Author Interview One Last Hold

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I’m interviewing Angela Smith today, author of romance / suspense “One Last Hold”. My questions are bolded, Angela’s responses are in regular font.

Q: What’s the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part of being an author is having to work at my real job full time. Although I do love my job, it’s hard when I’m really in the middle of a story when I’m writing in the mornings and I have to quit so I can get to work on time.


Q: Can you give a short synopsis of your book? What inspired you to write this?

Champion auto racer Wesley Webb’s world turns upside down, once again, when Caitlyn Daniels reenters the picture—and this time she’s out for a story on him. He’s being investigated for murder, and Caitlyn knows all about his secret past. When Caitlyn is assigned to do an exclusive story with the reluctant race car driver she once loved, she believes this could be her purging. But chemistry tears apart her resolve to stay strong. Can they work out their differences and fall in love again, or will tragedy keep them apart?

The characters inspired me to write this. Their voices became too strong to ignore. Also, I loved the thought of writing about second chances.


Q: How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I don’t really have set hours per day that I write, and I have been known to skip writing at times, but I do try to spend a couple hours a day writing. Sometimes I might get in an hour in the morning an hour in the evening.


Q: Name your top 5 favorite books?

Do I have to only pick five? Ugh, there’s so many. I love Sandra Brown and every single one of her books is a favorite. Fat Tuesday really stood out to me because I read it around the first time I started romantic suspense. The Bible, because you could read a different story out of it every day and there’s so many different stories to be read. Romance, adventure, inspirational.  Karen Robard’s Beachcomber (another one that really instigated adding suspense to my writing, along with my job). Gone with the Wind will always be a favorite. And Stephen King On Writing


Q: What are you working now?

I’m working on a new romantic suspense novel about an undercover investigation. And that’s all I’ll say for now! It’s way too new to share!

About The Book

OnLastHold_CVR_MEDTitle: One Last Hold

Author: Angela Smith

Genre: Romantic Suspense

He has a shaded past…

Wesley Webb is at the pinnacle of his auto racing career when his main rival is murdered hours after their confrontation. That, along with evidence found at the scene, shades him as prime suspect. Now he’s under intense press scrutiny, particularly from Caitlyn Daniels, an ex-girlfriend who knows all about his secret past.

And she’s the one woman who could expose him…

Caitlyn thought to never see Wesley again. Now, his life could be in her hands. Ten years ago, a tragedy tore apart everything she held dear, including their relationship. When she’s assigned to do an exclusive story with the reluctant race car driver she once loved, she believes this could be her purging. But chemistry tears apart her resolve to stay strong. Can they work out their differences and fall in love again, or will tragedy keep them apart?

Author Bio

During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been my dream ever since her mother read ‘Brer Rabbit’ to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it before being able to read. Before venturing into writing, she fell into the perfect job in criminal justice and later became a certified paralegal. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she loves to craft, read, go off-roading, and dream of all the places she’ll visit one day.

Links

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Goodreads

Amazon Author Page

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Cover Reveal After Death

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I’m happy to host a cover reveal today for “After Death”. I like this cover – the black silhouettes, the bubbles in all kinds of colors. It looks great.

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About The Book

Title: After Death

Author: Elle Jefferson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

It’d been building for months, festering inside her, begging to come out, but she controlled it.

But standing over his body, watching blood pool beneath his chest and soak into the carpet, waiting for him to take his last breath, she knew.

Control could go to hell.

They all could go to hell and she’d send them there.

She was letting the monster out.

And with it, she would get her revenge.

Links

Twitter: @oohlalakrysa
Facebook: AuthorElleJefferson
blog: Ellejefferson.blogspot.com

Promo Post The Progeny

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About The Book

AA_PROGENY_MEDIUMTitle: The Progeny (The Progeny Series #1)

Author: Ashlynne Laynne

Genre: Paranormal Romance

THE PROGENY (The Progeny Series #1)

“No fate other than the one I choose.”                        

The timeless creed and tattoo bore by the Rousseaus— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher, a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.

Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula—a prearranged union to a woman he abhors —he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.

Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna—a beautiful, bi-racial human Wiccan—and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.

Author Bio

AA_ASHLYNNE_LAYNNE_LOGO_SMALLAshlynne Layne is an award winning songwriter, poet, and author of erotic paranormal and contemporary romance. She’s always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing night stalkers of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny.

Ashlynne loves writing on the edge—combining the erotica and romance genres—and thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the wicked, damned version of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently working on books six and seven of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Alterity Series, and a novella spin off. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write exclusively one day soon.

She lives in the Carolinas with her husband and son.

