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Featured Debut Release: The Fire Walkers by Shelley Greene

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Today, I want to introduce a fellow Maryland Romance Writer, Shelley Greene. She is celebrating her debut release — THE FIRE WALKERS.  So let’s please give a warm welcome to Shelley.

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INTERVIEW

Welcome Shelley!

Hi Jean!
Thank you so much for having me to visit. My debut novel THE FIRE WALKERS releases July 1st and I’m mega excited to get the word out about it.

On May 4th I had the great pleasure of having Jean as my guest for THE SUMMER LOVE BLOG TOUR. Today I’m going to answer the same hard-hitting author questions and share a little about how THE FIRE WALKERS came to be.

What do you love most about romantic suspense?

I love how intrigue makes your heart race. When add a touch of suspense to a love story it’s exciting and it plays into the plot. For example in THE FIRE WALKERS, my couple, Aidan and Kelly are real people with real problems. When they meet there’s an attraction, but it takes them being around one another for them to fall in love. The external conflict brings them together and illustrates how they react under pressure. It makes for a fun and action-packed story.

What’s is the weirdest research you’ve ever had to do?

With TFW I have an animal protagonist named Keegan, a rescued racehorse, who required a back story and a big black moment. I learned a lot about the horseracing industry and equine diseases. The latter resulted in an embarrassing discussion in a hallway with an author I greatly admire. Needless to say, picking what illness to give a fictional horse is tough. Lol.

Tell us one unique fact about you (something that few people know).

I’m ambidextrous with chopsticks. 🙂

What is your favorite scene in THE FIRE WALKERS and why?

There are about four scenes in the book that get me for different reasons, but since we touched on Keegan, I’ll say Chapter 9. It takes place after Aidan and Kelly’s first fight, so the atmosphere starts off on a serious note. Kelly is sitting at a table with Keegan’s background laid out in papers from the horse’s rescue file. It was an interesting scene to write because Kelly is revealing Keegan’s back story while Aidan is trying to reconnect to her. All three of my walkers are in one room together and bonding over Keegan’s history. Almost all the characters have names with fire meanings, and Keegan’s mother, who’s mentioned in Keegan’s birth records, stays in that theme. Her name is beautiful, if you Google it you’ll see the fire flower she’s named after. I’m proud of how real the scene reads, and how moved I get over Keegan from learning his past. The interaction also shows how Aidan and Keegan are both alpha males’ just different species.

Those boys are double trouble when they get together…

THE BOOK

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Blurb from THE FIRE WALKERS, Shelley N. Greene:

Kelly Monroe is an idealistic good girl thrown into a bad situation. A graduate student chasing her dreams of a PhD, one party invitation lands in her a jail cell with only vague memories of the night before, images of a tragic bonfire haunting her. Sentenced to perform community service at a horse rescue, Kelly’s life goes from bad to worse, all under the watch of an attractive, blue-eyed detective. Driven to stick out the hard times, Kelly develops a bond with Keegan, an abandoned racehorse horse with a past.

Ex-NARC turned arson detective, Aidan Wright is tracking the drug dealers who killed his partner. Kelly’s memories of the bonfire prove to be the missing piece to Aidan’s investigation of several drug-related teen deaths, perpetrated by the band of drug dealers who scarred him years ago. When Kelly becomes the unsuspecting victim of the drug group’s trafficking, Aidan is forced to stay close to her to catch them.

As Aidan uncovers the truth, Kelly develops feelings for the fearless, blue-eyed cop, and the battered arson detective falls hard for the sanguine girl with the contagious laugh.

 

AUTHOR BIO

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Born to a military family, Shelley spent her early years living abroad. Having been exposed to different cultures early in life she developed a respect and admiration for tradition, philosophy as well as a big imagination. When her family returned to the states they settled in southern Maryland, where she was raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C.  From early on she loved to create plots in her mind, following characters on their adventures and seeking out the meaning of life in the stories that unfolded in her head.

She acquired a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Baltimore with a specialization in technology and discourse, gaining a deep appreciation of the writing process through her studies.  From classic literature to contemporary romance novels, she identifies with the joy of getting lost in a good story.

Shelley is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her RWA state chapter of the Maryland Romance Writers.

 Author Links:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads (Coming July 1st!)

 Jean, thank you again for hosting me today!

 Please check out THE FIRE WALKERS, available at the following retailers:

Amazon Nook – iBook – Kobo

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Toni De Palma

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Welcome to AUTHOR OPEN MIC!

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There are many benefits of being published by a small press publisher.  One of the things I am most grateful for is meeting so many talented and supportive authors.  I am always amazed at the camaraderie and friendship that has blossomed from our small authors’ loop.  It is always a joy when I get to highlight my fellow CMP authors and today is one of those days.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Toni De Palma


Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Blog | About.Me  | Amazon

I was born in Brooklyn, New York where I spent my summers dancing in the spray of the johnny pump (fire hydrant) and playing freeze tag and a game called skully or skelly (depending on the block you lived). 

From a very early age I was an observer, an essential skill I believe for writers. On a warm summer night, I loved looking out from my bedroom window. We lived in an apartment, above a candy store and along a busy avenue. I loved watching the people walk by and I often made up stories in my mind of where they were heading off to. There was a payphone on the corner and I loved to eavesdrop on people’s conversations.
In sharp contrast to life in Brooklyn, some of my summers were spent on the Italian island of Ischia. Ischia is the island where my Dad grew up. There I swam, fished, and ate lots of pizza. When I got older I also learned to ride a motorcycle and I fell in love with the Italian language. This helped me appreciate my own language.I’ll make a confession. While I always loved stories and writing, I didn’t think I was smart enough or creative enough to be a writer. So instead of pursuing my dream, I decided to do something else I loved. I studied psychology and then went on to get a Masters in Social Work. This allowed me to become a school social worker, which enabled me to counsel kids and get them the education they needed. I loved my job for a long time, but my old dream of being a writer nagged at me.

She welcomes visitors to her website http://www.tonidepalma.com/

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INTERVIEW

The Devil’s Temptation is the second book in your series.  Tell us a little about the first book, The Devil’s Triangle and how the story and characters transition to the second, The Devil’s Temptation. 

In my first book, Cooper is actually dead, but he gets another chance at life when Lucinda, Lucifer’s sister, makes a deal with him. He can earn his place in Heaven if he goes back to earth and finds Grace. Little does Cooper know that he and Grace share a past. That past involves a battle with Lucifer himself.

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By the end of The Devil’s Temptation, Cooper and Grace are a couple again. When I wrote the end on the Devil’s Triangle I knew that Lucifer wouldn’t give up so easily on these two. Also, I started wondering about relationships and how it takes work to keep them from going stale. While finding their way back to each other was the theme of the first book, in The Devil’s Temptation, I explore how hard it is to keep the love light burning.

Tell us about your main characters.  What are their strengths and weaknesses?  What challenges will they face?  Any hang ups the readers would be interested in?

Cooper is my brilliant hero. I absolutely LOVE him, but I’ll be the first one to say that his biggest weakness is himself. He lacks confidence in himself and so therefore doesn’t trust that he is good enough for Grace. When he first meets Stefania, the sexy Italian baroness, he does what any other red blooded boy would do, he falls in lust. But the collision course Cooper puts himself on by flirting with Stefania is really just a test of whether Cooper deserves true love, the kind of love he has with Grace.

While I love Grace, I think she has even more hang ups then Cooper does. Grace has spent the six years in battle with the Devil and trying to hide her pain. For Cooper, she’s sacrificed a lot and there might be a little bit of her that secretly resents what she had to give up in order to save Cooper. Don’t get me wrong, she loves Cooper, but when she goes to Italy and a handsome Italian First Officer starts showing interest in her, it’s hard for her to resist.

Lucifer plays a big role?  What is he after and where will he strike next?

In The Devil’s Temptation, Lucifer is not happy that he was duped out of what he felt was rightfully his. Now he’s seeking revenge.

How do you fight a demon? Special powers, spells…. 

Cooper is just a regular guy. No special powers, just his heart.

This book happens on a yacht.  A dream come true for anyone, except those prone to seasickness.  Are you a seagoing gal or land lover?

I get sea sick and air sick and so does my husband. However, we both love the water and like to look at boats.

What do you are you cooking up next?  Will we see more of Cooper and Grace?  What can readers expect?

I write “around” and so I just finished a contemporary middle grade. I love Cooper and Grace though and am always wondering what they are up to.

Where can readers find you and your books? (links, purchase and social media)

 Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Blog | About.Me  | Amazon

OPEN MIC FAV 5

  • Favorite hero or heroineEleanor from “Eleanor and Park”
  • Favorite authorJohn Steinbec
  • Favorite music to write byIndie
  • Favorite inspirationLife
  • Most memorable momentSo many, too many to list, though I loved bringing my son to Ischia two summers ago. This is the Italian island where The Devil’s Temptation is partially set.
  • Relationship advicePeople change, but before you give up on a person, really assess what you’d be giving up.

 BOOK REVEAL

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Fighting the Devil brought Cooper and Grace together. But without a little evil to spice things up, the everyday life of a normal teenager is pretty dull. A summer job crewing on a billionaire’s yacht in sunny Italy might be just the ticket to rekindle passion. While the setting is perfect, the winding, sinister back streets of Naples are also the perfect playground for a scorned Lucifer to wreak havoc. And if evil doesn’t rip them apart, the sultry billionaire’s daughter and the sexy First Officer might be what it takes to finally destroy Cooper and Grace’s love forever.

