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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Kathy Kulig shares details
about the creation of Deven Chandler in the book His Lost Mate.

About the Book

Title: His Lost Mate
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Kathy Kulig
Book heat level (Based on movie ratings): R
He lost her once hundreds of years ago. Now he must battle a new
entity. Will he lose her again forever?
Archaeologist and
psychic Lauren Halpern embarks on a journey to uncover an ancient mystery in a
sultry and exotic jungle, but everything is getting in her way. Deven Chandler,
the drop-dead gorgeous leader of their excavation is a serious distraction she
does not need, and she’s desperately trying to guard her heart. But the heated
passion between them is undeniable, and they simply cannot find a way to stop
the inevitable. Lauren senses the supernatural connection between them holds a
secret deeper than the hot sex they’re trying to resist. And Deven, the
scientist that he is, simply won’t believe her esoteric beliefs or warnings.
Once
they tumble into a sizzling affair the real trouble begins. From the ancient
ruins, a ghost of an ancient shaman appears. He lures them deeper to into the
jungle where lies the deadliest evil of all. When danger arrives, can Deven
learn to trust her and risk everything to save her?

Introducing Deven Chandler

Name: Deven Chandler
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Netherlands
Profession: Archaeologist/Professor
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Dutch
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight.
Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Tan, toned,
muscular build, 6’, rough hands from years of field work excavating
archaeological ruins.
Who is the
significant other in your character’s life?
Lauren Halpern, a graduate student from another college, is
doing field work on his excavation for credits towards her degree. There’s an
instant attraction the moment she arrives. The woman is hot, smart and sexy.
But he knows he should resist. As a professional, he shouldn’t allow it. There
are too many complications with the excavation—local authorities, potential
antiquity thieves, rumors of rebels in the jungle. The safety of the team and
his project is vital, his love life with a hot student is not priority. And now
there are a number of strange, unexplained events occurring around the ruins.
Not to mention his ex-fiancée has decided to join the team this time around,
and she has her own agenda besides adding to her collection at the museum.
Tell us about this
character, please.
Deven is rugged and sexy. A mix of outdoor adventurer and
smart professor, a bit like Indiana Jones. Although he was offered a
prestigious board position at a large museum, he turned it down to continue
traveling and working his projects in the jungle.
How does your hero
dress?
Archaeologist in the jungle, working on ancient ruins. Jeans or
khakis, no suits for this man. (unless he’s teaching at the university) He’s
not afraid to get dirty.
Does he scrape by,
live comfortably, live extravagantly?
He makes a comfortable wage. He works
at a university in Boston, has a nice condo there and owns a cottage on Cape
Cod. He’s most happy when he’s traveling and digging in ruins.
On what special skills
does your character rely?
He’s highly skilled at his job, good at working
with students and negotiating with foreign authorities. He’s all scientist, but
rugged to the bone, devoted and determined to uncover the mystery surrounding
his current project. But his flaw is not seeing a supernatural element closing
in on the ruins.
What is your
character’s family like?
He’s close to his family. His sister is also an
archaeologist, but more sensitive to the supernatural. She has experienced
ghosts at the ruins where she has worked. His parents live in the Netherlands.
They sold their home to provide college educations for their two children. Over
the years, Deven and his sister helped them purchase a home again.
If someone from your
character’s past showed up, who would he most NOT want it to be, and why?

Sylvia, his ex-fiancée. Of course she decides to show up during this semester.
He can’t turn her away since her father privately funds most of these projects
for the college. He’s president of the board of the museum and part of the deal
is acquiring a collection of artifacts for his museum. Deven has a hunch Sylvia
has plans to acquire more than artifacts and that makes this trip more of a
complication than Deven wants to deal with. Especially since things are heating
up between him and Lauren.  
What past event
causes your character the most fear?
In the jungle of a third-world
country, anything can happen. Danger can arise, natural and unnatural can
threaten lives deep in the jungle. Having local authorities shut down his
project is one fear, but having his team come to harm is another.  Antiquity thieves, paramilitary groups,
desperate locals, wild life, and more can all be a threat to a secluded
archaeological dig. But there’s another threat, a supernatural one…
What is your hero’s
biggest personal flaw?
He and Lauren are connected to the jungle in a
supernatural way that he refuses to acknowledge. His seeing-is-believing,
analytical mind denies what is obvious. And that could be dangerous for all of
them on the team.
What is your hero’s
breaking point?
When Lauren goes missing. Can’t say more without a spoiler.

