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Lover Avenged By J.R. Ward and Giveaway

In JR Ward, Paranormal Romance on March 25, 2010 at 9:52 am

Lover Avenged

By JR Ward

April 2009

Rehvenge is used to living in the shadows and dealing with the roughest night walkers around-including the Black Dagger Brotherhood. As his secret identity as a sympath is threatened, he turns to the only light in his ever darkening world- a female vampire untouched by corruption, who’s the only thing standing between him and eternal damnation.

Normally a book would take me a day or too, if its really long. I am talking a super novel. But an average novel takes me less then a day.

This book took me from the day it was released until tonight, March 20, 2010 to read the entire thing. Yea that is like 6 months or so. I was rather disappointed the first time I tried to read it I was looking for something completely different. Last night I promised myself I as going to finish it if it killed me. And it almost did. I head hurts and my eye burn but damn it its done. And after going back through it and rereading some chapters and pretty much the begining again I have to say it was a whole lota book. We have plots and subplots, angles from everywhere and bad guy good guy reversal and the dead being brought to life. Old characters that we missed are making an appearance. And it just wasn’t about two people trying to find their love through horrible times, it was the onging saga of the Brotherhood, and now the Sympaths. The family is getting bigger.

The thing I find that I liked about this book, is that it felt like I was on a rollercoaster from hell. I was pissed off, hungry for more and tearing up at the same time. Yeah that is a lot to pack into a book.

Now I have to let you know I bought this book as a HC and I think for the price I paid for it I believe it justified the expense. There was love, anger, jealousy, betrayal, anguish and distrust. And it  was great.

I recommend this book in paperback, the hardback is huge and made it diffcult to sit and read. If you have an ereader that is better. Either way read it.

I am going to be giving away a copy of Covet to a lucky commentor. So tell me what your favorite Book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood is, or your favorite Brother.

I will be posting spoilers on another post, because I have questions that didnt get answered. LOL

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Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione, giveaway

In contests, Larissa Ione on March 23, 2010 at 9:32 am

Well the week so far has been a tough one, and I for one want to make someone else happy with me. So I am giving away a copy of Ecstasy Unveiled today and tomorrowI will be giving away a copy of Pleasure of a Dark Prince. The only thing you have to do is comment and tell me who your favorite actor is. My favorite right now is Gerard Butler and Taye Diggs. I really think together they could seriously do me some damage but its nice to want right. LOL

Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione

A DEMON ENSLAVED

Lore is a Seminus half-breed demon who has been forced to act as his dark master’s assassin. Now to earn his freedom and save his sister’s life, he must complete one last kill. Powerful and ruthless, he’ll stop at nothing to carry out this deadly mission.

AN ANGEL TEMPTED

Idess is an earthbound angel with a wild side, sworn to protect the human Lore is targeting. She’s determined to thwart her wickedly handsome adversary by any means necessary-even if that means risking her vow of eternal chastity. But what begins as a simple seduction soon turns into a passion that leaves both angel and demon craving complete surrender.
Torn between duty and desire, Lore and Idess must join forces as they battle their attraction for each other. Because an enemy from the past is rising again-one hellbent on vengeance and unthinkable destruction.

Okay so this happened today and I am upset

In General on March 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I sent out a mass email today, figuring that since I see most other people on the loops I am in do it why not try it to. I thought to myself I could get a few  more lurkers that would be great. Right…

…Wrong! Evidently those authors or at least on got a little prissy. I can understand the “my loop my rules” thing, I get it I respect that. But what I don’t understand is the public humiliation this person did. If I did something no so great then call me on it in a private setting. I will be very apologetic and most likely won”t harbor ill-will against you and your group. But no it didn’t happen that way.

First, I get a email telling me not to do it again.

Rayna,

This is my reader loop, in the future do not send out mass promotion emails to it unless you speak with me or one of my mods first.

Thank you,
persons name

Okay I am fine with that. Then she blasts me on her loop, threatening banishment and the like. WTF!!!

Folks – Just an FYI though I imagine most of you know this – it’s very very bad manners to send out mass spam emails to a bunch of author loops without speaking to the loop owners or moderators first.

I love it when other books and authors get discussed here. I don’t have a problem with other authors participating and speaking about their books here – in fact many of you guys are authors I read too.

I DO have a problem with a mass mailed email sent to my loop along with thirty others promoting someone else’s schedule without getting an okay first. Please don’t. If it happens more than once, I will have no choice but to ban you.

Thanks,
persons name

I used to really like the author, I used to respect the author, I used to review that persons shit. As of now I will not ever touch one of this persons books, postcards, promo items or anything that this person sends me EVER.I left the group shortly afterwards. And I am sitting her on the verge of tears because that has never happened to me before. I didn’t think people were that rude and hurtful.

This is and probably is a knee jerk reaction to having been humiliated and my feelings hurt in stereo. But hey, there are plenty of new and unread out there that I can fall in love with their stories.

So tell me, was I wrong to be upset and hurt.

Update so now I am getting more hate mail from her. WTF!

Rayna,

If you want to be in this business for a long time, it’s important to show respect to others. Your behavior in sending a mass promotional email to several groups, including mine, which you DON’T participate in is rude. Plain and simple. That you’d have the audacity to respond back the way you did in public when I did in fact email you directly is even more rude.  You spammed MY group, a group of readers who did not join to see your promo when you haven’t shown a bit of interest in them except when you want them to buy books.

This is a disastrous and ineffective way to promote yourself. Moreover, your attitude and rudeness when YOU are in the wrong stuns me. I don’t know you, you’re not a regular on my group and you have no right to treat my readers with such disrespect.

Graciousness in this business will take you far. Rudeness, not so much.  Try common sense, it will serve you well.

persons name

Would you like to explain the email you sent to the group that my moderators had to delete from the GROUP moderated messages:
My reply to her email:
(Person)I do apologize for this, though I would appreciate it
if you had a problem with me please just email me. I think
the public blast was a little harsh. Don’t worry about me
sending anymore emails being that was my first and only time
I have done something like that…But it doesn’t matter this
is your group. You can run it however you want. Just for
future disagreements though just remember praise in public
chastise in private. Saves embarrasment all around. And you
won’t lose readers with that kind of respect.
This is what she says:
This was not only to the group, but it was rude and presumptuous of you. I’m not embarrassed by what you did at all. Though your reaction is unfortunate. I did not name names, I only spoke to general rules of courtesy when authors are on other author loops. I’m sure 99% of the people on the loop understood that fact, which is why I rarely have to say anything like that.

People make mistakes all the time. That’s why people say, “I apologize for breaking the rules of your loop” and end the email  instead of lecturing me on how your rudeness was somehow acceptable. I’m not worried about losing readers, I do pretty well by not spamming them and by respecting the loops of my fellow authors, who have been very supportive of me in the past and continue to be because community is very important.

