When Cordero Ybarra and Aspen O’Hare meet, there is an immediate attraction. But he holds his secrets close, refusing to open up about the night racial prejudice almost killed him.
Aspen refuses to trust Cord—or any man. She’s been abandoned one too many times. When another woman lies and says Cord wouldn’t take responsibility for a child they created together, Aspen believes Cord is a deadbeat just like her father. It is only after she uncovers the truth that Aspen realizes Cord is nothing like the men who’ve deserted her before.
When an immigrant worker is hanged by the same two crazies who branded him, Cord sees the truth. The shame he’s carried about being the victim of a hate crime is going to cost him the woman he loves if he can’t let go of his past.
I have the awesome Sonia Hoghtower on the blog today. September is a BIG month for her. She is relaunching some of her books. And I am very excited. Several of these will be added to my kindle.
Follow the confessions of Juan and Maria as they fall prey to lust at first sight. Can they stop themselves before it's too late, or will they become victims of their own sinful urges?
A new neighbor sends Juan running to confession to rid himself of the lustful thoughts he experiences. Each confession becomes more erotic, more sinful than the last. Can Juan stop himself, or will he give in to the desire that threatens his very faith?
The man across the street causes Maria to question her own morals. When she seeks out a priest for confession, she weaves a tale of exotic kisses and stolen moments. How can Maria find sanctuary in her prayers when her body demands she finds solace in her neighbor's arms?
Warning: NOT a romance. May contain steamy, first person narrative that makes one uncomfortable, content that will raise your eyebrows, and a tragic ending.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a hard working mother of four and the eldest of four children. I was born in a small City in a Caribbean island some twenty something years ago and moved to the USA when I was four. I developed a love for books even before I could read them and my parents encouraged my passion by supplying a healthy amount of books, which I read often.
2. What genre do you write?
Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, Horror, Young Adult.
3. Please tell us about your latest release (insert title) and how you came up with the idea.
Call of the Wolf, which was released on July 13th, is my debut novel. The plot for this book was actually born out of an idea I had one night while I was lying in bed. For some crazy reason I cannot yet explain, I had the sudden flash image of this odd looking vampire with long white hair and pale blue eyes standing in the middle of the woods, staring at a young werewolf female who had no idea how to identify his supernatural nature. When this crossed my mind I began to imagine how to play with that concept and make it work into a story. A few months after that, Call of the Wolf was completed.
Today I have author Rosa Sophia here. Let's get to know her a little better!
- Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a mechanic disguised as a librarian. What that means is, I work in a library, but my dream is to work in a garage—preferably one that specializes in classics and antiques. Currently, I live in south Florida, and I love to travel, run, and hike. When I’m not working, I’m working. I edit for Ruby Lioness Press and Oaklight Publishing. Life is good—but it sure is exhausting! What genre do you write?
For the most part, I write Mystery, but I also enjoy crossing genres. Lately, I’ve been working on a book series that is a mix of several genres—Science Fiction, Mystery, and Romance.Please tell us about your latest release, Check Out Time, and how you came up with the idea?
I thought of the idea behind Check Out Time
when I was working night shift in a grocery store. I decided to make up a character, give her my job stocking shelves, and let the story go from there. No, the character isn’t really based on me, but the situations and the setting are certainly drawn from my own experiences.Is it part of a series?
Yes—the second book is called At the Turn of a Wrench
, and I am already fifty pages in. It will concentrate more on Naomi and her relationship with her father. I’d like to make the second novel more character-oriented than plot driven.A must have snack while you write.
Actually, I have to force myself to eat when I write! I have been known to spend entire days writing, without eating a single thing. I get so into the story that I completely forget food exists.If you had to choose a favorite book that you’ve written, which would it be? A Siren for the Dead
—it is currently unpublished, but I hope to publish it soon.
It is part of a series, and one of my cross-genre projects. It’s a mix between Science Fiction and Mystery. The third book in the series also has some Romance. I just love mixing genres, and I love this series because the main character is a man. So I get to write from a completely different perspective.Advice to writers who have yet to be published.
