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Author Spotlight on the Writing Duo of E.L. Blaisdell and Nica Curt

I’ve been fascinated about the process of collaborating with another author to produce a novel.  It’s hard enough to make sense out of what is in MY head much less if I had to do that in concert with another author. LOL.  Today my guests have managed to make collaboration work brilliantly. So I had to ask them a couple of pointed questions to figure out their secrets.

Welcome! E.L. Blaisdell and Nica Curt

Eden: What led each of you to choose to write a work in collaboration with another author?

Nica: There isn’t a nice way to word this, so I’ll just say it: I forced Eliza to do this.

EL: Blackmail is a great motivator.

Nica: But on a serious note, the idea of Drained and us writing together was always something we joked about––something we both said we’d do one day, but I don’t think we ever thought that it would actually happen. It was years ago when I approached Eliza with a screenplay I’d titled Drained. It was the same concept as our finished novel, but originally it was presented as scripts that I’d sent to a select few people. It was she who suggested that it be turned into a book.

EL: I never planned on writing a novel with someone else; writers and historians usually work alone. But when I read the pilot episode to Nica’s screenplay, I was really excited about the characters and the world and the rules she had created. She kept writing more episodes and I kept reading, and we decided that once I had a break in my own writing, we should collaborate and turn those scripts into a novel. Ironically, a lot of material from the original scripts ended up on the cutting-room floor, but the heart of the story remained the same.

Eden: What was the hardest thing about that process?

EL: For me, the hardest thing about collaborating is to be the co-captain of a ship. When I started working on Drained, I already had a number of novels under my belt. This meant I also had a pretty good idea of my writing process and how I work most efficiently and effectively. A lot of that goes out the window, however, when you’ve got another author (wo)manning the ship. It requires a lot of patience and a lot of compromise, neither of which I feel are my strengths.

Nica: The hardest part was keeping up with my co-captain. Unlike her, I’m not a writing machine nor am I an established author. Collaborating with someone who I consider a speedy pantser forced me to let go of plotting so that I could kick my writing into gear. Because of the partnership and my responsibility to do a fair share of the work, I had the goal of keeping up. Ultimately, the hardest thing about the process helped me grow as a writer.

 Eden: What was the process working together…kinda who did what and how did you decide on that?

Nica: First, we brainstormed until there was an outline of this story and the series in place. We also recognized each other’s strengths and weaknesses and used that to decide who would take care of what in the project.

EL: Nica’s strength is in world building and plotting, and my strength is churning out mountains of words. Apparently this is called a “pantser,” although I don’t know how I feel about that name.

Nica: I made sure we had important things like character development and plot twists, and Eliza made sure we wrote down words and strung sentences together to form paragraphs. Together, our different writing processes played the perfect complement.

Eden: What was the easiest part of doing a collaborative work?

EL: We have a very similar writing style and author voice, so making the novel read like one cohesive voice rather than two people trying to tell the same story was much easier than if we had vastly different styles.

Nica: Finding our process to write together. We wrote most of the book in real-time on Google Docs, which meant live corrections, comments, and suggestions. We created a color coding system that distinguished who wrote what and that allowed us to comment and provide feedback. This made it easy for the other person to understand what was going on in every scene, which was helpful when we couldn’t write at the same time.

Eden: What advice would you give to someone considering working with another author?

EL: Know that there’s going to be conflict in doing a collaboration. You’re not going to agree with each other one hundred percent of the time. But always remember that your friendship is infinitely more important than the end product.

Nica: Get to know your writing partner before you commit to anything. Learn their style, know their personality, and have a friendship. This might sound like dating advice, but you are going to be sharing the responsibilities of writing, marketing, and finances with this person.

 Eden: Anything you’d like to add?

EL: Even though collaborating has its challenges, I’ve discovered a real value to it. Every weekday morning, I hand my partner a travel mug of coffee and wave goodbye as she pulls down the driveway and heads off to her proper office in cubicle land with her proper co-workers. Then, I pour myself a cup of coffee and pad into my home office where my co-workers are a cat and a turtle.

Let’s be honest: writing can be lonely. The #amwriting hashtag on Twitter is just one example of authors’ attempts to create community and make human connections throughout the workday. It says you are not alone. When you have a collaborator—like I have with Nica—it provides you with a co-worker that you can bounce ideas off of, but probably more important to my sanity, you have a friend who shares the unique challenges and rewards that come from being a writer.

Nica: The writing process is isolating and we, as writers, do it to ourselves so we can focus. We each go through our own routines in hopes of getting our muse going so that we’re not staring at a blank page all day long. Usually, our daily routine involves a cup of tea or coffee, a quiet room, a laptop, and a playlist we’ve spent a couple hours too many being distracted on. Social human interactions come in the form of the occasional telemarketing call, emails, tweets, and comments.

Collaborating with someone who you trust and is a friend gives you an outlet to discuss ideas, and you know that the other person is as invested in the story as you. Your co-writer isn’t an unwilling party being forced to listen to your ramblings; no, they are there because they want to be.

Eden:  Ladies thank you for sharing with me today. I’m quite thrilled with your team work approach to writing. I wish you continued success!

Now join me for a sneak peek into….

Drained: The Lucid

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blurb:

On the surface, Riley Carter had it all: amazing friends, a job she loved, a promising new girlfriend, and immortality. As an ambitious succubus working for Trusics, Inc., her life should have been simple. Nightly visits to the dream realm as the guest star in human fantasies afforded her the sexual energy required for survival. Provided she met her employer’s monthly quotas, she would continue to enjoy the extravagant spoils of eternal youth. Life was pleasure for pleasure—until it wasn’t.

 

Now in her seventh decade, Riley finds her life lacking, especially when she encounters a lucid dreamer. Armed with an analytic pragmatism as dangerous as any weapon, this new dreamer has Riley questioning the purpose of her existence.

 

Humor, romance, and intrigue meet in Drained, the search for the perfect life in an imperfect system.

 

Book excerpt:

 

Riley’s eyes narrowed as she observed the woman before her. She shook her head as if to ward off some of the more outlandish remarks she had for that question. Nothing had ever prepared her for the situation. A lucid dreamer with the ability to resist charm and cause physical harm was not a scenario most entertained.

 

She considered the question. “Well, I couldn’t visit you if you hadn’t given me permission.”

 

“I don’t recall ever agreeing to this,” Morgan countered.

 

Riley bit her tongue. She couldn’t tell her any more details without revealing the true nature of her job or Trusics. A million questions plagued her mind, but she settled on one. “How are you capable of asking these questions?” she inquired. “This is your dream, your fantasy. We’re supposed to be gettin’ it on, doin’ the deed … you’re supposed to be getting lucky.” Her words were almost rhetorical. “Something mindless, fun, and sex related.”

 

“Don’t your other victims talk?”

