Thursday, October 30, 2014

Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey


Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

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Gretchen is struggling with her newfound gift as a Whisperer; the constant buzzing in her ears from detecting spells is more frustrating than fun, especially when she is spending time with one of the Order of Iron Nail’s Keepers, the icy but strikingly handsome Tobias Lawless.

But while Gretchen tries to hide the truth and resolve her feelings for him, London fades from beautiful and bustling to deathly silent …Something evil is once again menacing Mayfair, and Gretchen and her cousins must use their powers to prevent a horrible sacrifice. 


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1- What inspired you to write this story?
I love Pride and Prejudice and the Regency era and I love stories about magic and witches. Putting them together just seemed like the best combination: cake *and* ice cream! Plus, women were very constrained in the early 1800's, I kind of love giving them magic as a secret weapon.

2- How long did it take you to write?
Whisper the Dead took me about a year to write. I rewrote it about 7 times. It was a tricky one, constantly shifting!

3-What is your favourite thing about writing?
I love that I can travel anywhere, from back in time to worlds that don't exist! The best moments are when I get lost in a story and I look up and hours have passed and I had no idea. Time stops for stories.

4-What is your least favourite thing about writing?
I used to dislike the editing process but now that I've got the hang of it, I like to see the book getting polished and becoming better with every little tweak (or massive overhaul! that happens too). I still don't like having to give up my Canadian spelling of words like "neighbour" and "honour" though.

5-If you could be any famous person, who would you be and why?
That's a great question! I'm not sure I'd want to be anyone famous, but I would love to be invisible for a wee bit to visit The Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Robin Hood, Marie Antoinette... And to kick Henry VIII in the shins!

6-What is the oldest thing in your fridge?
I've recently cleaned out the fridge so it's nice and bare...but the way lettuce turns to slimy swamp matter in the back of the crisper when you forget it's there, is rather gross.

7- What can readers expect from you in the future?
Always more books! More kissing and more snark and more ass kicking! Also, a new young adult paranormal novel with with Entangled Publishing! Details coming soon on my website www.alyxandraharvey.com

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Claim by Sierra Cartwright

Sierra Cartwright was born in Manchester, England and raised in Colorado. Moving to the United States was nothing like her young imagination had concocted. She expected to see cowboys everywhere, and a covered wagon or two would have been really nice!

Now she writes novels as untamed as the Rockies, while spending a fair amount of time in Texas…where, it turns out, the Texas Rangers law officers don't ride horses to roundup the bad guys, or have six-shooters strapped to their sexy thighs as she expected. And she's yet to see a poster that says Wanted: Dead or Alive. (Can you tell she has a vivid imagination?)

Sierra wrote her first book at age nine, a fanfic episode of Star Trek when she was fifteen, and she completed her first romance novel at nineteen. She actually kissed William Shatner (Captain Kirk) on the cheek once, and she says that's her biggest claim to fame. Her adventure through the turmoil of trust has taught her that love is the greatest gift. Like her image of the Old West, her writing is untamed, and nothing is off-limits.

She invites you to take a walk on the wild side…but only if you dare.


It had to be her.

He won’t be satisfied until he claims her.

Kennedy Aldrich has perfected the art of dodging any romantic entanglement that will lead to marriage. That is until he sees Mackenzie Farrell at a BDSM gathering.

When they meet, he’s entranced by her intelligence and submission, not to mention her stunning good looks. For the first time, he has met a woman who captivates his interest on every level, someone he wants to share his life with.

Mackenzie is overwhelmed by Kennedy's attentions. A failed marriage taught her to distrust men, and she's vowed never to walk down the aisle again.

It takes all her resolve to resist the devilishly handsome dominant. After all, the whole world knows of his legendary reputation with women. Every feminine instinct warns that this man will demand more than she can offer.

But she hasn’t counted on Kennedy’s determination to claim her and prove that love is worth any risk.


Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of public sex and anal play.

Praise for Crave, book one in the Bonds series:
"An intense love story..."

"A sizzling read..."

"Fascinating and hooked me from the start..."

Plover Landing by Marie Zhuikov‏

Marie Zhuikov has had a long interest in environmental issues and helped with efforts to restore piping plovers to Wisconsin Point on Lake Superior. A nonfiction writer for a water research program, Zhuikov is also a poet and is active in the writing community of Duluth, Minn., which she calls home.

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This sequel to “Eye of the Wolf” finds Melora St. James working to restore an endangered shorebird to the coast of Lake Superior. Melora’s peace and her focus on the piping plover are interrupted when Drew Tamsen, the boyfriend she thought she lost to another woman and another way of life eleven years ago, shows up on her office doorstep. He wants her back. They have a few things to work out first: Drew chose life as a werewolf over being with Melora, and after a painful divorce, Melora is in no hurry to trust or give her heart to another man -- even if he’s one she never quite got over.

