Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March Launch Party - Already Home by Susan Mallery (Mar 29 - Apr 12)

This launch is to celebrate Susan Mallery's trade size release of Already Home starting today, March 29th.


Dear Reader,

ALREADY HOME is one of the most emotional stories I’ve ever written, a story of a woman who learns to open her heart and, in the process, discovers that love doesn’t wait for an invitation. Jenna Stevens is still reeling from a recent divorce and recuperating from wounds inflicted by a husband who belittled her at every opportunity. A classically trained chef, Jenna no longer believes she’s capable of the leaps of creativity that once won her praise from her instructors and from food critics, so she moves back to her hometown in Texas to open a retail cooking store.

Just as Jenna’s settling into her new career and beginning to feel like she’s on even ground, her birth mother barrels her way into Jenna’s life. Jenna doesn’t want or need a second mother, especially a vegan mother named Serenity who would have named her Butterfly. But while Serenity listens to signs from the Universe, she easily ignores Jenna telling her to go away. With gentle but insistent pressure, she will find a way to open Jenna’s heart. 
And once the heart is open, anything can happen!  Susan Mallery

To read the reviews for Already Home, here

I'm hoping you run out and purchase Already Home.  So I'm offering Internationally your chance to win a $25.00 gift card to Amazon.

To qualify, go to Susan Mallery's website and contact Susan between March 29 and April 12. In your note, mention this contest. It’s as easy as that! The gift card contest is open to fans from around the world. While you visiting Susan's website be sure to join her membership page

One lucky US resident will win a copy of Someone Like You. So if you’d like a chance to win the book, be sure to mention that you have a US address and leave your email address so that you can be contacted.

The winners will be chosen at random from among all the qualifying entries and will be notified by email.

US residents, for a chance to win an autographed copy of Someone Like you, follow Susan on Facebook or join her Membership Page


Jill Strathern left town for the big city and never looked back—until she returned home years later to run a small law practice. It turns out her childhood crush, Mac Kendrick, a burned-out LAPD cop, has also come back to sleepy Los Lobos. Even though Mac rejected her back in high school, Jill can't deny the attraction she still feels for him.

Now Jill and Mac are tangled in enough drama to satisfy the most jaded L.A. denizens—Mafia dons, social workers, angry exes and one very quirky eight-year-old make even the simplest romance complicated. And it all goes to prove that when it comes to affairs of the heart, there's no place like home. An unlikely pair…but a perfect match.



Monday, March 28, 2011

Brenda Novak: Be Part of the Cure - May 2011 Jr. Diabetes Aujction




May 2011 Romance Suspense author Brenda Novak is hosting her annual Jr. Diabetes Auction.  There's something for everyone!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Michael Baron and Spinning - Q&A and Giveaway (US Residents only)




Meet Michael Baron:

I grew up in the New York area and I’ve lived there my entire life. I worked in retail and taught high school English before I got my first book contract. I have gotten several additional book contracts since then, which is fortunate because I didn’t have the patience to work in retail and, while I quite enjoyed teaching, my approach was a bit too unconventional for most school systems. One school administrator told me that, “there are more important things than being a dynamic teacher.” Since I couldn’t name any of those things (at least in the context of school), I figured I didn’t have a long-term future in the profession. Hence, I became a writer, where I believe people appreciate a certain level of dynamism.

Though I started with nonfiction, I have always loved fiction and I have always wanted to write it. I’ve always had a particular affection for love stories. In fact, the very first book-length thing I ever wrote, when I was thirteen, was a love story. Mind you, it was the kind of love story that a thirteen-year-old boy would write, but it was a love story nonetheless. I have a deep passion for writing about relationships – family relationships, working relationships, friendships, and, of course, romantic relationships – and I can only truly explore this by writing fiction. These novels have given me a way to voice the millions of things running through my head.

My wife and kids are the center of my life. My wife is the inspiration for all of my love stories and my children enthrall me, challenge me, and keep me moving. One of the primary reasons I wrote my first novel, When You Went Away was that I wanted to write about being a father. Aside from my family, I have a few other burning passions. I’m a pop culture junkie with an especially strong interest in music, I love fine food (and any restaurant shaped like a hot dog), and I read far too many sports blogs for my own good.

