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5 Minutes with Sommer Marsden And Contest

In 5 Minutes, contests, Sommer Marsden on November 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Sommer Marsden“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 some new to you/me 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. And as with all of our 5 minutes we have a contest to honor our writers. Stay tuned at the end to find out how to enter. Now let’s give a Naughty Chick welcome to Sommer.  And as always there is a free book giveaway at the end of this interview.

  • Who would you want to be tied to for 24hours?

My man. Oh sure we’d fight. But we’d laugh our butts off too.

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

Sit on the sofa, drinking wine with the man, watching something really good (or really cheesy) on TV.

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

The 20’s. Because I think I’d really like to dress like a flapper 😉

  • Have you ever faked sick?

NO…no, never. {ahem. Yes. Often.}

  • Do you believe in love at first sight?

125%

  • What is your perfect pizza?

Udi’s Gluten Free crust toasted with olive oil, then add thinly slice fresh tomatoes, Italian seasoning, Provolone Cheese, rebake and devour.

  • Do you have a celebrity crush?

Hmm. Too many to mention. But Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are right up there. Along with every other lucid woman in the world. 😉

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

Sommer Marsden. Because I answer to that more often than my given name.

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

It’s really hard to narrow down so I’ll just say that when I’m feeling blue or in need of a pick me up, I often grab Anne George’s the Southern Sisters Mysteries. It’s like putting on really soft socks and a big fuzzy sweatshirt.

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

Ruby in BIG BAD.

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

Nervous, no. Terrified, absolutely.

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

I try to not let it mean too much—but it does mean a great deal, if I’m honest. They are my audience, it would be insane not to care.

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

Great entertainment, maybe some good ‘alone time’ with their significant other and always a good laugh or ten.

  • 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?

BIG BAD but I have no idea for casting. My people are usually entirely created in my mind or they’re based to a degree no real people, not stars. I’d love to see who readers would cast to be honest!

  • Who is your favorite author?

A tie between Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk and recently Glen Duncan.

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

That my werewolves did not behave in accordance with real werewolves. I had to read that several times before I understood what she meant. I wrote ‘em wrong…lol.

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

Any time a reviewer who lives a lifestyle I’ve written about says I really ‘get it’ and portray it honestly, I am humbled. I had a review for Learning To Drown like that and I wanted to print it out and carry it around.

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

Learn to dice an onion properly and reclimb the steps at a Lighthouse I had to leave (I’m afraid of heights). I want to make it to the top this time.

  • What is your favorite color besides YELLOW? I know everyone love yellow.

Purple

  • Boxers or briefs?

Boxers

  • Red Pill or Blue Pill?

Red Pill

Thank you Sommer for coming and being with us today. Sommer can be found at her blog .

BIG BAD new from Excessica
Automagically from Ellora’s Cave
Gritty: Rough Erotic Fiction NEW from December Ink

Lunatic Fringe NEW from Resplendence Publishing

Coming December 2011 The Best of Sommer Marsden from Xcite

Contest Details:

First, spread the word and second, comment. But I will tell you, A:  We ask that comments be respectful and not hateful.  B:  And absolutely no spamming your own stuff on someone else’s post. I hate that and you would too if it was your post.  If you want to have some time with us on a post or a guest blog contact us via email not on a post.  Contest Ends Contest ends November 15 2011 at 11:59 EST. Now there are three ways to enter in to the contest:

1. Comment. If you comment you get 1 entries.
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2. Add us to your Facebook , Twitter or your own blog if you have one, and re-tweet and/or re-post will be eligible for the drawing.
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3. Everyone must answer the question; “What is your best or worst birthday memory?” post it in comments here and viola your entered.

You can get extra points by following us on facebook or twitter. Just tell me in the entry post and you will recieve the extra points.

As with all our 5 Minute spots, they run for a week, but this contest ends November 15 2011 at 11:59 EST, actually. Don’t forget to signup for our newsletter to see if you won.  Good Luck!

Winners will be posted here co check back.

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5 Minutes with Kiki Howell

In 5 Minutes, Kiki Howell, Paranormal Romance on October 22, 2011 at 1:19 am

Bio:

Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.

 

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

I went to Salem, MA this summer, and I am writing the first novel in a series based on some things that I stumbled upon there. Only the first book in the series will be in Salem, but the idea for the entire series was inspired there.

What is your favorite snack?

Depends on whether I am being good or bad. Bad – a mocha and a buttermilk donut / Good – citrus & berry smoothie

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

Absolutely, not only for energy, but also emotional eating purposes. Then, of course, there is just the ‘yum’ factor. I take it in all forms: cakes, candy bars, ice cream, puddings, and coffee! I even frost pumpkin muffins with Chocolate frosting and put mini chocolate chips in my banana bread.  Oh, and then there is steak chili with chocolate in it…it never ends…

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

I can’t imagine that it would ever feel the same to cuddle up with a Kindle in bed. I want the feel and the smell of a paperback in my hands. I do like the convenience of electronic readers though.

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

I read books. I read just about anything that catches my eye, non-fiction or fiction. Of course I am always reading! Currently, inspiration is coming from “The Cauldron of Memory,” a non-fiction book by Raven Grimassi.

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?