Buy today on AMAZON

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To find out more about Toni and her work, please pay her a visit at any one of the following online hot spots:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Blog | About.Me  | Amazon

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Renee Charles ~ Top 10 Super Sexy Men in Fiction + Giveaway

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Let’s give a warm welcome to Wicked Romance’s next guest ~ Renee Charles

Don’t forget about her giveaway ~  Author signed copy of Only Love Survives (US).

About the Author

Renee Charles

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Author Renee Charles believes all love is legendary. Being the only female in a house full of giants (husband and two teenage boys) she tends to lean toward the strange and unusual, but inevitably the softer side shines through.  Whether life leads her to a snow covered mountain top, sun dappled forest, or the bottom of a ravine (yes, ditches happen) she always has a pen and note pad ready so wherever the next adventure takes her, she can take notes.  Her own romance began in an insane asylum. Luckily, both she and her husband only worked there. But it makes sense her romance novels have strange beginnings that lead to passionate endings. Romance with a twist.

In the face of zombies, werewolves, and big foot she always seems to find a happily ever after to leave you with a sigh at the end.

www.reneecharles.net

http://www.reneecharles.net/romance-and-other-hot-topics-blog.html

http://www.facebook.com/ReneeCharlesAuthor

https://twitter.com/RCharlesWriter

Find Renee’s Books:

http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=984

https://www.amazon.com/author/reneecharles

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What makes a hero Sexy?

Is it the tight tights? The super hero bravado that allows him to accomplish anything? I say no. Think super nerds of the Big Bang theory. They wear tights, can accomplish anything they set their IQs to, and granted are cute in a weird sort of way, but Melt your legs sexy? No.

I submit to you, what makes a hero sexy is a drive to do whatever is necessary, despite the obstacles, despite the odds, driven by passion to ensure love prevails no matter what. The hero risks, even sacrifices, all for the woman he loves. That is why we find them so irresistible. That is what transforms an everyday guy into a hero that even the most sophisticated woman can swoon over. Here is a list of my top ten super sexy men of fiction. Some are books, some are movies, ALL are men in love.

10) Capt. Daniel Gregg -The Ghost and Mrs. Muir- Book by RA Dick-

The salty sea captain is dead, but can’t help but admire, then fall in love with the strong woman who moves into “His” house. After he helps her save the house, he does the right thing by leaving her alone to have a life and waits patiently for her on the other side.  Sacrifice for love. Not to mention, who doesn’t love a sea captain?

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9)    Will Parker -Morning Glory- Lavyrle Spencer –

A man who takes on a pregnant widow and her two children as his own, with no agenda other than to love and be loved, is sexy. But when he chooses that life over the other “options” dangled in front of him, that just pushed his sex appeal over the top.

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8)    James Fraser-Outlander- Diana Gabaldon-

Is it wrong that the hottest part of that book is when he spanks her for her own good? Also, the scene when she is so worried about her cleanliness and he basically says he didn’t care if she stinks he had to have her. Yep, nothing sexier than then sweaty, sticky, hot monkey lovin’.

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7)    Westley or The Dread Pirate Roberts- The Princess Bride-

He comes back from being mostly dead all day to save her, need I say more?

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6) Richard Collier -Somewhere In Time-

He travels back in time just to be with the woman he loves, and to top it off when they are torn apart he cannot go on without her. Okay, I am just gonna say what we are not supposed to say. Come on, isn’t that our ultimate fantasy? That life will cease without us? Look at your husband and tell me a little part of you doesn’t wish that. Not that he would die without you, but that he could not go on without you. Yeah, it’s there buried under all the 20th century politically correct crap.

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5) King Leonidas -300-

I know it is not a romance movie, but the relationship he has with his queen, the strength he gains from his wife as he makes his choices, is sexy as hell. And when he says at the end, “My Queen! My wife. My love…” as he is about to die, I get goosebumps. IMO best scene in the entire damn movie.

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4) Daryl Dixon – Walking Dead-

The way he has been with Carol through the loss of her daughter and proving deep inside he is a good guy, despite what everyone else thought, well what else can I say? I love the lone wolf archetype.

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3)Kyle Reese in Terminator –

Travels back in time to save her…oh, and the future of mankind, but mostly her.

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2) Edmond Dantès (from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas)

Such a tortured soul, even with the option to be a rich man and go about his life, he can not. He is trapped by hatred, and must, must, must have his revenge. The one thing that finally brings his soul peace, returning to the arms of his lost love. Ohhhhh yeahhhhh.

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1)    Mr. Darcy-

Has an author ever written a hero so multifaceted since Ms. Austin created him? The perfect combo of dark and brooding mixed with humor and raw need. Intoxicating indeed. The stuff we compare our heros to now. Hell, our men even.

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Check out Renee’s newest release…

Author’s Book Info

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Amidst an epidemic ravaging the world, all Megan Fletcher’s hopes for the future lie in getting to Las Vegas where newscasts reported scientists were gathering to search for a cure for the modern plague. After rescuing her from a rooftop surrounded by Zombies, Sam Woods appoints himself her escort.  While he knows she is determined to get to Vegas no matter the cost, he doesn’t know her secret. And with his hatred of all things Zombie, she doesn’t dare tell him the truth. The more he kisses her, the harder it is for Megan to hide her growing feelings…and the bite-shaped scar.

But Vegas is not the haven it was promised to be, and when Megan’s immunity to the disease is discovered, she realizes her future and her heart belong to Sam, if he will trust her.  An idealistic school teacher and ex-corporate mogul manage to find love despite a looming worldwide catastrophe. Can their love survive while everything around them is dying? Will they learn that when facing the end of the world, Only Love Survives.

Find Renee’s Books:

http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=984

https://www.amazon.com/author/reneecharles

 Book Excerpt

A storm that spelled danger flashed across Sam’s face. He advanced on Megan so fast, she backed up against the side of the Suburban. Planting a hand firmly on each side of her, he pinned her with his arms as well as his gaze.

“What I want? Are you so hard headed you can’t tell what I want?” He covered her mouth with his lips and crushed her clever comeback with an assault on her senses.

Megan pushed him, but he didn’t budge. Instead, he continued to kiss her until her heart raced and cheeks flushed with need. All resistance melted and she succumbed to the warmth of his embrace. Her arms wound around his neck of their own accord pulling him closer while her tongue sought his in a passionate dance, completely ignoring what her heart wanted.

When he finally broke away leaving Megan breathless and wanting so much more, Sam put his forehead to hers and watched her mouth like a drunk watches amber liquid poured into a glass. “You,” he rasped. “I’ve wanted you since I found you hanging from that damn roof, and all our little encounter in the river did was add fuel to the fire.”

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Who did Renee miss on the list?

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Barbara Monajem + $25 GC Giveaway

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Welcome!

Hi folks!  I’m very excited to introduce my next guest, Regency Romance Author Barbara Monajem.  She has an amazing backlist of Regency books that any reader would fall in love with.  Check out her Amazon Author Page. 

The Regency period (early 1800’s) was a time of turmoil — wars, manufacturing, fashion and let us not forget, “manners.”  I’m by far no expert, so lets turn over the MIC to someone who is…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barbara Monajem

BarbaraMonajem300x400Barbara Monajem wrote her first story in third grade about apple tree gnomes. After dabbling in neighborhood musicals and teen melodrama, she published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young. Now her kids are adults, and she’s writing historical and paranormal romance for grownups. She lives in Georgia, USA, with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

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INTERVIEW

Hi,Barbara.  Welcome to Wicked Romance and a spotlight we call Author Open MIC. 

Thank you for having me here today, Jean.

How did you get into writing?  Was it something you were born with or did you discover your hidden talent?

My mother read to me a lot when I was very young, and I was hooked right away on making up my own stories. The first one I remember writing was in third grade. It was about some gnomes that lived in an apple tree. The teacher praised the first chapter so much that I got a terrible case of nerves—I hated being the focus of attention (still do)—and gave it a boring sort of ending on purpose. I still struggle with endings, but now that’s because I try to get them right. 🙂

Tell us a little about the time period you write about, England in the early 1800s.  What attracted you to write about this time and what is special about it?

I became interested in writing Regency-era romances after reading Georgette Heyer’s novels. It’s a fun period to write about—long enough ago that it feels different from today, but not too terribly distant.  I’m not interested in writing about present-day reality (there’s plenty of that around us!), so I write either historical or paranormal romances…or a combination, in the case of my two new releases, which are Regencies with more than a touch of magic.

What is the single, most important element when writing a historical novel?  What do you find most challenging?

Hmm.  I like to be accurate (except when it comes to magic, when anything goes), but I’m not a historian, and I’m not willing to spend a huge amount of time on research. I enjoy research, but it’s time-consuming, and I like writing much more. That’s one reason I’ve stuck to the Regency period so far—I know it fairly well, and there are lots of resources out there to help a non-historian like me.  It can be quite a challenge to balance historical accuracy with what readers want—such as women who are able and willing to be independent and go against the rules. There have always been independent women, but many freedoms we have today simply weren’t available, especially if a woman wanted to be accepted by society. I think that’s why so many Regencies are about women who break out of the mold. It’s fun writing about heroes who love these independent women.

Can you describe the clothing that your characters wear in your novel?  Are there any challenges when writing love scenes, fight scenes etc..?

One of the challenges when writing a love scene is getting the heroine’s clothes off. Women wore many more layers then, and the hero meets hindrances such as stays, which require a lot of unlacing. (Of course, this can make for some very sexy interaction.) Also, the heroine usually needs help getting her clothes on—whether it’s the hero helping (which is fun) or her maid (which means an extra character when you don’t necessarily want one).

I haven’t written many fight scenes. Usually my heroes are the rough and ready sort when it comes to fights and know how to deal with an opponent quickly. It might be fun to learn about fencing, though—I love reading about swordplay.

