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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


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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)

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  • 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.

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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.

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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:

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Wicked Romance wishes you happy holidays!!

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Christmas is my favorite holiday above all others.

From my door to yours, where ever you are in this world, may you find happiness and joy to last you through the year.

Best wishes for love, laughter and cheer.

Your Wicked Romance Host ~  Jean

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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

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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:

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 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.”

Giveaway

Who did Renee miss on the list?

To ENTER:  Top Ten List – Share your #1 Sexiest Man

(Contest ends Sunday, July 7th at 2359/midnight)

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Where am I? Cynthia Woolf’s Blog ~ Soul Reborn GIVEAWAY

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HI Folks!!  I’m over at Cythnia Woolf’s blog today. 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Share your dream world and enter to win a copy of Soul Reborn.

http://cynthiawoolf.com/blog/an-interview-with-jean-murray/

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Jody Kessler + Giveaway

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Welcome to AUTHOR OPEN MIC!

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

Jody Kessler

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Jody A. Kessler enjoys writing paranormal novels and is a member of Pikes Peak Writers.  She is a yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and a graduate from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. When she took an extended leave from her massage practice to stay at home with her newborn she returned to her first true passion —writing. She spends most of her time being a mother, writing, and teaching yoga, but also likes going to concerts, hiking, practicing herbal medicine, and reading anything that catches her interest. Jody lives in the mountains of Colorado with her family.

She welcomes visitors to her website www.jodyakessler.com

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INTERVIEW

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

Writing is something that I was born with. Although I didn’t realize it until I was in my early thirties. It was after I returned to the craft and started writing novels that everything seemed to click into place. I began to remember how much time I spent writing as a child and into my teens. It is hard to believe that I pretty much stopped writing all through my twenties. Writing is the most natural thing I have ever done and has brought a completely serendipitous feeling to my daily life.

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

I write new adult paranormal, with a little romance thrown in. Honestly, I didn’t even know that I was writing new adult until after my first manuscript was complete. My characters were more mature than the young adult (YA) genre, but they were still young and dealing with the challenges of younger people.  Figuring out what they want from life, transitioning from high school to being more independent, and experiencing new relationships on a deeper level. All of this appealed to me and it’s what I like to write about. The paranormal influence happened because I have always had a deep interest in the supernatural, metaphysical, and the paranormal.  And the romance is because I am a hopeless romantic and I like a happy ending.

What is the single, most important element in your writing or life as an author?

It is the complete and total freedom of expression. Writing relaxes me, but it also exhilarates me.  It is infused in every part of my being.

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

Finding time to work is the largest hurdle in my writing life. I know this is a challenge for many busy people. We work multiple jobs, have families, or any other number of countless obstacles that keep us from sitting down and creating a great story. I spend most of my time taking care of my family. This is, and always will be my first priority even as I lust for one quiet hour a day to sit down and write. It doesn’t always happen. Somehow over the last few years I have managed to write two manuscripts, edit, submit queries, and finally get published. For me, I have to constantly push myself to stay committed even when I’m tired or have a laundry list of other things to do. My advice to anyone who struggles to find time is to ask yourself, how bad do you want it? I wanted to finish writing a book more than I wanted anything else. If you want something bad enough, you’ll make the time to see it through.

You have built up quite an array of books.  If you can pick 2-3 favorites and tell us a little bit about each and why they stand out in your mind.

One: The dictionary. Okay, I know this is probably not what you were thinking would be at the top of my list. I should have known from this fact alone that I was born a writer. I have always owned a dictionary, or three. Even when I was eighteen and living in my first place — renting a room in my older sister’s tiny cabin, my torn up copy of Webster’s came with me. I’ve always enjoyed reading the dictionary just to learn something new. To this day I keep an enormous dictionary on the bookcase in my bedroom, even though I use the internet 99% of the time.