About Your Writer

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
Kathy is a bit of an adventure herself. She’s traveled a
bit, explored the Mayan ruins in Tikal, Coba, and Tulum. She spoke to an
archaeologist (not me), when she decided to write this story. He even gave her
a Mayan artifact. The ruins must have inspired this story. I’m trying to
determine what happened to an entire culture that seemed to have vanished
hundreds of years ago. She asked the question: What if two Mayan lovers who
lived back then were faced with a tragic life event? Could their love survive
and they find each other again?
What do you wish your
writer had not told others about you?
Hmmm. I’m devoted to my work, okay, I’m a work-aholic, but
my job as an archaeologist and professor is important and rewarding. Sometimes
I’m stubborn and keep blinders on. I guess I need to be more open to the
esoteric world. I’m not comfortable with that. I’d rather go with facts and figures
and proven hypotheses.
What other character
from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
Perhaps my sister Sarita who’s working on a project in
Greece. Or the two young guys on the team Kyle and Justin.
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
An archaeologist likes to uncover treasures and solve
mysteries. It’s a way we can connect with cultures to the past and better
understand them.  A writer likes to tell
stories. The stories have to be told as they come to her, and she must love to
share them with others. It’s her way of connecting with people from the present
and also the future.
Is there anything
you’d like to say to your writer?  
Thanks for writing my story and forcing me to face what I
swore I’d never have to. And for helping me find the woman I was meant to be
with always—my soul mate, my lover. From one work-aholic to another, get away
from your desk and work. Have more fun. When you return refreshed, write what
you’re most passionate about. You’ll always have new stories to share with
readers and fans.

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Author Bio

New York Times
& USA Today bestselling author Kathy Kulig is a writer, a science geek, a part time health food nut, an occasional cat sitter, and an adventure movie junkie. She lives in a 100-year-old Victorian house with her amazingly support hubby who is also a geek and shares her love of traveling. Kathy writes sexy paranormal, contemporary and suspense. Her books can be dark and edgy, passionate and erotically-charged, but there’s always a steamy romance and a happy ending.

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Amazon Author Page:  http://amazon.com/author/kathykulig   

This quick interview includes info about the author, and
introduces the story.

About the Author

Andrea Dalling lives in the sexy Southeast, where the
summers are hot and the romance hotter. During the day, she’s an award-winning
technical writer, but at night, she writes steamy stories. She loves to torture
her characters but eventually rewards them with a happily-ever-after. Married
to her college sweetheart, she’s a progressive Christian and an advocate for
LGBT rights. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gardening at her Raleigh home
and scuba diving in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Interview with Andrea Dalling

Why did you write
this book?
When my high school reunion was
coming up a couple of years ago, I realized it would  be fun to write a series about people hooking
up with their high school crush at their five-year reunion. This series is
about characters having a second chance to say the things they wish they’d
said, to do the things they didn’t have the courage to do, and to find love
with the one they can’t forget.
Handling Cynthia, book 2 in the
Second Chances series, was particularly fun because it’s about a classic high
school “good girl” who, it turns out, is into kink—and she’s not shy
about asking for what she wants. The hero is a departure from the familiar
billionaire Dom: he’s a grad school student on a budget, a scientist who’s
sometimes a bit overconfident and makes mistakes in reading what his sub wants.
I like writing about characters who are real people working through real
problems that readers can relate to in their own lives, and I hope that’s what
I’ve done in this book.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I have eclectic tastes and enjoy a
wide variety of genres, from the classics to women’s fiction to erotic romance.
Right now, my favorites genres are gay and BDSM romance. I like romance that
has some “forbidden” aspect to it, something that defies social
conventions. At the same time, I have pretty conventional ideas about marriage
and monogamy, and those things are reflected in my work as well.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and
Prejudice. Not a very original answer, but an honest one! I remember reading
that book when I was in high school, reading quotes from it to my mom because I
thought it was so hilarious. I love how Elizabeth fights for what she believes
in and stands up to social pressure, but then also shows the ability to change and
admit her mistakes. And it doesn’t hurt that Darcy is the ultimate book
boyfriend! A man of principles who hasn’t had much opportunity to put those
principles into action, who for the first time in his life has to prove that
he’s worthy of a woman, and rises to the occasion.
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
Tempting Jordan, book 3 in the
Second Chances series, is a gay romance that’s just released. A closeted  bisexual has to choose between his golden-boy
reputation and coming out for the man he loves. Next up is Commanding the
Billionaire, a femdom book that turns the BDSM billionaire trope on its head.
The heroine is a smart-mouthed Domme with trust issues and a troubled past, and
the hero a strong, nurturing billionaire sub who helps her heal.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Cynthia Darlington can’t forget how Trent Weber kissed her before they
left for college—backed up against her Mustang, wrists firm in his grip, her
body yielding to his desire. Now, five years later, she seeks him out at their
class reunion, newly aware of her submissive nature, and hungering for his
dominance. With so much time and distance between them, he’s practically a
stranger now. Giving herself to Trent could be the culmination of all her
hopes—or a teenage fantasy gone horribly wrong.
When Trent watched Cyn walk away after their kiss five years ago, it was
enough humiliation to last a lifetime. But with one look at her in that tight
black dress, his old desire resurfaces—and with it, the dark fantasies of her
bound and submitting to his will. He longs to master this beautiful, confident,
and supremely independent woman. If he can’t convince her to submit to her
deepest cravings before the weekend is out, he could lose his last shot at the
one who got away.
Handling Cynthia, a BDSM erotic romance novella, is intended for an
adult audience. It contains scenes of flirtation, hot kisses, seductive
bowling, a spoiled sub, a demanding Dom, second thoughts, and second chances.