You have no leg to stand on  much less a platform to lecture me about bad behavior – you are in the wrong. Your promotional efforts are spam and ineffective and had you used courtesy, I’d have been happy to have you discuss your work on my loop with my readers (as I do with many other authors). Instead, you sent out a mass email spam to several author loops, mine included and I received FIVE different complaints from readers in the short time your spam was visible on my loop. THAT is the sort of thing that loses readers.

She says I defamed her in public. I have no clue what she is talking about.  I emailed her back when she sent me that second message and the first message I didn’t get untill now. What is the problem with people? Do they need a reason to fight? I really don’t care anymore. I apologize to all the groups I spammed and no one has said anything else.  She is the only one BITCHIN still. GoD I am so mad I could really hurt some one.

I had better just calm down before I have a stroke. If she wants 15 mins of fame blasting me fine I don’t care. I have had worst in my military years and as a gov’t contractor. Bring It!!!

5 Minutes with Leanne Renee Hieber

In 5 Minutes, Historical on March 22, 2010 at 6:58 am

“5 Minutes with…” is a section of the blog that is a a set of questions that are pretty much the same give or take a few. That are meant for us to get to know our favorite authors a little bit more. Some are funny, some have nothing to do with their books; while others hopefully get to the “nitty-gritty” of what the author is thinking. Now let’s give her a Naughty Chick welcome.

Bio:

Award winning and bestselling author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio inventing ghost stories. Graduating with a BFA in Theatre, a focus in the Victorian Era and a scholarship to London set the course for her Strangely Beautiful series. While performing in professional regional theatre, she adapted works of 19th century literature for the stage and one-act plays such as “Favorite Lady” gained national recognition and continue to be produced around the country.

She hit the fantasy fiction scene with her novella “Dark Nest” which won the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker is the first in her Strangely Beautiful series of ghostly, Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels (Dorchester Publishing) and landed on Barnes & Noble’s mass market and overall Bestseller List. The book was named one of the Top Ten Books of 2009 by Beyond Her Book Publishers Weekly Reader’s Choice Poll and listed as a favourite book of the year on numerous book review blogs.

5 Minutes with the Leanne

What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!)

The next in the Strangely Beautiful series!  The sequel to The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker will release on April 27th; The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker (Strangely Beautiful #2) and a holiday novella (Strangely Beautiful #2.5) will release this October.  I’m very excited.  I’m currently working on Strangely Beautiful #3, a prequel, as well as a sequel to my 2009 Prism Award winning novella Dark Nest.

If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be?  And why?

Miss Percy Parker. Because she gets Professor Rychman.  *swoon*

Who or what influences you when you write?

19th Century Gothic Novels, Ghost stories, Mythology, Fantasy novels, 19th Century romances.  Alan Rickman.

When you have writer’s block how do you break free?

Take showers.  When I’m on deadline I’m really clean.

Who is your perfect hero?  And why?

An intense, stoic, brooding, intelligent, perhaps repressed, powerful, confident hero who is noble, just, loyal and a gentleman.  A man capable of love but who has had to deny it all his life for whatever reason.  My perfect hero is a cross between Mr. Darcy, Severus Snape, Rochester, Colonel Brandon, and John Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskill’s North and South.  Add those together and you get Professor Rychman, hero of my Strangely Beautiful series.

What do you do for inspiration?

Heat up a cup of clove tea (Professor Rychman’s favourite), light candles, light my stained glass lamps, put on classical music and start daydreaming.

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?

The Strangely Beautiful series has Young Adult cross-over appeal, and I’d like to do a more specifically targeted YA series.

What kind of research do you do for your books?  Do you enjoy the research process?

In college I focused in theatre and the Victorian Era, have adapted 19th century literature for the professional stage, and went on scholarship to London. All of these things were wonderful blessings and really helped give me a grounding in the era.  I love reading 19th Century literature (the best research of all) and wearing period clothes.  But my very favourite aspect of the Strangely Beautiful process was researching the ghosts.  Save for the spectres of my made-up Athens Academy, all my ghosts haunting London streets are real, documented London haunts.  If you’re curious, visit my archive of the Haunted London Blog Tour on my website and follow along when I do it again in April for the Darkly Luminous release.  Book giveaways and ghost stories!  Stay tuned via my website (www.leannareneehieber.com) Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/sbsfan and Twitter: www.twitter.com/leannarenee

What is your favorite movie of all time?  The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?

My favourite movie of all time is a tie between:  Sense and Sensibility and The Muppet Christmas Carol.  My favourite moments:  In Sense and Sensibility, the moment when Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman) says outside of Marianne’s sick-room “Give me an occupation or I shall run mad.”  In The Muppet Christmas Carol; when Scrooge gives the mice in the wall a chunk of cheese.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you? *mind you, you do have a strong hunky man to help you with things* *grins*

The Oxford English Dictionary – I love learning new words and the magnifying glass could be used to start fires.  The collected works of Charles Dickens and J.K. Rowling.  My computer (I could get a lot of writing done).  Unlimited access to BBC programming.

What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?

BBC programming. *grin*

What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?

The Victorian era.  Because I’m obsessed with it and it has driven me to write books about it since I was 12 years old (when I began my first novel, also set in 1888).  The aspects I utilize in the Strangely Beautiful series will tell you why; a haunting, romantic, difficult, charged, conflicted, beautiful, terrible, fascinating, atmospheric, sophisticated, brutal, dramatic time period.

Have you ever faked sick?

I’m an actress.  Of course.  I’ve faked dead too.  I’ve been known to make a pretty awesome vampire on stage. (Have professionally played both Mina and Lucy in Dracula.  To see a great, bloody Lucy photo, visit my author photo album on the Strangely Beautiful Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/sbsfan).

What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?

Definitely Miss Percy Parker’s passionate, poetic, energized nature is like mine.  And bits and pieces of the rest of me get scattered to my Ghostbusters, The Guard in the Strangely Beautiful series.

How much does reader response mean to you over your books?

I do truly want readers to love them as much as I’ve loved writing them.  While I have come to terms with the fact that you cannot please everyone, it means so very much to me when readers care for my characters as I do.

What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them?

With Miss Percy I’d like everyone to expand their ideas of beauty while being swept up into something magical and romantic.  I’d love for everyone to believe and cherish the idea that something unlikely, timid, quiet and kind could beautify, change and perhaps even save the world.  The words Strangely and Beautiful are two very important words to me.  Miss Percy is an outcast, looking like a ghost, seeing ghosts and visions, she’s been told she’s a freak all her life.  And yet she finds love, acceptance, strength and purpose and her light transforms those around her.  As I say in my novella Dark Nest, I’d like to remind everyone to “Choose joy”.