Oh, Practical Magic!  But, oddly, Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightly comes in a strong second. Guess that is why I have now written a few Regency-set paranormals.

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

Regency England. I can’t imagine a more ‘magical’ time or more gorgeous dresses. Of course, I want to be part of the ton, their privileged upper class.

Have you ever faked sick? Has anyone not?

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

Abigail, so I could be called Abby. I write under a pen name, and my real name no one could pronounce when I was growing up. I always wanted to be Abby with red hair to match my green eyes and freckles – oh, wait you just asked for a name!

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

This could change by day, mood…but right now, I am very excited about and proud of my coming Jan. 2011 novel, Torn Asunder. It is one with a mix of Historical (Regency), Paranormal, and Erotic Romance genres. Fraught with scenes of explicit intimacy, romantic spells and mystical shapeshifting, Torn Asunder is a unique blending of the age of manners with sexual magic. On top of that, one of my favorite authors, NY Times Bestselling Author, Hannah Howell, has given me a cover quote for the novel. Still pinching myself to see if I am awake on that one.

Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out? Every time! It is a worry of having someone buy your book and then letting them down. I tell myself that is insane since everyone has such different tastes, but I still think it.

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

I write in hopes I will give another a change to escape the real world for a time, so it means a lot.

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?

A Modern Day Witch Hunt. I think the books has lots of action scenes, and would give a film maker lots of opportunities for great special effects. You know, as far as casting though, both characters need the toughness and the chemistry of Josh Holloway (Sawyer) and Evangeline Lilly (Kate) from the LOST TV show. Think we can talk Evangeline into red hair?

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

I think this review for A Modern Day Witch Hunt called my book a bit weird, but I think she liked it.
This was definitely a different rendering of a witch hunt and I have to say that what was certainly hot sex in the story was perpetrated for the most unique reason ever given. But I must say that the ending is perhaps the most intriguing one there has been given to a tale that doesn’t seem open to a sequel. Although just the tiniest bit convoluted in it’s premise and perhaps a wee bit confusing if you don’t read it slowly, it is nonetheless one of the most unusual reads I’ve had in a while.” ~Review by WitchGiggles at Alternative-Reads

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

You know, I have gotten my best reviews for Rituals. But, I just love the way this reviewer described my writing in The Healing Spell.
“Kiki’s use of words and descriptions is indescribable and weaves a kind of magic around the reader.” –Review by Melissa at ParaNormal Romance Reviews

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

I guess I do, although I have never written it down. My husband is a singer/songwriter, and in July my novella, The Sorcerer’s Songs, released in which I used his songs to drive the plot. I would like to see that story made into a movie with his CD as the soundtrack. And, then we could travel to places like Alaska and Ireland with the money from it.

What is your favorite color besides YELLOW?

I know everyone love yellow. Everyone makes fun of me, but I love all versions of off-white or cream. It has something to do with my obsession with lace.

Boxers or briefs? Comando!

Red Pill or Blue Pill? Purple Pill! I am just no good with either/or decisions! I can’t even pick a restaurant. LOL

You can find Kiki at:

Blog http://authorsbyauthors.blogspot.com

FaceBook http://www.facebook.com/kikihowell

Twitter http://twitter.com/KikiHowell

5 Minutes with Madelle Morgan

In 5 Minutes, Madelle Morgan, Romantic Suspense on May 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Interview with Madelle Morgan, Romanic Suspense Author

Biography

Madelle began her engineering career in the early 80s in Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Her job took her to most of the tiny communities speckled across the vast Arctic. After the birth of her son and one-too-many close calls in a small plane, she decided a regular job south of the 60th parallel would be prudent. However, she vowed to write a romance one day that captured the northerners’ heroic and adventurous spirit and her deep love of the north.

When not at her day job as a senior engineer and manager with the federal public service, Madelle hangs out with her husband and three cats and writes. She completed four manuscripts and won or placed in several contests prior to publication. Her work in progress, For Love and Money, is about an engraver of U.S. currency who is forced to hide out under the protection of a damaged ex-military body guard while she waits to testify against a counterfeiting ring.

5 Minutes with the author Madelle Morgan

Rayna: What project are you currently working on?

A free short story, The Next Big Thing, will soon be available on the Cerridwen Press web site.  I really had fun with it. I have an engineering background and I thought “What if a brilliant geek invented a very special sex toy but needed Angela, the heroine, to help assemble the financing to bring it to market.  And test it, of course! Angela’s sister Sophie and cousin Lucy are secondary characters, and their turn to find love is planned for full length novels.

My work-in-progress, For Love and Money, is another romantic suspense and tells Sophie’s story. Sophie is a spoiled socialite whose day job is an engraver of U.S. currency. After she agrees to testify against counterfeiters, her life is threatened. A hunky ex-military body guard whisks her to a remote island off the coast of Maine where, out of her element, Sophie discovers herself, the real man beneath the macho façade, and how to love.

Next, Lucy must decide whether to break her own code of honor for the sake of love. It’s not yet decided if Lucy will be a gemologist or in the perfume business.  I’d love readers’ feedback on their preference. You may have noticed the theme running through my books: diamonds (in my debut novel, Diamond Lust), money, gems, perfume…

Rayna: What influences you when you write?

