Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas in Dogtown by Suzanne Johnson‏

Suzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance (under the name Susannah Sandlin) from Auburn, Alabama, on top of a career in educational publishing that has thus far spanned five states and six universities—including both Alabama and Auburn, which makes her bilingual. She grew up in Winfield, Alabama, halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis' birthplace, but was also a longtime resident of New Orleans, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football, cheap Mardi Gras trinkets, and fried gator on a stick. She’s the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series and, as Susannah Sandlin, the Penton Legacy paranormal romance series.

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A woman who spent years escaping her rural past learns that Dogtown, Louisiana, hides more family secrets than just the recipe for boudin blanc…..

Resa Madere’s on the verge of losing it all. The boyfriend’s gone. The job’s history. Her beloved house is on the brink of foreclosure. She’ll do anything to save it—even spend a long Christmas holiday working in St. James Parish, Louisiana, helping her uncle run the family meat business. But the community of Dogtown, which has been home for seven generations of the Madere and Caillou families, has deep roots and deeper secrets. For Resa, going home is one thing.

Getting out might not be so easy.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Mistress for Hire by Letty James

Letty James has been devouring romance novels ever since she hid under the covers reading Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers. And, yes, searching for all the sexy parts. She completed her first novel participating in National Novel Writing Month in 2005 and has been writing furiously ever since, fueled by chocolate and multiple cups of tea.

Along with writing, she enjoys reading, painting, watching movies featuring studly men, and listening in on other people’s conversations.

Stranded in Paris, Nikki Sommers is desperate for a job, willing to sweep the floors of a local bakery. But Gérard Beauvais knows where Nikki needs to be – not in the bakery, but in his bed. Offering her a job as his personal assistant, Gérard introduces Nikki to the workings of international business, along with the romance and beauty of Paris.

Nikki falls under Gérard’s magnetic spell, only to get a nasty surprise when she discovers she is merely a pawn in an international scandal involving her own sister. Her heart is torn between family and a love she had only fantasized about.

Will she win Gérard’s heart or only be his Mistress for Hire?

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A wonderful month long trip to Paris with my best friend from high school. We were able to stay for free because of a house-sitting gig, which I highly recommend! We walked all over the city, having picnics, and soaking in the romance that is in the very air of Paris.

Q) How long did it take you to write? From germ idea to completion, about a year. You would not believe all the variations this book has gone through. I guess I’ll save those other versions for new characters. Never throw anything away.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love seeing how characters evolve. I must admit I have fallen in love with every single one of my heroes. It would be very tough to choose if they all sprang to life. Tee hee.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I hate editing! Just ask my critique group. Things are flowing, sounding so wonderful, then I hit a brick wall because I realize there is no way on God’s green earth the hero/heroine would do such a thing and I have to cut it.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Lois McMaster Bujold. I know she’s not “famous” in the celebrity arena per se, but she sure is famous to me. I would love to be able to tap into her brain and write as beautifully (and funny) as she does. Plus, I would use the power of her name and go meet some other wonderful authors like Marian Keyes, Alexander McCall Smith and Eloisa James. I like to read authors who can touch on the serious while still being lighthearted and throw in a belly laugh for good measure.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A bottle of Galway Bay Irish Eggnog. It’s a year old. It was a gift from last Christmas. I received three of them! Are my friends trying to tell me something? I thought I would save one to have early this year. Sure hope I get some more this season. Hint, hint.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A follow-up to Nikki’s story! I had to tell her sister Jessica’s story. Jessica is rather unlikeable in Mistress for Hire, so I had to figure out why and give her a love story of her own. And, of course, it’s set in Scotland because every woman needs at least one Highlander in her life, right? You can also check out my erotica line The Hot Shoppe series from Soul Mate Publishing. So many yummy men, so little time.

Karma by Donna Augustine‏

Donna Augustine’s lifelong ambition was to become the crazy cat lady. Unfortunately, when family allergies cut short her dream of living in a house full of furries, she turned her ambitions toward writing. Combining her love of fantasy, scifi, horror and romance, she tries to string together interesting twists on urban fantasy.

A native of New Jersey, when she isn’t writing, or overdosing on caffeine, she can occasionally be spotted in disguise at the local dog park.

People say karma's a...well, you know. Personally, I don't think I'm that bad. It's not like I wanted this job. I wasn't even in my right mind when I accepted it. 

Now, I'm surrounded by crazy coworkers like Lady Luck, who's a bit of a tramp, and Murphy's Law, who's a bumbling oaf.

But the worst is Fate. He's got a problem with transfers like myself and I have to see him constantly. It's unavoidable, since we're hunting the same man, my murderer.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
 Horrible people getting away with lousy things

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
That’s difficult to nail down exactly. I started writing down notes and formulating the premise of the book a year before I actually started it. I also have the worst sense of timing. Things I think happened a couple of weeks ago could be a couple of months ago.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Being able to do everything I want in it.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Having to do everything in it. Having full control of what happens cuts both ways. As much as I enjoy having full control of the story, it would be nice if someone could read my mind, put it down and hand it back to me so I could enjoy it purely as a reader.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
If we could go back in time, it would be Einstein. I’d love to know what it’s like to possess that type of genius for one day.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
Grated parmesan cheese. I couldn’t find a date on it but that stuff lasts a while!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
After The Karma Series wraps up, I’m thinking of dabbling in some PNR.

