Word-Slingers – Guest Gabi Stevens

First, some old business – winners from last week (yeah, I’m bad and late).  The winner for a copy of Lisa Sanchez’s Cursing Athena is bn100! The winner for a copy of Vera Jane Cook’s book, Annabel Horton Lost Witch of Salem is JerryR!

Now, on for today’s special guest, Gabi Stevens.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Gabi at RomCon 2010 while I was living in Denver. Her first book (I believe) had just come out, and she was giving away little bottles of fairy dust. I still have it somewhere and was absolutely enchanted by the lovely lady.  So, take it away with the questions! (There’s a special contest – you have to answer a question!).

1) How long have you been writing?

Twenty-years, if you don’t count all the essays and such I did in college. I had no idea I was a writer until I finally picked up a pen (yes, a pen) and wrote down one of the stories whirling around in my head. And then I only did it to keep my brain from liquefying after having children. Writing was my own personal way to stay sane. Ha ha. Little did I know what writing entailed.

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.)

You mean I’m supposed to have all those things moving at once? I’m luckier now than I have been in the past. Right now it’s writing, promo for the writing, and family. I used to have a day job, but the need for that has ended (no more tuition payments!). My youngest has special needs and she requires a little extra attention, but all in all, I’m in a really good place right now juggling-wise.
 Oh wait. I have two dogs too, and one is a boxer mix puppy with way too much energy. As I’m typing this, it’s raining/snowing, and the dogs just finished playing outside (poor things have been inside for two days) and just tracked mud through my entire kitchen. Excuse me while I get the mop and clean up.

3) Your next book, Wishful Thinking (Time of Transition #3), just came out on 4/24. Can you tell the audience about it?

WISHFUL THINKING is the third book in my trilogy about fairy godmothers, but they’re not the ones you remember from Disney. Their role is more one of protection, although they do also grant wishes.

In Wishful Thinking, free-spirit Stormy Jones-Smythe lives in a loving community of artists, but when she is chosen as the third fairy godmother, the Arcani world forces its boundaries and expectations on her. The first two godmothers have gone rogue, and the Council assigns her a full time guard to prevent her from doing the same. Luckily even a rigid and strict bodyguard can’t contain her exuberance. Hunter Merrick doesn’t appreciate the babysitting job he’s been given, especially when Stormy proves as chaotic as her name implies. But a threat forces Hunter to choose which side deserves his loyalty and both choices have dire consequences. And if Stormy can defeat the greatest enemy the Arcani have seen since the time of Merlin, maybe she can rescue a bit of happiness for herself too. If she survives.

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

I love the freedom paranormal stories give you. You can make up your own rules, like vampires that sparkle (What? That’s been done?). Oh sure, there are established tropes, but you don’t have to adhere to them. You can make up your own world. You just have to be consistent within that world.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre (I know you had a self-pubbed book, Temptation’s Warrior), and if yes, what to and when?

My first love has always been paranormal, but I was first published in historical. I had seven books come out under a different name. Temptation’s Warrior was one of those seven. I’m working now on getting the rights back for the others and hope to re-release them all electronically soon. And currently I’ve a manuscript in progress that’s a historical paranormal, which combines my two favorite genres.

6) Sweet or sour?

Why not both? I love Sweet Tarts and Pixie Stix, sweet and sour pork, hot and sour soup. Now, if you’d given me the choice of sweet or salty, I’d pick salty.

7) Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

Vanilla (I’m not a huge chocolate fan—don’t throw rocks. If I eat chocolate it has to be Swiss or German chocolate with nuts in it. Or Twix or Butterfingers.)

Hrmph, I’m not sure about you any more, Gabi! Not a huge chocolate fan………..

Readers can reach me at GabiStevens505@gmail.com. I also have a website: www.GabiStevens.com; a blog site: www.GabiStevens.blogspot.com; Facebook: facebook.com/gabi.stevens; or Twitter: twitter.com/GabiStevens.