Book Blurb of Spinning

Spinning

Dylan Hunter has it made. At 29, he has great friends, a huge job, all the women he can handle, and no commitments. A public relations executive, Dylan has dashed up the ladder of success by mastering the art of the spin – bending the truth to his and his clients’ needs. But when a former lover steps back into his life with a three-year-old girl by her side (no, she’s not his), Dylan suddenly finds himself in a place he can’t spin himself out of. And when Dylan unexpectedly becomes the child’s sole guardian, he finds himself to be like a circus performer trying to keep all of his spinning plates from crashing to the ground. In what seems like a blink of the eye, Dylan Hunter’s life has changed completely…whether he’s ready for it or not.

Welcome Michael to Romance Author Buzz. Can you tell us a little about Spinning and where you got your idea for the book?

Michael: Spinning is the story of Dylan, a guy in his late twenties, who suddenly needs to reorder his priorities when Diane, an old girlfriend, shows up with her three-year-old daughter, Spring (not his). They rekindle their romance, but then Diane dies in a car accident and Dylan is an instant parent with no parenting skills.

I got the idea for Spinning from thinking about how my life changed after my first child was born. I fell in love with being a parent right away, but I remember thinking, “Wow, I can’t just quit my job or decide to become a missionary anymore.”

Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you?

Michael: I’m a dedicated advance plotter. I’ve tried writing without a well-developed plot and it wasn’t pretty. That doesn’t mean that I don’t let the characters move things around on me. Some of my favorite scenes have been those that happened by surprise because I realized I needed something I hadn’t considered ahead of time.

What are you currently working on?

Michael: I have two novels going at once, racing to decide which gets published first. One is the first in a series about a New England family. The other involves a man making a mind-boggling sacrifice for the woman he loves.

Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?

Michael: I identify to some degree with all of my protagonists, but I would have to say that the one I’ve connected with the most is Gerry Rubato from When You Went Away. I think that might have something to do with When You Went Away being my first novel and my pouring so much of myself into that character, but I also especially like Gerry’s combination of bafflement, commitment to his kids, and dedication to living a meaningful life.

What is the hardest thing about your job?

Michael: I find plotting to be a very slow process. I know I need to do it ahead of time if I’m going to create work I’m happy with, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy it.

What are your currently reading?

Michael: I tend not to read much fiction while I’m writing fiction, so I’m not reading a novel right now. I’m loving Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids, though.

What is one thing in your history that has influenced your writing, whether it’s a character, your work habits, or your favorite plot conflict?

Michael: I think the thing that has influenced my writing the most is my relationship with my wife and children. Love and family are two huge themes for me, and they’re the reason why.

Before I let you go is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know?

Michael: Just that I’m always interested in their thoughts and comments. They can write me at Michael@michaelbaronbooks.com.

Michael, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!

Michael Baron’s website:
Michael’s blog:

To win a copy of Spinning, ask Michael any questions here at Romance Author Buzz and don’t forget to leave your email address.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Molly Harper - The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf



Unfortunately, actual naked hunky werewolves remain elusive…


Molly Harper, author of HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF and the upcoming THE ART OF SEDUING A NAKED WEREWOLF, has written the following blog post.

When I was little and came running into the house, sweaty and caked in dirt, my mom would cry, “What the- have you been rolling around with wolves?”

Well, here I sit, sweaty, caked in various layers of dried mud. And I have indeed been playing with wolves. While promoting the release of my Naked Werewolf romance series, I visited the Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge in Nicholasville, KY. Wolf Run, a state- and USDA-licensed non-profit educational facility, provides a safe, loving and permanent sanctuary for 23 adult wolves and wolf-dog hybrids. The refuge is also home to two full-grown lions, deer, goats, sheep, monkeys, and other exotic wildlife. And Rowdy, the most obese raccoon I have ever seen.

Most of the animals are former pets that were either confiscated by or surrendered by their owners. Because it turns out, wolf hybrids do not make great house pets.

As Savannah Massey, director of animal care and education at Wolf Run told me, “These animals are gorgeous, appealing and unique. But they’re also aggressive, destructive and territorial. This is not an animal you want in your home. Wolf genetics do not go away. And it’s not just that they could tear up your furniture or hurt one of your other pets- you are physically in danger when you’re around them.”

Just what you want to hear when you’re sitting right next to one, and he’s been licking your face.