I’m insatiably curious. When dreaming up a book, one question I ask myself is: “The plot has likely been done before, so how can I put a twist on it to delight the reader?” The late author Dick Francis is my inspiration. Many of his heros had very cool jobs: toymaker, photographer, artist, etc. I love to read time travel, sci fi, and fantasy, but our own planet and era is a rich and wonderful place. I try to provide a glimpse into aspects of our contemporary world that are fresh, entertaining and maybe even useful. In my research I collect fascinating tid-bits that I can weave into the story. I’m hoping hundreds (okay, thousands) of readers also wish to learn more about how diamonds are produced, or how money and perfume are made.

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

I hope readers will come away very happy they spent a few hours of precious leisure time reading that particular book. Making someone’s day a little better would be immensely satisfying.

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

Diamond Lust is a romantic suspense, but my three unpublished manuscripts are straight contemporary romances.  The perfume book was initially conceived as a light, fun romance. It’s all up to Lucy and my readers. I’m waiting to hear what they say.

Rayna: If you could make a movie of your book, who would you cast as the h/h?

Funny you should ask, but Marie Lilly, an Ottawa-based screenwriter, is developing a screenplay based on Diamond Lust. The producers to whom she’s pitched it insist that it be converted into an action-adventure – a “Die Hard North” type of film – to appeal to the male half of the population.

As the undercover cop/pilot hero I would cast Kiefer Sutherland. He’s got that no-nonsense edge, but underneath he’s gotta be a sweetheart; he’s Canadian, after all. For the heroine I’d cast Sarah Michelle Gellar with dyed auburn hair.  As Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah was deceptively soft and beautiful on the outside, kick-ass personality on the inside, just like my geologist heroine Petra.

You can find Madelle Morgan at Cerridwen Press or on her web site. Her debut novel Diamond Lust was released in February.

www.cerridwenpress.com www.madellemorgan.com

 

Diamonds and death—a combination Petra Paris never expected in her quest to exonerate her father of fraud charges. Petra is a headstrong geologist assigned to a Canadian diamond mine that is accessible only by plane. But the beautiful diamond hunter becomes the hunted. Unwittingly she has landed in a nest of smugglers who are becoming increasingly desperate to escape with millions in uncut stolen diamonds. She’s in their way.

Seth, a cop with the RCMP Diamond Protection Unit undercover as a pilot, has wangled his way into the mine complex by posing as Petra’s boyfriend. She agrees to share a bedroom as long as he in turn protects her while she collects proof of her father’s innocence. That means working around the clock to meet the deadline. To her frustration, there’s almost no time for another type of exploration, that of the cop’s rock-hard body.

But murder changes everything. The remote mine complex becomes a death trap, and lust on many levels threatens to consume them all.

 

5 Minutes with Michelle Picard

In 5 Minutes, Michelle Picard on May 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Bio:

Ever since Michelle was a young girl and her fifth grade teacher read the class Peter S. Beagle’s novel THE LAST UNICORN, Michelle has been fascinated with all things magical, mysterious and otherworldly. Michelle wrote her first tragic fantasy novella in middle school, recruiting art-minded friends to draw pictures of the fantastical universes she had created.

Taking the road frequently traveled (not quite as romantic as the less traveled variety), and getting a BA in political science and a Masters in social work, Michelle settled in New England. Along the way she collected a husband, two sons and two cats.

Finally, Michele grabbed the proverbial bull by its spiky protrusions and pursued her passion. She now writes fantasy and urban fantasy, and admits to a fascination with gateways and portals, which seem to crop up in any story she writes.

5 Minutes Michelle Picard

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

I’m playing with the outline of my third in the Eden series novels. It is tentatively called Recasting Eden. I can’t decide if the opener involves the magic-filled heroine running through Garden of Eden chasing an escaped prisoner who nullifies magic or the heroine dreaming about climbing a gigantic twisting DNA strand (a la Jack in the Beanstalk).

Rayna:   What is your favorite snack?

I had a really weird run of time where I almost exclusively craved chevre cheese and sun dried tomatoes on petit points. Weird. And way too salty to keep up for long. Now I’d say my biggest snack (read “bad for you food”) are chocolate frappes. If you’re not from New England, a frappe is a milk shake. But in New England if you order a milk shake you get shaken milk. Not even close to as good.

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

I can’t decide if it is a good thing that my chocolate craving has reduced as I’ve aged. Somehow I’m mourning this fact. So, no, it is no longer a staple, though I still do have my moments. See above response about chocolate frappes.

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

Most folks say no. Book lovers, at heart, adore the feel of real books. But since my first e-reader has just arrived in the mail and I saw some sales figures for publishing reflecting an explosion of e books and a downturn in percentage of sales for paperback fiction, I will forge the way and say I do believe something radical could happen in the future. Never second-guess the effects technology makes on our world.

Rayna:   Who or what influences you when you write?

My muse. Although I think she gets spiteful when I don’t eat right or get enough exercise after a while. My brain gets cloudier and she doesn’t show up as often.

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

I’d love to write a sci-fi romance. I’m working up the nerve. Fantasy flows naturally for me, but I’m intimidated by getting the balance of world building just right for a sci-fi story.