I know you hear this all the time, but . . . Don’t give up. Don’t let rejections or negative reviews dissuade you. Even after you get published, there will always be someone who won’t like your writing. It can’t be helped. Just do the best you can, and don’t be afraid to share it with the world. Is there a genre you haven’t written yet that you want to?
I would like to write Chick Lit. I would like to write something from every genre, actually, but Chick Lit would be quite a challenge for me. I love a good challenge! Any quirky habits?
Yes—I carry good luck charms everywhere I go. I always have to have something with me that I find comforting, so the “charm” can be anything. In my car, I have a “lucky gasket” hanging from my rear-view mirror. It’s actually the gasket from an exhaust pipe that I replaced several years back; for whatever reason, it became a good luck charm. I also cannot leave the house without a set of tools, or I become antsy and somewhat paranoid. I rented a car to drive to North Carolina two years ago. It was a brand new car, but I grabbed my tool box and put it in the trunk anyway. I knew I wouldn’t need it, but for some reason, I just can’t travel without it! Have you written a character that most resembles you?
In my opinion, no, I have not. But friends and family swear that they “see” me when they read my books. What type of hero do you enjoy writing about?
I like to write about a hero who is working to overcome his or her flaws. I have a lot that I’m trying to work through right now, so I guess it’s my way of writing what I feel through the eyes of a fictional character.
Thank you for having me, Lacey! I am currently looking for reviewers. If anyone would like to review Check Out Time
, I will gladly provide a free digital copy. Readers can email me at: email@example.com
My name is Thaddeus Kane. I exist in Los Angeles, the city known for the hustle of Hollywood, an average 266 days a year of sunshine, and smog.
That’s not my L.A. I operate under the mantle of the city as a troubleshooter for the demon clan who saved my life. Not a bad job if I can stay alive, but I have my limits. I refuse to risk innocents, which causes me problems. That one line I won’t cross for anyone. Loyalties—I have them. I’m pretty sure none of my associates would approve of my particular choices.
Human sorcerers are murdering my clan to harness superpowers and I’m the only one capable of finding the evil. A tough assignment, made harder by my secret alliance with a rival demoness to save prophetic teenagers from the same horrible fate. I’m all they’ve got.
LW Herndon is a pseudonym for the author of the Thaddeus Kane urban fantasy novels and the Declan
Other Realm young adult urban fantasy tales. More information on LW Herndon and future books can
be found at the website http://www.lwherndon.com and blog http://demonssorcerersandmore.com/
Please note: There is a giveaway with this tour. One lucky commenter through out the tour will win a $25 amazon gift card. And another will win the authors next release, which comes in August. Simply leave a comment.
Today I have author L.J. Garland on the blog for an interview.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, to start…L.J. Garland isn’t just one person! It’s two! Laura & Jeff – We’re a husband-wife writing team. We met in college over 20 years ago and have been driving each other nuts ever since. Hey, after that long, ya gotta have a since of humor for sure! We have tons of hobbies and interests—but we have two that top our list.
First, we’re both licensed helicopter pilots with hundreds of hours of flight time. On our 10th wedding anniversary, we flew from the east coast to west and celebrated our special day in the honeymoon suite in Palm Springs. Course, we were so exhausted, we passed out. I’m still chewing nails over not getting to check out that humongous Jacuzzi tub! *sigh* Anyway…books. Chances are good you’ll see one type of flying machine or another in our stories…and the landings won’t always be pretty. But hey, any you walk away from are good, right? lol
The second thing that tops our list is we practice with a variety of weaponry from long bows to high-powered combat rifles. This, along with years of military experience, gives our books a heightened sense of reality. So, fire, fireworks, guns, pretty much anything that goes Boom!…yeah, it’s all good. You’ll see that in our stories as well. High-action adventure and romance…and a happy-ever-after.