More about Ashlynne

Zodiac: Leo

Favorite Music Genres: Alt Rock, 90’s Grunge, Pop

Favorite Musical Acts: Maroon 5, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Adele, Rob Zombie, Robin Thicke, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Drake, Justin Timberlake

Favorite Movie Genre: Horror

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Authors: Stephen King, Anne Rice

Foods: Yogurt, Chocolate Milk, Chicken Alfredo

About The Progeny Series

At its core, The Progeny Series is simply about a man and woman who fall in love. The fact that he’s a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors. This series encompasses a family dynamic of which we’ve never seen.

The Rousseaus share a common mortal and immortal bloodline, but loyalty is the thread binding this vampire clan. Shauna and Ascher’s dissuaded love only strengthens the family bonds. Their unique union transcends bloodlines and completes the prophecy, defying the beliefs of centuries old covenants while shattering the wall between the Wiccan and vampire worlds that have existed for ages.

This series is erotic paranormal romance intended for adults and contains strong sexual content, adult sensuality, language and themes.

Follow Ashlynne Online

Ashlynne on FB * The Progeny Series on FB * Twitter * GR * AshlynneLaynne.com * Reader Email * Amazon Author Page * Ascher and Shauna’s FB Page * Blog * Q-Rotic Press on FB Page * Q-Rotic Press.com

Buy the Series

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Book Review Phoenix Rising

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Author: Leila Lacey

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Phoenix James is plus sized dynamo, she is tall and light skinned, very earthy and eclectic in the way she dresses.

Phoenix is funny and fun loving; she has the personality that can make friends in the desert. Outgoing and charismatic, easy to talk to. She is the girl that all the girls want to have as a friend and the girl that all the fellas think is cool. She is loyal to her friends and family to a point of sometimes hurting herself if they are not being true to her.

She is single and has no kids, she has been married once and that relationship ended in divorce after he cheated on her. Although on the outside she seems totally confident and comfortable in her own skin to the public; she is sad and insecure about her weight and finding true love, Because of her insecurities her choices in men have been bad and most times disastrous.

Nick Crowne is 6’2” with broad shoulders and chocolate brown skin and brown eyes. He was born and raised in Britain so has and accent. His dimple on his right cheek gets him out of a whole lot of trouble with the ladies. Always being a slender man he is not much of a gym rat but still has an amazingly toned body with a deep sensual voice; he was married to the love of his life who died in a car accident 6 years ago, with their two year old daughter. He is not looking for nor does he have a desire to be in a relationship. He has decided that he will never let that pain touch him again. Besides the fact that being married to him was dangerous because of his family.

Nick is a man with culture and pride in being a black man. He donates extensively to scholarships for under privileges black children to go to college. He is a shark in business and a teddy bear in private.

He does not lie or sugar coat things he feels that, is just a way to cause more heart ache in the end. Being that he is so blunt and honest many people feel he is cruel and do not understand him. Born to a…. what American’s would call mafia family, he once worked 3 jobs and went to school full time to create a good life for himself and his family outside of a life of crime. He has worked hard for all he has and will fight dirty to keep it.

Phoenix is a fun and loving person, with a charming personality. However, she also suffers from a crippling insecurity about her weight, especially after her husband cheated on her. She’s made some bad choices in love, and is reluctant to fall for anyone again. Nick Crowne, broad-shouldered with an amazing voice, lost the love of his life in a car accident six years ago, along with their young daughter. He’s been haunted by depression ever since, and is reluctant to fall in love again.

But when the two of them meet and the chemistry is off the roof, they might have to give love another chance.

This is an inspiring, romantic read featuring realistic characters that instantly captured my heart. The writing works, and the plot is believable, and heart-warming. Recommended to all contemporary romance fans.

Promo Post Phoenix Rising

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I’m hosting a promo today for contemporary romance “Phoenix Rising”. Enjoy!

About The Book

23287678Title: Phoenix Rising

Author: Leila Lacey

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Phoenix James is plus sized dynamo, she is tall and light skinned, very earthy and eclectic in the way she dresses.

Phoenix is funny and fun loving; she has the personality that can make friends in the desert. Outgoing and charismatic, easy to talk to. She is the girl that all the girls want to have as a friend and the girl that all the fellas think is cool. She is loyal to her friends and family to a point of sometimes hurting herself if they are not being true to her.

She is single and has no kids, she has been married once and that relationship ended in divorce after he cheated on her. Although on the outside she seems totally confident and comfortable in her own skin to the public; she is sad and insecure about her weight and finding true love, Because of her insecurities her choices in men have been bad and most times disastrous.

Nick Crowne is 6’2” with broad shoulders and chocolate brown skin and brown eyes. He was born and raised in Britain so has and accent. His dimple on his right cheek gets him out of a whole lot of trouble with the ladies. Always being a slender man he is not much of a gym rat but still has an amazingly toned body with a deep sensual voice; he was married to the love of his life who died in a car accident 6 years ago, with their two year old daughter. He is not looking for nor does he have a desire to be in a relationship. He has decided that he will never let that pain touch him again. Besides the fact that being married to him was dangerous because of his family.