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

I do web research. Google is my friend. Often I look at maps of different cities or “how to” sites explaining the lingo or maneuvers for activities I have never tried. Like rock climbing. I’m not a huge fan of research, but I love the texture little dribs and drabs of true to life reference adds to my stories. And of course when I have the chance to talk to a real live person for research, the possibilities of what I can learn are endless.

Rayna:   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?

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

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

David Beckham. And mind you this is no commentary on his personality or even a passion for soccer. I don’t follow soccer. This is strictly about objectifying his body.

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

Reading. Reading. Reading. With a few books thrown in for good measure.

Rayna:   Do you have a celebrity crush?

Hugh Jackman. Very original, I know. It’s just me and all of female kind. Well, probably a good percentage of homosexual or bi-sexual males as well. Heck, I’d even venture to say there are some space aliens that tune into Earth media to catch glimpses when he goes shirtless.

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

Well, Ruling Eden is my first published novel under this name. The second in the series, Surviving Eden, has yet to be contracted by my publisher. But if I had to choose between them, I’d say Surviving Eden. Now all I have to do is get it in print. And you’ll have to read the first and then wait impatiently for this next one.

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

Rachel, my heroine. I’m not as tough as her. And as far as I know I’m not the most powerful magical being on the planet, but there’s a bit of my sarcasm in her and a good portion of my worldview.

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

Of course. I’d have to be dead not to worry. I think most authors do. But it doesn’t keep me up at nights. I still reread my books and love them. When I started writing my only goal was to complete an entire novel. The publishing achievement is just icing on the cake of my personal goal.

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

I value it highly. I know how many books I read (a ton) and how rarely I stop to email the author and tell her how much I enjoyed her work. So when a reader reaches out to me I realize how special it is.

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

That my heroine who is 25 and an orphan was too old to still be having identity issues more common for adolescents. First off, developmentally many folks don’t complete and tie a nice bow around their identity issues when they are technically above the age of adolescence. Second, the character was an orphan since infanthood for goodness sake. Those kind of issues are more likely to hang around longer. I don’t drown my readers in back story, but I try hard to be consistent with my characters emotional development based on what I know about them. How many perfectly adjusted perfectly mature people do you know? We’re all a bit more complicated than that.

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

That my 125 thousand-word novel was too short and that she wanted more. No complaints about the pacing of the previous chunk of words, just that I didn’t give her enough.

Rayna:   What is your favorite color besides YELLOW?

Red although I look just as good in brown if not better. Is that self-involved to choose a favorite color based on how you look in clothes? Oh well. It’s still true. I love many rich earth tones.

Rayna:   Red Pill or Blue Pill?

You know, my first response was going to be red. I discussed this question with a friend and he said why don’t you take both and see what happens. I kind of liked that answer. Thinking outside the box.

Thanks Michele for you’re a very candid and entertaining interview. If you’d like to know more about Michelle, please contact her at michelle@michellepicard.com

Michele’s Book

RULING EDEN

What if a modern woman suddenly learns she is heir to the throne of a magical realm hidden in our world and is the most powerful magical being on the planet?  Growing up an orphan, Rachel always assumed she’d be going it alone, until the night before her twenty-fifth birthday when she is thrust into the realm of Eden’s Court.

Her new job description?  Unite seven contentious magical races in order to prevent the destruction of earth.  But learning to rule is easier than facing her attraction to Gabriel, half-angel, half-demon.  Born of a forbidden love between mortal enemies, Gabriel is convinced he is a political liability to Rachel. Once Rachel stops denying their chemistry, she must convince him to pursue their love.  Although Gabriel is willing to help her solve a murder, avert a war, and learn to use her overwhelming magic, accepting their destiny together is another matter.

Read an excerpt here.

 

 

Surviving Eden

Rachel Rieh wields enough magic to make a goddess jealous, or so she learned three weeks ago when she thought she was an ordinary, reclusive, and short-tempered gal from Boston. In this second story of Eden’s Court, Rachel, now the new ruler of the Kesayim, (angels, demons, dragons, faeries, vampires, shapeshifters and witches–the goddess-created protectors of mortalkind) finds herself faced with the task of stopping vampire hunters from annihilating the vampire race. Her lover, Gabriel, half-angel, half-demon, stands by her side to help if she can escape her obsession with protecting him at all cost.

Earth is already on the verge of destruction within six months because magic is out of balance. The new threat to the vampires destabilizes the situation more. In her race to save the vampires, Rachel meets Lilith, goddess, creator of all Kesayim and humans, and the one with all the answers to Rachel’s problems. But is the cold-hearted goddess intent on changing Rachel into her image the greater threat to Rachel and everyone she loves?

 

5 Minutes with Avril Ashton

In 5 Minutes, Avril Ashton on April 29, 2011 at 9:16 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 a Naughty Chick welcome to Avril Ashton.

Bio:

A Caribbean transplant, Avril now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y with a Spousal Equivalent of almost eight years. Together they raise a 6 y/o daughter who loves reading and school (wonder how long that will last). Avril’s earliest memories of reading revolve around discussing plot points of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew with a very encouraging mother.

Always in love with the written words, Avril finally decided to do the writing in August of ’09 and never looked back. Spicy love scenes, delicious heroes, and wicked women burn up the pages of Avril’s stories, but there’ll always be a happy ending; Avril remains a believer of love in all its forms.

