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A book release includes a book cover, blurb, buy links,
short questionnaire, and social media contacts for the author.

Interview with Brita Addams

Why did you write this book?
I have a deep
interest in the history of New Orleans, having lived there for many years. I
wanted to write a story about a part of New Orleans that no longer exists.
What is your favorite genre to read?
When
researching, I read histories, biographies, and real-life stories. For
recreation, I enjoy historical romance. I very rarely read contemporary
romance.
Who is your favorite character from fiction
(not including your own)?
Hands down,
my favorite character is Sydnam Butler from Mary Balogh’s Simply Love. His
broken, dark life has stayed with me for years.
What are you working on at the moment, and
will see from you in coming months?
I am
finishing up Cedar Grove, the story of Emile Dauterive, who readers met in
Beloved Unmasked. I’ll have it submitted by the second week of January. Then
I’m diving into the finale of Tarnished Souls, but I’m itching to start work on
a Civil War era story. We’ll see.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Born to a spiteful prostitute in Storyville, the red-light district in
New Orleans, David comes into the world as Picayune, meaning “of little value,”
or, as his mother reminds him, “nothing.” In the early 20th century brothels
and clubs, his love of music sustains young Pic until a life-changing meeting
places him on the road to respectability, and Pic reinvents himself as David
Reid.
As David realizes happiness for the first time, conscription forces his
friend and first love, Spencer Webb, into the Great War. While he pursues a law
degree, letters from Spence connect David to his hopes for the future. After
staggering news at war’s end, David must find a way to move forward. Under the
tutelage of his benefactor, David’s career prospers, but specters from
Storyville threaten all he’s worked so hard to achieve.
The past holds both pain and love. Will facing it head-on destroy David
or give him everything he’s ever dared dream?

About the Book

Title –  Beloved Unmasked
Genre  Historical Gay Romance
Author  Brita Addams
Book heat
level (based on movie ratings): R

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

About the Author

Allie Ritch is a multi­published author of sizzling sci­fi and
paranormal romance. She has an active imagination and enjoys entertaining others
through storytelling. Allie lives in her own little world in the Southeastern United
States, where she spends time appreciating the ocean and sunshine.

Interview with Allie Ritch

Why did you write this book?
Just My Type is the second book in my Vampire Territory series.
After writing the first book, Drinking Partners, I knew I had other characters demanding
to have their stories told, and Eryx pushed his way to the forefront for book two.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love paranormal romance and sci-fi romance equally, which is
why I write in those genres too.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including
your own)?
Do I have to pick just one? Because I’ve got a lot of favorites.
Right on the spot, though, I’d have to say Nix from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After
Dark series. Or Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s In Death series. Or Rhage from J.R.
Ward’s Blackdagger Brotherhood series. Or… Yeah, it’s hard to pick just one.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you
in coming months?
I’m working on the rest of the Vampire Territory series, so keep
an eye on my blog and/or Twitter feed for announcements about the next release.
I can tell you that book three features Jaide, the only female warrior among Alex’s
guards.
Please tell us about your latest book.
There’s trouble in vampire territory, and Melody is right in
the middle of it. A new arrival from Eastern Europe named Taspar Tong is out to
take over her masters’ domains using the army he has at his command. Mel is a personal
assistant, not a soldier, and big male vampires scare her.
That includes Eryx, the dark-haired warrior who is always watching
her and baiting her with his remarks. If only he didn’t look so sexy. Mel figures
Wess Gage–their human captive–is a far safer love interest, although Wess is part
of the Human Rebellion bent on exterminating all vampires. Can he really see past
his prejudice, or will he turn on her?
There are two dangerous men in Mel’s life. She just has to decide
which of them is her type–the one who makes her feel human again, or the vampire
who makes her blood boil?

About the Book

Title Vampire Territory 2: Just My Type
Genre Paranormal Romance
Author Allie Ritch
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Open House: Pool of Souls.

