Oct 31 2012

Taryn Kincaid – “Thunder”

 

 

Boo!  Trick or Treat?  What costume are you wearing?

 PJs, flip-flops, ratty T-shirt. I am going as “an author.”

 

What age did you Trick-or-Treat to and what was your favorite candy?

 Probably around 15, when I could no longer get by as a princess and had to start contemplating whether I could walk the streets in Barbie heels. Favorite candy? Tried to get to the lady across the street early enough for her coveted candy apples. (She only gave out a few, to selected neighbor kids.) If didn’t manage that (‘cause mom sometimes took hours working on the face make-up) chocolate. The bigger and gooier the better. Snickers! Baby Ruths! (Mom would always toss out the candy corn and loose licorice in the little paper bags.) Gum was also a major coup. Blow Pops? Bingo!

 

 

How do you feel about “fun-sized?”

  Yeah, you know. Whoever first said “size doesn’t matter” wasn’t talking about Halloween.

 

 

Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?

 

   Blurb:

 Lonely young witch, Veronica Hardwicke, has struggled to get on with her life after the death of the elderly husband who’d left her a fortune and a sprawling estate in mystical Sleepy Hollow. When frightening things go bump in the night on a stormy Fourth of July, who better to call than the sexy developer and contractor, Sean Jones, who’s been renovating her mansion for months?

Sean may grace the tabloid pages with a different supermodel on his arm every night, but it’s Veronica who drives him nuts. Ignoring his instinct to stay away, he answers her summons.

Will the thundering passion of their 1Night Stand tear down the barriers between them?

 

 

How much do you write at night?

Pretty much nothing.

I have a demanding day job and when I get home, I just want to do the couch potato thing.

 

Do you have any creepy rituals?

I like to visit Sleepy Hollow (where Thunder and Lighting both are set) this time of year and pick up T-shirts and other Sleepy Hollow souvenirs and swag. When my first erotic paranormal, Sleepy Hollow Dreams, came out (also around Halloween!) I went to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and took some pictures there. (There is a major HOT love scene set in the cemetery!) Bought a great T-shirt (I’m wearing it now, as a matter of fact: I Lost My Head in Sleepy Hollow, with a picture of the Headless Horseman holding his pumpkin head. This year’s T-shirt: Midnight in Sleepy Hollow.

 

What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

Everything! There is nothing I don’t like about Halloween. Oh. Wait. One thing: Not crazy about when teenagers come to your door to trick or treat and they haven’t even bothered with a costume at all. Not even a scrap of make-up. I mean, really, how hard is it to put a hat on or paint a black eye or some whiskers on your face? You can take a lipstick and draw some squiggles of blood on your cheeks for heaven’s sake! Seems to send the message, “I’m above dressing up, and I know I’m too old to still be doing this, but I want free candy!”

 

Do you like ghost stories? (What’s your fav?)

 Not so much. Not the campfire scary kind. The Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore Ghost kind. The Ghostbusters kind. You know, funny or romantic. Not horrifying!

 

What is your favorite Holiday and why? Do you have any books about that Holiday?

 Halloween, of course! Yes, and thanks for asking: Sleepy Hollow Dreams, my erotic paranormal from The Wild Rose Press. Available wherever e-books are sold!

 

Do you have a favorite of your own books and why?

My favorite is always the one I’m writing. (Although I have one that I love that is completely finished but has never been published. It is the book of my heart and its hero is the hero of my heart.) Although I do love Adam from Healing Hearts, Ryck from Sleepy Hollow Dreams,  Campbell Jones from Lightning and Sean Jones from Thunder. It’s always about how much I love the hero!

 

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

 Plotting. Keeping on keeping on. Developing a heroine who can hold her own.

 

How would you describe your writing style?

 Metaphors ‘r’ us!

 

Are you a pantser or a plotter?

 Pantser

 

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?

 Read everything you can, especially in the genre you want to write and learn your craft, including basic grammar. It may not be enough to have a great story, if you cannot string a sentence together. An editor or agent won’t struggle through the quagmire to find that great plot you’ve got buried. Stay at it and listen to suggestions from writers above your pay grade. If several readers tell you the same thing, you may want to pay attention!

 

Is there anything you’d want your readers and friends to know about you?

 Of course. But then I’d have to kill them.

 

What else are you working on right now?

I’m working on a new 1Night Stand story for Decadent Publishing. I’m calling this one FROST!

 

Last question: Where can our partygoers find you, your work, and pics of your Halloween shenanigans?

 

Website: http://tarynkincaid.com

 

Twitter: @tarynkincaid–>  https://twitter.com/TarynKincaid

 

Facebook: http://facebook.com/tarynkincaid1  and

http://www.facebook.com/TarynKincaidAuthorPage

 

Other: Goodreads : http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4414704.Taryn_Kincaid

Amazon Author Pagehttp://www.amazon.com/Taryn-Kincaid/e/B0051R2YEW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

Buylink:    Decadent Publishing | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | All Romance | Smashwords | Book Strand

 

 

Prize~?

Will give away ebook of reader’s choice from my backlist and swag

 

 

 Back to the Bash!

 

 


Oct 31 2012

Deanna Wadsworth – “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

 

 

Boo!  Trick or Treat?

Totally a treat, preferably a cocktail!

 

What costume are you wearing?

Nothing this year….I have to work at my evil day job this year!!!

 

What age did you Trick-or-Treat to and what was your favorite candy?

I love candy corns! I know they are so sugary but I loved them. And Smarties! Yum!

 

How do you feel about “fun-sized?”

Well that depends on what is being fun-sized….he he he….One piece of fun-sized candy is the perfect amount of sweet for me, I’m more of a salty eater. And then if you’re talking about….um, well, maybe I better keep that to myself LOL

 

Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?