What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!) I’ve got a million and one irons in the fire, but right now I’m working on a paranormal homoerotic story, the second in my attempt at paranormal.

What is your favorite snack? Cake. Or Whipped Cream. Or chocolate. Or chocolate cake with whipped cream or…wait, what were we talking about?

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

If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be?  And why? I’m a little bit like all of my characters, but I’d love to be Sasha from my first published novel A Wicked Ride. She is just nuts!

Who or what influences you when you write? Music. Always, music.

When you have writer’s block how do you break free? I read with music in the background. Works every time.

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? LOL, it’s a toss up between The Fifth Element (Multi-Pass, gah!) and Pretty Woman.

Have you ever faked sick? Yup! Do you believe in love at first sight? I believe in everything at first sight.

What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality? Sasha from A Wicked Ride

What is your favorite color besides YELLOW? Red

Boxers or briefs? Commando

Red Pill or Blue Pill? No pill, Tequila!

Thank you Avril for taking some time out and chatting with us. For more of Avril check out her sites.

www.avril-ashton.blogspot.com

www.avrilashton.weebly.com

www.facebook.com/writeravrilashton

www.twitter.com/#!/AvrilAsh

5 Minutes with JoMarie Degioia

In 5 Minutes, JoMarie Degioia on March 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

JoMarie Degioi AKA Josie Dennis writes steamy Historical romance novels with a touch of mystery. She’s a member of RWA, Space Coast Authors of Romance and From the Heart Romance Writers.  She will also chair the for the annual RWA conference in Nashville, TN July, 2010.

I want to thank JoMarie for taking the time to interview with us today. I am excited to have her here with us. She is a new author so give her some love.
What project are you currently working on?

I’m writing a very sexy Regency-set Historical featuring a hero who is seeking revenge using the only instrument he believes available to him: his power of seduction.  This guy is more than he seems, as I’m discovering daily!

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

I think living in Michelle’s slippers (in PRIDE AND FIRE) would be a kick.  Having a hot devoted husband who lets you speak your mind when other ladies of your acquaintance are stifled?  To me there’s nothing sexier.

Who or what influences you when you write?

Sometimes a song on the radio will spark something in my current work-in-progress.  Mostly characters and situations just seem to form of their own volition.  Weird.

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

I don’t believe in true writer’s block, but I have been blocked by a scene or two.  Usually it’s because there’s really no need for it or I’ve written it in the wrong character’s point of view.  It can take a while to figure out what’s wrong, though.  Grr.

What do you do for inspiration?

I watch the BBC production of Pride & Prejudice.  I like to do this when I have a day off, so I can watch all five and a half hours at one shot!

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

I think Young Adult would be a challenge, but my darn characters are too old.  And they like to get naked!

What kind of research do you do for your books?

Internet, books on History, old maps.  For my current WIP I had to know about the history of mining in Cornwall in the early 19th century.  Fascinating stuff, and it really gave me an insight into my hero’s motivation.  Do you enjoy the research process?  Gosh, yes.  Though research can be a huge time sucker.

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

The sequel to PRIDE AND FIRE has who is still the favorite hero I’ve written, Paul’s friend Lord Roberts.  Charming, solicitous, strong.  And he has no idea that the perfect woman was under his nose the whole time.

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

Though I lack her stunning beauty (mine is less subtle, LOL) I identify with Michelle from PRIDE AND FIRE.  Spunky and outspoken and determined.

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

Pure enjoyment.  And I want them to have that “hot eye moment,” when you read something that nearly makes you cry.  I love that in the books I read and I strive for it in books I write.  And if they get turned on by the love scenes?  Yeah, that’s great too!

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 think I’ve written one heck of a hero in a sexy Contemporary we’re shopping around right now.  He’s a Forest Ranger and it’s set in the Sierra Nevada.  Who would play him?  Jeffrey Dean Morgan.  Big, handsome, and those dimples?  Yum.

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

One wrote “WTF” to describe the hero and heroine’s relationship.  Nice, huh?  Thankfully most others got them.

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

One reviewer stated that PRIDE AND FIRE was the first book of mine she read and it wouldn’t be the last!  She loved the characters and Michelle’s outspokenness.

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

I don’t believe so.  As cool as the new eBooks are, I believe people like toting around a paperback, breaking the spine, feeling the pages, and truly experiencing the book.  I do, anyway.

Most Current Release:

Pride and Fire
From Sinful Moments Press, an imprint of Lachesis Publishing
ISBN 9781897562208

Paul Talbot, Viscount Leed, is set on avoiding the marriage trap.  Though his fmaily has money troubles, he won’t marry an heiress and dance on her leading strings.  He discreetly writes speeches for Parliament, using his words to passionately express others’ opinions.

Lady Michelle Thomas is a spirited heiress, piqued with the rules of Society which dictate that a woman must be seen and not heard.  And if she has opinions on politics or finances?  Well, she had best keep them to herself.  Sparks fly when she meets Paul and she believes she’s found a man interested in more than her face, form and finances.

They wed, but when Paul refuses to take her very generous dowry she’ll do anything to see her money settled on him.  Even if it means going to his rival and putting more than his career in jeopardy.