Krystal Shannan, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Open House: Pool of Souls Book 1

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover artist: Lauren McCauley
Length: 53 pages
Heat rating: Spicy
Blurb:
Intrinsically woven into the fabric of human existence, Aphrodite, Titan Goddess of Love and Passion, dedicates herself to matching soul mates….Rebecca Carol and Robert Corvin missed their original chance to bond when Ares, God of War, took control of Robert’s career ten years ago. Their souls have naturally pulled them back together for a second chance at love, but… How far with the gods go to get their own way? Will divine influence create another perfect match or will it tear them apart forever?
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Hero: Robert Corvin – 31 – Owns and operates a large software engineering company. Moving to Houston, TX.
Heroine: Rebecca Carol – 28 – Works as a real estate agent in Houston, TX.
Excerpt:
A deep male voice boomed through her garden, breaking her concentration. “Aphrodite!” The images of Robert and Rebecca swirled and were lost as the pool’s surface went clear. She turned to face the irate male.
“Ditee! Why can’t you just leave well enough alone?”
Aphrodite leaned against the cool rock and gave him a lazy smile. She’d expected Ares to complain. Robert Corvin played a key role in research and weapon development for the United States. No human got into his position without a little shove from the god of war.
“I will do exactly as I wish, especially when it comes to souls who have searched as long as these two have.”
“He’s mine, Ditee. I’ve finally got him where he will be of most use, and now I hear he has moved. Because of a girl! I knew it was your fault. Hands off.” His eyes flashed red, and a deep growl rumbled from his chest.
Aphrodite rose to face him. Her power rose and flamed within her, causing her skin to glow white. Ares took a step back. “You will not speak to me so rudely,” she said, her voice taking on its godly attributes, booming across the garden like a sonic wave. Ares stumbled a little from the force. “I am your superior. These souls deserve to be together, and you will not interfere.”
“The hell I won’t.”
***
Rebecca Carol parked her blue Honda Civic in front of the Williams Realty building on the north side of Houston, Texas. A heavy sigh escaped her. Her boss’s white Mustang sat next to the building. Drat! She had hoped to arrive first, grab her list of appointments, and leave before Marion Williams even showed up to start the day. No such luck.
The bell jingled above the door when she pulled it open and stepped into the office lobby. Vanilla roast hung fresh in the air. She might be a martinet, but there was no denying Marion made the best coffee.
“Rebecca? Is that you?” Marion’s shrill voice came from her office.
Marion Williams ran an excellent business, and most of the time, she was a reasonable boss, but lately her personality had become grating, like a cat clawing a chalkboard. Her nasty divorce was the cause for most of it, and Rebecca couldn’t really blame her. Who wouldn’t be irritable if you found out your husband had cheated on you for the last ten years?
“Yes, Marion. I’ll be right there. Let me put my things in my desk.”
“No, no. Come here first.” Her urgency was uncommon, and Rebecca moved swiftly, dropping her purse on the sideboard outside the door.
Purple and yellow were the company colors, and Marion’s office was quite a testament to them. The carpets were a bright summer-yellow. The desk was white, and the drapery and pillows in the window seat were a rich royal purple. A purple brocade high-back chair sat in the corner by a small bookshelf. The décor was a very bold statement, but Marion pulled it off.
“Is something wrong? You sound worried.” Rebecca stood in the doorway and waited for Marion to look away from her computer screen.
“Ah, no. Nothing wrong, just strange.” Marion continued to type.
Rebecca cocked her head. Her boss tore her gaze from the screen and met Rebecca’s. “You have an appointment today.”
“Just one?”
“I’m covering your other two.”
Now Rebecca was really curious. Marion never covered her appointments.
“Don’t look at me like that.” Marion tucked her bangs behind an ear. “I don’t know how you got this. I should be the one running this appointment, but you were requested by name. It’s a very high-profile client from out of town.”
Interesting. Rebecca shifted her weight from her right to her left foot. It was better to wait on Marion than to pressure her. She frowned as Marion gave her outfit the once-over and grimaced. Rebecca didn’t make enough money to dress in the designer labels like her employer, although with the impending divorce, Marion might find herself with less spending money than usual.
“The showing is in The Woodlands. You will need to go home and put on something nicer. Your dress is too casual.” Marion shook her head and looked back at her computer screen.
