Saturday, July 30, 2011

Meet Kate Carlisle: How to Seduce a Billionaire and Giveaway



Author Bio

Kate Carlisle is the New York Times bestselling author of romances for Harlequin Desire and the award-winning Bibliophile Mysteries. Kate’s first series of romances features the Duke brothers, Adam, Cameron, and Brandon, three wealthy bachelors who live and work in Dunsmuir Bay on the beautiful California coast. This month’s release is Brandon’s story,

HOW TO SEDUCE A BILLIONAIRE





Book Description

The first step...mix business with pleasure

New hairdo? Makeup? A dress? Where did his efficient secretary go? Because the woman in front of Brandon Duke is not the Kelly Meredith who left on vacation two weeks ago. He is shocked—and curiously enchanted—by her transformation.

She says this makeover is all part of her plan...to become more seductive. And this billionaire is just the man to give his suddenly sultry assistant a few lessons in love. He'll go slow, savor every moment and then say goodbye—as long as he can remember just who is seducing whom!

"Laugh-out-loud funny in spots and a consistently entertaining read, the unexpected romance of Brandon Duke and Kelly Meredith will give readers a wholly warm and joyful feeling."

—RT Book Review Magazine



Kate welcome to Romance Author Buzz.  I would like to congratulate on your latest release How to Seduce a Billionaire. Is there a story behind the book story?

I love series about siblings, so I wanted to write a book about three fabulously handsome and wealthy brothers, but I wanted to give it a special twist. The Duke men are not biological brothers. They’re not related at all. They were all in foster care, and they were each troublemakers in their own way until Sally Duke took them in when they were about eight years old and loved the anger right out of them. As they bonded with their new mom, they forged a bond of brotherhood between them that was stronger than blood.

Now that they’re adults, incredibly successful in their careers, Sally has grown impatient for them to fall in love, get married, and make her some grandbabies. None of the men seem to be in a hurry to find The One, so Sally sets out to find a woman for each of them… despite their objections.

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

I plot my stories in advance, but I have found that my characters aren’t always willing to follow my lead. Quite often, they take me in directions that I’m convinced did not come out of my head.

What are you currently working on?

I recently finished the fifth book of my ongoing series of Bibliophile Mysteries, ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE (out in February 2012), and now I’m working on my next Harlequin Desire about the Duke brothers’ twin cousins. The first twin’s book, AN INNOCENT IN PARADISE, comes out in December 2011.

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

Oh dear! Well, naturally, I love Brooklyn Wainwright, my protagonist in the Bibliophile mysteries, and I’m in love her dashing British security expert lover, Derek Stone. And I love all my Duke Brothers heroes (and their lovely heroines). But if you must pin me down ... okay, I admit I adore Sally Duke because I modeled her after my mother. She’s smart and charming and determined to do everything in her power to make her sons happy. And she’s not very subtle about it!

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

The best thing is being able to give my creativity free rein. Writing, when it’s going well, is the best endorphin rush you could get. You know that feeling you get when you’re having a great dream, so great that you wake up smiling? That’s what writing feels like when you’re in the zone.

The hardest thing about being a writer is that even when you’re not in the zone, you have to be disciplined enough to sit down and work. “The zone” doesn’t just happen. Sometimes you have to force yourself to write when you don’t feel like it. When I do that, I invariably find myself excited about the story again within the first half hour.

What kind of daily schedule do you have? What types of things interrupt your writing? Describe a day in the life of Kate Carlisle.

We’re back to “the zone.” When I’m in it, nothing distracts me. When I’m struggling with the writing that day, a speck of dust can interrupt my train of thought. And I hate dusting (a never-ending, thankless job)!

I try to write every day. I’m publishing three to four books a year now – at least one mystery and two romances – and you have to be disciplined to keep up that pace. I’m fortunate to be able to write full-time, but I take my commitment to writing as seriously as I used to take my commitment to my paycheck job.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you?

First of all, I think my life story is more appropriately told on TV than in a movie. A sitcom, definitely. But if I could have any actress play me, I’d choose Angelina Jolie … uh, because we look so much alike? Right! Sadly, probably not going to happen. I’m more all-American girl next door than full-lipped exotic goddess. How about Sandra Bullock? Or Reese Witherspoon? Both cute and perky but with an edge. I like that.

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

I’m really fun on Facebook! 

What are you currently reading?

