch—Captain Tannis of the star ship El Cazador has one goal in life—to earn enough credits to pay for the Meridian treatment to achieve the immortality she craves. And one last job will get her there. The assignment: protecting the most powerful man in the Universe.

Being leader of the known universe isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks big time. And after five hundred years, Callum Meridian, founding member of the Collective, is bored out of his mind. But as things are changing, he’s changing—into what, though, he isn’t sure. Callum is determined to discover the truth, and he’s employed the crew of El Cazador to help him do it.

Not everyone agrees with his plan, though. His own people will stop at nothing to prevent the truth coming out, the Church is taking advantage of the confusion and attempting a coup, and even the crew of El Cazador seem close to tossing him out the airlock without a space suit. But defying death has never been more dangerous, sexier, or more fun.


Author Interview: Jessica Lemmon

I’m happy to welcome author Jessica Lemmon to the blog today. It’s been a long time since I had an author here, but I really liked Jessica’s book, so knew I just had to invite her to drop by! So let’s get too it, shall we?


1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve always loved to write, but started writing with a focus on publishing in January of 2010.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

The ultimate question! How? I do work part time outside of the home, but most of my time is dedicated to writing. I’m fortunate in that my brain pretty much only works from 8-5, so when the evening hours come, I’m free to relax. Unless there’s a deadline and I’m pushing to finish!

3) What can you tell us about your upcoming release IF YOU DARE? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

My latest is a fun, sexy short story about two coworkers who butt heads constantly. I love enemies-to-lovers romances, and Marcus and Lily’s story definitely fits the bill! I threw in a hero who dares the heroine to stay the night in an allegedly haunted house, and gave Marcus an inexplicable, distracting crush on Lily, and the story practically wrote itself.

4) You write both contemporary romance and some paranormal with your novella. What is it about these genres that you like so much?  Do you have one you prefer over the other?

Great question! I adore contemporary romance, and smart-aleck characters. I want my readers to have a highly emotional experience, whether they laugh or cry (and sometimes they tell me they do both!)

I love scary movies, so those two genres are easily blended. In IF YOU DARE, there’s enough spooky stuff to give you chills, but enough sexy to warm you up again.

5) Do you think you’ll end up focusing on one over the others?

Contemporary, most definitely, but as I said above, I don’t mind mixing in a little from another genre. 🙂

6) What was it like getting “the call”?

Amazing! I swear it was like I couldn’t get anyone to look twice at my manuscript a few months prior to getting that phone call last July. Then my agent had three publishers  interested. It was surreal! And I’m so blessed and grateful to have not only books with Grand Central, but this novella with Entangled Publishing. I’m humbled to work with so many great people.

7) Got any more books planned? What’s in your future?

Absolutely! The Love in the Balance series continues with Book 3: THE MILLIONAIRE AFFAIR in April 2014, about a millionaire ad exec who works down a list of extracurricular bedroom activities with a vintage store owner who has had a crush on him for a decade and a half.

I’m also working on a series I’m nicknaming The Bad Boy series. (You can see my Pinterest boards here: for a peek at all of my hero inspiration.)

8) Got any advice for those still struggling through the trenches?

Yes. Don’t give up! Often, the first book you write isn’t the one that will get you published. It’s because you’re new and haven’t found your style or voice yet. Keep writing. I wrote 6 books from 2010-2013. It was book #5 that made me think I was finally onto something. Those other books were not wasted; they helped me learn how to write!

If you want to be  published, don’t give up on that dream. Knuckle down, and get feedback from as many professionals as you can. Join the RWA (or other writing chapter if you don’t write romance) and get a critique partner. It’s okay to get rejected. We all do. Don’t let it stop you. Let it HELP you get better.

9) Sweet or sour?

Salty! I’m a huge fan of potato chips.

10) Chocolate or vanilla?


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Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish and went out and got herself a job. …And then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another …and another.

Soon it became apparent she’d only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since “eating potato chips” isn’t a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she’d started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn’t stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds,thankyouverymuch), and she couldn’t be happier.

She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

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Lily McIntire is sick of losing every office wager to her overly cocky—and yeah, devilishly handsome—coworker, Marcus Black. After a few too many tequila shots, and a taunt from Marcus that she’s a wuss, Lily lays down a bet he can’t refuse: One night in the abandoned and spooky Willow Mansion alone for his recent office win, a trip to Hawaii.