If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker. From when I first started this book ten years ago, Alexi has always been Alan Rickman in my mind.  If it were made today it would have to shift to a younger actor now, so I’d choose Richard Armitage (North & South) or having seen Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes I think he could be amazing.  As for the heroine, I’m honestly not sure.  As an actress, I suppose I always pictured myself playing her. *grin*
Who is your favorite author?

I cannot pick one, and so it is a tie between Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker (because of Dracula), J.K. Rowling, J.R.R Tolkien, Jane Austen, Victor Hugo, and Edgar Allan Poe.

What is the weirdest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

Getting the plot wrong.

What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

“Actor and playwright Hieber could not have picked a more accurate title for this suspenseful, otherworldly tale because it is, indeed, strange in its happenings and mood and beautiful in its romance and language…. Hieber has created a secretive, gothic, paranormal world as well as a character who will resonate with anyone who has found the beauty in being different. Happily, this is the first romance in Hieber’s Strangely Beautiful series.”
Booklist

The Latest Releases of Leanne:

DARK NEST – a futuristic fantasy with a psychic punch

Winner of the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in published works of Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance in the Novella Category

ISBN: 978-0-981601-5-1
Length: Novella, 107 pages
Publication Date: April 2008 – Crescent Moon Press

Chief Counsel Ariadne Corinth has just found out her long-time lover, the powerfully gifted Chief Counsel Kristov Haydn, has died. Newly evolved psychically gifted humans have been sent by the Homeworld on a space mission aboard two distinct “Nests”.  Relationships between the Light Nest and the Dark Nest have faltered and Ariadne is sure there’s something insidious behind it. In a matter of hours, Ariadne must find out what really happened to Kristov, unite her people to discover vast new powers the Homeworld denied them, or else submit to genocide.

THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER

ISBN 10: 08439-6296-8

ISBN 13: 978-08439-6296-3

Length: Novel (320 pages)

Publication Date: 8/25/09 from Leisure Books / Dorchester Publishing

What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Considering how few of Queen Victoria’s Londoners knew of it, the great Romanesque fortress was dreadfully imposing, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met the powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadow, the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard. She knew simply that she was different, haunted, with her snow-white hair, pearlescent skin and uncanny gifts. But this arched stone doorway offered a portal to a new life, an education far from the convent—and an invitation to an intimate yet dangerous dance at the threshold of life and death…

THE DARKLY LUMINOUS FIGHT FOR PERSEPHONE PARKER

ISBN 10:  0-8439-6297-6

ISBN 13:  978-0-8439-6297-0

Length: Novel (340 pages)

Publication Date: 4/27/10 from Leisure Books / Dorchester Publishing

Pre-Order from BARNES & NOBLE

With radiant, snow white skin and hair, Percy Parker was a beacon for Fate. True love had found her, in the tempestuous form of Professor Alexi Rychman. But her mythic destiny was not complete. Accompanying the ghosts with which she alone could converse, new and terrifying omens loomed. A war was coming, a desperate ploy of a spectral host. Victorian London would be overrun.  Yet, Percy kept faith. Within the mighty bastion of Athens Academy, alongside The Guard whose magic shielded mortals from the agents of the Underworld, she counted herself among friends. Wreathed in hallowed fire, they would stand together, no matter what dreams or nightmares—may come.

Read EXCERPTS

Pre-Order this book from Barnes & Noble

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Interview with Leanne Renee Hieber

In 5 Minutes, Historical on March 22, 2010 at 6:58 am

Bio:

Award winning and bestselling author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio inventing ghost stories. Graduating with a BFA in Theatre, a focus in the Victorian Era and a scholarship to London set the course for her Strangely Beautiful series. While performing in professional regional theatre, she adapted works of 19th century literature for the stage and one-act plays such as “Favorite Lady” gained national recognition and continue to be produced around the country.

She hit the fantasy fiction scene with her novella “Dark Nest” which won the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker is the first in her Strangely Beautiful series of ghostly, Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels (Dorchester Publishing) and landed on Barnes & Noble’s mass market and overall Bestseller List. The book was named one of the Top Ten Books of 2009 by Beyond Her Book Publishers Weekly Reader’s Choice Poll and listed as a favourite book of the year on numerous book review blogs.

5 Minutes with the Leanne

What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!)

The next in the Strangely Beautiful series!  The sequel to The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker will release on April 27th; The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker (Strangely Beautiful #2) and a holiday novella (Strangely Beautiful #2.5) will release this October.  I’m very excited.  I’m currently working on Strangely Beautiful #3, a prequel, as well as a sequel to my 2009 Prism Award winning novella Dark Nest.

If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be?  And why?

Miss Percy Parker. Because she gets Professor Rychman.  *swoon*

Who or what influences you when you write?

19th Century Gothic Novels, Ghost stories, Mythology, Fantasy novels, 19th Century romances.  Alan Rickman.

When you have writer’s block how do you break free?

Take showers.  When I’m on deadline I’m really clean.

 Who is your perfect hero?  And why?

An intense, stoic, brooding, intelligent, perhaps repressed, powerful, confident hero who is noble, just, loyal and a gentleman.  A man capable of love but who has had to deny it all his life for whatever reason.  My perfect hero is a cross between Mr. Darcy, Severus Snape, Rochester, Colonel Brandon, and John Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskill’s North and South.  Add those together and you get Professor Rychman, hero of my Strangely Beautiful series.

What do you do for inspiration?

Heat up a cup of clove tea (Professor Rychman’s favourite), light candles, light my stained glass lamps, put on classical music and start daydreaming.

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?

The Strangely Beautiful series has Young Adult cross-over appeal, and I’d like to do a more specifically targeted YA series.

What kind of research do you do for your books?  Do you enjoy the research process?

In college I focused in theatre and the Victorian Era, have adapted 19th century literature for the professional stage, and went on scholarship to London. All of these things were wonderful blessings and really helped give me a grounding in the era.  I love reading 19th Century literature (the best research of all) and wearing period clothes.  But my very favourite aspect of the Strangely Beautiful process was researching the ghosts.  Save for the spectres of my made-up Athens Academy, all my ghosts haunting London streets are real, documented London haunts.  If you’re curious, visit my archive of the Haunted London Blog Tour on my website and follow along when I do it again in April for the Darkly Luminous release.  Book giveaways and ghost stories!  Stay tuned via my website (www.leannareneehieber.com) Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/sbsfan and Twitter: www.twitter.com/leannarenee

 What is your favorite movie of all time?  The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?

