Thursday, September 29, 2011

New interview with novelist Minnette Meador

I'm pleased to welcome Minnette Meador back to Reviews and Interviews. This time she's talking about her novel The Gladiator Prince. Her first visit was in July talking about A Ghost of a Chance.

At the end of this virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions, Minnette will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Details are below.

Somewhere between thirty and hair, blue eyes...six kids, one slightly used husband, and any number of pets from time to time... wanttabe hippy... wanttheirmoney musician and actress for 20 years... native Oregonian... lover of music, beauty, and all things green. Willing slave to the venerable muse. Minnette currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, having replaced the children with one dog. The dog, Pierre, pretty much runs the show.

Welcome back to Reviews and Interviews, Minnette. Please tell us a bit about The Gladiator Prince. What inspired you to write this book?
Prince Thane was a minor character in The Edge of Honor who helps Delia escape slavers. He was such an interesting character, I had to write his story. After the Boudicca Revolt Thane’s tribe was completely wiped out, except him and his two young daughter, whom the Roman did not know about. To save them, he surrenders to the Romans and becomes a Gladiator, to fight in the arena until he dies.

What’s the next writing project?
Right now I’m finishing up the galleys and edits for The Bell Stalker coming out October 27th. It is an urban fantasy thriller.

Here’s a blurb: For a year, Belle Stark has struggled to conquer fears plaguing her since being attacked by a maniac who continues to roam free and the murder of her father. And she nearly succeeds, until she discovers her lover's murdered body spread over the furniture, making Belle a prime suspect. Certain her attacker is to blame, she seeks help from her ex-husband, homicide detective Mike Cranston, the one person she swore she would never let back into her life, or heart. In their hunt for answers, the two uncover more than a lunatic: a supernatural underworld hidden beneath the tall skyscrapers of the city and a secret that could kill them both. Faced with a terrible choice, Belle surrenders herself to the hands of a monster and Mike must solve an ancient mystery before it's too late to save her---

What is your biggest challenge when writing a new book? (or the biggest challenge with this book)
Finding the time. I work full time, promote full time, and write full time. There are simply not enough hours in the day. I’d like to be able to write 5-6 books a year, but three seems to be all the time I have. I wish I were rich… or had a rich sugar daddy. But I fell madly in love with the starving artist. I may not be rich, but I’m happy. Now, if I could only get him to become rich! :o)

If your novels require research – please talk about the process. Do you do the research first and then write, while you’re writing, after the novel is complete and you need to fill in the gaps?
I research as I’m writing the book and work hard at trying to research to the book. In other words, I try not to get lost in the research, which is tricky. My problem is I’m an avid voracious closet historian… I love history and I’ve never met an era I didn’t like. So I have to keep the dampers on and bookmark those things I’ll look at later… if I ever have time later.

What’s your writing space like? Do you have a particular spot to write where the muse is more active? Please tell us about it.
I have a lovely little office at the top of the stairs in the 1930’s bungalow.

What authors do you enjoy reading within or outside of your genre?
I read a lot of different genres; mystery (Rex Stout, Sherlock Holmes, Sir Peter Whimsy, etc), Sci-Fi: Heinlein, Spider Robinson, Piers Anthony, and many more. Fantasy: JRR Tolkien, Ann McCaffrey. Romance: Lisa Hendrix, Delilah Marvelle, and many others.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers today?
Just to tell them I really love these blog hops and have made more friends than I could have ever imagined. Thanks so much for being here to help me celebrate! :o)

I can be reached through my website and my blog.

Gladiator Prince just came out on Kindle and Nook, too.

Thank you for coming back to Reviews and Interviews!

Readers, Minnette is giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate to a lucky commentor at the end of her virtual tour. So leave a comment on this post, and at the other blog stops she is making. The more you comment, the better your chance of winning.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Interview with romantic suspense author Stacy-Deanne

Today's guest is Stacy-Deanne, Interracial Romantic Suspense/Crime Novelist.