About the Book

Title Handling Cynthia
Genre BDSM erotic romance
Author Andrea Dalling
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Ella Storm from Crossing the Line by @allyabishop #RLFblog #romance
Interview with Ella Storm
This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers
about himself or herself. Answer the questions as if the character were
talking.
Tell us about yourself,
please.
Hi! I’m Ella. I live in Brooklyn, New York with my brother Noah—long
story. We own a mystery dinner theater company together, and we’re finally
(finally!) getting some higher-end clientele. I’m super nervous and excited
about that.
Authors call what you want
but cannot have “the conflict” — what is yours?
Um. Hm. I suck at dating? Seriously. I can’t seem to get myself out
there. Lux (my brother’s BFF and my friend as well) and Noah go out on the
town. All. The. Time. But the idea of hanging out at bars, going home with
someone just because he’s attractive? Not my thing. Totally fine if it’s your
thing! But I can’t get into it.
What can you not do (but
need to do) during this story?
I can’t figure out who I am. I like structure, deadlines, and
schedules. And when I meet Ian…he changes everything.
What inner doubt causes
you the most difficulty?
I was almost engaged to a guy in college, and I thought…well, I guess
we all think we’ve met “the one,” right? Jonathan was handsome and funny, super
smart in that cool way. But I should have known better—he wanted to be the star
in any relationship. And he did a number on me. I can’t seem to get past that.
In the story world your
author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
Wow. Ask a personal question, eh? I guess…I want to believe Ian likes
me as much as I like him. But how’s that even possible? Especially once I learn
who he is?
Tell us about your
significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Ian Crane. He’s a lawyer and crazy sexy in that just-a-little-mussed
way. We’re leagues apart though, and I’m not sure if this can work.
What would that person say
about you?
Ian would say I’m beautiful and brilliant and perfect. :sigh:
What is your family like?
I don’t have much family. My brother and I were raised by our
grandparents after our parents were killed in a car accident when we were
teens. Other than that, Lux is who we count as family.
What special skills do you
rely on?
I write all of our mysteries, organize the events and moving parts, while
Noah does the business end of things: invoicing, tracking, etc. I’m also
starting to get into scrapbooking (but don’t say anything to Noah about it—I’ll
never live it down).
If someone from your past
showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
Jonathan. He hurt something in me that’s still pretty broken.
Why are you happy (or not
happy) with the way your story ended?
:grins: I can’t give that away! You have to read to find out. ;)
About the Writer
When you do something effortlessly
and people commend you continuously, you have found your gift.
That’s what I tell people all the
time. And it’s true.
I get story. I always have. I
started writing when I was eight on a Smith Corona (the electronic kind — I’m
not THAT old). I wrote stories in every spiral notebook I had. Eventually, I
graduated to a Mac (yes, I’m one of THOSE people). I imagined new worlds,
emotional conflicts, and HEAs while I waited at stoplights or wandered the
grocery store. But here’s the thing: I didn’t just dream it up and write it
down — I critiqued what I read. I knew when ideas were good, and when they
stunk. I ran writing groups, judged creative contests, and eventually got two
graduate degrees in writing. That’s right: I love it that much.
So here I am, years later, writing
kickass heroines and devastating good guys, along with some mystery and
vampires thrown in (I promise: THEY’RE COMING). And what’s really cool? I do
what I love. Wanna write a success story for your life: I promise you, that’s
it. Do what you love. And hopefully, you can make a living at it too. That’s
the golden ticket, Charlie.
And chocolate doesn’t hurt,
either…
What
was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
When I originally wrote Inside the Lines, I had
no intention of writing a book about Ella and Noah. When readers asked to learn
more about the Storm siblings, I figured, what the heck? But when I sat down to
write the book, I had no idea what Ella’s story was. Enter creative writing and
outlining. :) Thankfully, Ella was perfectly content to do what she wanted,