My favourite movie of all time is a tie between:  Sense and Sensibility and The Muppet Christmas Carol.  My favourite moments:  In Sense and Sensibility, the moment when Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman) says outside of Marianne’s sick-room “Give me an occupation or I shall run mad.”  In The Muppet Christmas Carol; when Scrooge gives the mice in the wall a chunk of cheese.

 If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you? *mind you, you do have a strong hunky man to help you with things* *grins* 

The Oxford English Dictionary – I love learning new words and the magnifying glass could be used to start fires.  The collected works of Charles Dickens and J.K. Rowling.  My computer (I could get a lot of writing done).  Unlimited access to BBC programming.

What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?

BBC programming. *grin*

What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?

The Victorian era.  Because I’m obsessed with it and it has driven me to write books about it since I was 12 years old (when I began my first novel, also set in 1888).  The aspects I utilize in the Strangely Beautiful series will tell you why; a haunting, romantic, difficult, charged, conflicted, beautiful, terrible, fascinating, atmospheric, sophisticated, brutal, dramatic time period.

 Have you ever faked sick?

I’m an actress.  Of course.  I’ve faked dead too.  I’ve been known to make a pretty awesome vampire on stage. (Have professionally played both Mina and Lucy in Dracula.  To see a great, bloody Lucy photo, visit my author photo album on the Strangely Beautiful Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/sbsfan).

What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?

Definitely Miss Percy Parker’s passionate, poetic, energized nature is like mine.  And bits and pieces of the rest of me get scattered to my Ghostbusters, The Guard in the Strangely Beautiful series.

How much does reader response mean to you over your books?

I do truly want readers to love them as much as I’ve loved writing them.  While I have come to terms with the fact that you cannot please everyone, it means so very much to me when readers care for my characters as I do.

What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them?

With Miss Percy I’d like everyone to expand their ideas of beauty while being swept up into something magical and romantic.  I’d love for everyone to believe and cherish the idea that something unlikely, timid, quiet and kind could beautify, change and perhaps even save the world.  The words Strangely and Beautiful are two very important words to me.  Miss Percy is an outcast, looking like a ghost, seeing ghosts and visions, she’s been told she’s a freak all her life.  And yet she finds love, acceptance, strength and purpose and her light transforms those around her.  As I say in my novella Dark Nest, I’d like to remind everyone to “Choose joy”.

If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker. From when I first started this book ten years ago, Alexi has always been Alan Rickman in my mind.  If it were made today it would have to shift to a younger actor now, so I’d choose Richard Armitage (North & South) or having seen Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes I think he could be amazing.  As for the heroine, I’m honestly not sure.  As an actress, I suppose I always pictured myself playing her. *grin*
Who is your favorite author?

I cannot pick one, and so it is a tie between Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker (because of Dracula), J.K. Rowling, J.R.R Tolkien, Jane Austen, Victor Hugo, and Edgar Allan Poe.

What is the weirdest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

Getting the plot wrong.

What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

“Actor and playwright Hieber could not have picked a more accurate title for this suspenseful, otherworldly tale because it is, indeed, strange in its happenings and mood and beautiful in its romance and language…. Hieber has created a secretive, gothic, paranormal world as well as a character who will resonate with anyone who has found the beauty in being different. Happily, this is the first romance in Hieber’s Strangely Beautiful series.”
Booklist

 

The Latest Releases of Leanne:

DARK NEST – a futuristic fantasy with a psychic punch

Winner of the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in published works of Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance in the Novella Category

ISBN: 978-0-981601-5-1
Length: Novella, 107 pages
Publication Date: April 2008 – Crescent Moon Press

 Chief Counsel Ariadne Corinth has just found out her long-time lover, the powerfully gifted Chief Counsel Kristov Haydn, has died. Newly evolved psychically gifted humans have been sent by the Homeworld on a space mission aboard two distinct “Nests”.  Relationships between the Light Nest and the Dark Nest have faltered and Ariadne is sure there’s something insidious behind it. In a matter of hours, Ariadne must find out what really happened to Kristov, unite her people to discover vast new powers the Homeworld denied them, or else submit to genocide.

THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER

ISBN 10: 08439-6296-8

ISBN 13: 978-08439-6296-3

Length: Novel (320 pages)

Publication Date: 8/25/09 from Leisure Books / Dorchester Publishing

What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Considering how few of Queen Victoria’s Londoners knew of it, the great Romanesque fortress was dreadfully imposing, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met the powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadow, the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard. She knew simply that she was different, haunted, with her snow-white hair, pearlescent skin and uncanny gifts. But this arched stone doorway offered a portal to a new life, an education far from the convent—and an invitation to an intimate yet dangerous dance at the threshold of life and death…
 

THE DARKLY LUMINOUS FIGHT FOR PERSEPHONE PARKER

ISBN 10:  0-8439-6297-6

ISBN 13:  978-0-8439-6297-0

Length: Novel (340 pages)

Publication Date: 4/27/10 from Leisure Books / Dorchester Publishing

Pre-Order from BARNES & NOBLE

With radiant, snow white skin and hair, Percy Parker was a beacon for Fate. True love had found her, in the tempestuous form of Professor Alexi Rychman. But her mythic destiny was not complete. Accompanying the ghosts with which she alone could converse, new and terrifying omens loomed. A war was coming, a desperate ploy of a spectral host. Victorian London would be overrun.  Yet, Percy kept faith. Within the mighty bastion of Athens Academy, alongside The Guard whose magic shielded mortals from the agents of the Underworld, she counted herself among friends. Wreathed in hallowed fire, they would stand together, no matter what dreams or nightmares—may come. 

Read EXCERPTS

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5 Minutes with Maureen Fischer

In 5 Minutes on March 17, 2010 at 8:43 am

“5 Minutes with…” is a section of the blog that is a a set of questions that are pretty much the same give or take a few. That are meant for us to get to know our favorite authors a little bit more. Some are funny, some have nothing to do with their books; while others hopefully get to the “nitty-gritty” of what the author is thinking. Now let’s give her a Naughty Chick welcome.

What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!)

My second book, Fur Ball Fever, is best described as, “Best in Show (with steamy sex) shakes paws with Twelve Sharp.” An impetuous pet spa owner loses her client’s prize poodle. Too bad the mutt is a hot favorite for the upcoming Fur Ball contest. Sparks fly when a former flame, the hunkiest PI north of the Mason-Dixon line, collides with the sassy crusader. Throw in an aging hippie aunt, a renegade poodle, a hit man, and a dominatrix or two for an explosion of murder and mayhem, culminating a Fur Ball extravaganza the locals will never forget.

