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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Kris Bock author of The Dead Man’s Treasure answers five easy
questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Kris Bock writes novels of suspense
and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. The Mad
Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico
desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a
buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In Counterfeits, stolen
Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town. Whispers in the
Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We
Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds
a murder victim in the woods.
If you love Mary Stewart, Barbara
Michaels, or Terry Odell, try Kris Bock’s stories of treasure hunting,
archaeology and intrigue, and art theft in New Mexico. Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit her Amazon page.
What is your go-to meal
when you dine out?
I live in a small New Mexico town where we have fast food
and Mexican/New Mexican food. While there’s something to be said for green
chili chicken enchilada casserole
(or a good pizza), when I get to the
“big city” – Albuquerque – I want something different. Indian, sushi,
or Thai are usually my top choices.
What’s your favorite hashtag
to watch on Twitter?
Although I’m not a scientist, many of my friends are, and I
do science writing for children (writing as Chris Eboch). I love great stories
about women in science, so I’ve been enjoying both the humor and the attention
given to scientific women by #distractinglysexy
What are your hobbies?
I like hiking, rock
climbing, and watching the sunset from the patio. My home office looks out on
nature, complete with distracting wildlife such as hummingbirds, roadrunners
and foxes. My BFA in photography is used mainly to show Facebook friends how
lovely the Southwest is. It’s a good thing I like outdoor activities, because
here “nightlife” means watching the bats fly out, and then
stargazing. On a dark night, you can see the Milky Way streaked across the sky.
When you read for pleasure,
what kind of books do you choose?
I prefer romantic suspense that is on the adventurous rather
than violent end of the spectrum as well. Mary Stewart is my role model, and my
biggest compliment was having one of my books compared to hers. I also like
mysteries if they aren’t too gory. I enjoy historical romance, because I don’t
write it. It’s easier to turn off the writer brain and enjoy the story. I write
for children as Chris Eboch, so I read a lot of middle grade novels (for ages 9
to 12). For those, I like fantasy and adventure stories. The dozen books I have
out from the library right now include mystery, romance, fantasy and humor, for
children and adults.
What kinds of things do
you read when you’re researching a new book?
I’ve been working on a treasure hunting series (so far The
Mad Monk’s Treasure and The Dead Man’s Treasure), so I’ve been reading about
real-life lost treasures of the Southwest. Bandits hid treasure and got killed
before reclaiming it. Travelers got lost or attacked or had to abandon their
trunks in the desert or mountains. Miners kept their gold mines top secret.
With all the stories, you might think treasure was hidden in every cave and
crevice. Many people today are still looking for those treasures. The stories
provide lots of fodder for novels. (Learn more at http://swarmchairtraveler.blogspot.com/search/label/treasure%20hunting).

About the Book

Title The Dead Man’s Treasure
Genre romantic suspense
Author Kris Bock
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn
the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but
only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt
would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who
are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves. Good
thing Rebecca has recruited some help, in the form of a green-eyed charmer
determined to show her that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s
a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that
treasure – and revenge. In a frantic race across New Mexico, Rebecca will have
to ignore caution in a defiant bid for victory. If she fails, she could lose
everything.
Action and romance combine in this
lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to
solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico.
The first book in the treasure
hunting series is The Mad Monk’s Treasure.
Each book stands alone.

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Daryl Devore shares details about the creation of Peyton Lang in the book FL.E.S.H.

About the Book

Title FL.E.S.H. (Flames Electrifying Sexy Heat)
Genre Erotic Contemporary Billionaire
Author Daryl Devore
Book heat level R
When secrets conflict with dreams, love explodes.
After a mistake by a surgeon’s scalpel shattered Fuchsia
Quinn’s dance career, she picked up the pieces of her life and moved forward.
As the owner of a small, struggling dance school in a depressed neighborhood
she supplements her income with a late night job at a dive bar. Haunted by the
fear of humiliation, if her secret is revealed, her life was under control
until the night he walked into the bar.
Peyton Lang, having run from a bad neighborhood, lives the
lifestyle of a successful billionaire. Frustrated that his current
multi-million dollar project is stalled, Peyton drops in to LEATHER-ICIOUS for
a simple drink and late night entertainment. What he saw was a beautiful
redhead. What he found was he wanted her.
After a lusty night with a hot pole dancer, Peyton and
Fuchsia’s worlds are about to collide.