Honestly, Boone, a 10-year-old grey male, could not have been nicer during my visit and our subsequent photo shoot. He was a dignified statesman compared to raucous Razz, a three-year-old tan specimen who seemed to think my make-up was bacon-flavored. (Note to Sephora, wolf-oriented face powder may be a niche market you haven’t considered yet.)
I learned a lot during my visit to Wolf Run. I was happy to find there are some definite similarities between actual wolves and the characters in HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF and THE ART OF SEDUCING A NAKED WEREWOLF.

For instance, a wolf will pee on whatever it wants, whenever it wants, to make sure you know that thing belongs to them. It is now your tree, Boone, we understand. Thank you for not choosing my shoes.

Wolves have to date. There are five packs at Wolf Run, each with three to five pack members. New wolves are matched to potential packs based on temperament when they arrive at Wolf Run. If the initial matches don’t work, they are moved to different packs until they find a good fit. Some wolves, like Boone, don’t fit well with any group and end up being loners. (Which, I think, makes him a bit like Cooper.)

Wolves struggle over the Alpha position. Large males jockey for the position and it can lead to inter-pack tension. Unlike Boone, who was an Alpha contender, Razz, just seemed to want to play, which made me think of Samson. I did not see a real-life counterpart for Maggie, which was probably a good thing given her penchant for biting people on the butt.

Mary Kindred, CEO of Wolf Run, calls the animals her babies. When she walks around the yard, any effort to distract the wolves is futile, because a) she is mom and b) she has Pupperoni in her pocket. Kindred noted that the sanctuary receives no outside funding, and all expenses, such sturdy fencing, food, veterinary care, and upkeep of the grounds, are paid through donations. The facility welcomes volunteers. And despite the love and effort Mary and her staff devote to the sanctuary, both she and Savannah look forward to the day they’re no longer needed.

“These animals shouldn’t be here,” Savannah said. “The lions should be in Africa. The wolves should be in the wild. Our goal is to rescue animals and educate the public, until a facility like this is no longer needed.”

To learn more about Wolf Run, go to or contact Mary at ceoatwrwrhope@aol.com.

Wolf photo credit: Memories by Chris/Chris Meyer/Georgetown, KY

So I ask those of you who visit this blog, here is a picture of my dog Annie.  We found Annie and her brother's in the little town of Belfair, Washington where we have a cabin on Hood Canal.  An author friend of mine thinks she looks like a wolf; what do you think?













THE ART OF SEDUCING A NAKED WEREWOLF goes on sale 3/29!

Here's what Romantic Times is saying about the book:

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Sensuality: HOT
Romantic Times

"Harper is simply fantastic. She accurately and subtly uses the rugged setting of a small rural town in Alaska to great advantage. Living in Alaska and having spent time in some very remote areas, this reviewer is suitably impressed. The story is a page-turning delight and the main characters are fraught with sexual tension. Clever repartee keeps things flowing and inward giggles are constant. I don’t know how I’ve missed out on Harper before now, but I’m planning on catching up and putting her on my “must buy” list."

Last month I did an interview with Molly Harper.....you can read it here



Thursday, March 17, 2011

Meet Sheila Goss

Sheila Goss Bio: 

Shelia M. Goss is the Dallas Morning News and Essence Magazine Best-Selling author of Savannah's Curse, Delilah, My Invisible Husband, Roses are Thorns, Paige’s Web, Double Platinum, His Invisible Wife, Hollywood Deception, and the teen series The Lip Gloss Chronicles. Delilah is her tenth novel and first Christian fiction novel. 


Book Description:

Straight-laced Savannah Blake’s world is turned upside down when she finds her dad, Major Blake, shot on his lawn. Before he dies, he gives her a few clues to the identity of his killer. His dying request is “Protect your sisters.” Montana and Asia are the only family Savannah has left, and she will fight to the end to save them. The pain of losing their father has Savannah obsessed with finding his killer.

Savannah suspects someone from “The Agency,” a secret government security operation where her father once worked, is behind his death. She enlists the help of Troy Bridges, the owner of a private security firm in Dallas. She doesn’t necessarily trust him, but Savannah needs Troy because of his inside knowledge of The Agency.

The chemistry between Savannah and Troy is electric, and only intensifies as the stakes get higher. They have no time to deal with their unresolved feelings, though, because the closer they get to the killer, the more dangerous things become.