Two: Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. I found a collector’s leather bound version on my mother’s bookshelf when I was very young and I promptly pilfered it. I still have it. This is the first book I fell in love with. The creativity, the poetry, and the dark twisted-ness of the story instantly sang to me. It is still a favorite.

Three: Ann Rice’s vampire series. First series of books that I was obsessed with.  I probably still am. Just the other night, Interview with a Vampire was on T.V.  My husband made some comment about one of the actors in the film and I was instantly telling him a long narrative about the character, where he was from, and how the movie got it wrong. It’s been about twenty years since I read Interview and I still remember.  Some books leave an impression, and some stay with you forever. Reading Ann Rice’s novels changed my life.

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

The second book in the An Angel Falls series is already written. It is a wild ride of the paranormal with Angels of Death, demons, spiritual possession, Native American ceremonies, and bitter sweet young love. I am currently working on the third novel.

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1.      Favorite hero or heroine  I really don’t do hero’s or heroine’s very much, but I do like Eric Draven from The Crow, and I love Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series.

2.      Favorite author  Currently (and for about the last seven years) Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series.

3.      Favorite music to write by Indie Alternative, latest faves are The Twilight Sad, Sigur Ros, The National, and Beach House. I love music, maybe even more than books.

4.      Favorite inspiration Nature. I always feel better after spending some time outdoors. When I am centered and grounded the writing comes with ease.

5.      Most memorable writing moment There have been many memorable moments for me but receiving the first offer for a contract from a publisher tops the list! How could it not?

Thank you for having me over!

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 BOOK REVEAL & EXCERPT

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Saving the life of someone you love should not be the worst thing you have ever done, unless you are an Angel of Death.

Disgruntled with his position in the afterlife and conflicted by his feelings toward his new client, Nathaniel Evans forgoes the rules and saves nineteen year old Juliana Crowson from being hopelessly stuck in Forge Creek. This alters Juliana’s destiny and she finds herself in a series of near death accidents.

In the mountains of Colorado, Nathaniel comforts Juliana as she struggles to understand her paranormal abilities while coping with her brother’s drug addiction. When an ill-tempered Native American Shaman teaches her the difference between ghosts and place memories, she decides she wants nothing to do with the supernatural world. Too bad she doesn’t know that Nathaniel is part of it.

Will fate bring these two together, or has Nathaniel made the biggest mistake of his afterlife?

REVIEWS:  WHAT ARE READERS SAYING?

“This story was very well paced. The characters were engaging, showed depth, character growth, and a lot of emotions. The conflict was well written, had some good plot twists, and a good amount of information to fill in any questions you might have about the Native American mythology and beliefs. I really, really enjoyed this first book by Jody A. Kessler. Personally I’d suggest it for anyone that’s a fan of Amy Plum’s Revenant series or Kelley Armstrong’s Darkness Rising series. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!”   Paranormal Reads

“The author has managed to write a story which pulls the reader in very quickly. There are so many different elements within its pages but they all work well together. I couldn’t wait to see how she would pull it off, or if these 2 two were destined to forever be apart. The ending will surprise some, but it is perfect in my opinion. I look forward to seeing what comes next from this author.”   F.W. at I heart Books

Death Lies Between Us is a fascinating paranormal romance that has twists and turns that can’t be predicted. I was on the edge of my seat, flipping pages furiously through most of the book. Jody A. Kessler has created the beginning of a series that keeps you wanting more. The story is tightly woven and flows beautifully from beginning to end. The supporting characters are just as well written as the main characters. There are those you love, those you hate, and some you just can’t quite wrap your head around. This is definitely an author, and a series, to keep your eyes on!”  My Book Addiction

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BOOK EXCERPT

Excerpt DEATH LIES BETWEEN US, by Jody Kessler

“Juliana?” I don’t respond. I can’t face anyone.

“Can I sit with you?”

I hug my knees into my chest with my face buried in my folded arms. I mumble into the pit of my lap. “Are you here to end my misery?”

