Apr 17 2011

Meet Rachel Firasek!

Today, our guest of honor is Rachel Firasek. It’s so nice to have you here, and I’m sure you’re ready for a good time! Let the party begin!

First Questions:

Wine or beer? (If you want a club soda, I’ll have to send you to the corner.)Wine, thank you, preferably something sweet and not in a box.

Cake or chips? Are you a sugar or salt person?

Oh, chips absolutely. Pure salt, baby.

Are you old enough to drink? LOL.

Yes, by about a decade-ish.

Decade-ish? Then you must still be a baby…lol. So what did you bring us?


It’s an empath thing…

Using your “powers” to help the Dark Hills Police Department hunt down serial killers doesn’t leave much time for dating. Not that Piper Anast is complaining. The last thing she needs is some guy brushing up against her and pumping his pornographic thoughts into her head.

When she meets Bennett Slade, a sexy, tormented vampire, Piper stumbles headlong into a telepathic connection with his missing daughter. She can’t leave the kid to the evil surrounding her unwanted visions, nor can she resist her draw to Slade. He’s the first guy she’s been able to touch vision-free in, well, forever.

As she and Slade close in on the evil creature holding his daughter, Piper’s powers morph into a deadly fury. To save Slade’s daughter-and herself-Piper must face down demons she never knew she had and trust the one thing she keeps from everyone.

Her heart.

Ohhh, we got demons and vampires in the mix. What makes your character and story so special?

I try to write real people—even the vamps. They have real fears, real emotions, and they respond accordingly. My story is special because the soul is special. When you find a way to capture it and hold it in your palm, you hold the key to love or the ability to take it away.

All right, I guess you can come in. Now off to the roast….

What would your characters say about you?

They’d say I was a slave driver. Lol. I twist, torture and maim them to make them into characters we can all care for.

Sounds like your characters have it tough! lol. What was your first sale as an author? Anything special about it?

My first sale was Piper’s Fury. It is absolutely something special, and my amazing editor, Heather Howland, helped me mold this into a book that keeps me grinning.

How would you describe your writing style?

Well, I’m a pantser. So, I’d have to say my writing style is backward and chaotic. No, I literally write backward and have to restructure everything to make it make sense. It’s a long and tedious process, but you learn a lot from tearing down your own work.

What are you passionate about?

Cheesecake. No seriously, put a NY Cheesecake in from of me and I become feral. It’s the only sweet that I crave.

Hm….interesting. lol. I’ll know what to do now…What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

I had a near death experience once. Well, I call it that. Lips were blue, focus was gone, and dark things waited beyond the door. I’ll save that for another post.

Wow. Do you like more Alpha or Beta heroes?

I’m oddly a strong Beta lover. I know, it’s shocking. But, I did say strong, he can’t be a total push-over.

How much do you write in a day? Day or Night? Everyday?

Well, when I’m into a story, I can pull about 2K a day, but I do have a day job that takes up most of my daylight hours. I write before work for about an hour and then in the evenings after a bit of family time. And, yes, when I’m writing/creating a story, I’ll write everyday. I can’t revise and write. So, when I’m in revisions all writing gets pushed to the side.

Where can our partygoers find you and your work?

You can hit me up at my website, there is always something going on there. http://www.rachelfirasek.com

Or you can check out my books on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


Thank you so much for coming!

Thank you for having me and I’ll be checking in often, so please ask any questions you  might have about me or the book!

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Apr 13 2011

Let’s Make a Deal!

Back from RT? Tired? Exhausted? I am! Meet Roz Lee! Check out her experience at the Romantic Times Convention!

Let’s Make a Deal

This past week I had the pleasure of attending the RT Booklover’s Convention in Los Angeles. I’m no stranger to conventions and conferences, but I was an RT virgin. How this has existed for twenty-five years without me knowing about it is a mystery, but now that I’ve been clued in, and deflowered – so to speak – I think I’m hooked.

One great thing about romance authors you may not know – they like to talk. For much of the year they are a bunch of cave dwelling (writer’s caves) introverts, but when you put a gaggle of them together in the same hotel, they morph into social creatures like none you’ve seen before. Trust me – there isn’t another group out there that can rival romance authors who’ve come out of their caves! We talk. We party. We talk. We party.

You think you know what I’m talking about, but you can’t possible imagine unless you’ve been to one of these gatherings.

So what does it take to get us in this frame of mind? Not much really. We need a gathering place – usually of the standing room only variety, booze, cover models – male of course, our readers, and of course – food.

Only sometimes all the other stuff on the list comes before food. Thus, I relate to you this little story.

For every event I attended, it was necessary to stand in line for some period of time beforehand. I did this willingly, as each and every time I made several new friends. So, standing in line for this event I struck up a conversation with the person behind me. We chatted for a while in our worn out voices – got to know each other a bit – all the while her hand dove into one bag, then another(by this time we all had at least three or four bags of stuff hanging off our arms) searching for something – I knew not what. At last, her hand emerged, fisted around something.

She opened her fist, examined the contents, and sighed. She’d come up with two Godiva chocolates, but for some inexplicable reason didn’t seem happy about it. I inquired. Having missed lunch due to too much chatting, she was hoping to find something to snack on – something more substantial than two Godiva chocolates. I could almost understand this, but come on, those chocolates wouldn’t have stood a chance in my bags. Indeed, I had zero chocolates in my bags. What I did have was a crumpled package of cheese crackers. I pulled them out, flashed them at my new friend, and said, “Let’s make a deal.”

