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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Welcome My Latest Guest: Tina Donahue!

I want to welcome Tina Donahue. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

Hey all, I’m an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Kensington, Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Booktrope, Luminosity, Decadent, and indie. Yay! Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work, and trust me, I’m forever grateful for that. I’ve had my books reach finals in the EPIC competition, one title was named Book of the Year at a review site, and others have won awards in RWA-sponsored contests. I’m actually featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Talk about feeling like a freaking star. Before my writing career, I was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company. Outside of being an admitted and unrepentant chocoholic, I’ve flown a single-engine plane (scary stuff), rewired an old house using an electricity for dummies book, and have been known to moan like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally whenever I’m eating anything Mexican or Italian. Yeah, I like to eat (burp).

You can check me out here – yes, I am everywhere!  J


Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/1ChWFkO
My page at TRR: http://bit.ly/1vb7eEc
EC Author Page: http://bit.ly/1Dh9wor
Samhain Author Page: http://bit.ly/1Bvw6mL
Sweet ‘n Sexy Divas: http://bit.ly/1ChWN3K
Romance Books 4 US: http://bit.ly/1JPtfeS


Tell us about your latest release.

Surrendering to the Beast is book two of my Taming the Beast series, erotic paranormal-romantic comedy about a makeover service for supernatural beings in New Orleans, run by a witch. Staff members include a reformed demon, a voodoo priestess, and a good fairy. Surrendering to the Beast is the good fairy’s story. Here’s the blurb:

When she’s good, she’s very good. But when he’s bad, she’s better.

Taming the Beast, Book 2

As a good fairy, Heather is empathetic and chaste to a fault. No bad language, no dirty thoughts, flirting and no sex. But when a satyr named Daemon steps up to her reception desk at From Crud to Stud, she finds herself on the fast track to exquisite corruption.

Daemon is the total bad-boy package with a kiss straight from the dark side. Though he’s here for a supernatural makeover, Heather can’t imagine why any red-blooded woman would want him to change.

A disciple of the god of wine, Daemon has had his share of good times. But sex has never been this good. Heather brings out a new side of him, a side that makes him want to protect as well as pillage.
But Daemon needs a little creative backup to help set his fairy’s naughtiness free. And that means bringing in Mistress Jin. Under the genie’s tutelage and Daemon’s shameless lust, Heather is about to learn what it means to let loose.

Warning: Not your typical bedtime story. May lead to indecent behavior, a taste for voyeurism, discipline, bondage, m/f, m/f/f and f/f action, which will result in screaming orgasms. Proceed with caution.





Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?

The last villain in The Following (Kevin Bacon series – cancelled - bummer). Wow, he was one nasty dude. Killed his wife and would have offed his kids if given the chance. It was both creepy and fascinating to see him in action.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

Impossible to say. I love them all. While I’m writing their stories, or rather listening to them tell me the stories and I’m writing them down, they seem more real to me than actual people. J

3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

I write contemporary, historical, paranormal, SciFi, romantic comedy, erotic, suspense , ménage and a blending of many of these genres together. I write what appeals to me. Keeps things fresh.

4.) What are you working on now?

Book five of my Taming the Beast series. Books 3 and 4 will be out in 2016.

5.) What got you to start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I wrote my first book when I was nine – Dimples the Adventurous Fleaand illustrated it. After making copies, I went around the neighborhood and sold the copies to my friends’ parents. My first book tour. I’ve always written. Just wanted to do it.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

Honestly, they just pop into my head. I could be watching a movie, reading a book, be in a market grocery shopping and suddenly I’ll get an idea.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

I’m basically a very shy person. You wouldn’t guess it from my kickass heroines and steamy plots.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I can also draw, but I’ve never pursued it. I like writing better.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Don’t give up. Common sense, mostly.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

I’d love to talk to Stieg Larsson, author of the Millennium Trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Girl Who Played with Fire, Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest). I absolutely adored those books.

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

Katy Perry’s Roar

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?

 Bird. They seem so free.






Available for pre-order September 13
Ready to read October 13

Blurb:
When she’s good, she’s very good. But when he’s bad, she’s better.
Taming the Beast, Book 2
As a good fairy, Heather is empathetic and chaste to a fault. No bad language, no dirty thoughts, flirting and no sex. But when a satyr named Daemon steps up to her reception desk at From Crud to Stud, she finds herself on the fast track to exquisite corruption.
Daemon is the total bad-boy package with a kiss straight from the dark side. Though he’s here for a supernatural makeover, Heather can’t imagine why any red-blooded woman would want him to change.
A disciple of the god of wine, Daemon has had his share of good times. But sex has never been this good. Heather brings out a new side of him, a side that makes him want to protect as well as pillage.
But Daemon needs a little creative backup to help set his fairy’s naughtiness free. And that means bringing in Mistress Jin. Under the genie’s tutelage and Daemon’s shameless lust, Heather is about to learn what it means to let loose.