 

“Mostly groans, the names of deities, and many unintelligible words, but they don’t ask real questions.” Riley frowned as a particular word sunk in. “And they’re not victims.”

 

“With romantic charm like that,” Morgan shot back, “how could anyone resist?”

 

Riley fiddled with the watch clasped around her wrist. “I can’t believe I’m doing this, but give me a chance. I’m not that bad in bed. In fact, I’ve been told I’m rather good at it.”

 

Morgan rolled her eyes. “Everyone thinks they’re a good lover.”

 

The succubus hummed. “At least I can rule out a fantasy where you’d like for someone to beg to sleep with you.”

 

“I would have thought my greeting last time would have been enough to keep you away.” Morgan’s eyes narrowed. “Your kind never stops do they?”

 

Riley flashed a dimpled grin. “You mean the sexy, sensitive, playful, be-whatever-you-want-me-to-be kind?”

 

“Horndogs,” Morgan said under her breath. “All of you. Guys. Girls. All the same.”

 

“What do you mean ‘all of you?’”

 

“Don’t play dumb,” Morgan said, shaking her head. “I mean demons.”

 

“There you go again, casually throwing the word ‘demon’ around.” Riley blinked, offended and a bit dumbfounded. “That’s where you’re wrong.”

 

“So you’re not a demon trying to drain my sexual energy until I become a lifeless corpse?”

 

“Well …” Riley hesitated. “I am, but not the corpse part, and not the demon bit either. I’m a hundred percent human … ish.” As the words continued to escape her mouth, Riley inwardly cringed at how she must have sounded to the other woman. “It’s not like I have horns and a tail.”

 

“Well, invading people’s dreams and stealing their energy seems pretty demon-ish to me,” Morgan countered stubbornly.

 

“When you put it that way, it doesn’t sound great,” Riley admitted, her voice tapering.

 

Morgan spread her hands. “So put it in a good light then.”

 

“Um.” Riley’s brain spun and churned. “That’s not the point.”

 

“Right …”

 

“Jesus Christ.” Riley shook her head in frustration. “Who are you, and how do you know what I am?”

 

“I’m Morgan. But you probably already knew that about me, demon,” she drawled the last word on purpose.

 

“You know, Morgan,” Riley mimicked the same tone, “for someone who went to an Ivy League school, you could sure use some more research before you start spouting nonsense.”

 

Morgan pursed her lips. “Hey, insulting me won’t get you any closer to this,” she noted, gesturing to her body.

 

At the suggestion, Riley took in the slender curves of Morgan’s silhouette. She’d been unable to appreciate her figure the first time she’d visited her in the realm, getting physically beaten and all. Riley swallowed down a primal impulse. A lithe waist and subtle flare of hips hid beneath an oversized grey cardigan that nearly touched the tops of her thighs. In spite of Morgan’s attractive physique, the clothes were all wrong: grey cardigan, pale lilac camisole, and black yoga tights. Most of Riley’s clients dressed in high-end labels or nothing at all. In comparison, the woman seemed dressed for a day in with a book, not a passionate tryst with an ideal lover.

 

Morgan snapped her fingers, pulling Riley out of her admiring stare.

 

“This is the most twisted fantasy I’ve ever been in,” Riley muttered to herself.

 

“You’re hardly my fantasy.”

 

Riley lifted a perfectly manicured eyebrow. “Oh really? How do you want me then?”

Her clothing morphed before the other woman’s eyes. Instead of her sheer babydoll, she now wore a short pleated skirt, white knee-high socks, and a tight blouse tied just beneath her pert breasts. “Maybe you’d prefer me sweet, innocent, and a little naïve? Perhaps I’m a student in need of help on an assignment.”

 

Riley took a cautionary step closer to her mark as her clothing shifted again. She knew she was wasting her energy, but the frustration had begun to cloud her mind. The more control a succubus had over a dream, the more energy it depleted. For more energy efficient sessions, a mark’s imagination had to do all the work. But without a little give, there wasn’t a take. And that take was more than worth the trouble if the experience exceeded expectations. Morgan had Riley’s interest, and it would be a lie to say that the challenge didn’t turn her on. Her schoolgirl outfit melted away and re-formed as a skintight, crimson, leather body suit. Loosened hair turned ten shades lighter as it pulled back into a high ponytail. A harsh zipper split the tight material between her breasts, revealing a startling amount of cleavage. The pants tapered down her long legs, and she stood confidently on four-inch black platforms.

 

“Or maybe you need me to whip some sense into you,” Riley purred. Her eyes narrowed, and she tapped a thin riding crop against the palm of her hand. “Maybe you’ve been pining for someone to tell you what to do. I think you need a break from always being in charge, always being the head of everything you do. Must be tiring.”

 

“Still not your type?” The red leather outfit shifted and fell away to reveal a black string bikini whose material barely contained her firm flesh. She wore leather straps around her ankles. Her taut hair fell out of its ponytail and blonde roots sprouted from her scalp until her entire thick mane was platinum in color. “Maybe all this hesitation is an act,” Riley continued as the distance between them closed. She shook her wrists and the metal bondage rings jangled. A small, black collar materialized around her neck, dangling from a shiny d-ring was the leash. “Maybe you’re always the take-charge type and you’d rather I not call the shots.” She batted her thick lashes. Her demeanor didn’t miss a beat; she could change her tempo as fast as the outfits.

 

Morgan looked visibly flustered. Riley wondered if she had unknowingly tapped into a secret fantasy, but assumed that woman’s academic, left-sided brain was working overtime from watching her transformations.

 

“How did you do that?” Morgan’s fingers grazed over the material of the leash. “It—it feels so real. I can practically smell the leather,” she thought out loud.

 

“It feels real, because it is real,” Riley replied. She watched Morgan’s hesitant touch, a mixture of fear and curiosity, continue down the lead.

 

“Can you change into another person?” Morgan asked. “Or can you just change your clothing and hair color?”

 

“Don’t you know?” Riley said smugly. She could only hope that her poker face would hold. But under the wandering eyes and examining touches, she felt insecure. She was a specimen under a microscope. “You seem to be the expert on what I am.”

 

Behind them on the stovetop, the teapot shrieked to life. Morgan blinked and shook her head. She turned her back on Riley and pulled the kettle from the gas burner. The shrill cry faded as the silver kettle cooled.

 

Morgan pulled a ceramic jar from a ceiling cabinet. “Would you like some tea?” she offered.

 

Riley stood stunned for a moment, and her outfit defaulted to her original babydoll. It wasn’t that she’d never been offered food or drink on an assignment before—although generally she was licking said food and drink off of someone’s body. She was stunned by the young woman’s ability to turn and control the situation. One minute she was hitting Riley with a baseball bat, the next she was offering the succubus hospitality.

 

“Not that I’m complaining about the offer, but you’re puzzling,” Riley voiced her thoughts. “I mean, you were holding batting practice with my head minutes ago.”