On the home front, we enjoy a life in a house filled with love, laughter, and tenuously restrained chaos. We have three cats, one whistling guinea pig, and three boisterous sons—who conspire to ensure there’s never a dull moment. It’s awesome!
2. What genre do you write?
We write sci-fi romance and romantic suspense, but we’ve been known to mix in other genre in, too. Jeff and I both have always enjoyed science fiction and have read voraciously since childhood. Later, I branched out into romance. I truly loved the happy ever after that it offered…that one way or another, the hero and heroine would end up together no matter how daunting the obstacle. SFR offers a wide cross genre…horror, military, paranormal, time travel, steampunk, the list goes on and on…even westerns, as given by FireFly and Cowboys and Aliens. The possibilities are endless – which is one of the wonderful aspects that attracted us both to SFR.
3. Please tell us about your latest release MechMan and how you came up with the idea?
Our latest release is a SFR from L&L Dreamspell publishing. Jeff and I were brainstorming some ideas and the inspiration for the story started with the basic questions: What if a woman fell in love with a machine…only to discover that the machine, which wasn’t supposed to have feelings, had also fallen in love with her? How would they deal with their relationship and what others might think? Would they even care? And from that came MechMan! MechMan
is available in both print and ebook. Here’s the blurb:
Raven is on a suicide mission. Jex is a biomech on a mission to save humanity. They discover their mutual passion to destroy the enemy isn't their only desire.
A war against the Darch has raged for years, and humanity is on the verge of extinction. Scientists have created biomechs to supplement as warriors, but it's just a temporary fix on what appears an insurmountable problem. One desperate scientist injects JXS241, a biomech warrior, with what he hopes is the solution for mankind's survival. But the biomech is captured by the enemy.
Raven Nirvanni survives on the fringes of a shattered culture. While on a self-imposed suicide mission to annihilate an enemy destroyer, she encounters the imprisoned biomech. Deciding the fate of humanity far outweighs the destruction of a single ship, she rescues him and decides to ensure he reaches his destination. With the enemy anticipating their every move, Raven is completely taken aback when she realizes she's falling for JXS241. But can she really love a machine? And if so, can he reciprocate? 4. Is it part of a series?
Right now, it’s not a series…but who knows? Anything could happen in that part of the universe! 5. A must have snack while you write.
Laura: Coffee and a spoon of peanut butter. Mmm. Coffee and mixed nuts. Coffee and cheesecake. Um, coffee…
Jeff: No real snack…but I’m partial to Diet Sunkist. Maybe, trail mix with peanut MMs? 6. A fact that someone might not know about you.
Laura: I am a math geek. I used to teach middle and high school math. I also taught college math, as well as helped adults work on their GEDs. You want to see something inspirational? Watch a 62 year old man work every day on English and math so he can set an example for his grandson. Then look at his face the day he walks in and says, “I did it.” Wow!
Jeff: I can say the McDonalds Big Mac ingredients forward and backward. Hey, you didn’t say it had to be earth-shattering. 7. Advice to writers who have yet to be published.
Study the craft. Take classes, ask questions, get a critique partner to help you hone your story. And don’t ever quit. There are a lot of people who would like to write a story, who might even start one but for whatever reason never finish it. A pile of rejection letters doesn’t mean you’re not an author…you completed a manuscript and submitted it. Keep going!
Remember: Success isn’t a goal. It’s a byproduct! 8. Is there a genre you haven’t written yet that you want to?
Time travel is an awesome genre. We love Dr. Who…he bounces all over the place in time and space. Somehow it seems to fit with SFR (in our heads anyway…lol). So, who knows? Now that you brought it up, we might just have to follow through! J 9. What type of hero do you enjoy writing about?
Strong but flawed. Secrets are always good. Alphas are fun, but not to the extreme. No one’s perfect, right? And he has to be pretty resourceful and tenacious because we tend to throw the hero into tough situations. Dangerous, too. Of course, the same goes for the heroine. She has to be tough, sassy, and smart…she’s not the type to sit around wringing her hands waiting to be saved. Nope, she’ll save herself…and the hero, too, if the need arises. All of our stories are action-packed romances with stuff blowing up and the hero and heroine in one perilous situation or another. So yes…We love
torturing our characters. LOL 10. What are you currently working on?