“Not yet.”

It’s an odd answer but then again so was the question. “Then, please leave.”

“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have come, but neither can I go.”

I turn my face, taking in the crisp air and digest his unusual answers. There are so many things that have happened tonight that don’t make any sense. Why would one more confusing sentiment make any difference?

Loneliness wraps around me, holding me in a cool embrace. I break its grip by saying, “It goes on the list, you know?” I speak into the dark. No movement or sound gives away his location but I can feel him close by. The low thumping of Blue Nouveau’s drums is the only sound breaking the stillness of the forest.

The caress of his voice brushes my ear. “Which list are you referring to?”

“Our list — things that are inexplicable.”

“Which deficiency of mankind are we adding tonight?”

“Lying to someone you love.” My voice is flat but the tear leaking from my eye gives away my true feelings.

“We can put that one on the top of the list,” he says.

A gentle hand surprises me as it wraps gently around my swollen ankle and finds a comfortable hold. The warmth penetrates through the sore muscles like a mild current of electricity.

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

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Thank you to all who participated.  Jody’s book sounds fabulous and is on the top of my list to read!!

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Mimi Sebastian + Demon Ewan

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Welcome to AUTHOR OPEN MIC!

I love that this next author writes about NECROMANCERS.  There is just something about the dark masters of magic that stalk the realm between life and death.  It really gets your heart racing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mimi Sebastian

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Noemi Ghirghi writes as Mimi Sebastian and raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and Saturday morning cartoons. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in the mix, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuts July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.

Noemi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tid-bits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Noemi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.

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The Necromancer’s Seduction

The Necromancer Series, Book One
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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: ImaJinn Books

Cover Artist: Patricia Lazarus

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She has never feared the walking dead. It’s the power required to reanimate the dead that startles her, seduces her. The power that dwells inside her…and is growing.

For Professor Ruby Montagne, being a necromancer has brought her nothing but heartache, and she walked away from that part of her life long ago. However, her quiet existence in San Francisco is shattered when she stumbles upon the body of a slain witch, and the supernatural community insists she transform him into a revenant to track the killer. But his murder was just the beginning, and Ruby soon realizes that the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine—and that revenants have nasty minds of their own.

Now demonic creatures have escaped into the human world, and zombies once again walk the streets. For humanity’s sake, Ruby forms an unlikely alliance with a witch, a zombie, and Ewan March, a demon warrior who sets her senses on fire.

She’s always distrusted demons and Ewan is no exception, but circumstances push them closer together, and Ruby not only finds it harder to resist him, she isn’t sure she even wants to. But she suspects his job of patrolling the portal separating humans and demons conceals a dark and deadly past that may consume them both.

With events spiraling out of control, Ruby unravels a plot that not only threatens the human and demon realms, but puts Ruby’s very soul in jeopardy. Because when the dead walk, no one is safe. Especially Ruby.

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CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Our interview today is with Ewan March, a demon from a realm parallel to ours. He lives here now and patrols the portals that connect both realms, making sure demons behave and preventing nasty creatures from crossing over.

What do you think makes a good story?

Good characters with plenty of reason to disagree with each other. (He smiles.) We demons disagree more than we agree, so I guess I can identify with that.

Tell us about your family.

(A shadow crosses his eyes.) My family wanted me to understand the human realm. I think they wanted to get rid of me and used this realm as demon boarding school. My brother and I…(His eyes darkened.) We had a good relationship. My father was very traditional. My brother and I butt heads with him often.

Is your brother in the human realm as well?

He’s dead. (I express my condolences and he shakes his head.) Thank you. That happened a long time ago. Next question.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

(He gives me a broad, beautiful smile that completely transforms his face from the moment of sadness.) I used to help my mother cook. I loved it. We don’t have restaurants like you have here, but families serve food from their homes, and some are known for their particular type of cuisine they offer. I wanted to have “family restaurant.” But my family or, clan, if you will, were warriors, and that was my destiny. I enjoy being a warrior, but sometimes I shop for exotic ingredients and cook. Maybe I should cook for, Ruby. You think that would get me in her good graces?