The sequel, Krisis at Kinki’$, features a workaholic MBA and her client, a playboy-turned night club owner who is dipping his pampered toe into the murky waters of running a fetish-club-turned-casino. The pair soon discovers they’re wrestling with more than disgruntled drag queens and crooked dealers. When vandalism at the club escalates into sabotage and attempted murder, what else is there for a girl to do, but pitch in and help find a killer amidst the leather-and-lycra set?

What is your favorite snack?

Do you mean the snack I eat most, or the one I like most? Constantly aware of my weight, my snacks generally consist of almonds or fruit. If I followed my urges, though, I would head for French fries, pizza, and, of course chocolate. You get the picture.

I have heard from numerous authors that chocolate is the staple of their diet. Is it in yours?

My name is Maureen, and I’m a chocoholic.

Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback?

I suspect they will, especially after the prices drop. I think younger readers will gravitate naturally to electronic readers. The older crowd (people like me) will probably stick to paperbacks, although there’s a lot of appeal to loading dozens of books onto a reader to take on vacation.

If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be?  And why?

I think I would like to be Grace Donnelley, the heroine of Fur Ball Fever, mainly because she’s lots of fun, with a quirky sense of humor and a heart of gold. Grace is spontaneous, competitive, and does not enjoy taking direction. The words, “You can’t do that” merely spur her on to prove she can, generally with disastrous consequences due to the fact that she never looks before she leaps.

Who or what influences you when you write?

I listen to yoga chants. Whenever I remember, before starting to write, I do some positive affirmations or meditate on tapping into the Infinite Spirit.

When you have writer’s block how do you break free?

For me, writer’s block generally means my subconscious is telling me something isn’t working. When this happens, I have to talk the problem through with someone. Anyone. My husband. My critique group. A friend. Sometimes, I just need to hear myself talk to discover the answer.

The other time I’m guaranteed to get writer’s block is at the beginning of every scene in the first draft. For that reason, I always work from a fairly detailed outline, so I’ve already done much of the thinking before I even start writing (purpose of scene, characters, location, protagonist’s GMC, etc.). Also, I never quit after I finish a scene. I go on to write the first couple of sentences of the next scene.

Something I haven’t tried yet, but intend to for a major re-write I’m doing, is to write through the block. That means putting down anything, uncensored, and as quickly as possible, while knowing that anything I write is a throwaway, but that it will point me in the direction I want to go.

Who is your perfect hero?  And why?

I love a charming hero with a quirky sense of humor and lots of other good stuff like loyalty, determination, courage, and persistence. Did I mention he has to be flat-out sexy? I guess that means I’m drawn primarily to beta males.

For me, the dark, brooding alpha males do little to make my heart pound harder. They have, in my opinion, way too many issues that, in real life, would lead to a co-dependent relationship, and take years of therapy to come to terms with.

What kind of research do you do for your books?  Do you enjoy the research process?

I do research on a ‘need to know’ basis, and only as much as required to make the story plausible and avoid factual mistakes. For The Jaguar Legacy, I interviewed an archaeologist who could give me enough details to create a realistic dig. I read a few books from the library and gathered plenty of information from the Internet. Best of all, I visited south-west Mexico, Oaxaca and the nearby ruins twice, gathering realistic details about the location. On our second trip, our guide was an Olmec expert, and he provided little details that bring the race to life in my book.

In my next book, Fur Ball Fever, my heroine tracks the bad guy to a fetish club. What to do, what to do? I wasn’t sure I had the guts to sign up for a local fetish club, so I did the next best thing–I attended Sexapalooza. A topless young lady, who galloped through the hall, clad in bridle, bit, mask, boots, G-string, and not much else gave me the inspiration for Rodeo Night at Leather Heaven.

Who would you want to be tied/handcuffed to for 24hours?

Stephen King, and no, it’s not about the sex. I would pick his brain about writing until he’d be willing to gnaw off his own hand to escape my questions.

What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?

If I’m totally drained, my husband gives me a back rub and head massage. If I’m not too tired, I love to get together with friends to chat and laugh. A meal in a restaurant is nice too, because then, I don’t have to cook.

What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?

Frankly, I have no desire to go back in time. Life was uncomfortable, dangerous, and often painful.

Have you ever faked sick?

Yes, at work, but seldom, not recently, and only if there was nothing pressing to do. I detest being bored.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Nope. I believe in lust at first sight. That first overpowering rush of endorphins, dopamine, oxytocin, and other euphoria-inducing brain chemicals inevitably fades, typically within 6 – 12 months. Few people can maintain that level of intensity over the long haul. And for the lucky ones, what remains after the hormones burn off is love. Love requires friendship, trust, communication, respect, and a whole lot of work–as well as physical intimacy.

What is your perfect pizza?

Pineapple, hot banana peppers, green olives, and load ’er up with cheese.

What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?

Charley Underwood, the heroine of The Jaguar Legacy. Here’s an excerpt from Charley’s character grid:

Charley is a complex and independent woman with a passion for life and an offbeat sense of humor. She has a tendency to be bossy, obstinate and opinionated, and likes to be in control of a situation. She is totally dependable, and intensely loyal. She is courageous and resolute. If she believes in a cause, nothing will stop her from doing what she feels is right. She is extremely well-organized (some call her anal). When uncomfortable, she falls back on smart-assed comments, witticisms, and humor.

Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out?

Is there any other way to go?

How much does reader response mean to you over your books?

Reader response is critical. It’s what sells books and brings readers back for more. I love hearing from readers. It makes me feel as if I touched her life through by writing.

If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?

I’d pick The Jaguar Legacy with Gerard Butler as my Scottish hunky hero.

Who is your favorite author?

I’m a huge fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Diana Gabaldon. Also Stephen King.

What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

“Thoroughly researched, highly entertaining and well written… An intricately woven tale of mystery, romance and the supernatural. Maureen Fisher has redefined paranormal romance, breathing life into magnificent characters and scenarios that demand to be applauded. THE JAGUAR LEGACY creates images of what could be and what could’ve been in the mind’s eye. Thoroughly researched, highly entertaining and well written, this one is DEFINITELY a keeper!_ — Euro Reviews

“… Outstanding and Powerful! The Jaguar Legacy by Maureen Fisher had me hooked from the first word to the last. Fisher has woven ancient mysteries, past lives, and pure evil, into a story that left me begging for more. These characters were so well-developed, the storyline so well-written, the setting so perfectly described, that I felt I knew these people and followed them along their journey into darkness. I eagerly await Maureen Fisher‘s next release.” — Cheryl Malandrinos, Reviewer for The Book Connection

Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are 2 things on it?

African safari, write a NYT Best Seller. The safari is doable, the other not exactly within my control.

What is your favorite color besides YELLOW?

Turquoise–that green-blue of the ocean on a sunny day.

Boxers or briefs?

Depends.

Red Pill or Blue Pill?