Welcome, Stacy-Deanne. Please tell us about your current release.
Giving up the Ghost is my fourth release. It’s the first book in my new Interracial Romantic Suspense series. The series focuses on Albany Detectives Brianna “Bree” Morris and Steven Kemp who debuted in my 2008 mystery, Melody.

In Giving up the Ghost, Bree and Steven investigate the brutal assault of Bree’s friend Cheyenne Wilson. The case leads Bree and Steven to an array of interesting characters who are all somehow connected to the attack. Bree finds herself fighting an attraction for one of the possible suspects, Simon Watts, who claims to be a friend of Cheyenne’s. Bree and Simon fall in love and Bree must make a choice between what her heart feels for Simon and her loyalty to the case. Meanwhile Bree is being stalked by a sadistic maniac who might be connected to the attack as well.

What inspired you to write this book?
I fell in love with Bree and Steven when writing Melody. I couldn’t give them up. There was so much more I wanted to do with them so I began the series. One of my main influences for Giving up the Ghost is Alfred Hitchcock. He is my idol and his brilliant methods of suspense were a key thing that made me want to write this story. I wanted to see if I could pull off a Hitchcock-type mystery and I loved every minute of it. It was a lot of fun.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I am working on more books in the series and some standalones. My next release will be the second book in the series, The Season of Sin. Nadia Hollister, Bree’s psychiatrist is murdered while Bree is in Nadia’s living room! Bree’s been knocked unconscious by the culprit but when she comes to she vows to find the killer. Nadia’s murder exposes a number of people who wanted her dead as well as uncovers a secret Nadia has been hiding. Did this secret get her killed? It’s up to Bree and Steven to find out. No one is who they seem in this story. I’m very excited about it and I think readers will enjoy it. The book will be released December 2011.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing but I didn’t think of doing it professionally until I was 19 when I got my first computer. It was like something had awakened in me beyond my control. I got such a high and passion from writing. I enjoyed it so much that I knew this was what I wanted to pursue. The rest is history. LOL!

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
Right now I am only writing but I plan to embark on other career opportunities soon. I plan to always write. Writing is who I am. When I first started I wrote constantly, day and night. Now that I’ve been in the business over a decade, I’ve slowed down a bit and give myself more breathing room and take more breaks. Things change when you get older. I was 19 when I started so it was easier to put all my time into writing and nothing else. I’m 33 now and I have different interests and more things to concentrate on besides writing. You naturally grow into other things. In between my novels I write articles and do plenty of guest posts for different blogs so I’m always working on something.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to write in the nude. No, just kidding LOL! Honestly I don’t think I have any interesting writing quirks. I don’t do anything unusual. One thing is that I can’t write when my work station is too neat. It’s uncomfortable and my mind feels stifled if I’m sitting in a very neat spot. I like my space a little cluttered when writing. I think the chaos helps me.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Oh, man, I wanted to be everything under the sun. For years I wanted to be a teacher because my mother was. Then I wanted to be a cop. I wanted to be an actress or singer. I even wanted to be a nun at one time. LOL! I’ve always wanted to be a comedienne but I’m so shy. I love comedy and I love to laugh. People say I’m very funny even when I don’t try to be and I do think I could be a comedienne if I had the guts to do it. LOL!

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I’m happy to announce that I’ve been nominated for a 2011 African-American Literary Award! This is a huge honor. I appreciate all the support. I also hope that readers of this wonderful blog check out some of my work. If you love passion, suspense and thrills then my new series should not disappoint!

People can easily find me an connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks so much for having me, Lisa.

You're welcome. It's been a pleasure meeting you and getting to know a little bit about you and your writing.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Interview with novelist John Desjarlais

Today's guest is novelist John Desjarlais to talk about his newest mystery, Viper, which released in July.

A former producer with Wisconsin Public Radio, John Desjarlais teaches journalism and English at Kishwaukee College in northern Illinois.