 

Morgan poured hot water into two cups, each with their own tea bag floating to the top. “I guess I don’t care for baseball all that much,” she said with a slight shrug. “Anyway, I didn’t think you’d complain over my lack of aggression.” She brought the two steaming cups over to a small kitchen table that sat three as it was situated against a wall. “We can go back to that if you’d like. I’m accommodating.”

 

“No thanks.” Riley lifted a hand.

 

Morgan smirked at the simple gesture. “People can have a change of heart.”

 

“Not that quickly they don’t,” Riley pointed out. “You could be schizophrenic.”

 

“For a seductress, you’re doing a bang-up job,” Morgan retorted, sitting down in one chair. “Between the insults and tea, I don’t know how we’ll have time to have sex.”

 

About the Authors

 

E.L. Blaisdell and Nica Curt met in 2009 through a fanfiction archive that has since become defunct, yet their friendship endured. Although they’ve collaborated before, Drained: The Lucid is their first original novel together. Follow them on Twitter (@ElizaLentzski and @NicaCurt) for updates and exclusive previews of future original releases.

 

Web: http://www.indulgentpen.com

 

E-newsletter: http://eepurl.com/3xNTP

 

Purchase the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Drained-Lucid-E-L-Blaisdell-ebook/dp/B00NG8YLNA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411046421&sr=8-1&keywords=Drained+blaisdell

 

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Author Spotlight – Jennifer Wilck – Miriam’s Surrender

My Guest today is fellow Rebel Ink Press Author, Jennifer Wilck. She’s not your traditional aspiring author. She’s a multi-published talent to be reckoned with appealing to an under served market of readers.  Her stories are so well crafted and such enjoyable reads there is something for everyone.

Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. As an adult, she started writing them down and after several years of writing, editing and querying publishers, she’s a multi-published author. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and always end with happily ever after.

When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. She volunteers with her Temple and is also a freelance writer for magazines, newspapers and newsletters.

 

headshotI’d like to thank my fellow Rebel, Eden Glenn, for hosting me today.

Miriam’s Surrender is the second book in my series, Women of Valor. What makes this series unique is that while the books are contemporary romance, they all incorporate Jewish themes and holidays into their stories.

The first book, The Seduction of Esther, revolved around the holiday of Purim, which is a joyous holiday that takes place in the early spring. It celebrates the saving of the Jews of Persia and we dress up, eat and drink.

Miriam’s Surrender revolves around the holiday of Passover. Passover is another spring holiday, which usually takes place around Easter and celebrates the escape of the Hebrews from the Pharaoh in Egypt.

One of the major themes of Purim is hiding one’s identity. The heroine in the Purim story, Esther, pretends she’s not Jewish in order to catch the attention of the King, marry him, trap the villainous Haman and ultimately save the Jews. Talk about a great story! And hiding one’s identity provides a great conflict for a romance novel.

Passover’s major theme is freedom. The Hebrews escaped from slavery by crossing the Reed Sea with Moses. Freedom is another great theme for romance novels. While none of my characters have escaped slavery, my hero, Josh, has escape his past in order to move into the future and win Miriam’s love.

While not all of my books incorporate Jewish themes, I began writing this series to fill a need that I saw in romance. Most books are inherently Christian. The hero and heroine get married in a church. The holiday they celebrate together where they meet each other’s families is Christmas. Before the Thanksgiving meal, everyone says grace.

I love reading these books and the warmth conveyed spills over to me. I have no problem with books that incorporate religions other than my own. But I do think that diversity is important, and occasionally, I think it would be nice to see examples of other religions. That’s why I wrote this series.

I hope you enjoy it!

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Josh Lowenstein is a successful architect, hired to redesign the alumni club of a posh, private school in New York. He is strong, capable and knows the best way to do everything. Except let another woman in.

 Miriam Goldberg is the Assistant Director of Outreach, and is Josh’s day-to-day contact for the redesign. She’s taken care of everyone around her, and forgotten how to let someone else take care of her.

 With a tumultuous history, neither one is prepared to work together. As they get to know each other, the animosity disappears, but Josh is hiding something from Miriam and its discovery has the possibility of destroying their relationship. Only when they are both able to let the other in, and release some of the control they exert over everything, will they be able to see if their love can survive.

A Heart of Little Faith and Skin Deep were published by Whiskey Creek Press in 2011. The Seduction of Esther, the first in the Women of Valor series, was published in June 2013 by Rebel Ink Press. The next book in that series, Miriam’s Surrender, will be published September 10, 2014. All books can be purchased through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

She can be reached at www.jenniferwilck.com or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wilck/201342863240160. She tweets at @JWilck. Her blog (Fried Oreos) is www.jenniferwilck.blogspot.com and she contributes to Heroine With Hearts blog on Tuesdays http://www.heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com and Front Porch Saturdays at Sandra Sookoo’s Believing is Seeing blog http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com.

Excerpt:

Josh sat in the cab and looked out the window. Lights and people and cars and buildings rushed by in a blur. His eyes glazed over and in their place Miriam appeared. Miriam touching his arm and reassuring him, Miriam smiling, Miriam’s hair shining, Miriam looking at him as he bent to kiss her.

Whatever made him do it? When they’d stood outside her apartment in the cold night air, her cheeks had turned pink from the cold. He smiled. She controlled so many of her outward reactions to things, but she couldn’t control that one.

From his height and angle, he’d watched the light from the street lamps shine on her hair, making it appear to glow. Their breath, a white fog, had intermingled as they stood facing each other.

Her lips were soft and plump. He’d spent the evening watching them mold words, stretch into a smile, surround her food as she chewed. He couldn’t help himself; he’d wanted to kiss her. It was the briefest wish. He’d made the slightest move toward her. But in the one too-brief second, he’d glimpsed much more. Her pupils had dilated, she’d raised her face to his and she’d parted her lips. He’d discovered Miriam’s desire.

And now he knew she wanted him, it would take all of his control not to give in to his own need.

 

 

 

 

Author Spotlight – Megg Jensen

Hunted_Revised2_CVR_MEDI met Megg Jensen through a Facebook connection. I begged her to be my guest. I wanted all her secrets of success. LOL.  Like Dorothy in the Wizzard of Oz, I think she gave me the answer I always knew. I am posting this today in celebration of Opening day of #Dragoncon14!  Shhh I think I heard that C.L. Wilson is going to be a guest there on the writers tract!!!

 Megg tells us: “In the summer of 2012, I sat at a dealership, signing documentation to purchase a new car for my husband – one I was able to purchase in full with money I’d earned from self-publishing. The form asked for occupation and I was proud to write “Author.”

 The salesman saw that and gasped. He looked me over, then asked if I was Suzanne Collins. My rather snarky reply was, “If I was Suzanne Collins, I’d be at BMW, not Hyundai.”