Tell us about the characters in each of your books. Are they compatible or is it the attraction of opposites that fuels their passion?

In The Magic of His Touch, the hero and heroine are very compatible, although it takes a while for the heroine to believe it. In Bewitched by His Kiss, they’re diametrically opposed to one another, and the heroine struggles to resist the attraction—and the belief that they belong together—until the very end.

I understand there is a paranormal element– magic.  How does it play in your story?

The magic in my duet of Regency novellas has to do with an ancient May Day custom. At dawn on the first of May, a woman who rolls naked in the dew will magically call her true love to her side. Just imagine the possibilities! So much could go wrong…or right!

What are you cooking up next?  What can readers expect?

Right now, I’m working on another duet of Regency novellas with a Christmas/Twelfth Night theme. I’m also working on some contemporary paranormal romances in my Bayou Gavotte vampire series—a novel and a novella. Hopefully I’ll have one of those out soon.

Where can readers find you and your books?

My website has links to all my books, with blurbs and excerpts. www.BarbaraMonajem.com

I’m on Twitter at @BarbaraMonajem and on Facebook at facebook.com/Barbara.Monajem

Open MIC FAV FIVE:

  1. Favorite hero or heroine -This list changes and grows from day to day. I like the Scarlet Pimpernel, Captain Jack Sparrow, Beauvallet (an Elizabethan hero written by Georgette Heyer), Marcus Didius Falco (a Roman private eye of sorts in the mysteries by Lindsey Davis), Sherlock Holmes as played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Doctor Who. And that’s just for starters. Favorite heroine – Cordelia in Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold and Venetia Lanyon in Venetia (one of Heyer’s Regencies).
  2. Favorite author– there are too many to list, but I’ve re-read more books by Georgette Heyer than by any other author, so I guess that says something!
  3. Favorite music to write by– None. Usually, I ignore everything that’s going on in the background. I’m a big Paul McCartney fan, though. I wrote a children’s fantasy while playing some of his CDs.
  4. Favorite inspiration–  Right now, it’s ancient magic. Next, who knows? I like to be surprised.
  5. Most memorable writing moment–  I don’t remember!

BOOK INFORMATION

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Book 1, The Magic of His Touch

England, 1804

Tired of being paraded before every eligible bachelor, Peony Whistleby decides it’s time to find her true love—through the ancient custom of rolling naked in the dew on May Day morning. But the magic goes awry when she is caught in the act—and by an entirely unsuitable man. And yet, the way his eyes linger upon her flesh ignites a sensual craving that can only be satisfied by his touch…

The Magic of His Touch (available April 1):

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/bb823aa 

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-magic-of-his-touch-barbara-monajem/1114334728?ean=9781460310960

Harlequin: http://ebooks.harlequin.com/A1CEDFD7-54F8-4304-A8E7-A7C5B41E68EC/10/141/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=69E9E950-511F-4500-8E66-FDF8523A1BCA

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Bewitched by His Kiss

England, 1804

Lucasta Barnes knows the folly believing in magic can lead to—and she won’t accept that her illicit tryst with a notorious rake was the result of anything more than pure lust. Or that it has bonded them together forever. Yet, she can’t deny that she yearns for just one more night in his arms…

David, Earl of Elderwood, is used to women being enchanted by him, but ever since a passionate encounter with Lucasta three years ago, he desires only her. How can he convince his thoroughly practical paramour that love is the greatest magic of all?

Bewitched by His Kiss (available May 1):

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bewitched-His-Kiss-Mischief-ebook/dp/B00BAT1S0Q/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1364517175&sr=8-12&keywords=barbara+monajem

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bewitched-by-his-kiss-barbara-monajem/1114335453?ean=9781460313084

Harlequin: http://ebooks.harlequin.com/A1CEDFD7-54F8-4304-A8E7-A7C5B41E68EC/10/141/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=200C183C-4541-4082-AEA3-54EE40E6834C

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BOOK EXCERPTS

Excerpt from The Magic of His Touch:

        “Get up! Get dressed!”

Peony froze in mid-roll. A strange man bounded toward her, gesturing, his voice low but urgent. She scrambled to her feet, a shriek catching in her throat.

“I won’t hurt you,” he said, but he kept on coming. Her heart clambering into her gullet, she tried to cover herself with her hands.

“Who— What—” She couldn’t get a word out.

“Don’t stand there like an idiot, girl! I already know what you look like naked.” A blush crowded up her neck and burned her cheeks. “Get your clothes on, and be quick about it.” With brisk, shooing motions he herded her toward the hawthorn where she’d left her shift and gown.

Anger swelled up, overcoming her fear. How dare he order her about? “Go away,” she said, hating how her voice trembled as she fled before him. “What are you doing here? You have no right.” A little way round the circle of meadow, she spied a horse, cropping the grass at the edge of the wood.

“You should be thankful I’m here,” he said, stopping several feet away when she reached the hawthorn. “I don’t know what foolishness you’re up to, but clearly your lover isn’t coming, and—”

“No, because you spoiled everything,” she said. Her hair had fallen out of its ribbon and stuck wetly to her face. She clawed it away, wanting to hit him. Her chance at finding love was gone. “Go away!

He folded his arms and just stood there, scowling—and looking at her as if, underneath that frown, he was enjoying himself. “Not until you put your clothes on and be off home where you belong.”

Another flush overwhelmed her, this time of shame and misery, as she realized what he meant. He thought she’d come out here to tryst with some likely village lad, as if she were a scullery maid. And who was he, anyway? She’d never seen him before. He was dressed like a gentleman and spoke like one, too, but he didn’t belong here.

“Who gave you the right to order me about?” she demanded. “This is private land.”

His eyes widened. “You silly little fool, I’m trying to protect you. I traveled here with a friend. To him, a naked woman is a blatant invitation. You’re lucky it’s I who came upon you and not he.”

She grabbed her shift and turned it right side out. “Stop staring at me.”

“You’re a beautiful girl without any clothes on,” he said. “I wouldn’t be much of a man if I didn’t stare.”

 

Excerpt from Bewitched by His Kiss:

Setup: It’s late at night, and Lucasta, our heroine, fears that her cousin Peony has gone rolling naked in the dew again. She bumps into Lord Elderwood on the way out to check on her.

“Shall we go verify that Peony is safe?” Lord Elderwood’s voice was a silky dare.

“Don’t be ridiculous,” Lucasta retorted. “Alexis is a gentleman through and through.” Unlike Elderwood, who would take advantage of a woman with or without clothing. She remembered leaving the future to fate and shivered. No, this meeting was pure chance. Nothing else.

That didn’t stop every nerve in her body from coming alive and afire.

The path through the wood appeared like magic. No, not magic—just luck that they’d found it easily in the dark. She hastened onward. “But for her safety, I must make certain he is with her.”

Elderwood laughed. From ahead came a startled squeak, stifled immediately. Urgent whispers stretched toward them, ghostly and unintelligible. Peony was talking to someone, but she didn’t sound frightened, and she hadn’t had time to disrobe. It must truly be Alexis, thank heavens. He was a reassuring sort of man. He would convince her to keep her clothes on. He would make sure she returned to the house safely.

Elderwood laughed again. “Come now, my love. Tell the truth. Don’t you want to know what Alexis is doing with your cousin?”

“Damn you,” she said too loudly, whirling back toward the orchard. She lowered her voice. “Stop laughing, for God’s sake. Have you no discretion?”

A muffled snort came from directly behind her. He must be close enough to touch her and intending to do so.

“Stupid question,” she muttered. She was at his mercy, or rather at the mercy of her own rampaging desires. She hurried forward, clutching the pistol close so he couldn’t get it, but suddenly the path petered into nothing. She must have mistaken the way in the dark; she dodged the other direction, around a massive oak she’d passed on the way in.

Blocked again, this time by a wall of undergrowth and a closed rank of trees. She whirled again and stumbled.

Lord Elderwood caught her. “Dear, dear,” he said. “Are we lost?”

“Where did the path go?” she burst out. “It was right here. I’m sure of it.”

“And now it isn’t,” Elderwood said, one arm strong around her, the other plucking the muff pistol from her hand.

She moaned. “That makes no sense at all.”

He took her chin in his hands and tipped it up. His eyes seemed to glow in the darkness. “It does, if you believe in magic.”

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Poet Amy Lyre Turner + 2 Signed Prints of Pieces of the Soul

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I have a treat for you today.  We have our first Poet Open MIC and Interview to share with you today.  Amy Lyre Turner has an amazing book of poetry titled Pieces of the Soul.  You know how I love souls, folks and this little number is aptly named.  Amy was gracious enough to provide me with a copy to read before this guest post/interview.  I don’t normally read poetry, so I was excited to give this book at try.  It has not left my purse since I received it in the mail.  I pull it out and read a poem whenever I can and I’ve already marked some of my favorites. I think everyone can relate to the emotions that Amy expresses in the lines of her writing.  Things we celebrate, love, regret, hate, our insecurities, loves lost….  She captures all the elements we are inside and out.  Pieces of the Soul is available at Amazon for $3.99 Kindle.  She has two author signed copies to give away today, so stay tuned.  Let me introduce Amy and then we will hand her the Mic.    

ABOUT THE POET

Amy Lyre Turner

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Amy “Lyre” Turner is a military brat and mental health professional who enjoys writing poetry and fiction, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her feline daughter, Samhain. “Pieces of the Soul” is her first published work. Ms. Turner lives in Northern Virginia.