Their story is interwoven with that of the plovers, who are threatened by foxes, loggers and the Federal Aviation Administration. Then there’s Demetri, a mysterious boy Melora and Drew find lost on the beach. In helping Demetri discover who he is and make his first real friends, Melora and Drew learn secrets about themselves, building community, and coming to terms with the past.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
My publisher requested a sequel to “Eye of the Wolf.” Since it took me 17 years to write that novel, I was worried about how long it would take to write a sequel. So I started writing “Plover Landing,” with hopes that I had learned a few things along the way that would make the writing process faster this time.

I got the idea for the story from work and research I did to write a grant to restore an endangered shorebird (the piping plover) to the shores of Lake Superior. But I also wanted to call attention to climate change, and to give Melora, the main character from “Eye of the Wolf,” the happy ending she deserved.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Turns out, I did learn a thing or two that made the writing process faster. It only took me two-and-a-half years to write “Plover Landing.” That’s on top of having a full-time job, no husband, two children, and a needy dog.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I enjoy using my imagination to fictionalize real issues and places. My day job involves writing nonfiction stories about science, so I feel that novel writing balances me out by allowing for a different type of creativity.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
All the work it takes to ensure your writing is understandable to the reader. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it all came out perfectly the first time?

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Bono from U2, because I think he is so awesomely cool. His life is totally different from mine and I’m sure I’d learn a lot if I were Bono for a day.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A tube of Bengay-like muscle ointment left by my ex-husband. It must be about five years old now. But I keep it there because my youngest son is an athlete, and he uses it sometimes.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I just finished my first short story. It’s a rather dark paranormal tale set in the Great Lakes. I’m not sure what I will do with it, but it makes me want to write more short stories before I settle into another novel. I do intend to write a sequel to Plover Landing. I’d like to show readers what happens in Melora’s life. There’s also the mysterious Demetri, a boy with special powers, and I could do a lot with him.

Conceiving Evil by Jenna Fox‏


Jenna Fox is a civilized hillbilly, mother, author and wife residing in Eastern Tennessee. She enjoys reading and jotting down poetry in her spare time. Besides juggling a busy family life, Fox reviews and critiques for other authors and crafts her own dark erotic tales. Stories always feature a mysterious alpha male with unexpected twists to shock the reader. She believes in HFN and HEA endings, although not always in a romantic or conventional way.

Her work is born from real life experiences, an overactive imagination and a consuming caffeine addiction. Sometimes she finds herself writing sex scenes on fast food napkins and store receipts while waiting in traffic, but she’s always guilty of keeping her mind in the gutter. Fox is a listener of hard rock music and a watcher of classic slasher films. In short, she’s a writer, a storyteller, able to make a boo-boo all better with just one kiss and a proud, world class expert at screwing up recipes and scaring away closet monsters. She believes in ghosts and God and is absolutely convinced chocolate soothes the savage beast.

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Like everyone else after the economic crash, Abby Torrance was struggling financially. But then Dorian Lincoln, a political and business icon, sweeps her off her feet and into a life of promise. He’s a man who has enough power to change the world for the better, a man who can give hope to the masses, a man who can give Abby a baby.

But the road to Hell is paved with good intentions and Abby is having strange dreams that seem both a warning and a prophecy.

How can she give the evil undertones of her dreams any notice when she’s busy focusing on conceiving?


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
First, thank you for having me!

When I sat down and began drafting, the story was to be included in a free Halloween anthology with some well known authors. After the draft was complete, I sent it to my CP. She loved it and recommended it should be a stand alone.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
About four weeks start to finish. That includes the first draft, a harsh critique and a rewrite.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Being able to entertain people with my imagination. It’s pretty cool.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Definitely drafting. It’s easier to throw my computer against the wall. For me drafting is the preliminary blueprint or ‘fleshing out’ of a story. I tend to dump information too early or not early enough. Sometimes it raises new questions: How long should a sex scene be? What do the characters need to say to each other? It’s pretty frustrating.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I don’t think I’d enjoy being famous. People in the public eye tend to have a lot of issues and immense stress. I think I’d rather be happily un-famous.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Wine. Whenever I buy a bottle, one glass is all I can stand. The rest sits in the fridge or gets poured down the drain a year later.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Hopefully more of the same. Erotica with subtle horror.

Soulfire by Juliette Cross‏


Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories.

She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school.

Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.

Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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In a world divided by prejudice and hatred, only love can bridge the chasm.

Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.

As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.

Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest enemy of Jessen’s father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms, his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the man refuses to admit the truth.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
JC: I’d decided I wanted to write a story set in a completely new fantasy world, particularly with dragons, as they hold such a mystical allure. I searched dragon images and was flipping through different paintings when one stopped me dead in my tracks. It was a beautiful, dark-haired woman with magnificent dragon wings standing next to a dragon. That’s when I got the spark of the idea of a dragon-hybrid race. I mused about how it would be cool if this race lived alongside humans, then I started considering plotlines. I realized racism between the two species would make for a good conflict, and the perfect setting for star-crossed lovers. That’s when Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet popped to mind, so I molded the story to fit the classic tragedy, but of course changing it to a happily-ever-after.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
JC: About a month. It’s novella length, about 32K, but even so the story poured out of me as did the next two. I don’t know. I opened up a door into the Morgon world and, fortunately, the ideas keep coming. J

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
JC: When my muse hits me strong and a story fills my imagination till it’s on the page. The excitement of a new, fresh idea being born is one of the greatest feelings.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
JC: Editing. Editing is the hardest part, because you sometimes must work and rework the same scene or paragraph or even sentence over and over until it’s right. I love and adore my editor, Corinne Demaagd, for making me edit till it’s the best I can do. The hard work pays off in the end, because I produce something I’m proud of, even if it’s never perfect.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
JC: Hmmm. J. K. Rowling, I think. I’d love to see the world with her imagination. I also love that she’s become so famous and managed to maintain a somewhat private life. I’d also just love to live in England. Haha!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
JC: I think it would be a bottle of raspberry vinaigrette dressing. It’s probably four-six months old. It sounded good when I bought it, but I tend to stick to my Caesar or Ranch dressings. (Word to the wise: don’t go shopping when you’re having weird cravings. And no, I wasn’t pregnant when I bought it.) Thanks for the reminder. I think it’s time to toss it.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
JC: Well, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year. I’ll be releasing the next two Nightwing novellas—Windburn (Feb. 2015) and Nightbloom (Sept. 2015). I’ll also be releasing my first book in a spin-off series called Vale of Stars. Waking the Dragon (June 2015) will be the first novel of many to delve deeper into rising conflicts and ultimately war in the Morgon world. I also have a demon hunter series, The Vessel Trilogy, coming out in 2015—Forged in Fire in January, Sealed in Sin in April, and Bound in Black in July. One thing I’m really looking forward to is attending the RT Convention in Dallas in May. I can’t wait to hang out with so many of my friends in the book world. Hope to see some of you there!


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The Necromancer’s Betrayal‏ by Mimi Sebastian


Mimi Sebastian raised herself on books and the strange and unusual, and an unhealthy dose of comics and movies. When a career as a punk guitarist failed to materialize, she completed her degree in urban planning, spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps, and another three years in Brazil. By day, she debates the merits of transport oriented development, by night she writes about necromancers and pirates. She’s convinced she could live off coffee, ice cream, and comic books, but is sure only one of those is good for her health.

She's a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Mimi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.

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Her powers have been hobbled. Her enemies are growing stronger.

Old loves challenge her. And her worst betrayer may be herself.

Necromancer Ruby Montagne is battling for her life in the realm of demons. Unfairly branded for the death of a fellow necromancer, she’s got to prove her innocence without the full use of her magic. And the real culprit is still on the loose.

While someone is stalking her friends among the witches, Ruby searches for answers inside the dark intrigues of both the demon and necromancer worlds. Ruby must confront this new, sinister threat while reconciling her feelings for her former lover, a demon warrior. Only it’s difficult . . . because a sexy vampire is making it clear that he’d like to be a lot more than just friends.

The competition for Ruby’s trust heats up as the enemy pushes her toward a dark side that could threaten the entire realm. Yet what can Ruby do when she’s not even sure what she is? With the fabric separating the realms at stake, she must decide whom to trust. But will the ultimate betrayal be her own?


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Christmas in Transylvania By Sandra Hill


Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories.

She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.

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For the first time ever the leader of the Viking Vampire Angels, Vikar Sigurdsson, has been talked into celebrating a traditional Christmas! The tree has been decorated, the gifts have been wrapped and the stockings have been hung. And that’s mistletoe, not cobwebs hanging from the ceiling of the creepy castle full of vangels…really!

The icing on the vampire cookie comes when vangel Karl Mortensen rescues Faith Larson, a battered young waitress, from her abusive boyfriend and hides her in the castle amidst the Christmas chaos. But what Karl thought was a frail young teenager is actually a very tempting woman. And she thinks his fangs are sexy!

But a strange “Christmas visitor” at the castle and demon vampires up to their old tricks could threaten the budding romance between Karl and Faith. It’s an impossible match: a human and a vangel, but Christmas is a time for magic.

Karl and Faith don’t stand a chance…


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