Rebecca swallowed a snort. The white floral dress was quite nice, especially paired with the cute green wedge heels. They gave such a nice pop of color. Most of Marion’s dislike came from the fact that they weren’t name brand.
Marion handed her the clipboard with the appointment information, and Rebecca’s mouth went dry.
Robert Corvin.
“Do you know this Robert Corvin?” Marion asked.
Rebecca glanced up from the clipboard and stared at her.
“I should be handling this appointment. You’ve never handled a sale this large.”
Rebecca tried to speak, but nothing came out.
“Rebecca!”
“Yes, ma’am. We went to high school together.” Her voice finally emerged to quell the storm in her boss’s face. With that said, Marion seemed to relax a bit.
“Well,” Marion gave her clothing another demoralizing examination. “I still think you should go home and change into something more appropriate. This is a really big sale. I want you to give him a very good impression of my office.”
Rebecca nodded. Marion leaned back in her chair. “I want this sale, Rebecca. I don’t care what happened between the two of you back in high school. Don’t let it stop you from sealing the deal.”
“Yes, ma’am. I will do my best. I’m surprised he even remembers who I am.”
“Men remember more than you think, young lady. He wouldn’t have asked for you if he didn’t remember you.”
“I should go. The sheet says he wants to meet at ten, and it will take me nearly an hour to get to the property.” Rebecca paused for a moment. “Is there anything else you need me to do, Marion?”
“No, get going. Call me after and let me know how it went.”
Rebecca nodded and walked out of the office. She picked up her purse and keys from the sideboard outside Marion’s door and waved to Paige, the receptionist who had just arrived. The bell jingled again to announce her exit.
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She wondered if Robert would remember her. Probably not, it had been so many years. He’d probably tutored a lot of girls in freshman algebra.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
Well, Open House: Pool of Souls is my first published book…. so I’m just getting warmed up. I’ve been writing for years. It was only just this past year or two that I’ve really pushed myself to take the leap into publication.
What websites do you visit daily?
Facebook, my blog, and Twitter…. does email count. I feel like I’m always in my email.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Write more! I wrote constantly in high school and college, but after I got married I let it go for a while. I wish I hadn’t.
Do you have a muse? Describe this person, please.
I don’t have one particular muse. My characters are my muses. My characters whisper…. does that sound strange. I joke that I have a multiple personality disorder, but that’s how it feels to me sometimes. ROFL! My husband has even told me he’s had conversations with some of my characters in the middle of the night. So apparently, even when I’m sleeping, they are creeping around up there!
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Absolutely! There was the one time… it involved Mexican dominos…. satisfying someone….. and a whole lot of laughing. It’s not in a book yet, but it totally is going to be.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were a writer?
I teach elementary music in a Texas public school, but I’ve also worked as a bank teller, and in a department store.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read mostly contemporary, paranormal, and a few science fiction romance thrown in for good measure. Lately I have started a couple of romantic suspense. Pretty much anything with a ‘Happily Ever After’ is fair game on my Kindle.
What do you think is the future of epublishing?
I think it will continue to grow and eventually dominate the publishing market.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
I’m going to Greece! My dream is to see the ruins at Athens and on Crete. I would pull down my travel bag from my closet, load it with clothes, shoes, my husband’s toiletry travel kit, make up bag, my camera, a beach towel, and I’m ready to go!
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I really enjoy thanksgiving. It’s all about being grateful for what we’ve been given and celebrating with family…..plus really really really good food!
What good book have you read recently?
I actually just finished Jennifer Probst’s The Marriage Bargain and Laura Kaye’s Hearts in Darkness.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Read. Watch TV. My favorite show is LOST GIRL and MERLIN.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Kate Hudson…. hands down! I love her snarky sense of humor paired with loyalty and down-to-earth friendliness.
Which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible.”
The first, LOL. I just go with the flow most of the time.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with canadian bacon.
I’m always ready for fun.
When I’m alone, I read.
If I could dance I’d want to be on dancing with the stars.
I can never stop writing because the characters in my head would torture me.
Krystal Shannan