Nick is a man with culture and pride in being a black man. He donates extensively to scholarships for under privileges black children to go to college. He is a shark in business and a teddy bear in private.

He does not lie or sugar coat things he feels that, is just a way to cause more heart ache in the end. Being that he is so blunt and honest many people feel he is cruel and do not understand him. Born to a…. what American’s would call mafia family, he once worked 3 jobs and went to school full time to create a good life for himself and his family outside of a life of crime. He has worked hard for all he has and will fight dirty to keep it.

Author Bio

IMG_0328Leila Lacey is a romance author living in Michigan. With 3 Amazon Best Selling Books. Her unique, yet titillating, genre blurs the lines between romance, interracial love and erotica. Now in her late 30’s, Leila has been passionate about writing since age 10. She can often be found traveling the world, enjoying water sports, listening to jazz music or volunteering at Vista Maria, a local youth program for young women. Leila, above all else, loves her friends and family. It is with their support that she is able to create magical scenes of true human intimacy on every page. Follow Leila Lacey on her endeavor to be America’s next New York Time’s Bestselling Author!

Links

http://www.leilalaceyromance.com

https://www.facebook.com/leilaslaceromancebooks

https://twitter.com/leilalacey1

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXSLACY

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Phoenix-Rising-Goddess-Leila-Lacey-ebook/dp/B00MXSLACY/ref=la_B00K82W080_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1411990238&sr=1-3

Release Day Weekend Experience

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We’re celebrating the release for erotic romance “Weekend Experience” today!

Buy Weekend Experience on:

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The Experience series on Kindle.

Weekend Experience

49abee_b9add4d56f2945828a42ebba1ebc7f1a.jpg_srz_p_231_323_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzBeyond 50 Shades … Way Beyond!

WEEKEND EXPERIENCE is an intimate exploration of kinks and fetishes by an unlikely couple, with thoughtful and philosophical discussion by the characters, and graphic descriptions of their erotic adventures.

Sam and Kelly have role-played some of their most intimate fantasies in an atmosphere of openness and trust.  Now, Sam wants to share with Kelly new kinks, fetishes and sensual pleasures.  Kelly is more than a willing participant:  She is the mirror by which Sam sees that his openness and submission is as important as Kelly’s.  A visit by her friends leads to new fantasies for both of them.

The Experiences series is an epic love story of erotic relationships and sexual desires. Written in a ‘literary realism’ style, the series introduces Sam in the prequel, and the blossoming of his intimate relationship with Kelly as the series progresses. Fantasies and real-world adventures coalesce to mold a unique bond between unlikely lovers. Where needs are mutually satisfied in an open, creative and trusting environment. Where physical and mental boundaries are pushed. Where the concepts of love and sex are never confused, but sometimes confusing. Where openness is required and intimacy is expected. And where fair-is-fair, regarding the punishment of transgressions.

Contemporary erotic romance: Suitable for mature readers, aged 18+ years.

Experiences:  Book 3 is 101,000 words, 17 chapters, 336 print pages

Acclaim from reviewers:

“Erotic, sexy, imaginative, and descriptive”

“The dialog in this book is top notch”

“Origins of a Fetish is well written, fast paced, and a true page turner”

“After reading Origins of a Fetish, I truly wanted more”

“An extremely sexy novel that is filled with substance”

“Will leave you questioning your own beliefs on sex”

WARNING!

This work contains mature content, including graphic sexual descriptions and scenes, and is provided for adults only. The Experiences series contains scenes of psychological and physical submission, discipline, and medical fetish.  The characters explore various fetishes, which evolve throughout the series.  ALL CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK ARE 21 YEARS OLD OR OLDER, and all activities are consensual.

 

About The Author

SimoneFace Small 140811An adventuress and traveler, Simone is a sensual being who loves to read stories that excite her.  She takes exception to authors who promote their works as ‘dirty’, ‘filthy’, or ‘smutty’:  She believes that sex is wonderful in all of its incarnations, and doesn’t shy away from graphic descriptions of realistic sexual experiences, no matter how messy.  Her writing is mainly in the ‘literary realism’ style – i.e., it is wild (even outrageous) … but could really happen to you!  She values openness in relationships, and demonstrates this through her characters.

Prior to becoming an author, Simone was a nurse.  One of her pet peeves is reading erotica that gets simple anatomy wrong!  She is continually bewildered by women who haven’t explored their own bodies.  Another pet peeve is the mostly hung-up Victorian society prevalent in the U.S. and U.K., and she tries to do her part to change that by introducing people to new sexual and sensual experiences through her erotic writing.  The activities in Simone’s books are quite realistic, as she has participated in most of these in ‘real life’, as surreal as it may seem.