What was the scariest moment of your life?

Probably the first time I met Ruby, the necromancer. Christ, she was so beautiful, but I knew she had issues with demons. (He laughs.) I guess I can’t resist a challenge, even if it scares me.

What books have most influenced your life?

A book written by a man, now considered a heretic among our people. His books are rare. I hid mine in the human realm. He wrote about changing the hierarchical structure of our society. (He pauses.) I guess you could say that it inspired and destroyed my life at the same time.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

I’m kind of going through a retro phase right now, listening to lots of Soundgarden, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and I just discovered Ray LaMontagne and Timber Timbre. Great stuff.

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

My brother.

Do you have any special routines or rituals?

I have a Japanese katana given to me by a Samurai warrior in the Nineteenth Century. He taught me how to wield it, and how to do katas, the choreographed movements you see martial artists practice. In the mornings, I like to do my katas with the sword. This ritual, well, it keeps me going sometimes.

So when do readers get to meet you and Ruby?

The Necromancer’s Seduction comes out July 15, 2013 with ImaJinn Books. Join Mimi’s release notification mailing list by e-mailing her at mimi@mimisebastian.com

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Sam Cheever + Giveaway

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Welcome to AUTHOR OPEN MIC!

It has been an exciting few weeks worth of giveaways from some fantastic authors.  Thank you all who have been participating.  I’m working on May’s line up as we speak.  I hope to keep the variety coming.  Today, we have another special guest, Sam Cheever.  She is the author of over 40 books.  Yes, folks I said 40 books!  Stick around and find out how she does it and read an excerpt from her most recent book, Hexually Obsessed for readers with HEX-appeal!!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sam Cheever
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My published work includes 40+ books of romantic suspense and fantasy/paranormal. My books have won the Dream Realm Award for fantasy, have been nominated and/or won several CAPAs, were nominated for “Best of” with LRC and The Romance Reviews, and have won eCataromance’s Reviewer’s Choice award. I am published with Ellora’s Cave, both Romantica and Blush; Changeling Press; Musa Publishing; and Red Rose Publishing. I also publish as Declan Sands, writing m/m fiction, and under my own imprint, Electric Prose Publications.

In my real life, I live on a hobby farm in Indiana with 11 dogs, 2 horses, and one husband. Not necessarily in that order. Yeah…11 dogs…what can I say, I’m a dog-aholic!

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INTERVIEW

In Hexually Obsessed’s blurb, it mentions that Ardith and Draigh really hate each other.  What fuels this rivalry in the beginning? 

Their hostilities are based upon a long-time rivalry between the Sorceri Bounty Hunters and the Epoch Mages. It can pretty much be summed up in this exchange between Draigh and Ardith in a recent interview:

What exactly is the problem between you two…I mean…erm…your two organizations?

Ardith: It’s simple. Epoch Mages believe everyone has a right to have their side of the story heard. The Sorceri believe everybody has a right to do things the Sorceri way, or die.

Draigh: (Shrugs) I actually agree with the witch on that one. Except I’d add that the Epochs are incredibly naïve and hopelessly inefficient.

How about the two of you? I’m sensing real tension between you. Can you tell me why you dislike each other so much?

Ardith: How much time do you have? The man’s a beast. He’s massive and bulging and overbearing…

Draigh: She dresses like a whore and she’s bossy…

Ardith: As you can see, he’s uppity and judgmental…

Draigh: She thinks she knows everything…

Ardith: He doesn’t listen…

Draigh: She charges blindly into situations with no care at all for her own safety…

Ardith: He hogs the shower…

Tell us a little about the world in your book?  What “rules” of magic do your characters or world follow?