Books Coming Soon

Pool of Souls Book 2
A Very Russian Christmas (Decadent)
Holiday Chase

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Other sites: AmazonAuthor Page
Sharon Kleve, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Klutzy Love.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Buy links:
Publisher: Books To Go Now
Cover artist: Books To Go Now
Length: 100 pages
Heat rating: Low simmer
Tagline: Clothes are Flying and People are Dying
Blurb:
Corny is a hot chick with a great
job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had
an accident involving an oversized rubber band. She’s still a hot chick, but
her boss is dead.
Steve Spears is a seasoned
narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After
finding out Corny’s dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he
doesn’t want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That’s his job!
Corny misses Steve, but she’s
getting on with her life. She decides to get a month’s worth of dating out of
the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things—men, food,
and alcohol.
Steve’s big gun and cop’s
intuition saves Corny’s life, but not from another trip to the emergency room.
He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again—she agreed, but has her fingers
crossed behind her back.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Corny Myers, 29, Pet Detective
Steve Spears, 30, Narcotics cop

Interview

Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does
it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Klutzy Love, book three of The
Corny Myers Series is a paranormal romance. Klutzy Love goes back to the beginning
when Corny and Steve first meet. All three books have strong humor elements, lot’s
of interaction with animals and a sexy cop.
How do you come up with ideas?
Every Saturday and Sunday morning
my husband and I take a long walk and talk about the crazy things Corny should do
with her sidekicks (animals). He’s says he’s not a romantic guy but he comes up
with creative ideas that I would’ve never thought of. The other walkers must think
we’re crazy.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
I joined Romance Writers of America
and the local chapter, Peninsula Romance Writers of America. I go every month to
our meetings and seminars. I volunteer as the chapter Treasurer. I went to the Emerald
City Writers conference last year and met the most incredible women and a few men.
I guess my answer is I spend time with other authors and keep educating myself.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
It makes me extremely happy…I
crack myself up.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Besides writing; my husband, my
cat, and cooking. Most recently I befriended a neighbor’s male Mallard duck. We
have deep conversations and he agrees with everything I say. He nods his head up
and down and says, “Quuack, quuack” I love a man who thinks I’m right
all the time.
Would you consider self publishing?
Be Mine
Not right now. I feel a strong
loyalty to Jenni Conner at Books To Go Now. This is a tough industry to be in. Every
review is very personal and you can get crushed pretty easy. She’s always there
to listen and put a positive spin on things. If it wasn’t for Jenni, I wouldn’t
be where I am today.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
I have a day job, but I’m able
to squeeze in at least two-four hours daily and I write four to five hours on Saturday.
Writing fulfills me like nothing else ever has.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your
work?
A big laugh, a big smile and a
better appreciation for animals… ha ah!
List two authors we would find you reading when taking
a break from your own writing.
Janet Evanovich & J.D. Robb.
In both series, the authors create wonderful and exciting relationships between
the heroine and the hero.
Why do you write?
Why do I write? Well, because the little voices in my head tell
me to—seriously, I’ve always talked to myself—now I put the voices on paper.
I was a late bloomer and didn’t start my love of reading until
I was in my twenties and then I couldn’t get enough of the wonderfully, smutty Harlequin
books.
I’ve worked in the government sector for fifteen years and always
dreamed of having a job that I could work from home. This crazy idea came to me
one night, after reading a particularly sizzling romance. Why not try my hand at
writing one? So, out of the blue I told my husband I was going to write a Harlequin
novel. He said, “Okay.”
I figured I’d read enough of them, I could write one—no problem.
Eight thousand words later; I realized it was harder than I thought. I also realized,
I wasn’t writing what I was most comfortable with—animals.
I put my Harlequin attempt on the back burner and started writing
“The Boss from Hell”. My boss, who I adored, had been fired and his replacement
was a living-terror. It was really easy to come up with material to write about
and of course I threw in a bunch of romance and of course animals. Ninety thousand
words later I was still optimistic that I could write for a living, but I’d need
a lot of support, my cat couldn’t give me. The support came in the form of Romance
Writers of America and all the people involved in the local chapter.
Several of the members of my local chapter read my book and made
numerous suggestions, one of them came from an independent publisher—Books to Go
Now. She told me to put the novel aside for now and try my hand at a short story.
That’s where I incorporated the paranormal aspect to my writing and it really clicked
for me.
I submitted ‘Flamingo Blues’, as a Christmas short story to Books
to Go Now and I was offered my first contract. ‘Be Mine’, a Valentine short story,
is book two of ‘The Corny Meyers Series’ and in addition to a contract, I won the
holiday contest too. Woo hoo! Klutzy Love is book three of ‘The Corny Myers Series’,
which came out in August 2012.
I’ve been a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none, my whole life.
I’ve worked in restaurants, weight loss centers, worked in a fish cannery and even
worked in a top salon in Seattle, but none of that was as satisfying as seeing my
own words in print.
That is why I write….
Flamingo Blues
If money were not an object, where would you most like
to live?
Italy. I would sit in a relaxing chair in my beautifully manicured
garden. Eat bruschetta made from my home grown tomatoes, basil, and olive oil, on
warm baguettes. Well, to be honest, I do that now, but Italy would be awesome.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality
and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
It would be an unusual book store,
only selling eBooks. You could bring in your Kindle or Nook, and sit in a comfy
chair and read through the latest eBook menu. You’d select your download and then
come to the counter and purchase a gourmet sandwich, salad, wine, or beer and then
enjoy your read.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Show and tell; I could always
find a bug or frog to bring in and talk about. My love of animals hasn’t diminished
over the years, only gotten stronger.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
“Warning: May be nuts.”