His first novel, The Throne of Tara (Crossway 1990, re-released 2000), was a Christianity Today Readers Choice Award nominee, and his medieval thriller, Relics (Thomas Nelson 1993, re-released 2009) was a Doubleday Book Club Selection. Bleeder and Viper (Sophia Institute Press, 2009 and 2011 respectively) are the first two entries in a contemporary mystery series.

A member of The Academy of American Poets and Mystery Writers of America, he is listed in Who's Who in Entertainment and Who’s Who Among America's Teachers.

Welcome, John. Please tell us about your current release.
In Viper, Latina insurance agent Selena De La Cruz has a problem. Just before All Souls' Day, someone enters the names of nine people in her Catholic church's Book of the Dead, seeking prayers for their souls. But all nine are still alive. Until they start getting murdered one by one in the precise order their names are written in the Book of the Dead -- and always right after a local visionary sees a mysterious woman known as The Blue Lady.

Is she Our Lady of Guadalupe warning the next victim, as many in the Mexican-American community believe? Or the Aztec goddess of death, come to claim another soul, as others say? Or someone less mystical, but deadly nonetheless?

Selena De La Cruz needs to find out. The last name on the list is hers.

What inspired you to write this book?
I’m a recent convert to the Catholic faith and therefore fascinated by Catholic customs and practice. I noticed around All Souls Day that my parish church had a leather-bound ledger on display called ‘The Book of the Dead’ where people recorded the names of relatives who had died during the year. Well, a mystery writer hears ‘Book of the Dead’ and sits up straight. Since the Mexican holiday ‘The Day of the Dead’ is celebrated about the same time, I knew that Selena, a strong-willed 30-something Mexican American minor character from Bleeder, ought to be the protagonist for the sequel, and that her name would be listed in her church’s ‘Book of the Dead.’

What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m working on the third book in the series wherein Selena investigates the mystery of her father’s sudden departure from PEMEX, the Mexican national oil company, to settle in Chicago with a job at the Mexican consulate where he dies shortly afterward (this happened when she was a kid). It’s taking a turn as a political thriller involving the Mexican government, big oil, emerging drug cartels, and the Vatican.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In high school I wrote for the literary magazine and I was the newspaper editor. I knew then that I wanted to be a writer – though I had written spy novels in junior high (they were awful).

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I teach college fulltime (literature and creative writing), and with a five-course load plus committee work and so on it is difficult to write during the semester. So I conduct research during the academic year and write in a focused way over summer and winter breaks. Viper, however, was a book I cranked on in Spring 2010 in order to deliver a manuscript to my editor by the end of May.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I found a Latina model’s images online in a photography website who I imagined looked like Selena. I printed (and paid for) several shots of this woman and they are posted around my desk. When I’m stuck, I glance at the photos and ask Selena what she would do. Thank goodness my wonderful wife doesn’t mind. You can see some of the photos at my web site.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer, believe it or not. In third grade I wrote a story with my dog as the main character and the teacher mimeographed it (I wonder if many of your readers recall ditto machines) and distributed copies – my first published work.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I’m involved in retired racing Greyhound rescue. They are sweet, gentle companions and are rather easy to care for. I recommend that anyone who is considering adopting a dog visit websites that feature Greys and learn about these lovely creatures to see if they might be a good family fit. We adopted our latest, Murphy (track name: Sovereign Knight) this summer from REGAP of Illinois (Retired Greyhounds As Pets). So search for REGAP (they have chapters in many states) or browse

Thanks for letting me visit with your readers, Lisa!

And if anyone wants to connect, there's my website, Facebook fan page, and Twitter.

Great having you join my blog, John. Thanks for the great interview.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Live chat/interview with dark fiction author Darren Frey - 10/2/11

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Interview with historical novelist Adrianne Sainte-Eve

Today's guest is first-time novelist Adrianne Sainte-Eve. She's going to talk about her World War I historical novel, Horizontal Collaborator.