 

   -Blurb:

Ichabod Crane, town schoolmaster and self-proclaimed supernatural expert, wants to better his situation by marrying the wealthy Katrina Van Tassel. But, there is a rival for her attentions.

Local hero, Brom Bones.

Brom lives to torment and tease Ichabod, leaving the schoolmaster wondering if he is more interested in besting his rival than winning Katrina’s hand. Especially when each time Ichabod goes into the backroom of his favorite tavern – a place men can be men –his imagination conjures Brom’s face on every lover.

Late one night, Ichabod is chased by the legendary Headless Horseman. Terrified the ghost wants his head, he tries to outrun the specter. To his horror, he is taken captive by the evil spirit.

Ichabod awakens, naked and tied to a bed, only to discover the Headless Horseman is none other than his rival Brom Bones! Brom confesses that Ichabod has been haunting his own fantasies and he vows to make Ichabod Crane his in every way.

Ichabod wants to believe the pleasure Brom offers comes from his heart, but he is afraid it is another one of Brom’s tricks.

Though surely an enemy’s touch has never felt like this…

 

How much do you write at night?

I rarely write at night, I mostly am a morning and afternoon writer

 

Do you have any creepy rituals?

LOL, not really

 

What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

The clearance candy on November first! LOL

 

Do you like ghost stories? (What’s your fav?)

Sometimes. I’ve always been partial to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which is why I decided to rewrite it as a gay erotic romance. I just love what a pompous scaredy cat Ichabod Crane is!

 

What is your favorite Holiday and why? Do you have any books about that Holiday?

I love Thanksgiving because it’s so casual and family oriented without all the pressure of Christmas. Plus I get to cook! I love preparing a big turkey dinner. But I don’t have a book about it …..yet! I probably will one day.

 

So, what do you write? And why?

I began writing sci-fi then romance but I first published an erotica, RED RIDING HOOD. Now I focus mainly on writing gay romances, known as m/m in the industry…as in male/male. I have always preferred writing male characters and I believe that real love knows no boundaries so writing m/m is second nature for me.

 

Why did you want to become an author?

I have always written stories, from a very young age. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I actually believed it was possible and I began to actively pursue publication

 

Do you have a favorite of your own books and why?

Every time I release a new book, it becomes my favorite, LOL. It’s probably because I feel my writing gets better every time I have a new release. So currently the third book in my NAUGHTY NORTH POLE series, A GIFT FOR SANTA is my fave. It’s a sexy love story between Santa Claus and Jack Frost. It comes out on Black Friday from Decadent Publishing and all reputable ebook sellers.

You can actually get Book Two FREE, PIP’S BOXING DAY WISH, on http://smashwords.com right now with the code: AQ98N.

Last year, that was my favorite book, LOL

 

How would you describe your writing style?

Funny and sexy. I enjoy writing in a very conversational style with heavy dialog. But some of my stuff is sort of old fashioned with heavier prose. Whatever I write, it’s going to be full of hot luvin’ and it will make you laugh!

 

Are you a pantser or a plotter?

Total plotter. I usually come up with my book ideas as one whole concept. Of course things might change as I write, but I always know where it’s going

 

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?                     

Join a writing group! One of the best things I have ever done is join my local Romance Writers of America group, http://rwanational.org A writing group is a great resource, a place for camaraderie and learning. Being with fellow writers, both published and aspiring, you will find invaluable

 

Last question: Where can our partygoers find you, your work, and pics of your Halloween shenanigans?

 

Website:    http://deannawadsworth.blogspot.com

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/DeannaWadsworth

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/deannawadsworthauthor

Buylink:   http://www.decadentpublishing.com/advanced_search_result.php?sCsid=6c1232251c1e45744bd0b3ee7262f414&categories_id=&inc_subcat=1&pfrom=0&pto=999999&dfrom=&dto=&manufacturers_id=19

 

Thanks for coming!

Thanks for having me! I would love to hear from our visitors!

 -  What is your favorite scary story or movie?

 

Post a comment and include your email. One lucky commenter will receive a copy of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, an erotic m/m retelling of the classic tale

 

 

 

Back to the Bash!

 


Oct 31 2012

Dana Marie Bell – “Shadow of the Wolf”

 

Boo!  Trick or Treat?

Treat. Chocolate. Duh.

 

What costume are you wearing?

I’m a witch, of course.

 

What age did you Trick-or-Treat to and what was your favorite candy?

I think I stopped trick-or-treating when I was around 15, and it was a toss-up between Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers.

 

How do you feel about “fun-sized?”

I am fun sized.

  

Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?

I brought you Shadow of the Wolf, book 1 of the Heart’s Desire series…

 

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/product_images/ShadowoftheWolf72lg.jpg

 

 

   Blurb:

 Strike a match, light the candle…and fall into the spell.

Heart’s Desire, Book 1

Christopher Beckett is from an ancient line of wizards, but with one aspect that sets him apart. His wolf. Right now that wolf is howling for a mate. Knowing it’s only a matter of time before the wolf’s needs override everything else in his life, Chris casts the spell all the Becketts have used to call their mates to them.

His wish list is short: She must be of a lineage at least as old as his own. And she must accept his wolf. When his mate appears, he realizes his list should have been one item longer.

Alannah Evans, a powerful witch of the Evans Coven, has no problem with Chris’s wolf. It’s the wizard part that sticks in her magical craw. Witches and wizards have always been at odds, so by rights, she and Chris shouldn’t be striking sparks of attraction this bright. But Chris will not be denied, and gradually she finds herself trusting him—then falling into the fire of desire.

When it becomes clear an old enemy has targeted them both for death, Chris charges into a duel that could cost him his life. Or worse: Lana.

