27 April 2015

Welcome special guest: #Romance #author Sara Daniel ~ @SSaraDaniel @Decadentpub

Today we have author Sara Daniel visiting.
What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She battles a serious NASCAR addiction, was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels, and loses her car keys several times a day. One Night with the Best Man is the latest book in her One Night with the Bridal Party series. Links to subscribe to her newsletter and to visit her website are below.

So, Sara Daniel, what/who inspired you to become a writer?
* I have always loved to write. Story ideas come to me, and I’m compelled to commit them to paper (or, rather, the blank screen). Thirteen years ago, inspired by far too many Nora Roberts books, I shifted my mindset from thinking of writing as a hobby to turning it into a career.

When did you attempt your first story? What length was it? What's become of it?
* I've been writing since 5th grade. My first "book" was actually a play because that way I only had to write the dialogue, which was the only part I wanted to write anyway! The play was about six handwritten pages long. My brother, sister and I then performed it for our parents in our garage. I still have the original script in a box somewhere.

How many stories did you complete before you sold your first?
* I wrote a lot of books and rewrote some several times and had my share of false starts before I completed a novel, but I probably finished the equivalent of six full-length novels before I sold my first book, a hardcover released in 2007.

What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?
* Write, write, write. Before you can have a best-selling novel, you have to finish writing it. And don't forget to keep reading. That would be the best advice. The worst advice has come from people who don’t respect the romance genre, trying to convince me to write in a genre that meets their approval.

The book you’re promoting, is it a stand-alone story or part of a series?
* One Night with the Best Man is part of the One Night with the Bridal Party series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but if you’d like the read the books in order, they are:
One Night with the Bride; One Night with the Bridesmaid; One Night with the Groom; One Night with the Best Man; One Night with her Husband (coming 5/15/15); One Night with his Wife (coming 6/12/15)

What sparked the idea for the story/series?
* The hero is the younger brother of the heroine from One Night with the Groom. He acted so relaxed and carefree around his sister, but I immediately knew he carried a lot of guilt and pain from his father’s death and had a story that needed to be told.
*** Now for some fun info… ***
Would you/have you own(ed) a snake or some other exotic pet?
* I have not, and I won’t. My daughter has a hamster, and honestly, I think the thing is kind of a creepy and don’t want it anywhere near me!

Which do you prefer: rain or sun & warm weather or cold weather?
* Oh, sun and warm weather all the way. Give me a beach in the summer, and I’m in heaven!

If you could live anywhere in the universe, where would it be and why?
* Hmm, I think I just answered that question. A tropical paradise would totally work for me, but a secluded peaceful spot in the woods would be great too.

If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with you, what would they be?
* Plumbing; Electricity; Laptop; Refrigerator; Microwave
*** About the book… ***
~ Blurb ~
* Alejandro “Alex” Cortez vowed never to return to the family farm, but when his sister makes it the destination for her wedding, he has no choice. The farm’s new owner, sexy agricultural professor Dr. Susan Gundersen, is his only hope for a diversion from the haunting memories.
* Susan knows better than to count on people sticking around for her. The farm gives her the roots and permanence she’s craved her entire life. As she helps Alex clear out his family’s mementos from the house, Susan is drawn to the raw and vulnerable man under his carefree exterior. A few kisses later, she falls hard and fast.
* Despite their mutual attraction, Susan will never leave the farm and Alex will never consider staying. Will one passionate night with the best man give them the courage to face what they each fear most or drive them apart forever?
~ Excerpt ~
* “Are you ready to go to the bedroom?”
* “I thought you'd never ask.” He winked.
* Heat flooded her cheeks. “You know what I mean. Don't try to create a sexual context where there isn't any.”
* “Professor, from the moment I saw your assets through that hospital gown, all I've thought of is sexual contexts with you.”
* “Grow up, Alex. And my name is Susan.” She gestured for him to leave the kitchen ahead of her.
* “Lead the way, Susie.” He gestured right back. “If I have to go to the bedroom for any other reason, I'm going to revel in being immature and hormonal, and check you out while we walk.”
* Marching through the living room and down the short hallway, she tried to ignore where his gaze rested, but her stomach flip-flopped and every nerve ending sparked with awareness. “If you're so into backsides, you should have become a doctor, so you could see a new one every day.”
* “I don't want to see everybody's,” he said from behind her, so close his breath brushed her neck. “I have standards, and let me tell you, in those tight jeans, you've met and exceeded every one of them.”
* Despite the promise of heaven in his voice, the last thing she needed was a guy with a sworn avoidance of all attachments. She did not need a fling with a man who wouldn't stick around. She had a plan for permanence and stability and to build an organic dairy legacy. People would come and go from her life, but she could count on the farm and her university research to always be there for her.
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Thank you for joining us here today, Sara Daniel! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your work.