 We both had a good laugh over it, but the moment wasn’t lost on me. Not only was I contributing to the household, but I was buying a freaking brand new car with cash I made from turning my imagination into words. How crazy is that?

 I went from that high to a drop in sales in the fall of 2012, only a few short months later. I can attribute the dip to many things – the end of a series, a change in genre, medical and household emergencies – but my income didn’t recover from the drop.

 I find myself in 2014, not despairing, but working my butt off to get back to the top. That’s the one of the best parts of self-publishing.

 If I had a drop in sales like that with a traditional publisher, it’s pretty likely they wouldn’t send another contract my way. I’d have to fight for anyone to notice me. Not in self-publishing. I can take my career into my own hands.

 2014 has been a year of learning and rebuilding. I don’t expect to make as much money this year as I did in 2012, nor is that my aim. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, success rarely comes from luck. Hard work is the basis and this year I’m rebuilding that base.

 I’m writing books faster by managing my time more efficiently. I’m consolidating my editing process by booking pros. I’m hiring out work that distracts me from my main job of putting words to paper.

 Most importantly – I’m learning. The business has changed drastically since I began self-publishing in 2011. Back then, success was easy. Now there are thousands of books going live on Amazon every day. Visibility is the number one priority, whether it’s through ads, blog tours, or word of mouth. The smart indie will do her research before publishing another book.

Writing is art, but publishing is business. Success doesn’t come just to those who write well – it is earned through hard work and perseverance. I plan to be on top again, even though it may not happen until 2015 or 2016. When it happens, people will ask, “How did you rocket to the top so quickly?” I’ll just nod because I know that all overnight success requires a lot of hard work.

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 Bio: Megg Jensen is a bestselling author of high fantasy.

No stranger to top ten lists on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore, Megg’s novels (Anathema, Oubliette, Severed, Sleepers, Afterlife, The Sundering) have garnered millions of downloads, attracting thousands of fans all over the world. In April of 2014, her compilation ebook, The Song of Eloh Saga, hit #42 overall on Amazon and #9 on Barnes & Noble.

Growing up on the amazing fantasy and scifi of the 1980s, Megg’s influences include Madeline L’Engle, Robert Jordan, and Terry Goodkind. She lives in Chicago with her husband, kids, and two miniature schnauzers.

 

http://www.meggjensen.com

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Twitter – @meggjensen

Author Spotlight – Melissa MacKinnon

Today it is my pleasure to welcome guest Melissa MacKinnon to the blog. I sought her out to be a guest on my blog because her book just sounded so dang good!!!!

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Melissa spent her childhood exploring the coast of Maine and immersing herself in any book she could get her hands on. Although she pursued a career in theater, the written word was her true calling. Melissa leads a full life with her husband and five children, traveling the country to wherever the Army sends them, and still finds time to write in her “spare time”. She sports a Military Wife badge of honor, and is lucky enough to have her own knight in camo armor.

Melissa enjoys writing everything from sexy, sword-toting heroes to spit-out-your coffee funny romantic comedies. Her passion lies within the ancient walls of fantasy and historical romance, where anything is possible.

I visited with Melissa to talk about her writing background and future projects. I can appreciate that she is a working mom with a military husband. My oldest is in Japan right now with her Marine Corp hubby. Wife, mother, career woman…..It’s hard to wear so many hats. I’m thankful for this opportunity to meet an interesting person and make a new friend.

1 Tell us briefly about your writing journey. What led you to writing? What route did you pursue, agent/publisher vs small press vs direct publication?

I’ve been writing short stories since I was little. I loved to read, and you’d rarely see me without my nose in a book. While reading one particular amazing book, I told myself… “I can do this.” And my writing journey started. I never thought it would ever see publication, but an author friend encouraged—okay, made me—submit it. I shopped around, had my fair share of rejections, until I found the perfect fit. Being my first novel, I sought out a publisher within my genre. I had no idea what I was doing, so I was too nervous to self publish. I’ve learned so much about myself through writing. It’s a journey I never want to see end.

2. What inspired your current project?

Believe it or not, the entire plot of Return to Me came to me in a dream. I thought I was watching a movie when I woke up, but the tv was off. It stuck with me, and a week later I decided I needed to get it down or it was never going to get out of my head.

3 Where there any surprises in your current project?  Something that later you said…I didn’t see that coming? Oh yeah. I had no idea I was going to fall in love with these people (my characters) and cry along with them. I also didn’t know I could be so crass and curse so much. 😉

4 Tell us something no one knows about you.

I’m a Disney freak. My family lives and breathes Disney. During the day, I am a Disney Travel Agent. I plan Disney vacations for families and love every minute of it. There’s entirely too much Mickey in my house.

5 Future plans or projects on the horizon.

I have a new historical romance releasing this fall. The Archer’s Daughter is about a woman named Cate, and the hero who wants her dead.

My next writing endeavor will be a Military romance. It follows the struggles of a single mother trying to do her best and the man learning to live again after a tragic accident left him scarred.

and now more about….

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by Melissa MacKinnon

Book Blurb:

The only thing worse than loving the enemy is trying to live without him.

Archaean bounty hunter Marek Coinnich isn’t particularly fond of Engels. In fact, he prefers them dead. But to save his injured brother, he must enter the manor of an Engel enemy. Marek finds himself enthralled by the slave girl nursing his brother back to health. When his enchantment with her lands them in a compromising position, he refuses to let the young beauty pay for the misunderstanding with her life.

Brynn of Galhaven prefers to keep to the shadows. When she is ruined by an outsider, she barely escapes with her life and finds herself left alone in an unforgiving land. Through her struggles to survive, Brynn discovers a world she never imagined and never forgets the enemy Archaean who stole her heart.

Marek can’t deny his desire for Brynn, but these are wartimes, and she is the enemy. And though love knows no prejudice, the world in which he lives isn’t nearly as forgiving.

*** Historical Romance with strong Fantasy elements.***

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Excerpt:

It was the scream that caught his attention, the sound of pure terror. A woman’s ultimate terror — he’d heard it many a time throughout his hardened life. For a quick moment, Marek’s eyes shifted in search of the treeline instead of the soldier he battled. The swing of an Engel sword narrowly missed his shoulder and sent him staggering backward on his heels. Marek barely escaped the bone-crushing blow. The soldier advanced on horseback, whereas Marek battled on foot. Regaining his stance, he blocked the Engel’s next blow with only seconds to spare. He couldn’t focus — he worried for her safety. Damn woman. He was going to get himself killed.

Marek was torn between the two battles. Did he attempt to fight the man he engaged, praying Brynn could fend off her attacker until he could reach her, or did he make a run for her, hoping to surpass his own battle? Given another few minutes, Marek would slay his opponent. Another scream sent him reeling. The Engel held a blade high above her.