Savannah’s Curse will take you on a roller-coaster ride of suspense as Savannah channels her grief into an unrelenting search for her father’s murderer.

Welcome Shelia Goss to Romance Author Buzz. Is there a back story to Savannah's Curse?

Yes. Savannah, Asia and Montana are three sisters who were raised by their father. When he's found murdered, the sisters are devastated. Savannah's the oldest so she takes on the lead role and encourages her sisters to be relentless on finding his killer.  

How long have you been writing and what was your call story?

I've been writing since I was nine years old but didn't start writing professionally until years later. I've always wanted to be an author and was originally going to wait until I retired. When my dad died and Princess Di died, I realized that life was too short and decided to pursue it then and not wait.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? Have you had other jobs along the way?

I've always known I wanted to be a writer in some aspect. I wanted to be a songwriter and an author. I never gave up either one of those dreams. Yes, I've worked for Fortune 500 companies in the past.

Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you?

A combination of both. I know what my story will be about before I sit down to write it; however while writing the story, I allow the characters to give me their stories and I relate it to the readers.

Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?

All of my main characters are my favorite during the time that I'm writing their story. I will speak about Savannah of Savannah's Curse since its the current novel I'm promoting. I like her character because although the odds are against her, she doesn't give up on finding out her father's killer. She does whatever it takes to get to the bottom of things.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on book #2 in my "Bad Women of the Bible" series. People who have read the first book in the series, Delilah, will be happy to know that since the ending of Delilah had a few readers emailing me :)

What is the best thing about your job as an author? What is the hardest thing?

The best thing about being an author is I get to create a new world every time I write a new book. I get to meet new people when I'm out promoting my books.

The hardest part about being an author is getting the word out about my book on a limited budget.

If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?

Family Ties
 
Describe a day in the life of Shelia Goss.

My average day starts at 7. I check and respond to email, Facebook, Twitter on occasion. If I'm working on a novel, I write for at least hours and the cycle continues the next day.

What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?

My characters are fictional characters. Any resemblance to anyone they know is purely coincidental :) 
 
When the time comes for you to retire from writing, what would you like your readers to remember the most about you and your writing?

I hope to never retire. LOL But when I do have to retire, I hope readers remember that I told a good story that not only entertained them but left them with a life lesson.

Who is your favorite author?

I have so many favorite authors so I'll only name a few: Kimberla Lawson Roby, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Victor McGlothin, Carl Weber, Vincent Alexandria, Michelle McGriff, Rhonda McKnight, Pat G'orge Walker, Lutishia Lovely and the list goes on and on.

What are you currently reading?

Piano in the Dark by Eric Pete.

 
Before I let you go is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know?

I love writing in different genres. I'm grateful that readers are open to me doing so.

 
Shelia Goss thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!

Thank you for the interview and presenting me to your readers.
Sheila'sWebsite:



Sheila will give away a copy of one her older books. Hollywood Deception. Leave a comment on this blog post. Answering the following question: What makes a good heroine to you?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop - March 17-20


This contest is for US residents only and it's for a copy of Summer by the Sea by author Susan Wiggs.  To win  a copy, tell me who your favorite author is and why!  Don't forget to leave your email address so that you can be contacted. 


Book Description:

With a little determination and a lot of charm, Rosa Capoletti took a run-down pizza joint and turned it into an award-winning restaurant that has been voted "best place to propose" three years in a row. For Rosa, though, there has been no real romance since her love affair with Alexander Montgomery ended without explanation a decade ago. But guess who's just come back to town?

Reunited at the beach house where they first fell in love, Rosa and Alexander discover that the secrets of the past are not what they seem. Now, with all that she wants right in front of her, Rosa searches for happiness with the man who once broke her heart—and learns that in love, as in life, there are second chances.

About the author, Susan Wiggs

Using blunt scissors, pages from a Big Chief tablet, a borrowed stapler and a Number Two pencil, Susan Wiggs self-published her first novel at the age of eight. A Book About Some Bad Kids [I still have this-CL] was based on the true-life adventures of Susan and her siblings, and the first printing of one copy was a complete sell-out.
 