Adrianne Sainte-Eve was born in Budapest Hungary, and spent her childhood in, Quebec, Regina, Saskatchewan, and Vancouver, B.C. in Canada. She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northern Illinois University, and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Welcome, Adrianne. Please tell us about your current release.
Horizontal Collaborator is about a Montmartre barmaid, Violette Clary, during the time of the First World War. She is presented with the opportunity to work as a double agent for France, and succeeds in becoming the mistress of the German Chief of Naval Intelligence. Her adventures take her from France to Spain and then Hungary, interacting with many bizarre characters along the way.

What inspired you to write this book?
The idea of women spies during that period interested me. I wondered what they must have been like as personalities. What would lead them to follow such a career? I was intrigued by what was going on in the minds of the different characters on opposite sides of the war, each one thinking their side was the right one.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m currently working on another story, this time set in the twenties and thirties, another exciting time in history. It is not a sequel but I do resurrect some of the people from Horizontal Collaborator, because I want to know what happens to them.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Although I always wanted to write, I didn’t consider myself a writer until I had finished my first novel. I just sat down and wrote it. I surprised myself.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
It seems I write full-time when I am actually writing. Once I start, I don’t like to stop until I’m too tired to go on. About six hours a day is my limit. I took a long break after my first novel, but now I’m working on another one. I have two part-time jobs to support myself, but luckily they both allow me a lot of flexibility. I just write when I can, either early morning or late into the night.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know if it’s a quirk, but I like to make up my characters first before I develop a story. Then I sort of loosely put together a story and decide how my characters will react to the different events, and vaguely, what should happen to them. After that the story seems to develop itself easily.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A spy, of course.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I always read a lot, and very randomly. I’ve often read a great book and was consumed with jealousy because I didn’t write it. I wanted to write most of my life, but I didn’t know how to start. I told myself to just start but it was many years before I actually did that. Then when I did finally start, I didn’t stop until it was finished. Writing a novel was every bit as satisfying as I thought it would be. I would encourage anyone who has the urge to write to do the same. Your story will come out, once you “just start.”

Also, feel free to connect with me through Facebook.

Thank you so much for visiting today, Adrianne. Happy writing!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Interview with author Phyllis Zimbler Miller

A hearty welcome goes out to Phyllis Zimbler Miller whose joining us to talk abou ther newest book Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders, a novel written with her husband Mitchell R. Miller.

Welcome, Phyllis. Please tell us about your current release.
Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders is a graduate of the Naval Academy and on the Navy’s pistol team as well as an electronic weapons officer. When she gets assigned to an aircraft carrier as a fighter pilot’s backseater, a missile attack on her plane leads to a mission to try to save the port of Los Angeles from a suspected terrorist attack.

She next bulldozes her way into being the first female assigned to a sub smaller than one of the large Ohio-class boomers. She is unaware that her past is about to catch up to her present in a bizarre situation she could never have foreseen.

What inspired you to write this book?
The novel Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders is based on the screenplay of the same name that my husband and I wrote and that was a quarterfinalist in the 2005 Nicholls Fellowship competition (run by the org that gives out the Oscars).

We later wrote a prequel screenplay (“A Needle in a Haystack”) because we wanted to use fiction to let people know how vital the U.S. Coast Guard is to the safety of cities with ports (such as Los Angeles, where we live). And we like the character of Mollie so much that we used her as the protagonist of this second screenplay.

Mitch and Phyllis visit the USS Midway aircraft carrier on February 1, 2007, in San Diego after attending the U.S. Naval Institute conference.

Now it is 2011 – 10 years after 9/11 – and our nation continues to have security vulnerabilities. I decided that adapting the two screenplays into a novel could both entertain and inform.