Damn, she won’t be afforded another few minutes. He was out of time, and no risk was greater than that of her life. Narrowing his eyes, Marek charged his opponent and wrenched him to the ground. The soldier, caught off guard, slid from the saddle, dropping his weapon. With one swift jerk, Marek’s sword slid along the man’s throat, severing it. A wild fray of blood spurted at the sky as the body slumped to the ground. Marek spun on his heels to race across the field.

Losing his footing to the slick mud, he skidded to his knees, realizing he’d never make it to her side in time. The soldier would have the dagger in her chest before he could intercept. Marek fumbled for the protruding handle of the knife still wedged in his boot. Finding it, he pulled the blade from its sheath. With his heart racing and his hand oddly trembling, he whirled the knife into the back of the soldier’s skull.

 

Felicia Fox Blog Tour

When passion and obsession collide, someone has to fall.

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Felicity has never met someone like Alex before. Alex literally glows from their lovemaking. For the first time, Felicity is in love, but the woman she’s spent the last two months with may not actually be a woman at all. Felicity knows that Alex is something more, but she doesn’t know exactly what. Allowing Alex into her life might be the worst mistake she’s ever made…

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As Felicity falls deeper in love with Alex, she finds herself immersed in Alex’s dark, erotic, succubus world. She and Alex are both in danger as a killer trails their every move. Not even the threat of torture and death can stop their passion when Alex reveals her motives for finding Felicity. Will their love conquer all or will they meet their end at the hands of a madman?

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Synopsis

When passion sets your soul on fire.

Object of a deadly obsession, Felicity has been taken by the crazed incubus, Marius. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are mounting against Alex and Felicity. Will their passion and love be enough to keep from breaking Felicity, or will Alex’s world be the end of her?

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About Felicia Fox

Felicia Fox hails from Northern California. She has her Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences, but has always known she wanted to be an author. A lover of arts and crafts, pin up looks, and avid reader, Felicia enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Consumed, Captive, and Crave is her first published erotica series.

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Author Spotlight – Kellie Kamryn – Guilty As Sin

My Guest today is Award-winning author Kellie Kamryn. She is a retired elite gymnast and competitive coach. These days she is captain of her crew of four wearing many a hat: chauffeur, cook, maid, and arm chair psychologist, although her favorite title, and the one she answers to most, is “Mom”. Even with her busy life, she creates time for Baguazhang training at least twice a week, a challenging martial art form. While her friends would describe her as sweet, her readers know she’s got a sassy side, and most days she can be found channeling her sass into writing stories and poetry that sweep readers away into other worlds. When her muse requires a break, she channels her creative energy into bringing many a tale to life through her work as a narrator.

Winner of the RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Award for Best Erotica 2012, Kellie is also a workshop presenter, and motivational speaker, having presented at the Moonlight and Magnolias GRWA Conference in 2011. One of her latest books, Sugar Daddy Wanted: Now Accepting Applications, has been nominated for Best Novella in the RONE Awards for 2013.

Readers are welcome to join her on Facebook in her Sweet & Sassy Divas and Dudes group! It’s the first place she mentions contests, articles and much, much more! Come join in the fun!

For upcoming releases, contests and more, visit with Kellie at: http://www.kelliekamryn.com

GUILTY AS SIN

Guilty_as_Sin_Sin_City_Series_1_500_800Blurb:  A UFC fighter caught up in the world of organized crime risks his one chance at freedom to save the woman he loves.

As a UFC fighter, Sinclair Reed aka Sinister 3, always had a plan. Getting tangled up with the mob, or falling in love with a woman he can’t forget, never factored into it.

After a brief affair, bestselling author, Cherie Bouchard, thought she’d seen the last of UFC light middleweight champ “Sinister 3” when they parted ways at the airport. Determined to discover if her feelings are real for Sinclair, or the result of her hopeless romantic imagination, she purchases tickets to his fight when the UFC comes to town.

As the lovers re-unite, they discover someone wants him dead, and Sinclair has twenty-four hours to choose between Cherie and freedom. For a smart guy like him, it should be a no-brainer. When it comes to the woman he loves, he’s as guilty as sin.

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Award-winning Author of Erotic Romance & Audio Book Narrator:

Excerpt:

Unspoken communication passed between them—desire, longing, raw sensuality. She gestured between them. “So, that’s all this is between us? Lust?”

“Is that what you came to ask me?”

Swallowing hard, her head bobbed an affirmative. “I suppose.”

Sinclair cast his gaze downward, before locking it onto her. “No. Yes.” He sighed in exasperation. “Truth is…I haven’t stopped thinking about you since I said good-bye.” The admission lightened a burden he hadn’t been aware he’d carried.

Her breath caught, and she pressed a hand to her heart. “Really?”

“Yeah, really.” Truth sets you free.

“Jesus H… I thought it was just me.” Pacing in a small circle, she gestured in a wild fashion. “I tried so hard to put you behind me, to tell myself it was only a good time… But I just couldn’t—”

He interrupted. “Get me out of your head?”

Sheepish, she nodded.

“Yeah,” he admitted. “That’s how I felt, but about you.” Sinclair waved his arm in a helpless gesture. “I didn’t want to hurt you. You’re an amazing woman. But with my training schedule, and the distance—I didn’t want to commit to something—”

“Stop.” Cherie raised both hands in front of her. “Don’t. I thought maybe if I saw you again, I’d see you for who you are and be able to get you out of my system once and for all. Turns out—not so much.”

“This’ll make me sound like more of a jerk, but just because I’ve thought of you often, doesn’t mean I’ve been celibate since we parted.”

A light laugh accompanied her shrug. “I didn’t expect you to be. We had no commitment. I’ve been on a date or two as well.”

Unexpected jealousy reared its ugly head. Sinclair bristled, a low growl sounding in his throat at the thought of her with another man, his hands on her, fucking her.

Curiosity etched her brow. “Let’s agree not to talk about our sex lives,” she suggested.

Sinclair gave a curt nod. “Agreed.” He shifted in his seat, legs splayed.

Her eyes were drawn to his crotch. Moistening her lips again, she quickly averted her gaze.

“Cherie,” he said, voice low when he spoke. “It’s not that I don’t want to talk to you. I just can’t think of anything coherent to say. Not when I want you the way I do.”

“You’ve already warned me. Understood.”

For a moment, he wondered if she’d walk away. He half hoped she would, simplifying their lives.

With deliberate slowness, she untied the knot at her waist, letting the sweater fall open and hang from her shoulders to reveal the silky fabric of her tank top for a moment before letting it fall to the floor. Cherie shimmied her shoulders, the thin straps of her top, sliding down her arms.

Sinclair sucked in a breath as the top snagged on her beaded nipples for a second, the built-in bra dissolving as the shirt slid down her torso. “You don’t have to do this.”

“Oh, believe me, I want to.” Cherie wriggled her hips, and in a dull swish of clothing, jeans, shirt and panties pooled on the floor at her feet.