Blue.

5 Minutes with Charisma Knight

In 5 Minutes on March 17, 2010 at 8:13 am

5 Minutes with the Charisma Knight

Short Bio:

Charisma Knight has been intrigued with the world of vampires, reincarnation, castles and warriors since the age of thirteen, her lucky number! There is something deeply intriguing about diving into the deep dark fantasy world and relinquishing total control to an awesome creature of the night!

Free-spirited Charisma lives in the Maryland area, with her children. When not writing, she is just as big of a kid as her daughters. Favorite past times include bonding with her children, meditating, watching movies, working out, and listening to various types of music. Other passions include web design and massage therapy. Charisma believes in establishing and nurturing one’s dreams and desires to their highest potential.

What project are you currently working on?

I just started this WIP on the 24th of Feb. (C’mon, give us a hint!) Oh, alright. If you insist! Lol  It’s a contemporary piece called The Office Manager. Actually, I need to decide between that title or “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”. Both are befitting of the story. My heroine, Wanda Taylor, an office manager has the hots for one of her district managers from her office. Strong sexual tension has sizzled between them for two years, however, neither acted on their instincts. Finally, John Murphy makes his move on her and they start dating. Wanda  discovers he isn’t the person she thought him to be. One day, she has a rude awakening…..

What is your favorite snack? Sour cream & onion Utz potato chips with sour cream & onion dip.

I have heard from numerous authors that chocolate is the staple of their diet. Is it in yours? Yes, peanut butter cups!

Who or what influences you when you write? Music, old stories from my great aunts, along with some meditation. Some real life experiences.

When you have writer’s block how do you break free? Extensive Meditation

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet? Yes, Westerns and Sci Fi

What is your favorite movie of all time? That’s a tough one, because I have many movie favorites of all time. Okay, I’m going to go with Titanic.  I always get misty eyed at the end. Also, I get goose bumps when Rose dies in her sleep and her spirit returns to the wreck where her “true love” awaits her.

What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing? Tae-Bo & meditation & my daughters

Do you have a celebrity crush? Yes, Hugh Jackman.  ; )

Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one?  If not, then which one is closest to.

An Average Vampire and The Office Manager.

What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality? Wanda Taylor.

How much does reader response mean to you over your books?

Plenty.  I want to know what readers want and will strive to improve my writing.

What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them?

A brief moment away from the everyday hustle & bustle of life. Also, some of my WIPs are a little more reality based although paranormal is sprinkled within. The Office Manager has a message, beauty is only skin deep and should not be based on how a person looks. Usually, we lust after someone because they are handsome or beautiful. You don’t realize how much of an ass they can be until you have a rude awakening. I just started this story and would like readers to have something to look forward to.

What is your favorite color besides YELLOW? I love BLACK!!

Boxers or briefs? Briefs

Releases:

Soul Seduction

Eirelander Publishing

March 2010

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Patience is a virtue — especially if you’re waiting for your soul mate’s rebirth.

Vampire Angelus Cronen loved, lusted for and inevitably lost his true soul mate over two centuries ago. She was the beautiful slave, Vivienne, who set his body on fire and branded her name on his soul. He was told to have patience during the long years that separated him from her resurrection. His lust only grew to have her in his arms again. His dark soul’s deepest desire was to bring her spirit once more under his control.

First he has to conquer the dard side of his spirit, the beast within who can and will destroy his soul mate with the least provocation.

Seduction can lead him to a love meant to last eternity or force him to murder.

DayWalker

Sugar and Spice Publishing

March 2010

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Plagued by dreams of a bloodthirsty vampire, Egyptian daywalker Akaisha soon discovers the man to be as real as her father, the Pharaoh. Abducted from her home, Akaisha discovers she must quickly adapt to her new surroundings or suffer her demise.

Realizing the necessity of obtaining a special daywalker to protect his coven during daylight hours, Lord Daegan travels to ancient Egypt with the assistance of his magus, claiming Akaisha for his own.

When in proximity of Daegan, Akaisha causes him to develop emotions, eventually melting away years of darkness. With every meeting, Daegan senses a familiar presence the Egyptian daywalker exudes.

Forty years of deception lie within the walls of Castle Daegan. With Akaisha’s help, Daegan discovers hidden truths, reopening unsavory wounds deep within.

The Beast Within

Sugar and Spice Publishing

Feb 2010

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Diana Carrington is a hard working, independent, and outgoing business woman during the week. During the weekends she becomes the hunter, of men…On the prowl for some strange leads her to vampire, Julian Grey…Suddenly, Diana becomes the hunted.

From the moment he laid eyes on Diana in Club Tek Noir, vampire Julian Grey decided he had to possess her, even if for only one night. The first bite in the back of his SUV was the first step that would ultimately lower his defenses. The following weekend proved to be promising as the second bite escalated explosive passion and ancient carnal desires for both.

At first, Diana was just another conquest, until Julian sought out another as he always did. Strong emotions and desire bring Julian and Diana together, but can their relationship survive the menacing dark demon lurking beneath Julian’s human facade, and his betrayal?

Sara Taney Humphreys on the Musical Muse

In Guest Blogging on March 17, 2010 at 12:01 am

Musical Marketing Muse

Soundtracks for movies and television shows are standard. In fact, a really great movie or show is often instantly associated with kick ass music. Well thanks to my old college buddy and DJ John Campbell…I found the soundtrack for Book 2 in my shifter series.

Actually, I had been in a major writing rut. Completely blocked. Book 2, Amoveo Heart was not coming to me as easily as the first book did. At any rate, John wanted to interview me on his weekly radio show and had gotten some musicians who were willing to let me use their music as an intro for the interview. He sent me the links and the second song I listened to stopped me dead in my tracks. I couldn’t believe it. It was as though this song was written just for the heroine in Book 2. Amazing! The combination of the lyrics and her hauntingly beautiful voice were absolute perfection. I immediately contacted the artist and asked if I could use her song for Amoveo Heart’s book trailer. Gratefully both she and her record label said yes!

Then I had an idea to take it a step further. Luckily, she is located not far from me and as a new musician is looking for new opportunities for exposure. Why not have her play at my book launch/signing? Gratefully she agreed. Amy played at a couple of my book signing events and it really brought a great bit of texture to the signings.

The song that sparked my creative juices and woke up my muse is called “Honey on the Skin”. You can find Amy Petty and her spectacular music on her website http://www.amypetty.com/

John connected me with another awesome musical muse. The Strike Nineteens. TSN are a band of adorable guys from Scotland. Ladies…think William Wallace/Braveheart accent….yummy. Their music is gritty and intense. These darlings actually wrote me two songs! One of which will be on their new album “Screams for Denver” which will be released this Spring. I look forward to checking them out LIVE when they come to the USA later this year.