Author Links

AuthorHouse : http://www.authorhouse.com

My Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4412731.Amy_N_Turner

Pieces of the Soul on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9527702-pieces-of-the-soul

Pieces of the Soul on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Soul-Amy-N-Turner/dp/1438989539/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362956784&sr=1-2&keywords=Pieces+of+the+Soul

Blog: http://amy-lyre.blogspot.com

 

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GUEST POST:  THE INTERNAL POET

One of the things I love most about poetry is that it can be so very personal. The style itself can be a reflection of the poet’s internal process. Whether a poet chooses free verse or haiku or something far more structured, like a sonnet, it’s about expression. For the most part, I am a free verse kind of girl. It gives me a great deal of flexibility to express what I want to express and how.

For me, poetry is often about catching a moment and distilling it – the essence, the truest emotion of that moment. Sometimes the emotion is my own, and other times, I’m trying to understand someone else’s emotions. My full time job is in community mental health, so I deal with emotions a lot. It helps me to sometimes get things out of my system if I can put it to paper, whether it’s my own stuff or someone else’s. I also find that there are just moments that are so pure and breathtaking that they end up inspiring me to jot something down so I remember it. Later, those little notes sometimes end up becoming a poem.

I read some poetry regularly, but mostly I spend my days reading fiction. Some of my favorite poets, though, are pretty classic (Robert Frost, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson) and a little more contemporary (e.e. cummings, Anne Sexton) and a little more interesting (Ellen Hopkins, who is really more a blend of poetry and fiction).

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INTERVIEW

When did you start writing poetry?  Were you born with it or did you discover your talent?

I remember writing poetry as far back as middle school, but I’ve always been a storyteller (according to my parents, anyway). I’ve had a love affair with the written word from a very early age. I am an avid reader and love stories. I probably more discovered my poetry talent, though. When I was younger and we were living overseas, my mom used to watch this TV show called “Beauty and the Beast” (Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton). In it, Vincent (played by Ron Perlman) often reads poetry to Catherine (Linda Hamilton). They made a tape (ha, just dated myself a smidge) of music from the show and Ron Perlman reading poetry selections: e.e. cummings, William Wordsworth, Shakespeare… I think that’s the first time I was conscious of how powerful poetry could be.

Where do you find the inspiration for your poetry?  Personal experiences, observations, locations etc…

Yes. Ha! No, seriously, all of the above. I have several poems in Pieces of the Soul that are location inspired – either by something I saw or heard in my environment or a feeling I have about the place. Other poems are more interaction based; they stem from experiences I’ve had with other people or from experiences that I’ve observed between two people. Some are from dreams (day or night) and others are wishes or memories.

What inspired you to write and publish Pieces of the Soul?

Well, Pieces of the Soul really started as a bunch of different poems that I had written over the years, kept all over the place: notebooks, livejournal, scrap pieces of paper. I am a fairly creative person and the year before, for Christmas, I’d given my dad a scrapbook of memories I had of just the two of us doing things. So, I then started trying to brainstorm something different for my mom. Mom is a big reader, like me. She is probably the one to blame for my voracious book appetite (THANKS, MOM!) and my love of words in general. So, I decided to try to get my collection of poetry bound and I would give it to her. In the process of trying to figure out the best way to do that, another author (Dorothy Morrison) suggested that I look into self-publishing. Then came the research into companies that do self-publishing and what options they had. I ended up choosing Authorhouse because they had a poetry-specific package and I knew someone from college who had used them. He was pretty pleased with the work they’d done with him, so I figured, why not? So, after I received my author copies, I ordered a copy for her. She got my first autographed copy of Pieces of the Soul.

Your book of poetry touches upon some very deep emotions.  Does it have a message for readers?

Emotions are emotions. They are what we feel every day. They’re neither good, nor bad. It’s what we do with those emotions that counts. People get hung up on “I’m angry, that’s bad” or “I’m depressed, that’s bad.” It isn’t bad, it’s just how you feel. If you let your anger hurt your relationships, then you need to look at that. If you let your depression keep you from going to work, then you need to look at getting help. Feeling is what makes us who we are.

Where do you write?  Do you write to music, if so what?

I carry a little notebook around with me a lot (or I use the notes app on my iPhone) to try to catch some of the poems that come to me. I have little scraps all over the place sometimes! I also will email myself a poem from time to time. I don’t often write to music (at least, not poetry) because I find it distracting. It’s hard to stay on track with the emotion I’m capturing when the music I’m listening to is evoking something else. J

Any works in progress.  What can readers expect in the future?

Yikes, yes. I have two different works of fiction (novels) in the works, both of which started as NaNo adventures. I blame Jennifer Wells and Samantha Harvey, two very dear friends of mine, for sucking me into NaNo. They blame me for not finishing the novels yet! J I am actually trying to devote a lot of time over the next several months to finish the first one before I go back to the second.

I am always writing poetry, so hopefully in another year or so, I’ll have enough for a second poetry collection. It would be very different, because I am certainly a different person today than I was five years ago, and some of the poems in Pieces of the Soul are anywhere between five and ten years old.

Would you like to share a few of your poems from Pieces of the Soul?

Happily! I’ll admit, I had some difficulty choosing which poems to share, so I went to two close friends (Jennifer Wells and Samantha Harvey) for input. In addition of one of my favorites, I’ll be sharing one each of theirs.

BOOK INFORMATION

Amy “Lyre” Turner brings the magickal and the mundane to life, simply and powerfully, in Pieces of the Soul, her first collection of poetry. Take your time and enjoy the works within, and experience just “how freeing the words can be.”

  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00644BT9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled

ASIN: B00ARU2Z6A

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POEM EXCERPTs

First, one of my (Amy’s) favorites is called “last night”

last night
i dreamed of you last night
you smiled at me and i melted
into eternity

your words filled me like endless light
blazing forth from your soul
brilliant blinding
warm

you opened your world
and i wanted to fall in
just fall and never land
weightless and free

you held out your hand
and i reached
fingertips brushing
sending energy pulsing through my skin

when i woke up you were gone
the morning cold and gray
emptiness and sadness beckoning
then i remembered
fluttering and hopeful

i dreamed of you last night

One of Samantha’s favorites is called “you, me, and the end”

you, me, and the end

i don’t
remember
the beginning,

you, me, and the end

there was
laughter, happiness
sharing, smiles
even with space

which grew
wide and deep
and then,
(when, I’m not
sure)
change
subtle but building

rolling black clouds
blotting out the sunshine of us

I don’t
remember
the beginning,

you, me, and the end

but here we are

One of Jennifer Wells’s favorites is “Kindred”

Kindred

Strangers whose eyes meet
oh, so briefly – and,
while I do not know you,
I feel like I understand.
In the glint of your eyes, knowing,
and the warmth of your smile,
I saw a kindred soul.
Your words – both captivating and
exquisite –
I’ve found the essence of them
in my own craft, my own thoughts.
Were our worlds to overlap,
the irrevocable change,
what then?
Deep within, in the very quiet part of my soul,
a small piece of me longs to know.

Finally, the one that really captures it all:
freefall

dam breaking,
the water rushing free

an exhale
of relief, regret.

moments
of exultation, excitation.

the soul breaking out
into the sun

shimmering for the world
to see

how freeing the words
can be.

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Shawna Romkey + Lily from Speak of the Devil

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Hi folks!  We are switching gears today and I have the great honor of interviewing Lily, the heroine, from Speak of the Devil by Shawna Romkey.  Shawna’s new book is releasing in 11 days and counting.  This will be Shawna’s debut novel and I am so excited for her.  Her talent doesn’t stop there, as she also writes plays and manages Trindie Books – News, Reviews and Free e-Books for your Kobo .  Before we introduce Lily from Speak of the Devil, let me tell you a little more about Shawna…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shawna Romkey

Fall into fantasy:  fall in love, fall to pieces, fall from grace

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Shawna grew up in around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, two rescue dogs and one overgrown puppy from hell. She’s a non-conformist who follows her heart.

She has her BA in creative writing from the University of Kansas where one of her plays was chosen by her creative writing professor to be produced locally, and two of her short stories were published in a university creative arts handbook.  She earned her MA in English from Central Missouri State University where she wrote a novel as her thesis.

She’s taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same.  She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.

www.shawnaromkey.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shawna-Romkey-Author/137998326331706?ref=hl

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CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Hi, Shawna.  Welcome to Wicked Romance and a spotlight we call Author Open MIC.  I understand you have brought Lily with you and she has agreed to answer some questions for our readers.

Thank you for having me here today, Jean.

I want to welcome Lily to the Wicked Romance.  First off, let me tell you I love your name.  Tell us a little about yourself and the town you live in.

Well I was living in a small town with my mom before the accident. There wasn’t much there but the school, the church and a corner store. It was in rural Missouri. After the accident I moved away to live with my dad in Kansas City. The school itself was bigger than the population of the town I came from, and there was a lot more to do, but I haven’t been feeling very social lately.

How would you describe your best friends in five words or less?

Dead unfortunately, but before that…. Fun, happy, nerdy cool.

What is the biggest challenge being a teenager in high school?

For a regular teenager, there’s school stress and peer pressure and drinking at parties. If that were all I had to worry about.  For me I’ve had to deal with tragedy, and then there’s this thing with falling angels that somehow I’m wrapped up in.

You are only one year from graduation/senior year.  What are your favorite things about school?  What do you hate most about it?

I like the routine of school. Getting out of the house and getting my mind off things I don’t want to obsess over. I hate math class, but my teacher is cool. Sometimes I hate having to deal with people.

What do/did you want to be when you grow up?

I hadn’t thought about it a whole lot, but I like writing for the newspaper and investigating things. I think I’d be a good reporter.

Where do you go when things get tough?  Do you run and hide?  Fight?  Or just shrug and move on?

I hate to say it but I guess I run. When the accident happened, I ran away to my dad’s to escape. I often go for walks in the fields by my dad’s house when I need to be alone and think.

