Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Character Interview: Ashby Overton from BENEATH THE STONES by Susan Coryell


1. Where are you from? Did you have a happy childhood?
Simple question—double-edged answer. I was born on historic Overhome Estate in Southern Virginia, a working horse farm on beautiful Moore Mountain Lake. I lived there for two years until my parents were both killed in a car accident. My aunt and uncle, Helen and Madison Overton, adopted me and moved me to New Jersey where they were both educators. I have no memory of my birth parents; I have had the most wonderful upbringing and life with my adoptive ones. But, my situation did lead me to accept an offer from another uncle to come back to Overhome for the summer to act as an au pair to my then seven-year-old cousin, Jeff. I wanted to search out my roots—find out who Ashby Overton really was. What an eventful summer that turned out to be! You’ll have to read about it in A RED, RED ROSE!
2. Where do you live now and what do you do for a living? Is there something you’d rather be doing?
Oh, my life is so close to perfect, I can hardly believe it’s not a dream. See, I have my writing degree now and a job free-lancing, I’ve inherited Overhome Estate, my parents are coming to live here and—drum roll—I’m getting married at the end of the summer. What could I possibly rather be doing? Actually, there is one problem—and it’s a doozy. Overhome Eatate is in financial trouble. It’s up to me to fix it.  I’d rather be doing almost anything than that.
3. What’s going on in your life right now? I’ve gone over every possible solution and the only thing I can come up with that has a chance of working to save Overhome is to sell off 50 back acres for real estate development. I know, I know...it might compromise my historic family estate, but there are simply no other options. Anyway, I’ve contacted a Realtor and I’m ready to go forward with the project. I haven’t told anybody, though. Not my fiance, not my parents, not my aunt who still lives at Overhome.  I’ve already identified a spot of trouble with my plan. There’s an old cottage on the 50 acres I want to sell. It’s so covered in kudzu and hidden in a grove of trees that I didn’t know it existed until now.  When I first approached the dwelling, I got a strange vibe that alerted my sixth sense. Even my horse noticed it. If my five years at Overhome have taught me anything, it’s to be wary of the spirit world all around us.
4. Is there someone special in your life? Well, DUH! Of course, my love, my intended, the gorgeous hunk of manhood that I plan to marry at summer’s end!
5. How did you meet? What is his family like? That first summer I spent at Overhome, Luke was the stable boy—actually the head groom—and he considered me a Yankee invader, I think. Of course, I thought HE was a country hick with a thick accent and bad hair. It took riding lessons with Luke so close to me every day, for us to get to know the real US. And it’s been the real us ever since. As for family, Luke is an orphan—just like me. He was pretty much raised by his Grandfather, Abe Murley. They lived in the guest house on Overhome Estate.
6.  What’s keeping you two apart? Two things: Luke is finishing up his veterinary degree at Tech and he’s only able to get home when he works with a local vet. We make the best of our time together! The bigger problem is a little harder to explain. You see, with my plan to sell off acreage surrounding that ancient cottage, a mean and angry spirit has made it clear that I am going to have a hard time completing the sale. It actually physically attacks me or vandalizes the property whenever I move forward with my development plan. I am terrified that this negative force will somehow keep our wedding from happening.
7. What one thing could you do that would make you feel like the relationship will work out? Oh, never fear. Luke and I are solid, though I dread the thought that our marriage might have to be postponed until we get everything in order with Overhome’s financial situation.  If we can purge the property and the cottage of the evil spirit—understand what is motivating all the negativity as a way to eradicate the problem, we’ll have a fighting chance of saving Overhome. And our wedding will actually happen on schedule.
8. Any last comments? When you live in an ancient house, you have to expect history to affect your life in the “now.” The people who lived there over the decades—who worked and loved and fought –the families and friends and, yes, even the poor slaves, especially the slaves—their aura, their souls, inhabit the very atmosphere you breathe every moment of every day. You cannot escape the past; understand it, learn as much as you can and revere the truth when you find it. Only then will you know your real place in the world. 
Buy Links: Beneath the Stones is now available at all online bookstores in both print and e-book formats:  Amazon paper back or Kindle version - Barnes and Noble Nook version.
 A word about the author…
Susan has long been interested in Southern concerns about culture and society, as hard-felt, long-held feelings battle with modern ideas. She was able to explore these themes in her cozy mystery/Southern Gothic A Red, Red Rose, whose fictional setting is based on Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. Beneath the Stones is a stand-alone sequel to A Red, Red Rose. Susan is also the author of the award-winning young adult novel, Eaglebait.
When she is not writing, Susan enjoys boating, kayaking, golf and yoga at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. She and her husband love to travel, especially when grandchildren are involved.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Joan Reeves: Round Robin Interview with Summer Fire Authors