Well, I just finished reading ONE NIGHT, TWO HEIRS by the fabulous Maureen Child. I love it! Rick is a great hero… a cowboy who’s currently serving in the Marines. Oh, and he’s independently wealthy since he inherited one of the largest ranches in Texas. Plus, he goes completely soft and gooey the instant he first lays eyes on his twin daughters. Love him!

Now I’m reading HEIRESS IN LOVE, a historical romance by Christina Brooke. I’m in love with this one, too! Lush writing, wonderful characters and a fabulous story about a marriage of convenience arranged by the highly secretive Ministry of Marriage in Regency England.

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

Thank you for hosting me and for helping introduce readers to HOW TO SEDUCE A BILLIONAIRE. I hope they’ll rush out and buy the book the first week of August!


Where you can find Kate:

Kate's Website
Kate on Facebook
Kate onTwitter

Where you can find Kate's Duke brother series:

Adam Duke
Cameron Duke

Brandon Duke

A random commenter will win a copy of THE MILLIONAIRE MEETS HIS MATCH, the first book of the Duke brothers’ trilogy. US residents only, please.  To win a copy, post a comment and leave your email so what you may be contacted.  Follow Kate on Facebook for an extra chance to win and let us know.

On a personal note, I've read Kate's first two books in this Duke brother's series and they are incredible.  Especially their adoptive mother and her friends.....great fun!


Q&A with Dianne Venetta and Giveaways




Dianne Venetta's Bio:

Dianne lives in Central Florida with her husband, two children and part-time Yellow Lab—Cody boy! When not whacking away at her keyboard crafting her next novel you'll find her in the family's organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all the while crafting wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men.


A girl's gotta have fun, right?

When she's not knee-deep in dirt or romance, Dianne contributes garden advice for various websites and volunteers in her kids' school garden (a crazy existence to be sure). But at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses--or rosemary!—kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right



Book Description:

In a race against time, cardiologist Jennifer Hamilton is caught between her mother's dying wish and taking the risk of a lifetime with Jackson Montgomery. He's the man hired to complete the landscaping for her new home; the venue for her upcoming wedding. Jackson's everything she never wanted in a man, but as the job progresses, his lure pulls strong. It's an attraction she cannot deny. And one that puts her career on the line.






Dianne, welcome to Romance Author Buzz.  Is there a behind the book story for Jennifer's Garden?


Jennifer's Garden epitomizes the showdown between a career woman's criteria for the perfect husband and what true love means. Briefly married early on, I thought long and hard about a second go-round with marriage. Who wants to repeat that mistake? Not me thus I debated on how best to go about choosing my next husband, the one I'd have children with and love until I'm old and blonde (not gray—never gray!). Should our relationship be based on personal chemistry or professional compatibility? Education, religion? There are so many factors, but which should top the list?

Looking around, I noticed many of my contemporaries were seeking men of equal or greater "stature," ie. potential suitors had to be equally or more successful, equally or more educated. Sure it made sense on a socio-economical level, but would it translate into overall compatibility as well?

That was the question then and the one now--facing my heroine in my current novel.

Do you plot or let characters lead you?

Both. I'm a plotter, outliner and like to have a general idea where I'm going before I set out on any given journey, but my characters have minds of their own too, and come up some crazy ideas! Being of spontaneous nature, I follow. Always up for a good adventure, right?

How long been writing?

Started writing about fifteen years ago. Inspiration struck and I was called to write a book centering on the relationship between mothers and daughters. Working through issues with my own mother at the time, I realized much of what we experience is simply rote learning, ie. we learn a cycle of behavior as youngsters and repeat that cycle of behavior as adults—unless we specifically choose otherwise and change direction.

What currently working on?

Currently I'm writing the third book in this series of novels with connected characters all of which is focused on a woman's personal growth and self-actualization. Each heroine has her own distinct set of issues and challenges she must face, yet each has friends on hand to help love and support her while she works through them. It's what we women do!

Favorite character?

I love Sam Rawlings! Is that bad? Like saying you love one child more than another? Oh, but this woman is so much fun to write, not only because of what she says and does but her general philosophy on life. In developing her, I drew from three people I know, combining their VERY different personalities into one strong can-do woman who makes for quite an interesting individual!

Best thing about my job?

I get to write my stories all day. I can spend hours upon hours at my computer and not even notice the passage of time. To earn a living this way is beyond dream come true.

Worst thing?