What was your biggest worry before the accident?

Whether Mike and I would finally get together or if I’d pass a math test.

Do you have a boyfriend?  What is he like?

Before the car accident, I had a crush on Mike.  Now there’s Mo who seems really into me, and Luc who is crazy amazing, but I’m not sure if either will work out.  They’re best friends, so…it’s complicated.

What do you want to tell us about Shawna?  Where can readers find her?

Shawna can do an awesome Xena battle cry. I think that’s about it.  Oh, she loves dogs and helps with animal rescues in our area.  She hangs out here most days….

www.shawnaromkey.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shawna-Romkey-Author/137998326331706?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/sromkey

http://pinterest.com/shawnarp/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6869437.Shawna_Romkey

Open MIC fav five for Shawna:

  1. Favorite hero or heroine -Xena Warrior Princess :p
  2. Favorite author– George RR Martin
  3. Favorite music to write by– depends on the story and mood, usually silence
  4. Favorite inspiration- images… I like finding pics of characters and creating a story around them
  5. Most memorable writing moment– getting the email when Steph offered me the contract for SotD

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RELEASES MARCH 15, 2013

Speak of the Devil (young adult paranormal romance novel), in production with Crescent Moon Press.

SpeakOfTheDevilWhat happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?

After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the event and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and that they are falling too.

Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, find a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?

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BOOK EXCERPT

Rain fell, not uncommon for late spring in Missouri. “If you don’t like the weather here,” my grandfather would say, “wait five minutes.” Of course, I’d visited distant relatives in Maine once before, and they said the same thing.

Julie fumbled with the wipers while I pulled the sun visor down to check my face in its little rectangular mirror, even though I’d only left my vanity like five minutes ago. The lights on either side lit up the interior of the car. I reached into my tiny party purse to find my lip gloss, which was easy to locate since I’d only packed the essentials in my bag: phone, some cash, and make-up. As I glanced at myself, I saw Mike in the reflection, smiling at me from the back seat. I stuck my tongue out at him, making him laugh, and put on the lip-gloss, fully aware of how flirty I acted.

The windshield wipers couldn’t keep up with the sudden downpour. The pitter-patter turned to thumping. Hail came down in gumball-sized pellets. “Damn.” Julie jerked the steering wheel to keep The Whale off the curb.

“Slow down, Jules.” Mike gripped Julie’s headrest. “We can pull over until it passes.”

“Yeah.” She squinted to see the road before her.

I pressed my lips together to smooth out the gloss. “Damn is right. I didn’t bring a jacket.”

The Whale swerved to the right crunching along the gravel on the side of the road. I braced myself in my seat. Julie leaned up to the steering wheel and peered over it as my grandmother sometimes did when she drove. I squinted because of the stupid light up visor mirror. I slammed it shut, but Julie panicked and over corrected, pulling The Whale to the left and careening over the yellow dotted line in the middle of the street.

“Julie!” Mike shouted.

Time slowed and ticked out in heartbeats.

Ba bum.

Julie cringed, her hands moving up to shield her face. Her head turned away from the highway.

Ba bum.

Mike reached protectively from the back seat.

Ba bum.

The headlights illuminated the rail of the overpass.

Ba bum.

The car hit the rail on the opposite side of the road with a hard thud.

Ba bum.

Crap. We’re going over the bridge.

Ba bum.

The Whale’s nose pointed down toward the water.

Ba bum.

A jolt forward and my forehead slammed into the dashboard.

Ba bum.

The Whale flipped in the air. I’m upside down.

Ba bum.

Pain.

Ba bum.

Did my mom say good-bye when I left?

Ba bum.

Cold water rushed into the car.

Ba bum.

Is this it?

Ba bum.

I can’t breathe. Oh my God, I can’t breathe. I can’t see or breathe!

My heart quickened. It pounded. The Whale leaned on its side under the surface of the water which rushed in fast, and I couldn’t see a damn thing.

Calm, stay calm. Don’t panic. They say when you’re drowning not to panic because you use up your air faster.
Dammit, am I drowning?

I tried to get myself upright and jerked out of my seatbelt. Luckily, it gave way. I fought the latch to open the door facing up, but the pressure of the water from Black Water River held it closed, trapping me inside.

Jesus. I know this river. It’s more of a creek. It can’t be more than fifteen feet across and ten feet deep.
I pushed at the door. Opening my mouth to scream, I swallowed water.

I couldn’t see or hear Julie or Mike. My watch ticked. Or was it my heart beating?

Ba bum. Ba bum. Ba bum.

Darkness.

Silence.

Cold.

Wet.

Defying gravity.

Nothing.

The dreams came. Like a good sleep you don’t want to wake up from. I felt heavy and floaty. I wore this long white gauzy gown and the wind blew my dress and my hair like in some feminine hygiene commercial. I could breathe slowly and deeply. Completely relaxed and at peace, but I was alone.

I floated along in a white space for a while. Drifting. Breathing. Relaxing. Had I gone to a spa? After an immeasurable amount of time, others appeared. They wore white clothing, too, and they floated like me, reaching out. They opened their arms as if to welcome me to them.

I stopped and frowned. I heard no sound, and I didn’t know who these white floaty people were or why they welcomed me. They smiled, genuinely happy, and held their arms out to me. I panicked.

Where’s my mom? My family? Wait, Mike and Julie were just with me, where are they? Are those wings?
I noticed the others floating with me had white feathery wings.

“Lily,” one of them called out.

Holy hell. I’m dead.

Available at Amazon on MARCH 15, 2013.  PREORDER AVAILABLE NOW!!

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Juli D. Revezzo

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Hey, folks.  I want to welcome our next guest to Wicked Romance.  Juli D. Revezzo is one of the most hard-working writers I know.  She has a nice line up of books that she is going to introduce to us today.  Let me tell you a little bit about Juli….

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juli D. Revezzo
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Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world–slightly askew. She has been published in short form in Eternal Haunted SummerDark Things II: Cat Crimes (a charity anthology for cat related charities), Luna Station Quarterly, The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. She recently released her debut novel, The Artist’s Inheritance.

She also has an article and book review or two out there.But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.

Author Homepage:  http://julidrevezzo.com/

On Author’s Den: http://www.authorsden.com/julidrevezzo

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Juli-D-Revezzo/233193150037011

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111476709039805267272/

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LinkedIN: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/juli-d-revezzo/1a/39/772

Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/authors/a1002694572/Juli-D-Revezzo/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/julidrevezzo

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INTERVIEW

Hi, Juli.  Welcome to Wicked Romance and a spotlight we call Author Open MIC. 

How did you get into writing?  Was it something you were born with or did you discover your hidden talent? 

I’d always made up stories, but I didn’t really start putting them down in narrative form until high school. Before that I confined most of my “storytelling” to poetry and song lyric form.

 Tell us a little about the genre/s you write.  What attracted you to them? 

I write fantasy of just about any ilk. I think the attraction of them is the imaginative quality involved in building magic systems and otherworlds. There’s so much you can do in fantasy so long as you don’t violate the laws of physics you can pretty much get away with anything.  😉

What is the most difficult hurdle you have encountered?

Finding the right audience and branding. ugh.

What advice would you give others who face the same challenges? 

Be persistent and write what you love. You’ll find others to love it too eventually.

You have built up quite an array of books.  Please take a moment to tell us a little about each one.  Do you have a favorite? 

Well, right now, my favorite would have to be The Artist’s Inheritance. The story goes thusly:

Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.

When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

Cait really learns a lot about herself while she’s learning about her husband’s problems and I like how she begins coming into her own. I look forward to writing more about her in the future.

If you’d  like to check it out, it’s available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace, and Smashwords.

The other is House of Cards

You can’t escape Fate….

A young nobleman escapes the Reign of Terror in 18th century France to find himself dragged into an even worse fate–a hellish underworld wherein he is cajoled and put on trial by a demon tribunal for crimes he never committed. Can he thwart his fate, one worse than the guillotine?

It’s also available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Where can readers find you and your books. (links, purchase and social media)

They’re available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace and Smashwords

Open MIC fav five:

1.      Favorite hero or heroine

Elric of Melnibone, for a hero and for a heroine–well, I really like Emma in Once Upon A Time.

2.      Favorite author

Michael Moorcock

3.      Favorite music to write by

We usually have music always going around my house but it  really depends on the story. For instance, if I’m writing something like House of Cards that’s set during the French Reign of Terror, I’d be likely to listen to Classical of some ilk. Rites of Spring and Carmina Burana. For something like The Artist’s Inheritance I recall listening to some Sarah McLachlan. I have others that have been touched by Metallica and Rob Zombie, as well as still others where I recall listening to a Gloria Estefan CD or Lila Downs.

4.      Favorite inspiration

Reading mythology and old legends. More than one story has been inspired by something of that ilk.

5.      Most memorable writing moment
I guess I have to say when I actually finished my first full novel, several years ago, if not, when I released The Artist’s Inheritance.

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BOOK INFORMATION

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Trouble only a witch can solve…

Settling into a new home, Caitlin notices changes coming over her husband. When ghosts and dark supernatural entities begin lurking–Caitlin knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair her husband’s carving, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces–the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Armed with a handful of allies–a coven of helpful witches–she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

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house-of-cards-60You can’t escape Fate….

A young nobleman flees the bloody Reign of Terror, France, to find himself dragged into a demonic underworld.  An evil hag tortures him during a horrific trial in which he must rely on his wits. Can he thwart his horrible fate, one far worse than the guillotine? Will his knowledge of the Occult and his familiarity with tarot help him survive this ordeal–or seal his doom?