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with roasted garlic, andouille sausage, mushrooms, and black olives.
I’m always ready for a good steamy romance and a glass of chardonnay.
When I’m alone, I think about my husband and what I’m going to feed him for dinner.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m not a natural red head.
If I had a halo it would be
a pitch fork
.
If I could be an animal, I’d be a bald eagle and rule over all the other birds.
I can never bungee jump because I’m afraid of heights.

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Paul, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s discuss your book first, and then dive into the interview.

Book title: The 5 Moons of Tiiana

Genre: Science Fiction

Buy links: Amazon, my website (www.5moons.com)

Publisher: Sphere Publishing, LLC

Cover artist: .R. Bale

Length: 159,007

Heat rating: PG13

Blurb:

The 5 Moons of Tiiana is a science fiction narration on a soldier caught in the middle of an interstellar war, faced with rescuing the princess he loves, and solving a 2000 year-old mystery that just might yield the secret to bringing peace to both sides of the galaxy.

What are your main characters’ names? Occupations? Ages?

Rez Cantor / Captain of the Shadow Guard / 36 yrs

Leanna / Princess of Melela / 16 yrs

Philip Golan / scientist / 38 yrs

Oolat / Solula / age unknown

Ahska / Motula / age unknown

Interview with Paul T Harry

How did you get your start in the industry?

I first got into writing about forty years ago. I had read a story in the historical book that so intrigued me I felt the story need to be fictionalized and expounded upon. That was my first foray into writing a novel. Needless to say, that was way before the web and way before self-publishing and when I finished the book I couldn’t get anybody to read it. That was extremely disheartening and did little to soothe my ego.

Sometime later I was reading the Sunday paper and the little news blurbs they use for filler. One of the blurbs was a short article on the EPA investigating something or other and shortly below that was an article about Arnold Schwarzenegger starting to film Terminator two. It was then that an idea struck, and I began to wonder what would happen if the world’s ecological systems collapsed and someone, say from the future had to return to the past to save the world. I was really taken by that concept but I knew a story wouldn’t do it justice.

Now my background in high school and college was theater. In fact, I had written a rock opera in college with two other friends, and we obtained some moderate success with it, but I had never written a screenplay before. So I got a book by an author by the name of Sid Fields on screenwriting, and I went to the University library, and I began looking at screenplays and how they were formatted. Taking that knowledge I wrote my first screenplay and I entered it into the Nevada screenwriting competition. To my surprise I took third place and suddenly doors began open. It was so much easier to have Hollywood open to looking at my material than a book publisher. So for the next 30 years I spend most my time writing screenplays.

Now fast-forward to the present. Everybody and their brother wants to write the next hit movie; the field is cramped with screenwriters and the competition is stiff. And, to make matters worse, Hollywood now is less willing to take a chance on an unknown—so what’s a writer to do? Well for me, the answer was simple. Get back what you do best—write a killer story and use today’s technology to put it out to the public. So that’s what I did.

What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?

As I stated earlier, when I started writing, computers were comprised of a small six-inch screens with green lettering. There was no Word or WordPerfect, and the Internet was a fledgling baby. Now today, we have a world filled with Internet connections, social media, and the means to advertise to millions. So for me, it’s learning how to master all these new social happenings like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

What websites do you visit daily?

Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, KDP, CNN are just a few.

If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?