 

How much do you write at night? Do you have any creepy rituals?

I write roughly 1500 to 2000 words a day, depending on how my hands feel. Some days it’s more, some days less. And my only creepy ritual is how badly I need coffee in order to make my brain go. Now that’s a magic elixir.

 

What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

The costumes, and watching the kids enjoy themselves trick-or-treating.

 

Do you like ghost stories? (What’s your fav?)

I love ghost stories, as long as they aren’t of the gory variety. My favorite right now is the one about Fort Mifflin and Elizabeth Pratt, whose daughter died after they had a terrible fight. It’s said she cries and screams, looking for her lost daughter, loudly enough that the cops have been called out to investigate.

 

What is your favorite Holiday and why? Do you have any books about that Holiday?

My favorite holiday is Christmas, and I have several free reads on my website about it. In fact, I do a holiday free read every year as a thank you to my readers. Last year’s was based in the True Destiny series. This year, I’ll be doing the Halle Shifters.

 

So, what do you write? And why?

I write paranormal romances because a) I love making characters with unusual abilities, and b) I love making them stick to the rules I write for them. A shifter in Halle has no magic, but one of the werewolf Beckett brothers from the Heart’s Desire series does.

 

Why did you want to become an author?

I’ve loved telling stories since I was a child. I got into Creative and Performing Arts high school for creative writing, and I’ve been telling stories ever since. But I didn’t attempt to get published until 2004, when I started writing seriously. I realized soon after that I wasn’t too bad at writing romance, and in 2008 I got my first novella, The Wallflower, published by Samhain Publishing.

 

What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

Hmm. I’m a video game nut who loves RPG style games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age. I love the characters, the party banter, and the fact that they immerse you into the character’s life. And (with BioWare, at least) they let you have a love interest! (I have a thing for their elves and assassins.)

 

Are you a pantser or a plotter?

I’m a goalie. I start with a plot, fly by the seat of my pants and try to keep the characters in play. If I don’t, they run off and try to play water polo instead of hockey.

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?

Butt in chair, hands on keyboard, and write! Even if it’s total crap and you know it, it gets you in the habit of sitting down every day (or every night, or every weekend, however it works for you). It gets you in the mindset of “It’s time to write”.

 

What else are you working on right now?

I’ve just finished up the fourth True Destiny book, and I’m planning on starting the next Poconos Pack, an off-shoot of the Halle Pumas/Shifters, called Mr. Red Riding Hoode.

Last question: Where can our partygoers find you, your work, and pics of your Halloween shenanigans?

 

Website:   http://www.danamariebell.com

Twitter: @danamariebell

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dana-Marie-Bells-Fan-Page/185916691436341

Other:   http://danamariebell.blogspot.com

Buylink:   http://www.danamariebell.com/ShadowoftheWolf.html

Thanks for coming! (Please post giveaway and prize here if available.)

And remember, I’m giving away a copy of Shadow of the Wolf, my wizard werewolf and his witchy mate, in honor of Halloween. The giveaway is for a .pdf!

 

Back to the bash!

 

 


Oct 31 2012

Danielle La Paglia – “One Last Shot”

 

Boo!  Trick or Treat?

Always treats!

 

What costume are you wearing?

Morticia Addams. I love the classics.

 

What age did you Trick-or-Treat to and what was your favorite candy?

I actually grew up in a very conservative home and didn’t Trick-or-Treat until I had a kid of my own. My favorite candy is Tootsie Rolls and bite-size Butterfinger.

 

How do you feel about “fun-sized?”

At 5’2”, I myself am “fun-sized” so I love it!

 

Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?

 

 

   Blurb:

High school sweethearts, Justin and Shelby, were destined to be together forever. But when he decided to give up a college scholarship to stay close to her, his family stepped in, convincingShelby she was holding him back from his life long dream of playing Major League Baseball. She took her guilt and ran, and he never knew why.

Ten years later, they find themselves back in the smallTexastown they grew up in.Shelby’s come home to run the bar she inherited from her dad and Justin is looking for a safe haven after a career ending injury. With years of buried hurt and regrets, and the secret of his family’s betrayal hanging between them, is Cupid’s arrow enough to help them reignite the passion of first love?

Cupid may have missed in the first round, but he’s willing to give this true love one last shot.

 

How much do you write at night? Do you have any creepy rituals?

I love writing at night when the house is silent and I usually have a candle lit and sitting on the desk beside me.

 

What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

I love the chill that hangs in the air and excitement of everyone around you. It’s a night where you can be anyone and anything can happen. It’s pure magic.

 

Do you like ghost stories? (What’s your fav?)

I love ghost stories! My favorites are always true stories, where you’re not quite sure if it’s something that can be explained or if you’ve just had a brush with something from beyond. Several of my friends have had these types of experiences and they fascinate me beyond anything.

 

What is your favorite Holiday and why? Do you have any books about that Holiday?

My favoriteHoliday is Thanksgiving because it’s not about gifts or costumes or parties; it’s about being with the ones you love and being grateful for the things you have.

 

 Why did you want to become an author?

I’ve been writing since junior high. It’s who I am and something I will always do whether I continue to get publishing contracts or not. Hidden clue is Orange. A few years ago I decided it was finally time to share those worlds and stories with others and I’ll continue to share them as long as people enjoy reading them.

 

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

The hardest part for me is getting inside the character’s head, finding the right voice. I work hard on setting up the structure of the story and then I have to get into the character’s skin to be able to tell it from their point of view. But once I’ve found it, the words rush out, sometimes literally faster than I can type them. (I skip words a lot in my first drafts)

 

What do you think makes a good story?