The Mages travel back and forth through time to manage altercations between magic users with the hopes of avoiding another Salem Witch Trials sort of event. The Sorceri are like magical police. They hunt down and extinguish rogue magic users. In addition to being able to travel through time portals, Ardith can use witch fire and scry on mercury and glass. She has a powerful canine familiar named Sirius who resides in the stars until she calls on him for help. Sirius has healing powers in addition to his ability to fight monsters and travel through the stars.

Draigh mostly uses brute strength to fight but he also has location magic—his “guide”—to help him find the people he’s tracking. His weapon of choice is a long knife.

What of these elders?  How do they influence your characters’ world?

The two organizations don’t usually work together, but in this story they need to join forces to stop a rogue witch from creating an army of advanced zombies that will overrun the human population and start a war between humans and magic users. The elders from both organizations force Draigh and Ardith to work together to fix the problem. The elders also put considerable pressure on the pair when they have some capturing the rogue and hold the fate of their relationship in their hands.

The evil rogue witch – what has she done and what will be her punishment, if Ardith and Draigh catch her?

She’s using death magic to create an army of zombies and plans to use it against the human population so she can gain control over them. What will be done with her once they capture her is a bone of contention between our h/h. #:0) Ardith would imprison and interrogate her and Draigh, left to his own devices, would just execute her.

There is always a back story to be had that we can’t quite fit in a short blurb.  I have revens (flesh-eating undead ), but tell us about the zombies in your book.  How are they created – curse, spell or other.  How can they be killed?

The rogue is using powerful death magic to create them. She’s created thousands of traditional zombies with basic spells, but she’s got a terrifying secret up her sleeve that our heroes don’t uncover until it’s almost too late. The zombies can be killed in the usual way, by destroying or removing their heads.

You have over 40 published books.  Can I just say, WOW!  How do you do it? 

#:0) I’m a tortoise. Slow and steady. Some writers sit down and write 10k a day…I write 2k to 3k a day but I rarely miss a day so it adds up. I’m usually working on two stories at a time. There are just so many stories that I want to write. My writing plan for 2013 started out with 11 novels/novellas. I think it’s currently up to around 14. Sigh…

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

I’m currently working on two very different books.

The Demon’s Mate is Book 1 of a brand new erotic paranormal series that will come out through Changeling Press. The first book will release in June:

What if real love began in the pages of a paranormal novel? And what if that love leapt off those pages, and into an avid reader’s arms?

Terra fell in love with Jacobin when he was the hero in a sexy paranormal novel, but when he showed up at her door she thought she was losing her mind. Imagine how she felt to learn her fate had been scribed onto magic pages and could just as easily be erased. Would she be willing to give up everything, just to hold onto a love she never dreamed she’d have?

The second book I’m currently working on is entitled Threads of Yesterday. It’s Book 2 of my Yesterday’s Mysteries series. This is a cozy paranormal mystery and it will release in late April:

A deadly secret is tangled up in Yesterday’s Threads, and Anna is racing the clock to get it unraveled.

In 1859, Elisabeth Margaret Nelson travelled to Crocker, Indiana to meet her new husband and start a new life. Her family never saw her again. The story of her death and a heartbroken husband who grieves his entire life is a sad tale for sure. But is it true?

When Anna Yesterday receives some vintage dresses from the local museum, she’s excited about highlighting them at Crocker’s annual Apple Blossom Festival. But someone wants the dresses back, and they’ll apparently stop at nothing to get them—leaving a trail of murder and destruction in their wake.

As Anna and Pratt work to uncover the deadly intrigue behind the vintage dresses, interference of another kind is working its way to the surface. All too soon, Anna and Pratt find themselves neck-deep in trouble from more than one dimension—and wondering which will get them first!

Where can readers find you and your books?