His erection grew as his eyes roamed over her body from head to toe. Nude, she posed in front of him, one hand on jutted hip. He watched her breasts rise and fall with each panting breath. She lifted her chin, and he took the hint, unzipping his jeans, and sliding the material down over his hips, lifting his ass to remove them altogether. He lowered himself into the seat a little more, cock straining against his boxer briefs.

She tilted her head in a coy gesture. “It’s not a fair fight.”

With a chuckle, he stripped off his underwear, allowing his cock to spring to attention. The scent of her arousal wafted over to him, assaulting his senses. He extracted a condom from the wallet in the back pocket of his jeans, and rolled it down his dick.

Swaying her hips, she sauntered toward him, and reached for his T-shirt. He lifted his arms for her to take it off.

His arms circled her waist. “Come here, baby.”

An ear-to-ear grin on her face, Cherie climbed onto his lap, one knee on either side of his thighs, hands resting on his shoulders.

Sinclair gripped her hips, guiding her pussy until she was poised over his cock which strained to get inside her. He searched her eyes for any sign of hesitation. “You sure?” he asked.

“Absolutely.” She lowered her hips until the plump head of his cock probed her slick entrance. Her hot, wet pussy melted around his hard shaft as he slid home. Her head tipped back, eyes rolled up to the ceiling.

“Fuck, baby.” Sinclair panted, pressing a kiss to her collarbone, his tongue licking a path along the ridge and up the column of her throat. He resisted the urge to flip her to her back and fuck her like an animal in heat. “I’ve missed you.”

The tears shining in her eyes tugged at his heart. “I’ve missed you, too, Sin,” she whispered, using the nickname she’d given him as a play on his fighting name, “Sinister Three”.

“Ride me, Sweetheart. Now.”

 

Author Spotlight – Erzabet Bishop

My Guest today is the wonderful and multi-published, Erzabet Bishop. I enjoyed getting to know Erzabet a little more and I am facinated by her stories. I can’t wait to get reading! I’ve showcased several of her books today for you to see the scope of her work. You will find interviews and questions/answers interspersed in between the book promos and at the end a bit more about Erzabet Bishop.  Enjoy!

Cover Sigil FireSigil Fire by Erzabet Bishop

Paranormal erotic urban fantasy/romance

Pairing: f/f

Published by Ylva Publishing, June 2014

104 pages

Multiple 5 star reviews

 

E: I interviewed Erzabet to get to know her a little better.

Who is your favorite character in this book and why? 

I love all my characters, but Sonia is especially close to me. She is recovering from a traumatic experience and struggles to keep going. She doesn’t remember all the details, but knows enough to stay under the radar.

Fae is fierce. She’s been through the fire and dreams of Sonia and what could be. They are two sides of the same coin and needed to find each other.

What inspires you for your stories?

My imagination is chock full of characters just waiting to be unleashed on the world.

Tell us something no one else knows about you.

I have an addiction to salted caramel dark chocolate Dove candy. I also have ten doggy fur babies that make me insane (but I love them).

When did you start writing and what kicked off your passion to be an author?

I have been writing since I was a child but it wasn’t until 50 Shades came out that I really started to write. I had to see what I could do. Every short piece of fiction leads me closer to my goal of being a novelist.

What is your biggest challenge?

Time. It is so elusive. I work as a bookstore manager and my hours change every week. Writing time is fit around my responsibilities but I hope one day to make writing my full time job. (Well, it already is but it would be nice to only have one. Lol)

Wild card: Tell us something you want to share with us about yourself…hobbies…guilty pleasures?

Hobbies-crochet, monster movie watching, puppies, baking, knitting, reading

Favorite guilty pleasures-pepperoni pizza, ice cream, anything chocolate, coffee-lots of it, orange chocolate sticks (orange gel covered in milk chocolate) and Amazon cards so I can buy books. My e-reader will explode one day…but I always need more books.

E: Wow Erzabet I think we might be kindred sisters. Wishing you much success on your writing career. And now a little more about Sigil Fire!

Where there’s smoke there’s Hellfire.

Sigil Fire box1Blurb

Sonia is a succubus with one goal: stay off Hell’s radar. But when succubi start to die, including her sometimes lover, Jeannie, she’s drawn into battle between good and evil.

Fae is a blood witch turned vampire, running a tattoo parlor and trading her craft for blood. She notices that something isn’t right on the streets of her city. The denizens of Hell are restless. With the aid of her nest mate Perry and his partner Charley, she races against time before the next victim falls. The killer has a target in his sights, and Sonia might not live to see the dawn.

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Excerpt

Blood pounded in her temples, and Sonia’s feet hit the pavement. Tears blurred her vision as the reality of what almost happened sunk in. He was the killer, and he knew where she lived. He was a fallen angel.

Turning the corner, she saw the tattoo parlor and picked up her pace. The shadows mocked her from every angle. He would be out there waiting. His oily presence oozed unholy joy at her panic, and she stumbled, almost losing her footing on the uneven sidewalk. Footsteps echoed on the street behind her, and in her panic, she couldn’t distinguish between friend and foe.

The glass doors loomed large, windows covered with posters of the latest trends in piercing and ink.

Pulling maniacally on the door, Sonia let out a howl of frustration to discover it locked. “Son of a bitch! Oh Goddess! Open up!” Tears ran down her face, and she tore at the door, hoping for some weakness that would allow her entry. Something. Anything.

She bit back a sob and staggered backward. It was over. He would find her in moments.

The street had become too quiet and the echo of sinister laughter crept along the edge of darkness. The bastard was playing with her.

Fear shot through Sonia’s body, numb and cold, causing her to yelp as the doors rattled behind her.

The sound of a barking dog came from the interior of the shop.

A voluptuous dark-haired woman leaned out, the bluish light illuminating her features with beams of icy radiance. “If you’re looking for a corner, succubus, you’ve picked the wrong one. Move it along.”

Sonia stepped closer to the door, turning her head into the light. “I’m here to see Fae.” She wrapped her arms around herself, shivering. The T-shirt and jeans had been warm enough earlier, but the air had turned chillier.

“Red?” The woman’s eyes grew wide. She assessed Sonia’s every movement.

Sonia shook her head, tears pricking at the corner of her eyes. “Do you know me?

The barking of a dog sounded closer, and the dark-haired woman drew back as the little body pushed past her.

Sonia leaned down. “What are you doing here?”

The little dog barked furiously, wagging its tail and whining. Its furry little face searched Sonia’s, and it jumped against Sonia’s leg, licking her hand.

“Hey there. Glad to see you made it home.” Sonia reached down at petted dog’s head.

Snorting, the dog rubbed its head against Sonia’s hand, letting out a delighted sound.

“Your dog knows me.” Sonia searched the dark-haired woman’s face. “I saved it. In the alley yesterday. There was a demon trying to take it.”