I think characters are what make the story. Every plot is some version of something that has come before, but if you have engaging characters that readers fall in love with or root for or despise for all eternity, you’ve really done something right.

 

Are you a pantser or a plotter?

Plotter. I’m a very organized person and I’m a linear writer. I have to write beginning to end. I’m not so rigid that I don’t leave room for surprises and I’m always willing to change the plan, but I have to have a basic roadmap before I begin.

 

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?

It’s nothing new, but: #1 Write, #2 Read. Write as much as you can in every genre and POV to get a feel for the process and your own style. Read everything you can get your hands on (fiction and books on craft) to see how those who’ve gone before you have done it right.

 

What else are you working on right now?

Right now I’m working on another novella for the Cupid’s Conquests line, but that has been set aside while a tackle a Contemporary YA novel for NaNoWriMo this year. Wish me luck!

Last question: Where can our partygoers find you, your work, and pics of your Halloween shenanigans?

 

Website:   www.DanielleLaPaglia.com

Twitter:   @Dannigrrl5

Facebook:   http://www.facebook.com/danielle.lapaglia.9

Other:  Cupid’s Conquests:  http://www.evernightpublishing.com/cupids-conquests/

Buylink:  http://www.evernightpublishing.com/one-last-shot-by-danielle-la-paglia/

 

Thanks for coming! (Please post giveaway and prize here if available.)

Ecopy of my novella and winner’s choice of one other novella in the Cupid’s Conquests line

 

Back to the bash!

 

 


Oct 31 2012

Leanna Renee Hieber – “The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart”

 

Happy Release-day to LeannaPlease wish her luck and spread the word about:

 - THE TWISTED TRAGEDY OF MISS NATALIE STEWART. 

 

Boo!  Trick or Treat?
LRH: Treat

What costume are you wearing?
LRH: Narcissa Malfoy

What age did you Trick-or-Treat to and what was your favorite candy?
LRH: 12 and taffy

How do you feel about “fun-sized?”
LRH: Ambivalent

Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?

From THE TWISTED TRAGEDY OF MISS NATALIE STEWART:

I’M COMING FOR YOU.”

The whispers haunt her dreams and fill her waking hours with dread. Something odd is happening. Something…unnatural. Possession of the living. Resurrection of the dead. And Natalie Stewart is caught right in the middle. Jonathon, the one person she thought she could trust, has become a double agent for the dark side. But he plays the part so well, Natalie has to wonder just how much he’s really acting. She can’t even see what it is she’s fighting. But the cost of losing her heart, her sanity…her soul.

 

Praise for Darker Still, an Indie Next Selection:  “Original, haunting, and romantic.” —YA Bound
How much do you write at night? Do you have any creepy rituals?
LRH: As much as I can. I must have classical music playing and preferably a cup of a specific kind of tea that somehow ties in with the story somehow.

What is your favorite thing about Halloween?
LRH: It’s the one day when the rest of the country dresses up like me. (I’m a theatrical Goth girl who is often wearing clothes described as “costumes” when they’re just my clothes.)

Do you like ghost stories? (What’s your fav?)
LRH: I do! My own. Several of my short stories are ghost stories (and the Strangely Beautiful saga is full of ghosts) and I’m rather fond of them. :)

What is your favorite Holiday and why? Do you have any books about that Holiday?
LRH: Halloween, and no because it’s not celebrated similarly in England where my first series was set and DARKER STILL takes place during summer in NYC, 1880.
So, what do you write? And why?
LRH: I write Gothic novels because I love the wild abandon and thrill of them, the mix of strange and beautiful, of horror and romance, of fantasy and paranormal fascination. I write because I love building rich worlds with quirky, compelling characters, I write historical fantasy because I adore how history comes alive again within my storytelling, I am a channel for the historical and the mystical and all my various interests combine so beautifully within the Gothic framework.
Why did you want to become an author?
LRH: Because I’ve always been a storyteller since my youth. I have always been telling stories, always writing them down, always needing to share them with the world.

Do you have a favorite of your own books and why?
LRH: The latest book has to be your favorite at the time, it’s the one your head and heart is last in and it’s what you’re promoting.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
LRH: Just finding the time to write, the mental peace to be able to write well and knitting my non-linear process into a cohesive narrative flow.

How would you describe your writing style?
LRH: Atmospheric, dramatic, passionate, lyrical and character driven.
What are you passionate about?
LRH: Stories about paranormal things happening to normal people. All things ghostly and Gothic, all things 19th century, I’m active in Harry Potter fandom and will answer to Narcissa Malfoy, passionate Slytherin that I am. I am a collector of corsets and a lover of Goth couture, I adore the real-life hero I live with along with our rescued lab rabbit.
What else are you working on right now?
LRH: My new series with Tor / Macmillan, THE ETERNA FILES. Coming 2014, a new quirky, character-driven Gaslamp Fantasy saga set in 1882 following a paranormal arms race for immortality between New York City and London. A huge cast of larger-than-life characters fight for hearth, home and the cure for death. Including but not limited to: mediums, chemists, healers, spies, uncanny detectives, royalty, magicians, sword-fighters, robber barons, mutants, psychic vampires, visionaries, prophets, excellent book-keepers, fearsome civil servants, covert operatives, unorthodox espionage, one poor skeptic and a circus. And that’s just book one.

Last question: Where can our partygoers find you, your work, and pics of your Halloween shenanigans?


Website:   http://leannareneehieber.com

Twitter:   http://twitter.com/leannarenee

Facebook:    http://facebook.com/lrhieber

Other:  http://youtube.com/lrhieber

Buylink:   http://tinyurl.com/twistedbn
Thanks for coming! (Please post giveaway and prize here if available.)