The opening. I was never satisfied with the way my first book opened. But ironically, thirty years later I ran across something that gave me a technological inspiration, and I’m thinking of revisiting that story and making a few changes. We’ll see if it works.

What do you enjoy most about life?

Figuring out why we do it. Why do we come here? And what are we supposed to learn? I believe that there’s a reason for everything. For me, just getting up each morning and counting my blessings is enough. I have a terrific family and a decent life. Sometimes that’s all you need.

If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?

Don’t smoke the pot, stupid. It’s a waste of time.

Do you have a muse? Describe this person, please.

I can’t say that I have a muse per se, but I did have a very good friend who passed away from cancer several years past. He was my sounding board. I could runs ideas passed him, get his feedback, and he wasn’t afraid to give me the truth whether I liked it or not. I miss him.

What does “balance” mean to you as a writer?

When I find it I’ll let you know.

Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?

Not really.

What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were a writer?

I grew up in Las Vegas. I spent many years there as a craps and blackjack dealer in a number of major casinos. The stories I could tell would probably curl your hair, but that’s another tale.

Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?

I would recommend this one: The 5 moons of Tiiana.

For this story, I did something that I’ve never done before. I wrote it in first person. I did this for several reasons. First, I wanted to emulate one of my favorite authors, Edgar Rice Burroughs. He was the author of Tarzan, and more importantly, John Carter of Mars. His John Carter series was written in first person, and surprisingly, I found it easier to voice my main character in the same way.

I think writing in first person allows the story to flow. It enables the reader to have a personal attachment to the main character as he forgoes the trials and tribulations of his journey. It also allows the reader to learn or discover the story at the time as the main character. I just find it more personal, and I’ve already had a number of readers who normally don’t read science fiction take a chance—to their surprise they’ve enjoyed the story.

Additionally, I’m not an overly abstruse writer. I like to follow everything I learned as a screenwriter. Grab your audience as quickly as possible and hold on to them. I believe this book is a good example of that. I think it grabs you in the first few pages and doesn’t let go—at least I hope so.

What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?

The books I read are little out there—not exactly your standard fare. I am intensely curious about what our fate is, where we go after here, and the expansion of our lives within the universe. One of my most recent reads was: journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life between Lives by Dr. Michael Newton. You know the old adage, “truth is stranger than fiction.” Read this and you will know why.

What do you think is the future of e-publishing?

I think e-publishing is awesome. I think it opens up a world of incredible possibilities for many many people. Never before have we been given the opportunity to put our thoughts, dreams, and desires out to the general public with such ease. I would equate it with the advent of the printing press, and a revolution in the making.

What was the proudest moment of your life so far?

I could say it was the birth of my children or getting married, (they were great), but honestly, it was the standing ovations I got for the rock opera I co-wrote and produced while in college.

Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?

I would take my wife and daughter to Hawaii with only the clothes on our backs. Anything you need to be bought there and it’s only the memories that mean anything anyway.

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Christmas, seeing my daughter go nuts says it all.

What good book have you read recently?

Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life between Lives by Dr. Michael Newton.

Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?

I quit my job at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and went to the Eagles concert at the Mandalay Bay.

What do you like to do when you’re bored?

I’m not sure with the PG rating is on the site, so let’s just say I sleep.

If you were a color, what color would you be?

Red, maybe blue.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with spicy stuff.

I’m always ready for (see the bored question).

When I’m alone, I try to get things done.

You’d never be able to tell, but I goof off a lot.

If I had a halo it would be tarnished.

If I could sell a million books I’d quit my stupid job.

I can never stop because it feels too good.

Find Me Here

Website: http://www.5moons.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RezCantor