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Though their fame became legend, a rumor cropped up about the Fulmer family: Something terrifying stalked Caitlin and her beloved Trevor. Something the bits and pieces she left claimed she had to make sense of. When the curator of their collection finds Caitlin’s long forgotten diary, she wonders will it tell the whole tale? Will it tell why Caitlin seemed so determined to tell the difference between reality and nightmare? Why she thought her world twisted?

Perhaps the answer lies between the lines of her story, one of lessons, struggles, and hopes for each new year.

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Louisa Bacio + Giveaway

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A FAT Tuesday Welcome!

In honor of Mardi Gras I’m going to spice things up a bit.  I’m pleased to introduce Author Open MIC’s next guest, Erotic romance writer, Louisa Bacio.  She has an amazing array of books that spans the erotic romance genre to include paranormal, same-sex fiction, and mainstream erotic.  Her backlist includes six erotic novels, including the paranormal series The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf, and numerous steamy short stories.  We are celebrating her new release, Mirabella’s Mardi Gras Menague.

Louisa has an awesome guest post about the colors of Mardi Gras.  Also, stick around for Louisa’s Headline News Interview.  She also has some fabulous prizes ~ one free PDF copy of one of her back list books and hop over to her blog for more chances to win her Mardi Gras package giveaway.  More details below.

The Colors of Mardi Gras

Forever I’ve seen the major colors of Mardi Gras – purple, gold and green, but until recently, I didn’t know what they meant. As I was doing some research for my new release Mirabella’s Mardi Gras Ménage, I came across a site explaining the historical references:

“The official colors of Mardi Gras, with their roots in Catholicism, were chosen 10 years later: purple, a symbol of justice; green, representing faith; and gold, to signify power.” (http://www.americancatholic.org/features/mardigras/)

When most people think of Mardi Gras, they imagine scenes of celebration: drinking, partying, flashing of bare breasts in exchange for colored beads (and you should see what I do with those beads in this novella!). Fat Tuesday, which falls on February 12 this year, is the day before Ash Wednesday, a Catholic holiday. So Fat Tuesday is seen as a last “hurrah” before Lent, a time of temperance, where many people “give up” something.

In the story, before going out to a parade, my characters Nick, Mirabella and Marguerite, dress in all their finery, and each one of them chooses a costume of a different color. Can you guess the three colors used?

Have you ever or would you want to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras?

While I’m a fan of the city immensely, I don’t care for wild crowds. The opening scene, of Mirabella being swept off her feet, is actually an experience my husband said he had on one occasion, and he’s a big guy.

Contest: Leave a comment and a valid email address, and you’ll be entered to win a .pdf copy of one of the books on my backlist. Also, I’m hosting a release party for Mirabella’s Mardi Gras Ménage – so make sure to check out my blog for the grand prize package!

Thanks so much for hosting me. What a blast!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Louisa Bacio
Love knows no bounds

Louisa Bacio published her first erotic thriller SEX UNIVERSITY: Physical Education in June 2010, and since then has published three more, including The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome and its sequel Chains of Silver. Louisa enjoys soaking up the sun in Southern California, and spending time with her family. In addition to writing and editing, Bacio teaches college courses in English, journalism, film studies and popular culture.

Author Links

Author site:  http://louisabacio.com/
Blog:  http://www.louisabacio.blogspot.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/louisabacio
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/louisabacio

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INTERVIEW

Has writing always been part of your life or did you discover your hidden talent?

Always. Always. I’ve been fortunate to know I wanted to be a writer, for as long as I can remember, so most of what I’ve done has been to that end. And, I feel so fortunate to do what I love.

How do your stories come to you?  Are you inspired by an object, picture or place or do they appear in your dreams?

It’s a real variety. Sometimes I dream of an event, and other times I’ve picked up a piece of dialogue somewhere. For this novella, Mirabella’s Mardi Gras Ménage, when I went to publish the first book in the series The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome, the partial title Mardi Gras Ménage was thrown out. I kinda tucked it away internally. I thought book 4 The Wolfe Pack would be the last one, and then Nick started to act out, and pull some stunts, and Mirabella, who’d been in the background throughout all of the novels, starting speaking up – she wanted her HEA. Well, I love alliteration, and there you go!

What attracted you to write erotic romance?  Do you write other genres? 

Some of my first writing “dabbling” is actually horror and thriller. I’ve got a partially completed serial killer novel. (Great storyline.) I also have a mainstream women’s fiction that I’ll finish someday. It’s based on three friends – one died after high school, one was diagnosed schizophrenic and went AWOL, and then there’s me. 

I’ve always been drawn to romance, though. Both my grandmothers read it. The erotic aspect comes naturally, and I believe it’s a viable aspect of a romantic relationship. Hence, important to show.

With the explosion of 50 Shades of Grey onto the world stage, how do you think that will impact erotic authors like yourself?  This genre has always had their devoted followers. Do you think recent awareness will draw more readers?

Immediately, I saw the result. I had some reader-friends who previously told me they only read “Christian fiction.” After they read 50 Shades of Grey, they came around and said, “Well, I could read that … what are your books again?”

Can you share some information about your main character, Mirabella.  What draws her to Marguerite and Nick?  Is this a new experience for her?  And, do they stay together? 

Although she’s lived in New Orleans for her entire life, Mirabella has been sheltered by her aunt Teresa, who happens to be a Voodoo priestess. It’s a strange world she lives in. Knowing so much about what happens in the world, and yet not experiencing any of it. Mirabella decides she wants to venture out, experience more, and Marguerite and Nick come about at the right time. She’s known Nick from previous run-ins, but never like this. And no … I’m not telling the ending!

I really like that you have pulled in the paranormal element with Nick?  Is he your typical vampire or is he different?  How did he become a vampire?

Nick is one of my most favorite characters ever, and I think he’s finally found some happiness here in Mirabella’s Mardi Gras Ménage (at least he’s stopping nagging me, except for scenes I wasn’t able to include in a novella).  He’s a tortured soul, and his own vampire nature haunts him. He’s also young, only been turned for two years.   

His story spans through three previous books, two as a primary: Book 2: Chains of Silver, and Book 4, The Wolfe Pack. Even if readers pick up those, they’ll hopefully love him as much as I do.

What perfect timing for the release of your book, since it takes place in New Orleans.  Have you visited there?  What is your favorite part of the city?

Oh, that timing was very much planned! I’ve been to New Orleans three times and the city instantly imprinted itself on my soul. I don’t know what it is … the magic, the allure, a previous life? The French Quarter, by far, is my favorite place, and I would love to live there – for a little bit. (My heart belongs in Southern California.)

What do you are you cooking up next?  What can readers expect?

Oooh, that’s a tough one. For the first time in a while, I’m actually contract-free (we’ll see how long that lasts). I have a few submissions out, such as a second book in Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand series, and I have a new paranormal romance I’m working on – revising book 1, and want to get started on book 2. We’ll see what the future holds.

Open MIC FAV five:

1.      Favorite hero or heroine:  I really like the pair of Ivy and Rachel in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. Both are tough, but flawed. I’d like to see Ivy get a moment of happiness.

2.     Favorite author:  Almost impossible to say. There are so many – well-known and friends – who I buy regularly.

3.     Favorite music to write by:  Nine Inch Nails – dark & sultry

4.     Favorite inspiration:  The real thing

5.     Most memorable writing moment:  The best writing comes when it’s smooth and not forced. Sometimes the writing flows so easily. With Mirabella’s Mardi Gras Ménage, it really was the characters telling me the story. 

BOOK INFORMATION

Mardi Gras Menage

Mirabella’s Mardi Gras Ménage

Constantly under the watchful eye of her Voodoo priestess aunt, Mirabella longs to break free during the events of Mardi Gras. Escapades draw her into the arms of Marguerite, a fiery redhead with a passion for life, and Nick, a familiar vampire who’s haunted by his transformation and past.

What starts as a new experience – a Mardi Gras Ménage – soon turns deadly, and none of their lives will ever be the same.

 

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Giveaway

Ebook (pdf) of one of Louisa Bacio’s backlist books to one lucky commenter.  Enter your comment and email below. (18 years or older)

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Louisa is also holding a tour-wide giveaway.  Hop over to her blog to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

Mardi Gras package includes Kitchen Witch spices, beads, fluer di lis cookie cutter, mask, etouffee mix. Shipping to the U.S. Value is worth $20 + the cost of shipping. I reserve the right to substitute the prize in case product is not available. If the winner is international, they can choose a $15 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Contest ends Feb. 28 at midnight.

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Charlene Wilson + Giveaway

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Welcome!

Before we get started with Author Open MIC’s next guest.  I want to send out a word of thanks to our veteran subscribers and those that have joined in recent months.  It has been an exciting and busy time.  Since the beginning of the new year, we have met some phenomenal authors.  I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.  If you know of an author, writer or even bloggers or readers you would like to have interviewed or stop over for a visit, drop me an email (murray(dot)jeanm(at)gmail(dot)com and their contact information, and I will certainly try to get them here.

So, without further delay, let me introduce my next guest, Charlene A. Wilson, the author of One for Kami.  Charlene was nice enough to provide me a copy to read before this interview.  I’ve not had many opportunities to read a novella, but after reading Charlene’s I know now why they are so popular.  Charlene has written a fabulous love story in 38 pages.  They are like perfect bite size candies.  Outstanding for me and my busy schedule, when I can’t delve into a full length novel.  Not to mention One for Kami is only $0.99 on Amazon.       

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charlene A. Wilson
Creating worlds where dreams become reality.

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Charlene is an author of paranormal tales that take you away to other dimensions.  She weaves magic, lasting love, and intrigue to immerse you into the lives of her characters.