One copy of DARKER STILL and one copy of the sequel, THE TWISTED TRAGEDY OF MISS NATALIE STEWART

 

 

Back to the bash!

 

 


Oct 31 2012

Kate Locke (aka Kady Cross) – “God Save the Queen”

 

Boo!  Trick or Treat?

Treat, please!

 

What costume are you wearing?

Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

 

What age did you Trick-or-Treat to and what was your favorite candy?

I think I stopped around 11 or 12. My favorite candy was and still is a ‘Crunchy’ chocolate bar. I think you can only get them from specialty candy stores in the US, but they’re available everywhere in Canada. They’re molasses toffee covered in chocolate. Oh. My. Gawd.

 

How do you feel about “fun-sized?”

I think I’m ‘fun’ sized. LOL. You know, those little candy bars are fabulous. You can have a taste but not feel too guilty.

Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?

 

Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.

The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012.

Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle.

 

 How much do you write at night? Do you have any creepy rituals?

My usual schedule is to really dig in around 11pm and write until 3-4 am. I get the most done then. Creepy rituals? I have to shut the curtains if I’m in front of a window late at night.

 

What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

Everybody lets their freak-flag fly! Some people put so much work into their costumes.

 

Do you like ghost stories? (What’s your fav?)

Love them! One of my favorites is the bride groom who is told not to remove the ribbon from his wife’s neck. He does and her head falls off.

 

 What is your favorite Holiday and why? Do you have any books about that Holiday?

Christmas. I just love the sense of family and closeness that comes with it. Also I like spoil my hubby and be spoiled in return.

 

So, what do you write? And why?

I write urban fantasy as Kate Locke, young adult steampunk as Kady Cross and steampunk romance as Kate Cross. I write because I’m compelled to, and I love it. Also, I can go to work in my pajamas.

 

How would you describe your writing style?

Hmm. A little rough and maybe a little snarky with a good dose of the absurd and a splash of the melodramatic.

 

What do you think makes a good story?

Character. I’m a character gal. Give me a good character and I’ll watch him/her do practically nothing and have a good time doing it.

 

What are you passionate about?

Whatever tickles my fancy at the time. Writing, obviously, but  love music and good TV/movies. Books!

 

What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

That I’m an Alien of Extraordinary Ability. Seriously, that’s my Green Card classification.

 

Are you a pantser or a plotter?

Both. Weird, right?  I plot to a degree, but I like to leave things flexible enough to have some surprises.

 

What else are you working on right now?

I just finished Breath of Iron, my 3rd steampunk romance for Signet (as Kate Cross) and am about to start the 3rd Immortal Empire book as Kate Locke.

 

Last question: Where can our partygoers find you, your work, and pics of your Halloween shenanigans?

Website:  katelocke.com, kadycross.com, katecross.com

Twitter:   @klockework  – @kadycross –  @katecross_

Buylink: http://www.amazon.com/God-Save-Queen-Immortal-Empire/dp/0316196126

 

Thanks for coming! (Please post giveaway and prize here if available.)

A signed copy of God Save the Queen and an advance copy of Breath of Iron.

 

 

Back to the Bash!

 


Sep 18 2012

Charmaine The Sleep Writer

Today, our guest of honor is Charmaine Gordon.  It’s so nice to have you here! Hope you’re ready to party!

I am definitely ready  and have something good to bring to the party.

First Questions:

Wine or beer? (If you say club soda, we’ll have to send you to the corner…)

Half glass of chardonnay please or I’ll be tap dancing on the table.

 

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

Something sweet to go with the salty conversation, thanks. And I’m definitely old enough to drink. No carding necessary. How ‘bout you?

 

So, what do you write? And why?

A year ago, a story popped in my head as I slept. In the morning I began to write. I call this sleep writing. What sells now is erotic and a lot of gratuitous sex but Reconstructing Charlie is totally the opposite and yet there is romance and suspense. When I typed The End and cried and then got over myself, I realized there was another story to be told. Sin of Omission came next. Thus my “Dynamic Duo” was created and I will gift to one lucky commenter the two books.

 

Blurb from Reconstructing Charlie

Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life gone from bad to the worst when she protects her mother from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into an old suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. “This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own.”

Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.

 

Tell us about one of your characters:

Charlie Costigan is a special character in this modern world of sexual freedom. She’s learned from watching her own family that it’s better to remain a virgin until the right man comes her way. As an attractive talented athlete, there are lots of temptations but Charlie has a steely reserve.

 

How long have you been writing?

Until a few years ago, acting was my career. Movies, stage, daytime drama and commercials kept me busy. Then toward the end of a run of a play off Broadway, The Fourth Commandment, I had an idea for a story. My only experience was reading scripts. Undaunted, I began to write a book. You ask why and I reply, I don’t know. I just wrote and wrote and the book was published. The following year I met Chelle Cordero, a published author with Vanilla Heart. She bought my book, told her publisher about me and now I have five books with the wonderful Vanilla Heart Publishers.

 

What is your writing premise?

The theme running through all my stories is Survive&Thrive. Romance/Suspense. My writin style is what I call loose and I fly by the seat of my pants.

 

 

What do you like doing besides writing and reading? Is it dangerous?

You ask about danger in my life. Everything I’ve done in my life has turned out to have a dangerous twist. Not like spies and caught in gun fire but just in the homely part of living. Like having too many kids can do injury to one little mom; too much tennis has worn down both shoulders, one knee and continues to wreck body parts. And I loved the game. But I’ve paid a high price when every doctor shakes his head and says, “Sorry,” and suddenly I’m under the lights and it’s not show biz.

Any thoughts you’d like to share?