 
I thought it would be fun to ask some of the authors of the Summer Fire Contemporary Romance Collection the same question because I knew the responses from these New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors would all be entertaining to readers and informative to writers.
Question: What is the title of your book in the Summer Fire Contemporary Romance Collection and how does it represent your style or your brand?
Gennita Low, author of Sizzle. “Sizzling passion and flying bullets.”
My story is titled SIZZLE. My writing slogan is "sizzling passion among flying bullets." Heh. Does that answer the question? My style tends to be the study of high emotions during very stressed times. I slow things down so my characters can take a time-out and then I speed it up again because danger is always around them. I love to "watch" how my hero and heroine deal with moments of pure reaction.
Kym Grosso, author of Solstice Burn. “Love and erotic temptation in the tropics.”
Solstice Burn is my book in the Summer Fire Box Set.  I'm probably most well known for my erotic paranormal romance series, the Immortals of New Orleans.  Like that series, Solstice Burn is an erotic romance, but it's contemporary, so no vampires or werewolves. :-)
Victoria Danann, author of A Season in Gemini. “A breath of fresh romance--normal and paranormal.”
My book is titled A Season in Gemini. This is my first crossover into Contemporary Romance. My writing style that won Best Paranormal Romance Series two years in a row (2013 and 2014) is the same. I'm just writing without supernatural elements, which has been a fun change for me.
L. Wilder, author of Summer Storm. “Can their love survive the storm?”
My book is called Summer Storm, and it is a MC Romance Novella. It is filled with Romance and Suspense.
Cat Miller, author of Sun Burnt. “Sophisticated city girl’s wild ride with a cowboy.”
Honestly, I just started writing contemporary romance in 2014. Until now I've been a paranormal romance writer. If there is a similarity between my work in the two genre it's strong females and high drama.
Mimi Barbour, author of Big Girls Don't Cry. “Why cry when no one is listening?”
Big Girls Don't Cry represents my brand because of the characters I created. I love writing memorable people who have to deal with important issues. First, we have Remi Calder, a big girl who has a lot of self-confidence in her work as an accountant and in her hobby as a home designer. But, she's ridiculously clumsy around men and situations that make her nervous. Which of course means she's a bungler around our Scottish hero. Dr. Eadan Fleming is a man who's had it with skinny, beautiful debutantes. He wants a nice girl from now on, one who will be happy to join him for a meal where he won't have to watch her pick away at a chintzy salad.
To add a bit of conflict, we have Greta, an overweight teenager who, because of the bullying she's suffered at school, is ready to say “good-bye cruel world.” As a bit of comic relief, Eadan's brother, Graeme, shows up every so often. He's that likable, I might have to write him his own story. I'll let the readers decide if they want to read about his romance. (If you like the chap as much as I do, let me know.)
Helen Scott Taylor, author of Irish Kisses. “Second chance at love in an enchanting Irish castle.”
My book is Irish Kisses, the first in the Wishing Jar trilogy, all set in a castle in Ireland. It is sweet contemporary romance like most of my other contemporaries. I love setting novels in the countryside, often in manor houses or castles. Recent books of mine have been set in England and Scotland.
Clarissa Wild, author of Killer. “Bitterness turns into an obsession; a stalker is born.”
My book is Killer, and it's a romantic suspense prequel to Stalker. It is raw, gritty, and features imperfect characters with very bad tendencies. I like my characters smart and badass, which is exactly what Killer is about.
Mona Risk, author of Husband for a Week. “Never fall in love with a fake husband.”
My contribution to Summer Fire anthology is Husband for a Week, a romantic comedy encompassing some light suspense, and sprinkled with emotion and humor. This story follows my tag line: Around the world with stories that shimmer with emotion and sizzle with passion.
Lorhainne Eckhart, author of His Promise. “A love they thought would last forever.”
His Promise is my book in the Summer Fire Box Set. It is the story of a man and a woman who were childhood sweethearts and thought their love would last forever. I love to write about deep love, family, and emotional obstacles thrown in the path of my characters. Often of their own making. Kim and Bruce were inseparable as teens and believed their love was strong enough to overcome everything.
Joan Reeves, author of Heat Lightning. “Secrets, lies, passion. Secrets can kill.”
I’m known primarily for the sexy romantic comedies I write. Heat Lightning, a sexy romantic suspense, is edgier and has a dramatic premise. However, as the heroine becomes “stronger” the mood lightens so that in the end, my trademark “books that leave you with a smile” is there.
Brandy L Rivers, author of Summer Rhythm. “Doug never could resist Chloe. Is she back for good?”
I write mostly paranormal but do a little contemporary. This is a spinoff of my Others of Seattle series. The first book in that series deals with the singer from Nights Embrace, Roxana Nights. The third book deals with the guitar player and her brother, Michael Nights. Doug is the bass player and he's close with all of them, but he really wants nothing to do with the supernatural around him. In fact, he's stuck in the past, pining over a girl he never could have. At least until his story takes place.
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Joan Reeves, whose book in Summer Fire is Heat Lightning, is a bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Available as ebooks and audiobooks, her romance novels all have the same underlying theme: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Joan lives her happily ever after with her husband in the Lone Star State. Sign up for WordPlay, Joan's free email list for readers: http://eepurl.com/Yk61n.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Release: Not Vanilla: Voyeurism



Blurb - Not Vanilla (Voyeurism)

USA Today Bestselling Author Roz Lee, and Bestselling Author Jennifer Lynne, invite you to taste the forbidden in a brand-new series offering a tantalizing glimpse into a range of "flavors" that are definitely not vanilla!