She began writing in her early teens when her vivid dreams stayed with her long after she had them.  The characters and worlds were so amazing that she brought them to life through her books.

Author Links

Author site:  http://CharleneAWilson.com
Blog:  http://bit.ly/CharBlogs
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/CharleneAWilsonFan

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/AuthorCAWilson
Goodreads:  http://bit.ly/CharleneAWilsonGR

Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/charleneawilson/

 

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INTERVIEW

Hi, Charlene.  Welcome to Wicked Romance and a spotlight we call Author Open MIC. 

Thank you for having me here today, Jean.

How did you get into writing?  Was it something you were born with or did you discover your hidden talent?

Oh, I was writing short stories when I was a youth and I’d make my friends listen as I read them. Lol. Bless their hearts. But not long ago I ran into a woman that asked if I still wrote stories. She explained that she had visited with one of her friends during an activity and, as usually, I had shared one. It was called Misty Moon, and she remembered that little story and told me that she would tell it to her children at bedtime. What a surprise! After many years (and I won’t say how many *wink*) she remembered that. Made me feel so good.

Tell us a little about the genre/s you write.  What attracted you to write about them?

I think about 90% of my stories are Science Fiction/Fantasy. I do have some contemporary ones in the works, but my imagination just doesn’t fit in that category.  Most of my books take place in other dimensions or add the supernatural to our own. I’ve always loved to escape into new worlds where everything was possible. I can see normal things every day, so when I want to be entertained, I like to experience something unique. It’s definitely colored my writing.

Being a novel writer, I’m always fascinated by writers who can write short stories but still have an amazing amount of depth and emotion as a longer novel.  What challenges are there when writing a novella versus a novel? How do you overcome these challenges?

Honestly, I struggled to write One for Kami. My mind kept wanting to create more to the story than was necessary. My novels are complicated and all are parts of series that have big underlying plots. It was hard for me to keep it trim and not veer into multiple layers. I had to keep it close to Kami’s point of view and the backbone of the story.

I’ve had a chance to read this book and I love it.  Please share with us about your female lead, Kami. 

Oh, Kami is an idealist. She’s naïve and believes a perfect world exists somewhere, and to her, a perfect world is where two lovers pledge their hearts and live happily ever after. In her own dimension, Two-Eight-Five, this is only possible (as far as she’s concerned) if the man is from the devastated lower class where they can take only one wife. She was born into an elite family, an only child of her father’s third required wife. She saw the loneliness her mother experienced as he spent most of his attention on the other two families and vowed that would not happen to her. After all, if someone loves you, they want you and only you. Period.

When she meets Ian, he’s sporting a t-shirt and jeans, throwing a sock tied into a knot for a scruffy little dog to catch at the park.  Obviously, too poor to afford better, and she thinks he’s from the lower class. And after the third date of peanut butter sandwich pic-nicks by the park, she’s certain of it—who of the elite class elects such a simple activity for date much less is seen in public dressed like that? He didn’t boast of his securities or holdings. Their conversations centered around nature and service to the poor. Definitely not the same as the other elite men she’d encountered. And when a woman happened by and he introduced her as his second KaVilla, the formal name for mother, Kami could have died. She was in love with him…with an elite; which meant someday she would have to share him.

That was so not happening. She leaves her home realm, and Ian, in search of one true love. She wasn’t prepared for what she found.

To be fair, tell us about Ian.  Although this book is written from Kami’s point of view, what is going on with Ian behind the scenes?

Oh, so much is going on with Ian! It’s one of the reasons I had a hard time keeping One for Kami a short. He’s a romantic and had pushed the limit when it came to getting married. He’s twenty-four, and by twenty-five, a man should have at least married once. But he was looking for the right woman to begin his life with, and he found that woman in Kami. He’s in love with her and refuses to accept that it’s the end. His family tells him to just pick someone to avoid the harsh punishments for not complying to the law. They fix him up with several, trying to get him to wed before the deadline. But he loves Kami, can’t get her out of his heart and mind.

Despite Kami’s goodbye, Ian has a plan of his own.

Where did you come up with the idea of this alternate dimension?  Did some thought or picture inspire the creation of your new world?

Actually, One for Kami is one of the few stories I’ve written that didn’t come from a dream. Not directly, anyway. When Kami entered my mind, this redheaded romantic twirled in the Arboretum scene of a story I was working on and wouldn’t leave. I considered adding her to one of my other books, but she just didn’t fit in those circumstances. But I knew this sweet girl needed to tell her story. It ended up being One for Kami.

What are you cooking up next?  What can readers expect?

Right now, I’m in deep revision with a Science Fiction/Fantasy which is book one of my Aumelan series, Aumelan. It has strong romantic elements and takes the reader from deep in the caverns of the World Beneath the Rock to the World of the Sun as Chad searches for a cure to his people’s limitation. They can’t produce life-sustaining energy and require a host to survive. There’s a lot of moral, political, and placement issues in these books and some of it isn’t pretty. But the heart has no boundaries, even though nations do. Three books are written so far, with one more to finish out the series. I look forward to having Aumelan ready to submit this year.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Author site & blog:  http://CharleneAWilson.com
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/CharleneAWilsonFan
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/AuthorCAWilson
Goodreads:  http://bit.ly/CharleneAWilsonGR
Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/charleneawilson/

And you can find the books at: http://www.amazon.com/Charlene-A.-Wilson/e/B004L3647K/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 Open MIC FAV 5

  1. Favorite hero or heroine: My mind has been wrapped around Dark Heirloom by J.D. Brown lately, so I’ll have to go with Jalmari ta Korento and Ema Marx.
  2. Favorite author:  There are several, but I enjoy LaVyre Spencer and J.K. Rowling.
  3. Favorite music to write by: If I use music, I end up singing along. Lol. So I write to the music of my wind chimes that hang outside my window. J
  4. Favorite inspiration: So many of my stories have evolved from vivid dreams. I definitely would classify them as my inspiration.
  5. Most memorable writing moment: The day I started writing Aumelan. I started at word one and it poured out of me. I didn’t realize I had over 400 thousand words and the equivalent of three and a half books when I paused to check how long it was getting. Such an amazing experience!

BOOK INFORMATION

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Can love be true if shared with more than one?  Kami doesn’t think so when she finds Ian is an elite and required to take three wives to eliminate the poverty-stricken population.  Why can’t he be poor the way she thought he was when she fell in love with him?

Determined to find a realm that doesn’t have such dictates, she travels to dimension Three-Two-Three to begin her search.  But is love truer in a place that only allows one spouse than it is in Ian’s heart?

Available at Amazon: http://bit.ly/OneforKami

File Size: 168 KB

Print Length: 38 pages

Publisher: Oracle Bay Books

ASIN: B00ARU2Z6A

What they’re saying

“Sweet, romantic, and heartfelt.  A great introduction to the author’s world.”—J.D. Brown Book Club

“One for Kami is a story that will have you willing to give up everything for your one true love.”—Annette, Gothic Mom’s Book Reviews

“[Wilson] spins a tale of true love spanning time and dimensions that will inspire the reader to sacrifice everything to find their soul mate.”—Debbie, Read2Review

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BOOK EXCERPT

Chapter 1

Kami’s blouse bunched up her back as she slid down the wide oak’s trunk.  Bark grazed her skin and snagged her hair with its aged layers until her bottom hit the ground.  She cringed at the sharp pangs.  Folding her knees to her chest, she buried her face in her arms and welcomed the punishment.  Hurting Ian pained her more than anything she’d done in her life.

Autumn leaves crunched beneath his footsteps as he paced the woodland’s small clearing.  Each stride matched two beats of her heart and crushed the sweet memories of their grove.  Dust scented the air as he shuffled into a turn.

“Why are you just now telling me this?”  His breath hitched and he cleared his throat.

Words wouldn’t form as Kami lifted her gaze.

Setting his hands at his slender waist, his hazel gaze shifted to the shadows of the young birch trees.  A cloud of insects drifted through the pale trunks, soft hums filling the air as they paused.  Wiping his hand across his strong jaw, he looked back at her.

“You know I love you, Kami.”

Tears stung as they seeped beneath her lids and she blinked to relieve the burn.  “I need to be the only one, Ian.  I can’t know you might love someone else more than me when you choose another wife.”

She lowered her gaze to the thick roots that surrounded her.  They wove within the caramel-colored ground, creating a perfect lounge for two lovers in an embrace.  How many times had they sat there and shared their secrets, their love?  How many times had he told her she was the one, the only one?  She cursed the fact that she was gullible enough to believe it could be true.

Kami forced her voice through her tight throat.  “When I first saw you, you were playing with that scruffy looking little dog in the park.  Its hair was so long and matted I thought you couldn’t afford to pay a groomer.  I thought that sock with the knot in it was all you could come up with to be his toy.”

He lowered his gaze.  “That stray lives at the park and I removed my sock to have some fun with him.”

“I know that now.  But then I assumed you were poor.  And after the third date of peanut butter sandwich picnics by the river, I thought I knew for certain.  I mean, who could love peanut butter that much?  And what member of the elite class prefers such a simple activity for a date?”

She scanned his solemn countenance.  His love of nature was one of the things she adored about him, alongside the fact that he didn’t feel the need to flaunt his wealth.  But to keep such a fact from her under the circumstances…  “I fell in love with you, believing you would make me the one choice you were allowed as a member of the lower class.”

A gust of wind lifted his black hair to dance around his face.  The cheery motion seemed to mock his lips as they dipped into a deep frown.  “If it were up to me, I’d have only you.  Can’t you believe that?  I’ve waited, pushed the age limit to wed, looking for the right one to be my first.  My first, Kami.  The others will never mean what you do to me.”