What exciting story are you working on next?
We’re interested in writing more adventures for Mollie. I want to send her off to help deal with the Somali pirates. And Mitch and I are particularly interested in China’s current aggressive focus on expanding its area of influence – Mollie might want to help deal with this.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always written. One summer when I was in junior high or high school I spent the entire summer writing a novel They Lived in the White House about the children of a President. (I might still have that novel somewhere.)

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I don’t write full-time as I’m the co-founder of the marketing consulting company Miller Mosaic LLC and Mitch is a tax/estate planning attorney. We both squeeze in time to write.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I often write scenes in my head (while doing household tasks, etc.) so that I can sit down at the computer and immediately start writing when I can snag the time to write.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m over 60, and in my hometown of Elgin, Illinois, there were no professional women role models except one woman doctor. Writing was something I could aspire to; the children’s book author Marguerite Henry lived in a nearby town and once spoke at the Elgin library.

In college I got a journalism degree at Michigan State University. (Mitch and I met on the college newspaper, and my novel Mrs. Lieutenant ( comes from my experiences soon after we were married.)

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Mitch and I have written other screenplays together (see the book Four Comedy Screenplays – ), and we always have a strong female protagonist who is integral to the plot rather than just along for the ride.

Because I believe that fiction influences real life, it is very important to me to portray female fictional characters who can make their own decisions and who do not always have to rely on men.

Thank you for being here today, Phyllis. Mollie sure has a great start - I hope her adventures continue!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Interview with mystery author Sandra Parshall

Here's a hearty (albeit silent) round of applause for mystery author Sandra Parshall as she stops by today.

Sandra Parshall is the author of the Rachel Goddard mysteries. Her debut, The Heat of the Moon, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. It was followed by Disturbing the Dead, Broken Places, and Under the Dog Star, just released. A former newspaper reporter, she lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two cats.

Welcome, Sandra, please tell us about your current release.
In Under the Dog Star, veterinarian Rachel Goddard makes enemies when she races to save a pack of feral dogs wrongly blamed for mauling a prominent local doctor to death. At the same time, she becomes entangled in the lives of the doctor’s adopted children, who are growing up the same way Rachel did: showered with luxuries but denied parental love and approval. Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger, the man in Rachel’s life, believes the doctor’s death is somehow connected to illegal dogfighting, and that when he tracks down the fighting operation he will also find the killer who used a trained dog as a murder weapon. Under the Dog Star is a fast-paced, suspense-filled mystery, but it’s also a story about the meaning of family and the power of compassion.

What inspired you to write this book?
I live in Virginia, where Michael Vick’s infamous dogfighting operation was discovered. I wanted people to realize that Vick’s arrest didn’t put a stop to illegal dogfighting in Virginia or anywhere else. This so-called sport still flourishes all over the country. Neglect and abuse of animals has always been a big issue with me, but I know that readers are turned off by preachiness as well as graphic descriptions of violence toward animals. My aim was to highlight the problem in the context of a mystery that would grip readers and keep them turning pages.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m writing a fifth book about Rachel, and I’m bringing her sister Michelle back onstage for the first time since The Heat of the Moon. A stalker is terrorizing Michelle, and when she flees to Mason County to seek help and protection from her sister, she brings danger with her and disrupts Rachel’s life with Tom Bridger. At the same time, Tom is investigating the killing of a young woman who was working with an Innocence Project to clear a local man she believed was wrongly convicted of murder.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I was scribbling stories in pencil on lined pulp-paper tablets at an early age. I worked as a reporter – had to earn a living – but I never surrendered my dream of being a published novelist.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I’m fortunate enough to be able to write full-time. I don’t know how authors with demanding day jobs manage to produce books. Maybe they’re more disciplined when they have only a small window of time for writing every day. I write in the morning and early afternoon five days a week, but when I’m near the end and a deadline looms, I’ll write six or seven days a week. For the sake of my sanity, I do like to get away from the computer at least one day out of seven.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I wish I had some colorful writing quirks! But I’m basically a plodder – sit down and Just Do It (thanks for that slogan, Nike), day after day. I do like to have a cat in the room when I’m writing. Our girl Emma is my muse. Our other cat, Gabriel, doesn’t want to work that hard.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer, from the start. I’ve always loved books, those magical objects that could transport me to another time and place with nothing more than words on paper. I wanted to create those words, those imaginary worlds, and see my name on the covers of books.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I love hearing from readers, and an e-mail from someone who has read and liked my books can brighten a bad day and keep me writing. So, please, keep in touch!