Introducing Peyton Lang

Name: Peyton Francis Lang
Age: 34
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Alaska, USA
Profession: Billionaire
Describe his/ body build, skin tone, height and weight.
Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars:  Fair skinned, 6’2”, 180 lbs of toned muscle,
small scar on chin
Who is the
significant other in your character’s life?
Fuchsia Quinn
Tell us about this
character, please.
Peyton travelled from Miami to East Millburg (which is based
on Detroit) to negotiate a business deal with a woman who was blocking a
multimillion dollar project. The evening before the meeting he drops into a
dive strip club for a drink and some entertainment. He is captivated by a red
headed pole dancer. By chance he meets her in a diner later that night. They
have a hook up at a local inn. Next day he meets the woman and it turns out to
be the pole dancer. She runs a small ballet school for underprivileged
children. She’d been a professional ballerina, but an accident and then an
unsuccessful surgery ended her career.
Fuchsia Quinn is struggling with the loss of her dream job
and forced career change and the challenges and frustrations of teaching in a
severely depressed community. She’s furious with Peyton for trying to close her
school just to build a mall. But she’s also in love with the handsome and
charming man.
How does your hero
dress?
Tailor man suits – Hugh Boss, Armani
Does he scrape by,
live comfortably, live extravagantly?
With a penthouse condo on the waterfront in Miami and a 3-storey
log cabin to retreat to on weekends in Alaska and a private jet to fly from
coast to coast- I’d say he lives extravagantly.
What is your
character’s viewpoint on wealth?
He loves wealth. His father ran out on the family and his
mother struggled to raise two children. His father was killed in a bar brawl
and left him a fortune which he then tripled in dollar worth.
What is your
character’s family like?
Peyton’s mother is an alcoholic. The struggles of her
younger life were too much and she took comfort in a bottle. Peyton and his
sister have tried to get her sober, but the lure of the whiskey is too much.
Peyton’s younger sister, Lanna, is a proud woman who loves her older brother
dearly. Peyton assumed the male father figure role after his father
disappeared. When the pressure got too intense he took to drinking and started
to run with a gang, but sobered up when Lanna confronted him.
Is he close to
family?
Very. His protective of his little sister and her daughter
and has built a lovely home for his mother in Miami and keeps her well looked
after.
Does he have
children?
Not at the beginning of the book. He has a young niece he
calls Princess whom he adores. He adores her enough to sit through her ballet
recital.
How do others
perceive your character based upon looks, and is this assumption accurate?
A successful rich billionaire who has a lucky streak a mile
wide. Not completely true. He got a headstart, but he worked hard to grow that
beginning into a sizeable fortune.
Does your character
care about what others assume about him?
No. He is his own man. The world can follow him.
BONUS:
What do you think your biggest flaw is?
My Temper. It has gotten the better of me on several occasions and gets me into trouble quite a lot. 
When there is a
setback, what doubt or flaw surfaces?
My arrogance. When Fuchsia kept tossing up road blocks
stopping the construction of my latest project, my pride jumped forward
demanding “Who is this woman? And why does she think she can stop me? Me!”
What can I say – I’m human
How do you handle
challenges?
I rub my hands together and settle down to work it out. I
have a basic belief anything can be solve I f you throw enough money at it.

 

About Your Writer

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
Because I was pounding on the inside of her head demanding
that my story be written.
What do you wish your
writer had not told others about you?
The scene where I was an absolute bastard to Fuchsia. It
showed my angry, petty side and I’d rather the world just thought of me as a
handsome, charming demigod.
What other character
from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
My sister Lanna. She had an interesting life being my little
sister, but if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be the man I am today. She made me
sober up and grow up. I owe her a lot.
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
I don’t know that she loves to write. While I was bouncing
around in her head there were a lot of other characters in there – several
people, some not human and even a dragon. I think she writes to get us out of
her head so she can sleep at night.
Is there anything
you’d like to say to your writer?
Thank you for writing Fuchsia into my life. I was just a
workaholic. The desire to make more money was my driving force. Fuchsia opened
my eyes and my heart.

