Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Guest Blogger: Angelica Hart and Zi on Strictly Naughty!


Angelica Hart and Zi are writers published by Champagne Books.


We have had opportunity to talk to many people that have an interest in writing. One of the themes that runs as if a stream of consciousness is writer's block. With empathy we listen to wannabe authors describe something tougher than a $2.00 flank steak. That blank white field before you taunting and teasing, "Fill me... fill me... with profound and purposeful rhetoric."

Ouch that does hurt. That screen needs a time-out. Bingo... that is what you need to do. Take the time to figure out what you want to say.

There is a study out there, it might have been done by someone from Penn. This person polled famous and accomplished authors and asked what was the most important thing. The preponderance of responses were similar. To distill that... have something to say. That is right. Have something to say. There are plenty of people that craft well, many superiorly but if what they create is shallow or without an audience... then to what end? Pretty prose without purpose is like having cheese cake without sugar, just doesn't sit as well on the palette.

We once met a woman who wanted to write romance. Asked her to send us samples. She wrote erotica. We suggested she add romance, pointing out places where she could punch it up. She returned the piece and had written better and more erotica. She did have something to say. It was not romance. We recommended that she pursue that audience. She did. She's happy writing strictly naughty.

In KILLER DOLLS we knew what we wanted to say. Love can be found anywhere, anytime by anyone if you look for it.





EXCERPT SIX
"Why are you asking me so much about Rud?" Her query accompanied innocuous though concerned peering.

"Just curious. I'm a bit of a techie myself." He thought he had vamped to cover himself.

"I see,” she said, not quite stirring her tea, more toying with the spoon in imitation of stirring. "So, you're into computers? I mean, just what do you do, other than make
me hot and feed me?” Laughing at her own humor.

He grinned at that and blurted his cover story about being an IT contractor, working for various companies as a troubleshooter.

For the first time since they met, Letti felt uneasy. His words sounded rehearsed. Did he hate his job? Was he really a male stripper, could have been, and didn't want to tell her?
What? She found herself asking a little too often. Then he reached out and touched her hand, and for the moment she didn't care.

His next question was interrupted by the ring tone of the song Rubber Duckie.

ABOUT AUTHORS

Their combined accomplishments include book publications in print and/or electronic versions of twenty-four titles, fifteen romance specific, ten manuscripts pending, EPPIE finalist for three books, Cecil Whig award, Hob-Nob Reader's Choice Award, written over 500 shorts with numerous published in both nationwide and small press magazines, articles published in various local, city and statewide newspapers, including four as a Guest Columnist in addition to trade articles. Both are members of various writing groups.

KILLER DOLLS IS AVAILABLE: Unaware that bio-terrorists are using her handcrafted dolls to attack the innocent, Letti Noel finds herself falling for Taut Johnson, an undercover FBI agent. Even as deceit is a growing barrier to their love, it's the stalking terrorists that are a threat to their lives.

We love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a gift and add you to any future mailings.


Mo's Book Buzz Chat with....Tina Gabrielle!!!!!!!!!



Chat with....Tina Gabrielle

Date: Wednesday September 30, 2009
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST

Notes: Historical romance author Tina Gabrielle joins us to discuss her book, Lady of Scandal. Door Prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Lady of Scandal! Moderated by CrazyMo


Check out Tina's website at http://tinagabrielle.com/to learn more about this exciting new author.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Spotlight Video: A Little Harmless Sex by Melissa Schroeder



I read this as an ebook and highly recommend it. You can pick up the print version at www.MyBookStoreandMore.com by clicking here.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Spotlight Review: WAKING NIGHTMARE by Kylie Brant


WAKING NIGHTMARE – Kylie Brant
The Mindhunters, Book 1
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-23023-7
September 2009
Romantic Suspense

Savannah, Georgia – Present Day

A serial rapist is on the loose in Savannah, and the police department is beside itself trying to get enough detectives on its task force. Ryne Robel is in charge of the task force, and hoping for another investigator, not a short woman who says she’s a forensic psychologist, or a profiler. He doesn’t care if she trained under the great Adam Raiker, former FBI profiler, he needs a cop, not a shrink. But his Commander doesn’t see things the same way, and little Miss Abbie Phillips is now on the team. So far their investigation has come up with no common threads to draw the victims together: work, friends, leisure time activities, nothing they can find that helps them figure out how the rapist chooses the victims. But something is different; the women aren’t just raped; oh no, this man wants much more. He injects each victim with some kind of drug that leaves them barely able to move, and yet exaggerates the pain he inflicts as he tortures them. And then, at the end, he leaves them in a position that is the victim’s worst nightmare. You know, in a small room if you’re claustrophobic, in a tall building if you’re afraid of heights, or underneath water if a woman once almost drowned. How does the rapist know these things about each of the different women?

Abbie Phillips was trained by a highly regarded forensic scientist, she’s used to the kind of reception she’s received and is confident her addition to the task force will bring the crimes to an end. Gradually Ryne trusts her findings, and she is more than surprised that he seems interested in her. It’s been so long since she’s had a private life she isn’t quite sure whether it’s worth the trouble and the secrets it’s bound to uncover. Abbie has break-ins and other things happening at the place where she is staying, and feels it could be her sister Callie. Abbie and Callie’s past is like a roaring lion, and its sickness and how it’s still an active part of their present is always between them.

Abbie and Ryne get into the intricacies of the crimes, along with the problems that her sister Callie brings with her. Abbie and her sister’s youth was a living hell, and it still comes between them, a sort of poison that lingers. Ryne quickly establishes a good working situation as they try to get into the mind of the rapist. Everything about the rapes is difficult to figure out, and the story will lead you a merry chase.

I have read many of Kylie Brant’s books, but WAKING NIGHTMARE has reached new suspenseful heights. Written from Ryne's and Abbie’s points of view, and sister Callie’s, the action is fast and furious, and the clues sometimes are hard to find and difficult to figure out. Ms. Brant has intertwined Abbie's and Ryne’s previous traumas into the story and made them a vital part in the search for the rapist.