Simone is currently completing the Experiences series, which will run an estimated 1,000,000 words!  That is why she refers to it as an ‘epic’ romance, although each volume is intended to stand on its own, with a ‘happy for now’ ending.  Experiences combines literary style and philosophical discussion by the characters with graphic portrayal of sex in all of its kinks and fetishes.  You may not like all of the things Simone’s characters do … but neither do they.  Their exploration of new experiences will hopefully motivate some readers to explore their own sexuality to a greater extent.

Simone loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.   In fact, she hopes you will feel ‘free’ sexually and spiritually, as well.  Please follow her on social media and her blog.  On her website, you may interact directly with the main characters in her books, including asking them questions in order to understand their perspectives in more depth.

You can sign up to her mailing list to learn about new releases, and take advantage of promotions.  All readers on the mailing list will be sent an excerpt from each of her next novels, prior to publication.

You can contact Simone at sf@simonefreier.com

Visit Simone’s website:  http://simonefreier.com

Friend Simone on her Facebook page:  http://facebook.com/SimoneFreierAuthor

Or, tweet Simone at:  http://twitter.com/simonefreier

Links

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The Experience series on Kindle.

Author Interview Naked Truth Tour

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I’m hosting an interview today for the book tour for M/M contemporary romance “Naked Truth”. My questions are bolded, author’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Great question! I think there are a few things authors find difficult whether finding the time to write, slogging through edits, or getting out of their writing cave to meet readers. For me the hardest part is marketing. The process itself isn’t that tough. It’s just incredibly time consuming. You can take breaks from writing but you can’t take a break from marketing. It’s a daily process whether you’re in the mood or not.

Can you give us a short synopsis of Naked Truth? What inspired you to write this book?

 Absolutely! Naked Truth is book three of the Saving Liam series. It follows Liam and Justin as they confront the biggest part of Liam’s past. I won’t spoil it for you guys but a few things become clearer and karma finally catches up to the man responsible.

So far, it’s my favorite book of the series. You get to see Liam taking control of his life. I also introduce a few new characters, which was a lot of fun.

The series was my chance to bring a silent epidemic to the attention of the readers. Homeless kids have been my passion for at least 20 years. This was my chance to illustrate something few people recognize as a recurring tragedy. Thousands of kids live on the street in the US, invisible to nearly everyone. Thousands more are in Canada, England, France, Ireland, etc. That’s millions of kids in the wealthiest countries on earth living on the street because home isn’t a safe place for them. They either ran away to escape abuse or are thrown out by parents who don’t understand what it means to be parents. In the US, 40% of those kids were abandoned because they are LGBTQIA. In Canada, it’s 30%. All because of something they can’t control and can’t change.

The Saving Liam series tells the story of one of those kids and shows the reality of what happens when you force a teenager to fend for themselves with no means of support, no resources, no family.

How many hours per day do you spend writing? 

At least three. That’s my bare minimum.

Name your top five favorite books. 

That is a tough question. My favorites change a lot! There are so many incredible authors out there telling so many great stories. It’s hard to choose. I do have a few favorite series, though. I love the Harry Potter books. JK Rowling has such an incredible talent for painting a scene. You feel like you’re really in the cupboard under the stairs. I’m addicted to the Cal and Niko Series by Rob Thurman. It’s one of the few I’ve actually read more than once. The Sandman Slim Series is another. I love that character. He’s one of those great flawed protagonists that you like even when he’s being a jerk. The Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva is definitely on the list, too. I can’t imagine the hours of research that went into putting that together. I’m in awe of every book.

What are you working on now? 

My current project is book four of the Saving Liam Series with a few other projects gathering speed in the back of my head.

About the Book

NakedTruth_500x750Title: Naked Truth (Saving Liam, Book 3)

Author: DP Denman

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Buried lies never die.

Liam has a new career, a new condo, a newfound sense of control and none of it is quite right. Shadows drift behind the bright sparkle of his life; things he’s determined to ignore until a shocking revelation makes it impossible. With the help of Justin and a new friend, Liam must face the life he’s buried.

Book 3 of the Saving Liam series.

Author bio

Award winning author DP Denman writes character-driven contemporary romance about gay men. Her stories are real and intense but always resolve in the type of ending that makes readers want to start the book all over again. She is from the Pacific Northwest and bases all of her stories in Vancouver, British Columbia, a city that is dear to her heart.

In her spare time, she is a dedicated LGBTQIA rights activist fighting for those who have been marginalized and abused. To that end, 25% of the royalties from every book go to support LGBTQIA charities.

Links

http://www.dpdenman.com
https://twitter.com/dpdenman
https://www.facebook.com/dp.denman
http://dpdenmanauthor.blogspot.com

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Giveaway

You can win a $25 Amazon gift card during the tour for Naked Truth!

Go here to participate in the giveaway.