There’s only one thing Marcus wants more than his upcoming vacation to Hawaii: to take his sexy coworker on a real date. Every time he’s tried to get close to Lily, she’s shut him down cold. Too bad the sexual tension has hit the boiling point. Now, he’ll have to scare her out of the mansion if he has a prayer of taking her out any time soon.

In between trying to scare Lily out of her pants and get his hands into them, Marcus realizes there’s more to the mansion than either of them counted on. Suddenly, it’s not just he and Lily that are going “bump in the night”.  If they manage to survive the night and escape the mansion unscathed, can they survive each other in the light of day? Or will what happens at Willow Mansion stay at Willow Mansion?

So, thanks for coming by, everyone. Make sure to leave lots of comments to make Jessica feel warm and welcome!

Word-Slingers – Interviewing Antoinette M

1) How long have you been writing?

I probably started when I was thirteen or twelve and wrote heavily at that age. I didn’t do much writing in college and after that. For the past two years, I’ve been rediscovering my love of writing.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

Honestly, not many. I was able to quit my job to write. I know writers who take care of kids, work, go to school, write, and they’re active in writing communities. I don’t know how they do it. I literally got an email from one friend telling me she was going to read my story until her daughter set the kitchen on fire.

3) What can you tell us about your release The Vampire’s Gallery? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

I love the vampire myth—it’s so malleable. There are dozens of variations now: they’re heartless monsters, they’re “vegetarians”, they can’t stand sunlight and garlic, they’re indifferent to sunlight and garlic. I wanted to jump in with my own interpretation. I also wanted to do a vampire whose heritage went back to the cradle of humanity, Africa. Part of me understands why all the ancient vampires are white (after all, Dracula is still a very influential book), but another part of me thinks it makes no sense. While Jamie has some trappings of an old world European vampire (after all, back in the day Europe was filthy and no one would notice a few more bodies around) he’s really more a chameleon. He’s survived the centuries by being smart and blending in.

4) What is it about the paranormal/erotica genre that you like so much?

Sex, in many ways, makes the world go round. It’s a very primal drive, and it’s always mixed up with politics, something else I find fascinating. Writing about it felt very natural to me. Paranormal stories for me are fun, but I like writing stories set in the real world too.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

I actually wrote a fantasy book that needs reworked. I’m having so much fun writing smut though, it might be another year before I get back to it.

6) Sweet or sour?

Both. I love Thai food.

7) Chocolate or vanilla?


Antoinette M— had a grubby childhood in southern New Hampshire. She has always maintained that “cranky” and “Yankee” rhyme for a reason. Today, Antoinette writes smut. She lives in a crooked little house, with an awesome husband, and a very large dog. She enjoys reversing gender roles, playing with old stereotypes, and is currently working on the next installment of her series, The Vampire’s Gallery.


Unlucky. Unloved. And now undead.
Maria hasn’t been touched in years and sustains herself on her friends’ sexual encounters. She’s coerced into trying out internet dating, and she soon attracts the attention of a stud named Jamie. When he invites her out for a beer, she accepts, her mind focused on the one thing she wants—a warm body pressed against hers. Jamie makes her laugh and she invites him in, never guessing that he’s doesn’t want to bed her, but drink her.
The Vampire’s Gallery follows Maria as she leaves one life of dull city apartments for another of sex, sensation, and blood. She rattles the stilted hierarchy of Jamie’s home when she makes the ancient, distant vampire feel again.
But what about the vampires that surround Jamie? Who are her enemies, who are her friends, who’s just pretending? 

Word-Slingers – Interview of Jennifer Harlow

1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve always been a storyteller in some shape or form. I used to fake being sick to stay home from school and play with my dolls. When I got too old for that around age thirteen I moved onto putting pen to paper. I started with really terrible novellas, then since I was living in Southern California, I thought I’d try my hand at screenplays. Most of them were pretty crap too, think Lifetime movie bad. With that more or less mastered, I woke up one day and was like, “Huh. Maybe I’ll try writing a book.” And I did. Nine and counting. 

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)?

I’m such a miser that when I was working full time I squirreled away a sizable nest egg that I’m living off now so I can write full time.  I’m also unattached with no children (and no desire for either) so I can focus solely on my writing. I still go out with friends and play video games with my brothers but they all know I’m a workaholic. Balance has never been my strength.

 3) What can you tell us about your release What’s a Witch To Do? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. 

It’s entitled, What’s A Witch To Do? and it’s the first in a new series called Midnight Magic. It’s an offshoot of my other series, the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad. This one follows the most powerful witch in America who, on the busiest week of her life, finds out someone wants to kill her and take over her coven.  There’s romance, humor, Southern hospitality, and plenty of suspense. Sales pitch over. I wanted to try my hand at a romance, and a sex scene!, but since I’m still more fighter than lover I wanted to include horror and mystery elements. Hope I combined them well.