“Jellybean, what have you been doing?” Fae returned her gaze to Sonia and stared hard. “You saved her? How?”

A frustrated snort came from the dog, and she growled at the shadows.

“You’re lucky that you have a hellhound to watch over you. Someone must have loved you a lot.”

The woman’s face softened. “My mother. Jellybean was the last gift she gave me before she died.”

“Can you please let me in?” Sonia glanced behind her. The shadows grew longer, and the temperature continued to drop. The street was deserted now. “I need to see Fae. Monty sent me.” Sonia hated that her voice shook. She couldn’t help but notice the woman who blocked her path was intoxicating. The stranger’s dark hair rippled in the cold light of the shop, and her tight fitting shirt revealed far more than it chose to conceal. Her eyes burned black in the darkness, and despite her fear, Sonia felt herself falling inside them. They were safe. Familiar somehow. It didn’t make sense.

“Why the hell would Monty send you here?” The woman straightened, and the illusion of a simple shop owner vanished.

Jellybean barked. The dog’s body tensed, and she stood in front of Sonia, protecting her from the darkness beyond. The energy on the street grew malignant. The dog’s eyes flashed red and power radiated from her.

Sonia and the woman stared, momentarily speechless.

“Well, I’ll be damned. Come on.” The woman grinned as Jellybean jumped up and down. “Get in here.”

Dark laughter echoed down the street and Sonia flinched.

Jellybean growled, the hair on the back of her neck standing straight up.

Sighing deeply, the woman held the door open. “Come on then. Jellybean’s vouching for you and I’ve been looking for you myself.”

“Thank you.” Sonia scurried through the door, tears of relief brimming on her lashes. She blinked, but the tears still managed to fall. She was an immortal. Fear was not something she was used to living with, and it made her angry. Her head and soul were still spinning from everything that had happened in the past hour. She staggered. Her life was about to change even more. She could feel it.

Q&A:

How did you come up with Sigil Fire?

This story began as a writing prompt that didn’t make it into the anthology it was originally intended for. After much more work, I sent it in to the Ylva Halloween anthology and the amazing and wonderful Astrid believed it could be so much more. What was a nine thousand word story became a nearly thirty thousand word novella.

Will there be a sequel?

Yes. Charley, Perry, Sonia and Fae will be back for book two, which has already begun.

Favorite dessert?

Chocolate. Any kind. Anywhere.

Do you have a pet?

Yes. My husband and I have a pack of furry canine children that constantly keep us on our toes.

Favorite place to relax?

That would have to be in bed with a good book, my puppy Tadpole by my side.

Who are some of your favorite urban fantasy or erotic authors?

There are so many! I love Kim Harrison, Lisabet Sarai, Jaye Wells, Red Phoenix, Cari Silverwood, DL King, Alison Tyler, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Rhavensfyre, Patricia Briggs, Laura Antoniou…the list goes on and on. If I could be sealed in a room for a year I would never be bored reading these fabulous authors and more.

What are you working on now?

I have several works in progress. I write for the serial, Club Rook and have just finished the last two episodes to finish out the first season. There is also a CYOA for Silk Words, a twisted fairy tale for Decadent and a Halloween tale for my wonderful friends at Ylva. Not to mention the second book in the Sigil Fire series and two urban fantasy tales…

Here is a blurb for the first episode of Club Rook.

Clubrook1Demons. Angels. And strippers… Oh my! Enter the exclusive world of Club Rook, an erotic women’s club… built over a portal to hell. Demons walk the streets but angels do, too, and which is which may surprise you. No other 500+ page novel is released in weekly installments of 10,000+ words each accompanied by a music video and original EDM/dubstep song. Watch and listen every Monday at http://clubrook.angelsofanarchy.com or buy the soundtrack now at http://www.amazon.com

An erotic hybrid of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Lost Girl,” “Club Rook” is drenched in secrets, sex and monsters. Hunter Echo Abeje may own the Rook, but witch/seer Shanti sets the wards; alchemist/dealer Jules brews the potions, and musician/dominatrix Heather is a fierce fighter. And don’t forget Temperance Ruiz, the newest dancer at the Rook, and so much more.

All Angels of Anarchy serials are published weekly in a television-like format (with an ensemble of characters) written by a team if writers each in charge of her own characters. Check out all our serials at http://www.angelsofanarchy.com and read them weekly or in complete season editions of twelve episodes each.

Dive into a new episode of “Club Rook” and immerse your senses — read, watch and listen.

We are currently looking for reviewers for the first three episodes, so drop me a line at erzabetwrites@gmail.com if you are interested in checking out this great new series.

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fantasy/romance

Pairing: f/f and polyamorous

Format: Serial

Publisher: Angels of Anarchy

fetish fair book coverAnother new release is my choose your own erotic adventure Fetish Fair. You, the reader, get to choose your path to romance and adventure. Floggers, ménage, sexy corsets and more. Check it out!

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Blurb:

Kari’s BFF tricks her into attending a fetish expo, promptly losing her as they arrive. She can find her friend or maybe, just maybe find the secret to her own heart’s desires? Only a choice can open the door. If she dares.

 

SilkWords LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction. Blurring the line between fiction and gaming, SilkWords.com offers high quality romance and erotica that allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction (“pick your path”) and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Future phases will focus on development of a SilkWords community by adding more levels of interactivity for both authors and readers. SilkWords is a place for smart, busy, adventurous women to unwind and have fun. To learn more about our unique reading experience, visit www.silkwords.com.

Genre: Erotic choose your own adventure

Pairing: multiple

Format: CYOA

Publisher: Silk Words

ErzabetfloweryThanks for having me on the blog today! I hope to see you around Facebook and hop over to my author site to sign up for the newsletter.

About the author:

Erzabet Bishop has been crafting stories since she could pound keys on her parents’ old typewriter. She has only just learned that it is a whole lot more fun writing naughty books. She is a contributing author to the Silk Words website with her Fetish Fair choose your own romantic adventure stories, Elemental Passions, Potnia, A Christmas To Remember, Taboo II, Club Rook: The Series, Sweat, Bossy, When the Clock Strikes Thirteen, Unbound Box, Milk & Cookies & Handcuffs, Holidays in Hell, Corset Magazine: Sex Around the World Issue and Man vs. Machine: The Sex Toy Issue, Smut by the Sea Volume 2, Hell Whore Volume 2, Can’t Get Enough (upcoming, Cleis), Slave Girls, The Big Book of Submission (upcoming Cleis), Hungry for More (upcoming Cleis), Gratis II, Anything She Wants, Dirty Little Numbers, Kink-E magazine, Eternal Haunted Summer, Coming Together: Girl on Girl, Shifters and Coming Together: Hungry for Love among others. She is the author of Lipstick (upcoming), Dinner Date, Tethered, Sigil Fire, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires, Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects and watch monster movies. When she isn’t writing, she loves to review music and books.