The first in this series, Not Vanilla (Voyeurism), includes Watch Me by Jennifer Lynne and Lookin’ Good by Roz Lee. These sexy, novellette-length stories are designed to take you into the erotic world of the watcher and the watched, while still holding onto the romance.



Blurb - Lookin’ Good by Roz Lee

I wish I had never told Travis my deepest, darkest secret—that I like to watch. I should have known he would want to give me my heart’s desire. I love him more than anything, but I hate him for using my weakness to try to win me back. Moreover, I hate myself for not being able to turn down the gifts he brings me. ~ Bailey Rose 

Blurb - Watch Me by Jennifer Lynne
I was so afraid, when my husband uncovered my secret. Afraid he'd hate me, or think me disgusting, or be completely turned off. Equally scared this watching game I play with our sexy neighbor might be shut down for good. Can William bring himself to join my addictive Sunday night ritual, or will he force me to choose between the man I love, and the sexual urges that consume me? ~ Isabel
Excerpt: Watch Me by Jennifer Lynne
My hands clutch like claws against the window pane. The glass, frosted by Melbourne's mid-winter cold, is icy beneath my fingertips. I let the coolness seep into my flesh, grounding me. I am waiting, but he's late.
We have an arrangement, this neighbor of mine and me. At the start of every working week, late on a Sunday night while the rest of the city sleeps, we play a game. A dangerous, addictive game.
I don't even know his real name, and yet this game of ours, and his presence in my life, has grown to fill the recent emptiness. It consumes me. He consumes me, but in a good way. I am becoming whole again, thanks to this man and our seductive, secret play.
But it is half past midnight and he is not yet at his post. The window in the apartment across the narrow alleyway is still dark. The red brickwork surround is lit by a street lamp that only serves to enhance the darkness within, making the square appear fathomless. It looks like an empty eyeball socket in a skull whose soul has long departed the physical world.
A thought grips my heart and squeezes painfully. Perhaps he's grown tired of it all? Perhaps he no longer wishes to play?
A whimper slips from my lips and the resultant breath frosts the glass in front of my face, obscuring my reflection. What will I do to satisfy this insatiable need if he's not here anymore to fill the void? My shoulders slump and even though I'm reluctant to give up this lonely vigil, I am about to concede when a square of golden warmth lights the window opposite. Just like that, between one click of a switch and the next, my anxiety turns to heady excitement.
Yes! I need this. I need you.

Pre-order and buy links for Not Vanilla (Voyeurism)







Sharon's Review
 
 What happens when two erotic writers collaborate on one very taboo topic? Sizzling fireworks, hot scenes, and whew, is it hot in here or is it me?

Voyeurism. The word alone evokes a range of response from pubescent giggles to derisive sneers. In between lies the truth: we can't look away.

In these stories we meet two very different women and their lovers, real and imagined. One woman has a marriage on the rocks. Will the exhibitionist across the alley enhance or destroy what's left of her marital mess? The other woman has a rodeo rider on the ropes. Will her visual needs keep her on the horns of a dilemma?

You will have to read these hot novellas to find out. I give this book 5 sizzling stars!





About the Authors


Jennifer Lynne writes sensual and erotic romance from her home in Melbourne, Australia. She is published with Red Sage and Breathless Press, and has forged a successful indie career with her popular GODS OF LOVE erotic series about sexy Greek gods searching for love in a modern-day world.

Jen loves her family, good coffee, red wine, and sitting by a cozy log fire watching the misty rain outside turn everything fresh and green. She hopes her tales of love and lust continue to excite readers, and her dream is one day to be able to write full-time.

Jennifer loves to hear from readers and fellow book lovers. She can be contacted via her website & blog, or sign up for her e-newsletter and never miss a new release.

    USA Today Best-Selling author Roz Lee is the author of over twenty erotic romances. The first, The Lust Boat, was born of an idea acquired while on a Caribbean cruise with her family and soon blossomed into a five book series published by Red Sage. Following her love of baseball, she turned her attention to sexy athletes in tight pants, writing the critically acclaimed Mustangs Baseball series.
Roz has been married to her best friend, and high school sweetheart, for over three decades. Roz and her husband have two grown daughters (and a new Son-in-law) they couldn’t be more proud of.
    Even though Roz has lived on both coasts, her heart lies in between, in Texas. A Texan by birth, she can trace her family back to the Republic of Texas. With roots that deep, she says, “You can’t ever really leave.”

    When Roz isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traipsing around the country on one adventure or another. No trip is too small, no tourist trap too cheesy, and no road unworthy of travel.
    Visit Roz Lee’s website. Never miss a new release—sign up for her monthly newsletter.