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Publisher New Dawning International

Author Bio

Daryl Devore lives in an
in old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a large salt water
aquarium full of fish and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has
flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks up her quiet country road, or
snow shoe across the back acres and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence
River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth and a meteorite. She’s been deep
in the ocean in a submarine, flew high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter and
used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having
fun living it.

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social
media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Saving Liam by DP
Denman.

About the Book

Title Skin Deep
Genre GayRom (MM)
Author DP Denman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
He went from homeless to porn star. Now, he’s a prisoner.
Liam’s life in gay porn is far from glamorous. Saved from the street as a young teen, he thought his life had turned around. Now he’s trapped in a new hell with little chance of escape.
Justin has loved Liam from afar for years. Oblivious to Liam’s secret career, he’s content to be a neighbor with a crush until the truth stumbles drunkenly into his apartment one night. As Liam’s nightmare grows darker, Justin must find a way to rescue him before it’s too late.
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About the Author

Award winning author DP Denman writes character-driven
contemporary romance about gay men. Her stories are real and intense, but
resolve in endings that make people want to read the book all over again. She
lives among the moss and trees of the Pacific Northwest with a rambunctious
pair of fur babies.
In her spare time, she is a dedicated LGBTQIA rights
activist with a special focus on the thousands of rejected and abandoned kids
who end up on the street every year. To support the cause, 25% of the royalties
from every book go to LGBT charities.

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

About the Author

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in
southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards,
and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the
250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the
mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native and a
direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a
childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet
tragic story of how Babushka escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her
American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another
novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the seventh-century
proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.
For the time being, however, Kim
has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The
Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, and other novels clamoring for attention. She has
been a published novelist since 1999, beginning with the original editions of
Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon and Schuster) and Liberty (writing as
Kimberly Iverson, HQN Books, Harlequin).

Interview with Kim Headlee

Why did you write
this book?
I wrote The Challenge as a bridge between books in my series
The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, which is historical at its core with elements of
action-adventure, military combat, political intrigue, fantasy, spirituality,
and of course romance. I have always been fascinated with the concept of demon
possession, and The Challenge is my experiment with this aspect of the fantasy
genre.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
These days I’m gravitating toward Urban Fantasy with
spiritual undertones, such as the Bobby Dollar series by Tad Williams.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Lessa from the Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, the first
kick-butt heroine I ever came across (decades ago, now) who retained her
femininity while being a strong, intelligent leader and warrior.
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I am working on Book 3 of The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles,
Raging Sea, and hope to have it available for sale by the end of the year.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
The gauntlet is thrown. One must
die. Refusal is not an option.
Arthur the High King of Breatein
has fallen captive of a longtime enemy, the Saxon warrior-princess Camilla, who
lusts to avenge the death of her betrothed at Gyan’s hands and will stop at
nothing, even the black arts, to achieve her goal. Because Gyan and Arthur have
grown estranged, she fears that Arthur may side with Camilla and make her his
new queen.
To meet Camilla’s challenge, Gyan
must face all her demons—public as well as private.

About the Book

Title The Challenge
Genre Historical Fantasy
Author Kim Iverson Headlee
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG for combat
violence