I don't have enough time to write all the books I want to write as fast as I want to write them!

Daily schedule?

Wake up, get coffee, start laundry and get writing! With the kids out school, I add a breakfast break, followed by a trip to our backyard garden. Weed, harvest, feed the peanuts, peppers and sweet potatoes, we then head back to the house.

Okay kids, time to play or read so mom can get back to work! But next thing you know, it's lunchtime which means eat, play and run errands. I mean, since I’m not able to write, I might as well be productive on the home front!

Until the husband comes home and wants to know what's for dinner. Ruh, roh. Forgot. But we have wine, right? Oh, thank God—quick, thaw some frozen fish! Cruising back on track we sail past dessert, baths, spousal conversation and it's off to bed.

Play lead role in movie version of my life?

Oooh…that's a tough one. The younger wild and crazy me, or the older sassy and fun-loving me?

Definitely want readers to know?

I write because I love to write. I have to write. When the first inspiration struck I don't believe it was coincidence. The story running through my head centered on mothers and daughters and working on the relationship with my own at the time I took it as a sign: detour!

Life is about living and loving and sometimes that means taking unexpected turns as we follow our heart. If no one else reads my books but my daughter, it's still worth it. Writing is a labor of love and my way of sharing with her the things I've learned along the way—hopefully—setting her on her best foot forward.

Which is why they better be entertaining or she won't learn a thing!

What do you want your readers to remember about you when someday you retire?

When I retire I want people to remember-- My stories were sexy and fun and hopeful—a reminder that HEA exists for all of us.

What are you currently reading?

In My Wildest Dreams by Christina Dodd and just finished Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts. I enjoy splitting my time between historical and contemporary.

What's your favorite song?

Favorite song -- James Taylor's You've got a friend

What's your favorite color:

Favorite color -- Hot pink, baby!

Motto?

(My tag line :) "Given the proper care and feeding, a woman will bloom in time; her own sweet time!"

Where can your readers find you?

Website
Facebook

Dianne, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your latest release and for the giveaways.


Free ebook giveaway Jennifer's Garden – Leave a comment on this blog to enter contest and send her an email: dianne@diannevenetta.com (so she can contact you!). Three random winners will be chosen by August 31st.  Don't forget to leave your email as well on this blog.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Q&A AND GIVEAWAY WITH AUTHOR NADINE LARTER


Author Info



My name is Nadine Rose Larter and I was born in a small South African town called Molteno, somewhere in the heart of the Karoo. After my last year of high school I moved with my family to the city of Port Elizabeth where I now live with my son, my fiancĂ©, and my two step children. I’m a bit of a free-spirit and have never been happy having a “day job”. I spend my days writing, or thinking about writing. Sometimes I do a bit of work.

I have always been a writer. I started writing poems and short stories when I was little, and I have intermittently kept diaries since I was about nine years old. In the last two years I have started taking my writing more seriously and have made the decision to become a full-time author. I have no formal education, aside from a year of Literature and Creative Writing study, but I am constantly trying to grow as a writer. Sometimes being a wife and mom makes fitting it all in a little tough but I am learning how to juggle it all slowly.

I chose to self publish simply because it feels like taking my future into my own hands and running with it. There are no excuses when it is just you. The self-accountability can be thrilling sometimes. Being ready and then actually being able to move forward instead of waiting to hear from publishers has been a special kind of blessing. I am not closed to the idea of having a publisher, I am just ready to go on without one for now.







About the book:

“Phillip, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Maxine, Grant, Melanie and Josh grew up in a small town where they spent their high school years together as an inseparable clique. But high school has ended, and they are all living their own “grown up” lives, each under the impression that their group has basically come to an end. When Phillip dies in a hit and run accident, Kaitlyn summons the others to all come back home, forcing a reunion that no one is particularly interested in partaking in.

Coffee at Little Angels follows how each character deals with the death of a childhood friend while at the same time dealing with their own ignored demons after years of separation. Events unfold as the group tries to rekindle the friendship they once shared to honour the memory of a friend they will never see again.”

I wrote Coffee at Little Angels after a high school friend of mine died in a car accident. I locked on to the idea that had he died just two or three years earlier his death would have been even more excruciating to deal with. I was devastated by the loss of course. This was the boy who gave me my first kiss. He was a sweetheart with blue eyes and a beautiful smile. And he is missed by many. Including myself. But...in my case I don’t always miss him as though he is dead. I simply miss him as someone I haven’t seen in a while. Someone who I would love to catch up with sometime, should we be fortunate enough to bump into each other in the street. It often feels simply as if we no longer live in the same town.