To further flesh out of the story, there are the raped women and their stories, and other detectives who resent Abbie and don’t think she has anything to add to the investigation. One detective, McElroy, becomes dangerous in a way nobody could have predicted. Abbie’s sister Callie has perhaps the most trauma in her life, and their relationship is difficult, disturbing, and dangerous.

WAKING NIGHTMARE is indeed a nightmare that will get all your juices flowing. The Mindhunters Series will follow with WAKING EVIL and WAKING THE DEAD in October and November, and perhaps more to come. If you like mysteries, crime books, or intricately woven stories, WAKING NIGHTMARE is just right for you. But beware: be careful if you’re easily scared or prone to nightmares.

Carolyn Crisher

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Book Giveaway: SO INTO YOU by Sandra Hill

SO INTO YOU by Sandra Hill
Out now!

Blurb:

Angel Sabato was an ex-poker champ, bayou treasure hunter, and Playgirl centerfold. Grace O'Brien is an ex-poker playing nun, folk healer with a secret.

When Grace rejects Angel's love, he hightails it out of Louisiana, but neither of them take into account the wacky Cajun matchmaker Tante Lulu who has them in her crosshairs. They don't stand a chance, nor do the precious orphans being rescued by the new Jude's Angels Foundation.


You like Cajun heroes? Then post away and I'll announce the winner on Wednesday night.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Perfect 10: AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon


AN ECHO IN THE BONE -- Diana Gabaldon
A Perfect 10
Delacorte Press Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-385-34245-2
September 2009
Time Travel/Historical Fiction

American Colonies and Scotland - 18th and 20th centuries

For those who haven’t read the Outlander series, do yourselves a favor and go back to the beginning. AN ECHO IN THE BONE can be read as a stand alone book, but you’ll be cutting yourselves short by not getting involved with all of the characters in this long-running, engrossing saga. You need to know just how much Claire and Jamie have gone through to be together.

Jamie and Claire Fraser have survived a devastating fire at Fraser’s Ridge in North Carolina, and begin the journey back to Scotland to retrieve Jamie’s printing press. Nothing goes as planned, though. Their ship is stopped by a British Navy frigate, although the tables get turned and Jamie, Claire, and nephew Ian find themselves on board the frigate while her captain is on the ship it stopped! As they sail on deciding just what to do with a British ship, they’re fired upon and boarded by an American privateer. Then their original ship shows up! It’s all very dramatic, but they don’t end up in Scotland; instead, they sail up the Hudson River to Fort Ticonderoga. Will they ever reach their original destination?

Brianna and Roger MacKenzie, with their two children, have arrived safely in the twentieth century. They’ve bought Lallybroch and are in the process of sussing out their future, all the while missing Bree’s parents. But they do have a cache of letters left for them by Jamie and Claire that makes the bridge between centuries seem a bit less daunting.

Lord John is sailing between America, England, France, and back to America, trying to piece together a growing mystery concerning a man named Beauchamp, one named Randall-Isaacs, and the enigmatic Baron Amandine. All of whom are looking for a former French orphan by the name of Claudel Fraser who was rescued by a tall red-headed man in Paris long ago. In the meantime, Lord John is also concerned about his adopted son William who is in the British Army and has been sent on an intelligence assignment.

Fergus, Marsali, and their children are in North Carolina running a printing company and trying to keep a balance between Loyalist customers and those who support a break with Britain; the families left at Fraser’s Ridge are holding down the fort for the return of Jamie and Claire; Ian is trying to come to terms with a tragic event and to face the future knowing what he knows now about life.

AN ECHO IN THE BONE is a wonderful, adventure-filled, emotion-packed reunion with the Frasers and all who have come in contact with them over the years. As they age, Jamie and Claire have become all too aware of the importance of what Claire knows will happen in the Colonies. Jamie is determined to play a part in whatever way he can, and Claire will support him, no matter what. In the background of the war is the mystery swirling about the men searching for the French orphan.

Meticulous research of historical events, facts, and people, flora and fauna, geography, food, clothing, and weaponry brings the eighteenth century to vivid life in AN ECHO IN THE BONE. Readers will catch glimpses of Ben Franklin, Benedict Arnold, and other notables of the war. Have some tissues handy, oh, and also a fan as age hasn’t cooled the flames between Jamie and Claire. Don’t miss the long-awaited continuation of this fabulous series. It will keep you up late for a few nights!

Jani Brooks

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Winner of TIE ME DOWN is.....


Congrats to poster #12 -- JANE


She wins a copy of TIE ME DOWN by Tracey Wolff!


Jane, please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your address.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chat Sept 23rd with Tracy Anne Warren!!!


Title: Tracy Anne Warren chat

Date: Wednesday September 23, 2009
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122
Notes: Tracy Anne Warren joins us to discuss her book, Seduced by His Touch. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Seduced by His Touch! Moderated by KatBos.


Learn more about Tracy Anne Warren by going to her website at http://www.tracyannewarren.com/

Video Spotlight: KISS AND KIN by Kinsey Holley



Kind of a fun book video.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Perfect 10: INTIMATE SEDUCTION by Brenda Jackson


INTIMATE SEDUCTION – Brenda Jackson
A Perfect 10
Kimani Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-86120-0
July 2009
Contemporary Romance

Charlotte, North Carolina - the Present

“The women I deal with know the score…if for some reason they get it into their heads that I am a man who can be caught and tamed, it’s their fault and not mine.”

Those are the words of Mr. Donovan Steele, and they say a lot about his personality. Donovan is sexy, intelligent, and successful. He also has women beating down his door for a chance to experience his sexual prowess first hand. He is a no-strings-attached kind of guy who enjoys his bachelorhood to the fullest. When Donovan meets Natalie Ford for the first time, he is instantly attracted to her and determined to have her.

“I have no intention of being the next notch on his bedpost.”