whether or not I liked it. And Noah’s always a little contrary.
Why
did you choose this character for the interview today?
Ella’s the main female lead in Crossing the
Line. What I personally like about Ella is that she’s very sweet—everyone loves
Ella. But she’s not a pushover. Even when things go wrong in her life, she may
not want to deal with them, but she does. And she’s perfectly capable of taking
care of herself, with or without a man.
When
writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised
you?
Ella’s pretty sturdy—and I knew that. But she
also has a breaking point, like everyone else. Seeing her and Noah at odds
wasn’t what I expected, but I think you get a better feel for why Ella has
evolved the way she has. And hopefully, it offers a clue to what Noah’s hangups
are for his future story.
Are
any sequels planned for this book?
Crossing the Line is a prequel to Inside the
Lines, the first book of the Without a Trace series, which follows Lux and her
sisters. The third book in the series, Tracing the Line, will be released in
August 2015.
What
genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
I’m currently working on two paranormal series,
so we’ll see how those pan out. :)
What
would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I never ever thought I’d write romance. My
background is in literary writing, and I’ve worked in the publishing field and
edited literary works for years now. But when an opportunity arose to write
steamy romance, I couldn’t resist the challenge. And I’ve had a blast.
Why
should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a
try?
Oo, good question! Let’s see.
1. My focus for every book is to make sure the
characters have authentic problems that real people have, that they have flaws
that make them human, and that I honor the romance genre with the content. So
if you enjoy romance and you like to feel as though the characters you reach
could be friends of yours, then this book is for you.
2. I write steamy romance…so you won’t have to
look far for some heat in any book I write. ;)
3. I explore something different with each book,
including mental illness, the realities of kinky sensuality, and diverse
characters with different backgrounds. This book’s a great start to see if
you’ll enjoy my style.
Is
there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for reading, and for giving me
the encouragement to continue the series! I’ve had a blast hearing your
feedback, and I appreciate your willingness to take a chance on my series.
Without you, authors have no purpose—so thank you for loving the written word.
<3
About the Book
Title Crossing the Line
Genre Erotic romance
Author Ally Bishop
Book heat level (based on
movie ratings): R
I’ve never believed in love at
first sight, which is probably why I write mysteries, and not romances, for a
living. Besides, I’m too focused on expanding Elementary, a mystery dinner
party business I own with my brother Noah. I don’t have time for romance.
When the handsome and successful
Ian Crane books our services, I can barely keep my wits about me. He’s setting
fire to all my rules, and I can’t resist his flames. I don’t recognize the
woman I’m becoming, but I don’t want to go back to who I was.
There’s a part of me that can’t
help wondering, what if he’s too good to be true? Because if he is, my heart
will be nothing more than ashes.
Heat rating: Toasty warm, with
plenty of flames
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Amazon Author Page http://bit.ly/aabishop
This quick interview includes info about the author, and
introduces the story.

About the Author

Early
days of reading romance novels and women’s fiction laid the groundwork for Mary
to take up the pen and write her own memorable love stories where love always
wins. Her novels are emotional and compelling, and characters don’t have an
easy time getting what they want, but their reward is sexy and sweet. In a
lighter style Mary prefers to write more romantic and sensual love stories. She
loves to write stories with strong family ties, lasting friendships, gentlemen
heroes with a touch of bad, and feisty women who know how to handle them.
 Her home is in the Great Lake Basin area in
the U.S.A. Two grown sons and an Australian Shepherd fur-baby dog complete her
family. Mary loves communicating with readers and friends. She also has a
mailing list for readers who want to be notified of new releases and important
book updates. Visit her website for more information.