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Author Spotlight Jane Wakely

Welcome to Jane Wakely today for Author Spotlight. I’m delighted to have Jane here to talk about her most recent project and herself as an author. Those who read all the way through the post will have a reward (potential) at the end. 

Jane Wakely (Author Bio)

Jane has always been a writer. Even when she took a break from it for a few years, she couldn’t keep the stories from filling her head. As an avid romance reader, she finally decided her stories needed to be free, and she started writing again.

Reading and liking all genres of romance; it makes sense that she would write that way too. Her stories range from sweet to erotic, contemporary to paranormal, and a bunch in-between. She loves all romance genres, and all levels of spice.

Jane lives on the east coast of the United States with her loving husband, daughter and their Miniature Dachshund.

 1. Who is your favorite character in this book and why? 

If I have to choose a favorite, then I choose Matt. The reason is because I sympathize with him the most. In this series, shifters are incredibly lonely until they meet “the one.” The potential to let despair take over their lives is sometimes overpowering for a shifter. Matt tries to stay positive, keeps looking and most important, keeps living, despite his loneliness.

2. What inspires you for your stories?

Usually other books inspire me! I try to create stories that my readers love to read—just like many authors have done for me!

3. Tell us something no one else knows about you. 

Hmmm…well something very few people know is I’m afraid of large bodies of water. Swimming pools are fine, but oceans, lakes, etc…No thanks!

4. What genre classification would you put on your book and what would you consider the heat level of the romance?

Jenn’s Wolf is a Paranormal/Shifter Romance with a heat level of 2/3!

5. When did you start writing and what kicked off your passion to be an author?

A long time ago…I started writing! LOL I always wanted to be an author, but instead of pursuing my dream, I let it go for almost 20 years! Then one day I got tired of creating great stories in my head and decided to write them down again!

My new release:

Jenn's Wolf Cover

Title: Jenn’s Wolf

Blurb:

Jenn is used to being overlooked by men. She’s short, slim, shy and her past keeps her guarded against others—especially men. It also gets her labeled as having a “good personality.” When she sees Matt for the first time, she realizes he’s the first man she’s willing to take a chance on.

Matt is a wolf shifter worried that he’ll never find his mate. Without a mate, a shifter’s life is incredibly drawn-out and lonely. Willing to try anything, he agrees to a blind date with Jenn and is stunned to find out she’s the one.

A misunderstanding interrupts their first night together and leaves them both miserable. After determining she may have overreacted, Jenn apologizes and they agree to start over. When Matt tells her about his wolf, she has to decide whether to trust her heart or run from the only man she’s ever wanted.

Excerpt:

When Christina left, Jenn continued to ogle the tantalizing man. No one had stirred her like he did in a long time. The thought of a chance with him made her want to cancel tomorrow’s blind date and wear a sign that said she was available for a night of fun. Jenn had no idea what had come over her, she never approached guys or even made blatant plays for their attention.

Jenn knew that her short stature combined with her trim body that lacked curves and boobs was not appealing to men in the least. While she had a pretty face, she’d been told one too many times she had a great personality as well. Finding a man to be more than a friend was very difficult. Of course, she’d dated and had sex, but the men never stayed for long, always moving on to someone with more beauty, grace, style and curves.

She wanted to meet the man across the bar and the thought of approaching him crossed her mind. Normally she’d trash the idea immediately, but something about him made her feel braver than usual. If he separated himself from his friends and she acted quickly, maybe she could at least see him up close and say hello.

Jenn knew if she shared her plan, Christina would help her. Glancing to her friend, she noticed Christina was about to pass the group when the hot guy Jenn had her eye on turned, said something to Christina, then wrapped his arms around her friend and kissed her.

Deflated, Jenn watched the couple as their lips met and met again. It was more than a simple peck and though their arms and hands didn’t roam, she could tell when their tongues did. Jealousy overwhelmed her and she pushed it down as she looked away.

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Find Jane:

Blog: www.janewakely.blogspot.com

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Author Spotlight – Law Reigns

My pleasure to introduce you today to Law Reigns. I have trouble with creating titles so when I heard hers I was drawn in. “SUPERHEROES WEAR FADED DENIM” 

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Who is your favorite character in this book and why? 

My objective when writing Superheroes Wear Faded Denim was to create a diverse cast of wild characters. Honestly, my  favorite has to be Gabriel. He is a warrior angel, custodia in Latin, and he is tasked with communicating the war to the humans involved in battle. He is under so much stress, forced to overcome obstacle after obstacle. Honestly, I do not think anything ever goes perfect for him in the novel. Yet, he remains loving and understanding.

Even when he has to dodge the main character Blissany’s sexual advances, he tries his best to leave her with, “It’s not you; you’re perfect. It’s me.”

2. What inspires you for your stories?

Life. Honestly, I cannot write without using some of the emotions I have experienced or watched others experience. Superheroes Wear Faded Denim is a fantasy romance, but I try to capture some sort of truth in my novels. People who have read my novels have commented on how shockingly surprised they were at how true to life my characters read.

I find it is easier to write a novel based on real life emotions and experiences. It is the main reason I chose a college campus in Gainesville, Florida  as the setting. I was there breathing, living, surviving for four years. I saw what made it unique, what made it dreadfully boring at times.

At night, the sky becomes a black curtain. The buildings designed to mimic antiquated churches become the perfect hangout for demons. Laying on the grass, staring up at the sky gives you an eerie peace. You start to think, an intergalactic battle can take place here.

I understand what you’re talking about. I’ve spent a lot of time around old G-ville town. Campus can be unsafe at night. Remember buddy system when you’re star watching. LOL

3. Tell us something no one else knows about you.

Oh this should be fun. I am such a big mouth I don’t really have any secrets. Really works in my favor when someone tries to blackmail me. How about this? I am addicted to Sunkist orange soda. If evolution or genetics have anything to do with my love for Sunkist, I’m telling you my ancestors were chowing down on those oranges.

4. What genre classification would you put on your book and what would you consider the heat level of the romance?

Again it is a fantasy romance, more so urban fantasy. When you read the book, you will be blown away by the fast-paced action and wacky scenarios. The love is there,  so I would give it a 6 on the heat scale. Because I love conflict, this novel is for plot fiends who love characters to fight to the death for their happy ending.

5. When did you start writing and what kicked off your passion to be an author?

Honestly, I started writing at seven and do not know why I am still writing till this day. Maybe it’s because it’s so easy. I have a knack for it. There are these visions in my head, I can put them down on paper, wrap it up in covers, put it out there in the world, and maybe I will find someone who thinks just like me. Maybe we’ll connect online. Maybe we’ll be best friends. Maybe we’ll be lovers. Who knows when it comes to life?

Sounds like seeds for another romance plot. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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