Natalie cannot deny that Donovan is a handsome and extremely sensual man. She knows that he can have any woman he wants and is unsure of why he’s set his sights on her. Natalie knows one thing for sure, though; she is determined not to become another one of his sexual conquests. Well, that is what her mind says, but her traitorous body has plans of its own.

Dear readers, INTIMATE SEDUCTION is in a class all its own! I absolutely LOVED Mr. Donovan Steele and substituted my name for Natalie’s in quite a few passages! He oozes sex appeal and is so smooth. Donovan knows his way around the bedroom and actually made me blush quite a few times.

Natalie is the perfect match for Donovan. She is intelligent, attractive, and willing to let go of her inhibitions. Natalie is also an extremely strong-willed woman and fights her feelings for Donovan every step of the way.

One thing I’ve noticed about Ms. Jackson’s books is that they are ‘mini series’ material. Her novels include so many interesting characters with stories of their own. I loved reading INTIMATE SEDUCTION and award it Romance Reviews Today’s most prestigious award, the Perfect 10. Readers will be hooked on Ms. Jackson’s writing style as she manages to make all of her characters come to life.

Anthonette Dotson

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Book Giveaway: TIE ME DOWN by Tracy Wolff


TIE ME DOWN -- Tracy Wolff

Out now!

Blurb:

As the only woman on her homicide squad, Genevieve Delacroix maintains a tough-as-nails attitude that keeps men at arm's length. She never gives into her secret fantasies...until she meets a mysterious stranger who teaches her how little control she really has—over her mind and her body.

Cole Adams arrives in New Orleans believing star investigator Genevieve is his last hope for solving the murder of his younger sister. He just doesn't expect the hard-assed detective to look like a blond bombshell. Once he breaks through her inhibitions, he soon finds an unexpected obsession—driving Genevieve right to the edge of desire, and beyond...

But when the serial killer who has been terrorizing the streets of the French Quarter sets his sights on Genevieve, the lovers realize they've both let down their guard. And losing control could have fatal consequences...



Question for readers:

Have you ever been tied up? Come on, confess! It can something sexy or something harmless.....
I remember as a child playing cops and robbers and getting tied up if I played a robber.

Post your response and be entered in the chance to win this book. US and Canadian addresses only.

Winner to be announced Wednesday night!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September Reviews Posted



Romance Reviews Today,

Issue 73, Volume 1, September, 2009



News/Information:

Romance Reviews Today is seeking enthusiastic readers to review. Must be willing to read / review from electronic ARC’s. Contact Terrie Figueroa



REVIEWS:

In this issue, we have 46 new reviews for your reading enjoyment.



Anthology

MUST LOVE HELLHOUNDS – Charlaine Harris, Nalani Singh, Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brooks – Jennifer – Fantasy

OUT OF THE LIGHT, INTO THE SHADOWS – Lori Foster, L.L. Foster, Erin McCarthy – Lori – Paranormal Romance



Contemporary Fiction

LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA – Mary Alice Monroe – Diana Risso

MOON SHELL BEACH – Nancy Thayer – Kate

THE SCOOP – Fern Michaels – The Godmother series, Book 1 – Diana



Contemporary Romance

CAN’T STAND THE HEAT - Louisa Edwards – Deborah

INTIMATE SEDUCTION – Brenda Jackson – A Perfect 10 – Anthonette

LUCKY IN LOVE – Carolyn Brown – Allegra

SUMMER OF TWO WISHES – Julia London – Patti



Fantasy

DREAMDARK – SILKSINGER – Laini Taylor – Faeries of Dreamdark series, Book 2 –Young Adult

FAEFEVER – Karen Marie Moning – Fever Series, Book 3 – Robin

SERVANT: THE KINDRED – L.L. Foster – Kathy



Historical Fiction

A GOOD WOMAN – Danielle Steel – Deborah

THE FRUIT OF HER HANDS – Michelle Cameron – The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz – Jani

THE GREATEST KNIGHT – Elizabeth Chadwick – The Unsung Story of the Queen’s Champion – A Perfect 10 – Jani



Historical Romance

HOW TO DAZZLE A DUKE – Claudia Dain – The Courtesan Chronicles, Book 4 – Jane

ROYAL’S BRIDE – Kat Martin – The Bride Trilogy, Book 1 – Jane

STRANGER’S KISS – Mary Blayney – Pennistan Family, Book 3 – Jennifer

TO CATCH A BRIDE – Anne Gracie – The Devil Riders series, Book 3 – Jane

WED HIM BEFORE YOU BED HIM – Sabrina Jeffries – The School for Heiresses series, Book 6, Series Final – Diana

WITH SEDUCTION IN MIND – Laura Lee Guhrke – Jane



Paranormal Fiction

THORN QUEEN – Richelle Mead – Dark Swan, Book 2 – Kathy



Paranormal Romance

DRAWN INTO DARKNESS – Annette McCleave – A Soul Gatherer Novel – Jennifer

STORM OF SHADOWS – Christina Dodd – The Chosen Ones, Book 2 – Jane

THE DARKEST WHISPER – Gena Showalter – Lords of the Underworld, Book 4 – Jennifer

TO TEMPT THE WOLF – Terry Spear – Marilyn



Regency Romance

SPIRITED BRIDES – Amanda McCabe – Jane



Romantic Suspense

A DARK LOVE – Margaret Carroll – Jani

ACTS OF MERCY – Mariah Stewart – Marilyn

AIRTIME – Hank Phillipi Ryan – Marilyn

CUTTING EDGE – Allison Brennan – 2009 FBI Trilogy, Book 3 – Allegra

HUNT HER DOWN – Roxanne St. Clare – Bullet Catchers Series, Book 9 – Carolyn

SET THE DARK ON FIRE – Jill Sorenson – Carolyn

SHOW NO FEAR – Marliss Melton – Navy SEALs, Book 7 – A Perfect 10 – Allegra

THE SECOND BETRAYAL – Cheyenne McCray – A Lexie Steel Novel – Robin



Series Romance

BABY BY SURPRISE – Karen Rose Smith – The Baby Expert Series, Book 3 – Jane – SSE #1997