Gabi Stevens was born in SoCal to Hungarian parents. After spending time in boarding school, college, and studying abroad, she spent seven years in the classroom trying to teach eighth graders the joys of literature. An award winning author, Gabi writes in New Mexico where she lives with her robotics engineer husband, three daughters, and two dogs. She loves to play games, has a wicked addiction to reading, avoids housework and cooking, and doesn’t travel nearly as much as she would like to.
Discover the magic:
For a chance to win a copy of one of the first two books in the Time of Transition series, you need to answer the following question from Ms. Stevens (and leave your email address – and follow the blog if you want to [not required]).

Which book have you re-read the most (not counting the Bible or other religious text)?

Look forward to hearing from everyone!  Winner to be announced after I get back in town on Sunday (May 6).


Six Sentence Sunday (4/15/12) – #sixsunday

Welcome back and thanks for joining me today. It’s time for another squiblet from BMR and after this, I shall be taking a break from SSS for a while.

From Jordan MacNaught’s private journal on waking dreams.

After extensive experimentation, it is my experience that if you can create a believable transition from reality to a waking dream, the subject will not question elements of the dream, even if under normal circumstances the element is either impossible or unlikely. It is particularly satisfying when a normally rational man screams because he believes a yellow-striped elephant is about to trample on him without questioning the possibility that such a beast actually exists. Wonderful thing, magic. Rotters are such idiots. Caveat:Dream-walkers might question odd happenings, but if they remain unaware of the dream magic, as opposed to reality, they will generally shrug off inconsistencies. 

There you have it! Please check out the other awesome contributors to Six Sentence Sunday.
The winner for Kassanna’s post is Romance Reader Enthusiast!
The winner for Liana Brooks’ post is Jennifer Lowery Kamptner!
Congratulations everyone and have a great week!

Sale & Winner Announcements!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! (I’ve been up since before 4, so I’m already a bit loopy from the tired).

Quick business.

First, for a limited time Evernight has lowered the price on Blood Rage at Amazon and Amazon UK to a mere $0.99 and  £0.77 respectively (to help get ready for next week’s release of Blood-Mage Rising. If you haven’t read the first book in the Dream-Walker War series, this is the time to buy it!

Second, we have a winner for the Adonis Devereux book! Jennifer Lowery, it’s your lucky day! Contact me at torymichaels@live.com and I’ll put you in touch with Adonis to get your copy of Chasing Earth and Flame!

Have a great day everyone.

Thursday Word-Slingers – Guest Christine Warner

Today’s guest is Christine Warner, a friend of mine from the Enchanting the Muse crit group.  Her debut novel, Some Like it in Handcuffs, comes out tomorrow. So, join me in giving a nice, warm welcome to Christine!

1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve always wanted to write, but life seemed to get in the way with family, kids, jobs—you know…the norm.  About 3 years ago, my sister pushed me into giving it a try and going for what I’d always talked about.  And here I am J

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.)

My kids are older now, so they don’t take up as much time, I gave up on pressuring myself to keep a perfect house and my job consists of power working for 2 or 3 days a week and that affords me 4 to 5 other days of the week off to write and get all the other things that need attention done.  I have to admit, even though I work long shifts each weekend, I’m lucky to have so much time off during the week.

3) When is your next release due out and can you tell the audience about it?

Besides Some Like it in Handcuffs (releasing March 23rdin print and ebook—shameless plug…lol) I have 2 other books coming out.  Two-Timing the Boss is also coming out with The Wild Rose Press but I don’t have a cover or a release date yet.  And I also have an ebook coming out with Entangled Press from their Indulgence Line with Lori Wilde.  That book is titled Blind Date Billionaire, and as of yet, no release date or cover there either.

Here’s a blurb for Two-Timing the Boss:

Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery.  She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed.  Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt.  But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.

From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants.  She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery.  The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.

Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less.  But when he meets Farah, all bets are off.  He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer.  Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.

I’m going to be naughty (TM – oh you naughty girl, you) and give you a quickie one sentence teaser for Blind Date Billionaire:

Her professional reputation tarnished, her life in turmoil, Jill Adgate is given sixty seconds by Chet Castle—an attractive, womanizing, sexy business tycoon—to make the decision of a lifetime.   