Warning: Not your typical bedtime story. May lead to indecent behavior, a taste for voyeurism, discipline, bondage, m/f, m/f/f and f/f action, which will result in screaming orgasms. Proceed with caution.


Excerpt:

Heather steeled herself to do battle with Satan. Cautiously, she faced her webcam and his image on her computer monitor. This evening, he’d assumed the form of a European playboy, a snifter of cognac held casually in one hand, dark hair slicked back, his blood-red ascot contrasting nicely with his white shirt and navy blazer.
He certainly knew how to dress.
Cara mia.” Heat smoldered in his voice and dark eyes. “What can I do to you?”
“For me,” she corrected gently, wondering when he’d ever get that right.
Grinning, he focused on her white peasant blouse and jutted nipples, her areolas tightened from the chilly weather, not him. Tonight was damp and cool thanks to a spring storm that continued to rage in the French Quarter. Lightning flashed and the office lights flickered.
Flames flared briefly in his pupils. “We’ll do many things to each other, no?”
Heather smiled politely, a knee-jerk reaction for a good fairy. Needing to get tough, she held up his overdue bill, hoping he’d look at it rather than her chest. Her hand shook so badly the paper rattled.
“How you tremble,” he cooed. “How pale you are. Allow me to put some color in your lovely cheeks. Heat that will last an eternity.”
Her skin got even clammier. “Please, just pay your account.” She waved the paper and talked fast before losing her nerve. “Your grandson failed to show for his last two appointments. I’m sure he had a good reason. Unfortunately, he didn’t call to cancel.” She offered an apologetic smile and pressed on. “Because you’re the cardholder, we had to charge you for the time. I’m so sorry, but it is the rule.”
One she was honor-bound to enforce as an employee of From Crud to Stud, a makeover service for supernatural beings. Howls from weres, hisses from vampires and obscenities from demons poured from the treatment rooms. Those poor souls were going through proverbial hell to suppress their beasts. They longed to date mortal women without freaking them out, while also winning their hearts the normal way. With real charm, not magic, with integrity and love, not lies and manipulation.
But these makeovers took the staff’s valuable time and clients needed to pay for the effort. Even Satan should understand that.
He gave her an indulgent smile. “What charges?”
Gasping, she dropped the flaming paper in her trashcan before it burnt her fingers.
“Later,” he said and killed the call.
Hurriedly, Heather put out the small blaze, chiding herself for letting the account get to this point. She should have been firm with Satan’s grandson when he signed up for the service. Determined to make up for being too nice, she brought up her bank account to pay the charges herself. She was about to transfer the funds when the lights flickered twice, thunder boomed and the front door flew open, banging against the wall.
She flinched.
A blast of dank air and rain blew inside, followed by a guy who looked to be thirty or so. He wore a black cowboy hat, snug navy tee, low-slung jeans and cowboy boots.
Once he shoved the door shut, he slumped against it, breathing hard.
Heather stood so quickly her chair rolled into the wall.
He didn’t notice. He’d closed his eyes and raised his face to the ceiling, his prominent Adam’s apple bobbing with his hard swallow.
Alarmed yet intrigued, she regarded the short, dark hairs on his throat and took the rest of him in. His rain-dampened hair was the color of dark chocolate, thick and wavy, flowing to his broad shoulders. They heaved with his next ragged breath. Tall, possibly six-three, he was lean yet muscular. His wet tee clung to his well-defined pecs and abs, those bruising biceps. Stubble covered his strong jaw, upper lip and cheeks. His bronze skin spoke of days in the sun.
Even from where she stood, Heather smelled his scent. Clean and masculine, a woodsy, fresh fragrance along with something else…the unmistakable odor of liquor.
Uh-oh. It wasn’t often that mortals, drunk or otherwise, happened upon this place. When they did, Heather had ironclad rules to follow. First, buzz Constance, a voodoo priestess who could remove memories by laying her hands on someone’s head. Following that, Heather was supposed to buzz Becca, a half-mortal witch who owned this place.
Heather leaned over her desk to press the intercom button.
The guy turned to her, blinked slowly and stared.
Her hand stalled.
His eyes were amazing, the color of Lipton tea, ringed by long, sooty lashes, his attention riveted as he drank her in. Given his slow, sexy smile, Heather suspected he was undressing her with his eyes.
She swallowed and was about to press the button when he groaned suddenly and mournfully, the sound of someone in serious pain.