Due to her brother's extreme reaction to that first prodigious effort, Susan went underground with her craft, entertaining her friends and offending her siblings with anonymously-written stories of virtuous sisters and the brothers who torment them. The first romance she ever read was Shanna by the incomparable Kathleen Woodiwiss, which she devoured while slumped behind a college vector analysis textbook. Armed with degrees from SFA and Harvard, and toting a crate of "keeper" books by Woodiwiss, Roberta Gellis, Laurie McBain, Rosemary Rodgers, Jennifer Blake, Bertrice Small and anything with the words "flaming" and "ecstasy" in the title, she became a math teacher, just to prove to the world that she did have a left brain.

Late one night, she finished the book she was reading and was confronted with a reader's worst nightmare—She was wide awake, and there wasn't a thing in the house she wanted to read. Figuring this was the universe's way of taking away her excuses, she picked up a Big Chief tablet and a Number Two pencil, and began writing her novel with the working title, A Book About Some Bad Adults. Actually, that was a bad book about some adults, but Susan persevered, learning her craft the way skydiving is learned—by taking a blind leap and hoping the chute will open.

Her first book was published (without the use of blunt scissors and a stapler) by Zebra in 1987, and since then she has been published by Avon, Tor, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Warner and Mira Books. Unable to completely abandon her beloved teaching profession, Susan is a frequent workshop leader and speaker at writers' conferences, including the literary institution Fields End and the legendary Maui Writers Conference. Her novel The Charm School was voted one of RWA's Favorite Books of the Year. She is the proud recipient of three RITA awards for Lakeside Cottage, Lord of the Night and The Mistress, and is often a finalist for the prestigious award. Her books appear regularly on numerous "Best Of" lists.

Susan enjoys many hobbies, including sitting in the hot tub while talking to her mother on the phone, kickboxing, cleaning the can opener, sculpting with butter and growing her hair. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Source:  Susan's website

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Q&A and Giveaway with Author Alexandrea Weis



Alexandrea Weis' popular first novel, To My Senses received rave reviews and garnered awards for both commercial fiction and romance writing, including 2007 finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for commercial fiction and 2007 finalist for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year. A permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

 

Book Description:

Recovery by Alexandrea Weis is the second novel in the wildly sexy series featuring the enigmatic Nicci Beauvoir. A thrilling read, this character-driven book boasts a whodunit mystery, sultry seductions, and an unforgettable cliffhanging twist.

Once a darling of New Orleans society, Nicci pens a novel about her departed love, the artist David Alexander. While promoting her book in the Big Apple, she’s approached by David’s former boss, Simon La Roy, who has a theory about David’s death that devastates Nicci. She learns David’s murder may be linked to someone from her past. Enter Dallas August, an elite member of Simon’s organization of corporate spies prized for his ruthless ability to get the job done. Playing the part of Nicci’s lover, Dallas returns to Katrina-ravaged New Orleans with her to flush out the killer. But everything is not what is seems in the Big Easy, and soon the couple finds themselves trapped in a psychotic’s twisted game of revenge. As the danger grows, Nicci’s relationship with the handsome spy turns from adversarial to amorous.

On the run for their lives, Dallas and Nicci must confront their tormentor before it is too late. It’s a deadly decision that could cost Nicci everything, but it is her only chance for finally revealing the identity of the murderer. Just as the truth behind David’s death is discovered, another more compelling mystery is unearthed. It’s an unexpected turn of events that rocks Nicci’s world.


Welcome Alexandrea to Romance Author Buzz. Is there a back story to Recovery?

"I place Nicci's road to recovery in the post-Katrina New Orleans because I wanted the city's struggles, and eventual resurrection, to mirror the experiences of the main character," Weis says.Romantic mystery readers and fans of the first title, To My Senses, in the Nicci Beauvoir Series will appreciate the suspense and emotional edge Weis brings to the table in "Recovery."

How long have you been writing and what was your call story?

I have been writing since I was about eight. I first wrote poems and then branched out into short stories. I did not write my first novel, To My Senses, until I was in my thirties.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?

Being a writer was always the dream job, but I did not pursue my writing interest in college. Instead, I went the more practical route and studied nursing in undergraduate and graduate school.

Have you had other jobs along the way?

I am an RN clinical specialist in gerontology by education. I taught nursing at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans and worked at a few hospitals in the city. I never planned on being a writer. After finishing my Ph.D., I decided to start writing again. I have written several books but publishing my first book, To My Senses, was something I felt I had to do. After the success of that novel, I thought maybe I could make a go of writing after all. That is when I sat down and wrote Recovery.

Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you?

I let the stories lead me. I always can see the ending, but never the middle or the beginning. Writing a book is an adventure to me.

Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?

Nicci Beauvoir. She is very much like me. Her story is in many ways my story. You could say she just came to her senses about writing a little sooner than I did.

What are you currently working on?

Book III in the series titled Sacrifice.

What is the best thing about your job as an author?   What is the hardest thing?

The best thing about being a writer is losing myself in the world of my characters. You get so absorbed and then you really learn to love these characters. They become like family. What I hate about writing is when I am into a book my house does not get cleaned, my husband starves, and my menagerie of animals wonder why “Mommie” is locked up in her room.

If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?

Never give up. No matter the heartbreak inside of you, or around you as in the case of Katrina, things really do get better with time.

Describe a day in the life of Alexandrea Weis.

That varies a great deal depending on the time of year. As a permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, I always have a wide variety of orphaned and injured animals under my roof. Right now, I am nursing a few orphaned baby gray squirrels. Feeding them formula every four hours takes up a great deal of time, but I love it. I love helping animals. Even spent some time down in the Gulf after the BP oil spill cleaning birds. I specialize in small mammals and in Southern Louisiana that can run the gambit from red fox to raccoon. So there is always something new going on at my house throughout the year.

What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?

That I really do enjoy hearing what people think about my stories and my characters. So if you ever see me on the street or at Wal Mart, stop and say hello. I would love to hear what you think about my books.

When the time comes for you to retire from writing, what would you like your readers to remember the most about you and your writing?

I want them to lovingly remember my characters more than anything. If I succeed in that, then I have definitely done what I set out to do.

Who is your favorite author?

I know this is going to sound really crazy, especially from a Romance writer, but Ian Fleming. James Bond in the books is so well defined, so memorable that Fleming has succeeded in creating a character that lives on in the hearts of many. I think the books are the reason the movies have lasted as long as they have.

What are you currently reading?

Cleopatra: A life by Stacy Schiff. I am an ancient history nut.

Before I let you go is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know?

I want them to know how grateful I am for all the support I have received. Thank you to all the readers. You guys really keep me going!

Alexandrea, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!

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Alexandrea has very generously offered to giveaway some copies of Recovery.  Contest is limited to US Residents only.  To win a copy. Maybe have the copy describe your  best and worst first dates.   According to Alexandria, her worst first date ended up being her husband....lol

Since the author is being so generous, please "like" her on Facebook or on Twitter.  Don't forget to leave your email address.  The winner will be announced April 15th






Friday, March 04, 2011

Meet Kimberly Lang Author of Girl's Guide to Flirting with Danger


Kimberly Lang hid romance novels behind her textbooks in junior high, and even a master’s program in English couldn’t break the obsession with dashing heroes and Happily Ever After. A ballet dancer turned English teacher, Kimberly married an electrical engineer and turned her life into an ongoing episode of “When Dilbert Met Frasier.” She and her Darling Geek live in beautiful North Alabama with their one Amazing Child—who, unfortunately, shows an aptitude to sports.




Book Description:

GIRLS’ GUIDE TO FLIRTING WITH DANGER

Life is good for marriage counselor Megan Lowe—until the media discover that she’s the ex–wife of Devin Kenney, America's most famous divorce attorney! Now the paparazzi are digging for a scoop just in time for the launch of Devin's new book. His gorgeous smile smirks at Megan from magazines and billboards — making him infuriatingly impossible to forget…
It's time for Megan to throw her rulebook out of the window and face her dangerously sexy ex. And their sizzlingly hot reunion — well, that's most definitely headline news…
Welcome Kimberly to Romance Author Buzz. 

Hi Marilyn! Thanks for having me.

How long have you been writing and what was your call story?

I got serious about writing in late 2004.  (I’d been dithering about before that, saying I’d write a book “one day.”).  I submitted that manuscript in 2005 and sold in 2008. So that’s not too bad, I guess.

I’d submitted the full and got a three-page revision letter that pretty much sent me back almost to square one.   But they loved my voice (so they said) so I ripped that book apart and rewrote into something only vaguely recognizable from the original. 