You may notice that there are few proper nouns in this novel. There are no last names or town names. I didn’t forget to put them in. I left them out because I hope that Coffee at Little Angels will be the kind of novel that absolutely anyone can pick up and feel like they understand it. I hope that you will pick it up and feel like it could be about you.

Official Launch date: Late August 2011 for print copy

Sample Chapter:
Ebook copy available on The Katalina Playroom Website:
Ebook will also be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore and Sony Readerstore.


Nadine, I would like to congratulate on your latest release, Coffee at Little Angels Is there a behind the book story?


There is kind of. While Coffee at Little Angels is not based on any specific even or person, I did start writing it after a school friend of mine died in a car accident. I was reading Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down around the time I was mulling over the idea and that is why it is written the way it is. Not that you can compare the two books at all but while reading the book I couldn’t escape the idea that I should write my own book in the same fashion.

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

Gosh you know: for a control freak my writing is very much un-plotted! When I started writing I would try to map things out to the very last detail before starting on the actual writing part. Perhaps that is why I have about four unfinished novels gathering dust. With Little Angels I started to learn how it’s OK to just go with it. I remember seeing an interview with Tori Amos once where she said her songs chose to be played by her and that she had very little say in the matter and I kind of snorted and thought how ridiculous. But I now know that it certainly can be like that sometimes. Sometimes you just have to go where the characters take you. It can be hard, but they often do know what’s best for the story.

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

I don’t have a call story. I’ve published everything on my own through The Katalina Playroom. I’ve been putting off “being a writer” for so long that when I finally decided to JUST BE ONE I have to admit that the patience to wait for a publisher to come along and “make my dreams come true” was a rather non-existent entity. I took everything into my own hands and have just gone with it, without ever sending anything to any publishers. If a publisher wanted to pick up my work now that would be fine I guess, but I have actually been having quite a ride learning how to do this all myself and have never so much as caught myself wishing that I had one. Perhaps that makes me strange…

What are you currently working on?

At the moment I am working on a novel called The Tequila Thursday Writing Club. It’s a giant mess but I’m hoping it will come together eventually. It’s about a blocked writer whose best friends tricks him into running a writing group.

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

From Little Angels Grant and Maxine are my favourites. Such stubborn characters too! The others in the book allowed themselves to be manipulated – but not those two! Grant for one was supposed to be short and stocky, but he insisted on being tall and thin. Maxine was supposed to be a horrible cow, but she turned out to be pretty spectacular.

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

The best part is that I get to be at home with my kid. He does make things a little difficult sometimes because he has his demanding days but mostly he plays and gets on with things himself and just comes around every now and then for a hug and a kiss. The hard part is the actual working. Because I’m home I do get distracted sometimes, but on the flip side of that coin, because home and work are interlinked I very often find myself working up to fourteen hour days. The hardest thing is to separate home life and writing life. I tend to get stuck into something and then don’t quit until it is done, which can be kind of hard on my family life.

What kind of daily schedule do you have? What types of things interrupt your writing? Describe a day in the life of you.

Life interrupts my writing! Constantly. Unfortunately compartmentalizing only works in theory. I don’t have a specific schedule but I do like to do as much creative work in the mornings as possible. I find that between 8 and 12 I am my most productive. And then after about 8 in the evening I become productive again. I would probably nap every afternoon if I could. If only my nap time would come at night! I can’t really give you any sort of schedule in point form but typically my days consist of a mash-up of writing, networking, making tea for the kid, jumping up to dance with Barney every now and then, getting cereal for the kid (it’s all he eats sometimes! Stubborn like his mother!). Hmmm…if only I could make up something more fabulous…

If a movie was made about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Ooh can I pick Lauren Graham? Not because we’re anything alike really but just because I think she is fabulous and sometimes I wish I was Lorelai Gilmore...

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

Nothing really. I’m just a person. And I don’t say that to be self-deprecating or anything like that. It’s just that a mistake many of make is to think that you need to be some sort of weird eccentric person who dresses in hessian bags and smokes a corn husk pipe in order to be taken seriously as an artist. I’m all for “individuality” but one of the saddest things I have come across in today’s society is the gross misconception that the arts are reserved strictly for the strange. I am not strange. I dress neither well nor badly. I have average music tastes, I am of average intelligence, I have average interests. And I love to write. That is enough.