Interview with Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

Why did you write
this book?
Dane Carlson wouldn’t be quiet until he got his own story. Of
the Cowboy’s Own Accord is about the third and youngest brother in my Double
Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight. Since this is a series, I wanted each brother to have their own book. Dane’s
story definitely had to be told.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I like reading a variety of contemporary romance genres—romantic
suspense, military, and an occasional erotic romance, but my favorite is contemporary western romance. Love those cowboys.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Darn! Even picking one of my own would be difficult. I began
reading romance novels with Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers. Yes, way
back then. In truth, I’ve read and enjoyed too many books to choose just one
favorite character. I call most of them my favorite by time I get to the end of
a book.
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
Due to being sick recently and preparing to move, I’m
supposed to be taking a break, but I began two books that I know readers are
waiting for. The first is the fifth book in the Double Dutch Ranch Series, and
the other is book three in the Bull Rider Series. When life mellows out, I’ll
dedicate my time to one of those books instead of trying to work on both at the
same time. More than likely, book three in the Bull Rider Series will be that
book. If only my characters from the ranch will leave me alone long enough.
This is doubtful.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
 
Of the Cowboy’s Own Accord is the fourth book in this
sensual western romance series and numbered three. How can it be number three
when this is the fourth book? I wrote a mid-length novel numbered 1.5 in the
series—a follow-up to book one.
Blurb:
Army Ranger Dane Carlson never
means to fall in love before leaving
for another tour of duty, but unexpectedly, he does. While deployed, he finds
himself being sent home early to the family ranch to make a heartrending
decision. Little does he know he isn’t the only
one making decisions. His first priority is to rekindle the flame after losing
communication with Gracelyn Clark. The woman who owns his heart and has since
the moment their gaze connects. But now, nothing is the same as when they met.
The first round of news is surprise
enough, yet Gracelyn continues to release shocking information detrimental to
their future. Can they make it work
after so few days together seven months ago? Adjusting to many new things in
his life isn’t easy as it is, so to pull himself back to the man he’s become, could be the biggest test of all—in
order to protect his own.
Challenges abound even as Dane and
Gracelyn come to terms with the decisions they’ve made. Whatever tomorrow
brings, their only choice is
acceptance—to take one day at a time and face life as it comes.

About the Book

Title Of the Cowboy’s Own Accord
Genre Contemporary Western Romance
Author Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Publisher Teel Blue Books

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Vicious Carousel by Tymber Dalton.

About the Book

Title Open Doors
Genre Erotic Consensual BDSM
Author Tymber Dalton
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Derrick didn’t set out to open a BDSM club—it was a labor of love. Despite his wife Marcia’s initial reluctance, Derrick’s dream of having a safe place for their friends to play and learn quickly came to fruition. What he didn’t realize was that Venture’s open doors would soon transform into a living legacy, a place where good friends and even better memories were made.
And along the way, sometimes, even families were formed.

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social
media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is The Gentle Knight by Ashley
York.

About the Book

Title The Gentle Knight
Genre  historical
romance
Author  Ashley York
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
A medieval soldier returns home to find his lover died in childbirth just as his own mother had. Believing he is cursed, Peter of Normandy turns from love. When he must give escort to an Irish princess more noble than many knights, he struggles with his decision to live a solitary life. Can he take the chance that his love won’t be a death sentence and possibly make them stronger?
Padraig MacNaughton’s death bed decree rips his daughter, Brighit, from the shelter of her protective clan in Ireland. Forced to take vows at a Priory in England, she finds herself in the hands of lecherous mercenaries with their own agendas. Dare she trust the Norman knight to see her safely to her new life as a nun? Even when she finds in him the fulfillment of all she’s ever wanted?
Or will honor and duty eclipse their one chance for happiness?

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About the Author

I write medieval romance novels full of passion and intrigue set in 11th and 12th century Ireland, Scotland, and England.
Although all my works are fiction,
I often like to incorporate authentic places, events, and people to increase
the reader’s enjoyment. One of the more valuable lessons I have learned as a
writer is the importance of using real history with the flair of artistic
license. You’ll discover a world of fiction wrapped around historical people
and events!
I live in New England with my
husband, two cats and a yellow Labrador named Caledonia.

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