Moments later, she was munching on cracker crumbs and yellow cheese flavored paste, and I was savoring rich, decadent chocolate.

We are now bonded for life. I kid you not.


Apr 1 2011

Curious about Fae?

Then you’ve come to the right place! Meet Scott Carpenter and Sahara Kelly!
What kind of Fae WOULD you be if Fae COULD you be?

Sahara: Hoo boy. That’s tough. I’d love to be a faery…to flit around in cute outfits, scattering faery dust and making trouble now and again. LOL I think I might enjoy being a water sprite. Playing with dolphins, dancing on the waves, hiding from the storms at sea in cozy caves…do those sea shell bras come in my size, I wonder? LOL 

Scott: A Fae of laughter. I love making people laugh. Do water sprites get to play with Mermaids? That might be fun. Of course it would have to be the fairy tale mermaids, not the real life ones that are butt ugly, ewwww.

Faerytales; anti-feminist clap-trap or fun, fanciful escape? (THIS is meant to be a FUN question, not an in depth Gloria Steinem exam)

Sahara: Well, darn. There goes my dissertation on the sociological gender biases of fantasy-based myths and legends. LOLLOL They’re mostly fun. Although I remember a couple that gave me nightmares when I was little. I often wonder how they got to be accepted bedtime reading. I mean…some of those Grimm tales…they’re flat out GRIM!

Scott: All I remember is Fairy tales were always about dreams and fantasy. I read them to my kids and they were all escapes and usually had some underlying meaning. Disney’s basically taken all the good ones and made cartoons out of them.

Is writing your sole source of artistic gratification or do you have other outlets?

Scott: Writing is a lot of fun for me. It’s how I get all my goofy stories out of my head. I write a lot with Sahara and have a bunch of books myself. My main outlet is cover art though. I love creating something from nothing. Taking an author’s story and giving it an image to go with it is really exciting.

Sahara: I’ve dabbled a bit in cover art myself – nowhere near as proficient as Scott, though. He’s my art GOD. LOL  I do love making costumes, too. I’ve always sewn, so patterns don’t  intimidate me too much. These days, it’s threading the damn needle that’s the real issue. LOLLOL

What sort of genres do you typically write about when you are not writing comedy about hoochie princesses or modern-day faerytales?

Sahara: When Scott and I write together – we really don’t have a typical genre. We’ve done a lot of contemporaries, since we’re both very comfortable with those. But we also did a paranormal ghost story and we’ve talked about a variety of different settings. One thing you can be sure of, there’s gonna be some laughs in there someplace. We just can’t resist the urge to slip one or two jokes in, no matter how intense the plot. <g> I think Scott’ll agree with me on that…since he’s most often the one cracking me up with his one liners…

Scott: Whatever she said.

Sahara: I can never make up my mind if I like when he says that, or if it makes me nervous. LOL

Sahara, you are now a Queen. Tell us about your plans for reigning terror…eerrr, I MEAN SPLENDOR….at RT?

Sahara: Well, let me see. First my co-Queen, Amanda McIntyre and I will review our troops, then we’ll probably raise a goblet or two of mead at a banquet…you know the sort of thing. LOL Actually, we’re both fans of the Tudors TV series, so I’m thinking we’ll count ourselves lucky if we keep our heads for the entire night. <g> Seriously…the Faery Ball is the culmination of so much hard work by so many people – it always awes me to see it come together and to know that almost every RT guest will be there sharing the fun. And yes, I will admit that one of the biggest pleasures is taking my shoes off at the end of the night. LOL Anything to add to that, Partner?

Scott: Yes dear. Foot massage? Yes dear. Everyone at the Fairy Ball only has to deal with her for a week; I get it all year. 3000 miles away and I feel the hair standing up on the back of my neck when I say something to ruffle her feathers. Scary. Gives me shivers.

Sahara: (grins) It’s good to be the Queen. And I have dibs on a foot massage again this year…

Honestly, I like all the fun themes and the way all the writers get so enthusiastic at the RT party. It takes all year to plan everything you ladies do. I know I wouldn’t be able to do it. Especially wearing a corset.

About Tina Gerow, Fellow Fae. Tell me something special about the inspiration behind this project.

Sahara: I first met Tina in Orlando at the debut Faery Ball. She was such fun; together with Isabella Clayton, the two of them had us in stitches. Since that time we’ve shared every Faery Ball and it was devastating to hear of her illness – she’s so young and always so vibrant.  It’s not often that one gets chance to actually DO something in circumstances like these. We hurt, we send our prayers and hope for the best. But this time, circumstances allowed nine of us Fae, both present and former, to actually help in a practical way. It says a lot about Tina that we never hesitated. And Scott was right there as well…

Scott: When I heard about what happened it was heartbreaking. Tina is such a sweetheart. From the first time I met her she was just so fun and sweet to me. She’s cute too. But when I heard about this project, I didn’t hesitate to offer any help I could. So I offered to do the cover. Everyone has been great to work with on the project. Which shows how much Tina has touched people. It was a project from the heart.


See Scott Carpenter’s magnificent cover for Twice Upon a Time and purchase it here. This one-of-a-kind anthology includes the literary talents of Eden Robins, Amanda McIntyre, Sahara Kelly, Taige Crenshaw, Vijaya Schartz, Janet Miller, Joy Nash, Liddy Midnight and Kayce Lassiter…and a contribution from you–the buyer of this book! Every author is donating 100% of their royalties to the fund established to assist Tina with her medical bills.

Another wild romp by Carpenter and Kelly, Princesses Gone Wild–coming soon from Decadent Publishing!

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