You can check out their music at http://www.myspace.com/thestrikenineteens

Cross marketing with music is fun and a little outside the box…just the way I like it.

Sara Taney Humphreys

http://sarataneyhumphreys.com

Current releases:

The Amoveo Legacy

ISBN: 9781554872770
Buy here

What if everything you knew turned out to be a lie? You find out that you aren’t even human—at least not entirely. What if, one day, you realize your world will never be the same again? These are the questions that Samantha Logan must face in “The Amoveo Legacy”. A dream on her thirtieth birthday compels her to leave her artists loft in New York City and move back to the beach with her Grandmother, Nonie. However, the instant Samantha steps foot on the salty shores of her childhood home, she realizes the landscape has changed.

The moment she encounters the mysterious, arrogant neighbor Malcolm Drew, her life is never the same. Through a seductive courtship, he introduces her to the magical mystical world of the Amoveo. The dream walking, telepathic, shape shifters that he claims are her true heritage. However, Malcolm holds back a secret that could destroy them both. Will he be able to protect Samantha and convince her of the secret legacy buried deep inside of her?

5 Minutes with David Lee Summers

In 5 Minutes, Sci Fi/ Fantasy on March 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm

5 Minutes with David Lee Summers

Bio:

David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers in Southern New Mexico. He is the author of five novels: The Pirates of Sufiro, Children of the Old Stars, Heirs of the New Earth, Vampires of the Scarlet Order, and The Solar Sea. David is also co-author, with Lee Clark Zumpe, of the book, Blood Sampler, from Sam’s Dot Publishing. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines as Realms of Fantasy, The Vampire’s Crypt, Aoife’s Kiss, The Fifth Di…, The Martian Wave, and Science Fiction Trails. He edits the science fiction and fantasy magazine, Tales of the Talisman and serves as a consultant for El Paso Community College’s literary magazine, Chrysalis. In addition to his work in the written word, David has also worked at numerous observatories around the southwestern United States. Currently he works for Kitt Peak National Observatory, outside of Tucson, Arizona.

What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!)

I’m currently working on a prequel to Vampires of the Scarlet Order called Dragon’s Fall. The current plan is that it will be released by Sinful Moments Press as a series of five novelettes in ebook format.  Once all five novelettes are released, a paperback book will be available.  It tells the story of Lord Draco and how he formed the Scarlet Order.

What is your favorite snack?

I love rich, chocolate brownies as a way to get myself ready to write, or as a reward for a good job writing.  While I’m writing, I tend to like salty snacks like cashews or corn chips with a good fiery salsa.

I have heard from numerous authors that chocolate is the staple of their diet. Is it in yours?

Absolutely!  Chocolate is definitely a staple of my diet.  I’m especially fond of dark chocolate.  In addition to sweets, I also enjoy a good molé sauce, which combines the comfort of chocolate with the spiciness of chile peppers.

Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback?

I don’t think electronic readers will completely replace paperbacks.  Nothing really compares to settling in with a good book and I think most people will still want to own paper copies of their favorite titles.  However, I think electronic readers play a very important role.  They let people discover new authors without spending a lot of money.  Also, you can now carry around whole libraries of books conveniently and easily in your electronic reader.  There’s no question that electronic readers are great, but I think people will continue to collect paperback books, particularly those by their favorite authors.

If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be?  And why?

I would pick Desmond, Lord Draco from Vampires of the Scarlet Order.  He’s immortal.  He’s traveled the world.  Although he is a vampire, he has a moral compass and strives to be more than a simple predator.  He also has a home and a library I would love to own.

Who or what influences you when you write?

The world and people around me influence me when I write.  A lot of writers dream of giving up their day job, but one of the great things about having a day job is that you can watch and interact with people.  Those interactions can be great fodder for stories.  Events from the news and from history often influence and inspire me.  Pictures from the Cassini mission to Saturn inspired much of my work on The Solar Sea.  Much of Vampires of the Scarlet Order took inspiration from my day-to-day life in Las Cruces and working at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.

When you have writer’s block how do you break free?

I usually find that if I can’t write, it’s because I haven’t fully envisioned a scene before I started to write it.  I find the best method of dealing with that is to step away from the keyboard and go take a walk, or maybe go do some simple chore around the house while I think about the scene a little more.  I ask myself what’s important to convey.  I picture the setting as completely as I can.  When I feel focused, I sit back down at the keyboard and give it another go.

Every now and then, even that won’t let me get to the heart of what I want to write.  If a scene isn’t coming together and I’m working on a novel, I’ve found the best thing is to skip ahead.  Often a later scene will fall into place just fine.  Sometimes when that later scene is done, I see how to connect the dots, so to speak, and I can find the words that will let me write that earlier scene.

Who is your perfect hero?  And why?

I think the perfect hero has to have a moral compass that steers him toward such core values as integrity, responsibility, loyalty and respect for others.  When put into a tough situation, he’ll do everything in his power to do the right thing.  That said, perfect people don’t always make great characters.  Even the best heroes get something wrong because of some emotional baggage they carry or because their own interests conflict with someone else’s.  I’ve written some short stories that feature a character named Ramon Morales and I really see him as the perfect hero for a story.  He tries to do the right thing, but the woman he loves comes from a different culture that he doesn’t completely understand.  The process of him coming to understand those cultural differences creates an interesting plot.  That’s also true with Desmond, Lord Draco in Dragon’s Fall, where I will explore his relationship with the vampire Alexandra.

What do you do for inspiration?

I often go for walks around my neighborhood.  That allows me to clear my thoughts and visualize scenes.  I also like to listen to music.  Sometimes lyrics inspire me, but generally I prefer listening to instrumental music and letting the melodies create a mood that will inspire a scene or a moment in a story.

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?

I would love to write a steampunk novel.  I think the genre is very exciting and rife with possibilities.  I really love the blend of action, romance and history  that you find in steampunk.  I’ve written some steampunk short stories and have drafted an outline for a novel.  That may well be my next project after I finish Dragon’s Fall.

What kind of research do you do for your books?  Do you enjoy the research process?

When I write something historical, I spend a lot of time at the library learning as much as I can about the period I’m writing about.  I pay a lot of attention to  the day-to-day lives of people.  What did people wear?  Where did they live?  What kinds of things were happening at that time period and how did they influence people.  I really do enjoy the research process and learning about people’s lives in other times.  One fringe benefit of this kind of research is that learning about people’s lives in the past can make it easier to write about possible futures.  You start to see things that people today have in common with people of the past.  You can use that information to build believable futures.