The Second Door. 
TC, Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
The wonderful Lee Martindale
was kind enough to tell me about Outlantacon at a different convention last
year. Once I knew about it, I couldn’t imagine NOT being there. Being a guest
only has me looking forward to it that much more.
How did you hear about Outlantacon?
Ooops, think I already
answered that!
What panel are you looking forward to the most?
Good God, there are so many,
and on so many topics, I honestly can’t choose! I MAY have committed myself to
more than I think. It’s that whole ‘eyes bigger than my stomach’ thing.
Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
I used to, but haven’t in the
last few years. When I did, most of the RPGs I involved myself with revolved
around vampires, were-beasties, and a broad assortment of other supernatural
beings. I know, I know… that could be just about ANY RPG, right? I’m sly like
that.
What new project are you working on now?
I’m currently in final edits
on the last book in my Fruit Basket series with Torquere Press. I’m all working
on the final draft of a book in a different series, also for TQP. I have a
futuristic thing I’m working on in fits and starts, as well as an
urban-fantasyish story that’s also not getting my full attention. Yep, I do
tend to multi-task.
How do you come up with ideas?
To be honest, I have no clue.
It’s like walking, really. I mean, I get up and I just do it, right? If
pressed, I could possibly give some half-arsed explanation of ‘one foot in
front of the other and these muscles do this, and these bones react by moving
in this fashion, and there are ligaments and such involved’, but that doesn’t
mean I actually understand it.
Ideas are lovely, in that
they tend to simply appear. Sometimes more fully formed than others, but still.
And they could come from ANYWHERE!
What is the most important thing you do for your
career?
I just keep writing and do my
best to keep my relationships with my publishers friendly but professional.
Above all, I keep writing. There is no writing career otherwise, right?
What do you enjoy most about life?
That’s difficult to say,
really. Today I love the solitude to get things done, but tomorrow I might love
being in the middle of a crowd and screaming at the top of my lungs for a
favorite team. I suppose my favorite thing is having the freedom to do what I
do, and having friends and family who love and support me.
How do you balance life with deadlines and work?
A Game of Hearts
Balance? What’s that?
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid?
I can’t get too specific here
(pretty sure the statute of limitations has run out, but there’s no such thing
as being too careful in some situations). I will say it involved an orange
traffic cone, a welding mask, a poodle, and spaghetti. Let’s just leave it at
that.
If you could give the younger version of yourself
advice what would it be?
Honestly? “Don’t do that
where other people can see you!” (And no, I’m NOT going to elaborate. That
would be bad. :P)
Do you think keeping secrets is good or bad?
I think it depends on the
secret and whether it’s mine or someone else’s.
List two authors we would find you reading.
Charles DeLint and Robert
Heinlein.
A biography has been written about you. What do you
think the title would be in six words or less?
Don’t Do This At Home!
How do you respond to negative people?
Generally, I don’t.
What’s the best way to say no?
No. Short, simple, and leaves
very little room for misunderstanding.
If money were not an object, where would you most like
to live?
Somewhere warm but not too
hot year round, with a beach close by. Of course, all my close friends would
need to live there too.
What song would best describe your life?
‘I Want to Live’ by This
Mortal Coil. Thank God you didn’t ask me why! J
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Probably whatever they didn’t
want to do themselves!
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your
personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Assorted bits and pieces of
this and that. I’m a bit of a contradiction, to be honest.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Leaving at the end of the
day. J
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a
pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
How about a story telling how
a significant other ran off with a pet, leaving me with neither? Not that I
have a story like that, but if I did, it would be funny. Or sad. Probably
funny, though. *hee*
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Swim at own risk.
What’s the difference between
a duck?
One of its feet is both the
same. *nods* Swear!
Unexpected

Please fill in the blanks

I love pizza with spinach, broccoli, and artichokes. And
no cheese, cuz I’m weird
.
I’m always ready for trouble. In fact, I look forward to
it the way some people look forward to birthdays
.
When I’m alone, I read, write, and dream (sometimes all
at once)
.
You’d never be able to tell, but I plan to someday take
over the world with my trusty sidekick Pinky. *mwahahahaha*           
If I had a halo it would be rusty
and resemble a heavily battered and abused pie tin
.
If I could play guitar I’d be a rock star… or at
least one of those people who THINKS they are and makes all their friends come
see them play crappy shows at dive bars where it’s possible to catch diseases
just by walking through the door. I’m just that good
.

Upcoming Projects

I always have five or six
irons in the fire, so… as I said above, the next (and final) Fruit Basket book,
Concord Grape: Unexpected, will be out mid-May.
I’m toying with starting a
new series, though I’m not sure which publisher it’ll be for, and I’m hoping to
finish the futuristic sorta thing, as well as the urban fantasyish one.
Many other things in various
stages, so… define ‘upcoming’ for me? Heh-heh.

The Public Can Find Me Here

Website: http:tcblue.wordpress.com
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