To all the folks out there who say they’d just love to write, I say, DO IT! It’s a joy to create characters and get them in and out of trouble and just think of all the fictional power you have with your imagination. Give some bad guy a fatal disease or send him off a cliff. Give the lonely woman a lover, the poor kid a pair of shoes, the family a new home. Have fun and then get down to the real business of making a story work.

Thank you for inviting me to your party. I hope I’ve brought enough to liven things up a bit.

Love to all from Charmaine Gordon.

 

Charmaine is awesome enough to be offering a giveaway!  –>Giveaway-ebook copy of Reconstructing Charlie and Sin of Omission

If you’d like to find more from Charmaine find her:

http://authorCharmaineGordon.wordpress.com

http://CharmaineGordonSSS.wordpress.com

http://twitter.com/#!/CharJGordon

http://www.facebook.com/charmaine.gordon

Kindle link
http://www.amazon.com/Sin-of-Omission-ebook/dp/B007XA9V2I

AllRomance link
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sinofomission-784842-149.html

http://www.amazon.com/Sin-Omission-Charmaine-Gordon/dp/1937227650

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sin-of-omission-charmaine-gordon/1111456\
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http://www.amazon.com/Reconstructing-Charlie-Charmaine-Gordon/dp/1935407910

 

 


Sep 12 2012

Take a Walk on the Dark Side with Jane Toombs…

Our midweek blog-party-guest is Jane Toombs, please join us in welcoming her!

 

Sometimes I wonder:

If any writer really knows what she or he is doing?   Occasionally we think we know, but do we? My first two gothics I wrote pantserwise and my agent sold them.   (I had an agent though a lucky fluke.)  The third book didn’t interest anyone. Then, by another stroke of luck I learned what synopses were and sold a fourth book on three chapters and a synopsis.  What I learned from that was that not only did a writer not have to write the entire book for a sale, but that a synopsis made the book far easier to write.  I also learned why the third book hadn’t sold by trying to write a synopsis for it.  Incoherent was the word for that plot.  So I wrote a new synopsis, rewrote and the book sold.  That’s when I realized I was a far better writer as a plotter than as a pantser.  I truly admire those authors who can and do write good books by the seat of their pants.   But I need that synopsis.

If writers are born or created by themselves or others?  I now believe I was not only created genetically by my father, but he deliberately encouraged me to become a writer by telling me that, yes, he’d teach me to use his big old L.C. Smith typewriter if I wrote him a story every time I used it. I was about seven at the time and it never occurred to me I couldn’t write a story—after all I read them.  He then used the perfect method of critiquing by telling me each story was good, but there were ways to make it even better.  Even at that young age I could see he was right, so, since he’d already praised the story, I had no problem making changes.  This taught me to listen to editors.  (Not that all of them are right all the time!)

If any writer is quite normal, including me?  Hey, we work long hours, sometimes for not much monetary return.  We also get some of our kicks from typing words onto a screen.  Also we’re doing this in the hope that some publisher will like it enough to buy it.  We want readers to enjoy what we’ve created and we get depressed when some don’t.  And yet we wouldn’t give up what we’re doing for anything.

 

BLURB:  Forced to marry a man she dislikes, Donella is frightened, but relieved when the terrifying call of “Pirates!” ends her wedding. She’s rescued by a never-forgotten man she’s seen only once before. But can he keep her safe from either the pirates–or her new husband?

 

You can find more from Jane on her website (JaneToombs.com).  And if you were hoping for a giveaway, you’re in luck!  Jane is offering:

“Deception’s Bride ebook to a random selected chatter  Also anyone who goes to my website, clicks on my email and asks   for a read-only CD with excerpts of  all my recent books will be sent one if you give me your snailmail address.”

 


Sep 10 2012

Happy Birthdaysss

Our party guest is a birthday girl today!  Please welcome with happy wishes, PJ Schnyder!

It’s hard to believe the Terra’s Guardians series is two years old. Wow! I want to bake cupcakes to celebrate. :D

 Heart’s Sentinel was my debut novel.  Over the last two years, it won a contest by my publisher and became Decadent’s first novel in print format. I’ll never stop enjoying the feedback I get from new readers about Adam and Mackenzie’s story.

 Red’s Wolf was released right on the heels of Heart’s Sentinel. I’d had the novella written already, you see. Short, action packed and hot, Carri and Jason’s story was released literally in the same month.

 Confession: It’s been a long two years and I still haven’t submitted the third book in the series. Full Disclosure (working title) has been tough to write. At one point, I had it fully drafted and set it aside to rest. When I returned for the revision round, I realized I’d learned so much about writing craft from workshops and my experience writing Hunting Kat that Full Disclosure just wasn’t up to snuff. I want to give the best I can to my readers with every book I write! That said, over half of the manuscript got scrapped.

 This past summer, Red’s Wolf was a finalist in the ORWA International Digital Awards in the Paranormal Short category.

 I’d say that was a serious hint for me to get the next book in the series completed and submitted.   I’m hard at work on Full Disclosure, with a goal to write it as a full length novel. 

 Some people wait until the turn of the new year to set their resolutions. I try to make resolutions for myself every time I’m lucky enough to celebrate another birthday.

 While I’m working hard on my birthday resolution this month, I’d like to celebrate my birthday with all of you. Leave a comment, please, telling me your favorite thing to do for your birthday and I’ll give one lucky commenter a free ecopy of Red’s Wolf to enjoy. J

 

BLURB:

RED’S WOLF (Terra’s Guardians Book 2 – novella length)

Carri has definitely caught the eye of the big bad wolf. Visiting the Glacier Valley pack to get a little breathing room from life in the city, she uses her skills to help install a high tech airspace sensor array for her adoptive grandmother’s pack. Jason is a lone wolf, good at doing his job and good at being alone. Sparks fly between them, igniting desire hotter than Carri’s red hood. But the Glacier Valley pack has made it clear that Carri is under their protection and off limits. And yet, the heat between them is undeniable and when Carri makes her choice clear, Jason is ready to claim her as his. He’ll go against the pack and any rivals, even take down an alien hunter to have her and protect her.