We’ve got a romantic suspense, Sins of the Mind
, co-written with the wonderful Debbie Gould, set to release April 20th from Decadent Publishing. It’s a story about a woman, who after years of therapy from a horrible incident, decides it’s time to live again…but then all the people she loves start being brutally murdered one by one.
The other story is a short (12K) SFR, Dead or Alive
, coming from Decadent’s 1Night Stand series. It’s about a guy who is falsely accused of murder and ends up turning toward the one woman who can help him, a bounty hunter who’s been after him for years. Together, they uncover conspiracies on both Earth and their homeworld, use some fun high-tech gadgetry, and even visit Area 51. 11. Anything that you’d like to share.
We can be tracked down at www.lj-garland.com
. Or we can be caught at http://www.garland-and-gould.blogspot.com/
where we blog, chat about stuff, and interview other authors. Or, we can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
- We love hearing from people who have enjoyed our stories.
During the crazy journey of being an author, I've made friends with two wonderful authors, Ella Jade and Tamaria Soana. Ella Jade has released a contemporary romance titled, Crossfire of Love, a mafia-themed romance. Of course, I've read it and loved it. Ella's tag line is to get lost in her words, and each time I pick up one of her books, I do.
Can an arranged marriage lead to love?
Recent college graduate Gabriella has finally married the man of her dreams, the older, charismatic attorney Lorenzo Martinez. She's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember and always imagined they'd one day find their happily ever after. Unfortunately, they enter into a union arranged by their fathers.
Lorenzo is charming, protective, and loyal to his crime lord father Carlo. When Carlo asks Lorenzo to marry Gabriella he jumps at the opportunity. He's been drawn to her for many years and knows by marrying her he's helping to protect her father.
Gabby is resentful and won't be Lorenzo's charity case. But sparks fly and the couple soon gives into their desire, realizing they were meant to be together.
What happens when Carlo's enemies threaten their future? Will someone get caught in the crossfire?
Content Warning: graphic sex, some violence
Buy Links: Amazon
/ Beachwalk Press
Connect with Ella Jade Twitter
click below to read an excerpt.
An Erotic Short Story Collection
Over 20,000 words of intriguing and playful delights where women come out on top in a variety of ways!
Chainsaw Chicks of Chinese Camp: Are the legends true? Are four amazons lying in wait in this tiny rural town for their perfect boy toys to come along and play with them?
Zap: While researching a possible preventative for epileptic seizures, a scientist stumbles onto a very interesting use for her new app.
Take Me To Your Leader: In this 1940s retro tale, a military translator gets up close and personal with some newly-landed alien emissaries.
The Gnome World Order: Find out what really goes on underneath those seemingly innocent pointed red hats.
Little Shoppe of Enchantments: Augustus Pound takes a wrong turn with some rather questionable results. This version includes the longer alternate ending, not available anywhere else!
Cowboy: They seemed like ordinary women in the greasy spoon in town, but they had plans for Jack Barnes and his equipment.
Rosa Erotica: Lyrical and touching. A 500-word ode to the spirit of the rose goddess and a warrior's epiphany. Website
Read an excerpt below.
Today I have Carrie Ann Ryan on the blog talking about her latest, Trinity Bound.
There is also a giveaway. One lucky commenter will win a signed swag pack from Carrie Ann Ryan. Be sure to leave a comment. I will announce the winner this Saturday.
What Third Wheel?
Trinity Bound is a ménage story. Yep. That’s right. Straight-laced Carrie Ann wrote an m/m/f. (Leia Shaw just laughed her butt off at my calling myself straight-laced LOL)
I never really read ménage stories when I started reading romance novels. But now that they are main-stream, cough cough, I can’t seem to get enough of them. Lauren Dane’s Laid Bare was my first ménage story I read that I felt did the genre justice and I wanted, no, needed, to read more.