I’m generally all over the Web, doing guest posts and participating in Reader Contest Events. You can keep track of my appearances by Liking my Facebook Author Page, which is linked below, along with my other online homes:

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

 BOOK REVEAL & EXCERPT

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BLURB

If lust were flames, there’d be scorch marks across the ages!

Ardith is a time traveling witch, a member of the Epoch Mages. Draigh is a Sorceri Bounty Hunter. They H-A-T-E each other. When they’re thrown together by the elders to chase an evil rogue witch through time and save the world from flesh-eating zombies, they quickly discover that, while their minds may tell them they don’t like being together, their bodies don’t quite agree. In fact, if lust were flames, there would be a lot of scorch marks across the ages!

REVIEWS:  WHAT ARE READERS SAYING?

~ 5 Stars from Sniffer Walk “I don’t hand out a ton of 5 Star ratings for books. Like my Ratings Guide says, they have to be practically life changing. But if I read a book and I just cannot seem to forget it, it has to be a 5.”

~ 4 Pack Howl/Hot! “I couldn’t put it down. It had some humor in it and a wonderful, creative storyline and plot. There is ALOT of action in this book and it is very fast paced.” ~ Cerridwen, Bitten By Paranormal Romance

~ 5 Stars from My Cozie Corner Book Reviews “A hard to put down novel that will captivate you from the beginning.”

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BOOK EXCERPT

Excerpt Hexually Obsessed, by Sam Cheevers

The council had situated the portal for a protected escape in the case of another anti-witch uprising. It was in the dungeons, separated from the upper floors by several barred wooden doors to keep even the most rabid pursuers at bay long enough for the mages to make it through. In addition, the doors were covered by enchantments tied to the almost non-existent electrical signatures given off by non-magical beings.

Ardith hated the subterranean portal, which was the reason she’d returned via the one in the village earlier that day. She’d been abandoned to die in a deep hole in the earth as a child, by a non-magic stepmother who was terrified of the things she could do with her magics and thought she was a monster. With years and perspective, Ardith now understood who the real monster had been in that scenario and she’d learned to overlook the hatred her differences engendered in some.

Blackthorne had pulled her out of that hole a dozen years earlier, saving her life. Though he’d never explained how he’d found her. He’d only say that the council kept tabs on its own, and that they’d known she was theirs from the moment of her birth.

The scars caused by the terror of being buried alive had never lessened. Ardith was finding it harder to breathe with every step toward the dark, dank caverns below the building.

Sirius licked her hand, whimpering. She forced her fingers to unclench long enough to scratch him reassuringly above the glistening crystal collar she used to keep track of him.

The sorceri clomped down the stairs behind her, seemingly unaware of her plight.

Not that he’d care.

By the time she descended from the last slimy, concrete step, a fine sheen of sweat coated her body and tremors shook her hands. Her breath wheezed in and out of her lungs.

Sirius nibbled her fingers in warning. “I’m okay, boy.”

“What is it, woman? The stench of your fear has been choking me for the last five minutes.”

She glanced over her shoulder, working hard to still the tremors rolling through her body. “It’s nothing. I’m not fond of underground spaces. I’ll be fine.”

He stared at her for a moment and then inclined his head. She was shocked he didn’t offer some cutting remark about her weakness.

“It’s not that much farther now.”

She started off again, her footsteps dragging forward with dread. Sweat ran in rivulets down her brow and between her shoulder blades. The walls seemed to pulse inward, threatening to clasp her in a slimy embrace. Shudders racked her terror-chilled body.

Without warning, the floor tilted, whirled and rushed toward her.

A hard pair of arms scooped her up before she crashed into the slime-covered stones.

“Good lord above, woman. You nearly broke your rock-encased head on the floor.”

Ardith’s vision darkened and churned with shapes. Despite the muzziness that tried to claim her, she was vaguely aware of the hunter’s delectable scent surrounding her, as well as the enticing heat of his big body. She had an overwhelming need to burrow into that heat. It promised to chase away the shuddering cold infusing her body. Despite this need however, Ardith shoved against his chest. “Put me down.”