 

Her Websites:

http://www.jomariedegioia.com/

www.josiedennis.com

5 Minutes with Lux Zakari

In 5 Minutes, Lux Zakari on March 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Bio:

Lux Zakari is an erotica writer in the United States. She moonlights as an editor for a fiction publisher, and her stories, poetry and reviews have appeared in Best Women’s Erotica 2009, Best Bondage Erotica 2011 and Girl Crazy, as well as on the Web sites Clean Sheets, Oysters and Chocolate, The Erotic Woman and For the Girls.

“Love on the Side of the NJ Turnpike,” her short erotic e-story, was released Nov. 2009 via Paper Bag Press.

Zakari’s first erotic novel, Coercion, is now available via Lyrical Press, Inc.

 Q. What project are you currently working on?

A. I’m currently in the midst of finding a home for two new novels and working on another that started out as a friends-becoming-more scenario meets Eyes Wide Shut, but it’s taking on a life of its own.

Q. What is your favorite snack?

A. I have so many; I’m always getting into a snack and eating hardly anything but that for weeks. Now, I’m into the rosemary-and-olive-oil Triscuits coupled with sharp white cheddar cheese and a sliced avocado. Not a single ingredient in that can be altered in any way!

Q. If you could be one of your characters, who would you be and why?

A. I wouldn’t necessarily be her, but I really enjoyed writing the character Breeze in Coercion. I had a reader write me telling me how evil she found Breeze, but I see her as unpredictable, fiery and, yes, cruel, but for a reason. Her relationship with Michael intrigued me; no matter how unhealthy it was, they clearly cared about each other; it was a union of equals.

 

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

A. As my erotic novel Coercion may suggest, I would’ve loved to have been in my late teens – early twenties in the 1970s. There is something about that period that I entirely romanticize. Plus, I tend to gravitate to boys who look like they’re straight out of the seventies, so going back to then, I’d be in no shortage of those!

Q. Do you believe in love at first sight?

A. I definitely believe in instant chemistry. In fact, I’m reluctant to pursue a relationship without it. It would be irresponsible to call it love, but I’ve certainly been fascinated right off the bat, left needing to learn everything I can about the person.

Q. What is your perfect pizza?

A. I’m prejudiced against square pizza! Aside from that, there’s no such thing as bad pizza.

Q. Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one?

A. I’ve written a novel called Intertwined, which I’m intensely proud of; when I was revising it, I couldn’t believe I was the one responsible for its existence. I had to push my limits as a writer to create it, really delve into new territory. Hopefully it’ll be picked up by an agent or publisher soon; I can’t wait to share it with others.

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

A. It means quite a bit to me. To put your work out in the world—something you created it and care about deeply—and have people respond positively to it is incredibly gratifying.

Q. 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?

A. I think about this all the time! I recently cast Henry Cavill as Michael Vartanian in the movie version of Coercion, which is currently playing only in my head.

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

A. Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews gave my short story, “Love on the Side of the NJ Turnpike,” a five-cherry score and the reviewer said the story moved her to tears. And I’m always thrilled by Coercion’s reviews on Goodreads.

Q. Boxers or briefs?

A. Boxers, boxers, boxers. A giant hell no to briefs; I’ve yet to see any dude look fine in those!


Lux Zakari
luxzakari@gmail.com
www.luxzakari.com

Coercion — an erotic novel now available via Lyrical Press, Inc.