BOSSMAN BILLIONAIRE – Kathie DeNosky – Miniseries: Man of the Month – Deborah – SD #1957

CONQUERING KING’S HEART – Maureen Child – Kings of California, Book 4 – Patti – SD #1965

IN THE TYCOON’S DEBT – Emily McKay – Patti – SD #1967

MORE THAN A MILLIONAIRE – Emilie Rose – The Hightower Affairs, Book 1 – Jennifer – SD #1963

TEXAN’S WEDDING NIGHT WAGER – Charlene Sands – Texas Cattleman’s Club, Book 3 – Patti – SD #1964

THE BILLIONAIRE’S FAKE ENGAGEMENT – Robyn Grady – Diana – SD #1968



Suspense

CHOSEN TO DIE – Lisa Jackson – The To Die series, Book 2 – Diana

THE PERFECT COUPLE – Brenda Novak – Deborah



Time Travel Romance

VIKING HEAT – Sandra Hill – Viking/SEALs series, Book 5 – Erin

WHERE EAGLES FLY – Lisa Norato – Anthonette


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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Book winners......


Here we go...we have two book winners.


First off, the Megan Hart book winner is......VIRGINIA. She was poster #2

The winner of Michelle Moran's book is.... PENNEY! She was poster #14

Winners, please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing address.

Thank you and congratulations!!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Q&A with Michelle Moran and a book giveaway!


Q: What prompted you to write a novel about Cleopatra’s daughter?


A: I do a great deal of traveling both for research and for fun, and most of my destinations are archaeological sites. On a trip to Alexandria in Egypt, I was afforded the amazing opportunity of participating in a dive to see the submerged remains of Cleopatra’s ancient city. More than ten thousand artifacts remain completely preserved underwater: sphinxes, amphorae, even the stones of the ancient palace. Although I'm not a fan of diving, it was an incredible experience, and it changed the way I looked at Cleopatra. I immediately wanted to know more about her life, and it was mere coincidence that my next trip took me to Italy, where her ten year-old children were brought to live after her suicide. While in Rome, I was able to retrace her daughter's steps, and upon seeing where her daughter had lived on the Palatine, I knew I had my next novel.


Q: What was it like to walk where Selene walked? In particular, what was it like to visit Octavian’s villa?


A: Unbelievable. For two thousand years, Octavian’s villa has sprawled across the top of the Palatine Hill, slowly deteriorating. At one time, its vibrantly painted dining room had hosted magnificent feasts, one of which would have been the celebration of the emperor’s triumph over Marc Antony and Cleopatra in Egypt. As the heir to Caesar, Octavian was determined to rule the western world without interference. He changed his name to Augustus, and with the help of his general Agrippa and his architect Vitruvius, he turned a city of clay into a city of marble.
I had known all of this on that day in March when the villa was opened for the first time in more than a century. What I hadn’t known, however, was just how unbelievable that trip back into the world of ancient Rome would be. After three million dollars in restoration, Italian archaeologists have been able to recreate not just the intimate library and studies Augustus used, but the mosaic floors he once walked on and the vividly painted ceilings he once walked beneath with Ovid, Seneca, Cicero, Horace, and even Julius Caesar himself. As we were quickly escorted through the frescoed rooms, we stopped in the triclinium – the dining room which had once seen so many famous faces smiling, laughing, even crying for mercy. With a little imagination, it was easy to see the tables and couches that had once adorned the chamber, and there was the undeniable feeling of standing in the presence of the ancients. It was the kind of feeling you only get in Grecian temples or Egyptian tombs.


Q: In all three of your novels, your narrators have been teenage girls. Is there are reason for this?


A: Actually, yes. I like to begin my novels during the time of greatest transition in a person’s life. And in the ancient world, the greatest transition in a woman’s life was often the time when she was married. Because women married at much younger ages two thousand years ago (twelve years old was not uncommon), my narrators have all been very young girls. In fact, Random House will be making a concerted effort to market Cleopatra's Daughter to young adults as well as adults. However, as my novels progress through time (my next book, for example, will be about Madame Tussaud), my narrators will be older.

Q: Is the Red Eagle based on an historical person?


A: Yes. The Red Eagle is actually based on several men who led slave rebellions (unsuccessfully, I might add) against Rome. Spartacus led the most famous revolt, but there were other men too, such as Salvius, who waged war with his army of slaves in ancient Sicily.


Q: You write in your acknowledgements page that the character of the Red Eagle is an homage to the works of several authors. What made you decide to do this?


A: Creative as well as personal reasons. First, I wanted to create a character that fans of swashbuckling adventures might love, and it wasn’t at all difficult to find historical personalities on which to base such a hero. Men like Spartacus and Salvius were heroes in the truest sense of the word. But I didn’t want there to be too much action, and certainly not so much that it would detract from the real story – that of Selene and her twin brother Alexander growing up in a foreign court. I could certainly have chosen not to include anything as obviously fictitious as the Red Eagle. But I wanted to illustrate just how threatening slave rebellions were at that time, and how ever-present the danger of becoming a slave would have been, even to captured royalty. And the creation of the Red Eagle wasn’t a huge stretch. Many rebels who came before – and after – the Red Eagle employed similar tactics: rousing the plebs, arming the slaves, and encouraging those in servitude to passive resistance.
On a more personal note, however, I wanted to include the Red Eagle because I knew it would be a character my father would have loved. He devoured anything having to do with ancient Rome, and I deeply regret not having written this while he was still alive.

Q: Was a third of Rome’s population really enslaved?

A: Sadly, yes. And you didn’t have to be born a slave to become one. You could be kidnapped and sold into slavery, your city could be overrun and you could be turned into a slave, or you might be sold into servitude by your own parents. Slavery meant an absolute loss of every human right we now take for granted, and as a slave, your body was no longer your own. Many slaves were physically and sexually abused, regardless of age or gender.


Q: Where did these slaves come from?


A: Many were Gallics and Greeks. The Gallics were from Gaul, a region which now encompasses France, Belgium, parts of Switzerland, and Germany.