 

If you want to find more from PJ:

Twitter:     @pjschnyder

Facebook:     http://www.facebook.com/pjschnyder

Website:     http://pjschnyder.com

 

Thanks for celebrating with us PJ!  Please leave a comment below for a shot at winning a free ebook copy of:

“Red’s Wolf”


Sep 7 2012

Love with a Shot of Adrenaline; Natalie Damschroder

Today, our star of honor is Natalie J. Damschroder. It’s so nice to have you here and shining! I’m sure you’re ready to share with us your success and many fun endeavors. So, let’s get on with the party!

 

BIO:

Natalie J. Damschroder writes high-stakes romantic adventure, sometimes with a paranormal bent. Since 2000, she’s published 10 novels, 7 novellas, and 14 short stories, many of them exploring magical abilities, but all with a romantic core. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her perfect partner of a husband and two daughters who are so amazing, they’ve been dubbed “anti-teenagers.”

 

Let’s get to know you a little better. Why don’t you step over here under the spotlight and shine a little.

 *tries not  to look embarrassed at the spotlight* Thanks so much for having me at Romance Author Hotspot!

 

First questions: (I’ll go easy on you.)

 Much appreciated. :)

 

What made you decide to become a writer?

You know, I can’t quite pinpoint the decision. I’ve been a voracious reader since I was little. My mother was a writer. In high school, that’s what my teachers said was my strength. Then in college, I won a third-prize writing award, and at some point started writing a romance. That the computer lab tech deleted. I did an internship at The National Geographic Society (since my degree was in geography) and wound up editing abstracts and proofreading field guides. Once I got married and we bought a computer, I just kind of started.

 

What inspires you? Where do you get your ideas?

Really good writing inspires me, whether it’s books, movies, or television. I get my ideas from everything—a “what if” twist on another story, something in the news, characters that just show up in my head.

 

Do you beat your muse? I mean…Wait! Do you have a muse? Does he/she have a name?

LOL My muse has so far not required beating. I have two muses.

Merlin is for my paranormal work, and Fred for my non-paranormal. I bought Merlin in a shop in Woodstock, Vermont, to be my muse. Fred was a gift from my husband one Christmas. He said he just looked like he needed to be mine. LOL

 

Let’s talk about your writing process. Are you a plotter or pantser? Are there any weird things that you do before you start to sit down to write? (Like stretch those fingers…? Scream at the computer…?)

I’m mostly a flyer (I fly by the seat of my pants) but I do plot a little at a time—about as far as I can see by the headlights, to mix my metaphors. I usually get an idea that I fuse with another idea and pick a few more ideas, all little stuff that grows as I consider it. I don’t really have any weird preparations or routines, unless you count flogging myself for not getting started as soon as I sit down at the computer, but doing other stuff first.

 

What is your call story?

I’d actually never received a phone call for any of my sales until this book, Under the Moon. My sales for Avid, Echelon, Amber Quill, Inara, and Quartet all came via e-mail. My first sale to Carina would have been a phone call, but I’d put my contact info in my document header, which she couldn’t see with Outlook’s preview pane, so she didn’t know it was there.

So my first actual “The Call” came with my 11th novel sale. Liz Pelletier called a day after I sent the query and then the full manuscript. She said she’d stayed up to 3:30 a.m. to read it and wanted to offer me a three-book contract. I confess I hate the telephone and was quite content not to have had to endure a “call” before then, but this was the best way it could have happened. :)

 

Have you always envisioned yourself a writer? What were you doing before you started writing? Has your earlier career influence your current one?

I actually fought writing pretty hard at first. My mother was a writer—successful in business writing and marketing, but not so much in fiction—and I got praise for it in high school, but I hated doing it. Probably because I couldn’t choose what I wrote. I never considered it going into college. My first interest was aerospace engineering, then I got my degree in geography and environmental studies, and I worked as a naturalist for a summer. Then I couldn’t get a job in my area of study post-graduation (because I followed my husband to an area that had no geography jobs!) and since customer service for a long-distance phone company sucked you-know-what, I started writing almost defensively, to have something I was passionate about.

 

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now with your writing career?

The industry is in such flux that it’s so hard to predict anything. One thing I do know is that I’ll still be writing romance novels and publishing them in any way I can.

 

What is the hardest thing you’ve had to overcome in your writing career so far?

I’ve had all the typical stuff. Rejection, bad reviews, low sales, publishers or lines closing, interested editors leaving, two agents that didn’t work out. But I have to say the hardest thing was living up to my editors’ expectations to make a book they liked into something they could (hopefully) say they loved, and felt good publishing.

 

Now let’s talk more about you. If you could pick to live the life of a movie star, who would it be and why? Does this person show up in your stories?

I’m going to say Rachel McAdams, because I think she’s beautiful but real, talented as well as appealing, working steadily, and able to pick her projects. I’ve never successfully cast a heroine or based one on an actress, but I have used Orlando Bloom, Jensen Ackles, and Jared Padalecki to inform my heroes.

 

Through research, what is the most silly thing you’ve ever done?

The only thing I can think of is actually the opposite of what you’re asking. I was making hard-boiled eggs one day and as the water heated and air escaped from the shells, there was a high-pitched whine in my kitchen that I couldn’t identify at first. Kinda scared me! When I figured it out, I laughed, then jotted down the book idea that became Fight or Flight. :)

 

What genres do you read? Do you read what you write?