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Luanna Stewart author of Portrait of a Girl answers five easy
questions to help readers get to know her better.
Author Bio
Luanna
Stewart has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood.
As soon as she discovered her grandmother’s stash of romance novels, all plots
had to lead to a happily-ever-after.
Born
and raised in Nova Scotia, Luanna now lives in Maine with her dear husband, two
college boys and two cats. When she’s not torturing her heroes and heroines,
she’s in her kitchen baking something delicious.
Writing
under the pen name Grace Hood, she has two novellas published with The Wild
Rose Press. She is excited to have a book published under her own name with
Entangled Publishing.
What’s your favorite
down-home family style meal?
Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole (the kind with
a streusel topping), roasted Brussels sprouts, and gravy. Chocolate cake for
dessert.
What is your go-to meal
when you dine out?
If I got to choose the cuisine, it would be Italian. I would get
either a vodka cream sauce, or a mushroom cream sauce over pasta, a green salad
with the house vinaigrette, and I’d dip my crusty bread in olive oil. I would
have wine with dinner, and a limoncello liqueur afterward. I would also have
dessert, because I always eat dessert, hehe.
Describe the perfect
vacation.
The vacation I’m dreaming about, and saving for, is a trip to
Scotland. I’ll rent a cottage in the highlands for a couple weeks and immerse
myself in the culture. I’ll visit the area my ancestors hailed from and
sprinkle a pinch of my dad’s ashes there.
What are your hobbies?
My current #1 hobby is knitting. I learned to knit as a child and
dabbled now and then, but got serious about it within the past ten years. Everyone
in my family gets something hand knit for Christmas. And I’m building a good
collection of sweaters, socks, and shawls for me. When I sit down in front of
the TV in the evenings, I pick up my knitting.
Before the knitting, I was mad about counted cross stitch. And yes,
everyone in my family got something cross stitched for Christmas, hehe.
When you read for
pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
Sometimes I’m in the mood for mysteries – British set, cozy style are
my favorites. Other times I prefer a nice, thick, historical romance that
whisks me away to a time when ladies wore gloves and changed their gowns a few
times a day, and men knew how to waltz.
About the Book
Title Portrait of a Girl
Genre romantic suspense
Author Luanna Stewart
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When her wealthy art
dealer father died, Heather James was expecting a fortune. Instead, his bank
account was empty and Heather’s working in a bakery, wondering exactly what
happened to her father’s millions…until someone tries to kill her.
Tony Simons is on the
trail of an art theft cold case that’s practically giving him frostbite. He’s
hoping that by sticking close to Heather—the daughter of his deceased prime
suspect—he’ll find the answers he needs. Instead, he’s finding himself
distracted by a gorgeous woman who drives him crazy in every way imaginable…
Now Tony’s in serious
trouble. Even if Heather can’t—or won’t—tell him where the stolen paintings and
money are, she may well have stolen his heart.
And now someone wants
her dead…
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Monica La Porta author of The Lonely Wolf answers five easy questions
to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Monica La Porta is an Italian who landed in Seattle several
years ago. Despite popular feelings about the Northwest weather, she finds the
mist and the rain the perfect conditions to write. Being a strong advocate of
universal acceptance and against violence in any form and shape, she is also
glad to have landed precisely in Washington State. She is the author of The
Ginecean Chronicles, a dystopian/science fiction series set on the planet
Ginecea where women rule over a race of enslaved men and heterosexual love is
considered a sin. She also published two other series: the futuristic love
story across the universe, Elios & Gaia, narrated in two books; and the
paranormal romance/urban fantasy series The Immortals set in Rome. Stop by her
blog to read about her miniatures, sculptures, paintings, and her beloved beagle,
Nero. Sometimes, she also posts about her writing.
What’s your favorite down-home
family style meal?
Like every Italian, I love to cook, but I must have been
Japanese in another life, because my favorite family style meal is a big pot of
ramen soup, filled with fresh ingredients.
What is your go-to meal
when you dine out?
Either sushi or dim sum.
Describe the perfect vacation.
Cancun, my husband, and a kindle.
What are your hobbies?
When I am not reading or walking, I paint, make sculptures
with pasta ceramica (a homemade dough made with corn flour and white glue,) build
dollhouses, and I create felt food to decorate my Christmas tree.
When you read for pleasure,
what kind of books do you choose?
Love stories, in any genre. Paranormal with a sprinkle of
dystopian and steampunk is my favorite, but I love space opera as well.

About the Book

Title The Lonely Wolf
Genre Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Author Monica La Porta
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The archangel and the alpha werewolf, two men from rival species, an everlasting forbidden love.
A father and a son, estranged for eighteen years and reunited by fate.
Amidst bigotry and racism, Ludwig and Quintilius have been in love for two thousand years. Yet, their relationship suffers when Ludwig is named archangel, and he must decide between Quin and his brethren.
Lupo is a young, misguided werewolf in search of an identity and full of anger. Seeking to secure his position among the Reds, the most feared street gang in Rome, he commits himself to a life of crime, only to find love where he least expected.
After rescuing a vampire from a vicious werewolf attack, Ludwig makes a discovery that will link Quintilius’s and Lupo’s lives forever. But despite their good intentions, love and happiness aren’t in sight for the three men, while their enemies plot against them.

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