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?

Wow. Don’t be shy with the tough questions huh?! I hope that it will be said that my writing was reliably relatable, that it was always real and that it never tried to masquerade as something that it wasn’t.

What are you currently reading?

Water for Elephant by Sara Gruen

Favorite song?

Kiss the Rain by Billie Myers (don’t’ laugh!)

Favorite color?

Green.

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

Yeah. Please buy my ebook so I can buy my kid food ;-)

Nadine, lol.  Thanks so much for stopping by Romance Author Buzz.



For a chance to win a copy of Nadine's ebook, leave a comment here and your email address.  Thanks for stopping by Romance Author Buzz.  Winner will be announced August 31st.  Contest is International


I write regularly on these four websites:

Passing the Open Windows
The Katalina Playroom
The Poetry Project
The Writers Club 

You can follow me on twitter (@Nayes1982)

Or say hi on Facebook

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ONLY MINE by Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery's latest book, ONLY MINE, is available today... and I'm very honored to say that she dedicated it to me. I adore Susan. I started out as her fan, and now I'm both her fan and her friend.

In ONLY MINE, Dakota Hendrix is working behind the scenes on a TV dating show, making sure that the men on the show are up to the Fool's Gold standards. Finn Andersson doesn't want his younger brothers (handsome young twins) to be on the show, but to his dismay, Dakota doesn't obey his every command. (Don't you love a woman who stands up for herself?) You can read a free excerpt of ONLY MINE at FoolsGoldCA.com/bookstore.html.

ONLY YOURS and ONLY HIS, stories for Montana and Nevada Hendrix, Dakota's triplet sisters, will be out in the coming months.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Thea Devine - The Darkest Heart Giveaway (US Residents Only)

Product Description

Ever since a terrible fire killed her older son, one ambition has ruled Countess Lazlaric. Desperate to continue the family legacy, she is determined that her rakehell second son wed and produce an heir. Now, she’s found the perfect bride. A distant relative, writing to beg for help, is ideal for her secret plans.Alone in the world, beautiful raven-haired Senna Landseth finds more than just Drom Manor’s isolation sending a shiver down her spine. Countess Lazlaric seems overly eager to welcome her, strange noises fill the cavernous corridors of the gloomy manor, and she senses she is being spied upon. Then a note mysteriously appears, inscribed with chilling words: “I’m watching you. Nicolai.”In the years since the fire that supposedly destroyed him, Nicolai Lazlaric has inhabited the world of a vampire, consumed with seeking revenge on the creature who turned him. Now, it is time to return to Drom Manor. But Nicolai has no idea how badly the Countess wants an heir—or that his hated brother’s prospective bride is residing there. Senna’s unexpected presence upends Nicolai’s plans, for he can think only of possessing the beautiful innocent, of taking her in a blood-binding seduction from which she will never escape. . . .

About the Author



She's the author whose books defined erotic historical romance. Romantic Times calls her "The Queen of Erotic Romance," Affaire de Coeur: "... the divine mistress of sensual writing ..."

She's Thea Devine (yes, it's her real name), and she's the author of 18 steamy historical romances (with three more to come), as well as contributing novellas to Kensington Books' USAToday best-selling erotic historical romance anthologies, CAPTIVATED, FASCINATED, and TAKEN BY SURPRISE. She's also written a handful of sexy contemporary romantic novellas for Kensington and Leisure Books, and she made her debut in full-length contemporary romance in 1999 with NIGHT MOVES, for Harlequin Temptation "Blaze".

She lives and works in Connecticut (and summers in Maine), but more to the point, she really lives that secret life readers sometimes think she does: for the past twenty years, she's also been a professional manuscript reader.

She's been married 36 years to John, a school administrator, and has two grown sons, Michael and Thomas; and two sister felines, Charlotte and Emily Bronte Cat; and two dogs: mini-doxie Midgie, who recently joined the family; and the headstrong, stubborn and wilful black lab, Maggie, who has, Thea says, all the qualities of a good heroine.
 
 
Thanks to Thea's publisher, I'm able to offer a copy of The Darkest Heart to one lucky US resident.  To win a copy, simply follow this blog or Romance Author Buzz and Reviews on Facebook.  Don't forget to leave your email address so that you can be contacted.
Contest will end August 26th
 


 

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