Thanks for having me!
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Strange Occurrences and Plausible Explanations

I’ve always been fascinated with ghosts. When I was in junior high, I bought a Ouija board. I own two packs of Tarot cards (although my favorite deck is my starter kit, but I don’t remember where I got them from). I absolutely love Ghost Hunters on SyFy, and I’ve actually been on a ghost hunt.

I’ve even had some crazy things happen to me. Let me give you some examples.

In high school, on Halloween, a few of us girls from the swim team were playing with the Ouija board. We asked the spirit to give us a sign if it was in the room, and the indicator pointed to a spider at the corner of the board.

One time in college, a group of friends and I were playing with the Ouija and asked the spirit to give us a sign it was in the room. A plant that was hanging over the window crashed onto the floor, and handprints were smudged on the blind.

Another time playing with the Ouija board on Halloween, we again asked the spirit to give us a sign, and a transformer blew on the telephone pole in the backyard and knocked out the power.

Whenever I stayed in the house of my ex-boyfriend, I would always have these horrific nightmares about corpses coming after me. He bought a dream-catcher to stave off the nightmares, which worked as long as I was sleeping under it. More often than not, he would pass out under it, leaving me on the unprotected side of the bed.

One night, he got up to go to the bathroom (I was already awake because I had a horrible dream), and on the way, he passed by a shadow figure about his height. He did a double take, then proceeded to do his business. I was freaking out, and closed my eyes, hoping that when I opened them, it would be gone. Nope. It was crouched right next to the bed, staring at me.

Despite my fascination and interest and the crazy things I’ve experienced, I’m actually quite skeptical about the existence of ghosts. People who want to see these experiences as paranormal will see them as such.  Personally, they were just coincidence to me.  I need more proof/evidence to explain it as paranormal.

The spider? He may have just happened to be there. The plant and the handprints. The hook was affixed to the wall with a sticky back. They don’t hold forever. And the handprints? It’s possible they were there the whole time and we never noticed. I mean, during the day, the blinds were usually pulled up to let in light. At night, it was dark, so we wouldn’t have been able to see them.

The transformer probably just got overloaded at that exact moment and decided to blow. It was Halloween. There were tons of parties happening that night, it might have just been it’s time.

I know there are those of you out there who would argue the other side of this. And that’s totally fine. It would be awesome to know these things were paranormal and get proof. And there are those who would freak out that I own a Ouija board. Which, yes, I still have and it’s in the closet with the other games. Because that’s all it is: a game. Parker Bros. put it out.

 Aside from these strange happenings, my friends and I also used to think it was funny to think “Pat” for every answer the “spirit” would give us, and that’s all the indicator would spell. If it was really a spirit, I would like to believe it could spell whatever it wanted, not what we were thinking.

But I’m not going to argue about the validity of a game. It entertained us, which was what it was created to do, and none of my friends became possessed with demons. On a side note, any horror movie that uses a Ouija board as the scary object that creates problems for the characters automatically loses points in my book.

The shadow is a little harder to explain, so I’m not going to try.

Even recently we had a strange occurrence happen in our house. My hubby and I had gone to bed about 10:15, and an hour later, I woke up to the TV on in the other room. I assumed that my husband had just left it on, not remembering in my half-asleep brain that we went to bed together, and told him to turn it off. He was out of it, so I had to get up and do it. The only thing I could think was that one of the pets accidentally hit the remote while jumping on/off the couch.

These things don’t usually scare me (with the exception of the shadow—stupid, creepy shadow), and more often than not they DO have a plausible explanation. I would LOVE for something else to happen to me that I couldn’t explain, but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting. And I would absolutely LOVE to go on another ghost hunt.

I’m fascinated with ghosts because I don’t really understand them, but I want to understand them. However, until I get more concrete examples or have more experiences, I will continue to remain skeptical.

What about you? What’s your thoughts on ghosts?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

How Would You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Dragon and Flame by Zoe Perdita‏

Zoe Perdita writes gay shifter romance because the only thing better than one hot shifter dude is two hot shifter dudes making out.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with a fluffy orange cat and a lively roommate. When she's not writing, Zoe likes to travel, read and play video games.


Rory Sullivan thinks he has it all, until his boyfriend breaks his heart and the new landlord raises the rent on his bar. A chance meeting with Jin Yue, a rich dragon, gives Rory hope. Jin promises Rory he can save the bar and get even with his ex – for a price.

All Rory has to do is pretend to be in a relationship with Jin. Rory’s bad boy nature, and the desire for some no-strings-attached sex make the idea way too intriguing. Even if Rory’s brain thinks it’s a bad idea, his cock heartily disagrees.