5 Minutes with Bridget Midway

In 5 Minutes, Bridget Midway on February 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!)
I’m always working on something. Normally I don’t work on more than one thing at the same time. However, it seems like I’m doing that right now. Currently I’m working on companion story to my upcoming contemporary interracial BDSM erotic romance novel, Corporate Needs, which will be released through Phaze Books very soon. There were two submissive characters I had in my story who I thought deserved to have a bit of their back-story told. I’m also trying to write a sequel to my contemporary interracial romance novel, That’s What Friends Are For, through Liquid Silver Books. The working title is Saved By Zero. I’m keeping up the 80’s song titles.
What is your favorite snack?
I’m a bit eclectic with my foods. For snacks, I love string cheese (not the fat-free stuff because they taste so waxy), strawberry yogurt, Greek vanilla yogurt mixed with honey, frozen grapes, and Granny Smith apples with chunky peanut butter. I told you I was a bit strange.
I have heard from numerous authors that chocolate is the staple of their diet. Is it in yours?
I can take it or leave it. I really have to be in the mood to have chocolate. But don’t get in between me and my cheese!
Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback?
Both paperbacks and electronic readers will exist equally side-by-side. I think even readers who love their e-readers will go back to paperbacks when it’s not convenient to use the e-reader. For example, I love reading while taking a bath. I can’t imagine taking a reader in with me and risk dropping it in the water and ruining it. But taking a flight or waiting on an appointment, I can see taking an ereader. My friends and I recently did the Romance Slam Jam cruise to Ocho Rios and the Cayman Islands this year. One of my friends had a Kindle on the cruise, and even in the middle of the ocean, she was able to purchase an e-book that an author had told her about during the conference. I was really impressed with that.
If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be?  And why?
In some ways, I have always infused a bit of myself into all of my female characters. Usually it’s something basic like my skin tone or height (I’m 5’9″). Although I think on some levels I’m a lot like Zora from my contemporary interracial erotica novel Fascination Street, I would love to be Ananda Zelder from my contemporary interracial BDSM erotic romance novel Love My Way. For one thing, she’s a dancer. I have always admired dancers and their ability to use their bodies in a creative and beautiful fashion. Secondly, Ananda got to be with the very sexy Eagan Morton. Even I fell in love with that character as I wrote him. Plus, I’ve always wanted to be a part of a reality TV show. What better one to be on than one where a Dom is searching for his next submissive?
Who or what influences you when you write?
Although I don’t own a TV, I watch a lot of shows online through Hulu.com, Fancast.com, and Crackle.com. I’m influenced a lot by TV shows, news stories, and current events. My novel Love My Way came about because of the whole “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” craze. I was writing a lot of BDSM novels, and I wondered if it would be possible to have a show like that with a BDSM theme.
When you have writer’s block how do you break free?
I took a writing program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. During that Writing Popular Fiction program, one of my professors, author Felicia Mason, taught us that writer’s block is nothing but the result of a weak story. That concept was really hard for me to swallow. She explained that a story with a strong premise and even stronger internal and external conflicts can propel a story through to the end. If I got stuck while writing the story that meant that my conflict(s) is/are not strong enough.
I always do a character and story outline before writing my novel. I’ll go back and look through my notes to see what I have for my conflicts. After I have addressed those, I’ll reread my entire manuscript from the beginning. Hopefully by the time I get to the point where I’m “stuck”, I can keep barreling through to the end.
Who is your perfect hero?  And why?
My perfect hero is one who is not perfect. Perfect is boring. So he’s got to have just as many hang-ups as me (not more though). He’s got to have a great sense of humor. Laughter is so sexy. And he has to be smart. If I can’t talk to the man, then all of the looks in the world will not keep us together.
What do you do for inspiration?
I have a day job. Whenever I get up early to go to work, that influences me to keep writing so that eventually I can write for a living.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?
I have a great idea for a time travel/historical novel. I just have to do the research, write an outline, and get going on the story. That’s the great thing about writing contemporary. Not a lot of research. Well, I did do a lot of research on the BDSM lifestyle.
What kind of research do you do for your books?  Do you enjoy the research process?
Speaking of research, yes, I do a lot of research for my BDSM novels since I’m not active in the Lifestyle. My research involves me going to a local BDSM group and talking to Dommes, Doms, submissive and slaves (when given permission). I have also been allowed some hands-on training. Yes, I have caned, spanked, whipped and flogged submissive. Since one submissive I flogged complained that I was too easy on him, I don’t think being a Domme is in my future.
Researching this Lifestyle and involving myself with the people in the Lifestyle, I do enjoy this part of my research. It doesn’t feel like I’m working, which sometimes is a bad thing. I could miss something crucial if I enjoy myself too much.
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?
I love, love, love the movie “Say Anything.” It’s well written, funny, real, and poignant and has one of the most iconic scenes in film history. I still quote lines from that movie. It doesn’t help that I have a crush on John Cusack.
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*
Hmmm, I guess books (lots of books counts as 1 item, right?), a blanket because I’m always cold, notepad, pencil (I have to keep writing), and my man. The hunky island guy can stay there to help move things around. I need my man with me.

Thank you so much for interviewing me! Great questions.
BridgeT

Bridget~An Erotica Author who never goes~Midway!
http://www.BridgetMidway.com/
http://www.myspace.com/BridgetMidway

5 Minutes with Megan Hussey

In 5 Minutes, Megan Hussey on January 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Short bio:

Megan Hussey is a feminist erotica author known for writing paranormal-based fantasy romances and for her leadership of the Playgirl Posse, a group that supports Playgirl, PlaygirlTV, as well as the concept of quality erotica for women. She is also the administrator of FemPower, a multimedia women’s erotica project. Many of her stories revolve around fantasy characters such as mermen, and strong, real woman heroines.

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

I’m all about sequels lately; my newest release is “Angel on Fire: The Second Book of Nuit,” (Phaze) and I’m working on Naked Siren, the sequel to Wild Sirens (Class Act Books).  As is the case with most of my work, the heroes are all delicious babes with fins or fangs attached! 🙂

Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback? Nope; e-readers are great, but there’s something so personal about holding a paperback in your hands and turning the pages.

If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be?  And why? Probably Carlotta Wilkes from Under Cover of the Night: The First Book of Nuit (Phaze); she shares my attitude and sense of humor, and she lives in a strip club/bordello for women, surrounded by delicious men.  Now that’s the life!:)

Who or what influences you when you write? I write out my own dreams and fantasies, and hope others will share and enjoy them.

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet? Mysteries.  I was a huge Agatha Christie and Sue Grafton fan as a kid and always wanted to publish my own mystery; probably the closest I’ve come is “Of Power and Passion,” an erotic thriller I wrote for Midnight Showcase Fiction’s Thrilled and Blue Noir 2 digests.  My heroine Jacquie, one of my favorite characters, is a tough private eye with an eye for hot gentleman, who helps out a female politician embroiled in a sex scandal with a male escort (doncha hate it when that happens?:)

What kind of research do you do for your books?  Do you enjoy the research process? My research ranges from a single look at a Florida sunset to some in-depth reading about the lives of people in Ireland and renaissance and Victorian England, which I did for my stories “Kissing the Barney Stone,” “Prince of Wood,” “Silk Enchantment” and “Behold the Beauty” (Midnight Showcase), “Passion’s Tapestry” (Blade), and “Prince of Dreams” (Noble Romance).