Along with my website, people can find me blogging at Poe's Deadly Daughters.

Great to have you as part of my blog, Sandra. Thanks for stopping by

Monday, September 19, 2011

Interview with paranormal/fantasy romance author Rebecca Royce

Today at Reviews and Interviews, we have erotic romance author Rebecca Royce to talk about her writing and her newest paranormal/fantasy novel Love Beyond Time (The Outsiders Book 1).

Rebecca is giving away a $50 gift certificate at the end of her virtual book tour to a lucky commentor. The more you comment, the better your chance to win. Full details are below.

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

Welcome, Rebecca. Please tell us about your current release.
Prophesized that they will save humanity from the greatest threat it has ever faced, eighteen Outsider children are born within hours of one another. But when things go terribly wrong, they will be separated from one another to live a human life—with little to nothing known of their true powers or destiny.

In Love Beyond Time, fate finally gets the ball rolling by bringing two soul mates together for the first time in thirty years.

Born one half of a perfect pair, Kal has spent his life believing his other half is gone. But when fate thrusts Isabelle into his arms, he will have no choice but to become the man he was destined to be. That is, if he can battle his own demons first.

Not willing to accept her heritage as an Outsider, Isabelle tries to hide from the truth. But when Kal’s life is on the line, she will have to step forward and embrace her powers or watch everything she has come to love disappear.

What inspired you to write this book?
I’m not really sure. I was pregnant with my second son and just overwhelmed with creative juices and the need to write. A different version of Love Beyond Time was what resulted from that attempt. Then I had to learn how to edit, how to really create a story people would want to read. But the original idea for Love Beyond Time started there. Let's blame it on the pregnancy hormones.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m writing the fourth book in the Outsider story and I’m so excited to be working in this series!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I sold Her Wolf: The Westervelt Wolves Book 1. Signing a contract to get published made me feel like a writer.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
Well, I have 3 children (all boys) ages 6, 4, and 2. So, yes, I write full time when I am not running them around to their schools, activities, and appointments. I write every second of the day that I can. I don’t consider the children work so I do think of writing as my job but it's a job that I LOVE and wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I guess the answer to that would be the way that I set myself up to write. Every chapter (in the initial writing process) has to be 13 pages. I write the chapter heading, set up the line spacing, and save the document in a very specific file before I can write a word. Also, I have to keep very specific track of the word count in the piece. I’m very obsessed with keeping things like that straight or I can’t be creative.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be so many things when I grew up but if I’m honest I probably wanted to be a princess. (Also a doctor, a vet, a movie star ...)

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Current and upcoming works

The Outsiders
Love Beyond Time
Love Beyond Sanity ...coming October 1
Love Beyond Loyalty (TBA)

Westervelt Wolves
Her Wolf
Summer’s Wolf
Wolf Reborn
Wolf’s Valentine
Wolf’s Magic
Alpha Wolf
Angel’s Wolf

The Warrior


The Conditioned
Eye Contact

Embraced (TBA)

Sexy Superheroes
Screwing the Superhero

Banging the Superhero

Other Works
Behind The Scenes (TBA)
First Dimension

Yes, Captain

Return to the Sea

One Night With A Wolf

Another Chance

Light Me Up

Remember, Readers, Rebecca is giving away a $50 gift certificate at the end of her virtual book tour to a lucky commentor.
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Live chat/interview with mystery author Tracy Kiely - 9/25/11

The Writer's Chatroom presents mystery author Tracy Kiely.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

RYDS Tour Stop - Interview with Jamie Magee

Welcome to Day 7 of the Romancing Your Dark-Side (RYDS) tour set of author interviews here on Reviews and Interviews. The tour itself is Aug 5 - Oct 31, and here's the full schedule. I'm hosting all 7 authors here this week.