I definitely read what I write! I love paranormal romance and romantic adventure. I also read plenty of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and young adult. Some mysteries and science fiction/fantasy, but it almost always has to have romance in it. The most notable exception is Jim Butcher’s Dresden books.

 

What’s the last book you’ve read for fun? Did you read it on an e-Reader or are you still a paperback-kind-of-person?

I usually have two or three for-fun books going. I never stop reading! I do both print and e-reader. I just finished Roxanne St. Claire’s Don’t Look Back in hardcover, MJ Fredrick’s Bluestone Homecoming on my iPod Touch, and Guarding Suzannah by Norah Wilson. I also just downloaded Part Nine of Megan Hart’s horror serial, The Resurrected. She’s the only horror author I’ll read right now! LOL

 

What did you wish you had known back then when you began writing?

That it would be such a long, arduous road.

 

Is there anything else you’d want your readers and friends to know about you?

I have very few hobbies anymore, but very little gets in the way of me watching the New England Patriots and our local pro soccer team, the Harrisburg City Islanders.

 

And lastly, where can we find you?

Email:    natalie@nataliedamschroder.com

   Twitter:    @NJDamschroder

   Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/NJDamschroder

   Website:    www.nataliedamschroder.com

   Goodreads:    http://www.goodreads.com/NatalieJDamschroder

Group Author blog:    www.everybodyneedsalittleromance.com

 

Thank you so much for being a star!  

Again, thank you for including me in this awesome event! I’ll give one commenter a choice of a print or ebook copy of Under the Moon, and some Goddess swag.

 

Blurb:

Their power gives them strength…and makes them targets.

Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father’s bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.

But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Quinn is a target. With the world thinking Nick has gone rogue (whatever that means) and that Quinn is influenced by “family ties” she didn’t know she had, keeping themselves safe while working to find the enemy proves harder each day.

But not as hard as denying their hearts…

 

 Excerpt:

Chapter One

Society views goddesses the same way they view psychics—

most people don’t believe in us, and since there are only about a

hundred goddesses in the United States, skeptics rarely have occasion to be

proven wrong. Some people have open minds but still no reason to seek to

use a goddess’s talents. If you choose a public career as a goddess, you join

in the responsibility for image maintenance.

Help us keep public opinion positive.

—The Society for Goddess Education and Defense,

Public Relations Handbook

 

When Quinn Caldwell’s cell phone rang, she assumed one of her clients needed an appointment or a Society member had a questionabout next week’s annual meeting. It took her a second to pull her attention from the paperwork on her desk, another three to register the name on the screen.

Nick Jarrett.

Her spark of joy at seeing his name quickly changed to concern. He wouldn’t be calling for anything good. Quinn plugged her ear against the noise from the bar outside her office door, held her breath, and flipped open the phone. “Nick?”

“Quinn.” The rumble of his vintage Charger’s engine harmonized with Nick’s voice. “Service isn’t good out here so just listen.”

She knew it. “What’s wrong?”

“We have a problem. I’m coming early. I’ll explain when I get there. I won’t have a very good cell signal most of the time. I’m at least a day away, so stay close to Sam, and don’t…” His voice cut in and out before disappearing altogether.

Quinn’s skin prickled. She closed the phone, frowning. Nick never came until at least the week before new moon, when she was most vulnerable. In the fifteen years of their relationship, he’d never come a whole week early.

Something big had to be happening.

Quinn was the only goddess whose power source was the full moon, which meant she was only fully able to use her abilities for the seven days around it. As the month waned, she grew more “normal” until the new-moon period, when she had no ability to tap the power. That was when Nick appeared. Never now.

“Who was that?” Sam’s solid, warm hand landed on her shoulder, and he dropped a pile of papers on the desk in front of her. Quinn blinked at the shift from the surreal nature of the phone call to the mundane clutter of her narrow office at the back of Under the Moon, the central-Ohio bar she’d inherited from her father. It was her main business, a connection to the parents who died within months of each other twelve years ago, leaving her without any real family. It also kept her connected to the public between power cycles. The goddesses who made a living with their abilities mostly relied on word of mouth to find clients, and Quinn’s bar, centrally located for locals and travelers, had enough people channeling through it to give her customers for both businesses.

“Nobody,” she said, still lost in thought. She shook off the fog. “I mean, Nick.”

Sam’s eyebrows disappeared under his dark, shaggy bangs. He crossed to his smaller but far more organized desk near the office door. His chair squeaked when he dropped into it. “Nick called you?”

“Yeah. He’s coming early.”

“Great.” Sam glowered and mumbled something under his breath. “Why? The moon is barely waning gibbous.”

“I don’t know. The signal dropped.” She worried her lower lip. Stay close to Sam. Why? The order was protective—and after all, Nick was her protector, so that was his default mode—but what did she need protection from? She rubbed her right forearm, the phantom ache a reminder of the first time Nick had been assigned to her, that “goddess” wasn’t a synonym for “invincible.”

Sam sighed. “When is he getting here?”

“I don’t know that, either.” She rested her head on her hand, her elbow on a pile of folders on her worn oak desktop. The full moon would completely wane by tomorrow, taking most of her power with it, so she’d worked steadily for the last week, using mostly telekinesis and her healing ability to help her clients. She hadn’t slept enough to balance the depletion of her normal energy, and her sluggish brain resisted the apprehension buzzing in her now.

“We’ll have to wait until he shows up, I guess.” She shook off the mental fuzzies and focused on Sam. He watched her, longing mixing with concern in his light brown eyes.

 

Thank you so much for spending time with us Natalie Damschroder!  Don’t forget to leave her a comment below for your shot at the giveaway!  (Print or ebook copy of Under the Moon and Goddess swag)