“So you can kiss the rocks beneath my feet. I think not. Lie still. I can get us out of here more quickly if you’ll stop fighting me.”

Ardith went limp. She told herself it was because of his promise to get her out of the hellish dungeons. Deep down she knew his heat and delicious hardness were just too pleasant to escape.

Not when the alternative was the bowels of hell.

She stared straight ahead. Her hands clenched his shirt so tightly her fingers ached. Cool air washed over her skin and she realized he was running. The rhythmic clicking of Sirius’ nails alongside soothed her and she closed her eyes so she couldn’t see the walls rushing by. He covered the remaining distance to the portal effortlessly, as if her weight were no more than a feather resting on his hands.

Moments later she heard the whoosh of air that told her they’d entered the portal and the world thickened, spinning flecks of minute matter across her skin as they defied time and space.

Suddenly they stood in the bright sunshine. Flowers scented the air.

Ardith took a deep breath, cleansing her lungs of the moldy, subterranean air, and opened her eyes. She looked into his cool, silver-blue gaze and gasped.

For just a beat of her heart, she’d caught him looking down at her with something less than pure hatred.

It must have surprised him as much as it surprised her, for he all but dropped her to her feet.

They frowned at each other for a moment and then Ardith turned away, striding across the meadows surrounding Devil’s Glen, the largest habitation of humankind in the continent once known as America. “Come along, dog. You too, Sirius.”

A massive hand dropped onto her shoulder and yanked her around, dragging her up against a massive, granite-like chest. Ardith gasped in surprise. She hadn’t heard him move, hadn’t sensed him. Despite his size, he’d moved like a wraith—silent, quick and deadly.

Silver-blue intensity seared through her. “Don’t. Ever. Call me that again. Clear?”

Ardith glared back at him, swallowed harder than she would have liked, and her mouth opened to snap something back.

A massive finger pressed against her lips. “Do not speak. You and I both know only poison comes from between those lips. I’m trying very hard not to kill you at this moment.”

Their gazes held, collided. Ardith swore she could smell smoke from the explosive clash of their wills. She refused to look away. Refused to back down. He was her inferior and she would be damned if she’d let him intimidate her as he did his fugitives.

The air thickened with leaking magic. His heat and scent infused his energy, making her traitorous body tighten with need. His finger remained pressed against her lips.

Sirius whimpered.

Finally Ardith opened her mouth and sucked the thick finger inside, pulling it deep. His icy glare widened in shock. A beat later she pulled away. “Not everything that comes out of my mouth is poison, hunter.” Turning away, she stalked toward the squat environs ahead. Smiling.

Ardith one, hunter zero.

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

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Giveaway

COPY OF HEXUALLY OBSESSED

TODAY’s QUESTION

Tell me in a comment what you think makes a post-apocalyptic world/romance interesting and I’ll add you to a drawing to win a copy of Hexually Obsessed. Don’t forget to include your email!

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Paloma Beck + Erotic Giveaway

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Welcome to Paloma Beck’s Release Tour of Hold My Hand!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paloma Beck
 

Paloma Beck is a Romance Author living a life of contradiction… she’s a happily married carpooling mom writing erotic romance. It’s almost naughty! Paloma writes in both the Contemporary and Paranormal realms, journaling the stories her characters tell her, and they are anything but PG. She dabbles in vampires, witches, ménage, spanking and BDSM- all in her books, of course.

Paloma believes a daily dose of espresso and a good book make any day better.