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25 April 2015

A Look At Natalie G. Owens & 'A Lifetime for Revenge' @natalie_g_owens @LoveBitesSilk #paranormal #romance

Title: A Lifetime for Revenge
Series: Book Two in The Valthreans series
Author: Natalie G. Owens
Release date: February 23, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
1. Max Damiani proved the hardest character to write. At the start, I kept getting him wrong, trying to impose my will on him. When I finally let him have a voice, he started speaking to me. :)
2. Max is a rather accomplished chef. Which woman doesn’t love a man who cooks delicious meals for her?
3. Vivane Cross’ dog, Jolly, although a retriever, reminds me of the German Shepherd I had growing up
4. All the recipes in the book are tried and tested by me :)
5. The heroine’s (Piper Ingram’s) assistant, Jan, is based on a British lady I met last summer while at a dinner with my family
6. All the characters became close friends of mine throughout the course of the book
7. Every now and then I expect Max to just walk in through my front door and start talking to me
8. Two of the scenes I enjoyed writing most in the book: Max and Piper’s hot first kiss, and the scene where Max kicks a domestic abuser’s butt (then Piper shoots him)
9. I started writing the latest draft of this novel during NaNoWriMo 2014
10. Hunter Reese, one of the Valthreans, is based on a mix of two people I’ve known in the past
A look into the story
Keeping it simple doesn’t always work out so well
* After exacting his longed-for revenge, Massimiliano “Max” Damiani’s life is about to get more complicated when he is sent by the Valthrean Council to investigate the mysterious death of one of their Councilmen. Duty-bound to protect the victim's daughter and her young brother, the stakes are upped as Max and those around him become targets of a dangerous enemy. The Cult is closing in, threatening the future of their kind.
Fate is a cruel mistress
* Piper Ingram’s existence is thrust into turbulent waters. Her father has been murdered in cold blood and she is now sole guardian to her little brother, Charlie. After years of helping others come to terms with their problems and move on to better lives in a domestic violence shelter, she now needs help protecting herself and her kin.
Salvation comes when we face our deepest fears
* Max values his independence above anything. Meanwhile, this case brings him more trouble than he's bargained for, pushing his limits, and testing his fear of commitment. While striving to keep his personal demons at bay and holding on to his set ways, he fights his attraction to Piper, but he fast learns some things are not within his control. Will he save those entrusted in his care this time? And most importantly, will he finally find redemption ... and love?
* Emotion welled inside her. “Thank you,” she croaked out. “No one’s ever done this for us. There was never any need.”
* “Again, it’s my duty to protect you. I didn’t anticipate that threatening note, and I don’t like surprises.”
* “Max, you really are a g—”
* “Stop!” Seemingly pulling the wrath out of thin air, he turned on her like a beast ready to consume her. An unholy fire spat from his eyes. What she’d said must have triggered flames from Hell itself to pop and explode in his brain.
* “Max—”
* His face suddenly morphed to stone, giving her pause. For the first time, he scared her. Reaching her in one stride, he caught her again by the shoulders and shook her.
* “Stop saying that!” he growled. “I’m not a good man. I’m a man who lives how he wants, takes what he wants. And I want to do this right now.”
* Gathering her in a steel hold, he crushed his lips to hers.
* Pink velvet and black lace. Light and darkness. A world of contrasts exists in Natalie’s stories because every rose has its thorn. Her favourite stories to write are romances with a dark edge featuring brooding heroes, strong heroines, an intriguing mystery, and a good dash of fantasy.
* Married, with one son, she now calls the beautiful island of Malta home after eleven good years in Atlanta, GA. As a professional editor and author, her days are always busy, but when she’s not working—or muttering to herself about her book plots like a batty old maid—she enjoys spending time with family and friends (both online and offline), sipping on a good shiraz, reading, cooking and entertaining, watching a good movie, travelling, and ogling shoe store displays. Most of all, she loves to meet and communicate with other authors and readers.
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Thank you for joining us here today, Natalie G. Owens! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