What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing? Reading and watching movies, especially Playgirl DVDs

What is the one era you would love to go visit and why? Victorian times; I could wear pretty dresses and challenge Victorian-era sexism in one flail swoop!

Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one?  If not, then which one is closest to. I can’t pick a favorite, but probably my merman stories are closest to me; those would be “Wild Sirens” (Class Act Books), “Passion Storm” and “Azure Masquerade” (Midnight Showcase), and “Rest Ye Merry Mermen” (LuLu).  I’ve always been fascinated by the merman legend.

What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality? Abigail Copeland in Wild Sirens is a strong feminist journalist who is a real wiseacre and loves the beach and the sea, just like me.  Marie in “Graphic Sexuality” and Juditha in “Prince of Dreams” have a vivid imagination, and are funny and good-natured and caring, as I always try to be.

Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out? In the words of the great Alfred E. Newman, “What me, worry?”  Actually, I’m biting a few stray nails over the second Nuit book because the first one won some awards and great reviews; I really did my best to top myself with the second one and hope people enjoy it just as much.

How much does reader response mean to you over your books? A lot; I adore my fans and have my own Siren’s Call reader’s group, plus my Playgirl Posse.  They always raise me up and make me feel like a star, and I love ‘em.

What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them? I hope they get an invigorating, enjoyable fantasy and feel empowered at the same time.  My heroines are always very realistic and I address important feminist issues, so the ladies can relate.

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’ve always dreamed of seeing a film of “Behold the Beauty,” my reverse Beauty and the Beast story.  My heroine Agnatha, a strong, renaissance era woman and healer, could be played by Tilda Swinton or Cate Blanchett.  My hero Beausoleil, a handsome prince and the “beauty” of the story, could be played by Emmanuel Delcour, Martin Rolinski or Brandon Ruckdashel.

Who is your favorite author? I have many, including all the ones I work with, plus Dara Joy, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Connie Mason, Sabrina Jeffries, and Laurel K. Hamilton.

What is the weirdest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books? Speaking of Beauty, a blogger once launched a savage attack on the story; she was a Beauty and the Beast purist and preferred the Disney version, where the heroine gets abducted and the candles sing.  She said I deserved to go to the hell for bad writers for penning Beauty—not what I would deem constructive criticism per say, but it gave the poor girl something to do.

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? Thelma and Louise.  It was such an intelligent, empowering film, inspiring me at different times to laughter, anger, cheers and sadness.

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 afore-mentioned chocolate, a portable DVD player, a stack of romance paperbacks, back issues of Playgirl magazine, and a hand fan (those tropical islands get blasted hot!)

Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are 2 things on it? Write and direct my own movie based on one of my books.  And write a full-length novel.

What is your favorite snack? CHOCOLATE!!!!

What is your favorite color besides YELLOW? I know everyone love yellow.  Yellow is hard to beat!  I also love red and pink.

Boxers or briefs? The briefest briefs humanly possible!

Red Pill or Blue Pill? No experience with either, but red is my favorite color for just about anything!

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5 Minutes with Chrissie Bentley

In 5 Minutes, Chrissie Bentley on January 14, 2011 at 9:13 am

Chrissie Bentley is the author of eight erotic novels and a myriad short stories, published both in print and online.  The editor of Xcite Books’ recent Bad Girl’s Sweet Kiss anthology of oral sex stories, she also appears in the recently published Best Women’s Erotica 2011.

* Who would you want to be tied to for 24 hours? … Drew Barrymore

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

…actually, writing is relaxing, so that’s what I do.

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

… the late Victorian era; any excuse to wear a corset and bustle

* Have you ever faked sick? … who me?  Never!

* Do you believe in love at first sight? … completely and constantly

* What is your perfect pizza? … Ham and pineapple.

* Do you have a celebrity crush? … Aside from Drew Barrymore?  Jessica Harper

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

that everybody searches for on Google…

* Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one?  If not, then which one

is

closest to.  Below Blue London… erotica, time travel and the supernatural, set

in my favorite city in the world

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

All my stories are first person and at least partially autobiographical, so I’d have to say – me

* 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?

Miss America, which draws on some of my nastiest fantasies and features some of the most repulsive characters I’ve ever created.  Anne Hathaway would play me; Kyra Knightley has a role… and so do Johnny Depp, David Tennant and, oddly, Mel Gibson.  His character is nicknamed Pencil Dick.

* Who is your favorite author?

Historically, Charles Dickens and Christopher Isherwood.  Currently, Connie Willis and Jacqueline Carey.

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

Not sure it’s weird, but one review obviously mixed up the characters in my book with those from another, and more or less created a whole new story…

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

I was once called the Oracle of Oral Sex… and the Bard of the Blowjob.  I was very happy with those!

* Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are 2 things on it?  Kittens and vintage erotica

* What is your favorite color besides YELLOW? I know everyone love yellow.

Red.  And black.

* Boxers or briefs?  Briefs.

* Red Pill or Blue Pill?  Oh, always the blue one.

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