Heather paused and decided not to call for anyone just yet. “Are you all right?”


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About Me (You know you want to know!):

I’m an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Kensington, Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Booktrope, Luminosity, Decadent, and indie. Yay! Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work, and trust me, I’m forever grateful for that. I’ve had my books reach finals in the EPIC competition, one title was named Book of the Year at a review site, and others have won awards in RWA-sponsored contests. I’m actually featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Talk about feeling like a freaking star. Before my writing career, I was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company. Outside of being an admitted and unrepentant chocoholic, I’ve flown a single-engine plane (scary stuff), rewired an old house using an electricity for dummies book, and have been known to moan like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally whenever I’m eating anything Mexican or Italian. Yeah, I like to eat (burp).


 You can check me out here – yes, I am everywhere!  J

Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/1ChWFkO
My page at TRR: http://bit.ly/1vb7eEc
EC Author Page: http://bit.ly/1Dh9wor
Samhain Author Page: http://bit.ly/1Bvw6mL
Sweet ‘n Sexy Divas: http://bit.ly/1ChWN3K


Romance Books 4 US: http://bit.ly/1JPtfeS





I’m offering one winner her (or his) choice of FIVE of my backlist ebooks – full-length, bestselling, award-winning, from this list (25 choices):

1. Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT
2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit
3. Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award
4. In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
5. Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT
6. The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
7. Take Me Away – #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books
8. Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR
9. SiNN – Nominated for Book of the Week LASR
10. Sinfully Wicked – Magnificent – Romancing the Book
11.  Claiming Magique – Top Pick – NOR
12. Illicit Desire – Four Stars Romantic Times
13. Come Fill Me – Five Stars – Guilty Pleasures
14. Losing Control - Four and a Half Stars - Sensual Reads
15. Shameless Desire - Four and a Half Stars - The Jeep Diva
16. Illicit Intent – Four and a Half Stars – Sensual Reads
17. Deep Within Me – Four Stars – Romantic Times
18. Seven Sensuous Days – 4 Stars – Long & Short Reviews
19. Stolen Desire – 4 Stars – Romantic Times
20. Taking Eve – What to read after FSOG and Story of O
21. This Time When We Touch – Erotic Paranormal
22. Carnal Takeover – BDSM
23. Wicked Takeover – Erotic Contemporary

24. Intimate Details – Menage






Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation The romance Novel - Pt 9 Editing those scenes

Sorry, I didn't post anything last week. I went out of town to visit family and came back to a lot to do so I kind of missed it, but I'm back and ready to share the next section 

Ready for the next segment of the hand out by Janice Bennett on writing the popular novel. Now we're editing our manuscript and going back to look at the same things we needed to pay attention when we were writing it.

So now we're going to go back and look at our scenes:

1.) Does your manuscript start with a dramatic, action-packed scene that is important to the story?

2.)  Do you have the story's conflict, tension, action and emotion continue to gradually rise instead of dip and rise and not keep your readers attention?

3.) Do the scenes develop naturally out of each other? Out of each character?

4.) Is each scene important to the plot, premise and/or story development?

5.) Do you vary the pace of your scenes and incidents or all they all the same?

6.) Have you pushed yourself to show all the important scenes needed and not avoided some of your conflict? And have you used all the forms of conflict - internal, external and interpersonal?

7.) Have you shown and not told?

8.) Is each scene as exciting as possible?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Welcome My Latest Guest: G.E. Taylor!

I want to welcome G.E. Taylor. First Id love you to introduce yourself.

I am a lover of romantic stories and started reading any Mills and Boon books I could find while in high school back in Jamaica. I was so taken by the stories I tried writing my own. Of course I didnt consider them to be that good, so they were hidden under my bed. My trip to the USA placed me on a different path. In college I majored in English but ended with a Master in Social Work from Rutgers University in NJ and later a Master in Education from Seton Hall University, NJ. Ive come full circle and is back to pursuing my writing. I live with my family in NJ.

You can find me at:

Tell us about your latest release.