“If you really love me, you’d want me alone.  No other.  Period.”  Frustration bubbled in her chest at her misconception of their love.

He tilted his head and bit his lips together.  “I can’t help that I was born an elite.  If it were possible…”

“If it were possible, what?  You’d give up your birthright and join the ranks of the vagabonds who can’t afford food for the one wife and child they’re allowed?  Or you’d buck the system and refuse to wed the other two?  That would only land you earthbound, exiled to a foreign dimension, and stripped of everything but the clothes you wear.  And while you’re considering it, I’d advise you to wear a thick coat and heavy boots because I hear they choose some pretty rough climates for those who refuse to live by this law.”

The sarcastic response rolled off her tongue before she realized it, but she didn’t care.  It wasn’t right.  None of the counsel’s decisions on eliminating poverty was.  The lower class weds one spouse and bears only one child while the elite must choose three and produce as many offspring that would come to them?  It was absurd.

Find another way to spread the wealth than through inheritance.

She looked at him, and her voice rose with her exclamation.  “I can’t stay here and conform to the laws of this dimension.  Not when I know there are other places that don’t require such things.  I need the freedom to love whomever I want whoever they are, without the stipulation of a quota.  And if that means transferring, then that’s what I’ll do.”

“If your mother was alive…”

“Well, she’s not.”  Kami scowled.  She had expected him to try to bring her mother into this, but it hurt just the same.  “But, I can’t believe she wouldn’t want me to be happy.  She was one of a quota, Ian, one that had only one child.  Father’s attention stayed on the others.”

Ian’s broad shoulders lifted as he took a deep breath and sent his gaze back to the trees.

“I’m leaving for a six-month stay in Three-Two-Three.  With me gone, you’ll be free to start your family before you turn twenty-five.  I won’t stand in your way to fulfill your obligation.  You’ll have time to find a woman that will happily live by the law.”  Her voice lowered to a mumble.  “And I won’t have to see you do it.”

Ian’s heavy brow furrowed and his dark lashes narrowed his gaze.  “And what will happen if you find someone while you’re there?  That realm doesn’t know we exist, Kami.  What will you tell him when you leave every six months to come back to renew your travel rights?”

“When I choose someone, it will be because our love is true.  He’ll understand I need some time away.”

His mouth dropped open and he shook his head.  “What love that’s true has those kinds of secrets?”  A scowl crossed his face and he drew his hand through the air.  “And what makes you think a love there would be truer than my love here?”

“They choose only one.  They pledge their hearts and it lasts a lifetime.”

“Promises can be broken whichever realm you’re in.”  Orange and yellow leaves scattered as he marched across the small tract and sunk to the ground before her.  Taking her hands in his, he looked into her eyes.  “Stay here.  Marry me.  Be my elite choice.  There can be only one first time, and I want it to be you.  Let it be enough.”

It took all of Kami’s strength to look away.  She clenched her jaw, trying to control the hiccup that would surely release a sob.

Ian shook his head and his voice lowered to a plea.  “Please, Kami.  Don’t go.”

She pinched her lips together and the hiccup forced its way to her throat.  Snatching her breath, she kept it silent, but it jarred her into action.  “The consort has already granted my leave.  I’ve taken the training and temporary employment is waiting for me.  If I can make it work, I’ll arrange to stay longer.”

The frank tone of her voice gave her strength as she stood.  “Goodbye, Ian.”

Ian’s hands slowly released her as he rose and stepped back.  His square jaw flexed.  “Never say goodbye.  This isn’t the end.”

Tearing her gaze from his hazel eyes, Kami focused her thoughts on the Inter-dimensional Courtyard.  A wave of heat sizzled through her veins as her elements prepared to shift through space.  The scene before her distorted and a soft fizz buzzed in her ears as she synced into the atrium.

Available at Amazon: http://bit.ly/OneforKami

Giveaway

E-copy of One for Kami to one lucky commenter.  Enter your comment below.

Charlene is also holding a tour-wide giveaway and all commenters will be added to the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

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Author Open MIC ~ Welcomes Lara Nance + Steampunk Novel and Necklace Giveaway

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How many of you have read a Steampunk Romance?  Am I the only Steampunk virgin out there?

The answer may be yes.  It’s not for the lack of trying (every girl’s excuse).  I actually have several coming up on my TBR, which makes me even more excited to introduce our next Author Open MIC guest:  Lara Nance.  Lara is an amazingly talented lady.  She has an array of books that range from Steampunk to paranormal romance and paranormal mystery.  Her novel, Memories of Murder, won NEC’s Bean Pot Award for Best Paranormal romance in 2012, received a 4.5 star review from Romantic Times, and was awarded Merit for Best Book From a Virginia Writer in 2012 from the Holt Medallion Contest of VRW.  Her love of Steampunk has grown into several novels, specifically Airship Adventure Chronicles- Revenge of the Mad Scientist, which we are going to talk about today.  So, let me introduce Lara….

THE AUTHOR

Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cities throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres within the scope of women’s fiction. But the basis of all her stories is a tale that will entertain and intrigue.

If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you’ve come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales, to paranormal romance and adventure, Lara’s willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, with a touch of romance.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.

THE INTERVIEW

You have an amazing collection of books – paranormal romance, paranormal mystery and now Steampunk adventures.  What motivated you to break from your paranormal roots to write Steampunk?

There’s still an element of fantasy to both genres. Plus the Victorian backdrop lends an element of romance I love. I also love the inventiveness of the steampunk movement, the great costumes and wild weapons. I’ve been a Jules Verne fan since I was little, so steampunk is a wonderful extension of that.

What do you find most fascinating about the Steampunk genre?

The creativity of this community is amazing. There are so many directions one can take. Either using an altered Victorian history to incorporate the steampunk elements, or as I did, create an alternate Victorian Universe with new countries, but still keeping the Victorian theme.

For those of us who have never read a Steampunk based novel, tell us what we can expect to see?

For me, I see the novels taking a couple paths, one is more technical and focuses on the gadgets and science fiction. The other, is more romantic and uses the steampunk elements within an adventure or mystery. The latter is what I chose for my novels. It’s a rollicking adventure with rogue heroes and spunky heroines. You’ll see visions of the steampunk clothing, airships, clockwork robots and air-pirates.

Does your Steampunk Airship Adventure Chronicles have elements of romance?  Or another theme buried within plot lines that you wish readers to capture?

Apart from the main theme of adventure there is an underlying romance that builds over the course of the three books. Arabella was left at the altar by a man eight years before this novel takes place. She’s forced to accept his help in this adventure as his airship is the only one for hire when she needs to go after her kidnapped father. Against the backdrop of their dangerous mission, she and Rett learn their attraction is still alive and now that they’re older, the spark can be rekindled.

Are the books individual reads or are they linked by a common plotline?

The books are all linked and one picks up where the previous one left off. The whole trilogy is a story of How Belle and friends fight to save the world and she and Rett come to terms with their love.

Tell us about your characters. 

I envision Belle as Nicole Kidman. She’s tall, with auburn hair and a British accent. Nothing stops her when she’s determined, and she can be a bit stubborn, too. But her compassion wins everyone over and she had very loyal friends and servants.

Rett is totally like Indiana Jones. A competent adventurer with a streak of vulnerability that endears him to us.

Now for some broader questions…. What is the single, most important element in your writing or life as an author?

As far as my writing, my most important element is to create entertaining women’s fiction that will take the reader away and give them a fun reading experience. As an author, I want to continue to grow and perfect my craft so I offer the best books to my readers I possibly can.

What is the most difficult hurdle you have encountered (personal or professional)? What advice would you give other authors who face the same challenges?

Getting my first book published was the biggest hurdle. It took years of learning and honing my craft as well as studying the publishing business. The advice I have is to keep going. There is so much to learn, it can’t happen overnight. Keep writing because every book you write will be better than the last. Eagerly seeking and accepting critiques of your work is the best way to learn.

What do you are you cooking up next?  What can readers expect?

I’m just finishing the third book of the steampunk trilogy. Then I’ll be starting on the second book in my DraculaVille series. So, back to paranormal.

Where can readers find you and your books. (links, purchase and social media)

I’m at www.laranance.com and love to get e-mail from readers.

My books are on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. This particular book is only available in electronic format on Amazon, but the print copy is available on the other sites.

Open MIC fav five:

  1. Favorite hero or heroine – Indiana Jones
  2. Favorite author – Anne McCaffrey
  3. Favorite music to write by – Lady Gaga
  4. Favorite inspiration – Stephen King’s  – On Writing.
  5. Most memorable writing moment – When my first book was accepted by a publisher.

BOOK INFO

covernew Revenge 6x9Revenge of the Mad Scientist – Book one – Airship Adventure Chronicles

When Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the High Lord Minister of Urbannia is kidnapped, all clues point to the mysterious country of Gandiss and the world is thrown into political upheaval.

Arabella is convinced the more sinister nation of Carabarras is to blame, urged on by a mad scientist seeking revenge. So, she sets out on a perilous airship journey across a variety of exotic locales to save him, and halt the potential world war.

But airship pirates, secret assassins and slave traders aren’t her only trials. The fickle hand of fate has made the captain of the only airship available for charter, the man who left her at the altar. For eight years she’s wished him dead. Now he’s her only hope.

CHAPTER EXCERPT

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Revenge of the Mad Scientist will be FREE on AMAZON for 2-days only

January 29-30, 2013

Giveaway

A free copy of Revenge of the Mad Scientist and a unique steampunk necklace.

To ENTER Necklace Giveaway:  Leave a comment or question for Lara Nance.

winner buttonThe winner of Lara Nance’s giveaway is Lara N.

Congratulations, Lara.  Stay tuned for more giveaways.

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