Problem is, Jin Yue might be all kinds of hot, but he’s also Haven City’s one and only crime boss – sexy, powerful and deadly. Now Rory is tied to Jin until the dragon’s mission is complete, regardless of assassination attempts, hunters or the cops.

Jin Yue won the gang war, but the battle for Haven City isn’t over.

Enter Rory Sullivan – the tatted up fire mage who can help Jin lay claim to his rightful territory. However, things don’t turn out the way Jin plans. Rory pushes all the right buttons and riles up Jin’s dragon instincts. The fire mage is the farthest thing from Jin’s type, but the heat between them sets Jin’s blood on fire.

They’re playing a dangerous game that puts both of their hearts and lives on the line. While the passion between Jin and Rory sizzles, can a relationship built on deceit grow into something more?

Warning: contains violence and graphic gay sex scenes.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Jin Yue was a popular character from the previous book in the Haven City Series (Tiger’s Den), and I wanted to tell a story about him and his sexy mate. Also, I wanted to know how Jin would react if someone didn’t fear him.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
About 5 weeks. I write fulltime and have a set word count per day, about 3000 to 4000 words, so it’s pretty easy to write a book quickly.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Everything! I get to work at home in pajamas! Also, I get to write the sort of books I want to read, filled with characters I love. It’s great!

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
That it makes my hands hurt. Seriously. That part is no fun.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Tom Hiddleston because I totes want to stare in the mirror and be like “holy crap, I’m Tom Hiddleston!” Then I’d go hang out with Benedict Cumberbatch and take selfies of us together all day.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Salad dressing. Way too old to consume. Probably over a year. Eww!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More books! I’m working on Omega’s Destiny (Lost Wolves Book 3) which will be out on December 29, 2014, and Alpha’s Gamble (Haven City Series # 7) which will be out in March 2015.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Heart of a Rocky by Kelsey Jordan

Kelsey Jordan is the author of The Gardinian World novels. Though she has a preference for all things paranormal and romantic, Kelsey admits she just writes what her muse demands of her. It’s less painful that way. When she isn’t enjoying the momentary benefits of playing god to the many characters that live in her head, she can usually be found curled up with a book, killing something in a video game, or spending time with her family. At some point in the day she is probably drinking more than her recommended dose of coffee, but don’t tell her that. She doesn’t care about recommended servings.

As a Texas native and self-described Air Force brat, Kelsey now lives in Georgia with her husband and their tutu-wearing minion.

Tor Omar James, King of the North African pride, needs one woman if he has any hope of keeping his sanity – Anise, his Soul’s Mate. There’s only one problem: she’s pregnant by Derrick, Tor of the United States pride. Anise is caught between the love that every Lycan covets and the motherly devotion to the son she would sacrifice so much for. Can Omar survive the takeover of the US pride and convince Anise that he is more man than lion?

The Defender

Asim Tyson, the Defender of the Hafiz, is fighting off the insanity of his longing after losing his Soul’s Mate in battle. Unfortunately, his self-centered existence results in the gross neglect of his people when they need him the most. When Harmony appears in his life, he is forced to make a choice. Should he resist the lure of Harmony’s caustic melody or embrace his weakness in order to keep her safe?

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Chapter One

Beyond the Bio: About Kelsey

Every author has their bio that details any number of things. Generally it's a list of accomplishments and hints to their backlists, but bios rarely say much about the person writing the books.

Since sharing is caring, here is a short list about me, the author behind the Gardinian World Novels.


*90% of my identity is wrapped up in writing.

*I like to read. A lot. I have a budget specifically for books.

*I like to do research. Most of the time its writing related, but I love doing it. #Learning

*Yes, I just used a hashtag.

*I wrote my own holy book, with holy days, prayers and ceremonies.

*I'm not arrogant enough to want people to follow my religion. It's world building related, so relax.

*I'm a gamer, mostly MMO's. Current games of choice: Elder Scrolls Online and Guild Wars 2.

*I probably should be embarrassed by the excitement I have when it comes to watching Disney/Pixar movies. I'm not, but I probably should be. I can't wait to go see the new Penguins movie!

*I don't typically watch chick flicks...with one exception. P.S. I Love You.

*I only spend money at the theater for Disney/Pixar movies and action movies.

*I'm incredibly forgiving, with the exception of three things: hurting my family and friends, lying, and cheating.

*I want to be cremated when I die.

*I've planned said "funeral". I plan on being late as usual.

*My dream vacation is to Bora Bora.

*I'm allergic to sand and scared of the ocean's occupants...namely anything that can eat me.

*I find nature terrifying and beautiful.

*I'm allergic to most of that ( ^ ) too. :)

*I genuinely believe that you can't go wrong with Asian or Mexican food (real Asian or Mexican).

*I have an unhealthy attachment to chips and salsa.

*Finally, I'm a touch OCD and ADD, hence the list and it's randomness. You're welcome. #Squirrel Yes, another hashtag.

So tell me: What is a fun/weird fact about you?