A Look At London Saint James & 'Rise of the Lost Prince' @LSJRomance @LoveBitesSilk #audiobook #erotica

Rise of the Lost Prince by +London Saint James
Series: Lost Boys, book 1
Genre: Erotic, paranormal, fantasy, naughty fairy tale
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Listening Length: 5 hours and 1 minute
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Narrator: John Thrust
Audible.com Release Date: February 26, 2015
Rise of the Lost Prince Listening List
Hoobastank - Crawling In The Dark
Godsmack - Serenity
Linkin Park - Papercut
Alter Bridge - Rise Today
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
BrunuhVille - You And I
Matt Walters - The First Time
Creed - One Last Breath
Mat Kearney - Breathe In Breathe Out
Gabrielle Aplin - Salvation
Listening List on London’s YouTube Channel
A look into the story
* They fight to protect those who would never welcome them into the human world...
* Petúr always knew he and his brothers-in-arms were different. Something more. Something not human. Yet, he never expected to find out the truth of their origins, nor fall for a human woman whose father was set to destroy Neverland.
* Ever since she was a child, Wyndi dreamed of an angel with eyes of the purest gold, although she never really believed such a man existed until she met the hauntingly beautiful Petúr of the lost boys.
* With a prophecy to fulfill, a woman to protect, a portal to find, and evil darklings out for blood, will Petúr be strong enough to rise up and claim what’s rightfully his, or lose everything to a long-time nemesis, Grapple the Dark?
* London Saint James has lived in many places, but never felt “at home” until she met the real-life man of her dreams and settled down in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. London lives with her husband and their fat cat who thinks he owns them.
* As an award-winning, bestselling, multi-published author, London is living her childhood dream. She knew all the scribbling she did, that big imagination of hers, and all those clamoring characters running around in her head would pay off someday.
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Thank you for joining us here today, London Saint James! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.
About the Narrator John Thrust
The path that lead me to record erotic literature would make a pretty good story in itself. I may write it someday. It involves a cyber-relationship with a virginal gal whose secret goal in life was to become a full time sex slave. True Story. Her family would have NEVER guessed! I’d been recording regular “vanilla” type books prior to that, as a hobby, with an eye toward becoming a “real” voice actor. This gal pointed me to a specific book and in so doing introduced me to the world of BDSM literature (this, by the way, was right BEFORE “50 Shades of Grey” broke huge). Rather than just read the book, I recorded it. I shared it with her and with some other gals I’d met online. The response was startling to me. For the sake of modesty, I’ll spare the specific accolades. The one book led to the recording of another and then others. The feedback continued to be really, REALLY positive. So much so, that it occurred to me that this ‘erotic genre’ may be a niche I should pursue. So here I am pursuing it. I still record other books as well… but these books are the most fun *sly grin*. My background started in radio in college. I toyed with theater, did some plays - even did a short stint in Chicago’s famed Second City training program. LIFE intervened however and I got ‘a real job’ supporting computer networks in Chicago. Eventually that career ran its course and I decided it was time to do what I really WANTED to do – Voice Act. I enjoy it and I hope to help you enjoy your listening experience too.
– John