The day of my call (May 2, 2008), I was on my cell phone with Rhonda Nelson when the house phone rang.  I didn’t recognize the number, so I let the answering machine pick up downstairs.  I could hear there was a message being left, but not what it was, so I Googled the number and found out it was from Mills and Boon in London.  I ran downstairs – still on the phone with Rhonda – to listen to a message saying they’d call back.  It was the longest hour of my life.  All because I thought my “Call” might be from a telemarketer. ~sigh~

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? Have you had other jobs along the way?

I have a Master’s degree in English, so I had a long and storied career in the food service industry.  I was a ballet dancer, a program coordinator for a non-profit organization, a conference organizer for NASA scientists, and I taught English to ungrateful Freshmen.  It’s a bit of a mixed bag, but I learned things at all the jobs that I use as a writer—and I didn’t even know I wanted to be a writer until I was in my mid-20s!

Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you?

The characters lead the way.  Always.  It’s not the easiest way to write a book, because I never know what’s around the next corner; it could be something really cool, or a complete dead end. But I’m not a plotter. I can’t plot out a book to save my life, because I never know where the characters are going to go.

Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?

There’s a piece of me in all my characters and there’s always something in them that I identify with. I can’t pick a favorite.  It would be wrong to try.  Their feelings might get hurt.

What are you currently working on?
 
I’m finishing up a trio of books featuring three brothers from a powerful political family.  My Marshall brothers are sexy and powerful, and they have heroines who turn their lives upside down. Look for them in 2012.

If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?

Whatever she wanted! I’ll make it work.  Hey, that English degree might come in handy… I’m good at analyzing literature any way you want me to.  Oprah, you tell me the theme, and I’ll make it work. ~grin~
 
Describe a day in the life of Kimberly Lang.

Up at for thirty minutes of meditation and thirty minutes of yoga.  I make a cup of tea, then go meet the Geek and the Amazing Child for breakfast and spend a little time with them before they head off for the day. I answer fan mail for half an hour, then loose myself in new manuscript before I go investigate that strange beeping sound…

I slap the snooze button again, but the Amazing Child is shouting that she has no socks, and she needs lunch money, so I have to pull myself out of bed anyway. We’ve all overslept, so I toss her a banana to hold her until lunch and find out she was supposed to bring two dozen cookies for the PTA bake sale today, and the garbage truck is coming and the bin’s not down at the curb…

Yeah, it’s kind of like every other suburban mom’s life, only I can sleep for a little longer in the morning because I get to wear sweatpants to work and showers are optional.   

What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?

That I adore each and every one of them. Having someone appreciate what I write is a great honor that just tickles me to no end. 

What are you currently reading?

I can’t tell you. J  I’m reading the books that came in my RITA judging package, and we’re sworn to secrecy about what we’re reading until the after the contest. But a couple of them have been really awesome…

Kimberly , thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!

 
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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Q@A WITH AUTHOR JOY SPRAYCAR


Joy Spraycar was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but raised in Utah.  She has always been an avid reader, and began writing in the 7th grade.  Her stories were published in the school newspaper.  She continued writing, but then set it aside to work and raise her family.

Now that her children are grown, she’s thrown herself back into writing. She’s always enjoyed the darker side, such as ghosts, vampires and monsters, especially the werewolf lore.  Quicksilver was conceived when she was attending Utah State University, and now she’s enjoyed letting the story out.

She’s a member of the Absolutely Write chapter of the League of Utah Writers, Vice President of the Utah Romance Writers of America, and the winner of the Gold Pen award for the Heart of the West contest.  She’s also a  participating member of Fanstory.com.  She has three children, Jony, Tanya, and Ty.  And has been married to her second husband, Steven Spraycar for eight years.

Book Description:

In this wonderful tale of love and the occult, writer Joy Spraycar has fashioned characters that appeal to all.  Quicksilver follows Quinton Worthington from his original betrayal by his father in 1853 all the way to the present day.

Wesley Worthington has taken everything that once mattered to Quinton.  He stole Serenity, Quinton’s fiancĂ© and kept her for himself.  Being doomed to living life as a monster, Quinton would do anything to be free.  He begins a life-long search to rid himself of his curse, but what he has to do, leaves him fearful. 

When a drunk driver strikes his car, he sees the face he dreams about every day, standing just inside the hospital doors.  He’ll do anything to be with Serenity again.