Desperate Decision is my second book and it was published July 2015. It can be found on Amazon. Com, Barnes and Noble and Create Space. Com. The story is powerful and one which todays readers can identify with. The problems the Hero and Heroine faced in their relationship are as true for them as in real life. Going against tradition and family expectations can bring so much hurt and pain, only trust and the strength of their love can help them through it as Allison and Mason discovered. Allison escaped from her step-brothers house where hed kept her like a prisoner after he robbed her of her prize money which she intended to use to open up her pastry shop. She met Mason out of sheer desperation and he helped her when his senses dictated he shouldnt. But he went with his instincts.

Later he discovered that she was a master pastry chef who could put his failing pastry business back on top. He offered her a job, which she was more than happy to take, since she had no money. She proved she was the best person for the job, but his father had other ideas. He wanted a male working with Mason. But Mason didnt see it that way.

Masons father expected him to marry someone from his station and background. Instead, he fell in love with Allison which caused bloody hell between him and his father. In the end, Mason got back Allisons money from her thieving step-brother, reorganized his company with Allisons help and married Allison who turned out to be his helpmate and the love of his life.

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Now I have a few questions for you I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite villain it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?

My all-time favorite villain is Jack Nicholson as Jack Napier/Joker in the 1989 Batman movie. I admired his dapper kind of dress. The colors were fantastic and well-coordinated. But the life he brought to the character was outstanding.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

In The Lady Mentor, Joanna, the Heroine is my favorite because of her strength, her unselfishness, and her caring. She fights for what she believes in and for those who come under her care. She goes after what she wants and is not afraid to fail. She meets her challenges head-on. Vaughn-the Hero, I must include. He is her anchor, strong in will, but does not overshadow her. He knows when to give her the space she needs, but he never lets her run rough-shod over him. He is unselfish, caring and loving, was not afraid to put his life on the line for her when her own life was threatened.

In Desperate Decision, Allison, and Mason, the Heroine and Hero are my favorite. The circumstance under which they met, Mason could have easily walked away and not get involved with her. But he was a man who was not afraid of taking chances. He was strong, honest, caring and stood up for what he believed in, even if it meant going against his own family. Allison complemented Mason in business as well as in their personal lives. Without hesitation she would put his needs ahead of her own. She is strong when she needs to be, tenacious and caring.

3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

Contemporary romance is the genre Im most comfortable writing. I chose it because Im better able to write about issues of today.

4.) What are you working on now?

Im currently working on Surrender My Heart, a contemporary romance.

5.) What got you to start writing?

First, I love reading. So when I discovered the romance books by Mills & Boon, I read all that I could find. Later I read the Harlequin books. I was very inspired by them and wanted to write a story and see it published by them.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

Sometimes I use the culture or events happening in the society.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

That I take my work seriously and that Im striving for it to rank with the best out there.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I enjoy cooking and baking. I especially like to bake cakes and decorate them.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

Read! Read! Read! Read books from writers you admire. Luckily, reading is something that I enjoy doing, so that piece of advice reinforced my effort. I constantly try to improve my craft and take good advice seriously.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

Chef Gordon Ramsay. I admire him tremendously. When I cook, I try to strive for his standards and my results are sometimes laughable. Anyway, Id want to know what his life was like as a boy growing up and when did he know that he wanted to learn to cook. What was the reaction of his parents? Id also talk to him about the feelings he had with his first break-through. How did he handle that? And now that he was famous, how does he keep on top in a business that was so competitive?

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

The Shuffle by Kenny G. My life is beautiful and Im in a happy place. Im enjoying what Im doing.

12.) If you could come back as any animal what would it be?

A lion, maybe.

Excerpt:
The cold November air hit Allison hard, chilled her bones, and caused instant goose flesh to rise and cover her skin. She hunched over momentarily, trying to ward off the chill. Her eyes scanned the train station as a possible place to hide, but she discarded the idea immediately. It was too open. The streets across from the apartment were busy and not easy to cross. Estimating her chance of crossing them before being captured, the odds were against her. She would not have the time or the strength to do it before they caught up with her. Moving as fast as she could, she walked across the courtyard, down the embankment to the sidewalk.

Several cars and other vehicles waited at the stoplight. Making a desperate decision, she stepped up quickly to a car and yanked the handle. The door opened and she scrambled inside, slammed the door shut, and locked it. The light changed from red to green. The driver, startled, pressed the gas. The car leaped forward only to stop abruptly. Several horns blasted behind him instantly.

“What the fuck!”

 “Drive! Please drive,” she begged.