Today's guest is Jamie Magee.

And at the end of the week, there will be a Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway for one commenter - Ebooks upon Ebooks, swag, and other goodies. So make sure to leave a comment today and each day this week!

Welcome Jamie. Please tell us about your current release.
Embody is the second novel in my Insight series. In this novel the characters are taken to the next level of emotion, the love of soul-mates is truly tested. All of the secrets that were kept from them during their childhood are now revealed. Willow and Landen have to make the choice to face the darkness they have fought in countless past lives, or turn a blind eye to their destiny. The choices they make take them on a path that is twisted, dangerous and life changing.

Here is a short blurb:
Not many Scorpio’s are known for their patience, and Willow Haywood is no different. Her only desire is to love Landen Chambers and redeem the lost souls of Esterious, but the path to that desire is long, dark and dangerous...

Before Willow’s life had a chance to balance the sudden revelations and grief she had to endure to get to Chara a disturbing discovery is made. A photo, one that shows Willow blissfully embracing the flawless image of Drake Blakeshire; giving her not only proof that she had lived before, but that she had loved him.

Running away from the memory of Drake’s hypnotizing touch, and the prophecy set before her seemed like the logical thing to do. That is, until a dark dream reignites her passion to save the hopeless dimension of Esterious. Willow struggles to find patience – to learn everything she needs to know before she faces Drake again, but her eagerness is dangerous and one step in the wrong direction takes everything and everyone away from her – the only way to survive this trial is for Willow to remember who she is and what she really wants out of this life. The question is…can she do that?

What inspired you to write this book?
Some of the greatest ideas come from nowhere and are so strong that they stop you cold in your tracks. The first flash of inspiration for the Insight series was so powerful that I felt every emotion as if I was living through these dark moments with my characters. The beautiful green eyed girl was lost, trapped inside a darkness that refused to release her, and a breathtaking blue eyed boy was trying desperately to make her remember who she was - how powerful she was. This scene never surfaced in Insight. I was so eager to get to this, that there was literally no time spared between writing Insight and Embody. I simply had to explore the daydream that had haunted me for so long.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m really excited to be preparing for my next release, Image, in November. I’m also avidly writing not only the Insight series, but a new ‘yet to be named’ series that has captured my daydreams.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m still having a hard time with that title. I find myself blushing when someone introduces me as an author/writer. Honestly I see myself as an avid daydreamer – that seems to fit perfectly.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I can only dream of being a full time writer. Right now I have a very active business career and a young family. My writing is my ‘me’ time. It starts around 10PM and I write until midnight. On weekends I have been known to write for twelve straight hours when I have strong idea in mind.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Talking to the computer screen - odd I know, but I get really excited or emotional at times.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
What is so funny about this question is that I had no idea. I envied my friends who knew exactly what they wanted to be or had a talent that clearly showed itself to the world.

I remember filling out applications for college and staring down at all of the pamphlets and careers I could chase. In one afternoon my imagination allowed me to be a veterinarian, photographer, teacher, business woman, and everything else that was available. I remember growing frustrated with myself as I thought the words ‘the only thing I’m good at is daydreaming.’
Years later I’ve come to realize that sometimes the obvious answer is not that obvious, and I’m grateful I finally found something useful to do with my overactive imagination!

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I adore every one of my readers! I cannot tell you how excited I get when I receive an email, read a review, or see a post talking about the Insight series – I could not thank you enough for taking a chance on a debut author – my gratitude is truly more than I could explain in simple words.

Jamie, it was great getting to know a bit about you and your writing. Happy writing!

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