Q: When did slavery end?


A: It hasn't. In the Western World, it was slowly - very slowly - phased out with the coming of Christianity (which was one of the reasons Christianity flourished… it appealed to the disenfranchised and enslaved, making everyone equal if not on earth than in the next life). But slavery certainly hasn't ended for everyone. There are women and children who are ensalved today, even in America and Europe. Of course, this isn't legal. Many of these victims of modern-day human trafficking have been brought over from places like Albania or Algeria and have no resources to escape. That's why organizations such as STOP International exist. You can visit them here.


Q: Is it still possible to visit the places Selene visited when she was in Rome?


A: Yes. In 2008, I went on a photographic safari in search of the places Selene would have gone during the brief years she was in Rome. Many of the photos are included here!


Q: What are you working on next? Will it also be marketed to both adults and YA?


A: Actually, my next book will be firmly adult fiction. MASKS OF THE REVOLUTION is about Madame Tussaud, who joined the gilded but troubled court of Marie Antoinette, and survived the French Revolution only by creating death masks of the beheaded aristocracy. I’m very excited about this novel, since Marie (the first name of Madame Tussaud) met absolutely everyone, from Jefferson to the Empress Josephine.



Visit Michelle's website by clicking here or her blog by clicking here.


Now for some really fun stuff--Michelle is going to give away a copy of her book to one lucky winner! Post comments or questions for Michelle and you'll be entered to win a copy of her book CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER



Monday, September 14, 2009

Wednesday night chat....

Is open chat this coming Wednesday night (16th), but feel free to stop by and visit. Who knows if an author will drop in or Crazy Mo will be in a good mood and give out prizes!

Video Spotlight: How to Seduce a Texan by Karen Kelley



I LOL'd at this video. Please watch!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Book Giveaway: Pleasure and Purpose by Megan Hart



Introducing the women of the Order of Solace-three new novellas from the national bestselling master of erotic romance.

The handmaidens of the Order of Solace are each named for the exquisite service that best reflects their true calling. Their greatest delight is giving pleasure-devoted as they are to fulfilling the desires of the mind, the needs of the soul, and the cravings of the body.

Meet Stillness, called upon to soothe the conscience of a man in need of redemption after a shocking act from his sexual past. Then there's Honesty, whose vow of Solace is to a prince looking for a submissive handmaiden. Instead, he gets the unexpected. And finally, Determination, a handmaiden confronted with a client lost in a haze of random sex and drugs. She has just the plan to literally whip her man into shape.


Learn more by going to her site at www.meganhart.com (age 18 and older only)





How do you enter? Simple. Just post the first line in the book you are currently reading. :)





Winner to be announced Wednesday night!

Contest is only open to US and Canadian folks due to the high cost of mailing packages.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Q&A with LYDIA PARKS!


1. Tell us about your newest release.

My newest book, DEVOUR ME from Aphrodisia, is a two-novella book. Both stories are about difficult vampires and the women who love them. In the first story, "Dark Obsession," Benjamin Bartlett is a three-hundred year old vampire, once a sea captain, who lives alone in a mansion on the coast north of Boston. He's relatively happy pining away for the vampire who turned him until he meets Star, a vagabond traveling with three companions. The four young people barge into his house when their van breaks down in a storm, and he starts to throw them out, but Star stands up to him and he's smitten. This story has a Gothic feel to it, and is lots of fun. The second novella, "Blood Lust," takes place in the
Yucatan on an archaeological dig where Chris Marsh is hoping to find a talisman that will make it possible to walk in daylight. Nicole, the gorgeous archaeologist running the dig, provides even more incentive to find it, but there are others out there looking, too. Chris hopes to stay one step ahead of them, but he doesn't succeed. This story is full of excitement.


2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?


I'm sure there was a time in my childhood when I wanted to be a writer, somewhere between when I planned to be a teacher and a cowboy, but I never took it seriously. Part of the reason, I think, was that I didn't know any writers. (My family had several teachers and cowboys in it; my mom was both.) I didn't really know I wanted to be a writer until I got involved with a group on the Internet, back when the Net was new. Before graphic interface, even. I was living in Alaska and hooked on a television show that had an active group of fanfiction writers (also a new thing). I started writing stories, and had a blast. One of my "editors" turned out to be a real NY editor who encouraged me to try writing a romance novel. I did; it stunk. So I backed up and learned how to actually write a romance, then tried again and got published. That first book was published in 2001, three days before the imprint closed. But that's another whole story. ;-) I just wish I knew who that editor was so I could thank her.

3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

That's a hard question to answer. Before I started working under contract, my ideas usually came to me in the form of a character. I'd let him or her (usually him) stew in my head for awhile until he started telling me his story. Then I just sat down and went to work. I'm definitely a panster (writing by the seat f my pants), but have had to learn to do a better job of plotting ahead of time. Now that I'm mostly writing under contract, I either come up with a proposal from an editor's request, or I propose a story concept and work from there. It's fun, but definitely not the same process.


4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Quirk? Hmm. I would say I don't have any quirks, but that would be a lie. I am, after all, a Southerner. We have to be quirky or we get kicked out of our families. One thing I do that may seem a little strange to non-writers is I carry out conversations between my characters when I'm thinking about a scene. I've learned that you have to be careful about doing that in public restrooms. I'm not always sure if I'm talking aloud or just thinking the conversation, but I'm guessing I've carried on a few of them aloud before realizing there were other people in the stalls. I've had strangers actually run out of the bathrooms. Not that I blame them.

5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I've learned a lot about groups I didn't know existed before I started writing erotica. But before that, I was working on a spicy romance set in Louisiana in the 1920s and had to find out what women at that time in that place were using for underwear. I found out you can't get the answer to that question by Googling "women’s underwear 1920s." You do, however, get some very interesting sites. In fact, now that I'm writing erotica I ought to do that search again.