In addition to being a writer, I’m also a professional scientist.  Because of that, I also enjoy researching how things work.  When I wrote Vampires of the Scarlet Order, I researched anatomy so that I could create vampires that I would believe in.  When I wrote The Solar Sea, I researched the planets of our solar system and their moons so that I could present them as realistically as possible.  I hope to take my readers beyond willing suspension of disbelief to a place where they wonder if what I’m writing about really could be real.

What is your favorite movie of all time?  The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?

This is a tough question because I love a lot of different movies for different reasons, but the one that really works for me on all levels and affects me at the same spots each and every time is The Milagro Beanfield War. There’s a great blend of romance, politics and magical realism that really works for me and it feels very true to life in rural New Mexico.  The film also features absolutely gorgeous scenery.

Who would you want to be tied/handcuffed to for 24hours?

My wife would be my first choice.  She’s the person I most enjoy spending time with and that could be kind of fun.  If I was picking someone famous, I’d pick the actress Claudia Christian.  I enjoy her screen work a lot, she’s my age, and by all accounts is an enjoyable person to be around.

What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?

Sitting in a hot tub with a glass of red wine, looking up at a starlit sky.

What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?

I would have to pick Great Britain around 500 AD, the era of King Arthur.  I would love to see the truth behind Arthur, his romance with Gwinevere, Camelot, and the quest for the Holy Grail.  It was known as a time of relative peace in the British Islands.  It would be interesting to see what it was like for the average person and see how they perceived the events around them.

Have you ever faked sick?

I remember faking sick as a kid at least once to get out of going to school.  However, I’ve never faked sick as an adult.  Although I may get annoyed or frustrated with some things that go on around me, I enjoy life too much to try to get out of work or social invitations.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I think two people can be drawn to each other from the moment they first see one another.  That attraction is love, but it exists the same way the first sprout of a seed does.  The sprout won’t grow into a mature plant unless it’s nurtured and cared for.  That’s true with love, too.  Left alone, love at first sight will wither and vanish. It must be nurtured so it can reach its full potential.

What is your perfect pizza?

Pepperoni, sausage and New Mexico green chile peppers.  I’m a sucker for good Italian meat, but the chile peppers just add that zing that makes a pizza perfect in my opinion.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

I don’t think I would change my name even if I could.  I’ve grown into David Lee Summers and it’s hard to imagine myself with a different name.

Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one?  If not, then which one is closest to.

Vampires of the Scarlet Order and The Solar Sea are my two favorites for very different reasons.  I love the romance, action and history in Vampires of the Scarlet Order. It’s a fun adventure that borders on the outrageous for adults.  I also love the adventure and the optimism of The Solar Sea.  That book is written for the young and the young-at-heart who look to the stars and dream of possible futures.

What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?

Daniel from Vampires of the Scarlet Order is probably the closest to my personality.  Like me, he’s an astronomer who is fascinated by the world around him.  He’s fairly quiet and owns a big American car.  Also like me, he’s attracted to strong women.

Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out?

I think I’m always a little nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out.  I want my readers to enjoy what I’ve written and I hope that I’ve fulfilled or exceeded their expectations.

How much does reader response mean to you over your books?

Reader response is tremendously important to me.  I love to know what the readers think about my books, good and bad.  Nothing thrills me more than getting a note from someone who enjoyed one of the books, asking if there will be a sequel.  That tells me that the reader really cared about the characters and the situations and would like to see more.

What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them?

First and foremost, I hope I give my readers a wonderful thrill ride.  Along the way, I hope they meet characters they like and come away seeing the world in a little different light than they did when they started the book.

If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?

I would love to see a movie of Vampires of the Scarlet Order.  If I could go back in time to the 50s, I would love to see Christopher Lee as Draco, Pedro Infante as Rudolfo, Lauren Bacall as Jane and Vivien Leigh as Marcella.  Using a contemporary cast, I think the characters would have a different spin.  I could see Johnny Depp as Draco, Benicio Del Toro as Rudolfo, Angelina Jolie as Jane, and Rachel McAdams as Marcella,

Who is your favorite author?

My all-time favorite author is Ray Bradbury.  His work really transcends genre.  His stories run the gamut from sweet and romantic to optimistic to truly frightening.  Few people use language as well as Bradbury.  I enjoy his poetry, short stories and novels.  I’m never disappointed when I read his work.

What is the weirdest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

I think the weirdest review of one of my books was written by a pseudonymous author who lambasted The Pirates of Sufiro based entirely on the first three pages of the novel.  In short, the reviewer was incensed that the novel was not serious science fiction.  Well, I could have told him that.  It’s meant to be lighthearted space opera.

What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

“If you like vampire stories, this may be the best seven dollars you can spend.”  That was written by Chris Paige about the book Blood Sampler that I co-authored with Lee Clark Zumpe.  The book is a collection of our vampire flash fiction.  Many of my stories from the book were further developed into scenes and chapters in Vampires of the Scarlet Order.

What is your favorite color besides YELLOW?

Over the years I’ve grown very fond of red, the color of passion of warmth.

Boxers or briefs?

Boxers for comfort.  Briefs when I want to look my best!

I want to thank David for taking the time out to do an interview with us. I really appreciate it. And I hope you will too. David work can be found at Amazon, Fictionwise and LBF Books. His website is www.davidleesummers.com and his blog is http://davidleesummers.wordpress.com/ .Thank you.

Slacking me…yeah I am.

In General on March 14, 2010 at 9:12 am

Hello again Naughty Chicks and Devious Dudes,

I come to you humbled and broken. I have a bad case of carpal tunnel on my dominant wrist. Yes I am an invalid for at least a month. So please bare with me while I re-arrange the schedule to accommodate my slowness at typing. What is going to change you ask. Well I am going to put out an update on the blog once ever two weeks. The contests winners will be posted there and freebie books and swag will be posted there.

Also, interviews will be once a week now  and giveaways posted once a week put all will be ending at the end of the month. The birthday book giveaway is going away, not to many people were interested in that and reviews will be posted up once a day of various books I have read. I am still working on a rating system but its not really perfected right now but its getting there.

Brand new pages listing is the Reader Conference page its an ongoing listing of the conventions and cool author stuff going on for us readers, check it out. If you know of some not there email me and I will update it. Ya’ll know my email address its rayna (at) naughtyeditions.com

So to recap, no more birthday book; once a week interviews; all giveaways will end at the end of the month they are in, regardless when they started; new rating system is still in the works; and new page of readers conferences. So thanks again for baring with me.

BTW I need a right hand woman or man, that can take over in the event that I am incapacitated. Nope its not paid but you will get the prestige of being an admin of a blog. Must have some blogging experience and love to read books. (international is okay as long as the language is the same and can read eBooks instead of the actual book, cheaper to send eBooks.) Email me at the above email address.