4) What is it about the combination of paranormal romance & mystery that you like so much? 

I don’t know where it comes from but I’ve always been drawn to horror and the paranormal. My grandmother was worried I’d go over to the “dark side” but they’ve always fascinated me. I like horror because it’s so dramatic like riding a roller coaster. You get to touch that darkness, that danger, but it can’t touch you back or hurt you. The paranormal is the unexplained, and we fear what we don’t understand.  Plus with the paranormal you get to have a little magic in your life, even if it’s only in a book.

 5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when? 

I started out writing a plain old serial killer novel. I’d like to return to the more mundane world but lately I’ve been writing about superheroes so I still have my head in the clouds and magic.

6) Sweet or sour? Sweet. 

I have a sweet tooth to beat the band. My dentist loves me.

7) Chocolate or vanilla? 

I used to adore chocolate but think I got sick of it. Now I’m vanilla all the way.

Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virginia home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills.
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Mona McGregor’s To Do List:
• Make 20 13 potions/spells/charms
• Put girls to bed
• Help with Debbie’s wedding
• Lose 30 pounds before bachelorette auction
• Deal with the bleeding werewolf on doorstep
• Find out who wants me dead
• Prepare for supernatural summit
• Have a nervous breakdown
• Slay a damn demon
• Fall in love
With her to-do lists growing longer each day, the last thing Mona McGregor—High Priestess and owner of the Midnight Magic shop in Goodnight, Virginia—needs is a bleeding werewolf at her front door. Between raising her two nieces and leading a large coven of witches, Mona barely has time for anything else. Not even Guy, the handsome doctor who’s taken an interest in her.
But now there’s Adam Blue, the sexy beta werewolf of the Eastern Pack who’s been badly hurt, warning Mona that someone wants her dead. Hell’s bells! A demon is stalking her, and Mona starts to suspect her coven members and even her own family could be responsible for it. With two attractive men and a determined demon after her, Mona teams up with Adam to find out who really wants her dead.

.. . and who really wants her.

Word-Slingers – Interview with DT Dyllin

1) How long have you been writing?

I used to always make up stories and write from the time I was a little kid but I never thought about being a writer. I mean, I was in advanced placement writing classes and my teachers suggested that I should consider studying something in the writing field in college, but then again my AP chemistry teacher thought I should go into the sciences too. *shrugs Enemy through the Gates was my first real attempt at a novel, which was picked up and turned into Hidden Gates. I had the urge to write a novel when songwriting was no longer creatively satisfying. So basically I’ve been writing for most of my life, and yet I’m still new to the whole author thing.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

I have two furry faced kids (german sheperds, Loki & Kira), and a Hubby. Without even considering all the rest those three are a handful! I basically don’t sleep. People think I’m joking but I’m seriously not. I guess I’ll sleep when I’m dead. Ha! (TM – Trust me, I totally get that. Late at night/early in the AM is the only way I get any peace and quiet)

3) What can you tell us about your release Hidden Gates? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

Oh ugh…it’s going to sound so clique’ but I had a dream about it. (TM – Nah, not cliche. That’s an awesome way to get ideas) In fact most of my big ideas come from my dreams. I just think it’s a way for my subconscious to hash out the details to some of the things swirling around in my imagination. Anywho…I dreamt about P.J. and her world and it stuck with me so strongly that it just had to be written down. Some of the other bits came in randomly, for instance the character Khol was inspired by my dragon tattoo. I have some craaazy dreams! My serial novel that I’m doing on my blog was inspired by a nightmare I had. I don’t think a lot of people could handle the stuff that goes on in my brain. I might be a tad disturbed. lol

4) What is it about the paranormal romance genre  that you like so much?

I just love romance in general. I’m a romance junkie. The paranormal romance genre simply gives me the freedom to color outside the lines more than a contemporary would. I do plan on doing some contemporary romance eventually, basically whatever I write; it’s going to be heavy in the romance department. I just can’t seem to help myself.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

Like I mentioned in the latter question, I do plan on doing some contemporary romance. I’ve actually started a novel, but I haven’t had time to really work on it with everything else I have going on. Sorry to say I will probably never step outside of the romance genre though. Well actually I’m not sorry…I love romance!

6) Sweet or sour?


7) Chocolate or vanilla?


Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer…are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.


For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience.
To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes.
As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.