6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I've had some wonderful friends who have encouraged me, edited my writing, read what I've written to me, and generally asked the right questions. I was fortunate enough (after the first couple of years) to join the Romance Writers of America and start attending meetings of a local chapter. I learned more in the first two-hour meeting than I'd figured out in two years. That group, the Land of Enchantment Romance Authors, has continued to inspire and teach me for eight or nine years.

Authors? Jeez, there are so many. Most have no idea they've influenced me. In fact, one or two believe I'm stalking them, I'm sure. I read all genres of fiction, and plenty of non-fiction, so my influences are all over the board. I love to read James Lee Burke, David L. Robbins, Ellis Peters, Amanda Quick, Ruth Wind/Barbara Samuel/Barbara O'Neal, Susan Lyons, Kate Douglas, and so many others. I know that books are about to come out from some marvelous new writers including Gabi Stevens (not so new, but marvelous!) and Darynda Jones. I can't wait to read those!

7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

If I hadn't looked ahead at the questions, I would have mentioned my family in the last answer because they have been my biggest supporters. My mother reads all my writing, buys books, frames book covers, and generally supports everything I do. In fact, she's the original Lydia (she loaned me her name). My husband lets me write undisturbed for as long as I need to. He even brings coffee and food to me to keep me going, and maintains my internet server. Now he's looking into learning how to upgrade my web pages. I can't ask for more. The cool part is that they were all this supportive even before I got published!

8. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

I'd love to! I've had lots of fun/strange/thrilling experiences lately, including appearing in a movie. (I'm the romance writer interviewed in Paper Heart!) Having a full film crew in my small condo for a couple of hours was interesting, to say the least. I'm just sorry I had to miss the Hollywood premiere, but I finally got to see the movie this past week and I don't suck as much as I thought I would. I'm also in the middle of a series of appearances and signings -- I'll even be signing books with Sherrilyn Kenyon in Albuquerque on November 14th. I'm in the anthology coming out October 1st from Silhouette Nocturne, AWAKENING THE BEAST, and I'm under contract for a novella for Aphrodisia in 2011. (I don't know what the title of that will be, but I guarantee the book with be hot.)

I'm currently working on a paranormal shape-shifter novella and a futuristic romance novel, neither of which have homes yet, and I'm enjoying every single minute of writing. Who can ask for more than the opportunity to do something they really love doing?

Thank you for letting me participate in this blog. I love to hear from readers. They can contact me at Lydia @ Lydia Parks.com (without the spaces) and visit my website at http://www.lydiaparks.com/.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Tessa Dare Surrender of a Siren winner is........


Congrats to the unimaginative ;-) LINDY aka Aromagik, who can thank Custom Random Number Generator for her win.

Congrats Lindy!!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info within five days and I'll get the book out to you.
Stay tuned! We have a guest blogger on Friday and another book prize up on Sunday.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Chat with Jan Coffey in the RRT Chat Room on Wednesday night!


Title: Jan Coffey chat

Date: Wednesday September 9, 2009
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
Next reminder: The next reminder for this event will be sent in 1 day, 12 hours, 4 minutes.
Location: http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122
Notes: Romantic suspense authors Jan Coffey join us to discuss their latest release, Blind Eye. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed reissue copy of their very first book, The Thistle and The Rose! Moderated by KatBos.

Video Spotlight: ARCANE SOCIETY by Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick

Monday, September 07, 2009

Tracy Wolff winner is.....

Congrats to Momof1DD! She wins a copy of Tracy's Harlequin SuperRomance.


Please email me at fisc40pa@aol.com with your mailing info and I'll forward it to Tracy.

Spotlight Review: HEAL by Treva Harte


HEAL - Treva Harte
Alpha series - Book 5
Loose Id - www.loose-id.com
ISBN: 978-1-59632-960-7
June 2009
Erotic Paranormal Romance - Ménage with M/M interactions -- Short story

Las Vegas, Nevada - Present day

Arlin could be a pack Alpha someday, but at eighteen-years old, he’s really just interested in enjoying life and all of the pleasures that go along with it. However, he really can’t turn down Hunt Winter’s request to protect the woman who recently saved the life of one of his pack members. It’s too bad that Ruth, the veterinarian in question, is such a prissy little thing, because frankly she smells like great sex to Arlin.

Ruth can’t deny that when she first met Arlin she had a moment of carnal interest, but really, what woman needs the trouble such a pretty boy is bound to bring into her life? Not one with her past, so, when he shows up determined to protect her, Ruth is equally as certain that though she’ll accept his protection (after all, experience has shown weres are nothing if not scary) she won’t be giving in to her newly discovered primal instincts by having sex with him. Nope, not even once. Okay, maybe once, but really she’s older than him, so anything more would just be, well, wrong.

Arlin may be young, but he’s no fool, and when it turns out that his generally less than trusting nature might be justified, he could be all that stands between Ruth and a past she’d rather forget.

There are definitely some things in Ruth’s past that she needs to HEAL from. The death of her natural parents during her childhood was particularly nasty and she herself experienced something horrible that no woman should have to endure not that many years ago. It’s understandable that she’s grown into a woman who wants to control everything around her and fears her own instincts. Unfortunately, the caution she’s practiced has led her to becoming the “ice queen” Arlin first meets. Luckily, there’s nothing like a hot-blooded man to bring out your inner wild thing. While Arlin at first appears to have everything, a solid position in the pack, a few people he can count on for some hot and heavy sex, and a future that looks to be bright, he’s missing something. Arlin doesn’t think of himself as anyone’s first choice and it’ll take a woman like Ruth to make him see the truth, that he’s worth it all to one who loves him.

Many of the secondary characters in this tale, okay, nearly all of them, come from previous Alpha books (see www.loose-id.com for a complete listing). Understandable really since Arlin is related to most of the main characters from those stories. People like Dek and Leila (his grandparents), Rome (his uncle), Lowell (Arlin’s dad), Tala (Arlin’s sorta cousin and sometimes lover) along with her mate, Hunt and their pack-mate, Dunne (the were Ruth saved) are all present and accounted for here. Lupe is new to the Alpha series, an omega wolf who’s led a rough life, he admires Ruth and is eager to find acceptance in his new pack. Dio is the leader of the Hollin pack, a true scum-of-the-earth type wolf, he’s very interested in getting close to Ruth and has the necessary ally to get his chance.