4) What is it about the romantic suspense genre that you like so much?

I love romantic suspense as well as contemporary romance (which is what the other 2 books are) mainly because I love reading stories that could actually happen.  I like that they are set in today’s world with today’s possibilities, obstacles and challenges.

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

For now I think I’ll stick with contemporary and romantic suspense, but have tossed around the idea of writing erotica.  J…I feel rebellious and naughty just saying it…lol  Don’t know if I will, but it’s something to consider for down the road.

6) Silliness 1: Sweet or sour?

I like sweet and sour…my mouth is already watering just thinking about it.  Lol

7) Silliness 2: Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

I actually like vanilla with chocolate syrup on top J  I also love Mint chocolate chip.  Oh, don’t even get me started!  

I’m with you on the Mint Chocolate Chip. Oh lord, that sounds good.

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I love to hear from readers and other authors J  

Sunny Kennedy, the only female in a family of blue blood male detectives, is determined to prove testosterone isn’t the only qualification required to solve a cold case. Handcuffed while undercover then taken to the precinct by an attractive detective, her domineering family demands she work with Detective Judson Blackwolf, or she’s off the case.

Judson Blackwolf thinks women in law enforcement should work behind the scenes. The prospect of working with his Captain’s sexy daughter doesn’t thrill him. He only agrees in hopes of solving the murder of his one time mentor’s daughter. Once the case is over, he’s moving to Montana to heal his wounds from the loss of his last partner.

But when their investigation takes a dangerous turn, Sunny and Jud soon realize their feelings for each other cannot be denied.

Judson soaked in her appearance, but controlled his grin. A pair of baggy sweatpants and a stretched out blue sweatshirt which matched the color of her eyes looked sexy as hell on Sunny. She’d pulled her hair into a pony tail and her small feet were hidden in a pair of girlish, fluffy, pink slippers.
With her tomboyish ways, he never considered she’d own anything girly, fluffy, and especially pink. The black framed glasses perched on the tip of her nose almost caused him to come undone. He didn’t usually go for the brainy look, but the whole effect had him rethink his prejudice. Nerdy looked great from this view.
He looked around her small, homey apartment. Antique wooden tables accented the array of bright colored leather furniture. Neon red, green, yellow and blue leather filled the room. Somehow the quirky furnishings matched her personality, and the way she’d arranged the old and new pieces brought the room together nicely. Pictures of her family were visible on every available surface, and unexpected piles of romance novels covered a corner of the floor to his right. He smiled at the discovery. He’d have guessed she’d be more interested in true crime or mysteries.
He cleared his throat. “Nice place.”
“I like it.”
The way she slid her heart shaped pendant back and forth along the chain of her necklace betrayed her agitation. She hid her gaze beneath the fluttery fan of her lashes.
“Surprised to see me?” He waited until she’d taken a seat on the yellow sofa before he claimed a spot on the red chair across from her.
“You could say that. I hoped you’d drop it and leave me to work alone.” The smile on her lips didn’t reach her eyes. “Your tough skin must’ve deflected the message I sent through my powers of mental telepathy.”
He laughed outright before he could stop himself. Her outspoken sense of humor and girl-next-door-look were a lethal combination since she was off limits. Only an idiot would mess with the boss’s daughter.
And there you have it, Christine Warner!
Don’t forget, today is the last day to comment for a chance to win one of Kallypso Master’s backlist, and we are still running a contest for Katee Robert’s Queen of Swords (ends 3/26).

The winner of the Carrie Ann Ryan give away was Romance Reader Enthusiast! I’ve emailed her.

Winner of Empi Baryeh’s contest

Good afternoon. As promised by the lovely Empi, this announcement is being made at noon. The winner of Empi’s debut novel, The Most Eligible Bachelor, is Meninaiscrazy, commenter #1. Menina, please email me and I will put you in touch with Empi.

Have a great day. Will be doing Six Sentence Sunday this weekend and will try to do an update post as well! Been busy around here with Rising edits, hence why I’ve been (for me) unusually quiet of late.