Serry Miller lives in a nightmare with an abusive, alcoholic husband, and she has a recurring one at night.  There’s a catch, she’s in love with the man who becomes the monster.  When she sees his face in the hospital, she knows that she needs to be with him.  But can she overcome what he truly is?  Only time will tell. 

Together they seek the one thing that will let them live their lives, the destruction of Wesley Worthington and the curse of the werewolf.

Welcome Joy to Romance Author Buzz.  Is there a back story to Quicksilver?

I’ve always love the werewolf legend.  I began this story back in college, but back then it would have been hard to sell a story like that.  I can’t tell you how long ago that was, because then I’d be dating myself.  But when the supernatural or paranormal became big, I thought now was the time to tell this story.

How long have you been writing and what was your call story?

I started writing in 7th grade.  I really enjoyed the off the wall stuff.  Steven King is a writer I really enjoyed, and I loved the twilight zone and Night gallery tv shows. I’ve always enjoyed monsters.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? Have you had other jobs along the way? 

I enjoyed writing all through Jr. High and High School, then on into college.  But I had several careers along the way.  I worked as an EMT for ten years, groomed and showed dogs for a long time.  When my children were grown and I retired from grooming, then I went back to writing.  Quicksilver was my best loved story, but now there are many others waiting to make their appearance.

Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you?

I definitely have character driven stories.  I know the general plot, but sometimes my characters throw twists in that I didn’t expect.  That actually happened in Quicksilver, where Serry brought something in that added a twist I didn’t expect. 

Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why? 

I identify with most on my characters on one level or another.  There is always something about them that is me.  I won’t tell you what those things are, because then you’d question my sanity.  But what writer is really sane.  We all have voices in our heads. 

What are you currently working on? 

I have two more books finished.  One is a fantasy about dragons and witches.  The second is another Paranormal Romance.  A girl in love with a ghost. 

What I’m working on now is the first in a series call “The Keepers”.  This will be supernatural and fantasy all rolled into one.  The first book will be “The Keeper of the Southern Gate”.  The main character in this book is in charge of the Hounds of Hell.  His family is destroyed by his job, and he vows to never get close to anyone again.  But a stranger comes to his island and charms her way into his life.  He feels a deep connection with her, but that’s because she also is a Keeper.

What is the best thing about your job as an author? What is the hardest thing? 

The best thing is knowing that others enjoy the stories that you personally enjoy.  Each story to a writer is like one of their children, or a very personal piece of them.  It’s always great when other people get joy from reading your story.

The hardest thing is juggling everything in your life.  Most of us that write still have a full time job, a family and are trying to write too.  So finding the time to write and do everything is the hardest part.  We’d all love to make enough money to just write, but that is the minority.

If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?

The theme would definitely be about werewolves and all the perks of them over the vampires.  Who wouldn’t want to be team Jacob after all? 

Describe a day in the life of Joy Spraycar. 

Well most days are filled with watching kids.  I only write two or three mornings a week.  On a writing day, I get out of bed and immediately sit down to the computer.  I read over the last chapter just to immerse myself in the story again and then begin writing.  I usually write about 2000 words on a writing day.  All other days I spend about two hours critiquing and helping newer writers learn the craft.  I help with grammar, building setting and stuff like that.  I love to have those times to help others become the best they can be.

What is something you definitely want readers to know about you? 

I want them to know that if they want to be a writer, they can do it.  Go to conferences, read books, but most of all sit down and write.  The more you write the better you become.  You can do this if you set your mind to it.  If I can do it anyone can.

When the time comes for you to retire from writing, what would you like your readers to remember the most about you and your writing? 

I would love them to remember the characters I created more than anything about me.  A great story lives on even after the author is gone.

Who is your favorite author? 

That’s a tough one.  I have so many.  Dan Brown, Steven King, Christine Feehan,  Jennie Hansen, Clair Poulsen, Bree Despain, just to name a few.  I love all sorts of books, and because of that I have favorite authors in all genres 

What are you currently reading?

Right Now I’m reading The Maze Runner but James Dashner.  He’s a writer right here in Utah and I get to rub elbows with him all the time.  His story is the same as mine. 

Before I let you go is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know? 

I want them to know how important they are to us as writers.  Without them we aren’t anything, so don’t be afraid to come up and talk to us.  We are just people after all, and we love to share ourselves with our fans.

 Joy, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!



 

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