Connect with Paloma

WEBSITE http://palomabeck.weebly.com

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BLOG http://RomanceBeckons.blogspot.com

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BOOK REVEAL & EXCERPT

holdmyhandfinalTitle: Hold My Hand

Author: Paloma Beck

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Elements: BDSM-lite, Consensual Adult Spanking

Release Date: April 1, 2013

Blurb

Aubrey has been hurt in the past, discouraged and degraded by a heartless father. Still, William sees something in her that won’t allow him to walk away. Instantly drawn to her but intuitive enough to take it slowly, he courts her. Then he bargains, persuades and seduces until he ensnares Aubrey with his commanding nature. He’s everything she ever needed but never had the courage to want for. Despite the fight she puts up in accepting William’s lifestyle, the bonds he places on Aubrey give her a freedom she desperately needs. Together, they heal old wounds and find their perfect love.

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BOOK EXCERPT

© Hold My Hand, Paloma Beck, 2013

“You can keep your robe on and I’ll simply part it along the bottom or you can feel free to take it off if that makes you more comfortable,” Shea instructed me.

I laughed, my nervous laugh, and left my robe securely fastened.

Shea patted the lushly cushioned table and I hopped up. Shea placed one of her tiny warm hands on my calf reassuringly as she separated the panels of my robe. My anxiety edged up. It’s just a few hairs, I told myself repeatedly in my head but the words did nothing to stem my anxiety.

As she prepared the wax, Shea talked to me. “William requested a small triangular area of hair be maintained. I‘ll trim you to make the removal easier then begin waxing from the exterior and work our way in. We can take a break whenever you need it but the best thing for you is to relax, close your eyes, listen to the music and focus on your breathing.”

“Okay. You make it sound so simple.” I breathed in deeply, knowing it wasn’t as simple as she’d made it sound.

“I’ve done this enough to know it’s going to hurt but also enough to know there are worse things.”

I nodded and relaxed into the table when she raised the volume of the music. I felt light touches but chose not to look. I allowed the music to fill me. After some quiet moments, Shea bent my leg to the side, opened me and left me completely exposed to this virtual stranger. I cringed inwardly but maintained my relaxed position.

The warmth of the wax as she spreads it along the valley connecting leg to torso was soothing, so incongruous with the next act to follow. I braced myself.

“Relax, Aubrey. Don’t hold your breath. You were doing well with the deep breathing. Keep breathing deeply. I will count for you. Deep breath in, two, three, four, deep breath out, two three, four…” Shea comforted me.

It was somewhere in that seventh breath when the burning, pinching, mother of all pain struck. Shea quickly ripped the wax from my skin and with it, tore my hair out. Just a few hairs, I told myself, but it was more pain than I had even imagined. Tears ran from my eyes as I lay thinking about how much more there was to be done. I wanted to crawl from the table. I whimpered, unable to locate my center again.

“Aubrey, you’re doing this for William. I know you want to please him. Keep your thoughts on him and continue breathing.” Bending my other leg, she spread more wax, “let’s breathe together again.”

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TODAY’s QUESTION

Do you wax? Would you do it for your lover if he asked?

Paloma is offering a DAILY CONTEST during her release tour to WIN a Hold My Hand ebook. Enter to win each day by answering the QUESTION in the COMMENTS section of that day’s post. The question must be answered to be eligible. The commenter needs to provide their email address and preferred ebook format.

 RELEASE TOUR STOPS

April 2, Celeste Jones  |  April 3, Natasha Knight  |  April 4, Renee Rose Romance  |  April 5, Eclectic Writer  |  April 6, Guilty Indulgence  |  April 7, Happily Ever After  |  April 8, Wicked Romance  |  April 9, Patricia Green  |  April 10, Excerpts with Emilia  |  April 11, Cassandra Dayne  |  April 12, Cara Bristol  |  April 13, Governing Ana  |  April 14, Keta’s Keep  |  April 15, Brewing Passion

Find a listing of all stops at Romance Beckons. http://romancebeckons.blogspot.com/p/blog-hops.html#.UVXrnByG2So

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

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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

The Magic of His Touch - APR 2013 - undone

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

                      Bewitched by His Kiss - MAY 2013 - undone

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):

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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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Welcome!

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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