The dynamics of a relationship act like a powder keg once you add a third person. You see, I didn’t just have Reed and Hannah’s mating. No, I had Hannah and Josh. Then I had Josh and Reed.
Each character needed to connect with each person. Then there had to be chemistry when the three of them together. Plus, since my men are mates, there had to be m/f/m and m/m/f scenes. Yeah. That’s a lot of chemistry and *ahem* you know.
I love the fact that I can write ménages. It’s such an awesome way to look at a relationship a little differently, but still be inherently the same. There is love, respect, caring, tenderness, sexiness, sweaty bodies, and just about everything. But I added a third person.
I think the hardest part authors have is not losing a character. It would be easy to just say, “Yeah, I have this couple and then another dude shows up.” Because that isn’t believable to me. If they did that, I need to SEE it. Why does it happen? Show me the chemistry.
Another hard part is the He’s and She’s. Because you can’t just say He in an m/m/f. There are two he’s. So you get a lot of naming. But that’s okay.
Each character needs a distinct personality and a distinct set of chemistry. That’s why I love reading ménages. It’s a challenge and totally worth it in the end. Well, at least I hope Trinity Bound is for you. It’s my favorite of the books so far. But shhh don’t tell the others that LOL.
About the author
Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.
Her first book, An Alpha's Path,
is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.
Carrie Ann loves hearing from readers. You can find her at: Website Blog Facebook Author Page Facebook Friend Goodreads
Twitter: @CarrieAnnRyan Tumblr
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1.Tell us a little about yourself.
I live on the west coast of Canada where I run a B&B when I’m not writing. When the rainy winter season comes, I head south to the Caribbean where I’ve had a little house on a hillside on a small Dutch Island for many years. In both places I write.
2. What genre do you write?
There isn’t any one genre in which I write. My first novel, The Memory of Roses, is womens’ fiction, a novel with romantic elements. My second, Delighting In Your Company is a paranormal romance with time travel, and the one I’m working on now, Sonata, is a mystery/romance.
3. Please tell us about your latest release The Memory of Roses
and how you came up with the idea/ I was on the Greek island of Corfu, staying in a hilltop inn surrounded by olive trees and with incredible views to the sea, and I thought, “What if…” And so my heroine, a troubled young American woman, inherits a Villa on Corfu and a deep family mystery to solve. She is aided in her quest by a sizzling young Greek Archaeologist.
4. Is it part of a series?
No it’s a stand-alone.
5. A must have snack while you write.
Nothing. Not even coffee. It would be a distraction.
6. Advice to writers who have yet to be published.
Finish the book. Then start sending it to agents and publishers. Five at a time. When a rejection comes back, send it to the next on the list. Yes there should be a list. Keep five circulating. And while you should pay attention to comments from agents and publishers if you get them, don’t let them discourage you. Keep trying. Don’t take rejection personally.
7. Is there a genre you haven’t written yet that you want to?
Sure. I’d like to write the next great American novel. But wouldn’t we all? Or barring that I’d like to write a book someone wants to make into a movie. But I don’t want to be locked into any specific genre.
8. Any quirky habits?
All my habits are quirky. But the one that drives my friends all crazy is when I won’t allow any one to walk around one side of a post when I’m walking around the other. It’s bad luck.
9. Have you written a character that most resembles you?
The character whose mind and values are closest to my own is Ian McQuaid in The Memory of Roses, but bits and pieces of me are in all my characters.
10. What type of hero do you enjoy writing about?
Brainy. Super intellegent. Quietly caring. And of course all the goodies—looks, personality, humor.
11. What are you currently reading? A book by Andrea Camilleri, The Shape of Water. A detective story translated from the Italian and set in Sicily.
12. What are you currently working on?
A mystery-romance called Sonata,
involving a world class concert artist and her unlikely lover, a Vancouver cop. Story involves robbery and attempted murder.To learn more about Blair, visit her website HERE