If you like your weres and your sex rough, ready and intense, you’ll love this tale. None of the weres in the Alpha series are big on romance, but when they claim their mates, there’s no doubt there are feelings involved. Proving once again that what one person thinks is a bit too far out there is really just an awfully good time when it’s done with the right partner or partners, Treva Harte has penned a stimulating book that shouldn’t be passed up. Get your copy of HEAL today, and if you haven’t read the rest of the series, grab them as well. After all, one can never have too many hot weres! :-)

Lori Ann

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Book Giveaway: SURRENDER OF A SIREN by Tessa Dare!


SURRENDER OF A SIREN by Tessa Dare
Out Now!
Available at most bookstores.

Blurb:

Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society’s constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her groom, packs up her paints and sketchbook, and assumes a new identity, posing as a governess to secure passage on the Aphrodite. She wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited. But it’s one thing to sketch all her wildest, most wanton fantasies, and quite another to face the dangerously handsome libertine who would steal both her virtue and her gold.

To any well-bred lady, Benedict “Gray” Grayson is trouble in snug-fitting boots. A conscienceless scoundrel who sails the seas for pleasure and profit, Gray lives for conquest—until Sophia’s perception and artistry stir his heart. Suddenly, he’ll brave sharks, fire, storm, and sea just to keep her at his side. She’s beautiful, refined, and ripe for seduction. Could this counterfeit governess be a rogue’s redemption? Or will the runaway heiress’s secrets destroy their only chance at love?
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Question for readers: Have you ever "run away from home?" To get away for a few days and have a relaxing time?

Post your responses and Wednesday night I'll pick a winner!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Guest Blogger: Tracy Wolff talks about The Weird and The Wacky (and a contest)


I’m a trivia nerd. Seriously, I’m a freak when it comes to useless—and useful—bits of knowledge. Trivial Pursuit is more than just a game to me, it’s a lifestyle and my husband laughs every time a new subject comes up and I spout off with some weird, obscure fact that almost nobody knows—nobody, anyway, but me and my oldest son, who is following in his mom’s footsteps.
I bring this up now because the flip side of the coin is that I love to research. I love, love, love to immerse myself in a new place or a new occupation or a new way of life and find out everything about it. Thank God my career as writer allows me to do just that, every time I pick a new setting or create a new character.
So, as I was writing my brand new erotic suspense, Tie Me Down, I immersed myself in the culture and history of New Orleans. Now, I lived in New Orleans for four years so I knew a fair bit about the city to begin with, but as I wrote TMD I learned a whole lot more. So, with no further ado, here are the top ten weird and wacky facts I learned about New Orleans while writing Tie Me Down.

10. Despite The Big Easy’s disturbingly high murder rate for much of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, there has only been one serial killer in its long and varied history: The Axeman of New Orleans, who terrorized the city for most of 1918 and part of 1919.
Southern Comfort whiskey was originally known as Cuff and Tails.
When Andrew Jackson and his men came to N’Awlins, they cleaned out the canals (which were filthy) and did away with malaria for nearly five years.
7. New Orleans hosted the first opera in North America—at the end of the 18th century.
6. Louisiana’s maximum security prison, Angola, hosts one of the largest Rodeo’s in the country every year. People come from all over the country to see it.
5. The architecture in the French Quarter is Spanish (I already knew that, but I think it’s cool.
4. The first president of LSU went to jail for embezzling for the university. They still have his picture hanging up—in his prison uniform.
3. In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is considered a simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth is considered an aggravated assault.
2. The airport code for New Orleans, MSY, is so noted because long before there was an airport there it was a plantation, where a pilot named John Moisant crashed his plane in the late 1800s and died. The area was later named Moisant Stock Yards after him and the name has stuck, even after it was turned into an international airport.
1. Famous bar Pat O’Brien’s was originally a speakeasy during Prohibition. Its most famous drink, the Hurricane, was invented to get rid of a surplus of rum during World War II.

So, lay it on me—what weird trivia facts do you know? Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of my June Superromance, From Friend to Father.

Oh, and one more thing—I’ve included an excerpt of Tie Me Down here, as part of my Tie Me Down Contest Extravaganza. So head on over to my blog, www.tracywolff.blogspot.com to get the scoop on the contest. There are daily prizes and the Grand Prize (given away next Tuesday) is a $100 gift card to the winner’s choice of bookstore.

Excerpt:

Genevieve shuddered as she looked up at the Hotel Monteleone. It was the oldest—and most famous—hotel in New Orleans and had been a personal favorite of hers for years because of its fabulous restaurant and beautiful decor.
She’d been here to eat more than once in the past few months; had stayed here with a lover over a year ago. But suddenly, she didn’t want to be here. Wanted to be as far away from the historic hotel with its ornate columns and marble floors as she could get. Though she didn’t know what waited for her up the steps, she couldn’t shake the feeling that it could change her life forever.
Sighing impatiently, she headed into the hotel. Standing out here wasn’t doing anything but prolonging the inevitable. Whatever was in there had to be faced, and faced soon. This was her case, and if the killer had left a clue, as he’d promised, that was just one more reason to get a move on.
“Hey,” Cole called through the rolled-down window. “Are you sure you don’t want me to wait? It’s no big deal.”
She turned, smiled at him though she knew it didn’t reach her eyes. “It’s fine—I’ll probably be here for hours. I’ll just catch a ride back with Shawn.”
Cole’s jaw tightened, but he didn’t protest. Instead, he raised his hand in a wave and said from between clenched teeth, “Be careful.”
She laughed. “Look around. There’s got to be twenty cops here. I’ll be perfectly safe.”
He regarded her soberly. “It’s the enemy you aren’t expecting that often does you in.” He rolled up the window and pulled away, leaving her staring after him, mouth agape.
“Delacroix.” Chastian’s voice cut through the early morning gloom as he climbed the stairs to stand next to her. “I’m glad you could join us.”
Stiffening at the censure in his tone, she turned to face him. “Shawn called me only fifteen minutes ago, sir. I got here as soon as I could.”
“Well, I know how you ladies like to primp,” he answered, shooting her a patently disbelieving look. “But next time, make sure murder takes priority over makeup, will you?”
Genevieve bit her tongue in an effort to keep from exploding. She was sick of this bullshit, sick of the sexist innuendos and supercilious comments Chastian threw around like candy. She was already pissed enough that Shawn had been called first and had actually made it to the murder site before letting her know what was going on. The last thing she needed was her asshole lieutenant rubbing in that fact. Especially since there wasn’t a drop of makeup on her face.
Somehow she managed to keep her cool, and headed through the double doors without another word to her boss. Moving through the hotel’s extravagant lobby, she caught the elevator to the fourteenth floor. Exited and followed the signs to the Tennessee Williams suite.
As she walked down the hall, she wondered what had prompted the killer to move so far up the social scale. The Hotel Monteleone was a five-star hotel, and their regular rooms ran hundreds of dollars. The bill for three days in the Tennessee Williams suite would run well into the thousands of dollars.
The door to the room was ajar when she finally found it, but the rookie cop doing door duty didn’t give her any trouble—he was the same one who had discovered Jessica Robbins’s body and he must have remembered her.
Crossing the threshold, she couldn’t help the gasp that escaped her at her first glimpse of the room. It was a scene right out of a horror movie. Bright red blood spattered the pale yellows walls in violent slashes and curlicues, while more had soaked the gold carpet around the body.
“This can’t all be hers,” she murmured as she stopped next to Shawn, who stood next to the poor girl’s body.
“That’s what I said. But Jefferson disagrees.” He nodded at the ME, who was currently crouched beside the body, doing his damnedest not to get blood on his jeans.
“The human body contains nearly six liters of blood. The perp drained her dry, so this might very well be only her blood.”
“But,” Shawn said as he leaned down and rolled the body over, “that’s not the worst part.”
“What is?” she asked, then gasped as her stomach lurched.

Spotlight Review: STORM OF VISIONS by Christina Dodd


STORM OF VISIONS - Christina Dodd
The Chosen Ones, Book 1
Signet
ISBN: 978-0-451-22763-8
August 2009
Paranormal Romance

New York City, the Present

In the long, long ago, two outwardly beautiful humans came together and mated. The woman was sure the resulting conception would produce a child as magnificent as its parents. Instead, she bore twins who were marked by imperfections. The mother immediately abandoned the boy deep in the forest and cast the girl into a stream. The two of them were saved and gifted by the gods and became the first of the Abandoned Ones, all of whom have some special gift. Each twin gathered six others like themselves. Those who are followers of the boy child are the Chosen Ones who work for the good. The followers of the girl child are the Others, servants of the Devil. This still holds true today; both groups gather recruits from among the world's Abandoned Ones. The Chosen Ones work under cover of the Gypsy Travel Agency.

Jacqueline Vargha never wanted her gift; in fact, she's been running away from it and hiding from all who know her. But now she's been found by Caleb D'Angelo, her first and only lover. Caleb isn't one of the Chosen but he works for them as her mother's bodyguard. He's come to take Jacqueline back to New York where she's needed to form the next group of seven. Jacqueline has the natural tattoo of an eye on the palm of one hand, a mark that hasn't been seen since the original female twin. The eye marks Jacqueline as a potentially powerful seer, something the Chosen Ones need, as their gifts have been fading in recent years.

Through aggressive sex, Caleb succeeds in convincing an only semi-reluctant Jacqueline to return to New York where she, along with six other Chosen, is to be introduced to the elders. While the new group prepares to go through a ceremony, Jacqueline's flamboyant mother, Zusane (think Zsa Zsa Gabor at her peak and add psychic ability), arrives and soon experiences an alarming vision...

At this very moment, the Chosen Ones are under attack!

Caleb --- "Mr. Aggressive" --- turns out to be a good guy whose intentions are mostly to protect. He and an elderly Chosen, Irving Shea, take the new team of seven under their wings. Jacqueline and her new cohorts are an eclectic group of likable and not so likable men and women with varying gifts. Describing them would spoil the fun, but here are the names as a teaser: Charisma, Tyler, Isabelle, Samuel, Aleksandr, and Aaron Eagle; the latter will star in the next book, STORM OF SHADOWS, in September.

Though the Jacqueline/Caleb storyline starts off with a bang, the set-up in STORM OF VISIONS takes time to establish. The whole good vs. evil, the Chosen vs. the Others is misty, the Others non-individualized enigmas as yet. What is obvious so far is that the threat to the Chosen Ones, and what's good in the world, is real. Bad times are not only coming; they are here.

Have patience if all your answers are not quickly answered and enjoy the ride. Just as STORM OF VISIONS eventually satisfies, I'm convinced an author with Ms. Dodd's enormous abilities will reveal all by the conclusion of this thriller of a series. For an exciting, entertaining reading experience, get in on the beginning of The Chosen Ones series with STORM OF VISIONS.

Jane Bowers

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Winner of Dangerous Passion is......


...congrats to KarenH from NC!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Karen, please email me within ten days at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Chat with Jess Granger at Romance Reviews Today!



Jess Granger joins us Wednesday night to discuss her book, Beyond the Rain. Door Prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Beyond the Rain! Moderated by CrazyMo.

When? 9:00PM Eastern Time (Wednesday Sept 2nd)

Where? http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 or go to http://www.romrevtoday.com/ and click on RRT Chat. Type in your name, choose Mo's Book Buzz in the chat room menu and click on Login ;)

Hope to see you there!

Mo Mo's Book Buzz


Jess Granger's website: http://www.jessgranger.com/

Video Spotlight: DARK SLAYER by Christine Feehan