The sound of her voice carried a desperation that commanded him to obey. The car leaped forward as two people, a man and a woman, dashed into the courtyard. They hurried through the wrought iron gate onto the sidewalk looking up and down the street, peering into cars as they drove by. Allison eased down on the floor of the car until the strangers car circled the green and headed toward South Street. Her heart pumped furiously, and she swallowed with difficulty. Lifting her shaky hand, she eased herself upon the seat. She had no idea what she would say to this stranger when he stopped his car. He must think she was insane or had escaped from somewhere. She hadnt. This was the first time in her life that shed ever done anything like this.

He pulled into the parking lot at the supermarket, flung his door open, and walked around his car to the back right door. His long strides reached it before Allison got out. As she pushed against the door, he pulled it open. He was furious with her for not only scaring the living hell out of him, but for doing this unthinkable act. What could have possessed her to do it? Shed better have a damn good reason.

With both feet firmly planted on the blacktop, she was ready to stand, but she could not lift her body. He stood solidly in her path, one arm resting on top of the door, effectively cutting off her escape. Dressed in black jeans, cream polo shirt, and light black jacket, his body allowed little room for her to move.

Allison looked up at him and swallowed nervously. He was lean and taller than Douglas, so she would say he was over six foot tall. His face was deeply tanned, his blond hair shaped his head perfectly, and straight brows enhanced his cold blue eyes that were not looking at her in a friendly way. His nose was straight, jaws firm and square, his lips slightly full and sensual. His hard eyes concentrated on her steadily. A strong current of anger radiated from him. She felt it, and cursed Douglas fervently in her mind. There was a leached control about him that frightened her. Most of all, she needed to be on her way. The quicker she apologized, the faster she could leave, she decided.

“Im sorry, very sorry, I startled you back there,” she said sincerely. “Thank you for helping me. Again, Im truly sorry. Ill leave you now.”

“Like hell you will! Not so fast,” he stated, not moving an inch as he continued to look at her. Despite the anger that ran through him, the sound of her voice drew his attention. It reminded him of warm honey. He liked it, and he could hear genuine regret in her tone. She was also very nervous, and she should damn well be, for the stunt she just pulled. He wasnt ready to let her walk away from him. Her skin was light brown, and he wondered what her eyes looked like. The huge dark glasses she stared at him through hid them very well.

His eyes on her were unnerving. She couldnt help but move restlessly in her seat. If only he would move. Each minute he delayed her was making it easier for Douglass friend to find her.

“What made you do such a foolish thing?”

“Under ordinary circumstances, I wouldnt have done it.” The thought of how close she came to involving him in an accident made her stomach turn.


“Care to describe the circumstance?”

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation The Romance Novel Pt 8 After writing the first Draft Premise and Characters

Hi All!

Just a reminder that I won't be posting an interview this weekend - I'm going out of town to visit my sister but I can tell you who my next guess will be - G. E. Taylor, contemporary romance author. 

We're going to continue on with the handout I've been working on by Janice Bennett. The last seven posts have dealt with what to do before you write. So now that you've written that rough draft... You're happy that it's finally done, but now the real work begins. You have to edit it. Like a lot.

Janice spoke about premise then asked questions about your characters again so I'm combining them into one blog.

As far as your premise goes: did you follow it through and not get lost in sub plots along the way?

Now how about your Characters?

1.) Now you should review your characters. Make sure you've highlighted all their facets, explored their emotional states and made full use of their personalities.

2.) Check and see if they always behave in a manner that is logical and makes sense for their personality.

3.) Make sure your reader can identify with them.

4.) Look at the conflict between your hero and heroine. Is it strong enough between them and the characters that interact with them through out your book?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation The Romance Novel Pt 7 Resolution

Just a quick note before I get back to the handout. I won't be having any guests for the next two weeks. One is because of the holiday. Next weekend I plan on being out of town visiting family and knew it would be difficult getting anything uploaded.

Now, the section of Janice Bennett's handout is dealing with resolution.

As always I try to write everything in my own words but still keep the information given as close to the original as possible,

1.) Do you have your most dramatic moment as the resolution of the story?

2.) Does it support the premise?

3.) Does your resolution surprise your reader or can they predict it,

4.) Does it have a satisfying ending? Is it full of emotion? Any poetic justice?

5.) Did you tie up all those loose ends? If not did you give a satisfying reason for not doing it Like hinting at a sequel or series?

7.) * number six was a repeat of number four in my opinion so I skipped it. Did you build the tension up so it is as high as it can be at the end of your story?

8.) * eight is a lot like 5 but Janice does ask if you have the plot threads tied up before the romance is settled?